Saturday, September 26, 2015

Free Fall Watercolor Printable

Happy Saturday, friends.

I hope you all are well and enjoying some cooler days now that fall has officially arrived! This time of year, I have to crank up the AC and just pretend it feels like the crisp, cool days of fall but lately, here in middle Tennessee, we've actually been having real fall weather! Fall always makes it easier for me to embrace and welcome change... it really is a beautiful thing!

We've been spending a lot of time outside... and I've been doing a lot of painting outside too. One of our favorite little spots by the lake has seen a lot of our family this year, we just can't get enough. I love it because everyone is happy.... that's like a miracle when you have three kids!

The printable that I am sharing with you today started from one of those lakeside painting sessions...

 
 
That's hubby and our baby boy down there at the lake fishing... I loved my view :) 

I hope you will love your printable! These look best printed on cardstock or watercolor paper.






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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spirit Lead Me...

When God shows us what He needs us to do, it can sometimes be a scary thing to step out in faith and know that He is leading the way.

I pray all the time that God will lead me exactly where my heart needs to be... Spirit Lead Me... to what my eyes need to see.... Spirit Lead Me... to what my ears need to hear... Spirit Lead Me.

 



It's so easy to let what He is trying to show us get jumbled up in all the noise of the outside world... because I have learned that the world will try to pull you in every single direction you will allow it to, but it's not the world my heart aims to please. When I really think about what we are all called to do, it's actually really, really simple... we are called to walk each other HOME.

Sometime last year, I was emailed by a local customer asking if I could make something special for her sister that was returning home from The World Race. She explained to me that her sister had just spent the last 11 months moving around 11 different countries serving in areas that even speaking God's name is taboo. 11 countries... spreading the Good News?!

I had so many immediate thoughts about it,  wow! that's amazing... and then whoa, how scary!....and then, honestly I could never do something like that now.

I'm just not called to travel all over the world right now or maybe ever, but that didn't keep the World Race and the work that these missionaries are doing off my mind. So, I prayed that God would use me however He saw fit and a little over a year later, Kristen, who you will meet in just a minute, stepped out on faith and told me about this "crazy idea" she had about me helping to do a fundraiser for her mission trip... the World Race. God just always gets it so right, doesn't He?

Meet Kristen and then keep reading to find out how you can help her on this journey that will, undoubtedly, walk so many souls home...

 Hello! I'm Kristen, 26 years young, born and raised in Washington State.




         I first went on a mission trip in 2012 to the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona. On the last night, we stood out under the stars in worship. It was the first time I had ever seen the Milky Way and received that first little whisper of "you were meant for missions". Since that trip, I've done two more short term mission trips.

        Last fall, I was disappointed when a mission trip through my church fell through for the second time. Right about the same time, I had started following a girl on Instagram. Sounds cheesy, right? But it was life changing. I finally decided to see what her silly hashtag "#11n11" meant. Turns out, it's this incredible mission trip called the World Race. I immediately had a gut instinct that this is where God was calling me. I never thought I'd be called to long term missions.

        The World Race is an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries (hence the #11n11). The route I've chosen takes me to Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to spread God's word and His love. We will be doing any kind of mission work one can think of - kid's camps, construction, preaching in church, teaching English, working in
orphanages, and so much more.

"Perhaps you were made for a time such as this." || Esther
4:14 
 My journey on the World Race can be followed at kristenhamilton.theworldrace.org and on Instagram by searching #kristenmeetsworld


-- Kristen


Want to know how you can help??

I designed a necklace that speaks to mine and Kristen's heart so much, Spirit Lead Me..... you can find it in my online shop HERE  August 13- 21st for $20 with 100% of the proceeds going to Kristen's "support me" fund for the World Race. We know God can move mountains to make His work complete!!

http://creativecarmella.storenvy.com/products/14129613-spirit-lead-me-100-proceeds-for-world-race-missionary-kristen-h


We would love if you could help us spread the word this week! Please share this post/ picture on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thank you for reading!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Open for Business

It seems that summer break....my months of living under our happy little rock, have come to an end.

Our boy in the middle started 3rd grade last week and last night we registered my sweet Nola girl for middle school. {that was really hard to type.} Both are handling this well, like being away from their mama is something that is completely normal or something?! I don't know how they wear such a brave face and falsely show so much excitement {because surely they wouldn't be excited to spend the day away from me, right??} .... it would seem they are far better actors that I am because no matter how many times I fold myself into the fetal position and pray this fast moving train would just slow down it just won't.

Bright side? I still have Liam home with me.... go ahead, boy, and get yourself signed up for some serious therapy because I have a feeling you are going to need it. I'm thinking that he should just stay at home with me for ever and ever amen because I'm not sure I'm going to make it otherwise...

I have learned that keeping busy helps with the kid withdrawal so, as promised, my online shop is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS again!!

Here's a look at some of the new designs you will find in the shop

 


 
I am getting excited for fall and decided to head in that direction with all of my designs too... my favorite elements all made the cut in the "Fall leaves" necklace: leather, bronze, and turquoise.
 
 
 
There are still lots of new things to see and shop, I would be so thrilled if you went over to take a look! Thanks for keeping this mama busy... because we all know it's safer that way ;) haha!
 
Click on the "shop" picture to go take a look!
 
http://creativecarmella.storenvy.com/
 
 
As always,
Thanks so much for stopping by!