Sunday, January 11, 2015

PostHeaderIcon Not Afraid

Mankind is not mindless. We do not think the same thing. If we allow Freedom of Speech but cannot offend, we have no freedom at all.

I agree with my whole heart with the above statement. I am so very blessed to live in a country that allows free speech. It is my fervent prayer that the massacre of the French journalist and cartoonists will not have the main stream media running scared to report the news. We as a nation do not need politically correct, we need unbiased reporting of the facts. I found myself glued to the television watching the events play out as the French police tracked down the terrorists. They wanted to be martyrs. They are not. Instead the men who drew cartoons and did not let themselves be intimidated into silence will be the "martyrs"...the ones who will be remembered and in the history books for standing up for the right to have the freedom to voice an opinion...Georges Wolinski, who worked under the pen name Wolinski, Jean "Cabu" Cabut, Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac and Philippe Honore, known as Honore and journalist  Charlie Hebdo.  You did not scare the people of France into backing down and becoming quiet, nor did you scare the rest of the
world into silence. 

Of all the photos I saw over the week I find this image of the people in Paris gathering in solidarity so powerful it reaches down into my soul. LOVE not hate UNITES!!!!! 

My heart breaks for the families and friends affected by all the events related to this hate filled and senseless crime. 

This is what has been on my heart this week. The internet has made the world a much smaller place than it used to be. We are a World Community.  Love one another to the best of your abilities and accept your differences. We all have different paths to take through this journey called life. ♥ 


Friday, January 2, 2015

PostHeaderIcon Dear Beautiful Me

Dear Beautiful Me, 
I am glad to finally put an end to 2014. It has left me broken and searching for inner strength and meaning to life. I found this post on The Brave Girls website that really resonated with me.  I needed to be reminded that even though my wings were broken that I CAN FLY AGAIN!
It will just take time and that it is very much okay for it to take that time. That's one of the things Melody took time to say in her post. My soul needed to hear those words. It's easy to be influenced by others to think that feelings can stop/start according to a timeline, more specifically their timeline. I don't normally make resolutions for the new year but this year I do have several but the ones that really spoke to my heart and deep within my soul were in this graphic that was shared on Facebook. I saved it for inspiration long before I ever knew I would be needing these words of encouragement. God knew though.

This year is a journey. I hope you take it with me. It is my sincerest desire to inspire you and encourage you on your journey also. If you have a blog/facebook, link me up and I will add it to my reading list so that I can come by and leave a little love your way. ♥

Sunday, November 30, 2014

PostHeaderIcon Wanderer's, Journey's and Destinations

Tangie Baxter introduced me to art journaling in 2010 with her first Art Journal Caravan. I thought I was in sheer heaven. I had never heard of nor seen anything like it before. My scrapbook experience was based in the traditional paper style of scrapping with all things archival and safe for the next thousand years. My digital experience was in Paint Shop Pro creating signature tags. Art journaling was the perfect blend of both. I could scrapbook or art journal all digital, all mixed media or combine the two. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!!! Four years of being a part of Tangie's Art Journal Caravan has taught me that it's up to me to make time to create and very acceptable to express my feelings through my art. Creatively my world was wide open and this led me to stumble upon a little store called Deviant Scrap recently renamed Mischief Circus with so many different styles of mixed media and digital journaling. The designers are beyond stellar and the gallery will take your breath away with all the artsy inspiration!! 

Each year since the Art Journal Caravan Tangie has organized a yearly book project. This year's theme was Not all those who Wander are Lost which fit into the yearly caravan theme. I honestly had NO idea what direction my page would take but after looking through my gallery over at Mischief Circus I decided I wanted to do a series of pages using this fabulous little sky pirate
She looks so adventurous and bold and that's how I want to be in real life and most especially creatively. NO HOLDING BACK! Wandering purposely and enjoying things as they come, thus the title "Wanderer". I am thinking one more will come to complete the series. I will then treat myself and print them for the corner of the living room I have claimed as my artsy spot or either my bedroom so I can wake up each morning with reminders to enjoy the ride. Click >HERE< view all the credits.  Here is a peek at the first piece titled "The Journey is the Destination". 

The theme going into this one was Passport Dreaming

Where will your journeys take you?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

PostHeaderIcon Love is a Battlefield with Edgar Allan Poe

I never expected that after my last posting that I would take so long to post again but that's what happens when the husband "shares" his cold. The horrid awful thing about it though was that I nursed my daughter through hers and I did not get sick. I have taught her well the "rules of quarantine" for our home. I have the unfortunate luck that when I get sick....I get REALLY sick!!! Seriously....death bed sick!! My husband failed to really realize that. I loved on him by cooking homemade tomato soup, ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, bag fulls of medications all the while trying to keep a safe buffer zone. He did not follow the rules of "no touch". Not only did he not follow that rule, he expressed his gratitude for all the comfort I lovingly provided by sharing big hugs and kisses on the cheek....several times.....and screaming like he had the ebola virus to get away and love me from afar. 

Sooooo.....I got caught with a cold BIG time and then with the weather changing add some sinus headaches to the mix and I have been pretty non-functional for 3 weeks. I am very much grateful that I have been feeling good enough to get up piddle about some again. 

In between feeling alive and dead I was able to get the creative juices flowing and created this page using CryztalRain's Edgar Allan Poe kit from Micheif Circus. I totally did not see this one evolving until I was halfway through because I so wanted to do more of a haunting spooky type page but as all you art journalers know......we create the way our heart leads us. I still love it even though it's not what I set out to create. 

 The quote reads Love is a Battlefield • Heartache to Heartache We Stand • Love is a Battlefield inspired by Pat Benatar and the font used is Telescoping by Tangie Baxter. 

I will leave you with this beautiful ballad and who might inspire you also. ♥

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Just an everyday girl trying to find my way in the world to live life fiercely and passionately. I was a signature tagger for several years but art journaling has replaced that passion and it feeds my soul creativiely and spiritually. I also homeschool my DD, scrapbook, play around in photography, spoil my cats and drive my hubby insane on a daily basis. My faith in the Lord helps me juggle all these blessings. I keep this blog because it makes me happy. Sometimes I blog a lot and other times it collects a little dust. Thanks for visiting and being my friend.♥
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