Saturday, August 6, 2016

Six months later

Someone just wrote and asked me if I'd abandoned my blog🙊 I knew it had been awhile, but looking back it's been SIX MONTHS since my last post. I'm so sorry if you are one of the few who still read blogs. I've transitioned to primarily posting to Instagram @farmgirlpaints because it's just easier and life is so very busy.

And by busy I mean...

Wait for it.....

We've up and sold half of our belongings, our Virginia house and bought a fixer upper on 16 acres online (sight unseen) in rural Tennessee about 30 miles South of Nashville🙌🙌🙌 Say WHAT!!!

Seriously it's the craziest thing we've ever done. I could have blogged a novel about what God has shown us through all of this, but the underlying lesson is GET YO HANDS OFF THE WHEEL AND TRUST. Yelling seemed necessary right then cause we're a little dense sometimes😂 So in a nutshell we made a big move and it's been all sorts of scary and stressful.

The house we bought ended up being a complete money pit. We're on our second contractor. There have been opportunity after opportunity to get discouraged, but our initial freak outs have made way to a strange sort of prone position of peace. We've warred over this property. There have been struggles all along the way, yet with each hurdle He's boosted us up. We feel carried and loved on and RIGHT where we are supposed to be.

So for now we are living in an apartment. The girls started school yesterday, and they are doing SO well. Leaving Virginia was was like trying to crawl out of quick sand. But the transition after we left has been the easiest in the history of EVER. We truly love it here, and are so excited about what God has in store.

I'm writing this on my phone. It's the first blog post I've ever written from my mobile, but that seems easier than sitting at the computer and uploading pics. So the few pics I'm sharing are from Instagram. I hope they turn out. I'll try to do better with updates. As you can imagine a big move, a complete reno and trying to reestablish my shop has been a full time undertaking. Speaking of the shop we are planning a mini open in a week or so, and then our full Holiday open in October as a pre-order sale. Thank you for sticking with me and for being patient through all these transitions. I love you people!!


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Monday, February 15, 2016


I'm sitting alone with my thoughts in the dark basement.  The shop sign is casting a glow. Snow is gently falling outside. Even though I'm not a fan of snow its soft fall is making my heart feel so peaceful this morning.

My life has changed so much in the last couple of years.  It's went from stay at home mom with gym dates and dinner on the table nightly, to full time business owner with helpers here almost every day. Writing a blog has become a memory.  I've forgotten how to express myself here.  Time is precious.  The cursor blinks...what comes next?  

I'll just start with the happenings around here lately.  My Big Chick turned 16 recently!!  For those of you that have been following along forever here's a pic of the family when I first started writing out my thoughts.  Can you believe it!  We were living in Minnesota.  My days were so much different.  I marvel at how life can change. How fast it all goes! 

My oldest is learning to drive.  She's got around 12 hours behind the wheel so far and it's starting to get a little less terrifying.  At first I really thought I might need medicated!  Seriously all of us in one giant hunk of metal, flying down the road with someone who doesn't know the difference between the gas and brake pedals!  She's doing much better now.  I've stopped clenching my teeth and I can actually breathe when she's driving.  Progress.  Sidenote... I've become so accustom to using my smart phone's emoji's I'm finding it almost impossible to type this out.  How do I express myself fully without the little monkey covering his eyes?  Without the little face laughing to the point of tears.  Seriously this is challenging;)  Can you feel my emotion without the little faces?  Urgggghhh!

Back to my girl and her birthday.  Sixteen is major.  It's the age we've set for dating, driving, working...spreading her wings and flying.  Insert heart palpitations here.  And what amazes me time and again; the things we never felt ready to let her do, once the time comes for her to do them, miraculously God shows up and we have the grace for it.  It's truly miraculous.  He helps us let go. His timing is perfect.  Trust Him!

So we have been walking through so much stuff with her.  Parenting a teenager is no joke.  It brings up all the same crap we had to deal with in high school. Insecurities.  Feeling alone.  Not knowing what you want to do with your life.  Feeling scared you're gonna miss your calling.  I'm reminded daily of how important our roles as parents is. How much they need us. For instance on my sixteenth birthday my boyfriend at the time called me and told me he had just taken an entire bottle of pills and then hung up the phone.  Lovely hunh?!!!:/  Being able to share horror stories with your kids about your past struggles and hard times makes them feel less freaked out about their own.  It gets  All those crazy past experiences shape us and make us stronger.   

For you young mommas out there that worry about your babies not needing you once they get a little more independent...think again!  It's a whole new ballgame and your unique story; your relationship with the Lord; your partnership with your spouse will become more important than ever. We have such a big part in calming their fears, in helping them feel normal and guiding their footsteps in hopefully the right direction. It has a way of bonding you SO close, and keeping you on your knees with your heavenly Daddy as well. Oh the beautiful circle of life:)  Thank you Lord for the privilege of parenthood and for being blessed with the sweetest girls ever.  My cup truly runneth over.

Be a blessing.

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Monday, January 18, 2016


Hello friends.  Happy New YEAR!  Our first opening of the year is a special one.  A sale that has been five years in the making. We are having our first ever WoNKy SALE!!!

For FIVE years I've been hoarding beautiful end pieces of belts and leather with some slight "imperfections".  These are the cuffs I wear.  The ones that are imperfectly perfect.  I love the worn distressed look.  Some will have holes.  Some will be a little more "imperfect" than others.  These are for those of you who love WORDS and don't care if the cuff isn't flawless.  These are for the TRUE vintage lovin', bargain hearted, one-of-a-kind wearin', upcycyling is my jam girl's sale!!!!  All have been deeply discounted, so if you've been waiting for a time to buy...

We open shop tomorrow, January 19th at 9:00 am EST.  This is a shorter open...two maybe three weeks.  We'll announce the final close date on Instagram @farmgirlpaints.  
So don't wait!  

*We will be closing shop over the weekends
This is new for us.  Weekend convo's will be answered on Monday morning.  The shop will be visible Monday through Friday.  Thanks for understanding.  

Introducing our Labor of love designer cuffs!

I really wanted to offer a wordy cuff.  I know a lot of you have something you need to see.  Words are powerful, so whether it's a scripture, a quote, favorite song lyric, word of the year mantra, wedding vow etc...  These cuffs are the perfect way to keep those words in your mind.

Each will be handwritten, hand-painted and customized with your stamped blank.  There is no template or stencil for the designs, so each will vary and truly be a unique, one of a kind piece.

Just like our normal sales we'll still be offering our simple basic leathers, glitters and dainties (notice the new colors!!).  These will have holes (which can be filled with rivets) making them a little more unique and DISCOUNTED!  Lucky you;)

And last but not least... We have heart "loved" designers to celebrate VALENTINE'S day!!  These are perfect little love gifts for yourself or ones you love.  Each is hand-burned, painted and stamped.  Making them a beautiful one of a kind keepsake!

We hope to create something special for you!  
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Be a blessing!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

she was an artist and her life was her canvas

For those of you that have followed along and watched things unfold over the last few know I didn't set out to have a full time business.  I started painting and dabbling in cuff making a few years ago as a hobby. Since then a complete whirlwind has happened, and this once little side thing is MORE than a full time thing.  There's a lot of guilt that comes from being busy.  Too busy.  

There's a lot of shuffling of priorities.  There are weeks without real dinners and weeks without working out.  There are weeks where I don't leave my house, and when walking to the mailbox feels like a glorious fieldtrip.  And in all that time there are weeks filled with birthday's, homecomings and exciting new mommy/daughter talks about firsts.  There's the changing of seasons, a husband that needs attention, there are deadlines, people to manage, and orders to fill. It's a lot, and it's more than I ever bargained for.  It truly is, and yet God knew.  He knew this was my destiny.  This was the path.  And He's made it clear that every step of the way He will bridge any gaps.  He provides the need...before I fall flat.  

My little chick turned 12!

My big chick went to homecoming with a BOY:0!!  

Years ago I went to a flea market show and saw this pendant at a crafter's booth. It immediately made me well up. I was in the throes of young motherhood. Life was a mix of mundane and routine. I had so many things brewing in my spirit, things I wanted to do...hoped would happen, but I was in a quiet season. These words, she was an artist and her life was her canvas, made it beautifully clear. I didn't have to be "creating" something every day to be an artist. God had given me the purest form of self expression through my daily in the ordinary. 

Even now in the season of hustle, we are all growing and stretching together, and I still feel like I was made for more...that something else is coming.  That this is another holding pattern and He will bring me to that next place when the time is right.  It's a beautiful thing to just know that He's got you...and in the middle you have to remember to "paint"...and splash color and be the "artist" of your life.  Because those strokes of love, grace, mercy and JOY are the real masterpiece.

Be a blessing,

just because flowers
living through the first behind the wheel with my oldest
a teenager with a burden for the lost
my youngest who is becoming a young woman
parents who are still alive
a thriving business that i know is from Him
a day to paint
a day to blog
that my big girl camera still works
grace upon grace
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