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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Inspired by. . . EarlK

 

One of the things I love most about blogging is my fellow bloggers, their creativity, and the inspiration they are to me.

Many of you commented that my lily image from last week's post looking like a painting.

Then I found Earl's lovely submission when browsing through the Texture Tuesday gallery last week.

Earl's well done tutorial inspired me to play a bit in Photoshop.

 

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No textures applied here. Just playing around with the artistic filters in CS2.  The inspire brush is part of a free brush set I gave away for my birthday last year. It's still available for download, here.

 

I was further inspired when I saw Stephanie's beautiful layout.  And decided I was long over due for one of my own.

 

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Once again, on the background photo I used the artistic filters in CS2. I used Kim's deardreamer texture on the Biltmore photo. The scrapbooking elements are from Delicious Scraps.

It's been awhile since I've done digital scrapbooking. It was an enjoyable afternoon!

 

Have a wonder-filled day,

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inspired by. . . Paul

 

 

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This scripture is so inspiring to me.

For the good that I want to do, I do not do.

 

I do not live in a state of denial.

I know the truth of who I am.

Wretched woman indeed.

 

Knowing a saint like Paul experienced the same struggle against Self comforts me.

It gives me hope.

It encourages me to try again.

{and again, and again, and again. . . .}

 

I cry out in the same voice, "Who will save me? Who can save me?"

There is only One answer.

 

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

 

 

Blessings,

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspired by. . . lilies

I had the privilege of visiting the Vanderbilt estate, Biltmore, in Asheville, North Carolina this past week. The grounds and gardens on the 8,000 {not a typo} acre estate are breathtaking.

Here are just a few of the pictures I took at the lily pond.

 

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Textured with Kim's Sybil

 

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Textured with Kim's bentedges

 

Originally, a Star Maiden had looked down on her people and longed to be with them. Falling from the sky, she had first hidden herself in a white mountain rose. But she was too far away from the village, and became lonely. Then she hid in a prairie flower, but the trampling buffalo made her afraid. Finally, she floated over a lake and saw her reflection. This pleased her, and she floated down and rested like a canoe upon the cool bosom of the water. The next morning the lake was covered with great white shining star-shaped blossoms, with golden fragrant hearts.

“The night stars have bloomed again in the water,” sang the children, and hand clasping hand, they bent over the water-edge to dip their noses into the big, sweet, wonderful flowers. “Wahbegwannee,” the children sang. The White Star Flowers.

Then the winds caressed the white flowers' petals, and the birds kissed her golden heart. Through her long slender stems, fish guided their darting course, and upon her flat green leaves dragonflies sparkled like gems. The moonbeams wooed her by night, but she shut her heart and denied them entrance, for she loved only her people.

The heart of the Star Maiden grew full, for the joys and sorrows of her beloved people were at last her own. And the men sat no more around the council fire, but smoked their pipes on the shore in sight of the lily pads.  ~The Legend of the Starflower, excerpt from Starflower, A Novel

 

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Inspired by . . . an announcement

I've been on vacation {it was either that or a straight jacket} and so I'm a little late with this . . .

 

Available Now!

 

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I shared some excerpts from this book in a recent blog post.

If you're interested in learning more about Gladness for Mourning, or Heart's Desire, the first book in the Whispers of Grace Series, please visit my website at junecaedmon.com

 

I'm looking forward to sharing some of my vacation photos with you soon!

 

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Inspired by. . . the ethereal

 

I'm a little late to the party, but since Photo Art Friday is moving to once a month, and I've so missed Bonnie and her Galleria these last few weeks, I really wanted to participate!

I was enjoying my shady side-garden a couple of weeks ago – playing around with some self-portraits. Taking pictures of my reflection on my computer screen.

I thought this image, textured with Bonnie's starburst texture, fit the ethereal category this week:

 

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Enjoyed a lovely day at the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, NC today.  I have a lot of beautiful photos to share with you. . . soon!

But this shot seemed to fit Bonnie's theme as well.

 

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I hope you'll click over to the Gallery and see all the fabulous works "hanging" there!

 

If you'll permit me a little housekeeping: Maureen, I'd be happy to answer your request, but your comment came through as a "no-reply" blogger, so I don't have your email address.  Please email me directly, inspiredbyjune@gmail.com, so I can respond to you!

 

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Inspired by . . . the sea

 

"... and there was no more sea." Rev 21:1

This used to make me sad. I love the sea, and wondered, "Why would Jesus get rid of the sea when He returns?"

But further on Jesus tells us, "Behold, I make all things new." And so, perhaps, there is no more old sea, but a new one for us to explore and enjoy.

 

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Textured with Kim's Sweettart

It's difficult to imagine a deeper beauty. . .

 

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Or more imaginative creatures. . .

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"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Co 13:12

 

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"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. " 1Co 2:9

 

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All this He does, freely, out of the purest love, for our good pleasure. To reveal pieces of Himself.

In hopes that we might respond.

With adoration and praise.

 

Blessings,

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Inspired by. . . my garden

 


I am so thankful for my garden. No matter how my life day is going, when I look out either of my two front windows, I see these happy blossoms and I feel -

JOY.

 

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That is a GIFT.

 

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I've been feeling pursued lately.

Some would say it's mercy and grace nipping at my heels. It doesn't FEEL like mercy and grace! But then, the author of Footprints in the Sand didn't feel like she was being carried during the hard times of her life either.

 

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." (Psalm 23:6)

 

I think it is often that way. God is there, in the most profound ways, when we are least aware of Him, and when we need Him the MOST.

 

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That is a GIFT.

A GIFT I can never repay. But I can {try to} do as He asks. I can {try to} do good, and pursue peace.

 

"...do good, seek peace, and pursue it." (Psalm 34:14)

 

Perhaps, if mercy and grace are pursuing me, and I'm pursuing peace. . .

 

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. . . at some point we will all happily collide.

 

Blessings,

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