Saturday, October 29, 2011

Come on in and Feel at Home!

I couldn't resist!
Just had to join the party even though 
I'm really late! 

My name is Patsy, 
and I live in the Philippines.
I am married to a wonderful man, Luigi,
who is an IT Consultant.
We had a joyous double wedding with my sister.
That's us on the right.
A year after, both of us had little boys!
My son is on the left.
He's 16 years old now.

This is our house.

I live next door to my sister Peggy.
We live on the right,
and her family lives on the left side.
Peggy designed our house,
and what's really great about it is
if we have a party, we can open up
the dividing wall,
and have a bigger space to entertain! 
Come on in and feel at home!
I'm not going to show you my living room,
because after two years since I moved
to our new house,
I still haven't put anything on my walls!
That canvas on the easel is still not finished!
I have some more artwork here.

I have been blessed with a GRReat family.
I live near my parents
and my siblings and their family.
And we see each other almost
every day, because we work together!

I have been working since 
I was 11 years old
in our family business,

Papemelroti stands for 
PAtsy (that's me!), PEggy, MELdy,
RObert and TIna, my siblings.
It started as a joke,
but now has grown miraculously!

I started this blog as a way to share my 
art, canvases, scrapbook pages, 
ATCs, and now my journal pages.
This is a collage I did in my journal 
to help me remember Ephesians 2:19-22.
We are part of the body of Christ,
members of God's household.
Are we doing our part to build and encourage,
to serve and love others?
We are all brothers and sisters,
journeying together to our heavenly home!
What an exciting prospect! 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Of Pencils and Journals

I'm going to echo what everyone
has been saying:
I can't believe how fast 
Wednesday comes around! 
Here's my desk.
I found out that I had so many pencils.
Cheap ones, expensive,
metallic, watercolor, etc.
I haven't been using them
because I hid them in a toolbox.
Not a good idea!
I put toilet paper rolls into my plant box
and organized the pencils by color.
Good idea! 
So I've started to use them. hasn't been nice to me lately
so I haven't been able to crop my pictures.
Here's my journal page.
Romans 8:26:
"For we do not know how to pray
as we ought,
but the Spirit itself intercedes 
with inexpressible groanings."

This is a comfort to me,
because sometimes I think,
"Do I know how to pray?
Is God hearing me?"

Luke 13: 18
"The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed
which became a tree
and the birds of the air
perched in its branches."

What in the world does this mean?
My take on it is that
whatever small thing we do
for others,
whatever good deed, service,
even the gift of a smile,
has far reaching consequences.

Romans 8:16
"The Spirit Himself testifies 
with our spirit
that we are God's children.
Now if we are children,
then we are heirs-
heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ..."

Princess _________.
Put your name in the blank.
Does it sound good to you?

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Are you Up or Down?

Here is my finished canvas.
Thank you to all who gave me suggestions 
last week.
I tried covering up her arm with a shawl,
but the too small hand could still be seen 
and it bothered me.
So I just made another hand,
and used the "Shawl"
to decorate her dress!

The title of my work is Psalm 16.
"The boundary lines have
fallen for me in pleasant places.
Surely I have a delightful inheritance."

This is what is on my journal page.
St. Paul is rather harassed by his sinful ways!
"Miserable one that I am!
Who will deliver me from this mortal body?"

Sometimes we are up,
and sometimes we are down.
Some days we feel blessed, 
everything is going good,
and sometimes we feel miserable like St. Paul!

Whatever we feel, 
we should always remember 
that God is journeying with us!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On Servants and Clutter!

So many have remarked on how small my desk is,
but I have to confess that my work area is rather large...
especially if you consider that I also use my floor a lot! 
I haven't gathered enough courage to show 
the extent of my mess in my craft room.
I have absolutely no excuse,
especially since I have a helper
who cleans up after me,
but of course has no idea
what to do with my clutter!

The reading on my journal today 
is about the faithful servant who is ready
for her master's return.
She will be rewarded!

In the Word Among Us,
I liked this meditation:
"To get ready for Jesus' return
means to welcome Him
into our hearts at every opportunity.
It means looking at every situation
through the eyes of faith,
trying our best to find 
Jesus' presence and His will.
It means assessing 
every circumstance in our lives
according to the commands 
and promises of the gospel.
In short, it means living
with our eyes fixed on heaven
as we go about our lives here on earth." 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Harvest is Plentiful

The harvest is plentiful 
but the laborers are few.
Luke 10:2

Jesus always talked of the harvest.
He was always concerned about others.
And as His disciples, we should also 
be concerned for the welfare of others.

This is a test of discipleship,
that we are compassionate towards
our neighbor, 
that we invite them to know God.

Many years ago, when my husband
was young, he was part of 
Christ's Youth in Action
and he went to Luneta Park
as part of a team.
They were supposed to 
just talk to strangers and 
talk to them about God.

My husband saw a young man
seated on a park bench,
but at first he didn't approach him.
He kept walking, hesitating to
talk to anybody. 
When it was almost time to 
get back to the group and report,
my husband finally approached the young man.

It turned out this young man
was contemplating suicide,
and because my husband talked to him,
he didn't.  

Let's be more concerned about others.
Who knows?
You might even save a life! 

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Friday, October 14, 2011

What's happening in my craft room?

Here is what I've done so far.
I did not realize her arm was small
compared to her head and her body
till I had glued it on.
Now I am going to have to cover it up
with something! 
Any suggestions?

This is how I did her face-
My sister Peggy told me the easiest way to
learn how to draw a face was 
to trace faces again and again
till your hand muscles remember.
So that is what I did.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Priceless Gift of Forgiveness

Pleeease forgive me for always having a messy desk!
Everyone has been so nice, saying it is busy, creative,
but let's face it- it is all out, no holds barred, MESSY!
And today is no different!

I always have such a small space to work!
Do you see the empty nebules of Flixotide above my journal?
Most people would throw that away, but not me!
I'm planning to make vases out of it!

On my journal this morning is a quote from Romans 2:4:
"Do you hold His priceless kindness, 
forbearance and patience in low esteem,
unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?"

If you are anything like me, 
you don't like asking for forgiveness,
whether from a human being or from God!
There's a lot of junk in our life
(and I'm not just talking about nebules!)
that need flushing out, cleaning up,
and relegating to the dust bin,
but do we do it?

St. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers
because for many years he lived his life 
wantonly enjoying himself with parties
and worldly pursuits.

As the story goes (from,
he heard about two men who had
suddenly been converted and 
he felt terribly ashamed of himself.
"What are we doing?" he cried to his friend.
"Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, 
while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly
that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"

Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself
out into the garden and cried out to God,
"How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour 
put an end to my sins?"
Just then he heard a child singing,
"Take up and read!"
Thinking God intended him to hear those words,
he picked up the book of the 
Letters of Saint Paul, and read the first passage
his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed,
for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity 
and to live in imitation of Jesus.
From then on, Augustine lived a new life! 

How amazing that God gives us this priceless gift!
We can just go to Him,
ask forgiveness and we too are new creations! 
We can begin anew! 

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