Monday, May 7, 2012

"Hands" What do you see when you look down at your hands?

Good Monday Morning & welcome to this weeks IA Weekly Challenge. I am Shelly's (Pics by Shel) Mom, Loretta, and Shelly has given me the honor of co-hosting this week’s challenge with her. What a special treat it is, and with the challenge ending on Mother’s Day! With that in mind I have chosen this week’s challenge theme to be “HANDS

You see me in the challenges from time to time from my blog:

Source Shelly's husband reaching down to their daughter 
 Source Shelly's son reaches out to sisters feet the day she was born

source: Loretta taken of some butterflies she made for the

HANDS…………..Written by Loretta

Have you ever taken the time to look at your hands?  Usually I look at them if they are hurting or not doing just the right things that I want them to do for me. Rarely do I take the time to just look down at them and study them.

I used to glance at my hands and what I saw were MY hands!  Then one day, not to long ago, I was doing something with my hands, that caused me to look down at them, and much to my surprise I saw my MOTHER’S hands in front of me.  Gosh I didn’t remember my thumbs looks so much like hers looked. When could this have happened?  Then I remembered. I used to have acrylic nails and decided to have them removed and that is when I saw my hands looked so much like Mom’s.  At first I was upset, because they also reminded me of her father, my grandfather, and I don’t have very good memories of him, especially his hands.  But I have been able to put those thoughts aside by remembering all the things my Mom did with her hands during her lifetime. And now all those things my hands are doing in my lifetime.

Did you know that the word hand appears in the King James Bible 1296 times? Now that definitely shows us how important hands were to God, our creator. Don’t you know He put a lot of thought into creating our hands, knowing all the things they would do for us in our day to day activities?

Take a few minutes to look at your hands.  Put them out in front of you on your table. What do you see?  Do you see your Mom’s hands or maybe you Father’s hands? Some of you may see a combination of both. Maybe you see one of your grandparent’s hands. And what about ALL the things you do with your hands? If you made a list of the things you do, requiring your hands, I bet you would be amazed at how many there are and how much you take them for granted.

I would like to end by sharing something I found on the internet about hands and may you have a whole new “LOOK” at “YOUR HANDS”.

May you have fun with the challenge this week, because your HANDS will be doing a lot of the creating, so treat them well.
I would like to end by sharing something I found on the internet about hands and may you have a whole new “LOOK” at “YOUR HANDS”.
Blessings Loretta & Shelly

 For another great stories on "Hands" here are some link:
Grandma's Hands

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IMGIRL said...

Love this challenge. Your pics are all so inspiring. However, I can't help myself, I am LOVING that zebra hand!!! Great challenge and Post!!
Happy Mothers Day to you Shel and your mom and all you Wonderful IA ladies!!!

IMGIRL said...

Oh and I meant to say, All Mothers EVERYWHERE!! The hardest job on earth and must be the most rewarding!!


peggy gatto said...

what would I do without my hands?
My favorite is the baby hand cause I am going to be a 1st time grandma!
thanks for the challenge!!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

I'd already completed my latest photopainting before knowing the challenge, but it fits perfectly ;).
Stay inspired!

VonnyK said...

My hands have failed me and somehow I linked my first post back to Inspiration Ave.
The second one is the correct
link. Can you kill the first one please.
Von :)

Grannie Annie said...

Great Challenge! Art just wouldn't be the same without them...I know I'm very thankful for mine...

Lori Saul said...

My entry is on my Ravenpainting blog.
Thanks for a great and inspirational theme!

Lou Anne said...

The challenge got me to thinking about a project I started awhile ago. I couldn't help but think of my mom, since Shel and her mom were doing the challenge together. I posted a still image but also finished my video. I hope you'll take a look.

Magpie said...

Love this theme, Shel! What a great post written by your mom.

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

This was a wonderful challenge. I always loved my mothers' hands. And you gave me the opportunity of trying to create them on paper. Thank you, thank you.

And Loretta, nice to meet Shel's mom!

Happy Mothers' Day to all!

Deborah said...

I stumbled on this challenge this morning. I do love to include hands in my work, so this was fun for me!

IMGIRL said...

Love this challenge theme. I didn't have time to make what I wanted too, but I did make the challenge!
Can't wait to see the submissions.

New End Studio said...

Terrific theme, so easy to overlook what's right there, great idea and examples.

Catharine said...

Happy Mothers Day! You never know what hands will be holding, don't kiss any frogs :)

Loretta said...

Here's my submission.
Oh my goodness this has just been the most fun!!!! You have all done such amazing entries with your very special "HANDS" each one as unique as you are. Happy Mother's Day!!!!

priti.lisa said...

This was such a great challenge perfect for Mother's Day.
And perfect that a Mother and daughter co-hosted.
Enjoy your day Shel and Loretta ♥

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