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The Lemonade Stand :: Summer Break

Monday, July 21, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

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Hi friends! It’s that time of year, friends. Time for sleepaway camp, tropical vacations, stay-cations, longer nights. Here at the BSP, we are all about balance and finding the right mixture of work and play and that means honoring the fact that everyone needs a vacation now and then. This week, we’ll be taking our ‘Summer Break’ and we’ll be back Friday with another Fresh Squeezed Friday dose for you and all will resume next week! See you then! (And don’t forget sunscreen!)

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Weekly Wisdom :: Rumi

Sunday, July 20, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Kacy Catanzaro

Friday, July 18, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hello, friends! Do any of you watch America Ninja Warrior? It’s basically a sports competition/obstacle course based on the Japanese series Sasuke. My family and I have been obsessed with this show at times. Yet, we no longer have cable so it is one of the shows that has fallen off my radar. UNTIL, Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama. For those who don’t know, Mt. Midoriyama is the name of the final challenge – a course so fierce that most don’t finish. It is amazing to watch people use their focus, determination, strength, and sheer will to compete. It is inspiring (especially when you learn the backstories of the competitors.) Here is Kacy’s run…prepare to be inspired!

 

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Giveaway :: Argaman&Defiance

Thursday, July 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Everyone has a specialty. This is one truth I hold onto no matter the circumstance. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and the greatest gift is knowing which is which and acting accordingly. One of the ways we stay true to honoring our strengths is by celebrating the makers out there who share theirs with us. Here at the BSP, we do not take the opportunity lightly and today we are so excited to share a very special maker with you.

Lydia Crespo of Argaman&Defiance creates hand-dyed silk scarves using all natural dyes (think trees and plants) and the designs are absolutely unique and beautiful. Crespo’s craft is our reward. Argaman&Defiance is a treasure, full of the accessories you wish you could create but you know better and you leave it to the artists. This Grey & White Infinity Scarf definitely speaks to my heart and it has me thinking you should browse the shop right now and find the one that speaks to you. Listen.

Argaman&Defiance is giving away Purple Flako Scarf in Resist Pattern to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, July 24th.
Please visit Argaman&Defiance and tell us: What is a secret you have for beating the blues?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Argaman & Defiance

Thursday, July 17, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Lydia from Argaman&Defiance.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

I get asked a lot where I came up with such an interesting name for my little business. So here it is… the surprisingly simple story of Argaman&Defiance. My first name, Lydia means ‘the maker of purple dye’. That purple dye was described as Argaman, which translates from Hebrew as crimson. Growing up, my grandparent’s home was in Defiance, Missouri located near a popular Missouri nature preserve, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the place where I spent a good portion of my childhood learning, discovering, nature, which had a great impact on my artwork and designs.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I knew from a very early age that working with my hands brings incredible joy. If I want to stay happy, I have to make “making” a priority.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

My main source of inspiration is my city… in my opinion the best city, CHICAGO! There is always something going on from a street festival to art exhibitions. So much culture and diversity to consume and influence my designs! I love it here!

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I love every aspect of what I do from naturally dying to book keeping to answering e-mails. The best way to power through a dreary day is to work! Another idea… I LOVE Instagram and Pinterest! If I need a little boost, something to get me motivated to create – I grab my coffee and iPad and see what my fellow makers are up to.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My husband. When we first moved in together he know I needed a space to work. Our apartment was tiny and only had one bedroom. So while I was at school (I was still finishing my undergrad at SAIC), he moved all of our bedroom furniture into the living room and turned the bedroom into my studio! Starting a small business is pretty tough. I am so fortunate to have a partner who is always encouraging me to go further and do more, and giving me the support to do so! And as long as I am mentioning supporters who I am grateful for, I must mention my Mom! If you swing by my booth at most markets I participate in, there is a good chance you will run into my mom slinging scarves right there with me. She supported my decision to go to art school and continues to give me the courage and wisdom to run a business!

 

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Giveaway :: While Odin Sleeps

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Friends, can we stop for a moment to talk about skills we wish we had? Mine would be creating jewelry. Wearable jewelry that adds beauty to my life and makes me feel like a better person. Sadly, this is a skill I do not have. I do, however, have a skill for finding artists that create the kind of wearable art I dream about. And I share them with you because I want to see this beauty spread far and wide.

While Odin Sleeps is the brand of designer Lauren Lester. This line is art at its finest, friends. Inspired by her environment and marrying gems and metals, Lester’s pieces are simply inspiring. While Odin Sleeps looks like what the inside of my dream jewelry box would contain. The Plasma necklace, for example, feels like it was designed just for me. Browse through the catalog of While Odin Sleeps and find your dreams waiting for you.

While Odin Sleeps is giving away one Mystery Box (to include at least two pieces!) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 23rd.
Please visit While Odin Sleeps and tell us: What new skill have you acquired lately?
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Sunshine Post :: While Odin Sleeps

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Lauren from While Odin Sleeps.

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Lauren Lester, owner of While Odin Sleeps. I am a crystal connoisseur and a maker of wearable art. My work is a dance between harsh geometric shapes and earthly silhouettes.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

What makes me the happiest is exploration (internally and externally), constant change, and appreciation for the natural order of chaos. All three of those things inspire my work. I mostly create one of a kind pieces, this forces me to constantly search for new stones and create new shapes. Its keeps my life void of unwanted repetition and my mind active and connected to my pieces.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find almost all of my inspiration in nature. Currently here in Texas that means all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom. Between daily sunshine and the perfect colors of the landscape I am always inspired. And when those flowers retreat back into the ground, I have my go to love of arachnids and bees. They never cease to amaze and inspire me.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

On a dreary day I have my dog Madeline. She had been through a lot before becoming part of my family yet she is so playful and trusting. Her forever youthfulness brings sunshine to anyone she encounters.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

That’s a hard one! I guess the absolute perfect placement of our planet in our solar system, and in our galaxy. I mean… without that we’d be nothing, have nothing, and love nothing. So here’s to our planet and all the beauty it’s provided!

 

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Giveaway :: AnnKat Designs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

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One of the greatest skills in life is learning how to find the delicate balance between work and play, stress and relaxation. Over the years, I have found that one surefire way to center myself is to allow time for creativity and self-expression. Whether it be painting or jewelry making, gardening or cooking, creative expression is something that one can always fall back on to get back to the core of themselves. The artists we find at the BSP are inspirations when it comes to honoring creativity and today’s contributor is no exception.

Ann Kathryn Kehoe of AnnKat Designs creates gorgeous jewelry that strives to maintain balance in composition and style. Kehoe’s work is modern and unique, yet draws from tradition. Her pieces include healing gemstones and her work celebrates personal growth and positivity. I, personally, am magnetically drawn the the Raw Sodalite Gemstone Necklace and I realize that balance is, perhaps, the strongest influence we can choose in our lives and what better way than to adorn ourselves with pieces that remind us of that. AnnKat Designs is full of reminders. Find your own.

AnnKat Designs is giving away one Bronze Chevron Ring to one winner and one Bronze Chevron Necklace to a second winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, July 22nd.
Please visit AnnKat Designs and tell us: How do you seek balance in your life?
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Sunshine Post :: AnnKat Designs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Ann Kathryn from AnnKat Designs.

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello, I’m Ann Kathryn, owner and designer of AnnKat Jewelry Designs. I founded AnnKat Designs in 2012 as a creative outlet from my full-time job. As both my skillset and my jewelry line grew, I slowly transitioned to working full time for my own business. I currently reside in Milwaukee, WI where I design from my home studio. Almost all pieces are designed first in a CAD program, then 3d printed and cast in bronze, silver or gold. I finish the jewelry by hand and set all the gemstones. Because every piece is born and completed in my own hands, I feel a personal connection and love for my jewelry that I enjoy sharing with others. I strive to design pieces that inspire, uplift and radiate positivity.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I believe in this philosophy wholeheartedly. Creating has always been my passion and I’ve been blessed with family and friends who have encouraged and enabled me to grow as an artist. My family supported me through art school even when the odds of finding a “real job” in my field were slim. Against these odds, I did land a design job right out of college. Here I was able to hone in on my design skills and style but I craved more freedom and personal growth. As time went on, my business fell into place and I transitioned roles. I believe that if you follow your passion and have faith that it will all work out, you can never fail, even when times are rocky. I am thankful to be doing what I love!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find beauty and inspiration in everything, but nature is my sanctuary. Being in nature grounds my wandering mind and allows me to focus, brings balance back to my spirit and inspires me all around. When my mind is open and free, I am able to soak in my surroundings and gain inspiration for new work.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Often dreary days can be my most creative. I will cheer up my surroundings with aromatherapy and inspiring music, and get to work on a new design. If I get stuck my best motivation is to meditate, draw and just let my mind wander. My dog, Wink, and kitty, Olive, also help to boost my mood any day!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Above all, I am most grateful for my family and friends and for their ongoing support in my artistic journey. I am constantly inspired by those around me and am blessed to have a strong community of loving, encouraging and compassionate friends.

 

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The Lemonade Stand :: The Feel Good

Monday, July 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

Friends, sometimes Monday just means getting up and facing the day. Do you know what I’m talking about? Those days when Monday just seems like…well…Monday. On those days, videos like the one below help me out a ton. I call them the “Feel Good.” Enjoy.

 

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