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in the studio :: 80’s party

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I’m going to start out with a confession to make on this fine Friday. I am terribly independent. I saw my mother recently took one of those Facebook tests. This particular one was what trait defines your daughter. Guess what came up? Independent. Now I don’t necessarily believe independence is a bad thing…except when it is. In my case, in my moments of doing something by myself and feeling stressed, God frequently asks me, “Why didn’t you ask for help?” Well, because I’m terribly independent. 🙂

Where am I going with this? Well, you see, when Jeremy and Emma G’s totally rockin’ 80’s party started at 3 pm, there was no food out and no drinks made. I was still preparing fruit kabobs, and the 7 layer dip hadn’t even been started. As I watched my friends step in and just start helping, I was reminded that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it’s remembering that it’s ok to ask these friends, this non-blood family that I’m surrounded with, for a little help sometimes. It was a beautiful start to one of the funnest (that’s not a word, is it?) parties I’ve ever thrown.

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I racked my brain (and Pinterest) to jog my memory for my menu. I forgot just how artificial food was in the 80’s! So terrible! Manwich sloppy joe’s, pizza rolls, TV dinners, Little Debbie sweets, Sunny D, they all were a part of my diet in the 80’s. I strive to deliver healthy meals to my family, so I put a homemade spin on these processed food favorites. Well, except for the cheese Doritos.

birthday menu

The sloppy joe’s were amazing! The pizza rolls were ok. I think proper won ton wrappers would have been better than the spring roll pastry I used. 7 layer dip…well, can you go wrong with that? I loved this recipe, because it called for Greek yogurt rather than sour cream. I put the chips in melted records I made. So fun! The twinkies were SO time consuming (partly the reason I wasn’t ready at 3). I didn’t even inject them with cream. They were good, but I don’t know if I’ll ever do that again. Whew! The Pacman sugar cookies were fun. I got the idea from Cut Out & Keep and used her icing recipe but stuck with my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Rainbow fruit kabobs offered a bit of a healthy option. Sunny D was freshly squeezed orange juice, and the Hawaiian Punch…oh my, so good!

pizza rolls

rainbow fruit kebabs

chips

80's icons

While the 80’s tunes played, we played Twister, the kids did tie dyed tees using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol, and a competition of Just Dance eventually ensued, but the best was seeing everyone dress up from the 80’s. Totally gnarly! Emma G’s costume might have been the best, even though I did wear a rainbow unicorn t-shirt. (I do admit that I had a unicorn poster hanging in my room during my 80’s childhood.)

gnarly dudes

80's girl band

we're like totally rad

bff's

Don’t we like totally look like some too cool for school 80’s lovers? I’m thinking about doing my hair like that everyday.

80's lovers

You can’t have a party without cake. I made lots of suggestions to Miss Emma. The ones that finally landed were rainbow swirled vanilla cupcakes and a rainbow cake with buttercream icing. So yum.

blowing out candles

rainbow cake

I just love these two and had SO MUCH fun celebrating who they are. Yay for birthdays and for beautiful people to celebrate!

birthday cats

I’m looking forward to seeing your totally gnarly creativity this week! I bet it’s going to be tubular!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Crafts creativity in the studio

in the studio :: 80’s art

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I hope your Friday is fantastic. I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of September. August and September are busy months around here celebrating birthdays and our anniversary. We’re rounding out the month celebrating my favorite red head and favorite daughter.

cassette tape

Emma G takes these parties quite seriously and is very meticulous about the planning. To give you an idea, I have to run all food ideas by her first. It makes me laugh, but I’m just as serious about party planning, so I try to go with the flow. Several weeks ago, she decided she wanted an 80’s themed party. I have no idea where this came from (she says she just thought it would be fun to have lived in the 80’s), but I’ll tell you what. I’ve had such a good time reaching into the past and grabbing a hold of memories. Neon, sweat bands, leg warmers, feathered hair, ah! Oh, and don’t even get me started on the music.

pacman

I’ll reveal more party details after it’s happened when I have fancy photos to show you. Today, I’ll show you the easy artwork that’s going to adorn our back veranda. I printed some 80’s icons and glued them to square boards using Mod Podge. Then, I did a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing. Easy peasy, and I have something fun to display.

boombox

Joshua asked me three times what the pink and purple thing was. The words “cassette tape” just didn’t compute in his mind. Well, I’m off to a weekend of party preparations!

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Africa creativity in the studio Ministry

in the studio :: royalty

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! It’s been a busy week around these parts! Last week I mentioned that our discipleship school started. It’s been great so far! We’ve also had guests visiting us from England and they were an integral part of helping us host our second ever Day of Royalty!

the bus arrives

so happy!

registration line

photo booth

Let me just tell you about Day of Royalty. It’s a day where we bring all the kids that we work with in nearby communities to our campus for a day of royal treatment. It’s a chance for them to come out of the chaos and experience some hope and peace. They were treated like kings and queens, princes and princesses. They got to jump on jumping castles and make crowns. They got to go on a treasure hunt and dress up for the photo booth. They got to just have fun and be kids for a whole day.

face painting

so cute

cuties

It’s always a lot of work but ALWAYS worth it. As you can imagine, there’s so much creativity that goes into this. From figuring out how to line up and register over 400 kids to decorating crowns and painting faces. It’s an event that takes all hands on deck which is precisely what we had. I wish you all could have been here to see it, but I pray the photos give you a glimpse of how incredible this day was!

eg

coming out of the jumping castle

reflection

group photo

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

Africa creativity in the studio Ministry

in the studio :: fresh layers

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! We started a new discipleship school here in S. Africa this week. Five students from USA and S. Africa have come together for five months to deepen their relationship with God and be a part of His heart for orphans and vulnerable children. Jeremy and I are leading this school which is super exciting because, I LOVE these schools. Just look at the crazy bunch we have to work with over the next five months!

DTS 2014

One of the cool things about this school is that we are incorporating LOTS of creativity. I believe creativity is so vital. It helps us process difficult things. It helps us articulate when there are no words. There’s a freedom that happens when we let go and CREATE.

new wineskins

We started with 4 blank canvases. They’re fresh starts. The beginning. They’re new wineskins as it says in Matthew 9:17. Over the next five months we will fill these blank canvases with layers and layers of the new wine, the change, that God will be doing in us. I can’t wait to see the masterpiece that is going to emerge!

the start of something beautiful

painting

first day

The thing I absolutely love about the creative process is that there’s a freedom that happens when we push through the insecurities to create. It’s so incredibly beautiful.

Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

creativity in the studio

in the studio :: studiojru week

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! I’m feeling blue today, not because I’m sad but because I’m absolutely in love with the BLUE cross coming out of Studio JRU’s place! Check it out! Isn’t it fabulous?

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i have been working on a new cross and just finished it up recently!
this already has a few layers on it, but still working on it. more layers yet to come.

BluePaintedCrossStudioJRU

and here is the finished cross after the additional layers. i use watercolor in one layer and it just makes such a difference. it really brings out certain colors and changes the entire look!

ListenPaintedWoodenCrossStudioJRU

here is a close up of my lettering.

ListenCrossCloseUpStudioJRUart

so happy to share with you here in the studio today! looking forward to taking a peek into what you have been working on lately!

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Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!