Saturday, December 9, 2017

SHIT STORMS

I'll begin the commissioned rooster painting soon. All this time has been spent filling last-minute jewelry orders that are still coming in along with wholesale orders. I created the Santa earrings on a whim after seeing a lady at Canton wearing little thin paper ones she'd bought at a Junior League show. I may have a smaller display of Christmas earrings next year at Canton.

I believe people are by nature truth-seekers.... Especially when there are two sides and a debate. It can be forgotten the most important thing is to remain calm, neutral, and simply continue to tell your truth. It can be difficult to not react to someone who has a different view or opinion than yours. People are also looking at EVERYTHING when trying to decide what the truth is. It's also best not to get so focused down on an issue that you can't see the bigger picture. Is it really about turkey legs, corrupt departments, Wal-Mart's policies or good will..... or can it simple be a prayer set into motion. It's quite possible a prayer was activated by faith... then quickly forgotten or released upon. A shit-storm ensues which is usually quite common. So many times I've had it happen and heard from others it can be days, weeks or even a few months after something settles down you realize this is exactly what you've prayed for. And you can see how it was all set into motion by a shit-storm out of the blue.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

THE ABYSS

Still selling glassware even after Canton. Several calls now and people picking up. It was so fun to finally be in the Arbors with it and nearly sell out. Kind of a quiet month.  I enjoyed getting up in the morning.... getting ready and feeding the cats.... blasting off to be in my booth by 8 to be accounted for. Mother would come down about an hour later with 10 cups of coffee in a thermos. So much to do here in the mornings. Stephanie was so funny to watch. She has an ass-hole husband who apparently gets away with way too much. I wondered how you accomplish that as a woman. So at Canton, the first thing I noticed was her unzipping her tent and darting out the back when ol' 92 year-old Vic came by, like he always does, trying to peddle the Canton Gazette. He wants you to sign up to be on their website for like $10 a month or something. She darted out the back of her booth after letting out a gasp. I just said "Oh hell no" to myself.  Then... we went to get cupcakes the second time on the second day. I was a vendor the first time and got a dollar off. The second day a different lady was the cashier and she never asked my status. So my cupcake was a dollar more. I told her I was a vendor and that I wanted 2 dollars back. One for each of the cupcakes I just bought. The lady asked Stephanie if she wanted her dollar back as well. If a hole had opened up in the earth big enough for Stephanie to jump into... I believe she would have. No matter how deep. Right into the abyss. Then she talked all the way back to the booth about how she didn't ask for discounts and just basically completely uncomfortable. I'd forgotten how it was to be in my 20's and so ill at ease most of the time; standing up for everyone except myself... offended a lot out of being uncomfortable about something, etc.

Monday, December 4, 2017

A GIRL AND HER CATS

"The greatest gifts we leave to this earth when we go to history is our opportunities to pursue the ideas we held in our minds and our hearts."

It was a wonderful Canton show! I sold 10 original pieces of canvas art. 2 are commissioned pieces. Actually 3 were. I did well at Round Top with my "Girl and Her Cats" hand-formed pottery pieces but haven't done any since. A couple women walked in and bought one of my pottery trinket dishes and said I should really pursue the pottery. They work at Trinity Ceramics in Dallas where I've bought a lot of things... so I kind of took it as a positive sign to go on with that because I've wanted to and enjoy creating the designs then forming them into clay.

After more like 13 years of literally no contact with family... it's back to literally no contact.  Again... I don't know what has happened with it all, but also have the feeling that things are as they should be for the very very most part. Let it be this way. Move on and live your life. I don't know if Stephanie will always be at Canton with her baby blankets... but it was nice to be around her a bit as I'd only been around her before as a tiny baby in the apartment where Missy and Terry used to live. I remember Missy saying "Oh, Amy... You've got to get you one of these! They're so much fun!" No thanks, girl. And so I went on and had my cats and still have my cats that I love... enough so to dream up "A Girl and Her Cats". Much more my speed.









Friday, December 1, 2017

IF YOU BUILD IT.... THEY WILL COME

Today was a great selling day. Sold lots of things and am now commissioned to paint a big 30x30 rooster on wrapped canvas for a lady's newly remodeled kitchen.

So my face was in my booth in time for the drive-by snap-shot to prove you are in your booth by 8 am sharp as not to get "written up". But you know... if it wasn't that way, people would roll up in that mother anytime they got ready to show up. Nine o'clock, ten o'clock....

Really glad for this new spot. I'm ready to get out the rolling pin... cut out some hand-formed pottery and get my "girl and her cat" going again. Fire up that kiln. We may carry some goat's milk soap products.  This girl says the plants "talk to her". Weird... so of course I gotta have it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

PINA COLADA MARSHMALLOW FLUFF

Ingredients
  • 1 3.4 oz vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple (do not drain!)
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip (I used lite) - thawed
  • 1 tsp rum extract
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Combine pudding mix and the entire can of crushed pineapple in a large bowl.
  2. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Fold in Cool Whip, rum extract, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts.
  4. Chill until ready to served.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NEW STUDY

I've moved on from the changing of the partners or underwear study. Now... I am doing a study on all the different types of marshmallow salads. I'm going to make one that has rum extract in it. Pina Colada. I made a fresh cranberry marshmallow salad for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. Un-cooked cooking is my favorite. Tuna salad, chicken salad, salads, marshmallow salads. Things you just dump in a bowl and stir up.

A LIFE OF LOVE...









1 Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it - because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth. 
2 If you praise him in the private language of tongues, God understands you but no one else does, for you are sharing intimacies just between you and him. 
3 But when you proclaim his truth in everyday speech, you're letting others in on the truth so that they can grow and be strong and experience his presence with you. 
4 The one who prays using a private "prayer language" certainly gets a lot out of it, but proclaiming God's truth to the church in its common language brings the whole church into growth and strength. 
5 I want all of you to develop intimacies with God in prayer, but please don't stop with that. Go on and proclaim his clear truth to others. It's more important that everyone have access to the knowledge and love of God in language everyone understands than that you go off and cultivate God's presence in a mysterious prayer language - unless, of course, there is someone who can interpret what you are saying for the benefit of all. 
6 Think, friends: If I come to you and all I do is pray privately to God in a way only he can understand, what are you going to get out of that? If I don't address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? 
7 If musical instruments - flutes, say, or harps - aren't played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? 
8 If the trumpet call can't be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?
9 So if you speak in a way no one can understand, what's the point of opening your mouth? 
10 There are many languages in the world and they all mean something to someone. 
11 But if I don't understand the language, it's not going to do me much good. 
12 It's no different with you. Since you're so eager to participate in what God is doing, why don't you concentrate on doing what helps everyone in the church? 
13 So, when you pray in your private prayer language, don't hoard the experience for yourself. Pray for the insight and ability to bring others into that intimacy. 
14 If I pray in tongues, my spirit prays but my mind lies fallow, and all that intelligence is wasted. 
15So what's the solution? The answer is simple enough. Do both. I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray. I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind. 
16 If you give a blessing using your private prayer language, which no one else understands, how can some outsider who has just shown up and has no idea what's going on know when to say "Amen"? 
17 Your blessing might be beautiful, but you have very effectively cut that person out of it. 
18 I'm grateful to God for the gift of praying in tongues that he gives us for praising him, which leads to wonderful intimacies we enjoy with him. I enter into this as much or more than any of you. 
19 But when I'm in a church assembled for worship, I'd rather say five words that everyone can understand and learn from than say ten thousand that sound to others like gibberish.
20 To be perfectly frank, I'm getting exasperated with your infantile thinking. How long before you grow up and use your head - your adult head? It's all right to have a childlike unfamiliarity with evil; a simple no is all that's needed there. But there's far more to saying yes to something. Only mature and well-exercised intelligence can save you from falling into gullibility. 
21 It's written in Scripture that God said, In strange tongues and from the mouths of strangers I will preach to this people, but they'll neither listen nor believe. 
22 So where does it get you, all this speaking in tongues no one understands? It doesn't help believers, and it only gives unbelievers something to gawk at. Plain truth-speaking, on the other hand, goes straight to the heart of believers and doesn't get in the way of unbelievers. 
23 If you come together as a congregation and some unbelieving outsiders walk in on you as you're all praying in tongues, unintelligible to each other and to them, won't they assume you've taken leave of your senses and get out of there as fast as they can? 
24 But if some unbelieving outsiders walk in on a service where people are speaking out God's truth, the plain words will bring them up against the truth 
25 and probe their hearts. Before you know it, they're going to be on their faces before God, recognizing that God is among you. 
26 So here's what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. 
27 If prayers are offered in tongues, two or three's the limit, and then only if someone is present who can interpret what you're saying. 
28Otherwise, keep it between God and yourself. 
29 And no more than two or three speakers at a meeting, with the rest of you listening and taking it to heart. 
30 Take your turn, no one person taking over. 
31Then each speaker gets a chance to say something special from God, and you all learn from each other. 
32 If you choose to speak, you're also responsible for how and when you speak. 
33 When we worship the right way, God doesn't stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony. This goes for all the churches - no exceptions. 
34 Wives must not disrupt worship, talking when they should be listening, 
35asking questions that could more appropriately be asked of their husbands at home. God's Book of the law guides our manners and customs here. Wives have no license to use the time of worship for unwarranted speaking. 
36 Do you - both women and men - imagine that you're a sacred oracle determining what's right and wrong? Do you think everything revolves around you? 
37 If any one of you thinks God has something for you to say or has inspired you to do something, pay close attention to what I have written. This is the way the Master wants it. 
38 If you won't play by these rules, God can't use you. Sorry. 
39 Three things, then, to sum this up: When you speak forth God's truth, speak your heart out. Don't tell people how they should or shouldn't pray when they're praying in tongues that you don't understand. 
40 Be courteous and considerate in everything.
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