A Field of Daffodils

A Field of Daffodils

A desk of dark wood.
A quiet spot in a cozy cottage.
Yes, this would be my place for catching beauty and spilling it onto paper.

And, one of those thickly carpeted fields of daffodils with underplanted tiny blue scilla. Yes, that too. 

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This was my dream at ten {and, yes, I spent alot of time pouring over the Breck’s catalog and wishing I could have fields of flowers in my backyard}.

The truth is, writing is all I ever really wanted to do. I always dreamed of becoming an author, penning best-selling novels at her cottage desk.

But, I also dreamed of beauty and hotly pursued it, often catching it, holding it close, drinking it in.

There was both the physical beauty around me — roadside cornflower-blue chicory blossoms; our farm’s newborn kittens, the fresh perfection in their pawpads and grasping, mewing mouths; the local town’s brick streets and 1800’s-era houses — and art-beauty in poetry and music and novels. {Edna St. Vincent Millay sonnets and Tchaikovsky waltzes and The Secret Garden.}

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So, when I read author Holley Gerth’s question in her new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream what were some of your childhood dreams? — I remembered the fields of daffodils.

It’s been easy to remember the writing. {I majored in journalism in college and have spent my entire professional life writing.}

But, the flowers and the beauty you can hold in your hand — well, I almost forgot.

Beauty you can hold in the mind is lovely, but sometimes, you just want to bury your face in a peony. {Well, at least I do!} So, I choose a more tangible outlet to pair up with my writing dreams: I opened an Etsy shop on Sunday.

Yep, just like that.

In all honesty, though, I’ve been pondering it for years. I love hand-crafted goodness. I’m a big Etsy shopper. I showcased Etsy sellers during my launch week giveaways. But, I could never decide what to put in my shop. I dabble in a lot of things {sewing, paper crafts, jewelry making, aromatherapy}, but I don’t excel at any of them. So, I waited. I wanted to offer something lovely, something my own hands made.

I finally decided to offer a few of my own photos with inspirational scriptures, as frame-ready prints. It’s a bit of a stretch because I don’t consider myself a “real” photographer or a graphic designer — just a hobbyist.

But, Etsy was part of the God-sized Dream Team application I submitted back in the fall, so God has been urging this for some time. Yes, I thrive on the cerebral work of writing, but I also itch to get my hands dirty, to create. That’s where my own little shop space comes in.

I’d be so honored if you stopped by to say hello!

As a special for the shop’s grand opening, I’ll be offering 20 percent off prints through the end of February. Just enter code grandopening at checkout.

Our “do with you can” step for this week was to stop delaying and start doing. Check!

This post was shared gladly with Laura’s Playdates with God, Jen’s Soli Deo Gloria, Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team and Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Tell His Story:

 

 



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  1. Congratulations with the Etsy shop! I clicked over – it’s very inspirational! (I hope you’ll include some picture of daffodils?) You hooked me with your daffodil reference – they’re my favorite flower. We live in the south east and they’re already up out of the ground – my hubby picked a bunch out of the garden and they’re in front of me right now. Congratulations for reaching for your “God sized dream”!
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    • Thanks, Lori! So blessed you visited me. And, yes, I will be including an inspirational daffodil print 🙂 It’s snowing like crazy here in PA, so I’m quite jealous of your early rays of daffodil sunshine!

  2. Oh, I am heading over!! I love to buy things (when I have the funds) that my SDG sisters make or write!!
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  3. My 5-year-old girl squealed the other day because there was a row of daffodils in bloom in front of a house near us here in Kentucky, where we have seasons but they sometimes get jumbled. I’m squealing now for you! So proud of you for stepping out and opening your shot. Not only are your photos an inspiration – but so are you.
    Kristin Taylor recently posted..{God-sized Dreams} Stop delaying, start doingMy Profile

    • You are the second person today to remind me that there are areas not so terribly far from snowy Pa with daffodils in bloom. {Lucky you!} Thanks for the vote of confidence and for stopping by today 🙂

  4. Oh, I think your photos are just lovely, Elizabeth. And these dream words? Gorgeous. So exciting to see you moving toward all this beauty!
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  5. Well done!!! I look forward to perusing your shop :). What you wrote reminds me that, instead of vegetables this year, my daughters and I are only planting flowers in our garden! I will go to the farmer’s market for veggie and out to my little patch for beauty to bring to enjoy, and to bring indoors!
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  6. Beautiful!!! Go, girl, go! I love your brave heart! : )
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  7. Hi Beth,

    This is my first visit to your exquisite blog. You write beautifully and I can totally see myself reading a novel of yours one day. 🙂
    Congrats on the new Etsy shop, {and even more for pursuing your dream} I hope it does well!

  8. I clicked on over and ‘favorited’ your etsy shop! Beautiful prints!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I love etsy too. And out of the blue opened my own shop last November – CelebratingTheMoment

    Also, Thanks for the reminder to return to childhood dreams – I might have to reflect a bit more on that today – since I’m snuggled at home on this ‘ice-day’ home!
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  9. Beautiful…Do you have a writing cottage? I will check out your Etsy page. So proud of you dreamer…turning dreams into reality. Bless you!

  10. Yeah, dreamer! Truly, this is so exciting! When I clicked over here, I immediately noticed how pretty and inviting your site is. Just a breath of fresh air. I love dreaming with you! Thank you for stopping by my place today.
    Mandy recently posted..WWJS {About You}?My Profile

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