Thursday, September 11, 2014

Introducing: Our Fall Line of Prints and a Sale!

Finally, friends.
I've finally finished this group of 12 new scripture art prints. 
They are up and available in the store now.

I have loved working with some different color palettes, 
inspired by play time with paint this summer.

Here they are:
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Thanks for celebrating our new line with us as we welcome fall!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Say thank you with succulents! {Thank you printables}


Can I just say how happy I am that fall is here
and summer is but a distant memory?

All I can say is, we survived summer
and I for one am looking forward to some
sweaters and boots and structure in our day,
children in school and chili and football games.
I've never been more ready.
({Did I mention kids in school?!?}
I mean, I love my kids, but just a little bit of absence {and space}
 makes my heart grow so much fonder.




I have so many people in my life that I am deeply grateful for
and I wanted to give them a little thank you to let them know how awesome they really are.
I, for one, love getting plants as gifts,
because they're pretty and they make me happy and they last.
{at least a little while in my house}


 I've had this little project in mind since I saw these
sweet little containers at the Dollar Store.



I picked up some succulents from Lowe's
and made some little flags.
The whole thing cost about $5 each,
just a little more than a card, right?

Okay, here's what you'll need:

A glass container with a wide mouth.

A variety of succulents


Glue Gun

Fabric scraps and twine to wrap around


Wooden shishkabob skewers

and these little flags printed on cardstock.
Click here to print.


1. Plant your succulents.


2. Wrap your fabric scraps around & glue gun to the jar.


3. Print out the flags on card stock & glue gun them to the sticks.

4. Give to someone wonderful.


Super easy, right?
I hope you have fun with these.
Now bring on the fall. Pretty please.


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why You Need to Make Something



I've been stuck. 
Like, really, seriously frozen. Paralyzed.
Can you tell by my absence?



And I couldn't figure out why I couldn't even move, creatively speaking.
I've had no desire to paint or make anything.
And I looked at my list of stuff and there was
702 have tos and no want tos.


My making {for me} time is after I put the boys to bed, around 8 or 9,
on nights that I don't fall asleep with them. 
And the thought of have tos after a long day just made me tired.
more tired than I already am. soul tired.
And then I read this, and I think she might live in my head:

There's another kind of tired, though, that is easy to mix up with Body Tired: it's Soul Tired. And sleeping doesn't help it. Sleeping doesn't touch it with a stick. 

Soul tired requires something different. And I think some of what it requires is more making. Generally, when I think about being Soul Tired, I'm living a life where I feel like I'm doing lots  of something I should do, and not enough of what I'm made to do. 

Ginger HendrixTime to Make 



So I mustered up enough energy to finish painting the boys' closet curtain.
Geometric patterns. As I painted I felt my soul starting to come alive again.
I started to feel light and free and happy and... alive is the best way to describe it.
I grabbed my paints and squirting different colors on different paper plates.
I made all of these different color combinations.
And I thought, "Oh yeah. I remember this.
This is what it feels like to play.
This is what it feels like to do what I was made to do."



I forgot.
I forgot that play is not some luxury I get when my bathrooms are clean and all my laundry is folded.
Play is what I need, in order to be able to do the work I need to do.
In order to live and play High Ho Cherry and do a million dishes each day.
In order to be happy and content and have the energy to do the work, I need to play.
Ginger explains it better. That playing (she calls it making) is important in and of itself.
Completely independent of the end product, the play has inherent value

I started by declaring that making is important. I started saying things like, "Everybody thinks of our creative lives as the mashed potatoes, but it's the meat. It's central. It's important."

I didn't wait for the work to be over. I claimed it as necessary and real and part of what I needed to do to live how I wanted to live. I just required that my regular life included it. 

Ginger Hendrix, Time to Make

I was saving my play time for the end, when the work was finished.
But it's always there. Waiting for me. Sucking the life out of me.
But when I turned my to-do list upside down and allowed myself to play first,
it gave me the life-giving, soul-feeding energy to do the work.
All these color combinations and patterns came welling up inside me.
I could feel myself come alive.







Now, tell your mountain of laundry to shush and go play.
Feed your soul. You will thank me. and her.
I promise.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Inspiration

We are half way in it, brave ones. 
Here is some summer inspiration that has been making me happy.


I'm finally on @artbyerinleigh
I kinda love it. I kinda knew I would.
I love being connected to people and able to see how people are living,
Makes the world feel small.And it's just fun.

My favorite summer dinner 
It's my favorite because the boys help make it and actually eat it.
And daddy cooks it.
win/win


$$$ saving hint: When red bell peppers are on sale
I buy a bunch & chop them up & freeze them.
I pretty much throw them in everything:
salads, spaghetti sauce, tacos, or burgers.
Joshy will eat them raw with humus.


And Kelly... my dear friend Kelly is always inspiring me. Always.
Her vision and big dreams and her follow through.
The girl just makes things happen.
Like this.


Kelly is taking a team of 14 on a missions trip to China in October.
They have planned a special treat for the older kids and they need our help to pull it off.

Ben Leaman who generously volunteered to be part of our team in March, has agreed to join us again and bring something incredible to the older children there—a photography workshop for 10 young adults (aged 10-14). Using a custom designed 5-day curriculum, we will be teaching them photography basics but also speaking to their hearts to show them that they are beauty makers and creators and that their vision is valuable.
Through a donation of $200, you will be sponsoring one child to be a part of our program. Your $200 will pay for the camera, camera case, and memory card he or she will use for the class.

Please help us make this dream become a reality!

This post by Alisa Burke was so inspiring to me, to my art.
You should watch it. Get inspired. 
Biggest take away...
1.) It's okay to take it slow. baby steps.
2.) Just do something. Anything.
Get off my computer and even if it's just a sketch or a watercolor or a doodle.
Do something. Keep moving forward.

One potty trained 3 year old who lives in his undies.
Mom: Josh, we're going to the store. Put on your pants.
Josh: Whyyyyyyyyyy mom??? Do I have to???
The upside: The cutest little tush ever.



This book. 
It's about making.
I just ordered it. You should too. 



And the stack on my night stand.
Rereading some favorites.


The boys room is oh so close to being finished...







and yet so far...
I just need suck it up and finish.

Staying up into the wee hours playing and playing with my new sewing machine.
If you don't have sewing machine, you need to get one.
Because it is so fun to make something where there is nothing.

And yes, you read that right... Project Runway.
So, I kind of feel like Heidi Klum, piecing all of my little squares together.
obviously.


It's got all of these cool stitches that I've always wanted
and now I have and I love them.










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