Steady Grace & Steady Heart

Lately, I've this song on repeat. Steady Heart by Steffany Gretzinger is a song that can pull you out of the darkness, with a wonderful reminder that God is good, always faithful, and is a steady force through any up and down. I've been playing it alongside the Bethel song It Is Well, using the words of both of these songs to remind me to continue to lean on Him. I don't know why I haven't made a design based on either of these songs before (since when I said I've had the song on repeat, I mean, it's been on repeat since the album came out last year!), but I'm glad that I finally made some room to get a little bit of the lyrics out on paper.

I hope that it can be a reminder for you in your home, in the same way that it has been for me. Take a listen to the song in the video below, and if you love the print, you can pick it up in my shop here

May His faithfulness see you through the tough stuff this week, this month, and this year.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
— Psalm 136:1

Christmas Prints...Delivered to Your Inbox!

Can you believe that Christmas is just over a month away? It's hard to believe since I've only had one day in the last couple weeks where I've needed a heavy coat. Living in Canada, this is definitely not the norm. Given this, it's really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I need to get my butt in gear for Christmas. 

So to help you too, in case you're running late like me, I've come up with quick gift solution for you. Digital downloads of my Christmas prints! After purchase, you get a link to download your prints, and then you just need to print it out and stick it in a frame, and voila! Christmas present done! No waiting on shipping and having to trust the postal system delivery times. No wandering down the aisles trying to find a good gift. And best yet, no waiting in lines at the cash, or on the road! Ah, the beauty of the Internet. 

Another great idea for using your digital prints? Print them up smaller, and use them as place settings at your Christmas party. Elizabeth purchased one of my chalkboard prints, and shared them with her small group's holiday dinner! What a little treat to give your friends. The great thing about these digital can print them out as many times as you need to!

photo by Elizabeth

Here are some other digital download prints that are available in the shop! Just click the images below to take you to their shop listings.

I hope that you are all having an excellent fall, and getting ready for Advent. I'm looking forward to digging into my Advent book from She Reads Truth this season. I hope that you too are able to find some time in this busy and wild season to remember the reason behind it, Jesus' birth.

Grace Upon Grace - New Print in the Shop!

I've had this verse inked and saved on my computer for a while now, just waiting for the time to paint some pretties to adorn it. I just couldn't come up with something (I was also without spare time to make up anything!) I guess I was also feeling slightly uninspired. It's been so cold, and I've been working on projects that just aren't my style, and I was struggling to get back into my groove. So in the mean time, I was pinning inspiration florals to my Pinterest boards, to go back to at other times, times like this. Thank you Pinterest, for allowing to keep my hard drive free of all the images I want to hold on to for inspiration.

I chose to paint some little lilacs to go with this verse. Lilacs remind me of spring, and I love watching the new buds of all the new kinds of growth peeking through the snow and muddy ground, and popping up on the barren trees. It reminds me of grace, the grace from God. We don't deserve any of God's love, because we as humans are just awful, yet, He keeps giving it to us, no matter what the day looks like. Just like the new growth, grace looks out of place in our rotten filled lives. Somehow, God's love peeks through our rottenness, and we have the chance to grow, to bloom. 

This print is now available in the Shop. You can get it three different sizes, mailed right to your home! Let it be a reminder of God's grace in your life too.

Open for Change - Customizing Pre-Existing Designs

Recently, I got a little note from a client asking about changing the colours on some of my pre-existing prints that I have listed in my shop. I have had other clients ask about removing a border, or changing the words, but keeping the style and design the same, but this was the first time I had been asked about changing the colours of a specific print. The client loved the design of my Be Still piece, but was wondering if it was possible to make it have the writing in black, and the leaves in yellow. At first I thought to myself, Oh, I'm going to have to repaint this piece exactly like the first one, but with the new colours, thinking about how much time that would have to take, and trying to estimate the pricing for her. But then I had a duh moment, and remembered the beauty of Photoshop. I could keep the costs down for my client, and maintain the exact style of the original piece. Keeping the look of watercolour painting and variation in the leaves was important to me. With a little playing around, I managed to come up with the colours that she loved and was happy with.

This whole process got me thinking though. How many others of you out there have ever thought about asking for a colour change of a print you love? Not even one of my prints, necessarily. I thought it was pretty brave of my client to reach out and ask, as typically that's not something that I would have ever done. I usually look at what a shop has to offer, and think that I'm limited the variations that they list as being available, and believe that's all that I have to choose from. Having the opportunity to ask, especially with the non confrontational ease of email, makes it quick, easy, and harmless. I will have to reconsider doing it more often in the future.

So now you know that all it takes is a little bit of typing, and you can hopefully change a piece to fit you and your style perfectly. Ask away, I won't mind! And if it's possible, I will change a piece to meet your needs!

Serve the Lord - New Custom Work and Prints

When an old friend Kelly, whom I’ve known since she was born, messaged me with an idea for a custom piece for her home, I was pretty excited to see what she wanted. As newlyweds, Kelly and her husband Cody, wanted a piece to remind them of their wedding day. She sent me some inspiration photos, and the selected verse, and I got to work.

Kelly sent me a photo of her beautiful wedding bouquet, and requested a floral  garland to be included underneath the verse that they had picked out. I pulled the white gerber daisies (with intense black centres), as well as the purple and blue hydrangeas. She was very specific in requesting that no pastels be included in her piece, and they preferred rich, bright, and bold colours. 

It was a pleasure to also be able to letter a verse that is a favourite in our home as well. This verse from Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my household we will serve the Lord” means a lot to my husband and me too. Kelly wanted a thicker script, and I added a slight emphasis on the last two words of the verse, making a mental note to those who read this piece that ‘the Lord’ is the central idea. It is He who is the centre, the truth, and the grounding force in our homes.

I enjoyed making this piece, and loved how it turned out so much, that I thought that I would make it available to all of you as well! You can pick up this piece in the shop, now available in three different sizes. A declaration of faith to hang in your home! Get it HERE, or by clicking the image immediately above!

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If you are interested in a custom piece of your own, don't hesitate to ask! I love to work with clients on creating a custom piece of art for their home that they are going to love. Send me an email HERE through the contact form, and we can start chatting about the design process!