Happy December!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!  My shows are over and the Queen of shipping (my Mom) is mailing packages every day!   Thank you so much to all of you for buying your refills and choosing to give CCD as gifts!  It is humbling. After 19 years, I still marvel that I get to do this for a living.  I hope you have the merriest of Christmases!!   Love, Cary

Happy November!

I know November is over, but I had to talk about this one!  I probably had the most people respond to me about this design this year.  First of all, I love the verse and the visual of lifting up the serving platter.  But it is also fun for you to know that my husband helped me draw the hands…we held up bowls and took pictures to copy.  I was a bit out of my comfort zone, but he has some hidden talent!  Also, I think her bracelets and painted nails are pretty fun!
I hope this verse will remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season!  This verse challenges me about all the places other than Jesus where I place my hope.  I’m so thankful for that baby boy who brought me salvation…both for eternity and in my daily life.

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Do you have a child or grandchild who gets anxious at bedtime?  I made a pillow case because I want him or her to be able to read and lay his head on God’s word!  They debuted at my last two shows and sold out!  I will be placing one more order this week via Facebook.  So, be sure to follow me on FB for more details!

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Happy October!

The 2018 CCD season is off and running!  I am amazed at how fast it comes around each year!  We have already been to a show in Memphis and are headed to NW Arkansas this week.  The shows are my reward…I love getting to meet my customers and see what sells!  Stay in touch on social media for contests and coupons.  I so appreciate your business and hope you will consider CCD when you are shopping for gifts this holiday season!!!  Love, Cary

Happy October!

There are no doubt mysteries and things we cannot understand in scripture, but God has told us everything we NEED to know in His Word.  This verse reminds me to keep first things first…to grab hold of the Truth and to pass it along to my kids.   I am so beyond grateful that God has chosen to reveal Himself to me.

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All new verses and original designs for 2018!  The new calendar is as bright and happy as ever!  Order your refill and grab a few new calendars for friends!  My Mom (the Queen of Shipping) is getting orders out fast!
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Attention War Eagle Shoppers!!  We will not be at War Eagle this year.  On October 20-21, we are moving to the Ozark Regional Craft Fair at the Springdale Convention center.  It is Friday and Saturday 9am-9pm.  We hope to see you there!!!!

It’s Show Season!!!  Come find me at these Holiday Shows!

Ozark Regional Craft Fair   Springdale, AR   October 20-21
Holiday House   Little Rock, AR    November 9-11
Handworks   Jackson, MS   November 17-18

Happy May!

The months are flying by!!  How can it be May?  We are counting down the days until school is out…it’s time….for all of us!!  I’m starting to think about the new calendar and book shows for next season.  I’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas for me or calendar verse suggestions!!!  Love, Cary

Happy May!

I don’t think any of us would tear down our house on purpose, but it does happen.  Sometimes I let things like distractedness, comparison, a critical spirit, sarcasm, and impatience make their way into my home without even realizing.  This verse speaks to the power of the woman in the home.  We often set the tone that trickles down to all our people and our home.  This can be a heavy truth (though I’m not one for guilt and beating ourselves up!).  A WISE woman recognizes that she can’t do it on her own.  She goes to her Father to find help and to be filled up.  She is intentional (in the big and little of life) to look for ways to build up.  This month I’m going to work at keeping my eyes on what is right in front of me and finding ways to build my house.  Want to join me?
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It’s not too late to get your Mom this cute mother’s day print!!  You and your little people could sign on the mat for a special grandmother!!
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Happy April!

Happy Easter!  I hope this newsletter finds you well and anticipating the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord.  We will be crazy busy with the kids activities these next two months- mainly dance recitals and play rehearsals for the girls and baseball games for Carter.  I mostly love it!  Lol!  I am so thankful to you for being my customer and reading this!!  I am dreaming about a few new products for the fall, and I will be starting the next calendar soon…hopefully before school gets out!
Love, Cary

Happy April!

I love this verse for Easter, but also for my everyday life.  Jesus is the epitome of God’s kindness and love to us.  Seems like I am being reminded over and over in my life that my salvation is not based on me, but solely on God’s mercy.  I know this with my head, but keep trying to believe it in my heart.  This belief results in less striving, less performing…less Cary and more God!  I am so grateful for the wealth of mercy I have received and will continue to uncover for eternity.  May God show you something new this Easter season!
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Happy March!

Can you believe it is March?!?  Man, the time if flying!  I hope this newsletter finds you well and anticipating Spring!  I have several fun things coming up in my schedule… a girl’s trip with my friends, a spring break tip with my daughter, a women’s conference in Branson, and a Young Life Family weekend…all before May.  AND my hubby and I got away last weekend!!  I am very motivated by fun on my calendar, so I am grateful and even feeling a little spoiled!!!  Hopefully I will get some work done in between my fun!  We’ll see… I do have some ideas in the works!  Love, Cary

Happy March!

A sweet friend from church gave me this verse as I was drawing calendars last year.  It has come at the perfect time for me, as I have been thinking a lot about where I place my identity.  I am so often “finding my being” in other things…like my family, my friendships, my job, my ability to “hold it all together” (haha!). I am learning that when I find and rest in my identity in Christ, I am free to be the best me in all these areas.  Only in Christ, I am free to give without expectation and am I free to be authentic.  May we live and move and find our being in Him today!!

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Meet my peeps!

These are my kiddos…Josie, Carter, and Lindsay.  They are all about to have birthdays and will be 17,14, and 11.  The older they get, the more I love being a mom.  They are fun to be with and I’m loving watching them navigate life!

Happy February!

Happy Valentines Day from CCD!  I hope you are well.  I have been trying to get used to a quieter and slower pace of life… Sometimes it is wonderful and sometimes it is overwhelming to make good decisions with my time.  But I am trusting God to bring me the right things.  So far, I have gotten to do two custom orders, and I am going to start meeting with a young adult from our church (my favorite thing!).   This month I hope to start some prints and I’m working on an idea for you…my newsletter friends.  So stay tunned!!!  Love, Cary

Happy February!

This seems like a timely message in our crazy world today.  It’s amazing to me that God chooses to involve us in His ways.  This verse tells me that the most powerful thing I have to offer people is love…not knowledge, wisdom, or abilities.  Nick and I have an older couple in our lives that love us this way.  They listen us, accept us, cheer us on and point us to Jesus.  We have never felt like a project to them.  We know more of who God is because of their interaction with us.  This is how I want to love others. May we have eyes and hearts open to love others!

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Meet my Love…

This is my favorite person on the planet, Nick Collins.  We have been married 19 years.  He is my best friend.  He has lots of great qualities, but my favorite things is that he makes me laugh out loud every single day!  I love being partners with him at home and in life.

Happy January!

Click below to view the latest news from CCD…including the verse of the month and featured products.  Sign up on the contact form to receive our monthly newsletter.  Thanks!  Love, Cary

January 2017 Newsletter

 

Top Ten Calendar FAQ’s…

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If you know Cary Collins Designs, you probably know the calendar.  It is BY FAR my biggest selling item.  I do a new one every year and by God’s grace it has quite a little following!  I thought you might like to hear the answers to the questions I am most frequently asked about the calendars…

1.  How long have you been making calendars?

2014 is my 16th calendar.  I made the first one is 1998.  That was a year after I got married.

2.  How did you come up with this idea?

I had started doing some watercolor and ink around scriptures for gifts.  At that time, my Mom was buying me a whimsical wall calendar every year that I loved.  It was larger, but had 12 separate sheets that fit into an acrylic wall frame.  It was my Mom’s idea to combine the two.  Moms have the best ideas!  I give her all the credit.  🙂

3.  How long does it take you to draw them?

It takes me about a month to draw them and about a month to paint them.  That is with me working HARD…it is very tedious!  I usually wait until the end of the summer to start and get myself into a bit of a time crunch!!

4.  Wouldn’t it be better if you did one a month all year round?

Why, YES, it would!  This is my favorite question :).  I do see the logic in this plan, but I just can’t do it.  I need the pressure of a deadline.  Usually this question comes either from someone who doesn’t know me very well or someone who is so organized, they just can’t relate to me!

5.  Do you draw them in order (Jan, Feb, Mar…)?

No.  Here is my process… First, I pick the verses.  I usually jot some down in the back of my Bible throughout the year and I go back over the ones I didn’t use the previous year.  Then I brainstorm and search.  This is the point at which I start praying that God will guide me to the right verses and that He will guide me in the process of matching up the verse with the month.  After that it is more ambiguous.  Some verses inspire designs because they have a “subject”.  If that is the case I might use Google image to get direction (like a lamp, umbrella, flip flop, etc.).  I usually do these type of verses first and assign them a month.  Some months need a more seasonal design.  I like to do a floral in Spring, a sun in Summer, Fall colors in October, etc.  I usually do those months next.  Some verses can be used any time with any design.  For those I just start doodling!

Ironically, the holiday months have become the hardest…particularly July and December.  I also put a little extra pressure on myself for January to be good.  🙂

6.  How do you come up with new stuff every year?

I truly believe that is God’s grace to me.  As far as designs go, it is not that hard for me.  I am always on the lookout for little things that inspire me (mostly scrapbook paper and greeting cards).  I guess if it starts getting hard, I will question if I should keep making them…but for now, I ‘m good!  🙂

As far as verses go, I have been known to repeat a few.  Very few people saw the early years and I started with my favorite verses!!!   We joke that I will never run out of good verses!  I do strive to pick some unique, or less common, verses to keep it fresh.  I’m always up for suggestions!  If you have a favorite verse or idea for a month, send it my way!!

7.  What medium do you use?

Pencil first (I try to make all my mistakes here!).  Then, a black pen.  Then, water colors.  Next, a graphic designer has to scan them and turn them into digital files.  Then, off to the printer!

8.  How many calendars do you print and how do you sell them?

6,000.  Can you believe that?!?   Online sales and Holiday shows are the primary ways I sell them.  A few stores carry them, but retail has not been a focus for me.  Perhaps I will build that area more in the future.

9.  How did you know I would need THAT verse at THAT month?

That magic is also known as the grace of God…for both you and me!  I give all credit to Him and the power of his Word in people’s lives.  He is the Great Orchestrator!

Here are a couple of examples of this… In September 2011, the verse was Job 1:21 (The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.)  I had been trying to use that verse for a few years and it finally landed there.  I had a customer at the end of 2011 say, “The verse you picked for the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 was so perfect.  I love that you had the forethought to pick that verse for that time.”  I had no idea what she was talking about!  I hadn’t planned that!  That was God.

Another example was from this past summer, I had a friend that returned from a mission trip and took the time to tell me that while she was burdened by what she had seen and the people she had met, the verse in July really ministered to her.  (Psalm 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”)  That was God.

Isn’t His Word amazing?  It is so crazy of Him to orchestrate those times for both you and me!!  Theses type of stories humble me.  Believe me…I have nothing to do with it if something cool like that happens!  Thanks, God!

10.  What is the best part of your calendar business?

By far, the best part is hearing your stories of how God’s Word impacts your life.  I also love that as you give them as gifts, you are ministering to your friends and family!  (That is why I keep them $15!).  It has been amazing to watch them spread all over the country over the years.  I have very sweet and loyal customers that have helped do that!!  I am forever grateful for this journey!!

Happy Holidays and I hope you enjoy every month in 2014!!!

Love, Cary

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Cary lives with her husband and three kiddos in Little Rock, AR. Despite having never taken an art class, Cary has found her niche with hand-drawn scripture art. She hopes her colorful designs will not just make you smile, but draw you closer to the Lord.
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