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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WOYWW: Kitchen Stuff, etc.


I've been doing some organizing of a different sort!  I've been cleaning up and getting rid of old stuff in the kitchen, so my desk has some new knives and cooking utensils that I bought to replace them.


There is also a bag I used when I went to a wedding last weekend.  No, I didn't make it but I thought you would like the embroidery and beads...


Here is today's work in progress in my prayer journal...


and a finished illustration...


My major kitchen clean-up has kept me too busy to go desk hopping, so I only managed a few visits. Where does all the time go and why does it seem to go so much faster compared to when I was young! 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOYWW: Puerto Galera


It seems that the Weekly What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday link party is the only reason my blog still gets updated!  The WOYWW anniversary is coming up and hopefully I will be able to get some ATCs done.  My main desk is still filled with the mess of travel stuff that needs to be put away so I am showing you my prayer desk with an acrylic painting I made while helping my niece practice painting.


There is also a prayer journal from my future daughter-in-law.  It has a wonderful reminder...


Here is my WIP journal illustration for today.  


And the reason I haven't gotten to do much blog visiting - a trip to Puerto Galera...




And as usual, more pictures in Instagram (of arts and crafts:@peggy_aplSEEDS, and of my travels: @peggyapl)







Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WOYWW: Happy Easter!


Happy Easter season!  I did some tidying up and so there is a clear space on my desk.  I even fixed the shelves on top, just in time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.


Here is a mixed media piece I did recently...


and some typography practice on a little mini pad I sometimes bring along.


For Word Art Wednesday, my prayer journal illustration for Easter proclaims, "He is risen!"


The Easter message of Pope Francis echoes this same joyful truth...

"The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you."
A blessed and joyful Easter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WOYWW Late Post: Coron, Palawan

I was in Coron, Palawan last Wednesday and although I made a post for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, I couldn't get it to post because our internet wasn't working well.  


We went island hopping somewhere near here...


in this boat...


The water was amazing!





And for Word Art Wednesday, a verse which is even more meaningful to me after I looked out at the vastness of the sea...



A blessed Holy week to all!

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...


...my 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!


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