Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SOULcation part 3...Stalking Waco and meeting TARA!

Yep... still talking about Texas:)  So we were just sitting at our vacay home watching a movie when I get a Direct Message on Instagram.  Now normally if I don't know you I don't open those...cause you just don't know what you'll get, but I had just started following Val because my friend Dee raved and raved about her hand painted frames.  Anyway Val wanted to know if we would like to come to Waco for the day and get a little tour of the town.  SAY WHAT!!!  Code for STALK anything remotely related to FIXER UPPER!  You know that show right?  With the cutest couple ever...Chip and Joanna Gaines??!!  If you don't, climb out from under that rock and demand every back episode you can find.  They have made HGTV something not to miss!

I know it's a little cray to meet strangers at a coffee shop in some town you've never been to, but I'm kind of a pro at this sort of thing and I just had a feeling meeting Val and her sister Vanessa was going to be a good thing.  And boy was I right!  They were beyond sweet.  Like I wanted to put them both in my pocket and take them back home with me to Virginia.

They loaded us in their car and took us shopping, out to lunch at Vitex Barbecue, gave us a tour ALL over town.  We met Clint, the wood maker, from the show.  We saw his house next to his shop that was on season one.  We went to Joanna's shop, The Magnolia Market, and the Silo project they are working on.  They even drove us by Chip and Joanna's house!  Now that's stalking on a whole new level!!

We had a ball and left feeling blessed to our toes.  What amazes me and still does after years of blogging and Instagram is the immediate connection you can have with complete strangers.  I had no idea who Val and Vanessa were.  I didn't follow them on IG or know them at all and yet we bonded. There really are no strangers anymore.  The world over you can travel and because of social media we can all be friends!  Just love it!!!

Sweet Lydia:)
Jackie and Tara

Speaking of friends...  On our way home we HAD TO make a pit stop.  Many moons ago when I first started blogging I became friends with Tara Lowry.  Her and her cutie husband own and operate the sign shop Between You and Me.  Their signs are on Joanna Gaines site and in her shop!  I know such a small world.  They graciously made our family dinner and I got to meet another IG friend Jackie Kirsche!  I'm telling you people.  This trip... this SOULcation fed us on so many levels. It's people who make life interesting.  It's people and stories and the sharing of your S.O.U.L., your dreams...where God has taken you and where He's leading you. That's what it's all about.  I'm still there:)

Be a blessing.


 finally got my Austin light hung.  thank you Patrick!
 hot yoga and one on one time with my big chick this week!
 gorgeous weather, coffee and JESUS!
national donut day...carrie and karen:)
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

SOULcation part 2... Still dreamin' of Texas

There really are no words...  Even weeks later I still think about Texas everyday;) 


Be a blessing.

junk for miles
an ocean of blue flowered fields
homeslice pizza
tree swings
dirt roads that lead to nowhere and everywhere...
cows, critters and rusty goodness
sweet sweet people
memories curled up on the couch with my precious peeps
Gods graciousness for a trip covered in favor
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Helloooooo we're BACK!!!! Summer cuff OPEN May 18th-22nd:)

Hi friends MAY IS HERE!!!  MAY IS HERE!!!  We've had a LONG break and are so ready to start making cuffs again for you.  The Etsy shop is open Monday the 18th (8 am EST) through Friday, May 22 (5pm EST).  So think graduation gifts, Father's day, summer birthdays and anniversaries...WEDDINGS!  Our next open will be in September so don't wait.

One reason we've been had such a big gap between openings is this little blessing.  My girl Friday Tamara had her a baby girl in March.  We are so beyond thrilled for them.  She truly is a miracle in every way.  So this week Tamara is back and so is baby girl!  Hope she remembers hammering as a beautiful sound she heard in her momma's womb:)  It's going to be a fun few weeks!

So just in case you think your man couldn't/wouldn't rock a cuff.  Look how awesome Tamara's honey looks sporting one.  We have a huge selection of manly leather and a man sized template in case you don't know your man's wrist size.  A scripture verse, mission statement, college slogan, wedding vows, nickname etc...are great ideas for words.  Or TAKE OUT THE TRASH if you want to be funny and get your point across ha!;)  

I'm super excited to share some fun new inserts and business cards I've been wanting to get done forever.  One of my favorite people here in Richmond just happens to be a graphic designer and she took me by the hand and helped me create exactly what I was wanting.

I think having your own business is so challenging, especially if you're not techy;)  And one of the biggest hurtles is branding.  Which is absolutely essential in selling yourself and making your product stand apart.  Jill made the process easy peasy.  She walked me through every painstakingly detailed step and never made me feel bad for being knitpicky.  Which is the most frustrating part for any creative like myself.  Thank you sweet Jill!  If you are in need of logo and brand design click here to contact her.  You won't be sorry.  Pinky swear!!!


We have a lot of AMAZING promoters this month!!!  
Thank you friends for spreading the word!  Go check out these lovely ladies to find coupon codes OR  go to "sign up" at the top of the page to get on our newsletter mailing list.  A few days before each open we send one out with a coupon code and news about what's going on in the FGP shop:)

Sara Parsons @saraparsons
Lindsay Wilkins @lindsay_hellohue
Taunya Olsen @ runnersgonnarun
Terri Woods @woodsermom
Natalie Freeman @nataliecreates
Jill Burrows @solovedphotography
Lori Boutelle @boutellefamilyblog

Thank you again for making this cuff thing possible.  
We look forward to creating something meaningful and one of a kind just for you!

Be a blessing.

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