Thursday, April 24, 2014

Middle School Journaling

A couple of weeks ago, our Mid-High Youth Pastor asked me if I would come and talk to the teens about creative journaling.  She had given them journals at the beginning of the school year, but they needed some inspiration.  She had recently seen my Documented Life Journal and joined the Facebook group herself.  I gathered some materials and thoughts for the night and shared with them last Wednesday.  
                   
Many of them had never thought of adding creativity to their journals.  I talked to them about how to keep thoughts private.  I showed them how they could use photographs.  We talked about all the various materials that could be used.  I encouraged them to "make it their own" and not worry about what someone else does.  Some of them are good artists, some like to write, some may just write lists and some love to take pictures.  I tried to cover as many different interests as I could think of.  I even encouraged the boys who may like to draw cars, superheroes, or sports figures.  

I knew that not all of them would take to it.  It was exciting to see some of them really interested and asking questions.  You can see the big fort they built before I got there.  It was the biggest and most amazing fort I have ever seen.  You could tell they loved it.  I love teenagers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fountains, Friends, Swings and Salads

I wish I could take good pictures of our back yard landscaping.  It's all finished, but there is still scaffolding around the house.  It makes for really ugly pictures.  I can give you some sneak peeks, however.  Here is a picture of our new fountain in the back.  It's made from a culvert.  I saw a larger one in a neighboring town and LOVED it.  I took a photo and showed it to our landscaper.  He made it happen.  The birds have discovered it already. The Palo Verde trees are beautiful already, but they will get big and lush with yellow blossoms. I love how the blossoms float on the water in the fountain. Their trunks are green which will set off the Red Bud trees when they bloom and the purple cactus. There are also grasses which will blow gracefully on our breezy days. 
            
I also wanted a simple swing from the patio.  It's perfect for sitting on and watching the view.  Our friends joined us for Easter dinner and tried it out.  It's perfect for two.

Our Easter dinner was very simple.  

Ham
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Jello Salad
Rolls
Carrot Cake

This salad was fast, easy and delicious.  You can find the recipe at Love and Lemons.  Did you make a new recipe for Easter?  Please share if you did! 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

In Sickness and In Health

This guy had to have a new photo made for his work bio.  I think it turned out pretty darn good.  

Tomorrow is his parent's 60th wedding anniversary.  Here they are on their wedding day. 

They are still loving each other through thick and thin.  
Lately it's getting hard.  Not the loving part, just the care part.  

Happy Anniversary Jack and Wilma!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On Track

I can't say I'm on track with many of my goals these days, but one I have continued to be consistent on is my new art journal venture.  I've told you about this project before but wanted to give you an update.  Here's the progress I've made since my last "show and tell".

 Challenge 8 - Add a flap
I used an old seed packet I found and a favorite picture of my girls.
 Challenge 9 - collage something recycled
I used pieces from download instructions from Claudine Hellmuth's little houses, 
a fruit label, part of a flour label, and magazine letters. 
 Challenge 10 - What Makes Me, Me.  Just doodled.
Challenge 11 - Put a bird on it. 
I used vintage wallpaper and book page, a deli paper birdie and scrapbook paper.
 Challenge 12 - cut up a magazine.
I cut up several fashion girls from a In-Style magazine, glued them onto a painted background.  
It prompted a scripture verse about not going along with the crowd, Romans 12:2
 Challenge 13 - Have someone else draw in your journal and make something out of it. 
My husband draws pretty well, so I asked him to draw something.  Not surprising that it was a picture of the hills and his new bicycle. 
 I wasn't sure what to do with it, so first I painted it with watercolors.
 I decided to add a deli paper overlay and thought it needed a lady watching over him.
Challenge 14- Write your name and embellish it. 
I basically copied someone else's very cool doodles of her name.
Challenge 15 - Monotone
I decided to use pink. 
 I'm not so good at this stuff, but I had fun using a stencil, punchinella, shape stamps and doodling.  
I added the scripture from Philippians 4:19 in white.  

Do you consistently keep an art journal, a prayer journal, or gratitude journal?





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