I recently told someone "art is messy and if you're not messy then you probably aren't doing it right." Don't get me wrong being organized is great and can help you create when you're able to see all of your art supplies. However I try to always pick up my work counter before starting a new project, and it just seems to help me work better. Maybe that is just my prerogative because when I'm in my creative process I always seem to make a mess no matter how hard I try to stay clean. Have you ever watched a movie involving an artist, and they show them creating while they are perfectly clean and not messy at all. I always wind up telling the TV "that's not realistic, artists understand that art can be chaotic."
That's part of my personality and yes I have a hard time remembering to put things up after I'm finished with it but I am trying to make a conscious effort (but let's be honest it doesn't always happen.) So if you find me in the middle of a creative process it's not pretty: I'll have my hair pulled back out of my face (usually still wet), work clothes on because I always get glaze or clay on myself while working, and no make up (YIKES).
Everyone has their own creative process maybe you're organized and don't make a mess while creating, you have an art degree and went to school for design, or maybe you're self-taught, like me, and glean all the information you can from the internet, books or fellow artists. It doesn't matter what kind of artist you are as long as you enjoy what you create. Have fun because art is what you make it and just think that the greatest artist of all created each one of us in His image!!!
In the past I've written our "blog posts" in a much more formal tone; however, that's not me or my personality. I'm a 24-year-old gal who loves Jesus, with a romantic soul who thinks puns are the greatest thing on this earth. I can get so tickled at something that I'll almost make my self sick (which is never a good idea). Christmas is my favorite season and I love Fall; but you won't catch me drinking a 'Pumpkin Spice Latte' or any coffee for that matter as I absolutely abhor it. So if I need caffeine you'll find me with an ice-cold mountain dew, no matter the temperature outdoors!
Yesterday marks the start of August and in my opinion that stirs in me the feeling of the weather cooling off, starting to decorate for the Harvest Season and beginning to plan for Christmas decorating. Don't worry though I'm not breaking out the Fall decor totes yet I have some self-control. It may or may not surprise you that I started listening to Christmas music in June and not the new wild music that's so popular the old vintage music sung by Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Matthis, Andy Williams and Perry Como to name just a few of my favorites.
Yes, Christmas is still months away but it's okay because Hobby Lobby already has Christmas decor out and Hallmark Channel has been playing their annual "Christmas in July" programs. It doesn't really matter if they didn't have their decor out or movies on because I grew up with my GrandaMa and GrandaPa listening to Christmas music in the summer. Let's not put the cart before the horse though because I truly do enjoy a taste of every season minus all the issues I have with allergies, if it blooms I'm probably allergic to it!
PS. ~ I was listening to Christmas music as I wrote this!
Last Saturday I was decorating my family's home for spring by putting out our precious spring bunny flags along with the Easter wreath for our front door. We almost always have a wreath on the front door to dress it up and make it more inviting. During my decorating spree I brought out the wreath for our door, and it looked pitiful. My GrandaMa who was like Martha Stewart, before she was famous, had the ability to design a beautiful wreath that looked like the elegant and expensive store options. She designed this wreath for my Mama years ago and it was time to be revamped; however, neither my Mama nor I have ever made a wreath ourselves, so it was a daunting task. I just want to say that it wasn't Mama's idea to redo the wreath; that is all on me because I told her it looked rough.
On top of all my spring decorating, my dad was leaving the next day, Sunday, to fly to Montgomery, Alabama, for a work trip for the week. Mama was preoccupied with packing his clothes and making sure he had everything he would need. She gave me pointers like to take everything off the wreath then organize what you have so you have an idea of all your pieces. The goal was to create a new re-vamped spring wreath without having to purchase anything. After taking everything off the wreath I accessed what we had and realized I had no clue on how to put it back together with a fresh design. After finding inspiration I decided the focal point would be Easter eggs along with the beautiful bunny cross-stitch piece my Mama created several years ago. Now that we had decided on a design, we realized, of course; we don't have enough eggs to complete it. Never fear my Dad was already at Wally-World a.k.a. Walmart picking up several things for his trip and thankfully snagged us a few packs of glittery styrofoam eggs.
With the new eggs in hand I was determined to complete this wreath as I wanted to finish it before the day was over (or so I thought). Working away, hot gluing the eggs to the wreath everything was going splendidly. The biggest problem I was having was to decide which colors to place where. Then it happened! An Easter egg with an obscene amount of hot glue on it fell from my left hand over onto my right hand and burned me. We tried everything we knew to calm the burning pain; however, we ended up Saturday evening headed to the emergency room. I felt terrible that I had done something so stupid that resulted in what everyone knows will be an expensive emergency room visit as most visits are. We learned that I had second-degree burns and would need to visit the burn clinic on Wednesday for them to assess the damage.
Wednesday rolled around and we had to be up with the roosters as the burn clinic is only one day and first come first serve with doctors coming from Augusta, Georgia to treat patients. I'm going, to be honest, I was nervous and unsure of what they would have to do with the big blisters on my fingers. We learned we had two options: to clean the cut open blisters every day and bandage them or to have cadaver skin placed on them (i.e skin grafts). Let me tell you the first option sounded better and the second made my skin crawl. However, they told us the second option was extremely safe and clean while helping me to heal quicker. So I opted for the second route. After giving me pain medicine they cut the blisters open and immediately started placing the skin grafts. Thankfully the amazing nurses and doctors managed to keep me from passing out.
We'll have to return on this Wednesday to have the bandages removed and decide if I've healed enough or if we have to place them back on for another week. We're praying that they will be taken off because I can hardly do anything with these bandages and definitely can't work with any clay! I know that it was excruciating when it happened and even after the skin grafts were placed; however, I'm so very thankful that it wasn't worse. It made me think about a man who used to live in the rural area around my GrandaPa who was burned severely all over is body and had to be airlifted to the Augusta burn unit. I'm so thankful that it was just a few fingers that I burned and not my entire body or my face. We have to be thankful even though we may be going through a tough time because more than likely someone else is going through something much worse.
Thanks for reading and I wanted to let y'all know why we've been so quiet this week. The most important thing to share is that Monday I completed the infamous 'Easter Wreath'!!! Thanks for the support and concern y'all have shared. Now get out into the pollen and enjoy the Spring while it lasts!
Daisee Mae Creations
Everyone believes in something Jesus Christ, Santa Clause or even witchcraft; however only one of these things will save you from your sin and that is Jesus Christ. If you don't know what sin is this is exactly how Merriam-Webster defines it. Sin: an offense against religious or moral law. Sin is a broad topic with it including and not limited to these examples: lying, stealing, killing, premarital sex, homosexuality, and drinking to name a few. At some stage of your life you have done something that you know you shouldn't have done and you felt ashamed that's because you sinned. It's not something that anyone is immune to. We find in Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God."
There is an answer to this sin problem which everyone has and it is found in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He Gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life. " God the Father sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth born of the virgin Mary to die on the Cross for us so that we can be saved from this life of sin. Think about it this way you have an only child whom you love dearly and you have to send them away from you down to a horrible place for the express purpose of them dying. Not only would they die but it would be an agonizing and torturous death.
God the Father loved us so much that He did just that by sending His son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross of Calvary for you and I. It doesn't matter what you may have done or the kinds of sins that you've committed Jesus died and His precious blood was shed so that you might have everlasting life in heaven with Him.
I was taught growing up about Jesus Christ so much so that it was an everyday occurrence in homeschooling that we had a bible curriculum we had to learn from. My point is everyone has a choice to make whether you're going to choose Jesus Christ or if you're going to choose the path of the world, which is sin. I chose Jesus Christ when I was a little girl about 8 or 9 years old; however, it wasn't until I was 16 years old that I truly started learning about the Lord and trying to live for Him daily. When I was 17 years old I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues while at a Donnie Swaggart service in South Carolina. It was such a special time receiving the infilling of the Holy Spirit with my Mama, GrandaPa and GrandaMa there to witness it. I will also always remember the story my Mama told me of how she received the baptism with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues while attending a Jimmy Swaggart service when she was 16 years old. This is such a special memory for me because two generations of women who loved the Lord were there praying with me and for me to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I just wanted to share a little bit about what my family and I believe because Jesus is in every part of our business, Daisee Mae Creations. We pray for guidance on what to create and trust Him to provide for us as He gave us this business. Thanks for reading and if you are interested in asking Jesus to save you from your sin and into your heart please head to this link to learn how to be saved. We watch Sonlife Broadcasting Network which is Jimmy Swaggart's Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, every Sunday and Wednesday. They even have programs every day of the week that are so informative and helpful. We hope you have a great day and are truly blessed by the Lord!
Daisee Mae Creations
All of the bible verses used are from 'The Expositor's Study Bible - Ladies Edition, King James Version.'
Monday marked four years we've celebrated the birthday of my GrandaMa, after her passing. Figuring out how to handle the birthdays for loved ones who have passsed can be extremely difficult. Every person and family may want to celebrate it differently with some celebrating their life and surrounding themselves with family while others would rather just make it through the day without a big fuss. We lost my GrandaMa four years ago this August and it has not been easy. The first year on her birthday was extremely hard with none of us wanted to be here so we went away for a couple of days to the Tennessee mountains. Her birthday is March 4, 1935, and she would have been 84 years young this year. The past three years we've gone to my grandparents home where you can still feel her presence all around you and celebrate with home cooked food while reminiscing.
My GrandaMa was a unique person; I don't think there is anyone else like her. She was a self-taught artist and "Martha Stewart, before Martha Stewart existed." The one thing that she wanted everyone to know was that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior. She could start a conversation with anyone and ask them, "do you know Jesus?" Her personality was one of a kind. In many ways she reminds us of our Pastor, Jimmy Swaggart, whom she watched on Sonlife Broadcasting Network for many years. Grandama had such a hunger to learn more about Jesus and would study the Bible daily. Many people can't say that they've had a wonderful role model like I can. Before she passed she was one of my spiritual leaders and I knew without a doubt I could call her to ask her anything and the first thing she would say was, "have you prayed about it?" She believed along with my Mama that I was to start Daisee Mae Creations. I'm so thankful to have had her while I did.
After losing a loved one we tend to look back on how we may have mistreated them or what we did wrong and feel regret; however, we aren't supposed to do that. We can look back but ultimately we have to go to the Cross of Calvary and ask Jesus to forgive us and be willingly to forgive ourselves, as we can't change the past. Personally, I've had to do that very thing as I'm human and not perfect and neither was my GrandaMa, as wonderful as she was. Families can be complicated with so many different personalities that tend to clash at times. We have to be in constant prayer that the Lord will lead us and give us the correct attitudes towards people so we won't have to have those types of regrets if someone passes.
I just wanted to share a little about my GrandaMa, Betty Sue, with y'all to add a more human aspect to our relationship instead of seemingly perfect social media posts.
In the words of my GrandaMa "I luvs ya!"
Daisee Mae Creations
We wanted to update everyone on why we had been so absent with our social media in January and the beginning of February. On Saturday, January 12, 2019, my dad had an unfortunate log splitter accident. He was cutting wood for our buck stove and somehow managed to amputate the tip of his left middle finger. Mama and I were not with him and received the phone call from home and were extremely upset and concerned as we had no idea to what extent his finger had been damaged.
You can imagine our reaction, concern and anxiousness to learn what would happen to his finger. We arrived at Roper Saint Francis Emergency Room in West Ashley shortly after my dad and his friend did. It was not something that we would ever want anyone to endure. Waiting for the doctors to determine if the bone was exposed or if he would have to go into emergency surgery was the hardest part. They, of course, gave him pain medicine and sterilized the wound to ensure that no infection set in. We would end up waiting around six hours before he would be released from the emergency room.
The hand surgeon that was on call said that the bone was not exposed, and they would stitch up his finger for the time being. He had to schedule an appointment with the same hand doctor for the coming week. Thankfully he did not have to undergo surgery; however, the doctor said that in the future he might have to have surgery to grind the bone down. We are so extremely thankful that he didn't lose his finger although we are still waiting to see if his finger nail will grow back in. The nurses and the hand surgeon were all wonderful in taking care of him. We've learned over the years that it takes a special person to become a nurse or doctor, as not everyone has that call on their life.
We hope you've enjoyed the update on our family with dad's accident. It really slowed us down as well as another family member having to have minor surgery. Thank you so much for tagging along with us on our journey of life.
Daisee Mae Creations
Today, we are celebrating the fourth anniversary of Daisee Mae Creations. Over the past four years, we have grown monumentally in our design execution and our ability to create items exclusive to our shop. Daisee Mae Creations is a business that was started out of faith and has continued to exist, as well as, grow through the Holy Spirit guiding our footsteps.
We have been given the gift of self-employment. To know that we are seeking the face of God before every business decision along with trusting Him to provide the sales we need is truly a blessing. Starting a business is difficult;however, when something is given to you by God, why wouldn't you do it? It will be the best thing that has ever happened to you as long as you trust God's plan and His timing.
We want to thank all of the customers we've encountered over the past few years for the support they've given us. When you purchase from Daisee Mae Creations, you're helping local South Carolinian's who are trying to provide for their family while creating distinctive products that are made in the USA. We tithe a percentage out of our sales to Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, so you're not just helping us, your helping to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people around the world. Thank you and God Bless!
Daisee Mae Creations
Merry Christmas Everybody!
We hope you have had a fabulous year and are taking the time to enjoy family and friends. It has definitely been a crazy year for us. We're looking forward to taking a break to rejuvenate as well as get those creative juices flowing again and come back fresh in the New Year ready to create. Our hope is that the Lord will lead and guide each one of our customers and that He is the main focus this Holiday Season as well as throughout the entire year. Seasons change, friends and family come and go but Jesus stays the same NO MATTER WHAT! He is always there when we need Him and to be honest that's all the time. We know that we wouldn't be able to make it through the day and be happy without, His Joy. Please have a "Merry Christmas" celebrating the joyous birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Y'all!
Love, Daisee Mae Creations
We are extremely thankful for all that the Lord has blessed us with this year and the opportunities we've had to share the Gospel with folks. Our hope is that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and stays safe this holiday!
Lots of love,
Daisee Mae Creations