I love cute stuff. Even though I’m not nearly as “girly” in everyday life as my designs might suggest, I simply love cute stuff. Sometimes people will tell me, “Your designs are so ‘cute’.” I love that, because did I mention I love cute stuff? But I never want the conversation to end there.
Each doodle and painting–no matter how “cute”–has a purpose behind it to outlast cute trends. My hope is that a design would comfort and encourage the recipient. Some designs are made for those facing trials, while others are made to celebrate life’s joys. Music has always been a big influence in my life, and many designs come to me while listening to good music. But all designs are from a deep place in my heart, and are intended to please not only the eye, but the soul.
Take for example the simple logo for A Little Happy. When I realized God was going to slowly grow this blog and hobby into a ministry I decided it was time to choose a logo. Some people see this as a daisy, but it’s actually (supposed to be) a sun. Originally the outside was orange, but I changed it to blue, representing the hint of sadness that often surrounds me in life when depression hits. The little smirk says, “I’m okay because God’s promises are still true.”
One of the first Bible verses I doodled was Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith. It is the free gift of God.” Sitting by the pool in the summer of 2013, I doodled “Saved By Grace” in my sketch pad. Upon seeing a life preserver nearby, I knew that was the image I wanted attached to this verse. The perfect reminder that I am rescued by God’s grace.
I often draw reflections of my home state, Mississippi. The first Mississippi design was doodled on some old Kindergarten-lined paper. I was just doodling cotton bolls and kept going to create this fun collection of things that remind me of Mississippi. The cotton, the river, the coast, the capital and the Choctaw tribe. I never knew I’d end up selling this as a print! If I had known, I may have cut it into a more exact shape, but it is what it is–a doodle on Kindergarten-lined paper.
One particular season of life I found myself strapped for time and pulled in a million different directions. I just wanted to slow down, and in my quiet time one day doodled a snail. I named him “Slowpoke” then began looking up scripture references for my new friend.
While many verses can complement Slowpoke, Jeremiah 2:25 hit home. It reads, “Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway?” That’s not all, however, it concludes with, “But you say, ‘I can’t quit! I’m addicted to alien gods.'” Now this is some scripture that calls you to self-examination. Ouch, I like it!
I like having visual reminders of truth all around me, it fulfills the need to be reminded where my hope lies. Much of my personal home decor carries a spiritual theme, be it a Bible verse, decorative cross, or inspirational painting.
I used to be very intimidated when a person’s home was decorated this way, thinking surely they’d “arrived” to feel confident enough to display their beliefs so boldly. But over time I’ve learned people of faith don’t display messages of truth because they are these things. They display them because they know how quickly they can forget these things, and follow “alien gods.”