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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 …

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This Girl Has Joy!

This girl is my skipping, twirling, back flip, humming, singing, smiling kid. She is the kind of kid that can get in trouble and within 5 minutes she will be in your lap kissing and hugging on you. She hugs, kisses, loves and compliments so much each day. {Except when it comes to her younger brother. THAT is a whole different post} She is my only girl and she is this incredible blend of girly girl and athlete. She likes …

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I Want To Try Something a Little Different {and I need your help}

Hello! I wanted to do something a little different and I will need your help. Jennifer Rizzo and I want to do a recorded interview style video where we take turns answering your questions about business and following your passions. I am heading out of town today to teach at an art retreat on Bainbridge Island but I will be back later this week and hope to get this interview up next week! What I need from you… *Please leave …

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Garden Inspiration {Summer, I am ready for you}

I don’t know about you guys but I am just ready for warm evenings, days at the pool, dinner outside and for my yard to be finally green again. Can I hear an Amen? When you still have possibilities of snow and your yard is begging for a little TLC the best cure is Pinterest. Here is a little garden inspiration to hold us all over! {Source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} {source} For more garden inspiration I …

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Just a Peek {and all of the giveaway winners too}

I am so excited that today is finally here! There has been so much excitement around Danielle Donaldson’s new online watercolor course that begins today. The best part about her class is that this one week class is instantly available today. Here is a peek into all of the beautiful projects in Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows… Come and join in on all of the creative fun! This is a one week class with everything instantly available …

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Our Stories Have Worth {Hope Spoken}

It has been a week since I came home from Hope Spoken and I still feel like I haven’t had enough time or enough silence to really process the whole thing. I went to support my friend Shannan, hear her speak and spend time with other friends. When I wrote Danielle recently about the weekend I was honest that I had mediocre expectations. I am sure that is what every person putting together an event loves to hear:-) {Don’t worry…I …

Prepare Your Heart

I had intended on sharing some house updates and the crazy photos of our renovation. That WAS the plan. This morning as I was lying in bed, slowly trying to wake up and reading the news of the day I saw this quote on Toby Mac’s FB wall. “I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.” ? A.W. Tozer …

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These Girls Are On Fire!

It is best thing EVER to see people you adore creating beauty for themselves and others. I have known Becky for five years and I have watched her go from blogging to making art to creating a whole business around creative cuffs! I have a few of her cuffs myself and we bought a special one for our Maddy for Christmas this year. Old leather belts, hand stamped metal and words that mean something to your heart…what is not to …

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The Stone Collective {What Do You Have To Offer?}

  The Stone Collective is a community making much of Jesus as we create art, photography, prose, poems or music that commemorate the wonderful things God does in our life. Based on the passage in 1 Samuel 7:12-14, each month we will collect Ebenezer Stones as a regularly practice in the art of worship via our creativity.   Want to join in on The Stone Collective?   Create your own Stone and link up to LIVE IT OUT! Blog. #TheStoneCollective   …

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Do You Celebrate? {or just move on}

A very good friend of mine just recently finished writing her first book. It was months of writing, projects, photographs and edits. After everything had been submitted to the editor I know her whole household let out a sigh of relief. So many things were falling a part in other ways to get a project like a book completed.  What was next?  What needed to get done? I recognized myself in my friend right away and almost yelled, “STOP!”.  I …

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Speak Life {Be THAT person at THAT time}

This week in Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice} I asked the students to take the time to write/call/tell someone that has inspired them…thank you. My main point was to make sure you take the time to tell the artists that inspire you how much their work means to you. There is freedom in sharing but it also helps the other artists to remember that their work has meaning and touches the lives of others. It doesn’t stop there …

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Life Around Here {and the Anthro Gift Card Winner}

Thank you to everyone that took the time to answer the questions on the survey.  It only confirmed all the things I already knew but that is really good too.  I will share the results soon.  I have to say that you are all some of the nicest women!  I have rarely ever had people leave mean comments and even in the survey when you could have been 100% anonymous…you were beautiful and kind.  Thank you! Before I get rambling …

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The Beauty Files {Evening Skincare Routine}

I think the evening routine is the most important. It is worth it to take the time to wash off all the junk of the day and give your skin time to breath and recover over night. I never, never, never sleep in makeup. Ever. I don’t care how tired I am…I always take the time to at least wash my face before bed. My skin is definitely getting drier so between making sure I drink enough water and the …