9.24.2012

Monday.

saturated canary digis 
I've been quiet lately on here.  
Normally, I like to post daily...or almost daily:).  

The last month has been a little rough.
We all have those months, though.  
And I am positive that whatever parts made my month kinda hard, 
Someone else in the world is experiencing much worse...

So, I am thankful for my Lord.  
That I can cast my worries and cares on Him.
And that I have an amazing, beautiful family that I love more than life.

I am holding off on releasing my Ebook, Violet Vintage.  I feel like it is the best decision to protect my business and brand at the moment. 

There is a lot that goes on in life and business that I obviously don't share on here.  Mostly, because that would be boring:).  Also, because crafting and creating artwork should be fun and inspiring.  So, when it is not, I don't want to share those negative feelings with you!  That would be rude of me;).  

This past month I have not wanted to draw that much.  Or even turn on the computer.  I know much of that stems from things I cannot control on my end.  The other side of it-- I think God was helping me step away from things to re-evaluate what is most important to me.  I LOVE what I do.  I truly, truly love creating and drawing.  I also want to pursue other things in life, like ministry and family time.  And they mean much more to me than any piece of artwork. 

I am looking forward to putting a bad month behind me.  Letting go of the frustration and sadness that got in the way of feeling inspired by and excited about life.  I haven't found a perfect balance between creating artwork and running a business and, more importantly, being a mother and a wife.  But, I'm searching a little harder for it now.  And even in broken-ness and tough times, God continues to work His purposes.  A pastor brought that to my attention just today.  That even in the ugly, messy parts of life, God continues to work in people's hearts-- He sees a bigger picture than I do.  

So, thanks for sticking around, even if there wasn't much on here to stick around for:).  We did go to Disney!  That was a welcomed break and a wonderful vacation full of treasured memories!  We arrived back yesterday morning (after a 17 hour drive, whew!) and kinda bummed it for the rest of the day:).  I will share photos of our time in Disney later this week.

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!  
Big hugs!

PS!  Before I go, the winner of the Blowfish Shoes Giveaway is Holly Moore!!  Please email me to receive your shoes, girly!!  

90 comments:

  1. You look after yourself Krista, that is the most important thing in life. Family and your health should be the thing you consider most, because trust me, I know when your health fails it is heartbreaking and has such an impact on family.
    We will always be here to enjoy your art :-) xxx

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  2. We all go through rough times, and I agree God always sees the bigger picture =0)....Fabi xxx

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  3. I am sorry to hear you have had a rough month ,I am sure things will improve for you .Would just like to say I love your artwork .

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  4. Krista, it is so great to have a post from you today!! It is so refreshing to hear that you put all your worries in gods hands. Hugs to you!

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  5. sorry to hear you have had a rough month,I am sure things will improve .Would just like to say I love your artwork .x

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  6. Sorry to hear you've had a tough month Krista, keep your head up and keep creating though, your pictures always make me smile :) xx Rebecca (long time follower, first time poster! :#) ) xxx

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  7. Krista, I agree with all the other comments that we all go through rough spots. Just hang in there and know that it wil be handled and we will all be here by your side how much or how little you post here cuz we all love you for you!

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  8. Chin up & look forward sweetie! Sorry you've had a rough time but you'll get through it!
    Hugs
    dawn xx

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  9. Sending you all big hugs, I've been having a hard time too, having to use my new shiny blue wheelchair but you're so right, there is always someone worse off and I thank God for letting me be who I am and giving me the strength to cope with it all. Keep up the fab work hun, you do a grand job all round so you deserve some time off when you need it. Take care lovely. Zo xx

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  10. Sorry to hear from your rough times Krista!!
    Hope things will be better soon!
    Family is number one.
    hugs,Sandra

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  11. I understand about having those 'rough' moments but remember - Proverbs 3:5-6,
    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

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  12. Be strong hunnie, your a wonderful person and so loving it shines out of you, you will get there hun and im behind you big massive huggies June xxxxxxxxxx

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  13. I feel for you. I've been feeling the same way lately and although I feel bad for not being on my blog regularly as of late, I need this break. Being a faith and inspirational family blog, it's been hard to be inspired when nothing inspiring is going on. Hoping my inspiration will come back soon and yours too. xoxo

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  14. Sorry to hear you´ve had a rough month Krista, unfortunately life has a way of doing this to us -x-

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  15. Just remember, no matter what happens HE LOVES YOU
    It's in his hands!
    HUGS
    Lorianna

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  16. Krista take care of yourself and your family. If home is feeling okay it makes it easier for you to concentrate on creating. I do hope that there are no big problems in your creating business and brand.
    Love your drawings so I hope you feel up to continue in a while.

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  17. Awww, Krista, I'm so sorry that life has been a bummer for you lately but know that this, too, shall pass. It always does. After losing my sister/best friend, my job a couple of months after that and now my home, I can tell you that life is chock full of curve balls and the best you can hope for is that the bat doesn't splinter when you swing at them. Your family and your faith will carry you through the rough patches... just hang on to them tightly and never let go.

    Blessings, Anne

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  18. When burnout hits, it's defintely best to take a break. Hope things are looking up, and that your mojo returns!

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  19. Hugs and take care, Krista.
    Dorte,xx

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  20. So sad to read that you have had a hard time! And I so understand you not feeling creative when your down! Hope stuff brightens up as the most often do.

    Ooooo Disney world.. I'm so going there when my youngest is old enough to remember.. (It is mostly me that has been wanting to go since I was a kid..but I know if I showed them pictures they would be screaming to go..)Will have to be the Paris one as that is way closer..

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  21. Oh Krista, I'm so sorry to hear you've been through a rough time lately! You're a wonderful person and I hope it gets better real soon!
    Great to hear you had a great vacation full of precious memories! Big hugs to you!
    Silvie xx

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  22. I'm glad that you took a break to recharge. Can't wait to see the Disney photos.

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  23. Hello
    Good luck with everything. And sometimes it's good to take a stap back. Great to believe that He's watching over all of us!

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  24. Krista, You are truly a beautiful person both inside and out. Your positive energy is contageous. I hope you find the balance you seek. God works in magical ways so I am sure he has a plan. Keep strong!

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  25. Krista, So sorry to hear that you have had a rough month. I know how being self employed can weigh heavy on our shoulders at times. Things that are out of our control. First and foremost it's about your artwork, and it is absolutely beautiful. You are truly talented. I hope October bring a much lighter mind set. As always I love your artwork. Take Care, Jennifer M

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  26. sorry to hear you having a bad month... just remember your family and you come 1st... you got to do whats best for you and them... everyone else can just wait...
    hugs
    kaz_za
    ps... a problem shared is a problem halfed sometimes...

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  27. ps.. i didnt mean shared on internet... i meant with a close friend... x

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  28. I think some people who follow your blog are simply fans or customers, but because you do share such amazing pieces of yourself, most feel like much more. Whether it is as simple as your personal smash book or as intimate as glimpses into your faith, family, and parenting, I love this space because it is more than just your art. I say that to encourage you that if you need support, a friendly ear to hear, a place to vent or just to work out your thoughts, I feel like you would find all of those things in abundance right here. You are loved! And I will be praying for you.

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  29. Really sorry to hear you've had a tough month, I had wondered if you were ok. While we love to hear from you yourself and your family is so much more important. I really hope things look up for you really really soon and am sending you hugs and prayers x

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  30. Hey Krista - wow, you have so much support here. It is hard learning to find that balance but it will come and sometimes you do have to just take a step back and just be a mom and wife first and foremost - but don't ever forget about YOU. Treat yourself to another 'me' movie day or snuggle up with a great book. I've learned over the yrs that ME time is so very important. Hang in there girl, it'll all work itself out, you'll see. Hug that hubby and those kiddo's and just enjoy. We'll all be here waiting for that gorgeous artwork of yours when you're up to drawing again!!

    Hugs;
    Karen

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  31. Awww hunni, sending you big hugs (((())))
    You always have such wonderful words for me when I am feeling low and I wish I could give you the same, we all have times like those you have had for the last month, but know that you are loved by us all and we are all there for you. It has been a pretty hectic time for you lately and we all need to just take a step back and relax for a short while to recharge the batteries.
    You are more than entitled to have time out, you work so hard. Take your time, chill out and enjoy everything you have and you will come back stronger.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs
    Kat xx

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  32. I understand more than you know, been there done that and the Lord is faithful. During these times He is causing us to sort out our lives and priorities, we just went through this and our walk into his/our ministry and our relationshopes with eachother and Him had to come first. It meant putting my art supplies in storage for a while, and He is now letting me pull some of them out since He and I have had a chance to get our priorities right. (Him 1st as you know) There is a verse in Heberes 13:5b and 6 in the Amplified Bible that has been my life verse for quite a while. People were after me to produce and I had to keep remembering these verses. Praying for you Sweetie, He has given you an awesome talent. He will never in His love and mercy take it away from you. May put it back a few feet :) but never take away what He has given you. Hugs, Cathy K (sorry for going on and on, please forgive me.

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  33. Krista, you do everything with your heart, even sharing this post...you are a sweet soul!

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  34. Hi krista this is the first time I have commented on your blog as I'm quite shy but I just want you to know that I love your work, your drawings are a joy to colour and have taken me out of some of the darkest days. I too have not blogged recently as my health is so up and down at the moment. Please take care and keep smiling. Caroline xxx

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  35. Im so sorry friend. Yes life happens sometimes. Ive been through rough times myself and with time they pass. I promise. Just take things one day at a time and do what makes you happy. The rest will fall into place. Know you are loved.
    xo
    Gabbi

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  36. Can perfectly understand your thought process....warm hugs to you and yours, sweetie!

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  37. Take care honey. Hope things become brighter for you soon.
    Annette
    xx

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  38. So many have sent their love your way and I want to add mine to that list. I only wish the best for you and your beautiful family.

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  39. I'm sorry to hear that you've been a bit bummed out lately Krista. You're right, we all get those feelings and just because you share some of your thoughts on here for us all to read, doesn't mean you have to be all sunshine and light. These are the times you pull your family close, confide in your friend and pray to the Lord to help you through. He is always there for you, day or night, no appointment need :) and so are your friend, I don't know if you consider us as your friends, but we are here for you too, day or night cos we are dotted all over the world. We check in with you everyday, week, month, because you're a real women, mother, wife, business woman and Chistian and we can all relate to you and you're triumphs and troubles and you are an inspiration too.
    I will pray for you toady and for your family and friends so they can comfort you and reassure you that your doing a great job and with the lords guidance, the choices you make will be the right ones.
    Take care, love and hugs,
    Dawn.W

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  40. Oh Krista,
    so sorry to hear that you have had a rough month.
    Hope things will be better soon.
    I'm thinking of you.

    Many hugs from netherland
    Coran

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  41. Oh Krista your heartfelt honesty is always so touching and encouraging. I'm struggling with the same need for balance. Isn't it awesome to know we can put our faith in the one who gives ultimate peace?

    I had a hard morning, even blogged about it some and about who I put all my hope in. And to just find out I won the shoes, what a blessing and surprise at just the right moment. My husband said, there's your God wink.

    Thank you so much!

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  42. Do your thing girl, you've got the magic, and you just have to go with what feels good. It's hard when you're an artist, trying to feel your way through the game of life, but you've come so far, and if you're true to yourself, you'll always be ok!

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  43. You just take care & thank you for being real.
    Much love
    Paula (PEP)

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  44. Sounds like you needed that time away with the family and your faith has allowed you to find that balance. Hope things improve for you.

    Sending big hugs
    Toni xx

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  45. Oh Krista I thought you were quiet but just hoped that you were getting ready for your vacation and having lots of fun, I'm so sorry to hear that you've had a horrid month, hopefully this next month will be the complete opposite and bring you lots of happiness.
    Take care.
    Mel :o) x

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  46. Sorry to hear things are a little down. I think we all need those times to just sit back and re-evaluate things. I know I do. Sending you some good vibes.

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  47. Hi Krista, I always call by but don't always comment. I love to read your beautiful posts and of course adore your art work. Sorry to hear you have had a difficult month. You know even the most beautiful tapestries have a side that has knots and uneven thread, but its that side that makes the other side so beautiful.
    He will bring all the answers to your questions and needs, in His perfect time, Take care sweetie.
    "Be Still and know that I am God" Ps.46 v.10
    Hugs xxxxx

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  48. Aww, sorry to hear its been a rough go for you.. and here I just thought you must be crazy BUSY with your exploding business... I should have touched base to see how you were doing, you are a wonderful woman - and you're openness is just another sign of your beauty heart.
    Glad you guys are back all safe and sound!!
    xo
    mel
    needle and nest design

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  49. Hey Krista!! Never say you are sorry for taking a break we all need them..Your family should always be your first and that is that!!! I love all of your work and I love to read your blog so weather it is everyday or once a month I will always keep an eye out for ya!! Hugs to you and your fam....

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  50. Krista-I just want to say I am so blessed to have found your blog. Besides your awesome art-I am so inspired in the way you share your faith. I love seeing your close family and even the bits of everyday "life". It feels like you are closing the generation gap for me-sharing your great fashions! (love that too!)Just saying you inspire! and I pray things will get better for you and hopefully your JOY comes back-because you are so full of it~
    sherry107

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  51. It's a struggle to balance the scales of life everyday. Your faith will see you through!

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  52. You have so much love pouring your way girlie! I hope the tuff-stuff is over soon. It's in the lows, that we truly appreciate the highs as I'm sure you well know. Been through enough dark days, to recognise that light at the end of the tunnel. Fix on that hunny and know that your craft, though not all of who you are, or what defines you, sure does bring you a lot of love and admiration from those of us who 'get' the love that's poured on the page, when you're creating. Hugest hugs to you hun, Wends xxx

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  53. Krista, just take care of you and your family that is the most important. The rest has a way of working out. The teeter-totter of life will always find a balance at least once during a ride. Love your work and reading your blog. Hugs.

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  54. I'm sad that your month has been rough. I guess your emotions must have been yanking from high to low. That can really make you numb, and emotionally overwhelmed. So it's good you take the time and regroup. And when your mind comes to rest, your vision will be clear ahead of you. In the end, we have to trust in a higher power to reveal to us, to lead us, and get us to our destiny. Enjoy your family--it's perfectly fine to take a vacation from us here in blogland. We'll be here when you return... take care sweetie, Big Hugs, xx

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  55. You have some really great advice and posts on here... I truly hope that your month gets better but I think that your positivity and optimism will pull you through. I will be visiting frequently! I was hoping that you wouldn't mind checking out my blog as well and following me if you like it.

    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.com

    Thank you so much,
    Sarah

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  56. We all definitely have difficult times, but I think the best thing you can do when feeling mentally or emotionally challenged is to not give yourself a hard time about it. Experience what you need to and know this too shall pass.

    On a brighter note, although I've bought a few of your digis, I haven't managed to color any because when I go to, the big, beautiful hair scares me away. Well, I took a course with Suzanne Dean this weekend and colored two of em. That means more coloring for me and more business for you! Lol!

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  57. Remember just take one day at a time. Hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs from Canada. Isobel

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  58. I am sorry that things have been rough for you lately. I think you showed a lot of wisdom in stepping back for a little while.

    May god keep and bless you,

    Mari

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  59. Sometimes life gets sucky - big hugs for turning it around :) much love xxx

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  60. So glad you are back as you were dearly missed. May our Lord Bless you and keep you peaceful and happy. Take care!

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  61. I have missed you and am so glad you are okay. Each of us have 'those times' in which we are reminded WE are not in charge...HE is! My favorite motto: I plan and God laughs! Take care!

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  62. Hey Krista! Sometimes we all need to take a step back and take stock of what is important...life has a tendancy to take over and we lose sight of what matters most! I too find it hard to balance between wanting to share my love of crafting and helping provide for my family and what essentially is the most important thing...spending time together and just being a family! Hope you find peace and inspiration for the time ahead...enjoy life! Hugs, Lisa x

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  63. So sad to hear you are having such a hard time. I hope everything will get better soon. Take your time and try to think about yourself. I wish you all the best. Take care.
    Lots of hugs!

    Kim

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  64. Dear Kristy,
    You will never bore me with your "just talking" and reflective post... so please share! You inspire me with your faith.
    Hope you will feel great and inspired again soon :-) Happy thought going your way!
    Hugs from The Netherlands, Ing

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  65. That is a great decision. I'm always amaze at how a lot of people can blog or create projects everyday and I thought, they may have some super speed power or don't have kids at home. But the truth is, I don't know what these people are giving up but for me, I have to constantly remind myself of my priorities---God (my relationship with Him), family, ministry and the list goes on but these are the top 3. I have purchased some artworks from you and as much as I wanted to create stuff with them, it will come in time...LOL. Take your time and praying for you.

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  66. lots off hugs and things can only get better x
    Nat

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  67. Hey Krista hun. Sorry to hear you're dealing with crapola, in whatever form. I think so many of us understand what you're speaking of. The good news... with your wonderful family and your faith, you've got your priorities in the right order. You'll find your 'mojo' again and we'll see many more wonderful images, cards, smash books, etc. from you. It will just have to come in your timeframe. Hang in there my dear! There are many, many folks here in blogland that care about you!! Count me in that group.
    Hugs, Denise

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  68. Krista, thinking of you and your family.
    Hugs, Shannon

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  69. Really sorry to hear that you are going through some tough time ... wish you all well. Hugs! Mojca

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  70. I hope everything's OK, Krista - you sound really down, which is not like you at all. Sending lots of positive thoughts and wishes that this difficult time passes quickly. Hugs Marie xx

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  71. krista, sorry your having an awful time at the moment, Life does get in the way sometimes. Its good to just take a break and take a step back. Focus on the things that are most important to you. You have such fabulous support here and a loving and supportive family treasure this always. Your work is truelly amazing and such talent. Hope things get better for you soon Abbie xx

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  72. Oh, Krista! I'm so sorry you've had a bad month. Your readers love you and we're all here for you whenever you want to talk about the not-so-fun stuff. XO

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  73. ich wünsche ihnen alles Gute und viel Kraft in den schweren Stunden, ich freue mich über alle ihre wunderschönen Bilder, bitte weitermachen
    Liane

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  74. Took me 32 down strokes on the mouse to get here to leave some . . . something supportive! Seems a bit repetitive now that I've arrived. However, if I weren't moved to give you hope, I wouldn't have made it past 10 strokes!! You just inspired me to help by being here and I wish you a beautiful piece of dp or ribbon or buttons that get you back to your crafty self! Good luck
    Hugs
    Tammy Louise

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  75. Thinking and praying for you. Just know that you make the world a better place. Thank you.

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  76. I love my crafty life not only cause I love to create but also becuase the awesome women I meet like who inspire me to do what I do...thank you for sharing your world I feel you I have days where I just want to zone out in my bed so have no fair this to shall pass...and God has a plan for us and whatever it is it will be wonderful....my event is Saturday if you want to come by let me know...Chela

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  77. faith and family come first, always always always. God takes care of putting the other stuff into proper order. and what we make into mountains (or other people make into mountains), He puts right into proper perspective. sending you big mutant zombie hugs from over here... :)

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  78. Here's to happier, sunnier, brighter more balanced days ahead! :)

    Happy Fall!
    xo Jenny

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  79. Sending you a BIG HUG! All will work out in the end...:)

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  80. Sorry that you are having a rough time. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time at Disneyland. Look after yourself.
    Hugs Gretchen

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  81. HUGS Krista! Someone who is a good person will win out in the end. Karma will smack that horribleness down where it belongs though its not fun to wait it out.

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  82. Hi, Krista.
    I think that I know exactally what you are speaking, because I am like you since some time ago. Now, I am a little better... but some time I feel like God had forgoten me, I am sad... very sad...
    But, I try all time to say for myself that God Loves me and He didn't forgive me.
    Is this work?? Really... I don't know... but I'm feel better in these moments.
    So... I just have to say to you that these moments always will have in our life and just God can help us.
    Have a time to you, your family, your work... you. We need these times.
    Have a nice week... and came back to show us the pictures from the travel, ok.
    xx
    PS: Sorry for my mistakes, but I don't write in inglish very much.

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  83. Sorry to know that you have had a bad time. We know things will get better but it does suck waiting for it. I hope you have a short wait. HUGZ

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  84. And all this time I thought it was vacation that had you so quiet! I'm sad to hear you've been having a rough time and I'm sending cyber hugs! I hope you know how much your art means to so many, but not only that YOU mean so much too! You let us glipse bits of your life and your heart. Though we've never met it feels like we're friends because of that. Know we support you and are here for you! Even if it's just to leave you a comment to make you smile. I know you will do what is best for you, your family and your business during the rough times, but remember you never have to face them alone!
    {hugs}
    Regan

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  85. Sending you a big hug. I love reading your blog posts. Saw this quote and thought of you. Don't shrink your dreams, just supersize your courage and abilities. You are one talented lady that inspire so many. Hugs Nina

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  86. Awe - Sending you hugs Kristen. There are times when you feel like you took the wrong turn somewhere but in reality that's God reminding you that even thru the good times there will be those hard frustrating ones as well and that's all apart of life. Maybe whatever that was happening was God saying: I think you need to experience something like this because you never know when you may need it in the future. And the things we go thru bad or good is God reminding us that life isn't perfect but we have to learn so we can get stronger. Much hugs to you. Ana

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