Our Creator's Voice is Near


Hello friends,

I realize that lately my posts have been either silly or just about events, for the most part, but I just wanted to write something a little more heartfelt and thoughtful. :)

Lately I've been astounded by this incredible autumn we've had. I don't know how it is for you, but here, we've had an exceptionally dry, warm, sunny fall, and it has really touched my soul. It seems that God likes to speak to me through nature. Sometimes I don't know exactly what He's saying, but I can hear a gentle whisper. I know it's often hard for me to quiet my soul enough to hear the words, but even amid the busy cacophony of life, just hearing that voice is so reassuring.

It is in these moments that I feel the glory of our Creator is present in each moment. Recently, I read 'Practicing the Presence of God' by Brother Lawrence. Must-read. Totally! If we have that presence in our lives at every moment, our lives will brightly shine the grace that we so desire to portray. And then, no matter what we say, or what motive, there is always that presence to come back to. There is always an element of our Creator shining through.


Let us not forget His incredible immensity. For even though listening to and hearing God's voice has been something I've struggled with since I was tiny, it is there. The presence is there, even if we aren't getting the words. I've come to believe that when the words are not so defined as we would like, if we watch our circumstances, and, dwelling in His glorious presence, pay attention to the happenings and beauties around us, we will find the message there, waiting for us to receive it.


So let us revel in this presence, in this voice. What have I heard lately?

"Look around, do you see the colours?
Do you see the changing of life?
I am here. I am within the colours.
They are my very fingerprints!
Yet I am sovereign.
I will not leave you.
You are mine.
I love you.
"

~Your Creator



Truly,
Sheila Christine

Beethoven's 9 -- JOY!!!


I'm actually in there! Doubt you can find me though, kinda blurry.

Hey there! So, this has been a great weekend. On Saturday I sang soprano in the choir for a performance of Beethoven's 9th with our local Symphony! It was absolutely amazing, and I hope I get a chance again in the near future to do something of this magnitude. What an amazing opportunity this was. We had such fun just killing time before the concert, and all in all, it was just fabulous. And,I have a surprise for all of you!

My Mum recorded the whole thing, and I have uploaded it! So you can listen to the entire performance of Beethoven's 9th if you wish, or, if you want to just hear the choral part (Because, after all, that is the best part!) just slide the slider to about the last quarter or so, and you can hear us! (Just listen for the 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' theme) It was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! We all had so much fun!

Enjoy, and I hope you can sense the immense joy that we all had! (and even though it looks like it, there isn't supposed to be any video, no worries.)






Just for interest's sake, here are the words, because they are so profound and beautiful and touching. Seriously, the choke me up when I think about them. (copied from Wikipedia)

German original[7]
English translation
O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!
Sondern laßt uns angenehmere anstimmen,
und freudenvollere.
Freude! Freude!
Oh friends, not these tones!
Let us sing more cheerful songs,
And more joyful.
Joy! Joy!
Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
Joy, beautiful spark of God
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter drunk with fire,
Heavenly one, your sanctuary!
Your magic binds again
What custom sternly parts.
All men become brothers,
Where your gentle wing rests.
Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
Mische seinen Jubel ein!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!
Whoever has had the great fortune
To be a friend's friend,
Whoever has won a devoted wife,
Join in our jubilation!
Indeed, whoever can call even one soul,
His own on this earth!
And whoever was never able to, must creep
Tearfully away from this band!
Freude trinken alle Wesen
An den Brüsten der Natur;
Alle Guten, alle Bösen
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küße gab sie uns und Reben,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben,
Und der Cherub steht vor Gott.
Joy all creatures drink
At the breasts of nature;
All good, all bad
Follow her trail of roses.
Kisses she gave us, and wine,
A friend, proven in death;
Pleasure was to the worm given,
And the cherub stands before God.
Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
Durch des Himmels prächt'gen Plan,
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum Siegen.
Glad, as His suns fly
Through the Heaven's glorious design,
Run, brothers, your race,
Joyful, as a hero to victory.
Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.
Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such' ihn über'm Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muß er wohnen.
Be embraced, millions!
This kiss for the whole world!
Brothers, above the starry canopy
Must a loving Father dwell.
Do you bow down, millions?
Do you sense the Creator, world?
Seek Him beyond the starry canopy!
Beyond the stars must He dwell.
Finale repeats the words:
Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über'm Sternenzelt
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.
Seid umschlungen,
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Finale repeats the words:
Be embraced, you millions!
This kiss for the whole world!
Brothers, beyond the star-canopy
Must a loving Father dwell.
Be embraced,
This kiss for the whole world!
Joy, beautiful spark of God,
Daughter of Elysium,
Joy, beautiful spark of God

JOY to you all!

Sheila Christine

silly meme

Stolen from Maria's blog! (Ooooooooh....bad pun!)

Another silly quiz thing. :) Without further ado, here are a bunch of random questions answered by yours truly. :)

1.How do you most often wear your hair? Just down, but also I use tiny barrets.

2.What do you like better: Sledding or Swimming? Swim. What do you expect of a lifeguard?

3.What is your favorite thing for breakfast? Homemade whole wheat bread and homemade yogurt.

4.Is one of your siblings married? No siblings. :(

5.Have you ever been on a rollercoaster? Yep, in California

6.Have you ever seen an ocean? Goodness, yes!!! I live a 5 minute bike ride from the ocean!

7.Where would you rather go: England or Australia? That's a really difficult one. Maybe Australia? I know several people there, so that helps. But I have family relations in England. Awkward.

8.Tell me something about you that I don’t know? Stealing Maria's idea here: I am a dual citizen of Canada and Switzerland.

9.Do you want to get married someday? Yesssss!!!!

10.How many TV’s are in your house? One, but just for movies, no cable or satellite or anything.

11.What’s your favorite hymn? Hmmm... I think 'As the Deer'

12.Which one would you rather learn to play: Guitar, Banjo, Piano or Violin? I play piano, so I'm going to say classical guitar from those particular ones. But I don't have time!!!

13.How tall are you? About 5'4/2" or 5'5". depending on who you ask.

14.What is the prettiest thing you have ever seen? Tiny island forests on a foggy day, with moss and the light streaming through the fog, and you can seriously SEE the faeries!

15.Describe where you live and what it looks like: A white house in the middle of a neighbourhood. ;)

16.How many bedrooms is in your house? 3, but one is an office.

17.How many rooms are in your house? 8, if you don't count the hall.

18.What’s in your basement? We only have a crawlspace.

19.Do you keep your room clean all the time or is it a mess? Relatively clean, but very lived in.

20.Do you wish you could have your own room? I do have my own room.

21.What do you do for fun with your siblings? Imagine them.

22.Do you get mad easily? Can do.

23.Do you cry a lot? Yep!

24.Do you like tuna? I'm veg...so no.

25.Is your mother pregnant right now?Nope! That would be really weird.

26.Would you rather go back to the Oregon trail or the Cherokee Indian trail of tears? Please fill me in. What did I miss?

27.Are you part anything (Like, Indian, Irish, and so on)? 1/2 Swiss, and the other half is a mess of celtic/anglo-saxon origins.

28.Do you prefer to Email or written letters? Depends on from who. Usually emails suffice just fine. :)

29.What was the last wedding you attended? I was really little!

30.How many aunts and uncles do you have? 4

31.Are you mad at one of your siblings right now? Haha...no.

32.If you got in trouble and you were given a choice for punishment which would you choose: Not seeing any friends for a month or no computer for a month? Depends on what your definition of friends are. If you just mean people you need/want to see, then that would include music teachers, and I really can't afford to go without them for a month right now, so I would choose computer, but if teachers down count, then I would say first option.

33.How many times have you gotten in trouble? *sheepish grin* Not TOO often, I hope!

34.When was the last time you went out of town? Um, Saturday. For Beethoven!

35.Do you like to play inside or outside better? O.U.T.S.I.D.E.!

36.Do you like to listen to music? Yeeeeeeeessss!!! Now...who might that obsessive person be, Maria? Not ME! :P

37.Do you want to have a big wedding or a small one? Small-ish.

38.Do you want to live in the country or city? Country...country...country. Island? ISLAND!

39.How many pen pals do you have? Lots of email-pals. :P

40.Do you say “shut up” or “Be quiet”? When I really want someone to shut their trap, I'm in no mood to say 'be quiet'. Haha!!!

41.If you could have only one of the following for yourself which would you choose: A computer, a Cell phone, An Ipod, or a TV? Laptop. Totally.

42.Which kind of car do you like better: Dodge Viper, Lexus, or Mustang? Those all suck. Toyota any day.

43.What kind of things make you mad? Completely closed-minded people,

44.What kind of things make you happy? Talking to God, vivid people, crisp fall air

45.Do you speak your mind? Uh...yeah. Ha! Unless I don't think the people around me can handle it, in which case I crawl into my invisible turtle shell. :)

46.Do you prefer to talk to old people (Over 60) or people your age? Anyone. Seriously! Although there are some people my age that are awkward to talk to.

47.What do you find more interesting: A Encyclopedia or a dictionary? Encyclopaedia. Fascinating stuff!

48.What would you rather do: Go clothes shopping, or Go to the library and read? Library by far. Shopping is terribly bothersome.

49.Where do you normally read? On my bed, in a cozy chair, outside, anywhere.

50.Do you have a desk in your room? No, I tried that and hated it.

51.Are you smart? Depends on your definition.

52.Do you have good handwriting? Mediocre. It used to suck, but I grew up, I guess.

53.You don’t have to be their best friend, but who is YOUR best friend? This is an awkward question. Can I just say that I like a lot of different people?

54.What is your favorite vegetable? Something crunchy and flavourful!

55.How many brothers do you have and how chaotic is it? None. But I am pretty chaotic for a girl!

56.Does anyone in your family have black hair? Nope.

57.Do you like to dance? Yes, but I'm not so good at it!

58.Can you sing? YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

59.If you could go to one of these countries for a month, which one would you go to: Australia, China, Africa, or Europe? Um...Africa and Europe aren't countries! I'd go to Switzerland. :)

60.What is your Dad’s job? Self-employed dental technician. (NOT dentist!)

61.Do you go to work? I teach four music students.

62.Do you like Soccer or football better? Soccer. Football is weird.

63.Do you think this quiz is dumb? Kinda

64.Do you think it’s annoyingly long? Yes.

65.Which would you rather be: A waitress, a teacher, a writer, a Sports player or an Artist? I am an artist, and I am a teacher, and I like to write. I think I can write of ever being a sports player.

66.Do you prefer dark colors or light? Light, but sometimes dark colours work better. For on me, I like BRIGHT colours!

67.Which March girl from little woman are you more like? That's a hard question! Partly Jo, partly somebody else.

68.If someone asked you to play in a movie would you say yes? Not so sure. Don't think so.

69.What exactly do you want to be when your older? Music anything. Teacher, performer, etc. And a Mommy!

70.Who wants more and gets it? Odd question. No one?

71.How many pairs of shoes do you have? Several. Performance, church, day-to-day, summer, etc.

72.How many shirts do you have? No idea!

73.How many pairs of pants do you have? Maybe 8-ish?

73.How many skirts do you have? 8-ish

74.Do you sew? Yep, love to!

75.Which would you rather do: Sing a song in front of a thousand people or write a Novel and try to get it published? Sing, but it would be scary!!!!!!!!!

76.What is your favorite blog? Beautiful Grace, and The Life of CowgirlE, Babyslime

77.Do you blog? Uh, yeah.

78.Has anyone ever thrown surprise party for you? No.

79.Do you laugh a lot? I try to!

80.Have you ever cried in front of other people besides your family? OH yeah! All my teachers, (past, present, and future) friends, etc. etc.

81.Do you like to be annoying? Not particularly

82.Have you been complimented lately? Yep.

83.Have you ever built a snow fort? !!!

84.What is your favorite thing to do in the winter? Hot chocolate. Mmmmm

85.Is there a lot of shouting in your house normally? Nope!

86.How quiet-or loud- is your house right now? I am listening to Beethoven's 9!

87.Have you ever cut someone’s hair? A doll! And mine, when I was little.

88.Have you ever colored your hair? *sniff* No. Well, yeah, with food colouring. Haha!

89.Have you ever had more then 20 people at your house? Don't think so.

90.Favorite kind of toothpaste? Green Beaver!

91.Have you ever written a story? Yes!!! Funnnn!

92.Have you ever gotten anything published? Um...I don't think so, but it's all a blur. My name has been published quite a bit, though! (music)

93.What is your favorite kind of bread? Homemade, home-ground, whole-wheat.

94.Does your Mom work? Around the house.

95.Have you ever had a sleepover with more then 2 people? When I was little we had slumber parties all the time.

96.Have you ever slept in a tent? Yep! Go camp Bob!

97.Have you ever driven a tractor, or at least steered one? *sniff* nope.

98.Do you go shopping a lot? Not really. Although I spent all of Saturday afternoon shopping in little stores and thrift stores, though I never bought anything. That was actually fun!

99.Skirts, dresses or jeans? Jeans/skirts

100.Do you have a dog? 2 cuties.

101.Do you have neighbors within a 1/2 mile of your house? Unfortunately, yes.

102.Do you have a tree fort? I did when I was little at our old house.

103.Do you dry your hair after you shower? What on earth do you need a hair dryer for? We have AIR!

104.Do you eat fish? It is very un-veg.

105.Have you ever played PS2? Haha! No! (PlayStation2, Maria)

106.Have you ever ridden a horse? Yesss!

107.Do you own a horse? *sniff* no. :(

108.Do you own cows? For milk and hugs, yes. For meat: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

109.Do you like garlic? *licks lips*

110.Do you have a nickname for yourself? Chrissi

111.Do you keep a diary? Yes I do. So vital to self-wellness!

112.Are you close to your Mom? Yes. :)

113.Do you own an American girl doll? Fortunately, not.

114.Have you ever gotten lost? Yep!!!

115.What color is your toothbrush? White and blue.

116.What do you do for Christmas? Christmas eve we light candles on the tree and open one or two presents each, read the Christmas story, and eat Belegtebroetli. Christmas morning we open stockings and the rest of the presents.

117.Do you like country music? Never thought I'd say so, but YES!

118.Have you ever sung yourself to sleep? I think so. And cried myself to sleep.

119.Have you ever slapped someone? Haha...I don't think so, but maybe when I was little.

120.What is your favorite uncommon girl name? Emlyn

121.Be honest; How many times a day do you pray? Several

122.Do you, or did you ever, believe in fairies? It's 'Faeries'. And actually...yes.

123.Do you still play “Simon Says?” Only when I have to. (AWSI, assistant swim teaching)

124.What’s your favorite kind of pie? Pumpkin

125.Do you live on a farm? :*( No.

126.How many ways of growing up is there? Plenty, we are all so different!

127.How many times have you seen a movie in the theaters? Not very many.

128.What do you do to relax? Go outside.

129.Have you ever gone strawberry picking? When I was 14 I picked strawberries all summer. I now despise strawberry picking, and feel sorry for whoever had to

130.Do you believe in the “Once saved always saved?” For the truly saved, yes. Yes, yes yes!

131.Do you like getting your picture taken? Yes!

132.Have you ever won a race of any kind? Go-carts at Canada day!

133.Have you ever helped butcher a deer? Not so veg!

134.Are you afraid of anything? A bit, yes. Afraid of failing, mostly.

135.Do you like the snow? Yes, unless it interferes with plans, but generally, I love it!

136.How old are you? 16.

137.Do you wear glasses of any sort? No, not even sunglasses, usually.




I can sing!

Hello everyone!
This is a long post, but it's very heartfelt, so it should be fun to read!

I just want to share something really exciting. Well, it's not exactly a specific event or anything, but something that has become so much a part of me!


I can sing.

(So can you!)


The world of voice has opened its doors wide to me, and I am really, really, really excited! Let's begin at the very beginning, shall we? Well, when I was just 7 years old, my Mum had me go to a voice teacher to see what we could do. I was scared. I didn't want to. When the lady asked me if I wanted to sing for her, I promptly said: "NO!" I regretted it as soon as I had said it, and alway have...but it's turned out alright. :)


That year, I auditioned for children's choir. I remember singing 'Row Row Your Boat' for the audition, and how that was the one time I ever saw that director in a dress. It was pink, I believe... In any case, I waited expectantly, and when the letter came in the mail and confirmed that I was IN, I was truly thrilled. I sang in the junior choir between ages 7 and 11, and had such grand fun. I have only good memories. (Well...almost. There was this one girl...)


Overall, choir was an incredible experience. I always dreamed, as a little girl, of singing in the senior choir. When I was 11, I applied to move up to senior choir, and was accepted. For some reason at that time, I was all choired out, and felt very scared of being in a choir with teenagers (even if half of them were just 11-13) and I quit choir. That fall, I kept meeting people who were still in choir, and by Christmas, I felt a deep ache and longing to sing again. I called my director up, and asked to sing in the junior choir for just one more season. January to June, I sang in the junior choir, and during that time I turned 12 years old. I was finally ready to take the leap into senior choir.


Can you find me?


In the fall of 2004, I sang in senior choir. It was SUCH a thrill! I remember auditioning to sing a solo, and while I didn't actually sing a solo, (I sang in a quartet instead) I still remember the thrill of it, and the tremble in my voice. I remember quietly walking off the stage where Kaylee met me, hugged me, and told me how beautiful my voice was. I wasn't convinced, but it made me really happy to have done that. So yes, I sang in the quartet at my one concert with senior choir, and enjoyed it so very much. I will never forget standing there and burning a hole into the centre of Ms. P*****'s head with our eyes.


Feeling glorious and beautiful, in that incredible entity of children's choir. I will never forget the songs we sang--some stand out particularly: Winter Wind, Night Wind, One Little Candle, Jordan's Angel's, Bashana Haba'ah, and so many more. It was something that will always burn brightly within me. But the next month we moved away. I had achieved my goal of singing in senior choir, but I will never have the opportunity to go on a trip with them. It's sad, but I know there will be other chances in my future.


We moved down here, and I tried another choir, but I missed my old choir too much. The new one was (actually, still is!!!) a good choir, but it couldn't replace my choir, so I was choir-less. It was (and still is!) the only thing I truly missed from my old home. (except for my big tree...)




Last Christmastime, I lamented to Susan, (my piano teacher) about how much I missed choir and singing. She told me to check out Rosemary and her choir. So I did. Wow. First off, Rosemary is an incredible person. I will never forget my audition for this new choir. (Not a youth choir) Susan had told me that Rosemary was amazing, but I wasn't prepared. She blew my tiny mind! I remember her asking if I wanted to take lessons too, and I sort of wriggled and said "Well...no...not now I guess." It was January 10th of this year, 2008, and it began something much bigger than I could ever have dreamed. I began with the choir, and had such fun. But something was missing, and so I turned my mind back to that day when I was just 7 years old and said I didn't want to sing. I'd changed my mind. I wanted to sing! I worked it out, and realized I could do it, so I decided to buy myself "a few voice lessons." HA!


Every other week from January 25th until June sometime, I took 45 minutes and went for a lesson with Rosemary. Gah! Susan was totally right. It's been...astounding. One year ago I believed that my highest note was 2 Es above middle C. Boy was I wrong. I can now sing A WHOLE OCTAVE higher than that! Yikes! I performed with my new choir in May, and continued lessons, growing and learning so much in all of this. I have been hanging around in various vocal circles, including Rosemary's other choir, helping out with percussion and other behind-the-scenes things, which is grand fun, and you meet such interesting people!


I have been asked to sing in an incredible youth choir, which I plan to do as soon as I can get there once a week for practices, as it's a bit far. But just that I was asked; wow! Then of course, this past week I've had the opportunity to help behind-the-scenes at a local choral festival, and it has also been incredible. I don't know what other word to use! 14 different choirs, many, many amazing songs, mind-blowing voices, fabulous people, grand parties, and such fun. All because I can sing.




Now I have been given another amazing vocal opportunity. This coming Saturday, I will, along with Rosemary and several other vocal people I've met in the last year, be joining another larger choir to perform, with orchestra, the choral finale of Beethoven's ninth symphony. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wowza!


This evening I began to share some of my hard-earned vocal knowledge with my Mum, and I surprised myself with all the images, all the feelings, all the thoughts I could convey about this incredible instrument that God has placed within each body He created. I astounded myself and my Mum, actually, because honestly, I didn't know I knew that much! I'm not bragging here, please understand, I'm just excited!!! It is so fulfilling to warm up your voice, and to sing a song, and feel your entire body vibrating, and being the instrument, echoing every message that you send and conveying it to whoever may stand nearby. I don't have to remember to bring anything along, it is always there, ready, waiting, free!


The support I've had is incredible, from my Parents (who, as of tonight, are very, very excited about the whole venture, and have proclaimed that one day I will lead a choir, which yes, I do plan to sometime in the distant future) to my teachers, (*Mwah!*) to the all the random people I've met through this year because of voice. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your vocal, emotional, and moral support has been unending!


Guess what?


I CAN SING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And I don't ever plan to stop.


Ten-thousand kisses in tiny sparkling bubbles,

Sheila Christine

A nice wine.


This piece began in Oman and was put in a box of goodies for  a while.  Thanks to Jan and her Wednesday sewing group it is now finished... I think.
It has nice edges (not shown) and I actually like the piece in a portrait position (not shown).
This isn't a postcard although a small piece it is about 8" square.

Reading level

This is kind of crazy and silly!

My blog is rated as ...

blog readability test

TV Reviews

Ha! Go figure! My old blog is rated High School. :P

Sheila

Calling all Canadians 18+!


DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And...uh...don't vote conservative. Please!

Sheila

PS. I just did a random search for bloggers who say "VOTE!" and I found this post. I haven't read all of it, but I thought some of the arguments against a Harper government were interesting.... HERE

Icy river's edge


This item was made in 15 minutes using the embellisher machine.
I am impressed by how the machine allows creation of a textural surface to work into and how the back and front are very different. The back providing a more muted image.

The image reminds me of the edge of a partly frozen river, like the ones we visited at Elbow falls beaver interpretative trail.









I have included this because Al demonstrates the ability of the young to just do and not consider too deeply consequences in art. So often I find myself turning things over and over and losing the spontaneity . In this piece she showed her natural skills in colour selection and composition

Thanksgiving!


Here we are again, and it is Thanksgiving time. (Don't mean to confuse any of you US-ers, but I'm Canadian.) How on earth did that happen? Life, I suppose. But now, we are here, in the middle of autumn, giving thanks to our Creator for the beauties in life. Yes, our world is in economic crisis. Yes, Canada is a frenzy of election preparations for Tuesday, and the states is too, whenever their elections are. We are saddened by things that happen continuously, and over and over, I remember things in our past and look to our future and see dread and sadness. And yet...there is beautify, and freedom, and joy, and love, and hope. HOPE! Think of that! What a thing to be thankful for!!!


I have so much to be thankful for. A home, a family who loves me, wonderful friends (even if they do ALL live far away) incredible teachers, people who love me and hug me, 'my' tiny island, music, opportunities, turning leaves, sunshine, raindrops, pumpkins, and faith. Life! It's exciting.


I give thanks for life, for this precious gift of being able to breathe, being able to stop and feel my heartbeat, that precious life-blood flowing through my body. I give thanks for free will, for the ability to make choices that change my life forever, for the many things I have to choose from when I make those choices. Big choices, little choices. Scary choices, exciting choices. I give thanks for the wildness God put into me, for the crazy dreams that drive me forward, for the glimpses of perfection I see at every turn.


Most of all, I give thanks for the people in my life, near and far, close and not-so-close, old friends, and new friends, people I've met, people I haven't, people I just knew for a few days, and people who met me when I was tiny, family, or not.


Me and Judy in Switzerland this summer

Just to name a few... Mariah, Maria, Camille, Sadie, Lisa, Erica, Tiffany, Gracie, Caitlin, Jessica H., Melissa, Isabelle, Kathleen, Micayla, Sarah, Nadine, Jess F., Julia, Judy, Markus, David, Daniel, Teodora, Vivian, Marianne, Jen, Susan, Rosemary, my Mum, my Dad, and many other people who may not even know how much they mean to me. They may barely know me, and yet...they change me. People like; Iona, Joy, Soozie, Jen G., Josie, Sue, Evelyn, and others.

Me with Nadine in 1993


Me with Nadine in 2008

I know to most of you, they are just names. For you, it is just yet another name in and endless sea of names, and still, behind each name is a person to be thankful for. Only a few of the names live around here, and they are my parents and teachers or the people who barely know me, but somehow each those names I listed have come into my life, they have touched me in some incredible way, and I thank them for that. Everyone of them is a gift, and something to be very, very thankful for indeed.


Me with my handsome cousins: Markus, Me, Daniel, and David

Ooooh, I struggle. I struggle with being ungrateful. I spend days fighting against feeling sorry for myself because I have no one nearby who is as young as I am that I can share my heart with, and yet, when I look at these gifts that I was given, even if they were just for a short, short while, I smile

A cow, Me, and Jess F, in Switzerland

So with that huge thought and wondering, I must leave you with this final note...


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy something non-turkey-ish on my veg side. :)

Hugs,
Sheila Christine W.C.G. (Wild Crazy Girl)

Shibori mushrooms


This is the sample for a piece based on the mushrooms, I am sure there is lots more potential in this felting/shibori idea. I must buy some fabric to work with, I just used a piece I had. It was all a bit closed in with this sample and the funghi need lots more space around them.

Love the ink cap colours that just appeared. And the felted streamers of thread suggesting spores flying off from the toadstools.

Inspiration -like minded

Try Cloth, Paper, Scissors for inspiration www.clothpaperscissors.com
In this issue 20 I found wonderful work of Kathyanne White. She has a blog and website that are definitely worth a look.
www.kathyannewhite.com
www.kathyanneart.blogspot.com

Some of her work uses similar techniques to mine (amazing when you think that we worked 1000s of miles apart in isolation from each other) - see the cyclindrical lamp in my blog archive... or here is another image to make it easy.



The tube is a light - usually vertical but shown here horizontal.
It incorporates a perspex tube, printed plastic sheets and layers of dyed plastic, metal and threads. Machine and hand stitching, including staples as insertion stitches.

I intend developing this style of work using more printing on plastics.

This keep on rolling...

Hey there friends!

I know I have at least two people who are antsy about my blog, so I will try to be a bit more consistent. ;) (You flutists--GOSH!) In any case, I've been spending hours each day researching Canadian politics. Dry, but fascinating. I think I'm definitely Green, but I also am supporting NDP, because of strategic voting. I finally think I am starting to wrap my head around what politics is all about. All I have to do now is wait two years until I can vote! Let's give a big "YEAAAHHHH!!!" for youthful vibrancy in politics!

In non-political realms, I've been chillin' thinking about life, wishing I could dye a chunk of my hair bright red without everyone thinking I'm a punk and want to rule the world, but just for FUN. Oh, the crazy things we do at 16, hey? But that's just a goofy thought and isn't likely to come about just yet, I think I'll have to wait. :)

Life just keeps rolling along, it's Autumn now, and the leaves are starting to fall, and I'm trying to keep joyful about it, learning the beauties and complexities of this incredibly season of completion. I REALLY think that we shoud change the calendar and make the middle of Autumn be the end of the year, because it just makes sense. One day when I rule the world...wait...I said I wasn't going to do that! Hahahaaaa!

I have discovered that I really like the Dixie Chicks! Ha! Go to youtube and listen to 'Wide Open Spaces'. THAT is how I feel 95% of the time!

In any case, I have a bunch of practicing and essay-writing and history-studying to do, so I'm off.

If you want to see more of me online, I HIGHLY reccommend that you join Facebook and friend me. :)


HUGS!
Sheila



EDIT: PS. Maria made a good point that I just want to quickly discuss. I agree completely that that we must not forget about the "invisible kingdom which is infinitely more important" than politics. (wonderful way of putting it, Maria!) However, while we are here on earth, we need to make sure that the creation that God has put us in charge of is managed as well as possibly, making earthly politics important. It is also an important Godly responsibility to be caring for our nations. :)

I am a faerie.

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Woo!!!

Sheila Christine
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