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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Inspired by... white


Hello everyone!  I know all of you have had "one of those weeks" (years?!) at one time or another. Last week (year) was definitely one for me! Thanks for your patience with the infrequent blog posts. I'm hoping that improves significantly in March!

I also made a change to my blog address recently and hope I didn't lose anyone!  If anyone reading this post got here through an email subscription, please drop me a comment or email! My redirect is showing as valid, but the previous site is coming up Not Found. Still trouble-shooting that situation...

Enough of the house-keeping, on to today's post.

This week's Texture Tuesday theme is centered around the color white. Since I posted about my beautiful white roses two weeks ago, and shared my wild rose gradient effect last week, I was running low on "white" material.

So, I decided to share with you some recent pictures I took in Johnson City, TX at the site of Lyndon Johnson's boyhood home.


Boyhood_Home Plaster-squared texture at multiply 100%


Boyhood_Home2 SOC


"For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." (Col 1:16)


Boyhood_Home3 Serious Magic texture, screen 100%


That last shot looks "seriously" tilted to me, but I've decided the bench is crooked and throwing off my perspective. What do you think? Crooked bench, or crooked photographer? {smile}


In closing, I had some fun with Kim's texture dream on this rock cliff across the highway from the Lake LBJ overlook.


RockFace Dream texture, color burn 100%, then another layer using multiply blend 100%


I enjoyed visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center. The gallery exhibit is very well done.  I look forward to returning in the spring to visit LBJ's ranch and Lady Bird's Wild Flower Center.

With all the rain we've been having, I'm hopeful for a vibrant Spring! If you're in the Texas Hill Country – stop by – it's worth the trip!








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Monday, February 20, 2012

Inspired by... a wild rose

To me, there is nothing "common" about roses.

I love them.

They make me happy... {sigh}

This beauty was the perfect "model" for Kim's newest texture, Felicity.  It also worked well for my attempt at this week's "Beyond" challenge: creating a painterly effect.



Featuring Klassen's sienna texture. Soft Light blend.



Attempting to create a "painterly affect"

This time I applied a cyan filter (50%) and then sienna texture, multiply blend mode 81%


Wild_Rose_Felicity_Gradient This beautiful result appeared after applying a gradient map and then Kim's felicity texture, soft light blend mode, 100%


I'd love to hear what you think... and don't forget to check out all the amazing submissions at this week's parties.  Just click on the links below!







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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Inspired by... Austen


Fans of Jane Austin may remember that Edward Ferrars in Sense & Sensibility wore a ring, in which was set a lock of Lucy's hair. Despite the fact that it's Lucy's hair (not Elinor's), I find this uncommonly endearing.

How likely is the modern man to wear such a novelty? While I believe there are still plenty of romantic and sentimental men out there, the majority of the jewelry I found for sale on line that incorporated a loved one's hair was "memorial" jewelry rather than something worn as a show of present affection.

So what might be a better option for the modern man?

How about a key chain?




This was an easy project using scrapbook paper, modge-podge, dimensional magic and a lock of hair. I began by cutting out a small square of scrapbook paper.




Be sure to glue the paper down, or you can end up with bubbles when you add the dimensional magic. Next I added a lock of hair and applied a generous amount of modge-podge.




Warning: this step requires a bit of patience.  At least the hair I used did. Let's just say all the strands didn't want to lay the same way.

Let the glue dry completely, before going to the next step. Once dry, add the dimensional magic.



No bubbles!


And once it dries...


Final_Texture Textured with Bonnie's Dappled Dawn


Romantic. Sentimental.

And one, I think, Miss Austen would find to be most sensible.


The perfect gift for the modern man!






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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Inspired by... happiness and a love letter


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

I have a special love letter for you {women} today.  I didn't write it and can't remember where it originated, but it's too special not to share.

I'm also joining Kim Klassen's "happiness" party today. Sharing what makes me happy...



Flowers make me happy.

And knowing God loves me, unconditionally...


...makes me happy.


God's Love Letter to Women

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being.

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects his heart and his lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ in man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart.

Support the man as the rib cage supports the body. You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side, to stand beside him and be held close to his side.

You are my perfect angel. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes - don't change them. Your lips - how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose, so perfect in form, your hands so gentle in touch. I've caressed your face in your deepest sleep; I've held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes, you are the most like me. Adam walked with me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me.

So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you: my holiness, my strength, my purity, my love, my protection and support. You are special because you are the extension of me.

Man represents my image, woman my emotions. Together you represent the totality of God. So man - treat woman well. Love her, respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you hurt me. What you do to her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart, the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father.

Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self.



What makes you happy?





Textures: 1st photo: Klassen's phoebe texture, overlay; 2nd photo: Klassen's rejoice texture, multiply




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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Inspired by... Babylon


If you know anything about Babylon, you know that it was a self-indulgent, materialistic culture. Daniel lived in Babylon (literally) and Noah lived in a culture very much the same. As, I believe, do we. I think we can learn a lot from these men about how to live in our culture, but be different from it. (Who says the Bible isn't relative to today?)

Our Pastor talked today about the challenge of Daily Surrender. His comments prompted me to ask myself the question, "Am I choosing to depend on God, daily?"

Daily. Every day. Not just when things go wrong.

Do I live by faith? or do I live by rote? (doing things systematically, in my own power, etc.)



What is my cross? and what does living by faith look like?

I think here in this country our cross is our over-indulgent, materialistic culture. We have to choose to die to self in so many ways, every day.

~~~When we are mistreated, we respond with faith, trusting God for the results. (1 Peter 2:22-23)

~~~When we are praised, we respond with faith, giving glory to God. (Prov 27:21)

~~~When we are tempted, we respond with faith, trusting God for the results. (1Cor 10:13)

It's not easy to respond with faith. And to do so, we must seek to live humbly and holy. The key word here is: seek


"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to

God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Heb 11:6)


God will never refuse a heart that truly seeks Him.

Are you depending on God today?









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