With all of the sadness in the world right now, I’m more excited than ever to share today’s Loveliest Things. I hope that today, through the sadness and the pain, that we can continue to celebrate – continuing to be grateful for all of the beautiful things in the world and blessings that we have.
1. Paint-Stained Fingers
Words have always been the language of my heart, and it’s the creative place that is the most familiar and comfortable to me. I feel created to use my words to bring hope, encouragement, and beauty to the world in whatever humble way He will use them. But in the last few years, he’s also done something in my heart with art. I am deeply moved by color and pattern and image, and I feel even more ME when I’m playing with paint and paper and poetry on a blank canvas or in my art journal. I’ve found that there’s a beautiful freedom in telling my stories through artwork, as well as words.
Just as much as I love words and the stories they tell, I also love the way they are artfully communicated and presented to the world. Typography is such a beautiful art form that never fails to inspire me. I collect fonts and love learning about lettering styles of past eras. My favorite fonts are scripts, with beautiful swooshes and curls, fonts that have charm and whimsy. Lately, I’ve also been experimenting with my own hand lettering and am having fun learning more about that. A person’s handwriting reveals so much about who they are and captures a bit of their personality on paper — and I love that!
3. Antique Shops
Oh, the stories antique shops could tell! 😉 Dusty, packed little shops offer such charm and adventure, and I am delighted by the rich history of each item. I collect a variety of vintage treasures (like globes, typewriters, typewriter ribbon tins, and old black-and-white photos for art journaling and collaging).
I live life with an open heart to the possibilities He has in store for me, and it’s a blessing to know He is constantly revealing new ones — both big and small. My favorite quote is “I dwell in possibility” by Emily Dickinson, and it just so happens to be the story behind the name of my blog A Place to Dwell. My blog tagline “living an inspired life of possibility” is a reflection of who the Lord created me to be and how I see the world around me. I love the possibilities in a new book to read, a journal that’s just waiting for my words, or a blank canvas that’s ready to be filled with paint and poetry. And I love that when my faith and hope are anchored in the Lord, the possibilities are truly endless, because anything is possible for those who believe.
5. Bookstores & Libraries
The smell of book pages. The stories waiting to be discovered. Shelves and shelves of inspiration… Libraries and bookstores are two of my very favorite things. In my humble opinion, one of the sweetest ways to wile away a weekend afternoon is with coffee in hand, exploring row after row of books and magazines.
Katie is a writer, creator, and polka-dot wearer. She believes in living an inspired life of possibility, and she loves to encourage others to do the same through her blog A Place to Dwell.