TheDollyDeLong: Easter 2017

TheDollyDeLong: Easter 2017

Because of the post’s photo, you probably think this post is only going to be dedicated to my first married Easter, and you are probably rolling your eyes at me because I am ridiculous about how much I love my Husband (Ty). But, as much as I love him (and as much as I love spending time with him) I was thrilled that it was Easter weekend for deeper reasons and I have just been thinking a lot about how good and wonderful God is, and how happy I am because He is in my life!

I know this is something that I know logically, intellectually, and emotionally (and I have grown up hearing about this in sermons over and over and over and over again) but sometimes I have moments where it is like a wave of realization crashing over me about how GOOD I have it (how GOOD we ALL have it) because of how much Jesus did for us! As good as I have it on earth right now, there is something so much better waiting for me (after this life) because of what Jesus accomplished.  I sometimes have to stop myself from getting too overwhelmed with emotion when I think it through (mostly because I don’t want to come across as an overly emotional fuddy-duddy).  (But I am just seriously so grateful and thankful right now!)

There are so many songs that I have been thinking about and thinking through this week that make me so  in awe of how amazing + good our gracious King is to us. I am so relieved we have so much to look forward to after this life, and even though I want this phase of life with being married to my sweet husband to slow down and drag on forever and ever, I so badly want to be with Christ and get to talk with Him & walk with Him in Heaven (not just figuratively but LITERALLY walk with Him).

For those of you who are believers, I hope that this post encourages you all to continue to pursue the sweetness of Christ on a daily basis. It may come in a steady beat, it may come crashing in waves, or it may come in random happenings. Regardless of where you are, continue to dig deeper into getting to know the Love of Christ and see how much real hope that He is offering to you that surpasses ALL the great things of this world. Also, is it not just SO incredible to think that there is so much HOPE being offered to us all as humans? And we are all so undeserving of His Grace because we relentlessly sin, yet He still desires us!

For my unbelieving friends who think I’m an ignorant, hopeless, and air-headed Christian. Hey, I don’t want you to feel like I am belittling you because we don’t share the same core values/beliefs.  I just want to openly share how much I love Christ. I am sorry if other Christians have made you feel less than, put a sour taste in your mouth in the past, or have done something totally unloving towards you that made you ultimately label all Christ-followers as total dummies. I am truly sorry. I just want this post to point straight to Christ (not because I am trying to trick you into believing something) but because I just love sharing how much HOPE Christ has given me! I ultimately hope that this post can just encourage, lift up and inspire ALL to celebrate and study the Resurrection!

I also wanted to share several songs which have been on my mind/heart lately. I hope that you can read/listen through these lyrics and draw closer to The King. I also hope that it points you to the kindness and gentleness of Christ and it reminds you how loved you are (despite your circumstances and despite your past).

“Death In His Grave”

 

“Because He Lives” (Lyrics)

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

“What A Beautiful Name” 

Lyrics (just in case you like reading instead of listening)// these Lyrics actually make me tear up when I listen to the part “You Didn’t Want Heaven Without Us, So Jesus, You Brought Heaven Down” (Makes me want to sob in happiness with that line alone!)

Lyrics to “What A Beautiful Name”

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
How sweet is your name, Lord, how good You are
Love to sing in the name of the Lord, love to sing for you all?
Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
Anyway…

I also want to share several photos from my Easter! It was such a fun, relaxing and joyful day! And because I just want to end this post with some silly photos/to make you smile!

 

 

I hope wherever you are in life, know how much you are loved by Christ the King! 

Have a blessed night!

DollyByDesign: ADVENTURES in Mumbai, India {March 2015}

DollyByDesign: ADVENTURES in Mumbai, India {March 2015}

Hello Friends! It has been such a long time since I have last posted {and I am incredibly sorry for my long absence} BUT… “I’M BACK!!!!!” (as Rowdy Rathore would say…and only a select few would actually get that reference-HAH)

2015 has been quite the adventurous year for me, and it’s only March (well technically it’s April 1st, but for this Post’s sake…it’s still March 31st)! Not only has 2015 been my first year in my 30s, but it’s also been a year of tremendously fun/positive/lovely/and amazing changes in my life! And one of these changes has definitely been more travel opportunities to explore new areas of this beautiful world we live in!

To kickstart my 2015 year of adventuring, I co-led a mission trip to India with Lipscomb Missions and Ethos Church (now, this wasn’t my first time going to India…it was actually my 27th or 28th trip…I kind of have lost count by this point…but it was technically my 3rd trip leading a team of people to my most favorite country in the world). Those 10 days serving alongside my friends//my brothers and sisters in Christ, was an incredible and amazing experience, and you can read about more here (my good friend, Justin Wright, of Justin Wright Photography, went on the trip with me and documented the experience perfectly).

BUT…AFTER my 10 day mission trip, I actually had the privilege of getting to stay 2 extra days in India and recruit Internationally for Lipscomb Admissions in the city of Mumbai. It’s always a little lame traveling by myself at times (even though I am a proud Introvert…I do enjoy company every now and then) so it was fun having my good friend, Danielle, tag along with me for the remainder of the trip (since she participated in the 10 day mission trip and wanted to see more of India just for the fun of it)!

Again, the majority of my trip to Mumbai was spent recruiting international students for my University, but Danielle and I had several hours to ourselves after a business meeting so we did the most logical thing any traveller would do: we adventured in Mumbai and decided to explore the Elephanta Caves & take a ferry ride along the Mumbai Coast!

So…the following pictures just document:

1)  our time on our extremely long ferry ride (where, note: we definitely witnessed a little too much ‘bromance’ going on)

2) our time exploring the historical and world-famous Elephanta Caves

3) our time taking obnoxious jumping pictures and selfies in front of the Gateway of India

As always, I hope you enjoy these low-quality iPhone photos….but most importantly I hope this encourages you all to go out and ADVENTURE (and have fun wherever you are & have fun in whatever stage of life you are in) Life is def a blessing from God, and enjoy every moment He’s given you!!!!

God bless!

Love, DollybyDesign

 

DollybyDesign: Items of the Month for April 2014

DollybyDesign: Items of the Month for April 2014

As many of you know (or may not know), I use my Etsy Shop to save towards my future Mission Trips (and to bring awareness of missions//needs in India). I am going to be taking the next FULL year (April 2014-April 2015) to sell feature items from my shop so that I can help with the process of fund-raising for my future 2015 trip with Ethos Missions! The overall cost to go to India is usually around $2,500 (this includes ticket cost, meals, room/board, and transportation costs). So I have been thinking of ways that would help with fund-raising efforts, and I thought it would be fun to sell feature items where 100% of the proceeds (from the sale of those items) would go directly to India Missions!

Here are some items I have been working on this month for my Etsy Shop. You can either order them here, or simply message me on Facebook if you are wanting to place an order!

Items of the Month of April (100% of profits will go towards Mission Savings)

1) Rose Earrings (single) = $6.50 (tax + shipping included)

2) Rose Earrings (double//two sets)= $10.50 (tax + shipping included)

3) Floral Mint Green Earrings = $10.50 (tax + shipping included)

4) Floral Hair Comb = $25.00 (tax + shipping included)

Again, your support means so much to me! I love creating, sharing, and saving towards a goal of (hopefully) going back to India to serve my brothers/sisters with the Ethos church plant in NorthEast India!

GOD bless! Love, DollybyDesign 🙂

DollybyDesign October 2013 Giveaway: Halloween Themed Baby Leggings!

Just in time for Halloween and Fall 2013: BABY LEGGINGS! And not just any baby leggings, Halloween-themed leggings!  I promised something baby-related and Halloween-related in my last post {when I announced the September 2013 winner} so here we go…

I am super pumped about this month’s giveaway (I feel like I say that every month, but really I mean it each time!) For those of you who don’t personally know me, I am in LOVE with Fall {Like L-O-V-E head over heels for this season!} I think my passion for this time of year started when I was a young girl in Montana, and naturally Big Sky country helped grow that love, because as a state, Montana is a gorgeous and an incredibly nature-orientated place to live in! { My most favorite picture(s) of me as a child are in piles of colorful leaves for sure 🙂 }

To share my love for all things Fall & Halloween related, I thought it would be fun to make some baby leggings which will fit any newborn up to any 8 to 9 month old baby.

Regular Price for DollybyDesign Leggings are: $10.50-$13.80 {depending on how many materials are being used}

For Whom: Newborn Babies to 8 & 9 Month old baby’s

Length: 10.5 inches long

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So as usual, the rules of this contest are:

1) LIKE: if you haven’t already done this go and “LIKE” my Facebook Page “Dolly byDesign”

2) SHARE: this post with your friends on your FB Wall (and yes, I do see if you have shared with your friends…you can’t skip this step) 🙂

3) POST: on “Dolly by Design’s” wall why you would want to win this FREE Pair of Halloween baby leggings, who would get them, etc. (pretty much I just want more fans to post on my wall to have more interaction with you all!)

I know many of you do 2 out of the 3 steps, or just 1 out of the 3 steps…but you have got to do ALL 3 STEPS in order to qualify for the drawing!

Most importantly: This contest will only last until October 17th (that is next Thursday!) because I want to be able to ship this off to the winner in time for the baby to show off their THUNDER THIGHS for Halloween! 🙂

Good Luck Everyone! But most importantly, GOD bless! I hope you are all having a Blessed Fall so far!

Love, DollybyDesign 🙂

DollybyDesign: Photos of Nicoll Burleson with her {won} August 2013 teardrop earrings

I wanted to post some professional pictures of Nicoll’s earrings that she won, plus everyone needs to see that she is a gorgeous woman-both inside AND out!!! (Sorry guys, she’s taken!)

Thanks again Nicoll for entering in my ‘TearDrop’ earrings giveaway! If you (reader) are interested in purchasing a pair of ‘Tear-Drop’ earrings, please message me either via Facebook, text me, email me (dolly.stang@lipscomb.edu), or click on this link https://www.etsy.com/listing/163525320/opaque-pink-tear-drop-earringsopaque?ref=shop_home_active to purchase a pair for yourself! {If you are interested in a specific color, message me and I can make you a specialized order!}

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Congrats again to Nicoll, and thank you fans for all of your love/support for August & September’s  Giveaways! I will hopefully post some pictures of Andrea Stewart’s baby blanket (which she won in the September giveaway) once she sends me pictures!!!

Stay tuned for October 2013’s FREE Giveaway! 🙂

GOD bless!

DollybyDesign September 2013 Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Thank you to all who entered in my September 2013 giveaway for the “RAWR!!! DINOSAUR!!!” Baby Blanket for my Etsy Shop, DollybyDesign! Your constant love, support and encouragement really  means the world to me as I continue along this new creative journey, and I am having so much fun getting feedback from everyone as well! As a reminder to everyone, 40% of my monthly profits from my Etsy shop goes towards India Missions (through Ethos church), so thank you thank you thank you for your support!!!!!

So the WINNER of the “RAWR!!! DINOSAUR!!!” Baby Blanket for September 2013 is: Andrea Campos Stewart!

Congrats Andrea, your encouragement and constant support really means the world to me, and I will be mailing you your new DollybyDesign baby product!

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Thank you again to everyone who entered into the September 2013 DollybyDesign giveaway! I will be posting the New October 2013 giveaway in the next few days, so keep your eyes posted! It will be Halloween + Baby Themed…so I promise loads of cuteness for your loved one this Fall 2013 (since it IS my FAVORITE Season of the year!)

I love you all so much! GOD BLESS!

🙂 DollybyDesign

DollybyDesign Accessory Love: Opaque Pink Tear Drop Earrings

New (color) of tear-drop earrings to my shop: Opaque Pink Tear Drop Earrings. These have been a huge success for my shop, so I wanted to add more colors as examples to show to my fans, shoppers and friends! I also state in my shop’s policies that if you are interested in placing a big order, let me know at least 4-5 weeks in advance so I can make a specific order to fit your wedding party, or your special event! I can do most popular colors to fit your wedding/special event as well, and I love doing personalized orders for brides-to-be!

{Specific details of the earrings include: size 10mmX15mm, gold brass setting, opaque pink (color), $12.50 (price per pair)}

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DollybyDesign Weddings: Clutches for Heather

Happy Saturday (or should I appropriately say…Happy FALL Saturday) Everyone!!!!!!! I just finished a big project for a good friend of mine who is a Bride-to-Be and I wanted to post this so I can share my newest creation with all my fans/friends! Her wedding colors are Mustard Yellow, Gray, & White accented with Burlap, so I wanted to incorporate all these colors into a new shabby chic design of clutches for my shop. I loved how they all turned out, and I hope that sweet Heather enjoys these clutches!

{Measurements per clutch: 7″X10″}

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Thank you again, Heather, for supporting my shop “DollybyDesign”. A certain percentage of this purchase will go towards India Ethos Missions!

If you are a bride-to-be and are looking for the perfect clutch (or present) for your bridesmaids (or for the wedding party) message me and I would love to work with you and incorporate your wedding colors into each clutch! You can reach me at: dolly.stang@lipscomb.edu, my etsy shop “DollybyDesign, or Facebook “Dolly by Design”. I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Fall!

Love, DollybyDesign 🙂

DollybyDesign: Baby Blankets For Fall 2013

Just in time for Fall 2013, I have been working nonstop, in the month of August, on several blankets which I am wanting to sell in my shop for Fall 2013.

As many of you may (or may not) know, I am trying to expand more of my shop (outside of bridesmaids gifts, and home goods) & I am venturing into the land of ‘all things babies’. It’s funny because I am unmarried and don’t have any kids yet, so I think this inspiration really came because all of my friends from college are now starting to have babies, or they have toddlers, so I always try to think of cute things to make for my friend’s kids. One day I thought, “Why not make these for your Etsy Shop Dolly? If your friends like them, maybe other people will like them as well!” (Yes, I constantly have inner conversations with myself on a daily basis ESP when thinking about new items for DollybyDesign). So, here are some new blankets I have been working on throughout the summer-and I am planning on posting these items in the next week or so (fingers-crossed)!

Blankets are going to run between $25.50-$28.50 (varying because of the differences in size and materials used)

Once again, 40% of profits will go towards Missions (specifically India Missions and Ethos Church). If you have any specific blanket you are wanting for your little loved one, message me on Facebook or send me a message on my etsy shop “DollybyDesign” and I can make one specifically for you!

Thanks for supporting my shop! GOD bless!

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“Where the wild things are”  Baby Blanket (a blanket for your little wild monster) Image

 

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Purple Chevron Baby Blanket for your Hipster Baby Image

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“Birds of a Feather Flock Together” Baby Blanket Image

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“Rawr!!!!!!!!! Dinosaur!!!!!” Baby BlanketImage

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Again, Message me if you are interested in any of these designs, or are looking for a specific design for your loved one’s nursery/room theme!

 

Thanks again for all your love and support! GOD bless, LOVE DollybyDesign

Happy Independence Day India! (August 15th)

As you can already guess from the title (spoiler alert) today is India’s Independence day! I normally don’t celebrate other country’s national holidays, but since India has such a deep and cherished place in my heart, I wanted to share with my followers/readers why I do DollybyDesign! As mentioned in the about section of my shop, and on this blog, I am participating in this adventure of all things design, art, & creativity because I really want to be the hands and feet of Christ in raising awareness about Missions (esp India missions and Ethos church). The dominant reason of my etsy shop was designed with the purpose of selling new products and donating a certain percentage every month to Mission work! I’ve been experiencing alot of emotions (both positive and negative) in learning to navigate the ups and downs of running a ‘side business’ for mission work. I have a ridiculous amount of pressure that I put on myself every month to not only design new items, but to be super productive, and to always stay busy for DollybyDesign. Embarrassingly enough, I can be pretty shallow sometimes and find my self worth in my productivity INSTEAD of finding my worth in GOD (regardless of how much-or how little- I have accomplished for the day). In my ‘humanness’ to achieve goals to make myself ‘feel good’ I can forget what exactly this adventure is all about (which is = experiencing JOY in creating to help SERVE and BLESS others)!

So…to bring everyone back to why I’m posting about India’s Independence Day. Today’s national Holiday for Hindustan really reminded me and made me think of all the women, men, and children I love and miss from the Ethos church plant in Northeast India. I want to share some pictures with you all, and let me just say I always look tired/exhausted and extremely bloated because of the extreme humidity and lack of sleep I experience while in India in the middle of May/June, but despite all those awful circumstances, I still experience the most abundant amount of JOY and PEACE because I actually am doing what I was created to do: SERVE and LOVE. So I hope that as you scroll through these pictures, I hope you are encouraged to not only pray for these amazing brothers and sisters in Christ overseas, but I hope you are pushed to be the Hands and Feet of Christ so that you can bless others (whether it be in your neighborhood, in your country, or overseas). Living to serve the almighty Creator has been a very abundant and exciting quest, and I hope and pray that I can be blessed and given many more years to lean in and participate in this adventure!

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