Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gathering Inspiration from Other Sources

My neighbor, Sam, asked me to make a wedding card so I visited Lucy's blog because I just discovered it recently and I love her style.  Using her sketch I came up with this card:
I made another one which I like even better and the great news is that I heard that a friend of mine from eighth grade just got engaged so maybe I'll get to use it very soon.
Then I went back to playing along with the sketches because it was fun.  Using this sketch I came up with this card:
Then I used this sketch to make a birthday card.  This is the first time I have ever paper pieced.  I won't do it very often because it's time consuming.
Let's see then I tried out this sketch and created another birthday card.
I took a bit of a break after my Christmas crafting spree so it was fun to get back into it and use some more of my new papers.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

What TCKs Talk About Over Lunch

Yesterday, I enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Niamey Zoo.  I found myself seated next to a third grade girl from Pakistan and a fourth grade girl from Switzerland.  Both girls have spent the majority of their lives living outside their passport country so they definitely qualify as genuine third culture kids (TCKS).  They began by commenting on how cool it was that they had both brought their lunch in the backpack they had received when they flew Air Emirates.  Then we talked about the food on Air Emirates which somehow led into a conversation about how many countries they had been to.  They are 9 and 10 years old and this definitely qualifies as important stuff in their world.  The ten year is old is almost a third my age and she's already got me beat.  I tallied up 11 countries visited or lived in for myself and she had about 13 or 14 and to top it off she rode a yak in one of them.  There was no way I could compete with that!  :)

Third Culture Kids are amazing!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Did I do that?

I had this friend at Toccoa Falls College for whom college was her very first introduction to the western world.  She did some hilarious things out of complete innocence and just wondering what might happen.  For example, she pulled the fire alarm simply because the little handle said "Pull" so she wanted to know what would happen.  On another occasion, she took the cleaning product she used to clean the small chapel on campus and decided to spray her name into the wall - again, simply out of curiosity.  Unfortunately, after it dried the light would hit it just right and one could see her name displayed in large letters.  Her expression after these "clueless" moments was always a very innocent, "Did I do that?"

Well there is some clueless person around these parts shrugging their shoulders and innocently proclaiming, "Did I do that?"  And what exactly is it that they've done?  You can read all about it here.

Hey Mom, I've been craving some of your roast beef.  Do you mind sending me some in the mail?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music to Soothe the Soul

Love getting exposed to new songs at SIM conference.  These were two very meaningful songs that were sung this week by the Green Valley Team.  Must pay a visit to the itunes store very soon because I've only played them about 50 times each tonight!
by Matt Redman

Love Came Down
By Brian Johnson
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