Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giveaway + FREE Shipping to Kick Start Your Holiday Shopping!

It's Giveaway Time!
Head on over to Money Saving Mom's blog sometime today for a chance to enter my $50 store credit giveaway 11.23.11! {Look under her "Freebies & Giveaway" tag}

In addition to a chance to win some of my art, I have also decided to kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang:

FREE SHIPPING on any order
now thru November 30!

While checking out of my ETSY shop, just write FREESHIPNOV in the coupon code and the shipping costs are free!

Always feel free to email me your order direct if you want multiple quantities on items.

It's a great time to start your holiday shopping with meaningful items such as art, jewelry or calendars which are sure to touch your friends & family's hearts!

Grace & Peace,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes: This is the Day

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
—Psalm 118: 24 NIV

{art available here}

This art was actually inspired by my egg carton. On the inside of the lid, the Psalm is written so that every day when people all over the USA open their carton they can be reminded of God's truth. {How cool is that?}

I of course had visions of a rooster perched on a fence post with a majestic sky in the background for my photography. I went to a friend's "farm" who has a chicken coop & she totally laughed at me. I think her exact words were, "Good luck with THAT!" I could not even get a descent image of her crazy, active chickens at all.

Fast forward to the fall, when we took our annual family trip to Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL. I have been coming her since I was a child, and now every year we celebrate pumpkin-poo's birthday there as it falls at that time of year. We were feeding the animals and low & behold, I got the shot!

Here is the black and white version of the art. I think it is so fun to have this in a kitchen! My kitchen actually has 2 cupboards in which the previous owner took out the glass and replaced it with chicken wire to display her antique rooster / chicken collection!

Oh, how fun it would be to see my art in Egg Harbor Cafe too!

OK, back to the story. Here is one of my new favorite family photos,
shot by my dad in the orchard.


Sunshine Girl!
My Favorite Little Mister!
{who is getting a bit tired of Mommy's photo taking}

{Art available here}

And, last by not least, of course I had to shoot a bucket of apples. YUM.

I hope you are rejoicing on this day that our Lord has made!

Grace & Peace,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Card Designs!

{Elegance Front}

{Elegance Back}

{Filmstrip Front}

{Filmstrip Back}

{Stripes Front}

{Stripes Back}

{Simple Front}
{Simple Back}

{Vintage Front}

{Vintage Back}

I have been a busy little elf creating magical Christmas cards that are sure to WOW your friends and family. Each card is a flat 5x7 double sided full color piece of art. The printing is gorgeous & you have the choice of a coated finish, linen finish, or pearlized finish.

If you own the rights to your family photos {or get your photographer's written permission to use theirs}, I would love to create your card. The wording can change as long as it fits the space & turn around time is fast.

If you are interested in this custom design card pricing, email me at lifeverse@gmail.com

Grace & Peace,

Friday, November 4, 2011


I am posting the winners a bit early (tonight) as I am off to my first arts & craft show at the crack of dawn, so I wanted to post the winners before I had to leave!


Cathy Van De Casteele
who loved "Faithful & Loving"

Leslie Kuch Armstrong
who loved "Prayer: to Know the Love of God"

Wendy Jenkins
who loved "Prayed for this Child"

Kristy Boyd
who loved "Abide"

Andrea Sirna Brunk
who loved "Rejoice Over You"

Congrats! I love the art you have chosen & look forward to telling you all the stories behind the scenes of each of those pieces {some I have already shared}.

Ladies, please contact me either via facebook or at my email address: lifeverse@gmail.com with your address so I can get those new art treasures out to you right away!

Thank you to everyone's sweet comments in sharing their favorite pieces of art. I love to hear what is touching your hearts.

ends 11.08.11 end of day
just enter "NESTER" in the coupon code while checking out

Grace & Peace & a little exhaustion tonight,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Red Couch Shoot Take 2 {Downers Grove Photography}

Theirs is a house built on love. A love for Jesus. A love for the world. A love for one another. Meet the McC's...a family I admire in so many ways. {If it were not for Mrs.McC, my calendar would not be in existence! Yes, she is the brilliance behind that idea!}

When I showed her the above photo, she said, "I am tired just looking at it..."

I hope I have fully captured the feel for the joy, connection, and craziness that abides in their home.

And, then there are these 2 sweet faces...

They make me smile.

Brothers. Classic. Timeless.
I still have to find the perfect brother quote to do this image
in my Life Verse Design style.


P.s. Do not forget:
See my previous blog post for details & head on over to my shop & then my facebook page to tell me what print you love the most.

Grace & Peace,