June 30, 2015

Learning to Make Printables

I finally learned how to digitize my lettering. And might I just add, it was not too difficult...especially since I took a class called Photoshop for Lettering Artists, which I found on the Besotted blog. I can't tell you the hours I spent on YouTube, trying to figure out how to get my lettering into Photoshop and do something with it, but with this class, which is only about 30 minutes long, I was able to do it with ease.

Here is the first thing I made. It's a free 4 x 4 printable that you can download. Or you can just right click and save the image.

Have a great day!

June 08, 2015

Why We Worship God

Photo by Markuso at freedigitalphotos.net
Some people seem to think that God is on His mighty throne demanding worship, but that is not the case. God is not one to stand apart from His creation. He is a God who stoops down to be with His people. He is with us. He engages with His creation to accomplish His mission of salvation.

So how do we know that God doesn't demand worship? How do we understand the narrative of God with us? We look to Jesus. Jesus is God with us. When we see Jesus, we see who God is. We see what God wants us to know about Himself. We see how He wants us to act and to be. We see the true narrative of God, not the distorted "high and mighty" view of God.

Psalm 113
Praise the Eternal!
All of you who call yourselves the children of the Eternal, come andpraise His name.
    Lift Him high to the high place in your hearts.
At this moment, and for all the moments yet to come,
    may the Eternal’s name ascend in the hearts of His people.
At every time and in every place
    from the moment the sun rises to the moment the sun sets—
    may the name of the Eternal be high in the hearts of His people.
The Eternal is seated high above every nation.
    His glory fills the skies.
To whom should we compare the Eternal, our God?
    No one.
    From His seat, high above,
He deigns to observe the earth and her thin skies,
    stooping even to see her goings on, far beneath His feet.
He gathers up the poor from their dirt floors,
    pulls the needy from the trash heaps,
And places them among heads of state,
    seated next to the rulers of His people where they cannot be ignored.
Into the home of the childless bride,
    He sends children who are, for her, a cause of happiness beyond measure.
Praise the Eternal!

Why do we worship God? Not because He demands it, but because He has earned it. He is worthy. He brings freedom. He saves us. He is creator. He brings life. He heals. He forgives. He brings peace. He helps us in times of need. He teaches us. He loves us with an everlasting love.

He is worthy.

We come together as a body of believers to make a big deal about God because He is a BIG DEAL.

How big of a deal is He to you? 

***This post is from the notes taken from John Ketchersid's sermon on June 7, 2015.

June 01, 2015

Monday Musings From the Heart

First cucumber in the garden
I've got so much swirling in my mind these days. Some good, some bad. Some serious, some silly. So here is what is on my mind today.

  • God is good. He is. All the time. Even when I feel like things are disappointing, He is there, doing His work in the midst of disappointment. 
  • I love it when God brings visitors in to church, especially when we have so many out at various times. It is so encouraging to find others seeking Him and His community of believers.
  • The sunshine does wonders for my outlook. After weeks of rain, the sun soothes my soul and brings such hope. There's something about the light shining on all the lush green grass (from all the rain) that makes me smile.
  • I wish I could communicate my love of Jesus better. 
  • I'm so thankful for sales on Etsy. I'm shocked every time I here the etsy app go "cha-ching" (like a cash register ring). 
  • I wish my children could find places of worship that speak to their hearts and souls. It is sometimes difficult to find a place to belong.
  • I really, really love gummy bears.
  • I'm praying that this last week of school will go smoothly for me at work. There is so much to do as a secretary and PEIMS clerk, and I already feel a little very overwhelmed. 
  • I need to buy some more canvases and journals to create on. I love having money to "re-invest" in myself.
  • I want to be a light to those around me. I want to radiate His love so that others may see and hunger for Him. (I wonder if turning 50 this year has made me more introspective...I feel like time is running out and I haven't been a good steward of the mission He has given me.) Time is speeding up!

Well, there you have it. Just some musings from my heart on this Monday morning.

What is on your heart today?

May 27, 2015

The Weekend Artist...and Eater

This has been my secret name for myself lately, as playing in the art room has become my favorite place to be on the weekends. And this past weekend I had an extra day to play....and eat. Whereas I like to paint in my free time, my husband likes to cook. I LOVE that, but it sure it hard to lose weight when he grills hamburgers, torches creme brule, and stuffs jalapenos. Soooo delicious!

So here are a few good things that happened over the long weekend...

1. My husband found a 4" king size memory foam at an estate sale for only $22! My bed is so incredibly soft now. We also had to purchase new sheets to encompass the now-thicker-than-normal bed. (and it's so pretty!)

2. I planted impatiens in the flower garden right before the rains began again.

3. I finished a custom job that included staining boards and painting lettering over it. I wasn't too happy with the lettering and if I ever do something like this again, I will need to practice a lot more before I agree to do it. Yikes...

4. I purchased Photoshop and watched a ton of tutorials to teach me how to use it. It is not intuitive, for sure, but I'm determined to learn it so I can create digital art to sell. The above photo (BRAVE) is my first attempt and because I need you to be my guinea pig, I would love for you to download it and tell me if it prints okay.

You can download it HERE

5. I slept late Monday...until 9:45 am! That is almost 5 hours later than I normally sleep, so let me tell you, I felt so rested. Just what I needed.

6.  I experimented with some monoprinting on a canvas. Next time I need to make the paint more runny so that it will drip off the canvas. As it stands, it will take a month or so for the canvas to completely dry!

How did you spend your long weekend? Did you do anything fun, or did you get a chance to relax?

May 18, 2015

Being Brave...the ongoing saga

My word for the year is BRAVE and it is rather funny to me what kinds of things I consider brave. Here are a few things that have caused me to gather my courage and just "do it".

1.  Open up a bank account for my business venture. I consider this brave because it makes it real. There will be tangible evidence of whether this venture is truly profitable or not. Plus, I had to stand in line to wait...I hate crowds.

2.  Try something new for my Etsy shop. I don't know what possessed me to purchase these mini canvases. I mean really....who in the world would buy a 2x2 canvas? But they were cute and I thought I could make them look good. (Here they are in stage one, with just some paint on them.)

3. Finding a way to correct a mistake.  I totally flubbed up the writing on a journal, so I decided to cover it up with a gelli print. I thought I would just keep it, but I think I will be brave an put it in the shop.

4. Taking custom orders in the shop. It is so much easier to just put stuff in the shop and sell it. It is a whole different ballgame to do custom orders. What if I do a mock up and they don't like it? What if I can't please them? What if I am not talented enough to do what they are asking? See? It takes a ton of courage to do something that challenges your creativity.

So that is how I am being brave lately. How are you gathering up courage to be BRAVE this week?

May 15, 2015

Fun Friday Five

I love my friend, CJ's Friday posts, so I'm gonna copy her and share my favorite 5 things that happened this week.

1. The Young One came home from college today! My husband picked him up and when I got home (early) he was asleep in bed. Ahhh....college life. :)

2. I got my 3rd commissioned Etsy request. It's surreal, let me tell you!

3. I got to be twins with my sweet friend. We are SUPER!

4. Castle's season finale was Monday night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm soooo sure that Beckett will NOT run for the Senate. No way.

5. I found a new App that makes me laugh. ChatterPix. You take a picture. Draw a line for the mouth. Record yourself saying something silly. Play!  Seriously...I giggle every time I create one. So here is one I did about there being only 15 more days of school. (that was a few days ago)


So what was your favorite thing this week?

May 13, 2015

I Bought My Name

I broke down and bought my name on the world wide web. Are you shocked that it was available as a domain name? You know, as odd of a name as it is, I am not the only Sherrinda out there. When I found that out, I decided to go ahead and purchase my own domain. I can now be found as:  www.sherrinda.com

Crazy, huh? I really debated on what to buy. Just Sherrinda? Or SherrindaKetchersid? Or SherrindaKetch? (to make it easier to spell! snort!) Or how about SherrindasWordshop? (which is my etsy store) I decided to keep is simple and just go with Sherrinda. Even if someone can't spell it, hopefully google with suggest the correct me.

So why did I purchase my own domain? Well, basically, I am planning ahead for the time when my creative endeavors build to the point where I have my own ecommerce site. I can offer my own shop on my own webpage. That will be awhile, but I'm taking steps for the time when I can "handle" it....or need it....whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, I'm busy working on some custom projects. I just finished a canvas order, and now I am lettering my niece's wedding invitations. It is so much fun!

I've been slow in getting more Moleskine journals in the shop, but I've ordered more and will get to doodling on them as soon as I finish my custom projects. These are so relaxing to do. I can sit in front of the TV and just doodle away. I've also tried out a messy font with this cool drafting tool-type pen, and I love the grungy look of it.

So that's what I've been working on. How about you?

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