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Friday, August 1, 2014

Art Love

Between Artful Sips at Shy Cellars,
Love Week at TheMovement Warren
and some fun travel, I've been a busy blissful girl!!!







 
I am having the best time right now.
Hope you are too.
 
 
 
Life is meant to be lived
fully present, with passion.
 
Have an amazing weekend
Blessings
Tina

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Train Triumph!!!

At the beginning of this year, our Pastor of our church, who is a major visionary, came to me and a few of the faithful gentlemen who know how to do, literally, EVERYTHING!...and showed us a snippet of a picture that he had torn out of a magazine.
 
We had this hallway that was really wide and long and boring and this is the kids ministry hallway so it wasn't fun and it should be fun!
 
So, it began.
The amazing build team got together and we discussed how this project would be laid out in this blank slate of a hallway.
 
So, this......
 
and this....
 
5 months later....Became this!


Vwallah!!!!!!!!!  It's the Mini Movement Express!!!!!!
 
 
 Complete with Engine that lights up,
A Caboose that is also storage,
 
A car that also serves as a check in for kid's ministry registration complete with a check in table that rolls out.
 
Bright colors and happiness has entered that hallway.
 
I got to serve in registration this past weekend and was so blessed to see smiles in response to this new addition.
 
 
 
 
 
I have had the opportunity to be a part of many projects, but this one was a dooozy. 
 
The thing that made it wonderful and such a huge blessing was working with these amazing men ....Tom, Rusty, Virgil, Chris...
Painters who popped in and gave of their time and talents from Ed, who primed some of the cars, Jessica, Lyndsay, Tori, who painted,
Andrew and Dillon, who painted the wall, and our Pastor Doug who provided the vision to create such a thing.
 
 
 
 
 
I know there were times when we were all feeling a bit like The Little Engine that Could saying
"I think I can, I think I can" and then saying "I know I can......
It's done and we are all happy about that.
 
God gets all the glory and I pray it blesses kids and parents for a long time.
 
 
 
Everyone worked so hard and we have some great memories to smile about.
***

 
Well, On to the next project!!!
 
 

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

In Process...

About a week ago, I sat on the shores of Lake Erie watching the sun go down over the flames of this fire and actually had the thought....
 
Bare with me, it's about to get weird.......
 
I haven't been fully me for awhile now.  I love this, this moment....it's precious.  I feel fully me right now, but the sun is going down and unless this fire is fueled, it will cool and go out.
 
If you are still here and still reading, Hi!
 
I am blessed, don't get me wrong!  I know I lead a beautiful, blessed life.
Wonderful Marriage, family, friends, joy, health, and believe me, I'm not about to go all whiny here on this blog.
 
I had spent moments before that sunset, walking along that shore with this life's love, my husband who had surprised me with this amazing weekend getaway, collecting driftwood and dreaming.
 
I was the most "me" I had been for awhile.
at peace
creative
I had missed that person.
 
I told my husband....
"please, let's not forget who we are when we go home"
 
So, I'm creating again.
I have paint, driftwood, creative ideas, and an empty Etsy site to fill.
It's a start.
***
 
I began a painting a few weeks ago on a large canvas.
feeling the need for newness, rebirth, to refresh, I've been obsessed with nests.
 
 
This is the work in progress.  I go into my lil room, give it a look and create a little more texture and build up here and there and I'm spending no more than about 10 minutes at a time on it.  It feels healing to me to do this if that makes any sense to anyone out there who may read this.
It makes me feel warm, enclosed, held, comforted...what those eggs nestled in the center must feel as they are protected from outside elements while they are growing and developing.
 
I too am a work in progress.  Growing, developing, and becoming.
 
We all are.
 

Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 
 
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Hi, I know many people liked our outdoor fireplace, but Hubby and I were actually thrilled to see that the Winter weather had caused a bit of damage to the, not so great, venice inspired mural on the front and the stucco was cracking a bit.
 
So, after some patching and repair...
 
She's a blank canvas ready for a new look.  It's not there yet, but it's a good base for maybe a mantel, an aged finish....hmmmm still thinking on that one.
******
Memorial Day weekend brought family together and lots of fun at our Niece's grad party.
 
congratulations to Erika Lachelle
 
We had a Vintage Beach Party
complete with photo booth





 
Way too much fun was had by all.
 
Blessings to all those who've served and are serving and remembering that Freedom comes at a price.
All gave some, but some gave All.
 
That's how we can have crazy fun on a sunny day in America.
 
 

 


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mom's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day
 
 
For many reasons, this particular holiday has potential to be difficult, but hanging out with these two beautiful people brings the deep meaning of that day to the surface.
 
I love them so very much and being their mom has created joy in my life that I couldn't have imagined existed before I knew them.
 
As a Mom, I've cried the most pain filled tears and laughed the deepest laughs. 
 
I thank God for making me a Mother.
 
***
As for my Artful Life...
I'm trying to find balance between all of the irons I have in the fire right now, putting priorities in the right place, and remembering that somewhere in me is an artist.
 
I keep forgetting that.
 
May is super busy, stuffed with plans and obligations.  I'm looking at it like a tall hurdle this short girl has to jump.  Praying for Godly springs on my blinged out sneakers.
 
God Bless, we'll chat soon,
T
 
 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

dreaming....

I was just thinking of ....
 
a more Springlike...
 
 
a warmer...
 
a much warmer...
 
time.
 
 
Am I the only one missing those days?
 
 
I didn't think so.
 

 
Surely there are birds waiting to sing...
 
and usher in Springtime for real.
 
I will dream of warmer times and when my dreams don't work for me,
I may escape to the nearest beach.
 
 
 
Have a great week everyone.
Blessings,T