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Allison Marie Design was established in 2008 as a way for me to pursue my creative passions. Over the years one thing has remained constant in my work, optimism. I strongly believe there is power in words & that your home should be filled with messages of truth, encouragement, and inspiration. 

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Beauty in the Chaos.

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Space designed by the one and only Sarah Martin of Beautiful Chaos. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram she truly is living in 'beautiful chaos' and I promise she will inspire you. www.beautifulchaoscompanies.com

Space designed by the one and only Sarah Martin of Beautiful Chaos. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram she truly is living in 'beautiful chaos' and I promise she will inspire you. www.beautifulchaoscompanies.com

Life. Every. Day. Life is full. The days scoot by so fast and as we're in the busiest season of our business I am left feeling stretched... very thin.... trying to keep myself healthy - body and mind... trying to keep my family in clean clothes, fed and ran to wherever it is they need to go... managing orders, store inventories, new product designs, painting, schedules, marketing... planning and preparing for a store opening... but the piece that I'm struggling with the most is 'being present'. When the lists go on and on I find myself hurrying from one to the next, to the next. Yes, I feel a sense of accomplishment when my to do's are checked off, but I'm left feeling empty because I have not been present in the 'quiet' moments.

When I’m in the presence of my kids and I see them hunched over their homework or creating one of their many masterpieces I catch myself reveling in the idea of what life must look like through their eyes. When school days seemed endless and the weeks drew on forever; when the backyard could transform into a kingdom and the sandbox was my bakery.  I'm brought back to the excitement of getting picked up early from school to travel to Omaha every Thanksgiving to see my cousins where we'd all gather around the table and give thanks.... we'd play tag on the elevators and play spoons in our hotel rooms.... the feeling of how special it was to shop the Black Friday ads with my aunts and cousins to strategize our early morning shopping adventure. It's the tear in my Aunt's eye every time we would leave that I could see how beautiful a family's bond is no matter the distance or how often we would gather. It's these moments and feelings that leave a forever mark on our souls. And I'm learning that time is a relative concept, and it’s reiterated that everything around us is a matter of perspective.

So in these next few weeks of travel and holiday preparation, I’m making a conscious decision to revel in the beauty and magic of the holidays, as I did when I was a kid. I’m committing to pause at our Thanksgiving dinner to breathe in the moment surrounded by friends. I’m committing to playing in the first snow of the season and acknowledging all the blessings bestowed upon me as I shop for loved ones on my Christmas list.  I’m committing to telling the real story of Christmas throughout the month of December, interspersed with some of our favorite traditions and memories.  And I’m committing to being present in every moment of this season, as I will never experience Christmas with my husband and children at this age again. 

I thank God for all my gifts including my family and friends, talents and treasures, and the ability to share my life’s passion with you, my customers.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.  Love, Allison

 

Be Brave.

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“Be strong & courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

In this season of my life, few pieces resonate so much as this.  So many times in life we experience self-doubt and question where we are at and God’s intention for what is going on in and around us.  But as his faithful followers, our job is not to know all the pain or beauty, the stumbles or successes that are about to come our way… instead, we are called to fully rely on him and trust that He has our best interests in mind, even if we cannot see it for ourselves in the moment.

It was the summer of 2008 and I was at home enjoying my second week of maternity leave with my beautiful first born son, Jackson when my employer called to let me know I was being laid off. What? Really? Me? You can't do that... can you? Oh yes, they can...

I went from being on top of the world to being crushed. My identity had been found in my career (I know that's not healthy), but I clung strongly to my work and when I lost my job I felt lost. It may sound terrible but I did not want to be a stay at home mom, I wanted to work. I wanted to travel the world and have a professional career. So, I looked.... and looked.... and looked... and after 6 months my husband finally said, "Allison, why don't you just stay home and be a mom?" It felt like a stab in the heart, I had been defeated.

So I did some soul searching, joined a mom's group at a church where I knew no one (which was not easy for an introvert like me...) This is where I found a relationship with Christ and with time that defeat I felt turned into peace and a sense of purpose I had never felt before. I was able to fully embrace being a mom. I honestly don't know that I would have ever given myself permission to leave my career to stay at home. I love this saying: 'I thank God for protecting me from what I thought I wanted & blessing me with what I didn’t know I needed.' How true is this?! 

So, in 2009 I decided I was going to start a business to give myself a creative outlet and that is when Allison Marie Design was born. I bought a camera, started doing 'alphabet photography' (it used to be a thing... you can google it) set up a wonky website and took my goods to shows around the twin cities. It kept me busy while the kiddos were napping and made me feel like I was 'working and contributing'. So fast forward two more babies, 3 housing moves, some random product creations, learning to paint and 7 years... we're at July 2016 when my husband called to tell me he's ready to leave his corporate job to work with me and would like to have my approval. What? Really? I've got to think through this one for a bit.

'Having a business together' is something we had talked about since dating. We would dream about different ideas... he'd dream about opening a restaurant, owning rental properties, manufacturing parts or some weird thing... let's just say his ideas never included 'home decor' NEVER. EVER. EVER. So, I prayed and prayed and prayed some more and while I was driving I clearly heard the Lord say, 'His job is toxic, he needs to leave.' What? Really? Are you sure?

And so here we are today, the last year has been an adventure. As my dad would say, 'we're just livin' the dream'. It's not easy, it's actually pretty messy and chaotic, sometimes a little stressful. But I wouldn't want it any other way. If you're reading this and going through something hard I pray you cling to God's truth and Be Brave. 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.' 

I am truly honored and humbled to have had this opportunity to create a business out of my true passion.  Seeing my art fill the spaces where you gather with friends and family is a gift I never could have imagined prior to 2009.  Thank you, customers and friends, for being part of this creative journey it means more to me than you'll ever know! 

Love, allison

Following the prompt... Collective Grace

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'Dream big, let faith rise' I made this for one of our pastors and I have been clinging to it as we enter into this holiday season. 

Do you have people in your life that push you just a little further than you would typically go on your own? You know, the friend who you tell about an idea and they keep asking you about how you're doing with that idea... or you tell them about a struggle and they ask you what you're doing to fix it... These are my Proverbs 27:17 friends "iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." These friends make me better and I'm so very thankful for them (not going to lie sometimes it'd be easier if they didn't push, call me out, or tell me I'm ridiculous, but that'd be boring) These are the people that make life just a little more 'full of life' and I am so very thankful for them. I pray that you all have some friends like these, they're keepers! 

So, for the past couple years my friend Rachel and I have talked about what it could look like to open an 'occasional shop'... Last year we hosted a handmade Christmas event which was amazing. So, this year we decided to push further and take on a full retail space! Are we crazy? Possibly. Is this the busiest time of the year for our business? Absolutely. Should we have given ourselves more than 2 months to pull this together? Probably. But... the doors and opportunities have opened themselves up. Our favorite makers have said yes to joining us. And we feel God has called us to say, yes to this adventure. So, we're going on it!

Our shop is called, Collective Grace www.facebook.com/collectivegrace and we will be open in Downtown Lakeville, MN from November 30 - December 2. Our goal is to support the makers this holiday season, to promote shopping locally & handmade. So, of course our shop will be filled with all of that goodness - handmade & vintage home decor and gifts. We will have everything to turn your house into a home this Christmas season and will help you check off everyone on your shopping list.

We're dreaming big and letting our faith rise as we go on this adventure. I hope you'll come along with us! 

Love, allison 

 

Keep it simple. Life is good.

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There's this special place in Minnesota called, Rochester. If you aren't familiar with Rochester it's about 90 miles from the Twin Cities and is home to the Mayo Clinic - one of the best hospitals in the world. So a handful of times during the summer I pack up my goods, head down to spend the day outside of the Mayo Clinics and am part of a farmer's market called, Thursdays on First & Third.

So, I sit in my booth from 10:00-8:30 and meet people from all over the world. It is in this booth that I feel at home, I feel like this is my 'mission field'. And every time I am here I am touched by someone's story, like Shannon who lost her husband in a snowmobile accident in January, or Kim and Jean who are having heart problems & looking for answers, or Brandon & Katie who are following the Lord's prompt - moving to Seattle and planting a church, or Kirsten who's fighting pancreatic cancer and walking through this journey with her loving husband Eric by her side, or John who's fighting brain cancer for the second time. Then there is Sandra who walked into my booth last Thursday smiling, wearing a shirt that said 'keep it simple, life is good' Sandra is having open heart surgery today and as I was praying for her this morning I was reminded how blessed I am. It is truly a blessing that I get to make art to grace the walls of your homes, but what's even more of a blessing is that you open your heart & share your stories with me, thank you.

Let's keep it simple and share love everywhere we go - because God is good, all the time. 

The official sign of summer!

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Well Rochester & Southern MN friends I will be back this summer for Thursdays on First and 3rd! Every winter I anxiously await for the letter whether I'll be accepted into your amazing market & on Monday the good news arrived in my inbox (insert happy dance!). I'm already stirring up some new & fresh ideas for you all! So clear your Thursdays and make sure to come and visit me. 

And here's a fun video I put together today - needless to say my videography (if that's a word) skills are not good - it may have only taken me 3 hours to create this... so please take the time to watch. I get asked all of the time - 'is each sign really hand painted?' The answer is yes. yes it is - each and every sign. Thanks for supporting me and letting me do what I love - truly blessed. 

-allison 

Following the prompt... Romania?!

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You guys I feel like I have just come up for a breath, for the first time in the last 4 months. Do you ever feel that way? Like you've just been running on auto pilot, trying to stay focused on the to do's, trying to stay intentional with priorities, running on tunnel vision getting from one place to the next, while trying not to forget to pick up a child somewhere along the way...

Last week I started reading a fiction book... have been playing game after game with the kiddos... started some small house projects... picked up the phone and caught up with some good old friends... and it's from talking to these friends that I realized I haven't shared with many of you that I'm going on my first mission trip in April to Romania. 

It's one of those things that God lined up so beautifully and I wasn't looking for it. I just love the way our lives are orchestrated and how following God's prompts can be such an adventure and honestly you never know what he has in store for you. He has more in store for us than we could ever imagine - it makes my heart happy.

So, for the last few years I've had my heart set on getting back to the beautiful country of India for a mission trip. For those of you who don't know I used to travel there for work but haven't been for 9 years... and I long to be there again to see those beautiful people and immerse myself in their fragrant, colorful, passionate lives. But, last fall my friend called and I asked her if she signed up for her mission trip to Romania that she was planning to go on. She said, 'no'. After what I felt like was me lecturing her on all of the reasons she should be going on this mission trip, I got off the phone and realized I was being called to be on this trip. She came over to visit that night and I asked her if she signed up yet, she said 'yes!' And my reply was, 'awesome I'm going with you!'

Do you ever have those moments when you just hear the Lord so clearly speaking to you? I don't know if it's age or I have a deeper relationship with God, but in the last year I have heard him speak louder than ever before. So, I signed up and off I'm going in less than 50 days to Romania! We'll be in Bucharest working with a missionary who's mission is to help Romanians become entrepreneurs and helping them use their resources to educate Romanians about sex trafficking. I don't know exactly what it will look like, but what I do know is that God is good and faithful and has a plan for us all - from here in MN to across the globe in Romania and everywhere in between. He has a plan, hopes and dreams for each and everyone of us. You guys just grab on to it, listen for his prompts and don't be afraid to follow them, it will be good! 

So with all of that I am humbly asking for prayer - for my family while I'm gone, for safety for our group traveling and for us all to be obedient to God's prompts as we travel across the globe to be the hands and feet of Jesus. 

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Click on 'donate' (set up a quick account) & scroll to my name:

Thank You!

Hope you're all having a wonderful week - time to get back to painting! -allison

Dear 2017

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A new year, a new you... that's how it goes, right?

I'm not promising a new me or asking for a new you, but declaring that this year will be a good year. A year that I'm 'intentional' with relationships & time. 'Intentional' was my word last year and will be again this year - I have a sign that sits on my desk reminding me daily. It's not easy for me -  I get wrapped up in projects, ideas, work, the list goes on and on... I know this year will be filled with excitement and disappointment, laughter and tears, anticipation and fear... but through it all I am going to lean on the Lord & his promises. The promise that God is always by my side through it all and because of that I can live by his grace and in his joy. 'Joy of the Lord' by Rend Collective will be my jam for 2017! 

Though tears may fall
My song will rise, my song will rise to You
Though my heart may fail
My song will rise, my song will rise to You
While there’s breath in my lungs
I will praise You, Lord

In the dead of night
I’ll lift my eyes, I’ll lift my eyes to You
When the waters rise
I’ll lift my eyes, I’ll lift my eyes to You
While there’s hope in my heart
I will praise You, Lord

The joy of the Lord is my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
In the darkness I’ll dance
In the shadows I’ll sing
The joy of the Lord is my strength

When I cannot see You with my eyes
Let faith arise to You
When I cannot feel Your hand in mine
Let faith arise to You
God of mercy and love
I will praise You, Lord

Oh You shine with glory Lord of light
I feel alive with You
In Your presence now I come alive
I am alive with You
There is strength when I say
I will praise You, Lord

When sorrow comes my way
You are the shield around me
Always You remain
Like courage in the fight
I hear You call my name
Jesus, I am coming
Walking on the waves
Reaching for Your light

From the Tetzlaff Family to yours Happy 2017!

Then I am strong.

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So does anyone else have this end of the summer wave of emotions flooding over them? I don't even know where to begin so I'll just say when I sat down at my desk this morning & looked at my calendar - this verse was exactly what I needed a reminder of & I thought you may too :) 

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 9-10

-allison

A Family Affair

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So... Allison Marie Design is officially a 'family affair'!!! 

My husband's last day with Corporate America was yesterday and he is coming along side me to help with the every day operations over here. It's been a dream of ours, since the day we said 'I do', to have a business together. We don't know exactly what this looks like (we have lots of ideas), but does anyone really know what 'this looks like'? I like to think not - it's part of the adventure - I keep thinking to myself - 'we need a sign that says, THIS IS OUR GREAT ADVENTURE' because it truly is.

We feel blessed by how God has orchestrated the growth of this business and has put the right people into our lives to help and encourage along the way. Our goal is to fill homes with encouragement, inspiration and truth and I am truly humbled and grateful for each and every one of you who are supporting us on 'our great adventure'.

Thank you! -allison

STAY TUNED!

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You guys! Welcome to my new website - We don't have all items listed yet and it may take us a couple more weeks - but pop on over to Facebook (www.facebook.com/AllisonMarieDesign) or Instagram & you can peruse through my work in the mean time!

I have some super exciting news to share this week, so stay tuned! (and no I'm not pregnant)... -allison