Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lance Armstrong! For real!

Hi all,
Sunday on Fathers day I had the best opportunity!
Our little town was holding their annual bike race and lo and behold Lance Armstrong decided to take part this year!!!
I've been following Lances career and life over the years but never
thought I'd get to see him in person, so this was very exciting!
(He's the rider to the right of the motorcycle, in the gold yellow and black, his livestrong colors)

Lance Armstrong has won the Tour de France seven times now and is the current record holder for that event, he's now going to try for an eighth win soon. And if I were a betting woman, I'd place my bets on him, that's for sure!
I've heard the comments here and there that Mr. Armstrong is not always such a polite and sweet guy, but anyone who can raise millions of dollars for cancer research, fight with all his being to survive testicular and brain cancer and also win the Tour de France seven times is an amazing human being and I am without a doubt sooooo thrilled that I got to witness him
in his element.

Thank you Lance Armstrong, for never giving up and giving us all a super Fathers day afternoon.

talk to you soon,

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thank you Cinderella Moments!

Hi all,
Caroline from Cinderella Moments sent me
this lovely blog award today!
I adore the photo, and it was such a nice surprise to
see that she visits and enjoys reading my blogging
She has a lovely shop on Etsy, so check it out when
you get a chance!
Caroline also creates these amazing art buttons
that totally make me oooohhhh
and ahhhhhh.

Thank you Caroline
for such a wonderful award!!!

talk to you all soon,

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fans of Marie Antoinette!

Hi all,
Here is my Marie Antoinette pink foo foo box!
It came out looking like a fancy pink wedding cake, maybe even like something that Marie herself would of ordered!

It took many hours to design and create but I had the best time
working with all that pink ribbon and gorgeous lace and pearls.
I also added vintage pink buttons and a vintage crystal clear glass button to the pic of Marie.
Then when I added the clear glass glitter, it just made me dance around the room with delight!

If you are interested in reading more about it, then go to my etsy shop and see more.
Hope you like it too, even if you aren't a pink kind of girl, this just
came out so girly that it will make you say ahhhhhhhh.

talk to you all soon,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Spiritual side of Van Gogh

Hi all,
I've been reading the book "The Shoes of Van Gogh"
a spiritual and artistic journey to the ordinary.
And let me tell you, it is fantastic!!!

The author of the book is Cliff Edwards who also wrote the book "Van Gogh and God"
and his connection to Vincent van Gogh is totally fierce and touching.
I too have always felt a connection (some say addiction, lol)
to van Gogh because of his spiritual search as well as his artistic journey
and to read the writings of someone who also has such
a passion for this tortured and genius of an artist is such a pleasure to read.

Also at the beginning of the book is a forward written by Henri Nouwen who
has taught several seminars on "The Ministry of Vincent van Gogh".
Here is an excerpt of that forward:
"After all these decades of van Gogh studies, finally someone opens up for us
Vincent's deepest quest and convincingly shows that the art of the "sorrowful, yet
always rejoicing" Dutch painter is of deep theological and spiritual significance.
Cliff Edwards radically dispels the view that Vincent was lost in religious fanaticism
until he found his true vocation as a painter.
He clearly demonstrates that the whole of Vincent's life and work is a rich
source for all those who search for a deeper knowledge of God".

Henri Nouwen later went on to write:
Few writers or painters have influenced me as much as Vincent.
This deeply wounded and immensely gifted Dutchman
brought me in touch with my own brokenness and talents in ways nobody else
could. He painted what I had not before dared to look at; he questioned what I
had not before dared to speak about; and he entered into spaces of the heart
that I had not before dared to come close to. By doing so he brought me in
touch with many of my fears and gave me the courage to go further and deeper
in my search for a God who loves.
And now here is the book: Van Gogh and God.
It almost seems that Cliff Edwards,
in his careful and sensitive study of Vincent's spiritual journey, is telling me that
I was not crazy after all when I spoke of Vincent as one of the main spiritual guides
in my life and when I invited students to discover him as a true source of
theological reflection".

Henri concludes his forward with these words:
"I am deeply grateful that Van Gogh and God has been written. and I am
convinced that those who read it will find in Vincent a lasting spiritual companion".

I too am deeply grateful to Cliff Edwards for writing this wonderful book, and if
you also are a fan of Vincent van Gogh then you will love it too. It has brought
tears to my eyes and touched my heart in so many ways and I have only read
half the book!
So, check it out this summer and you'll be glad you did.

talk to you soon,

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The joy of giving

Hi all,
About a month ago someone contacted me about making my tea
tags for their non profit event, and while doing research on it
I became more and more excited about the opportunity.
The name of the organization is called Enchanted Makeovers
and the founder is a woman named Terri Grahl.
Enchanted Makeovers is a non-profit organization that transforms shelters for women and children into places of peace and possibilities—not just where basic needs are met, but spiritual needs for hope and beauty also.
And they are putting on a celebration of cooking event on June 25th.
The girls will be the belles of the ball and will be treated to a day of music,
flowers, delicious food, gifts and treats.

I know that this day will make lovely memories for all who participate and I am honored
to be able to be a part of this wonderful event.
I pray that my little tea tags will bring joy and fun to each girl as they hold them in
their hands, and that this special day will always remind them that they are loved.

When you get a chance check out the above links and learn more about this wonderful
organization and how it all got started.

talk to you soon,