Front side of my jewelry case.
Back side of my jewelry case.
I am really excited for finally getting enough jewelry made to be inside the Hidden Gem. You can not see them really well in these photos, but if you are interested in anything, I can custom make something. The scarfs are $25 and the necklaces are $15.
Price will be pending if anyone needs custom work on something that I do not already have.
My message for todays blog is to keep moving forward and to have patients with yourself if it seems as if something is taking longer then you want. There has been times that I wanted to give up, other times I have felt embarrassed for it taking so long to accomplish my goals. Instead of giving up or emotions like embarrassment stop me, I trusted God. After all He gave me the desire to write, paint and do jewelry. I knew and still know He will help me accomplish this goal.
It has been rough working a full time job, keeping up on a home, spending time with family, friends, church walking the dog and having a little me time. I am not complaining. I am thankful for my busy life and the ability to still manage to find time to write and do art work.
Another important project I need to do is to work on my Website. I hope to get it looking nicer soon. I am not a tech person, but am learning along the way.
Blessings to all of you. Hope to hear back from you soon.
My son John and daughter-in-law Anna took me to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan on Mother's Day. Anna's best friend Ashley went along with us as well as my Grand dog Ropy. We got a late start do to my car getting stranded on 933. This car has been a good car for several years, but I knew by the sound it made before it died that it finally wore out. Unfortunately we just had to repair our furnace and had plumbing problems taken care of. Both of those were expensive. It angered me and even depressed me a little. I even considered not going to the Tulip Festival. Thankfully I had good things that I could think about so I choose to sit in the stranded car counting my blessings. Counting my blessings and thanking God for all He has brought my family and I through in the past made me happy and looking forward to what little time we had at the Tulip Festival.
I have never been to the Tulip Festival and was so glad it became my Mother's Day gift. There are many areas to this festival and what we saw was just a portion of this amazing place. One of the areas we went to was the wet land area.
I hope you enjoy the photos.
I found out the next day that my feelings about the car was correct. It was not fixable. Once again I had to really focus on counting my blessings. Focusing on counting my blessings got me through needing to share one vehicle with 2 other busy people. It was rough, but God blessed my husband and I with an affordable nice car two weeks later.
How many times have bad events occurred in your life? Sure there are times where emotions like grief over a loss of a loved one or a pet is necessary. But we can not stay in that emotional state. Do not hesitate to seek help if you find yourself letting the negative emotional state or the lack of any feelings is staying longer then it should and is keeping you from your family, friends and enjoying life.
The Truth clock.
I painted this when I was in the middle of getting rid of lies that tried to control my life. Those lies kept ticking like the hands of the clock and were unstoppable even through the night. I had become a slave to those lies.
Bible verses such as Galatians chapter 5:1 that reads For freedom Christ has set us free: so stand firm therefore and do not submit again to slavery. Another verse is John 8:32 And the truth shall set you free and then there is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
What were some of those lies? One is that I could never amount to anything, then the ones that were told by doctors that were really medical truth. Those were that I would most likely never get my art talent and writing talent restored. As you can see on this site that the art and writing talent did come back. It took some time, but they did return. I will elaborate on that part of my life at another time.
That medical diagnoses I got regarding my art and writing talent was similar to when doctors told me as a young child that the higher form of autism would probably not allow me to graduate from high school. I did graduate. A week before graduation the principle called me into his office. At first I thought that maybe I was not graduating. This feeling intensified when the principle asked me to sit down. After I was seated the principle told me that he knew the struggles that I went through in school and if there was an award for the kind of achievements that I would get one. He then continued by telling me that he asked me to sit down because he wants to give me a standing ovation for being the most persevering person he had ever met in his entire life. I ended up getting that standing ovation. I concluded the principles meeting with a thank you and that I would not have been able to do what was done if it was not for how Jesus gave me strength.
Even though I graduated and had lots of faith, those lies still ticked in my head. Those lies were fed daily with bad experiences I had after graduation. I will share briefly about those experiences at another time.
Eventually I allowed the truth rising from my spirit man to reach my brain and slowly those lies began to die and be changed over with the truth. instead of thinking I was junk the truth that I was a treasure sunk in. Instead of thinking that I would never find stability I started trusting God and the truth of knowing I am stable in Christ caused me to focus on His peace and physical stability happened. I also learned to keep God's peace no matter what kind of turmoil was going on.
The wholeness part is another things I will blog about. Being whole feels good, because I let P,T.S. D. and other things dictate my life. Sure those things still kind of tick in my mind, but I allow God's truth to get me past those moments.
The painting about the Truth Clock is a reminder of where I came from and am happy God inspired me to paint it.
What kind of lies try to dictate your life? Is there anyone reading this blog have a similar testimony of how they let God replace the lies inside their mind with the truth?
This and other painting prints are available to purchase. contact me though my website if interested in buying one.
This is my first of several acylic pour paintings. I am making jewelry and regular paintings out of them as well as keeping some looking the way they were when I poured them.
I also have been teaching others this art.
Many say that Acrylic pours are not really art. This kind of art is not just about pouring. It is mixing the paint with the Floetrol just right and being able to eventually master all the ways used to pour the paint.
Mother's and mentors are as beautiful as the spring trees and can be compared to the wonderful flowers. They impact the world and their selfless good deed seeds and memories of what they do spread to the generations and make even God and the ones in heaven smile...So happy blessed Mother's Day to the mothers and mentors.
May 1, 2018 was the day South Bend Indiana finally got their spring. This area was three weeks late. We started showing evidence of spring a week ago, but snow began covering up the flowers. Once again I am comparing this long wait for spring with my own personal life. I have art and writing goals that have been hidden in the snow and needed to start coming to pass. Those goals began popping out of my long winter, but were once again beat down by the snow. Then on May 1, 2018 I finally started really seeing my goals begin to come to pass. I just hope they continue to grow and flourish like the plants shown here. The last two flower photos were taken in my own yard. I really never realized how beautiful the dandelions are. The other photos were taken at St. Patrick's park in South Bend Indiana.
Before long the trees will have beautiful leaves and the ground will be greener and filled with berry bushes and other plants that grow in the wild.
I realize some of you are still in your winter and others are constantly seeing their goals being beat down by snow and other bad stuff. If you are, I am praying for you as well as for those that are having a perfect day.
The Bible verses shown in this blog are ones even individuals that are having a perfect day can still benefit from. I have used those verses and others to keep me reminded in those dark, cold winter days of my life that spring and summer will be here for me. The Bible verses and my relationship with Father God gave me a peace that passes all understanding and a hope which built up my faith.
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I am charging my batteries to take photos of my jewelry. So expect my next blog to feature what has been done thus far.
I looked around in my yard and saw that spring seems to really be here. All the flowers including the one pictured in my last blog has bloomed. The first flower is the daffodil that I posted in my last blog that kept getting snowed on.
The tree is at a near by business. I just had to take pictures of its glorious blooms.
I rejoice, because the spring weather makes me happy as well as knowing God makes all things new. He also gives me strength to move forward. I am also happy because of being able to accomplish my art and writing goals. I worked on several pendants and will be taking photos of them this week. I also worked on the first 10 chapters of my upcoming novel called Trapped Inside.
Trapped Inside is the revision of my fist published novel. I retired that novel when a family doctor gave me good advice, He told me that the old novel was excellent, right on target and that I did a lot of good research. He also told me that he knows how the book was also helping people. This doctor then looked at me and advice me to get rid of typo errors.
The revised Trapped Inside is turning out to be much better then the first one. I am adding a few new characters and a
barn dance. There will also be some clean romance in the book as well.
I will report back with you later on this week. Next time you will get to see the jewelry I have made.
This is one of my favorite paintings that I did. Eagles are very fascinating. My book called Amazing Animal Facts provides wonderful facts about the eagle.
Eagles remind me of bible verses like Isaiah 40:31. This Bible verse tells how those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Getting my website store and my goals accomplished have been really hard. It feels good to finally being able to see my goals being met.
Two other goals are being reached. The first one is getting my art studio organized, The second one is finally working on my revision of the novel called Trapped Inside. I sent the next chapter to my editor. She will be working on it after her vacation.
I am just saying hi and praying all is well with everyone.
I am in the process of getting my art/writing studio organized. I will be posting on this blog the before and after photos.
On Thursday, I will begin working on my jewelry. I have had a lot of request for my jewelry and am glad that I will finally have the space in my studio to work on my jewelry.
I also am happy to say that I am finally able to start working on my novel called Trapped Inside. I will begin working on it on Friday. People have been asking about this revision and am glad that I am finally able to begin working on the next 10 chapters. After they are done, I will send them to the editor. Then will work on the other chapters after those 10 chapters are completed. The first 5 have been edited already and look excellent.
Hope you have a good week.