Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Daydreaming Does Wonders For Your Creativity - Episode 7 Markets of Sunshine Podcast

7 Creative habits to unlock your creativity - #6 Daydreaming 

We are talking about the "7 Creative Habits to Unlock Your Creativity" through various quick and easy ways that you can incorporate into your life each day.  Let's dive into habit #6 on our list of seven.  It's all about daydreaming and using our imagination just like we did when we were young.  Do you remember that?

I can remember back in 3rd grade and getting in trouble many times for daydreaming.  The problem was my eyes.  I sat at the back of the classroom and could not see the writing on the blackboard.  I would squint until my eyes went blurry, and then I'd get bored and start looking out the window and start daydreaming.  

Between the teacher and my Mother, the problem was finally figured out, and a trip to the eye doctor and a pair of glasses solved the issue.  So the moral of the story is that we all have the inborn ability to use our imagination to take us somewhere when we are feeling stuck.

So here is what I want you to do this week.  Get out in nature or look out a window at nature and let your imagination take you to a place you love or would like to visit in the future.  Set a timer, and when the timer goes off, your brain will automatically bring you back to reality.  Next, I want you to do whatever you love to do that makes you feel creative.  Set the timer again for however long you have to devote to this thing.  

Get on the list for lots of creative goodness

Start doing this regularly with all of the Creative Habits that I've shared with you thus far, and before you know it, they will become a natural part of your daily routine.  Isn't that cool!  Want to get the list of "7 Creative Habits To Unlock Your Creativity" delivered to your email inbox?  Simply sign-up for our free newsletter here!  

I hope that you have been enjoying this new podcast addition to the Markets of Sunshine family.  We love bringing you useful content that helps you feel joy and gratitude through nature.

Keep Creating In The Sunshine!

Stay Safe!


Friday, September 10, 2021

52 Week Snail Mail Challenge - Episode 6 - 7 Creative Habits to Unlock Your Creativity

 Welcome! to the Markets of Sunshine podcast.  

I'm your host, Marsha.  Join me today for Episode 6 and learn the 5th Habit on our 7 Creative Habits to Unlock Your Creativity list.  It's all about keeping in touch with those we are grateful for and what they do that benefits our lives.

Are you ready?  Let's go!

I'm kicking off a 52 Week Snail Mail Challenge for 2021 and 2022 from September 13, 2021, to September 13, 2022.  You're invited to participate in this Creative Habit to help you have more gratitude and unlock those stuck creative moments.

Here are the rules for following along in the challenge.

  1. Pick up your September Embellishments Kit Club (or any item in my Etsy shop), >>> click Markets of Sunshine <<<< I'll mail you the worksheet for the 52 Week Snail Mail Challenge with your order.  This is just a way for you to show your support to my small business and the different ways I'm sharing with you to Unlock Your Creativity!
  2. Send me your first "Daily Sunshine" postcard (starting September 13, 2021) using one of the artwork prints in the kit. (use my mailing address on the package) 
  3. Write on the postcard - What makes you grateful for Markets of Sunshine? 
  4. Write on the postcard which one of my Etsy shops is your favorite.
  5. Then mail out one postcard every week from September 20, 2021, to September 13, 2022, to someone on your list of 52 names and addresses.  Ask them the same #3 question above but change Markets of Sunshine to What makes me grateful for you is __________.  Then ask them to write you back and tell you, "What makes them grateful for you?"  See what good results come back to you.
  6. Once I receive your postcard, I'll send you a postcard with your $5 Etsy shop credit code to use in the Etsy shop that you wrote on your postcard that you sent me.  There will be a 30-day expiration date for this coupon code.
  7. You Can join in the fun any time throughout the year between September 13, 2021, to September 13, 2022.

Are you in?  Leave me a comment below telling me so, and don't forget to pick up your September Embellishments Kit Club today!

Check out my 2018, 52 Week Snail Mail Challenge here <<<<<<

Sending You Sunshine,


Friday, September 3, 2021

Where Can You Write To Unlock Your Creativity? Episode 5 Markets of Sunshine Podcast

 Where Can You Write To Unlock Your Creativity?

Does location matter?  That's what we are going to dive into in today's podcast episode.

There are so many times and places throughout our day to take a moment and write down what we are grateful for that day in our Gratitude Journal.  But, we don't want to get in a rut and only write indoors.  In today's podcast episode, I'm going to share with you some fun ways to unlock your Creativity by taking your journal on a little trip.

Are you ready?  Click that play button below, and let's get started on our journey.  Don't forget to bring your Gratitude journal along and a fancy pen to write with.  By the way, I happen to have some beautiful beaded pens in my Etsy shop for you that will make your writing more enjoyable.  But, if you only have a plain pen, that will work too.  Giggle!

Come on over and visit my shop today.  Just click here >>> Markets of Sunshine <<<< 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

82 Gratitude Journal Prompts That Are Sure To Unlock Your Creativity

 Anyone can be a writer. Pick up this September Embellishments Kit Club that features a fancy beaded pen and enough papers to give you plenty of room to write.  When you use the add-on list of 82 Gratitude Journal prompts that I included for you in my Etsy shop, the words will begin to pour out from your grateful heart. You'll also notice you will start to feel more content and happier each day.

Get outside in the Sunshine each day to unlock your creativity.

Being in nature is all the medicine I need to help me feel calm and safe. I started a #dailysusnhinechallenge over on my Instagram page to help other people who were feeling stuck. Join me in a community movement designed to help you feel confident and motivated. You are not alone on this Creative journey.

Pick up your Daily Sunshine Journal Prompts list and September Embellishments kit club today. Join me and others in this life-changing activity.

Visit my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/marketsofsunshine

Don't stop here.  Keep going.  How about that list of 82 Gratitude Journal Prompts <<<click <<< that I use.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Unlock Your Creativity Habit #3 Markets of Sunshine Podcast Episode 4

 Hello! Welcome! to the Markets of Sunshine Podcast Episode 4

Today I'm going to share with you the #3 Habit that will help you to Unlock Your Creativity.  I'll share some of my personal ways that I found that helped me as I home schooled my daughter to unlock our Creativity.  I made sure that she had fun everyday!

Whatever it is that you call fun is up to you.  Don't let anyone tell you what your fun should look like.  Take a good look at what you already have fun doing.  Maybe it's going to the movies with your friends or family.  Or, maybe you just like reading a good book.  Fun doesn't have to be with others.  It can be just by yourself.

Include fun don't exclude fun!  All work and no play makes life dull.  So, I'm giving you permission to have fun everyday of the week.  Having fun is what gets me out of bed everyday.  Just knowing that I'm going to record my podcast on Friday is fun.  Monday through Thursday I know I'm going to record my YouTube videos. That's fun!  I know on Saturday and Sunday I'm going to spend time with my husband and do fun things together in our house and yard. That's fun!

So grab yourself a beautiful journal from my Etsy shop Markets of Sunshine and write down these three Creative Habits that help you unlock your Creativity and review them each day.  No matter if you are a Teacher, a Supervisor and a Mom.  You can use these tips to unlock your Creativity and make your job more fun.

Go ahead and click that play button below and listen to the episode 4 "Unlock Your Creativity Habit #3" now!

Thank You for being here with me today.  

Keep Creating In The Sunshine!


Friday, August 20, 2021

7 Creative Habits To Unlock Your Creativity and Live a More Grateful and Organic Lifestyle!

 Hello! and Welcome! to the Markets of Sunshine Podcast.  I'm your host, Marsha and I'll be sharing with you step 2 in the "7 creative habits to unlock your creativity" and live a more grateful and organic lifestyle!

Are you ready?  Let's go!

Last week I shared with you the first creative habit to unlock your creativity. It was "stick to a routine" and I broke it down into baby steps for you so that you could make it happen.  In today's episode we will dive into the next step which is all about who you associate with.  That is so important because it is the second creative habit that you will need to cultivate in order to unlock your creativity and keep it flourishing.

So you might be thinking, okay Marsha "How do I do that"?  You look for people who are already living a grateful creative organic lifestyle and join them.  Surround yourself with them and learn from them.  Do what they do and try new things.  It will immediately unlock your inner child of learning and help you on your way to becoming a full grown Creative Soul.  You can then invite your friends to join you and the community will grow and grow.

To help you in this process I've started a successful Creative Community on Facebook.  It's called Markets of Sunshine.  Pretty easy, huh!  Here's the thing.  It's not for everyone.  It's by invitation only.  But, the qualifications are pretty easy for anyone who really wants to be a part of a true Creative Community.  All you need to do is be a Fan of Markets of Sunshine and all that it stands for.  

By that I mean you have Subscribed to my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine.  You are a Newsletter subscriber and you are now following this podcast. That's it!  Pretty simple, right!  Oh, and the last and most important thing is that you really Want to Unlock Your Creativity and be a part of a successful and safe community.

Inside the Markets of Sunshine Community you will be able to learn from me and try all of the different creative projects that I teach on my YouTube channel and as a Newsletter subscriber.  

The benefits of being a part of our community is that you will be in a safe environment that is free from all negative and competitive thinking.  It is about growing a community of like minded people who truly want to learn and share their skills with others.  So that we all grow and flourish together.

That's it for today.  See you soon!  Listen in to this weeks podcast at the button below.

Sending You Sunshine,


Friday, August 13, 2021

Daily Sunshine Challenge at Markets of Sunshine Podcast Episode 2

 Hello and Welcome!

I'm Marsha and I'm your host here at Markets of Sunshine Podcast.

Listen to today's episode 2 anytime, anywhere!  Let's go!

How do you unlock your creativity with Sunshine?  Well, the good news is I'm going to tell you how you can do that in this episode.

We all have a creative side inside of us just waiting to get out.  But, for many it's locked deep inside because of the way we live our life.  No worries.  It's easy to fix and I have the key for you to use to unlock the door to your inner child.

Come along with me as I share how you can use Sunshine to be more joyful and creative.  Here we go...

#1 - Make a routine.  I know that seems structured and you're right, it is!  That's what the brain loves, believe it or not.  So, how do you get started making a routine for your life?  Glad you asked.  

Push that play button and find out just how easy it is with the fun tips that I will share with you in this podcast episode #2.

Thanks for believing in me and letting me be a part of your day!

Sending You Sunshine,


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Markets Of Sunshine Launches Their Very First Podcast Episode Today!

 Help us celebrate a milestone in our small business journey.  Today we are proud to launch our very first podcast episode of the new Markets of Sunshine podcast channel.  We will be featuring monthly challenges focused on the Creative Community.  Each challenge will be designed to help you unlock your creativity and use it as therapy to improve your mental health.

Scroll to the bottom after you read the post to listen to today's episode announcement!

Whether, you are into crafting, sewing, cooking, gardening or painting etc... there will be something that you will be able to implement into your routine to stay focused and joyful.  This is not a sprint.  It's a marathon.  We are taking baby steps to reach our goals.  So don't say: "I can't!"  Say: "I'll try!"  and use each challenge as a stepping stone that builds on each other so that they can become full grown actions.

Our first challenge will begin on Friday, August 13, 2021 by 12 p.m. EST. with the "Daily Sunshine" theme.  I'll go over all the details at that time.  In the meantime, bookmark this page and follow my blog and Instagram accounts @marketsofsunshine_jw

Listen anytime, anywhere at the click of a button.

Here's our trailer episode for you to enjoy!

I hope you will support this new endeavor and help me continue to reach my goals one step at a time with the help of friends like you in the community of creative souls.

Keep Creating In The Sunshine!


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

My Best Craft Supplies and Tools For Beginners On A Budget


Knowing what craft and sewing supplies to buy is so important.  You want to have the highest rated and top quality that all the top crafter's are using. Am I right?!  You also might be asking yourself "What craft supplies should I buy on a budget?  What's the cheapest way to get started if you want to make Junk Journals?  What are the must have supplies for any crafter to have?

Here is My Best Craft Supplies and Tools List recommendation for beginners who are getting started on a budget that I use on my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine.

You can pick these up on Amazon for a great price at the links below:

Art Glitter Glue Bundle: https://amzn.to/3hT0lnd

Mod Podge: https://amzn.to/3eFmZxm

Scotch Shipping Tape Set: https://amzn.to/2VXvCgk

Krylon Marbelizing (webbing) Spray 4oz Black Lava: https://amzn.to/36Spmss

Webbing spray white: https://amzn.to/3eHlz5G

Webbing spray Gold: https://amzn.to/3hQTv1I

Silver Webbing Spray: https://amzn.to/3BlVnr3

White Gesso: https://amzn.to/3iB4ECS

Aleene's Tacky Glue 8 oz.: https://amzn.to/2UD8009

Aleene's Tacky Glue 8 oz. Fine tip: https://amzn.to/3zrhcDP

Corner rounder punch 5 mm: https://amzn.to/2Ur7XEV

Fiskars easy action scissors: https://amzn.to/3iBSA4e

Large eye blunt sewing needles set: https://amzn.to/3iwImSJ

Tim Holtz mini ink pads distress oxide: https://amzn.to/3ixlXVl

Tim Holtz four pack ink pads: https://amzn.to/3eIivGq

Ranger Liquid Pearls set of 6: https://amzn.to/3hWCROo


Visit me on my YouTube channel and see these supplies in action Monday through Thursday and occasionally on the weekend.

Click here to Subscribe to my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine and learn from me how to make awesome gifts and decor out of all those supplies you have piled up in your craft room or dining room table.  

Sign up for my Free Monthly Newsletter that is chock full of tips and ideas for keeping your craft room organized.  Along with lots of cool freebies from my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine. click here

Disclaimer: I will make a small commission when you make a purchase using my affiliate links above.  This does not increase the cost to you at all.  Happy Shopping!


Friday, July 9, 2021

Junk Journal July Embellishments Kit Club


July Junk Journal Embellishments Kit Club $10 plus shipping

Inside you'll find four pockets filled with a variety of goodies for you to use when making your own Junk Journal.  There are handmade embellishments for tuck spots, pockets, altered paper clips, tags and more all inside this beautiful floral themed holder.

Be sure to Subscribe to my channel and Watch my presentation video on my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine. Then head on over to my Etsy shop and pick up your July Embellishments Kit today!

For the full list of what will come in your kit click the Shop Now button below.

Happy Crafting!

As a perk you'll get spoiled with lots of goodies which includes a 20% off discount code that you can use on your monthly kit and other purchases from my two Etsy shops.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Bohemian Junk Journal Embellishments Challenge

 Learn how to make a variety of pretty and wild embellishments in styles from around the world on my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine.  I've joined in a fun challenge with my crafting collab friend Lynda Coker.  Be sure to check out her YouTube channel and Subscribe so you don't miss any new videos in our series.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Altered Paper Clips Challenge - Twelve Weeks Of Creative Fun

 Join in the fun of making twelve decorative paper clips in this interactive Altered paper clips challenge hosted on Markets of Sunshine YouTube channel. <<<click

 Begins June 8, 2021 and ends September 7, 2021.  If you want to share your finished altered paper clip on social media for all to see please use the hashtag #mosalteredpaperclips

To join in the challenge simple Subscribe to our channel and follow along with each weeks design. There is a supplies list that you will need to follow.  You can pick up the PDF file in our Facebook Group Junk Journal Junction. <<<click

 Or, by signing up for  my free newsletter via email. <<<<Click the blue highlighted text <<<<

To watch the video click the link below.
While you're there please Subscribe to my channel and hit the bell so you don't miss any new videos. Thanks!

Did You Know You Can Crochet On Fabric? Learn How In This Video


If you've been crocheting for a while you might be looking for some new ideas of what you can make.
Here's a fun way to add pizzazz to any embellishment and turn boring into awesome!

Click the video below to watch this easy process.
P.S. While you're there would you mind Subscribing and hit the bell so you don't miss future videos.  thanks!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Powerful By Faith - A Newsletter That's More Than Just Words On A Page

Who do you invite into your daily email inbox?

When you sign-up for a discount code it's usually because you really love the item and want to get it for an even better price than listed.
Am I right?

But, you probably don't want to be getting a daily email from that company asking you to buy again. Right?  Do they ever just send out something that is totally inspiring or instructional that might make your life easier?  Rarely!

Want a refreshing change?
Markets of Sunshine newsletter provides you with inspiration through instructional DIY videos on our YouTube channel (Here)
We host a giveaway when we reach the next milestone of subscriber's (every 100 increase).
And, we also send out occasional Sale event announcements on great new products or ones that will be discontinued. We have two Etsy shops. One for handmade gifts, Markets of Sunshine. The other is vintage gifts and craft supplies, Pioneer Fundraiser.
 You get the first opportunity to grab these deals a day before the public gets notified.  Last but not least, we give a generous 20% off coupon code as our Thank You for letting us into your world.

All of this goodness only comes to your email inbox a few times a month!  We don't believe in spamming our subscriber's. You're to important a person to us to do that to you.  Our valued customer!

So I hope you will put Faith in us and let us inspire you each month.  To find out more about what the meaning of our logo above, head on over to our Instagram site @marketsofsunshine_jw

Sending You Sunshine!


Thursday, May 13, 2021

DIY GIFTS Using Textured Wallpaper Cloth - Mini Junk Journals

 Make a beautiful junk journal and give as a gift using textured wallpaper cloth.  I'll show you how in this video on my YouTube channel, Markets of Sunshine.  You can buy the wallpaper in my Etsy shop click here .. Shop Now!

Be sure to Subscribe to my channel and hit the bell so you don't miss any new videos.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Country Patchwork Theme Handmade Embellishments Kits For May In Red and Purple


These embellishments kits are filled with a variety of country patchwork theme all handmade from vintage and modern supplies.  In a warm purple and red color pallet.  Priced affordable so that you can start a little project and finish it all in one day.  All the details are in the description at the link below.

Head on over to Markets of Sunshine Etsy shop and pick up one of these little treasures for only $5 plus shipping!  Click Here >>> Shop Now!

Supplies are limited.  Only available for the month of May 2021.

Thank you for your support to our small business.  Made in the USA.