Wednesday, November 06, 2013

WOYWW: Count the Cost!

Last night, I was experimenting with acrylic emulsion
to see if it was a cheaper alternative
to the silicone sealant I used for the project below.

Silicone is quite expensive
and I wanted to find something else
to make more Christmas ornaments
for my tree! Click on the picture if you 
want to make your own :^)

After I cleared my table and got a small area to work on,
I read from Luke 14:25-33.
"Which of you wishing to construct a tower 
does not first sit down and calculate the cost
to see if there is enough for its completion?"

If you have built a home, or anything
like a garage, or dog house,
I think there are always additional expenses
you did not foresee!

We started building our house because
my sister wanted to have a home already,
and we shared the lot.
I did not want her to have a house
that looked like half a house!
Towards the end I had to pray a lot
because I knew the money we had was not enough!

Would we just have a shell of a house?
Would we just use the ground floor?
My parents helped without my asking them!
My dad even got a carpenter
and managed the construction of all our cabinets!

I think when we say,
"Yes I will follow you, Jesus!"
we don't really know the cost.
When I joined my covenant community,
I did not realize how many meetings, retreats,
commitments I would have to attend.
But I said YES because I believed
God called me (that's a loooong story in itself).

But like my parents came through for me
when I needed the money for our house,
Jesus comes through for us
when we need Him!
We need to count the cost of following Jesus,
we take our commitments seriously,
but we can depend on Him
to be our partner!

"Rejoice in HOPE,
be PATIENT in affliction,
PERSEVERE in prayer." Romans 12:12

Whatever we are going through,
we have an inner source of hope,
of strength, of peace beyond understanding.
We have a partner, a shepherd, a guide,
a friend in Jesus!

Every week I choose one wonderful visitor
who leaves a comment
to receive an ATC from me.
I know it takes so much time and effort
to leave a comment
and I appreciate it soooo much!

This week, chose
Visit her blog to see her
fabulous paintings and other
things to inspire you!



  1. loved seeing your experiment, I would never have thought of using silicone on a paper project! love your artwork!
    Debxx #3

  2. So, you didn't actually say if the acrylic emulsion worked. What is the purpose of the silicone sealant? To make the paper durable?... now I'm really curious. :D
    I did check out the tutorial, very cool!
    Happy WOYWW! Helen #16

    1. Hi Helen,
      Wanted to answer you but you are a no reply blogger. The sealant is to make the paper strong enough to accept the embroidery, so it doesn't tear. I have not sewn the paper with the acrylic emulsion. It is much thinner than the sealant, but I expect it will hold thread if one does not pull too tightly! :^)

  3. So, did the cheaper alternative work? Love the paintings and scripture. #17

    1. Hi Regina,
      I think it will work but I have not tried it yet :^) Maybe with thinner thread!

  4. What a great idea for ornaments for your tree I'm like everyone else was it better to use ?? Happy WOYWW hugs Nikki 33

  5. Oh and I also got your stunning ATC in the post today thank you so much it's so pretty to see it up close :)

    1. I'm so glad you got your ATC. Sometimes it gets lost in the mail!!! Will post about the emulsion when I've tried sewing it. :^) patsy

  6. Lovely artwork as always. And yes, how was the emulsion? Julie Ann xx #43

  7. So true! The cost of following Jesus saw us in Africa .... 50 years after a little girl prayed to go out there as a Missionary. God gives us the desires of our hearts so it is well worth the cost ....
    Thanks for sharing
    Bishopsmate #54

  8. Can you tell us if the acrylic emulsion worked as well as the silicone sealant?

    Love your work and your writing--always!

  9. Your work is wonderful. I love your ladies and the life and color you fill each one with.

  10. Hello Patsy. Trusting you are rejoicing in your hope today. Take care.
    Margaret #49

  11. Beautiful art and comforting words!
    And yoru ATC´s are lovely.

    Peace and love from Sweden.
    Susan nr 101 woyww

  12. Beautiful post, as always, and I love your artwork. God is always so good to come through for us and He is so worthy to be praised!

    Blessings - Julie

  13. Hi Patsy! I discovered your blog thru FPTFY's link up and saw the pic you used for the link. I thought to myself, that looks sooo familiar, like papemelroti familiar. Can't you tell yet that I'm a fan? hahaha :)
    Anyway, I'm so glad that finally see one of the creative geniuses behind the brand :)

  14. What a beautiful post and wonderful reminder to so many who are struggling in any way. Your artwork is so inspirational. Have a Wonderful WOYWW week, Rasz #102

  15. Praise God! Your posts always lift me up. I wanted to tell you that I have been praying for your mother. I am so blessed to know both you and Peggy, and I praise God for you both. You are all in my prayers!
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. I have BLOG CANDY on my blog.

  16. Beautiful art! Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us and thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!!

  17. Love your beautiful project! Thanks for inspiring me and thanks for sharing your talents with us at Word Art Wednesday!


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:^) Patsy