Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Princess

Happy Wednesday!!


This past year has been full of deep introspection as well as hopes and dreams for the future.  It is hard to believe I have been in Bakersfield three months already.  I moved from Seattle to Oregon just before Memorial Day last year.  I never imagined I would be moving again further south to California less than a year later.  I guess that's why I have learned to "never say never".  


The hardest part of this whole ordeal has been moving further away from my daughters and grandsons.  I miss them all the time.  I think about the events which led up to this point in my life and wonder if it was worth the cost.  I learned a long time ago I have to stand for something or I would fall for anything and now this has even a deeper meaning to me.  To take a stand against something wrong, to speak the truth and have it cost everything - is that how it is suppose to be?  Maybe at times.  Would I do it again?  I would like to think so because it might have cost more from deep within and changed the type of human being I am, want to be and to be remembered as for many years down this life.    


I truly believe down this road of life new beginnings are always possible.  Sometimes I feel like I am stuck in the middle of a pile of muck a mile high and yet I know as long as I keep digging for the diamonds - one day I will find them.  And when I do - thank God!!!  


You may be wondering what any of this has to do with today's project.  In part because I have been working on this "Princess" wall hook for my sisters granddaughter and my reading a devotional from a wonderful book by Sheri Rose Shepherd called "Freedom for His Princess".  A perfect reminder how I am (and you) the beloved princess of Christ and it is seeping deeper within my heart.  It gives me the freedom and peace to enjoy each day without worry about tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year.  


Funny how I can sit down at the keyboard and think I will be going in one direction in what I share and end up taking another path.  I just made myself a promise I would share honestly from my heart and if it helps someone else going through a desperately challenging time - it is worth everything to me.  


With love, smiles, hugs and blessing to all -


Laine

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Challenge 16 - Fruitylicious - Tuesday Alchemy

Happy Happy Tuesday!!!

It still seems like Monday to me - I guess three day weekends still throw me off a little.  Spent the weekend moving everything out of storage and into my sister's garage.  Fortunately the weather was a little cooler which made the project a little more tolerable.

This weeks challenge with Tuesday Alchemy is called "Fruitylicious" and I really hope you decide to join in this month.  We have a terrific prize and personally I would love to see what ideas everyone comes up with.

My sister has a bowl of decorative fruit on one of her tables in the kitchen and for some reason I am fascinated by it.  If that sounds odd to you - well in a way it does to me too but I wanted to see where this creative journey would take me.

I love all the colors, textures, and shapes.  I guess you can say it appeals to me on an artistic level and I wanted to make something for this challenge with that image.  I decided to take some photographs of the bowl of fruit and I thought it would make a great key holder my sister can use as a decorative element in her kitchen area.  She loves it and even though it was a really simple project in a lot of ways there is something really rewarding about this one.