Thursday, January 27, 2011

the greatest of these is LOVE.

love is patient.
love is kind.
etc, etc, etc...

we all know the passage, read at basically every wedding, but do we ever really stop to meditate on it's truths? it is such a rich passage, full of purity and wisdom in what true love is (as opposed to what the world or movies portrays!).

and yet, when you really look at it, these characteristics are essentially impossible to attain or display on a daily basis without the presence of God & His Spirit in your life.

patience, kindness, purity in heart, humility, gentleness, selflessness, graceful, forgiving, full of truth, protective, trusting, hopeful, and persevering.

wow! help me be these things as i grow in love for others!

2 things have been making think about love lately:

1. the fact that valentine's day is quickly approaching
2. i am currently reading crazy love by francis chan

here is a quote from the back cover of the book that drives the point home that the greatest of these truly is love:

"It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe ... loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love..."

may you KNOW & EXPERIENCE this love of God.
may you RESPOND to His love today.
He is so good.

{locket available here} or {here!}

this locket could be a reminder of both God's love for you as well as those you love so dearly. i love that it opens so that i can put my own images inside & wear them close to my heart.

here is one of the original images which i created the 1 corinthians 13 art from.

and, here is what love means to me, here on this earth:

a wonderful hubby who adores me so & truly exudes the characteristics i wrote about above
my favorite little mister who wakes me with love notes or new lego creations
my sunshine girl who often reminds me, "you're the bestest mama!"
my pumpkin-poos who would snuggle all day & just wants to be with mommy

grace & peace,

Monday, January 24, 2011

behind the scenes: let it snow!

ahhh... i felt the need to do a winter post. it is so cold here in the chicagoland area & i wanted to share some images i actually took last year. the above image was shot at the morton arboretum (one of my favorite local places).

inspired by my mom's birthday request, i created the above seasons collection (available here!) by allowing some of the original color to come through the sepia tones.

this shot i took last winter after a huge snowstorm. it was so fresh & beautiful. i snuck into a local county club after getting the kids from school. earlier that day i had driven by & just had to go back home to get my camera. the row of trees were so perfect and all was so still & quiet.

the purity of the fresh snow reminded me of this verse from Isaiah 1:18:

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

may that encourage your heart on this cold, winter night!

grace & peace,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

atlanta gift mart!

{me in front of my DEMDACO display!}
{goosebumps, anyone?!}

i returned sunday night from a whirlwind trip to atlanta to the gift mart, which is where the gift industry showcases their products so that buyers from all over the country can come & order product for their store.

here are a few words to describe the show:
3. OVERWHELMING (i am talking 3 huge buildings full of basically everything you yourself buy in any gift, gardening, dept store, jewelry store... all in those buildings) (if only my sis, the power shopper was there to take it all in!)

{my name~ MY name!}

while there, i was basically star struck, which for me is kind of funny. i have met many famous authors as a book designer, so i have seen the famous, but to meet women whose art i so adore, now that is a totally different story!!!!

above is kelly rae roberts. i LOVE her work. i have followed her blog for a couple years now i guess (which i highly recommend). her mixed media collages take me back to my college days in art school & oh, how i only long for a studio full of scrap papers, paint, gloss medium, etc... not only is she an incredible artist, but she is also a fabulous writer, whose goal is to inspire other women to become who they dream of being. please see more of her work HERE.

above is susan lordi, THE creator of the willow tree figures. her story (as is all the artists stories i was blessed to hear) is so great. she is one of the original DEMDACO artists, and basically when i tell people that i am licensed with DEMDACO i just say, "you know, the producers of the willow tree figurines?" (to which EVERYONE says, "oh YES! i have some of those...")

in any case, susan & i got to chat for over an hour & i will cherish that forever. please see more of her work HERE.

above is leigh of curly girl (aren't we both curly girls... esp since my 3 inch haircut turned into 6 inches somehow with an "oops!" of my stylist... oh, well :)

only in reading leigh's work can you literally be laughing & crying at the same time. she is not only an amazing artist, but also a phenomenal writer. she can be so light-hearted & funny, while so tender & deep. i am also amazed at not only her creative skills, but also her business skills. go learn more about her HERE.

above is the talented, the whimsical, the life of the party lisa frost! she is from my hometown of rockford, illinois & it is always a pleasure to be around her.

lisa, along with her art, just makes you feel happy & special. everything she does is magical. her creativity never stops (i mean, look at that custom hand painted skirt she created to launch her frostini glasses!) if you are looking for decorations for any & every holiday, lisa's your gal! see more of her creations HERE.

above is my mom, who was so kind to travel with me, and her favorite artist marjolein bastin. we have both loved marjolein's work ever since i was in college working at a hallmark store & studying watercolor as an artform. i was so excited for my mom to actually meet her & get a signed piece of art! learn more about her HERE.

i also met dee of red letter words (or urban soul is her DEMDACO line) & dee... i need a pic of us! her line debuted at the show & i love it, for our hearts are the same: to get God's Word into people's home in a fresh & unique way! see more of dee's work HERE.

above i am with my product developer / creative brains behind my line. she is really the one who allows me to make this all happen & without her i would not be where i am today. (thank you! thank you! :) i also wish she would take me shopping so i can have an ensemble as cute as hers.

here is just one display from the show. the DEMDACO showroom was HUGE. i was completely floored, honored, humbled, & extremely thankful to God that i would be among those artists. i am so glad i was able to go (thanks to my hubby extraordinaire) & am so inspired to do so much more work.

ok, gotta fold laundry.

grace & peace,

Monday, January 3, 2011

christmas baby

just days before christmas, jace glenn entered the world. he is my sister's son, so that makes 2 december nephews added to our family this year! we were fortunate enough to travel to orlando to meet the little-big guy (9 lbs 3 oz) & he sure is sweet.

here's the proud mama, beaming with joy.

big brother ty snuggling his little bro.

big sister shaye, wondering what is all of this fuss?!

the siblings unite.

gotta love toddler bling-bling... a girl after my sister's own heart.
is she not irresistible?!

we love you mama!
i love you sis!

grace & peace,