Hello, and Happy New Year!
This is it; the first post on the new blog. I cannot imagine a more opportune and relevant time for a beginning, than that of the beginning of a new year. I do run the risk of sitting here for hours, though, thinking about how I might phrase and word all the tremendous and pivotal events that took place in the last month. There’s no time for that, however, so I will remove my fastidious writer’s mind and replace it with something more efficient. This will not be the place to receive your poetic fill. I have another blog for that, which leads me to the first item for discussion. 🙂
Many of you who follow i wryte prettie are likely wondering why I need a new blog when I have a perfectly lovely one — created ala, Michael Olsen — at my disposal. There’s a few reasons, actually, but to be brief I will say that i wryte prettie was always intended to be a writing blog, wherein all posts related directly to current WIP’s (Work in Progress) updates of AFK (Awakening Foster Kelly) and commiserations/rants about the toils of being a writer. For what I seek to do with this blog, that particular venue no longer accommodates the content. With This Little Light I plan to post more frequently and generically, about anything and everything, also including a tutorial or two when I have time.
This leads me to the second mentionable (Yes, I completely made that up. I do this a lot; prepare yourselves.) event: the launching of Crafting Water! Rather than be redundant or re-post here, I invite you to glance over to the far left where you should see a little icon in the shape of a water droplet — again, designed by the oh so talented, Hubster — and read about the incipience of this hopefully-to-be successful ministry. I am very excited and trust that God has a plan, and whether great or small, will have His glory. On that page is a link to my store, should you be interested in checking it out. There is also a link at the very top which will take you to Living Water International, the impetus behind Crafting Water and This Little Light.
*** I’ll have you know, I’ve broken out in a sweat trying to keep this post concise and direct. The writer in me is writhing in her chains, thrashing her enraged body against a thorn laden wall and screaming about the indignity of having to succumb to — Er, sorry . . . I couldn’t resist.
Back to the essentials.
December was filled with many wonderful things, one of them being the forsaking of our rote Christmas traditions and branching out into the unknown in the hopes of embedding ourselves in “Christ” and doing less of the “mas.” Rather than presents and breakfast at home, we donated that money and left early Christmas morning to hang out with the incredible staff and residents of Isaiah House Women’s Shelter, located in Santa Ana. Here are a few pictures from that day. I’m behind the lens for once, much to Michael’s chagrin.
This was an amazing day, and we plan on going back by ourselves or with friends long before next Christmas. I think one of the best parts was Michael and I thinking we would be 2 of 10 volunteers, making and serving breakfast to 15 to 25 women. Ha! Wrong. Over 150 people, men and women, turned out for this. So cool! I won’t lie, though; I was just a wee bit nervous and apprehensive about giving up our Christmas this year. Hearing the words “Christmas” aloud helped solidify the decision. It is, nor will it ever be, our Christmas. It belongs to Jesus.
Another worthwhile cause I am proud to mention is the release of “Coast Highway Christmas,” a CD one of our dear friends, Jim Hitchcock, has been working on since last year. Each song is catchy and tuneful, with a twist of the old classic spirit and little Eagles-esqe thrown in for good measure. Most awesomely, all proceeds go to benefit the Marie Lundin Foundation. Michael and I both were honored and blessed to be a part of this charitable feat, Michael using his prowess in grahpic design, and me with vocals on “The First Noel” and “Do they know it’s Christmas.” Jim is an incredible musician, and has a heart of equal substance to match. This link will take you directly to Amazon, if you would like to purchase the CD. http://www.amazon.com/Coast-Highway-Christmas/dp/B005Y0RVT4 It’s also available on Apple iTunes and http://www.coasthighwaychristmas.com Or, if by chance you know Jim personally, he might have 1 or 2, or 500 extra copies in the back seat of his car. 🙂
The last thing I would like to do before wrapping up this post is offer you my first tutorial. This wreath, along with a few other items, is available for purchase over at http://craftingwater.storenvy.com/ if you decide you would like to own one without committing to the labor involved. On a scale of difficulty, I would rank it somewhere around 6 out of 10, only because of the tediousness of precision cutting, folding, and gluing. It’s relatively easy, though, and a beautiful addition to any room. Enjoy!
For this craft, you will need these materials:
Foam wreath – any size will do, I use a 14 in. Styrofoam wreath.
Felt – color (s) of your choice. You can use as many as you like; however, I was going for a subtle antique feel and chose the simplicity of just one.
Precision cutting scissors – OLFA makes a great pair.
Pins – I used bridal pins, extra fine 5 mm shaft.
Glue gun – I recommend you purchase craft gloves or prepare to be burned by the insidious beast.
Time and patience – lots of it!! Put on some music or a good movie and have at it.
Please feel free to leave comments, pictures, or links and tell me how your wreath turned out. I would love to see them! Also, if you re-post on your blog, please provide a link-back to this blog, as the idea is to generate as optimal revenue in order to donate proceeds to Living Water International.
Thank you! Until next time!