Thursday, March 31, 2011

THE COURAGE TO FLY BLOG HOP: Stephey Baker ask some tough questions ... gets answers


Stephey Baker ask questions ... gets answers ...

The questions?

A) What do u feel keeps (or would keep) a heart light? As light as a feather & ready 2 fly!

B) What's 1 thing u need now in ur life, that upon receiving it would take U to the skies?!

C) Ever had anyone push U "out of ur comfort zone" & in so doing Made U fly?

D) Ever taken a risk on urself? Pushed off the branch flying only w/inspiration fueling u?

E) What do you love? and why? (Name at least one thing or cherished moment)

F) What message is your heart eager to share?

The answers in blog hop fashion ... thirty nine women sharing inspiration ... 
blog after blog, week after week. Meet the courageous flock

I know what your thinking. You ask yourself one question, then two and before you know it, 
you've answered all six and threw in one or two of your own ... you just created a movement 
within yourself ... well, right here and right now ... I'm giving you permission to believe 
and permission to act ...I'm giving you permission to FLY ... love is a VERB ... sonya la

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Designer Secrets: page design tools

Designer Secrets ... this is a list of some must have tools for some awesome page design ... you might be some what surprised ... any way ... here we go ...

1. lots and lots of paper ... regular, legal & Tabloid 
2. An extreme supply of rulers
3. An extreme supply of Scissors
4. Brown craft paper
5. A bone folder
6. An extreme supply of kraft knives
7. An extra long stapler
8. A proportion wheel
9. Pencils & Markers

A well designed multiple page booklet ... has to flow ... from page to page. From cover to cover.  A rhythm is established. That's why it pays dividends to create an actual size mock up ... before one flips on the Apple.

love is a VERB ... sonya la

Monday, March 28, 2011


And the winners are ...
Last night my little muffin man pulled the name of the winner of my first blog book give away ... The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Buchard and the winner is Angle Fraley!
And, Robin Norgren was the only one to comment and thus the winner of The Sweet Talk of Success ... Congratulations and Thank yoU for your comments ... Please e-mail me your address and I will send your book to ya ... right away.

One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voskamp
I'm on Chapter 8 of this gripping book. Anne paints grief with words so vividly ...It's super hard for me to read as I have not fully recovered from the loss of my sweet Mother ... I still think 33 is too young to suddenly be Motherless.

31 Days Creativity Challenge

Day 28 over at Leslie's has been ironically designated as Let's play catch up day and since I'm already behind, that's great

Reading with Robin ... Chapter 11 & 12
Due to my blog redesign ... The reading of these chapters was some O so perfect timing as I needed to really decide for once and for all what direction this little blog of mine going in ... Chapter 11 is all about self employment and Chapter 12 deals with business start-up and more.

sonya mac designs legacy N lace & Editorial Calendar for this week

My niece allowed me to create dedication dresses for my Great nieces and I was over joyed yesterday after the service when she informed me she had added them to their Legacy Boxes already. 

I super love the way Design Sponge has set up their Editorial Calendar. WE plan 
on using one ... once we migrate to our new home.

Yes, I'm preparing myself for more responsibility and .. for some help by using
the word WE.

Editorial Calendar for this week ... Monday March 27, 2011

Monday (Today): Catch up on Leslie's Creative Challenge/Reading with Robin & 
one Thousand gifts ... Book Winners Announced!

Tuesday:Photo Shoot
Wednesday: Designer Secrets
Thursday: Reading with Robin & MANley Notes
Friday: Studio Sneak Peek with Jennifer
Saturday: Wondering Words
Sunday: Sunday Spaces

love is a VERB ... sonya la

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Spaces: Artist Laura Ludwig Hamor

Artist Laura Ludwig Hamor

Welcome to Sunday Spaces and please allow me to introduce to you artist Laura Ludwig Hamor. A wife, Mother of four ... Creative Girl and CCO ... you know Chief Creative Officer . All content and photos of this Sunday Space are the property of LLHamor and have been republished here with permission & grace. You just gotta love this creative go getter Laura ... I'm Thankful to Laura for sharing her inspiring story here on Sunday Spaces ... 

The story of my studio is tied in to my cancer. Good things and not so good things somethings come together.

In 2003 I was finally diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I say finally because I was sick for 10 months, constant choking and coughing all night long before I found my cancer.
~ okay, side-bar for a quick cancer story....  I was sick, and first we thought it was a virus, then maybe bronchitis, then maybe an allergy, I coughed and coughed, I couldn't sleep. I coughed so hard, I broke two ribs. I was exhausted.
I had just starting seeing a therapist, my mother had died and I was struggling with my grief and my family's grief.  It was Dr. M. who first noticed how long I had been coughing.
"You have had a cough since you first started coming here."  I had not really realized how long it had been.
"I have been feeling exhausted like I am trying to push through water. I am so tired."
Then he said the most obvious thing that I never considered, "Have you thought of listening to your body?"
No. I had not. 
I had not thought of listening to my body, I was too busy pushing myself.
You know how it is when you have so much to do, you don't stop to listen.

Copyright LLHamor
Two days later, I woke up and felt a tiny pressure in my neck. 
I was listening.
I opened my medical book (that I first had for taking care of the kids) and found an article about thyroids. 
It said: Take a drink of water. Lean your head back and swallow it while looking in the mirror. Is your neck symmetrical?
No, it was not. I had nodules on my thyroid.
Most nodules are NOT cancer. 
Thyroid nodules are very common.
But, I was sick. 
I fractured two ribs coughing! I was sick. I knew.

Okay, that is it. I found the nodules, called my doctor, had an ultrasound, had a biopsy, had surgery.

Now, back to the studio.

I was recovering from the surgery. I was tired and they had to find my balance of synthroid (thyroid hormone replacement) and that took some time to get right.
So I had a lot of time to think.
What do I want to do? 
Really do with this life, with this one life that I have been given?
Of course my first priority was our family and raising our sons.
But what about me? 
What do I want?
I wanted this life changing experience to change something in my life. Hopefully for the better. Isn't that what a life-changing experience is for?

My studio was in a small spare bedroom. It had actually moved around the house. First in a larger room off the playroom, then we moved the older boys into that room, so I moved into the kitchen, then to the smaller bedroom.
So what do I want?  
Asking myself this over and over.

I had an idea.
The preschool was a small building nearby. What if I called my son's preschool teacher and asked if I could rent the preschool space for the summer when they are closed. Then I could work more in the coming summer--away from the boys and their friends and I could leave projects set up instead of cleaning everything up each day.

I called her and asked if I could rent her space. She owned the little building and said she would talk to her husband and call me back. 
The next day she called, "Here is an address, you can meet our property manager and he will show you a space."
I did not know this, but they owned a series of buildings on a warehouse street.
I did not have a lot of money, since I had not worked in months. 
But I had asked her, so I decided I had to meet him and I would just turn down the space.
The next day I met Mark, the building manager, who was a really nice guy.
He opened the door to this long narrow room with only a small path to walk through pile of old, crumbly, smelly boxes from floor to ceiling.
The space was being rented by the local movie theatre and they were using it for storage. It looked like long abandoned storage. The boxes were old and falling all over each other.

We walked through the first long room, down the hall into a small second room, still filled with boxes. 
Mark turned to me and said, "Which room would you want?"
I said, "Well, I guess the first room so I wouldn't have to walk through that mess to get to the second room," knowing I was probably not taking it anyway.
I asked him,"So how much is it?"
This is the question that was going to lead me to say I couldn't take it, or so I thought.  
Mark turned around and made a phone call.
"My uncle must like you, he said I should empty the whole space, and give it to you."
I didn't know what to say.
"Um, well, how much is the rent?"
"Well since the space needs cleaning and painting, nothing for the first months, then 100 a month after that. No lease, just month to month."
WHAT? 100 a month? I could do that. I could figure out 25. per week!
It was too good not to do it. 

I sent the landlord/preschool teacher's husband a heartfelt thank you letter. I went from recovering on the couch to opening my studio!
My whole focus changed. I was looking to my future.

It turns out my landlord wanted to help someone else who was starting a new business! He was prepared to help someone, just when I had called to ask.
How many times do we want something, and we don't ask?
He is definitely one of my angels.

For the next months, after the boxes were removed, we cleaned and scrubbed and primed the walls. We pulled the smelly carpet off the floors and scrubbed them over and over.
When they were finally clean, I primed them and painted them with floor paint in a soft grey.
And then I painted that block wall red.  "Million Dollar Red" was the paint name.
 (that's the wall I just repainted "Startling Blue"!)

That is how my studio found me. One phone call.

Doesn't that make you wonder what yoU should ask for?

Find Laura's pretties  HERE, follow her creative biz journey HERE and join the e-pprenticeship program HERE.

I hope  JOY & Inspiration Stalk yoU like the wind &  Look for MORE of Laura's Story in the Spring Issue Of Inspired Studios Magazine. Please e-mail me (sonyamacdesigns(dot) to share your space on sunday spaces. love is a VERB sonya la

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Text Message Shorthand ... designs on fabric

I'm still plotting & planning the redesign of my video girl's bedroom ... while she is away at Church camp this summer. I'm sure, I'll have no trouble working this fabric in ... a body pillow or just some toss pillows would be nice. 

While on Spring Break ... this week, I ask some children to help me break the code and WEll ... now I can't read their code ... but you can find definitions HERE & HERE ...

Have a great weekend ... sonya la

Friday, March 25, 2011

God's cake....

I've been busy this week spring break week ... working with 3/5 of my new student  ... they are learning to blog with some HELP from me. I'm so very thankful. It's Sneak Peak Friday over at Jennifer's studio and I'm joining in ... why don't yoU?

So my neighbor ... Ms Judy sent me this e-mail (below) which made me think of one of my most favorite Bible verses (on my calendar ... above) and I just had to share it with you! 

God's cake.... 
This is about the best thing
I've ever read as an explanation.

Sometimes we wonder,
'What did I do to deserve this?' or
'Why did God have to do this to me
Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how
is going wrong
, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend 
broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and
asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the
daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck' says her daughter.
'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?'
'Mom, those are all yucky!'
To which the mother replies:
'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the
right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! '
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why
He would let us go through such
 bad and difficult 
times. But God knows that when HE puts these things
all in HIS order, they always work for good! We just
have to
 trust Him and, eventually, they will all 
 something wonderful!

love is a verb ... sonya la

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The power of a press release ...

 Greg Lyon  All Rights Reserved  March 2011 Middle TN

Yesterday I worked with local artist Greg Lyon on issues in reference to the reproduction of the above illustration for the forth coming issue of Inspired Studios Magazine. Greg is also a cartoonist and now one with a political homework assignment due August 1, 2011. I can not wait to see what he will create!

Greg contacted me after our local daily newspaper published a business bite about the studio.

The power of a press release. Are you using this FREE form of advertising for your business?

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