I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past Thursday; the Great American Holiday is one of my favorites. But, for me, it pales in comparison to what’s coming!
A thrill of hope
A weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn’
I’m excited to share this printable set of gift tags to enjoy at home.
I don’t know about you, but gathering, buying, stashing, and wrapping gifts for people during this time of year is one of my favorite things. I love to show people I love and think of them. I actually get teased by my family because I cannot stand to wait to give a gift; I insist that my gifts are opened immediately. And keeping a gift a secret is a real struggle for me!
You’ll want to print this on plain ol’ white paper from your printer, or even better, card stock if possible. 🙂 Then, cut them out and glue or tape them to packages as you wrap away.
Merry Christmas and much love from our family to yours; whether you are part of a family of one or twenty, I know our Heavenly Father has made a way for you to be part of His, too!
New Print available in Etsy Shop! One quote comes to mind:
I’m IN LOVE, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!
~Buddy the Elf
Why? Because I love the nautical feeling of two trends; indigo and brass!
Inspired by these, I decided to create this little piece based on some earlier calligraphy practice with one of my favorite scriptures.
Isn’t it fun when multiple passions just go together like PB&J? Memorizing scripture and penmanship practice… Penmanship practice and Adobe Illustrator practice… Adobe Illustrator Practice and a love of home decor…
It all came together to inspire this totally IMperfect piece featuring a totally perfect scripture:
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Available for download at our Etsy shop here.
Hope this little printable brings you some encouragement in your walk to do just that!
Is anyone else out there a(n obsessive) Wuthering Heights fan? I sure am! Not only have I read the book a few (too many) times, but I also even made my poor husband watch the latest BBC version. Oh, what a romance (I’m not sure if I mean Heathcliff’s maddening love for Catherine or Mr. S’s romantic-mini-series-enduring love for me)!
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, who better to quote than Catherine herself?
I doodled this simple little image on Illustrator and thought I’d share in plenty of time for Valentine’s day.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day decor, I like to keep it simple! I may not go all out, but this sentimental heart cannot let the day pass without at least acknowledging it. This image is scaled for a 5″x7″ frame, but you’ll have to select 5″x7″ in your printer settings.
I really do make it a steadfast rule that Christmas decor doesn’t go up before Christmas, but just this project couldn’t wait 4 more days.
The sweetness of joy, apart from circumstance, comes into our hearts when we accept Christ!
My hope isn’t in outcomes in this world. I have fullness of joy, no matter the trial or season, because of this simple truth: God came to Earth as a humble baby, He died sacrificially for my sin, He rose again, and one day He is coming back!
Merry (early) Christmas, friends!
I’ve been keeping busy by sewing cushions for momma’s blue guest room, writing escort cards on silk leaves, arranging flowers, teaching an early-morning Bible study, attending a wedding, chatting with girlfriends, doodling chalkboard signs for my Bible teacher’s parents’ 80th birthday celebration, organizing/hosting a bridal shower, visiting with life-long friends, sewing a desk skirt (small space storage for free from a drop cloth), nestling found ginkgo branches in a demijohn, and serving up so much hot chocolate.
So thankful for every bit of busy blessing. Feeling the close and comforting hand of The Lord through it all.
I confess, I’m a party pooper. I’m simply not a Halloween-lover! You can have all the spooky/scary you want, just leave me the cozy fall touches.
As an alternative to making a Jack-O-Lantern, I thought I’d paint a pumpkin.
The inspiration was the splendor of creation during this glorious season. 🙂 Acorns, oak leaves, ginkgo leaves and more.
How are you preparing for this Halloween/Harvest?
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 ESV)
My precious childhood friend is getting married.
She’s a talented dancer and singer, and she blessed me by singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” at our wedding. I’ll never forget anxiously waiting to enter the chapel, hearing that sweet voice, and forgetting my nerves as my heart agreed, “Yes! Great IS Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”
I got to return the favor. No, no. Not by singing. The guests might evacuate the building if I did that.
I got to draw her a Thumbprint Tree just like ours.
In place of a guest book, we asked guests to stamp their thumbprints on the tree. We also asked people to sign and/or mark favorite scriptures in our first Stewart Family Bible. Rather than a guest book stored for years, we get to enjoy both each day. Both are sweet reminders of the community we’ve enjoyed!
My friend’s looks a lot like ours, but they’ve chosen to use fall-colored ink pads for the foliage. Won’t that be sweet?
That crosshatching is tedious but rather therapeutic once you’re in the “groove.”
My favorite part is this personal touch. The bride wanted the Irish Claddagh symbol incorporated. Traditionally, this symbol is worn as a ring by eligible young women with the heart facing outward toward passersby. When she’s not available, she turns it around to show that her heart is taken. Isn’t that the sweetest symbolism? I can tell you her heart is definitely taken by her groom. 🙂
I’ve thought it would be an enjoyable side business to draw and sell these to order. It’ll depend on how bold I’m feeling.
So looking forward to the nuptials of these two. And praying over this exciting season of life!
I had some fun painting this for Mr. S 5 or 6 years ago when we were dating. I absolutely hated the result and hid it from him for months.
Funnily enough, I found it last week tucked away in our closet and decided that I love it.
I guess sometimes I just need some space and perspective.
Just a too-small gift for a too-wonderful friend.
Her favorite verse for her navy, white, and gray room (with just a hint of yellow).