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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Dolly by Design FREE Giveaway!!!!!!!!!

Okay as you can see I haven’t posted anything in about two weeks, and that makes me very sad (and at the same time it makes me feel like I’ve been slacking at this whole blogging thing!) SHAME ON ME!

I hope you all can forgive my absence, I have been extremely busy with so many projects for Dolly by Design, my (VERY MUCH SIDE HOBBY) photography business Twelve16Photography, and other Nashville endeavors as well! Nonetheless, I don’t want to neglect sharing my thoughts about what is going on with Dolly by Design!

So I have been getting a ginormous (what I feel is ginormous) amount of orders for my TearDrop Earrings which I featured two weeks ago (modeled by the beautiful Kara Philpot). They have been private orders (not Etsy orders which explains why there haven’t been many postings on my Etsy page) and it’s been an overwhelming blessing to me! I constantly want to stop and thank GOD because HE constantly surprises me and blesses me with new opportunities to create for Dolly by Design!  It’s interesting because I made a conscience decision this time last year that I was going to embark on this fun and creative adventure, and I had to set realistic expectations for myself that, “Things may not even sell Dolly! So you need to do this more as a creative outlet and hobby, and if you sell things, you sell things! The important aspect of this outlet is for you to have fun and experience joy in creating things!” (Yes, I tend to talk to myself ALOT…and I think it’s because I was an only child growing up!)

But creating ‘part-time’ as a hobby (mental outlet) this past year has been a HUGE stress reliever for me, and it has brought me an abundant amount of joy because I literally feel like I’m glorifying GOD in using some of the talents He’s blessed me with! PLUS, I have been able to contribute more to my yearly India Mission Trip and church family (Ethos) because of this hobby! So thank you GOD for this outlet!

Okay, sorry I went on a huge tangent! I tend to get side tracked really easily-but now we are getting back to the focus of this post: a Dolly by Design FREE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

Because of my success in Tear Drop Earring Sales this month, I am going to give away a FREE PAIR of Dolly by Design Tear Drop Earrings (color TBA). Usually these earrings run $12.50 (+shipping) for a pair in my shop, but one lucky winner will win a fun and colorful pair (with free paid shipping) by the end of August! WOOT WOOT!!!! (that’s me being excited!!!!)

Okay, so here are the rules: This contest for the FREE GIVEAWAY will last up until the end of August. Everyone has one month to share this post, like my shop “Dolly by Design” on Facebook, and tell me on the “Dolly by Design” Facebook page where you would wear your teardrop earrings! Please NOTE: I am really wanting to get up to 500 likes as well, so please be working on sharing Dolly by Design with your friends and family on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, etc! The winner will be randomly selected and announced August 31st! So in quick recap: 1) Share this Post with your friends and family 2) Like “Dolly by Design” on Facebook, & 3) Tell me where you would wear your TearDrop Earrings on my Dolly by Design FB page!

Here are some pictures of my Dolly by Design Tear Drop Earrings (pictured are my Sapphire TearDrop Earrings, Peach TearDrop Earrings, and Emerald Green TearDrop Earrings).

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“And may the odds be ever in your favor” (Okay, this was a little dramatic of a statement-cause obviously no one is going to die for these earrings- I realize that…but I really love the Hunger Games and I wanted to incorporate this quote ESP since I’m having my first giveaway!)

LOVE YOU ALL! GOD BLESS!!!!!!