Archive for January, 2009

Hello everyone!

It is beginning to get a little busier around here.  Thank the Lord!  I recently finished a small job in town.  I will have to go back when the house is finished to get higher quality pictures, but here is some basic photos.

Lusterstone Ceiling


Above is a Lusterstone ceiling.  A medallion I gold leafed and antique glazed will be installed with a beautiful light fixture.

Gold Leaf Medallion


Gilding is fun, especially something as ornate as this.  It takes a little time, but as you can see, it’s worth it.

I just started a job that has been in the works for almost a year.  I am so glad to be on this job.  There are going to be so many unique finishes along with a Trompe L’oeil that you will have to check back to see.  I will post updates as I go.  When I got to the job I discovered that two of the rooms had been painted the wrong color.  I made a couple of phone calls, knowing it wasn’t me that had made the mistake, and offered to repaint the correct color for a small fee.  After a bit of research, asking many questions and checking my notes……it was me.  I gave the right color, but the wrong brand.  Geez!  What a great start, right?  Here we are repainting the walls, yeepee!!!



And after a very long day and a half, 3 coats to cover that dark color, we are ready to………..

tape off………..


and start troweling…….I look at little dangerous with that trowel don’t I!


  With a little tweaking, the finished room will be beautiful.  Adding a gorgeous dark colored medallion with gold leaf accents and wah la!  Now, just 5 more projects to go!  I will keep you updated.


Something important to remember, always, always check your notes before you pass any information on to designer or builder.  It will certainly save you a lot of time and headache.  But I’m sure none of you have ever made this error.  It must be an isolated incident on my part.

Yeah right!

See you soon!  And thanks for stopping by!


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My post on Jan 10, 2009 started this thought process of balance in my life.  Scroll down to read it if you haven’t already.  I quoted a chapter out of Charles Swidoll’s book Active Spirituality.

Trying to get balanced without going to one extreme or another is harder than it seems.  Especially when my desire is to be in God’s will for my life.  To follow the path He would have me on.  To please Him.  On one hand, some may look at me as a fanatic.  That’s not always a bad thing, but then they see you don’t lead this so called perfect life.  It’s not easy to have it all together.  To be balanced.  People hear you profess your christianity and it seems that they instantly begin to judge you.  They are watching you.  Is this what being a christian is about?  Well, how can she say that and be doing that?  Who does she think she is?  it took me some time, but finally I’m good with not worrying about what others think.  I am human and I will make mistakes.  It’s a journey, and if I was perfect and had everything I wanted and needed, then why would I need Him?  I am okay where I’m at.  It’s on the way to where I’m going.  And He is walking with me.

So I wrote what Charles said about balance in adversity.  What about prosperity?  This is what he wrote:

But another far more subtle struggle is the opposite extreme: prosperity–when success smiles and things begin to come easily, when there’s plenty of money, when everybody applauds, when we get all our ducks in a row and the gravy starts pouring in, watch out!  That’s the time to hand tough.  Why? Because, in times of prosperity, things get complicated.  Spiritual goals get cloudy.  Integrity is on the block.  Humility is put to the test,  consistency is under the gun.  Of the two struggles, I’m convinced that prosperity is a much greater test than adversity.  It is far more deceptive.

Solomon seemed to understand this very well.

“Two things I ask of you, O Lord;  do not refuse me before I die:  Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty now riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?”  Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”  Proverbs 30:7-9

He finishes this chapter:

The man had lived enough years and had seen enough scenes to boil his petition down to two specifics:

Keep me from deceiving and lying.  Give me neither too little nor too much.

It is that second request that intrigues us, isn’t it?   That is the one he amplifies.  Wh does he resist having too little?  There would be the temptation to steal.  Whoever doubts that has never looked into the faces of his own starving children.  At that moment, feeding them could easily overrule upholding some high-and-mighty principle.  Adversity can tempt us to profane the name of our God.

And why does he fear possessing too much?  Ah, there’s the sneaky one!  It’s then–when we’re fat-‘n’-sassy–that we are tempted to yawn at spiritual things, take credit for our success, and think heretical thoughts like, “God? Aw who really needs Him?”  Prosperity can tempt us to presume on the grace of our God.  So we need balance.  The adversary of our souls is the expert of extremes.  He never runs out of ways to push us to the limit…to get us so far out on one end, we start looking freaky and sounding fanatical as we cast perspective to the winds.  

The longer I live, the more I must fight the tendency to go to extremes..and the more I value balance.

I need this so badly, hope it strikes something in you.

Lord, keep my balanced!

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Happy Birthday Babe

Happy Birthday to my Smokey!  SuperSanta!Super Santa

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I have the greatest web designer ever.  Yes I am prejudice just a bit.  John Schnell at johnschnell.com.  

He put together these pics with frames for me to place on my Etsy store.  Love them!  You can get idea of the paintings framed.inmyfatherslap1drawingnear1surrender

Check his site out as well as mine!  www.carlaschuchman.etsy.com  and http://www.homeworksartistry.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Expect something good today!  I am!

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Just got word that some of my prints are being shipped to me tomorrow.  Three of them have been available and I am about sold out on those in stock.  The other one I am excited to finally have in print.  Giclee’s are available and well as high quality paper prints.  As soon as they come in I will post it.

Entering AtalayaPawleys ChapelThe Broken Oakinmyfatherslap













These as well as originals and other prints are available for purchase on my Etsy Store.  www.carlaschuchman.etsy.com  A percentage of the profits earned from the sale of these prints goes to charitible contributions.  

Martha’s House, Schuchman Prescription Assistance Program, and Darkness to Light.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill

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Oh my!  I am so glad to go back to work.  I have become addicted to this computer.  I spend way to much time on it.  Playing games, posting pics, checking all my sites, good grief.  I have a ton of books around me all the time.  I am always picking one or two up a reading something in them.  the other day I picked up Active Spirituality  a non-devotional guide by Charles Swindoll.  This small but powerful chapter about balance I would like to share.  And possibly by typing some of it, it may actually sink in.


The longer I live the more I realize the ease with which we can slip into extremes and the harm that can do to our spiritual lives.  I see it all around me and sometimes, to my own embarrassment, I find it in myself.  A major prayer of mine as I grow older is, “Lord, keep me balanced!”

  • We need a balance between work and play (too much of either is unhealthy and distasteful).
  • We need a balance between time alone and time with others (too much of eith takes a toll on us).
  • We need a balance between independence and dependence (eith one, all alone, leads to problems).
  • We need a balance between kindness and firmness, between waiting and praying, resisting and cooperating, between saving and spending, between taking in and giving out, between wanting too much and expecting too little, between warm acceptance and keen descernment, between grace and truth.

There is more, but this is a start.  I find that when I cover myself with too much Word at one time, I can become confused and discouraged.  I like to soak on small stuff, let it sink in and begin it’s work.   Oh, I will add this other paragraph as it seems so fitting in these hard times…

When things are adverse, life gets simple; survival becomes our primary goal.  Adversity is a test on our resiliency, our creativity.  Up against it, we reach down deep into our inner character and we “gut it out”.   We hold up through the cresis by tapping into our reservoir on inner strength. 

Do you see yourself here?  Are you willing to do something about it in your life?  Is something deep inside you try to get you to HEAR IT, but you just keep ignoring it?  I do.  I must take action.  I know when I get sucked into something that throws everything off balance and my eyes focus somewhere other than God, everything becomes off balance.  Not all at once.  Slowly, little bit by little bit.  Then before you know it your standing somewhere where you had no intentions of going.  We don’t pay close enough attention to the small things and where they leed us.  

I going to watch where I am going, just today.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here.  Just today, I will walk with God.

Won’t you join me?

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I am about toast.  I have been in front of my computer all day.  It’s almost 6pm and this is the last of todays things to do list.  

I finished that small painting.  I call it Twilight.  I have seen these colorful sunsets so many times.  What a blessing.  I have posted it on my Esty store, http://www.carlaschuchman.etsy.com, although it may not be up until tomorrow.  I have posted some great prints available as well.  I hope you stop in and take a look around.

My website is 90% updated.  Just a few more small things and it is done!  John Schnell is awesome!  I love his work.  Check out his site at http://www.johnschnell.net.  I have added a newsletter as well, go to my website, click on newsletter and sign up. This is so fun.

The finished painting 12 x 16

The finished painting 12 x 16

I am still working on faux sample boards, but did not get much of that done today.  Tomorrow is another day God willing.

This is the day the Lord has made, I will (and am) rejoice in it!  Psalm 118:24

Until next time………

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