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Day 80 of #100daysoffloralplay. Speak up to nab this little teacup folk piece for your very own. All you have to do is say, "Mine, please!" It's a dreary, rainy day, which, honestly, is good. It means I don't have to be outside pretending to be a normal mom today. I made the mistake of attempting a 1-mile walk last night, and I had heart palpitations all night and barely slept. It's hard sometimes for folks to understand what goes on behind the scenes of invisible illness unless you live with one or someone who has one. They're called "invisible" for a reason. Kind, well-meaning people will say, "You look so good, so normal!" not realizing that the amount of energy consumed to pretend to be "normal" can take a toll for days, weeks...
I am definitely not here to complain about my day or my life, just encouraging us all to have grace for those who may seem like nothing is wrong yet they can't "get it together." It's always best to err on the side of believing there may be something going on we know nothing about. God has taught me this lesson the hard way these past 3 years. Hugs to anyone else struggling today with something "invisible." ❀

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The daffodils are past blooming in my yard, so I drew some to give away. Comment "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have them mailed to you.

Day 52.

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It's here! Day One (but March 2) of our challenge. Can't wait to see everyone's crocuses.

It's one of the first flowers of spring (though I don't know if I've ever seen on in MN), and the first half of my business name.

I didn't an interview with @mysahomestyling for her blog a month or two ago, and one of the questions she asked was how I chose my name.

Oddly enough, I chose it 8 years ago when I sold a few photographic prints on Etsy. I hadn’t thought of it for ages, but when I started painting flowers, it kept popping into my mind. Part of the reason I began painting was for a creative outlet; I had to give up my photography business because of health issues, and my right brain was starving. I kept thinking of crocuses, one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, coming right through the snow, shining brightly in the cold. And thistles, a plant known for its barbs, its prickliness, yet it produces a flower that is food for bees (making honey!) and has medical uses. Another good thing coming from seemingly bad. My art is like that: a hobby/business borne of a very hard time in my life.

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As you scroll through Shelby @urbangrayhome's feed, what will stand out is that she is very good at pairing clean contrast with neutral texture. Her guest bedroom (swipe to see), in one of its many iterations, inspired this painting. More than her eye for design, I love Shelby's heart. She readily admits that having a perfect home is not the key to happiness, and that you need to be careful that the things you have don't "have" you instead.

Thanks for inspiring us, Shelby! -------- "Florals for Every Home" = I am creating pieces inspired by different spaces I've seen on home and decor accounts here on IG. A perfect way for me to challenge myself while introducing you to some marvelously talented people!

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Happy to announce my shop is officially open! Link in profile! 😁
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Another piece from my Summer 2017 Collection. 8" x 8" panel ready to frame. $22 plus shipping; DM me if interested!

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I am releasing my Summer 2017 Collection on Etsy soon, but I posted an album of them on my Facebook page for anyone who wants to snap one up before I have time to list. Link in profile!

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Day 78 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment, "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have it mailed to you. 😊

Also, a few more notes from Sunday's sermon to accompany this piece....Pastor Aaron expounded on James 1: 2-4. "Let steadfastness have its full effect..." Entrepreneurs have found that resolve, perseverance, fortitude, or "stick-to-it-iveness" are a much greater predictor of success than talent or high IQ. When we quit or escape from trials to false refuges (food, fantasies, internet, etc.), we lose the opportunity to deepen our faith and reliance on God that those trials bring. So let persevering and enduring (other words for steadfastness in this text) do the intended work in our lives. Our circumstances won't always change when we pray and ask for them to, but we can change through our circumstances. I think the reason I'm sharing so much of this sermon is that it hits home. I have grown in the past three years in ways I don't think I could've without my pregnancy loss and subsequent illness. Yes, I would LOVE for God to provide a way out, but I also have learned to say no, to simplify, to let things go, to extend grace to others and myself. He's not finished with me yet, by any means. I pray that steadfastness will have its full effect in me.

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Day 80 of #100daysoffloralplay. Speak up to nab this little teacup folk piece for your very own. All you have to do is say, "Mine, please!" It's a dreary, rainy day, which, honestly, is good. It means I don't have to be outside pretending to be a normal mom today. I made the mistake of attempting a 1-mile walk last night, and I had heart palpitations all night and barely slept. It's hard sometimes for folks to understand what goes on behind the scenes of invisible illness unless you live with one or someone who has one. They're called "invisible" for a reason. Kind, well-meaning people will say, "You look so good, so normal!" not realizing that the amount of energy consumed to pretend to be "normal" can take a toll for days, weeks...
I am definitely not here to complain about my day or my life, just encouraging us all to have grace for those who may seem like nothing is wrong yet they can't "get it together." It's always best to err on the side of believing there may be something going on we know nothing about. God has taught me this lesson the hard way these past 3 years. Hugs to anyone else struggling today with something "invisible." ❀

#the100dayproject
#crocusandthistle

Today's #100daysoffloralplay started with a bunch of random mark-making and turned into this little hydrangea blossom. If you'd like her, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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@crocusandthistle love the pretty flowers πŸ˜πŸ’—
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I'm a day behind on my #100daysoffloralplay project. We had family here yesterday for my daughter's dance recital. So this giveaway piece is for Day 69, and I'll try to have another ready later today. If you want this one, comment, "Mine, please!" I need a nap... 😟

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Day 78 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment, "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have it mailed to you. 😊

Also, a few more notes from Sunday's sermon to accompany this piece....Pastor Aaron expounded on James 1: 2-4. "Let steadfastness have its full effect..." Entrepreneurs have found that resolve, perseverance, fortitude, or "stick-to-it-iveness" are a much greater predictor of success than talent or high IQ. When we quit or escape from trials to false refuges (food, fantasies, internet, etc.), we lose the opportunity to deepen our faith and reliance on God that those trials bring. So let persevering and enduring (other words for steadfastness in this text) do the intended work in our lives. Our circumstances won't always change when we pray and ask for them to, but we can change through our circumstances. I think the reason I'm sharing so much of this sermon is that it hits home. I have grown in the past three years in ways I don't think I could've without my pregnancy loss and subsequent illness. Yes, I would LOVE for God to provide a way out, but I also have learned to say no, to simplify, to let things go, to extend grace to others and myself. He's not finished with me yet, by any means. I pray that steadfastness will have its full effect in me.

#the100dayproject
#crocusandthistle

Another piece from my Summer 2017 Collection. 8" x 8" panel ready to frame. $22 plus shipping; DM me if interested!

#flowersthatlast
#crocusandthistle

Our church's sermon on Sunday was about trials as a means towards spiritual wholeness (based on James 1:2-18). I took copious amounts of notes, barely having time to doodle in the margins! I'll try to share some small bits of it throughout the week... here's a good one: Sin is wanting an inordinate amount of the right things. Good things. We can easily make the good gifts our gods instead of the Giver. Things like family, marriage, comfort, peace, home...and when something stands between us and them, we lose it. When things are not going as we desire, do we respond in faith, or in fear, despair, anger, escapism? Food for thought.

This week's #cccpalette9 is rainbow! I love color, so what a fun way to incorporate a bunch of it. If you'd like to have this piece, simply comment, "Mine, please!" Day 77 of #100daysoffloralplay.

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Playing catch-up on my #100daysoffloralplay project! We had a relaxing day of celebrating Dad (my husband). I lost my own dad 11 years ago, and that day is never without some sadness. I'm so grateful I had a kind-hearted, personable father who was a great example to me of how to love others.

If you'd like this latest piece, comment "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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@crocusandthistle gorgeous watercolor and calligraphy!! 😍😍Such pretty little purple flowers. ❀️ In the stillness He is here. Praying for your healing! When faith becomes trust then we can rest in Him. When there are questions it can feel hard to trust but the Lord is always faithful and He keeps every word. ❀️❀️
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Here's a framed piece I made for a graduation gift. This is an especially timely piece for me to share. I am trying to do just that, "be still and know that He is God," with my health. To trust Him in the continuing unknown. My illnesses have sometimes ambiguous and unorthodox treatments. Which means I don't always see or feel results even if there is healing going on. There are days where I just long for a "band-aid" fix, but in my case there isn't really even that option unless I want to do more long-term damage. I get results back from another round of tests on Monday. Would you pray with me that there would be data we can work with to form a plan? And of course, you can pray God would cause my heart to trust Him and be still in that trust.

Thanks, Friends!

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I am releasing my Summer 2017 Collection on Etsy soon, but I posted an album of them on my Facebook page for anyone who wants to snap one up before I have time to list. Link in profile!

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This grayish blue and black duo is today's #100daysoffloralplay painting. Day 75! I feel like this is the home stretch. πŸŽ‰

If you want it, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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For today's #followfriday, I'd like to introduce you to Alison @alimarks. She has been doing a #the100dayproject that caught my eye and captivated me almost daily. Scroll through her feed for a dose of colorful circles, and then give her a follow!

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Day 74 of #100daysoffloralplay! And #friday! What are your weekend plans? I hope to do a lot of painting and resting. And I'm re-doing my dining room wall...might ask for some feedback in Stories from you all on that! So many options... If you'd like this abstract floral painting, be first to comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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Day 73 of #100daysoffloralplay. I should've posted this one yesterday for Flag Day, since it's kinda patriotic looking. If you'd like to have it, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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The salmon/coral and blue in @jordecor's bedroom (swipe to see!) inspired this abstract floral piece. I love her use of color in all her rooms, as well as her creativity in displays (check out her daughter's room, too). This is piece Number 4 in my #floralsforeveryhome series. If you'd like to purchase it before it goes in my Etsy shop, DM me! -------- "Florals for Every Home" = I am creating pieces inspired by different spaces I've seen on home and decor accounts here on IG. A perfect way for me to challenge myself while introducing you to some marvelously talented people!

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Day 71 of #100daysoffloralplay. An acrylic abstract. If you'd like this 5x7 in your home, be first to comment, "Mine, please!" And if you've already got one of mine, feel free to tag a friend who might like one!

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@crocusandthistle love this! Pretty in pink 😍😍
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Guys! I finally get peonies. I didn't even follow a tutorial this time, just sat down and practiced. Tastes like VICTORY. πŸ˜‚

If you'd like this peony, just comment, "Mine, please!" and it's yours for free.

#100daysoffloralplay day 65.
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Day 70 of #100daysoffloralplay. My friend Laura requested more abstract acrylics, so I made this today. They definitely take longer for me than watercolors, because I do so many layers and have to wait for each to dry. And the end product is often a complete surprise to me, whereas the watercolors I plan more carefully. Each have their own aspects, and I love painting both!

If you'd like it snail mailed to you, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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I'm a day behind on my #100daysoffloralplay project. We had family here yesterday for my daughter's dance recital. So this giveaway piece is for Day 69, and I'll try to have another ready later today. If you want this one, comment, "Mine, please!" I need a nap... 😟

#the100dayproject
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What are you all doing this weekend? It's going to be hot here for the foreseeable future, so I'm hoping for some pool time. But I don't think it will happen this weekend. Maybe next week!

Day 67 of #100daysoffloralplay. I can't leave the folk art mini-vases alone, haha! If you would like it snail mailed to you, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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