Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Cartoon Pajama Pants

I am a big kid at heart. I love to play and have fun. I think this is why God gave me children of my own. It’s a great excuse for acting silly and not taking one self too seriously.

Photo by: unicornkids

When my kids were little I use to love waking up Saturday morning, curling up on the couch with them and watching cartoons. I would tell them about the cartoons I use to watch when I was growing up. Remember? Rainbow Bright, Care Bears, Jem, Fraggle Rock & Thundercats. Now those were cartoons!

Photo by: SalvagedLoveVintage

  Keeping in the spirit of being a big kid my hubby bought me the best Christmas gift ever. Soft, fuzzy, purple Smurf print pajama pants. They have to be the best pajama pants I have ever owned. I LOVED watching the Smurfs when I was younger and it is still my favorite cartoon of all time. So what is your favorite cartoon of all time?

Photo by: WheeTreasures

Monday, January 24, 2011

Soul Mates

Photo by: thecareerscrapper
 What is a soul mate? To me a soul mate is someone who will choose to love you unconditionally. We are all human, we are not perfect and we all make mistakes. To have someone who loves me for me - unconditionally, even with all of my faults and mistakes, is my definition of a soul mate.

Photo by: TwigsAndLace
 My husband and I will celebrate our fourteenth wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Our marriage is not perfect and has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride! But we have made it this far and have made a commitment to each other to work everyday on our marriage. He is my one and only, the one I am destine to be with, to grow old with, the love of my life. I truly believe that my husband is my soul mate!

Many people have their own definition as to what a soul mate is and who it can be. So my question to you is how to you define a soul mate? Who is your soul mate?

Photo by: SweetandSassyCards

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SpareBedroomStudio @ Etsy

Since joining some Etsy Teams I have meet some very talented people. It is always wonderful to see people put these talents to work.

Below is a brief interview of my friend Caitlin who makes and sells her handmade mobiles and confetti on Etsy. Her shop is called SpareBedroomStudio.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Caitlin. I am 27 years old and exactly where I'd like to be at this point in my life. I share my small apartment with an absolute sweetheart of a husband (my honey and best friend), a fluffy bunny named Truffles and a little blue Japanese fighting fish. I've worked MANY jobs in the past (usually 2 or 3 part-time jobs at once) and consider myself to be all the better for it. I've done everything from working in theater as a stagehand to some big shots, trying my hand at theatrical design (lighting, sound, etc.), done a little acting, worked in public libraries for 8 years, spent 3 years as a special ed paraprofessional in a middle school, did a painful 6 month run as an administrative assistant to the treasurer of a major bank, spent a year and half prancing around Disney World in a big, furry costume as a character and the list goes on and on. Now I am proud to say that I have the privilege of working from home in my spare bedroom studio (hence the shop name) creating to my heart's content and selling those creations online and in local boutiques.

When did you first discover your creative talents?

I can't actually think back that far. As long as I can remember I've been creating, drawing, painting, sculpting, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, etc. I've always loved ALL of it! My mother certainly helped by buying me endless craft books and kits when I was a kid and always helped me set up crafty things to do. She always says that when I was little I was constantly nagging her to do projects with me. I even started a Craft Club when I was about 10 and had my friends over once a month to have snacks and do a designated project. They paid dues of about 50 cents and my mother and I would take that to the store to buy supplies for the next month's craft. It was a lot of fun and lasted about 2 years until I moved to a different town.

What made you decide to open your very own etsy business?

I had actually never heard of Etsy until I met my friend Heather of MySelvagedLife. We were co-workers at a public library and when we weren't wasting time being silly or actually doing our job, she spent EVERY spare moment (when the boss wasn't watching) on Etsy. Over time I became enthralled with what she was doing and couldn't take it anymore... I had to open my own shop!! I love crafty things and creating in general and always have, so I figured… why not?

Describe your style in 5 or 6 words?

Airy, whimsical, fun, unique, funky, sweet

Describe what you struggle with most.

No question about it! I struggle with photos the most for sure! I can create new items until the cows come home and be happy, but when it comes time to take pictures...I want to run away screaming. One day I'll come up with that perfect photo trick and all will be well and good... a girl can dream can't she?

Do youhave any advice for those who are just starting out?

Join teams and make Etsy friends!!! It is SO helpful to have a positive support group of people who know what you're going through and can help you through it in a loving way. Teams are definitely worth the time and effort put in! Plus they are loads of fun!

What are you links? Shop, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc

Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpareBedroomStudio
Blog: http://sparebedroomstudio.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SpareBedStudio

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Man With The Golden Voice

Matthew 5:42 says, Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

An awesome story of a very talented man who fell on bad times and landed on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. A video posted by the Columbus Dispatch two day ago has already gotten over 6 million hits. When you see him you'll never guess what comes out of his mouth.

This morning his appearance on the CBS The Early Show was absolutely inspirational. He talks about his faith in God and never giving up hope.

Such a heart warming story is a wonderful way to jumpstart the new year!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Living Complaint Free

Dear God,
 I surrender my life to you. Help me to change my will to Thy will. Opposition, resistance, and challenge will come; but I know that greater is He who is within me than he who is in the world. I will overcome every temptation, opposition, doubter, resistance, challenge, and past habit. With your help Dear God, I will succeed. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and that I can do nothing successfully without you O God.

 I pledge that I will compliment someone each day and will say nothing negative about anyone. Each day I will find and tell someone something good or great about themselves. I will not gossip or make negative statements of any kind about another person. This combats envy as it focuses me on others and gears me to be happy for them instead of focusing on myself.

 I pledge that I will not get angry, curse or complain. I will not raise my voice in anger. Nothing great or small will make me angry or react in anger. I will not complain about ANYTHING. Not the weather, not the government, not the news, not my aches, not my money, not my kids, my spouse, my job, my car, traffic, or anything else. I will NOT complain about ANYTHING! ( http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/ )

 I pledge that I will give someone something material each day. The size does not matter. Whether it is a dollar or a donut or buying someone's lunch, I must give someone "other than my own children" something each day. At least every other day it must be someone OUTSIDE of my family. Concentrating on giving helps me to control greed and realize my own blessings.

 I Thank You God for this day. I Thank You God for your mercy and grace.

I Thank You God for the miracle that You will perform in my life.
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