Wednesday, July 9, 2014


 I read Watchman Nee's The Normal Christian Life last spring. He explains the relationship of sin and the Christian better than I have ever read or heard. 

"This deliverance (from sin) is so real that John can boldly write: 'Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin ... he cannot sin' (1 John 3:9), which is, however, a statement that, wrongly understood, may easily mislead us. By it John is not telling us that sin is now no longer in our history and that we shall not commit sin. He is saying that to sin is not the nature of that which is born of God. The life of Christ has been planted in us by new birth and its nature is not to commit sin. But there is a great difference between the nature and the history of a thing, and there is a great difference between the nature of the life within us and our history. To illustrate this (though the illustration is an inadequate one) we might say that wood 'cannot' sink, for it is not its nature to do so; but of course in history it will do so if a hand hold it under water. The history is a fact, just as sins in our history are historic facts; but the nature is a fact also, and so is the new nature that we have received in Christ. What is 'in Christ' cannot sin; what is in Adam can sin and will do so whenever Satan is given a chance to exert his power."

This painting is what came to mind upon reading that passage. 

I sewed cloth onto the watercolor painting and hand embroidered her hair.

The Girl in the Lane Shop

Thursday, July 3, 2014

More Bang for your Buck

 I decided to double up my patterns. I want any product I make to be a good value to my customers. Enjoy more!

A little more about my embroidery patterns:

- Each set is for sale as an instant download PDF.
- Each set comes with two pages of instructions.
- Each has at least one color photo reference sheet. 

Also, each pattern includes fun little bonus patterns as a freebie.

More patterns for sale soon!

P.S. There is a story behind why that orange tree picture looks the way it looks. It is a boring and frustrating story so don't ask. Just please forgive me. This whole Girl in the Lane thing is a work in progress. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We Went Camping

It was the best.

It was also rather exhausting in the best way possible. 
I came home feeling totally worn out but refreshed. 

Also, probably by no coincidence, I started reading Last Child in the Woods when I got back. I am not far into it but I do love it. It is about the new relationship between children and nature. It is an eye-opening read. If you are a parent or are thinking about being one some day, read it. Then go play outside.

It also starts each chapter with a quote. I personally love that in a book. 

There was a child went forth every day, 
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became,
And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day,
Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.

The early lilacs became part of this child, 
And grass and white and red morning glories, and white and red clover,
and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs and the sow's pink-faint litter,
and the mare's foal and the cow's calf,...
-Walt Whitman

It was a fun little outdoors weekend but I need to get back to work. I am excited to be a part of Art Fair 562. It is soon and I have much to do to get ready.

The Girl in the Lane Shop

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tra-laa Tra-lee Today is My Birthday Lucky Me!

Today I turn 29.
 I am actually turning 29. I know that is a birthday some women have a few times. This will be my only 29th Birthday I promise. It is the start of the last year of my 20's and I plan to use the year well. I am excited to start a new job next week as a nanny to a tiny and very new person. I have many a great plan for this art business I have going. Starting with my first prints for sale!

Other than that we'll see what God brings this year. I feel really great about where I am at and where I am going. I am content. Maybe that finally makes me a grown-up.

The Girl in the Lane Shop

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mr. Bear

This cute guy's pattern is now available for instant download.
There is this little onesie for sale too.
3-6 months
I have plans to make bibs soon if you are at all interested.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Slice of Life

Pretty views

Bellevue Blossoms Fest display

Silly children

Avia's work. 
She discovered Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals and found her own love of drawing. This I also love.

Current project peeks



Thursday, May 22, 2014

What inspires me may inspire you: Andrew

This is Andrew (the one with the beard). He is my friend. He is my husband.

Maybe he does not directly inspire my art very often but I cannot do what I do without him. He encourages me and keeps me going. Too many times I have asked him for his opinion on color choice or if something was cute enough? He has no idea on such matters but he understands his input is important to me so he takes the question seriously.  

A little while back I asked Andrew what his favorite piece I have made is. He bought two paintings from me when we first started dating. This one is still his favorite.

I imagine it must be challenging be married to an artsy type. My ideas often make no sense. I have a hard time just watching TV and doing nothing. There is always a mess.  I think there is at least a little selfishness needed to create. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We just need to recognize this as artists and remember to thank those supporting us.

Thank you Andrew. I love you even if you did almost wipe your barbaric hands on one of my just finished fancy tea towels that one time and you love me even if I have almost accidentally stabbed you with a needle a few times. Just so you know, I also may have gotten colored pencil shavings in our bed once or twice. I guess it’s all part of the creative process.

Happy four years ago we got married day!

P.S. The two embroidery details are pieces on my White Bear inspired by Andrew. He is a fan of breakfast and books.