I love to think that the day you’re born,
you’re given the world as a birthday present.
The past has floated away like fluff on a dandelion as the prairie winds blow across the old abandoned yard. The young girl’s grandmother has long since passed away, but the old house from her childhood still stands as if to be a testament to her very existence.
The skeleton of a house is what remains, but in the mind are memories… laughter, tears, struggle and joy are carried by the wind as it flows through the empty windows. Heat radiating from the wood burning stove, smells of fresh baked bread permeating the air, the cluck of chickens in the coop to the sound of chicken sizzling as it fries in the old cast iron skillet…
Shout out to the wonderful custom artistry of Leon Kaiser of Kaiser Kreations hidden away near the historic Gateway to the West – Gary, South Dakota. Thank you, Kaiser Kreations! You are a gifted artist and we appreciate your talents.
This piece of metal art is 12″ X 12″ of 1/8 inch metal and will hang on our wall along with our enlarged photos from this adventure.The lines make up the scallop shell which is the symbol of the Camino de Santiago, a backpacking pilgrimage across northern Spain dating back to the Middle Ages. I asked Leon to also include three crosses to symbolize our Christian faith. The words at the bottom are the common greeting among hikers along the Camino de Santiago and means good path or good journey.
This 500 mile walking pilgrimage allows for unique life experiences while exploring history and culture and has become a personal favorite experience for us.
Take a peek at their designs at Kaiser Kreations on Facebook. (Click on link)
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. ~ I Peter 4:10
…and not the kind you drink!
Started with acrylic paint on a ceramic tile. Let dry. Paint another color on tile with a 50/50 paint to water mix.
Flicks of 91% rubbing alcohol to create bubble effects. Let dry.
Repeat process with another color mixed 50/50 and splatter rubbing alcohol on this layer.
Sprinkle large glitter on paint while still wet. Let dry and spray with acrylic clear spray.
Photograph the results with different angles and lighting.
Young children spend much of their time in the land of make believe, but imagination is not reserved only for children’s play. Adults constantly use their imagination to help them invent new things, visualize, solve problems, enjoy a book or movie and think creatively. No wonder Albert Einstein felt that “imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Imagination is a cognitive skill that is used throughout life and not reserved only for children. Why do you suppose the popular ad, Calgon take me away, has been so effective?
Keeping our imagination sharp is a highly useful tool in creative thinking and problem solving. Unfortunately, we do lose some of our playful curiosity and imagination as we mature. A study involving 350 children showed that kids’ natural tendency to daydream and wonder declines sharply around 4th grade. ~ Psych Info That is about the age peer acceptance becomes increasingly important to a child. We begin to worry about being “dumb” or saying/doing something wrong, as perceived by others. We are also constantly reminded to “pay attention.”
Einstein, who said we need to be child-like to be creative, also said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” How true…
Now, excuse me as I go off to dream of faraway lands filled with adventure and intrigue .