Counting Down the Days

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So our Christmas Play Day was great fun, Lynne & I jostled for space on my huge 2.4m (8ft) long table, between us, we had SO much Christmas (see slide show below)  I commenced a Christmas countdown calendar, & here is the front cover.  The beautiful scripted writing is from my special art friend Janet at The Scrapbook Scene in 435 Highbury Road Burwood East Victoria (phone 03 9017 4133).  I have sprayed it with gold & copper paint & aged it with Antiquing Wax.  The images are an old Christmas card. It is in a 6 x 4inch format, but the front & back covers are 7 x 5, which protects the inner pages.  Although I have a selection from several companies of different papers, the idea was inspired by the new Cosmo Cricket (also from Scrapbook Scene) range of Christmas papers which are to die for……….. you can see them here

http://www.cosmocricket.com/products/products.asp?category=7

The Wonderland range can take on either a modern or a traditional feel & has lots of interpretations.  On of my finds at the recent Paper Arts show was a Cosmo Cricket page of Christmas ‘journalling postcards’ on a 12 x 12 sheet.  These are being integrated throughout the project as a place to record funny Christmas stories & have the odd text about Christmas.  (may be odd facts, or stories, or words to Christmas Carols, etc) I have a page for each day & I am making the front of the page art & the back of the page family memories, I may not finish all of my journalling before Christmas, just the art on the front of the pages, however I may take it away with me to work on during our glorious Tasmania holiday after Christmas. (boy am I hanging out for that!)  With our second little grandie about to appear any minute, family heritage, memories & special traditions are important to me right now & Christmas always invokes those feelings in me too.

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My spiritual sojourn is limping along………alas I can’t be completly set aside during this time life goes on, we are in our peak work period, as I said before, finishing other people’s homes before Christmas.(I JUST WANT MY OWN LAUNDRY & BATHROOM FINISHED!!!) I really don’t have any great deep & meaningful revelations, except that getting your priorities right & truely understanding what things have eternal value is the MOST important thing………..even though we get distracted by daily necessities clammering for our time & attention.

My dear friend & inspiration Lynne has sent me some great encouragement from one of her fav. books CAPTIVATING by Stasi & John Eldridge

http://orders.koorong.com.au/search/details.jhtml?code=0785276211

‘Every woman posesses a captivating beauty. Every woman. But for most of us it has been long buried, wounded and captive. It takes time for it to emerge into wholeness…..It needs to be cultivated, restored, set free.’

How do we cultivate beauty? How do we become ever more beautiful? By tending to our hearts with great care, as a master gardener tends to her work. Yes, life is harsh on a woman’s heart. Perhaps it has been hard on your heart. The assault on your beauty is real, however, Jesus is urges us to care for ourselves, to watch over our hearts, (Prov 4:23); because the world needs your beauty.

That is why you are here. Your heart and your beauty are something to be treasured and nourished. And it takes time. Every gardener knows this. In our age of instant makeovers and microwave meals, we don’t like to wait. A newly planted rose’s presentation in it’s first year is nothing compared to it’s second. If properly cared for, it’s second year’s display doesn’t hold a candle to it’s third. Gardens need to become established; their roots need to go deep through summer rains and winter frosts. A gardens’ beauty does not diminish with age, rather it takes years for it to become all that it can become.

Our hearts need to feed on beauty to sustain them. We need times of solitude and silence. We need times of refreshment and laughter and rest. Contrary to what the world claims, Beauty does not diminish with time; beauty deepens and increases.

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