I recently came across Matt Tommey's podcast while searching for Christian artist resources. He offers a boatload of free resources that I have just begun to explore! His outreach is to creatives of all kinds including writers, musicians, crafters, and artists.
Below are free links to an awesome "Gathering of Artisans" Conference held last week in North Carolina, that Matt broadcast Live on Facebook. (I don't think you need to have an account to view.) He offers many more free resources you can access on his website, including his podcast. Clickhere. Enjoy!!
I was always pretty intimidated, but was convinced by the rave reviews and great instructions on this post by Robyn Stone at Add A Pinch to give it a try! The recipe makes a LOT, but they can be frozen, or shared. :) Evan is a big cinnamon roll fan, and loved these... Me, too! I actually ran out of time and made these in two days. After the part where you cut and lay them in the pan, I covered the pan well in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. I gave them their second rise the next morning, by letting them sit above a warm toaster oven. Ever tried Saigon cinnamon or creme bouquet flavoring? I'd never heard of these, but after reading different recommendations, I've been using them in my baked goods. All I can say is "Wow!"
Evan and I were stunned at the variety and excellent quality of the work
The musicians and refreshments were outstanding!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the exciting atmosphere
Evan and I had an awesome time at the St. Catherine's Patron of the Arts 19th Annual Photography, Art & Poetry Exhibitionthis past weekend! The multi-faceted and multi-dimensional show featured over 700 pieces of art of all kinds (and all ages), including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, as well as photography, poetry, live musical performances, and fantastic refreshments. It was one of the most enjoyable and best-quality shows I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of.
To make it more fun, the show offered 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Judges Choice Awards in various categories. The prospectus said winners would be notified by email the Friday before the show. I was hoping to hear something, but the Friday came and went and I assumed the awards went to other people. Evan and I were both disappointed, but we went to the show excited and expecting to have a good time.
As we made our way among all the stunning artwork and poems, we discovered that I had won three awards! There wasn't enough time to notify the winners this year, and the surprise left me stunned and floating on a cloud! I won:
Judges Choice Award - Art,Transformation First Place Art Award - Mixed Media, Aslan Spirituality Award - Poetry,Your Love Heals Me
Until recently I had been avoiding spending time working on creative projects due to anxiety and other stresses.This book, The Story of With: A Better Way to Live, Love, & Create, has given me a new perspective. For this new collage, Aslan, I determined to fight the anxiety and spend time creating as 'worship' to God, WITH God. I purposed to just enjoy the creative process, engaging with HIM as I worked. As opposed to putting pressure on myself to 'perform', It was a totally different (and enjoyable) experience working this way. I'm excited to continue working on new projects, and have several other collages in the works.
All glory to God!
Evan's a big part of my success-- his encouragement, support and feedback are invaluable!
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Because Hobbs is on a weight-loss diet and Tater's a slower eater, we had to come up with a way for them to eat together without constant monitoring. After watching this video, I came up with this makeshift solution... (Hobbs' food bowl is up on the piano.) Pretty low-budget, but it works! Tater's growing so fast he barely fits in this opening anymore, Lol. Anyway, I'm grateful for the idea!
Friends blessed us with tickets to see "Miracle of Christmas" yesterday at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA. The show was absolutely I N C R E D I B L E ! Stunning drama, choreography, singing, sets and costumes-- all based on scripture! If you have the opportunity to go for ANY of their shows, don't hesitate-- GO!!! :-) For more info on Sight & Sound Theater, click here.
One of my favorite bloggers, Michelle at the Brown Eyed Baker, posted this recipe just in time for the Jewish holidays. I made it a few weeks ago, and it was a big hit, soooo good (and easy)! For recipe click here