Beauty / Style Finds: Bethany Joy’s Inspiring & Faith-Based Artwork 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I discovered Bethany’s beautiful artwork through Our Words Collaborative, the Christian website I write for monthly. In August, she was the featured artist which means her inspiring pieces accompanied our daily devotionals.  I found my spirit lifted each day as I opened my in-box to mediate on these faith-filled words. I wanted to know more about the person behind the art so I thought, why not interview her for my bi-weekly series?! I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about this lovely young woman, and her artwork as it uplifts so many of us. Don’t miss the coupon code at the end of this post so you can purchase your own piece of artwork from Bethany!

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Bethany, owner of Bethany Joy Art

I absolutely love that your middle name is Joy! How fitting! Your sweet presence shines through social media. How do you cultivate and maintain peace & joy in your life? 

I seriously love that my middle name is Joy. I have always been so thankful to have it as a constant reminder that there is always joy to be found in every circumstance. My mom’s middle name is also Joy, so it is an honor to carry on the name and all it stands for!

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When I set out to start my art business in January 2015, one of the first things I did after re-opening my etsy shop (I had tried etsy before in college with photography prints when I thought I was going to be a photographer) was creating an Instagram page.

I’m usually quite the introvert, so sharing and selling my art on social media scared me just a tad. I never wanted to sound too “sale-sy.” So I made it my goal (in addition to selling artwork) to share positivity and encouragement through my social media presence also-shining God’s light into the world in my own way. 

I think that the encouragement and joy that I seek to share really plays well with the bright colors that I love to use in my art…the perfect pair!


Many challenges have been overcome throughout my life because of encouragement from my family members and friends, so I always try to keep that all in mind and pay it forward to others during the process.

Tell us details about your artwork. What materials do you work with? What is the price range for your paintings? Can someone order a customized piece from you? 

I work mainly with acrylic paint, but love to use other materials like watercolors, gouache, oil paints, pencil, ink, oil pastels and more in combination with the acrylics! Creating textures within the vibrant colors is a main goal of mine. Using more than one type of medium helps me achieve that goal.


I also use a variety of tools to paint with in order to add texture in addition to paintbrushes as well such as painting combs, palette knifes and even my fingers. I like to paint on a variety of different surfaces as well: canvas, wood, paper, panels, and more. Variety is key!
The price range for my paintings really depends on the size, product and materials used. My art prints are $15 each and are high quality reproductions of my works on paper. Currently, my original artwork ranges in prices anywhere from $30-$300.

Someone can definitely order a customized piece of artwork from me! I love to work with customers to create the perfect painting for them. Contact me via email, on my website, or via social media any time to discuss custom options!

Your mission is rooted in bringing love and positivity into the homes of customers through art. I notice you work a lot with florals. Have flowers held a special significance in your life? What is your favorite flower? 

Oh, I could go on for days about my love for flowers. Isn’t it amazing that God created them all so beautiful, delicate, and unique? There’s so much inspiration that can be drawn from flowers and I love them so.


My first memories of flowers are of my grandfather and I gardening together when I was 4 or 5 years old. We planted lots of sunflowers! He was one of my favorite people in the world and so holding onto those memories even after he’s gone to Heaven is so important to me.

Although sunflowers weren’t his favorite flower (he liked lily of the valley) they still remain one of mine. I still love to garden and have even ventured into arranging flowers as well. I recently got married in 2015 and one of my favorite wedding preparation activities was arranging all of the bouquets, centerpieces and arch decorations the day before we tied the knot.

Some of my bridesmaids and sweet family friends helped and we were surrounded by hundreds of flowers (a dream come true!) I have since done some floral arranging for friends’ weddings and would love to continue doing that in the future-so fun!

I can’t quite settle on a favorite flower however, here are a few of my all time favorites: sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, and cosmos!

What inspires you to keep creating art? What other artists do you admire and why? 

I am really inspired by the outdoors, the children that I teach, and my faith. I believe that God gifted me with the love for painting, so it is my job to carry that out and share with others!

Nature is always a form of inspiration because there are so many colors, shapes, and textures that never cease to keep proving their amazing uniqueness.
Since I also work as the Art Director at my local Boys and Girls Club, I am continually meeting new and inspiring children as well. They keep me on my toes and sometimes end up teaching me more than I feel I teach them. The way children approach art is messy yet beautiful and helps inspire the abstract elements and bold colors in my art.

A few of my favorite artists include Katie Daisy, Emily Jeffords, Mae Chevrette, and Raven Roxanne. Each of these artists really shine and express their individuality in such unique ways and it is truly refreshing to me. I love their uses of color, may it be soft and smooth or bright and bold. Each of these artists have inspired me in different ways and have a presence in the art world that I really hope to achieve in my own way one day.

If you could chose one quote or verse of scripture which summarizes your biz, what would it be? Why? 

“God will yet fill your mouths with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21

This verse is probably my all time favorite verse and has been ever since I remember first discovering it in high school. This verse is not only a reminder that God gives us joy, but also a reminder to me that good things take time.

Becoming a successful artist doesn’t happen over night and takes lots of perseverance and patience. This verse helps remind me to keep working towards my goals and chasing my dreams and that joy is always around the corner even during the times when it doesn’t seem like it.

What advice do you have for other creatives who want to share their work with the world but are afraid? 

Don’t be afraid to put yourself and your creations out into the world, and most definitely never give up on your dreams. The world needs your art…remember that!

Social media is a great way to begin creating your “brand” and sharing your creativity and thoughts with others. Make friends! Having a sense of community and other’s who understand what you’re going through is so valuable. I always love making new “insta-friends” it’s all about making connections.

Share 3 random fun facts about you!

I love bees, even though I’m allergic. My family and close friends have called me “Bee” for as long as I can remember. The nickname has always stuck with me, and even inspired me to get a dainty little bee tattoo!

I used to take banjo lessons! Although I can’t play many songs, I love to get my banjo out every so often and attempt to play!

I love the beach, but I’m a mountain girl at heart. Hiking with our fun-loving puppy and a picnic is a perfect weekend date for my husband and I!

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Note: All photos courtesy of Bethany Joy Art

 

Beauty / Style Finds: Get Your Carrie Bradshaw on with Carriage House Heiress Tutus! 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Michelle Dowell , owner of Carriage House Heiress and Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

Tell us about your fabulous tutus! What are they made of?  What is the cost?
My tutus are made from 100% nylon tulle and are cruelty-free. There is never any part of my process or my materials that involve animal testing or anything pertaining to animals. I also make sure that my material suppliers are cruelty-free as well.

An average tutu can start from as low as $38 and custom orders start at $41. My price incorporates cost of labor/time (what I pay myself) to create the items and the cost of materials. I always will keep my fashions budget-friendly because being a price-conscious fashionista myself, no one should pay high prices for high quality. It’s where the name “Carriage House Heiress” came from. You get Heiress quality on a Carriage House budget!

What lead you to start your business? What is your business philosophy / mission?
Carriage House Heiress was originally birthed from my kids clothing store, Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique, which is also located in the Etsy marketplace. I named my women’s tutu collection “Lady RRNB” and gave them their own spot in my boutique.


After a while, though, I had ladies requesting custom orders for adult tutus until the demand was so high that I felt that it was time to give those designs a home of their own. And so, Carriage House Heiress was born.

I didn’t want to just open up another cute boutique to make extra money for my family. I wanted to start something where I could give back to causes that speak to my heart and to what I strongly believe in.

Being a mom of furbabies and an ex-cat-colony-rescuer, my heart strings tug at the mere mention of animal rescue and animal rights. I never could comprehend the harming or killing of animals for the vain purposes of fashion. So not only are my designs cruelty-free, but a portion of their sales goes to charities that support animal rescue, helping the environment and bettering the lives of women and children.

Our business philosophy is Christian-based, and sharing the love of Christ through serving and giving. I believe that we are here to make a difference in the lives of others, and I am humbled to use my talents to do that one tutu creation at a time. 


What inspires you to keep creating?
I love the “art” of creating art. It sounds so cheesy, but the creative in me is drawn to all things artsy tartsy. Whether it’s acting, writing, fashion design, crafting D.I.Y. home decor, baking or even creating homeschool printables for my kiddo, I need to be creating something awesomesauce at all times to be fulfilled. It’s the satisfaction of working hard at something and seeing it come into fruition that fuels me to keep making.

 

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Michelle Dowell , owner of Carriage House Heiress and Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

Share 3 random fun facts about you!
I love veggie “cheesesteaks”! I love a good chicken philly, too, but over the years the cruelty-free version appeals to me more. I can’t get enough of it!

My cats rule my house. I am sooo not in charge of our homestead.

I wore my Batgirl tutu design to see the original Batman, Adam West! I’m not sure if he liked it, but I had a blast!

Michelle Dowell of Carriage House Heiress rockin’ her own beautiful creation

If you could chose one quote that summarizes your biz, what would it be? 
“Compassion over fashion, cruelty-free is the way to be!”

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Black Tutu
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Adult Bachelorette Tutu
(white/lace/little pink), Jamie Bragg Photography

Punk Rock Black & Fuchsia tutu, Jamie Bragg Photography

Harley Quinn Tutu
(red/white/black), Illusions Images Photography By Angela

Multicolored Punk rock tutu
(purple/fuschia/black/hot pink/lavender)
Illusions Images Photography By Angela

Hot Pink Tutu
(multi-pink)Photos Provided By Model

Cranberry Wine Long Tutu
Illusions Images Photography By Angela

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 Beauty / Style Finds: Lovely Handmade Jewelry from Ivana of Beads and Happiness 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I discovered the beautiful work of Ivana at Beads and Happiness through featuring her sister, Zorana (Wanderlust), who creates stunning  handmade eco-friendly bags. When I visited Ivana’s Beads and Happiness Instagram page, the joyful energy and stylish pieces instantly grabbed my attention. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this multi-talented woman who shares happiness through her artful creations!

Ivana Pavlović, owner of Beads and Happiness

Tell us about yourself and your jewelry. 
Hi! My name is Ivana Pavlović. I am a mom of one young boy, entrepreneur, creator, curator, and photographer for my small business. When my kid grew up I had more free time to try and express myself through embroidery. I wanted to create something new, and to share my feelings and vision of beauty.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

I believe that jewelry is not just for special occasions, accessories make your outfit unique and special. I like simple forms with lots of colors. Every piece that I create is unique.

I like every color (but maybe pink the most :)) and I like to use them – mixing and matching  perfectly. Because of the specific way I mix, it’s not possible to make the same necklace twice.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović
Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

That’s why I always tell my customers that I can’t make the [exact]  item from a picture. Similar, yes, but definitely not the same. My jewelry is not expensive, but it is unique. It is the kind of jewelry that any woman can afford, and it’s really wearable and comfortable.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

What lead you to start your business? What is your business philosophy / mission?
I was creative as a child. I loved taking scissors to cut everything. All of my dolls had short hair; one of my Mom’s coats became a short jacket and my shirts had trendy cut-out spots. 🙂 I grew up with my Grandma who always encouraged my creativity, and had time to help me with everything I needed.

The two of us made a lot of things together. I like to believe that I developed good taste for fashion because of her, but generally every woman in my family is making some handmade products. So I guess it is pretty normal that I chose to make handmade products, too.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

Jewelry making was just my hobby until a couple years ago; since online shopping became more popular in my country, it is my full-time job.

My aspiration in life is to be happy, and jewelry making is something that makes me HAPPY. I really enjoy doing what I do, and my goal is to make my customers enjoy it, too. That is the reason I named my brand “Beads And Happiness.”

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What inspires you to keep creating?
My inspiration comes from communicating with my customers and people who love my jewelry. When someone who lives on the other side of the world tells me that my jewelry is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, that’s what really inspires me.

I have a lot of new ideas; I could make a plan for all the things I want to make for the next couple years, but I never have enough time. Almost all of my photos are made by me. I take them and edit them later. I update all of my profiles (and I have a lot of them), I also sell a lot of my products at some fashion markets in my country.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

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