Guest Post: Joy

I was born in a town named for water and trees. Lake Forest, Illinois. Lived my first five years in that place where the puddles on our street were dark pools that reflected high branches and were simply too scary to step in for how endless and deep they appeared. I feared I might fall into another … [Read more...]

Cancer Card Xchange Banner

I first met Lib last winter when she ordered two banners, one for her home and one for their family business - Top of the World Farm. It was clear from our first communication that I had met a kindred spirit. Lib got back in touch late spring to see if I could make a banner for her good friend, Em, … [Read more...]

Give Thanks Banner

Thanks to Annie for sending pictures of her custom made Give Thanks banner. … [Read more...]

Peace Banner

Thanks to Amy in Redondo Beach, California for sending this photo of a recently hung custom banner. … [Read more...]

A Picnic For All Occassions

For Mother’s Day this year, my family knew what would bring me the most joy:  a picnic.  My husband, Matthew, served as sous chef.  Our daughter, Emma, made the fruit salad and homemade bread.  Clark brought his wife, Valerie, along with her extraordinary storytelling abilities.  The evening air was … [Read more...]


Thanks to my parents, Jim and Jan, who sent this picture of their banner that is a reminder to trust God as my mom fights her battle with ovarian cancer. … [Read more...]

Wedding Banners

I LOVE making banners for weddings. Thanks, Chris, for sending this picture from a recent wedding here in Santa Barbara. … [Read more...]

Finding Joy in a Name

After reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts recently, I became enthralled with the idea of naming things. The discipline appealed to my writing sensibilities and, like many, I began my own thankfulness journal. But that practice soon evolved into a different way of naming altogether. When a … [Read more...]

Thankful Banner

Thank you to Lori in Santa Barbara, California for sending a photo of this recently hung custom banner. … [Read more...]

Australian Eucharisteo

Thanks to Jen in Australia for sending this image of a banner I made for her. … [Read more...]