Monday, January 11, 2021


I've started The Bible Recap, where you read through the bible in a year. Honestly, the thought of it was a little daunting to begin with, but it's designed around reading through chronologically, and so far it's not too much of a chunk to read each day. Very doable.

I have found that I need to be intentional with my bible-time though. I'm so enjoying going through it with a friend or two - you know, accountability and all that. I appreciate them more than they know. 

One of my goals this year is to practice brush-lettering more. Yes, I do need practice! There is also a big difference in the way some types of brushes 'work'. You gotta find the one that's just right! 

I *used* to blog all about the crafty makes that I had been up to "since the last post" (see www.hollymayb.com) , so I shall try to be more intentional to take photos to share here. I still make a lot of different things every week and I love to show them off. Today, though, you get the verse above. I painted the words on Saturday night, the acrylic painting in the background was done in 2018! I have a few of them to paint on - if you have a favorite verse, mention it in the comments and I might just use it on the next one.

I hope you've had a good week, keeping busy or resting or praying or healing or serving or sharing - all the things. I pray that this next week will be one full of hope and joy for you and your family.

See you next week,
Holly

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Be strong and do the work.


There are a couple of verses in Chronicles that stood out to me this past year. I wrote them on my bookmark and they encouraged me again, and again.

I was reading through 1 Chronicles, chapter 28, where King David was soon heading to be with the Lord. He was talking to his son, Solomon about building the temple. King David wanted to build a house for the Lord, but God told him that Solomon would be the one to do it.

King David tells his son in verse 10 to "Be strong and do the work." And, again in verse 20, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work."

He continues with the words we have also heard before, "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished."

I love this! I feel like it's setting the standard, for me, for this year. Last year was hard, just like training is hard. Now, with these words in mind, I feel the Lord prompting me to be strong and do the work. Then again, be strong and courageous, and do the work.

Do the work of the Lord. To love others, to be Jesus' hands and feet. Be hospitable, pray, judge not, serve, put aside pride, offer help, give without expecting thanks, be generous.

Let's do this.

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Love,
Holly

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.

Awesome!


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!

Holly

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.


Holly

xx

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!

Noooo!

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.

Holly
xx

I've started The Bible Recap, where you read through the bible in a year. Honestly, the thought of it was a little daunting to begin wit...