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Giving Back

Can I be honest? I struggle with giving. It isn't something that I naturally want to do but it is something that I recognize and want to grow in. When I started Field and Forest Design, 100% of the profits went towards adopting our son and bringing him home from China. Once we brought him home I wanted to use a percentage of the profit to give in some way. But as soon as I had the thought I also had doubts and my hands began to close. Our son would need therapies and surgeries down the road. And what if our old car broke down? Oh and we could really use the extra money for X,Y and Z.  There will...

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Small Business Saturday

  November 26 is Small Business Saturday! It's a day to encourage and remind people in the busyness of Christmas shopping to support small and local businesses. Over the years I have enjoyed finding online and local shops and getting to know the faces behind them. Owning a small business myself has taught me just how much hard work goes into running a business. Often, one or two people are doing all of the work of creating products, building a website, marketing, packaging, shipping, etc. Something that a large company hires many people to do. While it is a lot of work, I love getting to create and am passionate about what I do. I know that the artists and...

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Creating Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are my favorite. Our wall space is limited in our home but I love photos and art on the walls. So gallery walls are a great way to still be able to add a lot of photos and art in smaller spaces. I wanted to share some tips that I have learned in creating gallery walls partly because a few of you have asked and partly because Field and Forest Design's art pieces are smaller and I think that gallery walls are a great way to display them!  If you look on Pinterest you can find tons of super-detailed blog posts about how to do gallery walls. This is my condensed version for people like me who are...

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New Maple Collection // Grace // Be Still

When I asked for your suggestions on words that inspire and encourage on Instagram, grace was a frequent suggestion. I love that these pieces are made not only for you but also with your input! To be honest, I struggle with grace. I struggle to give it and I struggle to receive it. I get stuck in the 'do good so I can receive good' mentality. Recently, God has shattered a lot of things in my life to open my eyes to just how broken and self-reliant I am.  I want to bring something to the table but I don't. I have failed miserably in the past, I will fail today and I will fail in the future but because of Jesus, God...

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New Maple Collection // Little By Little

I'm introducing the fourth piece in my new Maple Collection today. Each day this week I am introducing a new piece and they will all be available to purchase starting on Monday, August 15.  'Little by little, one travels far'  -J.R.R. Tolkien I think this quote can have multiple meanings. You can interpret it as literally traveling or as growing/traveling far in the journey of life. I like the latter. This quote has been and encouragement to me over the past year. We brought our son home from China last November and it has been a beautiful but long journey.. He has some special needs that make some things more difficult.  It has also been a long journey as we as strangers learn...

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