Mountain Lodge Theme Hand Lettered Artwork

Updated 9/2023: I created these Mountain Lodge prints several years ago for our church’s “Cozy Mountain Lodge” women’s retreat. I used them in the centerpieces and gave them away at the end of the event via raffle. This last week I’ve had the opportunity to update them. I’ve learned much over the years about how to digitize my artwork and have some fancier software as well. It was time to “remaster” the original prints and, while I was at it, I made it possible to customize the verses to use your preferred version.

I’m so excited to be able to do this. Version differences, not to mention copyright limitations, have made it difficult to make and share artwork with Bible verses on them. I’m excited to see where this will lead, but for now these Mountain Lodge Prints are available in my shop! Use them at home, as a gift or for church events and activities. I used them as event decor; another lady is using them as a retreat craft. How will you use them?

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Save the Date Coffee Cups

Last year I shared this cute prototype for a save the date card we used for our cafe themed women’s retreat. Well, I just wanted to let you know that I have updated that post with all the templates I created and used to make it. I also included some tips to make your project even easier!

These would be great for save the date or invitations for cafe themed parties, retreats or weddings. You could also use this for thank you notes or even just a note of encouragement if you change the tag.

Click over to read the post and download the template files for your own.

If you use it, I’d love to see a pic. Just leave me a link so I can see!

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Keep Calm and Get Cozy – Women’s Retreat Decor

Keep Calm and Get Cozy with God's Word

Yes, a shameless borrow of the super trendy “keep calm” movement. (Can I call it a movement?) I usually stay far from it. Even though I too love the most clever versions, I prefer to enjoy from afar (ahem… Pinterest anyone?) But this one crept into my head and I just couldn’t help myself. I borrowed from a similar design I created last year, and it just had to be part of our “Cozy Mountain Lodge” women’s retreat this year.

Now, it’s not perfect. I wasn’t planning to hand letter the “keep calm” part and then decided to at the last minute. But… when I did, I didn’t plan it out and the spacing isn’t perfect. Nothing Photoshop won’t fix. Yes, it’s cheating. But for this kind of thing, I’m okay with that. And I prefer it to redoing the whole thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Updated 9/2023: This print is available โ€œremasteredโ€ , customizable for your favorite Bible versions, in my shop! Come on over and have a look!

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2019 Calendar in Coffee Mugs Design

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.  Summer is a super busy season for my family, but I have managed to do some hand lettering and painting.  I just haven’t managed to post any of it.  I am hoping to get caught up in the next few weeks though and to post some of my early things with a fall theme.

I hope you will all enjoy.  I am honored that there are 20 of you now following my little blog!!!  Thank you!

Coffee Cup Calendar Tea TowelHave you heard of Spoonflower?  It’s a design your own fabric/wallpaper company online.  And they have a weekly design challenge I’ve tried to participate in several times this year, but until now, I’ve not quite finished my design by the deadline.

Each week there is a theme, and if you noticed that I said until now, I’ve missed the deadline, you may have figured out that I finally made it with an entry.  This weeks theme is calendar tea towel, so I decided to design something using my coffee cups.  It’s designed as a fat quarter (if you are familiar with fabric measurements at all), but turned into a tea towel on their website.

You can vote here if you would like… no pressure to vote for me.  You  may vote as many times as you want… just vote your favorites!

But either way, let me know what you think.  I’d love to know!



Sweet Life Cafe Women’s Retreat Unveiling

Women's Retreat Table Decor

Our church’s women’s retreat has come and gone and it was a great time of womanly fellowship and encouragement.  As I’ve mentioned (here and here), I invited myself onto the committee as their decorator and, thankfully, they were thrilled.  I love to add the details to things and that’s just what I did.  It was me, our three pastor’s wives, and the church administrative assistant.  Each lady was so well suited in a different area and it worked out perfectly.  (Isn’t that just how God’s family works out?)

Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get a picture of the overall room, but that’s okay, because we couldn’t do much on a grand scale.  We focused on the table center pieces primarily.  Here are some of them:

Do you see that pedestal candy dish?  I made that using this tutorial I found on Pinterest!  I loved these glasses though (also from the dollar store).  So fun, easier to get your hand into, and a place for the jute to be tied on.

The coffee beans in the jar with the tea light (at the top of the post) were super fun and easy too.  I worried they would smell too strongly with 11 of them around the room, but it was only subtle.  I didn’t even notice, which is good because I don’t like the smell of coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚  They were a Pinterest find too.

I also made these little cuties.  A pendant necklace was gifted to each of the ladies during one of the sessions, but I couldn’t let them just be tossed out on the table.  I wanted to wrap them up cute, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it.  So I just cut strips out to the right width from 8 inch scrapbook paper.  I folded them around the necklace card and tied strings from burlap (it’s nice and skinny) around them to hold them shut.  Then I made these fun stickers.  I hand wrote each of them on labels my mom found at the dollar store forever ago and colored in the coffee beans with brown Crayola marker.  I came up with 6 different “bean” phrases for them:

Just “bean” with Jesus
God has “bean” good
He’s “bean” good to me
I have “bean” redeemed

Sorry, I don’t remember the 6th one. ๐Ÿ™


My last “little” touch is actually the biggest one. ๐Ÿ™‚  I asked my husband to make me a chalkboard sign based on this inspiration pic on Pinterest.  You can’t see it great in this picture, but it turned out wonderfully and I created my first chalk sign on a large scale.  I’ll be using this more often and hopefully will get better at it with practice. ;)You can find the rest of my retreat ideas, the ones I used and the ones I didn’t, over on my Women’s Retreat Pinterest Board

I was a bit discouraged last week that I didn’t get to a lot of my ideas, but then I remembered that, this way, I can use them at future retreats and events and they will still be new.

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An Attempt at Chalkboards

This weekend is the long awaited and prepared for Women’s Retreat for my church.  All my coffee themed work to date was created for this retreat, as were a number of other things.  Among them are these chalkboards.

This my first attempt at lettering and doodling on a chalkboard and I got plenty of practice on them.  I wouldn’t call any of them perfect, but since they are just for the weekend, I’m not too worried about it.  They are cute just the same.

As I said, this was my first real experience with chalkboard art.  As such, I made a few rookie mistakes.  The biggest was to use chalk markers on chalkboard paint without sealing them first.  Yep, I’m pretty sure the first 5 I did are permanent.  I’ll either sand and repaint after the retreat is over or find something to do with them.  If people think they are any good, maybe they could make their way into my up and coming Etsy shop or a first ever giveaway here at my little space.

This weekend, though, these little guys will be part of the centerpieces.  I have a few others that weren’t done yet when I took these picture that will be around the room.  I’ll try to get some picture during set up tonight, but the light won’t be as nice at the hotel.

So many things left to do and we’re leaving in less than 2 hours.  Since the little ones won’t nap unless I sit with them for a bit, though, I thought I’d post these for you to wet your appetite for the rest.

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First I Drink the Coffee – Hand lettered quote

First I Drink the Coffee -- Hand Lettering

This is the last painting/ hand lettered piece for our cafe themed centerpieces.  I am making centerpieces for 8 tables for the Women’s Retreat at out church and each one has a different framed art.

First I Drink the Coffee - Hand Lettering

“First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”

I saw this quote on Pinterest and couldn’t not make one.  It’s too funny.  I want to make a note pad with it (I found a tutorial for how to do that)… it’s on my list of things to make this year.  I just think it lends itself to a “to do” list.   What do you think?

First I Drink the Coffee - Hand Lettering

Painted and hand lettered on 140 lb. watercolor paper with watercolor and ink.

Count your Blessings – Watercolor Coffee Bean Illustration

Count your Blessings Watercolor Coffee Beans

Have I mentioned yet that I don’t like coffee?  It’s true.  I don’t even like the smell… something my husband thinks is crazy.  “People who don’t like coffee at least like the smell,” he told me one day several months ago.

Not me.

So I don’t, personally, think of coffee beans as blessings.  But I know there are a lot of people out there who do.  Every cup of coffee… every coffee bean is a blessing.  This one is for you.

Count your Blessings Watercolor Coffee Beans

I’ve got a lot of coffee going on lately.  As it turns out, I love illustrating coffee.  It’s been a super fun personal project.  As long as I can sip on my tea while I paint. ๐Ÿ™‚

Original ink and watercolor illustration on 140 lb. watercolor paper.


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“Bear with one another in love” – Hand Lettered Watercolor Illustration

"Bear with one another in love" Hand lettered Ephesians 4:2 with illustrated Coffee cup

I began this concept as a tiny drawing in my sketch pad.  I was sick with fever a couple weeks ago… sick enough that my husband stayed home from work to take care of me and all my responsibilities (there are 6 of them ranging from 2-11).

After breakfast I made my move from the table to the recliner, but on my way I grabbed a pencil and my sketch pad.  I rarely have time to just sketch and play with ideas these days, and it was a delightful treat to have nothing else I was required (or capable of, I might add) to do but sit there and doodle (with my also sick 4 year old cuddling with me, of course.)

"Bear with one another in love" Hand lettered Ephesians 4:2 with illustrated Coffee cup

A couple of days ago, that little doodle made it’s way onto graph paper, and then finally to watercolor paper where the daunting job of adding color in a way that doesn’t mess up the whole thing awaited me.  A night or two later and I was looking for just the right way to finish it off.

And there it is… “bear with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

Original artwork in watercolor and artist pen on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. 

Today Needs a Whole Latte Prayer – hand lettering

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

This piece has been grown and tweaked over the last few months.  Just when I thought I knew how I wanted it or what I was going to do, something wouldn’t fit and I’d have to rework it.

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

I originally planned to do it on watercolor paper and use a wash for a more colorful background, but as I worked with the piece and saw holes where I wanted to add more visual interest, I decided instead on the little icon drawings.  Those seemed to lend themselves more to colored pencils (another media I had on hand).

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

In the end, I am pleased with the simple look and clean lines of the black and white with just a couple pops of color.  The piece was hand lettered in artist marker on card stock.  The images were colored with colored pencil.

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