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the 100 day project

I'm just over halfway through #the100DayProject, where you try to stick to your guns and do or make something every day for 100 days. I chose to do a painting every day for 100 days, thinking it would be totally manageable. I had a bunch of canvases sitting waiting for colour, and some wood panels too. I quickly learned that some of the sizes of substrates (what you paint on) were too big to manage successfully in a single day. I broke a few pieces into a few days, and had to switch over to some pieces on paper to get them done. I'm currently about three days behind, but am plowing through. I'm hoping to get as close to all 100 done by the beginning of July. My end date for this project if July 11, and we have major things due on the 9th, so I might have to try to paint ahead some weeks. As the warm weather showed up these last two weeks, I found it even more challenging to stay inside and work on paintings. Some were being done late at night, resulting in the need to purchase a better desk light. Some days I had to paint 4 or 5 paintings in a day just to catch up. Either way, I'm still glad that I've done this project. Next year, I think I might adjust it a little bit, if I'm going to do it again. I have so many different supplies in my studio that I'd love to work with, so I'm thinking just doing 100 days of creative things might be more suitable. I've been following along with EliseJoy, and that's what she chose for her project this year. It looks fascinating to be able to try new things, even if they fail. Go check out her instagram, and especially look at her stories, where she's documenting her project.  

In the mean time, I thought that I'd share a few of my favourites so far from this challenge. Almost all paintings are available in the shop, where you can score on an original painting for a steal of a price. I decided to keep everything I've painted for this project at $100 or less. If you've wanted an original painting by me, now is definitely the time to snag one. I'd love to see these go to some happy homes!

Shop Small this Weekend - My Favourites

I hope that you all are remembering to Shop Small Businesses this Saturday. Or this whole weekend. 
Here's so amazing shops that I love, and I encourage you to check out. Click the images to take you to their shops!


Woodlot - Hand poured toxic free candles, soaps and more...from Vancouver!

Woodlot - Hand poured toxic free candles, soaps and more...from Vancouver!

Ash Bush - Custom nib holders, hand carved by her husband, and hand painted by Ashley!

Ash Bush - Custom nib holders, hand carved by her husband, and hand painted by Ashley!

Little Pieces of Hope - Unique jewelry, which parts of all proceeds are donated to different charities each month!

Little Pieces of Hope - Unique jewelry, which parts of all proceeds are donated to different charities each month!

Run With the Tribe - Hand dyed fabrics, hand sewn clothing (as in not by machine)!

Run With the Tribe - Hand dyed fabrics, hand sewn clothing (as in not by machine)!

Daughter Zion Designs - Use the code "IGblackfriday" in the shop to save 15% on all orders over $20 until Monday night!

Daughter Zion Designs - Use the code "IGblackfriday" in the shop to save 15% on all orders over $20 until Monday night!

*all photos from each shop's site

Answered Prayers - A 'War Room' Inspired Family Heirloom

I haven't seen the film "War Room" yet (waiting until our church has it in January!), so I wasn't totally familiar with this commission when I was first approached. However, the concept was clear, and the message is simple. When Janel reached out on Instagram looking for someone to create a custom piece for her home, I was so honoured when she chose me!

The idea of the piece is to create a list on answered prayers. I love the idea of having this up in your home, hopefully creating a spark for conversation with visitors into your home. 

I've decided that it would be a great idea to offer a customizable version of this piece to list in the shop. You can customize it with your family's name, or anything else (at the bottom of the piece). This is an 11 x 14 inch printed piece. Order yours in the shop, HERE.

Christmas Prints...Delivered to Your Inbox!

Can you believe that Christmas is just over a month away? It's hard to believe since I've only had one day in the last couple weeks where I've needed a heavy coat. Living in Canada, this is definitely not the norm. Given this, it's really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I need to get my butt in gear for Christmas. 

So to help you too, in case you're running late like me, I've come up with quick gift solution for you. Digital downloads of my Christmas prints! After purchase, you get a link to download your prints, and then you just need to print it out and stick it in a frame, and voila! Christmas present done! No waiting on shipping and having to trust the postal system delivery times. No wandering down the aisles trying to find a good gift. And best yet, no waiting in lines at the cash, or on the road! Ah, the beauty of the Internet. 

Another great idea for using your digital prints? Print them up smaller, and use them as place settings at your Christmas party. Elizabeth purchased one of my chalkboard prints, and shared them with her small group's holiday dinner! What a little treat to give your friends. The great thing about these digital prints...you can print them out as many times as you need to!

photo by Elizabeth

Here are some other digital download prints that are available in the shop! Just click the images below to take you to their shop listings.

I hope that you are all having an excellent fall, and getting ready for Advent. I'm looking forward to digging into my Advent book from She Reads Truth this season. I hope that you too are able to find some time in this busy and wild season to remember the reason behind it, Jesus' birth.

New Products for the Society6 Shop

As you might have seen a couple weekends ago, I recently opened up a Society6 shop, which lets me get my designs onto more products besides prints and cards. It's pretty fun to see the different things that I can get my designs printed on. I love the mugs (although don't have enough cupboard space for more at the moment) and the pillows. I'm definitely going to have to get the new Gold Mountain Rose pillow ASAP, since I've given away the original canvas painting to some lovely friends. 

Not only do I have stuff on Society6, but there's hundreds or thousands of other talented artists who also have their work on the products. I think that the tapestries are pretty cool... they make me want to head to the beach and lay out with friends!

Today there's free worldwide shipping available (through 4/26 at midnight PT) so I would definitely take up Society6 on this offer. Click on any of the photos in this post to take you to my shop products. And keep an eye out for more designs coming soon!