New Hopes

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

(Lamentations 3:22-23)

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Weekending: Apple Cider & Black-and-white Memories

How did the first weekend in October treat you?

My weekend was low-key and cozy, so I can’t complain. :)

I spent some time dreaming up new ideas for artwork. I worked in my idea journal, sorted through black-and-white photos to see what stories they’d inspire, and enjoyed mugs of hot apple cider, (of course!).

I also already checked something off of my 28 Things list:

10. Make a new pumpkin dish (perhaps a pumpkin lasagna or stuffed shells). I made Pumpkin-Ricotta Stuffed Shells (from a recipe in my newest Country Living magazine).

So, all in all, it was a good fall weekend.

I’ll be back soon to share a scripture selection for the week.

Stay cozy,

{k}

My 28 Things List

It’s time to share my 28 Things list. So, without further ado, here are 28 things I’d love to do in the next year. :)

1. Start a new art journal.

2. Memorize more scripture.

3. Invest in a new camera and additional photo software.

4. Continue to pray boldly.

5. Try my hand at songwriting.

6. Wear cat-eye glasses.

7. Make a larger-scale collage.

8. Host a dinner party.

9. Attempt to make my own homemade pasta.

10. Make a new pumpkin dish (perhaps a pumpkin lasagna or stuffed shells).

11. Actively pursue a few of the big creative dreams on my heart. Explore the possibilities. Take risks.

12. Find a favorite local coffee shop (besides Starbucks).

13. Find a Godly mentor.

14. Continue to learn and do all I can to prepare myself to be the kind of Godly wife a Godly man deserves.

15. Live with an open heart and open hands to receive all God has to give.

16. Fall in love with a new-to-me band.

17. Visit a local pumpkin farm. Carve/paint/decorate purchased pumpkins.

18. Find ways to encourage others to use the creative gifts they’ve been blessed with.

19. Tackle a few organizing projects I’ve been putting off.

20. Make it a daily practice to quiet my heart and mind, so I can actively listen to God.

21. Revamp my blog design.

22. Go to an art museum.

23. Take an art or writing class (or both!)

24. Start an actual weekly workout routine.

25. Go to more craft fairs.

26. Go to the beach!

27. Start a new tradition each season.

28. Begin every day by asking myself, What can I do today that brings more beauty, more energy, more hope? (Inspired by Shauna Niequist)

I’m excited to see all God has planned for the next season of my life. Life with Him is always an adventure. :)

What are some of your current goals/dreams?

{ k }

Vintage-inspired Fridays

Just for fun: a few pictures from my latest treasure-hunting adventure. This antique shop is a local favorite (housed in a 200-year-old one-room school house!). Isn’t it such a cute place??

Love the font used for “The Entertainer” logo.

I came home with this sweet little Brownie Starlet camera, a vintage camera for my sister, and a handful of beautiful black-and-white photographs I’ll be using in upcoming collages (stay tuned for a peek of the photos!).

The “Starlet Camera” font is pretty cute, too, no? Vintage fonts are the best.

* H  a  p  p  y    F  r  i  d  a  y !

{k}

Make Room for Creative Adventures

Another great inspirational image from workisnotajob.

What makes you feel alive? What inspires you? Are you making time for creative adventures in your life?

I haven’t done any painting, collaging, or creative writing in a while. I just might need to dig out the paints, collage goodies, and my brainstorming journal this weekend for a little creative adventure of my own.

Hope you’re having a lovely week!

{k}

Craft Show Recap (Better late than never?)

I realized I never posted photos from the spring craft show my sister and I participated in! :) Oops!

So, many months late, here’s a little photo story of our day:

Morning Coffee

You know my day HAD to start with a caramel soy latte. And this coffee shop has some of the BEST lattes I’ve ever tasted. ;-)

Business card display

On Display

It’s been a few months since I’ve sat down and created, and I’ve got some new ideas taking shape in my mind and heart. I’m looking forward to exploring them on canvas and wood. Plus, there’s another show this fall, and my sister and I are already dreaming up new display ideas. Can’t wait! :)

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

{k}

*fly

Last night, one of my poems was featured in a local art show. It was a super inspiring evening, seeing my work paired with the work of other talented writers and artists.

The wall behind the featured writing was decorated by lettering artists, and they pulled lines directly from our work. So cool!

{ Here’s my poem }

fly

She said
she dwells
in possibility,

and hope is
like a bird.

Her words
have become
a part of who I am,

little reminders
I carry with me
everywhere.

And within
their shapes and sounds,
I’ve discovered
what it looks like
to dwell
in my own
possibility,

and what it feels like
to have hope
within my heart,

singing
its very own song,
before
it finds the sky
and flies.

Tonight, I’m gathering inspiration for a few new paintings.

I have lots of painting and collaging to do in the next few weeks. My next craft fair is quickly approaching! :)

I’ll be posting little sneak peeks of what I’m working on, so check back. :)

{ k }

New Adventures ~ Go

“I feel my boots trying to leave the ground, I feel my heart pumping hard. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” ~ Mary Oliver

Go ~ New Mixed Media Painting

Go ~ New Mixed Media Painting

I’ve been busy with lots of art making and writing, lately. I’m prepping for a spring craft fair.

This is my latest mixed media collage painting. I used a photo of my grandmother. In my heart, this photo evokes the feeling of being brave and beautiful. Taking risks. Exploring. Making the most of every moment.

Go ~ New Mixed Media Painting

I haven’t posted a weekly scripture selection for a while, so I’ll be back to post that this weekend, as well as a poem or two. :)

Hope your weekend is off to a lovely start,

{ K }

Courage & Creativity

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

~ Erich Fromm

1. peek, 2. _MG_3765, 3. Red Velvet Lookbook // Feb 2011, 4. Untitled, 5. playing with colors, 6. Untitled

I’m looking forward to a weekend of creating. I have some new ideas for mixed-media paintings, and I recently bought a new sketchbook/art journal. There are the beginnings of poems in my heart, as well…

I’m ready to explore new ideas and take creative risks…

And isn’t the mosaic above inspiring? I love little peeks into others’ creative work spaces.

*Happy Weekending,

{ K }