I thought I’d share some of my reads lately in case you need some inspiration! If you’ve read something awesome lately, please leave it in the comments…I’m in the mood for a good book!

Michael Wardrip A while back, Disney (aka Ruffles and Stuff, you know her right?? Everyone does!!) shared about her photographer father, Michael Wardrip, and some ebooks that he put out. I checked them out and WOW – to have that skill as a photographer. His use of color and showing the motion of the water is inspiring. You need to check it out. The beauty is mind-blowing!

My daily devotional via She Reads Truth – such a great way to start my day! And the ESV Study Bible for further deep study.

Organic Gardening for Dummies – because let’s face it, I really am a gardening dummy but strive to be a master gardener someday. Someday. Also, Year-Round Vegetable Gardener for future gardens when I want to extend the growing season.

I really am looking for a good fiction book – any suggestions out there?

IMG_8044 I’m super excited to share a new product called Edible Encouragement with you today. It was co-designed by our best friend and is a wonderful way to bring Scripture reading at mealtimes back as a family.

IMG_8047 From their website: This full color, “retro” menu was designed to bring daily encouragement from the Bible (1984 NIV) to your life in a fun-filled family way. Our goal is to bring families back together with scripture in the middle and Jesus Christ at the forefront. It is printed on PVC and is 100% waterproof, spillproof, and foodproof.

IMG_8048 The “menu” of Scripture is a tri-fold and like they said, it’s waterproof and spillproof. The quality is immaculate and the design has a fun retro feel. It’s full of Scriptures to read with your family at mealtimes. The Scripture is written out as well as the reference so you know where to find it in the Bible.

IMG_8050 IMG_8053 Big Mouth Productions is the company that produces the menus and they have other products as well. They’re working to distribute the Edible Encouragement menus into bookstores and already have placed some! I’m so proud of Jason and the work he’s done on this project. If you can’t find them in a bookstore near you, you can purchase via the links below for just $7.99.

Big Mouth Productions (btw, those are our besties on the homepage!!) | purchase here

Today I’m excited to tell you a little bit about a new company out there – South Hill Designs. South Hill Designs is all about combining beautifully crafted lockets, coins and charms that show what matters to you.

Your loved ones… Your causes… Your hobbies… Your faith…A new piece of jewelry is born. And it tells your story.

Annette is one of my March sponsors and she was so generous to send me a locket to share with you all (and she’s giving one away too!). For my locket, I chose the medium plain locket, airplane charm, palm tree, cross and crystal A.

IMG_8021bFirst let me say how impressed I am with this necklace and the quality. The locket itself is substantial without being cumbersome. It has a weight to it so that you can tell it’s of good quality. It’s held closed with strong magnets and mine looks like it would hold 1-2 additional charms. The charms are also of wonderful quality. I was unsure from the website how they’d look (truth be told) – especially the enamel airplane – but they are all so adorable. There is not one that I’m unhappy with – I love every single one and am proud to wear this to celebrate my faith, my husband and our love of travel. All that’s left is to add some crystals to celebrate the children.

IMG_8026bI love the fact that the chain has an extender, so I can adjust it according to what neckline I’m wearing.

IMG_8041In Anette’s words…

South Hill Designs is a brand new company that officially launched only a few weeks ago! There are a few other similar companies but I love South Hill Designs because of the difference in the product. Our lockets open at a 90 degree angle which makes it easier to work with when putting your locket together. When you order from my website and have it shipped to you, you will have the fun of getting your order in pieces and you get to assemble however you like! Most people like the charms to move freely inside but for those who like them in a certain place I suggest the microdots glue dots from the craft store. All our crystals are Swarovski!

southhilldesignsWant to win your very own limited edition South Hill Design? Annette’s generously giving away one small pink crystal locket, three pink crystals and the letter of your choice. These are limited and they’ve already sold out half of their stock – if you want one, be sure to contact Annette SOON! I’ll choose a winner on Friday, 3/15/13. Be sure to follow Annette on her blog for more inspiration as well!

 

 

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Friends, sit down with me for a minute. I’d like to introduce you to someone special to me. This is Stephanie.

Isn’t she gorgeous? She’s super nice too. Stephanie and I met a few years ago at Freshman Orientation at a local High School. We were both selling our wares to the incoming students and we got to chatting when we weren’t selling. I have to tell you, Stephanie is as kind and energetic as they get! The is SOOOO passionate about her business and I’m super excited about the launch of her online shop:

This has been her labor of love for quite a while now. I’m so excited that people outside of Indiana are able to see her products and buy them online. Enough from me, let’s hear from Stephanie! I’ve asked her a few questions so that you all can get to know her better.

Tell us a little bit about you and your family: My husband and two kids were really excited when my website launched. I think my daughter told some of the kids on the bus, “My mom has her own website!” She was so proud. My entire family, including my sister and parents have played a big role in this. From “talking out” the details of running my own business to helping with the kids after work, to physically helping me edit my website, I would not have been able to do this without the support and encouragement of my family. They mean so much to me!
Tell us a little bit about your business; how you got started and what it’s all about: I have been making things since I was little. I got caught up in the Friendship Bracelet craze back in the 80′s and made bracelets non-stop after school and at summer camp. For the last 10 years or so, I would make jewelry for family and friends as gifts, experimenting with what I saw in magazines, books, or online. I bought a cool magnet set made of Scrabble tiles about three years back and looked up how to make them. I learned how to make the pendants and started making them for my daughter, my nieces, friends daughters, and so on. People wanted to know where they could get one, so I would buy more supplies and make more. I started going to Art shows and Holiday shows and people really liked my designs. There were others that had similar products, but I kept getting such positive feedback on my designs and my displays. I kept hearing, “where can I find you online?” I knew if I were to continue, I needed a website.

In 2011, I went for it…came up with a name I loved, filed to become a business, and designed a website. I was very picky about this process, but I found a designer who executed my vision for a fun, artsy, and visually appealing website. Low and behold, the site launched in 2012. Singing Bird Studios offers fun and funky jewelry for girls of all ages. I have fun pendants for your daughter or niece, and I have simple and classic pendants for your Grandmother or co-worker. I make all of the jewelry you see in my shop and work hard to find or create designs that are different and unique.  

  

What is your favorite product in your shop? I have a category on my site called, “Just Say It,” and these are pendants that say something. It could be something inspirational (Live with Purpose), Motivational (Begin Today), Sassy (Really?), describes who you are feeling that day (Risk Taker) or just fun (Coffee, please!). I love to express myself with what I wear, how I do my hair, and how I accent my outfit. What better way to make a statement than to…well, say it! These are by far, my favorite pendants in the shop!

  

What is your best seller? Custom orders. Over the past few years, making my rounds at Craft Fairs, School Bazaars and Holiday Shows, I noticed something. I may not have sold a lot of what I brought, but I took a lot of custom orders. I would hear, “My daughter loves frogs, could you make a frog with her name on it?” or, “My best friend is getting married, could you do pendants for the Bachelorette party with each girls name in their favorite color?” I like going to those shows because I get to meet and get to know great people. I can find out what they are looking for or who they are buying for. I also work with schools and Clubs in the area to create fun and unique personalized spirit wear. This is a great way to give parents, students and supporters an affordable piece of custom spirit wear. Custom orders are handled via email now, and hope to have the capability to take custom orders on my site this May! 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Over the next 5 years, I want Singing Bird Studios to be known as one of the coolest sites to get unique and custom gifts. I would like to be the “go to” for schools, clubs, and awareness groups for affordable, custom spirit wear. In 5 years, Singing Bird Studios will have an expanded product line, carrying more handmade goodies from me as well as local artists.

{{Amy again!!}} I have to tell you, I’ve seen Singing Bird Studios products in person and they are amazing quality. I even have a few pendants that I’ve worn (both metal and the wood pendants). The quality is outstanding, colors vibrant and packaging adorable. Please check out her shop and also say “hi” via Facebook – tell her I sent you!