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Archive for inspired by faith

letters to my daughter . 110916


A good reminder for today. And every day. With each new rising of the sun, comes a new measure of God’s unending mercy.

letters to my daughter . 092016


letters to my children. 032216


I finally painted an alternate heading for this series for those days (like today) when my words are to both my sons and daughter. It’s holy week, and we’re beginning to read about Easter and think about the meaning of it. This Bible verse is the last page of an Easter picture book we read each year. To me, it summarizes the purpose of God’s word and a good reminder of the “why” that must exist behind so much of what we do as people of faith. As I’m trying to help my children ingrain some of those words and beliefs in their hearts, I want them to know that living out their own truths begins and ends with this one sacred truth.

go . A Drive Through the Pass


I’ve been organizing some photographs this week, and looking back through what I captured during our summer adventures. As I wrote a few weeks ago, we tacked a few days onto the beginning of our annual beach trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama to explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast again for the first time in quite a few years. It was fun to go driving through the area again, and I think we must have hit about every downtown area along Highway 98 from Bay St. Louis over to Ocean Springs. I do a lot of design work for the Main Street development organization in Starkville, and it’s always neat to see what other towns are doing to preserve their core areas. Downtown districts often have a lot of history and character — sometimes some blight, but they are areas where I think we can see some of the personality of a place. I thought I would share some of the sights from our trek over a few different posts.

On the Fourth of July, we spent the afternoon taking in Long Beach pier where my husband spent so much time during his younger years, and we also enjoyed a little driving and shopping in Bay St Louis. In between those two coastal towns, we took a much-needed snack break in Pass Christian! We didn’t spend much time there, but it only took a short turn off the beachfront highway to find some neat sights.

Our favorite stops included a quick photo op at the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” shrine at St. Paul’s Catholic Church — a sculpture created by Harry Reeks. I love the vibrant colors and the ruff-hewn look of the piece.



We also found one of our new favorite cool-down places — the Pink Octopus, a decidedly “mod” little froyo shop on Davis Avenue. Coastal art, 60s-ish sphere seats, hot pink yogurt cups, metallic silver and turquoise, and of course, the yogurt! Can you tell we were excited? I know we’ll stop there again on our next trip to the Coast, and I hope we can explore a little more of what The Pass has to offer!




print shop . Kids’ Worship Posters


This summer, Crosspoint Baptist Church commissioned me to create a series of prints to hang in our new children’s worship area. They gave me four Bible verses they wanted to include, and it was very fun to work on depicting them in watercolor paintings and painted lettering! You may recognize some of the inspiration from this year’s Summer of Water painting adventure! I decided to add a couple of them to the Etsy print shop. You can check out the art prints here!

The Reason for the Season [mini poster printable]


“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given,
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.”
~ Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas from Small Pond Graphics!
May yours be filled with His light and peace this season.

Happy Thanksgiving


inspired by . Shaker Drawings

I was recently at my Mom’s home and spotted a collection of old Antiques magazines she picked up from somewhere. Flipping through the December 1945 issue, I noticed the amazing graphic quality of these Shaker illustrations. The article, “Shaker Inspirational Drawings,” by Edward D. Andrews showcased the Shaker tradition of recording visions and spiritual experiences through drawings. These inspired drawings were deemed “gifts” from their spiritual parents who had gone before, and the collection included in the article offered a recurring theme of tree forms. Although the original illustrations were in color, they were, of course, printed in black and white. The contrast of these color-flattened images made them even more striking. Enjoy!

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