Inspirational words are sometimes all we need to change our thoughts. During this time of year life can be so hectic, people are busy shopping for Christmas gifts, decorating the tree, going to parties, etc. All while still going about the normal routines of life.
The hustle and bustle is double time during the Holiday Season, and sometimes it is hard to find the Joy that was meant to be felt by everyone.
Inspirational words can change your whole perception
I wanted to do one last blog post for this year, but didn’t think I would have time until I read the back of this new Green Girl Studios Pendant that I just received.
This Snail pendant and the inspirational words on the back are a reminder to slow down. Stop, focus and remember these words:
“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1
I used to get all twisted up inside and these words of wisdom, along with the image of the snail are a reminder that everything will get done.
Another old saying that we had in the publishing business runs along the same lines:
There’s never enough time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over.
Strength to keep going
This year so much has happened in the world. The TV, radio and social media bring us evidence of so many tragedies, much evil and events that can make you flat-out scared for the future. So where do you find strength?
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
I can not tell you how many times this verse has saved me and given me the courage and the strength to continue during times of hardship or sorrow.
As this year comes to a close
I just want to say “Thank You so much” to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, visited my website or Etsy shop. I thank everyone for their support and wish everyone a joyous Christmas and Happy New Year!
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” Luke 2:14
Search Etsy for CIJ or ChristmasinJuly and you will find many shops involved in this summertime sale with special deals for shoppers! Even if you can’t buy now you can always bookmark the shop and return later!
This last weekend modern Florida Artists mixed together with Florida History at the Florida Market Days Fundraiser and Holiday Party at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, Florida. This was a fun event that featured many Florida Etsy Street Team artists. The Team Captain Rose did a terrific job of organizing and coordinating this event, and it was held in a spectacular rural setting at the Florida Agricultural Museum, which is rich with Florida History.
The Florida Agricultural Museum is a fully restored pioneer homestead from the 1890s with farm animals, hay ride tour, and a wealth of historical information of the early days and life in Florida.
The weather was good on Sunday and the atmosphere was full of winter holiday fun, complete with Frosty the Snowman blowing snow to greet everyone at the barn door!
Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to see all of the kids, both big and small, to find out if they were naughty or nice throughout the year and what they wanted for Christmas!
Florida Etsy Street Team Members were among many crafters that attended to display and sell their art, crafts and Holiday creations.
GypSea Blue Bags creates beautiful handmade bicycle accessories and hand bags that are a little bit of gypsy and a little bit of hippie mixed with a touch of shabby chic and a dash of diva!
Tessie Textile features handmade pot holders and mug rugs as well as quilts and wall hangings for the home, all hand sewn with love!
Along with Shopping for gifts and visiting with Santa Claus, there were Raffle Drawings held every hour for prizes that were donated by the Florida Etsy Street team members from all over the state.
FEST Team members also sent in samples, business cards and discount coupons that filled the SWAG bags that were given out to everyone who attended.
There was an area just for kids with different games to play and other fun activities including face painting by Santa’s Elves!! Holiday related games included ring toss and bean bag toss! They were not so easy, actually, but lots of fun!!
A craft table was set up for children to make crafts or cards, and Florida Etsy Team members were available to assist the youngsters and encourage them with their handmade creations.
I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of a really fun Florida day and perhaps you will visit some of these Etsy shops and help support Florida Artists.
********** Special Thanks to Etsy for donating to this event! **********