Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Celebration of Teapots & Friendships

These are the early pages of a book I'm creating to commemorate my teapot collection. They are all very special to me as are the treasured friends and family who have contributed to the collection. I have a total of 28. Most of the initial layouts for each pot are complete. I just need to find all of the pictures of friends and journal the stories of our friendship along the way. I'm so excited about this project. For years, I've wanted to create scrapbook pages for my collection. This teapot from the Cricut Ashlyn's Alphabet cartridge presented the perfect display for them. Blessings, Vita










Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Two Favorite Men....

This was for a sketch on the Cricut Messageboard.









Saturday, January 9, 2010

A friend and I made these cards for a special luncheon she's hosting soon. She heads a post abortive ministry to women. The stamp is from Unity. The butterfly is a Sizzlit. The embossing is a Cuttlebug folder. The edges are done with Ranger Distress Ink. The shape is created with a Nestabilities die cut.







Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Balance...

Balance. It isn’t as tangible as some would have us believe. I’m sure there will be those of you who disagree. But hear me out…. Whenever I see a set of balanced scales, they look fabulous! They’re evenly tethered and still. Everything is linear and stable. Balanced scales don’t move. Linear, stable, and still are not words that characterize my life. My issue with balance is that it necessitates that every component find its place and alignment. I don’t know if that happens often. Over the past year or two, I’ve concluded that balance isn’t as much my goal as learning to “manage the movement” of my life. My life is constantly moving. While the scales may be managing the tension of keeping themselves still, they don’t accurately reflect the continual change that comes with everyday life and the need to shift priorities and adjust fire accordingly. This life requires a continual adapting to the moment, clarification of goals, and renewed insights. Managing the movement acknowledges that adaptability is as critical as stability. Managing the movement means that we can be very present in the moment and responsive to opportunities that present themselves and, perhaps, not fret over what was left undone or what we must let go of. I look forward to 2010 being an exciting year. I pray you’ll manage all of your movement well and/or find the balance you need. Blessings to you, Marvita

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Horizons

New Day...New Year...New Horizons. I love New Year's day! Frankly, I usually sleep in until very late. It's my favorite part of the day. It's as though I'm recuperating from the previous year and recharging for the coming one. I typically spend time on New Year's Eve praying, in quiet fellowship with family and friends, or sleeping through it. I'm beginning this year with fasting and prayer and believing God for amazing personal growth and deeper intimacy with Him. One definition of "horizon" is "the apparent junction of the earth and sky." I'm believing God for "new junctions" this year--new junctions of encountering His presence as never before, new junctions in current and future relationships, and new junctions in creativity. What are you believing God for this year? I pray every dream and vision you have for 2010 will find its manifestation and fruition in the grace and love of His presence. God bless you in 2010. Serving Christ with you, Vita