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Off The Wall Home Faith Print

Y’all, I’ve been so busy the past couple of weeks it’s been difficult to find the time to write here.  I’ve had very good intentions but I have found myself covered in paint and buried in cabinet doors.  I’m grateful for this but I don’t like not spending time here.

This morning I received an email from a reader/faux client/shop customer with a link to a sweet nursery picture on pinterest.  I squealed when I saw our very own “Faith” print on this precious babies wall.  What an adorable nursery this little girl has.

I can’t tell you the feeling that comes with seeing our work in our clients/customers homes.  Every time we see one of our products or prints… well it’s just a blessing.  It doesn’t just mean a “sell” to us.  It really is so much more.  We really spend so much time in prayer over what Jaime and I do. Over each design, each piece of wood that is cut, each piece of artwork that is painted – lots of thought and meaning go into each one.  Our focus and mission isn’t to just make money, although it is how we make a living and a way that God uses to provide for our families.  But more, our desire is that each piece truly stirs up something inside each person who comes across one of our pieces.  That it brings real inspiration and encouragement in your spirit.  And ultimately creates a desire for you to also do the same.

What an honor it is to be a part of someone else’s life this way.  What a privilege!  That’s what we feel each and every time we see something created by our hands.

It’s more then just a product.

Thank you Stacey for sending this to me!

If you wanna join in on the fun, you can always share a picture of one of your Off The Wall Home pieces with us on pinterest or our Facebook Page. We would love to show it off and maybe feature it here on the blog!

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maybe christmas doesn’t come from a store

I really hate to start on Christmas already when Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I wanna give it it’s proper due man!

Grinch Christmas Print

But I can’t deny the reality of the world.  Let’s get real.  My Facebook feed is starting to already blow up a bit with the Christmas shopping and the Christmas tree decorations.  Lot’s of y’all are already there.  So I’m not going to look at it as overlooking Thanksgiving.  I’m going to look at it as extending the celebration of Christmas. A holiday that we all celebrate and have an amazing opportunity to really share our faith with others who may not understand why we celebrate this day.

Each year Christmas means so much more to me.  Maybe it’s because I’m getting older.  Maybe it’s because I’m a mom (and when you’re a mom there really is a sort of an enlightenment of how you see the world that just happens unexpectedly).  Maybe it’s because I’ve had more time and more experiences in my faith.

A couple of Christmas’ ago, I shared a little about how I am seeing Christmas and want more from it.   This year is no different.  Well, that’s not true. It is really.  As I start to think about the shopping and the gift giving… there is just something different.

So. With that being said, I made a Christmas print.  This is one of my favorites as far as Christmas quotes go.  The Grinch is a big deal in our family.  Since I can remember, my mom has loved this movie.  We’ve gotten her Grinch slippers, Grinch shirts and all kinds of Grinch shenanigans. Fittingly, she has passed that love down to her grandkids so needless to say I have seen and heard this movie a lot.  I know just about every line.

This one’s a favorite.  Jaime and I made it a quote plaque in our Christmas line for Off The Wall Home and it was always a best seller.  I think everyone just really get’s it.  I think we all know there is more to Christmas.  So much more.  Thank goodness there’s more!

If you like the print, head over to The Shop.  I have a few other Christmas prints in the works and hope to have them up soon.  However, I’m (thankfully) knee-deep in cabinet doors at the moment so they might make the shop next Christmas.


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a new lens, a grateful habit and random post

Just Melissa 2.1

I’ll be upfront and go ahead and let you know now that this is a random post.  Not much rhyme or reason to it other then that I got a new lens for my camera a couple of weeks ago.  I have been wanting the nifty fifty lens since I got my camera two years ago and finally got around to making the purchase.

After taking Ashley’s SnapShop course and really understanding how to use my camera, she suggested a good overall lens was the 50 mm lens.  It takes great pictures.  I really can see a difference in the brightness and sharpness of my pictures.

Just Melissa 2.2

However, it is taking me some getting used to.  It isn’t a zoom lens, so I have to really work at getting my placement when capturing the picture.  And now that I know better what to get and what not to miss, it bugs the stew out of me that I cut off those cute little boy’s feet in the pictures above.

I was trying to hurry and had a group of people standing behind me so I couldn’t really move around like I needed to.  But, that being said, I love – ABSOLUTELY LOVE – the above pictures!  Missing feet and all.

Just Melissa 2.3

I want to get back to taking more pictures of the every day moments.

Looking back through them helps me gain the perspective I need and forget all the negative stuff that sometimes takes up too much space in my heart. I’ve really been thinking a lot about that.  That negative stuff.  The stuff I want and don’t have.  The stuff I want and think I need.  The plans that seem to make sense and work out for everybody.  Everybody except me.

Why is it so easy to go down that path and not the other?  The path of gratefulness. I want to change this thought habit of mine.  I want my mind to wander to the abundance of blessings I have that I don’t deserve instead of the countless things that really make no eternal difference.

I really wanna do this this year.  I have wanted to do a Thanksgiving Tree since spying it on Pinterest a few years ago and never have made it happen. This year, in this house, I have done absolutely nothing festive for the holidays.  This house and I just don’t dig each other and it’s really too much to get into here and with me trying to be all positive and all, I just won’t go there.  All the more reason I feel led to really put the Thanksgiving Tree into action this year.  Have you done it?  Did you like it?  Did your family get into along with you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you made it work for your family.

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