Everyday, Printed With Grace

Created to Create

Part of the calling in “The Curve and the Calling” is my calling to create. And from that calling, I started a small business of my own this year, Printed With Grace (blog post here).

After a lot of prayer and work, I decided to apply for a couple local art shows and the farmers market in my town. I was nervous I’d be shot down, but then when found out I was accepted as a vendor for these events, I was even more nervous!

I was so scared to be out in the public selling my art. I love talking to people about art, but I am not a salesman. I was so afraid of failure; That I’d work so hard making inventory and setting up at the local craft show, and then no one would buy anything. Or that my booth display wouldn’t match up to those around me.

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Everyday

Not Today Satan!

IMG_1129Ever have days when it feels like everything goes wrong from the moment your feet hit the floor? Sure, we all do. I’m guilty of letting days like these spoil my mood. I become and quick to snap, grouchy and impatient (okay, I’m impatient on good days too – I know you’re thinking it Jonathan). The fact is, we not only have days like this, we have seasons of life that seem like Satan is beating us down. Sometimes when it feels like our life has hit rock bottom, Satan rips the floor out from under us and we continue to fall. But the good news is, I’ve found a solution – and it’s just three words.

That’s right – three little words that can knock evil flat on its butt.

“NOT TODAY SATAN.”

I started using this phrase as more of a joke truthfully. A co-worker and I would say it to each other when things weren’t going our way. Then it became something we said every morning, almost as a greeting. Then we started to really declare it. We started claiming those words and, even better, we started letting God claim those words. And we all know that when we let Got claim stake in our lives, we better hold on because He will take it and run. And that’s just what He did.

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Everyday

Home.

Home is the nicest word there is.

Yesterday my husband and I got to celebrate American’s birthday at our favorite place, home.

We love our home. We’ve lived there for a year and a half now, and we’re still working on various projects to make it our “own”. All the work we’ve put into it already makes it so worth coming home to at the end of the day. It’s fun to look back at pictures of when we first bought it and see all the changes and personal touches we’ve made to it already!

Home is our favorite place to be together, but lately it feels like it’s our least visited and most neglected place. We’ve been in a season of traveling, camping, late work nights, and all the fun busyness that summer brings. Even the days when one of us would be home, it seemed like the other always had something going on.

So yesterday, after several weeks of going non-stop, we got to enjoy the entire day at home. Together. And it was fantastic.

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Printed With Grace

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

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…just in case you need this daily reminder as much as I do.

Print up on Etsy shop here. ❤

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ROMP

Right On My People. River Of Music People. ROMP ROMP ROMP!

Whatever it stands for, ROMP is my favorite outdoor music fest of the year. ROMP is all about free spirited, grassroots lovin’, wholesome folks celebrating the roots and branches of bluegrass music at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. Once you come, you’re hooked; This past weekend was my sixth year as a ROMPer, and my first year as a ROMP volunteer.

This year’s line up included the Nitty Gritty Dirt BandThe Punch BrothersRhiannon GiddensThe Steel DriversPokey LaFargeBilly Strings and Scythian. Baby girl loved the tunes! She tumbled and danced in my tummy all weekend. That girl’s got great taste in music already!

It rained. We danced. It rained some more. We stayed up all night. We soaked it all in. A good time was had by all.

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I decided to volunteer this year to cut the cost of my ticket. My volunteer shifts really weren’t that bad. I was kind of dreading it, but I ended up meeting a lot of great people that way and actually had a lot of fun getting a more behind-the-scenes look at the fest.

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Arts, Crafts and DIY

Pinterest: Helping or Hindering Creativity?

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Being almost 5 1/2 months pregnant (get used to me shamelessly plugging my pregnancy into every post), the nursery planning and decorating is in full swing.

As I was driving home from work the other day, I started yet another to-do list in my head of things I need to get for baby girl’s new space. While pondering curtain colors and crib bedding patterns, I almost instinctively thought well I’ll just look it up on Pinterest when I get home. 

I realized in that moment, that as soon as that little red and white “P” icon popped into my head, my creative thinking stopped. I’ve been thinking about this incident ever since.

Does Pinterest help, or hinder my creativity? 

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Printed With Grace

Printed With Grace

I’ve mentioned my little business venture in previous posts. Printed With Grace is my little art baby ❤ I have so much fun making these prints!

This shop was born from my passion to create and my love for sharing that passion with others. I hope these prints uplift you and leave you smiling (:

I was blessed to grow up in a home where art was alive and thriving. I was always encouraged to create, explore and grow the thing that most set my soul on fire – art. This shop is an extension of that fire; that passion to create something new everyday. Thank you for letting me share this passion with you!

I do custom orders as well! Just contact me on my Facebook page or at printedwithgrace@gmail.com to find out more!

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The Curve and the Calling

The Curve & The Calling

The Curve

The bumpy curve in the road, the lumpy curve of my hips, the curve of my smile, the sharp curve of my winged eyeliner. The Curve.

For me, the curve was something I had to learn to accept. And then to love.

I didn’t love the sharp curves and bumps in the road when my family was going through some really dark times a few years ago. I hated it. I hated every middle-of-the-night call I got from them telling me that we’d set off on yet another unexpected curve. I hated the heartache and the pain and the stress of it all.

But I can now see that, while those curves hurt and made the path much longer, they’ve really shaped our relationships with one another. Through faith and constant prayer, those curves were set straight and now, while we definitely don’t have it all together, my family is at a much better place than we were before. Because with every unexpected, hurtful, heartbreaking curve we took together, it showed us, or at least me, what it was like to have a heart of grace and forgiveness. It taught me what it was like to rely on the only One that matters. It humbled me by showing me what it felt like to be at the very bottom, looking up, grasping for any sign of hope.

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Everyday

Welcome!

Another day, another adventure.

Thank you for visiting The Curve and the Calling. This lifestyle blog will give you a glimpse into the beautiful mess that is my life. There will be laughs, there may be a few tears, but my hope is that you will always find something here that will spark your creativity, or at the very least, inspire a smile.

I live on the curve and I’m constantly finding and pursuing my calling. Through grace, creativity, and Christ I’ve found my happy place in my life, and I believe it is worth sharing with others. That’s how The Curve and the Calling was born.

In the past, I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit of a serial blogger…

Through college I created and briefly maintained a total of four blogs. Each with very different themes and content; A testament to how desperately I was trying to find my “way” during those four years of discovery.

But I’ve found it – the “way”. Or at least, I’m a lot closer to finding it than I was back then. I can’t wait to share with you the things that have brought me so much fulfillment, joy, and contentment, as well as all the bumps and messes along the way.

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