Wednesday, January 27, 2016

free valentines day printables

So you all know how cheap I am right? I mean thrifty. I love to spoil my kids and other peoples kids...but I try to do so in the thriftiest way possible. I also love to draw and do hand lettering, obviously...so I combined all those things and came up with these Valentine's Day printables! I had so much fun creating these! I also made some adult ones (adult meaning, kids don't really know what a typewriter is!) that you can find on my etsy page! These school supply valentines and the heart Valentine printables can be found over at A Glimpse Inside blog today where I am a contributor now! I'll be sharing things over there once a month. I guess it's a good way to get me to write on my own blog as well!!

 And if you're not as cheap as me you can always include some school supplies or crayons!!

But I've also got a fun printable for you here! Just download this Star Wars Valentine page have your kids color them in and give them to their friends!! Or just tape some crayons to the Valentine and let their friends do the coloring! I would love to see how your kids use all these different Valentines. Please use the hashtag #pjcinthewild on Instagram or Facebook so I can see your creations!! Hope you enjoy these goodies!

You can get the FREE Star Wars Printable HERE!!
These FREE printable Valentines are for personal use only!
Please don't alter, copy, or reproduce to sell! Just direct people here to get the link to download! Thanks! And don't forget to head over to A Glimpse Inside blog to get the other two printables!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

branching out my business

 I am excited to be trying something new! I love to do hand lettering and custom pieces will still be my focus. But I am going to start offering digital downloads of some of my pieces as well, in my etsy store. These will be holiday themed items as well as certain other prints that will help enhance your home with beautiful scripture verses. Digital downloads allow me to lower my price a bit since I do not have to recreate and print the piece each time. They also allow you the freedom to print as many copies for personal use as you need. Think about gifts for birthdays, weddings and other small holidays! I am always open to your ideas and would love to hear what types of items you'd like or what specific scripture verses you might like to see in my hand lettering style.

I am always open to your custom ideas and like I said those are some of my favorite  things to do! I am willing to do signs, hand lettering on wood, canvas or whatever you can dream up. I am hoping to take on a few weddings this year also and create signage for those special events as well as invitations and all the special touches that make a wedding spectacular. I am available for logo design as well. I also have some exciting news about another area of growth for my business but I can't share what that is just yet!!

Please remember that I am only one person. I have a family with five kids and they are my top priority. So custom work may take a couple of weeks. I am first and foremost a wife and mother. But I do love to make custom pieces for you and your loved ones so please don't hesitate to ask. I just ask that you give me enough time to get things done. That is another reason that I am going to offer more digital downloads!

Make sure to go check out my etsy store today! I've already added a bunch of digital downloadable (is that a word?) Valentines! The great thing about these Valentine's is that they can be used year round because they don't specifically say "Valentine's Day" on them!! Use them for an Anniversary card, sweetest day, your significant others birthday, or just to let them know you love them any time! Love doesn't need a specific holiday!! I will be working on some more "masculine" digital downloads as well!! Please don't hesitate to drop me a line and suggest something for me to hand letter!

I am also starting something new on Instagram and Facebook. It's called Pure Joy Creative In the Wild. I love to see how you use the pieces I have created in your homes or how you've gifted them to others. When you get your piece framed, or made into a card take a picture of that piece "in the wild" (which just means ...not in my house!) and tag that image with #pjcinthewild  Each month I will go through the hashtag and feature some of your custom pieces hanging in their homes. I will also drop all the names into a hat of those who've shared my work and pick one name for the person to receive a $5 credit to my etsy store!! How easy is that?!!


Thursday, January 07, 2016

why i'm not going to pick "one little word"

I am not one to make resolutions. Because five minutes after I make one I'd find some excuse to make it not happen. I'd find some reason that I need that thing I've resolved not to do, to be in my life. I'd find a way to make that thing I resolved to start, never happen. I lack in the follow through department. I always tell people that the only thing I am consistent with is being inconsistent. And that's the truth. Call it right brained, mother of five, type-C personality or whatever you want to label it, but it's the truth. I am good for a couple of days, a month at tops but my consistency is about as thin as skim milk. A couple of years ago people started choosing "one little word" to focus on throughout the year and I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon too. So two years ago my word was "intentional" and last year it was "simplify". Did I succeed in keeping those words at the top my mind? Sure for a bit. Then I'd forget, carry on with my day to day and sometimes the word would surface again and make me feel guilty for not sticking with it. The word wasn't completely useless in those years, as having them did help me focus for a while. But it's not the word that does that for me. If it was up to a word to keep me focused and motivated I feel like I would need a new word every month. Because every month brings new challenges and triumphs. My days are similar but each day brings its own trials and joys.

So this year, I had a word all picked out. I thought this would be the year that I would focus on a word and let that word help motivate me to do those things which were implied by the word. My word was "FORWARD". I chose this word to help motivate me to stop living in the past. To look forward to heaven, to help my kids look forward to their futures and their relationship with Christ. I thought Forward would be a great place for me to focus instead of trying to change the things that have already happened. If you know me at all you know I often times put my foot in my mouth because I say stupid things without thinking. Well, if I could I'd just walk around with my foot in my mouth to keep me out of trouble in the first place. But obviously that's not possible. So, I thought if I focused on the word "forward" when I had those moments I wouldn't dwell on them like I normally do. But the more I got thinking about it the more I realized that when I pick "one little word" I'm immediately setting myself up for failure. And no one likes to feel like a failure.

So...I'm just going to focus on Jesus and GRACE. Because I need them all the time. I cannot live without them and even when I mess up and forget about them for a time, when I come back to the words I will not feel guilty because the nature of those words is exactly the opposite of guilt. Because there's nothing I can do apart from Christ. There's no use for me to try to remember a word and live up to its expectations. I am freed by the Gospel and Jesus has already done EVERYTHING. It is finished. Jesus did not say on the cross, "it's almost done." Nope. He said "it is finished." It has already been accomplished for me...and for you! Let's sit and savor those words for a moment. It is finished. Awesome. So, I live in grace and continue to pursue Christ as His disciple. Yes, I need reminders from time to time and I need to focus but I don't need a word or action hanging over my head waiting for me to mess up!

I am by no means saying you shouldn't have a word. Maybe that works better for you. But please don't let the "one little word" hang over your head or make you feel guilty for even a second. I don't think that's the purpose of the word in the first place but that is where it was leaving me...so I'm leaving the "one little word" and focusing on Christ.

If you have "one little word" and would like it creatively displayed in your home so you don't forget about it I would love to hand letter it for you. I can even put a little watercolor background behind it!