Tuesday, December 31, 2013

mantra for the new year ~ copper cuff giveaway!

~copper cuff mantra bracelet giveaway~
happy new year!!!


i just LOVE giveaways!!  this one is just in time for the new year!  YOU COULD WIN a hand stamped copper cuff bracelet with any mantra or word you choose to keep near and dear to your heart this year.  what would you have on your very own copper cuff bracelet that you could wear everyday as a reminder with your favorite mantra or word for the new year?  "breathe" …."to thine own self be true"….."stay in the moment"….
"my heart has wings"……the skies the limit :) you choose~ what best suits your needs at the moment.
i wear mine everyday of the year….and i love it. mine says, "wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving"……join in the fun ….YOU could be the winner!






HOW TO WIN!
all you have to do is link this blog post to your blog, instagram, twitter, or Facebook. oh, and pinterest!
give me a shout out for the giveaway and you're in!
leave a comment on my blog and let me know where you linked…..
for each spot that you link this blogpost you will be entered into the drawing!!
link it to all five and your name goes in five times.
that's it…..easy peasy :)

(*NOTE:  A FEW FOLKS HAVE EMAILED ME SAYING THEY CANT GET THEIR COMMENT TO POST.  IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE POSTING A COMMENT AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE, JUST EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU HAVE LINKED THIS BLOG POST!)  kim@bigstronggirldesigns.com

once i draw the name of the winner, i will post on my blog and get the details from you, make your beautiful mantra cuff, then ship it to you .  this is my way of saying HAPPY NEW YEAR……make it a great one, do what your heart needs you to do to be happy. you deserve it~
drawing will be held on January 20, 2014.
this is the first day of MISTY MAWN'S online art class, so it will be a great day!! 
(i love her)…..

check out the new items in my etsy shop.
i have put together some great art journaling/ collage kits!  these are all hand picked by me, using some of my favorite pieces of vintage dictionary pages, sheet music, stamps , hand made books made by me, and much much more.  check it out HERE!! and here….and here…..
start your new year with ART~
everything in my shop is 15% off for the month of january for blog readers!!!
 (code is NEWYEARGIFT)  now's the time to buy something fun for yourself or for a friend~~~~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!
~be true to yourself~ you are enough~ your are brave~ you are YOU~

photo by lacie beller




Monday, December 16, 2013

to thine own self be true…(and truthful)

~TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE~

"i learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
the brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
nelson mandela
july 18, 1918- december 5, 2013

morning sketch…remembering nelson mandela.




new jewels in my etsy shop


wind and sea….eclectic mix of all of my favorite stones and chain


for all of the many brave hearts out there in this world


"by the sea" rolled with found sea oat


"wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving"
kahlil gilbran


for all the lovely beekeepers out there :)



alis volat propriis
(she flies with her own wings)

sometimes i feel like not matter where i am in my journey, something can creep in or trigger a negative thought or emotion.  i can rant about the very thing that is bothering me about something or someone and do the exact thing that is bothering me!  i don't like to hear negative stuff….(who does??)
i choose to be a little dreamer and surround myself with people and things that make me happy, fill me up.  i work hard to do things that will bring joy to someone else and to myself, to share what i have…what i know.  the best gift we can give someone…stay positive even when they are negative…..don't start up the banter with a disgruntled friend.  seek truth and know truth. know your boundaries and know what to do to stay grounded.  recognize a trigger as soon as you can and move on. be true to yourself….for real. basically this quote says it all….

xo
my absolute new favorite quote and mantra by christian larson…..

“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”


hand painted cards made for swirlygirls dream foundation project….



wishing you a peaceful , merry and bright season filled with love, joy,
and all things beautiful. 


xo



this sky

this sky where we live
is no place to lose your wings
so love, love
love

hafiz

Monday, December 9, 2013

full circle with misty mawn




this amazing friend and artist is offering yet another online workshop. when?
it starts january 20th, 2014.  the absolutely perfect way to start your new year.  (work at your own pace, it's up until 2015!!!) i haven't missed one yet and am continuously inspired and in awe of her instruction, talent and art.  not only does she share her art with you, but she weaves music, recipes, photos and so much more into her online classes.  she is beautiful, she is shy, she is bold, she is talented, she is misty.

misty mawn.




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

dreamer with wings




finding wings…..



dream….find love wherever you go….create your own joy….be yourself….
trust your intuition…..seek abundance…..be compassion….see the beauty in yourself
find your wings
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"wherever we are, it took some time getting here".
i was talking to a friend this morning about what "normal" is?!
in todays world, i'm not sure that there is a true definition of normal…nor am i quite 
sure that there ever was.  everyone i know, EVERYONE…..has had some sort of trouble, 
sadness, anger, hard times, resentments….the list goes on and on.
even the people i thought were "normal," i later learned were not.
(really, whatever normal means…) we all have our stuff….
what i love about my "normal" is that there's nothing normal about it.  i've learned that all  (I) can do is what feels good to me, is good for (MY) family, do what i believe is best for (MY) children and not worry so much about what anyone or everyone else is doing.  i choose to be a dreamer….to live in my little world of art and homeschooling and traveling to wherever we can and want to go…i watch my girls in their own uniqueness and i love it.  not always what (I) would do, or how (I) would dress, etc…blah blah blah, but they are exactly where I want them to be….(their own peeps)
what's my point here?  do what makes YOU happy~dont listen to negative people…turn it around when someone is talking crap.  say something positive instead of going along …...
YOU are who matters most.  if YOU are happy (or even just content) then everyone around you will probably be happy too. (except for people who no matter what just can't muster happiness)….and for them, we pray.  pray to whoever or whatever you pray to.  for peace, happiness and joy for all.  so when anyone you know is being a downer, or seemingly trying to pull you down….pick yourself up, put on your smiliest face and wish them well.  think good thoughts for them….it works, i swear :)
and when things or people get you down, move on back to a place of joy as quickly as you can.


here's a little video that makes me smile :)


and here is some new work.
inspired after nina left, i continued to make and create more jewels.
she left a mark and i am grateful to her for being here!






i'm always looking at quotes for jewelry and this one really resonated with me.
i love the bird, and i love the quote.  this is from a little book of love notes that i bought when we were in blowing rock.



inspired by this post  after reading suzanne's blog i jumped in
and made a few post cards for the dream foundation.
what a great thing to do this season (or anytime) :)
YOU ARE………
beautiful
kind
loving
amazing
joy
abundance
significant
sparkling
enough
………………………………………..





in memory of ellie
OH, the saddest thing last week…..
my sweet golden didn't come out one morning and later that day we
found that she had a large tumor that had ruptured and that was the end of her.
it was so sudden, so sad and we miss her terribly.
she was our sweetest…happiest….most awesome doggie.
she was best friends with rio (the cat)….and my girls just loved her up.
she was ellie belly smelly…..sweet ellie….ellie beller…
the best golden.
missing her terribly~
xxo