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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 Helen Keller. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Helen Keller. Show all posts

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Helen Keller

"My friends have made the story of my life." 
--- Helen Keller

The back side

Approximate size: 7" x 10"
I thank each and every one of you who have read, supported, and commented on this blog over the past year.  For sharing, taking time, and most of all for the encouragement.

As I have looked back on this great adventure of becoming a 'blogger' -- these are, and continue to be my goals in writing, sharing, and creating.

First, I know that God has given every one of us a gift (or two!) LOL.  Whether it is listening, supporting, encouragement, prayer, speaking or writing... sewing or quilting!  I have felt led to write this blog to be a forum for give and share what I have been gifted to give!  The love of Jesus, of living out a daily faith in God, of sharing the JOY of serving others, whether it be through quilting, or sewing, or photography, or friendship, and much more.

Second, and most important of all I give the glory to God, and thank Him for all of you.  This blog isn't 'about me' --- it is, however, about US, and to be used to glorify Him.  Together we have a great adventure to share and live in.  After all, this is heaven... on earth, just as the Lord's Prayer tells us.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!

I always love to write back to those who take time to write to me, whether they comment or not.  So if you've never heard from me personally, it might be because you're 'no reply.' or choose to be anonymous.  Which is fine.  Just so ya know!  We are here for each other, and I know I am blessed beyond the mere words I write this afternoon.  Your thoughts and ideas are truly, & most sincerely appreciated. 

This little paper fabric quilt is a small token of thanks! I wish I could make something for all of you who commented... and someday, Lord willing, maybe!

Today, however, this quilt is gifted to MARSHA, who's latest comment was this: "Beautiful work, as usual. I read the Herriot books as well. Joyful reading. Keeping my fingers crossed all weekend that I'm a winner." 
Marsha, please email me your mailing address! XO!!

In addition, I've thought it would be fun to have a monthly drawing.  Postcard, thread, fabric, a pack of needles, or somethin!  If you are interested, email me your mailing address, (leslievaskey@msn.com) and I will put your name in the hat, as they say.  I will draw a name around the middle of November (if anyone's interested, that is). 

GOD BLESS you, and keep you in the palm of His hand!  SOLI DEO GLORIA.
Thank you for helping make... the story of my life!
Leslie Vaskey McNeil 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, 
but of the success that may come tomorrow. 
You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; 
and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. 
Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost."  
Helen Keller
Photo by Leslie McNeil 2010

Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcome to Our Home

Welcome!  The front porch...  a french style door, bought 'plain' and stained.  Then I applied this type of faux-glass paint to add privacy, and yet let in the light... there is a bit of a subtle leaf motif in it too.
And of course... I drew on the door a simple, but favorite phrase - "There's No Place Like Home." 
I added some stamping, too. And then some
dry brushing with leftover, light green paint.
I also painted over the dark brown paneling with a light turquoise blue paint, then overcoated with a crackle glaze, and then the final coat of cream paint.  
Light and bright!
It's been almost ten years ago now.
 A few long years in which I struggled with all the shadows in my life, bad decisions, wrong choices...
my son went to war for the first time...
my beloved grandma died.
my mom had swallowed too many pills...
 and I was alone.
'Creating art' was a way I dealt with things... and so
I painted this very colorful and bright faux glass texture
in the front porch window. 
It still exists today, even through all kinds of cold and hot weather...although it is showing a bit of wear now; paint is fading and peeling in some spots. 

And I wrote this phrase on the window.  
If you look close, you may be able to see it:
"Keep your face to the sunshine, 
and you cannot see the shadow."  
-- Helen Keller
Better yet...
Keep your face to Jesus 
and you will not live in darkness. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

For Japan

Although the world is full of suffering, 
it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
For Japan.
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