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my favorite resources all in one place

This one took me forever to finally get finished, but I now have a page dedicated to my favorite resources. I call them the Tools I Use.

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You can find the page by clicking on the SOURCES image from the sidebar over there on the right.

I’ve compiled a list of tools and products I use regularly with links to where you can purchase them. Things like my printer, colored envelopes, the alphabet stamps seen on many different projects and where I order my paper.

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I’ll continue to add more products/sources when I think of them. If you have any other suggestions or questions about where I get things, leave a comment and I’ll add it!

To visit the Tools I Use page, click here.

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temporary stripes (tutorial)

This is such an odd project. I’ll just tell you that from the start.

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It’s a bit weird, but super cute.

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I have these white pitchers (old from IKEA) holding cooking utensils on our kitchen island and I’ve been wanting for forever to paint stripes on them. It has just never happened. When I was taking photos for our summer house tour, the pitchers were plain white and I wanted them striped for the photos. With not enough time or the correct porcelain paint to do it right then, I went with option two: temporary stripes.

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Now the easiest thing would have been black electrical tape, but we didn’t have any, so I scrounged through my craft supplies and found a lightly patterned washi tape that seemed like it would work. Here’s how it happened:

SUPPLIES // white pitcher (like this) . washi tape . black permanent marker

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STEP ONE // wrap pitcher with strips of tape.

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You can measure in between stripes, or just eye it. Depending on the shape of your pitcher, the tape will have a few wrinkles as you press it down. Don’t worry about them, they will not really be noticeable when you’re finished.

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Here is mine with just the washi tape. It would be fine like this, or you could use any other cute pattern of tape (here is my favorite source for washi tape), but I really wanted mine to just be black and white.

STEP TWO // make those stripes solid

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I colored right over the tape with a thick permanent marker.

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And now the stripes are just right.

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It’s doubtful I will ever grow tired of classic black and white stripes, but the nice part is, the stripes are temporary. Just remove the tape and you’re back to a basic white pitcher.

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See? I told you. Weird. But super cute.

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i couldn’t stop (watercoloring)

I normally work on mondays, wednesdays and fridays when all four kids are in school. But last week I was not feeling well (a terrible head cold that made my brain feel fuzzy) and there was just no hope of me doing any actual thinking work. Instead, I took the opportunity to pull out my watercolors and see what came out on paper.

Once I started, I just couldn’t stop.

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(via instagram)

The combination of a quiet house, a tired body and time to just create was so refreshing. This doesn’t happen often and I was pleased with the paintings that resulted.

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The illustrations have turned into a new series of watercolor art prints!

The first is called Let Your Light Shine:

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A few assorted lamps (I kinda want each one for my house!) with reference to Matthew 5:16.

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The next print is called Clothe Yourselves:

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All my favorite go-to clothing choices with the reminder to also put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12). I love this one to keep perspective when I’m dressing in the morning. Clothes are cute, but I also want to be mindful of my heart.

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And the third (my personal favorite!), Fruit of the Spirit:

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All sorts of delicious looking fruit and, of course, the well-known fruit of the spirit verse (Galatians 5:22-23). This one is so fun to add color to a kitchen.

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 All three prints are now in the shop and available for pre-order (prints will be shipped the week of June 9th). Prints can be purchased individually, or as a set (for a discount!).

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p.s. I hope to continue to add watercolor art work to the shop. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment!

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