Friday, April 17, 2015

French Friday

I'm on the road today, heading south for PA. I have a short-term mission training this weekend. It'll be fun, a chance to meet others preparing to go on short term mission trips this summer, as well as seeing how lives have been impacted already.

On a side note, for those who regularly visit the site, know that beginning Monday a few changes will be taking place, primarily, I'll be focusing more on posting blog entries. The first half of this year (hard to believe it's mid-April already) has been focused on finishing novels, so I haven't had much time to write.

Also, beginning Wednesday, I'll focus on the  Wednesday Wake-up again. For those of you who haven't known about the series, it's simply a series focusing on random doors I come across while searching the Internet and/or my own journeys. Doors often lead us into new worlds, situations and events. How we see a doorway can sometimes dictate how a story progresses. Think of it as a story starter - what lays beyond this path?

Friday, April 10, 2015

French Friday

It's nearing the end of the journey for the preparation stage. At this point, I'm waiting to see if I have all the money come in for me to go. If I don't raise the funds, I won't be able to go (I'm still about $900 short or so).

To that end, this is the last week you can donate to my upcoming trip (here, remember to type in Bridgette Britton as the missionary),  or purchase items off the Etsy site (here). I need the money in by 18 April.

Part of the reason I started the process was to see if this was the path I should take. I find it interesting to see how our lives move, how paths open and doors close. It's the same for my writing and my fiber arts.

Next week, I should have a better idea what will happen. It should prove to be an interesting week.

Friday, April 3, 2015

French Fridays

Hope everyone is enjoying the Holy Week, and Easter weekend. For me, it's finally spring, though we're supposed to have snow tomorrow. Honestly, we hit sixty degree weather on Thursday and it plummets to the thirties by Saturday.

This winter is definitely turning into the winter that never ends.

With spring also comes my nearing trip to France. It's been exciting to see how the Lord has provided both through people I know, and through random strangers. I had the opportunity last weekend to talk with people about the up-coming trip. A few donated to the trip only because they wanted to support missions or because they wanted to support someone's trip overseas.

I think it's this part that has been the most amazing to me when random people are excited about the trip. It's encouraging to see their reactions as well as see how oversea trips -whether or not they went on mission trips- influenced their lives.

Seeing new cultures always changes us. While it might seem important for Christians to go on mission trips, I believe any trip requiring you to learn about a new culture is worthwhile. Often times, it's during the everyday interactions we find the most to challenge our misconceptions.

As summer nears, I hope many will take chances to see new places.

If you want to donate to my mission trip, visit here and type in Bridgette Britton for the missionary search.

Friday, March 27, 2015

French Fridays

I know I've mentioned it before part of the reason why I'm heading to France is to see if my art would work there. What I have failed to mention is beyond the writing part of my life (which many readers probably know the most about), I am also a fiber artist.

Berry Sherbet Poncho
The photo is a sample of some of my handwoven fashion. Until mid-May when I leave for France, all the proceeds from my artisan business (also Bridgette ni Brian) will go towards the trip. To purchase items, or at least browse around, you can go here.

Most of my handwoven items are made from 100% cotton and are machine washable. The listings will give you more information.

If, on the other hand, you want journals, I also have some of those in stock. These are all handbound made from sketchbook paper, and come in a variety of sizes.

Friday, March 20, 2015

French Fridays - Art

This week has been interesting. On Tuesday, I spoke with my mission counselor about the trip, and was able to express some of the concerns I have; on Wednesday, I was able to speak with another mission counselor as well as the other young woman going on this trip with me. Today, I have an open house to jump start the 2015 Craft season.

It's been an encouraging week in regards to talking with others about the upcoming trip, but at the same point, there is always those elements of concern. Some of it, like my dislike of flying, can be shoved to the side. Others, like what the Lord wants me to do, need to be considered and lifted in prayer.

The closer my trip comes, the more nervous and hopeful I become. I'm encouraged to see what will happen as these last few weeks pass.

If you want to donate to my trip click here, and search for Bridgette Britton.

Friday, March 13, 2015

French Friday

It's coming down towards the end before I head to France. Found out earlier this week some of the cities I'll be visiting. While I knew I'd be in Paris, and suspected I'd visit Geneva, the surprise on list was Lyon, France.

The cool thing is Lyon has been one of the places on my 'To Visit' list ever since I learned about its silk history. During the Renaissance time period, Lyon was known for its silk production. While weaving doesn't have as strong of a presence in France as it once did, there are still places where it can be found.

Just a reminder, if you want to help support the trip to France, visit here and donate to missionary, "Bridgette Britton."

Friday, March 6, 2015

Book of the Month - A Distant Mirror

This month's book review focuses on A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman. Originally published in 1987, this book is an expansive overview of Medieval French History through the life of Enguerrand de Coucy.

I'll admit that it's a long book (over 700 pages), and much of it is in academic writing. I took me two attempts to go through the book, the first being in an audio book, and the second with a hard copy of the book.

I found it both interesting and difficult. By focusing on the life of one man, it provides a stable, central character for the maddening world in France.

If you want an easy overview of Medieval France, this isn't the book to read, but if you are looking to research the time period, I would recommend this as a good overview.