Friday, August 1, 2014



Naomi Shihab Nye1952
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Monday, May 19, 2014

what was meant for evil, God uses for good.

I've been thinking a lot about a certain sentence from the Bible. I haven't read the Bible in quite some time I must admit, but there is one scripture that keeps replaying over and over and over in my head. It's Genesis 50:20.

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..."

It hits me. 
It hits me like a ton of bricks and I am wrecked and I am humbled. 

We all carry grief, dear friends. Brokenness, hate, resentment, anger, fury, spite, whatever it may be... We are human and we have a great capacity to hurt. And even though our pain can seem overwhelming, unfair and even cruel at times, our capacity to love is far greater than that.

I read this scripture of Joseph's story and I feel whole and I feel honest.

And it's hard as hell to get where Joseph was. Humbled and subservient to the Lord. But I can tell you one thing, he didn't get here because he tried hard enough or cared enough about it. He got here because of who God is in Him. He got here because he sat in the presence of the Lord and he gave up. He saw His heart. He felt His heart, and despite all of Joseph's anger, righteous anger at that, he wept (Gen. 50:17).
He forgave.... and he loved.

May we all seek to be humbled and feel God's love like Joseph. May we seek to touch the Lord's glorious redeeming robe.

"I could hear my heart beating, 

I could hear everyone's heart.

I could hear the human noise we sat there making,

not one of us moping, not even when the room went dark."

                                                                            - Raymond Carver, 1938-1988

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

polka dot ceiling

What a pain to paint but I really do like this polka dotted ceiling for a kid's room!

By the one and only, K F Davis

Gotta love her!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Chalk Paint

A lot of people have asked me lately about chalk paint. So I thought I'd share a simple How to post about it.

First off, what Is Chalk Paint?
Chalk Paint was designed by Annie Sloan and is a formula paint that is designed to go on nearly anything you could ever wish to paint on the inside or outside with no prepping or sanding.  It covers easily, dries quickly and helps you achieve a beautiful patina that is perfect for distressing with very little time and effort.
Chalk paint goes on smooth, dries very quickly and is easily sanded to distress your piece for a well-worn look.  It is called chalk paint because it covers the piece with a soft, chalky patina that is perfect for creating an exceptional antique look.
The problem is that it’s a little pricey at $34.95 and up/ quart.  However, the other wonderful thing about chalk paint is that it is also very easy and inexpensive to make yourself.
Ingredients you will need:
2 cups latex paint
5 tablespoons Plaster of Paris
3 tablespoons of cool water
Step 1
Mix the Plaster of Paris (chalky powder) and water together in a separate bowl.  I prefer to use cool tap water.  Mix thoroughly until the plaster has become smooth with no lumps.  The consistency should be similar to a cake or pancake batter.
Step 2
Then add the plaster mixture to the paint and mix well.  Mine bowls look similar because I'm adding my Plaster of Paris and water mixture to a Cream colored latex paint. Be sure to get all of the plaster stirred up well and dissolved thoroughly into the mixture.  Use your stirring stick to verify there are no lumps in the bottom.  If there is plaster in the bottom then it could end up on your piece. 

The paint should be as smooth as it was before.  The paint will appear at first no different than the paint you had before, but when the chalk paint dries on the furniture you will begin to see that faint, aged and chalky patina that you are looking for. You can double the recipe for a quart of paint, quadruple for a 1/2 gallon and so forth.
* For those artists who don't want an aged chalky patina, after you have chalk painted your piece, let it dry completely and then paint back over the entire piece with your regular latex paint (minus the Plaster of Paris and water mixture). That will get rid of that chalky sheen. And then always Polycrylic your piece a few times to protect it and give it a shine. *
(And remember that your Plaster of Paris and water mixture will dry rock hard, so be sure to clean out your bowl as soon as you have poured your mixture in with your latex paint!)
Et voila! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I decided to separate my personal FB account from my work, so please show your support and "Like" my new page if you feel so inclined! I will still highlight some of my pieces on this site, but my FB account will have all of my work. This site will be more for discussing topics on faith and highlighting other artist's work.

See you there!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bourbon and Boots

a bunch of Southerners and one Yankee.

Want "Americana air in the online shopping world", visit bourbon and boots

I recently purchased this lil diddy for myself and am in love.

And yes, they drink Bourbon and wear boots.
hear hear.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Give me a sec.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning and here we are at 7:22am and I still can't sleep. So after tossing and turning, sitting up and stretching, and finally getting up and eating leftover pizza, I decided to utilize this time to pray.

I found myself praying for someone very special in my life who has a lot of pretty large burdens on their shoulders right now. I first started to pray for specific things in this person's life to turn around, go better, lighten up, and then God calmed and focused my heart to pray for something different. He wanted me to pray for my friend to sit and stop.
The Lord in His word says, "Be still and know that I am God." Why does He say that? What does He mean by that? And....? Why doesn't he just say "Be still and know that I've got your back? Be still and know that everything will be okay?"

Friends, the fact that this sentence is phrased the way it is in Psalms 46:10 is extremely important.

He means that the most valuable thing you can do is to stop, sit, and intentionally know that God is our provider because he simply cannot not be. No matter how hard and crazy our lives can get swirling around us with today's agenda and tomorrow's deadlines, the Lord remains Love.

My prayer for my friend, for myself, and for all of you out there is that we might first and foremost believe that God is, and then seek to find His face. The more you intimately know who the Lord is, the more those burdens lose their might.