Friday, December 01, 2006

Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago I challenged myself to recycle and use the fabric in my languishing fabric storage bin. Like a silk purse made from a sow's ear, my journal cover has a few interesting quirks. Let me tell you about them...

- It's 100% hand-sewn (because I made it entirely in the car on a 9 hour trip to Tennessee!)
- The playing card is from an Asian deck Rhonda gave me for my birthday. Very cool.
- I made the cover from a canvas drop cloth and a piece of metallic painted fabric I created in a surface design class back in March. I'd been saving it for just the right project...
- Incorporated into the design are a part of my daughter's faux suede belt and a "retired" Clorox Color Catcher. Also, spare trimmings from an art quilt my mother made my 4 year old niece and a pink button that my six-year-old design consultant insisted was the only button good enough to grace this journal. "And right there too, Mommy." (ONLY right there!)
- Included with the cover are THREE spiral journals to get you started on your way to creatively converse with God.

Want it?
All you have to do is a little scavenging:

1) Go to the the
SoulPerSuit website and click on "Articles." Read Rhonda Oglesby's article entitled, "Refrigerator Art," and give your answer to the following question here in the
SoulPerBlog comments section:

What is the name of the child's favorite stuffed animal?

Badabing! If you can answer that question, you've got yourself one entry in the SoulPerSuit Drawing Deck!

2) Want to get your name in the SPS Drawing Deck another time? Write your thoughts about "Refrigerator Art". Because I really want to know what you think of the idea, I'll give you a second entry in the SPS Drawing Deck, just for talking about it with me.

3) Want another chance at it? Tell a friend to stop by and play the scavenger hunt. Have them mention your name, and you get a THIRD entry in the SPS Drawing Deck!

4) My non-partial Deck Drawer/design consultant (of six years old) will help me by drawing the winning name on
Wednesday, Dec. 13th. I'll announce the results here on SoulPerBlog, contact the winner, you'll give me your mailing address, and this lovely hand-stitched journal set will arrive at your doorstep just in time for Christmas! (And hey, if you live locally, I might even hand-deliver your prize over a piping hot cafe mocha from a locally-owned, independent coffee house. Prizes, coffee, conversation... it's gettin' better and better!)

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, the line forms to the right!

* Let me mention that SoulPerSuit is getting ready to kick-off a new session after the holidays. We'll be taking a 6-week look at the Sermon on the Mount, using Sandra Glahn's, Mocha on the Mount. You can purchase the studies at Christian Book Distributors,, and Barnes and Noble. This journal I've made is the perfect size for a SoulPerSuit Bible study.

** Let me also say that this scavenger hunt drawing is a v e r y thinly veiled invitation for those of you who have never done an on-line SPS group to join in! If you are interested in the next group or have questions about SPS, please please do let us know. ("Us" being Rhonda and me.)


gramarty said...

Chim Chim is the name of the child's favorite chum chum.

Chris said...

1) Chim Chim - and no, I did not cheat off gramarty's comment!

2) I LOVE refrigerator art - my kids', that is. My art -be it visual or verbal - is not usually something I'd dare to hang on my refrigerator. Even if I could get past spending years filling in the plot holes and picking out the right font (*wink*)and colors, I would never consider it good enough to get put front and center on the big white gallery.

Aren't grown-ups supposed to be better artists than children? Don't we have different standards to live up to? Well, I have to thank Rhonda for reminding me that God loves our art no matter what. That anything created with a heart of love, in worship, is good enough.

Thanks for posting this Erin!

gramarty said...

Oh I've got competition! I want that prize! And I already wrote this once today but closed it without posting! You've gotta know I wanna win if I take pains to reconstruct it when there's no grade at stake.

Half a jif...(trying to use all the clever cliches I can, even if I don't really know what they mean or how to use them. I read this once upon a time in some piece of mediocre Brit Lit and think it means "wait a sec" or "hold on a minute"...but it might just mean part of a sandwich.)
That's what this 'refrigerator art' thing is all about, n'est-ce pas? Competition. Making the grade. Drawing MY BEST.

But is MY BEST good enough? MY BEST is messy. I'm messy. I'm a Messy Bessy.

If I draw a scribble scrabble picture lacking design, without focal point, ignoring principles of light and color, someone might still look at it and say, "Wow, that's deep."

But MY BEST picture is far worse. No only does it seem to be without design or focal point. It has no color, no light. It's full of rotting death, crawling with maggots and it stinks to high heaven. That's MY BEST!

So why did God put Abel's picture on His refrigerator but not Cain's?

Roberta said...

For Pete's sake!!!! I forgot to finish this!!!! Earlier this week I came and discover 1. the stuffy is Chim Chim...and even had thoughts about refridgerator art, just didn't get to the write them down part. Sorry!
So chiming in at the last very right brained way...what di I think about fridge art?
Well...I know I need a bigger fridge!
(I really should scan some of the creations and share with you, they are brilliant.)
I love creativity that isn't in a box. I think learning skills and techniques is important, but for the young I fear it may be stifling and cause too much comparison. (am I staying on subject?) Anyway, I think I am going to use our stairwell as a second art gallery to host the overflow of creativity (um, since I throw not so much of it away) and I just like the idea.
Beautiful journal btw! :)

rhon said...

Yes, Roberta, I agree. It is a beautiful journal. Also, kill the box! Teach children early there is no box and you won't spend your adult art life, like me, trying to beat yourself out of one.

Chris, I don't know that adult artists are suppose to be better than children. I don't think they're as truthful. Children create art with less fear. Adults can be so concerned about performing for others (a sort of box) they forget why they're creating art. That's where we lose touch with joy and love.

Gramarty, you're application of my little article is deep (Cain vs. Able). Let's see if it holds up. In the same way that I think we forget love and create art with expectations, I also think others create art to offend. At some point, God told Cain what was an acceptable offering and what wasn't. Despite that, Cain brought something to God that was offensive. I remember in kindergarten a little boy who got his jollies by being vulgar and gross. I'll never forget him drawing a picture of his cat taking a poop. I don't think he took that home to his mother and, if he did, I don't think she would have stuck it on the front of the frig.

gramarty said...

Just following a God-thread, Rhon. He usually takes me places I don't expect and often where I don't want to go...which IS deep...inside of me.

I am a boxed-in, tied-down grown-up with memories of being a boxed-in, tied-down pre-adolescent. But I've heard stories about an artist-child whose medium was once coffee grounds and syrup on a dark green sofa canvas. I don't really remember her...just stories about her. I wonder what happened. Did she die or just go into hiding?

That little one may have created without expectations...just wondering out loud what would happen if. Or maybe she acted without thinking much at all. For sure she found out that THAT was NOT an acceptable offering.