Divine Walls is a company based in Scappoose, Oregon. They create and sell vinyl wall art depicting quotes from scripture, inspirational phrases and even custom designs for customers who can't find the "right" words in their over 600 designs offered.
Customers can choose the design, color and size that best suits their space. Colors are slightly darker than what is seen online, but fall nicely within that color range.
In the above image I selected this product in dark red. On the site dark red looks almost like a rosy pink. Here's a screen shot . . .
You can see from my picture above that the color is a truer red than the site depicts. It still works well in my space so I wasn't concerned about the slight difference.
Once the order is placed, Divine Walls sends it off via first class mail in a cardboard shipping tube designed with their logo. Inside the tube is the vinyl design and instructions. All orders ship in two business days.
The instructions are pretty simple and the task of placing the design only takes about 15 minutes. Thin and narrow letters like to cling to the paper and require a little patience and t.l.c. placing them. The only tools required are a clean wall and a credit card (to smooth the surface and secure a smooth transfer of the decal).
The overall result was quite stunning. I'm very pleased with the look.
A note to the buyer: I've read excellent reports from other customers who claim that the customer service at Divine Walls is excellent. If you aren't as lucky as I was and you run into any trouble placing your design or receiving your order, be sure to contact them. They are very committed to customer satisfaction.
Designs at Divine walls start at $14.99 and go up based on the size and detail of the design. Custom orders require a special ordering process and include unlimited revisions.
If you are looking to add some words to your wall, consider Divine Walls.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” I am part of the CWA Review Crew.
Robin Jones Gunn knows the trick of making readers care about her characters. I'm a big fan of her work and have been since Junior High.
Exotic vacation spots, female friendship and inspirational messages are the theme of the Sisterchicks novels.
Sisterchicks in Gondolas is set in Venice. Jenna is asked to cook for a group on retreat and knows the task is too big to do alone. She decides to bring along Sue, her sister-in-law and friend.
Jenna and Sue are on an adventure that includes cooking for the retreat group, rating gelato flavors in the various shops they visit, exploring a hidden staircase that leads to a beautiful rooftop view, growing their friendship bit by bit and meeting God in the midst of it all.
Bubbling with Gunn's familar style, wise phrases and tender heart lessons leap of the page.
Jenna's struggles since her divorce and the challenges as a single parent surface in this beautiful setting. Meanwhile, Sue reflects on her husband's accident which changed both of their lives drastically and requires her to become her husband's caregiver. This role change causes her to wrestle with anger over the circumstances, shame for her feelings and confusion as to where God went.
Readers dealing with regrets, shame or concern about God's faithfulness will find themselves in this story.
Pick up your copy today at Amazon, CBD, or Barnes and Noble.
*In compliance with the Federal Trade Commission Rules please note that Sisterchicks In Gondolas was provided for review by Bloggingforbooks.org.
How can you spot a good review?
An honest review doesn’t always mean a good review.
Let me give an example: With my novel, When Chicks Hatch, one of my reviews made me cry for two days straight. This particular reviewer said I curse and, even worse accused me of blaspheming God in my novel. I was horrified. I couldn’t imagine how she could come to such a harsh conclusion.
Let me be clear: I'm not bashing this reviewer and don't want you to think that I am. That's just where I was when I first read her review. Hear me out though. I want to share how I have learned from her and grown to appreciate her perspective.
Here’s how it went: My character in question is a Christian man who has waited at a hospital with a girl he once loved. She is pregnant by a married man who is not returning phone calls that are crucial to the health of the unborn baby. Watching his friend flounder in her faith, fall on her face and struggle so hard to stand up again he is enraged when the father of the baby finally bothers to show up. He responds by shouting at the man “Where the hell have you been?”
Okay, personally in that situation I can honestly say that I would probably respond that exact way. Fear and emotion would take over. I can’t say I regret my choice because I found it true, however, my reader did not and I have to consider that in future writing. Instead, I could have shown his anger by clenching his fist or had him mutter under his breath. I could have made different choices that would have affected this particular reader better.
On the second charge: I found the place she referred to and discovered a very broken unsaved character who would think nothing of using the lord’s name irreverently. We are not talking “GD” here. It was an OMG. I would argue the authenticity of this scene to the death.
I hate the trend in Christian literature that almost demands that unsaved characters not act authentically or be "too bad". Too often, the unsaved characters don’t look all that different from the Christian. In my writing I want to distinguish this spiritual difference in my characters, to expose the need for Christ-- or I feel there's just no point.
When I finally got over myself and wiped my tears, I actually found two very beneficial things in this review that help me be a better writer.
1. I learned I can say things differently and have the same effect. My personal strength as a writer is in my dialogue. This review showed me that I rely too much on telling. Sometimes I need show not tell.
2. I learned who I am as a writer and revealed a big belief I have when approaching Christian fiction.
I’ve received several very positive uplifting reviews since then, however, there are none I’ve learned so much from.
Writers: Be open to even the "negative" reviews and pray to see them through God’s eyes. Do not miss any opportunity to grow.
As an author, it doesn’t help us if everyone responds like our spouse or parent saying “It’s perfect I wouldn’t change a thing”. We all know we aren’t perfect. There is something about our work that could be improved.
A good reviewer will mention but not accentuate our weakness. They will call our attention to the areas we could become better without slandering our attempt. They provoke us to greatness. They find the beautiful, the things that are good, and make them sparkle to our potential readers. If it isn’t for them, they say why and they recognize that they don’t speak for all readers. They take the time to address your audience. They don’t highlight themselves in their reviews or cut you down to elevate themselves, but stick to the task at hand.
A good review makes you better. I have to admit, in spite of my initial feelings, this reviewer has.