Monday, November 2, 2020

2021 Scripture Calendar

Many of you know that the Lord put it in my heart to put beautiful scripture on the walls - where we can memorize it, have it encourage and speak to us - in only the way the Word can - when we see it everyday.

The first year I made calendars (in 2015) was for the year 2016. Then 2018, then 2020... it seems I had a 'gap' year each time.

Not this time!

The 2021 Scripture Calendars are HERE and they are in a brand NEW style! Yes. I am very excited! (Add a few more exclamation marks!)

They're 5 x 10 inches, there is an area for notes AND (the best part)... you can trim off the bottom 3 inches after each month so you're left with a 5x7 frameable piece of Room to Flourish scripture art.


Coming soon: more hand painted journals. They were a hit last year, so watch this space. Or, better yet, put an order in now and I'll paint your favorite verse on one.

Order now! Shipping is always delayed a little at this time of year and especially since the global thing-that-must-not-be-mentioned is hanging around.

Follow the links to my online shop Room to Flourish, or simply send me an email (reply to this if it's in your inbox, or use home page web-version contact form). I would love any feedback, as well. If there is something you are always looking for a in a calendar I'd love to hear it!

Supply is very limited! Hint: less than 50 are now available!

Thank you SO much for your on-going support. God bless you and keep you. xx

Love you!


Sunday, September 27, 2020

89 days until Christmas

Hi, my friends! I trust you are well and staying joyful.
My antidote for sadness is a playlist of praise songs -
especially ones that I know the words to. Sing for joy!

Just a quick note to let you know there are a bunch of
new items available in my shop
ranging from Christmas ornaments, to miniature rice packs,
fridge magnets and water bottle carriers, and more.

If you're local and I can drop an order off to you in or
near Franklin, Tennessee, use the code
SEEYOUATCHURCH for free shipping.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you would like something made special:
or if there is anything you would like to
see re-stocked - I would love to hear from you!

No photos in this post so you can check
out the latest pretties up in my shop all for yourself.

I hope you've had a peaceful weekend.
I spent my Saturday afternoon painting walls and
my 'happy' tank was filled right up.
So much joy! Praise the Lord.



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Missing Puzzle Pieces

You know those final moments when you're finishing a big puzzle? There's only one piece left to go but- it's MISSING!


Well. I confess, I have had the opposite mindset. I've SO wanted to have the opportunity to replace a puzzle piece for the longest time!

A friend was clearing out their stash of puzzles and we were so blessed to be given some. So, we got to working on the puzzles right away. All of them 1000 pieces, all of them whole. Ok, one puzzle was 1500 pieces. We left that one until last.

You guessed it. the puzzles were whole. Yay! Then, the enormous 1500 piece puzzle was cracked open.

It was probably the hardest puzzle of them all. It took a long time. It was one of those ones that had so much detail in it that you had to keep referencing the picture. Thankfully, this one not only had the cardboard box to look at, but it came with a printed picture, too.

You guys, this puzzle ended up having, not only one but, three missing pieces. YAY!

My puzzle-piece-replacing dream had come true.

I began by pulling the card off the back of a notepad, then gluing it to itself so it was double-thickness. This was about perfect to make it match the height of the puzzle.

Then, I traced the missing shape using the surrounding pieces, and took a long time to carve them out with a craft knife. The pieces fit!

My trusty assistant helping me for the photo.

After the pieces were the right size, I painted them a nice base of white

After that was dry, I put them in their places and drew the picture that was to be painted in.

Then, armed with my craft paints, I got to work.

I didn't take any 'during painting' pics, sorry about that. I was concentrating!

They turned out as well as I hoped. I'm very pleased.

Here's a couple of close-ups. You can tell they're definitely replaced pieces - they're not perfect.

These photos are all taken before I varnished them. I used an acrylic gloss paint-on varnish, which turned all the colors slightly darker - which turned out awesome, because the black I used (knowing the varnish would darken it) was actually a very dark grey.

I love that they're all little wonky, the colors mostly match and, most of all, I love that I can do it. I had so much fun making these! The best part for me was the painting - I enjoyed the whole process, but the painting was definitely the best part.

Of course, I had to sign the back of them.

I hope you're having a great month, friends!

I can see I posted exactly one month ago, so I suppose, maybe I'll continue to do that. Maybe.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Our Father who is in heaven

Hello, my friends! I must keep this brief-ish, I have a date with my husband. We recently were given bunch of 1000pc puzzles! Fun!

How are you? Really? With everything that has been going on, I'm here to 'change the subject' for a little bit.

You are important.

I've been crocheting, painting, taking all the cloud-photos, sewing, you know me. Yesterday I bought some fabric online and I can't wait to for it to arrive. Just a few packs of pre-cut 5x5 (stunning) fabrics. Can. Not. Wait.

Oh, actually. I can wait. If I can't, then, I'm not sure what the last month has taught me. Right? Patience. Trust in Him. Peace. Thank you, Lord, for the PEACE you have given me so generously!

I was inspired to paint-out the Lord's Prayer, from Matthew 6:9-13. I felt the NASB had the easiest to understand version. So, here is me beginning to paint it on a sheet of 18x24" watercolor paper.

I was so pleased with it, that I got it printed as a 5x7 postcard and an 18x24" poster. I'm SO excited to share the images with you.

The first few orders of the 18x24" poster will also receive a small needle-minder, as they suddenly came out of the sewing machine, today.

I've been sewing masks! Not to be a hero, I don't need any praise. When a friend has asked me for them, I gladly help. The real mask-making heroes are the ones who make a ton and donate them. YOU guys and gals, are champions!

How many times have you heard of or used Zoom? Yeah. I've been doing that, too. It was overwhelming at first, but now, it's a 'new normal'... and soon, things will change again and we'll be moving on.

My 5x7 postcards and 18x24 posters are available for purchase, please have a look in my online shop, Room to Flourish. There is also the option for you to purchase a postcard for a friend - I'll write a note (of your words) for them and post it for you, direct to them.

Send encouragement! Let someone know you're thinking of them, everyone loves some happy mail, right? And, how sweet to send them the Lord's Prayer, too. The 5x7 size fits perfectly into a ready-made frame.

I miss you! Reply or comment, tell me a story about how you've been blessed this week?


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Some things have to be just right

For the last year or so, our desktop computer has sat on a pile of books to make it the right height.  I decided the actual desk top was way too busy, too messy, I wanted to read those books occasionally (dressmaker's pattern drafting and flower gardening to name only two of the five books), and just too much 'too.'

After spending way 'too' much time searching the interwebs for the perfect computer stand, and finding the 'perfect' one was, again, asking for 'too' much of my precious moolah, I decided to see what I could find at the trusty local craft store to DIY my own.

Not asking for 'too' much, my list of must-haves looked like this:
  • two shelves
  • pretty
  • space for my monitor
  • wide/deep enough for files to fit it the shelves
  • not $60
I went to Hobby Lobby looking for unfinished wood shelves/pieces which might get stuck together with dowels, or something-a-rather, with the intention of making a two-shelf, functional thing-a-ma-jig.

Here's what I found:

This wooden canvas, had two picture hooks on the back. It was approx. 35 x 12 inches and clearly 'too' long. But I had a plan.... I cut it in two! My youngest kiddo helped me remove the hangy hooks.

The next job was to use these fancy dowels I found. Shaker pegs.

I used a cordless drill to place the holes for the legs. A couple drops of this amazing glue was more than enough - it's probably the strongest part of this whole doo-dackie-whatsit.

Did you notice, the washi-tape on the drill bit? That's there as a marker for me, so I don't drill deeper than that. Clever tip, right there!

The pic above is the back of the stand. Note, you can see the long shaker pegs are the legs and the spacers between the shelves, the shorter pegs, are stoppers so the file (that slides in from the front) won't slip all the way through.

So, here's what I started with...

And here's what I ended up with:

This cost me exactly $15.55 from Hobby Lobby, and about 25 minutes of my time. I think that's a bargain if ever I saw one. Not 'too' much, it's 'just right.'

I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the gap underneath was the perfect height for my keyboard to slide into and out of the way when I want to write at the desk.

What do you think?


PS:  I am working behind the scenes on a special project. Something to get you thinking about scripture in a new way, or at least more often... I'm SO excited! Sign up to follow Room to Flourish by email, follow my Room to Flourish Instagram account or follow Room to Flourish on Facebook to stay connected.

2021 Scripture Calendar

Many of you know that the Lord put it in my heart to put beautiful scripture on the walls - where we can memorize it, have it encourage and ...