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who am i?

I sat on the beach, tears streaming down my cheeks, asking the hardest question I could think to ask: WHO AM I?

IMG_7131 Towards the end of our trip to Hawaii last spring, I just needed a moment to myself. Just me. And God. On the beach.

I get this way sometimes; it’s the true introvert in me. After months of being ignored due to daily routine and busyness, my introspective self yells, Stop the madness! Take a deep breath! Slow down! Attend to your soul!

This time felt bigger, though – more important and more urgent than ever before. Like I had been putting of some real soul-attending for a long time and that time had come.

I knew all of this would catch up with me. While in Rwanda nearly two years ago, my friend Jennie asked tough, pointed questions and kindly called me out.

It sounds like everything in your life right now is good”, she said.

But what if it could be better? What if really digging into all these insecurities and questions could result in something even greater than you could even imagine? Maybe it’s time to let go of good.”

I came home with every intention to dig in and search for better and instead just jumped back into regular, everyday, good life.

Thankfully, God didn’t let me stay there. He grabbed my attention one year later on that warm evening in May and began the gentle undoing that is leading to better.

I sat there on the sand listening to the rhythmic crashing of the waves for a long time. Praying, crying, thinking, searching, breaking. I’ve been in that praying-crying-thinking-searching-breaking spot ever since, continuing to ask the question:

Who Am I?

After nearly nine months of introspection (which, by the way, hasn’t stopped since that day on the beach. It’s been a big, hard, heavy, messy year) I’m one step closer to finding an answer.

I’m slowly reading/working through a book titled The Search for Significance. I’m not typically drawn to Christian living/self-help non-fiction books, but this one resonated with my from the beginning and I’m pretty desperate to heal and grow, so I’m doing it.

There is a statement that is repeated throughout the book – truth that I know in my head but haven’t fully believed in my heart. This approval-addict, affirmation-seeking girl needs these words to sink in and take root. These are words that bring freedom. That offer hope. That deliver grace and kindness. That hit to my core and are so hard to wrap my stubborn head around.

It is the absolute antidote to the performance-based acceptance lie I’ve held onto.

And it answers my big question.  Who Am I?

I am quote / jones design company There it is, right there.

I can add nothing to it. I did nothing to deserve it.

For a girl who gets a whole lot of meaning from doing, striving, performing, this truth feels like freedom. It is lofty and vague and intangible and I don’t quite like that (I want a check list! A to-do list! Actionable steps I can do), but it is just what my soul is craving.

I’m trusting that as I sit in this deep place of seeking, good will come from it.

Actually, I’m believing for even better.

double-line-tiny This journey I’m on (and maybe you are to?) is about discovering who God says I am and replacing subtle lies with this great truth. If you find yourself in a similar spot, first of all, know that you are not alone. Second, dig in. It is hard and what you’ll find might be ugly, but it’s worth it. And finally, let this truth about who you are sink in. You are deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted and complete in Christ. #goodnews

I made that little print up there for myself to keep as a reminder. I have in on the wall above my desk to keep my eyes and heart focused. I thought you might enjoy it, too. There are two per sheet, so feel free to download and print, keep one for yourself and share the other with a friend.

Free I Am art print / hand-lettered by Emily of Jones Design Company

The art print is in THE ARCHIVE along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts.  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in.

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I would love to hear what this statement means to you. Feel free to comment below or snap a photo of your print and post to instagram. Be sure to tag me (@jonesdesigncompany) so I can hear more of your story. xoxo.

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Christmas Essentials (free art print!)

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Merry Christmas, my friends! I’m so happy to finally share this newest watercolor illustration with you!

The Christmas Essentials print has been on my ‘can’t wait to make’ list for a while. I did a winter essentials print (found here) to go along with the seasonal essential prints (here is the spring, summer and autumn designs), but the winter print is missing a few of the best parts of Christmas, so it seemed a new print was in order.

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I posted my initial sketches on instagram asking for your Christmas must-haves and you all came through! So many fun, christmasy things were mentioned and I had a great time picking my favorites, sketching and watercoloring for the new print.

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After I painted the illustrations, but before turning them into digital art, I had the crazy idea to screen-capture the whole process. I put this little video together so you can see how this art print came to be!

Isn’t that fun?! I am not video expert, but I’m pretty proud of myself for putting this together!

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I mentioned earlier this week that a group of 11 other talented designers/small business owners have gathered together to give away something great each day for 12 days. Here we are on DAY 5  and – you guessed it! – I’m giving away this new Christmas Essentials print for free!

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Free Christmas Essentials Art Print / jones design company

The updated files are now in THE ARCHIVE along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts (and the other Essentials prints!).  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in!

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ARCHIVE

I would love to see how you use this illustration … if you snap a photo and post to instagram, be sure to tag me (@jonesdesigncompany) and use #christmasessentialsart

 

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DAY 1: BUILDING BALANCE WORKSHEETS from Leah Remillét
DAY 2: HOLIDAY PLANNING GUIDE by inkWELL Press
DAY 3: WINTER WONDERLAND ILLUSTRATION by Lily&Val
DAY 4: HOLIDAY STOCK PHOTOS from Dear Miss Modern

Keep checking in each day for the next giveaway. We will post where to go to get tomorrow’s free gift on Instagram!

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Look what made it into the pages of BHG Christmas Ideas Magazine! (and free gift tags)

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I’m so pleased to share that our home is featured in the 2015 issue of Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine (on newsstands now).

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The photos were taken last January.

I know, forever ago. We did our family Christmas like normal last year and then I started fresh with a new tree in a different spot and new greens and decorations created and put out the first week of January.

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This is the third time BHG has come to our house to photograph (so crazy) and I love this spread most of all. They sent a photographer and stylist from Iowa all the way to the Pacific Northwest for one day of shooting. The kids were off at ski school with Ryan (until they returned for our family portrait – hence the ruddy faces and messy hairdo on Audrey!) so it was just me and the BHG team.

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I always thought that a magazine brought in tons of props and actually styled a house for photos. Perhaps this is true some of the time, but in our experience, the props are minimal. In fact, for this christmas shoot, they didn’t bring a thing. It’s nerve-wracking and affirming all at once to know that magazine people think your style is good enough to publish without the major re-styling by a real stylist.

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Molly, the stylist, was there to take care of all the details – moving a pillow or gift or picture just so. I would love her job. She and the photographer work together to get just the right shot (moving the couch at a slight angle, for example, which isn’t detectible in the photo, but makes it look much more open).

At one point we needed to style the center of the dining room table and she asked me to put something together because she wanted it to look like us. See? Super flattering, but also a little stressful. (We went with clear glass apothecary jars filled with sparkly ornaments).

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We moved fairly quickly from room to room trying to beat the sun going down in late afternoon. I wasn’t sure what rooms would make it into the magazine and was so excited to see how many photos did make it. I’m sure my style will change over time, so its really fun to have these pictures in print to look back on and remember how things used to look. And also, my grandma is really proud to show her retirement-home friends that her granddaughter’s home is in a magazine :).

As part of the feature, BHG asked me to create printable christmas tags. Of course I said YES and painted these watercolor illustrations.

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The tags make the perfect topper for gifts and, best of all, they are free!
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The tags are now in THE ARCHIVE in a new Christmas section along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts.  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in!

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ARCHIVE

So here’s to the start of the Holiday Season … CHEERS!

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Free Fall Iphone Covers (in updated sizes!)

A friendly reader emailed a week ago mentioning that she loved the free iphone covers I posted years ago and switches out the cover with each new season.

To tell you the truth, I forgot about these darling covers! My poor phone has been naked for over a year (and it shows with all the dings and cracks. oops! Lesson learned: use a cover!).

She went on to request updated sizes since iphones have increased significantly with each new fancy upgrade. So, blog friend, your request is granted. Free fall iphone covers in updated sizes!

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You may remember from the original post that this is the most basic of all diy projects.

Free Printable Iphone Covers for Fall . Just snap into a clear case for a totally custom cover! / jones design company

Start by downloading and printing the covers on white card stock (click here for recommended sources).

Next, trim around the edges of the design you like best.

Cut the camera hole using a hole punch to start and then cut the rest with scissors.

Now place the cover face down into the clear case.

Snap your phone into the case.

And there you have it … a totally customizable iphone cover that you can switch out anytime.

Free Printable Iphone Covers for Fall / jones design company

The updated files are now in THE ARCHIVE along with all of our best free prints, templates and fonts.  If you are not an Archive member, simply add your email to the list and you’re in!

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ARCHIVE

I’ll be updated the other iphone covers as the seasons come, so keep an eye out for them!

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First Day of Fall (free prints and giveaway winner!)

Happy first day of Fall! I feel like I’ve been in fall mode for a few weeks now (what with the fall home tour and fall outfits being the topic of conversation around here) so I’m pleased that it is officially my favorite season of all.

I wanted to share two darling art prints that can help bring fall into your home. They’re free (!) and you can print them at home or the office on white card stock, photo paper or, if you’re feeling fancy, watercolor paper.

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This Autumn Essentials print was done a few years ago and I still feel proud of it. I think it’s my favorite in the series, but it might just be because it’s this time of year.
Free Art Print! Autumn Essentials Watercolor by Jones Design Company

This pumpkin print is brand new this year and it’s a fun pop of fall color.

FREE fall art print / download at jones design company

Free Fall Art Print / download at Jones Design Company

Feel free to print them and display them and gift them and share them!

The files are found in The Archive where all of our best freebies are found.

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In other news …

Last week I shared those super cute black and white dishtowels. I only had a few sets for sale and you all BLEW MY MIND with the response. We sold out in about 12 seconds (not an exaggeration). I’m sorry that I was not better prepared! If you left your name/paypal address on that instagram post (or on the comments of the blog post), we’re working through to get the invoices sent out. And by we’re what I really mean is my sister Hillary. Did you know my sister works with me? Bless her hilarious, stylish, kind heart.

Anyway, if you have not received an invoice yet, have no fear … it is coming. Once the next shipment of towels comes in we’ll start sending them out (hopefully next week).

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The winner of the cloth napkin giveaway is:

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Congrats Katie! Please send me a note with your mailing address and we’ll (ahem, Hillary) will get those out to you shortly!

Have a happy Fall-ish day!

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fun freebie / fruit note cards

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While cleaning off some files in my computer, I came across these fruit note cards. I designed them months ago – probably more like a year ago – and they sat there in a hidden file, forgotten. Poor cute little fruit note cards.

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So yesterday I finished them up, formatted the pdf file and today they get to be the stars of the show.  And lucky you! You get to download all four fruit note cards for free.

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I printed these samples on matte photo paper on this printer. I use this paper trimmer to cut around the edges and this scoring blade to make a nice crease line. If you don’t have a scoring blade, place a ruler along the line you would like scored then firmly run a dull pointy object (like a bone folder or wood skewer) along the ruler. This will make a clean line you can then fold and press.

The cards are 4×6 when cut and folded and fit into a standard A6 Envelope (I especially like these from Paper Source). You are welcome to download the pdf file, open using Adobe Reader (especially important if you are using a Mac), then print on white card stock, cut, score and send a note to someone special. Or you could trim them to 4×6 and pop them in frames – for the kitchen, perhaps? Whatever you chose, I hope you enjoy the cuteness.

Fruit Note Cards . Download for free from Jones Design Company

To download the fruit cards click the image above or find them in The Archive HERE. This is our free library of our best downloads, art work, fonts and more. You’ll love it.

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P.S. Just want to let you know we’re having our biggest sale of the year starting Monday!

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Get ready to do some shopping!

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fun freebie: summer essentials watercolor art

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Well happy (official) summer! School ended for us last week and we’ve jumped right into summer mode: lazy mornings, shorts + flip flops, grilled anything for dinner and evening walks around the neighborhood. This time of year is the best in the Pacific Northwest – the weather is warm, but mild (think high 70’s – mid 80’s), the trees are green and water is blue and people are out and about until long after the sun goes down around 9pm.  It’s glorious and really the main reason we stay around this part of the country during the dreary winter months.

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This time of year also means it’s time to switch out your essentials print to the summer version. (See the autumn print here, winter here and spring here).  They are a fun collection of our favorites in illustrated form – things like watermelon and popsicles and brightly painted toes. Which reminds me, I really need a pedicure.

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You can download your print here and feel free to print off a few for your friends, too! I like printing on matte photo paper using this printer for super crisp colors, but it also looks cute printed on watercolor paper.

Free summer art print from jones design company

Enjoy and happy summer!

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I’ve joined with 10 other talented ladies for a summer freebie blog hop. Click through to download + print more great freebies!

11 free summer printables
Summer Pineapple Printable | Just Destiny

Summer Printable and Buffet Vignette | Shades of Blue Interiors

I love You in the Morning | Ella Claire

Farm Fresh Milk Vintage Printable | Finding Home

Anchor Printable | Making Home Base

I Hope You Dance | Thistlewood Farms

When Life Gives You Lemons | Eclectically Vintage

Time Worn Vintage Canning Books | TIDBITS

Gone Fishin’ | Town and Country Living

Swim in the Sea | A Burst of Beautiful

11 Free Summer Printables

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