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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 86°). 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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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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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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➕➕➕GIVEAWAY CLOSED➕➕➕⠀
Every home needs some flowers! And whether it's a fresh bouquet or a piece of beautiful art is up to you! 🌷🌻🌹⠀

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!⠀

TO ENTER:⠀
1️⃣ Like this post
2️⃣ Like @mysahomestyling
3️⃣️ Like @crocusandthistle
4️⃣ Tag a friend (or 10!)⠀

You must complete all 4 requirements to win. Good luck! ⠀

Winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday, September 23. UPDATE: Winner is @srajohnston! Congrats! 🎉 #watercolorart #floralpainting #crocusandthistle #mysahomeschool

This watercolor and micron bouquet is a little off center, but I didn't even have time to trim it yesterday before taking the pic. #homeschoolmom 😂
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Day 19 of #ct30in30!
How has your week started off? I haven't been able to pick up my acrylics since last Friday, so I'm itching a little for that. We'll see if I get time tonight...all-consuming #whole30 calls.
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Hey friends, I've been a little quiet here the past few days because:
A. Busy with homeschool
B. Taking an online course with @amanda_evanston, so I've been trying some new techniques (so hard to unlearn all that I'd been doing myself!) Here's one of the pieces I made from her course. Still learning and growing!

What have you been up to this week?

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I have avoided #fridayintroductions for a long time. I don't really do selfies because I don't like my appearance anymore. All I see is a swollen, sick-eyed version of my former self. Even on days I feel pretty, the pictures don't lie.

The main reason I got into painting is because my other creative outlet (which is a business) has dwindled due to invisible illness. Every day I make art. The community here on IG is so encouraging and inspiring; I thank you all for being part of my journey. And though I pray every day for healing and answers, I am also very grateful for the things God has taught me through my sickness. He is constantly, graciously good.

My moon for today's challenge needs something...Like a little astronaut friend or a word or something. But I suppose this is more realistic: cold, solitary, a little blue. 🌃
Funny story: my kids love this Storybots video we found online years ago about the moon, and the earth says, "The moon is kind of like my hoola hoop!" I can't give much thought to the moon without that playing through my head like a soundtrack. 😂

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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 86°). 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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#interiors
#crocusandthistle

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! ⚾🌞 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. 🍂🍃🍁
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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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#pcj30in30
#crocusandthistle

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. 🍁🍃🍂 I haven't had time to paint a full painting today, so I'm counting this part of an underpainting as my #ct30in30. 😜

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This watercolor and micron bouquet is a little off center, but I didn't even have time to trim it yesterday before taking the pic. #homeschoolmom 😂
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Day 19 of #ct30in30!
How has your week started off? I haven't been able to pick up my acrylics since last Friday, so I'm itching a little for that. We'll see if I get time tonight...all-consuming #whole30 calls.
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#pcj30in30
#crocusandthistle

Good morning, friends! This week my friend Heather @mysahomestyling is giving away an 8x10 watercolor piece by yours truly. If you haven't already been following Heather, check out her feed for tips on loving the home you're in and getting the most out of it, both decorating-wise and for grander purposes. I love her philosophy on home. .
She's offering a free month-long course on her blog called Home*School (haha, love it!), and this week is all about decorating and arranging.
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Pop over to her feed to meet a fabulous person and enter the giveaway (look for the pic that matches this one 👆).
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#collaboration
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➕➕➕GIVEAWAY CLOSED➕➕➕⠀
Every home needs some flowers! And whether it's a fresh bouquet or a piece of beautiful art is up to you! 🌷🌻🌹⠀

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!⠀

TO ENTER:⠀
1️⃣ Like this post
2️⃣ Like @mysahomestyling
3️⃣️ Like @crocusandthistle
4️⃣ Tag a friend (or 10!)⠀

You must complete all 4 requirements to win. Good luck! ⠀

Winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday, September 23. UPDATE: Winner is @srajohnston! Congrats! 🎉 #watercolorart #floralpainting #crocusandthistle #mysahomeschool

Just saw that Erin is hosting #cottonstemheartsrustic tonight. I pulled this one out of the archives from our 10th anniversary party. We threw a shindig and invited our friends and family, @mavenevents helped with the decor, and I made a bajillion Swedish meatballs and Swedish desserts (hubby and I are both mostly Swedish), and I took a bunch of photos before guests arrived. We mixed rustic wood and kraft and Mercury glass with blues and purples and sharp whites (and of course I threw in a bunch of paper decorations because I am a paper architect, haha!). It's so fun to look back, but I'm also so glad we're past that stage in our lives. Years 7-10 of our marriage were probably the hardest, the time when many couples would have divorced. But God was faithful to get us through, and I'm sure we're both stronger yet more dependent on Christ as a result.

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Hey friends, I've been a little quiet here the past few days because:
A. Busy with homeschool
B. Taking an online course with @amanda_evanston, so I've been trying some new techniques (so hard to unlearn all that I'd been doing myself!) Here's one of the pieces I made from her course. Still learning and growing!

What have you been up to this week?

#thesecretgardenartists
#crocusandthistle

So excited to have found my journaling Bible! I may finish out the month of #30daysofbiblelettering in it!

This verse, Jer. 32:17, especially the portion I lettered, reminded me of this Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote (my pastor used a portion of it in last week's sermon): "It is not that God's help and presence must still be proved in our life; rather God's presence and help have been demonstrated for us in the life of Jesus Christ. It is in fact more important for us to know what God did to Israel, in God's Son Jesus Christ, than to discover what God intends for us today. The fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than the fact that I will die. And the fact that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead is the sole ground of my hope that I, too, will be raised on the day of judgment." It is YOU, Lord.

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Just did some quick painting while my family plays video games 😝 (watch the process in my Stories). What are you up to this evening?
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A loose floral for Day 8 of #ct30in30. Happy Friday, everyone! Any weekend plans? I'm getting my hair did, so trying to decide if I might go closer to my natural color...if I can find an app or something to try our hair colors, I'll post it in my Stories. :) .
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9x12, available for purchase: $20 plus shipping
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What's your favorite fiction book? Mine as a kid was Matilda by Roald Dahl, but I don't think I have a favorite as an adult. Too many good ones to narrow it down! I'm always looking for recommendations for our book club, so fire away!

Day 7 of #ct30in30. I can't believe how quickly it's going! Almost 1/4 done!

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Hot mess. At least the verse is 👌. I also learned a valuable lesson: Don't use #tombowdualbrushpens for lettering unless there's no filling in left to do afterward, because they smudge.

It was A DAY with my son yesterday, and today hasn't started off much better. But I will not grow weary in doing good! God gave me this particular boy for a reason, and I will love him in all his stubbornness and distractedness, just as Christ loves me in mine. 👆

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"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." Day 6 of #30daysofbiblelettering is Colossians 1:16, which happened to be part of our VBS memory verses this past summer, so I have a cool shirt with this on it. 😀

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Some pencil #fauxlligraphy for Day 4 of #30daysofbiblelettering.

1 John 3:18

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Happy Labor Day! We read a little about it this morning so the kids could understand why it's a holiday. Now on to school prep and more mulch! Thanks so those who prayed for me yesterday...I was able to help get one area mulched and another weeded. My symptoms this morning indicate I overdid it, but I still slept ok! 🤗

Thanks for the feedback from my Stories last night...seems like Minnesota paintings are a hit! I did a couple more yesterday. Even though I'm preparing for my show, I am happy to sell some in advance, so let me know if you're interested!

Day 4 of #ct30in30. Either piece is available for $10 plus shipping.
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Day 3 of @30daysofbiblelettering . Psalm 94:19 is a great one for me. Many friends and family members have been tested lately, and my concern has been great. Truly the only consolation is knowing that He holds it all together, He is in control, that when I pray there is nothing more powerful I can be doing.

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