My ONE WORD 365

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I am participating in the ONEWORD365.com challenge! ADVENTURE is my one word to focus on this year! According to a solid online resource, Wikipedia, an adventure is an exciting or unusual experience! I am planning a bunch for this year!

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1. Adopting a little boy! Please join our FB page for updates and info on our current status. Also, you can go here to donate to our adoption fund! We are over half way there:)

2. Rebranding my blog! What? Mavisdavis, where are you going? Well, I am not going anywhere! That’s the point. The name is a bit confusing for new readers who may think, “her name is Amy, why would she call herself Mavis?” So, I am skipping all the confusion and re-branding my blog. I will focus my writing on creativity, missions, motherhood and creative ways to connect the three. I will also be sharing my adventures in motherhood and life at SWO. Basically what I already blog about, but I need a new blog name! So, brainstorm and email me your suggestions. If you have the winning suggestion for my new blog name, I will send you a free piece of art!
*Also, there will be plenty of warning before I shut down MavisDavis.wordpress.com!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

Alani with her guitar and me with the banjo on Christmas!

3. Songwriting! I got a new banjo for Christmas (thanks again, Mom and Steve)! So, I’m taking the leap back into songwriting. It has been about 3 years since I have written a new song.  It is good to feel Lord stirring my heart to write new tunes for our church services at RedOak!

4. Art! I have recently joined a few friends in a little adventure called Stillframe Studio. We are joining our forces in art to create some beautiful things to share! It is up and running, so check it out!

So, those are 4 of my personal ADVENTURES for the year! So, it is appropriate to give my 2014 the name ADVENTURE! You can name your year too! Check out the resolution revolution at ONEWORD365.com and find out what it is all about!

Day 15: Draw Near Trivet

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Day 15: Draw Near Trivet
James 4:8 says draw near to God and HE will draw near to you. This is a great reminder of God’s faithfulness! I think it should be displayed in my home to remind me to draw near to God when I am frustrated, annoyed, panicked or just needing to show some compassion to someone. So, I drew up this little design and placed it on a round piece of wood to be used as a trivet. And the winner is…
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Hannah Vernon! Congradulations lady. Thanks for supporting our adoption. You are great!

Day 13: Coffee Mug

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Day 13: Coffee Mug
As I was going through my journal from the summer looking for inspiration for my 31 Days projects. I came across a small drawing in my journal of Lamentations 3:22-24.

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

These verses strengthen my soul and fuel my motivation to extend the faithfulness of the Lord to my children. It reminds me to forget yesterday's struggles and press into Christ with joy! What better place to keep this before my eyes but on my coffee mug first thing… So, that's what I created. And the winner is…
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Brittany Pleasants! Congrats, gal! So glad you won a prize! Thanks for supporting our family always!

Alright, if you visit every day and want some free Amy Davis Art fast, go here and download this free printable from my friend Jessica. Her quote, my art… a dynamic duo! Biggest-BraveWeb

Day 12: Show Kindness Door Frame Sign

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Day 12: Show Kindness
I love the verses in Deuteronomy 6 where the Lord says to Israel:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Being a stay-at-home-mama my nerves can come unraveled quickly when all three are in breakdown mode or asking for different things at the same time. Whatever the circumstance, I need to respond with KINDNESS. I have this phrase written on a piece of wood above a doorway in our kitchen. It serves to remind me of the kindness Christ shows me daily and through God’s work in my life, I am capable of showing kindness to my kids no matter the circumstances. This was my inspiration for creating this door frame sign for the 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways.

This door frame sign is thin enough to sit above most door frames! Or you could velcro it to the wall:) Whatever, it’s a sign, just put it up somewhere and remember to show kindness! Today, the winner is… ShowKindnessDoorFrame - 1

Rebecca Marrion! Congratulations girl! Thanks for supporting our family and this adoption!

Day 11: Be Strong

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Day 11: Be Strong!
A friend of mine asked me to do a drawing from a verse to put in her home. She has 3 boys. I digitized the artwork and had it printed on an 8X10 for the giveaway. I have a few for sale here. And today’s winner is…
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Tanner Gunthier! Congrats my friend. Thanks for supporting MavisDavis and our family!
You = great!

Day 10: Lead Me

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Day 10: Lead Me
This summer I was asked to draw up this verse as a gift for a friend. I chose to include it in my 31 Days of Giveaways because I thought it was encouraging to share. I drew it on this 8X8 wood canvas for the giveaway. This is one of my favorite pieces of the month. And the winner is…
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Melinda Woods! Congrats friend! I’ll make sure you get this canvas asap as possible:)

*Adoption Update: We are currently in our home study phase. All paper work (at this point) has been turned in and we are waiting for a call from our home study agency to schedule a visit. Please pray for our family this month! On top of this awesome progress in our adoption process, camp life is alive with groups, travel and OLD School river section!

And, don’t forget to check out my new store for more prints!

Day 9: We Hope – 2

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Day 9: We Hope – 2
When we decided that selling my artwork might be a good way to raise money for our adoption, I created a series of 3 drawings based on the verse in Romans… This is the second drawing in the series. I have 8X10 prints available here! I hope to add more as the giveaways are revealed, so keep visiting MavisDavis for my 31 Days of Artsy Giveaways!
Today I am giving away an 8X10 print in this unique white washed frame!
And the winner is…
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Courtney Raybon! Yeah! Congrats! I hope you love the framed print!

Day 8: Card Set

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Day 8: Card Set
I began drawing, scanning, digitizing and printing my hand-letter designs earlier this year. These Valentine’s Day cards are the first among many of my original, hand-lettering projects. And the winner of today’s giveaway is…

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Ashleigh Martin! Happy Heart Day early Ashleigh! Enjoy these original designs!

Day 7: Be Still And Know

An Abstract Background Texture Of Grungy Blackboard Day 7: Be Still and Know! This small wood plaque is bright, truthful and encouraging. Every time I read it, I am tempted to keep it! I experimented with lots of mediums to make this plaque. I used modpodge, water color pencils, sharpies, sandpaper, pens and whatever else I had in my art area at the time. I have made scans of this one and hope it printed on cards to sell in my online store this month.
And the winner of the day is…

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Shannon Gillis!! YEA! Girl, this is real life! You won! I am so happy for our friendship. Thanks for supporting our family as we adopt a new little boy from Jamaica! See you soon!

Day 6: Colorful Wood Plaque

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I found this wood plaque in a craft aisle of a store. I used many different techniques from modpoge to water color pencils in creating this unique wood plaque. The project was inspired by our adoption and my more recent thoughts of sharing in community with others serving. I love the way it turned out and am so happy to share it with…
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Steph Gatten! Congrats, friend! I am so thankful for you and your friendship! I am so happy you won a prize from the raffle! You = AWESOME! Thanks for your support during this season of our lives.

p.s. This print will be available on my online store in mid-October. Keep checking back for more details!