November 9, 2016

more than all the green things...

a fun new print just sprouted up in the shop! :) 

October 26, 2016

dwell in hope

"i will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
i have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand i shall not be moved.
therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell in hope."
psalm 16:7-9

the amazing thing about this psalm is that it was written by david, a man who struggled with fear, who was promised the throne but instead chased by his father-in-law/ruthless king, escaping to wild mountains and dark caves... BUT he chose to write that his heart is glad and his dwelling place is hope. !!

where do i choose to dwell? does my heart dwell in the night seasons of fear and anxiety, insecurity and inadequacy, pride and selfishness.... or does it dwell in goodness and mercy, thankfulness and freedom, grace and hope?

maybe more times and days i'd care to admit have been spent abiding in discouragement and doubt rather than assurance and hope - hope that i'm justified by faith and not by works, hope that God not only forgives my sins but forgets my sins - never tallying them, only covering them - hope that i'm rooted in His good name, by which all things grow and flourish...

hope is a place of security and acceptance, where His love infuses our spirits, awakens us to our callings, gives us courage in spite of our weaknesses and circumstances, and turns every failure into triumph...

yes, david was right - happy is the heart that dwells in this glorious Hope!

so much love to you guys! xo! :)

p.s. the "dwell in hope" print is now in the shop! and for a limited time, you can get 15% off your total purchase with code DWELL

August 22, 2016

kira nicole branding!

after having a baby last fall, then moving across the country a few months ago, life has been in a constant state of upheaval, but now that i've settled into our new place, i'm finally/slowly making my way back into painting + design [yay!]... and i must say, i absolutely loved working on the first branding project of the year for kira nicole photography!!

it was an absolute delight from start to finish and everywhere in between! our visions aligned and nearly painted themselves on paper... i was merely the vessel for this branding, and i'm so honored and happy to have worked with kira on her fresh revamp!

brainstorming is always my favorite part of the design process, and it came so quickly and naturally with this collaboration! i thought i'd share the initial branding board i sent to kira, just in case you'd like to see a little behind-the-scenes of the creative process. :)

August 16, 2016

enjoy more, worry less

they say that comparison is the thief of joy... but i think anxiety runs a close second. if you've ever struggled with anxiety [like me!], you know the restrictive grip it can have you- you can't seem to get out of your negative headspace long enough to enjoy anything. worry casts a heavy cloud over our lives, causing us to care more about the false 'what-ifs' than enjoying, cherishing, and soaking in the present moments that are the only true realities. what-ifs and worries balloon if left untamed, squeezing out all those things that are true and lovely.

we need to fight for Truth to reign in our souls and thrive in the gifts that He brings - hearts of joy and peace, tongues of thanksgiving and praise, minds of salvation, grace, and courage.

it's much MUCH easier said than done and i find myself slipping back into those anxious spells more than i care to admit... especially as a mom now i'm constantly worrying about that little babes, and it really doesn't matter what i do or don't do - the worry comes with every decision!! battling against those worries is exhausting and sometimes seemingly impossible, but we can do the impossible through Christ, His Word promises that.

it's something worth fighting for, it NEEDS to be fought for... and every little reminder helps! which is what inspired this wallpaper... because sooner or later, those old unwanted guests of worry and fear will sneak back in and gobble up every last drop of happiness, stealing our attention from all the goodness right in front of us - leaving us feeling empty, guilty, and discouraged... feelings that we were never meant to harbor.

so, when those life-sucking thoughts enter, let's turn our focus to what we're thankful for - hugs from our loved ones, food on the table, warmth from the sun, iced lattes with extra shots [#momlife #whatissleep], or just a good book we're reading... it can be big or small, but let's purpose to enjoy more and worry less.

"look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they? which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
so why do you worry about clothing? consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet i say to you that even solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, o you of little faith?
therefore do not worry, saying, 'what shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink?' or 'what shall we wear?' for after all these things the gentiles seek. for your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. 
but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."
matthew 6:26-31

love to you!

p.s. people have asked to purchase these in the past, so this wallpaper is available for a limited time as an 8x10 art print in the shop! these will be printed on lovely savoy cotton paper and shipped at the beginning of september.... so you can pre-order them now and get 20% off when you enter code ENJOY20 at checkout until august 31st! :)

July 19, 2016

robyn + michael's wedding stationery!

goodness, this wedding suite was a dream to work on! i loved getting to collaborate with robyn for her summer night wedding vibe - bringing in all those navy hues and warm yellow touches to the suite. every piece was special, but for some reason, i looooved bringing the day-of stationery to life! the table numbers and table seating charts had me all heart eyes for days. :)

thanks so much robyn + michael for having me create your wedding stationery - truly an honor!! the best to you both!! xo!

July 16, 2016

megan + bryan married!

wedding invites for megan + bryan!! definitely one of my favorite projects of 2015... yes 2015- when you throw a newborn baby into the mix, you totally slack on posting about projects [at least that's the case for this first-time mommy!]...
anyways! this couple was so lovely to work with; the collaboration came so naturally and wonderfully... i really couldn't ask for a better creative match! i feel completely honored and blessed that i had the opportunity to create their wedding stationery last year. :)

a heartfelt thanks to megan + bryan again... wishing them all the best!!


March 10, 2016

his love is strong

Your love is strong. does anyone else know and love that jon foreman song? it has become one of my favorites over the last couple years... i hear it in my head whenever i feel overwhelmed with difficult circumstances or when i question God's goodness or when i feel completely drained from the throws of life... the melody weaves its way into my heart and reminds me that even though i'm weak and faithless and unloving at times - His love remains strong and unwavering.

it's been one of those weeks guys, so i thought i'd help myself to a little reminder and a little paint therapy. please enjoy this small, heartfelt gift of digital wallpaper on your tech. :)

His love is strong - stronger than whatever weighs you down today. hope that simple truth encourages you where you're at. :)


January 6, 2016

he restores my soul

"the Lord is my Shepherd, i lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 
He restores my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake."
psalm 23:1-3

the Shepherd works endlessly to keep His sheep - letting them feed on rich grass in the summer... protecting them from hungry predators... storing up hay for the coming winter... making sure all their needs are met through every season, every year...

"I will feed My sheep and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord God. 
I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick...
And I will raise up over them one Shepherd and He shall feed them... and I will confirm with them a covenant of peace and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land, and [My people] shall dwell safely in the wilderness, desert, or pastureland and sleep confidently in the woods."
[ezekiel 34:15-16,22,25] 

He finds us who are lost - lost in sin, lost in despair, lost in heartache, lost in legalistic rules - and rescues us, restoring our souls from every kind of hurt we can imagine. even when we've strayed from Him, He promises to bring us back. it's His grace and love and kindness that leads us to repentance, making us whole where we've been broken, bringing us to a place of peace where we've been anxious.... where all we have to do is feed on His faithfulness and trust as He guides. 

"So Jesus said again, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I Myself am the Door for the sheep.
I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved. he will come in and he will go out freely and will find pasture.
I am the Good Shepherd. the Good Shepherd risks and lays down His own life for the sheep.
And I give my sheep eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand." 
[john 10:7,9,11,28]

i'm continually learning and relearning that it's not by anything i do that i'm protected/restored/blessed, but what He's already done for me. it was out of His astounding grace that the Good Shepherd laid His own life down so that His sheep could enter into new, abundant, beautiful life, and there's nothing that can separate us from that. moving into the new year, i always want to keep that at the forefront of my mind... i belong to Him and no one can snatch me out of His loving grasp. i am His sheep and He restores my soul. :)

xo + happy new year!
[p.s. here's a little phone wallpaper to help us remember that. :)]

November 16, 2015

logo for just be counselling!

currently napping in her crib, baby indie is just over a month old [what?!] so i thought i'd dust off the ol' blog while i have a few quiet minutes. :)

this summer i had the pleasure of working on new branding for just be counselling! [also, side note, i had no idea that 'counseling' was spelled with an extra 'l' in canada! you learn something new everyday :)]

i created this logo with a romantic vibe that could easily be simplified for versatility throughout byrdie's branding... and i'm so happy with how it turned out! florals are always something i love illustrating. :)
thanks so much byrdie for collaborating with me on your new look!!

October 9, 2015

fall wallpaper // he establishes peace

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 
Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us."
isaiah 26:3, 12

just like God's unconditional love and grace, His peace is not something that we have to work our way up to... we don't have to walk with God a certain amount of years, or read the bible a certain amount of times, or do enough good works to receive peace. it's not something that's earned, it's given - and not only is it given, it's established for us... i looked up that word to get a better grasp on what's being said here -

1. to institute [as a law] permanently by enactment
2. to make firm or stable
3. to introduce and cause to grow and multiply

praise hands for days!

peace grows and multiplies as we fix our minds on Him! i love that imagery... peace isn't something that's there for the taking one minute and gone the next - it's there permanently growing and expanding in His presence... all we need to do is abide in Him!

there are a few unknowns in my life right now... and it would be easy to fall back on all those old familiar feelings of worry + anxiety [and believe me, the struggle is real!], but these verses have popped up so many times in the last couple weeks and i just feel like the Spirit is reminding me of Who's in control even when circumstances seem completely out of control. it doesn't say "try to make sense of everything and then you'll have peace!" nope. it's "hey! things don't make sense, and that's ok! just keep your mind on Him because HE has it all figured out so, here - take some peace, there's plenty to go around!"

again, praise hands for days.

so, i thought i would make these wallpapers to remind myself of that truth - because Lord knows i need the reminder often!! i hope this meets you where you're at too... whatever the situation may be, peace awaits you in His presence.

love you friends! happy october!

p.s. can i just hold my baby already?! indie is wayyyy too cozy in my belly apparently, and my patience is reaching its limits! haha! come on little girl, we can't wait to snuggle you!

September 11, 2015

logo for juniper + bloom!

when hollie first emailed me with her business name, i was immediately smitten and couldn't wait to start designing! sometimes there's just sort of magic that happens in collaboration, and i think hollie and i found that magical stride together. i love how her logo turned out and am so excited to see all that's in store for her and her business! 

check out juniper + bloom on instagram to stay connected!


September 4, 2015

streams in the desert

a year ago, i thought i was dying. i remember sitting on the couch, feeling so weak from unintentional weight loss and so weighed down by anxiety, i wondered if i would make it through. my anxious thoughts were relentless, but that's when i clung to God's word like a lifeline, maybe for the first time ever. like curling pages of an old newspaper, i believe that God's loving hand burned away characteristics and beliefs that i didn't even know i had... getting to the core of my heart.

for the first time i began to question what i believed and what the bible said, rather than what i had been taught over the years. i submerged myself in scripture, studying and grasping onto the words of Jesus... it's like i had been covered in weeds without knowing it because the weeds looked a lot like legit landscape and God brought along a huge brush fire, clearing away misconceptions and pride and self-righteousness, making the soil rich for growth.

i didn't see it like that at the time. i just saw the blaze around me. i felt the heat and pain from the wildfire and couldn't possibly see what good could come from it. but as weak and as scared and as dry as i was, i asked God to hold me and get me through it even if i couldn't hold onto Him. He does that, you know? it's all over scripture, and i claimed those truths as my own -

when i am weak, He is strong.

when i am faithless, He is faithful.

when i am defeated, He carries me to victory.

when i am useless, He still loves me.

when i feel utterly alone, He's right beside me, and promises that nothing can ever separate me from His love.

gosh, i love that. it's not about us making some great dent in the universe by our faith and works, it's about us surrendering to HIS love, HIS faithfulness, HIS greatness. it's all about Him loving us! that's the gospel... that's why it's such good news to a weary soul - i don't have to abide by a long list of rules, all i have to do is accept His love, claim His grace over my soul... and attempt to introduce others to that same love and grace.

as the months went by, i began to see how much my thought life needed to change. it needed a complete turnaround - from thinking only of what bad things were happening and what could happen to thinking on things that i knew to be true and lovely and right and noble and praiseworthy.

slowly, the smoke began to lift and the fire ceased. i started gaining weight and laughing again. that might sound silly, but when you're in the deep pit of anxiety, you can't even remember the last time you actually found humor and happiness in something!! it's crazy.

fast forward to the end of the year and i felt like God was repeatedly giving me these verses -

streams in the desert.
a road in the wilderness.
trees from thorn bushes.
... tranquility + refreshment in a place that had been scorched by heat.
... a paved way in a place that felt lost and forgotten.
... new, restorative life where there was only pain.

an exact year later from that wildfire, i find myself sitting here, feeling our little baby girl kick inside me. the exact place of my pain - my weak body - is where God has chosen to bring redemption - a life growing inside me. God burned things away last year, but He has brought new, unbelievable, beautiful growth. He allows us to go through night seasons, but He always promises the joy and hope and redemption of morning. there's always grace to be found in the wild.

feeling extra thankful and in awe of Him right now and just had to share... in hopes that it might encourage you. :)