Friday, December 27, 2013

"Ditto"



Ditto means

“I love you”



Hey, it's me Sierra Ilyia Jones writing to you, daughter of Sonya M. Jones.  Mother is taking a break, spending quality time with the Hubby.  I know all of you have read about me in one way or another because my mom just LOVES to write about her children.  (yay...)  But, now it is my turn to write about her because, well she is crazy, and I love her. 

I'm not going to sit here and, tell you all that my mother is perfect because lying is a sin.  Also, I don't want to have to go to church, and enter a confessional when I am finished this blog post.  Our relationship, if i had to put it in one word, is "quirky."  My mother is the weirdest mother I know.  I do not know of any mother that sits on their children, when they are sitting on the couch trying to watch their shows.  Also, I do not know of any other mother that says "Ditto" with a smile slapped across her face when their child says "I love you, mom."   My mom is anything but ordinary. 

My mom is funny, smart, and very very awesome.  However, she is also EMBARRASSING!!!!   I want to run away whenever she starts dancing like Beyonce.   Whether it's in public or in the privacy of our own home.  I mean really, come on...if you have ever seen the movie "HITCH" you'd know I'm telling the truth, that she should live in the neighborhood of arms by your waist at ninety degrees and stepping back and forth.  No fancy moves necessary!

But, I guess my mom has the right to act silly, and embarrass me once in a while because all I do is bug her.  I'm not going to lie...I live for bugging my mother, it's very fun.  I love to lay on her bed because I know that it makes her itch a little bit.  I plop right on there, and she says "Sierra, I just made that bed, why are you on it?"  Then I reply with a simple, "Because mother, it's soft."  I also like to come over whenever she is drinking wine.  I call her by her nickname that I came up with especially for her, and she tells me "I need a glass of wine after your bugging me."  I also love to tell my mother occasionally that I will put her in a home whenever she starts to bug me.  I tell her specifically, "See mother, this is why you are going in a home."  Or, "I'm going to remember that mother, whenever you're old and need somewhere to live.  Yeah, you're going in a home."

But despite our differences (our many, many differences), I do love my mom.  I love her special hugs when she holds on tight, and won't let go (even whenever it's long overdue.)  I love whenever she says that I can have my friends over especially my redhead, Natalya.  I love her "LOL", which stands for layers of love.  I love the way that she says "Ditto" to my "I love you, mom."  I love our relationship.  She may not be the perfect mother to anyone else but I can tell you this, I would not trade her in for anyone or anything. 

In the words of my mother...Until next time...peace, and blessings


Mother and I

My redhead friend.  Natalya, and I.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Moment Of Silence...



Well, I had a blog post ready to share today, but as circumstances would have it I'll have to share it later.  My hubby's grandma who was under our care, her spirit passed on to the heavens above early this morning.  There will be a moment of silence on my blog for a little while as I am helping my husband with preparations to lay his grandmother to rest. 


Ana Luz Danois had a long, loving, beautiful life.  92 years young to be exact!  Her beauty, grace, and love touched the hearts of many.  My  hubby's grandma, as with many (I daresay most) women, went through her life, fulfilling her perceived duties as a wife, a mother, a member of her church etc. without ever really celebrating her own uniqueness and grace.  She gave of herself in so many ways, sacrificing personal comforts in order to ensure that others had them...whether it was for her children, grandchildren, or the church which she would always contribute.  She always gave, asking for nothing in return.  So, today we will not mourn her death, but instead shed tears in remembrance of happy memories, and celebrate her life.   Ana Luz Danois ~ July 9, 1921 - December 11, 2013

Until next time...peace & blessings





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Cheer!




Sleigh bells ringggggggg...are you listening?  In the lannnnne, snow is glistening.  It's a beautiful sight, I'm happy tonight...but I'm NOT looking at a winter wonderland.  Phooey! 

It's December 4th, and in my neck of the woods Fall has decided to come back.  This is definitely pneumonia weather.  I'm thoroughly convinced mother nature is menopausal!  Anyway, I'm so in the spirit for the holidays this year.  I really have no idea why I feel so festive, but I do.  Another thing that has me so giddy is that babies are popping up every in my family.  
Babies are us in miniature form.  We look at their tiny features and their chubby little bodies and we can't help but smile.  Interacting with a baby can be truly miraculous.  We've celebrated 4 births total within the last 7 months.  Little blessings...

Out of those four births I'm excited to say that I now have a girl & boy that will will be modeling my baby line.  So excited!  Just recently, Tashell who is my 3rd cousin modeled  "Irises in Bloom."  What can I say...simply adorable!  My boy model, Kaidi is not quite ready yet.  He was just born 2 weeks ago.  However, he was a whopping 9.5 lbs!  He will be modeling very soon!

Also, I just designed my very 1st business  holiday card!  Super silly syked!  Designed it & made prints.  Loved the way it turned out!  It's included in the pics below, but of course you'll have to be a customer to know what it says on the inside.  :)  Maybe,  the reason for my extreme happiness is too brace me for my teary eyed journey when my 1st born...my son...Isaiah Louis Jones, graduates high school.  Sigh...I love milestones, but not when they're tear jerkers.  2014, which is exactly:


from now,  I will be preparing for one of the biggest milestones to date!  My son's high school graduation!  Stay tuned for his "Last Time Around" senior moment's posts.  Just did his last H.S. football game video.  Bittersweet... :'}   Until next time...peace & blessings


My 1st girl baby model ~ Tashell, modeling "Irises in Bloom" by Tee-iabo Designs


1st business holiday card!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Celebrating My Birthday Peeps...So I'll See Y'all Next Week!

My birthday was actually yesterday, but I will be celebrating all week.  My birthday +Thanksgiving + Black Friday = 1 BIG CELEBRATION!  I look forward it every year.  So, before continuing on my festive party celebration, I wanted to stop & thank each & every one of you for following my blog, leaving warming comments, and just being a great group of cyber buddies.  I truly give thanks for all that I have, all that I am, and all that I aspire to be.  Until next time...HAPPY THANKSGIVING...peace & blessings ♥ 


 “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” ~ Albert Einstein ~ I am Finally comfortable in my own skin! #loveforgod #wife #mom #artist











Happy :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sick As Can Bee...So A Short Post From Me



Urrgghhh! My current situation...


My 1st really bad head cold of the year.  Today I'm feeling slightly better than I have in the last 2 days, but nevertheless this will be a short post so I can go back to bed.  

  
My last event for the summer was the 5th Annual AFRAM Fair, located in Harrisburg, PA.  It was totally AmAZing!!!  We left the house by 8am, and I had all kinds of butterflies in my stomach.  Facing the public is seriously the hardest challenge in this business for me.  I can talk behind a computer all day long, but seeing people's reactions to my artwork face-to-face gives me anxiety.  Had a fantastic turn out though!  The best part was sharing fellowship amongst other small biz entrepreneurs.  Great time, great atmosphere, and most of all, great reactions!  Huge THANKS to all that came out, purchased items & gave support!  A thousand & 1 xo, xo, xo's to Sierra (my daughter) & Natalya (my next door neighbor adopted daughter)...my roadies for pitching in!  They did a GREAT JOB in helping me set up & sell. 

We really had a wonderful time.  Plus, the girls got a good sense of what being an entrepreneur is all about.  The girls were so excited when we returned home they made a Tee-iabo Designs advertisement jingle for me.  They hired themselves as my official commercial marketing team.  I posted the video below.  Hope it makes you smile.  Until next time...peace & blessings ♥ 
 



Tee-Iabo Designs Jingle ~ Starring Sierra & Natalya...Bff's til the end.
video






Friday, November 15, 2013

Show & Tell Friday! #6




I welcome the return of Show & Tell Friday!  YAY!!!  I have so much to show & tell it's crazy!  If you folks really want to follow me though, I would greatly appreciate y'all stopping by & "liking" my Facebook page ~ https://www.facebook.com/teeiabodesignshandpaintedwearableartbysonyam.jones.  There's usually lots of stuff being posted on there about the in's & out's of what's going on in my world.  Also, you'd be helping me out a lot...I need the exposure.  So, don't be stingy...Share...please

Over the next few weeks or so I'll be sharing this summer's past events intermixed with current events.  Okay, let's get started with the most exciting news to date!  God & I have had some very in-depth conversations here lately.  However, I'm the one doing most of the talking.  That might be because he can't get a word in edge wise due to my on going rambling.  I often forget he's the strong silent type, and needs one to be still in order to hear him speak.  The Lord constantly speaks to us and gives us his direction.  It's never the Lord who is not speaking, but us who are not hearing.  "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).   I got the memo on this, but often forget to refer to it.  :/  There are so many things I want to make, do, and experiment with craft wise.  I'm only one person though.  I had been asking God to put someone in my life who could help me expand my creativity as well as being crafty themselves to help make stuff.  Well, I guess like my hubby, God got tired of me going on & on & on about my dilemma, and said "Let me send someone this child's way in order to give my ears a rest!"  :)  


God sent me Katandra Shanel Jackson from Reidsville, Atlanta.  Katandra is the owner of Sun-Kissed under A Georgia sky Quilted Blankets by Kat.   She makes custom quilted baby blankets & crib sets.  Kat is also, a poet & published author.  We met each other networking on Facebook through a mutual friend, and immediately liked each others craft offerings.  It was crafting love at 1st site!  Thus, we decided to come up with a collaboration idea consisting of my onesie sets & her blankets that would make an awesome purchase for a baby shower gift, mother-to-be, or just because!

Introducing "The Newborn & Toddler Experience!"  These set combos will be featured on both business Facebook pages  Tee-Iabo Designs Hand painted Wearable Art by Sonya M. Jones  & Sun-Kissed under A Georgia sky Quilted Blankets by Kat.  for inquires & orders.  Onesie sets & quilts can be purchased separately too.  As soon as we get all the kinks worked out the onesie quilt combos will be offered on our websites as well.  See the combo set pics below, and also the 3 new onesies I added to my infant line.  Until next time...peace & blessings


 "Bow Tie Tux Deluxe" (in charcoal black)
http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html


http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html


Mushroom Umbrellas
http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html



http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html


 Timothy
http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html


http://www.tee-iabodesigns.com/lil-hummers-pg--2.html

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

R and R In The DR...Dominican Republic Vacay Part II!




As promised, posting part II of our family vacation in the Dominican Republic.  Day 1 was mainly traveling and seeing the DR for the first time.  Those were the pics I posted in part IDay 2 was a lot of relaxing, exploring our little island area, and the beach.


Beach view...




Beautiful sunsets....



Collected sand dollars along the beach.  Unfortunately, they broke in my luggage on our trip back to the states.  :(






I wish I would have taken photos of all the food on our trip.  It was all soooooooooo good!  We found a restaurant shack  on the beach that served lobster, and grilled red snapper...YUM! 

Isaiah holding one of the many different types of lobsters that lived in the DR waters.  Yes, it was alive...yikes! 


Restaurant owner holding up the fish we selected for lunch.


 Fish cooking...


 We decided to take a break from being beach bums.  Went out this night to eat & enjoy the night life.

Sierra & I

 Isaiah, Hubby, Sierra, Hubby's Cousin & Me.

The group of friends we vacationed with.


This crazy group of people wanted to climb a mountain to go see the waterfall.  Nothing wrong with that except these little ass horses were going to take us to the top of that mountain on a Extremely ROCKY Trail!   Uhhhhhh...correction take them up the mountain because moi was not going!  These horses looked like they were 2 steps shy from being miniature ponies!  I watched from afar & prayed.


Hubby, Sierra, & Isaiah.
                                               


 The waterfall...





At the bottom of the waterfall.  Sierra & friend Triston
          






The entire group minus moi.  Chicken Little watched safely from the ground. 


The work crew that made our vacation enjoyable.  Our 2 chef's who cooked breakfast, lunch & dinner everyday along with the cleaning crew who made sure we had everything we needed.  I was so spoiled...I needed a week to recoup from not working.  lol  They were awesome! 

Hubby thanking them & presenting with a nice gratuity for a job well-done.  



Weather was great, food was good, drinks were yummy, the ocean was inviting.
 We each had a ton of these the whole time... 

Pina Coladas


Presidente! What a fantastic beer...




I sure miss this view...


Until next time...peace & blessings


 



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