Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Prince Gone to Soon

From the beginning to the present Prince was and always will be a Vocal and Instrumental musician's musician!!!! He brought us so many wonderful songs, stayed true to his craft, gave his knowledge and influence to other musicians, fought to keep performers from giving up their hardwork and have the music industry professionals take credit.

Prince that you for all that you gave me for staying current and branching out to movies the first week of Purple Rain I saw that movie 10 times and Under the Cherry Moon did it for me!!!!

Gone to soon but Never Forgotten it felt so good to talk to my brother about my love for you and bringing a smile to my face that's why I chose a picture of you smiling. I see the joy in your heart for your craft!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yes, I Guess You Can Say I've Been a Bit Busy

Tis the season for showers, birthdays and all the other celebrations that this time of the year brings. I'm sharing my contribution to some deserving souls. 

I was able to complete my first C2C pattern as a Baby shower gift to one of the young ladies at my church.  It has been all over my Facebook Crochet groups and it looked so nice in every different type of yarns.
So sorry for the lighting this is my completed C2C baby blanket.  I used Lions Brand Homespun 

then I had to create something to give to a wonderful young lady and her future hubby-to-be I was browsing through her FB page and found this quote it was perfect as the core of this gift.  So I got a canvas and went to work. First I found a font that I liked printed them out, taped and traced onto the canvas

Here's the finished project I drew the heart vines

  Both events were a hit and my small part was definitely appreciated. Now I'm able to make something for Me which rarely happens. I'm doing the C2C that's Corner to Corner blanket. I'm finding it to be challenging due to severe numbness and pain, but it will get done. Stay tuned I hope to have it done by my birthday on the 24 of this month.

I just stated my birthday is this month so why not celebrate and enjoy every act of kindness that comes my way.  So I saw the Stamp by Recollections on IG and I just had to have it!!!! Will after my Dr's appointment we went to Michaels armed with the IG picture in hand well I spotted that roll of Washi that I've been eyeing for months all over Social media. And the MAMBI sticker book just was the icing on the cake.

Oh yeah, l created this card and envelope set for the surprise birthday I attended. 

So yes, I indeed have been putting in some time to be creative and caring to others while gaining a sense of achievement for myself while fighting for my new position in life since my health is failing me no it's challenging me to find other ways to stay creative and sharing my gifts with those around me and those who have yet to meet me!!!

Go and Be Great!!!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bible Journaling and More Goodness

Here's just a few of my pages since I last posted about my study of Grace. You can check out this post.
here are a few of my different posts in my Journaling Bible I haven't really journaled in the OT portion of my Bible up to this point but now I have my Illustrated Faith Die cuts and I decided go head and jump in so here's my first post Genesis 1
 by far on of my most favorite people in the Bible is the story of Job.  If you ever wonder or asked God why me stop and consider that God chose you because like Job God knows that you are living the life that you were called to live and this is just a test.
Here is my entry from March 17 Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. No matter what God is able to keep us even in the midst of our worst storm.
Here are my 2 kits from Illustrated Faith from Daysprings the Created to Create kit which I love so far.  What I love about these kits is that they bring so many different ways that you can use the kits in my journaling.
and then here's the 2nd kit called the Beautiful Kit
I can't wait to share with you how I have created words of gratitude to God.  I love to know that I can use my talents to express how His Word is speaking to me.  These kits are cool because they include  
  • Items in kit:
    • 1 devotional booklet (14 devotionals)
    • 1 stamp pad
    • 1 clear stamp collection with 1 sheet of cut outs enclosed
    • 1 roll of washi tape
    • 1 package of 3 Scripture sharables
    • 1 sticker
    • 1 bow clip
    This is a cool way of getting started in the art of Bible Journaling and it doesn't have to be done in your Bible.  You can journal in a notebook or other homemade booklet of your liking and join me along with many other Believers from around the World. 
    Until next time stay blessed and stay creative. 

    Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Finding Happiness After..........

    Hey Y'all, so it's been a few weeks and I've been so busy with showers, funerals, church and Dr's. appointments and then getting sick over the end of last weekend.  So in the next few posts I will share all of my fun times with you. 
    But today, I wanted to share my feelings on a post I saw this morning.  I was scrolling Instagram and THIS
      Angela Simmons had posted this and it struck a chord in me that prompted this post.  So every once in a while I've talked about being ill since 2012.  I finally had a full diagnosis in 2013, surgery in 2014 after a few hospital stays and several attempts at Physical therapy.  Only to learn a few months later that my surgery was only half way successful.  Needless to say, I was really upset because normally you have surgery it takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal and then you're back to normal.
    So what happens when that's not your case?  Well for me pain, sleepless nights, a cane, no longer able to work in my field or anything else I have skills for is now my reality.  I had a very difficult time trying to process my new "norm".  When you're used to being on-the-go, not having to ask for help, and so many other things a great for instance is typing this post.  I love to post to my blog and keep in touch with the friends in blog land but this post alone has taken me 3 days to post.   So a 20 to 30 minute task is now taking a ridiculously long time.  You're probably saying then why do it; well I will answer that here shortly.
    Happiness was found when I became grateful for life. I may have disabilities but I'm still alive.  I may not be able to complete tasks as quickly as before but with patience I can still get the job done.  Although, I don't drive anymore I have wonderful family and friends that do what they can to help me get out the house. 
    Happiness is in knowing and appreciating that it would've been worse BUT God saw fit to spare you from that.  I'm so glad for all of his love, grace and mercy.  It's knowing that I have my family and friends, that I have cultivated new hobbies that allow me to be creative, I've learned that God has a purpose for everything that has happened in my life. 
    Happiness is embracing change knowing that there's goodness to come out of it.  That there is wonderful opportunities that will come because you have an expectation of happiness.  Here's my tip, word of encouragement or my drop of knowledge;  never allow change to change your outlook on life, you always have the chance to shine even if the masses don't witness it. 
    You can't move forward looking back!!!  So You can't find Happiness while being Angry.  Learn that it's YOU not them; that YOUR power doesn't belong to anyone else but YOU.  So stop and take a honest look at self and work on being Happy.  Yes, life may be handing you Lemons but you can turn around and make one heck of a batch of Lemonade that will have everyone wanting to have some of yours while trying to figure out How did you manage that.  

    Happiness is a Choice that only YOU are capable of making and sustaining. I pray that you will choose Happiness. Be Blessed and Be Encouraged