Hello sweet friends and Happy Thursday! I know today I had planned on doing a holiday tour of the new old house.. but we will postpone that until monday :)
Today I have something else I want to share with you.. very special to my heart and two gifts I want to share and give to you, as my way of saying THANK YOU for all you do to support me and my family.
Over the last few years we have been so blessed to have your support in so many ways.. by subscribing to our kit club, buying from our online mixed media store, taking my online workshops, attending one of my retreats.. and always jumping at the chance to help me with any fundraising charity project I have going on. BUt more importantly you have all been there for me through SO many lifes ups and downs. Through all the blog posts about my fibro, my struggles, my happy times, my sad times, my mistakes. you have been there for ALL of it! Posting comments in support and love, sending emails out of concern or hap pines. It's been humbling to be on this end of my artsy life adventure. I AM SO BLESSED to have all of you in my life!
I was trying to think of something I could do for all of you for the holidays. Of course I would LOVE to send you all something in the mail.. though I don't know if thats physically possible lol.. or even $$$ possible.. so I was trying to think of another way I could show you how much you have blessed my life and my families lives over the last few.. MANY years.
Recently, while I was in Mexico teaching at the SHe Matters Art Retreat I was hosting.. I started to paint a new series of watercolors.. a series I call the "boot" collection.. just for fun. I saw a photopragh of a girl on Instagram.. her blog name is Pink Peonies (it is also posted on her blog HERE)..
and I felt so inspired to sketch it and paint it..
SO many of you commented in Instagram and Facebook when I posted about it and it overwhelmed me with how kind and sweet you all were about loving it and wanting it in your home! I was blushing.. inspired by the first sketch, I started painting a series of sketches.. based off the same red hunter boots.. in the first sketch. Here is what I have created over the last few days since then..
but then something magical and unexpected hap pend..
yesterday my sister Tia (you know her as the owner of Muvazi Skin Care), sent all of us siblings.. a beautiful email letting her know of her love for us. How this year they didn't have much money, but they still wanted to give a gift to all of us for the holidays.. something that means more to them than a physical gift could.
Then they included a link to a video that my sister, Tia and her husband Deren, had created using bits of pictures and videos.. put to music.
It was stunning.. I found myself BAWLING at my computer.. as I watched it OVER.. and OVER.. and over again. I am starting to cry again right now just thinking about it. I immediately texted my sister and said.. I LOVE THIS!! I soooooo NEEDED THIS!!
It was a beautiful short video about our Savior, and the reason that we Celebrate this wonderful Holiday Season. It was about hope and love, forgiveness and peace, it was about kindness and joy, trials and miracles. IT was everything I had been through for the last year.. all rolled into one. AND it reminded me that my Savior, Jesus Christ.. was born, lived and died.. for me. To help me in my journey on this earth. It was magical.
I immediately asked her if I could please please please!!! SHARE this video with my friends and other family members.. and she said of course! It was meant to be shared.
I knew right away I wanted to share it with all of you.. but I also knew EXACTLY what I what it was that I wanted to give to you all for Christmas. I wanted to paint a sketch that would remind you of hope, love, forgiveness, miracles and more. I wanted to paint something that would remind you of this sweet tender video that I HOPE HOPE HOPE you will take just a few minutes to watch! So i painted you this card/print that you can DOWNLOAD for free.. to use anyway you would like (for personal use only please).
Use it to print out your own Christmas.Maybe you want to print it out and frame it and give it as gifts. Perhaps have it printed on canvas (wall-mart does them).. and put it on your wall or mantel. But it's for you to have.. to use for your personal happiness :).
(please do not sell or re-use this image for commercial or private reason).
To download this print.. simply click on the file below, once it opens, Right click it and Save it to your computer. This is a Hi-RES photo.. which will give you beautiful prints of up to 12"x16" in size.
This print will mean SO much more and you will get why I wrote what I wrote.. after you watch the video below.. SO PLEASE take a few minutes to watch this video.. and PLEASE feel free to share it with anyone you would like!
I truly am grateful for all of you! Merry Christmas and know you are SO loved!