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.

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)


Mushroom Umbrellas




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


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

R and R In The DR...Dominican Republic Vacay Part 1!

Over the summer I announced that my family & I were going on vacation.  Actually it was the last post I made before taking a 3 month hiatus from blogging.  We had a wonderful time!  After a long, sunny week road-tripping around the Dominican Republic, I feel like I barely scratched the surface of this multifaceted, diverse and complex Caribbean island.  I enjoyed the trip tremendously and  found the Dominican Republic to be an incredible mix of modern luxuries, rich history and unbearable poverty.  

We had the opportunity to rent a car & drive from Santo Domingo to our villa resort Playa Las Terrenas.  Driving in the DR can be a real challenge to say the least!  I thought hubby was going to have a heart attack before we reached our destination.  They don't seem to have any traffic laws at ALL!  Ultra- defensive driving it a must!  The 3 hour road trip to the villa exposed us to some of the most beautiful views of lush nature and hard to bare poverty stricken villages with colorful houses.  I saw what real poverty looks like 1st hand, and saw the difference that hope can make in the midst of even the darkest circumstances.  It challenged me to want to do more.  It made me realize all the things I take for granted, such as clean drinking water straight from the tap.

Throughout our trip we met some of the sweetest, most helpful and good-natured people ever.  The beaches were pristine and beautiful.  The sand is so white and soft, you sink right in!  Food & drinks were awesome!  The people were always smiling and happy.  They sure know how to dance too! :)   Music is a very important aspect in the lives of the Dominicans.  In every building, and in the streets you hear the popular Meringue, Hatchback or Salsa.  People start dancing as soon as they hear the first notes, it doesn’t matter were you are.

 Here are some photos I took throughout the trip.  Look out for pics of part 2!  Enjoy...and until next time...peace & blessings

 Just arrived in DR.  We stayed in a hotel for the night & drove to our villa in the morning.  This was our view from the window.

Next morning...driving to the villa.  DR highway.

We saw lots of cargo trucks with boys & men riding on the back, top or side.  Safety 1st is not an option.

Colorful store front shacks.

 Pesos, pesos and more pesos...money of the country!

Our villa!  Playa Las Terrenas!  We shared this with 4 other families.  It was like the movie grown-ups. Each family had their own rooms including the children, and we shared the main house.  11 bedrooms, 12 baths, huge kitchen, family area, pool, and only 20 steps to the beach.  Yes, I counted the steps!

Our beach from one of the bedrooms in the villa.

Sierra & Isaiah getting to know one of many beach dogs, which they named Rufus for the week.   I guess the next vacationers will name him something else.  Lifestyle of a DR beach dog...go figure.

Just me...enjoying some much needed R & R.


While driving in Dominican Republic is chaotic to say the least, their roads in-between major cities are surprisingly reliable.  No pot holes, wide enough, and when you get pulled over by a cop there is nothing 20 bucks can’t handle.  We drove into the capital, Santo Domingo, with no map and no clue where we were going.  When two Latin men arrive into a Latin country there are two priorities:  salsa club & food.  So once we eventually found the center of the city and a club our hips were moving faster than the speed of light. - See more at: http://wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/driving-in-the-dominican-republic/#sthash.SpIWoOrS.dpuf
Like most Latin American countries, Dominican Republic can get rather dangerous is some areas.  It is definitely not advisable to get to the island with no hotel reservations or drive into the capital with no map and not the slightest of clue of where you’re going, did I mention it was 2am when our flight arrived?  Well ladies and gentlemen, that was our plan and here is how it went.  I would like to introduce you to “The Great Dominican Road Trip”: - See more at: http://wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/driving-in-the-dominican-republic/#sthash.SpIWoOrS.dpuf

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