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Friday, August 3, 2012

The GiveAway Winner Is *drum roll*

Kris Boisen


Kris, congratulations you win your choice of the three bags shown for the giveaway on Sheila Atchley's Blog
To claim your prize please email me privately at:
hnmcconnell5812@gmail.com

With:
1. Your bag choice
and
2. Your home address
and we will get it to you promptly!

To Everyone Else who didn't win this giveaway if you're interested in receiving a coupon for participating good towards anything in my shop, you can also email me privately and I will get that to you!


A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! We had 95 entries total!!




Last but not least, please indulge me for a moment and celebrate with me! Yesterday at 6:02pm I became and Auntie for the first time!!! Aidyn Esther Howe was born yesterday and has made me the happiest auntie ever! I love you my little niece!!! PS. Remember, I'm your favorite!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Featured Item and Giveaway

Hello Friends and good morning to you!


I wanted to remind you firstly of the giveaway hosted by
 Sheila Atchley Designs that we have going on. If you enter you have a strong chance of winning one of 3* bag designs shown there by *mwah*


Today I just wanted to feature one of my bags that I made... I've named her affectionately 
Serena.
She is by far my most expensive bag as she was made from more expensive materials and is in fact more than just a bag, she is a DSLR camera bag!


Meet Serena



I am working on creating a pattern that can be made to-scale that I will sell at some point for those who wish to design/create their own vision for their perfect camera bag. However, my pattern is still a little way off (a new venture with many learning curves).


This one is made from yellow-gold (a color I've learned is supposed to be very popular this Fall) linen-like fabric fused with the thickest pellum and the interior is 100% cotton also fused with the thickest pellum. It has two exterior pockets and a key ring; three interior lens pockets 1 full manual or misc. pocket and the interior is completely padded on the bottom and sides. The bottom with a cardboard and 1/2" foam insert to protect the camera and lenses.


If you're interested in purchasing her please checkout my shop!



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Friday, July 27, 2012

Check Out the Shop

Hello All,


While you're nervously awaiting Friday to find out if you're the big winner of one of the 3* available purses from my mother's give away at: Sheila Atchley Designs
please feel free to browse what is now available in my shop!


There are a few styles available even now should you fall in love...


Also, be sure an enter the give away if you haven't already!


Thank you!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm Doing a GiveAway

Hello Dear Friends,

Today I'm am participating in a give-away hosted by my mother via her blog: www.sheilaatchleydesign.com
please stop by today and join in on the fun and hopefully *win* the give-away purse!
I am personally very excited about doing this give-away and partnering with my mother as it has pushed me towards getting out my sewing machine and grinding my designer gears once again!

The purse you see for this occasion was specially designed by me for this giveaway as my mother will not settle for anything less than the best when she's hosting :)

So please, stop by, participate... and check in on my mother's shop while you're at it!

Thank you :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello All,

It's been a while I know... BUT, I'm back and sending you to my mother's blog:
Sheila Atchley Designs
For you to enter a giveaway for Send Out Cards.
Also, please check out my dear friend Maria Kear's website here with some information on a 30 Day Challenge she has been doing herself and is teaching!
30 Day Gratitude Challenge


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Another Finished Project

I am particularly proud of this project because I created the pattern itself.
This is an oversized bib for a toddler girl that is as cute as a button (if I may say so myself) and I... me, myself, and I.... made it all from my own pattern and everything!!!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Newest Project


Meet my newest completed project. I have to admit that I am crazy proud of this one.
I had made another for my sister (which I'll show below) and my niece-on-the-way Aidyn Howe and decided
it turned out cute enough to warrant another to sell in my online shop!


This photo is a little over saturated due to the lack of lighting however, you can see the owl sitting on the little blanket that I made for Miss Aidyn.

So, all of that said out of my deep love for this unborn baby Aidyn sprang the owl you now see in my shop.




I love the little "Cherish" pillow you see to the right of the owl.... I do hope it is an item that someone will cherish once it is purchased! For that matter, I hope Miss Aidyn will cherish her little owl/blanket set from her Auntie! Please check out my shop if you like this owl!

PS. A LionsBrand pattern was used to make this owl

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thoughts....



The above were photos taken when my little Timothy was only 1 month old.  Time flies so quickly. All of the little moments either taken for granted or that you found yourself emotionally spent on... they become in hindsight, so precious, so missed,... so longed for.
I am thankful for all of my mother's counsel, to treasure every moment through my son's growth because someday, even the most difficult moments will become the exact moments you wish so badly you could have back. However, if I make the most of each and every precious moment. I will look back with no regrets.



 You see, there's a trick to life. The facts are... life never really is going to get easier. There will always be an aspect to it that will be more difficult from one year to the next.  While one area of your life may improve or become easier, another will inevitably become difficult. Why? Seasons my friends... life is full of seasons.




"You said there was a trick?" I hear you asking... yes, and it's rather simple and yet one of the most difficult things in the world at the same time. The trick is to find yourself THANKFUL in every season  you find yourself in. Yes, thankful in EVERY season you find yourself in.







The truth is... Thankfulness is like a medicine. It will get you through the hard times and give you wings to fly in the good times. If we were to be honest with ourselves many of us would be able to look outside ourselves in the hard times long enough to find that someone else really does have it worse off than we do.




I've heard people complaining about their living situations,... But, they have a roof over their head. I've heard complaining about baby's sleepless nights (Granted I did the same on both counts. Not judging... Just saying) when they're baby is alive, well, healthy... breathing!








As we grow older... I believe the key to aging gracefully can only be found in thankfulness. After all, don't we have much to be thankful for? Not only do we have the gift of God's extravagant, unfailing, unchanging grace... But, He's also given us families, friends, life, love, breath, Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer... so many, many things.








If only we could all learn to stop sweating the small stuff (which in the scope of things... most of what we encounter could be considered the 'small stuff'). If we could save our striving, worrying, stressing, etc... for the big things in life because, there will be a few. Then, when we encounter the big stuff... maybe, just maybe we'll find ourselves so deep in thankfulness and walking in grace that in the moment that big thing arrives... we'll find ourselves at peace yet still. Solid, steady in Christ.




Maybe then, our children will learn to do the same and the pettiness that we take for granted will be seen in children will be lessened and in it's place we'll see children that are contented with what they have and where they are in life.




Dear friends... I exhort you today to dig deep, pray, weep, do whatever it is you need to do to find yourself grateful in whatever circumstances you find yourself in. Look outside yourself if need be to others less fortunate then you. Those who've lost loved ones, homes, lives, limbs, you name it... think of them and find yourself moved on their behalf to pray for God's blessing to pour upon their lives.




Maybe if you find yourself blessed in an area that puts you in the position to bless others.. Please, find yourself pouring out towards others consistently. Find yourselves sharing what God has so generously given to you to those around you. Be a blessing as you have been highly blessed.



Generosity isn't just monetary... if you have a talent, teach. If you have a gift, give. If you have an extra room in your home, share it. If you're healthy, help the sick... so on and so forth.










In this new year 2012 let us find ourselves making the effort to find ourselves a thankful people.
As I look back at 2011... it wasn't an easy year by any means. I could find myself ungrateful for some
less-than-ideal circumstances,... But rather, what I see is a good year. A year filled with blessings, good things, great things even!
Thank you Lord for this Your year of blessings and for my little boy who's healthy and now over a year old.