Saturday, September 23, 2017

20 Fun Facts About Me: Owner of Markets of Sunshine

1.  I currently live in Deltona, FL
2.  Deltona is the longest place I have lived in my life (26 years)
3.  I lived the first 12 years of my life in Orlando, FL
4.  From age 13 to 18 I lived in the country, a town called Oviedo, FL
5.  After graduating from high school I lived in Winter Park, FL for 1 year (After high school I studied criminal law at Valencia Community College in Orlando)
6.  My first job was as a receptionist at an insurance company in Longwood, FL, My second job was for Sears Credit department in Winter Park, FL, My third job was for AT&T in Orlando and Altamonte Springs, FL

7. I've visited many countries and states in the USA and Caribbean. They are: GA, SC, NC, VA, WVA, NJ, NY, RI, DE, IL, TN, KY, MI, LA, AL, PA; via cruise ship Mexico, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaca ( I hate to fly but have several times)
8. Theme parks used to be my favorite past time here in FL.  I've been to Walt Disney World theme parks over 100 times, Sea World at least 20 times, Busch Gardens 50 times (my GrandMother lived across the street) Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat, Six Flags over GA, Opry Land Weiki Watchee, The beach was my 2nd favorite place to hang out.  Wading in the water and sitting under the umbrella getting burned to a crisp. I have fair skin and blue eyes which are known to be low tolerance for heat.
Our families 3rd favorite vacation place was fishing in Ocala National Forrest and camping while my Dad hunted. (somewhere in FL I can't remember) I grew up with horses, dogs, ducks, chickens, cat, bird, rabbit and fish
9.  My fifth place to live was Altamonte Spgs, FL for 1 year with 2 different roommates
10.  My sixth place to live was again in Altamonte Springs, FL with 2 nice fleshly sister's near the age of my Mother (1985-1988)
11.  In 1988 I married the kindest man I've ever met who is from Colombia, South America
12.  We moved to Deltona, FL in 1990 after the birth of our daughter and have lived here for 26 years
13. I love the outdoors, camping, hiking mainly in the mountains during the Fall and Winter
14.  I love to entertain and cook gourmet food, mostly at tea parties
15.  I'm a little OCD due to Lyme disease in 2004 (I am very close to God now than ever before)
16.  We've been down sizing since last year when our daughter got married and moved out. (a very slow process due to low energy)
17.  Using the cash envelope system to budget and pay off medical debt and saving to help more in our congregation with home bound and elderly friends who can't take care of their homes anymore.
18.  Selling our home and getting out from under a mortgage is on the top of our list.  Leaving things in God's hand to see if that is the path he wants us to take. (selling off stuff in our Etsy shop, PioneerFundraiser)
19.  I'm trying to grow my Etsy customer base so I can retire my husband and he can work with me and do more in the ministry and for those in need. ( I love to make things with my hands so I opened my Etsy shop, MarketsofSunshine to give me something to do now that I'm not able to get out of my house like I used to before Lyme; I sew, crochet, made polymer clay people and animals, hollow books, cash envelopes, organizers, quilt, card making, scrapbooking just to name a few)
20.  We hope to buy a new truck and travel trailer once we sell our house so we can share the hope of God's kingdom with those who are longing for peace on earth and live with no more sickness, old age or death.

Now that you got to know me a little better, what do we have in common?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  Share this post if you leave a comment so your friends can come read it too.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Time For A Giveaway & Gift With Purchase From Markets of Sunshine

It's time for another fun giveaway from yours truly Marsha Jean owner of Markets of Sunshine.  Fashionable organizers for the smart consumer.  That's you. Giggle!

I have gotten the bug for snow globes.  I just think they are the coolest invention ever.  Okay, there might be some that are way cooler to you and that's okay too.

This Mary Moo Moo 2000 snow globe has to find a new home.  I have 4 to giveaway so that makes it even more special.  So, you have 4 chances of winning not just 1.

Read all the options in the Rafflecopter giveaway for more chances to win.  The more options you fill in the more points you gain.

The 2nd option is my Gift with Purchase deal of the month.
I made up some cute matchbox ornaments.  I call them that because you can hang them from the ribbon.  See, how cute they are.
It has a cute word charm on one end i.e. Mom, sister, daughter
Just let me know which charm you'd like me to add when you make a purchase from any of my 4 Etsy shops below.

1. MarketsofSunshine
sells fashionable organizers for budgeting 
2. MySecretCompartments
hollow book box storage box
3. BookLoversGifts4U
vintage books and movies
4. PioneerFundraiser
vintage gifts and supplies

Enter the giveaway by click the link below

Click this link >>>>>>>  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Budget Tip Of The Day! - How I Use The Cash Envelope System

Are you having a hard time sticking to a budget?  I know sometimes I start one and it all looks good on paper but taking that next step and actually implementing it is another task all together.  The key to sticking to a budgeting is to keep it simple.  Don't overwhelm yourself with high expectations.

If you've read articles that are floating all over the world wide web about making a budget or how to get out of debt you'll find that they all say about the same thing.  I like the idea of having something to guide you and not just try to keep track of all your money management in your head each month.

That is a big mistake I used to make way back when I was first married over 29 years ago.  We didn't have much money and no credit cards so it was easy for me to just know that we didn't have any money left over so no worries about over spending. 

As the year's rolled by and the credit card debt came along it was important to know what bills I needed to pay each week.  So, making a budget and sticking to it when you have credit card debt or student loan debt or a mortgage or car payment is a must for any household.

The first and most important step when making a budget is to write down everything you spend in one month.  Then in month two you make your budget from the way you spent money the month before.  This way you can see where you over spend and where you need to cut back on unnecessary spending.

The second step is to organize your money into categories according to type. Food, housing, car expenses etc... 

The third step that I do is set aside money each week for the must pay bills.  The ones that if you don't pay you won't have a place to live or a car to drive and so forth.  After, those are all allocated for I then move on to the second most important must pay items like food, gas and medical expenses.

If you have kids and they get an allowance then you should write that down as well.

So many experts say don't use credit cards but what about debit cards?  They also say use the cash envelope system.  Well, what about if you loose your wallet or it gets stolen?  There goes all your hard earned savings. 

So, here is the system I use to incorporate the cash envelope system.  I use them for 3 categories.  Emergency, Spend, Save and Give!  That's it.  I set up automatic payments from my bank account for all the major bills and monthly expenses such as mortgage and paying off the credit card debt.

Each month I set aside money for the emergency fund envelope.  Money for the spending envelope, savings envelope and money for the giving envelope.

Now, if you are going to keep large amounts of cash in your home you'll need a good way to hide it right?  So, where would you hide your cash?  Under your mattress?  In the freezer?  All the places a thief knows to look?  No!  Well, where then? 

Glad you asked!  You can hide all that cash in a hollow book safe that has a lock.  That way you can place it right on the bookshelf next to all your cookbooks and no one will be the wiser that one of them has money hidden inside. 

When was the last time someone came over and started looking through your cookbooks?  Never, right!
                                   You can buy them with a slide out drawer style like this one.

                                             Or, with a hollowed out center like this one.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Burning Love Collection By Markets of Sunshine Fashionable Budget Organizers

For the Fashionable Smart Consumer

Brand-new and fresh off the press, The Burning Love Collection, individually designed by Markets of Sunshine superstar designer Marsha Jaramillo, has just been released on August 21, 2017. This collection is unlike any other. The entire idea behind The Burning Love Collection is staying as organized as possible, while also saving money, in the most fashionable way possible. The inspiration behind this wonderful collection came directly from Marsha’s own life, when she realized she had to save money, and stay organized, all on a tight budget. After many customer requests, she was called to create perfectly executed designer organizers and pretty envelopes dedicated to the process of staying within budget in a friendly and fun way!

Each adorable money-saving organizer and cash envelope is beautifully designed to reflect not only a peaceful spiritual perspective, but also serves to provide positivity, inspiration, and joy to whoever chooses to use these helpful items. And, as Marsha knows first-hand, the easiest way to save money and keep to a budget is to use mindfulness whenever possible, and The Burning Love Collection is the perfect place to start.

Marsha created this incredible collection for anyone that find it’s difficult and somewhat challenging to stick to a schedule and to save money. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and The Burning Love Collection makes way for inspiration and positivity to be manifested instantly. 

Each organizer from the collection features several different on-trend colors which include purple passion, moody blues, pink splash, and mellow yellow. In addition, the items in the collection have been made with primarily eco-friendly materials, so that means they are perfectly safe around pets as well as children.

The items in The Burning Love Collection range in price from $15 for cash envelopes, to $55 for the organizers, which is a steal for handmade items made straight from the heart. For more information on how you can obtain one of these amazing items of your very own from The Burning Love Collection, contact Marsha at Markets of Sunshine today~!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Royal Albert Heirloom Teacup and Saucer Giveaway

Are you ready for a giveaway?  I've been so blessed with some lovely Royal Albert heirloom teacups and saucer sets from a friend and I wanted to share my bounty with you my loyal reader's. click the link below to go to the entry page.  Read the rules before entering.  Best wishes to you all. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Featured Items of the Week: Markets Of Sunshine Etsy Shop

Week of July 24, 2017

Featured Items From Markets of Sunshine
Etsy Shop!

Top left corner is our Nancy Drew keepsake box featuring our signature felt and wood box design.

Bottom left is our vintage Japanese jewelry box chest with beautiful mother of pearl inlaid design.

Top right is our bluebird gift envelope that can be monogrammed for your special occasion.

Bottom right is our elegant pride and prejudice keepsake box featuring our signature wood box and fiber art felt lining.

Just click on the item name and you'll be taken to our Etsy shop to read the details and see more pictures.

Favorite our shop and your favorite items while you are there.

If you are a VIP Gifting Lounge member you will get an instant 25% discount coupon code off your purchase. Check your email inbox for the latest code.

 Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Deal All Summer For My VIP Gifting Lounge Member's

Weekly Deal!  60% off in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine.
Plus, get FREE SHIPPINGIf you are a VIP member you get to double-dip and use your 25% off coupon too.  Not a member. Then you are missing out on these great deals.  

But, no worries.  You can join my VIP Gifting Lounge today.  Just click this link: 
I want to save big too!  VIP Gifting Lounge

There are only 7 deals this week.  Don't wait.  Get over to my shop, MarketsofSunshine today! 

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha aka Sunshine

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tea Party Theme Ideas

Okay, I have to share one of my biggest passions in life with you.
I absolutely am crazy about tea parties!  I have a china cabinet full of tea cups, saucers, plates, bowls, teapots, spoons, platters and tiered serving pieces. 

There are so many great tea party theme ideas out there and I'm sure you've been come up with a few yourself.  There is the garden party theme.  The victorian theme.  The mad hatter theme.  The alice in wonderland theme and the list goes on and on.

I'm planning my next tea party in the Fall and would like to do something fun and unique.  I'd love to get your ideas.  Leave me a comment below with a fun and unique theme that you think would make a great way to celebrate a tea party with the girls.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Florida Garden: Plant Cutting & Seed Saver Program With Friend's & Neighbor's

Would you like to learn how to share plant cuttings with your friends and neighbors?  
Here are a few supplies you'll need to get started.
  • root starter (local hardware of building supply store)
  • ziplock bags
  • paper towels
Here is how I do my cuttings.  Take a piece of the plant stem and wet the end and apply a little bit of the root starter to the cut end.  Wrap it in a wet paper towel and place in ziplock bag and give to your friend to place in soil.  Once, they get it home they can put it in potting soil and water as usual.

I would love to know how you share cuttings and how you get them to grow.  Leave a comment below and share your tip with other gardening friends.

What's in my Florida garden?  Take a tour with me through my Florida garden and take part in a plant cutting exchange program with your neighbor's and friends. 
Or, start a seed saver sharing group with your gardening friends.  Do you have pretty seed saver packets?  I do in my Etsy shop just for you.

This is a sneak peek at what is coming to my Etsy shop in a few weeks.  Stay tuned to this blog for future updates and a glimpse at the new product line.
Thank you for being a part of my Markets of Sunshine community.
Sending You Sunshine,

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Florida State Parks Review: Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Florida State Parks Review: Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat

As a native Floridian, I grew up in rural Orlando back in the early 60's.  My family then moved to rural Seminole county to a little city called Oviedo.  As a child our play time was outdoors climbing trees and playing cowboys and Indian's.  Every summer for 2 weeks we went to the Ocala National Forrest state park where my Mother and Father would fish with friends who owned the cabins on 2 lots.  We kid's usually about 5 or 6 of us, would explore the trails and wait on them to get back around lunch-time.  I would get up around 7 a.m. and eat breakfast and sneak any left over coffee.  
It was black and the most awful tasting stuff I had ever drank.  I thought "how on earth can my Dad like this stuff".  Giggle!

My first trip to Silver Springs State Park was when I was about 10 years old.  It was like a fun place to visit.  That was in the 1970's.  They had a complete Zoo and the glass bottom boat tour.  It was like a little paradise to me.

My second trip back to the park was somewhat of a disappointment.  Why?  Because, the Zoo was no more.  The water park was broken down eye sore and the once beautiful drive in was a sign of a big change.  The only thing that was still there was the glass bottom boat tour.  I can't remember how long the tour was since I was only 10 when I was last there.

But, this tour was 30 minutes or 1 hour 1/2.  We picked the 30 minute tour and we got our monies worth.  The tour guide was very nice and informed on the park history.  He was not a native Floridian but that did not matter.  He knew the history and that was good enough for me.  

The water was crystal clear and clean.  A lot of work goes in to keep it that way.  The boats are battery operated so no gas or oil gets in the spring feed water.  There is a nice group of shops and the restrooms are kept clean and tidy.  The cost to get in is only $3 for parking.  The boat tours range in price from $11 per person and up depending on your age and which tour you choose.

If you canoe or paddle board you can have a fun self guided tour down the river for a low fee.  Walk the trails around the park and bring your picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the pavilions. 

Overall, you'll love this park.  It is a fun day trip for couples or the family anytime of year.

Review Rating:  5 Stars

 Sending You Sunshine - Marsha

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy Camper Travel Set Giveaway

Where in the world is your favorite travel destination?

Mine is anywhere there are mountains, rivers, waterfalls and antique shops.
Start your Summer vacation off with this original artwork travel set from Etsy seller's RoundtreeInkdesigns and 
All you have to do to is enter for a chance to win. Use the entry form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Etsy Products: DIY Supplies Sneak Peek

Sneak peek coming in our Markets of Sunshine Etsy shop June 12, 2017.   All I can tell you is that DIY crafter's will love the new products line.

To make room for the new products we are having a huge clearance sale for Spring.  Every Wednesday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST you will be able to save big on these flash sale items in all 4 of our Etsy shops.  Pioneer Fundraiser, My Secret Compartments and Markets of Sunshine have something for everyone.  

We have teamed up with another handmade Etsy seller, Icky Chic Designs.  
There are more great handmade products made in the USA in both our shops.  Be sure to browse around and favorite our shops so you can find us again on your next visit to Etsy.

Find me fast on Etsy by typing MSBlink in the search bar to see all the flash sale products each week. 

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How To Plan A Tea Party On A Budget and Flash Sale

Summer fun flash sale event with our 2 Etsy shop seller's, MarketsofSunshine and Icky Chic Designs this Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Be sure to mark your calendar.  Click the shop section marked: Flash Sale

School is finally out for the Summer in most cities around the USA.  What will you do to celebrate your child's achievements?  Why not plan a fun tea party. Even if you are on a tight budget you can pull if off with these easy tips.

  1. Buy handmade invitations so that you can concentrate on the more important part of the event, your guests and the food you'll serve.
  2. Shop the kid's section of the stores for sale days
  3. Pick a theme that you can do with things around your house or from the dollar store
  4. Make your own food.  Don't have it catered. Ask friends to bring a dish. Check out these vegan recipes, bread recipe, potato soup
  5. DIY party favors like these sticky note pouches and mini tip envelopes kit.  This will save you tons of money.  Pick up supplies from the dollar store or sales section of the stores.  

Leave a comment below letting me know what is your favorite item in our Etsy shop in the Flash Sale section.

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Etsy Flash Sale: Blink And You Lose 6th Shopping Event

Etsy flash sale: Blink and You Lose 6th Shopping Event.  It doesn't get any better than this.

Imagine becoming the greatest Mom in the world, and your child becomes the happiest, most helpful kid who ever existed....Introducing the Child Reward System Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie has been transformed into a hollow book safe with a hidden compartment in the middle of the book where the pages have been cut out. The first few pages have been left for added surprise and fun when they open their gift.
Now you can reward your child with a gift card to their favorite store or theme park inside the secret compartment and only give it to them as a reward for a job well done so that you can save your sanity and teach your child that doing their best is rewarded.
Plus, you'll get a free character tote bag kit with any $30 purchase from our shop with easy 'how to' instructions. Takes only 10 minutes to make.

Starting on May 31st (Our 7th Event)- We will have 
two All Day events each week 
on Wednesdays and Sundays
OUR 6th EVENT IS - Sunday, May 28th
Join Us On Sunday for Some Shopping Fun!

Every Wednesday and Sunday 
Until - 7 PM Central Standard Time
WEDNESDAY'S Event will be at Markets of Sunshine
 (Starting 5/31)
SUNDAY'S Event will be at Icky Chic Design

(Featured Items Are Different For Each Day's Event)
All featured item's listed for Wednesday and Sunday's Shopping Event will be ridiculously lowered in price until 7 PM CST. You only have one day to secure these awesome deals! So you see...if you BLINK, YOU REALLY WILL LOSE...  
NOTICE: Items are listed on Etsy. You can use the Etsy Guest feature to purchase items on Etsy without an account.

THIS WEEK'S EVENT ITEMS: (Sunday, May 28th)
*Featured items are subject to change in the case that they should sell before the scheduled shopping event.
 (Markets of Sunshine
Hollow Book Safe
Original Price: $22  
Event Price: $15
Buy Here: More Details and photos

     (Markets of Sunshine)   
Book Lover Gift for Girls, Hollow Book Box
Original Price: $20
Event Price: $15
Buy Here: More Details and photos
 (Icky Chic Designs)   
Small Clutch or Phone Case
Original Price$27.00 
Event Price: $7.95
Buy Here: More Details and photos
  (Icky Chic Designs) 
5 Yards Glamorous Apparel Fabric
Original Price: $18.00
Event Price: $7.20
Buy Here: More Details and photos
  • All transactions will take place through the Etsy shop featuring the item you choose to buy. 
  • Items are subject to change should they sell before the event starts.
WHO will walk away with these fantastic deals? It could be YOU!
Let us know if there is an item in our shops that you would like us to include in a future flash sale event by leaving us a comment below.
Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha J.