Thursday, January 10, 2019

From $0 to $450 in a Few Days (How a simple coat of paint sold a Mid Century dresser that Goodwill wouldn't take)

Sorry for the long title, especially since this is going to be a very short post. But today I am writing about how finding someone's "junk" can sometimes require very little work to find the treasure hidden inside.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Gift for Someone Else that became a Gift for Me

Many of you already know that I am a Christian, and belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even though my religion is an integral part of my life, it isn't something I write about much. There have been a few posts recently that have offered free printables of The Family Proclamation, The Living Christ, and the Articles of Faith, each documents of my faith, but I typically write about how you can give new life to a piece of furniture, or a part of an outdated home.

However, I have had the opportunity to do several pictures of individuals with their Savior recently, and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. One in particular has made an impact on me, and helped me realize that I need to put this opportunity out there more for others to know about.

I was contacted by an individual who asked me if I could do a picture of her deceased grandfather with Christ, so she could surprise her grandmother on Christmas. I had done this once before for my own grandma when my grandpa passed away. My aunts went through family photos and found the best pictures they could find of his profile, and emailed them to me. It was a challenge, but so rewarding. Knowing this individual needed her grandfather's picture done in time for Christmas added to the pressure, but I felt I had help from the other side, and was able to get it done for her in record time. This is what I shared on Instagram, and wanted to share it with all of you:

I am grateful she gave me permission to share these pictures and her story with all of you, and am so grateful I had this opportunity to do this for her family. Being able to work so closely with the countenance of someone who has already passed on was a unique, and blessed gift.

I would love to be able to do a custom work of art (or two) for any of you that would be interested. If you would like to see more of these pictures I have done, click on the Art tab above. Also, on that same page, I have a link to my Etsy listing. Until the end of this year I am only charging $30 for a JPEG file of your custom art that you can then print at any size you'd like, and share as many times as you want with loved ones. At the beginning of January I will be raising the price to $50. Even though I need to raise the cost, I am still trying to keep this personalized gift affordable for all those who want one.

Thank you always for your encouragement and support along my many creative paths. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Functional and Beautiful DIY Wood and Bike Wall

These last few months have been filled with DIY home projects that I am excited to finally start sharing with all of you now that they are finally done. First I am going to share how I transformed a boring, old wall in our home, to an awesomely rustic bike wall on the cheap. This tutorial is also helpful if you have wanted to put up any kind of wood on your wall (shiplap, pallet wood, you name it), because the bikes are a last minute feature that are not necessary.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Three FREE Large Printables

To get your free printable downloads of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, The Living Christ, The Testimony of the Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please see links below:

FREE The Living Christ Large Printable

You asked and now it's here--The Living Christ free printable! Ever since I first offered The Family Proclamation printable back in April of 2017, many of you have requested that I also offer the Living Christ printable. To keep you all anxiously waiting, though I made the Articles of Faith printable next, and now finally have the Living Christ printable available for free. It is made to be printed as 24"x 30" to match the others of the trio, but can be scaled down to print any size you need. Keep reading to get your free printable download of the Living Christ.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Fun and Free Website that Allows You to Change your Home's Exterior

Do you try and imagine what your house would look like in a different color? Or switching your siding, or roof, or even windows? Do you like to have creative control, and see your ideas turn into something you can actually see? Maybe you need to replace your home's siding, and want to see the options as they will actually look on your home. Who knew that we could do any of these things FOR FREE on an easy to use website, that is super fun to play around with. Let me tell you more about Dream Designer, a company I came across online the other day, since more people deserve to know they can now have this creative power...