Monday, September 18, 2017

Garland Your Life with Grace

Garlands of Grace draping your life.  Doesn't that sound like a lovely way to live?
Oh, we think so, and these watercolor embellished flowers from our garden seem to convey just what a grace-draped life would look like... relaxed elegance and refinement in the midst of raindrops and watercolor-splashes.  What a beautiful way to live.  When we read this passage below from The Message today it inspired the colorful splatters above and brought some new insights about Wisdom.

"Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

Proverbs 4:3-9

So, we're on a little mission around here in our studio to Get Wisdom.
And just like this slender branch of buds, we believe Wisdom will garland our lives with grace.

Getting Wisdom,
The Velvet Lime Girls 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Change of Season



Well, we're still enjoying the beautiful wrap-up of summer here in Georgia, with light breezes, warm temperatures and sunny skies.  Thoughts of fall are not even on our horizon, but today that changed with the arrival of our Hello Fall doormat sample!  Oh, we were just thrilled to receive this beautiful sample from the great team we've worked with at Evergreen Enterprises! Thank-you Evergreen!
Apparently these doormats with our artwork are available at many locations that carry Evergreen doormats and we even found an online Groupon offer for the decorative doormat!  Here's a couple sightings we've had of the Hello Fall doormat.  Let us know if you see one in your area!

Amazon - Happy Fall Doormat

Groupon - Happy Fall Doormat


Happy Labor Day week-end to everyone,
The Velvet Lime Girls 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Whispers of Grace

Pink Speckled Gladiolus - Velvet Lime Girls
Our studio garden is filled with whispers of grace lately. Soft-petaled, dew-kissed flowers greet us each morning with freshly washed faces and delicate smiles. Some arise from dreamy slumber and others meet the day with a nice long stretch.
"Dreamy" Impatiens - Velvet Lime Girls
"Stretching" Impatiens - Velvet Lime Girls
A few wake-up with perky, petite faces. Bright and alert at the first ray of sun.
Asparagus Fern Flowers - Velvet Lime Girls
Miniature Hummingbird Bush - Velvet Lime Girls

And some just saunter around for hours in their pink slippers and pajamas.
New Guinea Impatiens - Velvet Lime Girls

Oh, do they know how beautiful they are?
Even the hardly-ever-noticed-ones, like the diminutive lavender flowers, shyly lifting their faces along sprigs of thyme. Who even knew flowers this exquisite nestled among thyme?
Thyme Buds - Velvet Lime Girls
Thyme Flower - Velvet Lime Girls
Thyme Flower - Velvet Lime Girls
We think The One who created them knew. He knew about every-single-little-detail.  And this attentive care is a mere shadow of the attention to detail that He lavishes on you.  He actually says you are far more beautiful, far more valuable, far more exquisite than any of these flowers.

Even if you wear your pink slippers and pajamas until noon.
Split-Second Morning Glory - Velvet Lime Girls


You are so beautiful wrapped in grace,
The Velvet Lime Girls



"You surround me, front and back... I am beautifully and wonderfully made ..."  
Psalm 139

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Living in Full Bloom


Living life in full bloom is the best way to live.
We've been doing just that this summer in our studio! 
The art tables are full of flowers and treasures from the garden and they've been bringing a bounty of nourishment to our souls as well as our palate.
                 









We've also had the lovely hum of grandchildren in the studio this summer. Their petite handprints covered in paint, original works of art and occasional sprints across dew-covered grass have brought in a fresh breeze of giggles and inspiration to our studio.

                                         



These tiny finger-painters, bubble-chasers, feather-finders and gigglers really know how to live life in full bloom! They find joy everywhere and squeal in sheer delight over the tiniest little treasure...like this soft, delicate bird feather nestled in the leaves.
These little ones who dance around so carefree and light have brought new insight into what living life in full bloom is all about.  They find joy, treasures and giggles in the ordinary, everyday rhythm of life.
  
The free and light pitter-patter of these little ones in our studio is a beautiful reminder of one of our favorite quotes:

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?  Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message 

So we hope you'll take a moment today to rest, relax, laugh, (maybe even chase bubbles) ... and begin to live your life in full bloom. You are so beautiful in full bloom.

Living free and light,
The Velvet Lime Girls 


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!




Happy Mother's Day to all the great Mom's out there! Yep, you know just how our Mother bird feels in our graphic above. You know the joy that comes in giving to your children ... even when it's the very last worm.


"For it is in giving that we receive."  Francis of Assisi

Celebrating and honoring Mothers everywhere,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hello May!


Hello May 1st!  We're so glad you're here.
You're the month that slips in with armfuls of spring flowers, refreshing rains, weddings, graduations, and thoughts of the the long summer exhale that is just around the corner.
We're going to enjoy every moment you bring to us this month.  All 31 days of you.
We're going to smell those fragrant, first blooms in the garden, gaze at the deepening shades of green in the grass, inhale the scent of fresh rain on our face and let our spirits soar carefree again like the sparrows that speckle morning skies with light-winged twirls and pirouettes. With our refreshed countenances, we'll celebrate graduations with grateful hearts and joy for the future, witness soft vows at May weddings that awaken our hearts with romance and cause us fall in love again, not only with others, but with ourselves.
We'll make sure to inhale grace and exhale praise for the beautiful days you'll bring us this month and we won't let one moment of your beauty be overshadowed by the even more glorious days of the summer ahead.
Oh, we're going to enjoy you month of May.

Dancing around the Maypole,
The Velvet Lime Girls
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it..."  Psalm 24:1
   


Friday, April 28, 2017

FUN Grad Card at Trader Joe's!




Do you have a fun-loving grad in your family or circle of friends?   We've created the perfect light-hearted graduation card for them and you can find it at your local Trader Joe's store! Yeah, that's right!  Just look for it in the card section!

The inspiration for this cute little card is easy to find. Marybeth, one of the Velvet Lime Girls, used to zip around in a cute little yellow bug just like this for a few years, and it's bright yellow color always brought a little sunshine into every place it travelled!   And now, with the upcoming high school graduation of Marybeth's daughter, Madison, this fun-loving card will always hold a special place in her heart and ours. Yes, there will be so many wonderful adventures ahead for Madison and for all those other wonderful graduates out there about to begin a new season of life.  

God bless each one of you!
The Velvet Lime Girls

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spanish Products Give-Away!


Hola!  Our storage area is overflowing with Divinity Spanish gift items, so we are doing a give-away!
We are SO appreciative of the generous box of samples we received from Divinity and as most of you know, we do not sell products, we just create the artwork for products, so a give-away seemed like a perfect way to share some of these cute gift items.  We had so much fun creating the artwork for these products and have enjoyed hearing about how well they have been received.  So, here's a give-away for our Spanish-speaking friends, (or for a Spanish teacher, relative or friend).

1. Just SHARE our post and your entered.
2. Winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, April 27th.    
3. Here are the items in our give-away package:
Spanish Clipboard with Matching Pen
Spanish Zip Pouch Purse with Pink Heart
2 Square Boxes of Matching Pad and Pen Set with Spanish verse
Spanish Magnetic Listpad and Pen Set
Spanish Thought of the Week Set

A big thank-you to the team at Divinity for producing a beautiful collection of such heart-felt gift items featuring our artwork and also to all of our Spanish-speaking friends.  We appreciate you!  Friendship has no language barriers. (Amistad no tiene las barriers del idioma)

Dios lo bendiga,
The Velvet Lime Girls
P.S. For our retail friends, here's a link to the wholesale Divinity Spanish products with our artwork, (just scroll to page 110 in the catalog):
Divinity Spanish Products by Velvet Lime Girls 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Blessings

One of the highlights of the year around our studio is the celebration of Easter.  It's much more than bunnies, chocolate and Easter egg hunts for us. Although we do joyfully participate in all these fun traditions, Easter is really a time when we pause, with honor and respect, to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on our behalf, and on Sunday we celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We hope you'll pause to read the full historical account of the first Easter as recorded in the Bible. You'll find it over in chapters 18, 19 & 20 of the book of John. Today we're sending out a lighthearted Easter blessing to you and we hope you'll feel free to pass it along to others. It's a vibrant little graphic to share as we remember the greatest blessing ever given to all of us at Easter.

The Velvet Lime Girls 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cultivate Kindness


Spring arrived earlier this week and we are dusting off our gardening tools and playing in the dirt again!  Oh, we just love this time of year around here in the Velvet Lime Girl's studio!  The garden begins to come to life as the little seedlings we nurtured through the previous weeks are planted tenderly into the soil. It's a busy time of cultivating in the garden too and it made us think of other things that we can cultivate in our lives.  Things like kindness... that quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
Just like garden seedlings, kindness can be cultivated, tended, and developed until it becomes fully developed in our lives. And oh, what a beautiful sight that is!  Far more beautiful than any flower garden or vegetable patch. Kindness brings a beauty to all the terrain around it.
The people touched by kindness are just never the same...they bloom!
So, we hope you'll cultivate a little kindness today into your life and the lives of those around you.

Playing in the dirt,
The Velvet Lime Girls

P.S. Thank-you to Trends International for selecting this artwork to be in their 2018 calendar!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Landscapes

"Split-Second" Morning Glory in Velvet Lime Girls ' Studio Garden

"In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life."  James 1:21

We've been busy in the studio lately...dreaming about spring.  Seed packets are scattered everywhere and little seedlings are beginning to sprout.  We're so eager to fill our landscape with fresh, new life and color!  It always amazes us just how drab the winter garden can be, just before it transforms seemingly overnight, into an explosion of color, life and joy.
Raindrops on Geranium Buds in Velvet Lime Girls' Studio Garden
Spring buds in Velvet Lime Girls' Studio Garden
The hours we spend planning, dreaming and imagining our garden landscape made us think about the landscaping God can do in our lives.  His landscaping can create a transformation that lasts forever.    A  transformation that doesn't fade with any earth-bound season. And like a well-tended garden, our lives, so very loved and tended by God, can become a salvation-garden for all the world to see.
Velvet Lime Girls' Studio Garden in June
So, if the landscape of your life looks a bit drab at the moment, or perhaps you're in a winter season of sorts, we hope you'll pause a moment and let the gardener of your soul begin to landscape you with His Word, His promises, His expressions of love for you. Just a glance of Psalms 139 will show you how much He adores you.  He probably dreams about how beautiful your true colors will be once you let Him water you with His fresh words from the Bible.  Oh, how He loves you and wants to see you bloom. And we can just imagine how beautiful the landscape will be once you let the master gardener carefully nurture the garden of your life.

Anticipating spring in gardens and lives,
The Velvet Lime Girls
Iris announcing Spring's arrival


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Be My Valentine!


Here's a little Valentine for you today!  A heart embellished graphic that carries a reminder of just how valuable your heart is!  

It's so important to guard your heart because, as we discovered in a beautiful passage in the Bible, that's where life starts, that's where the issues of life spring from.  We like the way Proverbs 4:23 says it best:

"Keep a vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

We've been learning just how important keeping a watch over our hearts really is and it led us to another beautiful discovery... our hearts will follow what we treasure. It's true!  Just listen to the way a man named Matthew said it:

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:21

So we're choosing to re-evaluate what is really important in this life and with God's direction we're discovering true treasures and blissfully letting our hearts follow.

Happy Valentine's Day,
The Velvet Lime Girls

Thank-you to Evergreen Enterprises and FlagsRUs for choosing our Valentine's Day themed artwork BE MINE - My Heart, My Treasure to grace their garden flags and Sassafras Doormats. 
We appreciate you all!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Recklessly



Love recklessly.  It's a phrase that surprisingly is found in the Bible and recently inspired us to create this artwork. Here's the source of our inspiration: 

“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal."  John 12:24-25  The Message             
"Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” Luke 10:27 The Message

Loving God with reckless abandon,
The Velvet Lime Girls
P.S. Thanks to Embroidery Online, Embroidery Design Studio and Embroidery Janome for including this artwork in the Lovely Sentiments by Velvet Lime Girls Collection!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

You're Loved


We're sending you a Valentine sentiment today to remind you of just how very loved you are. It's a tender, heartfelt expression from God, the one who knew you before you were born and who has promised to never leave you.  Just listen to the way he talks about you:

"You are precious and honored ... and I love you."  Isaiah 43:4

Whoa...precious, honored, loved.  That beats any box of chocolates, flowers or sweet sentiments you may or may not receive this Valentine's Day.  YOU are LOVED by GOD.

So tuck this little Valentine in your heart today and let it's sweetness just melt-all-over-your-soul.

You are so loved,
The Velvet Lime Girls 

P.S. Thank-you to Legacy Publishing Group for the Valentine's Day gift to us of this coaster ... with our artwork!  They've also featured our artwork on calendars, cards and stationery.  Love working with this great team! 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Give-Away!

Valentine's Day will be here soon and we've decided to do a heart-themed give-away! It's an artisan glass plate we designed for the Enesco/Gregg Gift Company. The  4" x 4" x .5" size makes it just right for keys, jewelry, a sweet treat, a bridal shower favor or your favorite Valentine!   Just share this Facebook post with your friends and you'll be entered into the give-away.  We will randomly select one person on February 8th. 
If you'd like one of these Love glass plates for your favorite valentine before our give-away ends, you can find them online at these sites below, (we just do the artwork here!):
 ChristianBook.com or Ebay or  Amazon

Sending you heart hugs today,
The Velvet Lime Girls


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Squeeze the Day!



Sometimes you just have to squeeze the day, or as the inspiration source of this phrase implies, "Seize the day!".  The original Latin phrase is carpe diem and it means more than just seizing or grasping the day. Carpe is more of a 'pluck',  like when you pick fruit, so the phrase ends up grasping the thought ofenjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe.
Pluck the day when it is ripe!  Don't you just love that?
We do! One of the ways we seize or squeeze our day is by saying a few of the love expressions God says about us that we find in the Bible, and we have tons of these plastered all over our studio walls. It's amazing what can happen to your heart, your spirit, your countenance, your outlook, your whole life when you speak words of encouragement written just for you from the Bible.  They just light up your world.
We think it's because those words from the Bible are God speaking to you...speaking light into your world.
So find a few of His love expressions written to you today in the Bible and let Him squeeze your day with a heavenly embrace.


The Velvet Lime Girls
P.S. Here's what's playing in our studio this morning.  A song that lets the light in...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow & Ice

 
Okay, we were expecting to be making lots of big, puffy snowmen this weekend here in Georgia, but instead we woke up to sprinkles of snow and lots of ICE.  It made us think about BAD ICE, one of our snowmen who didn't make the art licensing tour with any of the manufacturers we work with...yet. He has a few bad habits that he needs to get rid of before he can become a respectable snowman and join the ranks of other licensed snowmen who hang out on cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, napkins and wall art.  We're working on his tattoos, his clothing choices and some of the friends he's been hanging out with.  You know, bad company just has a tendency to rub off on you and BAD ICE'S yellow spot is a perfect example of what bad friends can do to you. 

So, out we go into the snow today!  Right after we put-out BAD ICE'S cigarette.

Looking out for yellow snow,
The Velvet Lime Girls

P.S. Our Let It Snow snowman can be found at Fine Art America as a canvas, metal or wood print, at Walmart as a poster, and at Legacy Publishing Group,  where he enjoys the company of some of our other cards we created for them.  We hear our snowman has just packed-up all of his Christmas decorations and is ready for Christmas 2017 in this boxed set at Christian Book.  Enjoy the snow!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hello 2017!


Hello 2017!  We've been waiting for you! We started thinking about you over a year ago as we created artwork for each of your twelve months. Legacy Publishing Group gathered all those sketches together, wrapped them into a beautifully packaged calendar, and made you look so good!  (Thank-you Legacy!) So 2017, we thought we'd show-off a few of your months today as everyone welcomes in this new year!


                                                  

Looking forward to each of your 12 months,
The Velvet Lime Girls
 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:18-19

P.S.  We focus on creating fun artwork here in our studio and do not offer the calendars for sale, but we hear they are still available at Hobby Lobby, AmazonCalendarsSarah J. Home DecorEbay, and Bundy Online. Let us know if you see them at your local Christian bookstore or gift shop.