Tuesday, September 20, 2011
To find my new website please go to
I'm won't be open for a few weeks, but hope to see you at the new retail site.
Monday, August 16, 2010
"Each tiny individual piece of the body of Christ is beautiful and complete unto itself, but only when the pieces are joined together is the true beauty realized - a living, breathing portrait of Jesus, who is fully human, fully divine." ~ Alice Bass, The Creative Life
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
John and I are doing ok, the hospices nurses come and go and he listens to men's conferences on his laptop. Amazing how God uses technology for His people when they need it. John had to cancel attending the Men's Conference but can "attend" in his home. Thank you for praying for us and our family. Love you all.
Buckets of Blessings,
Friday, April 9, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
And Myste is offering this whimsical scene from one of her journal pages...
There will be 2 winners.
Pam & Mystele
You can also fly over to Pam Warden Art to enter there :)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Hi everyone, Pam here...I started goofing around trying to lighten the look up and then I went so far that I could not get back to where I started...does that make any sense??? Have you been there, done that? So, instead of lighter I've got grey and black, which I guess will make all the work look good, or, maybe I'm not done yet. Myste is up to her eyeballs in a new site so I don't want to bother her and not sure what Jane is up too. So, I'll just keep messing around, praising God for this site and hoping it looks great in the end.
p.s. I have over 800 little squares that my greeting card company needs me to hand paint and then fill in with pen. Pray for my hands...thanks!
p.s.s. I've changed the music's order to random. Tell me if you like it or hate it. I'll listen :D
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
A little note about great faith from Streams in the Desert. Mystele has an interview for us soon, but I thought to squeeze this note of encouragement in.
He Knows Us"I know him, that he will command his children" (Gen. 18:19).
God wants people that He can depend upon. He could say of Abraham, "I know him, that he will command his children... that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken." God can be depended upon; He wants us to be just as decided, as reliable, as stable. This is just what faith means.
God is looking for men on whom He can put the weight of all His love and power and faithful promises. God's engines are strong enough to draw any weight we attach to them. Unfortunately the cable which we fasten to the engine is often too weak to hold the weight of our prayer; therefore God is drilling us, disciplining us to stability and certainty in the life of faith. Let us learn our lessons and stand fast. --A. B. Simpson
God knows that you can stand that trial; He would not give it to you if you could not. It is His trust in you that explains the trials of life, however bitter they may be. God knows our strength, and He measures it to the last inch; and a trial was never given to any man that was greater than that man's strength, through God, to bear it.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Hi Everyone, thanks for playing along with the Give-Away. Sorry if your name was not chosen by the random generator that I call, my husband :) But you all made if really fun and I especially loved seeing all the new sites. I am not alone by far in my love of Sara and Dave Mincy and their art. DrumRoll.....By HIS Good Grace won the CD and With Patience won the pack of Christmas Greeting Cards. Congratulations. Please send your address to the Mincys in an email.
Much love and stay tuned...Mystele has another fun blog post up her sleeve . Our God is so GOOD! Now, here's Dave Mincy...
Friday, September 18, 2009
Dave & Sara
To be entered in this Give Away just leave a comment on this post. (And join our list of followers if you'd be so inclined. We'd love to have you :)
We will have 2 winners~ one for Dave's beautiful Christmas CD and one person will be blessed to win a pack of Sara's Christmas Cards!!! Wish I could enter :)
PLEASE SHUT OFF MUSIC PLAYER ON SIDEBAR TO LISTEN TO DAVE'S MUSIC. The first song shared is a beautiful arrangement of an old hymn, The Old Rugged Cross. Farther down this post you'll find one of Dave's own songs.
I'm very excited about this next interview/feature about the delightful and talented duo, artist Sara Mincy and her piano playing, songwriting husband Dave ...they are a Godly couple busy raising their children while creating art and music that reflect their love for their Lord. Sara has a very popular etsy site with such affordable art she has
currently sold 153 pieces (well, 154 now 'cuz I just bought a scripture print :)You can find Sara's blog at sara's art* house and it is jam packed with her artwork...she paints on everything that will stand still long enough...from traditional canvas to nursery room walls. When you look at Sara's photograph, the first thing that strikes you is how her eye's are lit up with JOY! Her home, blog and etsy are filled with those joyful expressions.And finally, Dave's lovely music... (his site is at Mincy Media). You can listen to some of his music there for free and he's got a fantastic Christimas sale going on: 3 Cds and a package of Sara's Christmas cards, all for only $30. If you could bear to part with any them, it could take care of three Christmas gifts on your list.
Tell us in a nutshell about you and your family:
I am wife to my best friend, Dave. Mom to 3 kids- 2 boys ages 8 and 6 and a little girl- age 3. We love the Lord and we are trying to use our art & music to bring glory to God! I homeschool the kids; so we spend our days reading, learning, creating, playing, and exploring together.
What is your favorite medium and tools to use?
I use acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Painting is my favorite thing to do- it is totally enjoyable and relaxing to me. I also play around with fabrics and sewing, and paper crafts such as card making and decoupage.
What is your favorite time to create?
Where do enjoy creating the most? (ie. kitchen table, outdoors).
What do you want people to know about as they view your art?
I just want them to buy art that makes them happy. I am all about that in our house- I have my art up everywhere- simply because it makes us happy and inspires us and helps us to keep our focus on God and His word. I would encourage especially young people, when they are decorating a house or apartment for the first time to just have fun- buy what makes them happy, look around gift shops and goodwill and etsy to see what inspires them- you don't have to wait until you have the money to have fun with decorating. That is the reason behind what I do- I want people to be surrounded with art that will inspire them, encourage them, and make them happy.
Do you have a life verse?
My life verse has always been II Timothy 2:15- Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth....
But as time goes on there are so many scriptures that speak to me and inspire and encourage me! I love Psalms, and so many books in the New Testament- Ephesians 2:8-9 is great, and Proverbs 3:5-6. The kids and I are memorizing James 1- so those verses are really special to us right now.
Sara & Dave: What are your dreams/hopes for your folk art and music business? The Bible says that every person has been put here for a purpose. Personally, Sara and I believe that our art and music are very big parts of our purpose. We recognize that God, in His graciousness, has lent us both our passion and our creative gifts, and so we feel that it is our privilege and responsibility to share our faith through our art. If we can impact people’s lives for eternity by a simple picture or quiet song, then we have fulfilled part of our responsibility before God to use the talents He has given—and we find real joy and peace in that!
What is your favorite time to write music?
All the time …unfortunately, that’s not possible. Really, mornings are my best creative time when it comes to actually hammering things out on the piano or written music, but the “muse” can strike any time. I’ve had songs come to me while mowing the lawn, studying for a Sunday school lesson, listening to a good message, or thinking or praying about a specific issue.
How many songs have you written, app.? I have never counted how many songs I’ve written, but if you only count the ones I wrote the music and words for (not arrangements of old hymns) then I’m guessing around fifty or so. Up until the last few years, I actually wrote very little of my own music (did more arranging of existing hymns). I thank the Lord for opening up my heart and giving me the desire and ability to write original lyrics/music. So many of my songs are a direct response to how He is working my life, the lives of those around me, or in our church. How many CD's do you have for sale? 4.
How many instruments do you play? I only play two instruments with any real skill…the piano and the trombone. I was a band director for a few years though—and my degree was in Music Education—so I’m “dangerous” at most of the instruments to some degree or another :-/ What is your favorite instrument? Definitely the piano. If I didn’t have my piano, I’d be in therapy somewhere :-/
When do you find that you are the most creative? I am absolutely the most creative when my heart has been moved by something spiritually…something “clicks” and my mind begins to go crazy on a certain theme. This will happen to me sometimes in the middle of a service at church. Pastor says something, and I start madly scribbling lyrics…with my wife elbowing me to “pay attention” all the while! But I am paying attention…that’s the reason it happened in the first place! It either happens that way, or I’ll mull on a “seed” thought for days or even weeks and then just sit down at the piano and start “messing around”. Those are great times for me, too.
How long have you been a musician? Uhmm…well, I STILL might not be a musician, but I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 J My mom was a real slave-driver, but I am SO THANKFUL! I would have never had the discipline on my own.
Do you have a life verse? Absolutely…Psalm 28.7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. (ESV)
ALL ART AND MUSIC USED WITH PERMISSION.
I want to thank both Dave and Sara for joining us at Faith Folk. I pray that God blesses them and their family as they serve the risen Savior. And I hope you take some refreshing time to enjoy their work at their blogs and be sure to heart Sara on Etsy.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Open My Heart by Mystele (this was her first video of many, her very first)...SHUT OFF MUSIC FIRST ON SIDEBAR
This is a wonderful teaching video by Mystele. I'm so proud of her and I love her folk art pieces and happily own a few. I hope you enjoy this, are blessed by it and learn something new. I really hope it inspires you to pick up a brush and PAINT something :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
I am always encouraged by prayers from friends and the book Streams in the Desert (and of course the Bible and the Lord Himself) as we walk through the trials, the unknowns and the sudden endings of many hopes and dreams since my husbands lung transplant and our youngest son's recent diagnosis of severe MS (app.27 lesions in his brain with the largest at his brain stem). But our great God has made, as promised, "the crooked ways straight."
Please take the time to check out the women at incourage and also Jennifer at JRH, she makes beautiful art and both she and her site are a blessing to others. And also, please keep my family and I in prayer...
Saturday, August 8, 2009
We are more than just art... you can look up a Bible verse on the sidebar, translate this site into any number of languages, listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss at Revive Our Hearts or John MacArthur at Grace To You, and memorize daily verses from the women of CWO. You can also come alongside our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer at Voice's of the Martyrs, keep abreast of the minute by minute global happenings at Rapture Ready and listen to some really great, Godly music. Kind of like a GREAT Christian coffee shop (you'll have to BYOC, but you can wear your jammies :)
So, put your feet up and enjoy a few moments or stay for hours with the folks at Faith Folk Cafe. (If you're not one already, why not join the Followers and stay in tune with this one of a kind, makes your heart merry website. Plus, by doing so others will be able to find YOU too :D
Thanks to Jane for all the great posts she contributed.
Click on the painting below to enlarge. I "painted" it with coffee. Smells GREAT!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I am so pleased to present this next interview you haven't heard of them, you'll never forget' em! This delightful family of artists has an uncanny knack to encourage and lighten hearts through their creations. I, for one, look forward to reading their blog and seeing what they're up to. Without further blabber from me, meet Jill, the family rep for our interview, from Things With Wings and Other Things.
* when & how did folk art sweep you off your feet?
My sister and I grew up surrounded by creative and artsy parents. Our dad was a professional photographer, screen printer, and graphic artist. Our mom’s artwork has taken many transformations throughout the years – starting out more country and ending up more whimsical. She attended technical school for fashion design and learned a lot about fabric and sewing that still influences her work today. As adults, us girls gradually started making more and more handmade gifts for people, incorporating the skills that we grew up watching our mother master. Now we kind of all ‘feed’ off of each other – freely sharing ideas and techniques, without competition or proprietary. Although we do like to tease each other when we see each other showing up in our own work that “it must have seeped into my sub-
* tell us about how you've "met with" Jesus through your art.
Making art was part of the healing process during grieving the loss of our husband/father. It has become a wonderful opportunity to reach out to people and
encourage them. We use quotes in our work that have spoken truth into our own lives, and will hopefully do the same for others. Nothing has been sweeter than talking with people who tell you their story of who they bought one of our pieces for and what it has meant to them. We’ve got lots of neat stories. As for the actual act of creating – it can be a special time as well: those moments when you’re uninterrupted, you’ve got your praise music on, and the ideas flow easily – you know you’ve received a gift from the ultimate Creator who is sharing some Inspiration with you. Our youngest artist Emily meets with Jesus through her singing and song writing. She is a blessing to this family of women and inspires us to live for Him.
image used with permission
* what are your favorite mediums and/or tools to use?
We’re all in love with paper – scrapbook and vintage – it’s kind of obsessive! Acrylics, and matboard are essential, and good old sharpies.
* what is your favorite time to create?
Anytime is a good time, if you’re in the right mood!
* any tips for beginning folk artists?
You just have to get in there and DO it. Don’t let the idea that it has to be “perfect” paralyze you. Sometimes the best stuff happens when you just let yourself experiment. Don’t like it? Gesso over it, paint more layers, cover it with paper, put it aside, work on something else and come ba ck to it another time … Rarely can it not be salvaged.
* describe your artistic "muse(s)".
I think we’d all agree that we don’t “get” the word “muse.” We recognize that our talents and inspirations are gifts from God. We try to be thankful and mindful of that every day. As for things that inspire us? A good quote…The bible and a good study…Each other!
image used with permission
* what are your dreams for your folk art business?
That no matter what we do, that it would always be fun and enjoyable – never a chore or a source of stress. Also that we might show the world that Christians aren’t boring fuddy-duddies! We can be crazy and fun.
* how do you manage family and your business?
We have amazing, helpful, supportive husbands and families. But it’s good to be always mindful about whether we are maintaining balance. And our kids are good at letting us know when we’re not so much! We’re very blessed to have families who appreciate what we do because they know how much it means to us.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I wish you each a very happy Mother's Day 2009. Take time to read over Proverbs 31 and challenge yourself to be the Mom that God created and requires you to be this year. And if you don't have children, or if you're like me and your kids are grown and have flown the proverbial coop, I challenge you to be the Woman/Friend/Neighbor/Grandmother/Wife that He's created you to be. Hope you enjoy my Mom painting :) Love you all!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Name: Sandra Bennett
Blog Title: Thistle Cove Farm
Blog URL: www.thistlecovefarm.blogspot.
Etsy or Artfire: not yet and have never heard of Artfire so thanks very much.
How did you get started blogging, and what keeps you going?
A friend, Leslie Shelor, started a blog and after watching her for a while, I "gulped" and started my own blog. I had to check and my first entry was 5/25/05...nice little symmetry (of sorts) going there, wouldn't you say? Folks commenting keep me going but primarily God keeps me going. I feel I'm pleasing Him as I chronicle life at Thistle Cove Farm. I think it also pleases Him I'm vocal about my walk with Jesus Christ and give Him credit for His many, many blessings to Dave and I. There have been times people have e-mailed me and told me a particular entry was thought provoking or they requested prayer. If my blog can bring someone to the realization they need Jesus, the time is well spent. I fully understand I may never know, this side of the veil, if a heart has been touched and that's okay. It's all about Him but sometimes there's a little cranky Sandra thrown in .
What's your favorite time to create/write?
God has blessed me with an attitude of gratitude so anytime is a good time. If I'm discouraged I count my blessings and that, usually, works. If counting my blessings doesn't keep the gray skies at bay, then I know I'm weary, hungry or both. Vince Lombardi said, "fatigue makes cowards of us all" and that's true. My "attitude of gratitude" weakens when I'm tired or hungry and, through the years, I've learned to recognize the symptoms.
Where is your favorite place to create/write?
God has blessed Dave and I with a piece of Heaven on earth. There's absolutely no place that's "not good" on this farm for any type of creative work. Sometimes I'll take my spinning wheel to the sheep pasture and enjoy a beautiful day with my fur friends. Other times I'll head to my studio and listen to audio books while I work on quilts, tea cozies, etc. Generally, my day begins in the sunroom, listening to Alister Begg and others on XM radio; the sunroom is a great room to look over the valley and reflect on God, His word, His blessings.
Do you have a favorite Scripture?
My favorite Scripture is Psalm 116, the whole thing. It speaks to me constantly and each time I read it, I find a new, different meaning. I taught in Russia in 2004 and took several Bibles to give to folks along the way. The KJV was given to Ekaterina, a young English teacher in Yaroslavl, and I told her Psalm 116 brought me much comfort and joy. Several months later she wrote me to say it had brought her much comfort during those dark days following the Chechen terrorist group who slaughtered school children. Thru Him, we are all connected.
Do you have a favorite Christian song?
I love both Morning Has Broken and It Is Well With My Soul - both old hymns bringing much comfort and joy.
Thank you Sandra for being a part of this and letting us get to know you a little better. I love your "attitude of gratitude". Besides being a gift from God, I think it is also an attitude choice Christians make. Alister Begg is also a favorite Christian teacher of mine, and being Scottish I especially enjoy his accent. Old hymns, like those you have chosen, are special to me. So much to be lost when we lose our hymns and I'm so glad that you chose hymns Sandra, I had fun finding your favorite for the playlist. Now, I hope everyone heads on over to your blog to learn even more about our dear friend at Thistle Cove Farm.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thank you for Showing Us Your Blogs. First featured blog soon. Here's one of my favorite songs...the words are depicting the throne room of Heaven