Sunday, February 19, 2012


Is there a do over?

This picture is of a Chihulie glass sculpture shown at an exhibit in the Desert Botanical Garden. His work reflects the original subject, as seen through the eyes of an artist. The subject is changed, transformed. The ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Dale Chihuly, who was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1941, has become an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of contemporary studio glass is unmatched. Chihuly’s most recent installations have focused on the idea of the garden, which stems from his first outdoor works at Pilchuck and his later, monumental Persians installations. The garden is a place of physical and spiritual delight that represents the perfect world, or paradise, 

I was amazed at how the sculptures blended in with the landscape. The marrying of beautiful glass and spiny cactus made it seem as though his work had grown there.

This quote was on a friends post--On this day, God wants you to know...
that change is the very nature of life, welcome it. No glass ever became sand again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened fruit ever became a flower. Welcome change, and choose what kind of glass you create, what kind of bread you bake, what kind of fruit you harvest.
We can't erase the past, but we can mold our future.  We can learn from the past, and be wiser in the future.  It is a daily process.  We shouldn't dwell on the past, but push on to a more excellent future.
Philippians 3:13  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. NLT


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  2. A wonderful scripture! And beautiful sculptures! Enjoy your Monday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Book of Love

On this Valentines Day, I thought I would share a memory book that I made that features some of the things that I love.  So I hope that you enjoy my "Book of Love"
On the left is a page honoring God with the hymn "Love Divine", on the right a tribute to my parents with their picture and a valentine poem.  The first and last verses
My mother made a Valentine
So very long ago
And decked it out all prettily
Like for a special beau.
I felt like laughing out for joy
My childish heart was glad!
Mom's special valentine would go
To a special beau named "Dad". (Lucille King)
Next I salute my children on the left and my grandchildren on the right with thoughts and poems
The wonder of a miracle
From which this love began..
There is so much found in the touch
Of holding a grandchild's hand.
 Of course, I have to mention my dog and things I love to do--create, sew, craft, express my feelings in art and poetry
And I acknowledge my love of the beauty of creation, the wonderful sights I have witnessed, and the beauty that is around me.
 I had just one more poem to include in this salute to love. It recognizes my heritage and honors my grandma.
Grandma's book of valentines
Rekindles memory's flame
Of days when she was just a girl
And life a happy game...
A book of antique valentines
That reaches back in time
To tell the tales of yesteryear
In illustrated rhyme. (Shirley Sallay)


  1. My daughter enjoys scrapbooking and makes some really pretty pages. I must say that I have never caught the bug - but I like looking at them.
  2. ♥ your book of LOVE...Happy Valentine's Day Marti
  3. Your memory book is adorable. I have one I made, now I know what to put in it. :):) Happy Valentine's Day. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)
  4. I love this idea! its so pretty also. Have a happy day.
  5. What a beautiful collection of memories, Marti!
  6. I love your book of love! Very beautiful and creative! Happy Valentine's Day, Marti! You are loved with an everlasting love and I am so glad we get to stand under that same Love umbrella in Him!
  7. Your book is gorgeous!! Happy Valentines Day!

  8. So sweet and truly
    made with L O V E !

    Happy Valentine's Day,
    xx Suzanne
  9. What a pretty book you made!!!
    Hope your day is wonderful!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~
  10. You made such a beautiful book! I love the idea and all the special things you added. I hope you had a nice day!
  11. What a nice book about love - Happy Valentine's Day. sandie♥
  12. I love this! You are so creative. What a wonderful way to honor and cherish all those who are dear to you.
  13. Hi Marti, It's nice to meet you. I'm visiting you from Blogging Sisters. I've just signed up and I'm visiting my new sisters. I'm one of your followers now. I love your memory journal it's beautiful and the poems are perfect. Joyous Wishes, Linda
  14. so stunning and beautiful. what a glorious way to capture memories.
    just dropping by from Brenda's...don't mind my poking around :)
    and no worries....I fed the fish :)
  15. Wow. This is beautiful! Did I know you did these kind of things? Keep up the good work!
    xo, Cheryl