It has been one of those weeks, you know, the kind where everything you touch seems like an epic fail...from the loaf of bread that would not rise, to the near death experience of a wrong mixture of chemicals while conducting a mixed media experiment, to ruining not one but two hand painted loving crafted journal bindings, and last but not least taping what you thought was a tutorial only to find out the camera was on the fritz! Small potatoes in light of all the things going on around our world today, very small, nearly invisible, really and truly.
(Yes I know I forgot to paint the birds other foot, doing that as soon as I am back in studio)
(This was initially supposed to be for a class but I think I have had enough of this particular project)
While I alone cannot clean up the mess this world is in, I can try and repair some of the mess I have made by my own hand. I began by spending quite a bit of time in prayer for the worldly mess I cannot handle before tackling the wee smalls in my studio.
After removing all the bindings and pages from the journal covers I was left with two empty shells with no idea what to do with them. At 4:26 this morning I abruptly awoke with a seed of an idea. I immediately got up and headed into the studio to see if I could make it work. I spent time drafting a pattern, sewing, ripping out, resewing, ripping out again, resewing again, until I finally had a prototype ready to test. It is not perfect, it has some flaws, but I love it anyway, my new iPad carrying case.
If only all the epic failures in our world were so easily repairable by just simply removing all the ugly parts and being able to begin again. I have spent time drafting a plan of prayer only to see it ripped out of place again and again, its truly a test of faith and endurance when one only feels like throwing up their hands and giving up. My project is not perfect, nor is our world, they have their flaws, but I love them both anyway. I refuse to let evil overshadow all that is good and decent and kind. I now carry the world at my fingertips in my new carrying case which allows me to keep abreast of all that goes on outside of my small sphere but its the world I live in that I carry in my heart and prayers for peace on earth and good will towards all mankind.