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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Art Journal, Children's Story, Polly Dolly | 0 comments

Read the previous part of Polly Dolly’s story here.   Drawn by the sweet scent of another flower nearby, a bumble bee buzzed right over Polly Dolly’s head. He noticed how puzzled Polly Dolly looked, so he turned around and buzzed right back. “Do you need any help?” He kindly asked. “Oh, yes, thank-you!” Said Polly Dolly, looking up to see the friendly bee. “I am Polly Dolly and I would like to know what all these letters say.” The bumble bee hovered closer and extended his leg to shake her hand. “My name is Buzzy Busy Bee and I would be most happy to read the letters for you.” “Thank-you very much, Mr. Bee Buzzy Busy. It’s good to meet you!” “Uh, hmmm …the name is Buzzy Busy Bee,” replied the bumble bee warmly. Turning to the flower he continued, “these letters form words and the words are sweeter than honey!” Then, Buzzy Busy Bee buzzed with great importance as he carefully and clearly read: “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1) Polly Dolly’s eyes sparkled as she listened and then she clapped her hands with joy. “God is good! God’s love endures forever. What a wonderful new thing to learn today!” “Yes,” said Buzzy Busy Bee, “and those words are sweeter than honey. Mmmm, mmmmm.” Next part...

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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Art Journal, Children's Story, Polly Dolly | 1 comment

  Read the previous part of Polly Dolly’s story.   On her last jump Polly Dolly landed right in front of a beautiful flower. Polly Dolly had a lot of flowers by her house, since she lived near a meadow, but this flower was different. It was unusual. It was big. It was beautiful. The flower had dainty shimmery petals that glistened in the sun. In the middle was a dot that glowed and looked very sweet. As Polly Dolly looked intently at the beautiful dot in the middle of the flower, she noticed a most interesting thing. There were all kinds of letters on the dot, but no matter how hard she tried, Polly Dolly could not make sense of the letters. What did they say? Read the next part of Polly Dolly’s...

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2 Colored Pencil Tips | Tuesday Tips

2 Colored Pencil Tips | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips | 1 comment

Would you like to improve your colored pencil work? Today’s post has two tips that can help move you forward!   1. Use a Circular Motion When Coloring   One way to color is to try to creating small, overlapping ovals with gentle pressure. Try starting slow, with a light touch. (Be sure to keep your pencil sharp too.) :)   2. Layer!   Layer, layer, layer …when you color slowly, with small ovals and keep your pressure light, start layering your colors. This is a great way to bring a prettier depth and feel to your coloring. If you want a certain flower to be pink, color it pink and then add in some other colors …maybe lightly add orange or add a pinkish-purple.   Do you like using colored pencils? Do you have a favorite brand of colored pencils? What’s your favorite thing to...

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Polly Dolly | Storytime

Polly Dolly | Storytime

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Art Journal, Children's Story, Polly Dolly | 2 comments

Read the previous part of Polly Dolly’s story.   When Polly Dolly opened the door and stepped outside, she felt like bursting with joy. The dew on the grass sparkled like crystal and the sky was double the size of the nearby pond and bluer than bluebells. Several butterflies waved their wings in greeting as they hurried about their daily tasks. Polly Dolly began to sing. “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) As Polly Dolly sang, she jumped. And skipped. And twirled. Sometimes she would jump extra high and sometimes she would give an extra-long twirl. After all, this was the day that the Lord had made! And it was so, so beautiful!   Read the next part of Polly Dolly’s...

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A Creative Way to Meditate on Scripture | Create a Scripture Jar

A Creative Way to Meditate on Scripture | Create a Scripture Jar

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Art Journal | 1 comment

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2   Here’s a simple, creative and fun way to meditate on God’s Word! Create a Scripture Jar. :)     1. Pick a Verse and Find a Jar   Choose a verse you’d like to create with. (Like Galatians 5:22,23.) You can use a mason jar for this, or really any jar that you’d like! :)     2. Go on a Treasure Hunt   Bundle up (if needed) and step outside …think about your verse, and how things around you might parallel the verse or parts of the verse. For example, you might dig up some green vegetation–a symbol of life. God’s Spirit gives us life! (John 6:63, Galatians 5:22,23)     3. Find More Items   Just keep collecting what you find and think fits with the verse. Don’t worry about it if for some reason you forget exactly what your thought was with something. Give yourself space to think and write down your correlations while you work and/or after you’re finished! ;) (And, if you find something you just like, but you’re not sure how it would correlate with the verse, go ahead and keep it and maybe ask your family or friends how they might relate it to the verse. Or, decide on its correlation later.)     4. Take Your Jar Inside and Pull Things Out of It   If you want, you could take a picture of all the pieces laying out separately to remind yourself later of what you choose. Here’s some thoughts on how these items can relate to Galatians 5:22,23.   GREENERY: The Spirit. The Spirit gives life!   OPEN ROSE: Love   YELLOW FLOWER: Joy: Joy can be happy and bright!   SOFT BLUE-GREEN LEAVES Peace   ROSEBUD: Patience: We have to be patient for the rose to bloom.   ACORN HEADS: Kindness: God is kind to the squirrels to give them acorns that they can store for winter.   FALL LEAF: Goodness: To be...

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