Hey! I’m Laney :)
I grew up in Texas and was homeschooled all the way through high school. When I was eighteen, I began back-up dancing for a Christian artist named Britt Nicole. There’s a really cool Jesus story to go with that ;) Anyway! I traveled doing ministry and dancing for Britt for almost four years. At the end of those four years I was blessed to do another tour as a dancer with my sweet friend Mandisa. During these years, I got a lot of exposure to what it was like to travel and tour the world. I loved getting to see new places and meet new people backstage every night. Backstage was honestly where my life changed. I fell in love with the stories of some of the girls I met at many of our shows. Hearing their stories is what changed my heart and my life forever. I quickly learned that is what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing: Sharing the heart of Jesus with others and believing with them for a miracle that only He could do! Since those years and to today, Jesus really put healing on my heart. I believe Jesus desires to heal us completely - heart, soul and mind - that we may live wholly the life He created for us. Those years of dancing also birthed the idea to paint old clothing and make it into something new. (Read more about this in the “About the Brand” section below). For a couple of years now, I have been selling clothes online and in my friend’s store called ”Imago Dei” in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
God has been so good to me and He continues to open doors for the clothing to be put in new places. I’ve truly been blown away by all He’s done. Another part of my story is that during those years of back up dancing, God placed a deep desire in me to both write songs and to sing them. The “sing them” part, is often the part that I still have trouble getting over. Growing up, I always wanted to sing, but truly didn’t believe I had the voice to! But, through much peace and many open doors, I knew that Jesus was making a way for me and it wasn’t about my voice... it was about His. Now, my hope and prayer through music, clothing, blogs, videos - whatever it may be - is to echo His voice, rather then make my own be heard. Another amazing miracle Jesus has done in my life recently is Clayton Pickens. Jesus gifted me the most amazing husband I could’ve ever dreamed of or prayed for! We are learning, we are growing, and I’m so thankful for the life we get to live together. Jesus is beyond faithful to us!
Ever since I was little I’ve always loved new clothes. There was something about putting on something new and wearing it for the first time that made me feel like a million bucks.
One day I was getting ready and I remember looking at all my clothes like I’ve worn these a hundred times and I just don’t want to wear the same thing again. So I picked up one of my shirts and did what anyone would do (ok, maybe not anyone) and started just cutting away trying to make it new and something I would want to wear again. That one shirt then led to me cutting up and bleaching almost my whole summer wardrobe. I remember that sparking something in me, that maybe I could do something like that for other people one day. But, if I was going to start something like that I wanted there to be purpose.
So, I asked God to show me if there could be purpose in making old clothes new again… And I immediately was led to 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. Old things have passed away; Behold all things have become new.”
I know its simple, but I felt like He was giving me a tangible way to show the simple truth of what he does when we receive His free gift of eternal life. He takes what was once old, dirty, useless, and unwanted and makes it something NEW, CLEAN, PRICELESS, and WANTED.
May you be reminded of who you are and Whose you are when you wear these clothes. You are loved. You are known. You are beautiful.
You are NEW.