Still here…busy…busy…

Hi everyone!

It's been a busy year so far!  School is going "okay."  My last class for the term is going to be algebra…I am not excited…

I also completed filming videos for the two doll classes I'm co-teaching with Monica at Hands and Heart…the students have been so wonderful and it's been exciting to see what they do with the techniques we teach them!  One of my students has now flown the nest…she is planning to design her own dolls!  And that's what it's really all about…learning…teaching…sharing…I've been trying to "give back" some of the gift that art has given me by teaching others and I'm loving it (even though I was really really nervous!)!

I've always loved being the "teacher," from playing school when I was a child to teaching Sunday School and women's Bible studies…and seven years ago this month I was in India teaching in remote villages at four women's conferences.  I don't think anything will ever come close to that experience!  The heat, the humidity…OMG…I wrongly assumed that arriving around the 18th of March would be a comfortable time to be there…I couldn't have been more wrong!  It was the height of the hot season…I don't do hot very well, but the Lord was gracious and He got me through it…it was a small price to pay for the experience and the opportunity to be a witness for Christ and to share with the poorest of poor. 

I found the food to be outstanding and I enjoyed it very much!  We were instructed to dress in traditional clothing, so I enjoyed a fun shopping experience!  That included being custom fit for saris…the textiles and colors were beyond inspirational!  But truly the best part of the trip…interacting with the people and being able to pray and worship with them.  I still think of them often…friendships came easy and I found everyone we encountered to be warm and friendly.  It was difficult to leave…there is so much need there, especially for the homeless children…they're called orphans, but often it's not because their parents are deceased but rather the parents can't afford to care for them so they're turned out on the streets to fend for themselves…it's very sad…

This is one of the art quilts I completed for the Mixed Media Quilted Art Doll workshop…the class is still open and I share several techniques that are suitable for many mixed media projects! 

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As always, thank you so much for stopping by today!  It means a lot to me!

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Hugs and Toodles!!!

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