Whatever Craft Weekend

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I am still in shock that I flew to KANSAS and got to sleep at the craft house!!!  It was everything I had hoped it would be and more!  There is still part of me that wishes I walked a little slower through the house and let myself really soak up how beautiful every detail was.

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We seriously sewed and crafted till 2 in the morning each night.  We ate the most beautiful and mouth watering food you could imagine (Kimberlee makes a cheesecake that ALONE was worth the whole trip)!!  We made new friends and shared stories about life and family.

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Right away I realized how fast this Jersey girl talks and how programmed I am to want to do everything so quickly.  I literally kept waiting for a schedule to be passed out, when in reality there was one rule  ** You were not allowed to clear your plate, ever**.  At one point I realized we were all still sewing our aprons when we were supposed to be getting ready to leave to go shopping.  Looking around the table, I realized no one cared.  No one was in a rush.  Everyone was perfectly content just sitting and crafting.

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I felt God reminding me, in so many ways, to SLOW down, and to enjoy the freedom to be creative, to chat, and to just linger a little longer.  It’s so hard sometimes to really linger.  To let the schedule disappear, forget about the demands of life, and get lost in a project.  To tap into a side of your brain that often gets passed by because we don’t have “enough time” or “enough energy” to really let our creative juices flow.

 

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My greatest take away from the weekend was realizing that I can make this kind of time a priority in my normal life, away from the magical craft house.  As beautiful as this craft house is, and as endearing as Meg is as she empowers us to tap into our creative juices; the weekend really just gave us freedom to make being creative a priority.

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I don’t want to think anymore that I don’t deserve that freedom, or that I can’t have it.  Being creative is so fulfilling for me, it fills a cup I forget is even empty to begin with.

The value of that lesson is priceless, friends.

Now go right now, and get your name on that list for Craft Weekend!  Right now people, I mean it!

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And yes we had to leave some “Lovely Mosaic” swag for Meg while we were there!

Thankful printable

I’m still here!!!  A whole week without hearing my rambles– how did you ever survive???

I had to shift my focus from writing to painting these past two weeks, so its been a little quiet over here!!

I got a massive custom order and have been working hard to get it done as quickly as I can.  With three kiddos and just plain old life happening, I am realizing I can only do so much!!  I am super thankful though for the oppportunity to work and am trying to remain focused on that, when I am waking up at 5:30am to paint!!

Really trying to focus on all we have to be thankful for during this month.  Wanted to pass on a great gem I found to display that reminder.

The pleated poppy is giving away a free print, its a beautiful thankful printable!

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Be sure to check it out!  Check out her blog as well.  I have been following her for awhile and am in love with her home decor and paint colors.   Total stalker weird I know!!!

 

New Creative Outlet

So even though I’ve hinted that I opened up an Etsy shop, I have never really just come out and said it!

I am excited to officially say that I finally mustered up enough courage to jump out of my comfort zone and start selling some of my work.

I have always loved to do anything crafty, from sewing to decoupaging!  So this whole sign painting thing just started as a “lets see if I can do this” kind of thing, and now has progressed into a full blown love with each piece of battered wood.

I keep seeing signs that have a perfectly painted background or a cute chevron print behind a saying, and I think that I should look for wood a little more perfect.  But the beauty of this new love is that each piece of wood is hammered and roughed up, and its really the words that make the wood come to life again.  Its interesting how much the process of redeeming old wood fulfills my creative cup, and how the words I am imprinting on it give it so much value.

I am excited to see where this dream goes, and if it only goes as far as decorating my own wall with these pieces I will truly be just as happy!  So many of the pieces I am hesitant to even list because I know the perfect spot in my home that I want to hang them!

Check it out here, thelovelymosaic, my new creative outlet!!

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my creative cup

Been spending my days doing a lot of this…

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which leads to this….

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and this…

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and this…

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Falling in love with how every piece of wood has its own imperfections.  Discovering how powerful words can make a scraped up, worn piece of wood look beautiful.   I’ve been spending every moment thinking about the next words that could be drawn and how it would all come together.

Today will begin the laundry that didn’t get done, and the food that has to be bought, and the rooms that need to be cleaned.  It won’t be as tough though,  because the memories of letting it all go and just being still and creating are still so vivid.  I spent the past couple of days making sure the few small moments I had to myself were well spent filling up my creative cup.

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Fell in love with this piece, now to find the words to fill the space…any ideas?