Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pedro the Sheep


Pedro the Sheep
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

He's shy and it's really hard for me to get a picture of him. He was hiding behind a wire fence that I airbrushed out. I forgot one part in the hay on the ground to the left.

I can hardly wait to shear him. Look at all that fluffy wool!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snowy Sunset through the Aspens 12/18/08


Snowy Sunset through the Aspens 12/18/08
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

No global warming here. :) We've had days and days of below freezing temps and just at sunset tonight, a storm blew through. The sun managed to break open a bit of sky space for it's sunset, though. Saturday's projected high is 5 degrees with a lot more snow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Lady of Shalott Tapestry Weaver

Years ago, when I was just barely 20 or so, I came across a poster print of "The Lady of Shalott" by John William Waterhouse 1888. I just loved it and displayed it prominently where-ever I've moved. I still love the melancholy, rich toned painting. I decided to research it a bit recently and found even more reasons to love it, as well as some other paintings by Waterhouse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_of_Shalott_(painting) I was fascinated to find the Arthurian legend this was based on involved a woman weaving a tapesty which is featured in both paintings.

As a young teenager, I devoured books of Arthurian Legends. "The Crystal Cave" by Mary Stewart 1970 and "The Hollow Hills" also by Mary Stewart told from the viewpoint of Myrddin Emrys also known as Merlin. So, I was surprised to find that The Lady of Shalott was inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, written in 1832, and based on Arthurian Legends. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_of_Shalott

In my study of the Bible, I've also been surprised to find links to Arthur of ancient times, the Knights of the Round Table, and The Quest for the Holy Grail. "Traditions of Glastonbury" is a very interesting video and book on the subject written by E. Raymond Capt a Biblical Archeologist. This work also elaborates on Jesus' "missing years". http://www.geocities.com/regkeith/rkeith5b.htm

If The Stone of Scone, also known as The Coronation Stone and The Stone of Destiny that literally every king and queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland have been coronated over to this present day, and its FULL history is understood, then it is not too difficult to understand how all these topics intertwine in harmony. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_of_Scone

Could it be that those rings were how the Israelites carried that Stone, or "pillar" of Jacob for 40 years? Could that crack be where Moses struck the Stone, The Rock and precious Life Giving Water flowed out? Is there yet unfulfilled prophesy regarding this Stone?

Eze 21:27
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come Whose right it is; and I will give it Him.

If you follow the link on The Stone of Scone, you will see that The Stone has been overturned, overturned, and overturned and now resides in Scotland again.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My husband is okay Thank God

My husband was just in a 3 car accident. Apparently, there was something in the north bound lanes that caused a north bound car to swerve into the south bound lanes and hit the truck that was in front of my husband's car. The first collision caused the formerly northbound car to spin around a couple of times, still heading into the oncoming traffic. They hit my husband's car next despite his slowing and trying to avoid the scene. His car was totaled. Everyone in the first north bound car came out without injury. My husband has bruising and a bloody nose. But, the man who was driving the truck southbound and was hit first, died. He was not wearing a seatbelt. There were two other people in his truck with him that are hospitalized and should be okay according to the police.

The initial terror I felt when my husband called and told me he was in a 3 car accident, was replaced by relief and gratitude to God to hear he had minimal injuries. But, that has been replaced by grief for that poor man and his two passengers and their families. That man was in his own lane when a car just crossed over and hit him. I ask all of you who pray, please pray for this man's family and friends at this time of sudden shock and loss. He is with our Father now, but I can only imagine the grief and shock for those still here as they deal with this unexpected event. Also, please pray for his passengers to be healed and comforted. My heart goes out to them.

Oh, Lord. I just saw the story on the 10:00 news. The first driver that swerved to avoid an object in the dark road is 16. Please keep him and his family also in your prayers. http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/dec/06/one-dead-six-hurt-in-head-on-wreck/

Deer in Morning Snow Storm


Deer in Morning Snow Storm
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I captured these poor deer on film this morning after they had been hiding in our trees for shelter from our snow storm. They look so cold. Check out the antlers on that young buck.

There were at least 20 spread out down the hill to the left. Our llamas are inside that shelter on the right, watching the deer.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Merry Christmas! another card


Merry Christmas! another card
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

In Luke chapter one, Jesus' birthday can be determined if the "course of Abia" is understood. The Levitical priests split up their times of duties in the Temple into specific times for each course. The course of Abia was 06/13-06/19 and the weekly Sabbath. More information on the priests' courses can be found here "(note that Abia is also spelled Abijah) biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm


Once the dates of the course of Abia are understood, we can determine the date of conception for John the Baptist. He was six months in the womb the day Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. (Luke 1:26) She went "with haste" to her Elisabeth where John the Baptist was six months in her womb and leapt at the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb.

So, December 25th we celebrate the day God gave us His only begotten Son. Jesus was conceived and God truly began to dwell with man on earth.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

God is good and God keeps His promises.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

In Luke chapter one, Jesus' birthday can be determined if the "course of Abia" is understood. The Levitical priests split up their times of duties in the Temple into specific times for each course. The course of Abia was 06/13-06/19 and the weekly Sabbath. More information on the priests' courses can be found here "(note that Abia is also spelled Abijah). http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm


Once the dates of the course of Abia are understood, we can determine the date of conception for John the Baptist. He was six months in the womb the day Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. (Luke 1:26) She went "with haste" to her Elisabeth where John the Baptist was six months in her womb and leapt at the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb.

So, December 25th we celebrate the day God gave us His only begotten Son. Jesus was conceived and God truly began to dwell with man on earth.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

God is good and God keeps His promises.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Planned Parenthood covers up sexual abuse




Indiana Planned Parenthood Covers Up Sexual Abuse of 13-year Old - video powered by Metacafe

Handmade Venues Traffic Rankings

I just found this fantastic list of so many handmade selling sites and their traffic rankings. I had to share. http://shinyadornments.com/wordpress Thank you Kristy! All this work you've done and the information you've shared is fantastic.

Check out http://artfire.com which hasn't even officially opened yet! They have extensive marketing plans and plan on featuring artists, unlike other handmade sites who focus on gathering more and more shops exclusively, which drowns out loyal shops

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Venus, Jupiter and the Sliver Moon December 2008


Venus, Jupiter and the Sliver Moon December 2008
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I played with the color balance and contrast in Photoshop on this photo of Venus, (lower bright star), Jupiter (smaller bright star higher up), and the sliver of a moon taken 12/01/08, handheld digital.

Venus Jupiter and the Moon 12/01/08


Venus Jupiter and the Moon 12/01/08
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

Right at twilight on this snowy evening, Venus and Jupiter twinkled brightly just under our sliver moon.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The "rapture" is NOT in the Bible

The "rapture" is NOT Biblical. Read the Bible and KNOW what GOD says will happen, because He has foretold us ALL things. If you are concerned about the end, start studying now. http://www.shepherdschapel.org

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

I did some research on "Squanto" the English speaking Native American Indian who helped bring peace to the original pilgrims. What I found was how much impact one man can have, at the same time, it was a little sad. I know he found rewards in heaven with God for his sacrifices and gifts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squanto

http://www.workersforjesus.com/f25-14.htm



I hope everyone has a warm and fulfilling Tbanksgiving this year. In America, we are so fortunate to be able to travel, eat so well, have hot and running water. Even some of the poorest among us live like only kings and queens have in other times. I pray that God blesses, guides, protects, heals and prospers all who search Him out and want His blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Elfin around Drawing from the ER


Elfin around Drawing from the ER
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I guess it took my husband getting so sick he ended up needing to be taken to the ER to finally get me drawing again. I know. Weird, huh? Well, there was A LOT of time to wait for tests, etc. He's home now with meds, feeling better.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

2008 Election VOTING Day 11/04/08 Sun Rise and Clouds

WOW! God REALLY made an outstanding sun rise for this special VOTING Day. What a start!
For my American friends:Go enjoy the feeling of being able to vote that so many brave soldiers have laid their blood and lives on the line to protect. It's a great feeling to be given this freedom. But, it wasn't free. So, appreciate the gift.




Does anyone else see the horse here? I drew the outline in the next picture. Beautiful!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day,the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers, he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would sti ll drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings)
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaura nt the men began to compare their savings. 'I only got a dollar out of the $20,' declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!' 'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!' 'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!' 'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!' The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a ta x reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Invisible Mother

My great, lifelong friend, Sue, sent me this story in an email. The message really touched me, so I thought I'd share. Although, I had to add my own thoughts after the message.

Invisible Mother


It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the
way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see, I'm on the
phone?' Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking,
or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.


I'm invisible. The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can
you tie this? Can you open this?? Some days I'm not a pair of hands;
I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, What time is it?' I'm
a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?'
I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude but now,they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.

She's going, she's going, she's gone!?

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a
friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and
she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in.

I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself.

I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.'

It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read . . . no, devour the book. And I would discover
what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could
pattern my work:

No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their
names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never
see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The
passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God
saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the
cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny
bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be
covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.' And the workman replied,
'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend
he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it here.'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Share this with all the Invisible Moms you know. The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. This is beautiful and makes a ton of sense. To all the wonderful mothers out there.
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I agree that we should all be working for God and doing our best in everything, always. But. Teaching our children gratitude for all that is done on their behalf is an important lesson. I feel fathers are important teachers who should ensure the children appreciate and respect all the sacrifices mothers make for their children, so mothers aren't self-aggrandizing.

By learning to notice and appreciate how our lives are made easier by those around us, we are inevitably led back to God, the provider of all, including those around us who love us and want us to be happy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Archaeology, History, and Science

I've been studying a lot of subjects these past few weeks. Giants and megoliths, Immanuel Kant and Kant philosophy, which can be summarized in the Golden Rule of "do unto others as you would have done unto you" (thanks to my friend for showing me this German philosopher's works), free energy based on the earth's magnetic/static energy that already exists all around us that Nikola Tesla (a long time favorite of mine) worked with in his time, "The Sun Kings", the Yuchi and Cherokee tribes of Native American Indians, some of ancient India's interesting paintings and teachings on "flying machines", ancient Sumeria, Genghis Khan, (who had RED hair, who knew?), flax and how it was hand-processed and spun, long after wool manufacturing because of flax's delicate nature, and unfortunately how rough life was on flax spinners, and recent Israeli archaeological finds are most of the subjects I've been learning about.

Obviously not too in depth on any one subject, but it's more of how all those subjects are connected that I've been studying. I've been studying the migrations of people from the beginning and how and where original knowledge and wisdom went with them or got lost and corrupted. It's been a very faith building journey for me to see God's Word documented in history that I found so boring during high school.

How fascinating recent archaeology finds have been! They may document Biblical places and events. One is located on a hill above the valley where it is believed the young, shepherd-teen David, (later King David) slew Goliath the giant. If you have a chance, be sure to go through both sets of pictures in the following link and let me know what you think.

Israeli Archaeology Finds

If any of those subjects interest you, I would love to post some of the sites I've visited and hear others' thoughts on them. Just let me know if something interests you by leaving a comment.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Spooky Halloweeney Sheep 102708


Spooky Halloweeney Sheep 102708
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

The flash caught wingtip and pedro's eyes so perfect for this spooky autumn sunset picture.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Is Barack Obama a citizen of the USA?



This is an ongoing court case about THIS election. Everyone should know about this.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gift Registries DO exist on etsy!!

Thanks to Livin Good Jewelry for posting a twitter link to Amazon's new creation! Wish List Button for ALL your internet shopping sites

Check it out! You can now make a gift registry for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, because you're special day, Valentine's Day, WHENEVER!

Spread the good news to all your customers, friends, and families and make shopping for the exact right thing so much easier.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Question


Why did Jesus speak in parables? Here's a picture of "Bessie" our Holstein heifer contemplating our beautiful sunset.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

101408 Needlepoint Moon Setting


101408 Needlepoint Moon Setting
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I took this picture this morning as the giant yellow moon slunk down on the horizon. Then, I stylized the picture in photoshop. Isn't it cool how it looks like needlepoint?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

It's ma birthday!

It's only been 22 short years since I was 20. Woo hoo! I had this funny card sent to me and I had to share. Birthday Card

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Deer Morning 100708


Deer Morning 100708
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

Cruising through our pasture.


As I head into town yesterday morning, I saw these three, a mother and her twins. They were dangerously close to the edge of the road. I'm glad I waited until they moved across the fence and farther away from the road, since a huge truck came up fast behind me. The twins could have been scared and jumped right in front of that truck whose driver was oblivious to the wildlife around him.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bracelet Gift from KelliRene


Bracelet Gift from KelliRene
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I just received this most beautiful handcrafted bracelet as a gift! KelleRene who is a Christian friend of mine on etsy created this jeweled faith charm bracelet. It has all ten commandments written on little scrolls, pearls, colored jewels and the cross. The clasp is a beautiful pearl clasp that holds it all together. The symbology all around touches my heart so much. I especially love the clasp that represents to me The Pearl of great wisdom holding the Law, the Way in His Word all together.

Check out KelliRene's handcrafted jewelry treasures here http://Kellirene.etsy.com

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Feature Knme Unique Pendant Creations

I had the most serendipitous turn of events this morning and met a fabulous artist, sculptor, and shepherd who has the most beautiful California Red Sheep! I just had to feature her beautiful natural handmade pendants that she has featured in her etsy shop. Please click on the pictures and check out these unique, artistic statements.
Also, if you get a chance, please go see her so sweet sheep and more photos of jewelry on FLICKR!



Church Sunrise Sky Number 16


Church Sunrise Sky Number 16
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I caught this picture of the sun rising over a little church this morning. I like how the sun is so bright above the steeple of this old time church. I played with color balance and brightened this photo a bit.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Featured on a 2009 Diary Page!


Featured on a 2009 Diary Page!
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I am on the 10/9 page of the 2009 Diary Project where different artworks are featured on each page. The whole book is so beautiful! You can see more pages of others' artworks here 2009 Diary Project on FLICKR

You can get your own new 2009 Diary from 2009 Diary Project or click on the button in the right hand column of this blog.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Happy Birthday Yeshua!! You changed the world, calendars, time, and lives. Your gift is available for all and given freely in complete and perfect Love to those who ask and want it. Although, we know the gift was not free to You and came at great cost. How can we ever give You enough gifts back? Hope it's Your best year so far! :D

Does anyone else here celebrate Jesus' birthday 09/29? I celebrate His birth of 09/29 because of Luke Chapter one breaking down John the Baptist's birthday. He was six months in Elisabeth's womb the day Mary miraculously conceived Jesus and ran to Elisabeth's house where John leapt in Elisabeth's womb at the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb. Just for the record, that day of miraculous conception according to Luke Chapter 1 was 12/25 so I celebrate Christmas as the day He truly came to dwell with us all.

Here's a great site that explains the courses and their time frames What day was Jesus born?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What Caused This ECONOMIC Crisis?



Keep your mouse on the pause button and really look at these facts that are shown. They had to move fast since YouTube only allows 10 minutes per video.

Check out this profound document on America's Economic Policies http://www.afn.org/~govern/pa10005.html

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

God's Wing Ruth 2:12 and Psalm 17:7-9


Sky Number 15 092408
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

God's wing, thunder cloud on the horizon.


I went outside one day and saw this beautiful storm cloud on the horizon.
Ruth 2:12
The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under Whose wings thou art come to trust

Psalm 17:7-9
7Shew Thy Marvellous lovingkindness, O
Thou That savest by Thy right hand
them which put their trust in Thee
From those that rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye,
Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings,
9 From the wicked that oppress me,
From my deadly enemies, who compass me about

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Caucasus Mountains

I saw an interesting article today on a finding of a 1,000 year old city with a very interesting suggested history. Long Lost City Discovered in Russia

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Irish Wolfhound Double Rainbow kind of Day






Well, I was finally able to work a bit on a painting I made of our beautiful Irish Wolfhound, Oakley, that we lost last year at Christmas due to a rapid bone cancer. She seemed totally fine and was galavanting around the farm with us one day and eight days later we were sending her back to God. She was in our lives for eight wonderful years. I worked a bit on the original acrylic painting in Photoshop.
I found this story that most people with Irish Wolfhounds in their lives have heard. I found it on http://www.irishwolfhounds.org/gelert.htm There is more information on this amazing and loyal breed there. Here's the quite possibly true story.

The Story of Gelert
Llewellyn, prince of Wales, is said to have loved the chase above all else but always took with him his Irish wolf- dog, Gelert. The prince had many hounds, but Gelert was his favourite and was always there for the morning hunt. However, one day Gelert did not turn up and eventually Llewellyn went off with his followers and the hounds but could not enjoy his day and in the end hurried back home to find out what had happened to Gelert. He was met by Gelert, giving his usual greeting, but Llewellyn was horrified to find that Gelert was covered in blood. Hurrying into the castle, he went to see his infant son but found the cradle overturned and empty, with no sign of the child, but with blood everywhere.
Concluding that Gelert must have killed and eaten the baby, Llewellyn drew his sword and plunged it into the hound. The stricken Gelert gave a long-drawn out howl as he died and this cry was followed by a child's wail. Llewellyn searched for the source of this sound and found his child under a pile of bedding from the cradle, completely unharmed, and close by was the body of a gaunt wolf, which had obviously been slain by Gelert after a bloody battle.
Horrified at what he had done, and stricken by remorse, Llewellyn had the body of Gelert buried with due pomp and the place was afterwards known as Bedd Gelert (the grave of Gelert), as was the town that grew up near to it.
Gelert's grave
It was said that Prince John (later King John) of England had made a gift of a hound to Llewellyn in 1210 and that this was Gelert. The Hon. W.R. Spencer wrote a poem about him, the first part of which is thus:
The flower of all his raceSo true, so brave - a lamb at home, A lion in the chase.'Twas only at Llewellyn's board the faithful Gelert fed;He watched, he served, he cheered his lordAnd sentinelled his bed.In sooth he was a peerless hound,The gift of Royal John.0



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It rained a soft sprinkle here today. I caught a picture of another of God's gorgeous sunsets and a double rainbow promise from Him.







Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gilded Cloud World



Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.

God wrote His-story in the stars where no human hand could corrupt it. It's been there all along above our heads. The story is summed up in Genesis 3:15. With His story being written, the teaching of the story in the heavens faded away and has been corrupted by some doing pop astrology to satisfy themselves with knowledge of themselves instead of finding the satisfaction of their part in His story.

The sky is divided into 12 "houses". Where does the story start? How would we ever know where we break into this circle? God left us a signpost. The word sphinx comes from the Greek "sphingo" which means "to join" as in to join two ends of a circle. The Sphinx has the head of a woman (virgin-virgo) and the body of a lion (leo). His story in the heavens starts in Virgo - and ends in Leo.

Jeremiah 32:19-20
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
20 Which has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made Thee a name, as at this day;

The stars were named and grouped together by God. Some of the original names still exist and researching into their names and groupings is a very interesting search into His plan.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Psalm 27:10



These videos show Psalm 27:10 in life.

This is a POWERFUL testimony of God's love of life and our suffering for God that I wanted to share with everyone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPF1FhCMPuQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8B1nKGIAeg

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How Do We Worship?

How Do We Worship?

I remember when I was little asking what we do in heaven. I was told that we get to worship God all day. I think if anyone would have asked me, "What is God doing while everyone is worshipping Him?", I would have answered something like, "Oh, I don't know, sitting on His throne, being fanned by worshippers, watching the worshippers at His feet kneeling. He would also be eating grapes or something."

As I've matured, I've learned more about Him from studying the letter He left for us to read, the Bible. My vision of what He will be doing while we all worship Him has changed dramatically. He created EVERYTHING. He owns EVERYTHING. He's profoundly interesting and He intimately cares about each one of us.

I don't think He will be sitting on His throne all the day long. I think He will be interacting with us and engaging our minds and hearts in a most profound way. I think of how amazing going on a hike with Him as a guide, through nature that He created will be. Obviously, He loves His creation when I think about all the most amazing details and huge expansive landscapes He has created.

He is the most interesting and amazing Person ever. I envision worshipping Him as spending time with Him and how can anyone help but LOVE Him?! He loves us so much that He created all this for us to enjoy WITH Him. For me, to know Him is to love Him more deeply every day. And I do mean love in the sense that we feel and know love for other people in our lives. Only with God, anything that hurts is fleeting and is always only for my own greater good and the good of those around me that I love. It's an absolute joy to be filled with love to give as well as to receive love from HIM!

It's so funny that my original thoughts on worship were that it would be a bit of a drudge. Getting all gussied up, singing memorized songs, kneeling a lot, trying to hold my yawn in, but tears squishing out of my eyes anyway, thinking I HAVE to do this to be "proper" and "respectful" and "good".

If we worship God like that, I think of the parallels of our own children. Imagine your children have all the proper manners, say "Yes, m'am and yes, sir.", thank you at the appropriate time and with a sense of duty, complete all their chores, and do everything a parent could dream. But there is no joy in being in your company, there's no laughter or smiles or closeness. It's all cold, dutiful, obeying of all the rules.

I believe God created His children and all this wonderous universe in order to SHARE the joy and wonderment and laugh with and smile with. Is there any greater joy than seeing your own children at peace, with joy in their hearts after you've set up a day for them to enjoy? Why would God be different?

He is with us always. I hope all of us go out and truly ENJOY His company today and every day.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

What is RSS? I found an answer!

I asked a question about RSS feeds on the etsy forums and VirtualLori answered with this three minute video link. THANK YOU http://VirtualLori.etsy.com for this invaluable tutorial that has just changed my life!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Needle Felters Team

I've been working on adding links, slideshows and galleries to the Needle Felting Etsy Street Team Blog Site Check out the art of the world's largest collection of contemporary, international, needlefelt artists!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks


Xoie, (pronounced Zoey), my saddlebred was so beautiful and sweet this morning to line up in front of this gorgeous sunrise as well as hold the pose so I could run inside and grab the camera.

My mysterious mustang, Rocket, hides in the shadow, but he still looked so sweet this morning in his field of flowers. I'm glad I captured the moment. This photo reminds me of Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny". "Oh, yah. You blend." Ha ha.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Woodman of the World's Tombstone

Far out on the eastern plains, in the middle of seemingly nowhere, this grave and tombstone are carefully kept. Cattle graze around this site, but a walkway is mowed to it and it has a protective barrier around it. I've heard there used to be a lot of pine trees out there. So, he must have been a good woodman indeed.










I wonder what these words mean. Well, I just googled and found this interesting link that explains cemeteries.wordpress.com/category/woodmen/



Monday, August 25, 2008

Colorado Sunset in the Rain and Rainbow

Colorado Stormy Sunset with Rainbow



















What a crazy night we had weatherwise last night! Lightening started fires out on the plains on one side of us and incredible tornadoes touched down on the other side of us. We had beneficial rain, a lot of lightening and a gorgeous double rainbow. The news showed incredible images of an AWE inspiring HUGE tornado right behind a white house. It was clear if the tornado touched that house it would be shredded. Yet, a miracle happened and not a shingle was missing from that house. In fact, as far as I know, even though the tornado touched down in popular Parker, not one single person or property was injured or harmed. For me, it was a visual experience of how AWESOMELY POWERFUL God is. Because as terrifying as the tornado images are, God is MORE powerful than that!! Wow. Check out this amazing footage captured by Sky9 for the news. http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=98187&catid=339 There is an article to read, but check out the video on the right side. (Ignore the commercial at the beginning.) The people in that white house prayed and God heard them and saved them and their home, not once, but TWICE.

Friday, August 22, 2008

God's Amazing Animals Duck, Dog, Cat, Crow

Cute Duck loves Dog video



This Crow Adopts a Kitten video reminds me of that guy in the Bible who was fed by crows.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chickens in the Dust Epic Feature

video

Okay. I'm honing my video skills with this enchanting movie clip of my chickens who look like they are dying, but in reality are just taking a chicken dust bath. LOL I couldn't get closer because they got up and left. Anyone have any tips on clipping off sides of each movie picture? I'd love to make this a closer up version. Can that only be done at the time of filming? I know this is terrible. I apologize for wasting 90 seconds of your life. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

coyoteclose 081908 3




coyoteclose 081908 3
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks



So, I'm taking pictures of the flocks of ravens or crows, I don't know what they are . . . big black birds congregating by the hundreds here, when I notice a coyote. I got a few pics of him from far away, so they are a bit blurry. I also caught a picture of our spring that is full after all our rain and has some pretty flowers. I did catch a video and hopefully, recorded the frog songs eminating from the spring that I can upload later. It's so weird how out here on the high desert plains of Colorado, frogs come out and are really loud after rains.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Horses in the Mist


Horses in the Mist
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

Here's what it looks like here today! After record breaking days of near 100 throughout July, God sure changed things up. We had a record breaking low temp today for the Highest temp of the day. That was hard to say. The horses were galloping around our house.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cyber Obituaries LOL

I have to share this blog post from http://stoneycharms.etsy.com/ She put this so well, it really made me laugh! http://stoneycharms.blogspot.com/2008/08/new-pretties.html I have been buried in my new Photoshop software my husband got for me. God bless him! I've been able to update many of my formerly grey photos and bring some life into my shop. For some reason, I am not able to move to the next line here on my blog post. Sorry about the run on. I added this drawing I created to my shop along with a few other new things. I was inspired by the 15th Chapter of Luke. I hope everyone is having a great day/night today/tonight.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Big Sky 080608


Big Sky 080608
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

Big sky, little land.

I've gotten a bit more work done on the bay roan mustang wooliture of my mustang "Rocket". He still needs a mane, many, many more roan speckles, front leg work, rear leg work and a tail. And then he'll be all done! I'm really enjoying seeing him come together. Though it kills me how slow it is! That is the tortuous pain of a needlefelt artist.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Videos of Love for You

I was so profoundly touched by these videos yesterday that I added them to my YouTube Playlist.

The first one reminds me of Amos 8:11 and while the Black Eyed Peas are asking "Where is the Love?" the video shows that they know. "If you never know Truth, then you'll never know Love" and "must keep the faith alive". This video makes me love all those searchers out there so much. How can people who love, look around and not be a bit down?

The second one is a video my sister made right after she was diagnosed with invasive cancer. She felt she would battle the negativity by putting positive energy into the world through a video she created. Her video won the Yahoo Veddy award that year and was on the front page. My sister is okay now, also. I just love how she made it black and white and with the first hug everyone turns to color. And how the children RUN with wide open arms into the hugs, while the adults seem so closed off and try to bustle by, but after their hug, they are smiling and their whole energy opens up.

The third one is very powerful. It starts a bit slow, then gets very intense in the middle (there is cutting and suicidal thoughts, just to prepare you) but the end is SO worth waiting for. I have watched this so many times and never fail to have tears and chills. It's only 5 minutes long, but it is 5 minutes of pure Power in a message.

I hope these videos bless you, too. I will provide a permanent link to this playlist on the sidebar.

God loves you. God bless you wherever you are.

Ohhhh. Black Eyed Peas requested video embeds be disabled. So I will share the link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-KxLtol9yc . I hope you get a chance to see this intense video.

Here's my sister's video "Free Hugs in Hollywood!"


and here is Lifehouse's Everything Drama

Thursday, July 31, 2008

These shops are so beautiful they make me cry!!

I was cruising around http://etsy.com/ checking out interesting homemade wares, when I found a shop where I could just buy every single handcrafted jewelry piece. http://tztudio.etsy.com/ Not only did I find this gem of a shop, but the artisan who handcrafts these items, also has another shop full of rich, luxurious items! The tiny pictures in these minis, don't really even do justice to these gorgeous shops. Please click on the thumbnails and take a look for yourself. http://brokenchinacharms.etsy.com/
Every single gorgeous handcrafted piece of unique jewelry in both these stores are exquisite!





Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blue Bird in the morning



Blue Bird in the morning
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks


The bright, flashing turquoise of this blue bird have to be seen in person. I tried with this shot, though. The sunrise was so beautiful!

Check out this new blog site I found. Gorgeous etsy items! http://etsypledgeblog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mustang Bay Roan Wooliture in progress rt


Mustang Bay Roan Wooliture in progress rt
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I've added a bit more detail to the face and front legs in this needlefelt sculpture. I stuck the needles in the hind legs to act as braces so I can see what this mustang will stand like. I have to keep checking for the balance until I firm up the hind legs.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Check out this Chimp Sanctuary!!!!

Check out this Chimp Sanctuary. They also provide sanctuary to many other animals. http://www.faunafoundation.org/ KraftyMomma (from KraftyMomma.etsy.com and TheNatureNut.etsy.com) just told me how she has been volunteering there and it sounds so wonderful! You can adopt a chimp, too. She was telling me Spock is quite the sweetheart. As soon as I can afford to, I'd like to adopt a chimp and help out this wonderful sanctuary.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My first video "needle felt progress"



My first video "needle felt progress"
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

My first video! High speed has changed my life. This is the debut of my hand and my cat, "Chester". I hope to be creating some more videos in the future about creating needlefelt and the other type of art that I make.

Rocket the Bay Roan Mustang my muse


Rocket the Bay Roan Mustang my muse
Originally uploaded by rosethistleartworks

I'm working on this *unbreakable* needlefelt sculpture. A few years ago I made a clay version of my beautiful bay roan mustang, Rocket. Then I let it dry before I was finished and ruined it. The beauty of needle felt is that I can't break it or dry it too much or ruin it!