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Yesterday's prompt for #christmascarollettering was "O Holy Night." It is my favorite Christmas hymn, and I know I'm probably in he majority in that. Not only is the tune powerful, the lyrics consistently lead me to worship. If you've never read them or really heard the full song, I've posted them below. Happy Sunday!
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O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
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Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine
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Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
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Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
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My Top Nine of 2017 surprised me. I sold almost no watercolors this fall, even though they have the most likes on my feed. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ
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#top9
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Hey friends! What are you up to this weekend? I am up earlier than my family today, so I am enjoying some unexpected quiet time!
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I missed this prompt for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke, but it is one of my favorites, so I lettered it anyway.
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Y'all. I'm not even southern, and this entryway gets me so excited I bust out contractions I can't legally use. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This split-level home is far from my steam house, but there are two aspects of it that sold us.
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1) The yard. It's a big one, and it has mature trees that block a lot of wind. So unless it's super duper windy, it's often peaceful in our yard.
2) The entryway! We've never before had more than a postage stamp-sized spot for people to shuffle in, trip over each other as they're handing us coats and toeing off boots, and then head immediately up a staircase or into our living room. The appeal of this rather large entry with a walk-in closet sealed the deal.
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I would love to build someday (lifelong dream), but almost all house plans have little to no entry, so you can bet I'll be adding on something like this if given the opportunity.
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#entryway
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Reposting for #cottonstemheartschristmasred with @cottonstem @lemonstolovelys .
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Ignore that cord from the lights. ๐Ÿ™ˆ
We had our family (just the 4 of us) Christmas today, and it was lovely. Quiet (well, relatively) night at home, sharing simple gifts, the Christmas story, and some lasagna (not a tradition, just something specialish I hadn't made in a while). We always celebrate our own first because it's the most special.
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We spent yesterday wrapping and destroyed it all today, which seems futile, but I'm glad I thought to snap a pic or two before it was all demolished. I love the look of beautifully wrapped boxes, but when I wrap with the kids, it's important to keep it accessible to them, too. For instance, my son was super proud that he was able to curl his own ribbon. And my daughter loves adding little embellishments that aren't always what I would pick, but it makes her gifts very special.
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I do, however, reserve the right to have my papers match my tree. ๐Ÿ˜
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#silentnight
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It's been so fun to letter some of my favorite Christmas hymns this week! Let me know if you have a favorite, and I can try to work it in! And don't forget to share your least favorite Christmas songs in my Stories. Maybe I'll even letter one of those!
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"O Little Town of Bethlehem" for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke.
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I don't have any red decor this year, but that won't stop me from participating in #cottonstemheartschristmasred! This simple, stunning room from @thefauxmartha just popped up in my feed, and I want everyone to see it! And please do yourself a favor and go check out the rest of her fabulous home, projects, and baking!
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Every home needs some flowers! And whether it's a fresh bouquet or a piece of beautiful art is up to you! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒนโ €
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This week I'm teaming up with Heidi from @crocusandthistle to give away this gorgeous 8x10 original watercolor! I have been a major fan of Heidi's work for about a year, and have three of her acrylic paintings in my home. Her work is so vibrant and textured, I just can't help myself! And I know you'll love having this pretty piece greet you each day!โ €
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Yesterday's prompt for #christmascarollettering was "O Holy Night." It is my favorite Christmas hymn, and I know I'm probably in he majority in that. Not only is the tune powerful, the lyrics consistently lead me to worship. If you've never read them or really heard the full song, I've posted them below. Happy Sunday!
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O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
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Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine
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Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
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Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
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#crocusandthistle

Hey friends! What are you up to this weekend? I am up earlier than my family today, so I am enjoying some unexpected quiet time!
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I missed this prompt for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke, but it is one of my favorites, so I lettered it anyway.
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"Little Drummer Boy" for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke. This was my daughter's favorite when she was little. I think she loved that she could sing the "ruh pa pum pums" at an early age. ๐Ÿ˜ I can still hear her cute little voice, "Ruh pa pumpum, Mommy!" when it would get to that part. They grow up so quickly.
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#littledrummerboy
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I don't have any red decor this year, but that won't stop me from participating in #cottonstemheartschristmasred! This simple, stunning room from @thefauxmartha just popped up in my feed, and I want everyone to see it! And please do yourself a favor and go check out the rest of her fabulous home, projects, and baking!
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#shared
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You might think, "Wow, she distressed that table quite a bit." Nope. When I bought it 13 years ago, it was completely white, and the kids have distressed it for me. ๐Ÿ˜
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#christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke.
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It's been so fun to letter some of my favorite Christmas hymns this week! Let me know if you have a favorite, and I can try to work it in! And don't forget to share your least favorite Christmas songs in my Stories. Maybe I'll even letter one of those!
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"O Little Town of Bethlehem" for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke.
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Friends! Join me in my Stories tonight as we talk about our least favorite Christmas songs. ๐Ÿ˜‚
I apologize in advance if you get them stuck in your head...
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Also, I'm crushing on this birch bark paper with sparkles in it I scored @target. Went back for more and it was gone, so enjoying the one roll I have! .
#worstchristmassongs
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My gallery wall of maker friends' work always makes me so happy. Even when my son adds an AT-AT to the mix. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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What in your home brings you joy every time you look at it?
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#loveyourhome
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Some Christmas songs make me think of the Madrigal dinners from high school and college, and this is one of them. I remember one year being a wandering troubador in a quartet, and we sang this song table to table. Yes, I am a geek. ๐Ÿ˜
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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" for #christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke.
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I seriously can't stop looking at this space from @jstoppard_designs, so I'm posting it for you all to see! Perfect combo of texture, shine, layers...๐Ÿ˜
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#sharethelove
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The snow has stuck, and we finished a bunch of schoolwork this morning, so we're going out to play. If you have kids, do you play with them in the snow? Or if you don't, do you play in it yourself? My kids still talk every winter about the time I made mini snowmen all along the railing of our deck, dozens of them! It was a labor of love and kind of hilarious watching them slowly collapse or fall off over the coming weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‚โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ
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#cozyhome
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My Top Nine of 2017 surprised me. I sold almost no watercolors this fall, even though they have the most likes on my feed. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ
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#top9
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Some more #christmascarollettering. This Advent hymn, "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus," has some very simple but poignant lyrics. People were waiting for centuries for this King. They thought they knew what He would look like. He would be a powerful ruler, sit on a throne, and make their enemies pay.
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But He came instead in the form of a helpless Babe, a humble Servant, and it blew their minds. They didn't know how to process this Jesus, who came to seek and save the lost. He who made himself low, who eventually died a criminal's death to set them free.
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I hope your hearts have time this weekend to ponder.
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#advent2017
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I was super inspired by @sweetseasonsart today, who painted snowflakes with spatters. Here's my freehand version. Try it yourself; it's cathartic and fun! She has a tutorial of how to make others if freehand isn't your thing. Plus even if yours don't turn out perfectly, remember no two snowflakes are alike! ๐Ÿ˜โ„๏ธ
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#watercolorpainting
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Happy Wednesday! This morning I finally got a chance to sit and dabble in my sketchbook. I have Advent and Christmas hymns running through my head constantly this time of year, so lyrics were a needs-to-get-on-paper entity.
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From "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
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#christmascarollettering with @lynzeebrooke
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It was my 1 year Instaversary last week, and I planned to do a giveaway, but sadly, I haven't had time to make something for weeks. Soon!
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In the meantime, here's a pic of my updated mantel in the day time. I have big plans for this fireplace come spring. I hope to schmear it a la @bluebarnandcottage. Hers turned out so fabulously; go check it out!
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#manteldecor
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I've had these crystal teacups for ages. There was a box of mismatched ones at a flea market ages ago, and I snapped them up. I had buyer's remorse right after getting them, but they've been decor in many areas and so worth it. Usually they're candle holders, but maybe after Christmas I'll use them how I did a long time ago and surprise you all. ๐Ÿ˜
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What are you doing this fine Saturday?
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#christmastree
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Featuring this gorgeous wreath by @sweetseasonsart for #wreathroundup. She is one of those Wreath Queens with the Midas touch. I hope you are having a great Friday so far, Friends!
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#sharethelove
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Do you guys have special ornaments on your tree or decorative? Most of my Christmas decorations are purely for aesthetic, but there are some that have sentimental value. This little angel was given me by my cousin's wife after my miscarriage. At the time, I thought it was kind, but not any different from the other kindnesses and condolences people sent. Come Christmas, however, it hit me how special it was to have one ornament to hang in memory of our baby, one special thing to remind us of that missing member. And it continues to be special every year.
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You never know how one small kindness might make a difference in someone's life. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
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A friend came over this morning to choose a painting, and it was fun to see a bunch of them all spread out together. I usually just have them stored in stacks or vertically.
T minus 5 1/2 hours til go time! The car is packed, my introvert anxiety is up, and my daughter is raring to go! ๐Ÿ˜
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Have a great weekend, Instafriends! โค๏ธ
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If it seems like all I'm posting lately is Kraft Moleskine journals, it's because that's all I've been working on the past couple weeks art-wise (well, that and varnishing). ๐Ÿ˜
This one will also be available at the Craft Boutique tomorrow and Saturday! Come and enjoy an indoor holiday market with tons of talented makers as well as hot meals available for purchase. We had so much fun last year! Be sure to mention yesterday's post to get $5 off a purchase of $30 or more at my booth.
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#journals
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There's nothing better than hymns for worship (just my opinion)...why not put the lines that bring your heart joy on useful items? Limited number of Moleskine journals for sale at my booth this Friday and Saturday!
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#bethoumyvision
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Another hand-drawn Moleskine journal that will be available this Friday and Saturday at the Craft Boutique! If you need details on that event, I posted a flyer a couple weeks ago, and I'll post it in my Instagram Stories again today. Can't wait to see all you locals!
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I found some frames this week that I thought worked well with some pieces from my #statefairseries. I might offer a few pieces framed like this alongside the matted ones next weekend...IF you think that would be an option some folks would like. I know I like yo pick out my own frames, but for some this takes the guesswork out of it; it's just ready to hang! Let me know what you think. If you were shopping my event, would that be helpful?
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"Cow Pies," because its Western flair made me think of the Warner Coliseum and the Horse Barn.
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Tonight's Hygge...a little stove top popcorn, a candle, and a new magazine.
You can probably tell from my #heartofhygge posts and stories thus far that I have a favorite relaxing spot. What's yours? Join @theowlsbrush and I as we make time for cozy in our lives for the rest of 2017. Late fall and winter usher in quiet: for the earth, for the body, and Lord-willing, for the soul. What are ways you can slow down during the bustle of the holidays?
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Think of this as a challenge without the pressure of posting something specific each day. Just try to make space for coziness and contentment in your day, and if you share in your stories or feed, tag us or use the hashtag above...we aim to encourage and inspire. Have a great weekend, Friends!
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Lauren @theowlsbrush will be partnering with me til the year's end observing the #heartofhygge. Take a peek at her post today of what the essence of Hygge looks like to her. How are you making space for cozy contentment in your life today? Use our hashtag to share your square so we can all be inspired and encouraged together to slow down and enjoy this season. โค๏ธโ˜•๐Ÿ“š
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As soon as I saw Ashley's @hello.daydream challenge for this month, I knew I wanted to letter something for it! Yesterday's prompt was a favorite quotation (just for using that instead of "quote," you have my heart, Ash...). Since I was an early teen, I've loved this line from a work by Rabindranath Tagore...I don't even know why, it's just always spoken to me. A college friend once said he saw me as "dancing." Even though I'm a terrible dancer and fared better in band/choir, I do dance often and enjoy it immensely.
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What's a quotation you love? Are you more of a laugher or a dancer or both?
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#letteryourfavorite
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Doing a little practicing for some lettering work I need to do this weekend. I think it's been over month since I hand-lettered something! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Eek!
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That said, it felt great to make this, so I'm excited for more. Feel free to drop some great fall-ish/Thanksgiving-related quotes in the comments, and I'll letter some if I get time!
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#everyseasonart
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What would the Brady Bunch be without saucy, somewhat sensitive Alice? It was more like having a third parent than a housekeeper, a confidant who sometimes ratted you out to your mom and dad. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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"Alice," 5x7 matted to 8x10. $32 includes shipping to the U.S. (International slightly more). Please DM with interest!
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#bradybunchseries
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Have a fun and safe Halloween, everybody! I almost never eat candy, and I've already had two pieces from our bowl for trick-or-treating. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ˜ณ
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#halloween
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"Bobby." He was almost always in a striped t-shirt (at least in my memory), had the cutest little buck-toothed grin and such an adorably squeaky voice. When he and Cindy ran off in the desert, so scary, right?
This youngest male Brady can be yours for $32, which includes matting to 8x10 and U.S. shipping (a bit more for International).
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#bradybunchseries
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Today I'm sharing the uber-suave, ladies' man Greg Brady. Greg always wanted to be a man (not a boy!), a leader, and since he was the oldest, the rest of the Brady kids (with the possible exception of Marcia) looked up to him. He was well-rounded and always doing the right thing (remember the stolen playbook, anyone?). Interestingly enough, his character was born the same year as my mom. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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If Greg is your kinda guy, message me, and he can be yours for $32 matted to an 8x10 (includes U.S. shipping, a bit extra for International).
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#bradybunchseries
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The sky seems bluer in fall, amiright? I keep wondering if the sun's azimuth has anything to do with that. At any rate, it is phenomenally paired with the bright fall colors! I would never out those colors together in an outfit, but in nature they work so well!
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I shared some more photos of today's outing in my Stories...check it out if you like fall colors and Mexican food. ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฏ
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#naturelover
#godsglory
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I shared "International Bazaar" when it was in process last month, and now it's gone to be sold @kaleidoscope_lakeville. It's part of the #statefairseries inspired by snippets all around the @mnstatefair. Its colors seem fitting for October as well as for any home with some International flair to it!
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My friend @kellyatlovewell is always gathering fall leaf bouquets on her walks. I'm often content to just swish through the leaves with my feet and maybe grab a really colorful one, but today my son and I gathered a rainbow of leaves together. It was fun!
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What do you like to do with leaves as they fall?
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#fallcolors
#autumnleaves
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Another area of my home that could use a little update...
The cotton stems and two jug-vases in the front I bought from @magnolia last year, but the rest I've had there for a long time. I'll admit that I don't redecorate as often as I used to, even though it enters my mind that I'd like something rearranged. Clearly we're all surviving with it just the way it is, but sometimes it's a joyful thing to create beauty in a new way. I guess that's what keeps me painting, too... always something new to come out of me with each piece.
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What gets your creative juices flowing? Are you a cook? An organizer? A writer? An activities director? Dabble a little in everything?
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#shelfie
#itssimplytuesday
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Those of you who have followed my art journey since last fall may remember that I had a couple of pieces named after "The Brady Bunch," specifically Jan. I've done a set of 8 5x7 acrylic abstract florals this past week (still putting finishing touches on a few), and I can't stop thinking of them as the Bradys. So, here we have "Carol." Can be purchased matted to an 8x10 for $32 plus shipping. Let me know if this groovy mom would like to live at your place. ๐ŸŒปโ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™
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#bradybunchseries
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I'm prepping some more #minnesota paintings for next month's show. If you see one you like and want to nab it in advance, go for it! Just send me a message.
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#minnesotan
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I literally pulled over in the car today to snap this pic because these trees just wowed me! Perfect for #cottonstemheartsfallfoliage tonight. We're peaking in color around here right now... what's your leaf situation like?
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This week's @colorcrushcreative palette is Celebration, in honor of them hitting 10K followers. One of my #statefairseries pieces, "Carousel," was just completed last night, and fits #cccpalette23 perfectly! So congrats to you, CCC!
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11x14, for sale. DM with interest!
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Update: SOLD

I haven't had a lot of time to paint lately, even though I need it. Today, I just TOOK time. My house is a mess, it's almost 7 and we haven't had dinner, but it was worth it to have an hour to get my hands all colorful. ๐Ÿ˜
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And this still-wet piece, this is something I made with the leftover paint. I liked how the colors looked together on the palette, and I do like them combined, too! It's 11x14 on canvas paper, ready to frame or mat (and I have mats that fit it I'd you'd like one). If you are interested in purchasing, send me a DM!
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#painterlife
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I've seen some lovely fall wreaths here on Instagram lately... I'll try to round up a few later in my Stories. Here's a quick wreath I painted the other night. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; I am looking forward to it so much!
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#givethanks
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Any great tips on getting your kids to keep their rooms clean? We have followed Simplicity Parenting's ideas about limiting the amount of stuff into their rooms for most of their lives (to the point that friends ask them where all their toys are), but somehow stuff always creeps back in, whether it's bits of paper projects, lengths of yarn, homemade "toys" made from boxes. We don't have a lot of space (physical or mental) for that kind of mess, and it feels like a constant battle. No chore chart we've ever used (and there have been MANY) seems to keep things in order...what has worked for you?
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This is a particularly special corner of my daughter's room for me. My dad made me that house shelf when I was a little girl for my trinkets and treasures. We updated it with a coat of paint when we put it in her room, and she uses it in much the same way (although she seems to play with it more than use it just for display, which is sweet). I got the dresser from an occasional sale and the plates from various thrift stores, occasional sales, etc. She added the little lights, and we gifted her the jewelry tree (World Market).
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#girlsroomdecor
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I don't normally give in to impulse buys for myself or my kids, but we were out getting art supplies one day, and they found these little foxes and begged me to each have one. They were 50% off and small, so I agreed. My daughter placed hers next to the mums on my front stoop, and he's made a little home there. I smile every time I see him, so I guess that impulse buy was worth it. Ha! How do you add whimsy or stuff that makes you smile to your home? Some of my things are downright kitschy, but it's my house...๐Ÿ˜
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#falldecor
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I am slowly learning to love black in my paintings. I have long subscribed to the interior designer tip that you need a little black in each space (or at least something dark), but I've had a hard time making it work in my art. Here, however, I love it! And this piece has tons of brush stroke goodness. .
The latest in my State Fair series, with all its bright colors, is titled "Kidway." For sale, as always, so please DM if interested. It's 11x14 on canvas paper and can be matted to 16x20 if you'd like, so it will fit standard frames.
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#statefairseries
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I finally treated myself to a new watercolor palette, so I've been playing around with different color combinations. This one isn't my favorite, but I like the concept and will keep trying! What are you playing with right now? What's something that is taking some work, but you know you'll "get there"?
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#growth
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Just received my artwork from the @mysahomestyling giveaway in the mail! ๐ŸŽ‰The little one is just a note but it's so pretty, how could you not display it?!@crocusandthistle does beautiful work--now just to find the perfect place to display these beauties. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜#puppersagrees #crocusandthistle #mysahomestyling

Happy Saturday! This piece, "Crazy Quilt," is the next in my State Fair series. She's named after the goings-on in the Creative Activities building, where we see all sorts of handicrafts each year when we attend the fair. 12x16", ready-to-hang, gallery-wrapped canvas.
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Day 30 of #ct30in30!! And we're done! It went very quickly, but I will definitely keep on painting as I build stock for my show in November. Any art is for sale prior to the show, however, so please DM if you're interested in a piece!
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#pcj30in30
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Happy Thursday, friends!
This latest series of paintings from @amanda_evanston's workshop have inspired me to make them a collection. The collection is called "State Fair," an event of tradition and importance to our family that marks the end of summer and beginning of the school year. Each piece is named after something reminiscent of the @mnstatefair. .
This particular 11x14 is titled, "Deep Fried Pickles" (because yum!) and is available for purchase. It is acrylic on paper, ready for matting and framing (mat not included). $48 plus shipping. Message me with inquiries!
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#pcj30in30
#ct30in30
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Day 27 of #ct30in30! As usual, it's for sale. This fall-ish floral is 5x7 and $12 plus shipping. If it would complement your decor, shoot me a message!
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What's on your Hump Day agenda? My kids are pretty much over the colds they got Monday night and Tuesday morning (hooray for vitamin C!), but we're having a pretty chill day homeschooling. I'm in that fun part of my cycle where I'm pretty much worthless, so I need to protect my energy levels. .
My daughter has been impressing me so much this year. Often she'll finish 2-3 subjects on her own in the morning with very little direction. Even in the middle of last year, I never would've seen this coming. I have seen other people's kids step up in similar ways, but I didn't know it would happen to my girl! It feels super rewarding to finally have years of training start to pay off! And it gives me hope for my son, too, who is very much NOT in this place yet. ๐Ÿ˜ So if you're in the trenches of minute-by-minute reminders, having to discipline consistently the same issues over and over, I'd love to offer you an encouraging perspective. Not that we aren't still working on new, pre-teen issues (Oh, hello, sassy tongue!), but we're seeing progress in others, by God's grace.
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Hey friends! Thank you all so much for your feedback on my four potential prints yesterday! I tallied the results, and between here and Facebook, 2 got 39 votes, and 4 got 49, so those are my two winners. 3 wasn't far behind, though! So maybe I'll make prints of that sometime in the future.
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Another question: I plan to mat my originals for the show I have coming up in November...do you think matted prints would sell better than non-matted on Etsy? Would you be more likely to pay an extra $10-15 for a piece knowing it could go immediately into a standard size frame, or would you prefer to find your own mat and frame? No wrong answers here, just looking for opinions! ๐Ÿ˜˜
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Here's Day 26's painting for #ct30in30. Just four more days!
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Hi Friends! I am thinking about making limited run prints of two more pieces for sale on my Etsy site...could you help me decide by voting for TWO of the paintings shown here? Just write your two favorites in the comments. Thanks so much!!
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I'm still digging my utensil crock that I put this plant in. Added a runner and a faux pumpkin to my coffee table to make it more fall-ish in here (even though it's currently 86ยฐ). Do you change things out seasonally? Other than Christmas, I don't have a ton of decorations for any holidays, and I also don't have a ton of space for storage, so I maybe switch out pillows, add a few candles and some textiles, maybe change out a few wall hangings, and of course put on my fall/winter bedding, and I'm good to go. .
Outdoors I like to add some pumpkins and mums to my planters. I'm looking for a bigger planter or two to put out front that look classy but don't break the bank. Any suggestions on where to look? I know a lot of places have glazed pottery sales this time of year, but I really don't want to spend more than $40-50 apiece.
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Tried something a little different with my Minnesota paintings. I like the shadowy result!
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To quote one of my favorite movies, "I'm baking like a toasted cheeser! It's so hot here." But I'll take it! โšพ๐ŸŒž What's on your agenda today?
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Something a little moody for the first day of Autumn! We always do a seasonal "Family Fun List." What's on the top of your "must do" list for Fall? I would love some fresh ideas to go with our usual traditions. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ
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Day 21 of #ct30in30! I am sitting in a shower cap (oil treatment) listening to my daughter sing her grammar chart as she copies it (her own made-up song) and watching almost-autumn light gently settle on the carpet. This morning we talked about birth order and how she may feel like she has more responsibility than her brother, but there are also privileges that come with being the oldest. It's funny how she can be so tender and understanding with other young kids yet so snippy and rude to him. Why do we do that? Attack the ones we care about most? I realize there's much more chance for annoyance when we live together, but also the chance for greater forgiveness and love. Here's hoping we can all, by God's grace, be friends even when they're grown!
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So I know you folks in TX and FL are used to 90-degree falls, but we here in MN are not! It's supposed to be 92 on Friday, and my life feels confusing. We're getting the August that we didn't have (it was cooler and very rainy most of last month). Anyway, I'm in shorts and tanks, and I don't have those things in very fall-ish colors. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚ I haven't had time to paint a full painting today, so I'm counting this part of an underpainting as my #ct30in30. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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