Thursday, August 4, 2016

Announcing: Glitter For Breakfast - A Creative Worship Retreat presented by Growing Meadows


I've been teasing forEVER and here are the juicy details!!! We are planning to host a 4 night retreat next spring and we want you to come!! I don't want you to have to read a big paragraph about how stinking excited I am but, yeah, I'm REALLY excited to see how God uses this event! Here is the info you have been waiting for:

What: Glitter for Breakfast is a Creative Worship Retreat! We will hang out for 4 nights and 3 days of workshops, devotionals, testimonies and food!

Who: Workshops will be given by Myself, Celeste Rodriguez and Rachel Puckett. We will be creating Bible Journaling, Hymn Journaling, War Binders, Junque Journals and MORE!

Where: The workshop will be located at the Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center in Newark, Ohio. This is about a 35 minute drive from Columbus International Airport

Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center
2734 Seminary Rd SE
Newark, OH  43056

When: March 12-16, 2017

Tickets: Tickets will go on sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 at NOON EST More details to come. There will be a separate site where you will go for ticket sales. I will post at the time listed above. 


How much will my ticket cost?
Ticket price is $850.00 plus processing fees.

Ticket price is $850.00 plus processing fees. To reserve your Ticket you must purchase the first deposit on Tthe Eventbrite page (link available after tickets release for sale). The initial deposit is $250.00 plus processing fees (around $15.00). 

The remaining payments will need to be made directly to me via paypal. Initial deposit is due immediately. The remaining payment schedule is as follows:

Payment 2: $300.00 is due October 31, 2016
Payment 3: $300.00 is due January 31, 2017

Payments 2 and 3 should be made via paypal to my paypal address below. You can make payments at any time as long as the balances are $300.00 or less by November 1, 2016 and $0.00 by February 1, 2017.
Send paypal payments to 

What is included with my ticket?
Your ticket includes accommodations for 4 nights, all workshops, and all meals beginning with dinner Sunday night and ending with breakfast Thursday morning. Also included will be tons of fun SWAG and some other fun surprises!

How many tickets will be sold?
We are limiting the number of tickets to just 25!

Where can I purchase a ticket?

Will I need to share a room?
Yes. Most rooms will have 2 guests although some rooms hold 3 people. If you book with a friend let us know and we will arrange for you to share!

If I fly in, will I need to rent a car?
If you like. However, we are working to make arrangements for transportation to and from Columbus International Airport. 

Can I bring my child?
Maybe. If you have a nursing age infant you are welcome to bring him/her. Otherwise we ask that the event be for adults ages 18 and up.

What supplies should I bring?
You are welcome to bring whatever supplies you like. We will also be sure to have many supplies on hand which you can use to create! We recommend an Art Journal and/or Journaling Bible. Any Paint, Scrapbooking or Paper Crafting supplies are appropriate. We will have bunches of glitter! 

Are Tickets Refundable or Transferable?
Tickets are transferable but not refundable. Tickets may not be transferred within 30 days of the event. 

What if I have an allergy or dietary restriction?
We are happy to comply! Just let us know!

Can I stay somewhere else?
We really hope you will stay with us at the event center! The element of fellowship is essential for our event! There is NO discount available for staying elsewhere. We have to reserve the same amount of space if you stay with us or if you do not. The ticket cost is fixed. as stated above.

What if I drive? 
The event location isn't too far from major routes. More than enough parking is available!

What should I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable wearing! There is no dress code. We welcome yoga pants, leggings and fuzzy pajamas!

Guys, God has already been moving to get this event off of the ground. I am so very blessed to share with all of you! If you have any further questions PLEASE ask! We want to share as much as we can!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Process Video - His Kingdom Come Bible Journaling Challenge Hymn Art Journal The Unclouded Day John 14

Hi Friends!! I have created this video for His Kingdom Come! Check out their fun facebook group and join the challenges! I've included a resource list below for your convenience including the cute Panda Joy stamps and Hallelujah Washi from our shop! Love you all!! 

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Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint
Various Master's Touch Acrylic paints Hobby Lobby
Hallelujah Washi 
Panda Joy Stamp Set 
Uniball Signo 207 Gel Pens
Uniball Signo 207 BOLD Gel Pens
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Hero Arts White (Unicorn) Pigment Ink
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Stickers
Bella Blvd Pink Letters


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An Open Letter to Chewbacca Mom

Dear Mrs. Payne,

My name is Tai Bender. I am a Christian wife and mom, a worship leader and artist. I run an etsy shop and blog for a living. And I am your sister.

Like thousands of other delighted facebook readers, I clicked your video and laughed until I cried. I shared with my husband and he kept asking if I was sure your name was Candace because he was convinced I could have made that video myself. We have many similarities, you and I...similar expressions, body type and love of Chewbacca (best Star Wars character ever). We share a similar sense of humor, laugh, and tendency to clap at ourselves. I even heard you are a Bible Journaler and we were already facebook friends because of the Bible Journaling community.

These shared qualities certainly make us awesome; but above all, as I was watching your video and before you got so many wonderful opportunities to share your story, I knew that you must be a Christian. I have never met you or heard of you but that sort of joy doesnt come from the world. Your video isn't just a feel good giggle from a happy mom. You radiate the true joy of Jesus.

As Christians we learn to recognize our tribe. It is easy to see the fruit. Today I was broadcasting on my periscope channel and the discussion turned to "Chewbacca Mom". I mentioned that I wasn't sure but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Chewbacca Mom were a Christian and many said you were and that you had been sharing Jesus in your adventures. When I completed my Bible Journaling broadcast I sat down to say a prayer for you. I prayed for you to be blessed as you share the joy of the gospel. I shed a few tears of delight as I praised God knowing that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I am proud to call you a Sister in Christ! SHINE ON, CANDACE!!

❤ Tai

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Romans Chapter 6 Bible Journaling - Set Free!!

Hi Friends! Today I am reading over Romans Chapter 6 and dwelling on freedom. The true freedom that only comes through Christ! The Grace of God is pouring out! Come and drink! 

Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselvesto anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin,have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I decided to just share the whole chapter above. There isn't a lot to add to Paul's poetic writing. Free! We are so FREE! Free because if we are crucified with Christ then we are raised with Christ. Free because in our resurrection we are no longer slaves to sin. Free because without the penalty for our sin we are SET FREE with the FREE gift of God - eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!!

I wanted to document this freedom in my Journaling Bible. I am using my Interleaved edition Bible here with a blank page between each page of text. I went all out with embellishments and watercolors! I have included a complete list of resources for you below!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's a Shaker Dori Process Video!!

Hi!!! I have finally completed my process video so you can make your own Shaker Dori. This is a super fun and inexpensive project to add some glitter to your life. We can all use some more sparkle! A list of resources are at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

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Praise Him Stamp Set | Arc Planner Pockets | Packing Tape | NeoColor II Paints | Printed Duct Tape | Versa WaterMark Ink | Heat Tool | Glitter and Sequins: Hobby Lobby | Tissue Confetti | Hole Punch | Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder


Thursday, March 24, 2016

HKC - Process Video Tutorial! Bible Journaling I AM Crucified with Christ!

I am SO excited to be the featured artist for His Kingdom Come! I am sharing a technique today using Acrylics, Stickers and Stamps for Bible Journaling and I am talking about my focus statement "I AM Crucified with Christ" Enjoy!!

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2 Column ESV Journaling Bible | Liquitex Paint Light Yellow | Liquitex Paint Bright Aqua Green | Liquitex Paint Cobalt Blue | Neon Pink Master's Touch Paint (Hobby Lobby) | Easter Stamps by Growing Meadows | Polka Dot Washi Tape | Faber Castell Big Brush Pen | Stazon Ink Jet Black | Acrylic Stamp Block | Tim Holtz Letter Stickers | Uniball 207 BOLD Black Gel Pen
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Birds Don't Worry, They Sing! Psalm 104:33 - My Life Verse

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Hi Friends!!

I just broke in my brand new Interleaved Journaling Bible and I am absolutely in love!! The Bible features a completely blank page between every page of text. TONS of room to stamp, paint and journal. I decided to start by journaling Psalm 104:33. This is my Life Verse!

Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

I used stamps from my shop, Growing Meadows, on Etsy to help show the joy I feel reading this Psalm. I just adore the quote "Birds don't worry, they sing!" I added it to the page to remind me that God takes care of all of my smallest needs and desires. My mission is to obey and worship. I'll include a full list of resources for you below. :)