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Sunshine Post :: Amy Waltz Designs

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Amy from Amy Waltz Designs.

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

Hi! My name is Amy Waltz, owner and passionista of Amy Waltz Designs (AWD). AWD Wearable LOVE Jewelry is more than jewelry; it’s a powerful reminder into our own true uniqueness. Jewelry makes us feel and look beautiful but our hope is that it will be a window into one’s own inner beauty and magnificent purpose in life. Perhaps the words intertwined in the jewelry will serve as inspirational mantras, reminders or love notes. TRUST. I AM. Believe. LIFE IS A GIFT. Just Breathe. Love your life. Fly On. You always had the power. Grow happy. You are loved. She believed she could so she did …… We also care deeply about the Earth and aim to lessen our environmental footprint by up-cycling, using recycled, non-conflict metals and stones, and Eco-friendly patinas and sprays. We seek to contribute to raising human consciousness by mindful actions, respectful intentions and positive vibrations. And we hope that our jewels will help you do the same.

 

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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 work with the most amazing, intuitive, talented, funny, wonderful team around. It is because of them that happiness is a key component of each and every day. They make me smile and laugh all day long. We are all indeed blessed. To work with our hands while our hearts guide the way is our chief goal. It is my deep seated prayer that recipients who wear our jewelry will think more positively, respond to themselves with a little more heart, smile more, walk lighter on the Earth, let go of those things not meant for them, treat themselves and others in a gentler, kinder nature. So more than anything we want to propagate goodness and the jewelry is simply a tool for doing so.

 

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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 nature, in the eyes of my friends, in the blooming of a new day, in animals of all kinds, in the stillness of meditation, in the heart of my family, in the beauty of life. Since our jewelry is mindful, we move to design with that as our chief intention as we work. So anything that can ground and quiet us, cause us to breathe deeper, and awaken our heart, those things usually and easily make it into our palette when designing a new line – like we are doing now! We are designing our fall/winter line which will launch early September but you’ll see lots of symbolic pieces. Spinner rings for meditation, hand-sawn lotus pendants, rustic, textured stacking rings with symbolic stones and symbols, big, big bold rings and cuffs with meaningful stones for courage, healing, grounding, bravery. We usually like to hide little words on the inside of rings and cuffs for giving our customers a lift and ground them in intention as they put their pieces on each day.

 

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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 look into the eyes of my boys. Gage is 12 and Bennet is 9. They breathe life into me and open my heart chakra when it’s a little closed down. I also tune into the moment of sadness and rather than wallow in it, I say a gratitude prayer. I spend about 10 minutes creating a heart of gladness and then it usually turns my mood around!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

To say the one thing I am most grateful for is an impossible task as I am so very grateful for so many things! Aside from my being given the gift as a mother, which is the most glorious journey ever, I would say it’s living this amazing life … this life that is rooted in intention. It’s working with the loveliest of people; it’s being able to affect people positively, lift their spirits and in small ways change the world for the better. To know that this is happening leaves me, and I hope my whole team, with the greatest sense of happiness, contentment and accomplishment.

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The Lemonade Stand :: Seasons

Monday, August 11, 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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This is the time of year where I find myself waking up a tad…anxious. The end of summer always feels like a Sunday night. This is when I start noticing the things I didn’t accomplish this season and I start to feel the weight of the holidays around the corner. (I know, I know.) This past weekend, I took a moment to really try to refocus my energy. While at the beach, I stuck my feet in the water and lowered myself until nothing was dry except my head. And something happened. I exhaled.

I felt the sun on my shoulders, the cold water on my skin. My hand touched the sand below me and I focused my attention on the moment. So often, my running to-do list takes precedence in my head and I lose sight of the joy in the present. No more, my friends. The end of this summer will be the fresh start I need to look at the beauty in the everyday of the season. Not just pick and choose the aspects of the season that work for me. A freeing prospect. Won’t you join me?

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Weekly Wisdom :: Dalai Lama

Sunday, August 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: How to stop a crying baby

Friday, August 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Well, if you are on Facebook at all, I’m sure you’ve seen this making the rounds. But, honestly, I CANNOT help but smile when I watch this. It’s too good not to share. And it will guarantee a ray of sunshine for you. I promise.

 

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Giveaway :: Folk & Faro

Thursday, August 7, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Let’s talk about textiles, shall we? More to the point, we couldn’t very well have a month-long theme about the “Daily Dose” without including some of those items you reach for every day. I, for one, know that any textile I purchase is going to find its way into my daily routine whether it be practical and functional or just plain beautiful. Today’s contributor is a perfect addition to my repertoire.

Sarah Doty of Folk & Faro creates gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces that are destined to become a part of your day to day. Doty’s background in art (she is a museum professional/curator by trade) shines through in her work. From the Shibori-style pillow covers to the hand-dyed and painted linen napkins, Folk & Faro brings a simple sophistication to the table (both literally and figuratively.) Your “Daily Dose” is waiting for you at Folk & Faro.

Folk & Faro is giving away one Lined Denim & Suede Market Tote to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, August 14th.
Please visit Folk & Faro and tell us: What is the most meaningful piece of art in your home? Tell us the story behind it.
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, August 19th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Folk & Faro

Thursday, August 7, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Sarah from Folk & Faro.

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

I’m a museum professional / curator by training and an avid art-enthusiast. Many of the colors, textures and materials I produce for Folk & Faró stem from my background in Art History. I’m often influenced by artists and genres, both historical and contemporary.

 

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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 try and surround myself with creative people and objects, both at home and work. It’s one of the joys of working within museums – to constantly be surrounded by priceless artworks and artifacts.

 

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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?

As someone with a very busy mind, I find minimalist lines, colors and spaces particularly inspiring. Whether it’s a clean work space, the white walls of a gallery or crisp lines and monochromatic colors. I often try to mimic that simplicity in my own pieces.

 

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

Creating something new always makes me happy – whether it’s a new product or experimenting with a new recipe. (And wine, always wine.)

 

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What are you most grateful for?

The freedom to pursue a career rooted in my passion for art, which is only possible because I have a pretty great husband and hugely supportive family and friends. (And wine, always wine.)

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Giveaway :: Julia Kostreva

Wednesday, August 6, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Sometimes being a part of the Bright Side Project feels a bit like indulging in goodness on a continual basis. This site is basically a well-curated testament to sunshine and beauty and my own personal “Daily Dose” of goodness. Just one of the perks, I suppose. The artists and contributors bring a level of beauty to the table that is unparalleled and we are honored to share them with you.

Julia Kostreva is a designer and art director living in San Francisco who spends her time creating beautiful objects and helping others channel their own creativity into worthwhile endeavors. Kostreva’s shop is her self-appointed paradise, chock full of handcrafted home good and accessories. I am personally in love with these mini copper planters and this Dots artwork has me swooning. That’s what we’re here for, friends. Your daily dose of swoon. Julia Kostreva to the rescue.

Julia Kostreva is giving away three oversize black and white prints to three lucky winners (one each)! Winners will have a choice between five options: 1 :: 2 :: 3 :: 4 :: 5. To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, August 13th.
Please visit Julia Kostreva and tell us: What is your passion? (And how much of your passion is a part of your day job?)
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, August 19th, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Julia Kostreva

Wednesday, August 6, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Julia Kostreva.

 

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

I’m a designer and art director in San Francisco. I run a Creative Studio and Shop, where I work with creative businesses on creative direction, branding, web design, and print projects. My shop is my playground where I design products for fun.

 

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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?

Let’s be honest – as creative freelancers, whether you’re a designer, illustrator, artist, or craftsman, we have to take as many jobs as possible to stay afloat. It’s not always fun or the best match, but we do take joy in helping others come up with creative solutions. We are always finding ways to show our favorite work so that we can make great connections and find projects that are a good fit. Doing personal projects is a great way to do what you 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?

A walk outside, a trip to the museum, wondering through a greenhouse or a botanical garden, walking to the top of a hill or hiking the steps to a rooftop view, sitting by the water. I like getting away for a bit and inspiration finds me.

 

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

Watermelon. Bananas and peanut butter and chocolate chips. Pick flowers and put them in bud vases. A drive by the ocean on hwy 1 in San Francisco – it may be dreary but the ocean still sparkles!

 

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What are you most grateful for?

My boyfriend, he is so supportive and understanding. We joke about everything. Since we are both artists we talk through our projects – sometimes we help each other when we are stuck. We both work from home and we each have our own office, which I feel so grateful for. We walk to get coffee, eat lunch and eat dinner together pretty much every day. I feel so lucky and so grateful for that.

 

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Giveaway :: Corinna Maggy Designs

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  ::  Written by:

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 Hello, friends! Today we are kicking off our month-long “Daily Dose” of sunshine, aimed at bringing you the brightest and shiniest of artists and products. We can’t help but feel overjoyed at the prospect that there will be a moment in each day where you stop by and get a wonderful little jolt of brightness and beauty and carry that with you throughout the rest of your day. We hope you are reminded that life is, indeed, beautiful and that there is sunshine to be found no matter where you look.

Corinna Maggy Designs is the home of artist Corinna Maggy and her work is simply beautiful. These are the kinds of pieces you intend on buying for others and then find yourself purchasing one for yourself as well. Corinna Maggy Designs offers great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls that your loved ones will cherish and its a great sign when you find yourself coveting the very gifts you’re giving. The personalized bracelets (featured above) are effortlessly beautiful and a handful of them stacked up on one another would be the perfect way to remind yourself that the “Daily Dose” of beauty is right at your fingertips.

Corinna Maggy Designs is giving away $40 gift certificate to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 12th.
Please visit Corinna Maggy Designs and tell us: What is the most fulfilling part of your daily routine?
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Sunshine Post :: Corinna Maggy Designs

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Corinna from Corinna Maggy Designs.

 

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

My Name is Corinna Maggy, Mom, Wife, and Artist at Heart. I have been creating for as long as I can remember. Some of my best memories as a child are of my father and myself creating masterpeices on the living room floor. This love of creating carried through my school years and onto college where I studied Fine Art. I dappled in all the diffent media’s and have a love for them all. In 2001 I graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Since then I have had my work in various galleries and shops around the world. I worked as a designer for a company in Sedona, AZ and Maui, HI and I studied under a master jeweler in NV. I have met many amazing people along the way who continue to inspire me to do what is in my heart. In my life right I have been working towards creating and finding balance and acceptance. I carry this through to my work as well. While I love the process of creating from scratch, I also find inspiration from, and use quality components that I may come accross in my work. All the pieces in my shop have been designed, and made by me. I hope you enjoy your shopping experience and please feel free to contact me with any questions. I always welcome custom orders and inquiries.

 

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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 am living that right now!

 

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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 in everything. No matter what there is something to learn from every living thing and situation. Inspiration come from deep within. Accessing it is as simple as just letting go and letting it flow.

 

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

All I have to do is take a look around me and see all the wonderful things I have to be grateful for. My children, my family, and doing what I love, making a living being able to express my creative self.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

Life itself and the opportunity to experience it fully.

 

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