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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday: Awaited Treasures and Advent Reflections


My parents in law arrived from the US yesterday and they brought with them some art materials that I ordered and had sent to their address (cheaper postage).  I've been waiting excitedly for these "treasures" to arrive.

I saw this Sakura's Koi Watercolor Field Travel Set  in Alisa Burke's blog some time ago and promptly searched for where to buy it.  It comes with a brush that has a water container in the handle so that you just squeeze the handle when you're painting.  I couldn't decide on whether to buy the small set or the bigger one so I bought both!

Last Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent. It is the New Year’s Day of the Church, the start of the Christian year, and so it is...
A time to start anew.

I thought of starting an Advent project, something which will help me focus on the season, perhaps something I can use as next year's Advent calendar.  I  decided on a set of 25 ATCs, one for each day of December until Christmas.  I know, I know, too ambitious a project for this busy season, but as I said, it is only a start and is actually for next year!  So far, I started on the background, which, when the cards are arranged together, will form a verse from Isaiah 40.  I don't know if the verse will still be seen after I'm done painting and collaging but well,  I'll know it's there.

Advent is also...
 A time to prepare.
As Christians, we prepare for Christmas.  And so, I spent the weekend up in the attic, organizing the Christmas presents I have stocked up there, preparing to get the Christmas decorations out come "Gaudete" Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent which emphasizes the joyous anticipation of the Lord's coming).  We prepare not only in the way we decorate our homes or give gifts but also, we try to prepare spiritually.  I cleaned out a lot of stuff and put them aside to give to the less fortunate.  Getting rid of stuff is also a way of symbolizing my desire to prepare for Christmas by trying to get rid of my bad habits and weaknesses.  And so, on my desk this Wednesday (for our weekly blog hop organized by Julia), aside from my newly arrived watercolors, there is no art work, just the remnants of my cleaning activities.

Advent comes from the Latin word 'adventus' which means "arrival" or "coming," and so, it is...
A time to wait.
We are reminded of the original waiting of the Jews for the birth of their Messiah.  We wait for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and we wait for the second coming of Christ.

We're always waiting - to pick up the kids, or to see the doctor, waiting for our turn in the supermarket line, or for more important things like answers to prayers- for a job, healing, or a problem child.  Sometimes we can get impatient, or sometimes we lose hope when our prayers seem to remain unanswered.  Advent can teach us how to wait, to wait prayerfully with patience and hope.  Advent is...
A time to hope.
In the midst of a world full of suffering, pain, poverty and war, we can hope for the day when we will “hunger no more, and thirst no more . . . and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7).  And we try to do our part to let these words come to pass as we await our greatest Treasure, Jesus Christ.  A blessed Advent season!

33 blog hugs:

jude said...

Lovee the look of the new goodies that have arrived.You should pop along and do Tim Holtz 12 days of crimbo or should i say 12 days of tags!Good luck with the ATC's have fab wednesday
hugs judex#4

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've seen pictures of that water brush, but never one in person. I hope you like it. It looks fun to me.

Thank you SO much for your very heartfelt words this last week. It was such a rough time for me, and still is. Your kindness and sweet words really helped with the loss of my internet friend. Thanks again, dear.

Rhonda said...

Lovely post Peggy. Thanks for sharing Advent. New art supplies are always a fun blessing. Enjoy!

Neet said...

Have a great time with your ATC's - a lovely idea and one which you can display in some way.
I can understand you ordering and having goodies hand delivered - I do the same - order from America, have it delivered to my friend and then pick it up when I go over. Enjoy your goodies.

Serendipity Stamping said...

What a lovely pack of goodies!! Have fun with them.

Wipso said...

What fab goodies you've got. Look forward to seeing what you will do with them :-)
A x

Sue said...

Hi ya
fab new goodies enjoy playing with them, have great time with your in laws,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x (23)

Diane said...

I love the Christmas season--for the reasons you mentioned. I wish that it would slow down some so we could appreciate it more.
Love that Sakura link!

airing cupboard crafts said...

Enjoy your atcs. I love the Christma season too.


laura - 83 x

Lizzybobs said...

love the look of your new goodies - thanks for sharing Advent with us - I love your work - stunning lv and ((HUGS)) Liz

Angie said...

what a lovely post

karen said...

I will look forward to your 25 ATC's! Your new art supllies look wonderful, have fun with them!

Elizabeth said...

Your new goodies look terrific - I'm certain you will have a lot of fun playing with them. Elizabeth #85

Sherry Edwards said...

What a lovely thoughtful post Peggy xx

Enjoy your new goodies, they look fabulous and I love your thinking, you couldn't decide which to get, so you got both!!

Sherry (95)

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

What a cool idea that they will say the Bible verse! I look forward to seeing them.

Terry said...

Enjoy the family visit, though it'll be hard to stay out of the craft room with all those goodies to play with!

Terry (24)

Twiglet said...

Lovely new craft items and intersting thoughts on Advent too.

Doone said...

Beautiful blog post, thank you,

Dx

Pam said...

Oh, I loved your explanations! So much to think about. How fun to have family bearing gifts at this time of year especially, and just in time for your industrious atc project! Lot's to do, lot's to do!

AmberInk got lucky @#1!

voodoo vixen said...

I love the idea of the ATC's, small enough to tackle on a daily basis and such a lovely addition to next year's Christmas.

Rachel said...

I love my waterbrushes, but would kill for the Koi ones. They're so much easier to fill than the other brands.

Enjoy!
cheers, rachel #54

Jingle said...

This is a great post! I love your desk full of goodies!

Violets Corner said...

Thanks for sharing Advent with us! You have made my day!

Blessings
Maarit

Martha Lever said...

This was a wonderful post all about Advent. What a wonderful season this is to remember the birth of our Savior and to know He will come again!
I, too got the Koi watercolor 24 set and really love it. I think it will be great for travel. Have a wonderful day!

butlersabroad said...

Lovely new goodies Peggy, I water colour with pens like that (they're by a Japanese company called ZIG), very useful, they come in different widths too. Love your thoughts on Advent too.

Hugs
Brenda 90

Spyder said...

I bet they will look fabulous, and will be looking in again to see! Happy WOYWW!!
((Lyn))

sasa said...

I live in the uk and love the crazyness of Christmas and I love to cook, party, to buy and give gifts - but most of all I cherish the Hope and celebration that the season is really about. have a fabulous month and be blessed-enjoy your folks too!
sasa 7

Theresa said...

Thanks for sharing your newest treasures and lovely words.

Nicky said...

Love desk with new stash - love your words about Christmas - I think everyone needs to get to the meaning of Christmas rather than the shopping of Christmas - thanks for sharing Nicky ~30

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Another week seems to have around so quickly. You certainly have got a busy desk with lots and lots of things on it to play with. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Best wishes, Kym xxx (WOYWW No 40)

Kalyber said...

Thanks for the background on the advent calendar. I am doing 2 this year. Both focus on the verses associated with the calendar because I believe it's a tool to prepare for Christ's coming not a countdown to Santa. One is with my son and the other is online at http://katemadedesigns.blogspot.com/ if you are interested.

Morti said...

The ATCs sound like they're going to be fab - I look forward to seeing them finished! Thanks for stopping by.

Rebecca said...

Wonderful post Peggy, thank you
Blessings
Rebecca

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