Friday, August 29, 2014

in the studio :: studiojru week


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I'm feeling blue today, not because I'm sad but because I'm absolutely in love with the BLUE cross coming out of Studio JRU's place! Check it out! Isn't it fabulous?

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i have been working on a new cross and just finished it up recently!

this already has a few layers on it, but still working on it. more layers yet to come.

BluePaintedCrossStudioJRU

and here is the finished cross after the additional layers. i use watercolor in one layer and it just makes such a difference. it really brings out certain colors and changes the entire look!

ListenPaintedWoodenCrossStudioJRU

here is a close up of my lettering.

ListenCrossCloseUpStudioJRUart

so happy to share with you here in the studio today! looking forward to taking a peek into what you have been working on lately!

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Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

the moments

downtown dallas

From our recent travels, I compiled a collection of photos that remind me to enjoy the moments. Pop on over to Petit Elefant to see our adventures visually, and while you're there, remember that life goes by so fast. Pausing, enjoying, breathing are good verbs to do in the midst of it all.

Monday, August 25, 2014

birthday redo

It's birthday redo day and I get to start the fun with this beauty.

Always a pleasure to hang out with this guy.

Thankful for friends who are willing to do birthdays redos. Also thankful for my husband who planned a great day for me. Love you!

Boys and chicken.

Emma G made an amazing birthday cake!

If this wasn’t a blog post, there would be a big flashy sign that said, “Warning! There may or may not be a pity party around the bend.” Thursday, the 21st, was my birthday. I love birthdays, and I love celebrating them, whether they be for me or someone else. It wasn’t exactly an ideal day for celebrating, however. The day started and ended with absolutely no electricity. Really this is a minor setback, because in my neck of the woods, power goes out without warning and sometimes without a logical reason. Whatevs, I can handle that, but it’s my pity party, and it adds to the drama. My biggest frustration of the day was that I was sick! Like burning throat, nose and head full of mucus, I don’t want to get out of bed sick. I’m hardly ever sick, so to feel this way on my birthday? So not cool.

I’m thankful for my kids and husband and friends who are willing to change plans and do a birthday redo this past Saturday. The day was perfect spending time with my favorite people. I also loved the cake Emma G made and the massage gift certificate she gave me. I get a 2 minute massage from her every day for a week! Joshua took me shopping and bought me clothes. Such a gentleman that boy. He's growing up!

Here's to a great year!

Friday, August 22, 2014

in the studio :: super hero party


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I mentioned last week about planning the most epic Super Hero Party ever! What a blast we had dressing ridiculous and acting like crazy people! I swear, if some random person would have driven up, they would have thought we were out of our minds.

bam

My favorite part was seeing the costumes and super powers that people came up with. I saw agony on people’s faces leading up to the party, not knowing what to dress as. Creativity prevailed, and it was awesome. From M&M ninjas, to trash men, to people trying to save the world one body roll at a time, I’m telling you. It was epic.

super hero academy

Our team tried to put a lot of thought into every detail. Since one of the heroes happened to be The Informant, he kindly informed all the super heroes as they arrived to register themselves at Super Hero Academy. We gathered the best and the brightest together for graduation at the academy. As each name was called, the heroes were able to demonstrate their powers in the hopes that the rest of the heroes would vote for them, thus taking home the prize.

create

writing

popcorn

Other activities included a photo shoot against the backdrop of a building scene, a CREATE station with a real live typewriter where heroes could write a comic, and last but not least, a movie theater showing the 1960’s Batman (classic) and a FREE concession stand.

hero sandwiches

cake pops

Food consisted of HERO sandwiches, HERO snacks (veggie and fruit trays), and cake POPS. Each hero also got a snap, crackle, POP on their plate to take home for later…or not.

bang

Unfortunately the hubs was gone, but the kids and I didn’t let that spoil our fun. Joshua went as Candyman and dressed really colorful with bags of candy hanging from his pants. Emma Grace was one half of the Star Struck Sisters. I was Lady Librarian and my power was to silence a room. I was shhshing people left and right. Super annoying, but you have to play the part, right?

candyman

star struck sisters

lady librarian

shhh

It was all totally ridiculous. I realized that as I was buying party supplies and a fellow shopper asked what kind of party we were doing and then asked if it was for kids. No, lady, it was not. Sometimes, you just have to act ridiculous every once in a while, and be ok with it. Can I get an amen?


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Friday, August 15, 2014

in the studio :: enjoy


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! Does anyone else do a happy dance when Friday rolls around? I know I do. Today's happy dance also involves my excitement around the most epic super hero party we've spent weeks planning. My kitchen table has been littered for days with glitter glue, costume projects, and absolute fun. Consider that a little precursor to next week's In The Studio.

kaapsehoop

So TODAY. Let's talk about today. It's an interesting season of my life right now. I mentioned it a little last week. There's some deep places God is pinpointing, and it's quite vulnerable. Alongside that, He's showing me that I need to slow down and just breathe. Sometimes I go at a pace that leaves my mind whirling in so many directions. I take on too much, physically and mentally.

TODAY let's look at God's amazing creativity. What better way to slow down, breathe, and enjoy than stopping to take in God's beautiful creation. I feel like He's painting a new landscape for my life. This photo reflects one of my absolute favorite landscapes here in our neck of the woods. It takes my breath away every.single.time.

horse in the door

You know what else helps you to stop and slow down...laughter. Like when a horse sticks its head in your car window, and you try to snap a photo while protecting yourself. The only logical result is laughter.


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!





Monday, August 11, 2014

let's talk about culture

Understanding Culture

Culture is such an interesting thing. A recent conversation indicating I had gained weight on our trip to the states was a clear reminder of how culture plays into our daily life. I'm learning to use humor instead of letting offenses rise up. It really is quite comical when you step back and look at it. Read more about understanding culture over at Petit Elefant.

Friday, August 8, 2014

in the studio :: fire


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! It's been quite the week for me which has left me with few words on this fine Friday. Everything's good, just some good processing with God that is vulnerable and difficult at times but a good difficult. Do you know what I mean?

fire1

fire2

We had a big fire recently on the property where we live. The flames were huge and so close to our house. I could hear the cackling from inside my house. Crazy, I tell you. After the week I've had, I'm thinking about that fire. Fire can be devastating. It can wipe out which creates a space to begin afresh. It can also be refining and purifying.

I'm welcoming the fire, knowing something beautiful is going to emerge in due time. Have you ever had a fire experience like I'm talking about?


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Friday, August 1, 2014

in the studio :: art


Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I had a goal this week to finish up posting my photos from our time in England. There's probably more I could post, but I am going to finish up today with a single image from the art museum we visited in Birmingham. We've taken our kids to a lot of museums around the world. I love that they enjoy them and that it doesn't occur to them that museums have to be boring.

admiring art

Emma G is our little artiste. While she enjoyed the Natural History Museum, she did get antsy, wondering when we were going to go to the art museum. I love this image of her admiring the art that was displayed in this grand hall.

I've been reminded lately to take time to stop and enjoy the moments. This photo is another reminder to me to do just that. Admire what's before me. It always has a way of making me even more in awe of my Creator.


Now it's your turn! Remember your "studio" can be anywhere. Let's celebrate each other's creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don't forget to grab the In The Studio button!







Wednesday, July 30, 2014

the church

stained glass

After our London adventures, we headed North to Birmingham. So much fun was had there with our friends! After a walk downtown to visit one of the coolest libraries around, we went inside an old church. So much character (I mean the church, not the crazies in the photos). It was the perfect opportunity for a photo shoot.

big pipes

admiring

gazing

mad?

sweet

preach it!

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