Wednesday

New Prints, New Cards, Calendars, and Free Shipping


I just wanted to say thank you for traveling on this journey with me. 
I am beyond blessed to get to do what I love. 
To combine my love for Jesus and my love for paint and paper.
And it I would have quit the blog and the shop 
a long time ago if it wasn't for your encouragement and support.
So, thank you. 
I mean it. 





I just added some cards to the shop:










and some new prints:




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Tuesday

2014 Favorite Posts

We made it through Christmas friends. 
Hallelujah. Can I get an amen? 

2014 was a year of transition for us. It was good. It was hard. It was crazy. 
Pretty much sums up life, right? After writing this post, I'm realizing that
 we did a lot more than it feels like we did. 

In January

I started hand lettering more and kind of fell in love.

I chose a new word, it was a verse, actually.




I made some new year's wishes for 2014,
Thank you St. Teresa of Avila, for the inspiration.


Wednesday

Merry Christmas to you.

We almost missed the family photo shoot this year.
I'm so glad we didn't.


Family photos are one of those things that are SO 
hard to make myself (and my family) do, 
but so worth it. every. single. time.

Saturday

DIY Easy Advent Wreath: A New Family Tradition




Advent starts tomorrow.
I've heard about the whole advent wreath tradition,
but we've never actually done it.
It makes me nervous. Isn't that weird?

The boys are 3 and 6 now, so we thought we would give it a try.
Don't worry. My expectations are low.
If all they get out of it is lighting a candle,
and spending time together, that's great.

Here is the gist:
I had to confirm with my friend, wikipedia,
which tells you what an expert I am on this subject.
I know nothing about it, we're just gonna give it a try.
It's a way to keep our eyes on Jesus this season.

Okay, You make a wreath with 4 tall candles around the wreathy part,
and one big fat candle in the middle.
Traditionally, 3 of the tall candles are purple and 1 is pink, and the center candle is white.
That color scheme hurt my eyes and made me cringe. I just. couldn't. do it.
So I made mine red, with white in the middle
& I feel much better about the whole thing.

Beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas
you have a little devotion with the family.
You can read a short passage from the Bible and pray together,
you can sing a Christmas song, or even do a craft as a family.
The point is to pause and focus on Jesus.
The point is to come together as a family.

The important thing to remember is this:

Thursday

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale.

Let the shopping begin...

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5 Easy & Creative Ways to Display Your 2015 Printable Calendar


Happy turkey-family-parade & football-watching day, friends.
I just wanted to say, I am overwhelmed with thanks  to you. 

Thank you for your kindness, encouragement, and all of your shares,
 helping to get the 2015 Free Printable Scripture Art Calendar out there!

Have you printed one out yet? 
If you'd like to,  just sign up for my newsletter here,
 and the calendar will come with your confirmation.

I wanted to share a few fun (and inexpensive) ways that you can 
display your calendar for yourself and to gift to others this year.

But first, I messed up!
I included one image twice and left one out in the first link to the calendar.
 I fixed it and changed the link, so if you need the new link just email me at:
erinbutson@gmail.com and I will send it to you.

Tips for printing your calendar. 


Let's start with the most important part: paper.
(And by paper I mean cardstock.)
The paper makes all the difference. I promise.
Good paper will turn your calendar into a delicious, luxurious lovefest.
I do not exaggerate. ever.

Just go to your office supply store and go to the fine resume paper in little boxes.
 Then, lay down and roll around feel the paper between your fingers, 
wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth and proceed to the check out.
(Paper lovers of the world unite!)

My paper of choice, for all of my prints is this one
Bright white 80 lb. textured linen cardstock.
Yum. 

Now that we've discussed paper I'd like you all to take the paper lovers pledge: 
On my honor I promise to use thick, yummy cardstock when printing my calendars, 
and in doing so I will make the world a more beautiful place. 

After you've printed your calendars, there are so many fun ways to display them.
Here are just a few, but I'd love to see yours too. Really. 

1. Use a clipboard.

This is by far the easiest way. 
I found these cute mini clipboards at Walmart.
But you can also find some really cute ones on amazon.
Done and done.




2. Clip it to a book.

Yes, it's as easy as it sounds. 
What if I don't have an cute, old, hardback book?
The best places to find these are at garage sales, thrift stores, 
and (my favorite) the used book store at the library.
They are super cheap, $1 max.




3. Clip it to an old frame.

Don't throw that frame away. Take out the glass & the back.
Spray paint it white (or any color of your choice.)
Screw tiny screws in the back and tie some twine 
across them to hang your calendar.



4. Stick it on a tray.

Metal trays are a thrift store favorite of mine. 
First of all, they are always there. 
Just look, you'll find one. I promise. 

Second, they are so very versatile.
You can use them for carrying lunch out to the backyard, 
or to set candles and pretty things on your table, 
or as a giant magnet to hang your calendar. 

And the best part: they are cheap.


So go buy a tray, bring it home and spray paint it white. 
Then, use craft acrylic paints to paint it whatever color you want. 
Last, spray it with a clear coating so the paint doesn't peel right off.

Then make some button magnets because, who doesn't love button magnets?



and last we have...

5. Use a scrap of wood.
This is by far the most involved way, 
(but I think you should try because I think you'll love it.)

 Okay, just hear me out on this one, it's not as tricky as you may think. 
Go to your hardware store and look in the scrap wood bin
OR buy a fence post that is about 6 inches wide. 
If you don't have a saw at home, ask the saw guy to cut it for you into 9 inch pieces
then put a saw right on top of your Christmas list.


Take your wooden pieces home and paint them whatever color you want.
Then sand them. If you don't have a sander, get your little hiney
 right back to the hardware store and buy a sander because,
how are you living without a sander???

Then drill 2 holes in the top. 
If you don't have a drill then we can't be friends any more
I mean um, borrow one or see my comments about the sander above.

Thread a piece of twine through and you are done.

These are just a few ideas, but I'd love to see what you come up with.
For real. I want to know. 
Post photos of your ideas on my Facebook page 
when you're done.

Have a fabulous holiday with your family today and come back tomorrow for
the biggest discount of the year:



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Sunday

Free Printable 2015 Scripture Art Calendar for you!

I have been working hard on a little something special just for you,
as a way to say thank you for signing up for my email updates.

{Thank you!}

The 2015 scripture art calendar is finished and ready for you to print!
Print one for yourself and lots more for gifts this Christmas.
Quick, easy, inexpensive & oh. so. cute.


Sign up for my newsletter here
in order to receive a link to print out as many scripture art 
calendars as your little heart desires.




I'll be sharing some fun, easy ways to

package the calendar on the blog this week.



I also created a big (8.5 x 11) wall art calendar
professionally printed on thick glossy paper with squares 
available here in the shop. I only ordered 20 this year, 
so order now if you'd like one!




If you like the 2015 calendar, will you please share this on

facebook, instagram, twitter, or whatever you like to do?

Thank you, thank you x 100!



***I worked really hard on this. Use it as many times as you would like, for personal use only.

***I would love for you to share this with anyone you like (or don't like),
on or offline, just please give me credit and link to my blog.

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