Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Certified Wildlife Habitat - Marsha Jaramillo, Owner of Markets Of Sunshine


National Wildlife Federation certifies new wildlife habitat in Deltona, FL.

Mrs. Marsha Jaramillo, owner of Markets of Sunshine lives in Deltona, FL has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program...

This was the welcome kit I received from the National Wildlife Federation after I completed the Garden for Wildlife program.  I am super excited and honored to do my part to create natural habitat locations for all of the wildlife in our area.

Since, I enjoy watching wildlife and feel at peace in nature.  My family helped me redesign our yard to make it more inviting and safe for the wildlife not only to give me more watching opportunities, it also helps me to be greener - reducing lawn to mow, cutting down on watering and saving time in the long run to enjoy time outside.

Over the last 29 years our backyard took on a life of it's own and went from a jungle to a well organized and structured environment.  Even our neighbor has complimented us on how lovely it looks now.  We installed more water sources such as a birdbath, planted native edible plants along with our birdhouses and thickets.
We have an abundance of trees that provide needed shelter during rain storms and away from predators.

Living a green organic lifestyle has been a part of our family for over 25 years.  Lyme disease has slowed me down but did not stop my love of nature and the outdoors.  I'm just more educated now and know what to look out for when I venture outside.

I tell everyone if you're going to go walking or hiking look out for ticks.  Check yourself from head to toe when you get back inside and shower right away. Ticks don't like the soap and will fall off of you.  We can be safe in nature if we are forewarned.

Okay, back to my yard transformation and what we have added. Even though we live in a huge housing community there is still lots of woods around the borders of the city on several sides.  As well as lakes and rivers.  This brings lots of wildlife such as raccoons, opossums, birds, rabbits and more to our backyards.  

We were feeding them at night with cat food and vegetables but that brought some unwanted invaders too.  So, we decided to just plant fruit and berry plants and let the wildlife pick and choose what they want.

Be sure to plant organic and not to use any pesticides so the animals can eat a healthy meal without harmful side effects.  The one good thing about using edible plants that bring opossums is the fact that they eat ticks.  So it's a win, win in my book.

Here is a short list of the native plants we have in our garden habitat.

  • Florida native orchid
  • Live oaks
  • Azaleas
  • Bromeliads
  • Passion Flower
Since, Florida has a long growing season for most of the year we have found some great edible plants that will  give food to the wildlife all year long.  Here's that short list.

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Papaya
  • Soon to be planted are ...
  • Watermelon
  • Apple tree

Do you think that will keep the little critters tummy's full and satisfied? We've already noticed an increase in the bird population as well as butterflies.  We have huge rain trees that draw bees by the thousands when the flowers bloom several times a year.

I have a video of our backyard makeover on my YouTube channel, Here. <<<click to watch

 Planting video click to watch.

The first video in our series of wildlife habitat backyard makeover. click to watch <<<

I'm also a member of the Monarch City USA movement to safe the Monarch butterfly habitats.
You can check it out here. >>> Help preserve the Monarch butterfly - Monarch City USA

Let me know if this inspired you to do your part to give the wildlife in your area a place to feel safe.

Just leave me a comment below.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha








Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Free Shipping On Etsy Purchases

How Would You Like Free Shipping?

Do you shop on Etsy?  Do you know what Etsy is all about?
It's a website that hosts sellers from around the world.  Over 1 million to be exact. That's a lot of products for sale.

Out of those million my family runs two small businesses on Etsy.
Since 2008 our handmade shop, Markets of Sunshine <<<click link) brings you eco-friendly handmade gifts to help you get organized for everything life throws at you.

We opened our vintage shop, Pioneer Fundraiser  in 2010 <<< click link) offers a variety of fantastic vintage finds from around the world at affordable prices.  We love preserving the past and helping pass an heirloom on to your family.


How do you get the free shipping offer?  That's a great question.  Just spend $35 or more and you automatically receive the discount in your shopping cart in both of our Etsy shops above.

That's not all we offer you. As a VIP member of our mailing list you also get a 30% off coupon code to use all year long.  If you're not a member yet you can sign-up here. click VIP Mailing List <<<<

Why not check out some of our past posts to learn more about us.
Our #2019organizingchallenge is still going strong.  
Read about it here. <<<<

We'd love to see you soon in our Etsy shops.  We know you'll find something special to suit your lifestyle and gift giving needs. 

To help you learn more about us we've even made some videos and posted them on our YouTube channel here. Click Handmade paper gift bags and gift tags to watch video. <<<<

Please Subscribe to our channel to help us grow.  Share as often as you like. Follow along here on our blog on the right side bar. >>>>>

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Handmade Paper Gift Bags and Gift Tags

Handmade paper gift bags using vintage map pages.

Want a quick and easy gift that has a vintage flair?  Use one of these handmade paper gift bags made of vintage map pages from old books.  It has a clear pocket on the front that is hand stitched and includes a butterfly gift tag.

There are pretty pink ribbon handles so it's easy to carry.
The roomy size measures 8.5 x 11 inch bag and will hold all the items you want to give for your special occasion.

Support a small business on Etsy and help keep the made in the U.S.A. movement alive and strong.  It seems like everything is made in China these days. Have you noticed that the quality is very cheap too.

An artisan takes pride in their work and puts hours of their heart and soul into every item they make.  It won't leave the studio unless it passes a critical eye of perfectionary scrutiny.

It's so hard to tell what an item will really be like until you have it in your own hands.  But, a video will help you see it in a 3D fashion.
Check out this video of my handmade work and see for yourself just how high the quality of our products really are before you buy.



  Now you can head over to our Etsy shop, Markets Of Sunshine and pick up one of these cute journals and greeting cards that is truly made with love.  We'd love for you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and help us grow and spread the word about our small business.

Just click the share button on this video now and help a small artisan grow today.  Thanks!

Find out more about me on my About page.  Be sure to follow along with our blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the right side bar. 

Sign-up for our VIP mailing list and get a 30% off discount code to use all year long in our Etsy shop.   Plus, you'll be the first to hear when we are releasing new products. 

Thanks for joining me today.  Check back daily for new posts and videos.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha

  






Friday, September 27, 2019

Help Preserve The Monarch Butterfly - Monarch City USA

Have you heard that their is a buzz going around the U.S.A.?

It's all about saving the Monarch butterfly that is on the endangered species list.

Visit the Monarch City USA website and join the movement in your area.

I'm a big nature girl and love the outdoors from flowers to bees.  My passion for butterflies started when I was 7 years old on a trip to Cypress Gardens in Central Florida.  Ever since that day I fell head over heels in love with these fluttering creatures.

Since we have such mild winters here in Florida I decided I wanted to turn my backyard into a wildlife nature habitat for me and all of God's creatures in our area.  We already have raccoons and opossums visiting our yard.

I did some searching around on the Internet and found a site on my IG feed that featured the National Wildlife Federation website.(click link)  I was intrigued so I took a deeper look into how I can have my yard certified as a Wildlife Habitat.

It was super easy and fun to accomplish in just a few days.  I already had most of everything on their list and just needed a few more items to have my certification complete.  You can watch the fun on my YouTube channel, here. <<< click <<<





Monday, September 23, 2019

Cash Envelope System Budget Binder Set

  Watch this live demonstration featuring handmade products from Markets of Sunshine Etsy shop.



You'll be able to see just how well made and useful each item is so that you can be confident in buying from our shop.



Just about every item is hand stitched and laminated so it won't come apart.



You'll find gift items for any special occasion.  We focus on nature patterns since we know the outdoors is so good for our soul.



New items are added daily so be sure to Favorite our shop by clicking the button at the top of our shop home page once you're on Etsy.



Want a 30% off coupon code to use all year long?



Sign-up for our VIP mailing list to get sneak peeks and member only giveaway contests here!!!



Sending You Sunshine,



Marsha and Family




Friday, September 20, 2019

Grateful For You Cards Features Original Artwork

  Change your attitude, change your life!  These handmade greeting cards feature original artwork and are hand stamped with the word "Grateful".
Coming to our Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine October 2019.

This is a limited edition set of 15 cards and envelopes.

The entire "Gratitude Collection" will be released in mid October.  So be sure to join our VIP mailing list above and grab your 30% off discount code.

You'll also get a sneak peek and the opportunity for advanced purchase rights.

Follow our blog by clicking the button on the right side bar of the screen.

Help us spread the word about our new product line by clicking one of the social media buttons right below this post.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J. and Family


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lyme Disease Treatment - What Works and What Doesn't Part 1

Lyme is not for wimps!  Lyme disease is now a hot topic.  Years ago it was swept under the rug by doctor's and the insurance companies as an imaginary illness.  A lot has changed since then.  For one thing more doctor's and people in prominent places have Lyme disease and needed a cure fast.

What You Need To Know...

Here's the low down on this dastardly disease.   Lyme is a blood borne illness that can be spread through insects and people.  Any insect that transmits other diseases like a mosquito does can also transmit Lyme disease.

The most common way to get Lyme disease is from a deer tick.  They come in 3 sizes.  Specks that look like dirt.  Seeds that look like a poppy seed.  Tiny that you can actually see the legs.  The one that took a bite out of me back in December 2004 while on a camping trip in the Georgia mountains was the tiny size and had legs.

It washed off of me in the shower and I just happened to look down at the floor and saw it crawling up the side of the tile wall.  I stepped over and washed it down the drain.  Like a silly goose I didn't think anything of it because I was never taught about deer ticks.

You see I was raised in a family that hunted.  My Father went deer hunting every year and had hunting dogs and horses.  He would have us pull the ticks off the dogs.  I remember they were large and gray colored.

So being raised around someone like that made us dangerously vulnerable to this world of insect born illness.  I now warn every one to check themselves for ticks if they've been walking in grass.  Take a shower when you come inside and do a head to toe inspection of your body.

If you have dogs you are even more apt to catch the disease.  And, your poor dog does too.  So be sure to check them when you bring them in after every potty break.  Wear gloves and use hand soap or dish soap to get the tick off the animal before using the tweezers.

Classic Symptoms To Watch For...

The good thing is that the symptoms are the same for everyone. If you see a red spot anywhere on your body, a tick on you or near you or have been in the woods or parks and about one to two weeks later come down with flu like symptoms run to the doctor and get a blood test for Lyme disease.  

There are now more advanced testing that doctor's can do that will be more accurate than the western blot or eastern blot tests.   


  • Rashes. ...
  • Fatigue. ...
  • Achy, stiff, or swollen joints. ...
  • Headaches, dizziness, fever. ...
  • Night sweats and sleep disturbances. ...
  • Cognitive decline. ...
  • Sensitivity to light and vision changes. ...
  • Other neurological problems.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pain where the tick bite was
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Memory loss
  • Food allergies
  • Extreme body heat that comes on suddenly
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Chemical sensitivity that comes on suddenly
  • Dental issues, i.e. bone loss, gum infections
  • Blood sugar issues that get worse  
 Educate Yourself and Be Your Own Medical Advocate

After 15 years of living with Lyme disease I've learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn't work as far as treatment goes.  If you don't get diagnosed within the first 3 months and get started taking doxycycline or penicillin you are doomed to have chronic Lyme, no matter what anyone says or claims.

It took 1 year for me to be diagnosed by a Chiropractic Physician and then a follow-up blood test with a MD Naturopath to confirm I in fact had Lyme disease.

By that point I was in dire straights and on a run away roller coaster heading down-hill with no breaks.  It took me 7 years to finally get off the crazy path and find the right one.  It was all through lots of prayer and friends directing me to the right source at the right time.

In 2013 I found my saving grace by the hand of God, a 76 year old MD who had left the conventional way and went the functional medicine and homeopathic way instead.  He was saving lives and became an expert in the field of chronic illness.  I will always be grateful for those that lead me on the path to getting a life back.

You can find his videos on YouTube that will give you an idea of what he was like.  Sadly, he passed away from sepsis in 2015.   We would have 3 hour sessions for $150.  He would use the Zyto machine and his incredible wisdom to make my protocol.  I went from 98 pounds to 126 in a year and a half.  

After his death I was on the hunt again for the right doctor.  I tried a total of 3 (over the next two years) before I found my current functional medicine doctor, Manuel Faria, in December 2017, located in Altamonte Springs, FL.  He's introduced me to testing that was never done before by other doctor's I'd seen.  It's top notch tests through these labs that have opened my eyes to what is possible when you know where to turn for help.

Here's the list of lab tests you might want to consider with your doctor.

  • Genomix Nuturition 55 Gene Comprehensive Nutriginomic Report
  • GI Map by Diagnostic Solutions Lab
  • Organix by Genova diagnostics
  • Dutch Test for Hormone levels
  • Brain Span Cell Health Assessment
  • Bio Energetic Testing from Be Healthy Naturally in IA

Books You Need To Read and Share With Your Doctor

Why Can't I Get Better by Dr. Richard Horowitz
How Can I Get Better by Dr. Richard Horowitz

Doctor's You Need To See

Functional Medicine Doctors
Homeopathic Doctors
Primary Care
Chiropractic Physician
Massage Therapy
Dietician



The End of part 1. Stay tuned for future sequels to this story of living with chronic Lyme disease.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha J.











Saturday, August 17, 2019

How To Make Your Own Inspirational Cards and Envelopes For Gift Giving

Be creative and use up packs of card stock with inspirational quotes to make your own cards and envelopes for giving a gift on that special occasion.  You can sew the embellishment to the front of the card or envelope before you seal it on the sides. 

I like to sew my cards because it gives it a very neat effect and let's them know you spent time making this just for them.

You can cluster the embellishments together and then sew them in place.  Tuck it behind the inspirational quote and sew it together.  Finally, sew it to the front of the card or envelope.

Deciding what size card or envelope you want to make depends on the size of the embellishment and quote block.  For extra fun you can make the top of the quote block open so it can be an extra pocket for hiding little tucks inside.

Check out my finished cards and envelopes in my Etsy shop,
 Markets of Sunshine today!









Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Inspirational Cards and Vintage Gifts To Brighten Up Anyone's Day!

What do you do to start your day off with a positive thought?
I look for inspirational quotes to put on cards that are sure to brighten up anyone's day.
Born to be Wild is available in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine today.  <<<click to purchase<<<

Whether, it's a special occasion or just because you can't go wrong with a bright and cheerful card like these.  Put a cash or gift card gift inside with a handwritten note.  There is also a secret pocket right behind the quote to hide something in for later that will surprise them and make their day happier.

Be True to You is now available in my Etsy shop for purchase at >>click to buy <<<

Measures 5 x 5.25 inches flap folds over and can be sealed with washi tape or a label or sticker.

If Llama's and succulents are more your style.  Then you are going to flip over these cute cards and envelopes.  Check them out here >>>click to purchase <<<<
I include one free with any Llama wallet or envelope purchase in my shop.


Vintage Avon Strawberry Patch place setting features one mini teacup and saucer, one luncheon plate and one napkin ring.  Check out the collection in our Pioneer Fundraiser Etsy shop today. <<<click <<to purchase.

Strawberry Salt and Pepper shakers set.  Made in Brazil for Avon in 1978.  Excellent vintage used condition.  You gotta have this for your next tea party.  click to purchase <<<<

Are you on my mailing list?  Sign-up to receive a 30% off coupon code to use in either of our Etsy shops.  You'll also receive a free copy of my #2019organizingchallenge worksheet.  A step by step monthly plan that helps you end the clutter in less than 20 minutes a day.

Thanks for being here and following along with my inspiration so that you can live a carefree and stress-free life.

Sending you Sunshine,

Marsha




Monday, July 15, 2019

Mini Tins Embellished With 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 A very fine Gentleman for my "Gratitude" collection features a vintage theme.  You'll find them 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 vintage 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 outdoors.  It's a Hot one!!

Sending You Sunshine from sunny and hot Florida.

Marsha







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

That's it!  Easy right.  To make it easy for me to know what you do. I have a little help from Rafflecoptor.  Click the link below to fill out what you've done on the Rules list above.  Enjoy!
May the best Rule follower win!!! hehe!!!

Fun begins on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 and ends in one week.  See rules for details.



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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.
P.S. Get on my mailing list to get sneak peeks and a coupon code for my Etsy shops.
You'll find the sign-up form here <<<<< click.










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