A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my fencing nightmare where the fence part finally got corrected from very poor installation. If interested, you can go here to read that post. I had promised in that post when I got the gate finished I would post that as well. The gate also was a nightmare that I am still working on to shave thickness off the frame as when it rains the wood swells and the gate won’t close without force. But my “gate mural” turned out okay. I am not an artist but I had fun, like I do with the adult coloring books.
The flowers, rabbits and butterflies are wood cutouts that I purchased plain and then painted. The reason for the haphazard of wood pieces for the door was to find pieces to go with what already was done to try to make it look decent. I don’t have a saw so my options were limited. The tree had wooded leaves but they were a clumsy to adhere and did not look like what I wanted so I took them off and painted on leaves. I still have 2 more flowers to paint and 3 more butterflies. At least I will have continuous flowers in my yard.
I am kind of good at out of the box thinking to pull odd things together to make a decent end project work. That is mostly what this project involved. But the purpose of the fence being able to keep the dogs off a chain and still protected was the main purpose, and that we have. So it’s all good.
I am tying in again with this month’s Escapist Coloring Club prompt as this was fun at relieving my stress of the poor construction of the fence.
And remember, even when you are faced with difficult tasks ahead, if you keep a positive attitude and smother it in kindness, good usually always rises to the top.
Boy do we need to escape from this mess now, and this is a great way to do that. Some of us are busier than ever and some are at a snail pace. I am somewhere in the middle but lean more toward the snail. I wanted to color something to make it feel like spring, even though we are still in long sleeve.
Linda G Hill challenges us to participate in adult color attempts and a lot of you are quite good. So even it if is just refrigerator art, come join along for the April fun. We all need positive viewings and happy thoughts for now.
Now that we are having more “down” time, more coloring is done. I keep forgetting to do a before picture, sorry. I know it is spring but I felt this picture needed woodsy fall colors.
As we all go through this scary time, my prayers and well wishes shout out to everyone across the world. Hopefully we will soon see a decline in cases and we can all come together with real hugs.
During this time know the utmost need for kindness and share it distantly but often. Even a kind smile and wave across the street can be uplifting.
I think all of us need something that helps us escape the stress and noise of the day and since I can not do the long walks that I love very often, I needed another avenue. Then Linda Hill created a way for us to share our release by creating Escapist Coloring Club. When I was young, art was very important and now I have enjoyed various adult coloring books and calendars of which some can be quite challenging. My current book is of animals but made out of flowers and leaves. Today we have mother bear and cub.
I think this book shows us that even with fierce animals, somewhere inside they are as beautiful as any flower.
As I watch the wildlife shows and the wonderful pictures from photographers who follow wildlife, it is evident to me that all creation understands right, wrong, and the emotions the creator gave all of his creation. Their trust is what is missing. But I have seen photos of unlikely wild beast showing kindness to a less fierce specie. A humans, we should take our cues from these animals and understand the full value of kindness and make sure we are always ready to share it. So I challenge you for the coming year to be conscious of situations where maybe just a gentle smile is all that is needed, but try to be aware and show kindness when you can.
Linda G Hill gives a chance to show our fun artwork with the Escapist Coloring Club. I do love the adult coloring books but this month I am doing a coloring sheet. Our church is sponsoring one of the smaller, less remembered nursing homes in the area with an Angel Tree. If you are not familiar with an Angel Tree, it’s where paper ornaments are placed on a tree with someones name on it and a wish gift they would like to have for Christmas.
We all need to remember our elderly in nursing homes. Some of these gentle people have no family left and they get lonely, especially this time of year. So make sure you visit if you can. We have 37 members at this one home that we are supporting with small request made like a pair of socks, a coffee cup or favorite snacks. One gentleman tickled me asking for anything with anything Iowa Hawkeyes team logo, and one lady asked for anything with a cardinal bird on it. They don’t ask for much, but yet they are asking from the heart, probably more wanting to be remembered than anything. Being forgotten about is a terrible tragedy.
So in the spirit of the season look towards those easily forgotten, and remember how much Jesus loves and remembers you and share that love with others this season. And be Kind.
Linda G Hill has a fun prompt for the 1st day of the month, well actually it is a monthly prompt which is a good thing as I am slow on the “draw” some days. Yes, the poor attempt at a pun was intentional.
I felt my page this month fit well with the season as it looks to have a critter hibernating in the center of a colorful life around him. Now that cold weather is on our doorstop, I felt it would work.
And as always I remind us all the value of kindness and how it enhances the world.
Linda G Hill has given us a fun monthly challenge of adult coloring or showing off your kids coloring. Today’s adult coloring books are great for me on nights when the brain just will not shut off.
This month’s Escapist Coloring prompt, I played more with feathering shades of colors together and blending them – similar to how I do some of my face painting techniques only this is done with pencils.
A rhinoceros made fully of flowers showing a gentle side of a possible fierce beast. Even in a creation of power, a spirit of gentleness and kindness can be present. It is a tool we all have and can use at our discretion, so remember to show your kind side and gentle spirit.
It is so much fun to see the creative colors and images we come up with for Linda Hill’s monthly Escapist Coloring club. I enjoy it’s fun but also I remind myself on those night when I can not sleep that I am working on a project for the Escapist Color Club prompt.
This month I have colored the delicate flowering hippo, a new breed for the tropical zones.
She wears green eye-shadow to accentuate her lovely blue eyes. No self respecting male hippo would ever wear green eye-shadow.
Come join in on the fun and color with us.
As I was researching new ideas for showing kindness I found an entire website of pages to color that represent kindness. I just typed in “pictures of kind and coloring”.
Each month Linda Hill gives us a prompt for those of us who still enjoy coloring and now books, calendars and such have pages to color and enjoy. It is relaxing, as mine stays by the bed on nights when the brain will not shut down.
I think it very appropriate that my color page this month has a river in it as we are fighting the mighty power of water in a river.