Jul 31, 2012

Group Giveaway Day from My Sponsors! Handmade Happiness

The month of July got away from me just a wee bit, so my giveaways are squeaking through on the last week of July.

I greatly appreciate my sponsors and the generosity they show my readers. Show them some love by commenting/following/etc.

Here's what's up for grabs!
Here's how to enter:
mandatory entry-you must follow my blog through GFC

Giveaway will run through August 7th and is open to US/global entrants.

Jul 30, 2012

Join the Party!

It's time (okay maybe it was last week!) to think about what blogs you'll be advertising with this month in effort to increase your own small business and/or blog exposure.

I offer two sizes of ad sponsorships, and will maintain the 20% off SUMMER discount code through the month of August.

Check out rates/details on my sponsor page; all spots are filtered through Passionfruit.

Good things are to come...things may start looking a bit different around here. ;-)

Thanks for all your support!
Remember that space is limited..this is good for you because it means I only focus on a few sponsors per month!

Tinkering around with BlogLovin'...if you have a minute to follow, cool beans and thank you!

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Jul 29, 2012

Hi from my outstanding sponsor, Liz of Blue Eyed Owl! (giveaway)

The Blue Eyed Owl
I'm so excited to have Liz with Blue Eyed Owl on the blog today. I'm particularly fond of all the vintage goodness she showcases on her lovely blog! We are two peas in a pod, and if we met in real life, it would make my day. I kinda sortof love the mompreneur thriftin' types!! 
Let's welcome Liz. :-)
Hello, MarigoldRoad readers! I'm Liz, and I blog over at The Blue Eyed Owl I share peeks into my life as mama, wife, and indie business owner, as well as my vintage and handmade obsessions. You can find me hunting for vintage or making pretties to sell in my shop, and at local markets. I am addicted to thrifting, decorating my home, and reading blogs.

I have an 8 year old cutie-pie daughter, Bailey, and the most supportive husband ever, Matthew. We live in the burbs of Arizona with our faithful rescue pups, Macy and Marlo.
I would love for you to hop over and check out what's going on over on my little home on the internet. Like this amazing giveaway...

Thrift Score Thursday
And my other hobbies, goals, inspirations, and creative projects...
I would also love to give one of you a little prize pack of some of my favorite vintage, supplies, and handmade-by-me items just for being fans of MarigoldRoad, which is one of my favorite blogs ;)

1 vintage floral tray
1 embellishment kit
5 vintage bingo cards
10 vintage bingo game pieces
3 bundles vintage floral ribbon
2 bundles vintage lace
1 embroidered vintage hankie
50 hand punched tags
3 spools vintage thread
pair of handmade flower earrings
handmade mustard felt bow clip
handmade arrowhead ring

Here's how to enter:
(if you are already a MarigoldRoad GFC follower just put that in the mandatory entry blank)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Good luck!

Jul 26, 2012

Take me on a trip!

Remember that song by Estelle--American Boy? Love it!
Well, my American Boy is taking me on a quick overnight for our anniversary. It's been ONE year since we took a trip just us two.
That's not too shabby, but it certainly means we're ready.

Catcha later!

Jul 23, 2012

Hello Monday

Linking up with Lisa Leonard's Hello Monday today...

Hello crafts for the boutique:
Hello cute hubby who helps with laundry:
Hello mismatched flip flops because I couldn't find mates:
Hello snacking, building baby girl:
Hello mismatched patterns because I need to do laundry:

Hello cookie dough: Hello kitchen slumber party:
Hello stinky boy feet:

 Hello household chores:
Hello lazy dinner:
Hello moxie girl:
 Hello prodigies (!):

 Hello wrinkled thumb:
Hello Jonah:
and hello YOU!

Jul 22, 2012

The Hurt & The Healer

As I sit here I am listening to a song (lyrics below) that has been very impactful in my recent journey toward recovering from addiction to selfishness, listening to Satan's lies, and living within that deceit. I'm a bee-boppin' kind of girl, which means I like many genres of music...music reaches into my soul--especially those places where I tend to be poetic, romantic, dreamy, spiritual, intense. At this current time I am limiting myself to worship music because I want the input in my life to point toward heaven and Jesus and nowhere else. I just happen to know where my weaknesses are, so this is an area of my life I have had to do an about-face on. I have an accountability person in place to help me with this struggle as well.
All to say, will you read these lyrics to the MercyMe song, The Hurt & The Healer? If you are struggling, let the words, the truth, seep into your marrow and the recesses of your mind. 

I hope you've had a blessed weekend!

Thanks for liking my outfit from the last post. :-)
"The Hurt & The Healer"

The question that is never far away
The healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through

So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
Lastly, it's my prayer that none of you have lost any loved ones as a result of the Colorado theater killings. My heart is broken for the victims and families and I'm begging God that this will draw people closer to him, not farther.

Jul 19, 2012

What I Wore (to work)

Dress: Maurices, Cropped Cardi: Old Navy (old), Shoes: Blowfish, Necklace: vintage

I've been anxious to show you this dress I splurged on at Maurices when I went in for an interview a couple of weeks ago (with mixed feelings, I declined the job..more on that story later).
This dress immediately caught my eye for three reasons: the empire cut which is good for accentuating my waste, the billowy-perfect for twirling-chiffon fabric, and the vintage inspired fabric pattern. It's my new fave. Versatile for work, date nights, shopping...it'd be perfect with a belt but I couldn't find my brown one.

Linking up with Pleated Poppy's WIWW.

It's almost the weekend, folks!

Jul 18, 2012

Lesson Learning Mode in These Parts

I'm in major lesson learning mode over here which means posts could get deep, lengthy, spiritual and not always "happy giddy nutty Mindy." But I've decided if I've but one life to live, and one voice with which to talk about my experiences, then, well, I'm going to {talk}. There are a lot of things we can read about that are just fluff and taking up space without impacting a person's heart (there is certainly a time and place for that and I like to keep it balanced). I want this blog to be a place where women can truly feel loved on and encouraged. I want to be able to share what I've learned so precious souls won't make the same mistakes I have.

I texted a friend this today:

Thank you for being a Godly friend. God is worthy of all glory and through His blood I am made new, no longer bound by Satan's wiles. And Jesus is not only Lord of my today and my tomorrow, but of the yesterdays that have left scars.
Then later on in the conversation:

I feel like a new person. I have no other explanation that the redeeming blood of Jesus.

I wish I could expound so you could know the whole story. Maybe someday I'll be able to tell it. It has to do with living so long in bondage/enslaved to sin that I almost didn't get out.

Lord, you are so worthy. There is none like YOU!

This same friend I was texting got me hooked on the Revive Our Hearts radio program led by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I just got her book Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free in the mail today. Never have I been more excited to lose myself in a book.
It's shocking how the Lord has completely topsy-turvied my priorities. Normally I'm nose-deep in a novel...I LOVE reading novels. Total book nerd. Nothing wrong with that.
But I would almost scoff at self-help books thinking that they'd only make me feel like a failure or like I couldn't incorporate what the book was teaching.
It was a matter of the heart. I didn't want to be spiritually led.
Now I realize that infusions of such wisdom and teaching is vital to my development as a wife and mother...and to ultimate freedom.
In closing, I would ask you these questions:
How are you relinquishing selfishness into the Lord's hands?
What steps are you making to incorporate Jesus into your moments?
What kind of example are you setting for your children? If you want them to be pure, gentle, respectful--are you also being those things?
What lies from the enemy have you clung onto for years? Will you ask the Lord to speak his Truth into you?

Love you all. With your support these past 4 1/2 years, you are a top rung in my "safe places" ladder.

Jul 17, 2012

Life Lately Via iPhone Pics

I don't have an iPhone.

I am one of the few who doesn't have internet on her phone.

Just trust that if I had Instagram I'd be posting cool things. :-)

But for now, Shawn is sweet to email pics from his phone.

mexi food/building towers/grilled cheese/carpet store/diapering dolly/bedtime/shawn's weird art
my shoes are blowfish, market bag is sweet sugar beet http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetsugarbeet

How's your week so far?