My heart is full – New print in the shop and the origin behind it.

mason-mockupI’m excited to share my latest print available at my etsy store for only $5.00. I thought I’d write a blog post about this one because I absolutely love it, and not just because of my obsession with mason jars lately. I wanted to share the meaning behind it.

Have you ever had that feeling where your heart is completely full of love, and you don’t know that you could love any more than you do in that moment? I have, hundreds of times.

When my husband and I married, we were young. He was 22 and I was 21. Even though I’d listened to my dad tell me stories about how he grew to love my mom more and more as the years went by, I still walked down the aisle arm in arm with him, staring and my soon-to-be husband, wondering how on earth I could love him any more than I did in that moment.

My heart was full.

This year we’re coming up on our 5th anniversary. In the grand scheme of things, it may not be that long, but in our 5 years of marriage we have watched other marriages within our circles fall apart and dissolve. It hasn’t always been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but after (nearly) five years of marriage, I finally get what my dad was saying back then. I love him more and more each day. We’ve managed to grow together, not apart.

And then we got pregnant. After nearly a year of trying, we were blessed with that positive pregnancy test. As my belly grew, fear began to creep up on me. My heart was already so full of love, how could I love this tiny person growing inside of me? What if I couldn’t love him enougMy-heart-is-full-mason-printh? When he was born and I first laid eyes on him, I knew I’d love him for the rest of my life; knew I’d do anything for my son. Over the past year as he’s grown, I find myself loving him more and more.

Instead of my heart being too full to love another person, my love multiplied. That’s what I’ve learned over the years; the more you love, the more love you have to give out.

So that’s where the inspiration came for this print. What I’ve learned is that my heart is always full, but the more I love, the more my heart has the capacity to grow and hold even more love to give out. This print is a celebration of that. I hope you enjoy it too.

If you’re interested in purchasing this print, feel free to head on over to my Etsy Store.  It’s only $5! I’m looking forward to starting my own “inspirational” wall at home that’s chock full of printables, and this one is definitely going up on the wall.

As always, if you like what you see here, please consider becoming a fan over at my Facebook page. I promise not to spam you with posts, and you’ll stay updated on all deals and freebies.

 

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Free Kitchen Cheat Sheets!

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It’s time for another freebie because I love giving stuff away. I might be a little crazy. This time I’m giving away two Kitchen Cheat sheets. Both fit standard 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper. The link to download them is below.

The idea for these came to me in a weird way last night as I was laying in bed unable to sleep. I was thinking of ways to use my Wacom drawing tablet and had the idea for a seamless repeatable pattern. I’ve really enjoyed making patterns lately and thought I’d try my hand at something other than lines and polka dots. In my head I sketched out a simple measuring cup and thought to myself “I can do that.” And I can make other things too.

I am by no means an artist. If you gave me a pen and paper, the best you might get out of me are some shaky stick people. Regardless, I was really quite pleased with how the pattern turned out. I wanted to use it for something fun, so I came up with two Kitchen Cheat sheets. One is a simple conversion sheet and the other is for if you ever need to cut a recipe in half. Hope you enjoy!

To download the Kitchen cheat sheets, click here.

Woodland-Deer-Invite-mockup]I made this announcement on my Facebook page, but I thought I’d also make it here. I’m now selling customizable shower invitations over at my Etsy Shop. There’s not much there yet but as time goes on I’ll be adding bridal showers, birthday invitations, and others to the store.

Quatrefoil-Invite-MockupIf you’re enjoying the freebies, I’d love it if you became a fan on my facebook page (which also means you’ll stay up to date on the latest giveaways and contests), or head over to my Etsy Store to find some really affordable deals for wall art or invitations.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, keep checking periodically as I’ll be posting more freebies in the future.

Happy cooking!

9 FREE Printables for your home!


PicMonkey-Collage4   I’m not sure if this is typical of other designers, but for me, there are days… weeks even, where I’m just not feeling the creativity. Inspiration ebbs and flows for me. Some days, all I want to do is immerse myself in my designs and other days I don’t even want to look at a blank artboard.

The past few weeks my artistic inspiration has been pretty dry, but this week apparently has been the opposite. Many hours have been poured into these designs, and I’m simply thrilled with how they turned out. I’ve also learned new techniques that I’m excited to put into practice, and have used some of those techniques to make these freebies.

All printables are high quality and will fit 8×10 frames. Due to screen resolutions and printer quality, colors may vary slightly when you print them out.

If you like the freebies, please consider becoming a fan on facebook or even shopping at my etsy page. Choose any of the links below to download the printable of your choice!

  1. Believe You Can and You’re Halfway there
  2. You are Capable of More than You Know
  3. Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed
  4. Psalm 56:3
  5. Philippians 2:14
  6. Philippians 4:13
  7. Love heart printable
  8. What I love Most about My Home is Who I share it With
  9. Love Lives Here

Also, be sure to check out my latest design on my etsy shop if you’re in love with the floral design like I am. It can be customized to any name, any letter:

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– Stephanie

Valentines Freebie!

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Just in time for valentine’s day, snag this cute little 5×7 printable absolutely free!

I am absolutely in love with this sweet little print and I hope you’ll enjoy it too! Please note that due to screen resolutions and printers, the colors may vary slightly when you print this out at home. How cute will this look on your buffet table, next to a picture of you and your sweetheart?

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If you can’t get enough of this artwork, consider going to my etsy store and ordering the Love Heart Customizable print. This 8×10 print is made to order with your choice of names and dates. A great gift for a wedding, or a great little decoration for your own home. And it’s only $5.00!

I don’t have the capabilities to make these myself, but if you are looking for a neat gift, consider heading over to Zazzle to purchase the Love Heart coffee mug or phone case for your special someone!

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Hope your valentine’s day is extra sweet!

To download the free 5×7 print, click here!

To order the customizable print, please visit my etsy store!

To order the Love Heart phone case, click here. 

To order the Love Heart mug, click here

The Drawing Tablet: The Next Step

office-272813_640As a self-educated designer, a lot of what I learn about design comes from my own research. The internet has been my best friend on this journey, and I have been eternally grateful to forums built around graphic design, like the few I’ve found on Reddit.

So I began my journey, or passion, or whatever you want to call it many years ago. Honestly, I can’t pinpoint a specific date, because I remember doing things as a child that set me on this path of pursuing my graphic design passion. I remember as a kid, staring at my Windows 98 computer screen, working with Microsoft Publisher to create a fake restaurant menu for my fake restaurant. I built websites, however poorly created, for my pretend stores. This to me was all a part of play.

It wasn’t until my senior year of college though, that I really began to understand just how much of a desire I had to do graphic design, and even then it took two more years for me to really get serious about learning and teaching myself. So my story is one of being self-taught and learning as I go. I look back on things I’ve designed over the years, and I can see how I’ve improved. Still, I’m critical (and somewhat shy) about what I have created. But I’m learning. I’m growing. Design for me has been a journey, not a destination.

In my learning and education, everything kept pointing me to purchasing a drawing tablet. I’ve definitely noticed there is limited capability in design when it comes to using a mouse. The tablet I wanted was, in my opinion, a pricey investment (hey, I’m a pastor’s wife, we don’t have a lot of money). My goal for my etsy store was to provide beautiful home decor (and other printables) at an affordable price. Would the investment into a drawing tablet be worth it?

I thought so, and decided to take the plunge. I purchased a Wacom Tablet and was excited to get to work with it this weekend and get accustomed to it. So far, I love it, and I’m excited about the world of design it will open up for me. I think this is a good step forward, because I was starting to feel like my design was going in circles. Finally, I think I’m headed in the right direction.