Category Archives: All Things Art Related

Where the Magic Happens

I don’t have a dining room anymore. Not there there was much of a dining room to begin with in this cozy little apartment, but what accommodations there once were for sitting at a table and eating are now gone. … Continue reading

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What is the True Value of What You Buy?

I love freebies. I don’t care if I never use something or if a free printable sits in a folder on my desktop never to be seen again, the promise that something is free is so enticing to me. The … Continue reading

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6 Ideas to Brighten a Space with Gallery Walls

I know minimalism is all the rage right now, but something in me cringes when I walk into a house and see stark white walls and no art anywhere. Maybe it’s the artist in me talking, but there’s something about … Continue reading

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5 Ways to See the Beauty in Unexpected Places (and a Free Printable)

If you’re like me, you might find it’s easy to become distracted by everyday worries, responsibilities, and beeping notifications that constantly vy for your attention. The whole “stop and smell the roses” thing can become nonexistent in our lives. And yet, it’s oh so important.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the reason I’m doing what I’m doing; about my desire to point others toward beauty, and about how what we see changes us. This pursuit might seem superficial, but I think there are hints of Eden all around us; traces of God in the ordinary. Slowing down to notice them is the only challenge. So I’m offering a few simple ideas to take to heart when seeking beauty in the unexpected places. Continue reading

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Seeing the Beauty in Unexpected Places

God could have made this world ordinary, ugly, and boring. It would have served it’s purpose without anything especially interesting to look at. But He chose to infuse it with life and color and fascinating creations. As I imagine it, the Garden of Eden was a place of untainted beauty and we still see remnants of that today. Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – A Little House with a New Beginning

My grandma was a big influence in convincing me to start painting as more than just a hobby. During Christmas a year ago, on our trip to visit family, we chatted at a coffee shop and it wasn’t long before she encouraged me to pursue selling my art. I don’t even remember how it came up in conversation, but I’m glad it did. Continue reading

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Living for Friday (and a Free Download)

We teachers do a lot of verbally identifying the day of the week – groaning over Monday, anticipating hump day, and celebrating Friday. This behavior isn’t limited to the teaching profession, of course. A quick perusal of Facebook makes it pretty clear that we’re all living for the weekend. And hey, 4th of July weekend is a pretty great one to look forward to (am I right, Opelt family and our epic firework displays?) Continue reading

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Poetry Perk (And New Artwork)

Here’s a little bonus post just for the fun of it! I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, and as much as I like to be productive and rush from place to place, I also appreciate the eloquent beauty … Continue reading

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Finding my Place

             My mom is my biggest fan. She has a wall in her house dedicated exclusively to my artwork (for real!); not to mention the various other nooks and crannies that contain my paintings and pottery. She … Continue reading

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Creating Beauty

“In small and large ways, when we create beauty – in our environment, relationships, music, cooking, poetry, and celebrations – we push back the effects of the Fall and express our hope for the new heaven and the new earth … Continue reading

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