Hi friends! I've been doing some thinking (well, OK, a lot of thinking! : ) and I wanted to just talk about it for a bit . . .
But first I would like to share a small piece I put together last year, but never did post.
This is a small washboard (maybe 10" X 4") that I've added a scrapbook paper design to.
The papers are from Graphic 45 company; and the collection is called "Raining Cats and Dogs."
I first cut out the umbrella girl and the surrounding flowers. (Isn't she a cutie!) I inked some of the edges to add vintage flair. Then I traced the design on a piece of black cardstock, adding a 16th inch 'shadow' edge - and I mounted the design to the black paper.
Then I took that and traced it onto the checkered paper - adding about a 3/8ths inch? shadow edge.
I used some 'pop dots' adhesive pads to stick the girl image to the checkered paper, for dimension.I had at one point added a ribbon & bow to the washboard (it was a beautiful coral color) but later didn't like it! so I took it off. Anyway, It was a fun little project I really enjoyed creating!
And sooo, on to a few thoughts I'd like to send 'out there' to Blogland! : ) : )
It seems like so long ago, but it was only early June when I was driving through the Colorado mountains and saw the burned trees (remains of the forest fires here) and the flooded area's as well.
I blogged about it here on JUNE 12th Titled "MAKE ME NEW AGAIN" - - but right now my blog won't let me insert a link for you! *sigh* but you can find it in my archives.
Here are a few photo's I had included:
I was talking of the desolation I saw that day in the forest fire and flooded areas of our Rocky Mountains - - and comparing myself to that; feeling like a dead tree : ( in my circumstances as a widow)
flying by my window as I breezed down the mountain highway! And my heart changed. And my thoughts turned.
And I realized - God would "Make Me New Again." : ) as time goes on. There was much to hope for. I will be green again~
And only a few weeks after writing that blog (on 6/12) I started getting sick.
HEY, wait a minute!! I was supposed to be 'being made new again!' I was supposed to be transforming from a blackened burned dead tree - to a new sapling! This was my time for change and growth! For renewal and strength and hope and gratefulness.
Yet what happened to me over the next 6+ weeks was not seemingly those things - but rather sickness and stress, weakness, numbness and confusion.
And. Some. Fear.
What was happening? !? Well, for one thing, I think - - some, character building?
Some testing of one's faith?! (hmmm? : ) some more time to consider and reflect and learn . . .
Perhaps I was . . . breaking the seed shell and starting to push my way up through the ground!
In other words, I'm not a "ready made tree!" or a transplant. I must be re-Grown~
And so often, one of the ways I learn, change and grow - is through adversity. Through struggles and difficulties. Yes dear friend I often learn best that way, because I draw so close to God in those times, - and He can always seem to get my attention~
Like the story of the little oak tree, and how it is best formed to be a strong and sturdy tree through the winds and rain and heat of the sun.
Well, to sum up my thoughts - - during these past weeks I feel very much like I've grown : )
Through the adversity, I've grown. Oh friends I sure hope so~
And as I re-read this post, I don't know if you can relate - or even make sense of what I've said; - but that's OK too : ) <3 I've been in a pretty tough battle, but I think I'm breaking through the ground! A sapling who wants to be a strong and lovely tree when I grow up! LOL
Yes, - I want to change my landscape~
Thanks so much for listening to this crazy lady talk your ear off! I appreciate you.
Oh, and I didn't go to any detail, but in my reflections lately, I've realized I need to continue on the path of DE-CLUTTERING my house and life. So, I have! And I've been working on my craft room! And I like it so much better. Re-organized and de-junked. Lets hope I can get in there and create something soon.
hugs & Blessings to you,