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August 2013

Wherever You Go, Take Your Universe With You

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I realize that many people probably don’t like that I write poetry, do crafts, and post pretty pictures on the same page where I tweet about my anger at our liberal government for its attacks on life, freedom, religion, and innocence.  You know, it’s all about branding ourselves, and we wouldn’t want to break our naive beliefs that we are all perfectly in line with the values and beliefs of everyone we know and every passerby on the street.   I  have been tempted to start separating into several more focused blogs because it is not my intent to offend anyone with my beliefs, plus I have a gazillion different interests.  Yet, I shall stay Perfectly Messy.  It exactly sums up the stage of human development we are in.  We have put ourselves out here on social media, mostly with much self-control and selective self-promotion, while unwittingly creating the opposite effect.  We are losing control of what we expose of ourselves.  It is scary yes.  Will we use this amazing awareness of each other to advance our human experience, or just hide in fear?  Will we pretend that if we avoid Facebook our sheltered worlds won’t change?  Will we see the beauty of our vast wholeness while respecting the vast diversity inside and all around each of us?  Will we be made more whole by overcoming the attacks on life, freedom, religion,  and innocence?

Christians take communion to be reminded of Jesus’s promise that we are one in his body.  This means we should stop looking for him in far off places.  He is everywhere inside and all around us.  We could literally be a spark in his very eye.

Have you ever heard this old story?

A Zen master said to a monk, “You must see the universe in your cup.”  The monk looked into his cup, but didn’t see the universe, so he threw the cup away.  The Zen master said, “Oh, poor cup.  We think the cup is too small to hold the universe.  Intellectually, we can’t see how it could fit.  But wherever we go, the whole universe always appears–in a cup, a window, in a smile, in a word.”

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Stuck on Happy with Duct Dynasty

Hey!  Uncle Si and Phil’s grandkids would love the duct tape creativity at our house!  Clean and simple fun for the whole family . . .

Check out the cool binder my daughter and granddaughter made by simply recovering an old ugly one.  Wouldn’t this be a fun project for school/scout/church groups to do for back-to-school?  You could ask businesses to donate old binders, folders, etc.  Then simply set up tables in a large room loaded with donated duct tape, stickers, and Sharpie markers (along with skilled helpers, of course), and invite kids to come and make their own amazing looks.

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We have also found a fun way to use duct tape scraps. Simply stick them onto a piece of lightweight cardboard.  You can then cut into fun shapes.  Be sure to save the leftover silhouette for some other creative moment.

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You can also keep adding scraps until you end up with an interesting collage.  Just have fun with it and don’t worry about the wrinkles.   This is the collage I used to make some birthday cards for my grandsons.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little star-spangled glitz.

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Pretty cool,  huh?  Perfectly messy and funky.

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As an excuse for my laziness, I carried the theme through on the inside of the cards.  Cuz any granny could give cards with boring old typed-up messages.

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Here are a couple of sites you might like for more inspiration:

Would love to hear about your own duct tape creations!  In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on a little relaxing TV time with the Robertson’s.  And I’ll be wondering:

Will my creations inspire Jase to duct tape Willie’s office?

Will Korie and Missy use duct tape to brighten up Martin’s bachelor pad?

Will Uncle Si finally make a duct tape shoulder bag for his beloved Tupperware cup?

Hey!  If it quacks like duct tape you can bet your whistle it will make everybody happy happy happy.

Seriously though, wouldn’t all those beards get stuck in the tape?  Ouch.  Could The Robertson Men meet the challenge?

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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