The birth of my Savior has brought tidings of comfort and joy. The birth of my Savior brought hope. Peace. Strength. Faith.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
It's okay to be mad. This is a perfectly acceptable feeling. I've learned a lot of things the last few months and one of them is feel my feelings. Don't stuff them. Don't run from them. Don't hide from them. Feel them. Process them. Give them to God.
Yes. I did it. I left the Apple iPhone and made the jump to the Google Pixel 2 and I REGRET NOTHING!
The scriptures we cling to in hard times are not just empty words, they're life giving, hope filled promises. And God keeps his promises.
I want to start this post by thanking you guys. Y'all are incredible! I've received so much support over the year from you guys, especially the last couple weeks. Engagement on social media is up up up, and I've gotten so many orders I just don't know what to do with myself! So thank you!
A quick note on social media engagement and then I'll talk about how to make galaxy paintings!
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On to space!
Painting galaxies is one of my favorite things to do, just because of the nature of the painting! Even though I follow the same few steps, every painting is different! I love that so much!
So here's a video I made showing you my process!
Here's a list of supplies I used:
- Washi tape to hold the paper down and keep the paint from being all over the place
- Princeton Round 10 brush
- Canson watercolor paper. This was cut to 5x7.
- Finetec watercolors
- Koi watercolors
- Dr. PH Martins white and black inks
You don't have to use these supplies. I like the washi tape because it's skinny and so I can get small borders. You can use any watercolor paper. My favorite right now is actually Arches paper. And use any watercolor paint you want! The only reason I didn't use the black ink that comes in the Koi set was because I didn't want to use it all up and be left with nothing if I was out painting. I do recommend using the Dr. PH Martins white ink, though, for the stars. It's given me my favorite stars.
This is my first video tutorial, so please comment with any questions you have because I'm positive I left a million things out! And send me photos of the galaxies you paint! I want to seeeeeee!
Love you guys!
I'm sending out a space-filled surprise with every purchase while supplies lasts, so that print you've been thinking of ordering? Do it. Because there will be something extra in it for you! Everyone needs more outer space in their lives!
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But God... but God is so good. He helps. He heals. He breathes life. He brings new mercies every morning.
We got away this weekend to Chattanooga kid free. That means I got a LOT of lettering and painting done.
I trust that he will create beauty from these ashes. I trust that he will turn my mourning into gladness. I trust that he will take my faint spirit and give me a garment of praise.
He will continue to comfort me. He will bind up my broken heart. He will be glorified.
It's a process. Things take time. Art takes time. The only person who needs to be proud of your work is you, so give yourself the time and space to create something you love.
I started this blog and really this whole company to try and help fill our lives with a little bit of encouragement and laughter. Life is crazy tough and if I make something that you see here on my blog or over on my Instagram or in my shop that brings a little smile to your face then I feel like I succeeded.
And though I wish so much that Abbie was here with me, waking me up every couple hours to be fed, though I wish that so much, I know that I will go home one day, too, to be with God.
And that one day Abbie, Tony, Tim and I will worship our good, good Father together.
My sweet Abigail Grace. Today we celebrate you. That was always the plan. Today was going to be your gender reveal party. Although we aren't certain if you are a girl or not, odds say you are (sorry if you're a boy). And so we celebrate. Today we celebrate the 21 weeks we've had you. Today we celebrate your sweet little heartbeat we heard on Tuesday. Today we celebrate your precious life. Today we hope and pray for a miracle. Today I hope that this sweet little Premie sleeper I bought I will one day return for a different size. Today I hope that one day you'll snuggle with this soft little lamb. Today we hope we hear that sweet heartbeat again tomorrow morning. Today is for you, sweet girl. We love you so much. ❤️
Even when the fight seems lost, I'll praise you. Even when it hurts like hell, I'll praise you. Even when it makes no sense to sing, louder then I'll sing your praise.
Help us to pray, help us today. Help us to rest within Your grace. Meet us today.
It's Friday! We made it! Treat yourself to something from my new listings!
Yes, I hate the end of the weekend as much as the next person, but I'm kind of tired of the negativity that surrounds Monday. It's really discouraging and on Mondays I want to be encouraged and uplifted as I face the beginning of a week of unknowns.
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Life is hard. But God is good. And he's there in the easy times and the hard times. He's the same in the easy times and the hard times. He is God. And he is good. And for him I am thankful.
Dr. Who just announced their first female doctor!