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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).




(love never fails)


(love one another)


(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.


We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

greatest-is-love (greatest is love in white)

(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print


To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.



(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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last chance!


This weekend is the last chance to order from the shop to ensure christmas delivery. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift to give the teachers, your neighbor, your mom – a thoughtful art print (popped in a frame?) is perfect!

>> Shop our entire collection here <<

All Christmas prints are on sale this weekend!


Use them this year, or have them ready for your christmas decorating next year!

>> Shop Christmas prints here <<



PS. Shipping is ALWAYS free!

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ooooh … new christmas designs (+ 50% off all art prints!)


Now is your chance to grab all your favorite prints at 50% off! Choose any design and any size for our best price of the year.

Also included in the sale are our NEW Christmas designs.



FLORAL STAG // a best-seller from last year that remains a perfect understated pop of christmasy cheer.


O CHRISTMAS TREE // a vintage truck carrying home a Christmas tree – what could be more nostalgic?! I am kinda in love with this new print.


ANTLERS // Plaid flowers, wintery foliage and the message joyeux noel. This one is great on it’s own, but would also be cute in a collage wall with family photos and other christmas images.


NATIVITY COLLECTION // I have to say, this series of prints is close to my heart. I want so much for our kids (and me!) to remember why we celebrate Christmas.  I want them to know the nativity story and understand the beauty and importance of Jesus coming as a baby in a stable, being announced by angels to lowly shepherds, and being worshiped by kings who followed a star to find him. So I sketched out a few simple scenes and added scripture passages, and now have a sweet collection of nativity prints to put up in our home.

Any of the prints would make charming gifts this Christmas (or save a few to give throughout the year).


No coupon code needed. Free shipping. Sale ends monday at 9pm pst.

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artwork for Audrey’s room

Remember how I was re-doing Audrey’s room? Here is the cute inspiration board:

Well, it’s still unfinished.

I made some progress back in March, but since then, nothing has happened. I am waiting on the biggest part of the project which is a whole wall of built-ins to go around the window. I have it designed in my mind but I haven’t pursued anything because I know what I want will be more than I want to spend on having it built. We could try to do it ourselves, but again, that takes time and we don’t have a ton of that laying around right now either. And then there is the option of doing a good ikea hack and building in pre-made bookshelves (something like this) but I haven’t found items with the correct dimensions for the space. So that’s what’s holding me up. One of these days I’ll figure it out.

In the meantime, I’ve been collecting artwork to hang on her walls. Audrey is fun and full of personality and I’d love for her room to reflect some of that through a whole wall filled with art. Continue Reading →

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SUMMER SALE! 50% off all art prints

It’s time for our annual BIG art print sale!


Take 50% off all art prints in the shop from now until Thursday JULY 31.

Finally get that print you’ve been eying, do some early Christmas shopping or stock a few for last minute gifts (great for hostess gifts!).

Choose from any of our top-sellers …


or one of the newest designs … Continue Reading →

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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.


(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.


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

The first is called Let Your Light Shine:


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


The next print is called Clothe Yourselves:


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.


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


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.


 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!).


Thank you, as always, for supporting our business!

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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celebrate the end of tax season with a tax day bundle

tax-day-bundle-today-only We’re celebrating the end of tax season with a quick sale!

This limited-time bundle includes four of our most popular prints: glory, be strong, work and filled with joy. PLUS a brand new design: spring stag.


You’ll receive all five prints in either 5×7, 8×10 or 11×14 sizes for a savings of up to $50. They are cheerful reminders to scatter throughout your home and make delightful gifts for birthdays, weddings and hostess gifts.

This limited time offer will only be available until tonight at midnight (pacific time). Grab a bundle while they last!


As an extra bonus, how about a giveaway?

Everyone who purchases a bundle will be automatically entered to win $100 store credit in the shop!


A random winner will be selected on wednesday april 16th.

Click here to start shopping.

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filling our minds (and mirrors and refrigerators and walls) with truth

As a bonus for the Paper Works members, I created this set of scripture note cards.  So many of you requested to just purchase the cards and I’m here to deliver.


The set includes 52 individual cards with thirteen different stripey colorways. They are cheerfully simple, filled with encouragement, promises, reminders and TRUTH.


Perfect for posting on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator or a wall.

Here’s another great way to use the cards: a flip book.


Simply print and trim a set of scripture cards (on a heavy cardstock for durability – like this),


punch a hole in the corner of each card (I used one as a guide so the holes were all lined up)


clip on a book ring (like these)


and you will have a portable flip book of memory verses. My best friend carries one of these in her car – when she has a moment to wait in line for pick up or at the starbucks drive-thru, she can take a second to look at scripture instead of the most recent status update.  Such a great idea!


I tried to make the designs appeal to both men and women – some a decidedly more feminine in color, but I think the men in your life will also appreciate having scripture around even if the border is a cute coral stripe.


These scripture cards are now available in the shop as a digital download.


//UPDATE// How many times have I poured over and over these cards making sure there were no mistakes?! And, yet, there it is! (ever instead of every). Ugh! I have now fixed the file so you are all set with a grammatically correct set of cards. Thanks to the extra sets of eyes today who pointed it out :)

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(love)ly new prints + a limited time discount

We’re about to begin the month of love and what better way to celebrate than with new lovely prints and a sale!

Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift {gently nudge your husbands, ladies!}.

ampersand-styled (ampersand)


(love never fails)


(love one another)


(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversay gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the new prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.


We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

greatest-is-love (greatest is love in white)

(greatest is love in slate)

To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday february 4th.



(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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last day to save

I hope you had a festive first holiday weekend of the season! We spent time with family and friends, watching football, cutting down our tree and dining in candlelight during a power outage. My house is a mess, the laundry is overflowing {just take a peek at my instagram photo}, I’ve consumed more food in the past five days than I’d like to admit, but it sure feels like Christmastime and I’m guessing you’d agree that the chaos of the season is worth it for the joy that comes with it.

Just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to shop our biggest sale of the year.


These new prints have just been added and make wonderful gifts for friends and family.


And, of course, these favorites {and more!} are available at the discounted price as well.


We’ve now added the option for three sizes – 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14. All fit in standard frames.

There are just a few more sets of the christmas art print collection available so be sure to grab one before they are gone!


All items are already marked-down, so no need for coupon codes. We’re doing our best to get all orders out within 5 business days so that you’ll have them in time for decorating your home and wrapping up for gift-giving.

Alright …  ready … set …


Thank you, my sweet reader-friends, for supporting this small business. Wishing you happy shopping on this cyber-monday!

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limited edition christmas art prints + 50% off ENTIRE shop


Lots going on around here … new site, new prints, big sale. Keep reading for all the details.

First up, a limited edition collection of art prints that are perfect for this Christmas season. This one has been in the works for a while and I’m so excited to finally share it with you!


This set of Christmas prints was lovingly created by five talented artists and packaged together as a collection. They’ll look festive displayed throughout your home, and they also make thoughtful gifts for teachers, friends and as hostess gifts.


Each print is 8×10 and comes individually packaged for easy gifting.


Simply tie it up with pretty ribbon, add a tag, and you have a unique and personal gift.

Or, if you’re feeling extra fancy, pop a print into a frame {this one is from ikea}, wrap it with a piece of scrap fabric or ribbon and you’re set.


This is what my kids’ teachers will be receiving this holiday season.



O Holy Night by Lindsay of Lindsay Letters.


Joy To The World by Stephanie of Fancy That Design House & Co.


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Lesley of Recipe for Crazy


Silent Night – an original composition by Bruce of Esther Music Prints


Floral Stag by Emily of Jones Design Company {that’s me}.

With each order you will receive special discount codes for up to 30% off to each shop. Just a little extra bonus to make your holiday bright.




P.S. Did you notice our new look? We spent some time designing, re-branding and organizing things just in time for the holidays.

P.P.S. We also changed our shop. Added a handful of new art prints. And size options.

P.P.P.S. To celebrate, everything in the shop is 50% off {through Monday night only}.

And shipping is always free.

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before they are gone



Three years ago, my little art print shop was born. I wanted meaningful art to put in our home {much of it with scripture} but was looking for something modern and stylish and at the time, this was not available. So I made my own. I figured maybe others wanted accessible art for their homes as well and designed a handful of art prints that first go-round.

Three years later, it’s time to retire these original JDC designs. Hundreds of copies have sold and I am so, so grateful for your support of my creations. It’s time to clear out these old designs to make room for new prints.

Grab one of these long-time favorites for 30% off before they are retired for good on November 1st. Included are the prints shown above and many more.


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have you seen these {new art prints}

Maybe you get this way too, but I was in a creative slump all summer.  Then suddenly fall approaches and – voila! – inspiration hits. It could be the season, or possibly the fact that my kids are at school all day and for the first time in years the house is empty and quiet, but nevertheless, creating is happening.

For instance, there are a handful of new prints that were just added to the shop last night. Allow me to introduce the most recent designs:



The other night while the kids were mesmerized by an episode of Max & Ruby {what is it about that odd show?!}, I began doodling in the kitchen which led to this hand-lettered goodness. Linen + fake-calligraphy + a feather garland = perhaps the best print ever to come out of this girl. This one is great for the Thanksgiving season, but equally appropriate all year long.



On our seven-year-anniversary, I wrote a love note to our house. The post looked a little too boring with just text, so I created this sweet cottage to add some color and visual interest. Sure enough, a handful of you kind readers asked for it in art print form and so here she is. This would be darling in an entry or perfect for a housewarming gift.



I’m guessing I say this at least ten times a day to my children {have a good day at school! make good choices!} but the truth of it is, I need the reminder too. My daily struggles may not include things like keeping my hands to myself or sharing my toys, but I certainly could work on speaking with a kinder voice and staying away from the candy in our pantry.

The blue and orange version will go in the boys’ room and the pink will be added to an updated collage wall in Audrey’s room as a friendly reminder from their mama. And each time I see the print I’ll remember it’s for me, too.


This one was hand-lettered that glorious max & ruby night as well.



Because there are never enough cute things for boys – this one is for them. Although I suppose we want our girls to be strong and courageous, too. Either way, this is a special verse we selected for our oldest son and it is just such a positive message. Be strong! Be courageous! God is with you! I love it.



Around this time last year, this little painting was born. Actually, it is not little – it’s on a canvas and takes up a whole wall in our dining room {see it here}. The painting has been turned into a print so that you, too, can have a white pumpkin adorning your walls this fall {or all year, as is in my case}. It’s a stray from my normal graphic style, but as I challenge myself artistically, I’m hoping to add more paintings like it to the shop.

So there you go. New prints, now available.

free-shipping-and-start-shopping I hope you like them.

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do your thing

I’ll be 35 in just a few weeks. I don’t have any problems with the age, per say. I live a fairly typical 35-year-old life, and a pretty good one at that. From the outside, I look, talk, live like a woman in her mid 30’s.

What I’m concerned about is that maybe on the inside I’m not where I picture a girl my age to be.

Confident. Graceful. Sure. Settled.

In my mind, a 35-year-old doesn’t worry about what others think. She isn’t insecure. She isn’t confused or weak and certainly doesn’t question where she’s headed. She’s got her act together and is the picture of ladylike poise.

And yet, here I sit, 3 weeks away from that confident, graceful, sure and settled ideal feeling so very far from it.

I wrote a post about twirling – that act of pushing off everything that hinders {insecurities, failures, aspirations} and dancing through life knowing that we are loved. Not because we are doing everything right, or because we have it all together, but because He first loved us. It’s so much less about the actual dancing {a cheesy metaphor for doing life} and more about the heart in knowing we are delightfully and perfectly made, just as we are.

It originated as a prayer for my daughter and has become my motto in life as well.


So this is what bothers me: I’m nearly 35, certainly old enough both in years and in my own personal faith in Jesus to get this. To live this. To let go of those stupid insecurities about not being good enough, pretty enough, talented enough … and just believe what I know to be true: that we are each exceptionally talented, created for a unique purpose and most of all, accepted through grace just as we are and not for who we ought to be.

I’ve been in a weird spot over the past six months or so not really sure of where I’m headed. What are my goals? Where do I see JDC going? What is my dream of all dreams? It’s all been a bit cloudy and unclear and so I found myself looking around at what others were doing thinking maybe that’s where I would find the answers.

She’s writing a book. I should write a book!

She’s selling all of her possessions and touring the country. I should do that!

She’s {fill-in-the-blank}, I should {fill-in-the-blank}!

Unfortunately, all this did was perpetuate my confusion and bury me further in the comparison pit {a place I know all too well}.

I’ve spent these past few months quietly praying, looking for clues, waiting and waiting and the clearest answer came from the oddest of places: The Wonder Pets.

We were in the car and the little kids were watching an old episode about a baby swan who was supposed to dance for the big party but he was afraid because he didn’t have the same graceful moves as the other swans on Swan Lake {do you remember this one?}. The Wonder Pets, in their darling animated wisdom, give baby swan the encouragement he needs to do it his own way. To dance with his own moves. And own it.

I sat in the driver’s seat, not seeing the movie, but hearing the whole thing being played behind me and it spoke right to my heart. All these fears about not being good enough, not doing it right, unsure, unsettled, afraid of what others will think – all of it is just time I’m wasting. I’m hiding under a silly bucket like baby swan watching everyone else do their lovely moves feeling like mine could never be enough.

It was then that I heard this little whisper in my soul: Emily, do your thing.

That’s it.

Just do your thing.

That’s the answer. And it’s ridiculously simple.


Twirling is about unashamed dancing. It’s about delighting in our femininity. It’s about accepting God’s absolutely profound love and finding freedom. But it’s also about just doing our thing. Not only being who we are, but actually celebrating who we are. It’s a quiet confidence. Graceful presence. Living out our unique talents, seeing the beauty within each of us and sharing it with one another.

And the best thing about it is that there is no magical age when it appears. I’ve been wrong all this time about that. This confidence, grace, assuredness, is available to all of us, at any age, for as long as we choose.

I love that.

I’ll be 35 in a few weeks and while I am not the picture of confidence and maturity that I envision, I feel like I’ve made a big step in that direction. I’m so tired of the insecurities. I don’t want to live with this ugly striving and unsettled discontentment. I want the freedom to do my thing. As clunky as it may be or as graceful as it be become, I just want to be who God made me to be, share my life, love well.

I want to twirl.

You too?

Because I need daily reminders, putting special art throughout my house is one way to keep me focused on truth. This new twirl print is pretty on its own, but even more beautiful in its deeper meaning. Put one in your daughter’s room. Share it with your bestie. Tape it to your bathroom mirror.


The print was designed by my favorite letter-er Lindsay and sold exclusively here. We have it in three colors with gold embossed foil.



Grab one now before they are gone!


Be encouraged, wherever you are today, that you are wonderful. You are uniquely talented. You are valuable. And because of Jesus’ great love for you, you are deemed enough.

Now just do your thing.

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Annual BIG sale on all art prints

I interrupt this summer giveaway series with an equally fun annual summertime sale.

Receive 50% off all art prints in the shop from now until Sunday, July 14th.

Finally get that print you’ve been eying, do some early Christmas shopping or stock a few for last minute gifts {great for hostess gifts!}.

… AND …

everyone who purchases an art print between now and sunday will automatically be entered to


Now that’s fun!

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