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On the Road Again, Naturally

I can’t help but laugh at how our time frame for living anywhere has gotten shorter and shorter. When 10 years ago the big dream for my life was to buy a nice large house and settle there for 30 years or so, now that that dream has changed drastically, along with our square footage. Even our last home in mid-town, which I was sure we would put down roots in, I felt in the first month that we moved in that I shouldn’t get too attached. A short year later, we moved downtown.

We’ve been in this missional community for almost 8 months now, and through prayer, we feel God is calling us on a new adventure. One that again, feels scary and weird and full of unknowns.

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We are going on the road – and living in an RV.

We will have a home base in Tulsa where we have family, but will likely be living most of  life on the road, seeing the world God made, meeting new people and forming relationships for the non-profit we formed 2 years ago.

The world seems to me made to wander in, rather than to abide in one corner of it and never see what the rest has in store. -Henry Van Dyke

 

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The Blue Flower is what I long for. I can think of nothing else. The place where I must abide is the place where the Blue Flower grows, and when the call comes, I must follow it. -The Blue Flower

There is a treasure of a book I read recently, an allegory called The Blue Flower. In it, the main character is given a glimpse of  a Blue Flower in a dream, the most beautiful one he has ever seen, and his heart is set on finding it.

I set out on my journey, and my home is at the end of the journey, wherever that may be. -The Blue Flower

This is an allegory for our faith – the kind of faith that forsakes all else for seeking the beauty that abides in it.

Jesus tells a similar parable of hidden treasure buried in a field, a man finds it, then sells everything he has to buy the land and get the treasure (Mt 13).

The RV is a step in this direction. Finding the treasure in the field. Knowing that it’s worth giving up comforts and permanence and lots of other things for. Finding beauty along the way, and teaching our children to do the same – and hopefully revealing more of the Father as we go. I don’t know how long we will have this lifestyle, and perhaps life overseas is next. I don’t know.

I’m just glad I follow a God that calls us out on the water for a really great adventure.

Illustration for Emma Magazine

Have you heard of Emma Magazine? It’s like Martha Stewart Living, but young and fresh. They call it “A How-To Guide for the Modern Domestic.” I got to contribute to their January issue with an illustrated recipe – check out the issue, they make it available for free online.

I’m really not sure how I became an illustrator after all my years in graphic design, but in the last year that seems to be a niche I’m falling into, and I really love it.

Oh and Happy New Year! I hope to be back soon with some new content, that’s one of my goals for 2013, to write more. What are some of your goals for the new year? I would love to hear!

 

For the Makers + Anthropologie

My gals Janet + Katie with For the Makers got to team up with Anthropologie to create these sparkly DIY bracelet kits just for the holidays. I was really excited, and alot intimidated to create illustrations for each design. I mean, it’s Anthropologie, and it IS my favorite store, even if I have never bought anything there.

I’ve really come to love watercolors, and I’m so grateful for the chance to improve my skills over the last year. Thanks to Janet + Katie and Anthropologie for the opportunity! So proud of them and all their success in just a short year.

Everything you need to make a chic addition to your arm party is included in each sparkly kit. Instructions? Yeah we got those too- each step even has a photo. In true For the Makers fashion we made sure to include pops of pastels, hints of sparkle, and smash-ups of color. Whether it ends up in your bestie’s stocking or on your own wrist is entirely up to you. – Janet & Katie

They are available now in select stores and online.

Speaking at Circles Conference

Circles Conference is coming up in just a few short weeks. I’m excited to hear from amazing designers I respect and admire – Promise Tangeman, Cameron Moll, Blaine Hogan, Kyle Steed, and more. My talented friend Ismael Burciaga from Oven Bits is organizing this 2-day conference as a non-technical meetup for creatives. I love the format.

When: September 20-21, 2012

Where: at Palace Arts Theater in Grapevine, Texas

Cost: $225

I’ll be speaking on the topic, Work, Art & Purpose – get your tickets everyone, this will probably go down in history as the longest I’ve ever talked on anything. It will be good though. I’m excited.

Let me know in the comments if you are coming and let’s arrange a meetup!

We’re Moving!

Hi friends! Just thought I’d let you all know that I’ll be taking some time off from blogging since we are moving a whopping 20 miles away towards downtown Oklahoma City. But short or long, the distance does not matter – moving is a lot of work – add on two undercover, anti-packing agents that are 1 and 2 years of age and you have a very crazy situation.

But, I have a tremendous lineup of artist interviews coming up that I’m so excited to share! Jenna from Whimsy + Spice, Jihan from Geronimo Balloon Troopers, Shauna from Something’s Hiding in Here, and Caroline from Paloma’s Nest all have agreed to share their passion filled artforms with us and why they do what they do.

So check back soon and if you think of me, please pray that we will survive this move with both the children (and ourselves) intact. :)

Blog Makeover: Version 3

Well this is the third big design iteration of this blog. I’ve been foregoing blogging for a couple weeks so I can work on this, and it feels nice to have it finished. My main reason for an update was wanting a fresh clean look and also wanted it to reflect my current personal tastes. This fits me much better now.

If you’ll let me get a bit geeky on you, I designed what I wanted my blog to look like in Photoshop and then I searched for a bare bones theme that I could modify to fit my design. I ended up using the Ari theme from Elma Studio. It’s a great basic theme, very well coded and documented to go in and do your own customization. I also had a lot of fun integrating Google’s Font API. I used Arvo, Raleway with a sprinkling of Goudy.

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If you look around and see something that looks a bit wonky, just let me know! I’m terrible about doing in depth testing in all browsers. :)

Craft Night for Spero Project

I’m loving reading all your comments and thoughts on The Trouble With Beauty. Thank you for taking the time to share with me. I know it will be a topic I will touch on again in the future.

There is an awesome organization here in Oklahoma City called the Spero Project. (Spero is latin for hope. Cool right?) I’ve been mulling around in my mind for a long time how I can use what I’m good at to help others. So I finally decided to start somewhere…and organize a craft night to create beautiful Mother’s Day gifts to give to the international refugees that Spero helps.

If you are in the OKC area and want to be involved, please email me at info at evie-s.com or you can join up on the facebook event page. I’d love you to be a part! You don’t have to be a superstar crafter, just be able to wield scissors and a glue gun.

Note Cards Sets for $5

I’m selling pretty note cards I’ve designed in my etsy shop! So if you want to snatch some up, I’m selling them for a super price…5 bucks each (for a set of 6 cards/6 envelopes). They make great gifts too!

Check them all out in my etsy shop to see all the designs. I’ll be adding more if these sell well.

Will Work for…Non-Profit

I’m currently looking for some design work to raise money for a non-profit that my husband and I are working on. Most everything you see on this blog is designed by me, including the blog itself. So if you need:

  • Logos
  • Custom invitations
  • Blog or website design
  • Etsy graphics
  • Party Decor
  • Anything else you can think of!

I’d love to be your girl for the job. Just email me at info at evie-s.com with the details of your project!

Want to Sponsor?

I’m adding sponsors to my blog this year. Yippee! I want this place to be a source of lots of beauty and inspiration, and adding more eye candy to my sidebar is just the thing.

So if you have a neat blog, shop or something else to promote, I’d love to have you!

I’ll be adding them on February 1st, and the first 10 slots I fill get a special rate for the first month. Just $35 for a 125×125 pixel ad, plus a blog post feature. Good deal huh? Here are some of my readership stats:

  • 10,000 visitors a month
  • 18,000 page views a month
  • 958 feedburner + twitter + facebook followers

Please email me if you are interested: info at evie-s.com