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There are only a couple more days left in July to order your very own Custom Verse Sign!! The funds made from these signs will go to support our church’s sister church in Russia!

See this post for more information. Thanks friends and don’t forget to order by the end of July!


this month’s art project is kind of fun, if i do say so myself. :) this is actually a project that Husbuddy and i are doing together… yup, you read that right, he is helping me! amazing, i know. but the reason he is helping will make sense in a minute.

first, a little background:

the church that we just became a part of has been supporting their sister church in Ukholovo, Russia through missions. one of the things that they are trying to help with right now is helping to raise funds to pay off the physical church building. the way our church decided to raise these funds was to use the idea from the gospel of Matthew chapter 25 about the Talents:

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 

SO, one Sunday, they gave every family (or even every family member) 20$ bill. then we’re supposed to go and invest it in order to make more money from that 20$ bill by the end of the summer. in August, we will each bring back our envelope with however much money we made in order to send to the church in Russia.

pretty cool, huh?!

so a lot of people here in Lancaster county are good at making pies, or jams, or breads, or even bbq that they are selling. {check back at the end of the summer and see how much weight i’ve gained from all the goodness that is being sold… for a good cause! ha.}

but me? i’m not so good at cooking…especially in our gluten-free/dairy-free household. but i AM good at making creative pieces of art. this is an idea that came from a custom project last Christmas {you can see it herewhen a friend came to me and wanted me to make a sign with their family’s favorite verse on it. so, i thought, i wonder if anyone else would like a custom sign with THEIR favorite verse on it?!

Husbuddy didn’t really have an idea for himself, so we decided to pool our two 20$ so that we could afford to start this project. we bought a 4′-0″x8′-0″,  1/2″ thick solid mdf wood and then had the guys at the store cut it down to size since we don’t have our own machine saw in our tiny little apartment. {and no way to fit such a big piece of wood in our little Subaru.} then we primed it and we made a sample. Husbuddy’s main job is helping me to sand/prime, figuring out how to hang these suckers(they are a little heavy!) and then help me cut out letters when needed. :) i do the rest.

this is the sample that we made last Saturday:

Overall image

it’s been sanded and roughed up a bit. so it’s not as clean and crisp as the Christmas example that was on  canvas.  it’s rustic. i thought it gave it more character. these verses can stand the test of time  sandpaper. {yup, just cracked myself up over here}

anyway, i am kind of in love. combined closeupthese things are a serious commitment though. it takes FOR.EVER. to create the custom template, to cut out each letter so that i can paint over it with the darker color, then go back and touch it all up and then sand it. so, this isn’t an easy project, and therefore, they aren’t exactly cheap. i’m not sure how many we’ll be selling.  we’ll see if anyone is interested!

BUT, dear friends, i wanted to open it up to YOU. if you’d like your own custom-verse-sign and you wouldn’t mind feeling good about helping out a good cause… then please check out my Etsy Site for more information!! :) link HERE.

a few things to note:

  • the max # words for the verse needs to be between 15-20 words. 
  • choose a color– note that the words will be white, so a dark background color works best. {examples: gray, dark purple, dark blue, dark red}
  • order by August 1st. –in order for me to get all the signs done in time to turn in the money for the church i need to have your order by August 1st.
  • cost: $85.00 plus shipping. again, these puppies aren’t cheap, but i’m only making them for a limited time, so get one while you can! and remember it’s for a good cause!

there ya go. that’s how we do: artwork for a cause.

thanks for being here friends. in the next few days/weeks there are a lot of changes that will be coming, so keep an eye out! i’m working away on lots of new ideas!

xo-kimberly renee

sometimes a sketch is just a doodle that you do when you are thinking of other things.  sometimes it’s just playing around with something that you write over and over again.

like your name.

maybe i’m in 5th grade again.

point in case:

kr sketchok. now that we’ve shown off my embarrassing habits… how about you? do you doodle with your name when you’re talking on the phone, or listening to something else? or do you doodle something else repeatedly? hmmm…com’on be honest. :)

xo-kimberly renee


joy4x5today’s sketch is actually a free printable! i made this sketch this weekend as a labor of love as i prayed about it being my word of the year. and i fell in love with it. {it’s kinda katie-daisey-esk, isn’t it?!}

it makes me so happy to look at, i think i’m going to print it out large and keep it visible throughout the year! and i decided that today i’d love to share it with you.

Click HERE for an 8×10 PDF of my JOY sketch to print and enjoy wherever you want!

be joy-filled this year, my friends!

xo-kimberly renee


blessings and peace to you this Christmas, my friends!




a day late.


that’s because yesterday all i could do was chicken scratch::


i was trying to do a rendering of my office. i thought it might be a nice xmas gift for my bosses. so  today i was able to get a little more out of it:


then added some color.


welcome to my office :)


a flower bouquet for a new friend in the hospital:


some days are just messy. these days require messy sketches.messy sketch

yup… running a little behind if i’m going to do 52 by the end of the year… oh well!

for today’s sketch-yet more trace paper and architecture. what can i say? i love seeing pretty architecture and i love playing on trace paper. :)

i’m totally in love with this image. i love all the roundy-ness going on. yup. real architecture-speak.

ummmm ya. nope, not really. i’m pretty sure my diploma would be revoked if i said that out loud. i also love the lanterns on either side of the windows. and the view that i can imagine the round room has. awe man. it just looks so fun! i added/changed a few things from the original… just for some more fun.

had any fun with trace paper recently?

{thanks for being here! to see other ‘sketch for tuesday’ posts click HERE}


sketch for tuesday is back! i’ve been missing my weekly sketches… who woulda guessed? :)

for today’s sketch i looked at a door that i found last weekend in one of our meanderings around Gloucester. i just enjoy seeing adorable front doors {maybe you’ve noticed?}. i seem to take pictures of them a lot. 

isn’t it cute? it makes me so happy. and it makes me think of an awesome restaurant back in my college town called “the red door”. makes me smile. :)  so during my lunch break today, it was a little dose of happiness to sketch this in the middle of a rather stressful day.


thanks for being here, friends! to see other “sketch for tuesday” posts, click HERE.

xo-kimberly renee.