Friday, November 10, 2017

Gratitude - New Illustrated Faith Printables

Hello friends and happy weekend!

Isn't Friday night the best? Around here we always have an easy dinner (tonight it was homemade pizza) and put on a movie. Tonight it was Transformers. I wonder who picked that one? ;)

So much to be grateful for.

And speaking of gratitude, I have two new printable sets for Illustrated Faith this month, and the theme is all about it. 

The first set is something you can use at your Thanksgiving table. It includes a set of place cards, and some lovely big feathers you can use in so many ways.

The feathers are great for handing out to your family and asking them to write on the back what they are grateful for. You can collect them in a bowl or platter, or hang them with yarn on a pretty branch or tree. 

The second set is full of images, patterned paper, and journaling cards to use in your bible, planner, or scrapbooking!

I hope you enjoy these sets and I would love to see how you use them!



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Etsy Sale!

OK everyone in the house but me is still asleep! So I'm working! 

I updated my Etsy shop and got the crazy idea to reduce the price of all of my prints by $5. 


So all 5x7's are $10 and 8x10's are only $13! 

Grab a few prints for Christmas gifts, or for your house, or your office, or a friend, or...well you get the idea. 😁 

***And if you are local, use the code "SHIPSONME" for free shipping if you want to pick up your order!

I also reduced the price on my super cute fall printable set to $8 because I love you. Yeah that's right. I LOVE YOU!

Happy Shopping!


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Autumn Lessons

Happy weekend friends!

I saw this quote yesterday while scrolling through Instagram and had to letter it.

Another reason to love autumn!

I'm getting ready to head to our local orchard and treat myself to a cider slushy. Yum! Hope you're having a fantastic day!


Monday, September 18, 2017

New Fall Printable

Happy Monday friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was filled with board meetings for work, BUT I'm off today and enjoying a quiet morning at home so that certainly helps. 

You know what else helps? A cute new fall inspired printable set in my Etsy shop!

I created this set with scrapbooking in mind, but it would be lovely for using in your planner, art journal, or journaling bible!

The set includes over 30 stickers/die cuts and four patterned papers. 

I like to print the image sheets on either white or clear full sheet label paper to create stickers. And I used white cardstock for the papers, although you could certainly use sticker paper if you wanted to!

Last night I pulled out a mini album to start working on a fall instagram photo book (even though I haven't printed any photos yet - those will come!)

If you want to see a bit of my process with this, you can check out my Instagram stories, but hurry because they will only be available through today!

This set also coordinates well with my latest Illustrated Faith set. A girl can never have too many fall leaves or coffee cups in her sticker collection, am I right? 

Sending lots of happy fall vibes your way,


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lots of News!

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday!

How is your week going so far? The past few weeks have been so crazy with the hurricanes and wild fires. If you've been in the path of any of them I certainly hope you and your families are doing OK.  

I wanted to share a big update on what's been happening in the world of Mandy Ford Art & Illustration!

Things have been busy and so good. Feeling really thankful. 

First up is my September printable set with Illustrated Faith!

I have more and more fun each month creating this kits, and when I realized I could draw all things autumn for September I was over the moon happy!

It is chock full of fall goodness and I hope you love it! I printed these out on white sticker paper and plan to use them in some fall scrapbooking projects.

Next up is a new product for me - CANDLES!

Yes, candles! 

I am super excited about this collaboration with The Candle Creative.

I have three different designs available with them, and you can choose from lots of really yummy scents. I am partial to the lemon poppyseed and the pumpkin roll. Mmmmmm!

Grab them today through 9/17 and get 15% off with code "MANDY" & enter a super fun giveaway over on their Instagram account for $100 shop credit, an 8x10 "sweater weather" print from me, and lots of other goodies!

And finally, a reminder to check out my first class with Big Picture Classes, Doodling Nature!

Did you know BPC is a subscription site, and you can do a free one month trial? So there is absolutely NOTHING to lose. And there are so many super fun and inspiring classes on there. Soon to be added in October - a lettering class from me!

(Sneak peek up there)

Ooh and ONE more thing! If you are a local friend, save the date for October 20th! I'm going to have a booth at this fun event again this year!

Working on some brand new goodies for it including TEA TOWELS! Eeeeek! (<---kinda sorta excited about that one.)

Sending the happiest of Tuesday vibes to you!



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Choosing Slow

Things are moving at a slower pace at our house these days.

It was an intentional change, but not one without a fair share of anxiety, fear, and a few tears. 

My husband quit his job on August 5th.

And on August 6th we began a whole new way of living as a family of four. 

(On my 39th birthday...what wonderful timing!)

It is, for lack of a much better word, wonderful.

This isn't our first time with him staying home with the boys. Back when they were babies, he quit his job to stay home with them from about 16 months until they started kindergarten.

And that was wonderful.

But a TOTALLY different kind of wonderful. A much more tired version.

*one of the more tired days (twins + IKEA)

We had two babies, our income was quite a bit lower, we had just moved into a new house, and we were both navigating what it meant to be parents. Me a working mom, and him a stay-at-home dad, which isn't something our culture encourages or celebrates nearly enough. 

Even though he was home, he was much busier keeping up with the demands of young twins. I was figuring out how to deal with the guilt of not being home with the boys, and how to keep up with my day job while mom brain was in full effect. Those days were tired. Wonderful, but oh so tired.

But this time, the decision for him to quit his job wasn't out of the same necessity as 8 years ago. The need was different, but equally important.

To be honest, our mental health was at stake. His mental health especially. His job had turned into a horrible mess. My husband wasn't himself at all. We were bickering, short tempered, and tired. The house wasn't being taken care of, we weren't eating well...the list goes on and on. 

And it changed in the matter of a few weeks. His job went from bearable to inducing panic attacks. It felt like one of the hardest and yet easiest decisions ever to say JUST QUIT.


This life we are given is worth more than countless hours spent working hard for a company that doesn't respect your work ethic or your family. To make money to spend on more stuff you don't have time to enjoy. 

Oh it felt SO good to make this decision as a family. I honestly haven't felt closer to him than I have the past few weeks as we made this intentional decision to find a new way of living. We've been together since he was 19 and I was 21, and I am amazed to see how we have grown together. And I am so very thankful that growth has brought us together, and not pulled us apart. Because oh there were times I worried it would. 

I've wanted to share this with you all since it happened, but needed to wait until the words came. And today they came.

And I want to encourage you, if your way of living right now doesn't feel like it is working. If you are exhausted and cranky and not enjoying your family or the things you feel like you should be, it is ok to start over. It is so much more than ok to find a way of living that doesn't look like the way anyone else is doing it. And don't worry about what others think or say...all that matters is that it works for your family.

And the peace we feel in our house these past few weeks. Man I wish I could bottle it up, because everything about it is so very good.

And speaking of remaking your life, this Super Soul Sunday talk from one of my absolute favorite authors Shauna Niequist is all about slowing down and it is really wonderful. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope it resonates with you in some way!



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