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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

this is how we worship

Merry Christmas Eve sweet friends.  We are getting ready to head out the door for our Christmas Eve service, but before we go here's our card for this year:)  I was really slow in getting them made (thank you PicMonkey and Walgreens) and almost didn't this year.  But alas...the San Francisco trip turned out to make a great treasured memory.  Walking that bridge was such a bucket list thing for me and sharing it with my favorite people made it so special.

Okay so side note...Sunday morning when we turned to leave our seats after church a sweet gal sitting behind me grabbed my hands and said loudly over the music...

"I just love watching your family praise.  I have three little ones and I hope they turn out just like your girls."  

I thought about those words the rest of the day with a smile in my heart:)
More than anything else I want my life to be used.  
What better example can I be for my girls than to teach them about Jesus?  To share with them His word, His truth, and watch that relationship become real and vital in their lives!  What greater audience and platform for ministry do we have than our own family?  It starts at home.

Standing next to them in church my heart swells.  Their hands are raised high.  Their eyes are closed...their mouths are open in worship.  It's real!  They love HIM.  It brings me to my knees in gratitude.  Sometimes I feel like I can hardly contain myself.  This is what it's about!!!

Thank you Lord!!!  Thank YOU!!!  You so deserve our worship and praise.  Thank you for coming to us in human form.  For giving your life as a living sacrifice.  Thank you that you remind us that greatness isn't wrapped in luxury and materialism.  It walks humbly and in love.  It covers our ugliness and sets us free.  We love you.  We worship you.  Oh how we need a savior!  We sit at your feet in adoration.

Please take a minute and listen to this song.  My friend Lissa sent it to me, and every time I hear it I break down, completely overwhelmed by His presence.  It's anointed!

  May we worship Him fully today and every day.  

Love you girls.
Taking a week off to visit family.
See you next year!

Be a blessing.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

so I painted my sofa...

Hey girls... I know it's a weird time to do a tutorial, but this girl has some projects to knock out before next year, so I just jumped in on this one.

BTW the studio is pretty much ALL DONE!  Yep you heard me!!!!  I'll show pics soon:)

I posted on Instagram I was going to paint our nasty cream colored couch and alot of you had questions.  Originally I was going to spray paint it with fabric spray paint.  Yes there is such a thing!!  Amazing I know:)  But the color selection was limited, so I was at Joann Fabrics the other day and Tamara said she'd read that you can mix up your own and paint it on with a paint brush.  Five seconds later she had sent me those links.  That's my girl.  So resourceful and pretty...I think I'll keep her;)

Proof it was gross;)

Here is the link I used for step by step instructions.  I'll tell you what I did too:)

Vacuum off the dust and lint.

Put down tarp...very messy.

Mix one part interior latex paint (I used maybe 1/2 a quart total) and one part fabric medium (I purchased five 6 ounce bottles at Joann Fabric to cover the sofa) should be very thin and go on like a glaze.  This is your base or primer step.  I used a plastic cup to mix it and paint from.

Use a spray bottle and dampen the fabric with water before you paint!

I applied two coats, letting dry between coats:)

Next step...mix one part acrylic paint (I used maybe 2 1/2 big bottles) and one part fabric medium and paint on your color.  I think it's wise to stay close to the original color.  It would be a nightmare to try to go from white to black or pink to blue.  Just sayin' save yourself some grief;)  And a patterned sofa or chair would be tricky to cover as well.

only applied one final coat.  The tutorial says to sand between coats.  I didn't.  The fabric is a little stiffer than it was before.  But I really don't care.  It just needed it cleaned up and brighter.   

The footrest will probably get a make-over later.  For now it's just a vintage curtain with the ends tied up with rubber bands.  I'm so fancy!!;)

I didn't paint the cushions, because I love the mix matchy look of different fabrics.  The bottom cushion is just a duvet cover from Ikea tucked in with a vintage afghan thrown on top.  I have a thing for afghans:)  I added casters, so I could move it anywhere I want in my studio and voila!!!

*I can tell from this pic I didn't go all the way underneath the sofa with my paint. Crud.  It's not noticable unless you're on the floor snapping whatevs;)

I'm in love.  It really looks a million times better than before.  So there you have it.
Go paint a sofa!

Be a blessing.

fabric medium
projects getting DONE finally
really warm weather that allows me to spray paint outside;)
color COLOR color!!!
Christmas break:))
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Friday, December 20, 2013

i lived

(stinky paperwhites...finally had to toss them:/)

Good morning friends.  I didn't really mean to disappear, but low and behold I took an unplanned siesta:)  I finally feel inspired to share something for the first time in a couple weeks.  Life has been crazy busy with the moving of my studio and fun holiday get togethers etc... Blogging just felt like work.  And if it feels like work that's a good time to back off.

We were watching the taped finale of the Voice last night and One Republic sang their new song I Lived.  Have you heard it?  Oh it made my heart soar.  I love a song that inspires and makes you want to live passionately.  That's what they should all be in my opinion.

Hope when you take that jump
You don't feel the fall
Hope when the water rises
You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams
They're screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
You gave it all you had
And I hope that you don't suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes, 
You'll say

I, I, I
I did it all
I, I, I
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

(fun hope letter (letters purchased at Joann Fabric) project for the studio)

I, I, I
I did it all
I, I, I
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days
And they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup
Oh, oh oh
I wish that I could witness
All your
And all your pain
But until my moment comes
I'll say

(barnwood vinyl flooring)

I, I, I

I did it all
I, I, I
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh (x4)

With every broken bone
I swear I lived
With every broken bone
I swear I

(neighborhood luminary walk and local living nativity performance)

I, I, I
I did it ALL
I, I, I
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Hope you are living to the fullest.  Taking it ALL in...enjoying every precious second:)  We are moving into a holy week. HOLY!  Praying our knees fall and we take in the beauty of that sacred night.  

Love you all to pieces!!! Don't forget to follow along on Instagram...farmgirlpaints:))

Be a blessing.
Merry MERRY Christmas!!!

 Christmas party with my FGP girls:))
My friend Tamara made this.  It's a cookie jar, Epson salt, mini trees, camper ornament from World Market, string and Washi tape for the bunting... and LED strand lights.  CUTEST gift award!  Does she know me or what?!?!!
Surprised the girls with the Nutcracker.  First Ballet performance:))

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

peace seeker

I've been a stress mess lately.  It takes me a bit to come off the Etsy shop frenzy I guess.  It was a mega whirlwind and I'm already thinking about February.  Which is ridiculous I know, but it's how I'm wired.  I've never been good with having deadlines.  I stress out easily.  Great attributes for someone who owns their own business;)  If there is something that needs done I'm on it and it's a tad ridiculous.

For instance...we finished cuffing last Monday.  Tuesday I did laundry, packed, prepared for Asheville.  Wednesday we the middle I bought all of our Christmas...Saturday we drove home.  Sunday we did laundry and unpacked.  Monday I decorated the house.  Tuesday we did the tree and wrapped gifts etc...  Add painting in the basement, working out, attempting the Paleo diet, blogging and making gift returns and you get just a little glimpse of the go go. 

And my mind is even worse.  I have a constant to do list running at all times.  I know I'm not alone.  We are all so busy at this time of year.  But I was telling my honey yesterday sometimes I feel like I'm going to blow a gasket.  Like literally my head is going to explode from the stress and craziness.  I want with everything in me to slow down.  To not be running full speed all the time and I don't know how to get off the merry go round.

You know what he said. 

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Isaiah 26:3

Boom!  In a millisecond I felt the tension lift a little.  My mind is on everything I have to get done.  All the million to do's.  Including fixing everyone's problems....being super mom, worrying about my girls, friends, readers with issues etc...  I'm taking it ALL ON and I simply cannot
There I said it.

It's time to let the ball drop and have Him lift it for me. 
I should have done it weeks ago!

I think it's similar to how we go through the motions of tradition to remind ourselves of the past...the good memories.  We need to center up and focus on remembering our spiritual history and all the good things He's done.  How He's carried us when we were weak.  How He's met our needs...even if it's not how we saw it going down.  How He saved us when we were lost.  How our strength and ability ultimately comes from Him.  That is the peace I'm seeking.  That is my only goal right now.  Find that peace and hold on tight.

**BTW wanted to let you in on a HUGE give-away. 
Casey Wiegand is hosting a BIG ONE on her blog.  
A cuff and a gallery wrap print are in the amazing line up:))

Be a blessing.

gift bags
old time Christmas music
cozy twinkly lights
a husband that speaks truth over me
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

Good morning friends.  Just a snippet of our Thanksgiving weekend to Asheville.  Once again, for the third year in a row, we spent it with our sweet little fill-in Hutchinson family.  Love them to pieces.  See that little cutie in the top left pic?  She's OUR baby.  Yep we were there when mom and dad Hutchinson gave the big reveal and announced her impending arrival.  I blogged about it here.  Needless to say she really was the center of our attention.  Amazing how last year she wasn't there and this year we couldn't imagine life without her.  God is good!

 The quirky Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, NC

I know it's over and Thanksgiving is old news now, but I want spill out what I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful:
that i'm forgiven and have a Savior who is right by my side
for being a momma
for these girls that make my heart sing
for loving my husband...and that he loves me back
for having a home
for an income that pays for that home
for my past, my childhood, my parents who helped shape who I am
that my honey doesn't travel anymore
for friends that love me
for a furry creature that is always right there
for creature comforts like comfort food, a cozy bed and a hot shower
for sunshine
for gloomy days that make me appreciate the sunshine
for my business
for helpers that keep me company and keep me from sinking
for health and breath and life
for every little thing that I take for granted every day because I know they are gifts from Him...I'm thankful.

And I'm thankful for this basement, and that will become my new cuff shop/art studio/happy place.  It's been a stressful time of year to mess with it, but I know it's going to be an amazing blessing once it's done.

(Find the Fall on your knees sign here & the Silent night sign here)

And I'm thankful that Christmas decorations are out and almost up;)  It was SO tempting to not fuss with it this year, considering the mess everywhere else.  I have glitter in every little crevice of my floors.  It's everywhere...but aside from decorating the tree it's up...happy, warm and cozy and for that I'm extremely grateful!   Glad we did it anyway:)

It's whizzing by.  Can you feel it?  This year is almost over.  The busyness can choke out my joy in a millisecond if I let it.  I don't want to let it.  It's December 3, 2013.  The only December 3, 2013 there will ever be.  I'm going to sit in it for a minute.  Let it drape over my shoulders like a warm blanket...then I'll fold it up and get back to the to-do's of today.  But for now...

Be a blessing.

 surviving black thursday;)
 meeting a reader...amy bruce in my favorite store in asheville
catching fire!

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

flash flood warning

I'm sitting in my trashed studio.  Little pieces of leather and metal shards surround my chair.  Eraser pad dust covers every surface.  I still have a laundry basket of cuffs to set, but I have a post on my heart and when that happens I must get it out:)

Girls it feels like we were hit by one of those giant tsunami waves.  There was a warning siren.  We heard it in the distance.  We thought we prepared ourselves...that we were ready.  We went to high ground, but when those flood gates were open it was wave after wave of orders.  A flood of blessing:)  

My honey heard a message from Joel Osteen a few weeks prior to our opening, and he would go through the house and occasionally yell out "FLASH Flood Warning".  He was so right.  The Lord opened those gates and we were literally flooded.  Thank you so much!!!

I struggle with this new thing. This feeling of success, of being proud, and wanting to tell everyone and then wanting to keep quiet because I don't want to look braggy etc...  It's weird.  It's a pull, and I'm not sure what to say or do.  

On opening day we sold more cuffs than ALL of last year.  I was stunned.  Like I wanted to curl up in a ball and suck my thumb because I didn't know if we could physically handle it.  Then on the other hand I wanted to cry tears of joy and rejoice and shout it from the rooftop!  

I think I'll choose the second option.  And shout God did this!!!  He's given the shop favor:)  He's grown it.  He deserves the praise.  I don't want to hide the good things He has done because I'm worried about people.  So YAY!!!  Go God.  You are amazing and I'm humbled to be your servant.  I'm humbled to be a part of this plan you have for my life.  It's all yours!  I know You will help us navigate through these HIGH waters.  You won't let us drown.  

I wish you could spend a day in the shop.  To see the frenzy at which we work.  It's hard.  It's stressful.  I struggle with mommy guilt because I'm so spent at the end of each day.  There just isn't anything left.  Almost every order has MANY back and forth emails to nail out the details.  There is STUFF everywhere.  It could be mass confusion...and sometimes it is, but there is also a grace on it.  I can feel that.

And this girl, "My Tamara" as my little chick refers to her, she is a complete and utter gift.  I WOULD NOT be able to do this without her.  She's right by my side every day, night and weekend.  I had to let go of some creative things this time and entrust them to her and it was painful.  But months ago I had a dream that God said...Let it go and watch it grow.  And He's bringing that to pass.  I have to be obedient.  I have to let some things go.

Tomorrow someone's daddy will be buried in a cuff that says be brave, choose joy.  He used to speak that to his children.!  

Oh my...this is so much more than just a little hobby or business.  This is a calling and I'm so honored to be a part of what God is doing.  Thank you again for showing up.  We will do our best to serve you.  

**Shop will reopen February 3rd.  
FOR ONLY 5 DAYS!  We'll be open in March as well.** 

Heading to Asheville this week for Thanksgiving.  Love Thanksgiving!!!!
What are your special plans?

Be a blessing.

big chick ran her first 5K. proud momma moment!
the basement remodel is coming along:) color me happy!
my honey's part time gig...fgp mailboy;)
My artwork is finally ready:))  GALLERY PRINTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!!  Click here to buy:))  More on that later!!

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