понедельник, 10 августа 2015 г.

Some art therapy

Hello, dear friends! It is just hard to believe that I have not written anything in my blog since April. We homeschool though the summer with short breaks and getaways from the city. One of the highlights of the spring was the second conference on homeschooling and raising children in Christian families. I was very encouraged first of all in my faith. As we are in charge of our own schedule we can have breakfast and read the Scriptures in the morning before studying. This is becoming a blessed tradition. Our 6 y.o. son Fedor has just learned to read and he is very enthusiastic about the Bible. He sits down and reads aloud a chapter from one of the gospels or more till he is stopped. We have read part of the Proverbs, the book of Daniel and now we are in Mark. We discuss and write down some thoughts. This picture was taken in May. Timothy (8), Yegor (13), Fedor (6) and Sophia (2).

In July, right on my husband's birthday, Fedor suffered an eye trauma while playing with his brother. We spent the whole month at the hospital taking care of him. We are thankful for an outstanding surgeon, caring hospital stuff and lots of love and prayers from our friends. We believe that "...in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Fedor still needs more care and prayer for healing.

After a long break I was finally blessed to have some creativity escape for my soul. It feels therapeutic. All these cards have been made from scraps and leftover pieces from old projects.

Therapeutic craft time For the cards I used a wine lable, patterned paper, distress inks, white embossing powder, Hero Arts stamps, pearls&gems and card bases. A wine lable card

Thank you for visiting!


воскресенье, 5 апреля 2015 г.

Spring is in the air

Hello, dear friends,

Almost all our family was sick and it took about four weeks for everyone to recover. I hope the sickness is not coming back. I am looking forward to warm days and more time outside.

Our Bibles study group finished studying the second part of the Motherwise materials focusing on the relationship with our husbands. Now we're embarking on discussing loving and disciplining our kids.I was inspired to dig into the first 4 chapters of the 1 Samuel trying to understand why Eli did not stop his sons from sinning. There's a powerful message from God in those passages. My main discoveries are - Samuel was devoted to serve the Lord from his mother's womb (his character contrasts that of Eli's sons) and Eli's ruin was due to his inability to discipline his children (He should have acted on his words).

I've made some spring cards. All stamps are Hero Arts. The bird is colored with Distress inks and water, popped up for dimension. I stamped it twice, so I would avoid cutting out the intricate feet. The tiny flowers from the Hero Arts' set Hexagons were both stamped on the branch and stamped on pattern paper and cut out to create some dimension. The centers are done with stickles.

My 5 y.o. son enjoys making these Easter basket(pocket) cards for friends from leftover pattern paper. The idea is from Pinterest.

Thank you for visiting! Maria

понедельник, 2 февраля 2015 г.

My tribute to my dear friend

Dear friends!

I learned my my dear friend J L Thomas is now with the Lord. This letter is my tribute to this outstanding man of God.

I met J L Thomas during one of Josh McDowell mission trips in Moscow Russia over two decades ago when I worked as a translator. I was a new believer, a student and a young lady raised by three generations of divorced women. By God’s providence I ended up working for the team J L was in. Right from the first day we met, we became friends. J L shared his testimony, how he was struggling after the death of his dear wife and how God spoke to him through the message on the radio. He responded to Josh McDowell’s call to bring the Gospel to Russia. And his depression left him.

J L was God’s servant. I believe Our Heavenly Father placed him in my life to strengthen my faith and show me the life of a godly man. As he shared about his extended family I could not but be amazed at the hand of God on his life. When I visited him in the United States in 1996 and met his son and daughters, I saw their love and respect they have for him.

J L encouraged and challenged me by his example of following God, living for His Kingdom. He adopted me as his Russian daughter and took the place of my absent father, rejoiced with me when I graduated, counseled me on the marriage partner, disapproving of one young man and giving his stamp of approval on my husband-to-be. He visited me to see our fist born son. We have been keeping in touch. I have always felt loved and cared for by J L and Carlene. This love is supernatural and it comes from God. I am deeply thankful for their love and friendship, prayers and influence on my life.

JL Thomas was a loving, thoughtful, loyal and generous person with a great sense of humor. I am saying: Good-bye! I will see you again in Heaven!

Maria Doricheva

St.Petersburg, Russia

28 January 2015

воскресенье, 1 февраля 2015 г.

Thailand adventure

Hello, friends!

We're back from our trip to Thailand. It took about 21 hours one way and it was a great experience. The theme for the conference was investing your life. If I want to live for the Kingdom of God, how I can do this intentionally... I am thankful for the many new people I met and got to know. My life is more rich after the trip.

It was our second time in Thailand. I knew I would meet some special people and I wanted to make cards to give as gifts. So I repeated some of my favorite designs from the past.

Quick cards potpourri

I enter this potpourri of cards into the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge.

My dear husband took care of our daughter so I could go on a one day excursion with the boys. They did not want to go at first, as they enjoyed their friends and a great outdoor pool. So in faith I took them. How could the boys not enjoy riding an elephant and going by a boat? Even if it takes 3 hours to get there. Here're some pictures.

Thailand adventure

After visiting Chungkai War Cemetery and JEATH museum we had a fun motor boat ride to the famous bride on the River Qwai, built by the war prisoners during Japan invasion.

IMG_4931 Yegor and Fedia had fun throwing bread crumbs to the fish at the river restaurant.

IMG_5018 On the way to the famous bridge.

IMG_5017 Fedia missed our first elephant ride, now he has grown enough to go.

Thank you for visiting!


воскресенье, 28 декабря 2014 г.

Slowing down

Hello, dear friends!

I grew to appreciate Pinterest more recently, as I find lots of useful information there. At first I thought it was mostly inspiring pictures... But recently I discovered Spiritual lessons for kids, encouragement for mothers. A few months ago I found a great exercise routine which changed my life a lot. I enjoy working out for 40 minutes and my body gets rid of stress.

After the 25th of December life is slowing down. As I have mentioned before, we started homeschooling our oldest children since last August. My oldest son, Yegor (6th grade), has passed his 2 last exams, this totals 5 yearly exams: Biology, Geography, English, Social Studies and Math. He mostly studied on his own with a bit of my help and encouragement, except for the math, he needed his father's help to prepare thoroughly. Timothy (2d grade) has passed 3 yearly exams: Science, Math and PE. He did very well for his age and temperament.

During Christmas season I want to give lots of cards, but my time is very limited, so this year I made lost of small cards with the Bible verses from Isaiah I quoted in my previous blogpost. I love these promises of the birth of Jesus, the names He would be called. During Christmas it is good to revisit them and I reminded myself I should not assume everyone knows them. So I printed them out and made these cute little cards. I gave them all away today after the church service.

This is all our family skiing at the near-by pine forest. I am so thankful for the beautiful weather, fresh air and sparkling snow. December feels much better compared to November.

Thank you for visiting!


четверг, 25 декабря 2014 г.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear friends! С Рождеством, дорогие друзья!

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14).

"Итак Сам Господь даст вам знамение: се, Дева во чреве приимет и родит Сына, и нарекут имя Ему: Еммануил" Исайя 7:14.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

"Ибо младенец родился нам - Сын дан нам; владычество на раменах Его, и нарекут имя Ему: Чудный, Советник, Бог крепкий, Отец вечности, Князь мира" Исайя 9:6.


понедельник, 22 декабря 2014 г.

Secret Santa swap

Hello, friends! In November I took part in a Secret Santa Swap organized by the Hero Arts Flickr Group. For the swap each person sent a hand-made Christmas card, a Christmas ATC and a gift to the person we were playing Secret Santa to.

This is my SS package for Heather. It was a double challenge. First, I have never made an ATC (Artist's Trading Card) before. Second, I needed to make a card for an outstanding cardmaker and not fall on my face. If you visit her blog Stamping and Stitching you will see what I mean.

Looking for a smaller sentiment to fit the tiny size of the ATC, I discovered I already have two sentiments "Joy" in one stamp set but in different scale (Holiday Sayings by Hero Arts). This fit the bill perfectly! I stamped Tiny Star Background with water on the sentiment flag.

Secret Santa surprise for Heather

Here's a peek into the process. I took a large piece of watercolor paper and tested various colors, color combos, inks, embossing on top of watercolor backgrounds (Winter Trees by Hero Arts). I used perfect pearls mixed with water and distress inks to color the dear family (Winter diary by Scrapberry's). For the background I also tried first and second generations of stamping. So I had lots of options for my card and the pieces which did not turn out I could use later on for grid cards.

Thank you for visiting! Maria
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