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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WOYWW: Two Desks

What's on Your Workdesk this Wednesday?  Nothing arts and crafty on my main desk but there is a very interesting newspaper article featuring my high school classmate.  It says skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her baby immediately after birth and breastfeeding are essential and reduce the preventable causes of deaths in newborns.

And there are three miniature books (one of my many collections) that my brother gave me...

There is more art on my prayer desk, where I am finishing the illustrations for the past 2 days...

Even if I start an illustration during morning prayers and reflection, I often have to finish it later, coloring it in and adding some details.

Here is one illustration for Word Art Wednesday.  It's been a busy weekend and still another one ahead! I hope all is well with you.  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WOYWW: My Prayer Desk

Nothing new to see on my regular desk today for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday so I decided to show you my prayer desk today, with some books for Lent...

some past journals, the illustrations of which I post in my Instagram account...

...the illustration for today, not yet finished...

and right beside my desk, my cart filled with my favorites.

Look what I found recently... daughter's baby shoes! And she just turned 25 years old!  How time flies!  Life seems to go by so quickly and it is a challenge to live it well...

Although I do not seem to find the time to visit a lot of you, I still keep WOYWWing in hopes that I will find the time.  Also sharing with Word Art Wednesday (if I remember to link).  Blessings to all!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WOYWW: Old Toys, etc.

What's on my desk for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday?

A no-sew bag I made using two bamboo rings I bought in Japan and a "furoshiki,"

A giveaway journal my hubby received that I need to paint over (here is the front that I already finished painting over)...

and some of my old toys that I got from my parent's home - my old sewing machine (it really worked!)

my Tammy doll (did any of you have a Tammy?)...

and my favorite mechanical photographer (until now, she still "takes pictures"!)

And for this lenten season, something for Word Art Wednesday...

Blessings to all!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WOYWW: Japan

For once I am so pleased with my messy desk!  It is filled with goodies I brought back from my visit to Nagoya and Takayama, Japan (I arrived just a few hours ago).  Japan is the best place to buy washi tape (well, it did originate there)...

and all sorts of pens...

I am looking forward to using my goodies for my journal illustrations...

And if you are on Instagram, you may be interested in more pictures of my journal illustrations (@peggy_aplSEEDS) or some pictures of my travels (@peggyapl)...

Old homes in Takayama, Japan

Winter in Takayama
Have a blessed week, everyone!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WOYWW: Ash Wednesday

My 98 year old Auntie Eliza died last night and we had a late night so I almost forgot that today is a Wednesday and time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  My main desk did not stay tidy for long and even my prayer desk is filled.  There is a book about Jesus that we are studying, my copy of The Word Among Us and one of my prayer journal illustrations, just in time for Ash Wednesday today...

"Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity... Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, more often by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross. The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are: 

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. 

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place: 

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. 

The old formula, based on the words spoken to Adam and Eve after their sin, reminds worshippers of their sinfulness and mortality and thus, implicitly, of their need to repent in time." - Wikipedia

Last Sunday, it was the first death anniversary of my Mom, and on Monday we were back in the same hospital where she died to bring my Auntie.  Indeed, we are dust and to dust we shall return.  A blessed Lenten season to you, if you celebrate the season.

Sharing this in Sharing this in Word Art Wednesday and Inspire Me Monday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WOYWW: Happy Valentine's Day

A clear desk for this Valentine edition of What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, to make my hubby happy, since he sometimes gets tired of seeing my messy desk.  And for you, my visitors today, I searched my desk for Valentine hearts...

and I found some in this cute little stuffed toy I won from Grimitives Art Dolls some time ago, in a whistle I bought in China...

and in an illustration for Word Art Wednesday...

On my desk is also today's illustration in progress, and my wish for you this Valentine's day, that you will be well filled with good things!

May your Valentine's day, and all your days, be filled with love and blessings!  Sharing this also in Inspire Me Monday.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WOYWW: Practice

It's been a long time since I have posted a photo of my whole desk.  It is usually piled high with all sorts that I've pushed towards the ends of the desk!  But last saturday I had the time to do a tidy up and I am so pleased with my clear desk even if it will last only for a short time.  On my desk is a wonderful book my sister Patsy gave me for Christmas...

some Christmas cards to put away and a photo taken when we attended a wedding last Friday...

and my attempt at some Calligraphy.  I need a lot of practice if I want to get better and being left handed seems to make it even harder!

Praying takes practice, too.  I used to find it so hard to spend just a few minutes of quiet time in the morning but after more than 35 years of practicing, it does gets better.  

I guess keeping a tidy desk takes some practice, too.  But I guess I will concentrate on practicing other things, LOL!  Blessings to all of you!  Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WOYWW: Xiamen, China

I just came back from a trip to Xiamen, China and here are some goodies I got there.  Some cards with intricate paper cutting...

a set of bookmarks souvenirs from the island of Gulangyu...

The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in the province.  I also bought a hanging bell with lovely Chinese knotting there.

Here is a prayer journal illustration in progress...

and a finished one which is my hope for Shoshi and Shaz, who I just found out have cancer.  Say a prayer for their healing, won't you?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WOYWW: Pope Francis in Manila

My desk is filled with Pope Francis memorabilia! 

A Vatican flag...

a liturgical booklet...

the ID and raincoat I used, and a souvenir t-shirt from Tacloban that a friend gave me.

Pope Francis came for a visit to the Philippines (January 15 to January 19) and these past few days have been such a blessing for us!  Just to catch a glimpse of him, we Filipinos would walk long distances, brave the crowds, wait for hours, and stand in the pouring rain (they say Filipinos have a rainproof faith!)  Everywhere his vehicle passed, the streets were filled with people excitedly waiting and as he would pass by, the crowds would give him a rapturous welcome.  When those few seconds were over, we would rejoice in the blessing of his visit and feel that the wait was all worth it.   In Him, we saw the light of Christ, a man full of mercy and compassion, our spiritual father, a shepherd who loves his flock.

The joy we felt when we finally saw the Pope made all the challenges worth it.  Life is also full of challenges but the joy of seeing Jesus is worth much more.  We will forget all our difficulties with one glimpse of Jesus.  Oh, I look forward to meeting Jesus face to face!

The theme song for Pope Francis' visit was "We are All God's Children" and he reminded us not to forget our true identity.  Here is a video my community, Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon, helped to make (I know a lot of the people dancing in the video)...

Do you see these children on the streets 
Have you walked the pavements where they sleep? 
Do you feel their hands 
 When you give them alms? 
Did you ever give them bread to eat? 

 Have you seen their homes washed by the floods? 
While a mother tightly holds her child 
Do you hear the wind 
 Of the raging storm? 
Can you tell them where it's coming from? 

 Let us show our love and mercy 
With true kindness and humility 
For God loves the weak and the needy 
Just like you and me 

 We are all God's children 
We are all the same 
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame 
And learn what life is really for 
It's to know and love and serve the Lord 

 Stand together and let's do our part 
Hear their voices mend their broken hearts 
Choose to be brave fight for their rights 
Give them back their honor and their pride 
 Please do not be blind and just leave them behind 
To struggle in darkness or give them empty promises 

 We are all God's children 
We are all the same 
He is calling us by name to help the poor and lame 
And learn what life is really for 
It's to know and love and serve the Lord 
 It's to know and love and serve the Lord 
It's to know and love and serve the Lord

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WOYWW: In Need of a Tidy Up

It may seem that my desk today has some clear space, but it is only because I used the good old push back method...

So my desk is obviously in need of tidy up!

And here is one of my prayer journal illustrations, the only art I get to do these days.  Hopefully, when I get my desk tidied up, I can do more.

I hope all is well with you! Blessings!

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