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Off to the Races…Derby is just around the corner, and so is a new-found friend and fellow Etsy artist, Susan A native Kentuckian, she has lived in Louisville all her life, married her high school sweetheart, settled down and lived happily ever after… and so the story goes, but there is more behind this talented gal. She started out working in retail after studying art in college, loving the pace and excitement of it all, but with the long hours and dedication, her inner artist fell asleep. A few years later while pregnant, and working 60 hours a week at Christmas retail, she set about decorating her dream nursery by painting a humpty dumpty mural…and those creative yearnings started to come alive again. She had the baby and went back to retail work, but after 10 months found herself without a babysitter. She took the jump, left the long hours of retail and joined the longer, but rewarding hours of being a stay at home mom! With their new financial leap of faith, lots of debt, and her at home with their son, she started painting to make extra money on side. It began with making gifts, then when her son was 2-3 years old, she began painting murals. When he began kindergarten, she did first craft fair…and by the time he was in third grade she was full time! With her current thriving business,  she reflected on having been able to savor her son’s childhood, getting to do what she loved, stay at home & be married to best friend! God gave only gave her one child, but He gave her the right...

fouronefive Designs

I recently discovered the fabulously talented Diana and her etsy shop, fouronefive Designs and wanted to share. We met via etsy  and I was blown away when she truly exemplified grace under pressure.  Her attitude and responses were faith in action…and I wanted to learn more about her and her story. A great phone conversation turned into over an hour of fun, laughter and shared faith. and so it began:   “I began my family at a very young 20 years of age as a single mom and found myself working so hard to create a family for myself and my daughter, but I knew something was missing. I was struggling to make it on my own, and God surely was laughing a little waiting for ME to get out of the way!” Two years into single parenthood, she rounded the corner one day to come face to face with her Highschool sweetheart, and her world changed right then and there. Three weeks later they were married But her love story doesn’t stop there…three became four as daughter number 2 was born, and Diana had the dream of becoming a stay at home mom, catching those memorable moments she missed in the early days with her oldest. With newly found time on her hands, picked up her grandmothers sewing machine and taught herself to sew, having lots of fun & being creative. With this, the first inkling of selling her wares came when an aunt encouraged her to open an etsy shop. Still trying to find her niche, she had an idea for a sign in the house, but couldn’t...

National Apricot Day

Did you know that January 9 is National Apricot day? As you high five and congratulate all apricots you see today in honor of their special recognition, take a trip over to pinterest to find some amazing apricot recipes! Best word for National Apricot day?...

Preparing the Studio

I have been sorting through the studio since Christmas, filling December orders, tidying crammed bookcases and closing the opened paint containers. There is something about a new year that fills you with promise, with the hope of days to come, adventures to take, memories to make. In clearing the dust from the shelves and from my envisioned projects in my mind,  I came upon this quote by Albert Einstein: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” That is it! That is how I feel! DO you ever just HAVE to do something, really, truly HAVE to do it? In the way that you cannot stop yourself from crying out “This is what I am made to do?” I am made to paint. simply that. Be it beautiful, be it sloppy and ungainly, be it burlap, be it canvas, be it the back of a lunch receipt I pull out to sketch a painting idea, be it a project I have researched and loved and wept and dreamt of. I am made to hold a paint brush and love it. To draw. To sketch. To create. I am made with a desire to worship with visual strokes and thoughts and lines. and it is good....