Winter Storm 2014

Our recent weather has caused statewide power outages and a huge mess to clean up! Anytime we have winter weather in the South it wreaks havoc!   I have been reading the post on all the social networks. Most of them are lamenting over the loss out of power! We can become a little grumpy when our luxuries of life are taken away. I am sure that there are a lot worse things than just losing power for a few days! Although you would think it is the end of the world for some!  I happen to live in the country and without power you cannot run the pump for water.  That means, no drinking water and no shower! ACK!!  We have to really prepare ahead when we have a prediction of moments like these and we did!

I was reading my devotion, and God is always on time with the message that we need to hear. As I read my devotion today, it says “Thank me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting impatiently to be active again.”  AH Ha moment!  In our world today, with all of the technology and social media it is really challenging to take the time and just be still.  No distractions.  While we were only out of power for a short amount of time, the inconvenience of our luxuries gave my family time to actually talk to each and play card games! It is sometime hard to fit those moments into our life, because the distractions of the world tend to draw us away.   I think God allows these times so that we will slow down and just take everything in. 

I know it is challenging for us to deal with the inconvenience of no power, but really, is it an inconvenience?  Or is it God trying to show us what is really important?  I hope that you will take time to enjoy these quiet hours and not wish them away waiting impatiently to get back into the rat race again!

Now I have a lot of yard work to do!

Until next time-Carmen b. 

Forging Ahead in 2014!

Well hello my long lost blog!  It has been quite awhile since my last post!  I survived the Christmas rush once again without losing my mind…Oh wait…My mind…I lost that a long time ago!  :0) Having two children, managing a local and online shop and taking online classes is enough to cause anyone to lose their mind!  

 I am so glad that we are back into our routine from the Holidays!  Routine is good! As you can see I have been very busy. That is why I have been distant from my blog.  I did want to post something to let you all know what I have been up to and that I am still in existence!

In a previous blog post I have told you about my change of direction with my art. With that change comes the need to learn more information. Advance or Die, right?! I love the adventure of learning new stuff. Especially if it involves a gadget! I am a gadget nut!  I know that gaining more knowledge about the graphic software that I use is necessary.  I have worked in Photoshop for over three years editing and manipulating the art that goes on products that I sell. I am very proficient with that program.  I have the Adobe Creative Suite, and I am now taking the time to really explore it.  Since I have it, I need to utilize it to its full potential.   I just recently finished learning the Illustrator program for vector based art. I absolutely love it. Very different from a traditional drawing style, however I can see it being a very useful tool.  I cannot wait to develop a style with it! I still have so much to learn, since my art has been mostly done in traditional mediums. I can see where I will be using both programs interchangeably to accomplish what I am looking for.

Hope you all had a Happy New Year!  Here’s to a New Year and New Knowledge!
Until next time!- Carmen b.