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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Finley Point. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finley Point. Show all posts

Friday, August 7, 2015

dear heart vacation ~

hi friends ~

a few highlights of heart time spent at the lake with sweet friends... of course, we bring {just a few} projects along... because that's what our hearts love to do ~ spending precious time together, laughing, creating, reading and relaxing... conversations about our faith walk, and learning to wade deeper into a life of grace... on every level... hopefully.  prayerfully.  sincerely.

i played {practiced}  writing long hand with a watercolor brush in my sketchbook.  i love the quote:
 and then had fun blending watercolors on the front of my book, too!  but first, i put a bit of clear gesso on it so it would "bind" the surface  paper {since it's not watercolor paper} together better... very fun!
 and a journal 'in progress' ~ to which i added washi tape, doodling, and a fun little leftover "collage fairy" {from the tula pink fabric line} i had leftover ~ just for fun:
 and a collaged tablerunner {as i took all my stash of cut pieces with me!} lol... as it turned out, this one went to the local polson quilt store, "all in stitches" as a class sample.  now that's my kind of "working vacation!"

i also bought the background fabric from that store, as of course we shopped there, too as our dear hearts love to go the farmer's market, and the quilt shop!  this fabric is a sweet little gray dot, slightly distressed.  i loved it!  i chose a color theme of aqua-turquoise, peachy pinks, a tiny bit of golden yellow, and pops of cherry red tucked in here and there, as well as black and white sketchy flowers... collage ~ so fun! 
black and white flowers... make my art-heart happy!

 i quilted it "grid style" with my dual feed foot on my bernina 830 machine.  easy-peasy.  anyone can do this to quilt a collage fast and fun.

{i eventually chose a cherry red binding, too}
 and of course, i took the laketime vacation to take advantage of a precious model for my newly finished quilt, "storm at sea" ~ {i finally put the binding on it} or perhaps more of "calm at the lake" kinda thinking!!  lol.  my heart sister lisa sweetly modeled it for me.  don't you love it?!  nothing like a lake setting for fun and inspiration!
 and then... look here!  i let her play in my stash of pre-fused and pre-cut florals... and then she got to model her very own heart collage masterpiece, made from my pattern, "a heart to give" collage pattern!  i think they are both so beautiful! 

and my little "gertie-chick" had a great time on the pebble beach! lol

have a beautiful heart-filled friday!
soli deo gloria

Thursday, August 7, 2014

the sweets...the sweetest, and the sweeter ~

hello and good summery august day to ya!

well our week "at the cabin" was filled with special, hilarious {and very silly}... and yet, refreshing, laughter! this girl here... she makes me belly laugh!
 my darling friend, miss christy... she makes me laugh so much, and so hard, that my tummy hurts!!! what a special treat it was to have her here with us this year! 

and we made large carry-all bags, too:

 and had a sweet time eating desserts, too!  this is a watermelon dessert made from raspberry sherbert with chocolate chips, pineapple sherbert for the rind, and lime sherbert for the outside of a watermelon. looked great!  tasted amazing!
 sweet friends:
 sweet water.  sweeter sunsets.  and the sweetest of memories. 

soli deo gloria!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

sweetest memories ~ finley point 2013

hi there ~ 

how ya all doin!  i hope you're doing well, and enjoying our last bit of summer days...

its been great to be back from vacation 'at the lake' ~ and soon to leave again!  we're off again to hop over to washington and idaho to see family and cuddle with brand new grandson #2 and birthday for grandson #1~ !  

here's a little video i made of some of the pics from the flathead vacation.  it's been a sweet time of refreshment, reflection, and rest.  i love these girls.  i am so thankful for them.  what a gift they are!

thank you to our Father God for all the blessings of friendship, crafting, sweet fellowship, and just being together.  i am grateful!

happy labor day weekend america.  may all our labors and fruits be to the glory of God!!!  Yes... and Amen!
soli deo gloria!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Water~Waves~Wonders~Flathead Lake

I hope you all are not too tired of my vacation-lake pictures!  I've so enjoyed looking at them again, and I can't wait to share them with you, here...

A stormy, windy day on Flathead Lake brings in  spectacular waves... and I was delighted to be able to photograph them under good natural light, and capture the beautiful, deep green of the water, even tho venturing out was a 'bit breezy' to say the least.  These were taken lying on my belly on the {wet} and wild adventure on the rocky shoreline just below the cabin.
Colorful rocks... water... waves.  I love the colors and I can get excited all over again just looking at these pics!
This one reminds me of jello!  These images are straight out of the camera, and on the automatic setting {as I haven't figured out the manual way yet} ~ !
Here's just a few facts to share about Flathead Lake:
~  named for the Salish (Flathead) Indians which is also a reservation located at the southern end of the lake.
~ max length: 27.3 miles and width of 15.5 miles; maximum depth of 370.7 feet (in Skidoo Bay), and the area covered by lake totals 191.5 square miles!
~ one of the 300 largest natural lakes in the world, and the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States.  Of those lakes, Flathead is one of the cleanest.
~ major tributaries into the lake are the Flathead and Swan rivers; however, water quality has declined in the last decade due to combined effects of increased pollution from human sources, erosion of the shoreline and other factors.
~  due to it's massive size, and active winds, the lake does not freeze over most winters
~ Wildhorse Island in the middle of the lake, is 2100 acres; noted for it's herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep and a few wild horses. {and seen in the far distance of this photograph-second 'hill' from the left}
While the windstorms and waves are certainly not rare, it was a rare opportunity for me to see the lake in these kinds of conditions, and to catch some cool pictures {at least in my opinion}.  Patchy rays of bright sunlight as well as cloudy and warm with access to a beautiful beach... just a few steps from a cozy cabin...  Perfect conditions for me! 

And a few more creatively edited shots, using a new app I am just learning about {and loving} to use on our iPad. {and it automatically transfers to our iphones too!}  It's called "PS Express."  (which stands for photoshop express I think).  Do you have a favorite app for editing photos?  And how about one that easily lets you add text?  I'd appreciate hearing any hints or tips you may have discovered...

 Dramatic... and then almost whimsical.  I deepened the color on the photo above, and then added texture with the swirls below and a sea green border... love it when I can have down time to play with the technology at our fingertips these days.

Awesome! Yes Lord You Are!  
Soli Deo Gloria!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Special Morning in Skidoo Bay ~ Flathead Lake

Oh My Gosh ~ {emphasis added!} I still get excited just writing about this awesome, spectacular, perfect morning on the water!  And it was our last morning at the cabin ~ and on the lake... and it sure decided to 'show off' for us!
So we headed into one my personal favorite places to sight-see...  "Skidoo Bay" on Finley Point, Flathead Lake.
It was an August morning where one dreams of what it might like to be a guest in a 'guest cabin!' {that would be me!} Yes - that house below is not the "main" house, but their guest house.  Basking in the warm sandy beach and hot sun, cooling off with a brisk dive into the deep, calm... cool, cool water....
But we had our own unique, kind of joyful, and sweet cooling celebration.  Lisa exemplifies it ~ perfectly!
Isn't she precious?!!  {yes - she is!}
So then it was mother and daughter picture time!  And I was only too happy to step up to the task! This is Rachel with her mom, Lisa.
Then Katie and Annette.
Then Katie shows us how real divers do it:

Oh yes!  You're practically perfect in every way!  {thank you Mary Poppins!}
Isn't she just a cutie?!!! 
Time for a serious consultation...these two young women are so funny together...
ready!  Set!  Jump!
and off to Montana State University they go... Go CATS!  {Rachel is a Senior on the Women's Basketball team this year}
And... time to come home, put the boat away, clean up and bask in the sweet, sweet refreshment of time at the Swan Cabin, 2012. 
And summer has begun to say it's goodbyes... what a beauty and we are grateful.  We're still praying for rain here in the west... and for relief for those going through Hurricane Isaac in the south.  

Thank you for being here... EnJOY and God Be With You.
Soli Deo Gloria.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Decorating Journals ~

What do you do on a stormy, rainy, super windy day at the lake?  

You bring on the CRAFTS of course! 
... and your journal!
Annette's Journal Cover
and better yet - decorate your journal!  And enJOY the day ... drawing, giggling... creating ~ together with your girlfriends!   "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journals!"
Katies Journal Cover
And her favorite verse:  "Be Strong and Courageous."
The Wite-Out pen is SO fun on black.  And easy to do, too!  Below is Rachel's journal cover:
And good thing Walmart {aka the city of Polson-closeby} is handy.  How sweet it was that the two 'youngest'  {we are ALL young} wanted journals of their own.  And how blessed was I with their requests that I decorate them, writing their favorite verses on the inside cover...  Very~very~very! They couldn't have given me a sweeter gift...
The verse above is Rachel's favorite.
Rachel and Katie
And here are those sweet, sweet, young women!  Aren't their smiles and faces soooo so beautiful?  So thankful for our time together on the Lake at the Swan cabin (their grandpa's cabin) at Finley Point on Flathead Lake.

Thank you for such sweet, precious memories! 

Soli Deo Gloria Rachel and Katie as you begin another year of college together. 
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