Show Me the Way – Leaf

Now that the tulip blooms are under control, it’s time to decide what the leaves and stems will look like.

Again, I have chosen to use variegated threads to give a more natural appearance.  But instead of blending them, I’m going to use them as dyed to give gradual color changes.  On the leaves and stems, I use just 2 different variegated threads to provide the colors, one dark and one bright green.

By using a variable filler stitch, the impression is of light on shiny leaves.

Tulips - Leaf Closeup by Carmen CS
Tulips – Leaf Closeup, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, help her to grow and thrive in her life and faith and the execution of her caretaker work.  Protect her and uphold her, I pray!


It’s tempting to hide…

“It’s tempting to hide our dreams away. We tell ourselves we’ll pursue them later or that we need to feel safer first. But the reality is, later may not come and living out a dream is risky no matter when we decide to do it.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

we live as we dream... alone. by looking4poetry
we live as we dream… alone., a photo by looking4poetry on Flickr.

There are always reasons not to start working on our dreams.  There are always reasons not to pray.  There are always reasons not to serve others.  Embracing my God-sized dream means going beyond reasons to faithful following and branching out.

Reaching for Faith – the Dove

The central figure of this design is the dove, which represents the redeemed self, and also the Holy Spirit.

Reaching - Dove by Carmen CS
Reaching – Dove, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

I chose to stitch the dove using white Flair tubular ribbon to get a clear, clean, shimmery view which I couldn’t catch in the photo :-{

Prayer: Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us in the redeemed life.

God adopted us…

“God adopted us into his family as his children.”

From my morning readings in “The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians”, Daily Study Bible Series, by William Barclay.

Shower Cake by DonkerDink

Thank you, Father, that You did not make us to be pets or servants, but full children of Your love!

Leap for Joy – Masking an Openwork Piece

The answer is to insert an appropriate mask.  Here I have chosen a piece of green handmade paper which includes metallic golden highlights.  I cut it to size, and then insert it between the front of the canvas and the edges which have been folded to fit in the frame.  Note that you DO NOT trim the canvas to the size of the frame, or the edges may unravel!

Masking inserted by Carmen CS

Masking inserted, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, the love must extend even to the details!  Help this family to find joy in the details of their lives.

You have been entrusted…

“You have been entrusted with certain ways of making a difference in the world, and it’s up to you to make the most of them during your time on earth.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

IMG_2196 by USDAgov
IMG_2196, a photo by USDAgov on Flickr.

We can find reasons why we can’t make a difference, or we can find ways to make it work!