Monday, October 3, 2016

Hope in Jesus is an Anchor to my Soul

This is my continuation of my journey into illustrating in a Bible instead of writing notes. Someone posted a picture online of their page with an anchor prominently drawn. (If I can find that inspirational post, I will credit the artist.) I still do not have the "courage" to draw over the printed words in my Journaling Bible, but thought of all the stamps I have related to anchors and tonight, I made this page.

While I was working on the page, a hymn kept going through my head, so I printed a copy of it and used wash tape as a hinge to add it to the page as a "tip in."

Then I highlighted the lyrics on the hymn that says, "In every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil." And thought I should write that on the page, too. So this is the finished page on the right. I made a mistake when writing the word "gale" in the bottom right, so I covered it with post it tape and rewrote it. Then as I thought, "Now I am done." I noticed I had smeared the word on the post it tape, so I added more black ink to make it look intentional, and stormy.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bible Journaling with art

For many months I have been reading online at numerous sites about using art in a journaling Bible. A journaling Bible is one that has 2 inch wide margins on each page to give room for note taking. I bought my Bible right away and added to my stash of pens, pencils, and markers, practiced writing in a decorative way in a notebook, and started "collecting" verses that I thought would be a place to start  because they brought images to mind.  I finally got the courage to put ink to paper. These verses were my comfort late at night when I was troubled (coming up on Jake's birthday...he has spent half his life in prison and has almost as long to go) and couldn't sleep. I found these words in Hebrews 13(v.5 and 8)and decided it was time to put ink to the page. I used stamps and sponged with distress inks. The handwriting and lettering is my own.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Disney observations

Spent two days at Disneyworld last week with my 12 year old granddaughter and was making mental observations that I will try to write here( a week later).

  • Waiting in lines you get to visit with people from all over the country (and world if language isn't a barrier). It's like everyone is family.
  • There was an occasional time when people asked to join the rest of their family ahead of us.
  • Little boy waiting to see fireworks at Cinderella's castle will not hesitate to pull down his pants to pee in the bushes nearby, much to his mother's embarrassment.
  • Temperatures in the 90s mean frequent trips to the smoothie and ice cream shops.
  • Soaking a bandana in cool water and leaving it around my neck was a great way to stay cool.
  • If there are misters in the line, that's where the line stops for awhile.
  • Space mountain is not to be confused with splash mountain.
  • One of the best parts of the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular in Hollywood studios is listening to the John Williams soundtrack.
  • If you love Disney movies, you will love the Fantasmic show at Hollywood studios.
  • The Little Mermaid show at Hollywood studios is a nice place to cool down, what with the splashing surf and bubbles. Even better: the Frozen sing along where it snows at the end.
  • Favorite rides: Big Thunder mountain, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Everest, and Tower of Terror
  • Worst line, worst crowd: leaving Magic Kingdom after the fireworks show.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I am happy, are you?

Seems every time I come here to write a new post, I am surprised to see how much time has passed since my last post. I guess all those posts I wrote in my head didn't get written here.

So what's making me happy? After watching the Tony Awards this month, I was interested in Hamilton, the musical that took so many of the awards. Years ago, I remember, watching that same award show and hearing about Les Miserables in the same way, and not getting enough of that music. Back then I used my library card to borrow the complete soundtrack, numerous CD set, and playing it repeatedly and renewing it as many times as allowed. It is still my favorite musical. I was fortunate to be able to see two different touring companies of it, too. I remember smiling when sitting next to Tim in Chrysler Hall, the tickets were his birthday gift to me, and he says three songs into the show, "They sing everything?! Is there no dialogue?" Years later, again for my birthday, we watched the movie opening day, but he came out saying, "Now I understand the story!"

We have Amazon Prime membership and I found that the complete Hamilton soundtrack is available for download to Prime membership. (I think the music is the best perk of Prime membership.) As I write this, I am listening to the album for the third time in a little over a week. The music is very different for Broadway musicals, rap & hip hop, but the ballads remind me of those in Les Mis. I have to agree with the voters, this music is phenomenal!
And I have a new favorite! Can't wait till they start touring!