Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Art of Charley Davidson

Please meet the sax man ... a life size work of art created by Charley Davidson ... a local artist from ... right here in the Boro ... Check Charlie out in the new issue of Inspired Studios Magazine ... so sorry for the super bad pic ...

Friday, April 29, 2011

studio sneak peak friday: a wondering week

when I started to wonder ... what would happen if, I ... yes me ... was not their neighbor
you see ... they play their music loud
and I like it
you see ... they are always out & about
who cares ... cause I'm always here

then, the wind blew over my mail box
and they fixed it
then my lawn mowers broke again
and they mowed the grass
you see ... there always some background chatter
and I am at home ... but never alone.

joining Jennifer today 
love is a verb ... 
sonya la

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Where's The CLOSER

This guy I worked with at the newspaper ...
a professor at MTSU
a doctor ... you know a PHD
gave me a nick name ...
yes ... he called me The Closer
cause ... no matter what
come what may
the daily news got out
the door 
now ... with so many things 
left undone ...
I'm wondering where she's at
Where's The CLOSER
it's seems as if I lost my
maybe ...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April Showers bring ...

It's shower time in Tennessee ... a wedding shower, that is. While editing the April camera folder ... I came across this photo of a sweet & lovely shower table for a soon to be bride. I just love how my artwork often comes in handy for a more than sweet shower or wedding gift.

love is a verb ... sonya la

Monday, April 25, 2011

easter cans

got a little crazy on Saturday ... making easter cans. After the pancake breakfast & egg hunt ... there was a bit too much candy around the house ... what to do ... make some random easter cans for a few neighbors & friends. We still have a basket full ... how about you. What do you do with all the candy?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Spaces: Your Invited

Sunday Spaces is a new and fresh way of sharing your special living spaces, right here in the blogosphere ... we've had an awesome start with Laura, Amy, Linda and Alease. I can't wait to see and share your special sunday space. It may even be your sanctuary! Join in the sunday space sharing by emailing me Sonya at sonyamacdesigns (at) yahoo (.) com ... can't wait to see where you work, relax and play ... love is a verb ... sonya la

below ... please find photos of my work space after the clean up for the Spring Issue of Studios Magazine 2011 ... these photos didn't make the cut ... so happy to share em.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

paint attack

sometimes yoU just gotta paint something, anything
it's like the call of the WILD & I was called
so I did not resist
I did not fight the urge. 
After all 
it had been more than a few weeks
since I had paint on my hands
under my nails
oh, my hair was in need of a paint touch up ... for sure.
It had been days ... 
since I received compliments on the oh so pretty paint streaks in my hair.
no time to prime a canvas
or gesso some wood
but time did permit a 
simple paint attack 
& I so WON this round
to me the color of this paint is that of LIGHT & the LIGHT ... I always need

This ain't the cover ... just a MOCK up ... I was just playing .... cause you gotta start somewhere ... you see, I set the sub title type with some RANDOM words after ...

we lost the old fonts
we lost the old layout
we lost the old disc ...

HOW COULD THIS be, I save everything ... even egg cartons
so I decided GOD was TRYn to tell me something

Start anew and so I did & I just can't wait for you to see it ... 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sneak Peek Friday is Good Friday: so I might never forget

I keep crosses all over the place, I keep little wooden ornament crosses in the most odd places ... like ... the junk drawer or when I had a car ... I threw one in the glove box. I hang em on door knobs of doors that never open or shut ... I just hang em there ... for me to see, to catch sight of ... as I wonder or dance through a room ... I just might see WHO is keeping me. A brief and subtle reminder of my redeemer ... every where I turn.

I glued the little green cross to the wooden cross ... to make one cross ... so I might never forget ... I keep this cross ... atop of a mosaic piece ... next to a bowl and in the bowl of little rocks sits my Jesus Rock, so if you stop by for a visit ... you might see ... what HE means to me ... this ALL sits right, next to a candle, I might light at any given moment in remembrance of what he did for you and for me. WE.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
Today, is Sneak Peak Friday, I'm linking up with Jennifer, over at Studio JRU, check em all out or join in.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Inspired Studios Magazine: color story for spring 2011

I'm working hard on the new issue of Inspired Studios ... but I thought I would stop and share the inspiration for the cover color story. A watering can and a place mat ... one never knows ... just what inspires ... but this is my inspiration for the cover and NOW yet another lighting strike at this very moment in Tennessee ... better power off the mac and pc.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Around here ...

Things are a bit crazy, around here. Both of my children are in the middle of TCAP's and in need of special snacks daily. Yesterday my son arrive home from school very sick and off to the ER we went. I'm really excited about the spring issue of Inspired Studios Magazine, there are a few surprises within.! 

I'm also equally excited about the pending launch of my website and this new project social media ministries. I can hardly wait to see it all come together. But wait & work & work & wait is exactly what I must do. 

Enjoy some spring ...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Multitudes on Mondays: Tennessee Country Gifts

gifts of the moments ...

 0011 ... the ability to say YES to a friend

0012 ... what a goat can do

0013 ... a pooch with the same name as my daughter ... Lilly

0014 ... the work ethic of a few

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Spaces: Artist Alease Michelle

Welcome to Sunday Spaces and please allow me to introduce to you artist Alease Michelle. A collage artist and instructor ... Creative Girl and CCO ... you know Chief Creative Officer . All content and photos of this Sunday Space are the property of Alease Michelle and have been republished here with permission & grace. You just gotta love this creative teacher Alease ... I'm Thankful to Alease for sharing her inspiring story here on Sunday Spaces ... 

Welcome to my creative space. I am an collage artist and an instructor. And because I do both activities at home, I require two desk. One desk to work on collages and the other desk to create lecture presentations.
I tend to have lots of projects going on at one time. So my project board helps me stay on schedule.

I also collect images that inspire me and after collecting images for over 7 years, the collection can grow. So below is my way of organizing my images. I have a notebook for each category. It has really helped me stay focused.

I love to dream about the possibilities of life. So here is my creative visualization board. I paste any and everything on this board and hopes of them coming true.

Then I have an area where I showcase those I admire. It too keeps me focus on my dreams, and hopefully one day they might be a collector of my work. 

Now for the 411 on Alease  ...

I hope  JOY & Inspiration Stalk yoU like the wind & Look for MORE Inspiring stories in the Spring Issue Of Inspired Studios Magazine, which is delayed a bit due to Friday night lighting strikes in Tennessee. Please e-mail me (sonyamacdesigns(dot) to share your space on sunday spaces ... 
love is a VERB sonya la

Saturday, April 16, 2011

been digging

side garden @ the little ranch
been digging & feeling so completely blessed.
And, today the digits in the ole bank accounts are down to only a few.
What about you?
Have you given our FATHER a chance to show up & show out on your behalf.
Yesterday ... I had this very opportunity
today I am still N complete & utter AWE of HIM.
I so wish I could share the details but for now I must hold my silence.
I've been on this depending on only HIM journey for thirty three months now ...
A few weeks ago I realized ... only boots grace my closet & now I know why.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Today I'm linking up with Jennifer of Studio JRU (in-courage) (Sneak Peak Friday) & the Blogging from A to Z Challenge HERE . This post is for the letter C ... I'm so super behind on this. Get this one HERE ... if ya like!

Oh and then there is this I've been working on .... 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blogging From A TO Z April Challenge: Airplanes

by my calculations, I'll have to do two a day to catch up ... so here goes it. the post will be short as I ponder the rest of the alphabet. Check out the Blogging from A to Z Challenge HERE ...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A GOD wink from a puppy pile ... almost two years ago

My second blog post ... dated 4/21/09 ... each year I revisit this post as a form of blogging celebration ....

I searched for my strongest words and spoke them with the greatest conviction to convince them that GOD had and would provide our pooch with everything she needed to take care of her eight pups. 

And then the tears came, as I spoke the last convicted words... Did I think my GOD would do any less for me?

love is a verb ... sonya la

Monday, April 11, 2011

The COURAGE TO FLY BLOG HOP continues ...

In the Courage to Fly Blog Hop ... I’m writing to share ... 
Have you ever taken a risk on yourself? Pushed off the branch & flew into uncharted territory w/nothing but inspiration fueling you? I'm one of many ... check em out ... HERE ... Thanks Stephey!

single mom of two working for HIM to inspire yoU 

In order to have what you have never had - 
you must be willing to do what you have never done. 
- Les Brown

the cup broke ... it fell from a secret basket ... hit the concrete floor and just broke. as i went to clean it up i reconigized it as my own. my knees hit the concrete just like the cup. only they didn't break cause my spirit was broken enough ... enough not to want to be broken any more.

so i stood from my knees, cleaned up the tears and bent once again to pick up the broken pieces of this cup. my cup. where did it come from? did I buy it? was it a gift? ... i fear i don't remember, nor am i able to recall how this rebel of a cup came into my possession. But ... i just had to admit to myself and to my GOD, that yes this cup was mine.

so I decided right then and there to Risk it all ... our home, our life, our everything ... to work for HIM, my FATHER, our provider ... my everything

talk about some uncharted territory ... working for GOD, well that's just downright crazy & this daughter of the KING is just that crazy about Jesus.

The cup was my evidence of shame ... and now it too ... was as broken as i was.  Yes, that was me ... everyday ... 
I can do what ever I want.

My brokenness gave me the courage to fly ... to take the leap ... on one hand i have everything to lose ... but on the other hand i had so much more to gain. 

to me ... faith is a form of humble confidence. Paul wrote of this confidence in Philippines 1:6. and, then an unknown writer coined this quote. "Faith is daring the soul beyond what the eye can see."

every single time I have stepped out on Faith to do something just crazy ... something, from a whisper in my heart. I have discovered that ... that something was always something better ... something more ... something that only TIME would revel.

So many times we just need to Stand & discover then have the patience to Sit & wait.

sonya mac designs ... love is a VERB

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Spaces: Linda Thiltgen

Welcome to Sunday Spaces and please allow me to introduce to you artist Linda Thiltgen. A wife, Mother & Grandmother ... Creative Girl and CCO ... you know Chief Creative Officer. Yes, I say that all the time ... cause this is who we are and I want us to own it like we own the skin we are in.  All content and photos of this Sunday Space are the property of Linda Thiltgen and have been republished here with permission & grace. You just gotta love this creative Minnesota girl  ... I'm Thankful to Linda for sharing her inspiring story here on Sunday Spaces ... 

I am fortunate to have a dedicated space in my home to create. It is a lovely room that overlooks our backyard garden. My studio is my work room, my creative space and my retreat. Because I am a collage artist I have a lot of "stuff". A couple years ago at the Junk Bonanza ( I found a collage artist's dream cabinet; a twenty-eight drawer beauty from a school mail room! Thus began the start of the "organization" in my current studio which, as most of you artists know, is an on-going process and a challenge. I would like to say that it is always tidy with everything in it's place, but I would be lying. Hey, a cabinet can only do "so" much. 

My art is inspired by nature and the beauty that surrounds us in simple everyday objects and sights. Using leaves, feathers, stamps and other ephemera I create art that usually hints of my love for Asian treasures and icons. (In fact my logo is a chop of my name I had made while visiting Hong Kong) I enjoy combining textures and objects and stitching them into place.

I have always loved quotes and include a message; visible, invisible or simply wished to every piece I create. I hope my art and it’s message will be a blessing, encouragement or inspiration to the person who receives it.

I enjoy creating print and pattern, doing collage, dying fabrics, stitching, making jewelry, taking photos, gardening and making art and fun with my little granddaughters. 

Find out more about Linda on her website & follow her blog HERE!

I hope  JOY & Inspiration Stalk yoU like the wind &  Look for Linda's Story in the Fall (2010) Issue Of  Inspired Studios Magazine.
Please e-mail me (sonyamacdesigns(dot) to share your space on sunday spaces. 

love is a VERB sonya la

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