art, art journal, creative, DLP

My Documented Life – Week 26

Here is my take on Week 26’s Challenge of The Documented Life Project: Add a Bible verse that inspires you. Galations 5:1 is my life verse…”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” I love that verse and decided to use some watered down Dina Wakley paint (which I love!) to make some drips down the page. I also used some patterned cellophane (clear and pink) and a chipboard dragonfly. The border is some fun “happy mail” that I received. Actually, I used quite a bit of happy mail in this week’s pages. I love incorporating gifts from others into my pages. It is a collective venture…and it is soooo therapeutic.

Have a super Thursday!!

blog, blogging, craft, creative, DIY, Sherrinda

Friday Fun

Today is my last Friday off for the summer. Next week we go back to regular hours. While I won’t miss the long work days, I will miss my free day all to myself. So here is just a bunch of “stuff” that I think are fun:

I’m featured today on Mary Vee’s blog. She is a fellow Alley Cat at The Writer’s Alley and I absolutely LOVE her! You can check it out here: Mary Vee’s Friday Feature

I got crafty a couple of weeks ago and made a couple of items for my “adopted” grandson-to-be. I found a burlap bag at Hobby Lobby and decided to “dress it up”. Then I mod podged a plaque with scrapbook paper, then using wooden letters, put the baby’s name on it. They turned out okay.

So today I am going to be lazy, read, watch movies, and be selfish with my last free day.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Anything fun? 

creative, Pinterest

Just Do It…Pinterest Style

One of my DIY Pins

So I joined Pinterest back when hardly anyone knew what it was. I have 26 boards and over 1400 pins. I even have 217 followers, almost as much as my blog. It’s an interesting phenomenon and Jody Hedlund blogged about it yesterday on her website. I do believe she has sold many of her followers on Pinterest. ūüôā

Pinning has been a fun pastime, and I’ve made a few things that I found on it…some bracelets, some cute magnets, and a few Weight Watcher recipes. But I’ve decided I really need to step it up and get busy creating some of these wonderful ideas. Why?

Because I am going to get my Christmas presents made early!

Because I need to create!

Because I need to have presents on hand to give away at a moments notice!

So here is what I started last night:

Crusty Bread!

Looks yummy, huh? It took me all of 5 minutes to mix together the flour, salt, yeast and water. I covered it with plastic wrap and set it aside. When I get home from work tomorrow, I will cook it in a hot ceramic dutch oven and have some wonderful crusty bread. The cool thing about this bread is you can add ingredients to it to change it up. Think about it…cheddar jalepeno, cranberry almond orange, pepper jack, raisin walnut cinnamon, or thyme green onion, Swiss. Mmmmm!!!

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

So tell me, do you do Pinterest? Check out my boards and pins HERE to see how fun it is!  

craft, creative, creativity, decor, DIY, Pinterest, Sherrinda

Creative Spark

I’ve been having creative sparks ignite periodically these past few weeks. It’s an itch that needs scratching. It’s a whisper that I find hard to ignore. And Pinterest is fueling my creative juices.

I’ve been wanting to craft things and give them as gifts.

I’ve been wanting to decorate my whole house.

Can you tell I love color? I love bold coloring, especially in the midst of neutral. Lately I’ve really been drawn to the bohemian look like so…

¬†Though I will probably never decorate my house in the boho look, it does appeal to my “wild side”.

I think creative people must have some sore of a wild side…freedom and abandon that allow for imagination to grow big and express itself in various forms. Whether writing, crafting, or decorating the house, that wild side must be allowed room to breathe.

So how wild is your wild side? Do you find yourself wanting to stuff that side into the closet? Or do you make it come out to play on a daily basis? 

creative, holiday, journey, personal

Leap Day Celebration

It’s Leap Day today and I think we should celebrate. It should be a national holiday every four years, at least! To have an extra day in the year…and extra day to live…why wouldn’t we want to celebrate that fact?

We should take the day to explore, do something new, do something we have never tried. We should use our creativity to the fullest, using the gifts that God has given us. Or we should just “be”. Rest and rejuvenate, feeding our souls to connect with the Creator who has given us another day.

So what would you like to do special today on Leap Day?

creative, dream

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Easter Sunday was a glorious day, full of praise and worship, and family and friends. I had cooked a huge meal of roast, potatoes, carrots, green beans, homemade bread, and strawberry shortcake (with real whipping cream!). My parents were there and we watched my children hunt eggs filled with candy and money. You can see them in the picture, looking through their stash, and counting their money.

We then walked to a nearby school and flew kites. It was my daughter-in-law’s idea and it was so much fun! We hadn’t flown kites in forever and enjoyed the peace and relaxation it brought. You can’t be too close to those around you, because you don’t want your strings to tangle, so it left you alone with the kite and the wind. Lots of thinking time.

Of course, I immediately started thinking about new stories whirling in my mind. At one point, I laid down in the grass and watched my kite high above, and wondered what other kinds of things I could do to get my mind focused on stories. What kind of activities give your mind time to create?

  • Kite flying
  • Swinging on a porch swing or hammock
  • Take a walk
  • Ironing ( I know…yuck, you say. Well, I say yuck too!)
  • Washing dishes
  • Cleaning the closet
  • Driving (this can be very dangerous…I’ve thought about stories while driving and then realize I don’t remember the last few miles of driving!)
  • Playing tennis?
  • Folding clothes
  • Yoga (you get the added physical benefit)
What do you do to stimulate your creative juices?