Signs & Wonders workshop for Strongsville’s Angel House

signswondersminiI’m thrilled to say I’m going to be giving my “Signs & Wonders” workshop for Angel House in Strongsville, OH.

July 20  & August  17
7:00 – 9:00pm
at Angel House in Strongsville
$20 – call 440-846-1789 to register

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

“Is God trying to tell me something?”
Oh, yes! ALL THE TIME!

Through lecture, journaling and discussion, this class teaches to answer the question, “How does God speak to you?”
We were created as individuals, so God reaches out to each of us in unique ways. Learn to open your mind, eyes and ears to better understand God’s answers back to your prayers. Learn to discern God’s voice apart from your own ego as well.

Inspired by:
Divine Guidance by Doreen Virtue, PHD
and Signs and Wonders by Albert Gaulden.

TESTIMONIES:

“I left the workshop feeling renewed
and rejuvenated.”
– Rebecca Starnes, NC

“Signs and Wonders… helped prepare and
open the heart and mind for great expectations.”
– Faye Hobbs, NC

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My Memento Beads from CraftTestDummies Workshop – NC Artist’s Way Retreat

Memento BeadsI really enjoyed making my Memento Bead necklace and earrings at Jenny Barnett Rohrs’ (CraftTestDummies) workshop. This was at my Artist’s Way Women’s Retreat in North Carolina this past May. A wonderful experience! I love coming back from a weekend like that with at least one handmade memento as a souvenir of our time together.

We were supposed to bring dried flowers (flowers of symbolic or real importance) to crumble and mix into the clay. I brought dandelions picked by my daughter in memory of not only my little girl who LOVES dandelions, but also of my beloved Aunt Wendy who was famous in the family for making and drinking dandelion tea. I also used some of my mom’s rose petals she brought from her own garden (my daughter’s name is Rose, so they had even more significance).

I was thrilled to have enough clay to make beads to fill a necklace as well as two pairs of earrings and I used the leftover two beads to make a little pendant. This was my first attempt at making jewelry.

A couple weeks later I finally cashed in my Michael’s gift card and got some jewelry-making supplies to finish off some old projects I plan to post next. I’m pretty happy – and excited – with the results!

My Murray Hill Art Walk

2008 - Monk, Green Gown

2008 - Monk, Green Gown - by Mark Yasenchak

This week I surprised myself by actually enjoying a couple hours of walking about Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio. I never make time to go visit local galleries, but just happened to find myself going through the area one day this week and decided to stop at Presti’s bakery (an old friend from the college days). I enjoyed a meat stromboli, a bottle of Arizona iced tea, and of course a chocolate-filled croissant (can’t go to Presti’s without getting a pastry).

I sat outside Presti’s, enjoying the comfortable, sunny June day and wrote nearly four pages in my journal – the first time opening my journal to write for months. Ahhh… it was great.

When the shops finally opened, I began my own Murray Hill art walk. I always seem to miss the official Murray Hill Art Walk that happens every year near the beginning of June. This was my time to catch up on the local galleries.

I first visited a great little boutique called Xen Gift Gallery. The items in the window called to me, and I spent a good amount of time in there, gathering inspiration for  jewelry-making, and took home a few little souvenirs (I’m just helping out the economy, okay?).

Next I entered the Brian Jones Gallery and spent a good amount of time talking to the man in there. For some reason I was drawn to the ceramic pieces the most.

Another place I visited (stumbled upon) was Juma Gallery where I fell in love with some ceramic work by Mark Yasenchak. I especially loved his “Monk” series – I fell in love with one in particular and had to put a bit of money down on it as layaway. Yeah, I’m poor, but oh well… I just had to have it. The piece was so calming – and I felt very inspired by the colors and patterns of the piece – I’ll probably use it as inspiration for some polymer clay work I want to do.

I came away from Murray Hill, Little Italy feeling very excited and wanting to get my hands messy with clay. As soon as I got home, I scratched out some ideas on loose paper so I wouldn’t forget what I felt inspired to make. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to post my own work to show, here.

NC Artist’s Way Women’s Retreat at Lake Logan

My first “Create-A-Way” Artist’s Way Women’s Retreat in North Carolina took place May 29-31 at Lake Logan Episcopal Center.

It was such a wonderful experience (and I was the one organizing it!). I met some wonderful new people there. Lake Logan is certainly a place where God’s magic thrives. It is also a place where butterflies strive – I particularly enjoyed meeting the Red-Spotted Purple butterflies (which are actually blueish). They were fluttering all over the place. The butterfly has particular significance for me, as I have undergone extreme changes in my life over the past year.

Combining the ever-present butterflies and the religious/spiritual nature of Lake Logan Center, I knew I had chosen the perfect environment for our little retreat. We only had a group of fourteen women altogether, but it made for a comfortable group. Words really can’t express how meaningful the weekend was to me (dare I try?). Having my best friends from NC as well as my mom and sister present was of great personal joy. A dream come true, really.

We had a campfire the very first night (Friday) and it sure was fun. And I HAD to bring marshmallows!

I’ll surely post more details later, but could not let another day go by without posting something about this special event!

Thank you, God, for allowing it all to happen!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our weekend together!

Signs and Wonders – Spiritual Workshop for Create-A-Way!

LOVE = LIGHT= GOD

LOVE = LIGHT= GOD

At my Create-A-Way Retreat I also had conducted my first workshop, “Signs and Wonders,” which I also plan to conduct for Angel House in Strongsville, Ohio. I had such a great group for my workshop – it was wonderful! I even met a new woman, Faith, who I was thrilled to have in my workshop. I could not have asked for a more wonderful group of women to have in my workshop!

The workshop was originally supposed to be based on the book: Signs and Wonders by Albert Gaulden, but then I started reading another book which went even more into depth: Divine Guidance by Doreen Virtue. Both books were invaluable to me not only for the workshop, but also personally. I’ve striven for years to figure out how to explain to people “how I know I know” when I know God’s voice is leading me somewhere. Both these books do just that.

Signs and Wonders explains the different ways God speaks to us (which he calls “the new language”). Divine Guidance goes more into depth about our own personal connections with God (and His angels) and how he uses our own individual characteristics to channel messages to us. I encourage anyone to read both books. They are both very interesting, and to me they were highly inspirational.

I’m hoping to spread this workshop around – perhaps offering it to different churches around me as well.