Ships Ahoy

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” Hebrews 6:19a

As I get into the swing of school again and as the work load begins to build I take comfort in knowing my hope is found in Christ.  The verse above is our hall’s theme this year.  Our entire hall is decorated in anchors, compasses, and sea gulls, among other nautical decorations.  Hope is a word I am holding on to this school year.  Last year I had a rough year.  Life threw me into a bunch of situations I didn’t foresee and wasn’t prepared for.  Although it was a time of growth both personal and spiritual, it was also a time of struggle.  This year is a new beginning for me.  It is a time to reflect and look back at God’s faithfulness during my difficult times last year.  But it is also a time to move forward and enjoy the beautiful things God has gifted me with this year.  He is faithful and good all the time.  I have this hope, this expectation and yearning, to see Christ in me, to behold the things he has in store for me this year.

Coincidentally, before I knew anything about our hall’s nautical theme, the last week of summer I took on a little screen printing project that involved an anchor.  Below are the images from that project.

Using the screen to create the image.

Using the screen to create the image.

Me holding the screen for the sweatshirt!

Getting a little messy!

The sweatshirt!

The sweatshirt!

The final product!

The final product!

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Feathers, feathers, feathers

Feathers seem to be very “in” right now.  I have seen a lot of feather themes lately, both in real life and trending on Pinterest.  From feather tattoos to feather accessories, they seem to be everywhere. I have to admit, something about feathers just draws me in. I think in my mind I associate feathers with freedom, like a caged bird set free.  They bring to mind the freedom I have found in Christ. Today I was walking back from the cafeteria when I stumbled upon a tiny polka dotted feather. I picked it up and took it home. It’s now residing on the front of the door to my room. It serves as a simple reminder of the freedom I have been given… “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; so keep standing firm, do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery!” Galatians 5:1

Recently I crafted using feathers. I saw a picture of painted feathers online and decided I wanted to do something similar.  The pictures below tell the story of that endeavor.  Enjoy!
Feathers before they were painted.

Feathers before they were painted.

Winnie trying to take credit for my artistic endeavors.

Winnie trying to take credit for my artistic endeavors.

Painted feathers!

Painted feathers!

Writing on cardboard.

Writing on cardboard.

Completed project! Which will make a lovely gift for a dear friend.

Completed project! Which will make a lovely gift for a dear friend.

Have a great evening friends!