Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let the Christmas Fun Begin!

Let our season of sharing begin!  Remember the rules...

#1  Keep Your Eyes on Jesus


#2  If You're Stressed Out, You're Not Doing #1


First, let me share a Photoshop tree I made following a tutorial.  YouTube is awesome!  Use it however you'd like - cards, gift tags, Fabebook - it's yours.  If you need the PS file to change the colors, leave a comment and I will send it to you!


Next...

We're going to get an early start on the Christmas fun!  Here's your challenge for Black Friday.  No, I'm not a Black Friday shopper, but I will be out to spread some Christmas cheer along with you.  You will need:

  • a Christmas mug - check your cabinets, or hit the Dollar Store
  • hot cocoa (I don't care if it's 80 degrees!)
  • marshmallows
  • warm socks - forgo the Dollar Store decorations you were going to buy when you got the mug, and get some socks
  • a crazy Christmas scarf - you might have to venture to Wal-Mart for this one
  • two sandwiches and some chips or crackers - your choice
  • a little gift bag
  • some spare change
Ok, the mission.  This will take some tactical planning.  Bag up the sandwiches, chips, and socks in the gift bag.  Get the mug, cocoa, marshmallows, and scarf ready for action.

Mission Part 1:  Find someone on the streets in need.  Give them the bag with food and socks.  Be sure to tell them that God wanted to remind them He loves them!

Mission Part 2:  This will take more scouting.  Find a Salvation Army bell-ringer.  Try Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.  Now find a convenience store nearby.  Ask for hot water from the coffee machines.  Most have some sort of hot water.  If not, ask to use their microwave.  You may have to do a little talking, but they will let you make your hot cocoa (be sure to offer to pay for the water!)  Now head back to the bell-ringer.  Add the marshmallows just before you get out of the car.  Walk up, hand them the hot cocoa, wrap the Christmas scarf around their neck, drop some money in their kettle, thank them for doing God's work, and walk away!

Now, on with your Black Friday shopping...I'll be headed home!

 Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Mission accomplished?  Leave a comment!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Keep Your Focus and Have Some Fun as We Begin the Christmas Season!

#1  Keep Your Eyes on Jesus



#2  If You're Stressed Out, You're Not Doing #1


It's less than four weeks now that I will be done with graduate school.  It's been a year and a half since I've been able to spend much time doing the things I enjoy, like blogging.  I am so excited to be able to breathe life back into Sherry's Cabin.  That has had me thinking about what I can bring to the table.  What could I contribute here that will make a difference?  I'm not a master of anything of which I can share techniques you've never seen before.  I don't take photos of beautiful food scenes...unless you want so see what's cooking in the cast iron tonight.  In fact, there's nothing fancy about me (and I'm very glad of that), but surely I can bring something to the table.
So why not just live creatively?  Creating by God's grace, and sharing it with you.  I can't give you the greatest tutorials, the best writing, or the most brilliant photos, but I can share tips on walking with God...learning something every day...enjoying what you've got...sharing your creativity...and living and creating by God's grace.

Back to my question at hand - What can I bring to the table this Thanksgiving week?  How about some practical tips for getting your house ready for the Christmas decorations? Or, some fun ways to spread Christmas cheer?  Remember this is not Better Homes and Gardens.  This is real, living in the dirt, cobwebs-in-the-corner-coming-down, kind of living.  If your sheets are ironed and your home is dust-free, you probably want to skip on over to Country Living, but if the caliche road to your house helps you flock the tree and you've got to dust your ornaments before they can go back on the tree, you might be in the right place!

Today's Tip for a Fresh Decorating Start

  • Pine-sol the walls!  I know...who has time for that??  That's what I thought until I tried it.  It's quick, and it will make your house smell clean! 
From the Pine-sol website:

Add 1/4 cup of Pine-sol to a gallon of water.
Dip in a sponge and wring out until just slightly damp.
Wipe the walls! (Be sure to test in an inconspicuous place.)
The website suggests wiping with a dry cloth to prevent streaks, but mine air-dries so quickly, I haven't needed this step.
*Be sure to do the fireplace and mantle, too, while your dragging the step-ladder around the house!

What's your tip for a fresh decorating start this Christmas season?

Leave us a comment to share in the fun!

Oh, and stay tuned for daily Fun!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Thinking Big...a Little at a Time

Why, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ The Queen

I’m learning to make a shift in thinking, thanks to the Mad Hatter!  I’ve been enjoying being a part of Ever After 2016 where amazing artists are sharing new techniques each week, and we are trying out those techniques to create mixed-media art of fairy tale characters.  Because of graduate school, I am behind...imagine that… but after three weeks of new techniques, we were supposed work in our own style while incorporating some of the new techniques.  Well, the Mad Hatter appeared on my art table and brought a message from the queen.  


One of the techniques I’ve never really embraced is collage in my paintings, but it was one of the techniques we tried.  This set me about finding Mad Hatter quotes to incorporate in painting.  I ended up not collaging anything into the painting (go figure), but I honed in one particular quote that Google images attributed to the Mad Hatter.

Sorry, Mr. Carroll.  I should have done my research because it was the queen, not the Mad Hatter, who said, “Why, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Hmmm, I wish I had known that before I had a poster made…. Oh well, live and learn!  It’s the idea that’s important to me.  I started thinking of all the times I’ve thought “little”.  It’s good to be conservative, but sometimes that kind of thinking limits us in reaching beyond the fence line we’ve given ourselves.  I prayed for God to increase my territory in the lives I touch for Him, and He opened a door.  



I have to tell you I paced back and forth by that door before I finally got the nerve to stick a toe across the threshold.  He wasn’t going to show me beyond the door until I trusted Him enough to step across the line.  I’m still learning to listen, trust, and step out in faith, but I'm growing.

I have decided to write a novel this November. Yes, I'm still in graduate school, and, yes, I am crazy. Not that there was ever any doubt, but now that we have those facts established, I am announcing my participation in NaNoWriMo! I don't care how bad the story is, I am writing a novel.



We are not guaranteed a particular amount of time here on Earth, and I don't want to miss any more opportunities.  I'm thinking BIG...even if it's just a little at a time, and I'm going to keep sticking my toe across the thresholds of the doors God opens!

What about you?  What are you doing with your dash...you know, that time in between the two dates on your headstone?  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Count Down to Fall Begins!

I love Fall!  I pull out the decorations and begin my four month (if you don't count the two Christmas trees that are still up) decorating frenzy.  I love, love, love it!  In preparation for the coming fun, I made myself a little Fall Bucket List.  I made sure only those things that filled me with joy and warm fuzzies made the list. I did NOT need another list of things I have to get done...


I've been gearing up for the occasion!  I've been baking, drinking pumpkin-spiced coffee, and taking photos.  I love to share God's beautiful palette in my photos, but I decided to add a #justbecause album to my camera roll...since, of course, I plan to take too many photos!  Gayland and I drove by a building several weeks ago, and I knew I had to go back and get a picture.  I'm not sure why....#justbecause!  I snapped this with my iPhone at lunch today - no colored filters.

#justbecause  #warmfuzzies



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Bag a Day for Forty Days Challenge....Hmmmm

Why is it that when I hear the word Challenge, it immediately sends me into overdrive???





Art Challenge, Educator Challenge, Bag-a-Day Challenge....it really doesn't matter.  I saw a while back, on Facebook, that February 10th was the kick off Forty Bags in Forty days.... and we're off and running!  What can be thrown away, you ask?  I know you're wondering who has forty bags worth of stuff to trash...
Well, I've enlisted my kids in the classroom, I'm cleaning out drawers and cabinets at home, and stuff is going out the door!  We had a leak under the sink at school, and we were able to throw this away...  Yep, time for some cleaning out.



And for those of you who have no junk, no old clothes, and no unidentifiable stuff you've no idea why you kept, what about these... computer files, phone pictures, emails, your spiritual life, your heart... could any of those use a tune-up?

I don't know about you, but we're going to slam this challenge!  Care to join us?

Psalm 51:10

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Ephesians 4:23  
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Break Continues

I just wanted to poke my head in this evening to update you on Christmas break.  We enjoyed Christmas in the West at San Angelo Cowboy Church this morning, and I finally got my trees up in the dining room and kitchen.  Painting the dining room threw me off schedule this year, but I really like the new color.  Both trees still need ornaments, but it's a start!




Is your light shining this Christmas Season?

Matthew 5:14-16

14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas!


I am dusting off the cobwebs...literally.  It's the first official day of Christmas break, and I am spending some time enjoying myself in my craftroom since the school year began.  This past August, I decided to work on getting my master's degree online while teaching during the day.  I've spent every moment on school - teaching or learning.

In honor of completing classes last week and getting off for Christmas break yesterday, I am knocking off the dust from my blog, my paints, and some well-loved books.  Let me tell you, I am out of practice!  My writing and my painting are both very rusty.  I was able to kick my feet up and read several chapters from the Queen of Mystery, though!


I decided to give myself a little challenge, since I need to grease the wheels.  I'm going to make art or craft something every day of the break - even if it is only a ten minute ink and watercolor Christmas tree!  I couldn't even find my ink nib, so I just dipped the brush and went at it.  

The only rule which I have imposed on myself is...
I must shop my own cabinets to create.  NO new supplies!  I am only allowed to use what is here.  No worries, though, as I could start now and have enough stuff to use until I'm ninety or so!


I'll be checking in throughout the week, enjoying family, creating, and celebrating the birthday of my Savior.  Don't let the stress of the world's version of Christmas get a hold of you.  Laugh, enjoy friends and family, and thank God for the gift of His Son who was born to die for our sins.



Merry Christmas!

Work in Progress

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Today is the Day for a Mad Tea Party!!

For those of you who have stumbled upon our madness without the slightest idea of where you find yourself, let us, the Dreamers of Wonderland, welcome you to the 8th Annual Mad Tea Party!  In honor of 150 years of Alice in Wonderland, we tip our hats to Lewis Carroll for creating a magical land that has withstood the test of time.  Won't you join in on our absolutely absurd Party?  What, you ask?  Why would you want to attend a virtual tea party?  To sip virtual tea, of course... to take time to enjoy beautiful photos and art, and to stop and smell the roses, virtual, though, they may be!

And to the rest of you, the Mad Hatters, who have intentionally come to the garden for tea....


The time has come...

Watercolor by Me for the Occasion

Yes, today is the day!
Won't you take a cup and have a stay?

Watercolor by my Camera!


It is a blog-hoppin' Mad Tea Party full of cheer,
And I thank you much for stopping here.




Pull up a chair and have some sweets
Wizzers, cupcakes, and Humbug treats!


What tea will you choose for your cup?
Sip, sip, sip, and drink it up!


Oh my, the humbugs have gone astray.
Swallow them quick 'fore they get away!


I see you, Bunny, waiting there.
Don't touch the sprinkles...don't you dare...


What's that?  Move, you say???
But I'm enjoying myself and want to stay.


Oh no, that Hatter
He's getting mad, mad, madder!

Sniffing sunflowers has got him silly
Sipping cup after cup all willy-nilly!


Peek through the bushes and you will see
He keeps moving us from tea to tea.


Says the Hatter to me and  to you,

"Get up, get up you mad, mad two.
It's always tea time.  No time to wash a cup.
So move we must... up, up, up."


He demanded I make a note for you,
So you could make peppermint humbugs, too.


They are delightful and, oh, so sweet.
But catching one is quite a feat!


So, pour yourself another cup,


And certainly be sure to sugar it up.

Thanks to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for the Sugar Cube Recipe!!!!

Here's your recipe before you go.
Sprinkled with magic all a-glow.

India Ink and Marker by me

I hope you'll come back a time or two,
as I share more madness with all of you!



May God bless you Mad Tea Party-Blog-Hoppin'-Super-Kind of Day!
Hugs and Humbugs (Peppermint, of course!),
Sherry
In loving memory of Pappy Don, the collector of collectors, who taught me to love all things old.


Check back as I add more madness throughout the day!

Many thanks to our hostess, Vanessa, at A Fanciful Twist.
She has blessed us with an amazing amount of time, effort, and creativity!
Be sure to stroll on over to the the rest of the Party at



Friday, July 10, 2015

This Week's Summer of Color Challenge... Two Greens and a Pink... (and some other colors)

Ok, the Summer of Color Challenge was really a stretch for me this week as I prepared for the 8th Annual Mad Tea Party.  I knew time would be short with the White Rabbit watercolor and the preparation for an absurdly Mad Tea Party Bash, but I did use two greens and a pink.... and some yellow and flesh tones, too.  :)

Yes, you can call me a cheater, rebel, or whatever... but I much prefer the term "Make-do-in-a-Pinch"er!  The Mad Hatter demanded I make a recipe card for his Peppermint Humbugs, so I grabbed some India ink and some art markers and went to town!


Complete with tea stains, of course!  If you would like to visit the 8th Annual Mad Tea Party Blog Hop, you can get started HERE on my Tea Party Post!

The making of a Mad Hatter Recipe Card -



God bless and Happy Unbirthday to You,
Sherry


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Two Reds and a Metallic - SOC Challenge

This week's colors included my favorite - red- but as I worked through the painting, I was less than thrilled with the result.  Such is art.  I spent most of the week thinking I would paint another, but I've been up to my eyeballs in trying to clear out the "packratted" junk from my dad's estate.  That leaves you with my original painting!


This shot showed the metallic green the best. I found it very tough to capture the shine.

...and the whole thing-

The weird looking stump makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time...like a combo lava pit and chocolate log roll.... Oh well.
I did use it as a test-run for my new You Tube Art Vlog if you'd like to hop over there and watch me learn to create art videos.  It might be worth a laugh!



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Brain Ridiculousness and Such - SOC Challenge 3

Do you ever get something ridiculous stuck in your head that just has to come out?  No....  hmmmm....  I was quite sure it happened to everyone....

Well, for future reference, if it ever happens to you, you will now know that you must -yes, must- let him... I mean... it out.

Let me back up a little.
Week 3 of the Summer of Color Challenge, over at Twinkle, Twinkle, required I use two purples and a yellow for a piece of art.  Neither is a favorite color of mine, nor did any breath-taking artistic ideas pop into my head...  Only little Zirg, here...



Don't ask because I don't know.  Really... I did try to come up with something else.  
I even looked through old photos of some of my art to try to spark an idea.  Apparently, although I don't love either color, I seem to put them together a lot!  If you don't believe me, check back through some older posts.  :)
  So, anyway, there was no epiphany.  No masterpiece in my little brain.  Just this - 



Maybe I ate something too spicy or stared at the sun too long, but I'm telling you that you just might as well let the ridiculousness out of your brain from the onset, or he, uhh.. it... will just run round and round your skull driving you further off the sane map than you already are.


I guess I'll be refilling my paint bin with the shades of purple and yellow acrylics I bought.  It seems Zirg found his way out of my brain and into my glass.  Good riddance.  He'll have to find his own way out of there.  Maybe it will give me time to get some art done!

Won't you join us for the Summer of Color Challenge?  It's not too late!  Head on over to Kristin's blog and check out the rules!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer of Color 2015 Challenge #2


This week's challenge required two pinks and an orange. I almost made it… With a little burnt umber…. I know....  I said almost!  I have to say this was another tough one for me.  I like the fact that my comfort zone is being stretched with the Summer of Color, but I already broke the pact I made with myself when I started the challenge.  I had every intention of using only the three colors - no blacks, umber, or whites.  Although many of the other players are using extras, especially black and white, I wanted to try to pull off paintings done entirely with the three chosen colors.  That would be great if I chose to paint flowers, or sunrises, or.... flying pigs headed into the sunset... but no.  I had a horse on my mind from the start.  

When I had reached this point -


I almost threw it in File 13.  The screaming pink was doing nothing for me, and I couldn't get any contrast.  I'm glad I stuck to it, though.  Sometimes in life, that is just what it takes - stick-to-itiveness - and, of course, God's grace!

Why don't you join us in the Summer of Color 5 Challenge?  No excuses.  Just do it!

I do hope you take the time to 
Be still and know that He is God.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer of Color 5 - Color by Number Challenge and Such

My, my, my... I found another challenge to try... I must have had a weak moment.
It promises to be great fun, though!  I had to dash through this week's challenge, though, because I am off to church camp in the morning, and the deadline will get here before I get back home.
The challenge - create art with three colors.  Two blues and a green.  Get it?  Color by number... hehe.  I love it... no, wait.  I hated it!!  I wanted so badly to add shadows with burnt umber or blacks or anything!

I struggled through it in record time because I had none to spare.  There is more motive to the madness that I can't share just yet, but I slung paint, and the rooster crowed in the morning sun, albeit a green sun.
I even cut loose and thumped some watery drops all around - that was EXTREMELY difficult for my oh-so-orderly self.  I wanted to wipe it off immediately, but I didn't.  Whew, that was tough, but it is starting to grow on me.
So here is Morning Calls-


Here were my colors-


Why don't you join in on the fun?  Check out the challenge at Twinkle, Twinkle.  I know we are going to have a great time!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer Art

Summer is here, and I'm enjoying it!  More than the time off, though, I have come to some amazing revelations in the past couple of days.  Do you know how you hear something over and over and over until one day your little light bulb goes ~ZIT~ and you get it?  Surely that doesn't just happen to me, right?
Anyway, I've been struggling with where my creativity fits in with God's plans for me.  I love to create whether it's sculpting, painting, writing, or devising the next science lesson for my students, but how does any of that play out in the eternal picture?  I am often concerned that I am wasting time by feeding that Creative Monster that lives inside of me.  I am, however, created in God's image, and He's the one who made me this way.  
Being the bag lady that I am, I decided to paint a new book bag for myself.  A selfie - a skinny selfie, that is!  I knew I wanted scripture, but I didn't know which one.  I started Googling thoughts that were on my heart, and Ephesians 2:10 popped up!  



I can't really even put into words what I finally got, but I got it.  I am who I am for a reason.  Here are some things that I realized:
God has a plan.  I am His workmanship.  There is a reason I make art even if I'm not quite sure why, yet... YET.  Although I like for people to enjoy my art, I don't need them to enjoy it for me to be happy because my plan was already prepared for me.
That being said, sometimes I have wondered if I talk too much about God - that I'm that freaky Jesus nut that everybody wants to avoid.  That was answered, today, too.  We had a guest speaker at church today.  God spoke to my heart through him when he quoted Ephesians 2:10- my scripture, and then he said that God's Word would not come back void.  I will keep sharing His Word.  He has good works prepared for me, and I pray that I walk in them.
I guess folks that think I'm too freaky can just hop on to another blog!

So, here's my little bag along with its message to me and to you -



What path are you walking?