Disposable doesn’t cut it.

“Now where in the world did you find these?” My father-in-law asked as he passed the small dessert plates. “This is identical to the china my great-grandma served us with as children.” These are the remarks that remind me the ten cent plates I picked up at thrift stores have history. Artifacts of another life.…

2020 greeting card designs

Today I’m sharing something few people have seen; the card designs coming in 2020! After 10 years of creating greeting cards, each year I go through extreme highs and lows. Let me explain. Normally the first months of the year are my reset months. Time to review, improve, dream and dig through thrift store shelves…

BABY LEAVE

The Story PART 3:3

 Today finds us on the brink of the “next stage of life” or preparing for the third member of the Miller home. 2019 is sure to bring adjustments, challenges and new joys. My hope is you’ve enjoyed this blog series and are encouraged that big things begin small and if I can do it- so…

The Story PART 2:3

The next months and years were years of growth. Slow growth. Good growth. I continued working full time at the local print shop and catching up on paperwork, voicemails and shipping orders evenings and weekends. This all happened in a small “storage room” with brown paneled walls, a hand-me-down desk from auntie and an iMac…

The Story PART 1:3

Hi there. Here’s the thing. I’m not sure where to begin. Or if I should begin. My story is not one of perfection. Of overnight success. Or being an expert. In fact, if I look back over the past (almost) eight years I see recklessness of heart. I see tears and sweat and more tears.…

Mom’s Galette

Photography: Tiffany Reiff Venue: White Barn Gatherings Tablescape: Shyla Yoder (white dress) and Kendra Miller (orange dress)  

Hello August

I always feel torn these August days. A part of me mourning the last days of hot, real days of “summer.” Another welcoming slower days, early evenings and fresh cider. There are things one can complain about in summer and then there are always those bemoaning the fact that winter follows autumn, completely unable to…

A Few Tips

ROMANS 12:12 Wall Art Piece by Abiart 6 graphic design tips that may be helpful whether you’re creating a black and white business card or a full-color catalog. » WRITE THREE EMOTIONS you want to convey in your design » LESS IS MORE keep it simple » DETAILS MATTER be intentional » MOOD boards rock…

Front Porch Musings

      I first felt it when I hit 2k followers. A milestone that felt like a failure– because everyone else had at least 12,000 followers, right?  The ache of discontentment. The striving for more. The emptiness of digital numbers. As I grab the air for attention, wondering what could be done differently, the…

Travel West with Me

In the midst of a long, bitter cold, Ohio winter Ryan and I decided to head west. A time for sunshine. A time to communicate + grow. A time to worship. February 27th found us flying from Cleveland to Seattle, where we rented a car and drove LA in the next 9 days. 3,000 miles…

The Art of Thrifting

Photo Styled by Maggie Troyer All Photography in this post by Kendra Dawn Thrifting is a marriage of art and luck relying mostly on consistency and imagination. Some days it will be worth it–others not so much. Buy a latte, grab some germ-X and roll up those sleeves, you never know what you’ll find. PRIORITIZE…

The Team

Today we introduce to you, the lovely ladies I am honored to have on the Abiart team. For the first five years (2011-2015) Abiart Creative was a one-woman show. With the exception of Mom or my sisters helping out in emergency situations, I emailed, invoiced + packaged in a small storage room (thanks mom!) in our…

ONE YEAR LATER | 04.23.16

This past weekend Ryan and I celebrated our first anniversary. Remembering the details of the week before, the prayed for sunshine and those first moments of marriage made April 23rd so special. Marriage is good. So good. It whittles away at distasteful attitudes you never knew you had. It broadens your definition of unconditional love…

Coming Home

As the garage door closed, the car door slammed shut and the familiar door swung opened, I felt nothing but happiness. Nine days ago I was writing the last work emails, Ryan detailing the car and together we eagerly packed our bags. Anticipating the soft white sand under our barefeet and sunshine caressing the pale…

First “Printable”

After a Monday spent doing the less glamours things of life and never leaving the house, I decided to end the evening with some watercolor. Therapy. Despite my 102th floral garland being ridiculously far from perfection, I decided these little branches are still my favorite and by far the easiest. So, here it is, my…

The Very Mary Room Photo Tour

You know that friend you can’t remember the first time you met. The one you fought with on the school bus in the morning and shared candy with on the ride home in the evening. As time passed and your lives took many different paths, you still knew you could always reconnect. Meet Mary. She…

Auction Adventures

The hazy sun shone through the tree limbs, dancing over the rows of dusty cardboard boxes. Grandpas eating cheeseburgers, trash collectors and Amish neighbor women swarmed about. And the best thing about the evening—the bidder card in my purse.  Now, before you run away from this strange girl, let me introduce you to the new…

Summer

Summer. I’m a fan. My summer has been stretching and pretty amazing all at the same time. From my first summer as an EMT to showcasing the abiart card line at 7 wholesale shows in 4 states. July took me to the sweltering heat in Phoenix and the majestic state of Colorado. Soon autumn will be knocking at…