Sunday, February 22, 2009
Penny Lane "Free Bird" by MME
"Free Bird" arrived at the LSS on my last day working there and I was thrilled to snag it, and all the new collections by My Mind's Eye! The "Free Bird" collection took me on an immediate flashback to highschool dances in the late '70s - seems every dance closed with "Freebird" by Lynard Skynard. Anyone else share this HS memory?
I immediately set out to create a layout using the Free Bird collection - starting on Monday, and not finishing until Saturday. With my new job I found only a bit of time to scrap this past week, but I plan to remedy that somehow. Inspired by the die-cut sentiment “every day deserves celebration” I immediately had thoughts of the annual birding day Jesse and I take each October to celebrate our anniversary.
For the look on the Magistical Memories “Happy Tree” I painted a base coat of gecko green, and while the paint was wet added drops of alcohol ink, which fanned out into circles -the wet paint prevented them from spreading out too much.
To make the "brad" I punched a bird shape from the PP, glued it to a chipboard circle and edged with brown marker and topped with dimensional glaze. The circle pattern on the tree ties in with the PP design to the right.
For the Magistical Memories “Bird” by Toni Rivera, part of the NEW release, I applied a base coat of acrylic to it and put a top coat of Duncan iridescent paint over the top - the shimmer does not show so well in the photo. I have been on a kick lately of using our parrot's molted feathers on my LOs vs. putting them in the trash. Just so happens these layered green feathers match the green in the paper perfectly. (LOL)
So, back to the song lyrics...anyone swaying to the music in their head yet? I actually had to look up the lyrics - it's been too long! This phrase, I thought, was interesting:
"... cause Im as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows, I cant change."
Well, how ill-worded is that? Because I KNOW from personal experience that a person CAN CHANGE with the Lord's help. I've not always trodden the straight and narrow path, but thankfully, because of God's grace and forgiveness, I have been set FREE as a bird to live a new life in Christ. Life is all about the choices we make. We can make all the excuses in the world and claim that we cannot change who we are, but we can with God's help, and sometimes that is the ONLY way we can be changed. If there is something about yourself, an activity or habit that you are not proud of, ask God to set you free from the darkness and He will be by your side. There is no greater feeling than to feel "free as a bird" when your old life/sin dies and you become new again in the Spirit! God bless!