December 19, 2014
my friends over at closer to love photography just revamped their blog and added a new section called grains of sand... where lots of fellow christian creatives will be pouring out their hearts and teaching us what they're learning...
and i'm so excited and honored they asked me to contribute! check it out here if you'd like, and hopefully it encourages you! chatting about our journey through trials, refinement, and God's careful handiwork in every step!
happy friday... and oh my gosh, christmas is in six days!!! yay!
December 6, 2014
29 was a good year.... a very difficult year, but a good year. and yeah, i got to galavant all over paris!! sometimes i equate goodness with easiness, as if something easy is automatically good because it doesn't hurt. this year has taught me that just because something hurts, doesn't mean it's bad. actually, most of the things that hurt me are good for me.
pruning is necessary for fruit... and severe pruning is necessary for abundant fruit. that picture has been stirring in my heart for the last few weeks and i know God is sharing His heart with me. He doesn't just prune back the dead, unwanted stuff, He prunes back perfectly good, thick branches in order to see the best fruit come forth. does the fruit sprout up immediately? nope. when you prune something, it takes a few seasons before the new growth is even seen. He knows what He's doing and my hurt is only for good whether i see that now or not. i love that hope and promise all throughout His word!
29 was a year of a lot of pruning. A LOT. but i'm so thankful that He is actively pruning in order to bring good, acceptable fruit that will bring so much good and bring Him glory.
so i'm so happy and grateful to be getting older... and as year 30 is added to my heart, i want compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to clothe me where those branches have been pruned. to bear with the people around me, to forgive like Christ has forgiven me... and let love wrap it all together in a perfect unifying bond. [colossians 3:12-14]
yay 30! you're gonna be a good one! la vie est belle!
December 1, 2014
November 20, 2014
the husband and i have been reading through genesis lately, and twice now i've come across a little note in my Bible i'd written before - "God does not forget us." and for some reason that little phrase struck me as if a brand new revelation had just been given. of course, it's not a new thought, it's not even a profound thought, but that simple truth has brought me so much comfort the last couple of weeks.
jacob was a hard-working, loyal employee of his father-in-law, laban, for 20 years and he was only ever repaid with false promises and cheated wages... from his own father-in-law! jacob had been robbed by laban multiple times over and the Bible never mentions jacob complaining, not once! he faithfully stuck to his duties through frost-bitten nights and scorching hot days.... again, for 20 years. i can't even go through a week of below-zero temps without complaining! he was faithful until God called him to something new.... and God redeemed all those years of injustice:
"if the God of my father, the God of abraham and the Fear of isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. but God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you."
God does not forget us. through hardship and unfair treatment, God does not forget us.
a few chapters later, that phrase appears next to the point in time when joseph suddenly finds himself in a dungeon, labeled a criminal. prior to this, joseph had big dreams for his future which made him the object of his brothers' jealousy then victim of their betrayal.... sold into slavery, then unexpectedly flourished in his role as slave, only to soon be falsely accused by his master's wife of rape, then imprisoned by the very man that had previously elevated joseph to a trusted position. through it all, he managed to keep his heart focused on God and whatever work He provided.
after he interprets a dream of a fellow inmate, joseph is given a glimmer of hope to be freed only to be forgotten by the inmate, and continues on in the prison for 2 more years.
two. more. years. in prison.
he was forgotten by man, but not by God. at the most opportune time, God orchestrated not only a way out for joseph, but also the fulfillment of dreams He gave him early on in life. like jacob, through all the years of injustice, joseph never lost hope that God had a plan for his affliction:
"you [his brothers] intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."
through betrayal and false accusations, God does not forget us.
even when we've been beat up, forgotten, and accused by enemies, by friends, or even by family, God does not forget us and He is not afar off. He sees and hears and feels all that we're going through. it might take some time for God to bring restoration, but just know that there is a perfect plan of redemption being carefully knit together. trials are inevitable, but they are inevitably for our good.
"... for God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
God has not forgotten you, friend, He is right there with you, planning the time of harvest in the land of your affliction.
November 17, 2014
what a lovely honor it is to collaborate with other artists to create something unique for them... and the best words i could ever hear from a client is: "it's so me!!" ...and to my delight, that was just the reaction that candice lawrence had when she saw this one! i'm so happy that i could help get her vision + vibe down on paper, capturing a little bit of who she is to represent her brand.
candee's work is absolutely gorgeous and i'm so thankful she wanted me along for the ride in this chapter of her life + business! you can browse through all of her beautiful photos here.
thanks so much candee! the best + blessings to you! :)
October 21, 2014
i really like working in lots of different mediums... i like to switch between gouache, watercolor, ink, acrylic, pencil, and charcoal... i think it prevents me from getting bored with one look, and exercises my brain to switch between how each medium works. each one is so different, requiring a different touch and method for creating light and shadows. for instance, the mountain range on melissa's logo was created by painting a strong line first, rinsing my brush from all color, then taking my water-filled brush to the line and washing it downward. i love the way watercolor works, it's so soft and free...
...and that was perfect fit for melissa johnston's logo! she wanted her logo to be romantic without being too girly, and with the help of her desired color palette, watercolor always has a way of looking romantic. like all logos, i couldn't have created this look without her inspiration! branding is always a collaboration for me, and i absolutely loved working with melissa! also... her work is gorgeous and oh-so-lovely... take a little walk through her gallery here! you won't be disappointed. :)
so much thanks to melissa, she was such a dream to work with!!
hope you're all having a lovely morning... and do something you love today. whether that's painting, snapping photos, taking long walks, or just sitting at a cafe sipping your latte... savor it. :)
October 16, 2014
christmas has always been my favorite time of year... and now that we have white christmases, it's just more magical than ever! so of course, even at the start of fall, i'm already dreaming about wrapping gifts...
more to come! hope you enjoy what's coming to the shop!! yay!
hope you're all having a lovely week so far!
October 11, 2014
i always love getting work with friends as they launch new endeavors and chase their dreams. kylie rae is an incredible baker who i had the opportunity to create a logo for.... and now she's launched a new etsy shop with her art pieces! so excited for this new branch of her artistic talent.
September 29, 2014
recently, i had the pleasure of creating a logo for one of my sweet friends in california, who is one of the warmest, kindest people i know...... megan has been working with video for awhile and God kept bringing people her way, so she decided to make it official and start a business! it's been so cool to see His faithfulness just in the last few months as i've been able to work with her and create a logo - it came so easily and naturally and i really feel like He placed the vision right in our laps!
so excited for this new chapter in her video journey, and can't wait to see all that God continues to do through this endeavor! honored to work with you megs! loved every minute. :)
check out plant + plow's inspiring blog and don't hesitate to contact her if you need a video! :)
September 16, 2014
i like simple things, and i tend to think of myself as a plain jane - my wardrobe is mostly neutral in color, my house is mostly neutral in color, i'll choose white anything over whatever the other option is, i don't accessorize a ton, maybe a hat here + bracelet there...
so i think the wild / colorful / adventurous side of me comes out in my illustrations and story writing... *enter jungle pattern on a thursday night*
i love this green thing!! i want to plaster it all over my walls! i'm still seriously considering painting giant murals in every room of the house, but i've resorted to keep this little tropical ditty on my phone... and you're welcome to use it on yours too!
hope you're all having a lovely summer's end!
September 15, 2014
i was asked by with hearts united to share a bit of my story in Christ [you can read it here], and i ended up writing a lot more than i expected! isn't so funny how we tend to think that our lives are 'simple' but when you sit down to write your story, you realize the plot is thick with so many twists and turns, so many finely sewn threads that lead you to where you are now... it's the flawless weaving of a Master at work. oh that fills my soul with so much hope and peace for the future. the seemingly good and the seemingly bad all intertwine with each other, making something completely beautiful with our lives.
we are profoundly loved and refined, day in and day out, moment by moment, by the Creator of the intricately shaped universe, the Author of thousands of heroic, redemptive stories... and i can't believe i get to be a piece penned and molded by Him. i pray i always let Him write it and that i don't try to skip ahead a few chapters and try to write it myself!
let's allow Him to write our stories, it'll be one of love when all hope is lost, peace in the darkest of moments, and victory against all odds. as His workmanship, friends, our stories are anything but simple.
"the Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands."
September 5, 2014
a warm thanks to amy + ryan for having me design their invites... i loved doing so!
[p.s. above is a digital mockup of the invitation, because amy + ryan decided to print themselves! i offer the option of home printing for anyone looking to cut costs where they can!]