Thursday, January 5, 2012

This and that with sneak peak photos

I can hear the soft strains of Ella Fitzgerald in the background, crooning about Paris in the Springtime.  A vanilla scented candle burns to my left because the faint traces of pool chlorine cling to my skin and hair, in spite of Dove's best efforts.  A pile of old frames are stacked on my work table, waiting for chicken wire and chalkboards and I'm ignoring them...  I'm attempting to carve out a haven of peace, because a realtor just jerked me around a little bit, calling to inquire about the best times for a showing today and then not calling me back, leaving me up in the air. It happens sometimes but it still always makes me mad. (I suppose I should repent for my critical spirit.) 
 Anyway, I've been working really hard this week creating stuff.  New things and of course returning favorites.
 I feel like I'm starting to see some progress after my month of doing nothing but painting, baking, taking pictures, and basking in twinkle light bokehs.
 Also, and this has nothing to do with anything (not that it's ever stopped me before) but I'm kind of giddy because I've been wanting a pair of navy blue Toms for months, and I was surprised to find out that I had a wad of money sitting in my consignment store account.  I took it out, and with a few rolled quarters I'd been saving up, I had enough to order them with my man's blessing. (I'm sure you all know this, but when you purchase a pair of Toms, they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need, and to be honest, I'm a total sucker for supporting that kind of thing.)
 This morning, I got the exact (and I mean almost word for word) same message in two different devos, making this the third time in a week I've heard these words. Apparently, I'm rather thick-headed and need to hear it thrice.  Same bible verse too... so I suppose this would be the answer to my prayers yesterday when I specifically whined all day to God, asking Him to "please show us what's next because I'm once again sick of waiting and it's driving me crazy and would He please just speak up already?!"
 I cringingly admit that I was a little dramatic in my prayers, siting references like maps to uncharted territory and roads to nowhere, beacons of light and to make matters worse, I might have used a "tone" with Him too... It's a really good thing He's so fond of me.  Anyway, I'm pasting a portion of that message below, because it's a reminder to myself. 

"Someone once said that if God showed us every detail of our lives - all at one time - we would sit down and refuse to face another day. We were not created to be omniscient like God. He reveals our future to us in portions we can digest - like loving parents feeding their child only the type and amount of food that the child can handle." Mary Southerland

And of course there's this... the words that keep chasing me around and around in circles.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6. 

I'm not overly fond of this verse.  It's very counter to my personality.  
 Lastly, I just finished a painting I did for Ava's room.  It's an Anthro-inspired pair of ruby slippers, complete with the words, "There's no place like home."   I even painted some red glitter on the shoes!  (Before I glittered it, I had it scanned so I can sell prints in my Etsy store.)  It's so cute I can hardly stand it.

Thanks for the chat about random things... 

What are you guys up to today?  


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the ruby slippers!

  2. I'm doing the same thing as you :) sewing and creating away to stock my shop with my winter line. I love your sneaky peekies...can't wait to really see it!

  3. I LOVE your newest painting!!!! I so wish I had that gift. Any ideas about how to hear that "word" from the Lord for the year?

  4. What a great post, and a great quote. How true is that.. and so opposite of my nature as well! Love that quilt on Ava's bed, may I inquire as to where it came from??

  5. onescrappychick- IKEA baby!! I feel in love with her bedding and it's all mis-matchy but not, you know?

  6. You inspire me with your creativity, honesty and beautifully written words about your relationship with the Lord. It really is moving and touching and I appreciate it so much. We are in a period of waiting for the Lord's will regarding private school for our almost 5 year old so I can relate in a way to wanting to know this VERY minute what the Lord is up to.
    I did a painting for my little guys room of a baseball outfield with Psalms 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

  7. Forgot to add how much I LOVE the ruby slippers painting. Just might have to buy one from your shop for our little princess. :)

  8. i love when you create
    & share
    & well, just everything :)

  9. I want to spend a day with you and just create something. I can't wait to see your next etsy shop listings!

  10. Yeah for toms...and ruby slippers. They turned out gorgeous!

  11. Those shoes remind me my first day of kindergarten I wore red patent leather oxfords, I thought I was Dorothy, I loved them so!

  12. These pictures make me anxious in the best of ways. Can't wait to see your new creations. You are a never ending source of creativity. You inspiring girl, you!


    Ps. I so hope she can make you a ring! You totally need it. : )

  13. Awe, the red shoes are adorable! And yay for Toms! My husband let me by a pair of the corduroy Toms last week, so I was pretty excited about that. :)

  14. Great quote, amazing scripture. I'm stuck on Matthew 6:25 right now. Apparently, I worry too much. Hahaha!

    Sweet painting!

    I'm so sorry you're dealing with some stinky realtors right now. Non-call backs happen, unfortunately. I pray that the people that want your home to be theirs happens very soon .

    My jewelry making supplies and art things are still somewhere in the garage, post move. I'm in desperate need of some creative time!

  15. I love the stuff you're making! Gorgeous. And as always, so are the photos.

  16. You are quite the talented painter. I love that VW van pic...the little bit we can see. So cute. The ruby slippers print will sell well. It is too adoreable. Each year in February my sister and I always watched the Wizard of Oz. You brought back some fond memories with your print. : )
    We've moved five times in the past ten years and the last two times we moved I resigned myself to giving it all to the Lord. He provide the HIS time. I know it can be frustrating...believe me you I know. Keeping the house clean everyday just in case there is a showing. Hang in their friend. I will be praying for you.

  17. love the painting! that is amazing! hang in there with the whole move thing. God's got this! just trust in him like the verse says. I can totally understand the anxiety you are going through. we had to put our house up for sale in CA to move to NC right when the market was dropping. there were many times when i thought we would never get a buyer and then one day in HIs perfect timing we had a buyer who accepted our asking price! PTL!