Recent Custom Work

The part that I love the most about my job is creating custom designs for my customers. Typically, as soon as I hear a verse or quote, I can visualize the sign in my head, and it is so rewarding to bring the ideas to life. So, so fun.

Here are a few custom signs that I’ve created in the past few weeks…
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Goodness, how I love old barn wood. It has so much character and depth, and I am so happy that we get to work with it every day.
sign coblentz3 sign no one will be able to1 sign s e1If you are interested in a custom order, I’d love to work with you! Click here for more info.

Happy Weekend!

Currently

This blog post idea is borrowed from Emily. It’s just randoms about what is going on currently in my life.

LOVING // Podcasts. I learn SO MUCH from other people. And I’m fascinated by people and how they live their lives. Here is a list of my favorites. Oh, and I’m loving Ikea chocolate right now too.

READING // I’m in a reading slump right now, so I don’t have much going on in that area. The most recent books I’ve read are The Nester’s book and her sister Emily Freeman’s book A Million Little Ways. Both are books that I highly recommend and I’ll keep coming back to for inspiration. Some books on my list to read are Unbroken and Interrupted. Current magazines I’m into right now are Where Women Create, Life Beautiful, and of course Country Living.

WAITING FOR // My littlest baby who is across the world right now. We are waiting to get matched with our little boy in China and cannot WAIT to see who God has chosen for us. It’s been a long process so far (we are two years into it), but it will be worth the wait!

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EXCITED ABOUT // what the next several years will hold for our family and business. There are so many unknowns and questions, but it’s exciting to hope and dream!

TRYING TO // soak in my mornings with Violet. Now that Jack goes to morning Kindergarten and Avery is in third grade, it’s just Violet and me for half the day. She cracks me up like no other and her little personality comes alive when she’s the only kid in the house. She is very independent, so she plays pretty well by herself for the most part. She is so much fun to spend time with.

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WORKING ON // What am I not working on? There is always a long list. I just got finished re-painting Avery’s bedroom floor and scrubbing the floors in the other bedrooms. They all have painted hardwood and, although I love the look of light-colored wood floors, they are IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean and drive me nuts. So I’m enjoying looking at CLEAN floors right now, even if it’ll only last half a day.

ENJOYING // The routine that comes with fall and the start of school. I’m a routine girl and thrive on it.

USING // Pandora. All of the time. When I am cooking, I HAVE to listen to my French cafe station. When I’m working, I’m listening to Civil Wars, Pitch Slapped, King’s Kaleidoscope or Passacaglia stations, among many others.

WEARING // This jewelry by my friend Wanda. Cannot get enough.

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PLANNING // An October getaway for hubs and me to Charleston, SC to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We rarely take vacations just the two of us, so it’ll be a much-needed break.

LEARNING // It takes difficult situations for me to grow and learn. Every hard thing teaches me something, and I need to embrace the things in life that are challenging.

DOING // Trying to get through my email inbox. It’s a daily battle to get caught up.

DREAMING OF // Traveling to France. I’m not kidding when I say I think about it almost every single day. We visited France ten years ago, and I feel like I left a piece of my heart there. Someday…

Crossing off my bucket list

Yesterday. You guys, I went skydiving. 

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I’ve always wanted to go and knew that I just HAD to someday. So I thought my 35th birthday was a good time to do it and roped my hubs and sister into going with me. We planned to go at the end of July and went through the training and just as we were getting on the plane, they called it off because of bad weather. So, we rescheduled it for yesterday. 

And it was a perfectly sunny day. Perfect for jumping out of an airplane and hurtling yourself toward the ground, right? 

We did tandem jumps, which means there was an instructor strapped behind us to open the chute and guide us through everything. Hubs went first, then my sister and I went up in the airplane together.
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My instructor literally sat on my legs the whole flight up. The inside of the airplane was tiny, and we had to sit on the floor. I sat right next to the door, which was unnerving to say the least. Beforehand, I wasn’t nervous about jumping at all – just really excited. But, man, minutes before we reached jumping altitude and realizing that the door would soon open and I would have to step out on the tiny ledge, hold on the the wing, and LET GO was pretty terrifying. It was also exhilarating and exciting and a rush. But also TERRIFYING.

But we reached 10,000 feet, the door opened, and I just did what the instructor told me to do. Stepping outside of the plane and letting go was the most surreal experience ever. It’s hard to describe what it feels like.

That’s me – the tiny dot in the middle of the picture.

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There was about 45 seconds of free falling before the parachute opened. And the free fall was my favorite part of the experience. It was unreal.
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Then the chute opened and we floated for a few minutes. I was able to steer and make turns, but, honestly, my fear of heights kicked in and at that point, I was pretty frozen and ready to be done. The instructor could tell I was afraid, so he started pointing out landmarks to get my mind off the fear, which helped. 9.7.14 7 9.7.14 8

9.7.14 9And then we landed, and I could smile again! What a crazy experience. It was a whole lot scarier than I thought it would be, but I’m also so glad I did it. I feel like I can do anything now!

New Prints {Etsy shop sale!)

Happy Friday friends!

I have a few new prints in my Etsy shop and to celebrate, I’ve lowered the price on my prints for a limited time! You can buy them today for $15.99!

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In the morning print Whatever is final

 

The “In the morning when I rise” and “Whatever is” prints are now available in the shop!

Here are a few more prints still available…

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He will cover you FINALALL prints in the shop are now $15.99 (for a limited time) and all proceeds from the Etsy shop go toward our adoption expenses. Have a great weekend!

Painted Tee Shirt Tutorial

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I picked up a few basic gray tee shirts on sale a few weeks ago and decided to paint some graphics on the front of them. It was really easy and a fun way to personalize a basic tee.

What you’ll need:

-Basic tee shirt, pre-washed

-Fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft fabric paint in ebony found at Hobby Lobby)

-Graphics printed on paper in the size that you want to have on the shirt

-Transfer paper

-Small round paint brush (I used a #2 round brush)

Here are the graphics I used…

Anchor print (I didn’t paint the rope part of it to save time):
shirt anchor imageBonjour text:shirt image bonjourPut a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, then trace the image onto the shirt using the transfer paper. Depending of the shirt it may be hard to see the transfer lines. The lines show up better on lighter colored fabric.

Then use the brush to paint the shirt with the fabric paint. Let the paint dry for a day or two before wearing.shirtbefore shirt1
shirt3 shirt7 shirt9 shirt8The “Bonjour” text was definitely faster and easier than the anchor design. You can make the image/text as basic as you feel comfortable with. Have fun with it!