Cities you love...

Cities you love...

I was more than happy to create this Waco city map for Vanessa at @the.urban.farmgirl and I love how she added it to her gallery wall 🖼 Fun fact: she lives in Lee’s Summit near many of my sweet friends and my assistant, Jackie! I got to see her house last week and it is swoon-worthy! 😍 And her dog is adorable 🐾

The Waco map is now available online - or you can request any city or quote for your own special custom!

Order online
https://galenation.com/collections/city-prints

Have you joined the gang yet?

Have you joined the gang yet?

Actual (staged 😂) photo of us fulfilling orders, answering messages and planning fun stuff for the Gale Gang private Facebook group.

Trust me, the real version of this is a lot less glamorous! But in my new private group you’ll be getting to see into the wild wonderful world of Gale Nation. It’s a crazy train most days but we have a lot of fun!

There will be plenty of lettering, crafting and fun things, but also just some real honest community. I’m excited to create a space on social media where people can be free to be themselves without judgement or bullying. Our gang is all about kindness! 💗

Everyone in the group will get exclusive products, first access to classes and new items, plus I’ll be giving away some of my favorite things along the way 🎉

I hope you’ll consider signing up and joining me for two free weeks of access starting October 15th. After that, it’s just $15 a month.
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Sign up now here:
https://www.galenation.com/…/gale-gang-one-month-introducti…

Come Create with us...

Come Create with us...

Happy Dance! 💃🏻 I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to tell you about the upcoming retreat at my home studio with my friends, Jennifer Allred (@stitchalongwithjen) and Amy (stitchalongwithcoko)! 👏👏. The Holiday Letter & Stitch Retreat in my home studio space in Shawnee, KS October 25th-27th!! 🎄 🧵 🖊

Our schedules have aligned and even though I know it's short notice, I hope you'll join us! I picked up a needle and thread for the first time in years back in March at the retreat I attended in Albuquerque - and then again in Nebraska when I taught at Handmade U. It was so much fun I haven't been able to stop and I'd love to have you join the three of us!

If you've ever wanted to hang out with my friends and I for a weekend of lettering, stitching, eating, laughing, crafting, shopping and donuts - this is your chance! ✂️🍩🖊🧵🛍🍁 You don’t have yo be an expert stitcher or letterer - we’ll show you all you need to know!

The retreat begins Friday, October 25th at 5pm and continues through Sunday, October 27th at noon. All meals are included - dinner on Friday, all three meals on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. All the supplies you'll need for every project are also included. Cost for the weekend is $380.00.

All the fun will be at my house - stitching, lettering, some other fun crafting, and we'll be wearing comfy clothes - no need to dress up! 🙌

Please don't feel you can't come by yourself - we're a gang of nice girls and you'll be welcomed with open arms! 💗 You won't be a stranger for long and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Get more details on all the projects we will be doing, more info on Jen & Amy, and sign up here https://galenation.com/…/holiday-letter-and-stitch-retreat-…

I hope you'll join us - if you have ANY questions, please email me at galenation@galenation.com and I'll answer as quickly as possible! Hope to see you there! 💗

The stories families write together...

The stories families write together...

A few months ago, I opened a package that contained pictures of my family - some I’d never seen before. One of my great aunts had passed and her daughters got together and sorted pictures and sent them to each family. Baby pictures of my dad, school pictures that made me laugh...and seeing those, memories came flooding back. I remembered that at one time my legs were skinny and I smiled with unbridled joy just because I didn’t know any different. What a gift they gave me that day ❤️

I came home and saw these laying on my dining room table and I was reminded of a quote I saw on a friend's timeline not long ago. "Traditions are the stories that families write together." I believe family photos are the illustrations to those stories. 

Today, I attended the funeral of the husband and father of dear friends. Their love for him was fierce and he was worthy of it. The sweetest part was the pictures. Hundreds of pictures and memories put together with love and intention. What a gift they gave me to peek into their lives and see a family who loved big... even when times weren’t always perfect and things weren’t easy. ❤️

Earlier this week, I asked my Daddy to be there to meet him in heaven. To show him where the “old guys” hang out and have coffee and donuts and tell stories. To show him the pretty spots and introduce him to my uncles...and I take comfort in knowing that happened. We are never alone even when it feels like we’ve been left behind. We go on and we honor their memories and we tell our kids about them and we continue to make them proud. ❤️

Much love to my sweet friend Pam today. You are brave and strong and generous of spirit. To her sweet children and grandchildren who will keep the stories alive...take heart. Breathe. You will find yourselves hearing his voice when you need it. You’ll see him in the faces of your babies - and soon, young men and women that remind you of him. He is forever in your hearts. And all of us who love you will be cheering you on. ❤️
September 09, 2019 by Gale Nation
August 25 - Hand Lettering Class

August 25 - Hand Lettering Class

Look at this sweet class from this afternoon! 💗 Every time I teach, I meet new friends and today was no exception 😊 This was a fun group who made some beautiful signs - look at all the awesome quotes they chose 🖊.


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Our sweet treat was Gran’s Strawberry Cake from the @eunamaes cookbook 🍓 Amy Hannon, you never disappoint 🙌 (guess what I had for dinner?!) 
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Thank you to each of you who came - I hope to see you again soon. I enjoyed meeting all of you! 💛🍁 New fall and winter classes are headed to my website later this week - and Fall and Christmas Surprise Boxes will be back 📦 🙌 Are you signed up for my emails? Go to my website and sign up!

Your story matters...

Your story matters...

If I’m not careful, I can get overwhelmed and tired and start to feel like all of my efforts don’t matter. Life is hard sometimes. Bad things happen to good people.

We have to remember to lift our heads. We have to look around and see who’s beside us. We have to lift each other up. Stand in the gap for each other. 💗 I matter. You matter. Our stories matter. And the world needs to know that 🙌. 
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This 4x6 print along with 5 others comes with this hinged brass frame so you can keep the message in front of you. And the world 🌎✌️#yourstorymatters

Creating together builds bonds

Creating together builds bonds

Taking time to make connections with lifelong friends matters. Laughing is good medicine. Empowered women empower other women. Creating together builds bonds.

And inviting y’all into my home makes my heart happy. It’s where I’m truly at home 💗

Words matter, these are tugging at me lately

Words matter, these are tugging at me lately

These words just resonate with people.

This has been tugging at my heart lately.
I’m listening. 

The most powerful things we can be led to do are always in the most difficult spaces to step into.
Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Just imagine all of the pages I’ve doodled on and journals I’ve scribbled through (now I like to try ideas on my iPad so I can easily adjust it without wasting paper or pens!) I still love the feel of a beautiful pen...
June 29, 2019 by Gale Nation
Donuts are one way to my heart..

Donuts are one way to my heart..

🍩 If you’ve followed me very long, you know I love me some doughnuts! I was curious about how they’d ship them but they came in the mail today....and they are AMAZING!! 😍
May 06, 2019 by Gale Nation