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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOYWW: Floor Plans and a Desk Ornament


There's serious business on my desk today for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  You may not know this, I am an architect.  I am planning something for a friend of mine. No AutoCAD for me, just plain graphing paper and tracing paper! First draft...


I though you would like to see my "desk ornament" in my office desk.  Good thing I work in a family business.  This certainly won't pass the 5S workplace organization method!


And for Word Art Wednesday, a wonderful verse from Philippians...


Great to remember and claim when what we have to do seems too much for our own strength!  Have a great week, dear blog friends!  Thank you for your visits!



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WOYWW: Oreo


Nothing much on my prayer desk today except the start of my illustration for today and the usual watercolors and pencil box with my "basics" - a pencil, Pigma Microns (.02 and .05), a Faber-Castell CX5 pen for my journal reflections, a white Uni-ball Signo  and colored pencils to make my prayer journal illustrations like these...



Nothing new in my desk but we've got a new baby in the house!  His name is Oreo!...


So I'm off to play with him!  Happy What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Word Art Wednesday!









Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WOYWW: Textiles from my Travels


Happy Wednesday, dear blog friends!  Obviously, I haven't recovered from my recent trip to Laos and Thailand and my desk is filled with some of the wonderful textile crafts I got there.  From Laos, the detail of one of the bags I bought with awesome applique from the Hmong tribe which comes from the back of their traditional shirt...


Some pillow shams with applique...



Embroidered throw pillow covers and a woven bag...



and a box covered in Thai silk...


And that's what's on my desk today for What's on our Workdesk Wednesday.  For Word Art Wednesday...




I didn't get to do much visiting last week but I am thankful for all your visits.  I'm hoping I can find the time this week.  Til next week, be blessed!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WOYWW: Pattaya, Thailand


S̄wạs̄dī!

I am in a resort hotel in Pattaya, Thailand with an exceptionally large dresser (for hotels) which is perfect for journal painting!



Here is a lei from last night's dinner.  I have never seen this interesting flower before. And some baht I will be spending today ;-)

I found a Thai bible in one of the hotel drawers...


And my prayer journal illustrations are inspired by my time in Laos.  I found the Laotians to be such a quiet and gentle people and I thought of how they are a good example to me...



Something to think about, that hopefully when people meet me they will see gentleness, just as I appreciated the gentleness of the Laotians.


I suppose I have along way to go, but I hope to get there!

I am posting from an iPad so I don't know how this post will turn out, but I didn't want to miss What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Word Art Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday: Luang Prabang



I am in Luang Prabang, Laos and my desk has some of my buys from the awesome night market.



The crafts are wonderful! Take a look at the detailed appliqué and embroidery of this bag I bought...



So many beautiful throw pillows, woven textiles, embroidered bags and wallets... so many things I want to buy!  Best to remember, there is need of only one thing...



Sharing my desk and my prayer journal in What's on Your Workdesk WednesdayWord Art Wednesday and Inspire Me Monday.  Have a blessed week, everyone! Watch out for pictures of charming Luang Prabang in my next post.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WOYWW: Layers


Tuesday night's desk was uncharacteristically empty and there was nothing to show for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  But it never stays empty for long and today there is a box of patterned papers for me to paste unto some blank prayer journal pages...


See how the pages eventually end up, with layers of paper and paint and pencils and pens.  My life is like this, made up of layers of experiences and relationships, joys and sorrows...


But like this journal page, what is important is how all these come together to make me who I am. Hopefully, I am growing in loving God and my neighbor, and in bringing Jesus into the world...


Also sharing my reflections in Word Art Wednesday,  and thank you Ramona, for featuring me in Inspire Me Monday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WOYWW: Transformation


If you visited me last week for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, you will see how a free day (we had a holiday in the Philippines last Monday) to tidy up can make a big difference!


If my desk is a whole mess, sometimes I am tempted to only show you the tidy part and I guess that is the way we are sometimes, when we only show our good side.  See how I am giving you a wide view today because my desk is tidy.  

Speaking of transformation, I thought you would like to see how my prayer journal starts out early in the morning.  I often do not finish and have to continue it later...


But in time it will be transformed, with layers of paper, colored pencil, watercolor, paint pens, stamping or whatever else I am inspired to use.  


I like to think I am like this, a work in progress.  Through time, may my life be transformed more and more such that all areas are in good order and ready for any scrutiny!  I hope to also share this in Word Art Wednesday (but sometimes I forget!) and Inspire Me Monday.

Blessing to you, my dear blog friend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WOYWW: Beauty

Some of us find beauty in a clean desk...

(but in truth, I used the push back method to get that part clear).  Others find beauty in a "creative mess" (the reality)...

And in the bible, it says God finds beauty in me.  God desires my beauty!  Isn't that amazing?  Who can comprehend this, God desires our beauty, marred as it is by sin.  But even if we can't understand that, this is God's assurance, he finds us beautiful, he loves us.  What a mystery!


I'm sorry but I have been a delinquent blog friend these past few weeks in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Word Art Wednsday and haven't been able to even visit back.  I hope to get back into the routine of life and get to visit this week!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WOYWW in Seoul, Korea

A hotel bed in Seoul, Korea is my desk for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. 
There is a lot to see in Seoul; from traditional architecture...
to contemporary, such as their new City Hall building...
and the amazing Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
There are a lot of traditional crafts, such as calligraphy...
as well as contemporary...
and their costumes are beautiful! My sister Patsy and I got to try them out for free!
And some Word Art for today...
I'm posting from an iPad today so I'm crossing my fingers that my post will be ok!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WOYWW: Christian Art


When I was a child, the days seemed to go by so slowly.  It seemed like Christmas (and my birthday the day before it) seemed to take forever to come.  But now, the days seem to whiz by and it is already September!  And it is already Wednesday and time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday and Word Art Wednesday.

Seems there is so much to do and so little time.  I guess it is because I have been traveling a lot.  See how I am packing for another trip.  This time to Seoul, Korea...


 

But, I'm delighted that I got to paint something during our "Paint Party" last Saturday...


and of course, no matter how busy, I try to keep up with my prayer journal illustrations...



How are your days going by?  Are they whizzing by just like mine?  I hope you continue to find time to have some quiet time and do the things that bring you joy!
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