Monday, July 15, 2019

Mini Tins Embellished With Summer Theme and Planner Charm Pretties

What to do with all the mini tins in your craft supplies stash?
Make something useful and cute to carry small bits and pieces in so they don't get lost in the bottom of your purse or backpack.

I named this one Bee Blessed for my Summer collection going in my Etsy shop, Markets Of Sunshine.

It comes with a cute planner charm or key chain with a moon and stars charm and glass beads.
You can use the lobster clasp to attach it to your cell phone or planner.  Or, tie it to the rear view mirror in your vehicle. 

This is the first in the series of Summer tin collection and planner pretties. 

What's your favorite Summer time theme?  Leave me a comment below and I'll see if I can make one just for you.

Stay cool and hydrated while you're out and about this Summer.  It's a Hot one!!

Sending You Sunshine from sunny and hot Florida.


Did you know I'm doing a #2019organizingchallenge this year?

Catch up on the challenge with the first post and grab your organizing checklist and worksheet when you join my mailing list.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Summer Gift Ideas From Handmade Small Business

Just in time for your Summer gift giving needs.  Handmade gift ideas from small business owners on Etsy.

A great selection of gifts from handmade sellers who own a small business out of their home.

Click the product description title to visit each item and seller's shop.

#1 - Small wallets for women.  Holds your cash or credit cards and business cards etc..
Made in USA by Markets of Sunshine artisan.

#2 - Pioneer Fundraiser - Vintage gifts from around the world.
Lighthouse figurine

#3 - Essence of the South - Hand painted wood keepsake boxes

#4 - The Sparkling Bead - Handmade beaded jewelry and earrings

#5 - The Knotted Bliss - Crochet Dolls and Clothing

#6 - Icky Chic Designs - Fabric Butterfly Journal Cover

#7 -Peace and Stitches makes cross stitch gifts for special occasions.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Hollow Book Storage Box Giveaway by Markets of Sunshine

If you've been following my blog for a while you know that I used to make hollow book storage boxes and sold them on Etsy.  We decided to take a break from selling them.  Well break time is over and I am going to be offering them again in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine.

To get the ball rolling again I decided to give one away to my loyal reader's.  That's you.

There are a few simple rules to the game.  Of course!  It's all in fun.

Rule #1 - Follow my blog button is on the right side of the page.  Easier to find if you are on a pc or laptop.

Rule # 2 - Share this post on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest)

Rule #3 - Leave a comment below telling me why you would love winning a hollow book box like this Alice in Wonderland hollow book storage box.

Rule #4 - Join my VIP mailing list to get sneak peeks and huge discounts not available to the public.
Click this link to sign-up with your email address.  <<<< You get my organizing challenge goodies too. Free pdf download list of how-to's. #2019organizingchallenge

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Gift Card Holder Shaker Cards - Milestone Celebrations

Once upon a time in a land hot and steamy there lived a woman with bright blue eyes and wavy auburn hair.  She had a bit of an Irish temper but was as very lovely and kind person to all those that knew her.  To show her kind and loving spirit she spent hours making lovely gifts for all of her fans so that they could celebrate those special occasions with a wee bit of Irish charm.

Here's her latest and greatest charming gifts for you to delight your loved ones and bring a bit of Irish light into their life.  She hopes you enjoy her latest collection.

When you have a very special milestone event that you are celebrating you don't want something ordinary.  You want a gift that will shake things up a bit!  We have just the gift for you straight from our Florida home studio.  There filled with love and best wishes for you and those near and dear to your heart.

Introducing Markets Of Sunshine, Gift Card Holder Shaker Card Collection!

Want to shop the full collection?  Just click HERE to be transported to our shop in a flash!

The marquise diamond 14k gold ring and the 25th anniversary glass dish can be found in our Etsy shop, PioneerFundraiser. click <<<<<

We regularly hold unannounced sales so be sure to Visit both shops and click the Favorite button at the top of the home page so you don't miss out on the savings.

Grab the gifts you love right away before they're gone.  Most of our items are limited editions and one of a kind vintage finds.  So, you don't want it to get away and spoil your gift giving.

I am now hosting Giveaways on my Instagram account.  If you want to win one of my less than perfect handmade gifts you'll have to sign-up on Instagram and follow my posts.

Markets of Sunshine_jw is my handle.  You can also search the hashtag #marketsofsunshine to find me.  Then just look for the Sunday giveaway posts.  One giveaway will be held each month until all of my inventory of less than perfect but functional gifts are given away.

Let me know you found me here when you start following me on Instagram.  Just leave a comment on one of my posts saying you found me from my blog post.

By the way how are you doing on our #2019OrganizingChallenge?  I'm moving right along.  I'm painting each room in our house as we get it in shape.  Right now we are working on the living and dining room.  The foyer entryway makeover and craft room makeover are finished!  Yay!

It feels so good to see a clean and tidy room with a fresh coat of paint to livin and brighten things up.

You'll be able to catch up on all my past emails about the challenge when you join my mailing list.
You can also go back here and read my blog posts about the challenge starting with this one.

Organizing Challenge for 2019

Have a Sunshine Day!

Marsha J.
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Shaker Card Collection! by Markets Of Sunshine Etsy Seller

I love selling on Etsy.  I've added something new and fun for the Summer travel season to my shop.

Here is a sneak peek at my newest Shaker Card Collection of travel gifts. Just click the title under the image to visit my shop and buy the one you love today.  Limited edition. Only one of a kind available.  Grab your favorite before it's gone!

                                         Love Bug Shaker Card Friendship Blank Inside

                                         Pure Bliss Tea Lover Travel Gift Set

                                         Wedding Anniversary Shaker Card Happily Ever After

Friday, April 19, 2019

Craft Room Makeover On A Budget - Part 2

Welcome to my #2019organizingchallenge series.  Each month I am organizing and redecorating every room in my house.  For March it was my craft room.  Here are the after photos.  Enjoy!

The wall color was a green and orange.  It was very faded looking.  Now we have a beautiful soft sea green farmhouse color on the walls that makes all the new farmhouse decor really stand out.

The furniture is white and has plenty of storage as you can see in the photo.
This holds all my embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, brads and more.

The window treatment is a vintage curtain and valance found on one of my garage sale ventures.

These storage organizer bags are right behind the door so it didn't take up valuable wall space.
They hold all of my wallets and envelopes I sell in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine. <<<click

This adorable farmhouse shelf is right over my shipping area.  It keeps all my tools in reach.

Cute wood handmade shelves were added along with a vintage sewing machine for plenty of storage right over my sewing table.

This is my sewing supply corner.  The wire racks hold my fabrics and have chalkboard labels on each shelf.  The cube table in the middle has four spots for baskets and lots of storage possibilities.  The shelf above has three compartments for more storage.  The organizer on the left was perfect for my paper storage.

I am so happy with how this craft room makeover turned out.  What do you think?  I'll be putting together a step-by-step tutorial for you with all the products I used and how we accomplished this in just 30 days.

Stay tuned for my Entryway makeover reveal coming up next...

If you want to take part in my #2019organizingchallenge you can join us any time by signing up here.  You'll get a series of emails with all my great tips and free worksheet to help you tackle your mess with ease.

I've made it easy for you to catch up on the challenge in my previous blog posts.

Read them here:  Just click each title in order.

Organizing Challenge for 2019

How to organize a room in 20 minutes or less

Kick off day for Organizing Challenge for your home

Thank you for taking the time to visit my little corner of the world wide web.
You can learn more about my mission on my About page, here.
I've lived in Florida all my life of 56 years.  I'm a wife and mother.  I would not trade my family for anything in the world.  We enjoy doing things together that brings us closer as a family and with our Creator.
You'll find this is a peaceful place and a safe place to spend some time away from the stresses in your life.  I offer you a way of life that is filled with love, peace, hope and friendship.  If you want me to share my joyful life with you in my weekly 'happy mail' you are more than welcome to sign-up here today!

Sending You Sunshine!

Marsha Jean

Monday, April 15, 2019

Flash Sale! DIY Supplies For The Natural Home Maker and Wanderlust Traveler

We have a great flash sale for all you DIY Home Maker's.  Receive 30% off your favorite DIY supplies in our Etsy shop, Pioneer Fundraiser today only.  April 15, 2019.  Offer ends at midnight est.

You'll also find some great home decor items from around the world in our shop that are vintage and in great condition.

Try not to miss this deal.  I don't know when I'll be offering 30% off again this year.

Bonus offer!  In addition to the DIY sale in our Pioneer Fundraiser shop.  I am also offering 30% off in my Markets Of Sunshine Etsy shop.  You'll find eco-friendly zero waste handmade products for the wanderlust traveler in you.

My handmade wallets and envelope sets are all hand stitched so they won't come apart.  They are also laminated so they won't get dirty.  Then I add a snap closure to the wallets so your contents stay secure inside.

I'll be pulling my Winter collection soon.  Don't miss out on getting a great deal on your favorite set.
They make a great gift for any occasion.  Plus, you can have custom orders personalized.

Ready to ship items are not personalized.

Come on over today and pick up your favorite before it's gone.

Sale ends at midnight est on April 15, 2019.

Be sure to Favorite both shops so you stay informed of our new arrivals and sales.

Are you on our mailing list for weekly freebies?  Sign-up here today. <<<click

Have a great day.  Let me know you found me from this post and I'll add a surprise gift with your purchase.

Happy Home Making!


Monday, April 8, 2019

Craft Room Makeover On a Budget

  Get our DIY tutorial here. <<<<<

I hope you enjoy this craft room makeover on a budget video.
You're going to take a little tour with me of my craft room makeover.  

It took us less than a month to complete.  We started by taking everything out of the room.  Put non-voc paint on the walls (the best thing to do for your health).  

Next, I ordered the new furniture pieces I wanted in the room.  As you'll notice I went with a white and farmhouse gray combination.
To bring in more of the farmhouse feel I found an adorable wire shelf unit that hangs on the wall.

To learn where I bought each piece click here to nab your craft room makeover tutorial.  You'll get more inspiration and budget makeover ideas delivered to your inbox monthly.

I don't really send out every week.  I just go with my flow.  Living with Lyme disease keeps me on my toes.  I never know if I'm going to get a few hours of sleep all in a row or hit and miss.

So, it's really hard to plan things.  I have to let my body guide me.  I have the best husband in the world. He is so supportive and understands that I need to go at my own pace.  He doesn't sleep well either so we ask each other every morning if we had a good night or not.

At least I can stay home and rest the whole day.  He has to go out and slave to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table and a way for me to go to my monthly doctor appointments.

So when you buy a product from one of my Etsy shops you're making it possible for me to stay creative and help others live a better life.  

It may not seem like a big deal to you but it's a very big deal to me.
So, I wanted to say: Thank You! to all who support my small business and help me live a creative life.

Want to make my day brighter?  Just visit one of our shops and pick up a little gift for yourself or a friend.  I promise it will put a smile on your face when you experience shopping with us.

You'll find all sorts of fun and carefree accessories for travel and every day life in my Markets Of Sunshine <<< click) shop.

Want a vintage gift that is unique and rare?  Then head on over to our Pioneer Fundraiser <<< click) shop.  Every sale helps us get one step closer to retiring my husband so we can volunteer in the community and help others live a better life.

 Hi, I'm Marsha, the owner of this little blog.
I hope you enjoy my adventures in living a carefree and happy life.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Buckwheat the grits alternative for gluten free diets

                                                    I will share tips for living a healthy lifestyle with gluten free recipes.
Try buckwheat a great alternative to grits.  This is something I eat every week.  Be sure to check out my other videos for natural homemaking the organic way.
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Plus, tips for starting a healthy lifestyle that I use every day to reach your ideal weight.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Best Laminated Cash Envelopes and Wallets For Your Cash System

The Best Laminated Cash Envelopes and Wallets

 Have you discovered the cash envelope system yet for budgeting and getting out of debt?
There are many options out there and it's hard to decide which one is best for you.  So, I'm here to show you my own proven system that I make using the heat lamination process but I take it up a huge notch.  Bam!!!

When you purchase laminated envelopes from shops on the internet you will only be getting ones that are laminated on the outside.  Mine are laminated on both sides.  Plus, I hand stitch them closed so they can not ever come apart unless you rip them open yourself. 

Learn how I took a simple product and made it a top seller on Etsy.  >>> Grab my secret here! <<<

Mine do cost more than the other brands and for good reason.  They are made better.  I offer two types.  Ones with a snap so they are like a wallet.  Ones that are open like a pouch for easy access to put in your wallet.

I also make planner envelopes and cash envelopes from acid free designer card stock.  What makes mine better?  I hand stitch them like I do the laminated ones.  

My amazing 5 star reviews speak for the quality of these hand stitched cash envelopes and wallets.

That's not all.  I also use fabric and laminate it as well and sew it just like I do the card stock type of wallets and envelopes.  You will never have to worry about it getting dirty.  Just don't get it soaking wet.  

So, decide for yourself.  Try out my laminated cash envelopes and wallets made from card stock or fabric and let me know what you think.

I dare you to compare!!!

Want to learn how I took my Etsy shop from hobby to designer?  

Sign-up for the Product Formula Sell Out workshop via email and learn my trade secret today.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post all the way to the end of the page.

If I inspired you to try something new today then I've accomplished what I set out to do by writing this post today.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean

Monday, March 11, 2019

Home Storage Solutions - Clutter 101 Organization

Home Storage Solutions 101 - Clutter and Organization

How do you solve the clutter on the kitchen counters and get things more organized?  

Welcome to Markets Of Sunshine your place for organization tips.

Today I'm going to share with you how you can be the Queen of your Castle, aka lady of the house.

You are the one who runs your home.  So you don't need anyone's permission on keeping it clean and tidy.  That is your sole responsibility.  So if you are asking your family questions like this...

  • Would you rather have a meal tonight or the house cleaned?
  • Do you like the home tidy or messy?

in the end you are just saying: "I don't want to do this".

But, the reality is a clean home does more than just look good for unexpected company.  A clean home and a tidy room helps you mentally.  The brain is constantly processing everything we see around us.  If things are tidy the brain quickly says moving on... If things are messy the brain says clean this room now!

When you keep putting off organizing a room you're are making yourself depressed and stressed.
So stop blaming others for how you feel or think.  You are doing it to yourself if you live in a messy home. (I"m not talking clinical depression)

I put this to the test myself.  When my clothes start to stack up on the chair in my room I get moody and gloomy.  But, when I put my clothes away I wake up feeling happy and motivated to clean another room.

That's why I challenged myself to do this #2019OrganizingChallenge in the first place.  I was moody and gloomy most of the time and didn't have a good reason why.  I started reading articles about being depressed and come to find out a messy home gives us stress.

So, I took responsibility for my actions and made a commitment to myself.  Room by room I am getting my house in order and it's feels Great!!

Even though I am working on my home office aka craft room this month the kitchen is constantly a sore subject with me.  I wash the dishes by hand because I chose not to have a dishwasher for health reasons.

The countertops are a glorified stuff collector.  Giggle!  I decided this week I am going to conquer them once and for all and share with you how I go about it.  Maybe it will give you some inspiration to tackle your kitchen clutter too.

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in our homes.  It's not called the heart of the home for no reason.  It's the place we go to fuel our bodies morning, noon and night.  It's the place that houses all the things that make us feel good on the inside.  

From that first cup of coffee, tea or water to the last meal of the day it's the place that needs to look it's best so we feel our best.  

Let's pretend that you already know the basics of life.  Just in case you don't here's a short recap.
  • You are what you eat
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness
  • Wash your hands before and after you eat
  • Cook foods to the right temperature
  • Healthy choices are the best for good health
  • Processed foods are not healthy choices
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
 Moving on...

  1.  Start by opening up your cabinet doors so you can see what's inside all of them at once.
  2.  Now quickly take out things that you only use once or twice a year and move them to the back of the cabinet or put them in another closet if possible.
  3. Empty one shelf and put all the clutter on the counters on that shelf.
 It's that easy to quickly end the clutter on the counters and save you some stress in the long run.

Now get up and go do this right now before you talk yourself out of it again or make up some other reason why you can't get this done today.

Leave me a comment below or send me an email and let me know if this motivated you to stop making excuses and start making solutions to the clutter in your home.

If you'd like to take part in this organizing challenge with me and my friends just sign-up here and you'll receive my 12 month worksheet delivered to your inbox in two shakes of some Florida sunshine.
See you next week.  Same place.  Same topic.  All the information is my personal viewpoint on the topic.  It's meant for motivation only. 

Check out my list of past Adult reward system list here:

Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean