The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Angel wings and Angels generally...

Last week I had a very interesting week.



I had found the news of the world very hard to cope with. Not just last week but for several months. It was really bothering me and the plight of Christians world wide just seemed to be dismal.
I read one of my favourite bloggers, who is always bright and cheerful, was feeling terribly worried too at events she was witnessing in the United States. Sweet Melanie is always uplifting and this blog post I knew exactly how she was feeling or so I felt... Sweet Melanie.

Inspired by her I decided to make Angel Wings. Thanks Melanie! Suitable for anytime these are just lovely at Christmas as well.
I am using some on my tree and some as gifts. I am including my favourite angel verse

 "do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for some have entertained angels unawares"

 I love this verse as it shows angels can appear amongst us. My next favourite verse on angels is when Peter was in prison asleep and the angel woke him up... and led him to freedom.

In my family several of us (not me) have seen angels. Mum, Nan L and Chloe have and each has a story too long to tell here just now. And someone who influenced me when I was young had an experience... when she was a child she fell from a cliff on one of Adelaide's southern beaches. She was doomed. As she fell she felt hands "catch" her and when she landed at the bottom of this 8 meter cliff she was not hurt. Everyone was amazed. But she knew she had been caught and no person caught her. So gave her life to God then and credited her angel. And she did it in a serious way she became a Nun. So I have had four people in my life see or experience angels. (that I know of).

Well, the news and how Melanie was feeling were how I was feeling.
Then I went into the city and went to the book store I have been going to since I was a little girl. It is run by the Sisters of Saint Paul. Every time I go I am sure the same Sister is there.
As I started to browse a lady came in and she was talking to the Sister and obviously they knew each other. So I was browsing and this is a small shop so I tried to stay out of the way as I could tell they were talking and it was important and the lady started to cry. What followed will affect me for the rest of my life. In short the lady has family in Iraq and they are under threat of being executed for being Christians. They had been paying to stay in their house but had run out of money. The lady had come in for prayer. She put her head in the hands of this Sister and she was praying for her. I cannot remember the words but it was the most beautiful prayer and I was standing there helplessly and was overcome. I thought I was going to start sobbing. The ladies fear and grief were palpable. The Sister's love and calm ways were incredible and as she prayed tears were rolling done my face and I was praying too. I witnessed something that was a privilege and then later I talked to this Sister for sometime. Really I cannot adequately describe it. Each time I have talked about it I have had to stop as I start crying. I came home and started to tell my husband and had to tell him in instalments. Everyday I have thought of this family. I know I was meant to witness this. It changed how I feel about the current news and events... I walked out of that shop different to how I walked in.

Something that got me was how the Sister treated the persecution and murder of Christians as everyday event. Because they are. Her attitude was this is what we all face. This is what happens. This has been what has happened since Jesus was born. It is nothing new.

So between all these things I made angel wings as Melanie did. They were fun to do and are a reminder to me of something beautiful. The next day I made angel wings most of the day. And prayed.

I simply drew a wing shape onto scrap cardboard and then flipped the shape so I had a pair of wings. One one side I covered the cardboard with sheet music. The other side I used white crepe paper streams and one row at a time I drew a line of craft glue and then pressed my crepe paper along the line and squished the paper together to form a ruffle. I have done this before along the bottom of cards and to make ruffle cards as I just love ruffles...



Normally I would just buy a roll of crepe paper and cut it into 3 cm strips but they had no white in paper and they did in streamers.

This is really easy to do after you have practised it on a scrap you will find you get on fine if you have enough glue for the paper to slide and work quite quickly before the glue dries at all. Do your row and then make your next line of glue so that this new row will overlap the last. It is messy. It pretty much wrecks your nails. I just accept this with glue projects!

At the top I secured with glue a loop to use as a hanger and covered this with the top layer of ruffles...



When I got to the row where the wings meet together I threaded the paper through a little buckle and glued that as a highlight. You could add a button or other sparkly feature if you wanted. At the end I trimmed around the edges as some of my ruffles were all over the place, I just trimmed and it revealed the wing shape nicely.

You could buy ruffle fabric and cover your wings with this. Online there are stores that just sell ruffled materials!

I made a few sizes. Some to fit in an envelope and use as a card by just writing on the back. I thought with those I will add glitter to the envelope.

All week I thought on what had happened and on Angels.

"The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them" and
"For he will command his Angels concerning you and guard you in all your ways"

I have come to think that reminders of Angels are a good thing. And there were plenty of Angels involved in Christmas so this is going to be a strong theme for me this year, even more than usual.

I want things of beauty to look at and things that remind me to think beautiful thoughts. Angel wings are going to a few people I think might like them or need them somehow jus now.

Have a wonderful week!


12 comments:

  1. Annabel yes it is really hard at times to look at what is happening in the world. We were touched personally by the Ukraine plane disaster and I have been alternatively angry and heartbroken. I'm not sure what the answer is as we have to be part of this world. I am trying to find the daily joy, trying not to despair about the world, trying to caution my children without making them fearful and without an adventurous spirit.

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    1. Dear Barb, I am so sorry that this tragedy has had a personal element for you. It is bad enough seeing this without a personal loss so I cant imagine. I still think of the missing plane too almost every day and I have no personal connection with that either. Its just too terrible. I hope you can find that daily joy and and I am with you on trying to live that way. My garden and crafts and things are good for me... too much news is overwhelming. Its a tough balance to get right! What a year. I hope Christmas brings us all new hopes and dreams. xxx

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  2. Those angel wings look gorgeous Annabel.

    Thank you for this post, I am sure there are many of us feeling a little low with all the doom and gloom around us. Pray, pray, pray, God is on our side...

    I know a few angels on this earth, they are very special people.

    Tania xx

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    1. Tania know and agree... it is all making me pray more and think about what is important and what is not. I think I have met a few angels too and been lucky enough to be influenced by some really exceptional people. What treasures. There is one lady Rhonda who I really miss. She was a mentor to me really. Im sure she was almost an angel! I was so lucky to have her as a friend. She is in heaven now. I am praying and working in the garden and spending time with my family... and appreciating things. What a year it has been! xxx

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  3. What a lovely post, Annabel. I try to find little things each day to focus on that bring me joy as the news is overwhelming at the moment and it can make a person feel helpless but we can pray and who knows what results they will have! We will find out one day.

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    1. Nanna Chel Im sure our prayers make a difference too. I also try to immerse myself in family, my garden, lovely things to focus on or I might never sleep another wink! I have found God has answered my prayers for more Christian friends too which is such a form of support. xxx

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  4. Annabel, sometimes I think YOU are the angel amongst us...xxx

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    1. Mimi that is probably the nicest compliment you could give me, thank you! Except my halo slips quite often and I have to try and get it straight again! xxx

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  5. I love these wings! They are so pretty! I understand the way you feel. I live in a bubble and try to stay away from television so I don't have to hear it. Prayers for the world is all I can give.

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    1. Thank you Sara! I think praying is the best thing we can do and be kind to people. I am avoiding too much news too, it is overwhelming. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  6. Beautiful post! I love the angel wings and that you plan to give them to people who you feel need them. Such a lovely gesture to counteract some of the negativity in the world right now. -Amy

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! I think I need to make hundreds of these! xxx

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