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Where to Sleep, Eat, and Shop In Round Top, Texas

This fall I was in Round Top, Texas during antiques week to teach an art class, speak at an event and for two book signings. I have wanted to come to antiques week for years and with the beautiful invitations from Tara Royer Steele and Holly Kuhn I was eagerly packing my bags and leaving room for vintage treasures. I had so many questions about where we shopped, ate and stayed that I wanted to do a fun post sharing …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2018

Thank you Jen Rizzo for inviting me year after year to be included with some of the most talented men and women I know in your gorgeous holiday housewalk. Thank you for allowing this artist that loves home so much to hang out with all of these design and DIY bloggers that make creating home an art. Guys, I have been a part of Jen’s housewalk since the beginning! That means this is my eighth year! So crazy and fun …

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Gift Giving Guide | 2018

Each year I love sharing some of the products that I am loving in my own life and I believe in supporting other small business owners and giving these products as gifts too!  This is why it is so important to small business owners like me that when you love our products you share with your friends and family. You sharing is the best thing you can do to bless us. Here are some of the products and small business …

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My Health Scare, A Video and Where We Go From Here

While we were coming home from a teaching, speaking, book-signing trip in Round Top, Texas, my left eye went black/blind and I had only a small sliver of vision left as we were leaving Amarillo. Kelly and the kids were with me and Kelly was driving. I had been feeling extremely run down at this point in our two-week trip and we were all eager to get home. Instead of home, we turned around and headed to the emergency room in …

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20th Anniversary Sale | 40% Off One Online Course

It was a Friday night in Washington, DC in February of 1998. I had worked late and I was supposed to meet up with friends in a local brewery. I saw Kelly come in with a group of people and I instantly said to my friends, “Check out my future husband”. We went on our first date the next week, we were engaged four months later and married 8 months after meeting. It has been hard and beautiful and broken and lifegiving. I had no idea how hard …

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The Fall Art Garden | Seasons Of Home Porch Tour

Welcome to the Seasons of Home porch tour hosted by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. We have more land than porch so we are mixing the two and we are so glad you are here! When we were first looking at our home it was in the middle of winter and the land was covered in snow. Of the seven acres only a small side garden was fenced in but with its stone raised garden beds, trees and two gates …

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Walking Decisions Out and Overcoming Fear | Part Two

You can read part one HERE. We had decided by that first night to take the gift of our new home, land, and studio and see if we could make a go at it without a net. We made this decision in early May and there was no net as of August 1, 2017. As the days of no net quickly approached I could feel the stress, anxiety, and pressure slowly creeping towards me. It wasn’t full and overpowering but …

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Our One Year Milestone and Walking Through Storms | Part One

    Last year on May 4, 2017, I was just wrapping up an all-day workshop in my studio with local teenagers. The teachers and students had just walked onto the bus when I started to walk back down our gravel driveway as I saw Kelly approaching me. He let me know that he had just received some shocking news and my first response (in total me style) was, “Does it have anything to do with money”? I don’t like …

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One-Day Art Workshop In Franklin, TN | Registration Open

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** The official launch date of my new book, The Painted Art Journal, is July 4th and because we were going to already be in Nashville and Franklin, TN at this time we decided to celebrate at our home away from home! We have been shown such overwhelming kindness in Tennessee and we are excited and humbled to tell you that Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse will be hosting my one-day art workshop on June 29th …

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May We Unravel and Grow Together | Happy New Year

  I have felt more quiet and reflective lately and at first, it was because I didn’t think I had anything to say. Quiet in words, actions, and even creativity. We have just come through one of the largest business projects to date, finishing my first book and transitioning our home and business to have Kelly working full-time with me. We have also had a very strange year of things outside of our family and it has left us tired …

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Hot Toddy Kits | Sharing Liquor With The Neighborhood

  We are surrounded by some pretty incredible neighbors but with all of the acreage between our homes, you have to go out of your way to connect and to see one another. That is probably why we are all out here and I would guess that most of us out here like having that privacy. Can you say introverts unite? I also think we are so lucky to have six incredible families that surround us that we get to …

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Holiday Housewalk | 2017

I don’t even know how many years I have been able to be apart of Jen Rizzo‘s gorgeous Holiday Housewalk!  Each year it is such an honor. Last year was our first year in this home and we are slowly making it our own. These DIY and Decorating bloggers are incredible! I am just along for the ride and loving every moment of it. To start at the beginning of the tour start HERE. And if you are coming from …

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A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

  Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering. In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring …

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It’s Life | Episode One

With Kelly working with me full time, we have had a little more time for some new fun projects. One of the things I wanted to start doing is to share a little more behind the scenes in our day to day life. Because I am still in full on book deadline mode we didn’t film as much as I wanted but hopefully next month we will even do more. Welcome to our silly episode one of It’s Life!   …

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Life In Season | A Book Review

  Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful …

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Eek…Only Five More Days!

Only FIVE more days before our newest free series begins! Last year we were blown away by the response to the free series Becoming | The Unfolding of You. This series was all about seeing yourself as Christ sees you and it was heart changing for so many of us. We saw over 6,000 men and women join us from all over the world! This year we had no plans to offer another free series in January because we thought …

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What A Good Woman Does {and other thoughts on the subject}

Sometimes a song is so powerful that as it plays you see a moving picture going through your mind. Maybe you see your own story or maybe you see the story of another. Either way I know that each of us have been in a situation where the air was knocked out of us and in a moment everything changed. Where we began again. Moved on. Did it scared. Felt lost. Wondered how you got here? Had no answers. Longed …

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Exciting Next Few Weeks!

(Image from Gillian Lee Smith) I am rushing around this morning trying to get everything in place so I can leave today for Scotland. This time I am not teaching or working at all. My husband has given me the amazing early birthday gift of studying with artist Gillian Lee Smith.  For the next 10 days I will be painting in a small fishing village and hopefully getting some much needed rest and creative practice time.  My trip will end …

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Bigger Than You {we are almost there}

My dear friend Kimberly Taylor has found her passion outside her gorgeous home and family and it is contagious. I would love for you to hear her heart and consider helping in the final stretch of this amazing opportunity to give. We are ALMOST there!   ******* My name is Kimberly Taylor and I am the founder of The Grow Hope Foundation.  We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people around the world improve their circumstances through education and …

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Did you think I forgot?

I wanted to announce the winner of the art supply giveaway and camera bag! Thank you for being excited and sharing the new online art class Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}. If you love to learn about the lives of the artists, the styles they used and techniques that were a part of their work…this course is for you. If you love to try new art with the encouragement and support of other creative members…this is the course …

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How Are You In The Waiting?

There is one place we are all at again and again in our lives. You would think with this much practice we would be so much more graceful handling it and learning from it. No matter your age or where you are at in your life we are constantly in a state of waiting. Waiting to grow up Waiting to leave home Waiting to love someone Waiting to figure out your calling Waiting to find the person to spend your …

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If you know me at all you know this makes me so happy!

It is pretty exciting to me to be asked to combine my love of art with my faith! There are few things that determine my day to day as much as my faith and the creativity that the Lord as placed in me. Those two factors have everything to do with how I make a home, raise my children, run a business, love my friends, open my home and grow my marriage. If you have taken any of my online …

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That One Time Our Home Was In a Commerical

Do you guys remember back in September when a production crew was in our house and backyard? We had people in our home and lights all over our backyard and our neighbors were wondering what the heck was going on! We were packing up the car to head out on our three week East Coast adventure and I didn’t even have much time to just enjoy watching the crew film. This was also right in the middle of all the …

It’s Just Another Music Monday {If We’re Honest}

I love music. Music is always playing around here, we break out into song at any given time and we have been known to make up a rap or two. I didn’t say it was pretty. Music is such a huge part of my life (and I am always sharing music I love anyways) that I thought I would sneak in some music posts from time to time. Not too long ago I was watching a friend go through a …