[Music Life] Handcrafted T-Shirts Available For A Limited Time

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Click the picture above or the link here to find out more.

The reason I’m doing a t-shirt campaign: 1) Instead of ordering a whole bunch of t-shirts and finding out, too late, that no one really wants a stick figure on their shirt, I’m testing the ground to gauge interest. If the campaign falls short, no harm is done to my pocket book. 2) I realized I aimed too low on my album kickstarter campaign, so the extra money will go to a few overhead costs. 

 Thanks for all the love and support!

[Creative Life] Mixed Media Art

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After many late nights, broken computers, moving, and getting married my album is finally almost finished! Because it’s completion is getting closer—it will be finished in just about 5 weeks!—I have been working hard finishing the gifts for the people who contributed to the album via Kickstarter. One group of gifts included art on canvas so I decided to let you in on my process of creating mixed media art. Maybe some of you will get ideas to make some mixed media art of your own!

[Disclaimer] Let me assure you I don’t consider myself an artist. I am artistic yes, but not a (visual) artist.

Fist, I started out with spray paint, chalk paint, and spray adhesive, paper, and fabric.

To create a “background” for the canvas I adhered paper and fabric to with spray adhesive. 

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For a few pieces, I tried doing a stencil based on my album cover, but only did a few because it was way harder than I thought it would be. :(

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Some of them looked really ugly. If at first you don’t succeed, start over. I put fabric on top of this one:

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I’m trying to keep a brave face over here, but I’ll admit that lately I have started to become increasingly annoyed with how long my album is taking to be completed. The reason for the delay is completely out of my hands. As frustrating as it is, I believe God is trying to teach me complete reliance on him. Because I know His promise stands true—that he will be good to me—I can praise Him even through the annoyances. ;-)

I loved your cover of "Oceans". When can we expect another Alison Brook youtube video?

- Asked by Anonymous

Thanks anonymous. You can expect another youtube video tonight actually. ;)

How does a person donate to your ministry from this website. If there's a way, a person of average intelligence can't find it.

- Asked by Anonymous

Thanks for your interest in donating to my ministry. It sure means a lot to me! The reason why you couldn’t find a way to donate on my website is because there was no way until now! Honestly, I didn’t think there was any interest until you brought it to my attention. I have now placed a “donate” button on the sidebar of the main page of alisonbrook.com (all the way down on the left after the Facebook widget and the copyright script). You can donate using any major credit card as well as a bank account via PayPal. Again, thank you!

Hi =] Whos your favorite prophet and why?

- Asked by Anonymous

Great question! I don’t think I’ve ever been asked this before! I really don’t know if I have only one favorite, but I really like Deborah (Judges 4:4). When I would read the story of Deborah as a young girl it would strengthen my little heart because I could look up to another woman as a spiritual leader. I also think she reminded me of my mom a little bit—a woman with a wise soul—and I really love my mom. 

[Creative Life] Doily Lamp Shade DIY

I love DIY projects because they make you feel super good about yourself when you’re all done: you saved money AND made something pretty!

This week I decided to expand my blogging topics. You can now navigate these topics by going to the blogs tab at the top of the page. I decided it was time to start beefing up the “Creative Life” section a bit more. So, without any further blabbering on my part, here is an easy project I did last night. I got the idea from A Beautiful Mess. You can follow the instructions on their webpage or try following along with my poor quality phoneography. 

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Make sure you find a wire structured lampshade, or else your doily covering will flop around. 

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On a beautiful mess they encouraged you to lay your doilies out. Usually, I’m the type to just “wing it” but I’m really glad I didn’t skip this step. 

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I got inventive and used bobby pins to keep the dolies in place while I sewed them onto the lampshade. 

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And there you have it! A beautiful lampshade! 

[Daily Life] Wedding Photos & Thanks

The first of the wedding photos have finally arrived and I’m so excited to share a few with you! Though there’s the risk of this post sounding like a thank you speech at the Grammy’s, I would also like to take the opportunity to thank a few key people. Public affirmation is important to me. 

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My husband and I decided to plan a wedding that wouldn’t put us, or anyone else, into debt yet wouldn’t skimp on personality. In order to do that we had to enlist the help of many giving people. First, I would like to thank our parents, friends, and supporters for all the things they did to make our wedding successful. The things both seen and unseen (you know who you are Nathan, Jorge, Laura and Emily). Our mothers, Jennifer Jill Schwirzer and Eloisa Ramirez, were particularly instrumental in making all the food! It was delish too!

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Another person who played a crucial role was my friend, and wedding planner, Emily Carlson. I wish her all the money in the world because I surely didn’t pay her enough for the many hours she put in as well as stress she endured the day of our wedding.

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Our friend and photographer, Cody McCabe, also went above and beyond. We appreciate his talent, flexibility, and positive attitude. The guy endured blazing hot weather all day and I didn’t hear him complain once. If you are interested in his photography skills for your event email him at cody.mccabe.photo@gmail.com. Seriously, do it. 

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