Saturday, October 27, 2012

Back again and Thanksgiving Advent

Well, hello little, neglected blog.   It's been a while...

Wow. The last post I had was back in July.  I've been really thankful for the time away.  It has been a blast learning to home school Callie. She's taken on Kindergarten like a pro and we've been having some serious fun together.  I absolutely love the time to invest in her and join her in her learning. It is precious to me and I'm so thankful that for this season I have the opportunity to teach her at home. 

But, of course, I couldn't just teach her on an old, beat up table. I had to jazz it up a bit. I figured it'd be more fun to do Kindergarten on a turquoise table, so I decided to dabble in refinishing furniture.  I was a little scared to start off with, but I am beyond pleased with the result.  What used to be an eye-sore is now one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  I think it's really fun, and I'm pretty sure Callie learns better with the brighter color. ; ) Take a look...


In addition to schooling and re-doing furniture, I've also been working on a gratitude advent for Thanksgiving.  Last year I felt like the holidays blew past without me taking time to enjoy them, so I've decided that this year will be remarkably different. Starting with Thanksgiving.  We're going to practice being thankful, everyday as a family.  And I had to find a cute way to do it, so I came up with this...

 
 
 
I was originally inspired by this idea I found on Pinterest. It has thirty envelopes and each envelope holds an index card for each member of the family.  Each day, everyone writes down the date and one thing they are thankful for on their card, and this continues each day in November.  Then next year, each person does the same thing on last years card, and this continues year after year.   So, ten years from now my kids can look back and see what they were thankful for when they were five. I think it will be a beautiful thing and I can't wait to start! 
 

 
I did change up the original idea a bit. The one on pinterest was on a painted board. But I liked the idea of having a mobile tradition that could easily be packed and taken with us-regardless of where we go or where we're living.  I have a feeling we'll be overseas again at some point and I wanted to be able to take this with us and not have to figure out how to pack a big board.   (and I couldn't help but get a little Ann Voskamp-y. How can you do a gratitude advent without incorporating some of the richness from her book?  And if you haven't read her book, you should. I promise you won't regret it.)
 

 
Now that I've finished these two projects and feel like I have a good rhythm with home school, I'd like to open up my store again for custom art.  My custom art listings are now live in my Etsy store.  If you'd like something made, just email me or send me a convo through Etsy. I'd be happy to make you something! And, thanks to all of you who have waited for me. I'll be emailing you soon. :)
 


 
Blessings, Friends!
Make November memorable!
 
 




Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Slowing down...

Since I started this business, one of my most favorite things to do has been creating custom orders...your thoughts, colors, verses, names...it's been the heart of my business and such a joy!  However, as much as I love it, it's also the most time consuming.  So I've been thinking over the past few months about slowing down a bit, primarily so that I can focus on one very important person...this sweet, precious, little girl! 


She just turned 5 and is growing up so fast! I have a Kindergartner on my hands! 
Woo-hoo!

We've decided to home school this fall, and since I don't have an education background all of this is so very new to me.  Lesson plans? Lap books? Curriculum? What???  I'm learning a new lifestyle and I want to give it (and her!) my full attention and teach to the best of my ability.  So, I need some time to focus, get our new routine down, and figure out life as a homeschooling family.  I'm sooooo excited about this journey, but in order to focus on this, I'll no longer be offering custom orders through Etsy.    I'll still offer t-shirts, cards, and occasionally (as I find time)  some ready-made pieces, but I'll no longer be accepting custom orders for art or translation.  I'm not sure how long this break will be, but when I feel like I can manage both WELL, then I'll start advertising custom work again. 

So, if you've ever wanted custom Amharic or English Art-now is the time! 

I'm accepting orders for the next two weeks,
but as of JULY 24th I will no longer offer custom art in my store.

I'm currently offering 12x12, 11x14, 8x10 custom Amharic canvases! Larger sizes available upon request. Click on the art below and head on over to my store for more info.



Thanks for understanding!  If any of you are homeschooling mommy's and have any good tips/tricks/advice/websites-I'd love to hear from you! 

Blessings!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The latest art...

Here are two pices that I've completed lately.  They're a little different than other pieces I've made, but I hope you enjoy them. They're both listed in my store and ready to ship.

Blessings!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Another Giveaway!


Just in time for Mother's Day...
Time for another Giveaway!
 

 
This purple t-shirt (SIZE LARGE!) is up for grabs. With white lettering, Mom is translated in Amharic and English and accompanied by an Africa with a small heart over Ethiopia.

This giveaway is for this exact shirt, which is a size LARGE. If you would prefer a different size, either contact me to make an order.

Here's how to enter:
1. leave a comment below about why you love your mom
2. leave a comment below about why you love being a mom
3. Post this giveaway on Facebook (and leave a message telling me that you did )
4. Post this giveaway on your blog (and leave me a message telling me you did )
5. Follow me on Facebook (and leave a message telling me you did)

I will announce a winner on Friday, April 27th.
Good Luck!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mother's Day Giveaway


Just in time for Mother's Day...
Time for a Giveaway! 

This light teal t-shirt (SIZE MEDIUM!) is up for grabs. With white lettering, Mom is translated in Amharic and English and accompanied by a white cross design.

This giveaway is for this exact shirt, which is a size MEDIUM.  If you would prefer a different size, either contact me to make an order, or... (shhh!...hold on till next week! I'll be giving away a shirt in a size LARGE!)

Here's how to enter:
1. leave a comment below about why you love your mom
2. leave a comment below about why you love being a mom
3. Post this giveaway on Facebook (and leave a message telling me that you did )
4. Post this giveaway on your blog (and leave me a message telling me you did )
5. Follow me on Facebook (and leave a message telling me you did)

I will announce a winner on Friday, April 20th.
Good Luck!


St. Patrick.


I know. It's April 16. Practically a whole month after St. Patrick's Day. But, even though the shamrocks and rainbows are already packed up in the Attic, I wanted to display a bit of inspiration from the man himself, the real St. Patrick. 

 I didn't know much about the guy, but at the suggestion of one of my Perspectives teachers, we recently watched a movie about his life.  Found it on Netflix. It's called St. Patrick, the Irish Legend.  In my opinion, it's a 92 minutes well spent. Sure, the acting is over dramatic and the graphics/special effects are somewhat laughable. But the story-the life and testimony of St. Patrick- completely inspiring. His faith, his obedience, his hunger to see Ireland know Christ was refreshing and challenging. If you have a chance this weekend, check out the movie and leave a comment with your opinions. I'd love to hear them.

Otherwise, take a look at this canvas I created. I'm using a Prayer written by St. Patrick.

I bind to myself today...
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me...

I thought the words were beautiful and compelling, so I created this piece. There are no shamrocks or anything 'St. Patrick's Day-ish' about it. Just the words of a man who lived in surrender and was used in powerful ways.

Enjoy.

 


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lotsa Art!

Here's a few of my favorites for February.  Life verses, family verses, memorial pieces, thank you cards..it's all here.  : )







Monday, February 20, 2012

Giveaway!


I confess. I really love this piece. I love the colors, I love the flowers, and I LOVE the verse.  I set out to make this piece because this particular verse has REALLY been speaking to me lately. ALOT. So beautiful-so challenging-no room for 'but...'s, or excuses. Just a call to LEARN to acclaim HIM daily.  Regardless of whatever else is going on.  Isn't his the call for all of us? To make HIM known...by acclaiming Him... LOVE IT!  I wanted to capture this verse on canvas, and I was originally going to keep this one for myself. But, I know that one of you out there would also love this piece and be challenged by this verse as well.

"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.  For you are their glory and strength..."  Psalm 89:15-17

So...if you'd like this free 12x12 custom canvas there are a couple of ways to win it...
1. Leave me a post here and tell me something worth 'exulting' or 'acclaiming' :)
2. Post this giveaway on your blog or FB (one entry for each) and leave me a separate comment telling me you did so.
3. Become a Canvas Heart fan on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me so
4. Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment telling me so. 

One random winner will be announced on Thursday, February 23rd. 

Blessings!  



(small disclaimer: sorry these pictures aren't the clearest... my camera is MIA and so I had to use my phone. Thank goodness for camera phones!)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Amharic T-Shirts

Okay, I've been thinking about offering these for sometime now and it finally happened! Amharic T-shirts!  Yay!  I'm starting off with Big Sister/ Little Sister, Big Brother/ Little Brother, but I'm open to suggestions.  Who knows...you might even get your suggestion for free! : )  If you have any thoughts just leave a comment below.


These are for sale in my store and are completely customizable. Click on the picture to see more.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

LOVE is in the air!

I just finished these 4 5x5 canvases that spell out the Amharic word for LOVE.   Keep them in the quad or line them up in a row, these little canvases show that LOVE has many languages!

I know it's a bit early for V-day, but I couldn't wait to share. : )