Monday, April 30, 2012

Photographer On a Hill || artistic endeavors


I decided to do a little creating this weekend as a study breaker. I played around with some different techniques and textures, and came up with this card set titled Photographer On a Hill.

These notecards take on an Avant-Garde style. /// Avant-garde (means "advance guard" or "vanguard". [1] The term is used in English as a noun or adjective to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.

This is an innovative and slightly futuristic styled card set. 

Handmade set, using an engraved metal piece portraying a photographer with an early 19th Century camera standing on a hill. The picture itself is rubbed on by a gold rubbing stick, and then the rim is painted with gold gloss paint. The envelopes are recycled paper, with hand painted gold lining.

Pretty basic design, nothing posh. But I rather enjoyed making these nonetheless! 

To be sold, the set comes with six notecards and six envelopes, and is delivered with a recycled, gold painted band and protective envelope (as depicted in the last photo).



What are your thoughts? What kind of artistic endeavors have you taken on in the past month? 


All text  and all Images © 2012 Footprints in the Sand

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A New Kind of Day

"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, 
and put their trust in the Lord." 
Psalm 40:3 

   Today is a day of celebrating new life. But more importantly, new life in Him. Today is my birthday. This day is a new starting point in my life. As it were, I am rededicating my life to God again.  


He has made all things new. 
I am a new creation. The old has passed away, behold all things have been made new. 


 It is not as if I have been living away from God all these years, but I feel an urge--on my birthday---to rededicate my life again to God. I want to grow more and more in my Savior. I am turning a new leaf, starting a the next chapter of my life, and there will be many trials yet to face, new challenges that must be overcome; and I do not want to do anything or go anywhere without my Abba Father guiding me all the way. 


 So Lord, this day, I rededicate my life to you. I pray with all my heart that my life will be a testimony of who You are. And that with every last breath I will strive to glorify You in all that I do. All that I am is because of You, and not what I have done. Not my will, O Lord, but Thine be done. 

Take my life and let it be, ever only all for Thee. 

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thrifting Finds



 I visited a little thrift shop here in Purcellville. 

Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store
151 West Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132 
(540) 751-1680



And I found some lovely items. 

>> An excellent little wooden container, with a ship painting top. 

>> Two books, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A Milne. My favorite all-time childrens story. And the second book is an older Nancy Drew, titled Murder on Ice. Surprisingly, this is a very interesting title for Nancy Drew, most Nancy Drew's do not have deaths in them (Especially the older ones).

>> Altivo the horse, from The Road to El Dorado. My sister collects Disney characters, so I thought, "Why not?"

And lastly,

>> a clay whale pendent necklace. A WHALE!! Which, by the way, is one of my favorite animals; so I just had to get it. 

All items rung up as:


Wood Nautical Container: $6

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A Milne $0.25
Murder on Ice by Carolyn Keene $0.25
Altivo the horse $1
Clay Whale Pendant Necklace $6

TOTAL: $13.50

Not bad, eh? And I know I will enjoy them all.


HAPPY THURSDAY!

All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Monday, April 16, 2012

Blooming /// An interview


///Interview with Chloe from Blooming for Christ


Tell us a little bit about you and your family:

Hi there, I'm Chloe! In short, I am a almost-17-year-old junior, homeschooled, and a child of God! You could probably call me the guinea pig of the family because I'm the oldest of five kids (I have two brothers and two sisters). Although I love being the oldest, leading by example is difficult at times! My mom and dad are wonderful, Godly examples for all of us kids.
I'm the kind of girl who loves to laugh all the time! I enjoy teaching and working with children. God has given me a special opportunity to share with children about God's love and perfect creation because He created me with one hand. Even though I only have one hand, I still play the piano, knit, swim, and do just about everything else! You can read more of my testimony on the "About" page of my blog.

What is the main goal of your blog, Blooming in Christ?
I created my blog with the purposed of encouraging others in the Lord. I love to share about what God is teaching me in His Word and record my "adventures" with the Lord. Every now and then, I'll post pictures and do a "fun" post. =)

How does your personal relationship with the Lord impact your life?
Knowing Christ gives life meaning. Because I know my has life has a purpose, I try to view each day through God's perspective. I ask myself, How can I make this day count for eternity? What can I change in my life so that Christ will be magnified in it? My relationship with Christ gives me reason to have hope, joy, and peace - even in situations that don't seem to be the best.
I know that Galatians 2:20 is a very well known verse, but it describes my desire for my day-to-day life: "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

What are some of your hobbies?
Oh, where to begin? I love just about everything I try! On the top of the list would have to be playing the piano - I've played for about 10 years! I also enjoy writing my own songs and singing. =) I play tennis on a homeschool tennis team, which is a blast! Besides that, I love to knit, write, make jewelry, draw.... Shall I go on? =)

What is one thing you would tell every Christian teen?
Constantly be examining what your treasure is. What do you value most, spend the most time doing or thinking about? Seriously consider the answer to this question, for "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Is your treasure of this world? If so, then so is your heart. Make Christ your treasure above all else - your treasure - for knowing Him is of surpassing worth (Philippians 3:8). He is a treasure that will never fade away.

/// NOTE FROM EDITOR:
I just want to thank Chloe so much for being willing to write for my blog. Her life is an inspiring testimony. As I have come to know her better and better over the past two years or so, I have come to see just how much Jesus shines from her life. What a beautiful daughter of God. I encourage you to check out her blog. She has some great stuff on there like the Hunger Games books review, and some little oddities. 





Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Blooming for Christ

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

down that old dirt road


Since moving here to this part of Virginia, I have had the urge (a whole lot more than before) to go on walks. Partly because there's so many gorgeous places to walk and partly because we have had amazing weather recently.
And so here are a few epiphanies from a walk I took a few days ago with my little brother. 




















Walking is one of my ways to get away from the stress of life. What are some of yours?


All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Recipe || Orange Fizz

Today was a normal day, progressing like any other. But as I was doing my studies, I felt the urge to drink something fizzy (and dare I say healthy). Seeing as we have a snazzy seltzer maker, I decided to add some fresh fruit to a normal seltzer glass.

And so was produced Orange Fizz.

Although you can actually substitute the orange for any type of citrus.


>> First, you cut up an orange [or other citrus] in halves. I used one orange for this glass.


>> Next, use some sort of juice maker or processor. I just used a juice 'squish-er', as shown above. Juice your orange [or other citrus] and pour it into a glass.


>> Now make your seltzer water, by either using a maker or buying it from the store [pro-tip, go for a glass bottle, not the plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Seltzer from the glass tastes better]. 



>> Now combine the seltzer with the juice already in the glass. Pour slow so that the glass does not overflown.






DIRECTIONS:

>> Cut up an orange [or other citrus] in halves. I used one orange for this glass.
>> Next, use some sort of juice maker or processor. I just used a juice 'squish-er', as shown above. Juice your orange [or other citrus] and pour it into a glass.
>> Now make your seltzer water, by either using a maker or buying it from the store [pro-tip, go for a glass bottle, not the plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Seltzer from glass tastes better]. 
>> Now combine the seltzer with the juice already in the glass. Pour slow so that the glass does not overflown.

And there you are! A refreshing drink with no calories, sugar or chemicals. 

How is your Tuesday afternoon? Do you have a favorite drink?



All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Monday, April 2, 2012

A voice for the Voiceless

If you all might remember, I mentioned something before about my shop, 
Description/// Items specially crafted by me to bring awareness of the many issues around the world that are left unattended to by many, such as: Slavery, Sex trafficking, homelessness, children with no shoes. We can make a difference, one child at a time, one dollar at a time. WE CAN. 50 percent of all proceeds go directly to IJM, ijm.org, to help them combat sex trafficking and human slavery, and to help them restore the lives of victims rescued.

Well recently I have had a little creativity burst and have made a few new items. Specifically is the "Be Their Hands" Tee. 

///Be their hands and feet for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Be their hands by using them to reach others, to raise funds, to create ideas or inventions to raise awareness to those suffering in the world. Be their hands.

 


So there you are. Just a little shop update. I would love it if you would stop by and take a look at my other designs and consider donating funds to IJM

May you have a blessed Monday!



Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Family is...


This is my amazing family. I cannot thank God enough for them.


Us crazy kids at Susanna's wedding. Inserted is a picture of my daddy, doing his classic "daddy" face (which we all are doing).
(L to R):  My wonderful Daddy and Mommy (my dad passed away October 12, 09, Ben and Bethany (sister), Mike and Megan (sister), 
Jesse, Bobby and Susanna (sister), Me, my twin sister Amy, John, and our jolly dog Indy (Indyanna Jones).

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography