Because Words Matter


The very first thing I hung on the barn walls was the word REST.

After a year of planning, scheming, hoping dreaming–we needed the visual reminder to rest.

Sometimes we focus so much on getting to a certain place, we forget to stop and enjoy it when it finally comes.

Or maybe that’s’ just me?

So now my barn is bossing me around and I’m trying to listen.

white sofa

So even though “slow” is my word of the year.

“Rest” is my mantra. My battle cry. My plea.

I want to hang those letters around my neck so I don’t forget them.

words matter

Maybe you need to listen to a word too?


Or maybe there’s a name, phrase, verse, quote, or special day you want to be reminded of, or you want to encourage someone with.


Now you can create your own set of letterpress words for your home or for a gift out of all sorts of pretty wooden letterpress block letters.

There’s a completely easy and fun interactive letterpress site where you can play all day and create all sorts of fun things.

This summer I got to see the behind the scenes-sneak peek of this website while hanging out with the sponsors of this post –the (in)courage team and we were all blown away at how user-friendly and fun (addictive) this new site is, you will love it.


You can type in the word or phrase you want to create into the “filter by word” section on the bottom left and then grab the style of letter you want. Once you get your word or phrase the way you like it, you can order it for your home, but also you can pin it, email it, tweet it, and put it on Facebook. And of course, the letterpress will tally up the cost of your blocks so you can see your  running total.

Here are a few things I created on the fun letterpress website…

i never get my name on anything

Weird named people unite, we can finally have our names on something! This almost makes up for all of those personalized bike license plates, pencils and mugs I couldn’t find when I was eight years old. Take that Amy and Jennifer!

awaken hope

There’s a phrase I’ve thought about putting in the barn. So I just used the Letterpress Blocks site to write the words, then took a screen shot, pulled it into my Keynote program (I’m a dork and use Keynote on my mac computer to make everything but pic monkey or Photoshop would work better) I removed the background and sized it correctly to overlay on one of the barn walls so I could see how it would look. How fun is that?!

words matter

These words make great wedding gifts, baby gifts, first home gifts, inside joke gifts for your BFF, business name and more.


If you make something you want to show off, be sure to hit the “share” button and tweet it, add @thenester if you want me to see it.


Katie wrote more about the letterpress blocks (in)courage — you can see the backs of the blocks and the different ways to display them, the sizes and more.

The whole time I was working on this post I had this song in my head. It’s such a reminder of the power of words and why I love this new line of blocks–they are beautiful, meaningful, fun to create and #wordsmatter …


  1. I love that you are reminding yourself to rest in your new space! I have been learning that I need that very reminder, and posting reminders to celebrate, rest, and remember are so important.

  2. The tots one made me snort laugh while I was drinking coffee, wasn’t expecting that one at all – Love it!

  3. I love this so much!! I have had the word LOVE on my mind for over a year now. And I have been talking to my eight year how important it is to do all things in love. To be like Jesus. These letters are perfect. I am ordering mine today. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    And, by the way, you’re bean is awesome! So glad for you.

  4. “Get your own tots! Gosh!”

  5. I actually wear words around my neck – from Micah 6:8 – act justly, love mercy, walk humbly. Word do matter!

  6. Words do matter! I can’t wait to play with this and decide ~ it’s going to be difficult but fun. :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!


  7. Just the inspiration I need before I go to market tomorrow. THANK YOU! And by the way, a good cheap Photoshop alternative is Pixelmator. I’ve been using it for years and it functions almost the same but at a price of $30. It’s in the app store.

  8. Please oh please share where you found the gorgeous gray pillow with white flowers?? The whole barn is an absolute miracle, by the way. It is gorgeous, and it looks like you’ve spent thousands on furnishing it. . .but it’s even better because you haven’t!

  9. Love it! Great idea for holiday gifts.

  10. I love this! Everyone needs more positive words in their life

  11. Where did you get the throw pillows? I saw them in the fall tour and love them!!

  12. I love, “Take that Amy and Jennifer!” I, too, never found any key chains with my name on them, so I can empathize with you. :) You are funny. I think we would get along very well.
    BTW, your barn looks amazing. Fabulous job!!

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