WHAT BAKED GOODNESS IS RISING IN YOUR LIFE? – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

WHAT BAKED GOODNESS IS RISING IN YOUR LIFE? – CREATIVE TUESDAYS

Baked Goodness? My pulse quickened. Oh, my goodness. My palms broke into a sweat. I don’t bake.

Phew!

It’s a good thing Mr. Toast, our host, didn’t actually expect me to bake for Creative Tuesdays.

FYI: I only “bake” stove-top treats like gooey, Rice Krispy squares, and only once every few years. If you want the recipe I’m sure I can find it. 🙂

Mr. Toast also referred to a line from Sing a Song of Sixpence by Mother Goose,—“Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?”

The words “before the king” jumped out, making my brain whirl like a mixer.

I thought of my heavenly Father, the King of Kings, and how much goodness He’s poured into my life, and how my life continues to rise with baked goodness.

Specifically, things like my:

  • creative abilities,
  • great health,
  • awesome marriage,
  • wonderful parents,
  • supportive church family, and
  • encouraging blog and Facebook peeps.

All that goodness made my heart and hands whip up a cupcake . . .

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Baked with Love—Color a Pillow © Tracy Campbell

“God, your goodness reaches far above the skies.

You have done wonderful things. God, there is no one like you.” Psalm 71:19, ERV

How to Color a Pillow with Fabric Markers

Let’s get started!

  • Wash and dry your pillow (remove the pillow form before you begin).

Tip: Do not add fabric softener to the wash cycle.

  • Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the pillow.
  • Insert the cardboard into the pillow.
  • Pin the fabric in place to prevent shifting.
  • Color the pillow with fabric markers (available at your local craft store).

Tip: Keep the fabric tension tight as you color.

  • Once the marker has dried, insert your pillow form.

Viola . . . you’ve colored your very own pillow.

To order your very own two-sided pillow or a tote bag, visit my Fine Art Shop.

I can’t leave without mentioning Sherry Ellis’ blog post on how she (unknowingly) opened up her home to “bake goodness” with her son’s neighborhood friends. Please drop in and visit Sherry Ellis, a talented author, and blogger. She likes to bake. Oh, my goodness.

What “baked goodness” is rising in your life?

Happy Heart Hugs,

 

Tracy

 

P.S. Don’t forget to visit all the other inspiring art over at Creative Tuesdays’ blog.

P.P.S. If you order a pillow or a tote bag, please Message Me, and I’ll be sure to email you the printable coloring page Baked with Love. This will help you decide on what colors to use on your pillow or tote bag.

I WAS KISSED BY AN ANGEL

I WAS KISSED BY AN ANGEL

I really was kissed by an angel.

The angel’s name is Christopher.

He’s a young man dealing with a devastating genetic condition called Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

Christopher emailed (with help from his mom, Robyn) a photo of the coloring page he colored up so beautifully.

Robyn said, “Christopher wants me to send you the coloring page he did. He worked on it like he was a famous painter.”

Colored by Christopher - Believe, Create, Achieve

Colored by Christopher – Believe, Create, Achieve

Does the coloring page look familiar?

Christopher found time to download and color in my free coloring page Believe, Create, Achieve. He will be a famous painter one day.

I wrote back.

“Hi Christopher,

Thank you so very much for taking the time to create your masterpiece, and for sending it to me. The colors you used are beautiful and wonderful! I love your creative spirit. I am grinning from ear-to-ear.

Keep At It!

Believe, Create, Achieve!

‘I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 (MEV)

P.S. I hope you’ll memorize this Bible verse too, Christopher. It will help you when days are tough.

Thank you, again!”

Robyn sent a second message.

“Oh, Tracy, I wish you could know what your email did for him. I am under strict orders to print out your email. 🙂 He is memorizing the Bible verse too. You really sent his spirits into high gear. THANK YOU. He plans on framing it and putting it on the wall in his room.”

The comments that follow are a surprise for Christopher.

Hi Christopher,

I have included the photo of your wonderful and colorful masterpiece on my blog. And I’ve also included your coloring page in my Mindful Masterpiece Gallery where it will hang for all to see.

After you sent me your coloring page and your wonderful notes, I felt like I was floating on a cloud.

I can’t wait to see the honey bear coloring page too.

Christopher, thank you for being so thoughtful and kind.

Happy Heart Hugs,

Miss Tracy

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I recently purchased Kissed by an Angel. It’s an anthology compiled by Robyn Campbell. The talented cast of storytellers includes Robyn Campbell, Yvette Carol, Catherine Johnson, Lynn Kelley, Vivian Kirkfield, Ellen Leventhal, Suzy Levinson, Hope Lim, Theresa Milstein, Cheryl Secomb, and Erik Weibel.

KISSED BY AN ANGEL - ROBYN CAMPBELL

“The Kissed by an Angel anthology includes 10 stories and one poem featuring children who are gifted or have special powers. Some are ordinary people, others are extraordinary, and several aren’t what they seem to be. Read on and be enchanted. Wander with us onto a magical island ship, uncover an amazing secret, and solve a very fishy mystery. Discover a World War II codebreaker, captivating garden, time machine, undercover agents, bug master, plus more. And meet a special boy who was kissed by an angel. This anthology benefits the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Children who have Sturge-Weber are born with a port wine birthmark, which varies in color and size, and stays with them their whole lives. “You were kissed by an angel” is how author Robyn Campbell explained to her son Christopher, who suffers from Sturge-Weber syndrome, about his tell-tale birthmark. He is the creative genius who helped choose some of the names of the characters, and he is our inspiration.”

I can’t help but share a few lines from the first short story about (as told by) Christopher, and written by his mom, Robyn Campbell. (We’re not related, wish we were). Grin

Christopher was eleven-years-old and in 6th grade at the time.

The next few lines (not in their proper order) provide a description of the genetic condition Christopher deals with and gives you a glimpse into the heart of this extraordinary young man.

(Christopher, talking to his mom.)

Tell the story about an angel kissing me before I was born. Please. I don’t understand why some people laugh at me. Why others think I have germs. I just wanted to explain to them about my reddish, purple birthmark that covers most of my body.

(Moms response.)

She pulls me close. “Before you were born, an angel kissed you and left her mark. The angel wanted everyone to know how special you are.” She hugs my neck. “That way, you could always brighten everyone’s day.”

(Christopher, later in the story.)

I notice an older man sitting on a bench as I walk through the hallway. I wait to see if my face scares him. He gives me a thin smile. His eyes are sad. I take a chance and sit next to him. “How are you, sir?”

“Not too good. My wife had a seizure. It never happened to her before. They’re testing her now.”

“It might not be as bad as you think.” I tell him the story of my life and how this will be okay for them. That he should tell jokes to make her smile.

When I finish, he pats my shoulder. “Thank you for sharing. You’re an extraordinary kid.”

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I ask that you consider purchasing this anthology of short stories. The eBook will cost you less than two cups of coffee. And ALL proceeds go to the Sturge-Weber Foundation, and will help fund research for Christopher, and others, who suffer from this devastating genetic condition. The eBook and print copy are available on Amazon.com.

After receiving Christopher’s coloring page, reading his delightful emails, and then reading his story, I’m sure you can understand why I knew “I was kissed by an angel”.

Please address your comments to Christopher. I know he will appreciate them.

Happy Heart Hugs,

Tracy

P.S. To download the free coloring page, click the highlighted title Believe, Create, Achieve.

P.P.S. Visit Robyn Campbell’s blog. She’s an amazing mom to six children, and a talented children’s writer and poet.

I WAS KISSED BY AN ANGEL first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.

MANDATORY INFORMATION TO INCLUDE IN A COLORING EBOOK & FUZZY WUZZY THINGS FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS

MANDATORY INFORMATION TO INCLUDE IN A COLORING EBOOK & FUZZY WUZZY THINGS FOR CREATIVE TUESDAYS

There have been a few coloring eBooks I would have purchased from Amazon.

However, some authors made a huge mistake—they forgot or (didn’t know) to include a sentence, stating their eBooks offer a link to a printable PDF.

It would be rather disappointing to purchase the eBook and discover there’s no way of printing the coloring pages. In case you didn’t know, readers are unable to print eBooks.

Now that’s great because readers won’t be able to steal the artwork that’s taken hours to create. Unfortunately, book pirates sail the skies of cyberspace and these thieves DO know how to decode and print eBooks. (That’s for another post).

So I suggest including a sentence at the beginning of your eBook, similar to my example below.

There is a link at the end of this eBook to download a high-resolution, printable PDF.

To ensure you grab your reader’s attention, insert a similar sentence at the beginning of the eBook and also include the sentence at the beginning of your book description for Amazon. And highlight the sentence in bold and place the title in italics.

Check out Diane Tibert’s excellent post on how to make your sentence standout using “bold” and “italics”, and other Simple Tips to Make Your Book Description Standout on Amazon.

Most readers skim when they read. If the sentence doesn’t standout or if it’s missing, an author can be guaranteed they’ll receive negative comments. Or worse … a stinging 1 STAR on Amazon—ouch!

Where should an author place the PDF Link?

Make sure you insert the PDF link at the END of your eBook.

I’ve discovered coloring eBooks where the author included the PDF link at the beginning. (In my humble opinion, that’s a crime. They’ve now lost potential sales).

Have you figured out I’m hard at work drawing and compiling a coloring book?

No worries if you haven’t because I’m still not certain what my title will be.

Anyway, that’s why I haven’t been able to find the extra time needed to color my designs, like the one shown below for today’s Creative Tuesdays.

Choose Faith | Copyright Tracy Campbell

Choose Faith | Copyright Tracy Campbell

Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. It is proof of what we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1 (ERV)

Our theme was to create Fuzzy Things.

Note the felt wings, the fuzzy wuzzy bear, and the flannel quilt.

Okay, so you can’t tell it’s a flannel quilt or that the wings are made of felt. I can’t either. Grin

Please join me over at Creative Tuesdays to cast your gaze on all the other fabulous art.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear Hugs,

 

Tracy

 

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DO YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE FOR GRANTED?

DO YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE FOR GRANTED?

Before I retire for the night, I take for granted that I’ll wake up in the morning and go about my ordinary life—my sleeping, eating, working, and walking-around-life.

But today, I’m reminded of my mortality.

The First Reason

A neighbor and friend, Orville Hughes, passed away on Sunday morning (God granted him 95 years on this earth).

Seven years ago, he was the first neighbor to rap his knuckles on our farmhouse screen door.

After gingerly opening the door, I thought, I’m definitely in farm country.

The elderly farmer pressed his thumbs into the back of his denim overalls. “Welcome to the neighborhood,” he said.

My hubby and I will always remember Orville as the neighbor, farmer, and the friend who showed love with his simple act of kindness.

The Second Reason

Shortly after 8:00 a.m., on a frigid February 2nd morning in 1945, sixteen miners stepped into a lift cage.

With helmet beams lit, they began their descent into the pit of darkness—just another ordinary day to dig for gold in muck and clay.

My grandfather, Eero Kohtala, is in the middle.

My grandfather, Eero Kohtala, is in the middle.

The cage was outfitted with an emergency stop system called “dogs”. The “dogs” job was to grip the timbers on the sides of the shaft should the cables ever break.

Snap!

The “dogs” malfunctioned, sending the cage to plummet 1,500 feet. My grandfather and fifteen other miners lost their lives that day.

An earlier photo of The Paymaster Mine Site taken in 1938. My grandfather is in the second row, fourth from the right.

An earlier photo of The Paymaster Mine Site taken in 1938. My grandfather is in the second row, fourth from the right.

The Paymaster Mine Tragedy was reported to be the greatest mining disaster in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Today is the 71st anniversary of my maternal grandfather’s death—a grandfather I never got to hug. And my mom was only seven-years-old when he died.

All that remains are newspaper clippings, family stories, and the book I compiled and wrote for my mom for Mother’s Day, May 11th, 2014—The Kohtala & Hakala Legacy.

Here’s one of those entries. (Sorry, this WordPress site wouldn’t allow me to insert lines between each stanza).

SIXTEEN MINERS

Tracy Campbell

Down, down, down,

Men toil all day,

Dig for gold

In muck and clay.

Down, down, down,

No time for play,

Miners sweat

For meager pay.

Down, down, down,

Write on this page—

Sixteen miners

Step in a cage.

Down, down, down,

Men, weary worn,

Cage door creaks

One frigid morn.

Down, down, down,

Torn cables snap,

Gloomy thoughts,

We’re in a trap! 

Down, down, down,

Lift cage drops,

Plummets fast,

Blasting stops.

Down, down, down,

Shriek, old and young,

“Help us!” heard

In mother tongue.

Down, down, down,

Torches lit,

Crowbars bend,

Friends don’t quit.

Down, down, down,

No helmet beams,

Loss of breath,

Ends miners’ dreams.

Up, up, up,

Prayers of strife,

Mother, child,

Plead for life.

Up, up, up,

Sirens blare,

Bodies rise to

Greet despair.

Up, up, up,

God knew why,

Eased each painful,

Desperate cry.

Up, up, up,

Cast in bronze,

Miners’ shrine

Gleams like dawn.

Down, down, down,

Tears freely flow,

Lives endure,

As memories glow.

Porcupine Miners Memorial

Porcupine Miners Memorial

The ten-foot bronze statue was erected in 2008 in remembrance of miners who lost their lives over the past 100 years.

The inscription reads:

A…memorial to those who died

A…monument to the families who survived

A…tribute to those who continue.

Before typing this post, I read the following verse in my trusty guidebook—a reminder for me to thank God for each new day.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” Romans 12:1, MSG

Do you embrace each day like there’s no tomorrow?

Blessings,

 

Tracy

P.S. Send a card or give a gift to those you love. Visit My Whimsical Shop for ideas.

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CREATIVE TUESDAYS—WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED?

CREATIVE TUESDAYS—WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED?

Love is in the air.

Can you feel it?

Okay, so love doesn’t float through the air, but being loved makes me feel like I’m floating.

Before I float on into today’s theme for Creative Tuesdays, here’s a quiz that I tweaked slightly, based on The 5 Love Languages®, written by Gary Chapman.

Do you feel MOST loved when:

(a) someone goes out of their way to do something nice for you?
(b) someone takes the time to give you a gift they’ve put a lot of thought into?
(c) someone gives you their undivided attention?
(d) someone gives you a much-needed (bear) hug? or
(e) someone sends you a hand-written, greeting card?

 

If you had to choose just ONE, which would it be?

#My first choice would be (e)—I feel MOST loved when someone sends me a hand-written, greeting card.

I suppose that’s why I love creating and receiving greeting cards. 🙂

This love language is called, “Words of Affirmation”.

Gary Chapman states,

“This language uses words to affirm other people.”

My sister, a missionary in Tokyo, sent me a beautiful card with these words of affirmation:

“Praying for you, and may all your dreams come true in 2016! I can’t say thank you enough for supporting us in so many ways.”

My sister wrote more, but those two lines made me float on air. Thanks, Sis. 🙂

Have you figured out what today’s theme is?

Yes…LOVE.

Our host, Mr. Toast, actually provided three creative prompts for this theme:

  • love is in the air,
  • home is where the heart is, and
  • love will guide you home, (we also had to include a floating heart).

Mr. Toast promised this challenge would be fairly simple.

I thought it would be fairly simple too.

Not so.

My creative mind churned, of course, making my brain need or want to incorporate all of the above.

I did finish the illustration, but ran out of time to “color-it-up”. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of love, Matilda, my bossy marketing maven, has an announcement. She promises to behave.

Hello, People!

It’s me, Matilda.

MEET MATILDA - MY MUSE

I’ll try to be polite. Hee hee.

I’m unveiling Tracy’s new product line. And today, I’ll share just one piece from our collection.

I do like to make you people wait.

Behave, Matilda!

Tracy, give me a drum roll. Puh-leeze!

Never mind.

Ta-dah!


Tracy’s trendy necklace comes beautifully packaged in a cellophane bag. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s a steal-of-a-deal at only $8.00 U.S. And there are only three left.

AND . . .

when you’re shopping, check out the greeting card that I know you’ll want to give to your “Somebunny” this Valentine’s Day—that fuzzy, love day that makes you want to float on air.

NOT!

Matilda!

I tried to behave. 

Get back in your mason jar. I’ll take it from here.

I do hope you’ll stop by my Whimsical Shop and check out my our stuff!

Sheesh!

Have a Happy Day,

 

Tracy & Matilda!

 

P.S. Check out all the other love designs over at Creative Tuesdays’ blog.

CREATIVE TUESDAYS–WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST LOVED? first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.