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Are you interested in having a custom piece made, a retailer that would like to carry AMD in your store or have a question about your order? Email me - I'd love to hear from you! -allison

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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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A heart of gratitude

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As I sit here at the kitchen table of my parents' lake house - I sit in silence overwhelmed by gratitude. Gratitude of my upbringing, my family, my friends, my health, my blessings. I am blessed. It is my kiddos spring break this week so the girls and I headed to Iowa for a few days. I did not realize how much I needed to be filled up and how this place and these people do that for me.

I took a little drive yesterday to visit a dear friend - you know that friend who knows your heart and soul, lives 5 hours away but calls at exactly the right time because she just knows when your soul is weary and needs a lending ear. We had 2.5 hours together and I instantly felt filled up - she is a blessing.

As I drove off to my next adventure to meet up with my forever friends (aka 'the fab 4' - dubbed by our parents) for a night of reminiscing and laughter I drove by the church I'd go to with my grandparents on Sundays. I was flooded with this overwhelming joy of all the drives over to their house. Oh how I miss my grandma's smile but I am so thankful for all the sweet memories of playing game after game of Scrabble, digging through cook books to find just the right recipe to try, and watching grandpa sit at the dining room table with dictionary in hand working on the day's crossword puzzle. Joy, simple joy - I am Thankful.

As I drove on and pulled into the lake community where my Grandpa Goldsmith would spend his summers - I remembered the anticipation of pulling in and seeing which cousins had arrived.... would Grandma Rosemary have her french silk pie... would I get to sit on grandpa's lap and drive the pontoon... would we get to stop and jump on the water trampoline at Freddy's Beach... would there be marshmallows for roasting when we got back.... all of the excitement of what the long summer day at grandpa's cabin would hold. It was always good, always - I am Grateful.

My parents have since built a 'cottage' where grandpa's cabin once stood, and that is where I sit, at the kitchen table, in silence, by myself, overlooking the stillness of the lake thinking about how truly blessed I am. The 'fab 4' have left - we chatted about life, our joys, our struggles, our dreams, our hopes for our kiddos, our worries and of course took some walks down memory lane. My cup has been filled - I am Blessed.

What I'm left with as I get ready to pack up and head home is knowing each and every one of us that is doing life... has something... my life is far from perfect... and I'm going to guess yours is too... and that my friends is OK. Because if we're doing life right, we are loving big (and sometimes that means hurting big), dreaming big (and sometimes that means failing big), praying big (which sometimes brings disappointment that God's timing doesn't align with ours), working hard (which means you may be growing weary). But a heart of gratitude changes everything - I am thankful, grateful and blessed.

xoxo, allison 


Renovation & Renewal

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Please, fellow moms, tell me I’m not the only one.   

I can’t be the only one whose house needs to get “aired out” and let a warm breeze whip through my screens. Tell me I’m not the only one feeling the urge to add pops of greens and yellows around my house to add a little color to distract me from the gray/white slush of the world outside my window. Please tell me I’m not the only one who cringes when school is cancelled for another 'snow day' because I know my beautiful children will wander around the house proclaiming, 'I'm bored, mom, I'm bored...' because the snow is lovely and fun for a few hours but they can only be cooped up for so long.

In these times when I’m feeling the need for change and something to uplift the heaviness that has settled on my shoulders after the 25th straight week of snow (I’m exaggerating, but seriously), I turn to scripture and one of my favorite verses comes to mind... 'Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me’ Psalm 51:10. God’s in the renovation business. He takes what’s old and broken down and transforms it into something incredible. If you have an area of your life that needs some renewal, He’s more than ready to meet you where you are.

Though I know God is always there for continual guidance and inspiration, I still find myself blown away and humbled by His timing. For putting the right people in my path at opportune times, providing nudges of opportunity for spiritual and personal growth, and simple things like placing beautiful, encouraging words right where I’ll see them.  It was this message I most needed this week as the winter winds circled and whipped around our home. 

I pondered those words, reflected on what my life was in need of renewal, and got down to the business at hand.  From room to room through my home I wandered, gathering knick-knacks and stray children’s socks, dusting and organizing and REFRESHING space after space. From the storage room I drug out the spring decor... and after a few trips to my favorite local home stores... Eye Candy Refind, Mama's Happy & Home Goods (of course) I began to work, time seemed to suspend and I lost myself in the moment.  In the purpose of the job at hand. In the purity of renewal. 

When the moment had passed, and I stood back to assess my work, the scripture passage made its way back into the forefront of my thoughts: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  

 For the rest of the day, it seemed I was wearing rose-colored glasses.  I had more patience with those beautiful children of mine, my home felt less heavy with clutter and more calming for my soul, my mind was abuzz with creativity and ideas for my next project poured from my mind to the nearest piece of scrap paper I could get my hands on (which after that organizing spree were located right where they were supposed to be!).  God had taken my hand and shown me the way last week.  When I sought his advice, he met me where I was and gave me the spark needed to take matters into my own hands to get things done.  One thing led to another and another, and soon He had renewed not only my physical home, but the home of my steadfast spirit: my mind. 

I encourage you, fellow moms, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with the piles of kids' artwork and bills and the undone laundry and Christmas décor you meant to stow away weeks ago, to look for small signs and ask God to renew YOUR steadfast spirit.  As the passage reminds us, God is in the renovation business, and he wants to see you build and grow and change and THRIVE through your own strength and actions.  But it’s up to you to take the first step and seek His guidance.  The spirit will lead you, and the afterglow of the moment will leave ready to welcome the next season of your life…or just the next season.  We’ll welcome the warm sunshine and daffodil shoots anytime. 

xoxo, allison



Labels & Lessons

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Labels - short, sweet, helpful little stickers that give us pause and guide us in the day-to-day minutia of our lives.  There’s a label on my favorite shampoo instructing me to use a nickel-sized dollop, labels on my Oreos informing me how many a 'serving' is (yes, I should only eat 3) we label each AMD package - instructing our favorite delivery driver where to take the next “You are Loved!” brown box.  

Then we have neat little labels to describe ourselves - stay at home mom, working mom, single, married, city girl, country girl, introvert, extrovert and the list goes on and on... We use these labels in order to create connections and bring some rhythm and reason to our lives.

This weekend I met some moms that I hadn't met before and we exchanged the typical information: names, who our kids were, who their teachers were, etc.  From there we got down to the business of explaining ourselves and sharing our labels. How many other children did we have? Who is our significant other/spouse?  Where do we work?  And it wasn’t until after I left that night, and was driving home, that I paused and wondered whether the labels I used to describe myself were what I truly believed to be the most important things about me. If I could do it all over again these are the labels I would use for myself.

*God-fearing: I truly believe God gave me a purpose on this Earth and I try hard to keep him at the center of everything I do and every decision I make. I am striving to live a fearless life filled with his grace knowing that he is by my side Every. Single, Step of the way. This is the truth I cling to:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." -John 15:1-4

*Wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend: I’m a woman whose most important labels are my relationships with others.  My role as a wife and mom is what gets me out of bed at 6:00 every morning and has me collapsing into it at night, and the bonds with my parents, siblings, and friends are some of the most valued possessions of my life. 

*Strong, yet compassionate: Not all women are as excited as I am to work in a garage all day and add power tools to her collection… I suppose most men probably aren’t either. My strong exterior covers a compassionate heart that longs for everyone on this Earth to know that they are loved and that God has a purpose for their life. 

*Maker: I have always had a love for creating that my mom beautifully nurtured. She would take me along side her while she was creating and taught me the art of creating beauty out of the ordinary. I find this crazy beauty in being able to turn a blank 4'x8' piece of plywood into a piece of art. My mom didn't teach me just to create 'things' but to create a life you love. There are five wildly-different occupants of my home who I help bring together through our common values and desire to serve the Lord, I help create, and inspire, and encourage.  I am a maker.   

So what are the labels that you hold dear? Do they align with your inner purpose and vision of who you are?  Who you want to be? I pray that you take a pause and think about the labels that define who you are, the labels that bring direction to your life and help you find your true self and purpose, and that you will in turn inspire and empower others around you to do the same. 

Xoxo, allison 

Life & Love

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Call me crazy, but the weeks AFTER the holidays are some of my favorite of the whole year.  While I love Christmastime and gift-giving, it’s after the wrapping paper settles and the tree is packed away that I’m reminded of the simple beauty of life and the love that envelopes me. Not to mention those weeks also lead into the month of February, a very special time for our little clan. Within the span of 18 short days, we celebrate our first date anniversary, our wedding anniversary, Curtis’ birthday, Elaina's birthday AND Valentine’s Day. By mid-month, I’m always feeling a little sentimental looking at family photos and near-bursting with love…and chocolate. 

It’s so amazing to think back on the long, yet seemingly short, time we’ve spent together.  How two bright-eyed kids matured from shy and easily-influenced to adults with goals and dreams who built a business, a family, a home… a LIFE.  How God brought three little people into our lives who could make our bond even stronger and add so much to a life that already seemed to have all we ever wanted. How the long days of shuttling from work to school to running errands and finally crashing into bed tell the story of our life and our love.  

So, to commemorate this “love”-ly time of year, I wanted to share 5 peeks into our story… my favorite love story of all. 

1. I asked Curt out on our first date (can you believe that?!) The first thing he said when answering, "I was just picking my phone up to call you" - I will never know.

2. He redeemed himself with the Best. Proposal. Ever. (though I might be biased) My sweet Curtis was supposed to pick me up from the airport after returning home from a work trip to China - he called and told me he couldn't make it - I was FURIOUS. So I took a cab home and found a scavenger hunt awaiting me (roses, our favorite song, candles, such a romantic he is)... and at the end of the scavenger hunt was Curtis on one knee and I said YES!

3. Our wedding day was the coldest, windiest February day in Iowa and I had my bridesmaids wear spaghetti strap, knee length dresses with open toe shoes - what was I thinking?

4. Parenting has been the best and hardest job. 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" plays loudly in my head often - please tell me I'm not the only one... 

5. And my favorite AMD memory is the moment Curt decided he was going to leave Corporate America so we could live our dream and 'have our own business'.

This week I pray that God blesses you and yours with a reminder of how loved you are. Xoxo Allison 

With Brave Wings She Flies

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Here we are already in the second month of 2018.  At times January felt like it trudged along day by day as the snow fell and the gray days outnumbered the sunny, but as I flip the calendar to a new month, I simultaneously wonder how we’ve arrived at mid February (the hubby's birthday, Valentine's Day, our baby's birthday, our anniversary all within 5 days...) it ALWAYS sneaks up on me. 

As I sit and reflect on where we’ve already been this year, it’s easy to count my blessings.  My heart is warmed by the memory of joy on our kids’ faces when we told them the news of not one but TWO snow days, the pride I feel when another store is stocked with art from our AMD team, and the satisfying tiredness that consumes me after completing a project I’ve poured my heart and soul into.  My life is abundant with love and blessings. 

But it doesn’t take long for my thoughts to turn to those who are going through enormous trials right now. In particular, a dear friend battling cancer. When people around us hurt, it’s typical for us Midwestern folk (myself included) to want to help in some way whether shoveling sidewalks in the winter or providing a warm meal.  I was yearning for a way to help my friend, and in such times, I turn to this gentle reminder: “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.” Last night as I was sitting down to rest my mind, turn on 'This Is Us' and call it a night the Lord encouraged me to provide not only my friend, but women of the greater AMD community with the best gift I could – HOPE. 

So, I decided to bless 10 brave women with a random act of kindness. We like to call it our 'beautiful blessing' - a sign of course... because that's what we do! Until now the AMD team has chosen people in our 'circles' that we know could use a little uplifting to bless with a sign of encouragement. But last night I felt like I needed to reach further than our circle... So I reached out to you all on Facebook and Instagram to share about a brave woman you know who was experiencing a hard season.  In turn, I promised I would send out one of my signs to the first ten women to provide a bit of light in their darkness. I wanted to remind them that bravery resided in their own hearts and most importantly they are. not. alone. I was hoping for 25-30 responses from my followers, but I was overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of love received in a very short time.  Countless people sent stories of women who needed hope in their lives, as I read through every story and journey I was left with tears running down my face thinking about all the hurt that was being endured. Until I heard the Lord say to me, Allison it is not the women who are hurting that are reaching out... it is their friends, moms, sisters, co-workers, grandmothers, daughters, grand-daughters - it is these women surrounding and lifting up the women who are struggling that left ME feeling full of hope and peace and most importantly I saw God's love in action here first hand, it was absolutely beautiful. As I began to tell the 11th, 28th, 39th person that I already had 10 brave women to bless I received a random Facebook message from a beautiful soul named Kari offering to bless 5 more women. You guys I'm moved beyond words of the power of love. I laid in bed last night until 1:00 overwhelmed by how beautiful this world we live in is. How beautiful and generous our community is and how blessed we truly are. All because of one brave woman in Iowa fighting the hard fight, 15 more women have been blessed and my heart to bless more of you has been stirred. How? I don't know... When? I don't know... but what I do know is that God has a plan for each and every one of us that is greater than we will ever know, greater than we can even imagine and his love is beautiful.

As we move on toward next week’s holiday of love, I encourage you to offer up love and prayer to those around you. If you feel like you should bless someone - do it. If you feel you should tell someone you love them - do it. If you feel you are being called to a random act of kindness - do it.  Take on this week “with brave wings” and be someone’s hope and encouragement.  

Xoxo, Allison  

A time for rest.

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“Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7

Rest…such a simple and yet complicated concept to a mother and business owner.  For weeks now, we have been working round the clock preparing for the Collective Grace pop-up event, stocking stores, traveling to Austin for ‘A Handmade Christmas,’ and creating orders for shipping… not to mention all that goes along with readying a household for the holidays.

But this fullness is short-lived.  Soon the Christmas music will fade to the “Countdowns of 2017” as the New Year approaches... the pinging of my inbox will slow… the hustle to find the right gifts will stretch into long days spent playing with new presents surrounded by family… and we in the Tetzlaff family will have time for our souls to rest.

The best part of the holidays is now - the orders are shipped, the stores are filled and the garage is closed down until the new year. We will spend endless hours in the car traveling from MN to IA to WI and back to MN and my heart will be filled as we spend time with family doing nothing but 'just being together'. These are the days we'll remember. 

For those of you who have ordered from us this season, thank you for your business. Your signs have been prepared and packaged with love, and I am giddy with anticipation of the photos you’ll share with our art gracing the walls of your homes.  The Lord is so, so good. I hope you're surrounded by those you love and your hearts will be light as we celebrate the greatest gift, the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas from our family to yours! allison 

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.

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.

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 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. 


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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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


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


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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 ( 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