20 February 2019

Have we met?

Have we?  I mean, I am sure that most of my loyal blog-following fans are either friends, or family, or we've met at some point in time.

How cool is that?  Whether we've met in person or not, I want to say thank you for being here!  I hope I can encourage you in one way or another.  I hope that I can always keep this place bright, friendly and encouraging.

An update from the last post, which was all the way back in November...

We moved to Tennessee, with no hiccups.  Well, maybe there were actual hiccups at some point, but we arrived safe and sound.  Hallelujah!  We have found a wonderful church!  It's where we feel at home, we are connected, plugged in and at home.  My awesome husband is already a part of the band, the church is so welcoming and warm, we have new friends, missing our Arizona friends (not to mention friends and family in New Zealand - we have not forgotten you!).

Things are going well - all praises to the Lord!

I have been busy with crocheting earrings (check out the cutest earrings right here), designing a wedding invitation suite for a fun client - oh how I've missed this kind of "designy" fun, I've been painting up a bunch of fun things - yet to come to the online shop.

AND, this weekend, I am hoping to be able to go to QuiltCon.  Oh, people, it's all about quilts and quilting and quilty shenanigans; it might be completely boring to many of you.  I don't think I have anyone to go with, yet, so I'll be Nigel-No-Mates thus far.  Haha!  I'm very excited.

If you're reading this on a browser, can you see all my pretty new buttons on the side?

And, if you've read this far... hold on to this little gem: next month is my birthday, and because I love giving gifts, wrapping gifts, making them all pretty and such, I'm going to run a little giveaway here on the blog!  Yay, free stuff!  It'll be a pair of earrings or a journal with a painted cover, or maybe both...


Holly
xx



Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.

Psalm 91:1-2




01 November 2018

November 2018 - and an Update!

In light of my last post, one can only expect this month's wallpaper to somewhat match?



To download the original (larger) image, click on the image to open it (if you're reading this from your email, open this post in your browser while using your computer or tablet); make sure the pic is at full size, right-mouse click and save this image as the desktop background on your computer, OR click 'save image as...' then, once you have it saved on your computer, you can then set it up as a desktop background.

Strictly for personal use only - not for sale or re-sale, do share it with your friends if you'd like.


Newsflash:  We're moving to Tennessee!  Right before Thanksgiving, our anniversary of arriving in the United States.

A little bit of a back-story, we have held a special place in our hearts for C3 (our church in New Zealand) for a long time.  We miss our church family so much! But, we know something special about all C3s, it's the same friendly family no matter which C3 church you're at.

In light of that, we put our love for Tennessee together with our love for C3 and decided that we'd pray and see if our God would open doors for us to move there.  He did!  Roy (my husband) was there for only a few days, he visited the C3 Pastor, he door-knocked for work, he drove around the countryside.  We prayed that it would be clear to us and easy to find work IF we were meant to move to Tennessee.

Sure enough, a job offer, a great reception, the first steps had begun.

There was one big thing that happened a few weeks ago, though.  We got notification that C3 was going to close down.  The following Sunday was to be their last.  No more C3 family.  Not wanting to cause grief or ask the wrong questions, we didn't pry.  We weren't exactly official members of the church there, yet.  We also only had contact with the Pastor and only knew 'of' a couple of people who went to C3 Nashville.

Roy was scheduled to be back in Nashville the next week, the Pastor was out of town so he couldn't meet up with him.

We're still going to Tennessee.  We just don't know exactly what is in store for us with a church, how we'll serve, who we'll make friends with, what we're going to do.  I'll still do my art, there might be more of an open door for markets and fun like that.

It's a weird feeling.  We were so looking forward to the instant 'family' that is C3.  We arrive a few days before Thanksgiving, and I was looking forward to maybe spending it with new people.  But, it looks like it'll just be us this year.

So, it's with excitement that we move, but with a little sadness, too.  I will be missing my friends and our extended family in Arizona so much.  There will be something else in store for us, I'm just not sure what it'll be.

Pray for us, that our move won't be stressful; that we travel safely across the country; that everything will fall into place, like it does, like He makes it; that we find some people who are looking for us, too.

If I'm not back here before, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving for my US friends, and a happy November for everyone else.

Holly

x



06 October 2018

Painting Clouds


I wanted to share some photos of my latest [big] painting adventure.


Spontaneous clouds.


Painting on a large scale is so much fun, but so hard to do in our little apartment.


One day I'll have a spare room to create 'all the things'... one day.


These are both 18" x 24".  They were painted side by side, but they could work on their own, too.


The barn-wood frames I found at Hobby Lobby are perfect!


It's like looking through a window.


I'm looking forward to my next big painting.


It'll most likely be more clouds.

I hope you're having a lovely week.

xx

01 October 2018

October 2018

October's free wallpaper for your desktop, tablet, ipad, phone, anything else that requires a jpg background.... 

This is another of my 5x5 inch oil paintings.  I love these little oil paintings so much!



To download the original image, click on the image to open it (if you're reading this from your email, open this post in your browser while using your computer or tablet, not your phone); make sure the pic is at full size, right-mouse click and save this image as the desktop background on your computer, OR click 'save image as...' then, once you have it saved on your computer, you can then set it up as a desktop background.

Strictly for personal use only - not for sale or re-sale, do share it with your friends if you'd like.


I hope you have a lovely October!


Holly
x

05 September 2018

September 2018

I think you're going to like this one!



This month's desktop wallpaper is a close-up of a 3x5 inch oil painting I did in August.  If you've been following for any amount of time, you'll know I love clouds.

One day I hope to have a big canvas painted like this, in oils, on my wall.  And, if I'm so blessed, more paintings by me on other people's walls, too.

I'd love to know if you have any troubles getting the high resolution image downloaded for your personal use.  If it's something I might be able to fix, I'll try my best.

This small painting is available to purchase, please email me direct or simply use the message section to the right when viewed in full screen.

To download the original image, click on the image to open it (if you're reading this from your email, open this post in your browser while using your computer or tablet, not your phone); make sure the pic is at full size, right-mouse click and save this image as the desktop background on your computer, OR click 'save image as...' then, once you have it saved on your computer, you can then set it up as a desktop background.

Strictly for personal use only - not for sale or re-sale, do share it with your friends if you'd like.

I hope you have a lovely September!

Holly

x

20 August 2018

Weekly Printable Planner

If you're like me, you might forget plans easily.  I mean, so easily that a few seconds after a 'plan' has been made, it's gone from my brain, and I won't remember until someone reminds me.

Cue, "Oh, Babe, we're meeting up with the Aunt and Uncle tomorrow for lunch and we're bringing the guac."

Yep - when it was planned weeks ago and I forgot to mention it to my husband.

School appointments, church appointments, life appointments, hang-outs with friends.  I could try to go on, but I'll forget something.

I've been trying to use a weekly planner, a *pretty* one, made by me, in a big book, and it's working!  It's amazing what pen to paper really does for me.  The only problem with my planner is, I have to rule out the lines every week.  I know, I know, it's only once a week's worth of effort.  But I do get bored easily.

So... I made a printable weekly planner which includes some of my brush lettering which makes it super cute.  And, because it has helped me so much, I'm sharing it with you, too.  It's made to my specifications, it works for me.  It's free.


A real pic of my hand-ruled, weekly planner.  Along the left I write in the time, along the bottom of each column I write the date, along the top I circle the month and date.  Then, the rest is easy, fill in the gaps.

The weekly planner I have designed is a two page pdf, in US letter - which will still work for A4 if you choose 'fit to page' when printing.  It looks a lot similar to the pages above, without all my writing. I haven't printed it yet because I made it about 20 minutes ago and we're out of ink.  So, off to the print shop I go (tomorrow, I hope I don't forget), I'll see if I can choose some nice colored paper for it.  There is also a wider margin for binding, if you choose to do so.  PLEASE show me, or tell me if you use this!  It would be so fun to know about.

If you're on social media, tag me @roomtoflourish and use #hollymaybplanner if you're sharing any photos.  How FUN!

Don't forget to have an awesome week!  Link to the pdf below.

Holly
xx


02 August 2018

August 2018



August is here.  What a huge month July was for us, and today my oldest has started 2nd grade.  So, I suspect, this month might be a big one, too.  We'll be found somewhere in the AC breeze, finding out about life with routines again.

I have launched a whole pile of new pieces of artwork in my Room to Flourish Big Cartel online store.  Please check it out, I would be so honored!

I hope you're well, please don't hesitate to send me a message or comment on this blog post.  I would love to hear what kind of computer background you'd like to see in the future.

This month, it's an oil painting by myself.  In 'real life' it's only 5x5 inches and currently drying.

How to use this on your computer:
You need to click on the image to open it (if you're reading this from your email, open this post in your browser); right-mouse click and save this image as the desktop background on your computer, or click 'save image as...' then, once you have it saved on your computer, you can then set it up as a desktop background. Strictly for personal use only - not for sale or re-sale, do share it with your friends if you'd like.

Take care and God Bless!

Holly
x









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