September 26, 2013

Pouring out


I had a really cool opportunity this week to speak to a group of freshman girls about goal setting and about deciding what kind of person they really want to become as they start on this journey of high school. The administrators have put together this program so that every freshman can attend. It's a day full of team building activities, goal setting, professional and personal development. It's just really cool and I was so glad I could be a part of it! I gave them all these cards above that I made from one of my paintings. I pointed out that the flower above doesn't look like a 'normal" flower. It's way more colorful.. it kinda stands out.. definitely doesn't look like every other flower.. but that's what makes it cool. And as freshman I hope they can truly "get' that.. That by not being like everybody else.. maybe even by standing out from the crowd a bit .. that's what makes us interesting. That's what it's like to embrace what God has given you instead of wishing you were more like someone else. We were able to talk about the power of intention and think for a moment on who they intended to be. I even had them write letters to their selves stating their intentions and then they sealed them up and addressed them to their selves. I plan on mailing them in a couple of years, mid way through high school, just as a reminder of their intentions. 



And wasn't this fun. These 3 freshman girls were all my little 2nd graders when I taught school!! Gosh, time flies!
Another day of being thankful for opportunities to pour into others!

September 22, 2013

Surrender


"Surrender" That phrase can mean so many different things to so many different people. For me today. I just surrender my plans, my goals, my dreams. Living this creative life has been quite a ride so far. Yet, I constantly am asking "what's next".  This has been my constant thought ever since my son was born almost 3 years ago. Every time I think I have given it to God and am resting in him my mind slowly starts to get back into the mode of planning my next creative risk. But here's the thing.. it's exhausting. It is absolutely exhausting to try to figure out what will work and what people will like. I have played with the idea of doing online classes, a subscription based class for kids (online), product development ( t-shirts for example), art licensing, selling on etsy, continuing to build the franchise side of P'zazz, there are so many ideas and options that I just don't know where to start or what to focus on. And for each one of these things I have dabbled in the field.I have not just thought about it but I have actually researched the idea, tested the market, devoted time and energy to explore the idea. And it's just exhausting. God has often reminded me that he didn't show me his plan for me to open P'zazz until just 5 months before it actually happened. He gave me the vision around January 2007 and we opened the doors in June. I have complete faith in his timing.. yet I am also impatient and want to know what I should be working on now to get to the goal of where my next step is taking me. 
God knows my heart and my desire. I fully desire to glorify him. I desire to have a positive impact on everybody I come into contact with and everybody my art comes into contact with. I pray for my influence to be expanded and my art to be able to truly help a lot of people. 
Personally, I already have everything I need. I don't desire any more material things. I don't need more clothes or a bigger house. I just want my life to be used in a big way. I want my art to be used in a big way. I want my life to be so obviously used by Jesus that nobody can doubt his goodness or his power. 
So God.. I just surrender. Take this career, do with it what you will. I know you want to use me even more than I want to be used. So just take it Lord. Use me God.

September 16, 2013

So thankful!

Some days I have to just sit and say "Thank you". I am in a place that I could have only  imagined just  a few years ago. I was at my studio yesterday and was just having fun creating. I totally recharge when I am there by myself and can think, paint, create, and dream. I walked out to grab a cup of coffee down the street and saw 2 or 3 people who said, "You're not working on Sunday are you?". And it hit me how lucky I was that although it may look like I am working.. I am recharging and loving it! Not many people have work and play as one in the same. I am so thankful I do!

I am also so thankful for the beautiful area that surrounds my studio. Not only is there a coffee shop  within walking distance but check out these amazing spaces that are right across the street from the studio. These are some of my favorite places to go sit with my sketchbook.

So, today I am just so very thankful. Thank you God for giving me more than I could have ever imagined. For this creative life that I love so much. And for all you have in store that is yet to come!

September 13, 2013

New Paintings!

Oh how I love my Sunday paint days. This is when the kids are napping and my sweet hubby let's me just head to the studio to think, plan, and paint! Last Sunday this is what came out of it. In addition to our studio collecting money for Rice Bowls and doing a fundraising art class. I thought I may do an art show and  donate a portion of sales. So here we go.. I am starting to build my inventory back up. I will hopefully be able to put some things online as well. I am wondering if etsy is the best way to do this or if I should try to open a shopify cart. I would love to hear any advice of those who have tried both. 

LOVE this book!!!

Provided by "The Pride of Montgomery"

September 11, 2013

One man's junk!

These old windows were almost thrown out to the trash when I spotted them at my dad's shop. He owns a window and door company. I saw them and instantly thought of all the fun we could have. So thankfully, he saved a few for me and last week several people stopped by the studio to create their own fun window!

The most exciting lesson learned when experimenting on these were that we really didn't need to use special glass paint. I have bought several different kinds of glass paint before and often I just can't find the color I want. For these.. we used regular acrylic paint and just coated it with a spray sealer when we finished. We did paint everything in reverse ( for example, we painted the black outline first and then added detail, and last blocked the main color on the flowers and sky) on the back side of the window, but other than that it was pretty easy! My original is the one in front of the brick wall. I think everyone did fabulous. Especially since most of them have never painted in reverse or on glass before!

September 10, 2013

Little world changers!

So proud of my little P'zazz painters! A few of them got together recently to paint banners to send to an orphanage in Honduras through the organization Rice Bowls. It is so fun to see thte pics of them being delivered Great  job kiddos!



September 3, 2013

Easy Mosaics!

Provided by "The Pride of Montgomery" Magazine

September 2, 2013

Words have Power!

Depending on what type of device you are reading this on you may not be able to read the article below. So here is the summary. 

We want to make it our intention to pour uplifting and encouraging words into our children. One easy way is to make encouragement boxes filled with slips of paper that have affirmations on them. It's almost like a candy jar full of sweet encouragement. You can get fancy or do something as simple as we did in the pictures above. We simply painted a old tissue box and cut up scrap paper. It was fun to do together with my little girl but even more rewarding when I see her pulling these slips out and memorizing what they say. She is internalizing these truths and building self confidence!


Provided by "The Pride of Montgomery"




Fabulous Finger Paint!

Each month I write an article for a local magazine called "The Pride of Montgomery". They have agreed to let me share these fun tutorials with you! Although the summer is over you can still enjoy this fun project. You can also look forward to many more to come!


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