Whether with words or wood, I’ve always loved to create. For over a decade I focused my creativity on words. Novels. Stories from my heart about broken people finding hope through the grace and mercy of God working in their lives.
As those years went by, I felt my own heart withering. Focusing on a single craft made me feel thin and exhausted, because long before I was focusing on novels I was painting and up-cycling and decorating. Those things got lost in the often overwhelming, high-pressure world of publishing, and I didn’t realize how much I missed them.
In the spring of 2018, I asked my wonderful agent and editor if I could take a sabbatical. As the weeks went by, I began to rediscover the passions I had set aside. I learned to use the power tools I’d grown up watching my dear Dad use, and discovered how much I loved using them, too.
As the end of my writing sabbatical neared, I felt myself tensing up at the thought of giving it all up again for writing.
I couldn’t do it.
And yet, I couldn’t give up writing, either.
The solution: combine the two to create a complimentary branch of all my gifts.
That’s how Scrap Wood and Still Life was born.
Through this site, my hope is to use writing and the work of my hands–both–to bless and bring hope to the world.
Scrap Wood, because I spent hours and hours of my young years hanging around my Dad’s beloved work shop, painting or hammering my own little creations from scrap wood on the shop floor, or just plain watching and admiring his work.
Still Life, as a play on the words describing the art technique used for centuries in paintings, in which painters capture the beauty of a vignette on canvas. For me, walls and old furniture, scrap wood and a garden full of drying hydrangeas are things I use to create vignettes. And in the process, I hope they reflect my heart for Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still and know I am God.” It may look like I’m too busy to be still, but doing art is my way of being still. The times I hear God best are when I’m working with my hands. And in those moments, He stills my heart.
Exodus 35:35 talks about how the Lord gives us the ability to do the good that we can do in the world, “He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”
I want to be a good steward of all the gifts He has given me the ability to do.
I love Fixer Upper and shiplap, cotton stems and farmhouses, shabby chic and toile. My style is eclectic and simple, but a little crazy, too. Most of all, I love the Lord, and hope anything good I create reflects His undeserved grace and mercy on my life. I’m not an expert, but I’ll link up to experts when I can, as well as resources and fun places that inspire my work.
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