Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Featured artists.

Hey Friends!

Just a quick note for you. I wanted to share the new very top right gadget I added yesterday. I love using beautiful artwork for my background on my blogger, and I decided to start posting the name and website of the artist so you can view or purchase their work. 

This week:

With Love,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Shopping on Etsy.

This year, I've thought more about how important it is to support Etsy Sellers and local shops full of handmade and vintage items. It is easy to forget how or where something is made when it is so conveniently supplied to us in stores like Target, or in our local mall.
Etsy sellers work hard at supplying unique items that cannot be found anywhere else. And there is something about receiving a gift that was given so much thought and care, right?

Today, I thought I'd list a few items I've spotted recently on Etsy. It is time for Christmas shopping!
All pictures posted will take you to each seller' shop, so click and enjoy.

Beautiful Bridget on Etsy. I don't know how knitters and crocheters do it. Such a load of work, but in the end, warm and beautiful pieces.
Bridget creates an unlimited amount of designs and patterns in any color you choose.
This cowl is my favorite of hers.

Dozi on Etsy.
I just found these pretty things on the home page of Etsy this morning. Simple and conveniently designed planners and notebooks for everyday use. Each item is original and hand-made with care by Wendy Chung. 

My favorite organic skin care line. This Chamomile creme is unbelievable. If you have any skin care needs, spagoddess on Etsy has an organic and paraben free product for you. Pure, Natural & Organic Facial Care, Body Care, Soap, Baths & Perfumes. Essential Oils, Phyto-Nutrients, Antioxidants, Detoxifying Minerals!

No petroleum, silicones, sulphates, phthalates or parabens.
Naturally Colored. Naturally Scented.

RitzyMisfit creates beautiful rustic hand stamped wax pendants. I've had my eye on this particular style for a while. 
Their imperfections are what makes them unique and interesting.

Geninne on Etsy. In Mexico, she creates the most beautiful and whimsical watercolor paintings I've ever seen with such detail and thought. My husband bought this particular one (Named "Don Matias) for me for my birthday a couple years ago. I placed it inside of a white frame and absolutely love the quirkiness of it.

That is all for today. I'm off to buy more yarn for my current and new crochet addiction. I hope to post more talented artists each week on Etsy leading up to Christmas. Hope your day is beautiful!

With Love,

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Let Him lead you.

Dear friends,

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I always hear people say how special your first holiday season will be together in your first year of marriage. I was thinking back to our first thanksgiving in our tiny studio apartment in Santa Barbara, when Matt was really sick and I was beginning to catch it. We stayed "home" and had some of our family bring us over turkey, brussel sprouts, potatoes and green beans. One thing missing? Gravy. It wasn't  a cheerful Thanksgiving to us, not just because we didn't have gravy, but the family and friends we were used to being with each year were far from us.
There was something special  in having each other to comfort while being sick on Thanksgiving together. That the Thanksgiving day we had together alone in SB, would never be like any other Thanksgiving. I think that was what made it so special. For the first time, I realized how much of an impact my family had on me, having them with me every year before moving to SB. Living in Santa Barbara made my family more valuable to me. I began realizing, not just by distance, but by the hard work they placed into my life every single year, in loving me and providing everything for me. I learned to trust in the Lord more because I didn't have my family around. I realized that through every single day, our trust in the Lord is essential in our relationship with Him.

Our first year married year of the holiday season began in SB in our tiny apartment, miles away from home. Our second year is back with family, in our families home, so cozy and warm. I cannot wait to see where we are next year. I wish for our own place to call home in this coming year, to have stable income and to be accomplishing our career goals together. I wish so much to have a small house next holiday season to invite our families and friends over.
It's funny how much we think we can plan out our lives, but really never having a grip on the way things go. Sure, we're responsible with our decisions, but there is no stopping God's will for our lives. And what better way to glorify Him and have joy in Him than to let Him lead us by His will?
What makes us think our plans are any better than His?
I would have never imagined that I'd be living in California for the first year of our marriage, to now living back in Springfield, where we didn't plan to come back to. But God's plan has blessed us so much.

Still working on pillows. I'm quite the slow crafter.

With Love,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's been a while.

I have to say, though it is evident, I am not a consistent blogger and I don't know if I'll ever be someone who posts daily. But, I would however, like to update at least once or twice a week. Let's see if I can do it.

Currently, I am working on pillows. I found some vintage fabric at an antique store, and decided pillows would be an easy and fun project. 

This pillow is still in the process. Right now I'm working on the dark blue trim. I will have better photos with the finished product.

It's been too long that I set my goal to have my Etsy shop up. I feel like 'the girl who cries wolf' every time I say, "It'll be here soon! You just wait!.." and it ends up never coming.
My husband and I are currently in the process of switching our bank account back to MO, so I am kind of glad I haven't gotten my Paypal connected to my account yet.
Once that is out of the way, I will gladly connect my Paypal and at last, have a new Etsy shop open!

I'm really excited to use my work for a little more income. Matt and I could really use it at this time of our lives. I've also been thinking of finding a store that would carry my pieces. I think there's a difference for people to touch and feel your work. Which also gives me the push to try and be in a craft fair. I would love to have enough items to share a booth of various handmades with my sister in law 
(Click here for her blog) and mother in law next year in the Fall. It would be so much fun!

I've written more than I thought. Guess this post was long overdue.

With Love,