I layed the stencil on top of some green/white DP and sponged Artichoke classic ink over it. Then carefully cut around it and layered onto red c.s. My picture below shows the gold glitter dots I doodled on the red. Then, I cut out the Label 1 Nestie shape out of both layers and created a frame out of gold metallic c.s. to mount on the front. Then I stamped a reindeer from the Reindeer Waltz set onto another Nestie cut-out and added red glittery gel pen for highlights and sponged in green and then hung using a large jump ring.
I've been reading this book
"Quiet Moments for a Woman's Heart: experiencing the peace of God's presence every day" and thought I'd share a bit with you this part on Solitude.
Susan Taylor says, "We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly... Spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order." One of the BEST things we can do for ourselves as women is to save some time for a little silence in our day. Not always easy... especially with young kids at home. But if you can manage just 10-15 mintues a day to truly relax, clear your mind of all your schedules and to-do lists... God will meet you in your solitude. He will give you a new perspective, refresh your mind, and give you the fuel to get through whatever the day brings.
"Practice the art of aloneness and you will discover the treasure of tranquility. Develop the art of solitude and you will unearth the gift of serenity." -William Arthur Ward
This is something I have to practice. I'm the type of person who doesn't enjoy "quiet" (most of the time). I will play music or turn the t.v. on when I'm alone just so I don't feel alone. But it's how you use your "alone time" that makes all the difference. Will you be bored and immediately try to find something to fill your time? Solitude can be your best companion, because in the stillness of your heart, you can allow God to restore and renew your mind, heart and soul.
Richard Foster says this about solitude: "Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment. Solitude is a state of mind and heart." I hope to find time each day to relax and just "be."
"How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings."