Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Stress Buster - Handmade Embellishments For All Types Of Journals

How to combat the stress from dealing with coronavirus - Writing!
Whether you're making an art journal, bullet journal or junk journal you need to have pretty handmade embellishments to give it your own personal style.

Pro tips:

1. Keeping a daily gratitude and hope journal is a great way to get rid of the stressful feelings that may be bottled up inside of you right now.

2. Deep breathing is another way to let the stress out.  Do at least 15 slow deep breaths every morning and at bedtime to relieve your body of the tightness in your chest.

Have you heard of planner swag?  I hadn't either until I started watching more and more YouTube videos in the journal and crafting world.  It basically means a pretty flower made of any number of materials in any size or shape to add to the front of the cover that will showcase your style.

 I've been making fabric flowers for years as lapel pins or brooches.  They are full of lush layers of colorful and monochromatic combinations of cotton blend fabrics.  I always add a vintage button to the center for the finishing touch.  They measure 2 to 4 inches wide and about 1 inch thick.

I include one in every DIY embellishment kit in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine.  They are on sale in my clearance section for March at 50% off the regular price.  I will be removing them at the end of the month from my main product line.  So, if you want to grab one of these deals head on over now and pick up the one you like.

Pro tips:

3. Gardening is a great way to reduce stress levels. Get outside and start planting those heirloom seeds. Or pick up plants at your local nursery.  There are a lot of great gardening videos on YouTube.

 Plant a variety of vegetables and fruit plants in your garden.  I'm doing raised bed container gardening this year.  We came up with a fun way to bring something whimsical to our backyard wildlife habitat.  I'll post the final pictures once it is complete.  You're gonna love it!

Strawberry plant.  Great for you and the friends of nature that visit your backyard.

If you want a ready made journal so that you can get to writing now and relief that stress level in a hurry.  Head on over to my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine and pick up one of my beautiful and colorful exclusive handmade journals today.

Click Here to see the entire selection.  We know you're gonna love using it and writing your daily hopes and grateful thoughts in while dealing with this situation.

4. Make a Video - Start recording a daily video of how you feel about this current pandemic situation.  Then once this is all over with you can watch them and learn what you did that helped and what you did that needs improvement.  This way when it happens again and it will, you'll be better equipped to deal with the situation from a place of reference.

How does it make you feel?  
What are you doing to combat those feelings?  
How are you staying in touch with family and friends?
Watch my video on YouTube about the different types of journals and why you need to have one.  Click Here

Pro tip:
Subscribe to my channel to get a daily dose of inspiration from someone dealing with Lyme disease and how to survive any crisis that may come your way. 

Click here to subscribe today.

Best of Health to you and your family.

Sending You Sunshine from Florida.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Product Preview Vintage Fabric For Sale Etsy Shop Pioneer Fundraiser

                                           Are you ready to make something beautiful for Spring? We have a colorful assortment of vintage fabric in our Etsy shop, Pioneer Fundraiser available for you to purchase today.  Watch and decide which of these wonderful retro prints you want for that next outfit or home decor project.
I'll warn you now.  They are gorgeous.  There is one that I just love and it was very hard for me to part with it.  Giggle!

You can check-out as a guest on Etsy so you don't have to register if you don't already have an account set up.  You can pay with credit card or through paypal for secure shopping.

We offer FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA on orders of $35 or more.

Are you a YouTube fan like we are?  You can learn so much from videos.  Why not
>>> SUBSCRIBE - CLICK HERE <<<< to support my channel and follow along on my video journey for 2020.

Thanks for watching.  Hope we see you in our shop and gain you as a customer soon.

Have a Sunshine Day!


Monday, February 17, 2020

First Time Shopping On Etsy - how to navigate your account and make a pu...

       Hello! I'm going to help you make your first purchase on Etsy by showing you how to navigate the platform.  Did you know that Etsy is a marketplace of millions of different shops from around the world?

Who knew! Right!

We are going to use this cute Hope praying bear made by Ty Beanie Babies that is in our vintage shop, Pioneer Fundraiser.  There are four (4) available by the way and two people have them in their cart.  I don't know about you but I just adore this cute little plush toys.  I got hooked on them when my daughter was four years old back in 1994.

Watch my video and I'll share our story further about our collection and how it grew over time...

Now on to making your first purchase on Etsy.  Or, just helping you to understand how to update and edit things in your shopper account.

I have found that most of my customer's are making their very first purchase when they find my shop in searching on Google.  A lot of times the shipping address can not be verified by the USPS. This starts a whole conversation between me and the customer to get the right address before I can ship it to them.

If you want to buy an item as a gift and have it shipped directly to the person we can do that too at no extra charge to you.  This video will show you how to do that too.  It's all very easy to do once you have someone show you how to do these things.

I want to take all the frustration out of shopping on Etsy so that you can have a fun and great experience with us.  Hopefully, you'll come to our shops and find something amazing and awesome blossom for you or a friend.

So, without further delay let's watch the video and make your first purchase together.

Thanks so much for your support to my YouTube channel and to our Etsy shop.

Please Subscribe and give this video a thumbs up!

Have a Sunshine Day!


Friday, February 14, 2020

Etsy Shop Clearance Sale 70% off Handmade Wallets and Gifts For Women

Are you a fan of handmade gifts on Etsy?  Do you like to support small business owners?  Do you prefer made in the USA?  If you answered Yes! to any of these questions then you are in the right place.
I'm running the Biggest Sale of the year!  70% off in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine clearance section on select items.  
You'll find cool themed wallets like this cute poodle wallet set below.
These items are hand stitched and high quality gifts.  They are all brand new and ready to ship.
For the full list of items in this event click the big button below and grab one of these great deals today!  
Ends on 2/29/20 and they will be permanently removed from my shop to make room for a new product line coming this Spring.


  •  Themed slim snap wallets
  • cash envelopes system
  • gift envelopes for all occasions


Laminated envelopes                                                                                                  

Themed wallets

Gift envelopes

 Gift Envelopes
Special occasion cards

Cash envelope system

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Ultimate Junk Journal Gift Guide

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well today.  We have been very busy here growing our YouTube channel and it is slowly gaining new subscribers. Yay!  So, I just wanted to say "Thank You" to those who have followed along.  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Click here! 
Check out all my videos on everything to do with junk journals and the cash envelope system of budgeting and running an Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine CLICK HERE!  It is so exciting to be sharing my 11 years experience selling on Etsy with other women trying to have a little side hustle to help out the family budget.

The perfect gift for our memories is a junk journal.  You know all those things you collect that are bits and pieces from your travels or cards from friends and even that artwork from a child.  Where do you keep it all so that you can refer back to it and enjoy those special moments?  In a junk journal of course!

I wanted to take a moment and show you all the ways you can use a junk journal and how they are the Ultimate in gift giving this year.

  • a gift
  • a diary
  • a gratitude journal
  • a scrapbook
  • daily to-do-list
  • mind dump at the end of the day
  • photos aka brag book
  • an art journal (I'm learning and love it)
I offer a number of styles for you to choose from.  Here is what you'll find in my shop and they come in different styles and patterns.

  1. Gratitude Junk journal with pockets and no ephemera (use your own stash)
  2. Junk journal with handmade ephemera and vintage book pages in the pockets and journal pages in the middle
  3. Junk journal with tons of ephemera
  4. Junk journal and gratitude journal combo with all the embellishments needed to make your life so much easier and ready for you to use or give to a friend
#1 gratitude journal                                         


#2 junk journal with some ephemera

#3 Junk journal with lots of ephemera

#4 Over the top junk journal with everything you need to embellish and get started storing those memories now!
Includes a blank junk journal along with the tags, buttons, pages, cover elements and more for you to make your own junk journal to fit your style.

Shop Here at Markets of Sunshine today!

I hope you found this Ultimate junk journal gift guide helpful and inspiring enough for you to want to give it a try today.

Sending You Sunshine from sunny Florida.


Monday, February 3, 2020

February Giveaway Contest! Win One Of Three Prizes From Markets Of Sunshine Etsy Shop

The first Giveaway of 2020 is starting now.  Be the first to enter for a chance to win one of three prizes.  Look at these cute flamingo fabric pouches.  (props not included)
Use them in your purse or on the go for cash or tea bags.
Give them with a cash gift or gift card for a special friend occasion. 
Measures 3 x 7 inches all hand stitched.
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Want some more great ideas on how to use these cute pouches?

First, fill out the giveaway entry form at the Rafflecopter links above in blue.

Then take a peek at my blog post about How to Use these little pouches for the Cash Envelope System and a Customer Review.

Thanks for being a follower of my blog and for your continued support. 

Here's hoping you win one of the 3 pouches!

Have a Sunshine Day!!!



Monday, January 27, 2020

Sunshine Homemaker New YouTube Channel For Old Fashioned Homemaking Tips

Good Old fashioned homemaking tips for the modern woman can be found on my new YouTube channel, Sunshine Homemaker.

 We also have a place for you to join our mailing list if you don't want to miss new videos.  It's all about how to cook organic gluten free plant based meals that are healthy and delicious with just a few ingredients.

The modern homemaker is looking for quick and easy ways to do things the old fashioned way but on a budget and in a short amount of time.  Because, let's face it, time is very precious and we only have 24 hours in a day to get it all done.

Learning tips and DIY projects that will turn homemaking into a delight is what I will show you how to do in an affordable way.

Head on over to my Channel and hit that Subscribe button and watch my first few videos and let me know what you'd like to see more of in the future. 
Tips for Etsy selling and DIY projects for journals and scrapbooks, Subscribe to my Markets of Sunshine channel.

Hit the like button and if you have a few extra seconds share my videos with your social media friends.  That will really help me get the word out about my Sunshine Homemaker adventure.

Thanks for being here and for you continued support to my small business.  Have you been over to my Etsy shops lately?
We've been adding lots of new items to the handmade shop and lots of great gifts in our vintage shop.

For handmade shopping head over to 
Markets Of Sunshine

For vintage gifts and collectibles and supplies shopping head over to 
Pioneer Fundraiser

Have a Sunshine Day!


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Mom Entrepreneurs Beginner's Guide - Starts With Self-Care

How do you take care of yourself when working from home as a Mom entrepreneur?  Here's a beginner's guide to help you know where to start.

♡ #1 - Start with a good nights sleep of 8 to 10 hours

♡ #2 - Eat a whole food organic diet

♡ #3 - Exercise daily for 30 minutes

♡ #4 - Get organized

♡ #5 - Keep a daily to-do-list and journal

♡ #6 - Go to bed the same time and get up the same time each day

Here are some of my past blog posts on this topic of self-care under adult reward system.

Tea Aromatherapy

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

4 Types of Planners and Journals and Why You Need Them

Are you a keeper of journals?

Notice I didn't say hoarder. Giggle!  After you get started journaling it starts to become a habit and you want to do more and more in every area of your life.

How To Get Started

1. Pick an area of your life that you need to work on or make better.  In this video I started with a food diary.  Everyone has some sort of health issue that they need to work on pertaining to food.

Whether you need to lose weight or gain (like me) you should keep a food log.

If you have food sensitivities or allergies (again like me) then you should be on a four day rotation diet to minimize the reactions.  I also did the 21 day elimination diet to start me off.  I was easy to do.  Then I found a doctor that specializes in gut health and he guided me even more on how to heal the gut with food.

2.  Now that you've picked out a food diary book you need to map out a weekly menu to follow.

3.  List breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Snacks if you need them.  If not leave them out.  You should only be drinking water or herbal teas.  No coffee or caffeine.  Especially if you have heart burn or GERD.

4.  Try to add as many organic foods to your menu as possible.  Why put chemicals into your body that your poor liver has to process.  They only add to your health problems in the long run.  Even if you are a young person you need to start good eating habits by choosing organic foods now and save yourself a lot of suffering later.

5.  Try not to eat out.  I know, many of you love to have someone else weight on you.  But, restaurant foods are loaded with all the bad things that cause your health issues to get worse.  Like high in salt, sugar, fat and calories.

6.  Monitor how you feel after 30 days of keeping a record of what you eat.  When you start to notice a certain food causes unpleasant side effects cut it out for 3 months.  Then add it back in and see what happens.

Be sure to Subscribe to my YouTube channel and give this video a thumbs up.  It really helps my channel to grow.

If you'd like to help support my channel head on over to my Etsy shop, Markets Of Sunshine and pick up one of my handmade cute journals and travel albums.  They are great for budgeting and keeping track of your food journey.

Sending You Sunshine,


Friday, January 3, 2020

1000 Subscribers On YouTube Giveaway Contest

Why use a boring paper clip when you can jazz up your pages with something decorative and cute, like this adorable tea pot bookmark made from an ordinary paper clip.  Can you tell?

I made a goal for the new year of 2020 to reach 1000 subscribers on my YouTube channel.

So, I'm making a video every other day featuring items in my Etsy shop, Markets Of Sunshine.

I hope you will subscribe to my channel and help me reach my goal quicker.  When I do reach 1000 subscribers I will do a giveaway here on my blog with a gift set of goodies from my shop valued at $100.00 and it will be open to all subscribers worldwide!

In order for me to reach my goal I'll need some help getting the word out.  If you would be so kind and share this post using the social media buttons.  Or, just copy and paste the link on to your social media page.

Feel free to browse my Etsy shop and leave a comment below with your favorite item or items and I'll be sure to include something from that product line in the giveaway collection.  Who knows you might just be the winner.

Why is reaching 1000 subscribers so important to me in 2020?  Well, I'll tell you the truth.  It's getting harder and harder to reach people and get them to my Etsy shop.  When folks see my items in person they drool and buy something on the spot.

But, looking at a picture just doesn't give you the hands on experience like a video does.  So, making a video of each of my products gives you a live presentation and is almost like seeing it in person.

If you are a customer and already know how much you love my products could you do me a huge favor and leave a comment below sharing your feelings?

I know my 5 star feedback rating in my Etsy shop speaks volumes too.  But, it would be really nice to hear from you here on my blog too.

Thanks so much for your wonderful support to my small handmade business.

Sending You Sunshine,