Valentine’s Day Tulle Hearts

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you probably remember my obsession with tulle a little while back. It hasn’t really gone away, I’ve just had my plate full while my drawer of all this tulle sits there. Well the other day I came across this idea on pinterest, and OH MY. It was stuck in my head, so simple and SO pretty.

I decided to replace the yarn with tulle, and I confess the yarn still looks pretty awesome but I do love the way the tulle hearts came out… The process is very similar to the Tulle Butterflies :)

Right now I have four of these tulle hearts hanging from my pantry door, and it just brightens up my kitchen making it look a little more festive :) I think I might take a few down to Jenna as well. I think she would love tulle. :]

To make these easy peasy Valentine’s Day decorations….

1. Gather supplies: tulle, sculpture wire, wire cutters, scissors and ribbon.

1. Cut a piece of wire about 14-16″ long with the wire cutters.

2. Bend the piece of wire into a heart shape and twist in the middle to secure the shape.

3. Cut a couple of pieces of tulle, or if you are using a roll of tulle, cut a piece about 20″ long. You can use as little or as much tulle as you like. You can also use more than one color of tulle :)

4. Begin wrapping tulle around the wire shaped heart and tuck in the loose ends within the wraps. You can also pin them with safety pins for more security.

5. Once you have covered the heart shaped wire with tulle to your satisfaction, set aside and cut a piece of ribbon for hanging.

6. Find a spot on the heart from where you would like it to hang, and tied a few knots.

ENJOY! :D

If you have a Valentine’s Day idea and would like to guest post be sure to email me! fran@smallbirdstudios dot com

xo

I Heard Your Voice in the Wind Today

Have you read this poem? I came across it this past weekend at a memorial service to remember Nevaeh and all the other children that lost their fight to cancer in the past few years at Texas Children’s.

I thought I would share it here with you. It is probably one of my favorite readings about loss, because it describes so perfectly how you can feel their love all around…

I heard your voice in the wind today
and I turned to see your face;
The warmth of the wind caressed me
as I stood silently in place.

I felt your touch in the sun today
as its warmth filled the sky;
I closed my eyes for your embrace
and my spirit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane
as I watched the falling rain;
It seemed as each raindrop fell
it quietly said your name.

I held you close in my heart today
it made me feel complete;
You may have died…but you are not gone
you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines…
the wind blows…
the rain falls…
You will live on inside of me forever
for that is all my heart knows.

(unknown)

The Little Things…

On the days…

that EVERYTHING seems to go wrong…

and everything feels inside out…

when you ask yourself why in the world you crawled out of bed today…

when you don’t know whether to say what’s on your mind or keep the silence…

when prayers feel like they bounce off the ceiling…

and Heaven feels like a million miles away…

it’s the little things.

Yesterday was one of those days. Not entirely grief related, mostly just life.

Wouldn’t you know it? After writing this post. Ha!

But something happened.

It’s on those days that the little things are suddenly big gigantic things. Things you just can’t not notice.

I was pulling weeds out of Jenna’s garden, because the weather down here in Texas is AMAZING and I wanted to be outside. And these weeds- they’re insane. So after pulling a few I was getting a little discouraged that I would never see the end.

And then there it was… this itty, bitty yellow butterfly, mindlessly fluttering her way around me, and around this sad looking garden that let January have most of the flowers.

She had no idea how much I needed her in that moment. And no idea how beautiful she was.

Maybe we face these stormy days in life to appreciate these so-called little things. I don’t know, but it certainly feels that way.

I wish I had a picture of this butterfly to share with you but I was covered in dirt and my phone was yards away! Hopefully she’ll visit again sometime…

Also linking up with Carissa & Lindsay today.

This Place

This place is new.

This place is comfortable.

There is sunshine.

Laughter.

The faint memory of guilt that swallows up the day.

The deep sadness and raw face of grief that I thought would never ever leave my soul in peace is somewhere in the past.

I can think about her without tears clouding my eyes, and anger gripping my soul.

This place is new.

I can’t ever remember being in this place before. A place where my heart was okay (for lack of a better word) with my daughter being in Heaven. And okay that she died.

This place is new.

This place makes me uncomfortable too.

This place almost makes me afraid I will never cry again.

This place makes grief look too easy.

I know it’s not easy. Grief is anything but easy.

Grief is hard work.

And maybe this is it. The internal struggle to understand the good days, and the bad days. I hesitated to write this, but this has been on my heart.

Right after losing Jenna I actually hated reading posts like this. I thought, I will NEVER be there, and I don’t want to EVER be there. And then I’d click away because I could not relate, and because they stung a little too. If you are there, I get it. I really really do.

I’m still trying to make sense of it.

But these good days also make me wonder if this is a calm before the storm. I keep wondering if her third birthday will be it.

I can’t allow myself to live in fear though anymore. Fear has stolen so much friends. So so much.

This place… it’s a good place.

I can’t let fear take that.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. -2 Timothy 1:7

March of Dimes

I never knew much about March of Dimes until sweet Jenna came along. Since blogging I’d seen many, many fellow baby lost mamas taking part in this organization through walks and fundraisers. It always seemed like such a great thing to be a part of, but I lacked motivation!

This year I’m getting my butt into gear… let me rephrase that. into shape.

Eek.

See that’s the not-so-exciting part. The walk is five miles but seriously guys, I’m a wuss when it comes to working out. But I feel strongly about this. The walk is almost a week from Jenna’s birthday. It’s seems so fitting.

I hope we can do this every year.

So far we have a small ‘team’ forming. And if you live in the area, and want to join us just let me know :)

We are Team Jenna Belle. Walking for her. We’ll have cool t-shirts too :)

So I said all that to say this. My goal is small I think, I picked something I’m comfortable with, and really hoping to achieve. To help raise the funds, I’m donating a portion of EVERY design from here until April 29 to our fundraiser/ walk.

The design queue opens Monday, January 30. Click here for blogger design details and here for WordPress.

I look forward to sharing more about the walk as the day gets closer!! 94 days away.

Lots of work to do!!

If you’ve done a walk in the past and have ANY input/ ideas/ advice (seriously, I’m so new to this) I’d LOVE your input :)

Xo

One of these days…

One of these days my sweet boy….

You won’t be so small.

You’ll be saying full sentences sooner than I realize.

And running off to play with your friends. It feels like I can’t hug you tight enough these days.

Mommy won’t be your world like she is now, one day. Oh I am so not looking forward to that day.

I have to admit I love the love you have for me. It comes so freely, so unconditional.

You love me just because I’m your mother.

That sounds a little funny saying that because I worked really really HARD to get you here. Lots of prayers, lots of tears and a whole lot of sleepless nights.

But you don’t know any of that. And you love me anyway.

Oh to be a child.

Thank you for showing me love in it’s purest form.

God loved me sooo much that he gave me YOU.

My big ball of sunshine.

Just the other day you discovered your own shadow. It was around 7 in the morning and I walked by you and had to look twice. You were playing with your shadow in the morning sunlight.

It was the cutest thing.

And just today you studied the rain. Like really studied it. Of course, not for long. (You get bored easy these days) But it was neat to watch you, and teach you a little about the rain.

You are busy. You’re learning to say “Please” more. You’re beginning to think that by saying please it’s a ticket to get whatever the heck you want. It’s hard not to give in too, because you just sound so darn cute saying “PEEZE!” with a ridiculous grin across your face.

Oh and the other day you threw your monitor in the toilet. You know, the expensive one your grandparents bought for us. Yea. I still haven’t checked if it works now that it’s dried off (ew) but my guess is no. I thought I got lucky with the one kid who didn’t care for toilets or trash cans.

Yup. You’ve proved me wrong in the past five and half days.

Love you anyway little guy. More than you’ll ever know.

Guest Post+Giveaway

A few days ago I stumbled on Courtney’s blog and was instantly in LOVE! I was captivated by her sweet blog design and as I got to read more into her posts I loved what she was doing. I think you will too!! I was so excited when she agreed to guest post AND host a sweet giveaway here! Her bird nest necklaces are perfect, and symbolize so much, as she explains in her own words…

Hello new friends! My name is Courtney and I blog over at a faithfulness told. I’m a twenty-something who loves to craft, drink coffee, and take pictures. We have been in the process of adopting our first child from Ethiopia for about a year and a half. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for our family! When I was asked to do a guest post/giveaway for the readers at small bird studios I was thrilled and honored. I hope you enjoy reading about an exciting journey we are about to take!

nest-a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home.

For many children in this world a “nest” is a non-existent idea. Some have lost the place they once called home, some have never known this reality. There is no place the can retreat to or take refuge in. There is no place called home.

Thankfully, there are people that are willing to do something about this sad reality. People who refuse to turn a blind-eye. People who desire to share Christ with these children, to give them the ultimate refuge, a relationship with Jesus.

In a few short weeks, my hubby and I will embark on a trip to Guatemala to serve the orphans and full-time workers at Eagles Nest orphanage. While there we will be loving on children, participating in a weekly feeding program, and helping out wherever needed!

Being in love with all things birds and nest related, I decided to make nest charms to help others remember to pray for the kiddos at Eagles Nest and to help raise support for this beautiful place. A nest for “the nest” if you will.

These little beauties are only $8.00 . Color variations and more information can be found here. 100% of the proceeds will go back to the children at Eagles Nest. Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a lovely nest of their choice!

To enter, you must be a follower of small bird studios. Then go check out my blog and leave a comment stating which charm you would just love to have.

For additional entries share this post via Facebook, twitter or pinterest (comment for each)

Thank you in advance for helping us minister to the children and families of Guatemala. We look forward to seeing what God is going to do in and through us during this trip!

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Aren’t these fantastic!? A winner will be announced sometime this weekend!

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***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN CLOSED***

Blogger 101: Pinterest

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blogger tutorial! With the Pinterest sensation at it’s peek, I figure it would be great to share how to utilize Pinterest for your Bloggy gain.

Pinterest has made it super easy to ‘pin’ items when you drag their ‘Pin It’ tool into your toolbar. See this video below for instructions.

But if you would like to add this cool little Pin icon to a blog post, here’s how!

Pin It

It’s a GREAT way to share your post, your pictures and gain some traffic. The best part about this little button below is YOU the blogger get to predetermine which image gets ‘pinned’, and making it SOOO easy for your readers to pin away :)

Pinterest has become one of the top referrers of blog traffic in the past few months. SO cool, SO fuN!

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Be sure to save your post draft before adding this in. It’s actually a good idea to finish your post completely before adding this in anyway.

1. Switch your post editing screen from “Compose” to “Edit HTML”, as seen below.

2. Copy and paste this code below which can be found in full on the Pinterest goodies page.

<a href=”http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/” class=”pin-it-button” count-layout=”horizontal”>Pin It</a>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js“></script>

3. Replace the BLUE code with your blog URL.

4. Replace the RED code with the image URL. Find your image URL using the screenshot below. See the highlighted text? Copy this code and plug it into the Pinterest code above, in place of the red. This will ensure that your readers are pinning the image you want them to pin. Also make sure to select the code from the image of your choice if you have more than one in a photo.

5. It’s best not to switch back to “Compose”, since this Pinterest code sometime ends up reverting to a text link, instead of the pretty red button. It’s best to add this in as the LAST thing before clicking “Publish”.

6. Click publish and be the first one to “pin” your picture!

WordPress users, be sure to check out the Pinterest Pin It On Plugin!

Be sure to follow Small Bird Studios on Pinterest!! XO

Filled

Back in December our meeting for the NICU volunteer group got rescheduled at the last minute via a quick phone call while I was standing in the speedy checkout line at Wal-mart. Sorry guys, after publishing my post about ‘today’s the day‘ I felt kinda silly (and dumb) telling you ‘ahem… nevermind! It’s not gonna happen for another month… heehee’.

So I waited for the meeting to happen and BOY did it happen. :)

Oh wow. Well, let’s rewind.

Last Wednesday I left my son with my husband and well- it broke my heart because I see his little face every waking moment but it’s good for him to get in some Daddy time. Turns out he did really well without me.

I spent an hour in traffic, ran a few stoplights and was about 10 minutes late.

I bustled into the right conference room after peeking into the wrong one filled with doctors in scrubs. Oh boy.

 

I knew I was in the right place when I saw normal dressed people though and smiling faces. The minute I sat down it was my turn for introduction. And then it began.

We talked about the group, the projects on the way, and different things concerning the hospital.

The meeting went along just fine and someone said something about needing a photoshop person.

Oooooohhhhh!!!!!!! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I was thinking, secretly hoping no one would volunteer for this :) My heart wanted to BURST. No one was speaking up at this point. My heart was jumping up and down (do hearts DO that?) I slipped my head over the table past the person next to me to see the person asking the photoshop question. “Did you say photoshop?”

“YES!!!!”

“I’d LOVE to help!!!! So… sorry… What’s this for again? I was busy looking at the paper being passed around. Is this for that (pointing to the paper) – the Wall of Hope???”

“YES!!!!”

{insert inside happy dance}

The Wall of Hope is a project to inspire hope for new parents of NICU babies. It’s downright beautiful. Honestly throughout the interview process I had heard of this project being underway but I was under the impression that it was done.

It isn’t.

And I am COMPLETELY honored and giddy to be a part of it. The project will be sharing NICU graduates from the hospital – their NICU baby picture, and a picture of them today.

To say that this isn’t a little hard to do would be a lie, but I can’t describe how full my cup feels just being a part of this.

On the way home I was in disbelief, overcome with gratitude, tears, happiness and sorrow – all in a single moment. But it was perfect. I was once again reminded of the beautiful dance of grief and joy. The very likeliness that these two could coexist in a single heart without breaking it completely. Sometimes life is beautiful.

I started thinking of how long I’d been trying to be a part of her hospital, and everything God has brought into my life between then and now.

All the blogs, the beautiful supportive blog friends, some of which I’ve had the honor to meet in real life.

The opportunity to design blogs for these families experiencing loss. The opportunity to learn photoshop at all.

I started realizing that just maybe this has been my ‘training ground’.

I needed time.

Time to write. Time to cry. Time to process and experience all the aspects of grief for the first time.

Time to learn to live with this.

Time to accept the good days and leave that guilt behind.

Time to embrace the sadness.

Time to allow healing.

Just time.

It didn’t feel right NOT being at the hospital after leaving with empty arms, and I know she isn’t there today. But it was her home for a little while, and for that reason it means the world to be active. Give back. Offer hope, because God knows we needed it when we were there.

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Design

I think a makeover is just what I needed. I feel inspired again. To continue blog designing, to take my little studio to the next level- whatever level that might be. Maybe I’ll start taking payments in chocolate bars. Hmmmm….

Anyway here it is, in all it’s loveliness. I’d love your feedback. :) I hope it’s just a tad easier to navigate and find things. I will be hosting design classes most likely through this site, or at least posting about which classes are available, etc. Oh boy, exciting stuff!

In case you’re in the market for a new design don’t forget I have some affordable pre-made designs available, and the wait list opens early February for custom designs.

There are quite a few pre-made designs on the Facebook page that are up for grabs this week only for only $5, as they will be retiring.

Winner of the Katherine York Art cross is Gina Toothe and the winner of the Sponsor Giveaway Day is Chelsea T.! Ladies please email me asap to redeem your prizes :) fran(at)smallbirdstudios.com

Sponsor Highlight+Giveaway Day.

This is the first of these giveaway/ sponsor highlight days ever, and I have to admit I am a lot excited about this! And you should be too! There are some fabulous giveaways to be won here, and some lovely ladies to meet!!

There are several giveaways included in this post, but the best part about it, is that it ALL goes to ONE lucky gal.

And more than anything – thank you ladies for making this first giveaway day possible!!! You rock my socks off.

“Dreaming Big” is a place to find encouragement and inspiration to pursue a life beyond all you can ask or imagine.  By sharing about my life and how I’m living my dreams as a wife, mom, speaker and writer, I hope you’ll feel equipped to go after your goals too!  ”Dream Big” is my first book and is 30 day journey to a life beyond all you could ask or imagine.

Giveaway: free ebook of “dreaming big” and a medium ad space

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The short version:    Hi there!  I am Stephanie ~ Artist, Mama of 5 (yes, F.I.V.E children), Wife, Believer, Birth Junkie, Homeschooler, Chai Tea Latte Loving, Grief Survivor who’s paintings celebrate pregnancy and motherhood.

The long version: Once upon a time . . . there was a little girl who lived by a world famous museum in a little town. Instead of taking ballet or piano like her friends, she begged her parents to let her take ART lessons. And from the moment she walked across the shiny marble floors, smelled the museum air, and took a gander at some amazing works ~ she was hooked. Each and every summer was spent taking classes, learning new things, and just soaking in the beauty that came from human imagination!

Of course, prince charming came along and swept her off her feet. He took her to see the big wide world, made her see things from a new perspective and loved her silly and adventurous side (oh yeah, this girl was fun;). She skied in the Alps, scuba dove off the Great Barrier Reef, jumped out of an airplane, and traveled some of the world ~ all before the age of 30. Then, like an answered prayer, she became pregnant and and the crazy pace of life with children began. She didn’t paint again for a long time.

Until one day, it became clear that she must. The time had come for her art to become a vehicle of healing after the most devastating loss of her baby girl. This sweet little girl that didn’t get to live, gave her mother the push she needed to live and create again.

There is no end to this story, because honestly, this is just the beginning. I continue to pour my heart out and find new ways to express myself.

Giveaway: 5 x 7 print of the winners choice

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My name is Melanie and I write a little blog called Keeping up with the Cantelmo’s. My blog is all about the daily ups and downs of the Cantelmo family. My desire is that my blog would be a blessing and encouragement to other moms and women. Please stop by and stay awhile!!

Giveaway: $10 gift card to Starbucks

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We are 4 sisters that grew up stealing eachothers clothes, hogging the bathroom, laughing till 3 in the morning, and doing projects together. Now that we all live in different parts of the country our blog is our place to still be able to laugh and do projects together despite the distance.

Giveaway: Large Ad Space (200×200 px)

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I’m a 23 year old kitty-loving-chai-drinking-book-reading girly living in Washington, DC who has a passion for photography and an obsession with pretty dresses. I love learning new things and exploring new places. I’m always up for an adventure! I moved to the East coast a few months ago from Wisconsin, and so far, I’m in love! I sell vintage odds & ends on Etsy and am in love with the sweetest guy in the world.

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Hi I’m Beryl. Photography muse who believes nourishing the soul with lifelong learning, photographic healing, & a glass half full perspective . I offer e-courses and photography mentoring aimed at teaching you to how improve your camera skills and cherish your life. Won’t you come fill your glass with me? There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be discovered by your lens and I’m ready to help you capture it.

Giveaway: 30 minute one-on-one customized photography lesson with me via telephone or video chat

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I’m a 20-something in a big sea of 20-somethings. I write poetry, dress with an awkward sense of style, and usually ramble about my bearded dragon Dobby. Visit my blog for your daily dose of some sweet & spicy AuNiE sauce.

Giveaway: Medium ad space (200×150 px)

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Hi!  My name is Trisha, and I blog at Clarion Wren. I am mom to my precious gift, Aiden; wife to my true love, Patrick; a Christ follower who needs lots of leading; a teacher to anyone who will listen; a sometimes writer, a wannabe scientist; and a student of life.  At Clarion Wren, you’ll find teaching and learning activities for little ones, nature adventures, recipes, and various creative attempts.  Follow along as I share my adventures with a 2 year old boy, how we navigate through life, and how we should trust in God through it all.  I would love for you to stop by and say hi!

Giveaway: necklace+bracelet

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I’m Betsy.  I blog over at Heavens to Betsy.  I’m a grad student at Eastern University.  Some of my favorite things in the world are snail mail, tea, crafts, and books.  My blog originally started as a way to share thoughts and goings-on with family back home in Pennsylvania while I was at school north of Boston.  Now, it’s become this mash-up of photography, crafts, food, and fun, with a healthy dose of those original thoughts and goings-on.

Giveaway: A photoshoot!  This will include a 1-1.5 hour shoot, full editing, and a disc of edited, hi-res images.  (Only for readers in the Southeastern PA area, within an hour of Reading.)

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To enter you must be a follower of my blog {counts as an entry too, so be sure to leave a comment}

Additional entries

- retweet, share this post on facebook, or a blog post (comment for each)
- follow/ like these lovely ladies on their blogs/ links provided (comment for each)
- if you follow Small Bird Studios on facebook, twitter, pinterest or bloglovin’ comment for each

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A winner will be announced sometime this weekend on the Small Bird Studios Facebook page!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

XO fran

ps- coming back Monday with some exciting news about our NICU project in Jenna’s hospital!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Bad Seed.

Words are powerful. More powerful than I ever imagined they could be.

About a year and a half ago something happened that I was never able to fully get over. Words were said to me that were not just hurtful- they felt like accusations, and WILD accusations at that.

They were words that couldn’t be farther from the truth, but they were said by someone who had the BEST of intentions. But even knowing that it was hard to get over them. That whole ‘sticks and stones’ thing- what a lie.

I talked to a few close friends about the situation and even after talking about it, I still felt no peace. I felt hurt, angry and entitled.

Little did I know that by hanging on to it, I was also allowing a seed to take root in my heart.

Bad seed. Bitter seed.

It was a seed I never intended to allow in my heart after losing Jenna.

I was in a dark place at this time. I felt like I was dying, and at the same time I felt so ashamed because I had so much to be thankful for, after God had just given us such a beautiful little boy. A healthy child.

One evening, after service I came to the alter to hopefully sort some things out with God. Someone came to pray with me. It was someone I didn’t know too well, but she was an older woman I had seen in our church quite a bit.

The first thing she asked, as she saw tears and mascara smeared all over my face was something along the lines of… Have you cheated on your husband?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No, I didn’t say this at the alter, but I was thinking it. I was floored, embarrassed, and wishing I’d never gone up there in the first place.

No, no I haven’t… I replied. I told her about our daughter, but at that point the moment was gone. I just wanted to get back to my seat and forget the whole thing ever happened.

I was infuriated. Someone I barely knew, someone that barely knew me – would assume the only reason I could be crying was because I cheated on my husband.

Oh goodness. Talk about mortifying.

But more than anything I felt so let down. Even though our marriage was fine, my heart was in desperate need of help. Our baby had died. And this just seemed like the last straw. No one, not any one – would ever get it, unless they’d been there.

For the next year I promised myself I would never let my guard completely down in church again. This sounds terrible, right? Because church is supposed to be a safe place. But I didn’t know how else to handle it.

So for the next year or so I kept my promise to myself just fine.

But the seed that was growing was keeping me from more than humiliating remarks. A closer walk with God, fellowship with Him, hearing his voice, and possibly embracing sweeter moments in life.

A few days ago this person and I crossed paths, even though I’d been trying to avoid her (who wants a second hand of embarrassment, right?) She happened to be sitting next to me one evening in a service.

She started talking to me, and I can’t remember how the conversation started, but she didn’t remember me. And she really didn’t remember our first conversation at the alter a year or so ago.

This whole time… this WHOLE time here I was thinking she was thinking the absolute worst of me.

She kept telling me that I remind her of her granddaughter. She is such a beautiful girl she said, and smiled. She talked some more about her grandchildren and family.

She asked me a few get-to-know-you questions and inside I felt a HUGE mixed sense of relief and humility…

Relief- because I was wrong.

Humility – because I was so wrong… and so full of me {sad but true}, that it had even mattered what someone else thought in the first place.

I hadn’t noticed until that very moment just how quickly that bad seed had taken over in my heart. And how much of a wall I had built around my heart to keep from repeating this moment.

A few things passed through my mind, haunting me. Things that had been affected. Things that could have been different. Things I could have changed or felt differently about. Had it not been for that seed that I allowed into my heart.

Bad seed, you stole a year from me. And what an eye-opened you have been. I’m almost a little thankful.

I got reminded of the mercy of God.

Today I’m free…

Giveaway {katherine york art}

This evening I’m just about ready to SQUEAL!!!! I get to introduce you to one of my bestest {couldn’t think of a more fitting word!} friends… ever. Katherine and I met in college, and some of the storms life has brought each of our ways since then, has made us even closer.

She makes the most fantastic mosaic crosses, and she dabs in watercolor and sculpture too. Her work is truly stunning.

Recently I had the pleasure of designing her website+blog for her! Be sure to check it out if you get a chance :)

Today Katherine is giving away this lovely cross below, that sorta stole my heart! It’s been sitting in my kitchen for awhile – I was just waiting for the holidays to pass before launching this giveaway.

In her own words, Katherine shares a little about her artwork and inspiration…

Hey everyone. Thank you so much for taking a look around. Thank you Fran as well for being such a sweet friend and huge supporter of what the lord is doing in my life through art. I love you friend!!!

Art is a huge part in my life and I have been so blessed by it. I have played around with art my whole life but it all made sense when I was searching for a degree in college. I fell in love with mosaics in 2004 during a difficult time in my life.

God used it to being healing and I just can’t stop now.

I can make any kind of color cross just message me and let me know. Keep checking back I’ll be adding the stories behind some of the pieces I’ve made  Be blessed and let me know what you think.

-Much love, Katherine

-To enter the giveaway you must be a follower of this blog

-Join Katherine on Facebook OR her blog to follow her artwork

For additional entries share this giveaway on facebook, twitter, or Pin It! Leave a comment for each please.

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A winner will be announced sometime later this week

xoxo

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Sick Day

Garden love… This lily popped up in Jenna’s garden in spite of the cold, cold weather we had a few weeks ago.

Last night little man spewed about 10 times in the span of 6 hours. He was such a little trooper. But inside I was dying. Not because I was tired but because I hate seeing him weak. He’s not a weak boy, and he has never been weak.

I cried. It came on so suddenly and that was the scariest part. Of course, I want to cry when when he gets shots, and sometimes I do. I guess it’s just a part of being a mommy.

This morning around 7:30 after broken increments of sleep he woke up, a happy little chatterbox. I don’t know what it was, but just hoping it stays far far away from my sweet boy.

Just thankful today.

Found

Things I’ve found…

things I am thankful for.

Things that have changed me, molded and made me.

Things that have transformed everything I thought I had figured out.

grace.

the gift of a child’s love.

angels.

the cemetery.

friends. precious friends.

words to live by, words to love.

promises.

mercy. for all the times I didn’t believe.

peace.

unfailing Love.

sunlight.

dreams.

memories.

the storm.

the rainbow.

the Hope.