Monday, October 19, 2009
So, recently I've been asking myself, how can this addiction to yarn and making things from them help others? Well, I believe a few ideas have been revealed to me recently. Why am I sharing this info with others, why not keep my addiction in the closet and deal with it in secrecy? Well that just wouldn't be any fun at all and those hats are looking for heads to keep warm.
My goal is to reach out to a cancer center and donate hats to them for the patients to pick out one of their liking to keep their heads warm and hide the effects of treatment - loss of hair. The second idea running through my head is to provide some items to our local homeless shelter. They are always in the need of hats, scarves, mittens, coats ( now I don't make those, but can find donations), blankets, and many other items that can be made by hand or donated.
Girl you have lofty goals, how are you going to do all this by yourself? I don't plan on doing this alone. I know there are many people locally who love to knit, crochet and sew. I am hoping to get pledges from folks with amount of items they would like to make and donate. The weather is already turning cool, so I don't have a lot of time to complete my goal, but with the help of others I know I can get it done. I would like to have at least 50 items available for donation to both a cancer center and St. Francis house by the end of November. Please help me spread the word. Do you like to knit, crochet or sew? Would you consider making and donating at least one item to the cause? You can designate if you would prefer the item to be given to the cancer center or to St. Frances. If it's for cancer patients please make your items very soft. There are several patterns online that can give you ideas of what to make and what materials to use. For the homeless, please consider making the items gender neutral and/or making something that young people would be proud to wear.
If you would like to contact me with your pledge please reply here or email me at designsbyjenai (at) gmail.com.
I believe with a little help from others within this community I can reach my goal by the end of the month. For those of you who don't do any of those crafts but would like to contribute, I would also accept new, unused or gently used (in good condition) hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, and blankets.
Thank you for helping me with this challenge and spreading the word.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Photo by: Jenai Collins Bee and flower on UF campus
For those who know me, it is no surprise that family bonds and connections are very important to me. To those of you who are getting to know me through this blog well, now you know. I deeply treasure the bonds that are made with family and that includes family that we create through relationships. I have many family members in my life that were created not by marriage or by birth and to me those relationships are just as important as the traditional family.
This brings me to the purpose of this post, Facebook. Yes, I know there are many who don't like it, don't understand it, are scared of it and then there are those who are addicted to it. Some that probably share WAY TOO MUCH (TMI) info on it, but I believe if used with common sense it can be a fantastic tool to stay connected, reconnect and to make new connections with friends and family.
If you are anything like me, you struggle with letter writing and even picking up the phone. Don't know why, can't explain my aversion to taking the time to do it, I just never really cared for it much. However, oddly enough I always love receiving a letter from a family member or friend. OK so maybe it's laziness, I'll admit to that possibility, sheepishly. Yes, mom, I said it, plain laziness. I know, I know, how many times have you had to hand me a blank note card and pen and tell me, write it now and I'll send it. Oh yes, and I know that it has been in the very recent of time. ha,ha,ha! Thanks mom for not giving up on me and reminding me to do what needed to be done. Who says parenting ends at 18?
What's this have to do with facebook? Well, I guess in a few words it equals instant gratification. You can send a quick note to your loved ones and you know that a response is likely to be sent in a matter of either minutes, a few hours or in some unusual cases a few days. But, in the meantime, you can view their pictures, read their updates and feel like you haven't missed out on being involved in their life, regardless of miles that may separate you or the years that have passed that have separated you.
Over the past week I have been blessed to have the opportunity to reconnect with family members that I haven't seen or talked with in YEARS. Can't really say why or how we lost connection and maybe that's really not important. Forget the past and move on to today and hopefully the future. Also, the ability to stay in better contact with family members who I don't get to see on a regular basis, has been priceless. Then there is the factor of finding or being found by family that you didn't even know you had or have never met.
I must admit, it can all become very overwhelming and time consuming and I have not really had the chance to reach out to many of the family members that I have added as friends on my facebook account. I have cousins, aunts & uncles that I've never really met yet and it would be wonderful to finally have the chance to get to know them. Now the challenge is to find enough time to do it.
If you haven't delved into the world of Facebook, I say give it try. Talk with your family members and encourage them to open an account and watch how your connections bloom into a web of family, friends and classmates. You can choose to keep your info as private or public as your are comfortable with. But do note that anything you do online can eventually be seen or found in some way or another, so always use discretion and care with what you post online. Don't give out your phone #, address, etc. on your wall. Contact the individual directly either through facebook messaging or email and give them that info if you are interested in connecting through more traditional means. Be mindful of the pictures you post of yourself and others as well as what others post of you. Something that may really be innocent can sure look incriminating online or maybe might not shed the best light on you and your character. We've seen evidence of high profile folks who have made comments or posted info on facebook or other social networking services that ended up causing some kind of scandle or problem. Don't let this happen to you.
Facebook has also been a great way for me to share with friends and family my hobbies and personal business ventures, giving them an opportunity to show their support and encouragement. Each time someone makes a comment on a recent post or addition to my fan page it spreads virally to others who then become curious and take a peak at my business page or blog.
I would love to hear stories of your experiences on facebook. Have you found a long lost love, made a love connection, reconnected with a lost family member? Please share these with me. You can share your story in the comment section below.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
In my shop, you will find many items with free shipping and all weekend long, I have a BOGO sale! Buy 1 item and get the second of equal or lesser value 1/2 off! Two great ways to save this weekend.
I have 2 new Etsy Mini's at the right from 2 wonderful and different Etsy Shops. Both of them will be here all month long. Topaz08 and DarlingDaisy were winners of my July Etsy Mini Contest, winning a full month of FREE space on my blog. Please check out their shops and let them know you found them here.
Topaz is also a fellow crocheter. Awesome handwork and unique pieces. Darling Daisy takes you back to the beach with each of her lovely pieces of jewelry. It reminds me of the family trips to the beach hunting for shells and playing in the sand.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Kate's line drawings are so stylish and I can imagine one of her characters wearing one of my crocheted hats and doing with such style and flair.
Take a peak at her art, her etsy mini is on the right side of this page, directly under mine and you can also find her at these other locations. Visit her and let her know I sent you. No, I don't get anything for you doing that, I would just like her to know that you saw her on my blog.
Kate and Flapperdoodle will be here all week and then next Friday I will introduce you to another great Etsy artist/crafter.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So, I won't hold back any longer - I know you've been waiting to here who the winners are.
(please stand by for a brief commercial message from our sponsors)
Nah, just kidding!
1st Place Winner - $25.00 @ Goodkarmasoaps
We chose Bella as first place because she had both a soap and marketing idea, congratulations!
2nd Place Winner - $15.00 @ Goodkarmasoaps
Wehav is second place with a great marketing idea of teaming up with other Etsy sellers.
3rd Place Winner - $10.00 @ Goodkarmasoaps
Third place is Oceanside with the sampler idea
Honorable Mention - $5.oo & FREE shipping @ Goodkarmasoaps
(couldn’t help it, there were just too many good ideas so I had to keep adding prizes) was Mignon
To claim your prizes, contact Blaire at good karma soaps by email customerservice@goodkarmasoaps and she will give you instructions on how to claim your prizes!
Thanks Blaire for sponsoring this fantastic give-away. Also, if you didn't notice she decided to increase the prize levels. She is always so sneaky like that. I should know. I just received a package from her with my exploding frog soaps that I ordered and ended up with a box of never ending soaps. Soap just kept coming out of my box. I couldn't believe by eyes. It reminded me of those clowns packed in the super small cars and they just keep coming out and coming out. Blaire has a huge heart for others and takes great care of her customers.
Ok, now on to the winners of my portion of the give-away. Thank you for following my blog, tweeting, and joining me on facebook! I've met several wonderful people and look forward to talking with you in the future.
Mignon - you have been chosen for my $10.00 gift certificate to be used in my shop. Congratulations!
Quilting Diva - I am happy to offer you the $5.00 gift certificate to be used in my shop.
Both of you can contact me for your instructions on how to redeem your prize, either by etsy convo or email: designsbyjenai at gmail.com.
Finally - for everyone else who participated, all of you are wonderful and had such great ideas and compliments I would like to offer you a choice of FREE shipping or 15% your next purchase in my shop. Just remind me when checking out or convo me and I will make sure I take care of you.
Before ending this post I would like to also offer you another way to save in my shop. I am going to start a referral plan in my shop. If you are interested in participating and would like more information, please leave me a comment here along with how I can reach you directly, so I can share the details with you.
Have a terrific Tuesday and remember to make someone smile today!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Reading her profile, I was tickled by something that caught my eye. She is a married mom of 3 boys! Yes, I said it - boys. LOL I can understand her wanting to break away from the usual boy inspired items. I have a son and 2 nephews so when the family was blessed with a girl, my niece, it was a refreshing treat. Now don't get me wrong, having a son is awesome. However, shopping for girl clothes and accessories is on a whole new level. I have to stay out of the little girl sections when I shop because I end up ooh'ing and aww'ing at every cute outfit and buying way too many.
Anyways, back to the reason I came here, check out this great etsy seller and her sweet products. Be sure to let her know I sent you.
Have a great weekend and come back on Monday to find out who the give-away winners are - could be you!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
That is a total of $35 in Goodkarmasoaps gift certificates.
Hold on - I can't let Blaire be the only one having fun giving stuff away! I am going to also give a second person who has signed up to follow my blog, etc at $5 gift certificate to be used in my shop.
So let's recap - our total in prizes has now become a combined $50. This is just too much fun.
Spread the word and keep those amazing ideas coming in!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Coulda, woulda, & shoulda are all closely related to Didn't.
Chew on that for a minute.
Ok minute is up - now look one post down and register for my blog give-away. What do you have to loose? FREE soap and Free stuff from me - that's what!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Her mini share a spot on my blog for the next week. I encourage you to take a moment to visit her shop and let her know you found her here.
Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget, Monday, I'll be announcing my next secret give-away. Come back for a chance at winning something wonderful and FREE.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I have several announcements that I wanted to share with you so I'll do it all in one post.
1. Upcoming Blog-Give Away - Check back on Monday. I will be announcing a special give-away sponsored by another Etsy seller. You won't want to miss this!
2. Etsy Yart Sale - I will be participating in Etsy's Yart Sale next week, starting on June 10th. I will be offering special deals on select merchandise, to include reduced prices, free shipping and other fun surprises that I think of by then. I have a special Yart Sale Section in my shop.
3. Twitter: I would love for you to find me on twitter. I will be tweeting secret Twitter Only Specials from time to time. http://twitter.com/designsbyjenai
4. Charitable contributions: I have decided to donate 10% of my sales to a wonderful organization that I recently discovered, Gainesville Fisher House. This means that your purchases will also help others in my community. Want to learn more about the organization? Visit their link on my links section.
5. Feature Friday - I will be featuring another Etsy seller and her mini etsy on my blog tomorrow, check her out, find a few things you like and heart them or better yet, find something to buy. :-)
What is an Etsy Mini - I just heard someone ask the question, glad you asked, someone else may have been too shy to ask. It is way for sellers on Etsy to show you a few things that are offered in their shop and it is linked directly to their shop. So, all you have to do is click on one of the images and it will take you directly there. You can see mine on the top right and theirs is directly beneath mine.
Why are you posting someone else's shop on YOUR blog Jenai? Aren't you afraid that you will lose business? Heard that question too. Short answer would be: I just rock like that! Long truthful answer: I am nice like that and I do rock, but I have other reasons as well. I feel if we support each other, folks will find us (me, my shop). I am asking them to also let their friends, followers and enemies know about my blog and my shop as well. I am a firm believer in "you reap what you sow". As I help someone else, the favor will be given to me. Finally, I enjoy meeting new people and connecting with them and I get to do that with my blog, etsy shop and twitter.
Have a great Friday Eve and come back and check out my give-away announcement and Feature Friday.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Each Friday, I will post an Etsy Mini from that shop - can be seen on the right side of my blog underneath my little etsy mini. They will be there all week long for FREE. A little bit of free advertisement for them and they will mention me to their blog friends as well. One of those, you scratch my back and I'll scratch our back ideas. Like it? I do!
I've got my 1st two shops lined up and have several others that have expressed interest so I should be able to share several great shops with you each week for quite some time.
Also, I have heard from a little bird that one of my newest friends would like to sponsor a give-away right here on my blog. As soon as that is arranged I'll update you with the information. Of course that means you will need to check back here again soon. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity - hey who doesn't like getting a FREE gift, no strings attached? I love it. I am carrying a great little pouch that I won recently - see below for more info on that.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Photo by: Jenai Collins - Designs by Jenai
Titled: Take time to smell the flowers.
Happy Friday Eve!
I made a new friend yesterday, another awesome Etsy seller and she has a huge heart - Blaire of goodkarmasoaps. Her shop is full of fantastic soaps - with my must have, exploding frogs. Yes, I said it exploding frog soaps. I am going to win Aunt of the Year as I am ordering them for my niece and nephews.
Today she shared some words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama and I felt it was a great reminder to myself and wanted to share it with others as well. Take from it what you want and feel free to share it with others.
Instructions for Life from the Dalai Lama
1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2.When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3.Follow the three R’s: - Respect for self, - Respect for others and - Responsibility for all your actions.
4.Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5.Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6.Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7.When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8.Spend some time alone every day.
9.Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10.Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11.Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12.A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13.In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14.Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
15.Be gentle with the earth.
16.Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17.Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18.Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19.If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
20.If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
I would like to challenge each of you to find at least one item above to reflect on for the day. Also, practice an act of kindness as often as you can and watch how your life changes. Feel free to come back here and comment on either my challenge or an experience you have had with a random act of kindness.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
If you are interested in participating, use the link below.
Have a wonderful weekend.
It was a lot of fun hosting this give-away and I plan to do another one in the near future, so continue to stop by my blog for the big announcement.
Thanks to everyone who participated. For those who didn't win the ring, I have decided to offer you a special deal. You will recieve 20% off your purchase in my shop. During the checkout process, in the notes to seller type blog20 and I will reimburse you through paypal. The 20% savings added to my FREE shipping in May adds up to a very nice deal. You can use this code anytime until the end of August 2009.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
After being away from the computer for a couple of days, I decided to check on my Etsy shop and found several surprises. Found I had made a sale online and I had been featured on the Etsy Frontpage.
Being a member of Etsy under a year, I am still very novice with how things run on the site, but have heard on the forums that getting a spot on the Frontpage is a great and treasured honor. Not to mention that I love the Owl theme of the selections. Owls rock!
I hope to have some new articles to post in the near future and even a give-away contest for one of my newest shop items - glass tile rings. Keep tabs on my blog for the big announcement.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Operation Catnip is sponsoring a raffle to help fund their projects here in Alachua County.
Yours truly is donating a gift certificate and maybe a few more surprises. So take a look at their raffle page and consider participating in this raffle.
Spring Raffle page at http://www.nmhp.net/Home/OperationCatnip/SpringRaffle/tabid/216/Default.aspx
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Starting today you will recieve a percent discount based on how much you spend: $20 = 20% discount, $25 = 25% discount up to a total of 50% off your total purchase. I will refund your discount through paypal or I will send you an updated invoice before you pay.
Make a purchase and then leave a comment here on my blog about your purchase and you will recieve a FREE gift!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Place both items in your cart, don't pay until I send you a revised invoice. You can convo me on Etsy if you have questions regarding this sale.
Sale will last until the end of March or while supplies last.
I have several items that would make great Easter gifts.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
To begin, thread the beading wire through the crimp bead and the charm
Friday, February 20, 2009
These children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS and many live on the streets and suffer through freezing night temperatures. Unfortunately, there are towns filled with orphaned children who have to fend for themselves on a daily basis, looking to meet their basic needs, food, shelter, and clothing.
Many may ask, why Africa, why not the US? Well, in my opinion, even our worst off homeless person has more than these orphaned children in Africa. Americans are blessed with many resources, homeless shelters, programs that feed the poor and homeless, and many other resources that help adults and especially the children. Of course I'm not saying don't help those in your local communities, I'm just encouraging everyone to reach out and help others in far worse conditions as well. I feel I can ask this as I make an attempt to do both myself. I have had the opportunity to help those in my community and want to extend that help even farther.
Giving these children just a glimpse of hope and showing them that others do care about them, can make a huge diference in their lives.
I would love to hear from those of you who plan to participate and I challenge everyone to spread the word about the project and encourage those around you that crochet and/or knit to make at least one square.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
My hopes for this blog will be to introduce you to other crafters, bloggers, and professionals that can provide us with information that may be useful, fun, and/or helpful in many areas. I am sure that many of my blogs will revolve around things I find entertaining or feel would be helpful in some way.
I would be more than happy to receive suggestions of topics or proposals to be a guest writer on my blog.