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The Pyles’ – adoption fundraiser!

My friends Jeff and Lauren over at A Piece of the Pyles are doing an adoption fundraiser raffle THIS WEEK! They have put together some awesome prize packs including all kinds of handmade gifts (yes, even some crochet baby converses from my Etsy shop). They have started the adoption process to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia and are raising money! You can read more about their adoption story here.

So here’s the deal – they are accepting donations for the raffle (only $10!!) through July 8th and will announce the winners on July 9th.

Ok, enough talking from me, head over to their blog to donate and enter the raffle!

roanoke, va

Two weekends ago I road tripped up to Roanoke, VA to visit my sister, Sarah, who is in grad school at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Lucky for her she gets to live in such a cute little valley town surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains while studying. We packed the weekend full of activities including: eating at cool places, visiting the farmer’s market, shopping at numerous antique stores, stopping by a mountaintop vineyard, going downtown, and hiking part of the A.T.

enjoying the drive, windows down!

sarah at the farmer’s market

black dog salvage – this place is AWESOME

antique car for sale

charlotte’s web – this is where i actually made some really good purchases – more on those later!

valhalla vineyard

downtown Roanoke at night

father’s day hike with Sarah and Dad to Dragon’s tooth

top of the dragon’s tooth!

enjoyed father’s day lunch at The Homeplace with this view

I had a great weekend visiting Sarah and hiking with Dad. I’ll share more later on my antique store finds and what I plan to use them for! Think doily coasters and vintage brewery crates. Oh yes!

social media

How has it already been over a month since my last post?! I’ve seriously been slacking on my presence in the blogosphere. Although I’ve been absent from STUDIO{1859} the blog for a while, I have been doing some work on STUDIO{1859} the shop. In an effort to get the name of my shop out there and to increase sales I created a twitter account, facebook page, and email address for my {hopefully} up and coming business! What better way to get my shop out there than by taking advantage of social media! You may have also noticed I added a Twitter and Facebook widget over on the right column of the blog page.

So, if you haven’t already checked out my Etsy shop, you should head on over there! I’m adding new stuff all the time, so be sure to check back often. And while you’re at it, go LIKE the shop on Facebook and FOLLOW along on Twitter!

STUDIO{1859} on Etsy

STUDIO{1859} on Facebook

STUDIO{1859} on Twitter

creator

I’d like to think of myself as a creator. A creator of jewelry, of crochet things, of works of art. I want my works of art to show my vison and reflect me and for myself to shine through them. Selfishly I want everyone to know that it was ME that made these things. I pour time, energy, and yes, sometimes even sweat and blood (what can I say, I’m accident prone) into my creations. When people see my works of art I want them to think of me. I want to show off my creations, to show people pictures, to talk about them and to bring others joy through them because I’m proud of them!

I had a realization this morning that this is exactly how God feels about us. He is our Creator and Creation exists to glorify its Creator. He knit each of us together in our mothers’ womb (Psalm 139:13). If you knit or crochet you know that this is a delicate, time-consuming task. When I’m crocheting something, my fingers touch literally every inch of that yarn. When God created us, His hands touched every inch of us. Not one part of us was an accident or happened at random; we are just as He planned. God wants Himself to shine through us and for people to think of HIM when they look at us and for everyone to know that it was HIM that created us. As God’s people, we should bring joy to others because of Him. We are His creation and our lives should shout out about our Creator!

Last year I got a tattoo inspired by 1 Corinthians 10:31 “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Written across my foot it says “for His glory.” It is a daily reminder that my ultimate goal in life is to glorify God in all that I do. Of course I am far from perfect and I fail daily but I am saved by God’s amazing grace. If I can be proud of my simple creations and love them and find joy in them, how much more can God be proud of us and love us and rejoice in us when we bring Him glory! Creation exists to glorify the Creator. WE exist to glorify GOD!

etsy shop updates!

I’ve been working on making my etsy shop have a more cohesive look with item photos matching the banner and what not. Due to Daylight Savings I now actually have time to do stuff outside in the evenings and have finally began updating the photos on my listings. I also designed a new banner and added some new items… check it out!

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winterplace

Today I realized its getting towards the end of February and I haven’t posted anything in almost a month! This past weekend David and I made a trip to Winterplace, WV for a day of snowboarding. We both share a love of snowboarding and have been anxiously awaiting our first trip together since Day 1 of our relationship! We may have taken a little detour on the way to WV due to good conversation while not paying attention to signs. But I reminded David of my motto – if everything went just as planned then we wouldn’t have any good stories to tell.

For example, we would have missed out on seeing this beautiful view.

Even though there hasn’t been much snow this season there was still plenty on the slopes for us to have an awesome time together and even practice some tricks on the terrain park. Only 15 more days until the annual family trip to Snowshoe!!! And the best thing ever – having a great boyfriend who loves snowboarding as much as I do to bring with me on the family ski trip! :)

Oh, and I made this during our road trip. Now available in my Etsy shop.

a crochet baby blanket

I thought I had posted this months ago but for some reason I didn’t, so here’s a crochet project I worked on last year! After showing off the NC State baby blanket and crochet cardigan I made for Clara, one of my coworkers commissioned me to make a blanket for his daughter with the color scheme I used for Clara’s sweater. The final size of this one was about 36in x 36in and features a cute girly ruffle for the edging. Still loving this one!

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