May 14th

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Does anyone else get summer anxiety?

Paul and I were just talking about it the other day. Winter was so long, I think it traumatized me. We’re already halfway through May, the grass and trees are green. I’m already feeling summer slip through my fingers and I haven’t even jumped in a lake yet.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. It’s the ebb and flow of living in our climate, I suppose.

Anyway, moving on.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the depth of friendships I’ve cultivated with new friends over the past year and a half. Incredible women at different walks of life who’ve taught me so much about God, life, and who I am as a friend.

Women who make me dig deeper, think harder, and invest more thoroughly. They’ve shown me that being vulnerable makes me strong, and is a springboard for community.

This morning was such an excellent example of that.

My sweet friend Christine invited me out for a barn date. We’ve been in a small group together, and have found that we have a lot in common other than our faith. Horses are another big connection for us, so naturally, she’s come out to meet our boys, and today was about me meeting her girls.

Christine was a great voice of reason and troubleshooting over the winter when we were trying to navigate Junior’s soreness. She helped keep me grounded and validated my feelings when I felt like I was losing my mind. So today, she had asked if I could come out and do some liberty with her girls to see if it could be a tool for her to use as a form of mental workout.

It was so fun!

I haven’t worked with mares in a while, and I forget how much spunk and sass they can dish out. It was so refreshing! It makes gaining their cooperation and respect that much more satisfying. Both girls engaged really well with me, and I’m excited to see what Christine does with it!

Then pulling in back at home, my joy kept multiplying. My new lens was waiting for me on my front porch! A wide angle lens, just in time for Hawaii – I can’t wait to play with it!

Also, our Joyful Noise wristbands came in the mail today! SO PUMPED!!!

April 28th

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

It was a gorgeous morning for a roadside cleanup!

Now, before people get upset thinking they had missed a notice saying we were doing one, Paul and I decided last minute to go out and do it this morning. There was no planning, just a drive to get out and enjoy the morning. And quite frankly, to get out there before the grass started to grow, in turn hiding all of the trash.

However, I’m hoping to plan more throughout the summer, that way people can get involved if they want, and it keeps the amount of trash more manageable.

Along a single two mile stretch, Paul and I filled eight 30 gallon bags. Plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, paper, clothing, rubber balls, carpet, pipes, head bands, phone books, cigarettes, misc. car parts, chew tins…the list really does go on and on.

When we started doing this last spring, it was really eye opening for all of us the amount of trash that just sits in our landscape. In addition to the roadside clean up, with Earth Day in our rear view mirror, this time of year is always a great time to reflect on the amount of trash we consume on a daily basis, and what we can do to lower our impact. A couple of simple things you can do: Use reusable containers (think coffee mugs/travel containers/water bottles), recycle (learn more about how to properly/correctly recycle here), and donate and buy used clothing.

Changes don’t have to be monumental – small things add up to make a difference!

March 20th

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Products galore today!

Remember me talking about the cool new canvas hanging product I ordered? This is them! I’m completely in love! I ordered four different ones (this floral one, my Yellowstone Elk, Fourth of July Loon, and Denali Mountainscape), and they all look great. They’ll be up for sale soon, so keep an eye out!

Second, I picked up a bunch of new coffee mugs today as well! I was feeling a little rebellious a couple weeks ago and really pushed for some designs outside of my comfort zone, and I’m pretty excited about them. I took my original images and either added textures or manipulated them into looking more like watercolors; just something different to bring color of a different variety into my work.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Spotted Deer.jpg

Retro Loon.jpg

Green Moutainscape.jpg

Blue Denali.jpg

Baby Muley.jpg

I haven’t publicly announced these yet, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – they’re on my website!

March 4th

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

You want to know one of the perks of following my blog?

You get to see new products before I advertise them! In today’s instance, A Borrowed Likeness puzzles! I purposefully disguised the overall image by having this image be in black and white (because there has to be some surprise when I officially launch them!), but believe me, they’re pretty awesome!

They aren’t huge puzzles, 11×14” in size with 252 pieces, but the images are challenging ones. I sat down to complete them to assess the difficulty, and I was surprised – 45 minutes for me to complete the edge pieces.

I was originally thinking of advertising them as youth puzzles, but now I’m thinking they’ll be great individual puzzles, great for adults, perfect for one person.

In addition to puzzles, look for throw pillows in the future as well!

I can’t wait!

February 10th

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

I thought it would be fun today to share one of my favorite, go-to spots to shoot.

If you’re familiar with the “Social Media vs. Reality” Challenge, this fits the bill fairly well. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the idea of taking what most would see an “undesirable” location and making it shine. People have also used it to show that beautiful images, that look as if they’re done in a studio, can come out of the simplest of setups.

Well, meet my “studio.” Yes, this is in the barn, and yes, this is our clean shavings pile for our horses stalls. Yes, it is dirty and dusty, and yes, I love it!

Many would look at this and wonder what could be so special about it. Give me a chance, and let me count the ways…

  1. This is in our indoor arena. For sufficient light, the overhead lights need to be turned on. This is great, because it means that I can keep the lights off, and have a dedicated, controlled light source – the windows! Another plus to a darker building is that it provides me with the opportunity to have a black background and a lit subject.
  2. Did I mention that it’s dusty? While a pain for keeping equipment clean, it’s great for creating atmosphere, and for highlighting the light.
  3. These windows face South and West, respectively. So I have a lot of options for lighting at many times of the day.
  4. I like the texture that the shavings provide under people’s feet. It creates an additional layer of depth that sand doesn’t.
  5. Because these windows are 6-paned, this provides multiple shafts of light verses an encapsulating blanket of light that could come from an open door, for example.
  6. The opportunity for silhouettes!
  7. These shavings are Cedar, so they smell yummy 😉

As an example of these principles in action, here are some of my favorites from this spot. Fair warning – there are a lot of Paul and Henna. They are my favorites, so it makes sense, but consider yourself informed:






Do you have a favorite “Social Media vs Reality” spot to shoot? I’d love to see your images!

January 24th

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

A lot of people go into the New Year knowing what they want their resolution to be.

I am not that person.

To be honest, I’m not really in on the whole “resolution” thing. I used to be, but always found myself failing. Who wants to be involved with something they consistently fail at?

Obviously not me.

So here’s what I did last year: I decided to work on my character. I chose something immeasurable to work on, knowing that I couldn’t fail. It could only be good. I either move forward, or I stay the same.

I decided to be fearless.

Decided. Not vowed, not hoped, not promised. I made a decision. Mentally, I decided I wanted to further who I was.

I started with being fearless, with being brave. I tend to play it safe. I painted the walls in my house beige for goodness sake. Where was my maroon wall? Where was that pop of color in my personality? How was I going to impact others in a positive way without being able to step out of my comfort zone?

So I started small. And you know what happened? I didn’t become daredevil extraordinaire, but I became more brave. And being brave showed me that above all else, I wanted to be positive and kind.

So, I started holding doors for strangers. I made eye contact and smiled. I paid for the person behind me in the drive through. I sent friends cards in the mail just to say “hey!”. I started seeing people’s strengths, what made them glow, stood back and saw how they impacted me, and I told them. When someone started complaining, started down a negative train of thought, I did my best to pull it back out into the sunshine, to the positive. Someone cut me off in traffic? I literally would say out loud “Peace be with you” *deep breath* to stifle the frustration.

And something awesome happened.

It became a habit. My outlook on life changed.

Do you know how wonderful it is to be able to smile at someone who cut you off because, hey, you don’t let it get under your skin.

How full of purpose you feel when you stop to hold a door for a mom carrying a screaming toddler, and she mouths “Thank you” at you, like you just bought her cart full of groceries.

How light you feel when a loved one comes to you with something that really knocks the wind out of you, but while you’re weeping you hear Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness” float through your subconscious, and you know that true forgiveness is more important than holding a grudge. To walk away from the past, and look to the future.

When friendships change for the so so good and deepen when you look at them and say “You are such an awesome cheerleader. You make people feel like they can accomplish anything.” Or: “I really admire you, because you have such a servant’s heart. You give selflessly and in turn really impact those around you.”

It feels so strange and foreign, and plain uncomfortable to do, but I pushed through it because I wanted to be that person.

Those little things kept building and building, and I became more brave. And I became content. I became happier.

God did a lot with my heart over the last year because I trusted his vision. So this year, I’ve been stewing on what I’d like this year to be about. And I keep coming back to the same thing, but it makes me uncomfortable, so I push it back down into it’s box.

I’m not ready.

Yes, you are.

God and I are talking it out. I’m trying to hold my ground, but He’s being extremely persuasive. Mind you, this is nothing huge or earth-shattering, it’s just a personal challenge for me.

For example, I’m sitting in my office today – day dreaming if we’re being honest. What does my business mean to me? Where do I want it to go? What are my hopes and dreams? Paul and I have really been dreaming together about what our 5 year, 10 year plan looks like, so how does family life fit into my business plan?

When “Different” by Micah Tyler comes on the radio.

If you’re never heard it, here’s a snippet:

“I don’t wanna hear anymore, teach me to listen
I don’t wanna see anymore, give me a vision
That you could move this heart, to be set apart
I don’t need to recognize, the man in the mirror
And I don’t wanna trade Your plan, for something familiar
I can’t waste a day, I can’t stay the same
I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different
In me”
And I started to tear up.
And then the next song comes on, Se7nth Time Down’s “God is On the Move:”
“I see your generation standing on the truth
In each and everyday saying God is on the move
Anytime the Gospel stirs a searching souls
And someone says “send me, here I go”
I know, I know, I know, I know
God is on the move, on the move
God is on the move
In many mighty ways
God is on the move, on the move
God is on the move
On the move today”


I smile, because that song gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The art of persuasion people. And when the King of the Universe is the one doing the persuading, it’s inevitable.

I hear you, Lord. Let me sleep on it.

January 3rd

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

I’m still getting used to having cats in the house.

They’re so stealthy! They move so silently, so all of the sudden I think I’m by myself, but I turn around and a cat is staring at me.

But they are total goofballs, and they make us laugh everyday. And talk about being lovers – they just love to be where we are.

For example, this afternoon as I cleaned my office, Finn found a spot in the sun and slept there while I organized. The perfect company.

December 12th

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


You guys, I picked these up this morning and I couldn’t be more excited! I haven’t shared them with anyone, not even on social media, so you are getting the first look at them.

15 ounces of goodness, these babies are even dishwasher safe. I currently have these three designs, with my logo and signature on the back. From left to right: Peek-A-Boo Deer, Harmony, and Barred Owl.

$14.99 each while supplies last!

Perfect for last minute Christmas gift for that Minnesota coffee lover in your life! 🙂

Leave me a comment here, or email me ( to order yours!

November 18th

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Today was exhausting, but so great.

You guys made it great. GREAT.

Paul and I pulled out of the parking lot to head home, and we both exuberantly agreed that this was the best show we’ve done.

Set up and tear down was so smooth, and the amount of people that came through was astonishing. You all didn’t stop. Hoards of people.

For those of you who followed my work, and stopped out just to see me, THANK YOU! To those I met for the first time yesterday, I LOVED chatting with you! You never know when you enter a show how the day is going to go, but today just flew by because of all of the great people.

My ugly christmas sweater and I thank you all from the very bottom of our overflowing hearts.

Also, I did not sell out of calendars yesterday! I have a few left – if you’re interested in nabbing one before they’re gone message me!

November 12th

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

He’s baaaaack!

You all remember Roger right? Our best pal from our AirBNB in Utah? He charmed the socks off of everyone, and now he’s available as a greeting card! Time to bring some smiles and sunshine to someone’s mailbox!

This card, along with 30 new card designs, will be available at the STMA Fall Craft show this Saturday – make sure you come check it out!

November 10th

Friday, November 10th, 2017

While the farmers are working endlessly on harvest, I feel like I’ve been working endlessly on my show next weekend.

And our poor delivery drivers probably think I have an online shopping issue.

Canvas’, calendars, ink, paper. More packages were delivered today than I’ve had delivered in the last six months combined. But that means excitement!

As I haven’t done many shows this year, I’ve forgotten how energized they make me. The preparation and excitement for a new show keep me busy and I love it! Not to mention my calendar promotion is going bonkers, so you’ve all kept me busy! I’m loving it!

Part of my day today involved trimming and packing new prints. I hand print, trim, sign, and pack each one myself. Today’s image is a few of the new prints after they’ve been signed.

I really can’t wait for next Saturday! If you need Christmas gifts, make sure to come to this event! There will be over 250 vendors, and you’ll be sure to find endless options for gifts. It’ll be sure to put everyone in the Holiday mood 🙂