ICAD update (Made in Maine!)

Our family has just returned from a week in Weld, Maine. I read, relaxed and made 22 of these little index cards called ICAD’s (for those who are not aware of this fun challenge/activity from Daisy Yellow just check out the ICAD badge in my sidebar). In June, I started this 61 Day challenge for artists, non-artists and creative kids of all kinds. It is totally relaxing and addicting. Tammy, our fearless leader,  also gives prompts for those who like that sort of thing, but I have been too Summer hot busy to be on the computer long. So I just wing it and have fun and try to pop on the Facebook Page to see all of the wonderful little ICADS shared from all over the world. It is utterly inspiring and somewhat magical. All ages are welcome and the community is welcoming and oh, so supportive! 
Since we had a number of rainy days I made sure to pack a few supplies and index cards for our vacation. Or so I thought. Our first full rainy day I realized I forgot the pack of index cards back home. Fortunately a trip to Reny’s in Farmington resolved that issue!
**The only supplies used for these ICADs were 1 pack of 12 Crayola colored pencils, 1 box of 24 Crayola crayons, a tiny bottle of Decoupage Glaze (from a kit of something I can’t recall), 4 fine tip Sharpies, Glue sticks, 12 Flair markers and another set of markers similar to the Flairs. I tore up papers from the kindling basket as well as Maine Tourist flyers for collage. 
My hubby, daughter and her friend joined in the ICAD making and it was nice to see everyone involved. But my daughter’s friend and I enjoyed ICAD making most, so whenever we had the chance we would make a few over the course of the week, then show our little creations to one another with understanding smiles and appreciation. 
*Here is the Link to Tammy’s page for an explanation of the ICAD Challenge.
Without further adieu- here are the ICADS I made in Maine between July 6th and 13th.

I made these for my Girl and her sweet friend! 

Unofficial Zentangle with color!  

My Leave themed ICADS together 
I bought a book from the local Book Emporium (aka barn) called 100 Portraits of Christ.
This was a quote in by the author. Powerful. Great book! 

Flower Power

B & W Zentangle  

My daughter helped box draw the letters! Torn up magazine paper collage

I wrote words on ne index card then cut them out and glued them…
inspired by all the rain we had! 

Magazine clippings collage with glaze

My model leaves glazed ! 

Collage, Sharpie, Glaze

layered magazine clippings

newspaper then overlay of magazine image

Inspired by morning Bible reading 

My very fave ICAD- I missed my own dog on vacation so I think this pic got me! Loved the quote…orange marker and pencil on life jacket and dog…not sure why I am attached to this one but this is my personla fave of the group! 

I did this one on our last morning! I photographed it in the window, hence the hazy light at top right.
Last but not least, give a big round of applause for my hubby… Here is his Zentangle inspired ICAD! 
Whatta guy! 

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What’s an ICAD? (Glad You Asked!)


Well friends, in case you did not know, I am participating in my very first ICAD challenge. 
What’s an ICAD challenge you wonder? Well a wonderfully artsy kinda gal named Tammy has a place called Daisy Yellow, and all these other artsy (and otherwise, like yours truly) peeps create a little piece of artwork daily for 61 days.All ages are welcome, and my girl has been creating a bit as well! 
The cards are basic index cards in sizes 3X5 or 4X6 only. You can paint, draw, doodle, sketch, collage, scrapbook, scribble, dribble or whatever…and it leads to loads of creative juices flowing. And you even surprise yourself. 
I am having fun and encouraging my daughter to join in at her own pace. She tends to be a bit more perfectionistic than I. Me I slap glue and paper together and squeal! 
There are prompts but I have not used them yet (except the first card which was Zebra!) just because I have not had much computer time!
So here are the first 9 cards I made which I shared on the Facebook group page:
Here are the cards I created (individually)
Days 1-9:

Here is my initial post about it: Getting My Creativity On (ICAD 2013)
Oh FYI- you can jump in anytime – no need to catch up! Just great inspiration and who knew an index card could be so …artsy! Already loved them for my fave scriptures but this is a whole new realm of index card love for me! 

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My Somewhat Secret, Slightly Selfish Christmas Wish List

My Somewhat Secret, Slightly Selfish, Christmas Wish List:

A Laptop

A Spa Day
A Camera
Job that fits me and that I fit, at hours that do not conflict with family time (no nights and weekends).
Focus to finish my current writing projects & goals and enough extra FOCUS to do the really Big One.

Perseverance to trust God in the face of adversity.
Faith to believe that which is not currently visible. 
Contentment within that is contagious to those who also need it. 
Grace for the moment that I might have a word in season.
Power to hold my tongue.
Courage to speak truth, but only when laced with love.
Clarity to see clearly what matters at any given moment to choose well.
Faithfulness in prayer.
Dedication to study daily the Word of God.
Discernment to prioritize according to His Good and Perfect will for me (Ephesians 2:8-10) and live accordingly.
Willingness to serve others as God leads.
Ability to say “no” when needed. 
Availability to yield at a moment’s notice to His Spirit, Voice and Instruction.
Heavenly perspective. 
In a nutshell, that I would be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
That will be a tall order, for Mr. Clause- so I will just continue to lay that before my Lord and trust in the One who can and will deliver that miracle in His time.
Oh, and lots of SNOW cause I’m kinda dreaming of a white Christmas! 
What’s on your own somewhat secret, slightly selfish Christmas wish list?
(go ahead and say it three times fast!)
*Just a fun post to write, and a partridge in a pear tree…

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Online Ornament Exchange

I was very excited about being able to participate this year in my first online Ornament Exchange!
Amy over at One Artsy Mama partnered me with a Red Sox fan and Mama of two boys (with one on the way) all the way from Maryland! What a nice surprise came via my Postman on Monday.
This beautiful Hallmark Ornament. I feel blessed since I have bought Hallmark Ornaments for others but usually won’t treat myself to the gift of these lovely treaures. I love that Amy matched me with someone who did not make an ornament but bought it as well- because I am not as crafty as I think I am on any given day! 
Thank you, Ashley, it’s perfect! I hope you like yours!

Thank you, Amy for hosting such a wonderful opportunity!!

The Wonder of It All (5 Minute Friday)

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This great mystery I’m living holds my rapt attention for sure. 
The wonder of the moment. 
Connected with every other moment in time.
That I still walk out my door and look up at the sky and am amazed.
I see the moon and stars, and crick my neck in the seeing, not caring.
I walk the beach and each stone captures my gaze, I stumble in the sand,
 looking to the waves, then down at the sand, the stones, the sky.
Fighting familiarity that would like to befriend me.
No thank you.
With the wonder of a wide-eyed child I will walk through my days.
Whether I am 8, 18, or 80.
I will live in the lap of the mystery and wonder of a Heavenly persuasion.
I will keep looking up. 
This is the last five minutes of writing together at Lisa-Jo’s until next year!
Oh my!
Hope to see you there!
It’s like a Writer’s play date!
Five Minute Friday

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