Wednesday, October 1, 2014

detoxing...

Good morning friends!  Once again I feel like I need to apologize for being gone so long, but that's ridiculous.  You guys love me right?  You know I've been busy!  The shop closed last Friday and we are still stamping and working HARD to get these cuffs out to you.  Hopefully finishing up today:)  I'm in complete and utter awe at how God provides with every single opening.  We were right on track with our giving too.  The Graham Family was blessed and this thrills me to my toes.  Thank you!!


This opening felt a little different.  The Lord showed up in a big way like always, but I also felt the enemy lurking around.  It started the Sunday before the shop opened.  We had just heard the best message about prayer and Jabez.  He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!" And God granted him his request (1 Chron 4:10).  

I left the service so encouraged and buoyed by God's word and His promises, but things also started feeling weird.  I could just sense attack.  Little chick cut her finger Monday morning and needed stitches.  Honey and I were tense with each other.  We had some hiccups with our remodeling projects.  And then I got a mean spirited note from some anonymous person.  Which by the way made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up.


Tell me this isn't just some dart from the enemy to discourage and defeat!  But in a weird way it gave me the assurance that we are heading in the right direction with Farmgirl Paints.  Powerful, promise-filled stamped words are circling the globe!! Light and love is being worn daily...visible.  Money is being raised to encourage and be a blessing, and the enemy isn't a fan.  But...greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).  No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12).  THESE are the words that kept going through my head.  So grateful for God's word and His reassurance and guidance.  What would we do without it!!


So in addition to all the shop hustle and bustle I've been doing a 14 day sugar detox.  And can I just say I was completely nutso taking this on while being completely overwhelmed with shop stuff, and yard and kitchen projects, but once again I felt God's hand on me and there has been a grace to making changes.  The timing is never going to be perfect.  Never!  But guess what??  I did it.  I can't believe I did it, but I did:)  I quit sugar for 2 weeks!!!  Despite being a little low energy I felt GREAT!



It ended on Sunday and I still haven't added back creamer, had a piece of bread, chips, crackers etc or any CHOCOLATE!!  Say what!!!!  I know.  With every fiber of my being I want to stay the course.  I'm loving my even keel levels.  I feel in control.  I'm not constantly snacking.  I don't think about food.  I'm eating vegetables.  THIS is MAJOR!  Like really major!!!  I drink black coffee.  Instead of sandwiches and chips I'm having sliced turkey or tuna with avocado.  Cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas and blueberries are my sweets:)  I have smoothies for breakfast and turkey soup for dinner.  And my favorite snack is a Paleo wrap with almond butter and a thinly sliced granny smith apple right before bed.  I've found the thing that has made my brain finally click over and I'm so excited.  I've lost about 5 pounds.  My face looks a little thinner.  It's good.  So here is my turkey soup recipe:



This is the doubled version of my 
AWESOME Turkey Soup recipe:
2 pounds ground turkey
one package frozen onion
2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
2 boxes of reduced sodium chicken broth
2 packages frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower mix
garlic...maybe a tsp or so
Cajun spice, salt and pepper to taste



Brown the ground turkey...get it good and brown.  Cook with onions and garlic until soft and smells really good.  Add to the simmering chicken broth, tomatoes, vegetable mix.  Season with salt and pepper and Cajun spice to taste.


If you want to sign up for your own Detox group click here for more information. I highly suggest it..  Marta provides all the information you need, helpful articles, recipes and an online support group to encourage and motivate along the way:)







Be a blessing,









just a few of the mannnyyyy thankfuls...
cutest new pillow in the history of ever. made from a vintage fabric calendar.  
sunsets that remind me this earth is NOT my home.
a new chalk wall in my kitchen. creativity BLISS!!  
the best customers/ig followers in the world! what a beautiful support group the Lord has provided!!




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Monday, September 15, 2014

OPENING DAY!!!!!:)




Good morning friends!!!  It's OPENING DAY!!!! 

EEEEK:)) We are pretty excited this morning to share with you all we've been working on for the last few months.  Summer is over, it's time to get back to routine, back to cuffing just for you:))  The shop will close back up on Sept 24th at 5:00 pm EST.  Keep that in mind.

We've added a newsletter!  This is important because it will keep those of you that don't blog much anymore or check Instagram that often to keep in the loop.  All you need to do is sign up at the top of my blog where it says sign up:) About a week or so before each of our four yearly opens I'll send out a reminder email that the shop is getting ready to open with our dates and a coupon code for you. We'll also showcase any exciting developments etc... 


So just in case you missed the first newsletter this month I am offering handpainted, handburned designer cuffs again! I love using my artsy creative side to make these for you.  Each is still custom sized and handstamped to make it your own.  A template is NOT used, so each one is slightly different...THEREFORE super COOL!!!!

This will be the only month to get these exact designs.  And the only opportunity to order them this year:)  Because they are time consuming any orders placed now will not mail out until the first week of November.  So think ahead friends.  They are pretty special and very unique.  Only a limited number will be made.  Each is signed by me on the inside and come with a very sweet little insert/scripture about the word I chose for that design.


The winner of the newsletter sign up give-away is DONNA PIGFORD!!!  Congrats Donna.  I'll be emailing you:)




We've added a new section to the shop called WOnKy!  It's for those perfectly imperfect cuffs that maybe have an extra hole, a little too much distressing, a smoky smell etc...  Those cuffs will be sold at a discounted price, so you might want to check it out:)



 Another exciting development that will be highlighted in the newsletter is our giving vision for that particular opening.  I've been wanting to do something far reaching...something extra special with this gift of business God has given me.  So a portion of EVERY sale will benefit something the Lord has laid directly on my heart.

This month's giving vision is going to the Global Service Network...specifically the Graham Family.  When Carissa first told me of their plan to move across the country so her husband Kelly could attend Seminary school I was like whoa that's a game changer. Exciting!  San Francisco!!  But the actual details of stepping out in faith are always a challenge. They've sold everything they own and now live in a teeny 650 sq ft apartment with their two littles. There have been many challenges and some major setbacks, but I'm confident that supporting this family, at this time in their ministry season, is the right thing to do. It's going to be very exciting to see what the Lord is going to do in their lives.  

Thank YOU friends for being a part of this outpouring of love!!!  Bless you!!


Okay it's time to get to work.  Here are this month's awesome promo partners in spreading the word.  Check out their Instagram feeds for coupon codes!  

Thank you so much for what is going to be an awesome few weeks of stamping:)








Be a blessing.









thankfuls...

new landscaping that will hopefully look good...more to come
a subway tile backsplash that will hopefully look good...more to come
a terribly timed sugar detox that will hopefully go well;)...more to come


 a new look...dark auburn hair and the sweetest hair friend:)


a great first few weeks of school.  new friday night memories:)
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

what i want my girls to know about marriage...



Right as I'm falling asleep at night the perfect words come for my posts.  I close my eyes tight, too groggy to get up and write them down, and pray that they'll still be there in the morning.  Doesn't happen. They usually vanish.  So this is me trying to remember what was on my heart right before sleep came for me.

First of all I cannot believe summer is over or that we managed to squeeze in all these trips.  Let me assure you when we booked our Hawaii trip we had no idea that two very special family weddings were on the horizon, in two different distant cities, exactly one week apart.  Feeling majorly blessed it worked out that we could attend them both.


They were so anxiously anticipated.  One was our sweet young niece Brittany (in Colorado Springs) and her honey Justin of six years...they started dating at 15!  Oh young love...that one struck a cord;)  And then there was my nephew Derek (in Central Illinois)...who I've had on my prayer list for years to find a good women and settle down. God is good!  And He definitely hears and answers prayer.


 For us this was much more than a chance to be a part of a new covenant...a fun ceremony.  It was our girls very first wedding and it was teachable moment after teachable moment.  Emotions were high. There were mountain top experiences, and glimpses of a dark valley.  Life is like that...the good all jumbled together with the bad.  And sometimes the boundaries are so very blurry, but in the midst of it all God is there and you see His hand, and let's just say we were right where we were supposed to be.


Even the girls...  It's necessary for them to see the messy.  We cannot protect our children from pain. We want to, but life isn't always sunshine, cheesy Disney shows, unicorns and rainbows.  When we witness hurt and brokenness we can teach compassion, tenderness, and God's beautiful restoration and healing.  It's a tangible reminder that we need to pray daily, encourage and strengthen each other with LOVE!  That's what this big story is all about.  Love!





So what do I want my girls to know about marriage...
Who you marry is the number one most important decision you'll ever make outside of your faith walk.
He needs to love the Lord...with all his heart!
It's never too early to start praying for your future spouse.  
Sexual intimacy is worth the wait.


 

When the years pass on and the honeymoon phase is over... it can get even better.
Sex is important. Don't deny your husband.  It brings you closer together.
Keep your mouth shut when you get tired, hungry, cold, hot, hormonal etc... Words are weapons.
Fight for and remember often what brought you together in the first place.
Pray together.


 Marriage is beautiful, and sometimes hard, but so worth the work.
It takes two to make it good or bad.
Not talking at dinner doesn't mean you don't still have love...
Mundane happens. 
Go on regular date nights.
Remember to have fun and laugh.

Satan will try to attack you.  He will come at you from all sides and you can't let him steal, kill or destroy your family.  Take it back!
God at the center will keep everything in focus.  With Christ ALL things are possible!
Honor your husband as head of the household.


Don't compare!
Remember everyone has struggles.
You don't have to be perfect, but don't expect it either.  Extend forgiveness. 
Choose to focus on the good. 
Cling to each other and be careful what you tell your family and friends.  They will have a harder time forgiving and forgetting.
Set healthy boundaries with your momma.  
Your family comes first.  
This is your mission field.  This is your ministry.


 Always kiss and make up!  


Congrats to our newest family members.  
May God richly bless you in the days, months and years to come:))



Please feel free to share any marriage advice with us... 




Be a blessing.











remembering this feeling!
 reunion with one of my oldest and dearest friends, natalie and big chick's first playmate...maddie:)
a rare photo op of my immediate peeps
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