Jun 28, 2012

Sponsor goodness!

I mentioned recently that I am working with the fabulous folks at Bellaworks
on a new and much improved website and blog combo for Multiple Blessings.
It's progressing with organization, color and design 
and I could not be happier with the beginning stages of development.
This virtual home/journal started for me three years ago exactly...wow!
Here is my first journal entry on June 30, 2009. 
I really had no idea what God had planned for this journey
but I must say it's been an incredible ride and still is
and I'm so happy you've joined along for the journey.
I've met amazing people because of Designing for the Soul...
folks from all over the world like this sweet lady, and this talented lady
and even new friends right around the corner.
I have met some incredible women along the way. 
Women who are dreamers, creators, 
and daydreamers...
Women who are passionate about their craft...
passionate about what they do...
Women who feel called by God to use their gifts and talents wisely...(love that!)
Women who love to create 
with their hands and their hearts...
Women who are trying their best to balance motherhood and their creative biz...
Women who are generous with their journey's findings and share along the way....
Women who believe in spreading joy....
And I'm reminded often about how incredible it is for women to support women. 
So as you can tell, I've been thinking a lot about this lately 
and I'd like to share some exciting news here.
If you are a woman who is like what I described above... 
If you'd like to have a space where thousands of readers a month come to visit and read...
If you'd like a spot to feature your creative biz...
If you'd like to share your products, your talents, your offerings 
with other women who will likely want to support you...
this may just be for you!
With the launch of the new website later this summer
I'll be offering three levels of sponsorship. 
If you're interested in becoming a sponsor,
you'll have a sidebar ad on my blog, Designing for the Soul, for one month
plus you'll be featured by me in one of my posts about our talented sponsors.
We just can't wait to hear all about what you have to offer!
You may be an artist, you may sew and have a shop on Etsy,
you may be a photographer,
you may have an e-course to share...
So many talented women out there, so let's see what you've got!

If you're interested in Giveaway Goodness
you must have a fabulous product you make and sell, or you have a voucher or creative gift of your time and talent to give away 
and you just can't wait to share it with the world!
You'll get a sweet post by me about your business and the details of the giveaway
plus you'll have an ad on the sidebar for one full month. 
Everybody loves free stuff!
Can't wait to see what you'd love to give away...

I'll be looking for creative women who would be interested in being featured in a full post. 
It will be an interview between us and then written out on my blog for the world to learn about YOU!
It may be about your career, your passion for teaching, your thoughts on motherhood, trying to balance it all, it may be on art, music, theatre, sewing, crafting, photography, travel.
Endless possibilities here!
One full feature plus you'll have an ad on the sidebar for one full month. 
Would you like to be my guest?
If you are a Designing for the Soul reader from the very beginning or if you are new here today...
W E L C O M E!
This virtual home is a space where I journal about my journey in art licensing 
and my passion for incorporating my faith into my art.
I feel so blessed to do what I love and I just know many of you feel the same way.
If you are interested in any of the three sponsorship levels listed above
please contact me at multipleblessings@mac.com to start the discussion.
I can't wait!

Jun 27, 2012

the joy of discovery...

I had some studio time this week and as I was working on this new collection 
I realized what joy I feel when I discover 
a new technique, a new color palette, a new design idea.
And it hit me...it's the 

Learning something new, trying something new, 
it allows growth...it allows learning 
that we wouldn't have had if we hadn't kept our eyes open.
I had such fun last week too
watching the kids 
discovering the

Here's to discovery, the process of discovery
and all the joy it brings...
whether it's discovering more about ourselves or a loved one,
discovery and growth in our careers, 
or watching and growing alongside our children.
What brings you joy as you discover?

Jun 26, 2012

Dear Studio,

Dear Studio,
I have missed you. 
I can't wait to enjoy your three windows and beautiful light.
I am excited to see your new floors.

I have so many ideas and projects in play 
and they are spilling onto paper and sketchbooks 
as we travel and skip about this summer. 
But I am missing you and can't wait to be back in our space together to 
create, create, create!
I have big plans for some major creating, so get ready. 
We've got some super exciting projects in the works...
Rest up, we're going to be busy and have fun this fall!

Jun 25, 2012

beauty and the beach

Recent photos of amazing sunsets during our recent beach week....
God certainly does paint a different canvas each night.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almightly;
the whole earth is full of his glory.
Isaiah 6:3

Jun 24, 2012

winner and anniversary...

Hope everyone had a great week and weekend....missed you, sweet readers.
I enjoyed some much needed get away time at the beach with family
and we're back to busy here.
Congratulations to our winner for the DaySpring give away!

very colorful and fun! :)
Please contact me asap (multipleblessings@mac.com) 
with your shipping address and let us know which TWO Multiple Blessings products 
you'd like and we'll get them delivered to you!
And thank you to DaySpring for sponsoring this give away!
Remember through the end of June,
Remember, DaySpring is offering all DESIGNING FOR THE SOUL readers

20% off all Multiple Blessings' products through the end of June!
                                      Use the coupon code CSMB20yippee! happy shopping!
Happy anniversary to my sweet man...
I can't believe it's been 18 years! 
We've built some incredible memories together and added 4 children to the mix along the way.
We've played, we've laughed, we've cried, 
we've worked, we've worshiped, we've traveled, we've learned....
I love you even more than I did the day we married. 
I thank God for you each day and I am oh so grateful to spend this life with you.

Jun 21, 2012

Special Give Away from DaySpring!

The fabulous folks at DaySpring are sponsoring a wonderful giveaway for us this weekend!
Thank you DaySpring!
They are even offering all DESIGNING FOR THE SOUL readers
20% off all Multiple Blessings' products through the end of June!
Use the coupon code CSMB20
yippee! happy shopping!

Back to the give away...
The winner will be able to choose 
ANY TWO products from the MULTIPLE BLESSINGS' collection
which I designed for Demdaco...one of my favorite licensing partners.
You can view the collection HERE.
We'd love it if you choose one to keep for yourself and the other to give to someone else.
You can choose from a variety of bookmarks...

a variety of canvas wall art...

hanging canvas plaques...
magnetic memo board with magnetic clips...

these are the cute magnetic memo clips!
and love this magnetic prayer memo board...
a great way to have interactive prayer time with the family...
We are praying for...
We are thankful for ...
perforated notepad with magnets.

and this colorful garden bucket
Rooted in Faith...
(fill with fresh flowers and take to a neighbor in need...)

you can even add one of these garden stakes to the garden bucket and flowers 
or add one to a house plant...
Make a great gift!

So for a chance to win...
which products you'd choose and how you plan to spread joy to someone else by giving one away!
Simple as that...we want to hear how you plan to spread God's love with these products!
After all, that's the main reason I designed them in the first place:)

For a chance to win:...do any of the following but if you do more than one, 
do them separately so you have more chances to win! Enter as many times as you like!
*link to this giveaway on Facebook
*Tweet about this give away
* Post about this give away on your own blog
*Like Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook
Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
ONE LUCKY WINNER will be randomly selected by random.org
on Sunday, June 24th after 9pm. 
Here's to spreading joy!

Jun 14, 2012

squeals from the studio! and vacation :)

Not sure if you can hear me from where you are 
but I am squealing with joy over here in the studio.
Some exciting things happening soon and I'll share tid bits here
and hope you'll squeal alongside me.
On Monday, June 18th
my dragonfly and butterfly inspirational tumblers
will launch in the larger 24 oz. size on the Tervis website.
ahhhh....just in time for summer!
Here is the link to shop for Inspirational Butterflies.
Here is the link to shop for Inspirational Dragonflies.

Next Thursday, June 21st
be on the lookout here for a fun give away from DaySpring!
Remember I showed you all the fun Demdaco products I designed?
The kind folks at DaySpring are teaming up with me for a great give away
so be sure to check in then...you won't want to miss it.
Speaking of teaming up,
I have hired the talented folks at BellaWorks to help me revamp/freshen up 
my very outdated Multiple Blessing's website.
It's embarrassingly outdated and we're working to join the blog and website...
hoping to streamline it all 
in a fresh, exciting and "easy to navigate" way.
Whether you're a sweet reader and fan,
whether you are a retail store owner who carries the products I design,
or whether you are a manufacturer who is interested in licensing my art,
our hope is that the new space will be informative, colorful, helpful, and inspiring.
s t a y    t u n e d ! ! !
and finally...
getting pretty excited to celebrate the launch 
of my first ever collection with Creative Co-Op.
I have been thinking about how God gave me the idea to dream up and create
a "Be Still and Know" corner for home...
a place where we can go to find rest; rest in Him. 
Whether through prayer, devotion, reading, meditation or just quiet time...
it's a space in the home for retreat.
A place where no electronics are allowed,
a space with a window to the outside world...
where we witness the birds.
The birds which remind us that God will take care of all of our needs
the small ones and the big ones too.
And even the tiniest of seeds will fill us; they'll fill our souls
if we fill up with His Word. 
A place where we find joy and inspiration.
I am so looking forward to having this space too. 
It's going to be an intentional room specifically for this 
and my hope and prayer is that others may want to create a
"Be Still and Know" room in their home as well. 
So, thanks for squealing with me sweet readers!
And FYI, I am taking a few days off from the blogging world.
Heading to soak my toes in the sand and build sandcastles,
ride in the boat and sleep in,
watch the sunsets over the marsh,
take long walks and bike rides with the kids
become inspired by something there which may lead to designing a new collection...hmmmmm.
I'll be back in time to post the give away with DaySpring late next week. 
until then, blessings...

Jun 13, 2012

peekaboo Christmas...

This cute little fella and these other Christmas patterns are in progress 
for lots and lots of goodies in the works. 
Crazy painting Christmas in the spring and summer but this is how it happens!
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Stay tuned for the Christmas bliss...

other inspiring posts...