Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Photofy's 'Thankful For...' contest

Working on some new designs for Photofy's 'Thankful for...' contest just in time for Thanksgiving next week. (still can't believe its next week BTW!)

Download the app and use one of the 'Thankful For..' designs on one of your photos to enter. Contest runs until December 1st. I know you will all go straight to my designs because you are all so loyal and love me so much. ;) Have fun with it!

BTW...What are YOU thankful for?

xx Liz

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My new home on the web - FINALLY!

Hey guys! I know, I know..it's been AGES since I have blogged. I am finding it hard to get motivated lately with just 9 weeks left of my pregnancy and having 1-4 children in my home after school during the week. The days are flying by and I seem to spend most of my time doing chores or eating or napping because I'm tired from all the chores and eating. LOL. You moms know how it is. ;)

I have some GREAT news to share with you all! I have a new home on the web! After several years of having my domain parked I FINALLY got around to getting my website up. YAY me! I give myself two snaps up in Z formation for that one, considering I don't have much time to be creative at all lately. I was determined, I tell you and determination and intention can move mountains! Let that be a lesson to you all. No more excuses! You have a goal? Take the steps (even if they are baby ones) and you WILL reach it and when you do - man, oh man…does it feel GOOD.

I used Squarespace to design the site and just transferred my domain over from Google. MAN - was THAT a pain in the butt! I literally had to go through hoops to even get access to my domain because it had been so long. Google does not make it easy to trouble shoot. But, thankfully, I found the answers I sought via Google product forums. I don't ever want to do that again.

Here's a screenshot:

How do you like me now?? For now I have the blog link directed to here and my shop link directed to Etsy but I was thinking about having a separate blog on the website that is strictly business with recent project news and changing things up a bit here. This way my more personal inspirational posts that seem to get a lot of hits and comments have a place and my clients don't have to sift through that to get work posts. What do my readers think about that? That would change this blog to more of a lifestyle, personal blog. I need a place to vent but don't want to mix business with my personal life. Makes sense, no? What do my readers think? I would love to get your feedback on this. YOU have to read this after all. From what I gather my readers prefer my more personal posts. You guys like to see what I'm up to but you respond more to posts like this one. This is going to take some thought and planning. In the meantime I would appreciate your feedback in comments.

Come see my site in action (and bookmark it) before you comment and let me know what you think!

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Things aren't always what they may seem

People are under the impression based on my posts and my art and writing that I am always the pillar of strength. I'm not. That my life is perfect. It's not. That I get so much done. I don't. For two days I have been battling darkness and have been consumed by the same sadness and negativity that consumes us all once in a while; some more than others. The same voices in my head that we all hear once in a while (or a little too often for some) that try to tell you that you are no good. Not lovable. That the people that love you don't really love you. That you are not worthy. That you are nothing. I equate these voices with the enemy and the Agony Christ endured in the Garden of Gethsemane. That moment we see His humanity. Where even He doubts His ability and asks God to take away the task He knows is before Him. To save Him from it. Even Jesus, our Lord and Savior, had His moments of doubt and weakness.  This gives me comfort. If the person I pray to, that moves mountains in my life, that has redeemed me from sin and promised me eternal life, that DIED for ME and MY SINS can have His moments then why cant I? This is what makes me HUMAN, after all. This is the whole point of life as we know it. Fighting daily spiritual battles. Dealing with the enemy in our head that tries to rip our spirits to shreds. 

Yes...even people like me that seem so strong, that seem so positive, that pray and have a strong spiritual core can have these moments of weakness. Moments that make us fall to our knees in agony the way Christ did in the Garden. Begging for our sanity back...begging the voices to leave us alone. We do things in these dark moments that we sometimes regret for life. It is in these dark moments that God asks us to seek Him, to call out His name and ask for His deliverance. It took me 48 hours of sheer madness in my head and spirit to call out His name, believe it or not. I was so consumed, so lost in the darkness that I believed the evil one. I became angry and vengeful and spiteful and my thoughts turned to hurting those that had hurt me. Mind you...this 'hurt' was a perceived hurt. It was not fact. This is the damage that listening to those voices in your head can do. You can't see the wood for the trees...you become so lost and confused you literally begin to believe the lies and take them for fact. The evil one plays on your weaknesses. If you have self esteem issues He will tell you that you aren't good enough, if you have self love issues he will tell you you aren't lovable....and so on and so forth...until you are caught in his web of lies and you can't free yourself. The more you try to wriggle free, the more entangled you become, the dimmer your light gets. THIS is what he WANTS. He wants to erode your faith and your trust in the Lord. He wants you to fall down on your knees, not in prayer, but in agony and depression. He wants to debilitate you to the point that you say and do things out of character because of how he makes you feel and ruin your prospects of finding and keeping love, a job, your happiness and your inner peace.

Ever had a moment like this? Sound familiar? This happens to ALL of us. We just don't talk about it. Or we go about our day carrying hate, resentment, depression, and bitterness from those dark moments. And this is how he wins. Because most people don't know how easy it is to break free of it. To free themselves from that tangled web of negativity. I freed myself at about 2am. I got down on my knees, tears streaming down my face, and called out to the Lord (out loud) and begged Him to help me. I begged Him to stop the voices, to shield me, to protect me. I begged Him to give me His Grace and Love and Peace to replace the black hole that had taken over my soul. And it worked. It took a LOT of deep breaths and A LOT of tears. I woke up this morning after a fitful night of sleep (or no sleep at all) but I felt that the battle had been won. I felt lighter. Left behind was a tinge of sadness and residual self pity...but I continued in the morning to send up silent prayers for healing and protection. Amazing how I forget to do this more often. And even more amazing is how God listens and comes through for me EVERY. TIME. No questions asked. There is no "Where have YOU been the last few weeks?", "Why haven't I seen you in Church?", or "You only call on me when you need me". Those are human reactions, wouldn't you say? God is Divine and He loves all His children unconditionally. That is the beauty of it all. He holds no resentment or anger. Like a good parent He is there to catch us when we fall. Every time. No questions asked. All He wants...all He EVER wants is to love us and to hear us call out for Him.

As a parent I can relate. My kids aren't perfect. They make mistakes. They get on my nerves. Heck...they really drive me to drink sometimes. But my love never fades. I will never turn my back on them. No matter what they have done. I CAN'T. I LOVE them TOO MUCH. When they hurt, I hurt. Isn't it a joy to know we have a Father in Heaven that loves us this way? It's not an excuse to misbehave, of course. But it's nice to know He is always there for us, no matter what we do or say. It's nice to know I have a Father with powers to perform miracles. To shield me from all harm. All I have to do is believe and pray.

I'd like to personally thank my God , mi Diosito lindo, my protector and Savior for delivering me from the clutches of darkness last night. I feel more and more like myself as the day rolls on. How will I get through it? I will keep praying. I will keep talking to Him. I will begin my day, everyday, by putting on the armor of His Word. The best offense is the best defense, after all...is it not? Or is it the other way around? I'm not much of a sport fanatic, can you tell? ;)

To all of you who took the time to read this. Thank you. To all of you that know EXACTLY what I'm talking about, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. It is not your imagination. You aren't going crazy. We fight spiritual battles EVERY DAY. We just aren't aware because we give them different names. Let my post serve as a reminder for you all to not forget to put on God's armor every morning. And when you get home safe and sound and you have had a good day don't forget to say THANK YOU. =)

Love Peace and Joy to you all.

P.S. To the person that I hurt with my actions and words I am heartfully sorry. I wasn't myself. I pray that you can forgive me and continue to love me as I love you: with all of my heart.


Friday, July 05, 2013

Just the Way You Are

 Went to see Bruno Mars Monday night and I can't get this song out of my head. He is such a great talent! Have you ever seen him live? What's your favorite music/lyrics at the moment?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Breaking the Silence

The last time I blogged was in January. JANUARY. It's the end of April now. Amazing what can happen in just four short months. SO much has happened. Personal and professional. Mainly personal. My husband and I have been separated since February. We have known each other for about 14 years, married for almost 9. It sounds sad and your instinct may be to say 'I'm so sorry' or something like that. Because divorce, even though it's so commonplace, is still seen as something to avoid like the plague. It's HARD, it's EXPENSIVE, and it's EMOTIONALLY DRAINING. But the one thing this ISN'T for me is SAD. It's been a LONG time coming, actually. You know that gut feeling that you get when you are about to do something you are going to regret? I had that feeling the night before I got married. But I ignored it. Nine years later, here I am. A single mom of THREE KIDS. Battling the idea of going back to work full time, giving up on my dreams so I can support myself and my family without anyone's help. You know what that means. Licensing will end up on the shelf, gathering dust because I will be a working mother and before you know it my evenings will end at 9pm because I am so exhausted from work and picking up kids and homework and dinner and laundry and doing it all on my own. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

I've worked REALLY HARD over the last 7 years to be where I am. I never gave up. Unfortunately what was missing was the love and support of my dreams from my significant other. THIS makes a WORLD of difference. Single ladies: take note! When you start to think he may be the one ask yourself this: Will he support my dreams no matter how crazy and far fetched they may be? Will he help me to achieve the impossible and make me feel I can do anything?? Will he love me no matter what comes? If you land on your face will he tell you to give up or will he pick you up, kiss you, tell you how amazing you are and push you to keep going??? If he would do all of those things he's a KEEPER. If not...trust me....better to let go. It may seem like a small thing now. But years down the road when you feel like you have given up everything you love to please him and to keep the peace you will regret it. You will be depressed and you will be left alone in your marriage. This should NEVER happen. Life is hard. Love should ENDURE the hardship. Love is, as Shakespeare so eloquently put it in Sonnet 116, "an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken."

If your marriage doesn't flow (and I'm not saying there won't be tough times), if it feels like you are constantly struggling and swimming upstream...LET GO. See what happens. It's SCARY. It was scary for me. Until I made up my mind to finally listen to my gut and be fearless. Until I FINALLY realized my self worth. Someone very special to me helped to open my eyes and heart and I am forever in his debt for this. For the first time in YEARS I feel as strong as people think I am. I AM strong. And I realize my strengths lie in overcoming and enduring hard ship and difficult situations. I can honestly say that I am HAPPY. Happier than I have been in MANY years. I feel FREE. I feel like myself again. And who else can you be but yourself?? 

So don't feel bad for me. Celebrate with me. I am free, I am following my heart and I am at peace. I have found my joy!! And like the image above states 'What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger'.

Thank you all for being patient and supportive and for not giving up on me.

Here's to a new beginning!! =)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I won! - Book Giveaway from 30s Magazine

Ok so this is a bit delayed. Ok a LOT delayed. I entered a book giveaway back in November of last year (sounds weird to say last year when we are in early January) at 30s Magazine blog and I won! Seriously, I have the worst luck when it comes to giveaways. Usually. But I REALLY wanted this book and I think that desire manifested into my winning the giveaway. Laugh if you want. I have the book, you don't. Or maybe you do, I don't know. If you do then you know how awesome it is. =) 

My point is I have been meaning to blog about this giveaway that the lovely Louise de Miranda of 30's Magazine hosted and when she let me know I was the winner on Twitter I was literally spilling over with joy and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this gem! I was not disappointed! Thank you again Louise! The book is titled Making an Impression and it is written by Geninne D. Ziatkis. Geninne is a seriously talented artist that creates her own rubber stamps and makes gorgeous stationery with them. The instructions are clear, the projects are fairly easy to handle and the photos are gorgeous. It's so easy to follow that I dove right in and tried my hand at carving a stamp which I haven't done since college, by the way. Long story short I created the cardinal sin of rubber stamp carving and forgot to flip my transfer so that my stamp would read right. #DUH. Lesson learned? Don't jump ahead without following all the steps! All in good time, grasshopper.

And no, I will not be embarrassing myself by blogging the photos of my big boo-boo, so don't ask!

Speaking of amazing and inspiring books, I recently acquired two new ones that I love! A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight and Desire to Inspire by Christine Mason Miller. The fabric design teaches you all about different repeats and different methods of designing for fabric. It is invaluable and filled with loads of examples by fabric designers. Desire to Inspire is just food for the soul. And delicious food. It is filled with projects by several artists and their bio's and samples of their work. The book focuses on art as a way of inspiring and healing. It is really beautiful and reminds me that my talent is not to be wasted but used for good.

So pick these up or check them out at the book store when you get a chance. Let me know what you think of them and if you have any book suggestions for me I would love to hear what they are in comments! =)

Friday, January 11, 2013

I'm Featured on Print and Pattern!

Head on over to Print and Pattern Blog today if you haven't already. Bowie was kind enough to feature my work on her lovely blog. Love the work of Jiah Harrison that is featured today as well. Gorgeous!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year!

 Happy 2013 everyone!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year surrounded by friends and loved ones. I had a WONDERFUL holiday! We drove down to Orlando, Florida for a week and spent five glorious days at Disney World! We went to visit family as well which we haven't seen in a while so all around it was the best Christmas and birthday ever.

I usually don't like my birthday because it falls on December 28th and I always feel I get lost between the holidays and my plans always go wrong. This year, my plans didn't go as I had wanted them to either, but I didn't care because I spent the evening of my birthday with my husband and kids at Magic Kingdom. Despite the rain, we had a great time. Disney World always makes me feel like a kid again. My kids love it too. It truly is the most magical place on earth! Have you ever been?
As for shop news, desktop calendars are 30% off this week! Check out my shop if you are in need of a pretty calendar to grace your desk or workspace. It is available with a case and without. The calendar measures 4 x 6 and features a brand new pattern for every month, specifically made for this calendar. When you are done with it you can recycle and re-use the patterns for something else. I have had customers use them in their Project Life layouts, for collage, decoupage, and I even used last year's left overs to make some pendants. I am also thinking about making magnets with them! Obviously, the re-use of the calendar should be for personal purposes only. But you knew that, right? My readers are all copyright savvy. =)

I leave you with some Disney pics I posted to Instagram while I was away. Storybook Circus is part of the New Fantasyland construction at Disney World. It has a wonderful vintage circus feel, obviously inspired by Dumbo - one of my favorite Disney films! The last photo is of the magical holiday fireworks display that occur every night. Words and photographs don't do it justice. It literally brought tears to my eyes!! You can see in the first photo that Cinderella's Castle is decked out in icicle lights for Christmas. I will have to do another post on Disney this week because I have SO MANY photographs and I have a wonderful story to share as well that will warm your heart.

Whilst you are waiting my post on Disney World why not follow me on Instagram? If you aren't on Instagram you can view my photos on Webstagram here.

Have an awesome day everyone!!