Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dreams, Seeds Planted in our SOUL...

Dreams are Seeds planted in our souls,
 BY GOD
with faith and love they are bound to flourish.
For I believe our creator,
 God planted special seeds in each and everyone of us.
For he has great plans for all his children.
  Something to consider....
 If we are indeed made in the image of God,
 are we not all CREATIVE!
 Made to love, serve and share our creativity.
How are you using the gifts of creativity you have been blessed with?
SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS.....

Where your time is SPENT...
That is where you'll find you heart!

Spend Time in the
Word of God..
Spend time with
your Family...
Spend time with
your Dreams!!!

At the heart of prosperity is the seed planted by God,
 deep within your soul, Your own unique seed,

A Dream,
 A Vision,
 Your Calling...

which we are called to nourish,
 cultivate and use to prosper the Kingdom or God.

Seeds and Petals Series, "Poppy Fields" by Deborah

PRAISE GOD!!!
For the seeds of your gifts, talents and dreams...
Have a Great and Blessed day...
Created by God!
For each and every one of his children.





Thursday, February 25, 2010

Who's That Swinging in NYC ? Come and SEE!!!

I am soooo excited to share
the Newest
Pictures...
Introducing


Spider Man...


swinging through NYC...



And I know, Only this...
I can only do this by the Grace of God Alone!
Through this gift I will Give him all
the Praise and Glory.
For he has truly blessed me...
And I will sing His praises all the Days
of my life.

I would also like to thank all those who left
wonderful inspiring comments...
They lifted my spirit and
inspired me to refocus...
on My God,
My Family,
My Art
&
My Soul...
Thank you doesn't seem like enough
to say...

 





Sunday, February 21, 2010

Balancing Life, God, Family and Art

Are you walking
on
the Tight Rope
called
Life?

Balance, how do you find it?
I hope you'll share...
I've been walking
this tight rope for
a few months
now...
I have been praying for God
to show me his will
for my journey.
Here's the Story... I have been a stay at home mother forever. Even after my youngest was off to kindergarten, I stayed home. After Rachel had been in school a couple years, I started getting a little stir crazy. I had been doing murals and faux finishes by word of mouth only and I would get 2 or 3 jobs a year. Still I felt lonely, out of touch with adults and found I had too much time on my hands to worry about life and everything about it.
 Over the last 5 years I have taken on 3 different part time jobs. First 2 did not count, because they didn't last very long. I would get overwhelmed and be back at home. I have always had a sporadic income from my murals and artwork. Than I took on the job of  working as a  part time  school cook in our town of 600 people. It lasted almost 2 years until last Friday which was my last day. Once again I found my self overwhelmed with trying to balance my life.
How do other women do it all? 
And why can't I?
You could say that, once again had to much on my palette. Wife, mother, bus driver, maid, cook, inventory control and artist.  Well actually I didn't think I had taken on too much until, I got a job doing a mural of spider man on all four walls.  I was trying to start my Etsy store, I began blogging, I had a large faux finishing job that started at the end of summer and went into the school year. I found myself asking for days of from the school cook job to get my other jobs finished.  About 7 weeks ago I got a  request to do the Spider Man mural and I thought, no problem I can do both!
Wrong!
Getting up at 5:30 am to go cook at the school and getting off  there at 1:00 pm and racing down to work on the mural, two rounds of antibiotics for shingles and sinus infections. Taking time off for that, time off for the weather, time off to work on the mural and more time off for sick kids. 
About to fall off
the tight rope.
Balance,
Balance,
balance.
Photo by Deborah titled, "Balance" that is Rachel the youngest, fearless and balanced.
My Cowboy husband to the left.

So I find myself...

 Praying for discernment and direction, asking for a clear in your face answer.
Whats next God?

I trust you as my safety net...
I am falling into the pit of
self pity.
My palette looks like a muddy puddle!!!
Then I get the call to go to the principles office. Oh noooo!!! what did I do? She proceeds to tell me I need to make a choice, your requesting to much time off. All the while I thought I had that worked  it all out with the head cook. Always covering my hours with competent people.
So I took that as a clear in your face answer and put in my 2 weeks right then and there, mind you I was crying like a hormonal women.  The principle told me to go home and think about it! After talking and crying to my husband he said, "quit and focus on your art."  but, but, I use that extra income to fund my art and other stuff.
Follow your passion, purpose and use your gifts!
God wants us to prosper using the gifts he has given us.
So what am I passionate about you might ask?

photo by Deborah
This is my family...


"Also consider that since God has called you, He is completely able to reveal your purpose to you, and He will as you diligently seek Him." (Heb. 11:6)

1 Peter 4:10 (New International Version)
 "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

Tell me, how do you use your talents and gift to serve others?
Tell me, how do you find balance?
I can't wait to hear from you so please leave a comment and share!








Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spring Cleaning in Blog Land

Don't look now
Just changing things up
a bit.
Just a little spring cleaning
in blog land...
New Header...
Let me know what you think?
I am so looking forward to SPRING!
BLOOMS...
SUNSHINE...
BAREFEET...
TRAIL RIDES...
i could go on and on...
ME...I am a summer girl.

Photo by Deborah


Photo by Deborah

Blue Skies and Sunshine.

The Roads in heaven are paved with GOLD...
Now that is something to look forward too!!!
Finding joy in the everyday!
 


Too Much Fun Making Art Pendants

Drop by for a visit,
I am having too much
fun!
New and Creative
Ideas
are swirling in
my Head!!!
 All those watercolors I thought where
Useless....
Not Worthy to share...
Guess what?
I am creating art pendants with them.
I just place the glass tile
over different spots on the piece of
artwork until I Love what is behind the
glass.
Then I use Diamond Glaze a water-based
adhesive and glue the tile, Let it dry!
The Glaze makes the colors ever more vibrant.
Cut around the tile and glue it to canvas.
The canvas back allows me to sign
each pendant and date it.
Add a sterling silver plated bail...

WaaaaLaaa!
A tiny treasure...
Art you can wear...
They are sooooo cool!
My options are unlimited, with
all that artwork stacked up
in the studio.
I didn't know what to do with.
So glad one of my art teachers
told me never to throw away
art... even when you don't like it.

Without further ado!
Pictures...

Leave a comment and let me know
what you think...
The sun is shining in Iowa!
JOY!
Thank you Jesus!
Hope everyone has a great day!
These Pendants and others can be found at my ETSY
Link. Stop By Soon!

I am off to paint on Spider Man the never ending mural.
Due to the weather I have been limited on
when I could travel to work on it...
Prayers always help,
God, Thank you for all the Blessing in My Life...
Let me touch the lives of others
that they might see your light
guiding me...
That they would seek the light and joy
you offer in Christ Jesus
And be Guided
by
YOU!
All the glory be yours alone......


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love, Love, Love

 What if everyone chose Love???

Love the Lord with all your heart,
Love you neighbor,
Love and Honor your Parents,
Love Your Spouse,
Love your Children...
Love...
Love...
Love...

Would it mean Peace, Peace, Peace...

A Vintage Bouquet for Valentines Day!

Original Artwork by Deborah

Have a love filled, peace filled and joy  filled, Wonderful Day!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Getting Creative....
Newest Edition to my Art Pendants Collection

These Pendants are made from
100% cotton gauze layered between
to glass tiles
accented with faux 
silver solder tape.

I love to use this technique on my watercolors to
create texture.
Here's How...
You lay the gauze over the area
you want to have a woven
texture.
You paint directly over
the gauze on to your
painting.
You let it dry completely and
then you remove the gauze
and it leaves a wonderful
texture on the painting.

TAKE A LOOK....
 
Examples of using gauze
and
getting
the
sweet
texture
it
leaves
behind.
Thing is I can't throw away the
gauze. It retains all the
color from the paint.
So... I have a whole bowel filled
with all
of the colored gauze.
I love all the richness of color.
I had no idea what  I could use
this gauze for.
Then.....
I was making some pendants
from prints of original watercolors
and spotted the bowel of
color.
Wham,Bam and a new idea!

Fiber Art Pendants.
Each one is an original never
to be recreated.
Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.
Another stroke of the brush...This is the air I breathe

This is the end product!
Hope you like them...
You can find them at my Etsy Shop.

Love is in the air...


This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread...
This is my daily bread...

Your VERY WORD spoken to me
And I I'm desperate for you...

And I I'm I'm lost without you...This is the air I breathe...
This is the air I breathe....
This is a Awesome Worship Song, by Micheal Smith...

Take time to breath in
the Love of
Christ.
Share it!!!



Friday, February 12, 2010

Making new Friends

I just found a cool new site at
 Where Women Create....http://www.wherewomencreate.typepad.com/
A Great Site for Creative Ladies..
check out their button and check them out!

Gussy...She has some adorable
hand sewn gifts...www.maggiewhitley.blogspot.com/
I love all the bright and cheerful colors
of fabric...
handmade items at ETSY
My favorite little handmade shopping site.
Lets go shopping
it always cheers me up.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Beating Heart

Listen to your heart,
each beat is an opportunity
to live, breath and believe..

The Best is Yet to come...
The battle is already won...

My Savior Lives
My Savior Loves...
My Savior died for you and me...

Each beat of my heart
is an opportunity for the
Holy Spirit 
to live inside of
ME.
Each day is another day
I choose to embrace the truth...
Share the Truth...
Seek the Truth...
And live in Truth.
 
"The Lord will guide you continually, and
satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen
your bones: you shall be like a watered
garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fall." Isaiah 58:11

The picture above is a card I created with
my watercolor of a single rose.
This is one of my favorite prayers.
for sale on ETSY!

2 more days till Valentines Day!






Monday, February 8, 2010

Purpose... A day of questioning?

Purpose...
What is mine?
I thought I knew it!
But there are days
I
truly
don't feel
I do...
Why can't God just whisper loud and clear
in my ear
and
TELL ME!

Does it change daily
like my mood?

Does it change as a grow
in faith?

Sometimes I feel like,
God, its me Deborah your faithful
Servant, how would you have me
serve?
(Silence!!!!)
Hello!!!
God,
Make it clear...
to me....
Then...
I hear...
Take care of your husband,
Take care of your children,
Use you gifts and talents,
And
Love your family near and far,
Share you faith one
person at a time.

Listen....
Quite your mind.
Hear not your own voice,
But make room to
hear mine.


Sunset Beach I By Deborah L. Ruby

Calm down...take a breath...visualize!
The Water calms my spirit.


Sunset II by Deborah L. Ruby
The Blue, aqua and green, the sound of the waves and
the smells of the sea...
My Faith in God
Jesus Christ and
the Holy Spirit
calms my soul.

So you wonder why the lingering questions?
So many to love, can I love enough?
So much to do, can I do enough?
So many talented artist, am
I good enough?
Does anybody hear me?
Can they see the light within me?
Even on the days I
know I am not
shining...

So many choices to make...
Waiting to hear from God...
Did I miss his voice?
All  these 
 thoughts swirling
in my head.
It is time to contemplate
another change.
I will wait upon the Lord!
I will trust the answer to be clear.
I will believe he has a
purpose just for me.
So I will wait.....
and Hear his voice...
God has a plan!












Sunday, February 7, 2010

Spider Man Mural

Hey! Friends and Family,
 I am
making
 Good
on sharing pictures of the
mural I have been working
ON....
Spider Man

Spider Man Swinging

Spider Man crawling down soon to be building

 Spiderman on top of building
shoot Web

Mustang billboard add.


Soon to have busy car on New York city
Street.


Church building.....
Well that is enough for
now.
I still have a ways to go!
I am feeling better about
it now and can see the light.
This mural is for a almost 3 year
old Boy.

Thank you Jesus for this gift
I am able to share with
others.
It is only through this gift you
have given me that I am
able to create, paint
and be creative.
All the Glory be yours Alone,
God
Allow me to
touch the lives
of the people I
paint for and honor you.

Another stroke of the brush....

Quote from Mother Theresa of Calcutta
"Never worry about the numbers,
Help one person at a time
 and always start
with the
person
NEAREST to you."

It is snowing, AGAIN...6 TO 8 INCHES.
Here in Iowa...
Everyone have a great Sunday.
Enjoy the Super Bowel if you must.
I made a big pot of chili,
Husbands request.
All 4 of my children are home for
today.
Thank you, Awesome God!
I love it when we are all together.

May God Bless you all,
 as much or more
abundantly then  he has me and my whole family.





Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Month of Love

If you are even remotely curious
 about your Love language
 Visit this Website
 and take the sort quiz....
It is worth your time.

Gary Chapman is an awesome christian writer.

"At the heart of mankind's existence is
the desire to be
intimate and to be
LOVED by another.
Marriage is designed to
meet that need for intimacy and love."
Gary Chapman


Another Stroke of the Brush...

The Promise of Gods Love waters the spirit!!!

Original Watercolor titled, Seeds, Petals and the Watering Can
By Deborah

Water your soul with the promising words of Gods
never changing,
never ending,
eternal LOVE.

All great relationships require...

Promise
Time
Hope
Honesty
Understanding...

Original Watercolor titled,  Love Dasies Pick Me
By Deborah

Jesus has picked you and I
to be in an intimate
relationship with
him...
It requires
Time
Truth
and
Faith
The reward is
Unconditional Love
and Forgiveness.

Make the...
Time
Read the Truth,
Have faith in
Gods Promise
and
Water your spirit!
and you will
Grow in the
Son.
And together we will shine!!!






Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Early Morning Inspiration

For the past few weeks
 we have woken up to early morning Gray.
 Gray in not one of my favorite colors.
In my palette, it is NOT
even a color!

Being the month of
Love ,I thought
Of
The Five Love Languages
by Gary Chapman...
I will be sharing
some excerpts
from this
Book!

"If we are to develop an intimate relationship
we need to know each other's desires.
If we wish to love each other,we need to know
what the other person wants."
Gary Chapman


Quality time
Words of encouragement
Gifts
Acts of Service
Physical Touch...

The first place to start...
Have the desire to figure
out what your loved
one needs
to feel
LOVED
by YOU!

Another Stroke of the brush...

There are many colors on my palette.
There are just as many ways to
show others you love them.
Pick and choose your
colors
carefully and
you can create a
masterpiece.
If you don't
you
will have
a puddle
of muddy
colors.

When you take the time
to choose the
right love
Language.
You can create
a Master Piece
in Your
Relationships.
When you don't!
A muddy, yucky
relationship!
Make your Love relationships
 a colorful and beautiful
masterpiece with
God
as your foundation.




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