Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Time to be real

This is going to be a little bit different blog post. In this blog post, I will not only share about something I have created, but I am going to share me. In the 40 some years I have been on this earth, I have dealt with depression a few times. 


This year is one of those times. I don't feel like I did after having two babies in 19 months. I don't feel like I did when I unexpectedly lost my father, on his birthday. There was no major thing that has pushed me into this state of numbness. 



In truth, 2013 has had a lot of little things strung together. In a way, this is so much worse. In the past, I could deal with my feelings about a singular incident and eventually come out a better person. This time, I feel like I am trying to walk up a gravel mountain. Each time I think I have figured out how to walk up this slippery slope, something happens and I slide back down. 


What makes this time worse too, is who I am now. I am a strong, confident, happily married, Christian woman. How can someone like that, feel like their life is contained in a thick pea soup fog that she can not get out of? How can she sit in a church worship service, every Sunday, and hear her beloved minister and think he is speaking a foreign language? The truth is - I don't know. 








All I do know, is this is where my head is currently located. I know some of you have never dealt with depression, and your thought will be - just be happy.


I wish it was that easy!!



So why do i share all this?

I do it for two reasons. One, I believe the only way to live my life is to be open and honest. I would hate for someone to think i don't like them or that they have done something wrong because I am not acting the same way toward them. It is lame, but the truth really is - It is me, not you.

The second reason I share all of this, is to hopefully help someone else. I do not have a magic remedy that will remove this cloud from my life. I believe with all my heart that God walks with me on this path. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing anyone else says or does will make the fog clear any sooner. So, when this is meant to clear, it will. Until then, I will paint and create. Someday's will be easier than others. But there will absolutely come a day when I make it through the day without crying, when I paint a picture slightly cheerier than the day before, and when I stop slipping in the gravel and life starts to make sense. 

I hope and pray for everyone dealing with this issue.
Know that you are loved AND that you do not walk this walk alone. 





The painting I am sharing today was actually painted right AFTER I wrote up this post. It was my creative version of the way the inside of my brain and emotions seem right now. I used some fabulous Artistcellar stencils and assorted Gloss acrylic paints by Deco Arts.

I call it "Chaotic But Real". 
Hugs - Lori

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lori's Gelli Plate sale

Hello Artistic pals!!! Time for a sale!!!

Today I want to do a quick post on the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates!!




All the girls on the Genuinely Jane Studios Design Team have been asked to write a post about one product that is carried in the GJS retail shop and I chose the Gelli Plate.

I actually do not own one yet, but I just ordered one and it will be on it's way SOON. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

The Gelli Plates are one of the hottest and newest craft tools out right now. I have absolutely LOVED seeing the fabulous designs people have come up with.

Genuinely Jane currently has the 8 x 10 plate in stock for a fabulous price. You can find it here:

http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com/retail-store/terrific-tools

There are gobs of things that you can do with a Gelli Plate. The best spot I have found for ideas is the Gelli Arts blog.

http://gelliarts.blogspot.com/

If you are excited like me about this HOT new product and want to purchase one, then you are in luck!!! Since I chose the Gelli Plate as my GJS product to feature today, you get a 30% discount form Genuinely Jane Studios. In fact, the entire Design Team has picked products to feature and Susan is giving you a discount on ALL of them.

Watch the GJS blog for a full list of products that will be on sale and the Design Team member that will be featuring them on their blog.

http://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com/genuinelyblog/

Happy shopping!!!
Lori

Monday, June 3, 2013

Genuinely Jane Studios and Creative Inspirations Paints Blog Hop

Welcome to the Genuinely Jane Stuios(GJS)/Creative Inspirations Paint(CIP) Blog Hop! If you came from the Creative Inspiration's blog then you are in the right place. If not, and you would like to start at the beginning, please head over to the Creative Inspirations Paint Blog Here

Before we get to the good stuff, let me give you a little info on each of these two awesome companies: 

Genuinely Jane Studios manufactures small and medium size wood mini-albums for mixed media, scrapbooking and altered art in many shapes and sizes. All of the albums are hand made right on site in their Central Missouri facility. In addition to their albums, they also carry other art supplies in their online store. 

Creative Inspirations Paint, our other company in this team up manufactures non-toxic, water based, translucent, shimmery paint that can be used for scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, altered art and more. They also carry embossing powders, glitter and UV resin. Using the paints is as simple as "Shake, Open and Play!" The paints are some of the most vivid you will find on the market and made in Washington State. 

All of the designers from both teams have joined together to show you what can be created using the albums and paint! Be sure to check both the Genuinely Jane Studios and Creative Inspirations Paint websites to see all of the wonderful products! 

Here is a look at the project I made with a fabulous Genuinely Jane Studios Square with Fish cut out Album.



This fabulously cute little album is
now a belated birthday card for my wonderful Niece.

Here are pictures of the products I used on each page:




Missing from this picture is Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

Missing from the picture is Creative Inspirations Blush Paint

Like what you see? Well, guess what? There are a couple of great prizes being given away at the end of this hop by both companies! 

GJS - Gift Certificate for Wood Albums valued at $25
CIP - 

How to Win: Leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop which are listed below... 


For an additional entry, Like each of the companies Facebook pages!! While you are there, say hi! 

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