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Thursday, March 31, 2016

For Vanities Sake

It's almost the end of Spring Break here, & I haven't done a whole heck of a lot. The great thing about working for a school is I got the whole week off with my kids, even though it has been less than eventful.  The three kiddos have at least occupied themselves with friends, while I've been in a self-imposed exile,  cooped up because I decided to play dermatologist, & give my face a chemical peel.  No outdoors for me.

So that means no hiking, no biking, no running(during the day).  Wondering who really has time to do all these beauty things regularly in real life, this might be a one time trial for me, because I feel like it's taking me away from all the things I love.  Although, it may be worth it for some brand new baby skin.  I'm not holding my breath though....right now it feels like leather.

So I've passed a few hours making some things with clay.  Here are a couple girlies I made lately.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunny Saturday & I Need To Get Out

It feels like Spring out there, & if all goes according to my plan....the family & I will get out on a trail, or outdoors someplace today.  Right now, I am waiting, semi-patiently for them to stir & feel the itch to do something.  But my kids seem content to be glued to the tube right now, & my husband is napping. We all have our different ideas about what a fun Saturday entails.

This is a painting I finished the other day.  Its acrylic, watercolor, & paper on canvas.  I want to try & work on a different style face, sometimes I attempt to go another direction with a painting, & the face that comes out is just a variation of my usual face.  I guess that is just my painting style, but that doesn't mean my work can't evolve.  I'm going to keep experimenting.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Politics & Love

Warning possible rant ahead...

Here's some of the reasons that I sometimes feel like I'm over the whole Christianity thing, like today.  Notice I didn't say I'm over God.  God is entirely separate to me than some of the ugly things "Christians" or religion spouts.  God is about love & grace. God is who saved me, & continues to save me each day.

Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of what I hear out there from people who often times shout the loudest to be heard, is coming from places of fear, or prejudice, or simply just regurgitating other people's opinions because they don't have minds of their own.

I am too sensitive, I know this. I care deeply about things that matter to me, & I may take it too personally when some Christians say awful things about our President, or are constantly saying their political beliefs are the only way to believe. I've heard this a lot, & have felt that message "that I am not Christian enough" or my beliefs aren't "Christian" from some in my own family. Wouldn't life be boring if we all thought exactly the same way? By the way, I didn't know there was one "official" political party Jesus said He endorses. I'm really & truly over it at this point in my life. I wish when I was younger it was okay to question things openly, I wish there was more open dialogue growing up, & more grace. Now as an adult when I run into all black & white thinking, preachy, brick walls, it makes me want to run. It also makes me sad, & makes me want to distance myself from this thing called "Christianity" sometimes.  

I'm trying to work on not letting other people's junk affect me too much. I've been blessed with this mind & this heart that view things uniquely the way they do, & there is nothing wrong with that. I'm going to continue to love, instead of using the Bible to thump people over the head with it. And pray of course, that is what I'm going to do.

Recent Embroidery Work....the only creative thing I've done lately