liluga - love isn't love until given away

"Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn't hard at all." 1 John 5:3 NLT

Friday, June 24, 2011


One of my favorite web sites is  It is a virtual web store for artists to sell their handmade goods.  I find lots of inspiration when I go on there.  I happened to be looking at the different types of plushies other people are making.  I stumbled upon one store that sold miniature owls that fit in the palm of your hand.  Then I stumbled upon a store that sold little embroidered pillow key chains.  Both so cute!  It gave me an idea; why not make a mini-liluga key chain?

I sat down at my sewing machine and made my first one.  I loved it and attached it to my key chain.  I made another and took it with me to show my friends at Bible study the next morning.  Although they liked my bigger liluga’s, I was surprised by the excited reaction I got from them.  They loved it and all wanted one!   I gave my extra one to my friend Karen with the promise to make the others one also.

My brain is thinking; why not go with the mini-liluga’s?  There cuter, quicker to make, and fun to carry around with you.  Travelling love! 

To date, I have made 38 liluga’s.  Most I have given away, some I have sold.  I continue to pray and ask God who He thinks I should give them to.  Several people that I have given them to have told me that they keep them in a spot where they can see them every day and be reminded that they are loved.  It brings a smile to their face.  God has blessed me to be a blessing to others. 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

Monday, June 6, 2011

Learning Something New

I have always loved photography and art.  Last month, we went to the Student Art Exhibit at the high school where our two daughters are freshmen and had their artwork on display.  I was amazed at the artistic talent of many of the students.  My favorites were the computer generated art, especially where it included photography.   Both girls had the opportunity to learn Adobe Photoshop this semester.  I actually have the program on my computer, but don’t have a clue how to use it.

For many years, l have been working on MS Publisher, so I thought I had enough basic knowledge to navigate Photoshop.  My first time trying out the program, and I felt like a foreigner in a foreign land not understanding the language!

So, I went to my favorite place, the library, and checked out a few books on Photoshop.  After a quick glance I figured out how to do a couple things.  The result is my two distorted liluga’s. 

While it's fun distorting my liluga's, I know one thing that cannot be distorted or changed.  God's Word.  Don't let the world add, alter or change what is written in the Bible. 

Every word of God proves true,
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Do not add to his words,
or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 NLT