ekwetzel h a r v e s t
We go through our days, chasing tangents, dreaming about horizons, aching to Do more, to BE more...
Then illness hits. Or heartbreak. Or job loss or injury or a series of unfortunate events. Or maybe nothing in particular happens at all, ever, and life feels life a car broken down by the side of the road & rusting in the rain.
It can be frustrating...depressing, even.
But I want you to lean in close...I want you to open your heart and listen to what I have to say:
you are exactly where you are meant to be
Living by Faith doesn't mean that you overcome this mortal coil in favor of a metaphysical divinity. No. Faith comes alive when we finally realize that God lives right in our hearts, that he made us to be these amazing, complex, wonderful creatures...and that he glorifies everything about us: our quirks, our sorrows, our victories, our joys.
God is glorified in the fullness of your being. For you are exactly who you are meant to be. And He is exactly who He is meant to be. And he moves through the rooms of your heart; he knits together the tapestry of your life; he speaks to you in your midnight dreams.
And he offers you, in this season of your life, exactly the harvest you need to tarry on.
#alleluia
5h

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel So thrilled to present this new portrait for my brilliant & beautiful friend Joni @joniedelman
I'm hugely honored that she will use the illustration for her branding, to complement the amazing writing she does online!
#cakesandcarrots #byekwetzel
8h

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel f r i e n d s
Childhood is lonely. Kids can't just jump in a car and drive to a friend's house whenever they want. Motherhood can be lonely, too: you spend so much time caring for your family you just don't have time or energy or money to go out and build your friendships.
That's how I fell in love with Instagram.
In the last 5 years I've made friends across the world, and have even been lucky enough to meet many of them in person. Phoebe Skypes regularly with friends both near & far. And we are keeping the USPS in business with our letters, care packages & bundles of happy mail.
These online friends are REAL. You, my people, my community, you are real. And your support and relationship is so meaningful to me.
I am not embarrassed to admit: I'd be so lonely if I couldn't share these little squares with you.
So. Anyways. I ramble. (Again! Lol! Sorry! Too much rambling lately!) To the reason I'm posting right now...
We've had a few packages trickling in for Baby Wetzel. Today we received one stuffed with Care Bears for Phoebe, and it just completely made her day. So I had to take a moment to say THANK YOU to Isobel & Carrie Anne @exlibris for sending us a piece of your hearts.
And for anyone who's reading this...thanks for letting me just gush and muse and let all my tangled thoughts just hang out there.
xoxo Erin
2d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel ^_^ I love how excited Miss Phoebe is getting about making her own #myfunnyoatmeal 3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel the mornings are cool,
autumn hints in the leaves,
the rain & the sunlight spar with the wind.
.
to think:
just last week I was sweating the heat,
longing for the crisp kiss of fall.
.
and now?
my heart hunts for remnants of summer,
before I miss out and they're gone.
.
- ekwetzel
3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel f l a s h b a c k
Here's a pre-cursor to my #animalpersonalityportrait series...I painted this portrait over a year ago for @deena_bean ...she had commissioned me to paint her kids, and I slipped this little extra into her package as a surprise! ^_^ The inspiration came from a Halloween costume where they'd dressed up as the foxes from #fantasticmrfox (which is, incidentally, one of my favorite movies).
It's kinda fun to look back on the moments that have inspired my creative journey!
#byekwetzel
4d
  •   6happysparrows my favorite movie tooo 4d
  •   6happysparrows .....btw mama I have a quilt square heading your way Monday....♡ 4d
  •   ekwetzel @6happysparrows SQUEEEE!!!! 4d
  •   littleraindrop_mel I just introduced the kiddos to this movie tonight! Love it! And lovely painting! 4d
  •   deena_bean YAY! Or, cuss yes! (since we both know that's what foxes say ). You are always full of surprises. The day our @ekwetzel paintings came was the happiest mail day ever!! I still remember first seeing the colors in real life. Just cussing gorgeous ;) So reading all of this ^ was too cool. I loved it. Biggest fox hugs to the most fantastic fox I know!!! xo 4d
  •   crtv.amigo 4d
  •   ekwetzel @deena_bean xoxo you're a gem, Deena! Love us to pieces! 4d

» LOG IN to write comment.

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel We were talking about how Baby will take baths in the sink, and then...well...you can imagine the rest. #onemorewetzel 5d
  •   ekwetzel @auddyt thanks, Audrey! 4d
  •   droppar Oh so IT IS LACK-shelves, have had the myself and Fabian too, we Fabian is more sturdy and can hold a lot. 4d
  •   droppar No IKEA in NZ unfortunately... So everything remotely good is super $$$. 4d
  •   ekwetzel @droppar LACK! Yes! That's the name! They're "pretty" but definitely not practical enough for me. ^_^ Had I known... Lol. Although: if I were to build something myself, I'd try to order supports like the FABIAN system and then source my own wooden slats. Not sure I have the skills to build supports like they have. ALSO: wooden wine boxes make excellent storage shelves for things like books, if you get sturdy ones. We use them in our living room. Cc: @omyfamily 4d
  •   droppar Yeah I think we will be resorting to something like Fabian at the end of the day here too. Wine boxes looks great like that, if I ever come by any reasonable ones here... 4d
  •   emandthewildthings Love this scene. 4d
  •   mrs.jamie_ Oh I miss that little kitchen. How I wish we had had more time and I wasn't so insanely exhausted. Miss you friend. 3d
  •   ekwetzel @mrs.jamie_ you're welcome back anytime...and fell free to fill our home with kiddos when you come! 3d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel
r e a c h || for your dreams || (or just daydream)
#phoebeballerina
6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel One day a hummingbird flew in. It fluttered against the window till I got it down where I could reach it with an open umbrella. When I had it in my hand it was so small I couldn't believe I had it, but I could feel the intense life, so intense and so tiny...
You were like the humming bird to me.
And I am rather inclined to feel that you and I know the best parts of one another without spending much time together.
It is not that I fear the knowing. It is that I am at this moment willing to let you be what you are to me:
it is beautiful
and pure
and very intensely alive.
(words by Georgia O'Keeffe)
#animalpersonalityportrait #byekwetzel
6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel hmm...I can't find Phoebe *anywhere*!
#hidinginplainsight #wildandfreechildren #afterlight #artistmom
6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel And now for a bit of whimsy!
I received a magical package in the mail yesterday from my sweet friend McKenzie @mckenzie.e.ditter ...she created a custom, screen-printed tea towel for me to hang in the nook above my oven!
#ohandalso If you hop on over to McKenzie's feed you'll discover some magic that you can make your own: she's releasing her first ever book: The ABCs of Homesteading. The pages in it are heartfelt & bright. And you can now preorder a first edition copy! You guys...you won't want to miss out on this! #theabcsofhomesteading
7d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel Do you ever have something in your heart but you just aren't sure how to talk about it?
Yeah. That.
(Forgive me...I'm afraid I might ramble...)
My little girl is beautiful. She is wild and free. She is so many things. But she is NOT sexual.
Why do we assign sexuality to little girls' bodies and then shame them for it? Why is this something that happens in our culture? Why can't we help our girls see themselves as PEOPLE first? Why can't we teach them how to be confident and kind and strong and have a voice...(because those are the Real things that will help protect them from assault later in life)?
Maybe there is sexual abuse in your past, and when you see a little girl online in a certain way, that triggers you. If so: I'm deeply sorry for your experience. I too was assaulted sexually and it took me years to work through the fallout of that experience.
But I do not want my daughter to bear the burden of my scars. I want her to know strength where I experienced weakness. Shame doesn't make our daughters stronger...it only cuts them down.
So. I will say this. Even if it makes people uncomfortable or loses me followers. Stop sexualizing our girls. Let our girls be girls. Protect their right to be children. Because childhood is beautiful & worth fighting for.
(The dear sweet Polly @dollyandfife wrote about this much more eloquently than me on her blog about a month ago. I'll leave the link in my profile for a day, if you want a read.)
#STOPsexualisingourgirls
1w
  •   ekwetzel @lillianranauro thanks for the rec! :) I'm rarely on Facebook, but I'll check out the site xoxo 1w
  •   amirat110 Your angel doesn't need sexuality, as you said she wild and free. She already has everything, and more importantly she has a big and beautiful soul. God bless you and your awesome family. 1w
  •   shealwayslovedlarking Yes. Yes. Yes. A million other things to say, but that's the gist. 1w
  •   laurenelisey 1w
  •   auddyt Amen and AMEN! 1w
  •   dollyandfife Erin, I'm so glad you wrote this. I felt weirdly sick and heavy when I posted my words too -isn't that weird, I was worried about the reaction to speaking out -like it was a really inflammatory way to think and feel. It makes me so scared for the future, what it holds for our children. I'm really happy to see that you posted this, thank you for being super real! X 7d
  •   ekwetzel @dollyandfife I want to write a half a dozen things in response, but what I really want is to just sit across from each other sipping cocoa and chatting about this & other things while our daughters run free in the grass and interrupt us and cajole us into giving them extra marshmallows for the cocoa they are otherwise leaving untouched. 6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel I believe little girls should be free to dance.
I believe young women should grow up loving their bodies.
I believe ladies should feel at home in the space they occupy, and in the fullness of their emotions.
Being a woman is an amazing thing.
Expressing our souls is an amazing thing.
I dedicate this portrait to one little lady who should inspire us all...gosh I just love how that sassy #odessagrooves !!!
Kudos to you Tiffany @ghegraygang for letting her little spirit light on fire!
#animalpersonalityportrait #byekwetzel
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel During free play at our homeschool coop, we happened upon the kids all piled up on the couch, while one of the boys read to everyone else. Seriously. You guys. I think all our mama hearts just burst and floated away over the clouds. 1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel This week, a slew of new squares arrived for our baby quilt! ️ I can't wait to sew all of them together and wrap our newest family member up in our friends' & family's love!
(Curious what this is all about? Check out the #quiltforbabywetzel tag!)
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel playing with the nick nacks in my hutch || one of her favorite things to do #morningslikethese 1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel 👭
Annabelle the Duck & Daisy the Bunny
These sisters were transformed into their favorite pets! ^_^ Portrait for @ryanik
#animalpersonalityportrait #byekwetzel
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel i n s p i r a t i o n
Love opens us up and stokes a fire of creativity and compassion in our hearts.
(A portrait of Phoebe & her muse.)
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

ekwetzel Got a case of the Mondays? ^_^ Here's a silly face to cheer you up! #myfunnyoatmeal 1w

» LOG IN to write comment.