Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Overflowing Hope


August arrived yesterday with bouquets of bright, beaming sunflowers.  These sunshine spears always mark the beginning of what we call the sunflower season. 
The hot, steamy temperatures of August just seem to invigorate these solar-flare-flowers
that streak into the sky with a 
Jack-in-the-Beanstalk style speed.
 What an inspiration! They make us want to dance-around and paint everything bright yellow!
  

So, here's a little splash of happy color and inspiration just for you. 
Three joy-filled sunflowers from our garden that seem to say: 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 

Sending you sunshine smiles full of hope,
The Velvet Lime Girls




Monday, July 4, 2016

Patriotic Quote for the 4th of July


Happy 4th of July to you today!  On this day when we look back and remember our Independence Day as a nation, we thought we'd pull out a patriotic image we created back in 2010. 
Although the quote from Abraham Lincoln came almost a century after the historic 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, the same message hope is conveyed.
And it's a message that still rings true for America today.
"...this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom..." 

Celebrating with grateful hearts & fireworks today,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer's Here!

Summer's here and we've been enjoying our studio garden so much that we almost forgot to share a few photos with you on this first day of summer!





 




























































We have buttercups, walking lilies, swiss chard, spiderwort and flowers yet to be named, just bursting-out all over our garden. Every morning there's a fresh, dew-kissed face, framed in petals, peeking up us!  

They're daily inspiration and gentle reminders of the grace God wraps us up in every day.

"My grace is enough to cover and sustain you..." 
 2 Corinthians 12:9 - The Voice


Happy first day of summer,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Friday, April 8, 2016

Velvet Lime Girls' in Puerto Rico!


Hola!
We've been brushing up on our Spanish ever since we found out that our artwork, seen on these gift sets by DIVINITY,  is now found in all the Walmart and Sam's stores in Puerto Rico! Thank-you Divinity for making us look so good and thank-you to all our new friends in Puerto Rico! 

For everyone outside of Puerto Rico, we understand the sets are available online at Christianbook.com and gift shops that carry the Divinity line of products. 

So, a big shout-out of thanks to Keith Schwartz and the great team at Divinity for helping us carry our words of encouragement into the hearts of the wonderful people who live in Puerto Rico.

Gracias,
The Velvet Lime Girls


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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Chive-Talking

A tousled-head of garden chive caught our eye this morning. It's spiky, feathery, petal tips, still tossing around drops of dew, were just beginning to stretch in the morning light and awake to the joy of today.  What an inspiration!
Chives aren't used to being seen so up-close and personal, and they're kind of just known for those slender, savory stems that infuse our food with flavor. Mmm, your tastebuds should be humming right now at the thought of a few minced wisps of chives.  A tiny sliver can change the whole palate. And this slender chive strand changed the whole palate in our garden today, as it stood up and overflowed with hope in the morning light.  If a little chive can do that, we can too.  We can choose to lift our tousled heads and let hope overflow in our lives. 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13


Overflowing with hope,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Monday, March 14, 2016

Never Give Up

Here's a little encouragement just for you today.  A reminder that with God nothing is impossible. Absolutely nothing. He's actually able to do more than we can even ask or think, and He's concerned about the things that concern us. (Ephesians 3:20 and Psalm 138:8)

We hope our Grace-Graphic™ lifts your spirit today and gives you the kind of tenacity, that says in the face of any challenge, "Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill 

Churchill had it right when he refused to give up, and you can do the same. You can tap into the strength, determination and reassurance that God offers to you. He's right here, ready to help you.  We like the way The Message conveys the kind of care He offers:

"Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds." Matthew 6:26

So let the little bluebird above, peeking down to a powerful promise in our Grace-Graphic™, be a reminder that you're cared for and absolutely nothing is impossible for you, with God.

Careless in the care of God,
The Velvet Lime Girls




Monday, February 15, 2016

Smoothie Time



We've been talking about chocolate, sweet things and love lately, but the truth is, around our studio, you'd be hard pressed to find many sugary things!  It's true.  You'd be more likely to find a green smoothie, and sometimes we can be very creative with the ingredients.  Now, we may not put shitake mushrooms or bark in it, like the above graphic suggests, but it will be loaded with lots of green things. We could talk for days about the benefits of green things, but we find great inspiration from this beautiful quote:

"Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows on the earth and every fruit-bearing tree. They will be your food and nourishment."  Genesis 1:29 - The Voice 

  When we discovered that the original word for the seed-bearing plants included green, grass-like plants, we took a trip to the grocery store for wheat grass, spinach, kale and anything green!  Wow, do we notice a difference when we start our day sipping on one of these green smoothies.  Our recipe varies each day, so we're not including a recipe here, but you can find bushels of green smoothie recipes online, and there's one out there that will make you fall in love with everything green!


Sipping green smoothies,
The Velvet Lime Girls