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Monday, March 4, 2013

Reviewing the First Two Months of 2013


The first two months of 2013 have vanished into thin air.  I often come to the end of a year wondering where it went and what I accomplished.  I don’t want to let that happen this year.  Time is precious and I am learning to be mindful of the faith history that I am leaving behind.

This year I decided to participate in the One Word 365 challenge and I selected the word CREATE to guide me on my journey.  I have been conscious to incorporate this into my daily life as much as possible.  How’s it been going you ask?  Here is a sampling:

I have begun one mixed media painted canvas.  I hope to share it when that is finished.  It has been interesting to use new materials.


I completed a 4th knitted dishcloth.  This will go to a friend that runs a soup kitchen in my home town.  The yarn was sturdier and the size larger to work better for them.



I have also sewn three infinity scarves.  After I won a completely adorable one from the Pleated Poppy, I knew I could tackle this easily.  A trip to JoAnn, one YouTube video and getting my machine threaded properly and I was off.  Stitch Fix sent me a perfectly lovely one in my first box, but I knew I could make my own.  I just gave one of the three to my sister as a gift.
I am learning that I LOVE giving handmade gifts.  The time involved can be cray cray y’all.  But I believe I get as much out of it as the recipient and I have to be so much more intentional due to the planning.


I made this little watercolor of my OneWord to keep in front of me for inspiration.  A friend commented on it and I made on for her too.  It’s just another way to create community at the same time as “art” – using that term very loosely here!

Many other aspects of my daily life are still a work in progress!  Housekeeping is an Achilles’ heel for me, but I’m getting there. Gotta get all my junk in order for moving into a new place in a few months.  I got to flex my design muscles when choosing the finishes.  I’m picky and can be quite demanding at times.  This is when my last point reared it’s head.

I have been confronted with my own love of comfort and convenience.  I want what I want, when I want it – the way I like it, if you please.  Since this came up a short while ago God has put so much instruction into my ears.  I have to tell you that as I was condemning myself for such idolatrous behavior God was giving me grace and reassurance at every turn.  Even this morning I have been reminded of the teachings in Amos and Micah and that I need to spend some quality time there in study. (Thank you Phil Vischer and Buck Denver!)

So that’s where I am heading into this third month of 2013.  How is your year going so far?  What accomplishments can you share for encouragement?  I’d love to celebrate with you!

4 comments:

  1. Oh so love all the the lovely things you are creating and loving the whispers God is whispering in your ear!

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    1. Thanks! It's starting off as a very interesting year.

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  2. Oh, Amy! I love that you picked your one word and that you are sharing it here. The watercolor is lovely!!! And how cool that you are sewing! Fantastic. I love what God is doing in and through you. So much love!

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    1. I've missed sewing. I hope I continue to make it more of a priority. I really want to start experimenting more and learning some new skills. I've also got a quilt that needs serious attention. I know you understand that. :) I do love making things. It's so satisfying to hold a finished project.

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