Sunday, October 22, 2017

Melly's Hand Lettering Basics

It's a rainy day and I am all chored out!  I've been working relentlessly on etsy orders, preparing for the upcoming retreat this weekend in Oklahoma, and doing the domestic thing (which is not my thing at all, but necessary at this point.  No towels.)

So, it's time to take a breather and I thought I'd practice some lettering.  I'm headed to periscope to share this practice sheet with you and show you how it works.  I'll add the link to the scope on this post as soon as it's in the can.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and notes of encouragement!  Let's letter!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We Have This HOPE

Thank you for your prayers! Please accept this artwork as a gift and remember from where our hope comes.   Hebrews 6:19  (Click on the image below to download your copy.)

If you are able, please give your love offering to the United Way Relief Fund. Every dollar counts! Click the link to give and for more information on recovery efforts:


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HOUSTON (Aug. 27,  2017) – Because of the devastating and widespread flooding already seen in the Greater Houston area from Hurricane Harvey, United Way of Greater Houston has established a Flood Relief Fund to help with the recovery needs of those most impacted. All monies raised by United Way’s Flood Relief Fund will be used to help with both immediate, basic needs and long-term recovery services such as case management and minor home repair.
“Our first priority will be safety, shelter and basic needs such as food and essentials for those affected,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “Once the community is stabilized, then United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts. Since this situation is still unfolding, we realize the needs will be great.”
As a leading community resource in times of disaster, United Way invests in first response efforts through its partnerships with organizations such as American Red Cross and Salvation Army. Babin explained that United Way of Greater Houston maintains a disaster reserve fund, which will be tapped for this storm effort, however because of the widespread devastation already seen, the needs of those impacted will far exceed existing resources.
Babin added that, following disastrous storm events like Hurricane Harvey, United Way serves as the convening organization to bring together non-profit and community partners as well as civic and government stakeholders from throughout the Greater Houston area to coordinate recovery efforts, both assessing the needs and providing support where it is needed most.
In addition, United Way operates 2-1-1 Texas / United Way HELPLINE which is the community’s key information source before, during and after a storm.  United Way’s 2-1-1 is the one call for those impacted who don’t know where to call, providing the most updated information on shelters, basic needs assistance and,once the flood waters subside, long-term recovery support.
“We know that damage from a storm of Harvey’s magnitude can be a major setback for individuals and families, especially the most vulnerable,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “We also know that Houston is a very generous and caring community, so we are urging those who can help to please do so by contributing to the flood relief fund.”
To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund, visit or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

And a Weird-looking Green Spiky Plant!

Grab your devotional files here and join us on periscope! The artwork for the devotional can be purchased and downloaded from etsy:
cactus, succulents and wildflowers

  Cactus Devo by melgarza on Scribd