Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Season of Ouch

On October 17, 2011; I ruptured my achilles when I was skateboarding down Ala Moana Park.  It's been two months and I'm having the time of my life.  Although the first two weeks sucked, I realized and got to experience so much and I'm so very grateful for each moment.  The story of how it happened is pretty funny, actually. 

So I was super excited when I met this guy on the bus {it was super late, I was hanging out in town with a friend of mine} who had a skateboard.  If you know me, I'll talk to anyone and this night my new friend was talking to me about skateboarding.  He told me he was actually selling a board but he won't be selling in until two weeks-or I didn't have money until two weeks?  I forgot...but anyway; he ended selling me a Sector 9 longboard and I was super stoked about it.  That was Saturday. 

Sunday I got to cruz around some more with "Captian J" but I had to study for my Critical Thinking final the next day. 

On Monday, I was even more excited because after my final, I asked another friend of mine to teach me the was cool and then I set out to ride around at the beach.  At the beach I got to practice what i just learned but as I cruzed around the park i heard a "pop".  i felt pain but i was more worried about my board.  It flew into the street and I somehow mananged a matrix style move,{i didn't fall!} causing me to run out to the street  to grab my board and then I sat it down on the grass, and sat on my board contemplating what I was going to do next.  I really didn't know who to call or what to do for that matter that I walked a block out to the nearest Starbucks to webMD my injury. 

At Sbux, the worker had given me a large bag of ice while i consulted the great internet doctor.  I was thinking of just walking back to the bus stop to go back home but the great old webMD said to go to the doctor since I heard a "pop".  I kinda knew that it was my achilles that popped, i think i read about it happening to someone before.  So I called my BFF and my sister, both was not able to pick me up.  So I ended up walking out 4 blocks to another main street to catch the next bus to take me to the hospital. 

Half way to the hospital, i really thought i could get back on my board {i thought it would be easier if i rode out there-yeah, i'm not that smart} but my leg was not having it.  it was worth the try. 

At the hospital, the Physician Assistant had confirmed that it was my achilles that ruptured, they took an ex-ray and placed a tempoary cast on.  They told me to go to the doctor in a few days and to stay off my feet, they also taught me to walk with my crutches.  As I left Queens' i met a guy who was tripping out when I was telling him about my injury; he was in shock when he saw me walking out of the ER with my crutches and skateboard.  Like i said, it was pretty funny. 

On Thursday i called the dr and he said to come in the next day.  So Friday the dr seen me and scheduled an emergency surgery for the following day.  Saturday I got the surgery and by his terms "it was a good clean repair".  NICE.  I stayed home for a week more and I was miserable because I was missing so much school.  I was missing my friends and I hate staying home sick or missing lectures for class.  UGH.  

I finally got back to classes and it took me a while to catch up but more for later....

Wednesday, November 9, 2011



Ecclesiastes 7:14

"Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God.  Remember that nothing is cerain in this life."

On October 17th, while i was cruzing around Ala Moana Beach park with my Captain J, {my sector 9 skateboard}, my achilles ruptured.  It was a full tear, I heard the pop and in pictures you can see where it was severed.  After I got over myself and realized that there is more to life then being depressed and bumed out, God spoke to me and made me realize that it's not about me.  I've had such a bad attitude and so selfish that I just need to get over it. 

Today, I am establishing myself as CEO, Creative Executive Officer of {my life} Permanent Vacations.  I want to work hard to financially sustain my lifestyle--if you've ever seen my FaceBook quote, "Your job doesn't define who you are, money is just a necessary evil to maintain a chosen lifestyle; altho more of it makes life a little easier."

What I do: I can babysit, administrative stuff, organize, clean houses {altho at the time being, i'll be hobbling around your home while i clean}, answer phones, office stuff, create greeting cards via my A Muse Studio business, and hopefully become a consultant for Mary Kay. 

If you need any of these services, please let me know!  My email address is: analynm808 {at} gmail {dot} com. 

Any services rendered will be charged as a donation, there is no set price.  You will be investing in Me!


Friday, October 7, 2011

The Pursuit of God, a book report

Introduction & Overview

A. W. Tozer wrote a book titled "The Pursuit of God", which is 75 pages short but one I could not grasp a hold of. The idea of pursuing God has been my lifetime goal; the act of following after a God that is so magnificent, so wonderful, so full of unfailing love, captivates me to the point of wanting to fully grasp and understand this book. Just reading the table of contents sounds so fascinating that each chapter is a hopeful revelation of God's path to Him. I believe that the reason why I have not fully grasped this book is that I may not be allowing the words to penetrate my personal perception of how to pursue God in a personal way.

The thought-provoking chapter titles such as "the universal presence", "the speaking voice" and "the gaze of the soul", reverts my imagination into new revelations of new avenues towards my personal pursuit of Christ. The pursuit of God is somewhat incongruous when the idea that God is all around us. Although this thought seems out of place, Tozer's passionate writing guides the reader into a new paradigm of one's spiritual emptiness to a road of divine passages of greater revelations to God.

Four Key approaches Tozer Recommends to Draw Close to God

The design of the book is constructed in a way that he provides the reader with as many as ten key concepts; four of them are fundamentally heavy in my personal pursuit of God. These areas are: the pursuit of a personal experience and relationship with God; the pursuit of hearing and discerning God’s voice; the pursuit of God’s omniscience and omnipresent existence; and finally the pursuit of meekness and resting in God’s yoke.

In the quest to find who God is has a beginning. The basics of Christianity is the acceptance of Jesus Christ, that he died on the cross for our sins as “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2, NKJV) The revelation of his death and resurrection and all awhile knowing that the Creator, God, can possibly damn a person into the darkness of the pit of hell makes one decide on their eternal consequence. This basic knowledge starts the new baby Christian into a life full of hope and belief of something greater than oneself. This new journey into eternity can sometimes be daunting if that new creation has no direction. In the pursuit of God, finding the path of a personal experience with the most Holy and High God is vital in seeking this revelation of who God truly is. If a person has not established the personality of God, it becomes a religion; something that is done on a regular basis without any consequence of not fully experiencing the intimate relationship with God the Father. The danger of missing the personal point, according to Tozer, is that many Christians fall in love with “an ideal and (is) loyal to a mere principle” rather than the “loving Personality (that) dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene”. Once we fully grasp the concept of knowing God on a personal level; someone who walks with us, talks with us, and hears us changes our original pattern of belief that God is only in the heavens, only co-existing with angels up above. This insight causes the new believer to seek God and ask for spiritual eyes to be opened; new ears to hear the voice of God.

The audible voice of God can only be discerned when one is actually in line with the will of God. Since God is a personal God, He is able to speak to His believers in a clear voice so that they know what it is that God wants from them. We are all capable to hear that still small voice that speaks to us in a personal way. God continually speaks to his chosen ones, using methods that are easily acceptable to mere humans. His words are visually communicated through the creation of the bible. The bible speaks volumes in terms of who God is. It is filled with many true stories of the past and future manifestations of what is about to happen. The first chapter of the book of John states how the word of God was and is God. In this book of life, all things are created and it is a witness of the light that is God. The issues most Christians have is the ability to have two way conversations with the Creator, whereas most are only having one-way discussions to God. God’s word clearly states to “be still and know that I am God”. (Psalms 46:10) To listen to that voice takes practice and heading to his direction takes discipline.

Knowing that we have a personal relationship and being able to hear God gives us the idea of God is in attendance wherever and whenever we need him. He has never left our side; He does not solely exist in the heavenly realms surrounded by heavenly creatures. In the chapter titled “the universal presence” he states that “God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works.” He is all around. This key concept allows the new believer to know that God is here. This omnipresence instills faith as well as a fear of God that makes one aware of the consequences of doing what is right or wrong. To be prosperous in the pursuit of God as a complete universal being, one must know that “He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us. The revelation of God to any man is not God coming from a distance upon a time to pay a brief and momentous visit to the man’s soul.”

As believers we should be humbled in the fact that God seeks us, as much as we desire to seek Him. This idea of “prevenient grace” which is this idea “that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man” provides hope that not all is lost in the world. The Sovereignty of God is so powerful that we cannot escape His reality that God loves his people and created them each personally. In this revelation, we must pursue the meekness and resting in God’s yoke. It is common to think of a yoke as a heavy and burdensome task, but with God, He desires us to be united in him which will ultimately free us from bondage that weighs us down. It is ironic to most as the yoke of slavery is a cumbersome commission. The freedom from being set free from the bondages of pride and artificiality creates meekness in the believer that they can be at liberty to be a bondservant to Christ Jesus. The release of these burdens allows God’s light to fully shine and the hostage of sin permitted to serve God unconditionally.

Application of Two of Tozer’s Approaches to My Life and/or Ministry

The first application of Tozer’s approaches to my ministry is the ability to seek and hear God’s voice. I hope to pursue God continuously in prayer, worship, and reading of His word. For me this can be challenging for I do not spend the quality time necessary in relationship with Him to fully grasp what He wants me to see, hear, and feel. Because of the personal relationship that I have is somewhat fairly new to me; I feel that this area is one that needs constant attention. This is the foundation of my life and ministry. If I am to have an effective and successful ministry working with the youth, especially the young teenage girls, I must be in constant communion with my Lord and Savior.

The other application in the Pursuit of God is the pursuit of meekness and rest in God’s yoke. It is another challenge for me to let go of my pride and artificially. For the past 15 years, I’ve lived in Southern California where being fake and plastic is the norm. Many typical Californians have the attitude of “faking it to make it” to accomplish selfish desires. The pursuit of the American Dream is prevalent in this area of the United States. I hope to drop these shades of fear and forged realities to be able to relate to the lost and future generation of leaders. The young people must see the raw and real self that is not perfect but full of God’s grace and mercy. Tozer’s spoke of “the meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself.” Knowing that I am completely unworthy of His death at the cross but being confident in Christ’s power to overcome the impossible is too great for me to miss out on leaving on those shades of imperfections on! I will strive to pursue God in a way that is both humbling but assured of God’s perfect love and power.

Summary and close

In reading the Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, I was not able to fully grasp the concepts until I completed this book report. I did not allow the Holy Spirit to pierce my conceptions of how to pursue God. The point at which I completely grasped the ideas of this reading is upon application. These key elements of knowing God personally, hearing is voice, being fully aware of his presence, and to be humbled and resting in his yoke, are essential to effectively finding that path of pursuing our Heavenly Father.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Position Paper ~ Love


Love is the overflow of affection of one’s heart towards God and other people.

One cannot love God and love others without God's love because God is Love.

God’s love is indescribable, unfathomable, and all the while unconditional as
we mere humans can only grasp a portion of what Pure Love truly is.

This cascading affection from God that spills out of my heart is
acted on, motivates, and pursued upon to enable me to effectually hear His voice.

The rippling effect causes me to be aligned to what He asks me to do, whether it is to be a
witness of God’s goodness or help an old lady with her heavy bags onto the bus.

His unfailing love for me is too much for me to bear as I am completely unworthy of the
 selfless passion Jesus sustained on the wooden cross,
but it is humbly accepted by me, one saved by grace and mercy.

It is because of how He Loves me, I know that He will provide
a husband and partner to be an example of
the sacrificial love of God and his bride,
the Church.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Waging war 9.19.11

I had an amazing weekend! God truly showed up and and spoke to my heart on Sunday!  I got to meet Dawn O'Brian host of Hawaii's Christian morning show~95.5 the fish.  It was such a pleasure especially after the heart break of my Saturday.  It was so refreshing to come to his altar, lay down my pain and have Him take it from me.  And, I got to pray with the woman next to me who told me that when I before I prayed for her she had this numbness that stretched from her shoulder to the tip of her fingers and when I laid my hands on her, it disappeared!  I felt something because from the moment I prayed with her I felt it too! 
"I will  give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."  Ezekiel 36:26

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Party in the park 9.17.11

Today, I fell in love.
Today, My heart broke.
There was a Party in the Park. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dude, Just a note...

DUDE...just a note
dets: all a|s products: CS: sugar, french roast and cherry gingham; Stamps: Rock Star, Life is a song, and brief notes;
Inks: French Roast, memento black, and cranberry; Copics: RV27, E33,E11.

You Rock
dets: inside the card: Stamps: Rock Star; Inks: cranberry and memento black
I don't get to make "guy" cards very often and this is a special one.  It is "just a note" for a friend of mine who rocked out on NHCC's open mic night.  The whole night was filled with talented musicians and it was super sweet to be serenaded for a few hours.  I could only imagine what it would be like to be serenaded to music like that every night.  My favorite accustic guitar player is Tyler Ward...He's so awesome...and very easy on the eyes.  ;p *wink*

Here's a sample of his of my favs:

Like him on Facebook,and youtube!  and buy his music on itunes!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

my sweet love affair

Oh how I love thee; let me count the ways.

Hour by hour, your fragance envokes silent memories of days gone by.
Day to day, I am serenaded your lovely lullaby.
Fourteen days of passion on my lips.
Sweet fifteen: oh, the creamy yumminess on my hips.
I am transported into the heavenly realms,
I crave thee morning, noon, and night.
Most deep-seated longing, it bellows from within.
I love thee open-handledly, as men strive to pursue,
I love thee completely, devoted solely to you.
I love thee with a zeal for the delicious obsession, I cry out "yes, you are mine!"
The hands of the saints are worthy of the magnificent names uttered.
Between my hands and on my lips
I can't get enough of my Starbucks drinks!!!

An adaptation to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem
"Oh how I love thee"

Gold Status!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the beginnings of my writing.  I'm so excited because school started and I'm in a class called "The Art of Story". 
It's challenging because I can't write but it inspires me~one day my book is gonna be written!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Aloha Initative

Thank you to John and Cyndi, who opens up their home to Aloha Initiave.  They host friends from Japan, those who were affected by the tsunami and earthquake.  They not only open up their home, but their hearts. 

I had an opportunity to visit with our Japan friends, most names have been forgotten but their smiles and laughter are forever in my hearts.  Most of the visitors where 18 to 25.  They have big hearts and warm smiles.  It was a blessing to be a part of this, even for one night.  I hope that this will not be the only time I get to visit with them.

Thanks so much!
dets: all a|s~CS: sugar and fern; Stamps: life's a breeze, sea shells, keep swimmin', ovalicious, friend to friend; Other: papaya
grosgrain ribbon.
In my card, I sent Cyndi a letter hoping to host a workshop to make greeting cards.  I hope and pray that she would be open to do it! 

*Keeping my fingers crossed!*

Grand Opening ~ Sunday, August 28th 3-6pm

Pencils good enough to eat!
Who say's writing is a pain?  With these pencils, you can't help but devour them one by one! 

You're invited to my A Muse Studio Grand Opening!
This Sunday, August 28th, 2011
3PM to 6PM
a wonderful fun night of creative fun!

With *A*Muse*A*Palooza* going on at A|S, my goal is to have 3-4 workshops by September 30th.  Help me succeed~book a party!  Let's have fun creating great and fabulous projects! To celebrate this momentous goal, I'm inviting a bunch of friends~those who helped me succeed~ to
Amuse Wine Bar
at the Honolulu Design Center!
What a great and awesome way to celebrate success!
Fun and wine!  Fantastic!

email me for more directions or to book a party~
analynm808 {at} gmail {dot} com

Enjoy and Happy Stamping!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August Spotlight ~ School Days

It's that time again, the Montly Spotlight is ready for consumption!!!!
This month A Muse Studio's theme is
**School Days**

With school back in and Summer is over, it's the perfect time to play with A Muse Studio's stamp sets!
On Sale till September 15th:

School Days
Rock Star
Personal Stationary
The Mighty Jungle
Past Due

and the cordinating cardstocks ~ Collegiate:

Winter Sky
Easy to order online at my webstore:
for orders over $150 ~ email me for free products!
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Happy School days!

Monday, August 8, 2011

His Holy Name ~ Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy

Revelation 4:8
"Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out.  Day after day and night after night they kept on saying, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty - the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come."

They say in the old times (don't quote me on this) that if you say something 3x it is really important. So God must be HOLY! Can you imagine, in heaven, they cry out 24-7, non-stop, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Almighty!"  Wow!  And God does deserve that much praise! 
I love the song that comes with it:

It pretty much covers all of what I would say in words!

Friday, August 5, 2011

CAS-ual Friday ~ Glitzy Glue Dots

What's shakin'?
dets: all a|s unless stated: CS: sugar and watermelon; Stamps: tini time; Inks: bubblegum, lichen, papaya,
and a muse dye black; Other: glue dots-memory book and a|s diamond glitter

up close glitz up glue dots
This week at CAS-ual Friday is:
click on link to CFC #14
It was a challenging card because I really don't like to use glitter or glue dots.  Glitter can get very messy and for some reason glue dots does not stick well with me.  If you take a look at the up close shot, the glue dot on the left side is not perfectly round.  I don't know why that happens. 
Anyone have any ideas?  

It was a fun challenge nontheless.  I got a chance to play with this month's spotlight "Tini Time".  I am in love with this set.  I love how the bubbles and starlight things came out.  I masked the top papaya starlight thing and was very impressed how it turned out.  I actually just covered it with a piece of paper and I was afraid the corner was going to show up. If you looked close enough, you can actually see it.  It's a good thing all you get is my photo.  Which reminds me, I've got to get a better camera (I'm using my camera phone) and a light box.  What I have now is horrible but it'll have to do.

Happy Friday everyone! 

Tini time is on sale till August 15th!
Shop at my webstore!

Thank you, Marie!

Thank you, Marie
dets: all a|s unless stated~ CS: sugar and buttercup; Stamps: a muse art stamps: wine and cheese,
and lemonade, a|s tini time, essential sentiments;
Inks: a muse dye black; Copics: BG10, RV25, R17, Y17, BV08, Y13, E99, and V15;
Other: mini dots, multi

Today, I made steps to re-establish my hawaii roots.  I opened up an account at First Hawaiian Bank and got my very own 808 phone number.  I was supposed to get my hawaii license but my sister had someone making repairs at her house.  By the time the repair guy was done it was 2pm.  We left the house at 3pm and Kapolei dmv closes at 4pm. 
There was no way to make it out there in time with traffic. 

At FHB, the Customer Service Rep, Marie was so nice I wanted to send her a thank you note.  She was so sweet and explained everything about my new checking account.  Which reminds me to hook up my online ;p We had a chance to talk about many things-living in Hawaii and family.  Her daughter will be in college attending a school in New York.  They will be taking a trip to the Big Apple in a week.  Traveling to other places is so exciting!   

Its a great way to make a new friend and to continue to get awesome service at the bank. *wink* It reminded me of when I used work for the credit union.  We had our favorites and our un-favorite customers.  Of course we would be more lenient to those who were nicer.  Treat others how you want to be treated.  The golden rule. 

We briefly discussed my A Muse Studio business and I hope I can one day gain her as a new customer!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Olive you!

Olive you!
dets: all a|s unless stated: CS: sugar, buttercup, buttercup polka dot; Stamps: Tini Time, ovalicious, and swanky backgrounds,
Inks: lemon whip, papaya, and amuse dye black; Other: mini dots, muliti
Two cards in one night!  I'm on a roll! lol...This second card is going to my previous sweet and dear manager: Mildred.  On FB she has posted two pictures of the gang drinking and I thought this was very appropriate.  I miss her and she was the best manager to work with. 
Mildred, I'm waiting for you to come out to visit me here! ;p
I got a chance to get her a few Hawaiian goodies: chocolate covered macadamian nuts, honey roasted mac nuts, Hawaiian Ice Tea (to be mixed with water); a few white rabbit (filipino candy); this card and a Hawaii post card.  Her birthday was this past July 27th. So I'm gonna send her some Love from Hawaii.  I hope she likes it! 

Both stamp sets are on sale till August 15th! 
Hurry up and save!

SC343 ~ Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday To You
dets: all a|s unless stated ~ CS: sugar, sage, and sage gingham; Stamps: sea shells, life's a breeze, and birthday greetings;
Inks: fern, grass, and amuse dye black; Copics: YG67 and YG13
So I've been hanging out at SplitCoast Stampers and I'm really liking their challenges.  I've told myself that I really want to excel in my trade (cardmaking).  Participating in these challenges are a way to get my creative juices flowing and allows me to stretch myself.  
At the lounge, we had a chance to call Lara to pratice our booking calls.  It was such a great idea and with a bonus: we get a stamp set ~ FOR FREE!!!
All we had to do is call.  It was on like Donkey Kong!  I did have to wait almost 45 minutes but it was well worth it.  Lara said I did a really good job *pats myself on the back* and she gave me lots of great tips! It was super fun!  I did say a lot of umms and wells.  I gotta practice not doing that.  It wasn't really well rehearsed, just kinda went with the flow. 
I already had a stamp set in mind (clever girls-pg 55) but I had to ask if we could choose from the new catty.  OMG!!!  Now I can't decide!!!  lol...
I think I'm going to stick with my original choice. 
 I'm a clever girl by calling and doing a good job. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

True Hero

True Hero
PFC Derek McConnell
On the OWH (operation write home) blog featured a story about a wounded warrior.  PFC Derek McConnell was injured on July 23, 2011.  He sustained injuries by an IED.  More information is on Caring Bridge's website.  It is written by his mother.  Its a bittersweet journey that she's going through.  Take a few minutes to read and sign her guest book. 

I found my video about my True Hero.  I was really stoked that I still had it because I thought I lost it forever when my Dell laptop broke. 

I hope you enjoy this video.  Please continue to pray for our military men and women; and their families.
in memory of JPM
12.06.77 ~ 07.24.07

Monday, August 1, 2011

Clean and Simple {CAS129}

Happy Belated Birthday
dets: all a|s unless stated: CS: sugar and bubble gum gingham; Stamps: birthday builder, classic alphabet, a very merry un-birthday,
cleaver girls; Inks: papaya and memento black; Other: pearl stickers and crayola colored pencils

My first Clean and Simple challenge over at SplitCoast Stampers.
This week have been full of firsts...first Mojo Monday, CAS-ual Friday and now this one.  Today's Mojo Monday was kinda difficult, the center of the card was a circle and I don't have anything to make circles.  I could of used a soup can for an outline but I would rather get a big shot and nessabilites.  But that's another $200 bucks or more...hehehe.  This hobby can get expensive!  It's okay, its well worth it.  When I used to go to stamp classes, they would all say "at least it's better than drugs cuz u get something out of it." Very true...drugs, no bueno~stamping~muy bueno. ;p

Last night I completed the A|S August Blog Hop, which was a lot of fun!  I can't wait till next month!  I got goodies in the mail today, filled with the July spotlight:
A Neighborhood Block Party.
I can't wait to see what Julie has for our RTRW (ready to roll workshop) for these stamp sets!
I'll be planning a 'Tini Time open house, hopefully in a week.
Email me to RSVP to this event!
analynm808 {at} gmail {dot} com

Order July spotlight special~Good thru Aug. 15th!


August Blog Hop

Summer Breeze
dets: all a|s unless stated: CS: sugar, sage, gingham: bubblegum, buttercup and sky;
Stamps: life's a breeze and a muse art stamps-heart line;
Inks: french roast, papaya, cranberry, and memento black; Other: yellow floss and green toothpick

Summer Love

"If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Samantha's blog, and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha's blog until you come to my blog.
 I'm second on the list.

This month we were asked to create a project on what summer means to me.  Summer reminds me of love and the beach.  Living in Hawaii, we get to go to the beach all year round but so much so in the summer with school out of session.  I don't have kids but I have a group of teens at my church who always talks about going to the beach during the summer. 

The love of my life does not live on the islands, (by choice), so I wanted to make a card dedicated to him.  I wish he was here and so I made a special "mung and pung" chair set. 
It's my version of "his & hers". 
I love the gingham paper ~ I finally opened it up (from the starter kit) and had a chance to play with it. The colors and design are so pretty! 

I went to my cousin's BKP 1st anniversary party and they performed their own version of 
"Summer breeze".  BKP stands for Broke Kids Project.  It's a collaboration of teens (from our church) making music.  The music is not strictly christian music but a mix of their musical talents. I'm so proud of them, I wish I had a video from last night to show off.  

I'll just settle for Jason Mraz's mix ~ Enjoy the video before you're off to your next stop! 

Now on to your next stop Tamra Grandi's blog.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011


~7.31.2011  3:33pm  txt~
Mung: I miss hearing ur voice, ur laugh, u calling me mung, princess and sweetheart.  I love u babe.
Pung: Hey babe...sorry i havent called or texted but ive been werking an sleepin alot...this job an heat    
have been kicking my ass...i went in to work at 7 am yesterday and didn't get off till midnight! today is ma only day off and im just trying to recover...
Mung: Babe- i wanna get a tatto with ur name on me.  where should i put it?
Pung: uh tattoos r bad luck love...
Mung: why u got my name on u. 2 bad it came off. what r u saying?
Pung: idk babes im not really saying anything..i feel like after i got your name on me thats when you left...
Mung: but we r still 2gether
Pung: i know but its what not the one that came up with that one...everybody tells me that...
Mung: ur not the one who came up with what? everybody tells u what?
Pung: that getting someones name tattoed on you is bad luck
Mung: oh.  i love u tho  i useed 2 say that 2.  remember how i reacted when u came home 2 show me what dumbo did 2 ur chest?
Pung: yea..its what ev though love
Mung: when we get married then.  ill put ur name on my body
Pung: aight then lover...its a deal...
Mung: pinky promise?
Pung: yupperz...babie love let me text u later...i wanna ya
Mung: ok. me 2. im tired. love u 2. muah beso baby.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dear Blogger:

What's up with my blog? what does it mean that I've exceeded my bandwith? Photobucket?  After 100 successful posts, is this the time you hit me up with charges?  Do I have to pay now to "upgrade" my service? Help me please.... 


CAS-ual Friday ~ 1st Challenge

What's up?  ... You're one of my nicest thoughts!
dets: all a|s unless noted: CS: sugar, gingham: buttercup, sage and grass; Stamps: Vintage A Muse, ovalicious, woodland friends, friends fur-ever; Inks: sky, french roast, memento black; Copics: E33; Other: Kawaii tape (green washi tape)
Happy Friday, blogworld! 

Today I get a chance to participate in my first CAS-ual Friday!

click on picture to go to CAS-ual Friday blog
CAS-ual Friday challenges focuses on the "Clean and Simple" style of card making.  They embrace the white spaces and the simplicity of cards.  I love A Muse Studio products because they too love the clean and simple look. 

My A Muse Studio business is off to a very good start and I want to be really good at what I do. What I challenged myself is to participate in challenges to let my creative juices flow and to get better at my trade.  These challenges are a great starting off point especially since I get to learn different techniques and go "out of the box".

For this challenge, we had to create a 4x9 card. I've never made a long and short card.  It took me a while to think of what I actually wanted to do. I even cut the cardstock wrong! It's okay tho.

 Karen Baker's Critters of the sea was so cute, I had to force myself not to use the a|s whale in "keep swimmin'". 

The cool thing about this challenge is that they have sponsors who gives away prizes.  Who can turn away from a chance to win cool stuff?  Bonus ~ Sweet!!! This week is Lawn Fawn, a company that sells cute clear polymer stamps.  The winner wins a $25 gift certificate from their company.  Check out their website:

Talk about awesome sauce! 

Happy TGIF, everyone and keep stamping! 

To purchase any a|s products, shop at my webstore:
orders over $150 gets free stuff!

email me to get your free products:
analynm808 {at} gmail {dot} com

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

His Holy Name: Sovereign

His Holy Name: Sovereign

"How great you are, O Sovereign Lord: There is no one like you.  We have never even heard of another God like you."
2 Samuel 7: 22 NLT
God's Sovereignty is something I really couldn't grasp my head around.  I don't think that I will ever truely get "God's" concept of how great He is!  It's because I am human, and He is God, we will never fully understand the fullness of Him.  But He is God and He does make it simpler for us...
He tells us "I am the I am" 
Wow, I am so in awe of everything He is.  To me, His Sovereignty encompasses ALL that He is! That's the trippy part of it~All - everything, never ending, eternal, righteous, beginning and the end, ect...cuz I can go on and on!

As I reread my scripture and the story behind the verse, my mind is blown away again!
These verses prior to my verse tells us about David winning against the Phillistines. As he returns to the City of David, he is dancing, praying, and worshiping as he brings the Ark of God home. 
At home he realizes that he is living in a posh palace while the Ark of the Lord is in a tent. 
 He then sends for Nathan and shares with him this new dilema. 
God reveals to Nathan his future plans for Kind David. 

Pretty much God tells Nathan ~ "I've had it good, I've lead my people out of Egypt and I've always lived in a tent - cloud by day, fire by night - so tell David, I'm all good.  Now, David's gonna trip because he's gonna have a nicer posh palace, a dynasty of kings, and he's gonna be lengend - wait for it - ary! (for those who watch How I Met Your Mother - Barney Stinston).  My homeboy David has been a sheepherder as a boy, as a man, a King.  He's gonna have an heir to the throne who will build my temple. A carpenter to say the least.  I will secure his royal throne forever. 
King David's lineage will forever be known because of ME."

As Nathan shares God's message, David does trip out because he realizes who he is and who God really is.  He then gives God glory and worships him.  My favorite verse is this:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,
"Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"
2 Sam. 7: 18

See, we are merely nothing without Our Heavenly Father.  He chose US to be a part of His family ~ the Sovereignty part is this: He knew us before we sinned, while we sinned, and after our sinning.  His grace is there because of His Sovereignty and Love.

My all time favorite chapter:
*Psalms 139*
My all time favorite verses:
*vs. 17-18*

Take time out to reflect on God's Sovereignty today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

You are...
dets: CS: a|s sugar, bubble gum, latte, generic dark brown cs; Stamps: a muse blossom branch w/bird, a|s elegant elements;
Inks: a|s slate, mememto black; Copics: RV25, YR00, B32,YG23, RV13.

inside card

This card is inspired by my favorite tree: the Cherry Blossom. 
I love the colors and how it represents the evanescent nature of life: blooming and the fall.  I would so love to see these beautiful trees in real life in Japan.  That would be a winter wonderland.  
My other inspiration is a local artist: Artby Winette.  She showcases her work at Borders at Ward Center.  Oh, I just thought, Borders is going to be closing soon, I hope she has another location! 
The link takes you directly to her website: her Cherry blossom collection. It would be nice to have a three-four panel piece in my craft room, in my beautiful two story  I know, I'm dreaming. 
I found her work through my best friend's sister.  I find really facinating stuff by Facebook stalking others ('s not like I'm the only one!)  It has (sadly) become a huge habit of mine. 
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  My challenge is to try to make a card a day.  I really want to become good at what I do, so that means practice!!! 
Have a terrific Tuesday!