AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTH

TL AUGUST IS AMERICAN ARTIST APPRECIATION MONTHBalance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life.  It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/

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Who is your favorite American artist?  My favorite was Thomas Kinkade.  Since his death in 2012, I’ve seen many works that look similar and have the “painter of light” look, but there will never be another Thomas Kinkade.

The power of prayer is like turning on a light as it illuminates God’s purpose for our lives.  There is no greater connection to knowing His will other than the word.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/the-garden-of-prayer/

I adore the painting called THE GARDEN OF PRAYER.  When I sit and look at it, I’m inspired to begin yet another conversation with my Heavenly Father.  The water looks as though it’s flowing and the sunshine and shadows are placed perfectly – which we expect from all of his paintings.

Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis.  When someone shares something with me, I’ll often simply say, ‘Let’s pray about this right now”.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/remember-me/

When I see the painting REMEMBER ME, it reminds me of the fact that nobody is beyond hope and too far gone to be forgiven and escorted into Paradise when this life is over.  It also reminds me that although there is evil in this world, God’s love and light will win in the end!

You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values.  It’s just a matter of light battling the darkness.  But the light wins every time.  You can’t throw enough darkness on light to put it out.  – Thomas Kinkade

When my mother passed away in 2004, I decided to buy the Kinkade painting called THE BRIDGE OF HOPE.  I felt as though I was standing on one side of the bridge alongside my mom, but with a bit of HOPE I would be able to cross the bridge and have the courage to embark on new adventures on my own.  I can’t tell you how many times I have sat alone in my living room staring at that painting.  I also appreciate that it looks different at various times of day and the shadowing changes according to the weather.  Those are the qualities that make Kinkade art stand out from the rest.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/bridge-of-hope/

Beautiful objects, ideas, even beautiful people all share the power to lift the spirits and motivate creativity while at the same time soothing the soul…  – Thomas Kinkade

There are so many more works I’d love to talk about (I could talk all day long), but I definitely want to show you one of the cottages!  I’m such a romantic at heart, and if I could afford to fill my house with these, I would.  Here’s my favorite – don’t ask me why – but it is.

Every conversation, every cuddle, every kiss and caress, even every disagreement, adds another brush stroke to the picture of home you paint with the days and hours of your life.  – Thomas Kinkade

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/friendship-cottage/

Romance makes a radiant sunrise out of every moment.  – Thomas Kinkade

If I had to choose just one of the “cottage” collection paintings (and I would – I’m not rich by any means), it would be FRIENDSHIP COTTAGE.  Maybe it’s the little pathway or the bridge…  maybe it’s the name of it, or more than likely, it’s the colors, shading and that magical way that Thomas Kinkade had of drawing you in…  it’s as if the cottage is welcoming me to go in and stay a while.  It says, “Come in and sit down.  Relax and have a spot of tea whilst the world turns, oblivious to you for now.”  Yes – I want to go there, don’t you?

The most important key to a more romantic life:  you have to be willing to pay attention.  – Thomas Kinkade

Oh, I’ve seen people try to duplicate the warmth, light, romanticism and genuine talent that Thomas Kinkade put into every painting, but they are a long way from capturing my attention or my heart.

To be romantic is quite simply to allow yourself to fall in love with life – all of life – and experience it fully, openly, passionately, and purposefully.  – Thomas Kinkade

God’s house is beautiful and nobody captured that as well as Thomas Kinkade.

https://thomaskinkade.com/art/sunrise-chapel/

Isn’t SUNRISE CHAPEL beautiful?

Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination.  – Thomas Kinkade

I appreciate the colors, textures and shading in Kinkade art.  Whether it’s a print or a painting, let his work speak to your heart and soul.  Enjoy American Artist Appreciation Month.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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As we say good-bye to June, I want to send a big SHOUT OUT to the lavender farms in Kansas!  Let’s take a tour of a lavender farm together!  One last look before the season ends…

Whether your goal is to create your own craft project or just take in the massive scent and muted hue of lavender, if you want to relax and have a good time, a visit to Lavender Farm is what the doctor ordered.

https://discoverlavender.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/lavender-on-the-high-plains-of-kansas/

Prairie Lavender Farm is in Bennington, KS.  Though they are a small farm, they are dedicated to growing and developing the highest quality lavender and lavender products from the High Plains Prairie.  They offer over 80 bath and beauty products, culinary items along with their wonderful lavender.  They have over 4,000 plants of 9 different varieties!  They welcome visitors, but request that you call first.

http://www.prairielavenderfarm.com/photos.html

There’s another nice lavender farm close to Topeka, KS.  Ingwerson Lavender Farm was once a traditional farm with cattle and hay, but Jim and Mary gave up a couple of acres and began growing lavender.

Washington Creek Lavender is in Lawrence, KS.  They have a great website with handmade products at reasonable prices.  I like the lavender pottery they make!

http://www.washingtoncreeklavender.com/

Do you know someone who is hyperactive and has a difficult time shutting down at night?  Why is everyone saying MY name?  No, no…  I mean someone in your family or a friend – LOL!!!  Wouldn’t it be nice to get them an eye pillow infused with lavender scent?  Lavender has a calming quality and may help them drift off into dreamland.

You know I love baskets, but a basket with lavender inside is especially gorgeous!  I happened to find a photo that spoke to me.  I asked Lucinda Berry Hill if she would write a poem for the photo and she graciously agreed to do so.  It’s so purty…  I knew it would be!  LAVENDER IN A BASKET

God’s gifts are all fantastic…  that’s true.  One of the best gifts He gave Kansas was its lavender farms!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL PHOTO MONTH

TL MAY IS NATIONAL PHOTO MONTHAuthor Lucinda Berry Hill and I have had such fun with photos through the years!  We are always on the lookout for that one special picture that will compliment the latest writing, whether it be a poem or a prayer.  WHAT MY CAMERA CAPTURESThe perfect photograph enhances the thoughts we want to convey.  Sometimes we don’t need an actual photograph, but a nice background in soft hues to accent our words.NOW I VOW

Most of the time, I see a photo that triggers a thought and God impresses me to write.  On rare occasions the words come first and I hunt a photo after the poem is written.

It’s fun to write a special poem for a friend or family member.  I like to write special poems for my friends on facebook using photos they post.  ALL THINGS NEW

A GOOD TIME TO SMILELucinda has great friends who graciously let us use their work for poetry designs!  This poem happens to be about smiling for a photograph.  We love Stephanie’s photography!

 https://www.facebook.com/StephanieGuierLPhotography/?fref=ts&__mref=message_bubble

I'LL MEET YOU AT THE BANQUETMarian Poppy Ballestero has graced Lucinda’s poetry from time to time.  She uses such vibrant colors in her artwork and she captures moments from the Bible and brings them to life!  We appreciate her so very much!  Thank you, Marian!   https://www.facebook.com/Inspirational-Paintings-By-Marian-Ballestero-1087234674632050/?fref=ts&__mref=message_bubble

A WORKING BOUQUETOur sweetheart artist, Candy Waters, is an inspiration to us!  She captures our hearts with interesting shapes and vivid colors.  God has given her a very special talent indeed!  Thank you, Candy, for sharing your gift with us!  Please visit her facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/candywatersautismartist/?fref=ts&__mref=message_bubble

A HUG SHOWS KINDNESS LIVESI’ve had fun using Lucinda’s own photos on her poem designs!  Isn’t this a cute picture?  If this poem doesn’t bring a smile to your face and make you want to go hug someone, your sense of obligation needs a tune-up.

Lucinda’s poetry has inspired me every day!  To see more of her poetry and purchase her books, please visit http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flucindaspoetry.webs.com%2F&h=gAQGT-fnf

If you are a Christian artist or photographer and would like your work to be featured with poetry or prayers, please message me on facebook with information.

https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041

If you’d like to read more of Lucinda’s poetry (and mine), please LIKE our facebook page!  https://www.facebook.com/poetryformysavior/

https://www.facebook.com/poetryformysavior/

It’s been a great adventure designing posts for our facebook pages and groups!  It’s amazing how God opens doors when we wait on Him!  🙂

 

APPRECIATING GOD’S CREATION

TL APPRECIATING GOD'S CREATION

I am not a human being; I am a human becoming.  – Author Unknown

Today we get to watch a double feature!  John Coyote has been very busy in the last week or so, exploring the backwoods of Kansas.  He said both of these videos were shot ten miles southeast of Augusta, Kansas.

https://youtu.be/PM81j-alhr8

https://youtu.be/LPxh9xZ0zQs

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.  – Standing Bear

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed today?  It’s amazing what a walk out in the wilderness can do to adjust your attitude!  Watching nature for just a bit can really make a difference.The older I get, the more convinced I am that the blessings of this earth are gifts from God.  When we stop to appreciate the creation and especially the Creator, we are expressing gratitude to Him and that is the most sincere form of praise!

You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.  – Terri Guillemets

Since I posted John’s last video, I’ve been asked if there are any resources on the internet regarding hiking and backpacking in Kansas.  I found three pretty good ones:

Wildernet is a great Web resource that has a lot of info on finding a good hiking trail.

AllTrails has a lot of good info on finding your next great trail.

Gorp has a great list of places to go as well as tips and guides.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in making a living that we forget to enjoy life.  Most of us make our living in a stale, air-conditioned office building… I did for a long time.  It’s only since I’ve been retired that I’ve discovered a special place…  called – OUTSIDE.  If you can just leave your computer, calculator, cell phone and everything else behind that tethers you to your work…  just go outside for a while.GOD'S DESIGN

John has a great knowledge of the wild things that grow – and I enjoy learning new things all the time.  Thank you all for the wonderful feedback you leave on facebook and twitter.  There’s a great following here on Heart Hunger Blog and I appreciate every one of you!  Have a great May Day – and get outside for a while!  🙂

NATIONAL BUTTON WEEK

TL 3-20 THROUGH 26 NATIONAL BUTTON WEEK

http://www.nationalbuttonsociety.org/Home.html

There are all sorts of collections – especially old things – antiques.  Some people collect antique furniture or glassware or china.  But this week is all about the buttons – that’s right…  buttons!

It’s a real thing.  I’ll say from the start, my knowledge of buttons will fit into a thimble – a very small thimble.  The National Button Society has so much information for button collectors and this website is chock full of articles and helpful hints for those with a desire to collect these little treasures.TRINKETS & TREASURES (2)

Mama had a button tin – well, it was actually a tin that someone gave us for Christmas that had a fruitcake inside – I’m guessing we tossed the fruitcake and kept the tin.  I’ve always been fascinated with shapes and colors.  I’m not crafty at all, but I did like to get that tin down and look at mama’s buttons.  She didn’t collect them, but just kept them in case she might need them.  I’m sure some of them would probably be very desirable to a collector now – they’re quite old.  Sadly, I sold them at the estate sale.

The articles I read speak of borders and special designs to look for in certain buttons.  Beauty really IS in the eye of the beholder.  I could look at the same button and not realize what distinction it has.  I understand that every button is different, but I have no idea what to look for!

Even though I don’t collect buttons, I want to have a passing knowledge of them.  Before today I didn’t know about the NBS, but today I know it exists and that there are literally hundreds of definitive markings and colors and shapes that are considered desirable by collectors.  I find it fascinating and would like to learn more.  I hope you do too.  Let’s learn more about buttons this week!

Here are some fun facts about buttons – a great Q&A page.  Ask your friends & family these questions and see how many of them know the answers.  That’s your assignment from me this week.  LOL!!!

https://www.buttons.com/about-us/button-facts

There’s a Pinterest page for NBS as well as a facebook page.  You can find both through the link above.

Did you ever play the game Button, button…  who’s got the button…  ???  That was fun until somebody accidentally dropped the button and didn’t want to admit they dropped it.  LOL!

I had a strange thought (what else is new?) – if we were each a button, how would God see us?  Which ones of us have the right border or the right shape?  I told you it was a strange thought.  Actually, He has a button tin (although it probably didn’t have fruitcake in it originally) – and He thinks we are all beautiful – we’re each so different – but so lovely and shiny and colorful in our own way.

photo courtesy of Carol White England
photo courtesy of Carol White England

Some buttons are ornate and of very little practical value.  Maybe they’re so fancy it makes them difficult to use.  Other buttons are very plain, but easy to use.  Since my arthritis has gotten worse, I can’t button some things like I used to.  LOL – just give me a pull over sweatshirt – it’s easier.

I’m a button with a few scratches – but God loves me anyhow, and He works with me to make me more shiny every day.  He does that for you too!  🙂

 

FESTIVAL OF OWLS WEEK

A WISE OLD OWLMarch 7-11 is Festival of Owls Week.  These wise old birds are amazing to watch – and hear…  hold your ears!  I used to hear these barn owls often when I stayed with my grandparents.  If you don’t know what it is, it sounds downright creepy.  If you think owls just say WHO… WHO…  then you’ve never heard a barn owl.

https://youtu.be/JDmRmRb2OpE

Barn owls don’t usually live long lives.  In North America the oldest known barn owl in the wild lived to be 11 years old.  In Holland, a wild barn owl lived to be 17 years old.  In England, a captive female barn owl was retired from breeding at 25 years old.

Wow... you humans sure look weird!
Wow… you humans sure look weird!

 

Flying and screeching... screeching and flying.
Flying and screeching… screeching and flying.
I lost my tree... dang it - I LOST MY TREE!
I lost my tree… dang it – I LOST MY TREE!
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.
I'm a barn owl - in a barn. Go figure.
I’m a barn owl – in a barn. Go figure.

Now we hear the WHO…  WHO from the eagle owl.  Can you believe those eyes?  They are absolutely gorgeous and captivating.

https://youtu.be/ynl-L8L3Ui8

The Eurasian eagle owl lives in mountain regions and other relatively remote places.  It’s a nocturnal predator, hunting for small mammals but also birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and large insects.

Wow... you humans sure look weird.
Wow… you humans sure look weird.
Get my good side...
Get my good side…
Soar and hoot... hoot and soar.
Soar and hoot… hoot and soar.
Every move you make, I'll be watching you...
Every move you make, I’ll be watching you…
I know I look good.
I know I look good.

 

And yesterday, I saw this post on twitter: https://twitter.com/planetepics

 

I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!
I came home, pulled back the curtains and saw this beautiful animal. Looks like I’m headed to Hogwarts!

I don’t know who specifically came home to find this little cutie, but I just had to share this.

Enjoy this wonderful poem by Lucinda Berry Hill.

GRAMMIE AND OWLS

Many people in the 1970’s collected all things owls.  I also knew some who collected elephants (something about luck in the home) – but owls represent wisdom.  For fun, I wondered how many photographs of owls I could find on common everyday things.  Here’s what I came up with:

I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning - for sure!
I could use a symbol of wisdom first thing in the morning – for sure!
It's an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
It’s an owl necklace watch! Here it is closed.
Here it is open.
Here it is open.
Here's a little owl writer and music lover.
Here’s a little owl writer and music lover.

How about owl origami?  Give it a try – it’s really fun!

http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-owl.html

We all agree that owls are cute – albeit scary…  sharp beaks, talons and stares with no blinks…  don’t you wonder what they’re thinking?  Maybe we really don’t want to know.  🙂

NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH

TL MARCH IS NATIONAL CRAFT MONTHI’ll begin this post with a disclaimer:  I am not crafty in any way, shape or form.  I do a little scrapbooking, but it would not win any prizes.  Mama taught me how to embroider, satin stitch and make French knots – and as a young girl I cross-stitched every Precious Moments pattern I could find on to my mama’s sweatshirts with waste cloth.  I embroidered tea towels with my mom.  She had one for every day of the week.  Scratch that…  I had one for every day of the week.  I am the one who dried the dishes.  😉

Those were the days when my eyes worked better.  It’s been years since I’ve done any of that stuff.  My arthritis won’t let me hold a needle anymore either, so it’s too much of a chore to try to cross-stitch or embroider.

I bought a Precious Moments wall hanging the other day for the laundry room.86a7504048b0dfb9495033f8d7c9c406

IMG_0002Pretend that photo is not so blurry!  Yikes – I didn’t think I was that nervous.  :-/

I do appreciate crafts so much.  I have a few hand-made quilts around the house.  The most precious quilt I have is, of course, the one my grandma and mama made.  It’s draped over Grandpa Frank’s rocking chair.  ❤IMG_0004Excuse my blurry photo – I’m not sure if it’s the camera or operator error – maybe a little of both – lol.  The quilt on the right is my very special quilt – the one on the left is one I bought at an antique store.  As you know, I really like bargains – and hold on to your hat – that quilt was $50.00.  It was in a booth that was selling everything not marked FIRM for 1/2 price!  I looked very closely – and the quilt was not marked FIRM.  It was a happy dance moment. 

I love all sorts of crafts – stained glass is so beautiful, especially when the light shines through it.  I enjoyed making my own Longaberger basket at the Homestead in Ohio.  A sweet sister in Christ crocheted me a beautiful throw for cold winter evenings.  I especially like it because I got to choose my yarn for it.

Have you been to Silver Dollar City in Missouri?  When we go there, I try to pick up a hand-made treasure.  One thing that means so much to me is my hand-made vanity from SDC.  For our 20th wedding anniversary, my husband surprised me with it!  What a sweet thing for him to do.  I appreciate craftsmanship, I suppose because my daddy was a master carpenter.  I understand the work involved from start to finish.HAND MADE WITH LOVE

Is it just me, or do you think of the person who made your gift when you see the gift?  I think of them and whisper a prayer.  There’s something so special about people sharing their talents with others.

How will you show appreciation for a crafts person this month?  🙂