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Monday, December 8, 2014

Burning the midnight oil warms my HEART

Check out the other free gift ornament I'm giving away for the month of December! Isn't it so pretty?

By the time you read this, I will have gotten far less sleep than I probably should have this past weekend. But I can hardly complain because this weekend I got so many things accomplished and I also was able to prepare so many orders that have been coming through my etsy shop. :)  

Hard to believe that it really is December and I'm only two months away from my first year anniversary of having my etsy shop open. I've learned so much about how to run my little business and though I haven't made a super ton of money... well, I always knew that I wouldn't be rich doing it. *shrug* And honestly? It brings me great joy to put in good work to bring you things that help bring you a little bit of sunshine in your days (and with your dolls). *wink* I always have felt like giving is way more fun than getting so the extra hours and extra effort that I put in is something that I feel like is a gift in and of itself. I'm very thankful to have work to do and I'm very thankful to have customers who keep coming back to visit my shop and check out the new things that I put in it. 

Speaking of new things, I decided to design a few pretty Christmas tree ornaments... 

Ramsey Rae is sharing a very pretty camera ornament. She loves how it sparkles!

Jillian LOVES this silver-toned ornament that's kind of like a Christmas flower almost. 

One of my favorite things in the world is to collect AND share Christmas ornaments with others. It's so fun when I go traveling to look for something that will be a Christmas ornament because then when I go to hang it on the tree at the end of the year, I can remember back on the fun that I had earlier in the year. I don't think that people enjoy ornaments nearly as much as they ought to so? I'm all about helping to raise the awareness of the awesome of Christmas ornaments. *high five* 

I'm going to have a very limited amount of ornaments available in my etsy shop this year just to try them out and see if people like them. I will (of course) be giving two different kinds as *free* gifts with every order that is placed but then I will have just a few other ones that are pretty nice as well. You can think of them as "limited editions" since I won't have very many and I might not do ornaments again next year - especially if it doesn't work out so well this year. Something else? I'm also going to have ONE extra something for your Christmas tree...

Can you tell what it is? I'll give you two hints - 1) it's something that can be worn (but not by you) and 2) it's something that you could otherwise create beautiful artwork with (if it were real and not made of fabric as it is). Give up? Here's the answer: It's a mini Christmas tree skirt!!

I made designed and made it for my own Christmas tree but then I had extra material left so I decided to make an extra one and I'm going to be putting it in my etsy shop so if you're an artist like me? You can have a fun and cute painting palette as your Christmas tree skirt. So neat!

Anyway, thanks again for all of the orders that you are placing with my etsy shop! I so appreciate your support of my little business and I'm thankful that you like the things that I work so hard to design and create. Hope you have had a happy Monday!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Get your shopping done in time for me to ship it to you!

Hi, everybody!!  Just wanted to let you know of my holiday shipment schedule for my etsy shop. I have posted this in my etsy shop but I also thought I would share it here for you just in case you were thinking of buying something from my shop.

This information applies for Christmas/Holiday orders that you wish to be received in time for Christmas/Holiday time and apply ONLY for Domestic orders. At this time, Canadian/International shipments can no longer be guaranteed in time for Christmas/Boxing day/New Years no matter if they are standard or Priority shipping. *Sorry about that!*

Please read below for how shipping will work for items in my shop. If orders are placed after the dates indicated below, the processing times for the items (as indicated in the individual listings) will be specifically followed...
Made-to-order T-shirts/Hoodies must be ordered no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10th for Christmas delivery.  
Made-to-order Hand-painted Moto jackets, "make-an-outfit" options and Story Charm Bracelets must be ordered no later than Friday, Dec. 12th for Christmas delivery.   
❤  Macarons (individual/single/multiples and rainbow sets) must be ordered no later than Saturday, Dec. 13th for Christmas delivery.  
Ready-to-ship necklaces must be ordered no later than Sunday, Dec. 14th for Christmas delivery. 

*** Priority Shipping upgrade is available and is encouraged for all orders in order to ensure BEFORE Christmas delivery. Thank you! ***

The shop will CLOSE for Christmas/New Years on Monday, Dec. 15th in order to ensure that all orders placed are completed and shipped out in time for them to arrive before Christmas morning. Thank you!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

This is going to be the best Christmas EVER

Hey there! Just wanted to check-in with you and say that I maybe might start blogging a little more often. I know I've not been the best at blogging but... I kind of like it. If it means that we can get to know each other better? Well, putting more effort into blogging is a small thing for me to do because I like YOU quite a lot (and I hope you like me) and being friends with someone means you really spend time getting to know each other better so if I want good friends, I sure have to BE a good friend to you. :)

This is one of my new favorite ornaments for my tree. I love hearts so much. 
That said, I wanted to just say 'Hi!' and show you my tree before it's all decorated. Isn't it so pretty? It's pretty tall and I need a chair to put the star on top because I already let my tree try the star on one time. (I couldn't help myself!) 

It's really one of the prettiest trees I have ever seen and... I have a secret to tell you... It's NOT real!!! *shhhhhhhhhhh* 

I actually picked it out and bought it from Amazon. It looks like it's not available anymore though. Hmmm... I wonder if I got the last one - sorry about that! Didn't mean to do that because that's not fair - it's like taking the last donut or something. *oops*

Anyway, I really hope you have a good weekend!!! I'm looking forward to getting through today and to the weekend because I'm going to be able to decorate my tree with my best friends - Jillian, miniSaige, Frank, and Ramsey Rae. I'll try and take pictures so that you can see the fun we have while we are doing the trimming. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The moments that really count

This year I am SO super excited about Christmas more than I EVER have been!!!!!

I don't know what it is about this year compared to others but I just feel like this year, celebrating Christmas is going to mean a lot once it finally gets here. *shrug* I guess I just feel like I have a whole lot to celebrate and be thankful for and I'm super grateful (and happy) that this very long (and super challenging) year is finally coming to a close. 

I get to have my own tree this year. This is so special to me. 
This school year especially has been super hard for me and so many people I love and care for so much. I've been very blessed to be here and now with most of what I've had to deal with resolved but there are other folks who are in my life and they just aren't doing so well. This morning I was up early spending time in prayer and tears (before the sun was even up) because I just found out that one of my really good friends from church actually has brain cancer. 

It's only been a week since they found out that they needed to get in and do surgery to try and remove what could have been a benign mass but they quickly confirmed that what has been nagging headaches (alongside other symptoms) is actually an aggressive cancer. My friend is now headed toward some heavy duty radiation and chemotherapy and it's going to be so intense that they won't be receiving any visitors - which I totally understand. 

I have been texting at least with my friend and she has reminded me how important it is to be fully present in every moment that you have and really treasure all that you might have already been given. For as much as I know she is dealing with a lot (and all of a sudden out of nowhere), it amazes me how she still manages to be so wise and loving and caring reaching out to ME - the one without the cancer - the way she has. I sure do have some amazing friends in my life. That's one thing that this year has brought about just as much as the many challenges that I've also had. 

On that note, this weekend, I'm going to be working hard to appreciate the present more than I have been doing. I'm going to focus less on what I don't have and more on how much I have and even be thankful that I get to spend time with my good friends "trimming" my first ever very own Christmas tree with my friends - Jillian, miniSaige, Frank, and Ramsey Rae. I'm also going to be investing a great deal of time getting the many etsy orders that have come in since I re-opened my shop into the mail. I know that people are counting on me to get their packages out to them in time for Christmas morning and I don't want to let them down or ruin their Christmas surprises. 

I'm also going to keep praying hard for my friend. I'm going to be praying that she doesn't feel too scared or worried or angry or bitter about this mess that she is now in. I'm going to be praying that she has peace and rest even despite the craziness that is the new way that she's going to have to be living on the daily rather than the usual of getting ready for and excited about Christmas. Maybe even I will work on something extra special for her and give it to her this year for Christmas. Maybe I should even paint her something. :) I'm going to pray about how/what I should do definitely to lift her up and show her some love. 

What about you? Are you doing anything super special this weekend? Let me know - I'd love to hear about it? Or are you going through something really hard, too? And you're not looking forward to the weekend? I'm glad to pray for you if you would like me to! A lot of people have prayed for me to help me to get me here at this point in the year I know it has helped me a lot. Just leave me a comment and I will pray for you, I promise! And thanks for letting me be a better friend to you. :) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LOVE is the master key that opens...

... the gates of HAPPINESS!!!

This year has been really really special to and for me and I think that it's partly because I have really tried hard to TREASURE every moment I've had and really make it count.

I started this blogsite this year and I also opened up my own etsy shop all by myself. I have made a ton of really amazing friends on my instagram and I've also gotten even closer with my best friend Jillian, my other best friend mini Saige, and my other other best friend Frank and I even have another other other best friend, Ramsey Rae!  I've also been able to travel a little bit and I got to go to Florida for Spring Break last year AND my parents surprised me and took me to the beach and I got to see the ocean for the first time.

I had plenty of health problems (as I always have had since I was little) and I've also had some scares because of people I love who have been sick but lots of prayer and support and encouragement from all of my best friends in the world have really helped me through it all. Now that I'm almost at the end of the year, I'm realizing that the one thing that has gotten me through it all is the outpouring of love that I've been able to experience by the tons - both by giving it and even more in how I have been able to receive it.

I always give a free gift when you order from me (did you know that I loveLoveLOVE giving more than getting gifts?) and since this is December and the official end of my very treasured year, I wanted to give an extra special gift to you all. Ramsey Rae (see picture above) is holding an extra special ornament that you will get in your shipment of whatever you order from me. It's a key that is shaped like a heart to show you how LOVE really does help open you up to all sorts of things if you only let it. I'm still waiting for my own little Christmas tree to finally arrive (and it should be here any day now - woohoo!!!) but you could also put this little key ornament on a big tree too.

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