Denim, Dirt and Daring

denim and dirt heart WIP

"It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds
could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred
by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs, and comes short again and again,
because there is no effort
without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end
the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails,
at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.

--President Theodore Roosevelt
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Started on a new collage this week while doing the "daring and dirty work" of getting my family (and myself) through the sniffling, aching flu :). Part of me was frustrated--I've been making lists of blog posts I want to write, marketing emails I want to send, new artwork to create--plus, I always have intentions to respond to all of your lovely comments and visit your blogs. Then we all got weak and tired, came down with a virus, and my inner critic started whispering familiar lies: "You're not good enough, you're not strong enough; your dreams are too big for you because you will always be weak and sick and tired." 

But I fought back and decided simply to be thankful for this "down time," to enjoy taking care of my sick family as much as I could and soak up our time together--how often do all four of us get such a good excuse to snuggle up on the couch, nap and watch movies all week?! 

This is where most of life is lived, isn't it? In the denim and dirt of the everyday. Here's to daring to make it worthy and beautiful anyway. For if we are faithful in the small things, if we throw our whole hearts into living ordinary days to the fullest, I believe we will discover extraordinary love and grace all around us--that we will be given the desires of our hearts!

Linking up with Studio JRUPaint Party and Faith-filled Friday. Happy weekend!


  1. Beautiful, beautiful work and words...

  2. Oh dear Sadee, how I wish we could do this life thing side by side, in person. Know that I am ever joyful to know that we can do it side by side this way- I'm so glad we don't have to go it alone! Beautiful quote. Right where I am too. Have you read 1000 gifts by Ann Voskamp? If not, give it s read, you won't regret it.

  3. Oh trust in yourself ~your collage is wonderful ~ when we are not feeling well and/or dealing with others that are ill everything looks rather dim ~ hang in there ~ we love your work ~~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

  4. Hi Sadee. Love what you did with the heart, it's awesome! Truly love that quote by Theodore Roosevelt. Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

  5. Love your heart in blues and browns, Sadee!
    Great textures and patterns!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  6. What a great quote, lovely collage and super advice! Get well quick!

  7. Glad you found a way to embrace life as it happened for you this week. Your work is always so beautiful.

  8. Popped in from paint party Friday. Really like your profile paragraph the heart, I would definitely hang that in my house

  9. Be well!!!!!!!!!!!! Your denium reminds me of all the things I have made from denium throughout the years past. Good old Teddy R. HPPF!

  10. The joys of flu season... having kids brings a whole new level of misery to it don't they... I am impressed you got anything done at all... and it is kind of gorgeous... I am loving the palette of colours you have been exploring...xx

  11. The collage is good, the children are enriched by you, what more could you ask. Blessings, Janet PPF

  12. AMEN! Denim and dirt of the everyday. Felt a bit like this during the last week for me. It sums it up perfectly. It is all part of the journey though. Nothing is divorced from anything else. Good reframing as well. Sometimes that makes all the difference. :)

  13. What a great way to look at the situation of you all being sick, being thankful for the the down time and snuggle time together. There is beauty to be found in all, found in the everyday. Hope you are all feeling better soon!

  14. couldn't have said it any better! find inspiration in the everyday -- that is where our life and art are occurring, not outside! :) rest up & hope you're all on the mend soon!

  15. Thank you, friends, for all your kind comments and well-wishes! We are all feeling better now--I even painted a wall in the girls' room today and did some sketching outside while they played at the park!

  16. I love your artwork and your words... (that Roosevelt quote was great too)
    It's been too long since i've visited your blog. Always such a treat to come here.
    I hope you're all feeling better by now. xox


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