Hello there, lovies!
Okay, yesterday was my baby girl Nia Grace's birthday.
She's 12! I know, right? I can't believe it either. If you know Nia Grace you know how tiny she is. She totally takes after Ken. Same face, only girl version. Same Masai build. Same cocoa brown skin. Same big amazing eyes. I mean, she doesn't look 12 AT ALL! But she is. Happy Birthday, Punky!
Nia Grace is a crafty chica. She knew the finances were pretty much non-existent, but we asked what she wanted just the same. You know what she requested? A chocolate cheese cake, materials to make a plushy, and some Sculpey.
Is she easy, or what? And we so could handle the cheese cake.
I was on my way to Kroger when I got a little wily. Someone gave me two small checks that honestly, I tried to cash at three different banks before Christmas, to no avail. I gave up, and was going to mail them back to the person who gave them to me when I decided to use outrageous hope and try one more time. Of course sweet Jesus was with me! I cashed those checks and had enough to shoot over to Michael's for my baby's stuff!
I get there and the store is going out of business! I just got into art, and now a major source of supplies and inspiration is leaving me! But I had no time to grieve, because everything was 50-90% off! Ken and I, with the little we had, lost our minds.
We got what gracie wanted. We got stuff for Ken, who doesn't just do amazing tattoos, and when we were done we got stuff for mama. I won't get into how much we spent, because y'all will be mad Jesus showed me so much favor, but I'll show you what I ended up with, and rest assured, what I paid for it was rather ridiculous.
I have plenty on hand to start art journaling, painting, stamping, whatever! Of course I had to get started. I've been oogling the work of people like my new best friend Mystele. In fact, it's at her request that I'm sharing what I got from Michaels. I've been building up the courage to try my hand at doing some of the folk art-type work so popular now. Believe me, I have nooooooo experience, but the desire was burning in me. I had to make an effort.
Do you ever wonder about that scripture that says that if we delight in the Lord He'll give us the desires of our heart? I used to think it means He'll give us what we want. Now I think it may have layers of meaning. Perhaps He'll put desires and wants inside of us. How can you ignore a love jones God built into you? I think my art love comes from the Creator Himself. This compels me to work as unto the Lord. Even if I suck.
So, here's my first shot at folk art. It's awful. Lord, have mercy, I'm embarrassed to show you. I used torn paper I had on hand, punched out shapes (only fifty cents for the punches!) watercolor pencils, markers, and paint markers. My personal word for 2009 is "bloom". So, here ya go:
Yeah. We're going to file this with "Bad art I've given myself permission to make," which is a blog entry in and of itself. Maybe tomorrow. But I must tell you. It made me so happy to do this. I can't even explain it.
Okay, for now, I'm back to editing the Exorsistah 2: X Returns, but, sigh, you know where my heart is today.