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There is nothing so special as sisters who are best friends.

For example, these lovelies:

aren’t they SO cute?!My sweet friend Elizabeth wanted to celebrate her friendship with her sister with a painting. And how sweet was it that she asked me to do it! :) Thanks friend! It means a lot that you’d ask!!

So this is what it looked like to start. YES. You’ve seen it before. Back when i made that other random painting and failed to get anywhere on this one for a while.

Then i rotated it.

inspired!

…and added a pencil sketch…{and it looks funny because i realized i wanted to take pictures of the process as i started the second step of adding the skin tones.}

We have faces people! :)

and color on the background!

i love how the color is semi-transparent so you can still see the collage elements in the background. And of course, I started to add detail to the girlies. {But i forgot to take more in-between steps pictures… oops. fail.}

i added some vintage sheet music around the edges.

some stamps and some distressing…always gives it a little more character and depth :)

the hanging-on-the-wall-photo version

the hanging-on-the-wall-next-to-other-artwork version.

Seeing it here, i am just now wondering if i should add the stamped words “& best friends” next to the sisters words? i don’t know why i didn’t think of it before. what do you think?

the scanned-in version. {apparently i felt like i could make up for lack of process pictures with my way too many finished versions.}

so… what do you think sweet friend(s)? :) do you like it?? should i add those extra words? or leave it simple?

xoxo- kimberly renee.

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there’s something hiding behind those pillows…on the bed where no one is supposed to be…

uh oh… who do we know with a cute little black nose?

oh well aren’t you too cute to punish, hiding behind there!

little stinker butt.

 

 

 

It’s the little things that make a difference… don’t ya think?

i mean… it’s when Husbuddy comes home with a handful of flowers and says, “it’s because I was just thinking about you and wanted you to know I love you”

Ok, so maybe that’s not that little. :) i guess that’s a pretty big gesture…he actually had to go to the store and think about what kind of flowers i’d like and then he had to get out his wallet and give up some cash…

Ok, so maybe a better example of a little thing is when he says, “go get some lotion, I’ll rub your feet for you.”

Or: “no, let me do the dishes, you’ve had long day”

Or: “we can watch that super girlie movie {insert chick-flick name here}if you want because I know how much you want to see it…”

Awe. Thanks sweetie! Such a little thing but it makes me feel loved.

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But what if he did all of these things out of  a sense of duty?

i mean, can you imagine if he said, “oh, well I’m only rubbing your feet because i have to.”

Or “I just know that I have to buy you flowers when it’s our anniversary. That’s what’s expected of me, so i just do what i have to do.”

UM.

Does that hurt or what?

i don’t think i’d want those flowers if he said that and  i definitely wouldn’t let him rub my feet.

He still did that same gesture. He still gave me something… but imagine if he did it all because of some kind of requirement? Can you imagine how hurt you’d be if your significant other did that?

Or a best friend? {i mean, how long would that friendship last, seriously?}

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Other little things that make a big difference::

It’s when a friend sends you an email when they know you’ve had a tough week at work, just to say that they’re thinking of you and love you.

It’s when you open your mail box and you get a letter from your sister so far away and she just says,”I was thinking of you”

It’s when your mom leaves a voicemail for you telling you that she’s been praying for you this week…{so you burst into tears because you know that that has been what has helped you make it through}

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You know, the little things are also in the REAL things.

It’s out of a sense of being real with you that your husband brings you flowers because he truthfully thought about you in a loving way that really makes a difference for your heart.

It’s about those real conversations with your best friend where you truly meet heart to heart. When she’s really listening with her heart and not just her ears.

It’s about really meaning it when you offer to bring your friend a cup of coffee while she’s at home nursing her little newborn cutiepatootie.

It’s about a pastor(or anyone) really knowing your name and asking about your life… and really, honestly wanting to know.

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But we’ve all been on the other side of that, when we know they didn’t really mean it.

i mean, haven’t we all been there?

When they asked you how you are doing and then turned their head when something else caught their eye so they didn’t even hear you say how hard of a day it’s been.

When you’ve looked someone straight in the face and asked them a question and they don’t answer because they are not even there.

When you send a heartfelt email and don’t get a single response so it makes you wonder if they’ve even read your words.

When you have a party and invite all of your friends and not a single person RSVP’s or even comes.

i think my biggest pet peeve  is people who are fake. How hurtful it is to everyone when someone is fake? It just makes my skin crawl to think about how much it bugs me! But maybe, why it’s my biggest pet peeve, is that i know that i’m guilty of it. i hate myself when i realize it. Those times when i should have listened better. Paid attention when my husbuddy asked me a question. Respond to that email out of love instead of ignoring it when i don’t know what to say…

We’ve all been there.

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So let’s take this another level.

For some reason it has been on my heart lately. There was this burning question in the back of my mind:

Am i being fake WITH GOD?  Are you?

Hear me out before you go off and do your own thing. Think about these questions. i mean seriously, be real guys.

  • Are you loving  God from a sense of Duty?
  • Do you go to worship every Sunday because you have to? Because it’s the right thing to do? Out of habit?
  • Do you read your bible every morning in a rush just to get it checked off the list of things you have to do before you run out the door?
  • Do you sing at church to God, just following the words and not really listening to or meaning the words?

i think i just answered yes,-i have done that at least once(in the last month!)- to most, if not all, of those questions.

This is why the little things matter. This is why it has been on my heart. i’ve realized that when i go to God out of a sense of Duty, i do the exact same thing as if my husband bought me flowers because he had to.  i‘m being fake.

How do you think that makes God feel? Not very loved. i don’t know about you, but that makes me all squirmy and dislike myself very very much. i hate feeling fake. How can i be fake when that’s the very thing that bothers me so much in others?

Thankfully, when we realize our mistakes our God is a forgiving God. It is not something that he does easily or lightly. He died on the cross to forgive me for my fake heart.  When i go to Him he forgives me and heals me. But it doesn’t mean i can keep being fake…it means i have to take to heart what i’ve learned…

So, my friends, just think about it. Are you being real? In the little things? In your relationships? In all of them? Even your relationship with GOD?


with peace and hope that we can all be more real,

xo-kimberly renee

ps-thanks for putting up with my rambling and making it to the end of this post!! leave some love and tell me what you think about the little things that mean the most to you! or anything else that’s on your heart! i’d love to hear that i’m not alone here ;) xoxo

i mean, who doesn’t love house tours?

Here are a couple of “sweet finds” if you will, of some blogger house tours that i’ve been saving a drooling over. Go ahead, you can drool too. I give you permission:

{click on the pictures to get to the blog}

Marcus Design always has some really pretty house tours. This week’s:

{image via Marcus Design}

Brooke Giantti always impresses me:

0452_2{image via Velvet and Linen}

Or one of the many houses the YHL crashes:

{image via Young House Love}

sigh. some pretty houses, no? if you were here, i’d take you to one of our houses that is just finishing up. It doesn’t have any of the pretty furniture in it yet, but you can imagine. O man is it Gorrrgeous! :) {say that while rolling the rrr’s :) hee hee.}

 the photo below is during construction::

see? you know you want to come visit…

“If God contains the fullness of all good things in himself like an inexhaustible fountain, nothing beyond him is to be sought by those who strike after the highest good and all the elements of happiness.”

-John Calvin, quote found in Desiring God by John Piper

and thanks for being an example of our heavenly father, who picks me up when i fall down every. single. day.

 

so i had a little project last weekend that i have been meaning to do for months and months

see that stool on the left?

we found it in a trash can.

we found both of them in a trash can, outside of an unnamed house, we got out of the car, threw them into the trunk and feeling sneaky and giggly drove away all the while hoping that the careless owners didn’t notice that we stole from their trash cans… they were just going into the dump right? :)

so this past weekend it was my goal to re-upholster these guys.

i was inspired by a bunch of people explaining how to do it through their blogs(through pinterest!)::

HERE and HERE {they explain “how to” do it. so i’m not even going to try.

i was lucky just to get those things put back together.

they actually seem like they must have once been pretty nice stools! “made in italy” sticker makes me imagine that they were once really expensive or something… but the leather was falling apart… so i bought some pretty fabric from this etsy store…and went to town.

then i decided that i needed some ruffles…

my goal was to make ruffles like these: click HERE to see the most beautiful ruffly stools!

but alas… i did not have enough of the right fabric and was itching to get the project done so i just made little cute ruffles…

and i just tacked the ruffles on in case i didn’t like them in the future… they would be easy peasy to change out. :)

they make me happy when i look at them!

those cute ruffly things :)

hard work + a staple gun = happy little stools!

now i’m inspired to do some other fun little weekend projects…

how about you? did you do anything fun over the weekend?

 

as an AIT {architect in training} it is good to practice drawing…it’s just a fun little exercise for the day.

{even if it’s just tracing another computer-line drawing… you’re still practicing the art of putting pen to paper instead of always being on the computer…just saying, it’s a good idea to practice! :) }

this little pretty is going to get all colored up and added to the pile of elevation renderings that i have…but i think it’s just as fun in black and white too.

wouldn’t you LOVE to sit on that patio and drink sangria and listen to the cute little fountain all bubbling? i sure would. a girl can dream :-p

 

i mean, how could you not smile after being given that silly face?? :) with that dimple? and the chipmunk cheeks? i’m just sayin… :) hee hee.

man i love this face. SO. Much.

{sorry if i embarrassed you sweetie!! hee hee but it was just too much fun!}

We went to the Trenton Thunder game on Sunday! What started as a cloudy/worried for rain kind of afternoon turned into a hot/humid/totally sunburnt(cause why would we remember sunscreen when it was so cloudy?) kind of afternoon… but it was a summer day spent at a ballpark… very enjoyable ::

We went with our new friends Elissa, Dan and Addy. So much fun! :)

they have such a beautiful family

pretty darn cute… can you tell where my focus was?

yup. totally on the game. :-p

at least he was loving the game! :)

Husbuddy was having fun with our camera too…getting pictures of the ball flying and all… but those are boring, so i’ll just show you this one. :)

i love this one! it looks like a good Father’s Day photo :)
and someone drank all of momma’s lemonade! hee hee.

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