Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Flip Flop Fever

Emmalynn wanted a project to do with Elemenopie Designs, so we got her started on making ribbon flip flops.  They are pretty easy to make....they just take quite a bit of time because there are so many steps involved to ensure their stability!  But, guess how long her making them lasted?  1 pair.....but the orders kept coming in!

So, guess who took over?  ME!!  :D  Don't get me wrong....I am loving it!  I have had so much fun creating so many different pairs to customer's specifications.  My favorite so far has to be the zebra print wrapped pair....I am considering making my own to wear!  I also like the rainbow ones because they are so versatile for kids --- one pair goes with almost any outfit!

So, do you have your flip flops ready for summer?  I'll be glad when this rainy weather goes away and I can enjoy some sunshine!

Check out the pics below....send me a message at my Etsy shop or email me by Friday, and I'll give you a "blog day bonus" by taking $2.50 off each pair of flip flops you order!  Just mention that you read "Flip Flop Fever" today!

Zebra Wrapped Ribbon

Rainbow Tied Ribbon

University of Memphis themed Tied Ribbon

Red and White themed Tied Ribbon

Rainbow Peace Sign themed Tied Ribbon

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mission Madness!

In the midst of all of the amazing things going on with Elemenopie Designs, I have another amazing thing in the works.  I have to say that I'm just as excited, if not more excited, about it.  I am going on a mission trip this summer!  I'll be spending two weeks in Guyaya.  There we'll be holding daily Vacation Bible School for about 200 children, and we'll also be doing a nightly crusade.

I have been spending a lot of time on fundraising for the trip.  Total expenses are about $2500, and I've raised almost half of the money needed.  Unfortunately, I'm down to the last month or so to raise money.  So, here's what I'm asking of you....

1.  PRAYERS!!  I am a firm believer that prayer works wonders, and I also believe that all things work together for good for those who love God.  I solicit all prayers on behalf of myself and the mission team.

2.  Fundraising Ideas - I'd like to think beyond the usual car washes and bake sales.  I have been trying to figure out how I can use my shop to help earn the money.  Sure, I can dedicate my profit towards the trip, but that hasn't been huge so far.  I've been using profit to buy more ribbon!  ;) 

So, in the comment section, give me some ideas!  God blesses me so much, and I'm looking forward to being able to share that with the people in Guyana.  I just have to figure out the financial aspect so I can get there!  :D  I am open to any and all suggestions!

If anyone feels compelled to donate towards this mission trip - in any amount - feel free to email me for more information.  I'll gladly share details of our work and answer any questions you might have!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You Had Me From Hello.....

....and you still got me!

I love him even if we are a house divided!
I'm not sure my husband reads my blog since it's all about the business.  He tolerates --- and he is very supportive --- but hairbows and flip flops and girly pretties don't really interest him all that much.  But I'm going to write about TJ anyway.

Tomorrow is our anniversary.  We will have been married for 11 years....and I have to say that they have been, without a doubt, the most amazing 11 years of my life.  It may sound cliche, but I cannot imagine life without him.  He has been a blessing to my life from the moment I met him, and I adore him.

So, I give you 11 reasons why I would still pick him after all this time!

1.  His amazing faith.....TJ reminds me all the time that God has a plan that is bigger than any plans we make.  He believes that prayer works, and he believes that if we set our priorities on Heaven, everything else will fall into place.  And what I love most is that he doesn't remind me of this by telling me --- he lives his life so that anyone would know that.

2.  Emmalynn and Ellie.....we have the most wonderful girls in the world!  TJ is such a good daddy.  He never misses a soccer game or a school program or a cheer competition.  He drops them off at sleepovers and picks them up from school.  He teaches them to do their best at everything and to always try to do what is right.

My girls!
3.  His I mentioned before, he is EXTREMELY tolerant of whatever scheme I have going at the time.  He has loved me through selling Avon, Tupperware, and Lia Sophia....and now he's loving me through Elemenopie Designs (which WILL last, by the way!).

4.  His excellent ability to spoil me.....yeah, I'll admit it...I'm spoiled.  ;)

5.  His Facebook addiction.....because it makes mine not look so bad!

6.  His determination.....he provided for our family while I finished TWO degrees and then went back to finish his own.  He kepts the girls while I took night classes....even when they were both under the age of 2!

7.  His patience.....I don't know how to say no to people, I take on too many things, and I am ALWAYS volunteering TJ for something.  'Nuf said.

8.  His acceptance of "organized chaos".....I will admit it to the world.  I am NOT a domestic diva.  My home is CLEAN, but it is far from neat!  Walk in right now and the couch is covered with ribbon, the bar is loaded down with flip flops, and the dining room table looks like someone's office exploded.  That's a hard thing for a neat freak to deal with...but he does it!

9.  His mad style.....I am SO thankful I found a man who could put together decent outfits for himself, our girls, and me!  He's a good shopper!

10.  His fantastic cooking skills.....and they go way beyond a grill!  He can make some awesome cheesecake and pretty much anything else!

11.  Everything else about him.........

I could probably go on all day....but I'll just let #11 cover anything else I've left out.  I'm pretty much as in love with him as any person could be.  I am so thankful that God placed TJ in my life and has allowed our relationship to only get better.  I pray that we are blessed with many, many more years together because I want to get old with him!

(TJ, if you read this, I LOVE YOU!!!  Happy anniversary!!!)

Dressing up for my Mardi Gras dinner

Giving pedicures at Emmalynn's sleepover

Handing out on the top bunk with Ellie

Cruising to Mexico!