It's easy to get burdened down with the circumstances of our lives, easy to flutter furiously through task after task in a work a day world and forget that love surrounds and sustains us. That's God's love I'm talking about. Love that never fails. Love that's invested in the details of our simple lives even when we're way too busy and frazzled to take time to contemplate or even notice. As I peered through the little viewfinder on my camera, all I could hope to do was capture a split second when my subject was not in motion. I wanted a moment of clarity when everything would be in perfect focus so I could snap.
There it was, right in front of me... stilled by the rapid speed of my shutter so, my dull eyes could see.... a message born on the wings of perpetual motion, a message of God's surrounding love. I stand amazed by those tiny hearts so perfectly placed on the underside of a butterfly's wings. Is there anything too small for God to involve himself in? Anything which escapes his notice? God is Love, surrounding. Just slow down and take a look around you today, you'll see what I mean.
Last week was the wonderful blog hop giveaway thingy at One World One Heart, which is actually still going on. If you came here looking for the giveaway and place to comment to win, just scroll on down. So far, I've visited over 700 very creative bloggers and have come to a major conclusion. Lots of people are really fascinated with thier cats and lots of cats are really fascinated by thier owners... I mean staff.
The blog world is full of pictures of cats tangled in yarn, asleep on half finished quilts, mucking around in the paint and sleeping on the studio window sill. I think I have a new one to add to the bunch. I keep an area on my dining room table set up to do product photography for my Etsy shops Edytheanne and Mamamotherlode. Yesterday, to my surprise I found this vignette all set up and ready for a shoot.
Now I ask you, is this not the most self-centered, all about he, movie star gorgeous, egocentric creature in the world?
My Outlook calendar has been marked for over a year now, just waiting to set the bells and whistles in action by sending me an alert. The day is here, at last. The One World, One Heart Blog Tour has begun. I had so much fun doing this last year and I really DID meet a few folks I've been getting to know in blogland since participating. I also won a wonderful prize which I really treasure.
I was born to an artist mother and just grew up with the family trait, I guess. A couple of my grandkids seem to be following along our path. I can't remember a day when I wasn't creating something unless I was just plain sick. I even travel with a little bag of handiwork. For many years I worked as a commercial artist doing graphics and industrial and architectural scale models, but my passion is mixed media arts and crafts and I love the concept of upcycling and recycling vintage things into new, beautiful items. Right now, I'm making a few random designs and patterning them as PDF tutorials. I'm offering one of these PDF tutorials as my giveaway.
The item is easy to make using your leftover beads, fabrics and buttons. The finished product is 6" wide by 9" long. Winner will be announced on February 17th. If you win, I will email the 11 page photographic, step by step pattern to you, so make sure you have a contact email in your entry comment or have the address on your profile somewhere I can find it. I will also send you, via snail mail, the wire frame you will need to use as the project base.
Now, I've got a lot of traveling to do. Good luck.
Instead of posting some more pictures of soft, sweet hearts and flowers, I decided to post a picture of what love really looks like.
Love looks like a soft monster made by Gramma for night combat with things like spiders and snakes while little 5 year old boys sleep, soundly protected.
Love looks like a stuffed toy dressed in "monster clothes" requested by the aforementioned 5 year old who just wants his beloved monster to look good when he takes him out to scare whatever snakes and spiders he might find at church or the grocery store.
And, love looks like a wonderful picture, taken by the big sister of Mr. 5 years old (soon to be 6) with her new Christmas camera, then emailed to Gramma by the father of both of these incredible sweeties.
So, just in case you think Valentine's Day is all about pink and fluffy, you've got another think coming. It can just as easily be about skeletons, spiders, and monsters with new clothes.