Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On My Desk

I apologize for being MIA last week. We were on vacation and I had every intention of posting on Friday, but I was completely and utterly absorbed with our days...in a way I haven't been in a long, long time. More on that THIS Friday!

Today, I sat down to my desk and found ants. This is NOT, NOT, NOT my favorite way to begin the day. Just a few of them, but pesky none the less. Particularly when they dodge and hide in my computer keys. 

Like usual, I have a pile on my desk that needs to be put away and a list for the upcoming months to prepare for art-wise.

 I'm still determined to learn some Photoshop and take the second half of the Make Art That Sells class. Summer days make it very hard for me to concentrate and I do a lot of procrastinating. The last thing I want to do this week is over tax my summer brain with learning Photoshop, so maybe next week.
Besides, I am so loving my summer mornings.
I begin with my coffee and summer fruit, sitting at the art table.

I read Jesus Calling, work a bit in my small art journal and sometime later, Brenna wanders downstairs and I get my daily dose of snuffling around her neck for the smell of freshly woken up child.

This week, the entry for July 29 in Jesus Calling struck a chord. It talked about Jesus being the Anchor of our soul.  Being adrift, needing an anchor, feeling grounded, solid, being confident all resonates in my heart with this entry.
I will be pondering the message of "living deeply" this week and see how it comes through in my art.

I especially love this verse from the Message version:

28 And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.

Brenna watches some t.v., and I putter in the art room, gathering ideas and beginning projects. We have breakfast together and so begins the day.

I have experimented making my own stencils the last couple of months. It's tough to get smooth lines with a razor and I saw on Instagram that some folks use a Versa-Tool.

I'm going to give it a whirl after breakfast today, using Quilter's Template Plastic.
Has anyone else tried this?
I'll post the results next week!

Someone is asking for food, so I'll sign off for now.
Have a great day~


  1. Make sure you put glass or something under it while it's on. If you try to cut your stencil material on top of you plastic art table, you are liable to get more than you bargained for. :)

  2. The versa tool looks interesting,, good luck.

  3. Being utterly absorbed in our days with family is the best place to be!!

    I love that passage of scripture and now want to do a little study on it. This is why it takes me so long to put together a lesson. I am prone to wander... thankfully, the kind of wandering through the word I'm talking about is a whole lot better than the other kind of wandering. (Which I'm also prone to do.)

    You mention two things that I have wanted to do here. One, I would love to be savvy at photoshop. I'm just discovering picmonkey because I'm always two steps behind a curve. The other is make my own stencils. I would love to do that too.

    Glad you had a good vacation week, utterly absorbed in your days.