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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Making ATCs at the Beach!?

I can't believe I forgot to take pictures at the beach!  I was too busy making artist trading cards (who does that!?) that I just plain forgot I could write a post about my country's wonderful beaches.  Grrr!  

Oh well, I will just post a picture I took a few years ago.  Here is one of my 84 year old father going sailing in his Sunfish sailboat.  Yes, 84 years old!  Isn't that a blessing?

The Philippines is an archipelago.  Lots of great beaches!  Here are some pictures I took of Boracay beach when we went a few years ago.  This beach is famous for its powder-fine white sand.  See, I am trying to tempt you to go on vacation in the Philippines!

Filipinos do love going to the beach.  But it is funny, while many people of other nationalities like to sunbathe and get a tan, many Filipinos don't like to stay under the sun.  They don't want to get darker.  Many of them want to have fair skin.  One of the most popular beauty products in the Philippines?  Skin whitening products!  So many different kinds!  Do you find that funny?  We once met a young Irish girl who was so amused with the skin whitening billboards she saw along our main highway.  She took pictures, saying she just had to show them to her friends back home!  Are you fair and would rather be tanned?   Or are you like the Filipinos who are brown and would rather be fair?  As I get older, I try to be less concerned about the externals and be happy with what I have.  I used to want straight hair instead of my curly hair.  But then I realized I should be thankful I have hair. Ok, I'm rambling.  This is not what this post is about.

When I was younger, I used to stay under the sun whenever we were at the beach.  But then, most premature aging is caused by sun exposure so, by the time I got older, I was usually in the shade (after all, although I want to be less concerned about wrinkles, I don't want to bring them on!).  Uh oh, I am really rambling...

One weekend, my sister (visit her blog HeARTworks) brought boxes and boxes of art materials to the beach.  Well, the beach house, actually.  We happily spent the day making art.  Because we were away from home and the office, there was nothing to disturb us from playing with all those lovely paper scraps, paints, stamps, colored pencils, etc. etc. etc.  Well from that time on, a trip to the beach isn't complete without some art materials (we have learned to pack less now).  My father, who loves the beach and is out sailing most of the time while we're there, can't believe we would rather play indoors most of the time. 

I usually go to the shore early in the morning.  Looking at the expanse of blue sea and bright sky, feeling the breeze, watching the waves makes me marvel at God's magnificent creation.   And yet His creations are just dim reflections of His glory. 

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made..." Romans 1:20
 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
 Psalm 19: 1 

After my early morning visit to the beach, I am off to the craft table for some non stop art!  Here are some of the cards I made at the beach...

Hope you like them!

12 blog hugs:

Claire said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I love your Madonna and Child pictures - absolute sweetness!

Diane said...

Peggy, Beautiful!! The beach brought this on??!! Keep going :) I loved this post!! I used to love to go to the beach all the time too--I am a sun worshiper--bad vice, I know. We don't see alot of it here, though. Again, I just love these cards!

Marilyn Rock said...

I love the pictures of your beaches! Warms my heart! Thank you. You have a lovely Blog and your atc's are stunning; your faces are so beautiful, expressive and meaningful. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my Blog. Best to you! Marilyn

Susan Roux said...

Thank you for visiting my site and leaving your lovely message. I'm happy to find you...

Sheri said...

Hi Peggy!
Oh I love your blog! I'm a Christian, too! And I feel like I just met a very talented sister-in-Christ!

Thank you for posting a comment on my blog the other day. I really appreciated all of the encouragement.

You said you thought your first post was about planting seeds, too. Isn't it wonderful how God can use so many different types of people from so many different walks of life -- just like you said in your blog today.

I signed up to follow your blog once here and once form my blog, but the picture of my rose is showing twice on your followers. hmmm... That's another question I'll have for sweet Jodie! Sorry about that -- I hope you can delete one of me quite easily.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog, Peggy. Have a blessed day!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

you have a lovely blog!!
found you from Cottage!
God bless!

Janee said...

What beautiful creations you have made! I love your beach photographs too. And, I think I would be a little bit outside in the sun and then inside making things with art supplies, like you! I had no idea there were skin whitening products. I have always felt that people with dark skin are just so beautiful.

Charlene said...

Oh your photos of the beach calls my soul!!!!!!!! I LOVE the beach. I could spend hours walking in the sand & just looking at the water, shells, & treasures that wash up. I always look for sea glass. It is my favorite beach find. Your art is so beautiful. You are very talented. I can't draw at all & envy those who can. BEAUTIFUL BLOG!!!! Charlene

Abigail Jasmine said...

Oh those photographs of the beach..makes me yearn for some tropical livin'!!!

On an another note, I enjoy your blog very much so!

You are so gifted with artistic abilities!


Renu (midnitecreations) said...

Your faces are just gorgeous, and the serenity you catch while the mother watches the baby just awes me!

Gaby Bee said...

Your little cards are gorgeous. Love them all, but I think the second one has to be my favorite!
Greetings from Germany,

the lady loves bears said...

Hello Peggy Thought I would visit you as you were kind enough to visit my blog recently. I love your art work what a gift you have. A friend of mine in Australia has just moved back to the islands and been sending me photos of the beautiful beaches and sunsets and it really is a most beautiful unspoilt place I will have to visit one day. Take care and thanks for your comments on Kimberley.


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