Monday, November 24, 2014

It Doesn't Look Pretty, but it is.

When we moved into our new place in June, I thought that our kitchen would definitely be done (or at least almost done) by now.

Instead, we've lived without a working kitchen sink since mid-August (although Josh did get that installed this weekend!) and still have no real countertops or a stove (we still have our wall oven--so that's a life-saver!) Also, I never knew how much I could love a crockpot :)

And as we head into Thanksgiving week, I'm reminded that despite all of the unprettiness of our kitchen or the undoneness, we have so much to be thankful for.

There is still a fridge full of food, and a table to sit around, and a newly tiled floor. There is laughter here and messy meals. There are crumbs (a lot of crumbs!) at our feet and toys (and a every piece of tupperware we own) littering the floor. There is a little boy who charges through with his Tonka truck and can't help from touching the dishwasher a thousand times a day. There is so much here.

Somedays, I stare at my weird temporary countertop solution--some wood, some plastic covered plywood, and some tile pieces, and I feel like it's never going to be finished. But most days, I don't notice it much because I am recognizing that there is so much value in what we are learning together throughout this process--either that, or I am trying to stay sane by blocking it out ;)

But really--

We are learning patience and wisdom--and the value of saving up rather than taking out. We are learning that we don't have to have it all right.this.minute.

Guess what? A pretty kitchen doesn't make a pretty life. Pinterest might try and tell us that, but really, it's just not true.

A pretty life is what happens despite messes, missing stoves, and unusable sinks.

So, I encourage you today to take stock in what is before you--not really in the physical things you have, but all the other stuff--relationships, the moments that squeeze you hard, and the million tiny gifts our Creator gives us.

And if you have a stove, give it a hug for me--I am missing mine something fierce ;)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

What is a Printable? Perks, Suggestions, and What to do with Them.

Since opening the shop, I've had a number of people ask me what a printable is. In a nutshell:

A printable is a digital download (or downloadable file) that you can print at home or send/bring into a local or online print shop to get professionally printed.

If you purchase a printable from my shop, you'll get an email (usually within 24 hours) telling you that your file is ready to download. Then, you simply download it to your computer and either print it right then or send it off to get it professionally printed.

Even though the option to get a print zipped straight to your front door is still available, I love the fact that my shop is filled with prints that can be in your hands within minutes.

What are the perks of purchasing a printable/digital download?

1. Printables are super affordable. The prints in my shop are $5 each. Often, there are flash sales that make that price tag even better. Even if you get it professionally printed, it's quite affordable--generally ranging from less than a dollar to $3 depending on the shop and paper they use.

2. You can print as many copies as you'd like as long as you do not resell them. They make wonderful and easy gifts! For example, I had to bring 21 teacher gifts for a church event and I simply had twenty-one 5x7 prints made of one of my designs. It cost me less than twenty dollars for all the supplies--including the prints and the plastic sleeves. If you want a different size than I have listed, feel free to ask me if a resize is possible--most of the time it is!

3. It's quick and easy. Even if you purchase it and bring it in to a local print shop to get processionally printed, you can often have in a frame or displayed within a couple of hours.

Some suggestions I would give you if you purchase a printable:

1. If you get it professionally printed, ask for/choose a heavy cardstock (I prefer 100lb weight paper or above). I also prefer to use a paper with a bit of a gloss because it makes the print a bit sharper.

2. Get creative! Place your print on a clipboard or clip hanger (see how cute this is!) for easy changeability and "hangability." Or here's an idea for attaching the poster-sized prints to poster board for simple and affordable wall art that definitely makes an impact.

3. Bring poster-print files into Staples (or local print shop) and get them printed on engineering paper. At Staples, they are about $4 for a 36x24 print. But, if you call around you may be able to find a cheaper price tag. I have gotten them printed for about $1 at local print shops. Especially with Christmas right around the corner, a Christmas poster would be a fun way to decorate :)

I'd love to know if you have any questions about printables, how to use them, etc. Ask away!

ps. if you search for free printable in the search bar of the blog, you'll also find some freebies that are available as well :)

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Monday, November 17, 2014


Over the weekend, the shop hit over 100 sales. It may not seem like a lot (after practically a year), but for me, it's a reason to celebrate.

Every sale for me is a tiny encouragement to keep learning, growing, creating, and expanding. I don't do this to make big bucks (haha!), but I do it because I enjoy it. I also genuinely hope that my prints encourage or inspire others.

I have lots of ideas for my little shop, and every one of you who purchase a print or share about my shop, help me breath a little more life into this small business.

There are lots of dreams I have for this shop--and the longer the doors are open, the more ideas I have :) So, watch out!

Thank to each of you who have shared about my shop, purchased a print, or simply cheered me on!

I also wanted to pop in and share about a little flash sale happening from now until Wednesday. Want some happy mail or need Christmas gifts?

No coupon code needed--just click here to go to the listing. Just 12 bucks for two prints (it even includes shipping!)

Happy Monday!