"These stamps are symbolic of not only the stamps put in their passports upon arrival, but also the day we became a family."

Becoming a Family with Michelle Osterhus from Ramsey, Minnesota

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Inspiring People | 0 comments

When discussing the topic of traveling, images of exotic locations and exciting experiences dance across our mind. International travel is a way to experience cultures vastly different from our own and see wonders which most people only behold in snapshots. Michelle Osterhus and her husband from Ramsey, Minnesota are among those blessed to have had the opportunity to explore the world. But while these journeys gave them unique opportunities to meet new people and try new things, over time, traveling became a means by which to escape deep, personal hurt. This special couple greatly desired to have a family; however, after 8 years of trying everything, they were still unable to have children. As time went on, the couple decided if they could not have children of their own, they would give other kids a chance at a different life through adoption. Today, they are the proud parents of 2 precious children from South Korea.

As part of their home, Michelle decided to create a collage of pictures and mementos which serves as a constant reminder to them of the special day when these two children came into their lives. Accompanying treasured family photos, are two small postage stamps. Enlisting the help of WiseDecor’s design team, Michelle had her stamps custom made to say “South Korea” along with the exact date each of their children came home to America. As Michelle puts it, “These stamps are symbolic of not only the stamps put in their passports upon arrival, but also the day we became a family.”

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Life is Precious with Brenda Kapp from Clarion, Pennsylvania

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Inspiring People | 0 comments

Every day is a blessing we should never take for granted. This statement rings very true for Brenda Kapp of Clarion, Pennsylvania. After enjoying good health all her life, Brenda became extremely ill with a rare, deadly disease which left her with very little time to live. With a life expectancy of only 5 1/2 months, this disease, which impacts the heart, left Brenda in dire need of a heart transplant. Because of Lisa, a donor who gave Brenda her heart just before she passed, Brenda is now alive to tell her story.

In order to remember the fragility of life and to honor the woman who gave her a second chance, Brenda decided to have WiseDecor help her create a special memorial decal. Utilizing the basic design concept of the “Always My Sister” decal, WiseDecor was able to assist Brenda in making her “Sisters in Christ” lettering. The decal was created with a charcoal color while the silhouette of Lisa and Brenda’s names along with the saying at the bottom were done in a complementary medieval wine.

After her decal was hung, Lisa’s family visited Brenda and together these two families wept over the sadness of losing Lisa, but the joy of seeing her continue to live in the life another. Two families joined together by one woman’s heart — a true legacy Brenda will never forget.

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Her Husband’s Legacy with Martha Boynton from Annapolis, Maryland

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Inspiring People | 0 comments

Her Husband’s Legacy with Martha Boynton from Annapolis, Maryland

We always love to hear the stories behind the decals our customers choose. For some, inspiration and encouragement are factors which drive their final decisions, while others make choices based upon fond memories and special moments from the past. But for Martha Boynton, selecting her decals was a thought-provoking process as she carefully chose decals for her late husband’s art exhibit. For Martha, each decal not only represented her husband’s artistic work, but also captured his legacy as a loving husband and father with a passion for his Savior and Lord. Here is her story:

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My husband, Lee Boynton, was an artist. He majored in fine art at Syracuse University. In the spring of his senior year, he gave his heart to Jesus through Campus Crusade for Christ. He and I met in October, 1978 in Annapolis, MD, my hometown, a year and a half after we had graduated from college. The Lord had brought us together at an outdoor oyster roast that glorious fall night, under the gentle light of a full harvest moon. We were married on April 26, 1980 with a calling in the visual arts.

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The Lord took us on a fabulous journey of obedience and trust. Early in our marriage, Lee learned to capture the fleeting effects of light in his paintings, following Claude Monet’s theories of color and light. Once he learned “to turn the lights on” in his own work, he became passionate about teaching others “to see and paint the light.” He co-authored Painting the Impressionist Watercolor, an instructional book based on his teaching, with Linda Gottlieb, one of his longtime watercolor students. Lee also loved the theme of fishing. For the first 15 years of our marriage, he sought out the Chesapeake Bay watermen, and spent precious time with them aboard their boats. He saw an inexpressible beauty in these men whose lives were so closely intertwined with the glory of God’s creation, and so far from the pressures and pace of our modern technological world. Over this time of intimate connection with the watermen, Lee captured the final years the dwindling Skipjack fleet graced the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, oystering under sail, and trap pound fishermen hauled their nets by hand.

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Lee made the connection between his love for painting the light and fishermen and the themes of light and fishing in the Bible. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) His first disciples were fishermen. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting their nets into the lake, for they were fishermen. “‘Come follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once the left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 5:13-16) Lee was a fisher of men; his nets were his art and his teaching. He carried the light of life.

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Lee was diagnosed with late stage colon cancer on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve in 2014. He continued to paint and to teach, and finally, on April 24, 2016, he went home to the Lord.

Our three adult children and I decided to hold a retrospective show of Lee’s work during the month of October, 2016. We named the show Lee Boynton: The Light of Life. I envisioned the walls in the gallery space with Lee’s paintings and God’s Word on display together, reflecting the overflow of Lee’s heart through his work. I knew the Scripture would give an added dimension to the exhibit. I asked around about removable lettering. Yes, there was such a thing. When I did a search on the internet, WiseDecor was the first to catch my eye. I thought of Solomon’s discourse on wisdom in the first four chapters of the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 2:6-7 says,

“The Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

He stores up sound wisdom for the upright.”

I had a strong sense WiseDecor would provide the answers I was looking for. When I went to their site, I knew I was on the right track. I saw lovely examples of Scripture verses on walls in different settings.

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I explained my vision for the show to one of the sales representative via an email. She asked me to send the dimensions of the exhibit walls, and said they would provide a mockup so I could see how the Scripture would work with the paintings. Within a few days, it came. I could see that the show would be all I had envisioned it to be. We used the mockup they provided as a guide for hanging the paintings and the placement of the Scripture.

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The exhibit was outstanding! Several hundred people came to the show over the course of the month. We had two receptions which were both very well attended. Many of the visitors told us how deeply the exhibit touched their hearts.

The staff at Wise Decor couldn’t have been more helpful. They took me by the hand and gave me the confidence to proceed. The set of instructions that came with the lettering was very clear, and the result was perfection! I know our Heavenly Father and my husband Lee must have been very pleased as they looked down.

If you would like to learn more about Lee Boynton, check out his wife’s blog here.

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Inspiring Employees with Janette Espinosa from Miami, FL

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Office Decor | 0 comments

Inspiring Employees with Janette Espinosa from Miami, FL

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As executive secretary at Caribtrans, an ocean and air freight service based in Miami FL, Janette Espinosa designed the ideal decal for her boss’s office. The quote, which derives from her boss’s favorite book, Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, encompasses his passion for outstanding customer service, innovative thinking and achieving his dream for the company.

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The decal was created using Chancery font in both True Blue and Apple Green. Creating the decal using 3.5 inch high lettering in a staggered format creates a special twist to this fun saying. While this quote is used to inspire employees, Janette also decided to order a Client Office Rules decal to encourage Caribtrans’s employees to always serve customers to the greatest extent. The 24 inch decal in Navy, Burgundy and Cinnamon is the perfect touch to the home office and acts as a constant reminder of Caribtrans’s goals as an outstanding company.

 

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Presenting Calligrapher Anne Kaese

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Lettering Unfolded | 2 comments

Presenting Calligrapher Anne Kaese

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Could you give a short history of how you began your calligraphy career and business?
Over my adulthood I did commissions for people and taught some classes in calligraphy and watercolor.  In my current setting I offer assistance to clients with their special occasions as well as doing works for exhibition.  Teaching others to enjoy and be active in these heritage arts continues to give me great pleasure.

What inspired you to get into calligraphy?
I started doing calligraphy when I was 12 – I was fascinated by the contrast of light and dark, thick and thin.

Where do you seek inspiration?
My surroundings and my children’s interests.  I read widely too.  There is always something to look at and be inspired by if you open your eyes.

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She is Fierce – The Story of Ashley Johns

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Inspiring People | 14 comments

She is Fierce – The Story of Ashley Johns

Enter below for your chance to WIN Ashley’s inspirational mantra decal! We also have a couple of ways for you to get Ashley’s cool mantra design, including one that’s FREE. Read through her post and see the bottom for details.

Sometimes, when you’re on a journey and have committed yourself to it 100 percent, you lose sight of what makes you you. My name is Ashley Johns, and I am the creator and leader of the Fierce Forward community. I don’t think I’m that different from anyone else, and when one of my Facebook followers calls me inspirational, I am still a little surprised by it. I think to myself, “How did I get here?”
I’ve always believed we are capable of anything. Like many women, I struggled with my weight and never felt satisfied with my body. I was fierce in the gym and did everything right but was still not happy with my body. In 2011, when I hit that wall everyone experiences when losing weight, the dreaded plateau, I headed down an unhealthy path with gusto. For several weeks, I ate absolutely no carbs and lost 15 pounds. Even though I loved what I saw in the mirror, I knew deep down that this was a bad road. If you’ve ever taken dieting to the extreme, you know that every part of your body suffers including your hair and your brain. I was so committed to losing the weight that I didn’t hear my heart saying, “This is just not who you are.”

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Inspiring Story Behind Leah’s Retreat, “Replenish” – Part 4

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Author's Corner, Designer Views | 0 comments

Inspiring Story Behind Leah’s Retreat, “Replenish” – Part 4

Interview with Leah Richardson, author of “Interior Wisdom” Part 4

Yolanda: I expected a thirty minutes interview and I could like go on and on talking with you. You are just fount of wisdom. I am definitely going to make it down to your Replenish retreat one of these days!

Leah Richardson: That’s great!

Yolanda: Because I have seen all the pictures and I am like, Oh, that looks so amazing!

Leah Richardson: I would love for you to come. It is a very special time and it is amazing what God does when we pull away. It’s good to pull away, because the world would tell you. You have to keep going 90 to nothing, and that little business of yours won’t run without you! But God honors those who honor Him and when we pull away to fill up, to just empty ourselves it’s a kind of replenishing. It is amazing what God pours out of our lives, because we are just a vessel. We are just a vessel. So when we pull away to fill up, He will definitely pour us back out in amazing and beautiful ways.

Yolanda: That is wonderful. One question. My last question that I will ask. How did Replenish come about? You just moved down to the farm. How did that come about? How did God move to make that happen?

Leah Richardson: That is an amazing story.

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