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New Pink Cards for Girls!

Perhaps it was all the pink I saw over the first half of this month or maybe it’s because I’m the mother of two fabulous girls… but I just added a bunch of pink designs to Amy Adele!

Speaking of my girls… the first design I can’t take credit for because it was my daughter who painted it for me! This watercolor of a pink peony has been hanging in my home for nearly 2 years. Emily painted it for me on Mother’s Day 2017. I remember it well… it was a beautiful day and we sat out on our patio painting and drawing together. She just painted this like it was no big deal! I posted a photo of it two weeks ago on my Facebook and Instagram pages. Brooke P., a customer of mine, commented that I should make it a notecard… so I did! I’m so excited to be able to share a gift of mine with you! Click here to see it up close.

Next up is a new spiral notebook design. I took my Yellow Twigs design and added some green and gray to the design. I love tweaking an existing design! I loved it so much I ordered one for myself! 🙂 I’m really impressed by the quality of these spirals that my production team offers. The front and back covers are durable but classy. The inside lined pages are thick and smooth, (unlike the low-quality drug store journals I’ve bought before). Take a look at this new Green and Yellow Twigs Spiral Notebook here. 

This Rose Fishtail folded stationery was created because the Aquamarine Fishtail Stationery has been such a hit and gets ordered all the time. I already had this in my archives and all I had to do was add it to the site. Nice! 

Pink and gold birthday parties (especially with lettered balloons) seem to be all the rage these days and I wanted to be sure my customers had an option if they needed it! These Pink & Gold Birthday flat thank you notes can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the age and needs of your little girl. Add your entire note if she’s a wee little thing (or if you want to make your life easier), create your own fill-in-the-blank text if she’s learning to write, or if she’s older and she’s ready to write her very own handwritten note, order these blank and let her do her thing!

To see all my NEW designs over the last few months, check them out here! (I promise, you’ll find some stationery that isn’t pink) 😉

My Perfect Valentine and A Gift- Printable Valentines! ❤️

Hello February! The stores are full of pink stuffed llamas, chocolate dinosaurs holding hearts, happy cactus tissue paper, and red speckled gift bags! I love walking through the isles enjoying all the various ways red, pink and hearts can be done. There is such creativity out there! 

This photo was taken a few years ago… but he’s still my little Valentine crush.❤️ I wonder if he’ll write me a note this year!😍

Even as a little girl, I loved Valentine’s Day. Every February 14th, my mother would decorate our dining room table with sweet little breakfast treats for my sister and I to wake up to. Then I’d walk to my elementary school with delight holding my carefully prepared Valentine cards for my classmates. I couldn’t WAIT for the last hour of the school day. My teacher would FINALLY let us eat Valentine cupcakes and pass out our Valentine’s Day cards. Yes, we were allowed to eat cupcakes. At school. In the classroom. It was the 80’s. 🙂 Then I’d run home wondering if the boy I had a crush on had written something particularly sweet on the Valentine he gave me. I’m pretty (ok… very) sure none of those boys ever wrote a note just to me, but I looked anyway! ❤️ It was one of my very favorite days of the year.

 Life as a child and life as an adult hasn’t always been hearts and roses, but I knew I was loved… deep down and unconditionally. I was loved with an imperfect love by my family. They loved me with all their hearts, but it was still imperfect, just as my love for others is imperfect now too. I was also loved with a perfect love from God. And it is this love that has shaped me and made me who I am today. Whether Valentine’s Day is something you look forward to, or (if you’re being honest) it’s quite hard for you, I pray that you may discover the Perfect Love offered to you by the one who came up with the idea and created love… God Himself. 

I have a FREE Valentine gift for you! Well, actually, it’s from me and God… we collaborated. 🙂 I placed some of my most favorite verses about love and paired it with some “lovely” artwork for you to print and enjoy this week! 

Click here to download Amy's Printable Valentine Verses

Click the link above to get a printable sheet of love-themed Bible verses. These verses that I chose, never grow old to me. No other God pursues people with love and forgiveness, like He does. He created, defined, and embodied what love is, despite our efforts to leave God out of it. So please print these cards out and use them as a reminder of how much you are loved this week! Place them around your house, stick them in your kid’s lunch boxes, tape one to your car’s dashboard, or even put them on your bathroom mirror. Just don’t forget – there is One who loves you perfectly, just as you are.

One of my beauties enjoying a heart shaped muffin with her latest crush, Mr. Avocado.💕 This boy is fine… he can stay. 🙂

I have continued the fun little Valentine breakfast tradition with my kids over the last 20 years because I loved it so much as a girl. Muffins, chocolate, and lots of hearts have always joined the party. It’s a little extra work every Feb. 14th morning and they dash out the door so quickly to get to school it seems, but it’s tradition and we all love it. Regardless of my silly traditions, I pray that they too will know how much they are loved by God and me. And if there’s a little kid from class that they’re hoping to receive a Valentine from…  well,  they better get in line behind us! 😉

Happy Valentine’s Week!

New Designs in November!

Hey there! I wanted to give you a little update as to what I’ve been up these last few months. For those of you keeping up with me on Instagram and Facebook… I just want to say a big thanks to you! My introverted personality has been pretty intimidated by the all the various social media platforms over the years but a few months ago I decided to dive head first into Instagram (and continue on Facebook). I know my Followers count is not much, but despite my late start, those numbers are rising everyday. So please join the party and follow me on Instagram and Facebook if you haven’t already! I post 2-3 times a day, so you get a first-hand look at sketches that become stationery, custom projects, photos of my family, sales and more.

I’ve also been busy creating new designs! This cornucopia design has turned out to be one of my new favorites! I love sketching on the weekends (to keep drawing in the “fun and relaxing” category) and then perfecting it on my desktop. I had so much fun adding in all the little details and colors on this one! So on my way to look up how to spell cornucopia correctly, I discovered what it actually means. Did you know that a cornucopia is “a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn”? Me neither! I have to admit, the goat’s horn part cracked me up! 😂

I also finished up two versions of a whimsical Thanksgiving turkey. I’m not sure which one I like best, so feel free to weigh in! The red and brown one titled, Fall Turkey, is supposed to be a little more serious than the orange and yellow one titled, Thanksgiving Turkey, but they both look a little playful to me. I love how my customers send out Thanksgiving greetings, so I wanted to offer more options this year. Let me know what you think because I’m not quite sure what to make of them just yet. 🤔 If you look very carefully, you’ll see that I borrowed a few acorns from my cornucopia design and placed them on my orange and yellow turkey!

Christmas is coming folks! I’ll be sharing my new Christmas designs soon, but here’s a sneak peek at one… my Christmas Cactus Plants! Just ask my teenage daughters; cacti are all the rage right now. So I thought it would be fun to work them into a holiday design this year. I love the simplicity of potted plants in a row, cacti or not… any plants will do for me! Their shapes and textures vary but their shades of green are what keep them together. Kind of like a family, I suppose! Which one of these guys would you be? I might be the one on the far right… short with occasional flowers.🌺

Ok.. one more share. For all those girly girls out there, this one’s for you! My pretty Pink Unicorn design has been a hit with the little ladies! She was a delight to draw! Very unlike my Pink Llama drama last month, but that’s another story.😆 The flowers, stars, pink mane, and stripes may seem like it would be a bit too much for one design but every girl needs a lot of sparkle sometimes, right? Well, that’s all for now! Check my “new” items tab to see more. I hope to add to them in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Feel free to send me an email with any ideas or thoughts… I’d love to hear from you! Click here to contact me.

Emily is HOME!

After nearly a year… my daughter, Emily, is FINALLY home!!!

During the Spring of 2017, Emily was a typical high school graduate as she made her plans to attend a college in our great state of South Carolina. But as the college deadlines approached, she was wasn’t feeling peace about the whole college thing. So she looked up an organization she had worked with when she was 12 years old…. only to find that they offered a 9 month gap-year program ( She came to me with tempered excitement with the idea and I knew that my plans to keep her near were fleeting. She quickly shifted gears, raised financial support (miraculously), and packed herself up!

So in August 2017 I hugged my sweet girl goodbye. I was so sad to see her go but I knew she was exactly where God wanted her to be, so there was great comfort in that. The holidays were hard without her but her good reports and smiling face on the other end of the screen kept us going. In December she surprised us with her decision to extend her trip to over the summer. By then I had made it almost half way so I knew I’d make a it a few extra weeks longer. But it’s a good thing I didn’t know that on the front end! So in total, she has spent the last 11 months bouncing around many small villages, big cities, coastal towns, and jungle camps in the countries of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia with 7 girls her age and 2 leaders.

Emily with her teammates in Peru. She is pictured in the middle with her hands on her knees.

She spent the majority of her time with orphans and youth in established local day cares and schools. However every day looked different. She had to learn how to be super flexible… some days she didn’t know where they were going or what they’d be asked to do until they got there! She also cleaned, painted, taught English, lead Bible studies, cooked, lead short term mission teams, worked on construction projects, organized school projects and more… basically whatever anyone needed, her team did it.

She learned a lot about working with a team and with various leaders, which was at times, super challenging. However, she developed deep friendships that I’m sure, will last a lifetime.

Communication this last year has been spotty at best between us due to her ever changing locations and internet connections, so I too learned patience, flexibility and how to love from afar. 

She’s home!

But for now, she’s eating home cooked meals, taking long hot showers and giving lots of hugs to old friends and family. She leaves for college in the city of Chicago in one month but I will enjoy her while I have her! 

Save the Rhinos! Run for the Rhinos in Atlanta

I recently received an usual custom artwork request from a loyal customer of mine, Jennifer C. from Atlanta, GA. I get custom artwork requests from all kinds of people and for all kinds of events. But Jennifer needed a unique design created for a special event her young daughter had put together. She wanted a t-shirt design for a community race to save the rhinos and of course, wanted a rhino on the front! IMG_4598When I asked for more details, she told me this:

“My daughter, Elizabeth, has been trying to save the rhinos for almost 5 years now. She has done bake sales, lemonade stands and other fundraisers, but she wanted to do something bigger! So the idea for the Run for the Rhinos was born! She partners with Save the Rhino International in London, and she is very involved in their fundraisers and awareness campaigns.IMG_4611 Her school, The Children’s School, said that, as part of a service learning day, we could put on the Run for the Rhinos starting on campus and running through Piedmont Park. It was a one-mile fun run for kids. We had a blast!! Also, as part of the event we painted handprints on a huge plywood rhino named Prince. Prince will be displayed at Zoo Atlanta to show everyone that ‘You have to be hands on to save the rhinos!’”

IMG_4666I had so much fun creating a super stylish rhino with sneakers and headband. 🙂 But clearly Elizabeth and her friends had a bunch more fun running in this fantastic event. IMG_3046All proceeds from the race and the bake sale were donated to Save the Rhino International. She has her own webpage and maintains it herself! Please check out Elizabeth’s webpage to view more photos of Run for the Rhinos.

May we notice when our children are passionate about something particular, be it art, swimming, writing, drama, design, caring for younger kids, nature, or even rhinos! Let us encourage them to learn, explore and run with it to see where it goes! I love how Elizabeth’s parents have joined in the excitement to place value and love on her and her ideas. IMG_4613What do your kids love and talk about all the time? How can you encourage them, in even a small way, with a specific interest of theirs? This season could be a great opportunity to pick something and enjoy it right along with them!

To see my original rhino design, click here! If you need any custom artwork, please let me know. I’d love to help! Just email me.

Artist Genes? My Daughter’s Surprise!

IMG_4362My beautiful and lovely 17 year old daughter, Emily, has recently discovered something about herself…. she’s a talented artist! I know you’re probably thinking that I’m biased (yes, of course I am) or that I expected or directed her to be an artist (I didn’t, promise!). Other than the genes that are in the family, this story is completely her own. Yes, my great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, and sister were/are all artists in their own special way. But I don’t think any of us ever expected to be artists as young girls… it just kind of happened. And now it seems Emily’s journey as an artist is beginning as well.IMG_0471.JPG

Growing up, Emily colored, drew, and painted just like all little girls do. But when it came time to pick her elective as a high school freshmen she picked whatever her friends were doing, and in her case it was Chorus. She hated it. Ok, cross that one off the list.

For her sophomore year, she choose Yearbook. As much as I think she could have really done well and enjoyed the experience, let’s just say it was a nightmare for various reasons in her particular circumstance. So that’s off the list too.

Emily was told to pick a freshman elective and stick with it so she could announce on her college application how great and proficient she was in that particular “field.” After the first two years of not-so-great elective experiences, my sweet girl faced her Junior year with uncertainty. So my husband and I said, “Don’t worry about all that college stuff, just pick something you like. This is your chance to try stuff out and have fun… this is why they have electives!”

So she came downstairs a few days later and said, “I think I want to try Art.” So as a Junior, she swallowed her pride and plopped her humble self down at the table in Art 1. Not only was the class packed full of freshmen who wanted an easy A, but the class was LAST period – the period where everyone is DONE thinking and teaching for the day. Let’s just say there was a severe lack of enthusiasm in the classroom. So she laid low and avoided the drama as best she could each day. By the middle of the year I began to see a few of her pieces and was impressed by how creative she was. I thought her ideas and execution were fantastic but maybe my bias is kicking in? Regardless, what really mattered to me was that she really seemed to enjoy the work.

One of the Art 1 assignments was to create a self-portrait. She brought it home and she kept saying it was no big deal but what I saw was amazing! A few weeks later she came home and told me that her art teachers and peers at her school looked over all the Art 1, 2 and 3 pieces and chose to send two of her pieces to a county wide art exhibit! By the way, the school can only submit 6 pieces and hardly ever choose something from Art 1. (Shameless Mom plug). We were shocked to find out they chose 2 of Emily’s pieces!

On the evening of April 14th, we piled in the car and headed to a local college where the art exhibit was held. Over 100 pieces of art from students of various high schools all over the county were on display. The event included two high schools specializing in art, The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities and The Fine Arts Center. As we waited for the event to begin, we slowly walked through the exhibit and were amazed by all the imagination, skill and creativity of these students! There were all kinds of mediums including drawing, painting, etching, sculpture, etc.

After all the parents and guests had time to peruse the artwork display, the host began to give out awards. For each category, they gave honorable mentions, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place awards, and even cash prizes. (Cash? Who knew?) When the drawing category came up (her two pieces where both drawings), the host said the judge had a hard time judging because it was the most competitive category. So the host gave out a bunch of honorable mention awards. Emily’s name was not called so we thought that was the end of that. All of a sudden her big beautiful face flashed on the screen above (her self portrait) and she was awarded 3rd place!! We were speechless! We thought it was good but we knew we were a little biased! Wowee! It ended up that another girl from her school won the Best in Show award. It was great night for her and for her school! And she won $25! (I need to ask her what she spent that on!) 🙂IMG_7093

A few weeks later, they too had an event at her high school for just their pieces. Emily and I dressed up and headed out to see her friends and view all the art. She didn’t think there was much more to it that night and had a headache and wanted to go. I asked her, “Are you sure you want to go? I think I heard an announcement about something later.” She was sure. So we headed out to get some cake. While we were sitting on the back patio she got a call from her friend. “Emily, you won! Your self-portrait won Best in Show!” I screamed, “What?! We missed it?” I was so proud and mad at her at the same time!! We were there but we left and missed the award! I couldn’t believe it. Let me just add that the piece that won Best in Show at the county exhibit was also at her high school exhibit but she placed FIRST this time (another proud Mom statement for you there). She also won a unique award at the Junior/Senior Awards night at her school for her excellence in artwork this year.IMG_7106

I remember one night a few months ago we were talking in her room about college. This was before all these crazy awards happened and she asked me where she would put all her paints, brushes, paper and such at college. I said there’s no room for that in a little college dorm room! I could see her shock, disappointment and true love for it all in one look that she flashed back at me. Plus, we had been talking a lot about college majors and she really didn’t know what she thought about it all. At the time I was thinking Art would make a great hobby/outlet for her to enjoy when it was time to relax – something I believe is critical in this life of intense busyness. IMG_7196But needless to say, she’s taking another look at Art when it comes to college. And we’re excited that this summer she’ll be attending a pre-college art program which should help clarify even further what direction she should head, since this all so fresh after all.

We are THRILLED for her! No matter what she chooses to study or chooses as a career in the future, I think her art genes have finally kicked in. 🙂

21 Years Ago

September 17, 1994

On a warm September day, 21 years ago, I vowed to love my young husband, Joey, as long as I live. I was only 19, but when you know, you know.

I can’t remember the day we met because we were only babies. You see, our mothers met one day in middle school as they stood in line waiting for their names to be called, when they quickly realized they had the same name, Michele (with one “l”). They were friends for life. By the time I was in kindergarten, I had a huge crush on him. He and his family moved away when I was 9 years old but I continued to try and stay in touch by writing him letters. I later found out that my dorky and awkward demeanor put me way out of his league of coolness. I reluctantly moved on with my boy interests.

I have proof. Here’s a worksheet I did in school about my favorite friend, Joey.

When I was a senior in high school, my older sister got married and Joey came to the wedding as a family friend. That’s when it all really began. I had outgrown my awkward stage, I suppose. 🙂 We stayed out past midnight that night just talking and walking around the city of Arlington, VA. It was magical; we were smitten with each other, no doubt. Along with the butterflies, excitement, ease and connection that a couple like us had at the time, I think what really got us (and what we realized quite quickly) was that we found someone who really loved Jesus Christ the same. A year or so later, we eventually got to the point where we didn’t want to just date. We only wanted to date someone who we could really see ourselves marrying someday. When we both individually realized that yes, I really do want to marry this person, then we thought, “Why wait?!” Of course, we had to convince my father of that first. 🙂 Since our parents were such good friends, we quickly got their blessing!!

I spent the first year of college dating and engaged and the next 3 years married! I didn’t exactly have a typical college experience, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We lived in a little apartment on campus, had many of the same classes and graduated together!

IMG_5754We’ve since filled up the rest of our lives with three babies, business adventures, plenty of struggle, sacrifice, patience and lots of love. God’s love for us and our love for Him connected us from the beginning, as we grew up together as super young newly weds, and even now as we hit our 40s. I am so very thankful for these last 21 years and I know, with God’s help, He will continue to be our foundation in the years ahead.




That’s a Wrap!

Labor Day Weekend is approaching which means that we’ve got another summer to add to our memories. I hope it was a great one for you! I must say we had a really nice summer. We’ve had some rough summers in the past so it was a nice surprise, I’m thankful to say. It was filled with a pleasant mix of rest, recreation, vacation, activities, work, play, and a whole lot of nothing in between. Well, I guess that “whole lot of nothing” only really applied to my younger two kids. 🙂

Grace at camp!

My daughter Grace had quite a summer! She turned 12 years old in June and quickly transformed into a young lady after contacts (as a birthday gift) and braces changed that sweet face we look at every day! The highlight of her summer was probably when she went to her first week-long sleep away camp. She attended Camp Winshape for girls associated with Chick-Fil-A. It was a fantastic camp and I highly recommend it! She still talks about how great it was, months later. She also kept up with her first love, music, and had lot of laughs when her cousins came to visit.

Corban’s first baseball game!

Corban kept busy having fun with me and attending a little summer preschool. We bounced around town going to the library, the zoo, our local children’s museum, and a gazillion trips to the grocery store. We even snuck in a quick trip downtown to take Corban to his very first baseball game! Soon after we arrived, they shot off some fireworks that scared him so bad that he spent the majority of the time with his hands over his ears but a little popcorn solved that!

Emily was crazy busy… and she liked it! First, she went on a week long mission trip to Eleuthera (which she loved, loved, loved). Then she spent the rest of her summer as an intern at our church. They kept her busy as she attended classes, meetings, assisted leaders on staff, worked part time for local businesses, and helped lead a local mission trip with middle schooler students. Plus she was an integral part of the leadership team for a big youth event downtown. Of course, she filled in all the extra time with friends and such. 🙂

Emily is off to her first day of her internship!
Vacationing with my little man.

My husband was busy with his new job and this new chapter in his life. And me? Well, I was busy with managing them all and keeping it all together! I was able to squeeze in some time to work while making sure everyone was either on task or having fun. Our summer family vacation was at the very end of the summer and it was so restful! We went to Charleston and the beach… it was beautiful. We had not taken a family vacation in years. I was so very thankful! Yes, this summer has been a good one. Now, there have definitely been some rough days in the mix, but as I look back, I can’t help but thank Jesus for the many blessings that have overflowed to me this summer.

Update on Corban- My busy 6 year old!

Here is Corban, just a few days old, in the NICU.

Six years ago, my son, Corban, was born premature and weighed only 2 lbs. It has been quite an adventure for our family since then! Many of you have followed his journey along the way with many prayers and encouragement. (Thanks for that!) For those of you who are not familiar with his story, feel free to read my blogs about his birth back in 2009. In the meantime, here’s a little update on how he’s doing now!

He is a happy, adorable (if I do say so myself), and smart little kid who loves to ride his bike, giggle at himself when he says silly things, and ride in Daddy’s jeep with the top down. He just finished up his 2nd year of K4 and is looking forward to the big adventure called Kindergarten in the fall! Every week, he attends one session of occupational therapy (fine motor skills) with a specialist who comes to our home, and two sessions of speech and language therapy at a small office in town called Beacon ( Jeannie Turley owns and operates Beacon and has discovered some challenges in him that we had never noticed before. He has a speech and language disorder that often causes him to get his words mixed up and he struggles with processing those things he sees or hears which will cause him to hesitate or zone out for a few seconds. He also has limb apraxia which causes him to be a little more uncoordinated compared to his friends, andIMG_4106 oral apraxia which means that he struggles moving his tongue. You and I can tell our brain to move our tongue up and down and side to side but Corban has spent months working on these skills. His tongue works fine, he just struggles with telling his brain to move his tongue in a different direction than his jaw. He is very proud that he has just about mastered moving his tongue side to side!

Beacon also offers a unique program that Corban is in the middle of called the Sensory Learning Program. The first phase is a 12 day program that he attended 2 times a day for 30 minutes each time. Whew! That kept me busy running back and forth from their office like that, even on the weekend! He is now in the second phase in which he continues the program at home for 18 days. This makes it a little easier on Mommy. 🙂

He had a great year in K4 (again). He is just about the same size and developmIMG_4726ent as the kids in his class and he fit in nicely this year. You’d never know he was a year older or had any specific issues if you observed him for a short time! Kindergarten will be a big step up but I think he’ll do well. Academics are not a struggle for him in the classroom but he does struggle when he is required to focus on a task, follow detailed instructions, or articulate something complex. We take one school quarter at a time with him so we’ll see how he does! I am so thankful for how healthy and strong he is! He was a BIG surprise in many ways and has no doubt, continued to keep me young and on my toes! 🙂


The Summer Jolt

Here I am with Grace and Corban after Grace’s band concert last week. She played the marimba beautifully and as always, with her enthusiastic flare!

It’s the end of the school year and if you’re like my family, it’s gets busy… like Christmas busy. My days and nights have been filled with concerts, projects, recitals, field trips, teacher gifts, summer birthday parties (at school), graduation gifts, summer camp sign ups, exams, and award assemblies. I decided all that wasn’t exciting enough so I threw in an intensive 12 day sensory therapy program for my son and taught my 16 year old daughter how to drive stick shift. More on those on another blog, after I catch my breath. I can’t complain. They are all great, fun and good things and I am so very thankful for that!

I have two nieces graduating from high school this year! Congratulations to two great girls, Molly and Maddie!


My son, Corban, who is in preschool will finish his last day of school this Friday. Grace, my middle schooler, will be done next Friday and Emily, my high schooler, will be done the Friday after that. It’s kinda funny how it worked out that way. Then what will we all do?? It’s always a jolt to my system when school ends and summer begins. It’s tricky juggling working from home and those big bored eyes staring at me (on the 2nd day of summer break). I’ve got some plans and activities for them to do but there will be a time of adjustment that I need to prepare myself for. This is a new season for me now that I’m carrying more responsibility with Amy Adele. So hopefully I can keep it together! I know many of you will face the same adjustment along with me. So, let’s do this summer well!