Monday, January 17, 2011


GRATITUDE – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Have you ever been really inspired by someone that you thought you’d never have had the chance to meet and thank? We have ... this entire year. Our inspiration came from another creator and dreamer like us named Kelly Rae Roberts. Right about the time that we were wondering how do we pull all these creative ideas together and do it all, we discovered a course by Kelly Rae that would tell us everything we needed to know. Marybeth discovered her Flying Lessons e-course, enrolled and the mind expansion began! Imagine our excitement when we realized she would be at the Demdaco showroom in Atlanta ... Just a short drive from our studio! We flew downtown and stood in line to just say “Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you”. What a great feeling it is to express gratitude to someone significant in your life:-) And just so you know ... Kelly Rae was as gracious and warm as we imagined. Here’s a photo of our Gratitude Moment.
We hope our photo will encourage you to think of someone you can express gratitude to today.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Reaching Healthy Goals Together

The start of a new year always brings new goals and resolutions. It is a time to take a deep breath and really focus on what we want to achieve in the next 365 days. I think everyone, whether they want to admit it or not, feels renewed after making their resolutions. My goal this year is strive toward being in the best shape of my life. My goal is two-fold. I had a baby this past February, so I want to get beach-ready and I need to be able to run around and chase my daughter.

Our intention at Velvet Lime Designs is to encourage and uplift through our art and in words. I feel that everyone feels better after they have started taking steps towards their goals. That is why I will be posting tips and encouragement throughout my journey this year. We all know that we can accomplish so much more with the help of others. I would love to know what you are doing to meet your resolutions and together we will accomplish those goals!
My first tip is one of the easiest... Add lemon to your water. We all know that water is a must in staying healthy... think about our bodies as a fish tank... water helps filter our systems. Lemons add an extra detox element and help our bodies in becoming more alkaline.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Birdhouse Thoughts

We have a fancy birdhouse in our backyard … a gift to me from my husband, James. It’s refreshing to look at this time of year when the landscape is barren, cold and a bit dreary … to think ahead of the little birds who will in a few short months discover this little “mansion” of a birdhouse and call it home. It’s a beautiful home for a bird, much more extravagant than a mere straw, stick or mud house … and it’s just waiting for them … all prepared and ready for their enjoyment.

It makes me think of the good plans God has ahead for those who love Him. He actually talks about this and says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

So, the fancy birdhouse is a little seed thought of what is ahead for the birds and all of us in 2011. Be expectant about the plans and places God has already prepared for you this year … and don’t forget to enjoy them when you get there.


Photo is a watercolor study of the birdhouse by James Rhodes in 2002.