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If you ever have a question that you want to ask me, just ask me. I don't share everything here on the blog but if you have ever been to one of my classes you know that if you ask, I will babble.
Here is a look at me babbling about Bible Journaling during our meet up in San Jose at A Work of Heart Studio.
So last week during my visit to The Making Place , I was asked the question "How do you find time to do all of the things you do?" and my answer was quick and simple.
"I give God my time first and HE provides the time I need"
and that is the truth.
If I don't do this, I am like a merry-go-round that has fallen off of its axis (aka whirling dervish) It took me a long time to trust all of this because I was in control (so I thought) but it is true.
Here is more truth: I forget this principle some days because I am human. I get up and go on my own merry way without giving a shout out to God and sometime during that day, I feel it. I stumble, heck, sometimes I run straight into a brick wall (one I have most likely built myself) but when I do, I get back up, readjust myself and STOP to chat with God.
"Whoops, I am sorry that I thought I could handle today on my own. I know better than that but I still tried to do life on my own. I know I need YOU and I thankful that you are here to catch me every time I fall"
That's all it really takes. Well, a little more than that, but I think you get the jist.
Now, I am not going to preach to you because that is not me. I am going to tell you what works for me and make a simple suggestion here. If you need more time (not like a 25th hour in the day) than can I suggest you start by giving God your time first everyday.
Just give it a whirl and don't say you don't have time. You have to make time, but seriously, it totally works.
Try it for a week. See what happens.
It is a promise so it is going to work.
For the past week my Journaling Bible has been, lets say, "on a little roadtrip" therefore I do not have it to journal and doodle in. When I left it behind (with some very caring people) as I drove away I felt like I was leaving one of my kids at daycare.
After a few days of being homesick for my own bible, I decided to venture into another Bible I have here that my sweet friend Jill gave me last year. It is a "daily" Reading Bible.
Last night during Monday Night Football, I sat and doodled on the few blank pages at the back of the Bible. If you are just starting out and are nervous, go to the back and see if there are some blank pages. That is the perfect place to start.
I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to remind you that you DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A JOURNALING BIBLE. You do not have to have a 2" margin and you do not have to have a bunch of supplies.
and yes, it does bleed but so did HE.
To read more about my process you can check out this post.
and speaking of Bible Journaling, may I hint that you should check back here on Thursday for an exciting announcement?
Sundays around here consist of getting prepared for the following week, working (me), laundry, grocery shopping, football and as of today....
I am not going to work (while at home/in town) on Sundays anymore. I made the decision today after this weekends message at Church. You can watch it here.
At our house we are all TOO BUSY and I am at the TIP TOP of that list. When you work from home, it is a 24/7 job and although I am able to do several things at once (like laundry, crock pot and creative stuff at the same time) I realized this morning that "if and when things pop up" on Sundays, I want to take time to enjoy them and NOT say "I have to/need to work" so I am clearing my big table off, throwing a load of laundry in, turning football on (I LOVE to listen to it) and I am going to scrapbook dog-gone-it!
Scrap booking is something that I love to do and have not done in a long time. Scrapbooks are something my boys love to look through and because I have not done it in such a long time, they only have photos to look via the computer and scrap-booking is something I can do while I sit with my family on Sundays.
Sounds good, huh?
and a winner.....THANK YOU all so much for your comments, emails and likes about Hope Products and the HOPE fabric! There is so much more to share with you coming soon....the winner of the fabric is Janna Houlihan. Please email your mailing address to homegrown1(at)att(dot)net .
Okay, off to scrapbook (eek, I am sorta excited!)
Get some coffee. This is a long one.(and, psst..and make sure to read all the way to the end)
I love the act of transforming and how one thing leads to another. It is like a butterfly but the thing is..
I do not like butterflies.
I know that most people love butterflies, I just don't. Don't misunderstand me. I love the story of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly but I don't like caterpillar's either. I think I just don't like bugs. I know they all have a purpose and God made them so that is all I will say about not liking bugs.
Anyways...this is about the evolution/transformation of a doodle.
It all starts somewhere and in this case, it was a single circle on a piece of paper. That circle became a flower and as it bloomed and grew (no pun intended) larger on that piece of paper, that single circle became the center of a doodle.
That doodle then became a piece of art that transformed into a stamp and into the shape of a framelit by Sizzix
and is now a print that lines a tumbler
and a print on fabric that has become a tool for women to use as they learn skills, a trade and about Jesus.
This is where I have to stop and explain more about Hope Products what the little doodle turned fabric is doing to help.
So, the fabric.
Well, because it is NOT about me.
It is about HE and these women and their children in Bangalore India.
The HOPE fabric is being lovingly cut and sewn by the beauties at Daughters Of Hope, the women you see pictured above. Daughters of Hope provides training, employment and a safe and healthy work environment for these women and their young children. But that is not all. There is support in many ways through free childcare, free healthy lunches, savings plans, insurance and...
So while I don't love the colors in the fabric, I love what the fabric is part of and I am more than overwhelmed with the opportunity to use my creative gifts and talents to inspire products that will change lives for women in India.
The thing that just knocks the wind out of me is that I (little ol' me) gets to be part of such an amazing opportunity to help and now I am equally overwhelmed and kinda excited to tell you that you can now buy the Hope Fabric by the yard and 10% of every single purchase you make from Hope Products (not just the fabric) goes right back to Daughters of Hope.
Here I am dawning an apron that I made from the fabric and ya know, the colors don't look too bad!
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Winner will be announced here on my blog tomorrow!
Ready, Set, HOPE!
A whole lot of Chocolate Chip Cookies and I are heading down to San Diego today to do some demos with my Homegrown & Handmade Sizzix line at The Making Place in Escondido from 11-1 and then at Cool Scrapbook Stuff in Poway from 4:30-6;30 so if you are in the area, make sure to stop by.
If you happen to be 3,000 miles away give or take a mile or two but still want to drive down to San Diego for a cookie, don't be crazy. Here is the recipe. Just make some and share some. (as seen in the very first Homegrown Hospitality Circa 2007. RIP little magazine)
I pray alot for God to use me and I stay open to whatever it is He wants me to do, even if it is scary. I felt led to post this last night on FB and the comments, texts and emails came pouring in so I want to share it here too.
Sometimes all we can do is breathe...but PLEASE do not forget to and pray and trust that everything will be okay, because it will.
It may not seem like it at this second, but it will.
It is a promise.
As I mentioned in this video, one of the most important things about my Sizzix line is that each design is a foundation piece. What I mean by that is just because it was released in the summer and there is a new release coming around the corner, the piece is something that you can use over and over and it wont go out of style. Another important fact about my line is that one thing will most often lead to another as well as coordinate with each other.
This is my (already beat up) Flower No. 4 die. It is well worn and loved.
Notice that in the photo above, I have it cut the shape using white cardstock. I used that as a pattern to trace it onto watercolor paper.
LOTS OF POMS POMS in fact so many poms poms that when I was finished making poms poms I didn't want to talk about Poms Poms ever again. Now, months later, I am here to share with you how I made Poms Poms from a flower die.
So as I mentioned, I used a piece of folded tissue paper. DO NOT CUT YOUR TISSUE PAPER FIRST. All you have to do is take 1 piece per flower and fold it in half and then in half and then in half and then in half. Get it to where it is a piece that fits the size of the square die and staple it in the center twice. Run it through the Big Shot and whah-lah, you have a flower.Now really all you have to do is pinch/scrunch one layer of tissue at a time towards the center: and continue pinching towards the center, one layer at a time: and continue doing this until you have about half of the layers pinched and scrunched: Then flip it over: and continue on scrunching and pinching: until you have scrunched and pinched all of the layers. Then just fluff your pom pom, place it on the table, smile at it and do another:
or you can string them up to make a garland for your Christmas tree or your Thanksgiving mantle or heck for Halloween, really any occasion. (Shoot, they were hanging as the Sizzix booth in black and silver during the Pre-Emmy show craft thing for all the stars but I don't wanna drop names or anything)
anyways...they are super easy to string. Use a large needle, a piece of thread or embroidery floss and just run through the center of each Pom Pom. Yes, I know that the staples are in there but you will manage to get that needle somewhat near the center and through to the other side. I promise.
and guess what??
TODAY ONLY (10/21/14) if you order anything online via Sizzix.com, the SHIPPING IS FREEEEEEE and that is sorta huge because steel rule dies are a little heavy. Check out the 10001 things Sizzix has to offer at www.sizzix.com and if you decide to make a purchase, use the code SZ50FS
Have fun and happy pinching and scrunching!
So sorry for being absent here on the blog. I am working on trying to develop some sort of blog routine but nothing really feels right to me. I thought about blogging per day per category but I don't feel that is right either. I will figure it out, but for now I am going to show you a little something I did in my Bible today when I did not have any more room to journal/doodle in the margin.
The inspiration came from this weekends message at church called "Set Free From Me" based on Romans 8. I had a hunch that there would be a lot of note taking when I heard the statement "The Weapons of Self Destruction" You know, things like shame, uncontrolled thoughts, compulsions, fear, hopelesness, bitterness and insecurity.
I don't want to suggest that you sit and watch the message online because maybe you don't deal with that junk, but you know, in case "you know someone" that does, you should watch it. All you have to do is click the highlighted title "Set Free From Me" up there.
anyways....here are a few things to think about and remember:
So what does this have to do with my Bible Journaling? Well, when I got to Romans 8 in my bible I realized that I had already been there. This is what it looked like:
After this weekends message and the notes I had taken, I had lots more to add to that margin so I decided to create an insert page using a blank lined page from my Documented Life Journal (Moleskin Planner) I carefully tore out a page from the back of the Moleskin, measured and trimmed the page to fit into my bible and reread my notes. Then I penciled in what I wanted to doodle and using a black pen, started doodling away. Once I had finished what I wanted written, I placed my page in the crease between the two pages. I mean, inbetween the opening of the two pages. Wait, does that sound right? Oh, just take a look at the picture below. You will get what I am saying: Then I added a piece of Washi Tape to keep it in place: DUH, right? Why did I not think of this before? Now I am going to go buy an entire Moleskin so that I can take it apart so I can add more pages.