Whatcha Workin' on?

Well it certainly has been a long while since I've posted here. But that's all gonna change (probably...hopefully...I'll try my best), because so many exciting things are happening over here at Frameworthy Designs, and I totally want to keep you in the loop!

Here's a peek into what I'm working on, and some opportunities for us to connect!

Scatter + Sow
Book Club + Workshop

My dear friend, Erin and I have teamed up once again to bring you not one, but TWO fun things do before summer ends.

First, a Book Club! Through the month of August, we'll be reading The Way of Trust and Love by Father Jacque Philippe. Our first meeting is Wednesday, August 12, at 7p.m. at Michelangelo's in Norman. Check out more details and sign up to get reminders here.

Second, A WORKSHOP! Scatter + Sow is delighted to present 'Watercolor + Words of Wisdom' on August 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at Michelangelo's (we love that place, can you tell?). I'll be teaching you how to create a beautiful composition and painting with words of wisdom that inspire you! Seats are SUPER limited, so sign up quick! Get the full details and purchase tickets here.

Renegade Craft Fair - Brooklyn, NY

Wowee!! I can't believe I'm taking the leap and doing a big show, faaaarrrr away! I couldn't be more excited (and yeah, a little freaked out) to be participating in this show. Renegade Fairs are respected for the high calibre of makers and receptive crowds.

Are you in the NYC area?

Please please please come visit me Sept. 12 + 13 at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

Are you a retail shop owner?

I'll be set up Friday, Sept. 11, from 12 - 5 p.m. at a special wholesale market. I'd love to chat and see which products would be a great fit for your shop!

Can't make it to NYC?

Don't fret! I'm teaming up with some super talented ladies over at PaperSocietyOKC.com to give you a paper-loving experience you won't be mad about! More details to come on that...get EXCITED!

project spotlight : pearl's 1 yr

We celebrated Baby Pearl's first birthday last weekend, and it was as delightful as she is! This twinkle-twinkle themed party was accented with all things pink, gold, and SPARKLY. I created a sparkly invitation, hand-addressed envelopes, little signs for the (delicious) sweet treats, and a 'birthday board' to highlight her first year facts. It was such a blessing to be a part of this sweet girl's big day!

Have an event that needs some special touches? I'd be happy to help. Contact me using the form on my Custom Work Page.

Happy Wednesday, Loves!

-tara

So long, Twenty-Five

I'm 26 years old now.

It happened almost a month ago now.

I've been trying to remember what I felt like when I turned 25... Boo took me to Vast for my birthday last year. It's this super fancy restaurant at the top of the really really tall Devon tower in OKC. The atmosphere was pretty neat - waaay out of our league - we couldn't help but giggle at the pre-dinner 'palate cleanser' they served us, compliments of the chef... it was a slice of pineapple on a teeny tiny fork. Hilarious. I remember it was a Friday during Lent, so I picked a vegetarian option and it was turrible. But the cocktails were delicious and the company was even better. And I was twenty-five...a quarter of a century old. Woah.

Twenty-Five has a sort of wonder to it. It's one of those milestone numbers that lends itself to serious examination. I remember feeling like I really needed to get my act together. Not that I wasn't already on a good track -- it's just that 25 swiftly turns into 30 turns into 40 turns into 50 turns into old (sorry Mom and Dad). It's as if Twenty-Five unlocks the door to the rest of your life.

So I made a list of things - 25 things - that I would accomplish in my 25th year of life. I was certain that I would complete them all, and on my 26th birthday I'd proudly show off all 25 things crossed off my list. I'd be triumphant, and you'd be really impressed.

So now, I'm 26. I've been 26 for a month. The long anticipated day when I planned to show off my flawless forearm stand and present my shiny new, un-shattered iPhone screen with glee and gusto has come and gone without much commotion.

I celebrated turning 26, and actually it was super fun...but part of me didn't really celebrate the end of 25. I think it's mostly because I didn't mark everything off my 25 While 25 list.

In fact, I didn't mark most things off my list (see below).

So, instead of feeling super proud of myself at the end of my quarter-century, I felt kind of sheepish. I really did want to be able to do a forearm stand. I really did want to write to Reyna once a month. I really did want to read a book every month. I wanted to be the type of person that had the dedication and discipline to form good habits like those. I wanted to be stronger, more flexible, more in-tune with my body. I wanted to be generous and thoughtful - the kind of person who takes time to write letters to a little girl in Peru.

I still want to be that kind of person. I crave a life of virtue. I crave a life of intentionality and discipline, of generosity and joy, of adventure and creativity.

I just thought I'd be that kind of person by now. I thought I'd have that kind of life by now. Twenty-Five years is a lot of years. You'd think that we'd know everything we need to know in 25 years.

We should get it by now.

But we don't. Well at least I don't. Not consistently, at least. I'm still usually a hot mess. Womp womp.

If there's one thing I've learned in the last 25 years, and especially year twenty-five, is that there is only one thing that we really can and should strive to know:  that God is good, and we are His.

In spite of my mostly incomplete list, Twenty-Five was a great year. And honestly, I think Twenty-Six is going to be just as great, if not better. God is already presenting opportunities to me that I never imagined - yeah, some of them definitely freak me out - but I'm hopeful that things are shifting for good reasons, and that after and amidst the change, there is peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27-28

 

The Overwhelm

I think what happens is that when I commune with God,
I sometimes revert back to my five year old self.

Okay, picture this: God and I are just doing some grocery shopping at Target. Normal, right? So we're just hanging out. I'm telling Him about my day, my dreams, my hopes, my desires...normal Target talk...and He's giving me advice and paying me compliments and telling me to get my s*** together (I'm not 5-yr-old Tara yet), and so on. And then He does the sweetest thing...He gives me a gift! He buys me a throw pillow (one of those Threshold Collection pillows with the amazing ikat pattern...you know the one). And I LOVE IT. I'm so excited, so happy, so ecstatic that I grab the pillow and run away with it.

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