Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hedgehogs and Tiles Available at Wild Birds Unlimited

I am so pleased that Wild Birds Unlimited in Rochester Hills is carrying two of the items I make. The book-page folded Hedgehogs with antique buttons, glasses and ribbons are available with or without glasses. Special decked-out hedgehogs may be ordered with ribbon color of choice. They are looking for a new home. The samples shown here already have new homes. One set holds cards at Christmas. Others hold photos, recipe cards, prayer cards, messages
. Some of them  just  want to hold their owner's reading glasses for safe-keeping.

The tiles I create are heat and water resistant. Each signed tile may be displayed on an easel or used as a coaster, or may be mounted. The image on each tile is created by me, then photographed. The tiles depict  my artwork, such as sketches with watercolors, collages, photography, etc.) Some may have original work created with alcohol inks or acrylic pours directly on the tiles. Each is unique, and each may be customized with your own photo in a square format.

I'm delighted that my work is available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Rochester Hills!

Blessings ...


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Stoney Creek Metro Park at Sunset

I've lived in this area of Michigan for almost 40 years and have never been to this beautiful beach called Stoney Creek. I'ts only 8 minutes or so from my home!

This year I bought a season pass so that I can take my granddaughter there during her August visit - she will be ecstatic when she sees the playground. I don't think she's ever visited a playground she didn't love!
I enjoy the scenery, the lake, the people-watching and tonight the beautiful sunset.

A friend of mine has been taking wonderful sunset photos there. She's been encouraging me to go there so I did. WOW....peaceful and beautiful. So, 104 photographs later I was lucky enough to catch added details -- not just the sunset .....a canoe with fisherman, a paddle boarder and a boat. I think a duck even floated by in one of the images.

THEN, I caught the silhouette of a couple walking through the grass and one image catches them on each side of the sunset cast on the water. Another couple sat down on a bench. So, I moved behind them (at some distance) to catch them in silhouette, AND THEN, they kissed!! They didn't even notice me - honest!

So,  thank you, Kathryn, for bugging me to go check it out. If any of you are near Stoney Creek Metro Park in Michigan.....go visit it!! It's not all dolled-up with flowers and modern things to do but its natural landscape seems to draw lots of people. They were walking, riding bikes, and running along the numerous paths in and out of the woods! I did not join them :) NOR will you ever catch me racing to see a sunrise :)

Blessings .....

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Visual Faith Academic Enrichment for Middle-Schoolers

 I have been teaching a Visual Faith Academic Enrichment program for middle-schoolers since April. This is a 9-week/twice-a-week/40 minute- sessions course.

It's been an interesting few weeks. The whole class  - 24 of them - is following along and completing the projects. Since most of them signed up for this, I know they're interested.....maybe those who "ended up" in the class will decide that maybe God put them there for a reason ;)

We made notebook covers for composition notebooks so that they would have a place to journal and keep "tests" of projects/tools I share with them. I don't believe any of them have journaling Bibles, and the ones they have are for daily school use, so their journaling for now will be in notebooks.

We also made paper bag "gratitude"journals. I asked them to write down 2 things every day that they are thankful for.....and praise God for them. I made a card for the front that says "Hey, God....." and on the inside cover, they can write or stamp "thank you for....." The paper bag booklet has pockets for more personal writing, if they like. They attached  lined paper to each page to write their thanks on. We added scrapbook paper to the front and back of the booklet. We've played with Gelatos™, water color pencils, stencils, lettering, etc. This week we'll do another tip-in and  the tissue technique. 

When they come into the classroom, I usually have a contemporary worship song playing, based on the theme of that month (courage, truth, strength). They are supposed to get their place card with their name on it and write a couple of things they need prayers about, and to pray for them while they doodle around those thoughts f)

The place card is a copy of two prayer cards printed together and folded in half. I added their name on the front, and handed them out the first time we met. I asked them to keep the prayer card on the back blank. This past week I asked them to direct the back card to one person in their life they'd like to pray about the rest of the days we meet. I will leave it up to them if they want to sign them.

They would write on the back of the card: Dear._______,
I have been praying for you. 
On the front they will put specific things they prayed about, then color/doodle around them as they pray those thoughts.
They will separate the cards in June and give/mail the card to the person they prayed for. The other card may be placed in their Bible or notebook. i

Layout draft.
This class isn't all about projects, art tools and art....I found a series of books* that works really well as a devotion time for the group. The topics (mentioned above) with appropriate scripture and the stories in the books help us create visual expressions of them...helping us to remember. For example a sextant was used to save a lost crew and ship and that story had another story relating how a woman used The Word as her sextant in her marriage.

I am learning along with the students and the art teacher who is gathering ideas to carry on in her classes. After talking with the students, I set up a Visual Faith Youth Community for them (and other youth) on FaceBook. Hopefully, they will share with each other. I will monitor it and parents may join for their children. If you know of a parent/child(12-18) wants to join the FaceBook group, make a request at

Our God is our creator and He gave each of us the abilities to create in various ways.....I am so thankful to be able to do this teaching to His glory.

Feel free to contact me with any questions on how you'd like to create a series of classes for youth.

* Character Stories for Families by Barbara Rainey at FamilyLife at


Monday, April 23, 2018

Noonan Family Support

I met this his lovely couple through our church, St. John Lutheran Church & School in Rochester Hill, MI. Trevor is the Modern Praise Director. He was also so helpful in handling the technology and music for our "Lingering Longer in His Word" Bible Journaling retreat last year.

I can't even imagine how difficult the days ahead might be for them. Please, if nothing else, support this young family in prayer. I thank you on their behalf for prayers and donations!

Thank you!



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This past Saturday may have been St. Patrick's Day but it was also Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit day! 

We did have delicious soda bread, thanks to member Konni, as our homage to the Irish event

We spent a couple of hours discussing Psalms 42, 43 and 73 (Hope When Life Seems Unfair and Finding Hope when Downcast). These chapters are from the book "Discovering Hope in the Psalms." Our discussions are the highlight of the afternoon for me, as we all get to know each other, and linger in the Word longer. Some of our members have been together for a couple of years and we welcome new participants frequently.

Our long-distance member Karen dials in from Texas via FaceTime video to participate in the afternoon discussions. If she has the materials, she also does the projects along with us.
This time we collaged wooden eggs for Easter with small image designed table napkins, using school glue or matte medium for the collage adhesive. Then, thanks to Marie Schwartz's extensive bead collection and contributions from Konni, we were each able to make one 23rd Psalm bracelet. Mine is for my granddaughter but shhhh...I think I'm make 2 more for my daughter and me. 

We look forward to our April time together as we continue with Psalm 71, Chapter 7 in the "Discovering Hope in the Psalms" book. Authors Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones, Karla Dornacher (also illustrator) have truly created an interesting "creative Bible study experience." 

We recommend using this book for a group, or even individual, study. There are resources associated with the book on the website of the same name.

Feel free to join us anytime! Watch for notices here about the next get together.