Colorful Journey · Inspirational Thoughts

Swatching Colors is Satisfying, Snowstorm, and Masks

This week I’ve been busy with swatching all my coloring tools into a new book. Why? Because the book I was using has been revised and is in a larger size edition. It is so much nicer and has great space for adding color pallettes and blends. And, I will admit, I’ve always been good at organizing in past worklife and still love to organize! Plus, it is just plain easy on the brain and satisfying to swatch colors. LOL!

I received a new text letting me know that I’m still on the registration list for my COVID vaccine. Still no idea when I’ll be able to schedule an appointment, but I don’t mind waiting. As I write this blog, my cat Wilbur is loudly meowing right at my shoulder, so I am going to have to take a break and feed him and his brother.

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Okay, I’m back! Naptime for the cats, so I should be able to finish without interruptions.

We had a snowstorm on Saturday night that put us at a level 2 snow emergency because of the bad roads and church was cancelled. I’m so grateful that I’m able to watch church online when I need to! But I miss the outing. Staying homebound on Sunday, which is the one day I can count on getting out of the house, seeing family, and having lunch with my best friend, made it difficult today. Seems like I haven’t seen anyone’s face or spoken to a human being in too long! Though I don’t mind entertaining myself most days, knowing I have Sunday makes it much easier. Sigh. Hard to believe it has been almost a year since our lives changed so drastically and face masks became normal attire.

Speaking of face masks, how many of you are wearing the disposable masks and how many of you have purchased more fashionable masks? I admit I purchased two pretty black masks with blue flowers and blue butterflies. They are much softer than the disposable ones so they don’t scratch my face. When this first happened, I remember saying the clothing industry would not miss the opportunity to offer outfits with matching masks. Yep, I’ve seen that! Some of my more talented sewing friends have made a nice business out of making masks for people.

Lately, I’ve spent more time praying for our country, and for relief from the rising crime rates which is making life even more difficult for struggling business owners and individuals. Sometimes I fear I might become a real hermit staying away from the danger outside my door. I’m sure many, especially elderly, people feel the same.

But, enough about the negatives. Overall, life is beautiful. I’m thankful for every day and for knowing that God has a better plan for me and for all who have chosen salvation. This home is only temporary. He says we will have pain and struggles on this earth, but not to worry because He has overcome the world. I hope you believe His Word and that you trust Him as I do.

And, now, for the reveal of the pictures I’ve colored this past week.

Book: Colouring Heaven Sarah Kay Collection

I love this book with the cute children reminiscent of an earlier time. This litle girl with her teddy bear just called to me to color her.

Book: Spellbinding Images
Illustrated by: Nikki Burnette

I’ve had this coloring book for almost two years. I’d forgotten about it and pulled it from the shelf to discover I had only a couple of pictures to color to finish the entire book! I will be so happy to see some finished books on my shelf by the end of this year, God willing.

Book Rose Windows
Illustrated by Joel S. Avren (Creative Haven publisher)

I grabbed two blue tone markers the other evening while watching television, and colored this mandala. It is really vibrant but I’m not sure it shows up as bright in the picture. I love coloring these with markers. They are quick and fun.

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrator: Selena Fenech

This picture is the one chosen for my two daughters and I to color this month. I used markers for this version and pastel pencils on the one below.

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrator: Selena Fenech

I’m still working on learning how to use these pastel pencils to color pictures. I love how they lay down but I need to add more layers to get more vibrant colors. I’ll keep practicing!

Book: Fairy Companions
Illustrated by: Selena Fenech

This picture was colored in December by me and my daughters, but since there are two copies in the book, I decided this morning to color the second one use pencils. The one for December I finished in markers. My goal is to complete the book by using markers on the first set of pictures, and pencils on the second set.

And that is all the coloring I completed this past week. I hope you all have a wonderful week and stay healthy and safe. Until next time, may God bless you and yours!