This is a Quick Lil’ Post I have planned on doing for a little while. I am going to ‘spotlight’ some of my favoritest role-model photographers and also introduce you to some less-known photographers who are emerging and well-worth your follow.
This is just a quick lil’ post to inform you that I’m taking a little vacation break from the blog. I am going with my family to visit my grandparents. This means two things for me: a fun visit, and photography opportunities. I will see my cousins, and my aunt and uncle. And joy! There will be a lake and a big neighborhood full of lovely sights.
Now, another thing that has me hyped up–I haven’t even BEGUN Christmas gift preparation. I have a whole list of ideas…although nothing finalized. I have special beads which are on their way for some jewelry making. But no actual presents to show yet. And it’s NOVEMBER!!!! Ahhh… (what happens when you have seven people to make gifts for and you have nothing done, and it’s Nov.).
So, expect pictures on my return. Photography will be posted on Lucillian Photography, but announced on this blog. Life pictures will be posted here.
So, I hope you had an amazing end of October! I sure did…and I am ferociously looking forward to Thanksgiving right now. I am so ready to eat mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, turkey, pie…(add anything delicious that you eat on thanksgiving). Yep.
I have this leetle tag on my blog now…and it’s a blogger reviewer button! Yep, I’m joining a blogger reviewer program. If you are wondering…it’s Bethany house’s review program. I am already on the list to receive a book (which I am watching the mail for expectantly).
How it Works
You sign up.
You give them (Bethany house) some basic information on yourself.
You give them the link to your blog.
You get a monthly newsletter with titles that are up for review.
You select the book you want to review (it’s first come first serve, as they only have so many copies to deal out.).
It shows up eventually, and you read it.
You post an honest review on your blog and a retailer website.
You submit a form for the book on Bethany house’s website.
You get to keep the book!
*There is more information on this site. Also be sure to check out their FAQ page.
Today is September the first–so is anyone else interested in making homemade Christmas gifts? I am, obviously. 🙂 I am now going crazy with the realization that in just FOUR MONTHS–Christmas will hit us. Okay, fine! 3 1/2 ish months. I always make all my Christmas gifts…which means I hit pinterest with a vengeance (and create a secret board called ‘gifts for Christmas’.) and find something that my family will like love. I like love making all my gifts. And it saves money, too! Now what is the point of all this blabbering? Well, it was obviously (I say that too much) definitely because I wanted you to worry about gifts this year. I mean, why else would I mention it? 🙂
Now you are actually supposed to be wondering if this post has any point at all. Does it? AHA, my friends, AHA–remember what I said in my ‘about’ page? I said something to the effect of “this is my all-purpose” blog. So see…I can post anything my heart desires! I am a THE queen of randomness. But anyway…here are some of my previous Christmas gifts.
I hope this got you thinking about gift ideas. Y’know churned you up? 🙂
To me it’s crazy how I went from nothing to something.
That quote pretty much describes how I feel regarding my drawing skills about four years ago. You know that mostly describes how I feel about my twelve-year-old self all the way. All the things that I have gone through have made me stronger and developed me–and I feel that I have grown more and more into the person that I am made to be. A good deal of the process has been less-than-fun and sometimes, downright painful for me. I am always watching my pride get donked on the head (with a hammer, naturally 🙂 ) and my self-esteem going down. But the point is not what makes ME feel good about myself. It’s about giving honor and glory to God. God doesn’t honor those who honor themselves–a fact which I continue to learn (because I never truly get the point).
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. ~Proverbs 29:23, ESV.
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ~Galatians 6:3, ESV.
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” ~Jeremiah 9:23-24, ESV.
The picture is a likeness I drew off of my cousin Steven’s baby portrait. I just kinda’ looked at it and that’s what came out of it. In some ways I think if I were to try just looking at something and drawing it…I might come out with something more realistic than that photo. I do not like looking at old drawings very much because they remind me of how awful I was at it. But I suppose it’s good to look at old drawings so I can see that I have gotten better. I remember being frustrated from ages 12-14 because I had hit a block in my drawing skills. I wasn’t getting any better. In 2014, I started art class–which proved to be the best thing that happened to my drawing life. 🙂 I take art in a class with nine other students. I am taught by a lady who used to teach art at Tennessee Tech University–and I have been very blessed by her. If you are at a road block in your drawing skills–I would recommend looking for an art teacher. I saw almost immediate results. And I don’t think it had anything to do with me either. I think it was the instruction. I can’t take credit for the removal of the road block. Here’s my very first drawing from art class–drawn early 2014:
What I drew on my own (at home) after a few months of art class.