Thursday, April 16, 2009

Project Inspired

I am loving these projects from Diary of a Quilter and retro mama. Such fun, yet simple ideas that have sent me to my fabric box searching for the perfect scraps of material.

I suppose since Easter is past, I could wait on the eggs,
and I think the quilt will also have to wait....

but I am very excited to begin work on the adorable 32 Minute Messenger Bag even if it takes me longer than 32 minutes!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Birthday Musings

It was my son's birthday the other day, and because he is my little contemplative artist, a party fully decked out with watercolors, clay, paint palettes, and vibrant color seemed to fit the occasion. Inspired most recently by garlands, I decided to make my own from bits of paper, fishing line, and office stickers. I then added balloons and other touches to create a festive environment for the celebration.

The boys arrived, and I quickly put them to work at decorating the birthday banner. They did a wonderful job, and decided to add splotches of paint to the balloons above the table as well. Yes, "Boys will be boys!" In consideration of their need to throw, shoot, or climb, I sent the boys outside with squirt guns loaded with watered down paint in order to create a unique masterpiece. They tried so very hard to obey the rules and keep the guns aimed at the paper, but every so often a random shot was fired in the wrong direction. At least they had old t-shirts covering their clothes in order to prevent too much damage! After devouring the pizzas they created themselves, they played some games of Wii, opened presents (of course), and decorated their own ice cream sundaes. The concoctions of M&M's, pretzels, cherries, fudge, whipped cream, coconut, Reese's Pieces, and sprinkles turned out to be beautiful masterpieces.

The party was great fun and such a reminder of the amount of energy even a small group of boys can exude. What a privilege it is to guide that energy toward greatness. Although only seven now, I often wonder what this dear contemplative son of mine will become. Will he be a great artist, a musician, an architect, or perhaps an astronaut? The possibilities are endless. One thing I know, whatever he chooses, it is the prayer of my heart that he will do it to glorify the One who made him so uniquely talented.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eye Candy: Garlands

I love these images. As I am creating a garland of my own for my contemplative boy's birthday party, I am aware of the amount of work that went into creating these works of art. Beautiful!

Gorgeous origami photo by Snorkie Snork!
. Inspiring garland by Sophie Cuvelier of Fabulous Garlands. Beautiful balloons by Tia Ramia.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


This morning I found myself completely exhausted in the midst of a very busy week of delightful surprises from my dear husband, birthday plans and parties, celebrations with family, athletic events of the children, lessons, meals, the everyday activities as mom. So with a cup of tea in hand I retreated to my sanctuary (my bedroom), and spent some time in prayer, reading, and muse over my life.

As I pondered the days before me, and the plans I have, I was reminded how my dear Lord is the Shepherd who not only guides me, but refreshes and strengthens me. He walks with me on this incredible journey of life, and holds me in His hands. He fills my cup, and He is enough.

I was also reminded of how simple this life of trust in God can be. There is no need to please, no need to strive, no need to scheme. There is only need to seek His face day by day, ONE DAY at a time. What joy and freedom this thought brings, to simply to live life hearing voice of the One who loves me to the depths of my very soul.