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Girl’s Getaway 2016

Girl’s Getaway 2016

This weekend I met with an amazing group of women who are my friends…they are my family.  Sisters, cousins, nieces, aunts and my mom came from Colorado, Texas, Arizona and around New Mexico.  This will always be a time of precious memories.   Two days of loving on each other and Jesus.  We talked, ate, journaled, painted, praised, sang, laughed, listened to the Word of God, prayed  and cried together.

We started on Friday with lunch at my cousin’s amazing home in Roswell, NM.  Lynette, has a gift of hostess with the most-est.  She has carried aunt Modell’s wooden spoon with gumption.  She planned all the meals for us and we graciously ate.

After lunch we spent some time talking about Bible Journaling and I taught some basic art journaling techniques.  You will see some of the amazing pages below.  It is always so fun to see what appears on the pages of journals.

Friday evening Suzette and Jessica sang Shoulders.  Oh I love this song.  The words have been such a comfort to me this year.  You may see the For King and Country music video here.  Lyrics to “Shoulders” are here.  I may or may not  have shed some tears.

We then had a powerful, sweet time of worship led by Stefanie, Mamie, Jill, and Suzette.  The voices, the harmony, the talent…oh so good…but the sweet presence of Jesus…beyond words.  And, yes I admit, I did shed big-ole-raindrops-from-heavean-ugly-cry-face cleansing, healing tears.  God met us right there in that room with the New Mexico sunset pouring in the windows.  Women from all walks of life…young mommies, wives, career women,  single women, & grandmas began to surrender broken hearts as Stefanie led I Surrender.  Lives were changed. Brokenness was mended.  He makes all things new.  He brings Restoration.

Sweet cousin, Jill then taught on Psalm 23.  So many nuggets.

Saturday we were delighted to have the creative, Nola teach us how to make chalkboard trays.  These were so cute and fun!  See photos below.  You will love this idea.


Left to right top:  Michelle Sather, Meigan Sahlstrom, Megan Burnett, Stefanie Howard, Mamie Roberts, Donya Doolin, Ione Grim, Donna Todd, Wanda Srader, Nancy Martinez

Bottom left to right:  Jessica Hronich holding Genevieve, Suzette Srader, Jill Jamison, Kara Martinez, Lynette Rhoads



Thanks Nancy for taking the photo for me.


Our theme for the weekend…He Restores My soul.  Psalm 23:3



My sister and  having supper at Peppers before Girl’s Getaway gets started.IMG_1276

“R” is for Rhonda and host home Rhoads.


Chalkboard Trays we made.  Thanks to Danny and Nola for building them for us!  Nola is an amazing art teacher.



Nancy shared her testimony of her miracle.


Meigan’s canvas.IMG_1333IMG_1334Girl

Nola’s beautiful sample.  Love the little metallic bird.  Artist trade secrets.


Nola helping my mom, Wanda sand her tray.


Lynette decided that art is stressful.  But she did great!Girl


Suzette is a Oma to sweet Genevieve…grandmother??? I know!Girl


My mom, Wanda (r) and her little sister, Mamie (l).  Aren’t they the cutest?



Oldest and the youngest, Wanda and great grand daughter, Genevieve

Wanda, Mamie, Donna


Mamie and daughter, StefanieGirlIMG_1284IMG_1287

My sister, Donya and aunt MamieIMG_1290IMG_1291IMG_1292IMG_1293IMG_1294





I love how Mamie is smiling the whole time she is sanding.  So cute.IMG_1317IMG_1319

Thank you so much Nola.  Such a great project!  The girls loved working on their chalkboard trays.IMG_1320IMG_1321IMG_1322IMG_1323



Nothing like sisters!  Megan and Jessica.JessnMeg





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Canvas Bag Painting Class

Fun new class for the first time ever at Rhonda Elder Designs…Canvas Bag Painting Class.  You are going to love this fun creative class.  These bags are so cute.  They are large enough for paint supplies, cosmetics or even a diaper bag.  There are pockets on every side.  The bag has handles and is heavy duty.  Also you will have choice to paint whatever design you want on it.  I’ll just get you rolling, provide the studio and all supplies.

Supplies must be ordered ahead of time, so if you are interested in taking this class, please sign up and pay now!  All you have to do is click on “Buy Now!” And you will have your spot!

Do you want to have a private painting party?  Here is a fun Q&A page for you about private painting parties and Art Classes.

This would be a great class for your girlfriends from work, Bunco group, Bible Study, or family.

If this date doesn’t work for you but you really, really want to make this bag, let me know and we will find a date.  All you have to do is find 5 people that will join you.

To see more June classes go here.  It is a perfect time for you to take a break for yourself.


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June 2016 Classes

Check out upcoming classes at Rhonda Elder Designs.

Bible Journaling is a great class to learn how to look at your God’s Word in a whole new light. If you are curious and want to know more about Bible Journaling.  See this post here. (What is Bible Journaling?)

A brand new class is offered!  Watch for a blog about the Painted Canvas Bag!  This class will be limited due to short supply.  It is going to be a fun one!  And these bags could be used for so many things besides art supplies…think beach, or cosmetics or tools…endless.  Just wait until you see how cute these babies take paint.

Below you will see the cutest girl with wings. This is one of my creations that I decided to call Grace Girls.  More about these darling girls coming soon. We will be concentrating on Grace Girls on canvas this summer.  They are created with paint, papers, ephemera (one of my favorite words)  Mixed Media is so fun.

Summer is a perfect scenario to take some “Me Time”  So write me at and we will get you on the calendar.  Girls age 12 and older are welcome to join you.

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What is Bible Journaling?


What is Bible Journaling?  I’m glad you asked.

Basically, it is illustrating your faith in God’s word-The Holy Bible, in any way you wish to creatively express your love for Him.

A few years ago I came across a Facebook page called Illustrated Faith.  I immediately fell in love with this form of “art worship.”  I found Shanna Noel’s blog here.  (Grab a cup and go and search Bible Journaling on her sight and read every article)  She did amazing things with her Journaling Bible to bring the word alive.  I was mesmerized.  I was hooked.

She is an amazing scrapbooker and took that level of skill straight to what she was hearing and learning about the word God.

I quickly joined Shanna’s group on Facebook.  People started joining this group from all over the world.  They were sharing their beautiful pages and inspirations in our group.  We watched the group swell to thousands in just a matter of months.  Now that’s a God thing, don’t you think?

On any given day you will see the beauty of a simple page with hand lettering or a portrait of Esther or the disciples.  You will see Washi tape pages, stickers, stick on alphabet or calligraphy, stencils, stamps, spray, splatters, watercolor renditions, ….the point is that everyone is expressing their journaling in the method where they are comfortable.

Recently I was preparing to teach a Bible Journaling class and I felt impressed to tell the students….

Bible Journaling is not about the Art, it is about the Heart! 

There are many methods to use: Journaling Bibles (all forms & fonts), Mixed Media Journals (my personal preference), Watercolor Journals, vintage ledgers, Bibles or hymnbooks, just to name a few.

I will cover those more extensively later.  But do your research before you buy your first Journaling Bible.  Some have small print.  The good news is that I hear there are several bigger ones coming out in September 2016.


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Gunner Thompson

Gunner Thompson turned 5.  And he decided it was time to learn to ride.  So he jumped on and took off.  We had so much fun chasing him around the Ruben Pier  Memorial Skate Park in Sherwood Park, Odessa, TX.  See more about this park here.

Gunner rocks freckles, neon orange and mohawk helmets.  He didn’t want to put the helmet on at first because…wait for it…it would mess up his hair.  The cutest!

This “all boy” is not afraid of anything.  The only distractions were the ants, his fascination with the big boys on skate boards and the ice cream truck.  But hey…I can work with that.  Instant backdrops and props.

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