Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#aredeemedgirl: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

This year Redeemed Girl Ministries has teamed up with Scarlet and Gold Shop to encourage and challenge us all to memorize Scripture each week. Marian Jordan Ellis, Redeemed Girl's founder says "the reason for this journey is that we believe revelation causes transformation. As we meditate on His truth we are made new!"

Along with Redeemed Girl, Scarlet and Gold Shop, has created a year long set of 52 scripture cards to use throughout the year and memorize Scripture along with them, while walking us through the context of the verses on the Redeemed Girl You Tube Channel.

This weeks verse is:
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is honorable.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy
By Melanie Dickerson

About the Book:

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—
understands the wild story.

Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.

My thoughts:

Melanie Dickerson is known for well-known taking fairytales and turning them into something unique. The Princess Spy is a retelling of The Frog Prince, which I had never heard before but after reading The Princess Spy, I'll probably look it up.

The Princess Spy is like a historical romance intertwined in an action story. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is fast paced, especially with how much Margaretha likes to talk. She grows and changes through the story, really coming into her own. Though she is unsure of herself when he family is in danger she jumps right up to do everything she can to protect them. I was rooting for Margaretha to be happy in the end.

Anyone who likes historicals, fair tales, and some adventure will like this book.

*i received this book free for review from Book Look Bloggers for my opinion*

Rating: 4 carats

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day!! Isn't this iDiane von Furstenberg heart box clutch adorable and perfect for Valentine's Day. .

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One Hundred Faces 88-100!

I just finished instagram's "One Hundred Faces" challenge. I post a face a day for one hundred days! See them all @sprinkleonglitter





Monday, February 9, 2015

Frida Kahlo

Our last week of "Studying Under the Masters: Portraits and Self-Portraits" is on Frida Kahlo and taught by Jane Davenport.

Frida Kahlo is a well-known self-portrait painter. At age 6 she contracted polio which left her legs different sizes and led her to dress in flowy skirts to hide her legs. It is also believed that she may have been born with Spina Bifida further deforming her legs and causing pain.

At eighteen she was riding a bus that collided with a street trolley. Frida suffered serious injuries including multiple fractures in her leg and pelvis, breaks throughout her spinal column and a broken collar bone. She was placed in a full body cast for three months. Her injuries technically healed but she suffered relapses of extreme pain causing her to be bedridden at for over a year at one point, as well as causing her to go through over thirty-five surgeries.

Frida began painting seriously to occupy her time recovering from the bus accident. Her mother made her a special easel for her to paint from her bed and her father gave her a set of oil paints.

She said she began painting portraits of herself because she was so often isolated and she was the subject she knew best. Of her 140 paintings, 55 of them were self portraits often including symbolism of her physical pain.
She said, "I don't paint my dreams, I paint my reality."


- Frida was known for her brutally honest self portraits. She had a rare gift to convey her physical pain in her paintings in a way other people could understand

- she planned her out her paintings extensively before painting them in oils

-she was labelled a surrealist painter but insisted she was not a surrealist bc she was painting what was true for herself.

What I learned
- Frida's was transparent with the way she painted, she painted exactly how she felt and what she was going through.

- She exaggerated her "ugly" features on purpose. Her unibrow and mustache were considered manly and she liked it that way. She felt it gave her a greater sense of humanity.

For my painting like hers,I tried to make a woman dressed up like she was with bright colored flowers, strong lips, and a wrap around her shoulders.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mary Blair

Cori Dantini is teaching week for on Mary Blair.

Mary Blair grew up painting and showed such talent that her parents always made sure she had what she needed to paint. She dreamed of being an illustrator but that wasn't something woman did back then.

She went to college, continued her art, and received a scholarship to an art program in Los Angeles where she was taught by many successful artists and where she also met her husband, Lee Blair, a fellow artist.

Lee and Mary both worked for the Walt Disney company and were invited by Walt Disney  on a trip to South America to research for films, Salludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. From there, Mary became the creative director on these movies.

After that she worked on several animated Disney movies including the full color concept styling of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan.

After Peter Pan, Mary stopped working for Disney and began work as a freelance artist creating illustrations for Golden Books and many advertising campaign of large companies.

Walt Disney requested that she work on a new project "Its a Small World" for the New York Worlda Fair that moved toDisneyland and is still in multiple Disney parks.


-   Mary worked primarily in watercolor and goauche. She built up patterns and shapes on top of each other without using lines.

What I learned:

- I didn't know who Mary Blair was at the beginning but as I learned her story i I was blown away, everyone knows Disney movies.

- Her work is bright and fun.  It looks like her paintings are really simple but I was surprised. They are deceptively hard. Without sketched lines, I had to rely on shapes like she did. Simple shapes are easy to misplace and not make them to scale. She also layered her patterns making it easy to mess up if you don't fully plan out what you're doing.

Mary's work is so whimsical. It's  fun that it helps to just loosen up and see the Disney side of things, even when my piece is nothing like hers!

A lot of her art seemed to be outside so I made a cute girl on a path and decorated it in patterns and a bright style like she would.