Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas + Gratitude

Merry Christmas everyone!!

My heart is so full of gratitude for all who have encouraged and supported me through this artist journey. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for making 2015 such an incredible year. I mean it when I say that I appreciate each and every client who has supported my little lettering business. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of your wedding, your home, a friend's gift, a special occasion...the list goes on.

As I look back on all my projects and orders from this past year, I am humbled and so thankful. I truly hope that this holiday season is joyous for you and those you love!

Darcie Moningka Photography
Cheers to the many wonderful things to come next year too!

With a full heart,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

DIY Brush-Lettered Wrapping Paper

Merry Christmas Eve! This month flew by, and now I am so excited to spend time with my loved ones and then take off to Portland and Seattle!

So I had wanted to show you guys a few different gift wrapping ideas much earlier this month, but instead I've been resting and catching up with people who are so dear to me. This season has been tough for me, particularly with grad school, but I am constantly reminded of how good God is in the midst of it all. He provides us with wonderful relationships and friendships, and everything I could need and more. So this Christmas season, my priorities are Jesus and loved ones. I love gift shopping and holiday-related festivities, but loving God and loving people are still at the top of my list.

I pray that during the holidays, you will press deeply into Christ's love and grace - especially if family time is tough (and let's be real, it can be for every family). I pray that if your heart has been weary lately like mine, that you will rejoice in the hope we have in Jesus. Let us never lose the wonder and amazement that God Himself would live and die and rise again so that we could have life, and have it abundantly. Immanuel means "God with us"; His presence never leaves our side, and His love never fails, regardless of how we feel or what others say. Jesus has saved us from the death we deserve, and so we rejoice.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
L U K E  2 : 1 4

Thank you Jesus. My heart bursts with joy because of You. We celebrate you, acknowledge that it is your love within and between us. We love you.

Brush-lettered white ink on kraft paper.

Oh right, this was supposed to be a DIY post. This wrapping paper was super easy to make, and I love the handmade touch it added to my gifts.

Brush-Lettered Wrapping Paper
+ Roll of kraft paper (usually sold with shipping supplies)
+ White ink (I used a jar of Speedball ink)
+ Paint brush
+ Yarn
+ Scissors
+ Tape
+ Gift tag (I made mine with black cardstock and white gel pen)

  1. Unroll the kraft paper and lay on a flat surface.
  2. Shake the bottle of ink thoroughly to mix contents.
  3. Dip your paint brush into the ink to brush-letter your favorite Christmas song lyrics, Bible verses, or whatever else you want to write.
  4. Continue until you have covered a large portion of the paper.
  5. Let dry.
  6. Wrap your gifts and pretty them up with some yarn, twine, foliage, and a gift tag.
Have a wonderful day!!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Prayer Changes Us

Prayer changes our hearts, influences the world, and keeps us intimately close to our Creator.

Prayer matters.

With love,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Free Christmas Cards!

Hey friends,

The last day to order gifts that are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas is December 15! Be sure to place your orders soon, because this month has been super busy and I will be limiting custom orders for this month soon. I am SO grateful to have an overflow of custom artwork orders though - you guys mean so much to me and I am excited to deliver your hand-lettered goodies soon.

As a thank you for being amazing customers, you will receive a FREE hand-illustrated Christmas card with every purchase from now until December 15! No code necessary. 

Much love,

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A+M Wedding 2015

My dear friend Amanda married her husband Matt this past October, and it was an honor to be part of their special day. Their love for one another is Christ-centered and truly God-glorifying. I am grateful for wonderful friends who supported this couple on their wedding day, which ended up being a sweet reunion with lots of my friends from undergrad.


Photos by Physis Creative

Amanda + Matt, I love you both and are excited for the amazing things to come in your lives! And Matt, take good care of my girl. She's a gem.

Much love,

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pray for San Bernardino

This week was tough. My heart is heavy for the people in San Bernardino, which is only a few miles from my school and a mile and a half from the special needs school we have treated at this quarter. Precious lives were taken. I still cannot wrap my mind around this situation and others like it. All we can do is cry out to God for comfort, and mourn with the brokenhearted.

Let's continue to pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world who are hurting. Jesus, You are our hope and we trust that You are making all things new.

Psalm 147:3
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."

In His Name,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Shop is Open!

Hi friends!

I am so excited to announce that my new online shop is up and running, just in time for the Christmas season!

The dainty "Grace + Gratitude Journal" is a perfect stocking stuffer, gift, or treat for yourself. Fill it with positive thoughts, things you are grateful for, or notes on-the-go!

Grace + Gratitude Mini Journal, $5

In dark stained wood with classic white lettering, the mini wooden signs are versatile decorations for any home. Choose from the "Joy" and "Abide" designs to remind you or your loved one of what truly matters!

Mini Wooden Signs, $20 each

And of course, don't forget a handmade card to remind your loved ones how much you care about them. Words of affirmation and love are always a true gift.

Hand-Illustrated Christmas Card, $3 or 2 for $5

Limited quantities are available of each item, so be sure and order your favorites today.

Stay posted for new items that will be added to the shop soon!