Saturday, June 30, 2012

The hydrangeas are here.  Full blown, bountiful heads of blooms are everywhere.
Pink heads, blue heads, fuchsia heads, celadon heads and heads dripping with colors beyond imagination are swaying all over our garden.
Each morning a new shade comes out from hiding and slowly spreads itself across the expansive heads of blooms. These evolving color hues bring a fresh kind of osmosis inspiration into our studio each day.  Oh, we will so be using these colors in new artwork!
These hydrangeas just pour themselves out for us.  They give and give and give, becoming better as their gracious and generous nature unfolds.

They’re a bit like people.
 When we pour ourselves out for others or refresh others, a surprising result occurs …we’re refreshed ourselves! 

Refreshers are refreshed. 

St. Francis of Assisi recognized this phenomenon clearly and captured it in the lovely expression, “it is in giving that we receive.”

So, for those of you who’ve been pouring yourselves out for others lately, or giving when you just didn’t think you could give anymore, take a look at these hydrangea blossoms.  They just become more beautiful in their giving.  And so will you.  You’ll be enriched, refreshed and renewed.  Don’t be surprised if you see some new hues of joy and strength spreading across the landscape of your life.

The Velvet Lime Girls

“If you are generous… and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.”  Isaiah 58:10

View from our studio

Thursday, June 21, 2012

"You Wash, I'll Dry"

On this first day of summer, we are certainly not thinking about the dog days of summer yet.  But we have really had dogs on our minds.   Marybeth has had some canine inspiration and we’ll be working on a new collection of artwork for dog lovers everywhere.  It will obviously include a bit of humor, because dogs are just funny.  If you don’t believe us, just take a look at this photo entitled, “ You wash, I’ll dry."

Enjoying a laugh on the first day of summer,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Special thanks to Laura's niece, Lauren and "nephew dog", Dakota Skinner.  He has his own facebook page and is seeking new friends.