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Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Arts, Baby, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Creative, Etsy, Holiday Gift Ideas, painting, peg dolls, sweet whimsy designs, Toddlers, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

sweet whimsy designs’ Update!

sweet whimsy designs’ Update!

August is nearing a close and I have a great, big announcement…

…but that will have to wait ;).

First, I must give a big virtual hug to all of you amazing sweet whimsy designs’ supporters for allowing the shop to have it’s BEST MONTH EVER! August brought some wonderfully creative custom requests: superhero wedding cake toppers, custom castle blocks and colored knights, pirates and a spiffy new pirate ship, even a first birthday diapered baby cake topper! I would love for you to follow my Facebook page for all the latest posts including the “Paint Of The Day” photo which features a daily project for you to see. There’s lots more in store!

As always, thank you for allowing me to bring your ideas to fruition. It has been such a fun summer creating!

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Baby, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Creative, Economical Activities, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Handmade, Holiday Gift Ideas, Home Decor, Homemade, infant, newborn, painting, Party, peg dolls, Preschool, Save money, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Toddlers, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

sweet whimsy designs Feature On PS I Adore You TODAY!

sweet whimsy designs Feature On PS I Adore You TODAY!

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My shop, sweet whimsy designs, is having a sweet little feature on the pop-up shop PS I Adore You today! It will run for the next five days, so be sure to collect your set of Personalized Peg Dolls!

I’d like to thank Chelse at EIEIO Photography for her beautiful work capturing the fun and whimsy of these peg dolls. You can look forward to more swd photography from EIEIO to come!

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Children, Choices, Creative, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Inspirational Quotes, Life, Memories, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Motivational Quotes, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Quote Of The Day, Random Thought Of The Day, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Thought of The Day, Work From Home, Working Mom | 1 comment

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

I love life.

Yesterday at Rochester Brainery Bazaar, I found my second third fourth fifth? calling.

Craft shows.

I’ve always enjoyed attending shows but now I enjoy being an artisan at shows. I enjoy meeting other like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

Throughout my life, I have sought like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

In childhood, they became my dearest and oldest friends. In the teen years, they became my most fun, partying friends. In the college years, they became philosophical and thought-provoking friends.

Into adulthood, I have met friends that I wouldn’t have thought would be creative and interesting back in the younger days.

Motherhood brings new creativity and interest. I’ve made natural child-birthing friends, holistic friends, “crunchy” friends, and non-vaccinating friends. I’ve grown fond of lovely friends who, not in a million years, would have crossed paths in the decades before.

Now I enter new friendships. Homeschooling friends and craft show friends. T-Ball friends and neighborhood friends. Creators and artisans, movers and shakers.

I cherish these friends and look forward to the new relationships. Onward and upward!

Hold tight your relationships. Cherish your friends. It is interesting to look at your list of friends (be it a literal list, as on Facebook, or a cerebral list) and see the friends you’ve made over the years, how truly different they all are. It should be that way. That’s the good stuff.

I hope to pass these relationships to my own children, so they can grow and flourish holding the hands of not only us, as family, but their new friends.

The greatest gift is love.

It is only fitting that I end with one of my favorite quotes:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
-Nat King Cole

(*preferably sung Moulin Rouge-style.)

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Busy B Boutique, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, Friends, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Home Decor, Homemade, painting, Product Review, Reviews, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, Subway Art, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home, Working Mom | 4 comments

Subway Art Block – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Subway Art Block – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

It’s time to start this month off with a BANG! The Whimsical Sweet is pairing with some pretty neat local artisans/crafters to bring you a month of handmade goodness to include reviews and giveaways!

First up:

Busy B Boutique

I have some great friends.

Crafty friends. Smart friends.

It’s great when you get to meet someone who has the whole package, and my friend Bethany at Busy B Boutique has just that!

Busy B Boutique is a one-Mama show. Bethany runs her crafty business from home while she cares for her two little blonde beauties and supports her Army-strong hubby, all while they work and live life to the fullest. They’re busy, alright! Not quite sure how she finds the time to create everything she sells in her shop.

Busy B’s online boutique is eclectic and fun for everyone! She offers handmade items such as these whimsical mugs:

"Mustache Mugs"

Mustache Mugs

You’ll find some oh-so-hip stationery in the shop as well:

"Chevron Monogrammed Stationery"

Chevron Monogrammed Stationery

The shop really took off when she introduced home decor subway art blocks:

Patriotic Subway Art

Patriotic Subway Art

Busy B Grammy Subway Art

Personalized Rooster Block

Busy B Summer Subway art

Summer Time Subway Art

My personal favorite? Personalized pieces, like the Baby Subway Art:

Baby Subway Art

Baby Subway Art

When you place an order with Busy B Boutique, get ready to enjoy your creation soon – turnover time is short and she’ll get that art to you in no time! Busy B is willing to work with you to create whatever your heart desires, be it a personalized block (you choose the colors and size!) or that special set of mugs you’ve been eyeing to share the morning cup with your loved one. If you’re not sure what to choose, Bethany will work with you to design a custom listing just for you!

What will this shop give to me?

Home Decor Subway Art

Home Decor Subway Art

Busy B Boutique is giving away her Home Decor Subway Block to one lucky winner! Moving into a new home or know someone who is? This block makes a fantastic housewarming gift. It also adds a little reminder of the important things in life:

Dream big! Create! Make Memories!

I like the sound of that, don’t you?!

Please enter to win this giveaway here.

I probably shouldn’t mention that Busy B is creating a little piece of subway art for sweet whimsy designs’ tent! Oops! Did I just leak a little secret?? 😉

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature Busy B Boutique in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One lucky winner will receive one (1) “Home Decor Subway Art Block” from Busy B Boutique. Contest begins June 3, 2013 at 12:00am and ends June 10, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, June 10, 2013. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified. See shop listing for details.

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Arts, Children, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Homemade, Product Review, Reviews, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home, Working Mom | 0 comments

Fun June!

Fun June!

BIG news! Fun news!

sweet whimsy designs / the whimsical sweet is collaborating with several hand-crafters to bring you

A MONTH OF GIVEAWAYS!

For the entire month of June, I will be reviewing and giving away many different & fun things from local crafters! How exciting!!

Stay tuned…and, in the meantime, share!

Did you know? For the month of May, sweet whimsy designs is donating 10% of all purchases to Strong Stroll for Kids, in memory of our friend who lost her little life at five years of age due to complications from congenital heart defects. Please visit thewhimsicalsweet.etsy.com to make a purchase, or donate directly.

Thank you, friends!

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Children, Choices, Creative, Economical Activities, Etsy, Family, Handmade, Homemade, Homeschool, Life, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Music, Natural Parenting, Organize, painting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

Lately (May 2013)

Lately (May 2013)

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Full disclosure: the is the raw, honest truth of my life as we know it. Our life. You don’t need to know everything, but this is the jist of it…

Lately I’ve been busy.

I know, I’ve said this before.

I started this blog in 2011 in hopes of releasing my voice for all of you to hear. I wanted to share and discuss with you all life has to offer. A few years prior, in 2009, I went to the County Clerk’s office in my hometown and bought a DBA as sweet whimsy designs. I had no idea what, exactly, I would do with it, but I know I had something to offer the world. I had great big visions of a roaring awesome blog / shop. I think it still seems so new, so fresh, so advanced.

I took time to have a few more children, (heh), but all the while I was fondling my brain to think of the next big thing that would help our one-income, middle-class family stay afloat.

I took up knitting. I made stationery. I created…things.

I started teaching a weekly music class for little ones. I love this! This class has added a little more light & joy to my life, which is already pretty bright.

In December of 2012, just last December, I saw some simply-painted peg dolls in pots in a photo of a blogger I follow on Instagram.

Hmmm…

I thought I could paint some more intricate peg dolls for my kids, for Christmas!

You see, the truth is, we were underwater financially last Christmas. Heck, we’ve been financially drowning for several months years now. We’re not going on extravagant trips (or any trips, for that matter), or spending all our cash on nice clothes and shoes (oh no, I assure you I find ways to save money, even get our cool stuff for free), we’re not even in over our heads with a mortgage or brand new cars. We’re simply trying to get by. On one income. A family of five.

Back to my point.

I had to make gifts for my kids so they would have things to open on Christmas morning.

Initially, I got a great response from the peg dolls. Not only from my own kids, but from other kids visiting, from parents, from my family.

I started ‘putting myself out there’, making more peg dolls and other hand-painted wooden things. I knew we had to start getting ourselves out of this mess, but at the same time, I insisted on raising my own children. As well, we have chosen to homeschool. Although I’m sure it can be done, I’m not ready to take on working full-time and homeschooling. I want to be the one raising our kids. End of story.

But this is hard.

In March, my husband lost his job.

*CUE THE REALLY HEAVY-DUTY STRESS*, the kind that makes you unsure whether to yell or scream or laugh or jump off a cliff, all at the same time.

Three kids. No working parents. No house to call our own.

This is when the haziness of life turned into crystal-clear focus.

Our children are healthy. We are healthy. And we are grateful. Soooooo stinkin’ grateful for what we do have. Overall, all things considered, we are all so happy, still happy.

That is the most important point of the story. Everything else will fall into place…with a little hard work, of course. (Remember one of my Coldplay quote, the one I used to remind people about natural childbirth? “Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be this hard.”* Well, it turns out that quote rings true for life as well. Go figure!)

So, since March, I have been working. Painting, networking, ‘putting myself out there’ again. This time, it is paying off, in both the literal and figurative sense.

sweet whimsy designs is taking off. It’s about to soar through the clouds and into the skies, unbound by hesitation or fear. Fear of the unknown can be extremely enlightening if you let it be.

Just let it be.

My little side-biz, created so I could stay at home with my three adorable children, is about to reach new heights.

It’s happening so fast.

Thank you, family, friends, readers and strangers. Thank you for being there for us. We appreciate every comment, every share, every word of encouragement. Please continue to boost sweet whimsy designs / the whimsical sweet to new heights, if you believe in me, if you really believe in us.

It’s time.

Visit my shop on etsy, sweet whimsy designs on Facebook, and on follow me on Instagram…if you’d like ;).
*quote from Coldplay, “The Scientist”

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