August 15, 2012

bliss banners ... ... [throwing J O Y ] giveaway

where are my fellow joy hunters?  bueller? bueller?  are ya'all out there? have you been steppin' in it, sprinkled with it, drenched by it?  i'm learning that it truly is all around me.  the gift is in recognizing how HE is weaving it throughout my day and then giving thanks for it.  up for grabs is a handmade burlap banner of joy.  it will help those of us who are joy hunters in training.

when i gave in to the crazy ideas in my head, or, nudges from God (tomato - tomAHto)  regarding this [throwing J O Y] semi-regular giveaway, i knew that one thing i wanted to do was to share bits of joy that have landed in my world.  books, music, art/home décor, organizational tools, healthy indulgences, wardrobe accessories and beyond.  If it has brought joy to my routine & ordinary than it will most certainly be thrown out to ya’all at some point.  there is so much more than some thing bringing me joy.  ultimately HE is at work orchestrating around me and using others to encourage me.  there is a woman, an artist, an inspiration. she is opening her heart and allowing Him to use her. i want you to know meet these 'tools of his trade'.

so without further a due allow me to introduce you to my friend nicole of bliss banners.  seems quite fitting that she be the first of a handful of uh-mazingly talented friends i will attempt to feature…because if my memory serves me correctly (and i am the first to admit, right after my husband - ehem, that it doesn’t always.)  i think i was her first customer? 

the & joy behind it all

me: who taught you to sew?
nicole: "my mom taught me to sew. she still has one of the first things i made, a green scrap of fabric with a red heart sewn on it. i now have one from my 6 year old daughter."

me:  what is/was your favorite childhood toy?
nicole: "barbies!!! me and my friend kelly would spend forever setting them up but i don't think we ever actually played with was all about the staging!!"

me:  where do you find inspiration?
nicole:  "fabric.  i am obsessed with prints and colors and my living room proves it.  i buy it with no idea what i am going to use it for...but i always do!!!  digging around some of the fabric stores by my house is always fun for me.  i have super talented friends with very different styles.  when i am shopping or making a banner i literally ask myself if it would fit in either: a.  my mom's house  b. mary's house  c. emily's house or d. my house - because i want to keep a lot of them for myself.  but this way i know i am covered."

me:  when did you last do something daring? what was it?
nicole:  "i don't do daring things.  i used to dye my hair a lot of different colors and buy a new shade of colored eyeshadow pretty much 'sometimes' i drink caffeine after 3pm!!!"

me:  how do you drink your coffee?
nicole:  "with half and half and a little sugar or vanilla syrup in the morning and iced mocha the rest of the day!!!! if i have a lot to do, i switch to iced geen tea."

me:  will you please share about a time when you found joy in this where or when you didn't expect it.
nicole:  "if joy is a fruit of the spirit then when i am walking with HIM, i have it.  i can't find it when i am focused on me.  there are many times that i have literally prayed about a banner.  when it is for someone's first baby's nursery or their wedding, i tend to feel pressure to please them.  i have to remember to seek God in all i do.  it's not like rubbing a magic lamp and getting the perfect answer but it is refocusing on The Lord.  so when i have that joy in my heart i can cheerfully serve and accommodate others.  when it is about me, my attitude can get ugly and bitter about the task. i can have great joy in serving someone, even if it is through a banner order, knowing that my heart was set on Jesus when i did it.

nicole:  "to all the fans of pixbyemily... email me at or find me at and use the code joy4u to receive 20% off any order through saturday august 18th."
me:  see, i told ya she is an uh-mazing woman!

giveaway details.
included in the giveaway is:
- one handmade bliss banner burlap & yellow "joy" banner. (pictured above)
-i will cover shipping for those of you that are not local.

to enter.
leave a comment sharing some JOY you found today = 1 entry 
leave a comment with a word you would want a banner to say = 1 entry
follow my blog /comment letting me know you are = 1 entry

giveway is open until saturday 8/18/12 @ 1pm (az time)
i'll pick a winner randomly and announce it before 4pm that day.

the winner is Kaydee! looks like you & your daughter gained some joy this week!
note:  please check back to see if you won or be sure that your email is part of your public profile so that i can contact you.


  1. I found joy this morning in listening to my children giggle.

  2. I is hard to decided what word I would live, but I think "Blessed" would be a good start.

  3. I subscribe via email.

  4. joy today? my son left me a "hello there" note...just because. there is joy in being his mom. :) p.s. nicole - you're awesome "I don't do anything daring." ;) and emily, you are an encouragement! :)

  5. Stefanie DelongchampAugust 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Despite my kids being home sick with the flu & I had to call in for the very FIRST time to work I am finding JOY in being able to be home with my kiddos & snuggle with them, care for them & even "disinfect" after them! :)

    Oh & the one word I would choose for a banner is GRACE

  6. this is ironic I taught kenz the song "i got joy joy joy down in my heart, where?" song today! that is for sure my joy moment today!

  7. I would choose the banner to say either joy or grace as well.

  8. I thought I was following your blog but i guess i wasn't, i am now tho!

  9. Stefanie DelongchampAugust 15, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I am so following your blog!

  10. I found JOY in seeing my unborn baby's face in an ultrasound today...squishy face!

  11. I would have the banner say Blessed...

  12. Joy is your 15 year old seeking forgiveness and actually meaning it! Thanks for reminding us (me) to find joy in ALL things! Love ya!

  13. My banner would read "Forgiven"...

  14. Joy today was teaching my children and not having to rush off anywhere. (we homeschool)

    bonnie.l.adams at gmail dot com

  15. I love the JOY banner. If I chose a different word it would be BLESSED.

    bonnie.l.adams at gmail dot com

  16. I found Joy in an encouraging text from a sweet friend just when I needed it. ;) I would want the word Rise :)

  17. After coming across your blog on Facebook I was very encouraged to find more joy in my circumstances. Just be a simple banner with the word joy God is helping me find more joy in the business of life. As we get ready to take our son to his second year of college we realize just how much we are going to miss him but finding joy in the great things God is doing in his life. Also as our youngest starts 7th grade and is struggling, finding joy in the work God is doing in her heart. My joy in found in Christ alone.

  18. I have joy when i wake every morning knowing the Lord is by my side.I have joy in the memmories of the loved ones gone on before me. I have joy in my family and friends. I have joy that the the Lord gave me my creativity. I hope i give joy to others with my smile.