Mother’s Day + Free Shipping! Check out my favorite new blog!

Tread lightly up these ancient steps and enter the beautiful, artistic world of curated small shops of South Carolina and beyond.

Ivy & Branch is a terrific new South Carolina Artist and Artisan feature blog just launched by my savvy young friend Maris Mabry! Maris highlights local businesses: storefront, cottage and online shops and artists near her home in Upcountry South Carolina.

This “Mother” print might be perfect for Mother’s Day …or just because she’s all that! On Etsy here.







Free shipping through Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017) with the coupon code found in the Grace Under Pressure segment of the latest post on the fabulous Ivy & Branch! (Look carefully for the code – hint: caption)

Trivia: both my Etsy shop and that of my daughter, now living in Germany, have been featured.

Meg’s “Courage, Dear Heart” was used for a print to raise funds to put on the World Premiere of the stage version of C. S. Lewis’s “Prince Caspian”!

So, hop to it if you want free shipping before Mother’s Day on gifts for Mothers, Dads and Grads!

With kindest regards,


10 Verses from Robert Browning to Give Depth to Your Day

This week, while visiting my mother-in-law, she happened to have a medical appointment. I drove her in, for the comfort and the company, and so overheard her, when spelling the name of her doctor to the receptionist, mention the name of a certain poem which contained it.

I had never heard of it, and while she continued to check in I looked it up. It was lovely, and the meter, analyzed below in the comments by Martin Garrett,  commanded me as I read the poem aloud to her as we waited.

Continue reading “10 Verses from Robert Browning to Give Depth to Your Day”

The One Thing Worth Doing…Badly.

Love something – music, art, writing, gardening? Then DO IT.

Even if you do it badly.

Do life. Even if you do it badly.

The things worth doing in life – the beautiful, good and true which enrich it – are worth doing for the beauty, the serenity, the heavenly-ness which they bring to our lives and to the lives of others, even if you are, well, never very, very good. Continue reading “The One Thing Worth Doing…Badly.”

2 Thoughts on Work and Worth

Rainbow Row“, just completed! Prints available on Etsy.

Je travaille…. non! 💐🎨🛍💁🏼 {I am (not) working!}

Lettering and painting and for filling Etsy orders might be “work”, because I sometimes get paid for it, but that does not make cleaning, cooking, shopping, counseling, hostessing, reading/researching and gardening…

…any less “work”.

Nor less pleasurable. Continue reading “2 Thoughts on Work and Worth”

Beauty/Goodness/Truth: “The Cake Meg Made”


Gentle Reader, I am guessing that, as you read this, you are either feeling like you have got a pretty good handle on things, or – conversely – that you are under-appreciated, under-energized, and not bringing much to the table. Most of us are usually in one of those places, sometimes switching back and forth all day!

My precious daughter was an energetic toddler who wanted to simultaneously be near me all day, and also wherever her older brother was. She especially loved to “cook”, and took great joy in “helping” in the kitchen, especially when I would bake. Continue reading “Beauty/Goodness/Truth: “The Cake Meg Made””

Maxim-ize your Life!

What are you telling yourself this New Year?

First things, first.

Let God speak to you through His Word. Do not make it so that He speaks to you unnecessarily through circumstances.

You like what you know.

…so be careful what you (and your children) “know”.

Pleasant, yet firm.”

Collaboration with my daughter: I lettered her beautiful painting for a poster promoting a recent visit with C.S. Lewis’ son, Douglas Gresham.

Not an either/or. In the best of situations, and with constant prayer and practice, you can do both.

Grace under pressure.”

Much prayer and practice of “pleasant, yet firm” yields this.

May it be so!

With kindest regards,’Nancy

The Garden Year

The Garden Year

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.

March brings breezes, loud and shrill,
To stir the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children’s hands with posies.

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots, and gillyflowers.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

Warm September brings the fruit;
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Lettered Hymns and Carols from my Etsy shop, @GraceUnderPressureSC

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

Continue reading “The Garden Year”

Join me on Etsy!

Sending off a box of joy! Lord’s Prayer prayer reminders, lettered hymns, lettered quotes and prints of original paintings from my new Etsy shop, GraceUnderPressureSC. 

To those of you who have been encouraging (would “hounding” be too strong a term?) to open an Etsy shop for some of my lettering and artwork…Here it is!

Grace Under Pressure SC opened up the night before Thanksgiving, and I woke up with orders!

Lettering on hymns, Christmas carols and other songs (mostly public domain), as well as some inspirations on canvas and in watercolor, have kept my desk messy but my heart full and my spirit joyful!

Y’all have been so encouraging, and I have learned a bunch about packaging, shipping, and managing an Etsy shop in these last few weeks, and your support has been humbling and gratifying. My head has been spinning with new ideas, and I am really having to work at balancing yet another aspect of life along with what is already in my bullet journal!

Collaboration with my daughter: I lettered her beautiful painting for a poster promoting a recent visit with C.S. Lewis’ son, Douglas Gresham.

Truly, though, it has been a joy and a catharsis for stress. The lettering community has been a wonderfully nurturing group in whose hands I have placed my reborn interest in calligraphy and illustration.  Artists such as Kari Beth at Grace Remembered, Krystal Whitten, and Liss at Liss Letters, and , of course, my own daughter Meg at ISayGrace,  have both inspired me, and challenged me spiritually. I encourage you to take a look at their beautiful work!

Meg and I are talking a bit of collaboration on lettered paintings, cards, and prints in the future after we did a last-minute collab on the Aslan poster (above). We will keep you posted – let us know if you have any suggestions, and watch for a giveaway in the New Year!

Merry Christmas!

With kindest regards,