Monday, February 23, 2015

Complete in Thee

God has a way of giving us the things we need right when we need them.  I learned this hymn last year and it has become one of my favorites.  I hope y'all are blessed by it and learn that we have it all if we have Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King--that's what I've been learning


Complete in Thee! no work of mine
May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I am now complete in Thee. 

Chorus:  Yea, justified! O blessed thought!
And sanctified! Salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
  And glorified, I too, shall be!

Complete in Thee—no more shall sin,
Thy grace hath conquered, reign within;
Thy voice shall bid the tempter flee,
And I shall stand complete in Thee. 


Complete in Thee—each want supplied,
And no good thing to me denied;
Since Thou my portion, Lord, wilt be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.


Dear Savior! when before Thy bar
All tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among Thy chosen will I be,
At Thy right hand—complete in Thee.


Friday, February 20, 2015

On lettering and art

As I mentioned yesterday, besides crafts and work, I have been working on lettering and art every now and then.  Up 'till now it has been just something for pleasure and fun--and something of a stress relief thing lol.  But lately I have been encouraged to pursue typography on a more extensive scale.  I don't know if that is something God may have in store for me but I am trying to expand this hobby and learn more about it.  Through the encouragement of my cousin Cristian (who just happens to be a graphic designer and amazing artist) I read the book "The elements of Typographic Style" which I found insightful, despite it being a rather difficult read. 

I was really happy when I finished it lol.

So I thought I'd share some of my art with y'all and I hope you will comment and let me know what you think, or what I should work on more etc. I hope you enjoy :)

This was the first script/lettering poster I did and I just used my normal cursive handwriting with a few added embellishments.

Again I just used my normal handwriting and tried to write it out in a way that was pleasing to the eye and easy to read.

Here I tried to achieve a calligraphy style look, however, I did this (and most of my art) with a sharpie instead of a nib pen lol.

This one I did with my brother in mind, hence the "Lord of the rings" style of font.

I just think this quote is soooo sweet!

I had a lot of fun with this one, simply because of the novelty of it.  Just in case you can't tell it says "Brave."  The unique thing about this drawing is that it reads the very same upside down! 

I heard this in a sermon and was blessed by it so I decided to make a poster of it.  I usually have to be inspired by something before I can draw it so all these sayings have special significance for me.

YOLO (You Only Live Once) being the theme of just about every teenager alive I decided to apply it biblically by linking it to 1 Timothy 4:12, which is the border around this drawing.

I think this one doesn't even need a caption, it speaks for itself.

Again, this speaks for itself. We don't value prayer enough and we truly underestimate its power.  That's something I have been learning a lot recently.

What can I say? There's so much truth here.

As I said, I only do quotes that personally touch me lol :P

Aside from lettering I dabble in sketching a little--a very little as I'm not very good at it. So here are a few of my pencil drawings.

The German horse and rider.

I avoid portraits as much as possible as they never look like the person I'm attempting to draw but this portrait of my niece actually looks like her so I kept it.

Roses :)

I drew this celtic cross for my brother Caleb's birthday last year.

And this one was for all my nephews, after all what little boy doesn't like Lego ninjas?? 

This was my first attempt at anime art and I was quite happy with the result.  It's a very fun art form to do, especially the eyes. 

Well there's a glimpse into my art portfolio, I'd love to hear what y'all think and any tips or suggestions y'all may have.  Blessings on this Friday!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Projects, Projects

Lately we have been inside more due to weather and it has been a perfect time to work on a few projects after work. so I thought I would share a little--and by little, I mean a very LITTLE--of what I have been up to lately.

So as you can see, I have been making quite a few Kanzashi hair flowers, which has been a fun learning process. 

Also I revamped this old chair from this ^^  to....

THIS!!! Granted, it's just a slipcover and my seamstress skills aren't quite as high as I'd like lol, but I am very happy with how this turned out! And the beauty of this project is didn't cost me a thing! I used my old comforter (which just so happened to match my room theme perfectly--but perhaps that is because my room was themed off this comforter....) and just "winged-it" after googling slip covers. And the chair was given to me sooo it was a fun project. Aside from these things I have been experimenting with lettering and typography, altering clothes to fit me lol, baking my heart out in our new kitchen and trying to find the perfect pattern for a new dress.  On the work side of things I have also been helping my dad get our CD ministry up and running again and learning business "how-to's" from Mrs.Greene--which on that note, check out her website at  aside from regular house work and just daily living.  So my cup has been pretty full of things to do.  What have y'all been up to? I'd love to hear from you. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

The last two years--condensed

After my prolonged absence from the blogging world -- I'm back! And with so much to tell! It has been a very -- wild (for lack of a better word) couple of years! Though some things were not enjoyable and some things were bitter-sweet it has been an over all amazing two years of seeing God's hand and faithfulness displayed in a very real way for our family.
So what's happened to us?? I'm glad you asked :)  Since 2013:

My dear brother, Caleb, graduated from BJU, went to police academy, graduated, and is now a GCPD policeman. I am so proud of him and blessed to be a part of his life.

I had another birthday ;), graduated high school, had my last piano recital, and graduated with a separate high school degree in piano.

My dad resigned the pastorate after 23 yrs. and a time of transition began for all of us. It was rather hard at times but God has been so good! Daddy has started his own construction services company and we are experiencing a unique time of starting fresh, from scratch, and doing totally new things.

As we had been living in the church parsonage, we now had to find a home to live in. For those of y'all who know us, you may remember the house we were living in.  We were thankful for that small house, and truth is I kinda miss it at times, but God had something special for us and literally dropped our new home into our laps. And it is a looooot more spacious ;)
However, this home was a MAJOR fixer-upper and we were not sure where, or even how, to begin. God had a plan there too.  Recently we had reconnected with some old friends, who just happen to know everything about construction/remodeling/building. So with the help of the Greene boys -- and their immense stash of tools -- and along with other friends, we set out to transform our new home.

Our kitchen

Dining Room

Living Room

My Room :D

Ezra Greene custom built this bed for me! 

Haviland's Room

I painted this on Havi's wall--It is Korean for love.

The master bathroom 

Well I could show you many more rooms of the house but I don't want to bore my dear readers, I hope this gave you a glimpse of how the house was and what we have done to it. It was an extremely long, tiring project but we learned ever so much! 

We also had the privilege of celebrating my moms 50th birthday and hosting an enormous party for her. It was so much fun and we were so happy to be able to have everyone over to the new house.

Well truth is, quite a bit more has occurred in the last years but these were the big things. So, I hope you all enjoy a glimpse back into our lives and Lord willing I will stay up to date on blogging from here on out.