Friday, August 31, 2012

Sneak Peek Friday - Book Spine Poetry Hop!

for my friend Jennifer at Studio JRU last Friday -

Today is the reveal of everyone's (who are playing) work!  
I am so looking forward to seeing what friends have put together...

Here's my new one:
I simply ran the Photoshop Action called Lomo-fi - free download found at Daniel Box's Tumblr blog (plus quite a few more)

My poem reads:

Leaving Home
Walking a Sacred Path
The Path to Serenity
Daring to Draw Near
The River of Life 

To see what others have created - click here and let's go the the Sneak Peek!
Why don't you try one too!?

sneak peek

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

August 28, 2012

A peek into my day:

Looking for rectangles for a Beyond Layers challenge - and looking for them from old picture files on the computer...

I took these last fall,  when sweet tweener was having her pictures was such a good opportunity to snag some great texture...and shapes (as it turns out).

I loved the peeling paint, the crumbling stones in this old alley - and then I noticed the sign on the boxes stacked on the other side of the doors ->...
so many questions remained unanswered when I think of what that sign might mean!
Here are some vertical styled rectangles...and a horizontal one above and rectanglish crumbled stones around the bottom...and of course sweet tweener...I can't wait for her pictures this year!

Outside my was cloudy - and so cool for the dog days of summer here in Texas!  I love the rain we've been having lately!

I am thinking...about this school year - 6th grade already!  And so very Tween...

I am thankful...that she shares so much of her heart with me...I am honored...and for fat hummingbirds visiting our feeder every morning...

In the kitchen...just made another batch of laundry soap (recipe here).

I am wearing...a black T with little ruffles across the yoke and a "carpenter" style smokey blue long skirt.

I am image gallery on my Wordpress site!  I finally figured it out! (Keep checking back to see the progress).

We are visit David over Labor Day weekend; it will be interesting I am sure...

I am wondering...what will happen with the elections this year - illegal immigration, the health care bill, and the ever extending Federal government's reach...

I am reading...the Audiblox manual (a program for correction of all sorts of learning disabilities).

I am hoping...that the Audiblox program will also help Gary's slight TIA issues...

I am looking forward to...field trips, Texas State Fair, and an upcoming "stitching retreat" with the smocking guild!

From the learning room... from an article here...
Are geniuses really only better stewards then the rest of us? 
What would happen if every Christian used the 4 hours daily spent in front of the television a day (more than 126 hours a month!) or the near hour a day the average American surfs the internet and spent two of those hours developing their skill in a particular domain (woodworking, quantum physics, photography) and one hour more on the spiritual disciplines that lead into a deeper relationship with God, (prayer, memorization, Bible meditation, fasting) – only repurposing three hours a day from the five we spend on passive entertainment

Around the house...I finally have all the paper off of the refrigerator and proper "mini" magnetic whiteboards installed inside the kitchen cabinet doors.

A favorite quote for today...
I carry your heart with me; (I carry it in my heart); I am never without it; (anywhere I go you go, my dear)...E. E. Cummings
 One of my favorite things...white T's trimmed in lace...

A few plans for the rest of the week...going to the Birds, Beasts, and Beauty art exhibit on Thursday afternoon...

A Scripture to meditate on from this morning: 
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!  Selah...Psalm 3:8

Lectio Divina:
We read the passage slowly: lectio
We meditate on the Word or phrase: meditatio 
A life of beauty is to be like a psalm, and a psalm needs many selahs. Our selahs will allow us to consider and reconsider what is most important. Our selahs will allow us to be refreshed, to receive and take God to heart, soaking in his love. The Voice of the Lord for Elul 4
We talk with God: Oratio
We are silent: Contemplatio - (Selah)

Monday, August 27, 2012



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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Remember this:

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Yes - even if you don't know where this road of life is taking you, or what's around the next bend even, just keep going, and you WILL move into deeper and greater maturity...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sneak Peek Friday - Book Spine Poetry


I have the honor of guest posting at my friend Jennifer’s blog today.  Won’t you join me there for a little fun with books and poetry?

Click here or on the "In the Studio" button above to go see what all the fun is about!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Healing Journey:

I saw this on "Tumblr" and thought it was such a good image that defines the journey of healing emotions and trauma - or even just living life! I hope you enjoy it too!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Remember this:


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Blog Hop Networking Party! {Plus a birthday surprise}

This is what I've been working on this week - we won't be able to go back to Iowa for the party, 
except in Spirit...

Photo Book - Present for Poppa Murry's 85th Birthday 
(SHHH, don't tell him, it's a surprise!)

And I'm joining in this new blog hop:
Are you ready to network??
Are you prepared to make some new bloggy friends??
Well, here's your chance!
Link up to the homepage of your blog.
….follow Host and Co-Hosts {pretty please}
Feel free to follow by Facebook, Twitter, or whatever works best for you!
….hop // network // have fun!

If you'd like to post this linky on your blog, grab the code HERE.
The more, the merrier!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simple Woman's Daybook

Today is a different input to "Simple Woman's Daybook" - a list of simple things that are important to me - every day...
Processed with Pioneer Woman’s “Old West” action (adjusted to be less yellow) and one layer of Kim Klassen’s “Reverie” set at colorburn – love the vintage dreamy effect!

There are so many favorite everyday moments!
Each small event, each hour, each little happening
- these are what builds a life -

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Painting with Light - Sneak Peek Friday

Using a technique of "painting with light" in Photoshop to try to produce a halo effect...I can "see" using this on photos of sweet tweener!


All these things are working within and without this week...

May your weekend be full of the blessings of He who watches over you...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Simpl Woman's Daybook

August 7th, 2012

A peek into my's all about the tweener - someday she may be embarrassed about the "bedhead"!
Bed head, 3Ds, "chillaxin'" in the recliner, and fancy knee high tennis shoes - it's a tweener life!

Outside my window... it is dawn - I love how the sky lightens gradually, a slow revelation of the beauty of nature...

In the kitchen...Made an incredible mixed melon salsa - a flavor burst in the mouth!  Who knew onions and serrano peppers complemented melons?  And sweet tweener's mint collection came into play, too.

I am wearing...a white sundress to stay cool in!

I am creating...headbands, bracelets, and chokers out of leftover t-shirt knit from working on sweet tweener's T-Shirt quilt.  It is a tweener world.

I am take sweet tweener to the last free summer movie at the Weatherford theater - Madagascar 2 -

I am to make today's scripture reading into art...I can sort of "see" it, but I'm wondering...

From the learning room...Setting the schedule for the coming school year - only 3 weeks of summer left!

Around the house...sewing projects, cleaning out the school closet, planning the fall garden.

I am thankful...35 years of marriage {how did the years add up so fast!?} to the same steady, loyal man...
Our photos already have a vintage, faded look without ANY processing!  But on this one I did add Pioneer Woman's "soft and faded" action, because it really added an overall softness...

A favorite quote for today...
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.                                                      Robert Frost
One of my favorite things...compliments from sweet tweener on what I have cooked.

A few plans for the rest of the week...a birthday party overnight at sweet tweener's friend's house, another get together with another friend later in the week, swimming?

A Scripture to meditate on from this morning: 
"Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land." Isaiah 32:2
Lectio Divina:
We read the passage slowly: lectio
We meditate on the Word or phrase: meditatio 
We talk with God: oratio
We are silent: contemplatio

Friday, August 3, 2012

Whatever - subway art for tweeners

We don't allow sweet tweener to use the word "Whatever" at the house...

It is often used (when we hear it in media) to convey disrespect...
however, of course we use a "valley-girl accent" and goof around with the word
 - alot...

It is good practice for her, to be able to bridle her tongue, but....

she is still a tweener - and since it is her Poppa who is more strict than me and, well, God just dropped this in my heart during quiet times one morning to bless her with....

More "whatever" verses to come:  1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; Colossians 3:23

You can order a digital or paper print from the etsy shop.

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