Friday, September 14, 2012

change my heart, o God

 Image credit: European Southern Observatory.

for the last three nights, God has awoken me in the middle of the night to have me read his word. tonight he had me read all of psalm 119. the upshot of that was me deciding that i need to memorize some bible verses. i've never really done that before, or even been interested. but i'm thinking maybe God wants me to, if you know what i mean. so.

God, help me memorize the verses you want me to hide in my heart, that when i face adversity, your words come to me, unbidden, and clarify the situation and your heart.

then when i got up, a song kept playing through my head. here are the lyrics to that simple song, and more appropriate words i could not have found.

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me
This is what I pray

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You

Saturday, September 8, 2012

crafter's devotional blog hop

this summer i joined a little group led by elisabeth auld that is individually going through the crafter's devotional.

i ordered it from amazon. it's a beautiful book, with art throughout. very inspiring! loosely organized by day and each day of the week there's a different focus, like journaling or inspiration. i've dived right into the journaling (i'm a writer at heart) but haven't done any of the projects! so sad. i've just been too busy making jewelry for farmer's market and work, work, work. i expect i'll get more into it as summer ends.

i wanted to talk about one of the inspiration posts. it was about looking to your church service as a source of inspiration for your art. i had never thought of this. i'm a very visual person, so i'm inspired mostly by the beauty of the world around me. i live in alaska, so that's not hard to find. and the beads speak to me. i'm not as inspired to make jewelry by words. the spoken word is hard for me to grasp for very long. i generally connect the words with a feeling, and remember that feeling rather than the words. and i feel a lot in church! so i could try to be inspired by the *feelings* i get in church. hmmm. must ponder this more. see where it takes me.

join us on our hop! visit these other fine ladies.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

challenge of travel reveal!

a big gushy thank you to erin prais-hintz for thinking of this brilliant new challenge. i loved it thoroughly!

welcome to one of the longer stays on your journey: japan!

japan has always deeply fascinated me, and i'm so excited to share this love with you. japanese art especially moves me.

their calligraphic art is called ukiyo-e and is inspired by the buddhist's path to enlightenment. it's characterized by a strong upward movement, which is, in fact, what ukiyo-e means. i find the landscapes especially inspiring. in fact, i have a ukiyo-e tattoo on my arm. it's a waterfall, maple in autumn, mountains, river, koi, stylized flowers, and a lotus. i breathe deeply and pause when i see ukiyo-e. that, to me, is one step on the path to enlightenment.

historically speaking, japan has been full of upheaval. emperors, sho-gun, and wars with neighboring countries, which ultimately led them to declare their borders closed. it wasn't until 1853, when an american ambassador went in and spoke eloquently of the modern era and the technological advancements happening all over the world that japan finally became part of the modern era. japan fever swept the world as it's beautiful art began to be exported. and japan took to the world, embracing technology and other modern influences. now you will find ancient japanese customs alongside skyscrapers, high-speed trains, and amazing technological advancements.

recently japan has received several hard hits, from earthquakes and tsunamis to financial difficulties due to the worldwide recession. we must keep this amazing country in our thoughts and prayers.

i chose to focus on the interesting juxtapostion of ancient/modern, using cherry blossoms and architecture as my jumping off place.

i so love that they hold a cherry blossom festival every spring! isn't that sweet? and the gift they gave to america of cherry trees, planted in d.c., just really moves me. my deepest inspiration is nature. oh, this magnificent earth that God created for us!

in honor of spring, cherry blossoms, and the path to enlightment, i made this simple necklace.

i really hope i was able to convey my love of and respect for japan. i wanted to keep it simple, to reflect the feeling i get when i look at ukiyo-e. that lightness of being.

i wanted to use only things that i have right now, so i dug through my hoard stash and found this gorgeously appropriate vintaj butterfly, in honor of japan's reverence of nature and their respect for the transience of this life.

this lovely enameled copper paddle is from kim of numinousity beads by kimberly rogers. kim lives up in my neck of the woods, and we're just a stone's throw away from each other at the farmer's market, so i get to see her luscious beads and amazing jewelry all the time! tempting, so tempting. the lucite cherry blossom is not exactly from *my* stash. it's from my sister's stash. she has an extensive collection of lucite blossoms and when i cried about my lack of a cherry blossom, she donated it to the cause. have i ever mentioned how much i adore my beloved sister? she's actually in the challenge of travel and you'll visit her here later on in your extended stay in ireland.

here i used pink lampwork beads by doris stumpf that i received all the way from germany in a bead exchange hosted by the lovely lori anderson. it was in honor of the pantone color palette of this summer. the ivory beads are carved bone. i used blackwire from the hardware store throughout for more of that ancient/modern tension.

here's another peek. i got the chain from michael's. it's the industrial chic line. and isn't the toggle just right?

i was so pleased to find such amazingly appropriate treasures right in my stash! and my sister's stash. i love shopping at home!

i so love how this necklace turned out and really enjoyed immersing myself in the experience. i hope you leave this stop in japan a little further along your own path towards enlightment.

keep journeying! please visit the rest of this wonderful world-wide tour!

Name Blog Region Chosen Inspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart Africa Burkina Faso
Niky Sayers Africa Egypt
Therese Frank Africa Kenya
Raychelle Heath Africa Lesotho
Joan Williams Africa Mauritania
Sherri Stokey Africa Senegal
Regina Santerre Africa Seychelles
Raida Disbrow Africa Tanzania
Kristi Wodek Africa Zimbabwe
Sally Russick Americas Brazil
Melissa Trudinger Americas Mexico
Tracy Stillman Americas USA
Sandra Wolberg Asia India
Tanya Goodwin Asia Japan
Susan Kennedy Asia Japan
****Beth Emery**** Asia Japan
Lisa Cone Asia Japan
Tanya Boden Asia Japan
Inge von Roos Asia Laos
Erin Prais-Hintz Asia Nepal
Dee Elgie Asia Phillipines
Carolyn Lawson Asia South Korea
Lisa Stukel Asia Sri Lanka
Elly Snare Asia Thailand
Shelley Graham Turner Europe Austria
Mallory Hoffman Europe Bosnia Herzegovina
Paige Maxim Europe France
Jenny Davies-Reazor Europe Germany
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Europe Greece
Evelyn Shelby Europe Iceland
Holly Westfall Europe Ireland
Rebecca Siervaag Europe Ireland
Toltec Jewels Europe Ireland
Lee Koopman Europe Ireland
Laren Dee Barton Europe Italy
Cindy Wilson Europe Norway
Kathleen Lange Klik Europe Poland
Shaiha Williams Europe Portugal
Jennifer Justman Europe Romania
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca Europe Spain
Lola Surwillo Europe Sweden
Kim Hora Europe Switzerland
Leanne Loftus Europe The Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemen Europe The Netherlands
Marcie Carroll Europe Turkey
Marlene Cupo Oceania Federated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappelle Oceania Fiji
Tammie Everly Oceania Guam
Alice Peterson Oceania Kiribati
Elisabeth Auld Oceania Nauru
Susan McClelland Oceania New Zealand
D Lynne Bowland Oceania New Zealand
Denielle Hagerman Oceania New Zeland
Rebecca Anderson Oceania Papua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi Oceania Samoa
Kari Asbury Oceania Solomon Islands
Cece Cormier Oceania Tonga
Emma Todd Oceania Tuvalu
Debbie Price Oceania Vanuatu