Link Love!

Getting back into blogging makes me really excited to share "Link Love" posts again! Here are some of my favorite things from around the web lately... let me know your favorites and share links in the comments! Happy Monday!

Yarn Tassel Garland - must make this soon.

It's warm, it's in a mug, but it's not coffee..  3 Healthy Coffee Alternatives 

I LOVE these Paper Sculpture Cameras!

Change your idea of self-care... it's not really selfish! What are a few things you could do?

The Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating  .... this had me laughing!!!

7 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds- fantastic for my new chia obsession. :)

Funny Planters -(giggle)

Would you stop using your microwave? Check out this story from my friends at Going Granola!

Pretty Art  ... oh I just love it.

AND check out my sweet friends' beautiful new album, Songs for the Church Vol. 2! It's beautifully honest and filled with truth... download it on iTunes! 

Hope these fun links brighten your week! Join in the conversation, I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Back in the Studio

Thanks you guys for all of your sweet encouragement since my last post! I'm so blessed to have such a beautiful tribe! I'm back in the studio and excited to be painting again. I'm starting small so I've been doing watercolors on paper. This one was really a surprise so I thought I'd share a little bit of the story behind it.  

This year, the word that God has put on my heart is "Connection" as in (genuine friendships). I really want to focus of building true connections so I want to study what God says about relationships in His Word. I came across this verse in my Instagram feed... 

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice." Proverbs 27:9

Love these beautiful words, don't you? So, I started off thinking about a smell that I'm just nuts about... and I am recently all into lavender. So I took my pencil and started drawing a bundle of picked lavender.. then I realized that this image wasn't very realistic for me, so I went to my kitchen window seal and grabbed my crazy, hairy, lavender plant. (It smells divine!) I took a big whiff an started over.

This time I painted not only what I saw, but what I SMELLED. This is a new experience but I decided to add the bright bleeding colors around the image of my favorite potted plant as an expression of fragrance. I wanted to be reminded of the rich smell of lavender when I see this painting and also of the precious pleasantness of my friends' heartfelt advice! 

I love the new freedom I'm finding in the studio.. thanks for letting me share!

If you're interested in purchasing this painting or any other painting in my new paper painting series, please visit this link... www.specsandwings.storenvy.com ....they are $10 each!

More adventures soon!


It's Time- to Start Again

In so many ways, it's time. Time away from this place was such a blessing and to any of you who still follow my blog, thank you for your patience and prayers. Truly. God moved in my heart to let go and make some changes so I'm back and excited! There are lots of things to share, but since this is my first post back, I want to keep it simple.

For me, it's time to start again, start over, refresh, be inspired, and be brave in a new way. Anyone else need a fresh start? Let's do this together.

I'm back in the studio too, but starting smaller and in a much truer place for me. I'll be sharing some new paper paintings on Instagram and in my shop!

More soon! If you're still out there, send a hello! :) specsandwings@gmail.com or on insta @specsandwings


Time to Refocus

Hello my sweet readers!
With some changes happening over here at Specs & Wings, I wanted to let you guys know that I'm planning to take a little time away to refocus. What does that look like? Well, it will be a bit of time for me to take a break from blogging and running my shop to spend time with the Lord and refocus my heart. (There will probably be some painting involved too!).

Thanks for being understanding and supportive. I appreciate your prayers and encouragement and I'm excited to see what God will do!!

Until my next post.... I would love to connect with y'all, my sweet readers! What is blogging without community?! I'd love to get to know you (or re-connect if I already know you!) So, I would REALLY love it if you could please email me here: specsandwings@gmail.com and let's be friends!

I can't wait to hear from you!


Link Love Friday!

(by Annie Barnett, found on Nesting Place Blog)

Well, every year my work place hits a really crazy time of year so I have to slow down with blogging a little bit. Thankfully, that season has recently ended and I feel a rush of relief and energy that I haven't felt in weeks!  One of my favorite posts to share with y'all has always been "Link Love"with the things that are inspiring me around the web! I'm hoping start sharing these types of posts every Friday starting today! Thanks for bearing with me my sweet readers!

Enjoy your weekend and if you get a change, sip on your cinnamon tea while checking out my favorite links...

I absolutely love this post about saying "no" in order to say "yes".... has me thinking about what I'd want in my "no/yes" lists....

Interesting article on How To Build Your Creative Tribe. Do you have one?

A great checklist before hitting "publish" on your blog.

Need some conversation starters over Thanksgiving dinner? Love this cute napkin!

DIY Thieves soap and cleaners from my friends at Going Granola!

One of my new favorite bloggers is featured in a magazine and sharing her story here.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend! Share your favorites in the comments!


Painting Pumpkins!

Thanks for bearing with me through a season when it was pretty quiet on the blog! I'm excited to be back with y'all today to share a new painting for fall... none other than these sweet little pumpkins! Am I the only one who gets a bit giddy when I see pumpkins arrive each year? They remind me of a time to stay warm indoors, have coffee talk with friends, spend time baking in the kitchen, and dwell on the beauty of the Lord. What does this time of year remind you of? I'd love to hear, share with us in the comments! 


Around the Web & Settling In

So....  I had my very first won-ton in high school at a Chinese buffet. It was probably my favorite thing there! Ever since I'd searched for a cream cheese won-ton and only found savory ones. But guess what I found?!? ......Homemade (Baked!) Cream Cheese Wontons! Problem solved.

A cool way to store books. Would you ever store your favorite reads by color?

I am all for any hairstyle that looks amazing and is actually effortless. Must try soon!

Color is so powerful and we don't even notice! Check out what colors mean when they are chosen for a logo. Anything surprise you?

17 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipes (That Pumpkin Cinnamon Mug Cake has my attention!)

But on that note... Is a microwave really safe? Here's an interesting article.

Healthy Snacks in Mason Jars.... so cute! I should totally prep some of these for work and home!

Love this Cleaning Checklist! I may need to print one and put it behind glass so I can use a dry-erase marker to check things off... cute huh?

This simple life-hack for peeling mangoes!

I'm ALL about a cheese plate so this DIY "Perfect Fall Cheese Platter" has me drooling. Yum. Ever wonder how to put one together? This is great!

Oh the beauty of each of these 19 Statement Making Frames! Which would you choose? I like that 3rd row from the bottom quite a bit!

I know I've been rather quiet here on the blog lately, but I am very much enjoying some down time. I've settled into this season (my favorite!) and not pushing so hard. If you get a change to click through these this week, I hope you'll comment and let me know what you think! I can't wait to hear your thoughts!