Friday, August 31, 2007

OLW *Balance*



What I dream of is an art of BALANCE, of purity and
serenity...a soothing calming influence on the mind...rather like a good
armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.



These are the words of Henry Matisse -- great artist -- creative genius...and he confessed to struggling to find balance in his art. My life is a continual struggle for balance...in my art, my profession, my relationships, my time and emotions. I believe the only source for true balance is to put God absolutely first on the list -- and let HIM set the percentages for everything else. If I am tuned in to Him...my life has purity and serenity...He is my source of balance and soothing calming influence...Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weary and weighed down with heavy burdens and I will give you rest." Ahhh -- now that feels like a good armchair.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

First Day of School


Today was my first day as a university professor! I honestly, didn't know what to expect...would I freeze? Would I babble on? Would my students seem like puppies?

The day started off great...Royce and Weston took me to breakfast...and at the end they each presented me with an apple...one red -- one green. They also had one more present for me...a watch. (I don't know if you know this about me -- but I never wear one.) I think they might have really been looking out for my students...in case I lost track of time! *smile* It was so thoughtful...and during class, I could look down at my wrist and be reminded that "my guys love me."

Class ended up being great too...I have 22 students...freshmen to juniors. I also have a girl from Belarus in my class -- so that was a delightful surprise...we had a brief conversation in Russian -- and she promised she wouldn't give her speeches in Russian -- because my Russian is so bad! *laughing* We mostly did introductory stuff...but I finished class today by listening to Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech. Weird to think of -- but some of their parents weren't even BORN when that speech was given. They were a little shy at first -- but we eventually got a great discussion going about how easy it is to look at the speech NOW and understand its greatness -- but what made it great in the :context: of the point in history that it was given. Ok, I will hush -- I promise I won't make each of you attend my class via my blog! *ha*

Couple of other pics from the day...been a LOT of years since I have had a "first day of school" picture taken.






Sunday, August 26, 2007

New Beginnings


are often accompanied by mixed feeling...and this week is certainly following that plan. This Thursday, I will step back in to the class room to teach undergraduate studens the Fundamentals of Speech...and maybe another class. Oh...I am not concerned about the materials...it is just that the environment has changed so much -- technology is the lynchpen for what goes on in the classroom. Their assisntments are not "handed in" -- they get uploaded to my :on-line classroom. Our discussion on the ethics of communication will not be held in the classroom...but in a chat room where opinions are not faced with the reaction of their peery...at leaset not face to face. I am not saying all of this is bad...it is just there is so much that I must adjust to -- in addition to preparin for the parts that I am respoinsible for. I know I will get it done...and I am exceited about gettingit done. I love new beginnings. I love new challenge....teaching at Cumberland promises to be both.


In other news, I have started an Etsy shop for some of the homemade items I have been creating...art journals in particular -- but also chrochetted flowers and the burned organza flowers. I like the Etsy environment better than Ebay because the only people on there2 are folks who make, buy or sell, handmade projects; It is a good resource for some unique items if you are a scrapbooker..and if you make something that you would like to sell, you have test the waters before you go full force with it. Any way...it is fun...come check my shopt out...and then explore all the other lovely options available to you.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Photoshoot in 104 degrees


Ok...Nashville isn't supposed to be this hot still! I moved here from Dallas where -- sure we expected it to be over 100 degrees all through August -- but not here in Nashville. Nothing like doing a photo shoot for someone's engagement pictures and having them (and me) dripping with sweat...oooooooooooo so romantic! ha! Ok...so they still managed to generate a little heat on their own...ahhhh young love!






Tuesday, August 14, 2007

**OLW** Seek Joy In Simple Things


I decided to make a mini-album to collect all of my "one little word" challenges. Each word has its own significance...but taken together they are almost like a self portrait...something to look back on and reflect why these word had particular importance to me at the time. I had this delicious little acrylic mini-book just waiting for some sort of cleverness -- and when I saw the iridescent Hambly with leaves -- I knew I just had to use it. I cut it to fit behind the piece of acrylic and then backed that with another transparency of word definitions. A few letter tiles and some rub-ons were added to the front for titling. I attache3d the paper and transparency to the acrylic board with copper foil tape (used for edging stained glass prior to soldering).

The word this week was *SEEK*. I have been working on taking joy in simple things...not letting important moments go by because they are not HUGE and attention getting...those are some of the very best memories. My journaling is just to remind me that the sound of rain, a crackling fire, a walk in the park or spending time with a loved one doing "nothing special" are indeed special moments of joy -- and I should seek them out.






Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Circumstances


Do you like to study faces? I do -- my favorites are those who are older and younger...the first have stories to tell...the second are yet to be told. Such a study in contrasts. This photograph was taken during a trip I made to Cuba a few years ago to take humanitarian aid. I ran into some of the most wonderful people -- who have very hard stories to tell. When I saw this paper from 7 Gypsies it so reminded me of the way things are "weathered" there (both the buildings AND the people)...so even though the paper line is named from areas of ITA, I still had to use it.
Enjoy -- am looking forward to being back in Nashville on Saturday -- have a huge need to scrap.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Favorite Things


Hello friends...hope everyone is off to a GREAT week. I am in Indianapolis for a conference this week. Should be good -- but have to tell you that traveling for another week is NOT one of my favorite things at the moment. Ready to be home and able to get back to a more regular routine. Ah well...paying the house payment IS one of my favorite things -- so, I believe this balances this out to a "neutral thing" if not a favorite!
One of my favorite things this weekend was getting to hang with my friends from Scrap It! We had a huge crop this weekend with more than 70 people in attendance...the scissors, glue, paper and embellishments were FLYING! One of the funnest things was doing a round robin -- will have to show you the results when I get back. We each got 10 minutes to start our layout...then had to pass it off to the next person -- and they had 10 minutes to work on it and then passed it on. With six people in our group each layout got an hours worth of work -- and we each got a finished layout. I loved it....the results were fabulous -- with a touch of each of my friends and new friends on my page. What a treasure. I also got to spend some time with Renee, Chelle, Ann and Dana -- which is even a greater treasure with as much traveling as I have been doing lately.
Ok...am off to work some more just wanted to say hi

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Every Day


I love this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson...in my life -- not EVERY day seems like the best day -- but I think when we purpose in our hearts to find something good and right in each day -- God gives us the grace to do it. I want that in my life. I want to help Weston and Royce find that in their days too. Decided to create a layout to put up in my studio to remind me of this "purposing" that I want to do every day.
For someone who really doesn't like to scrap themselves -- apprently, I have gotten over it. Just noticed how many of my last few layouts have me in them. Not sure what got into me -- but am glad I have a few done.