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2013 Holiday Gift Guide On Share The Love Sunday

2013 Holiday Gift Guide from It's A Dome Life

My 2013 holiday gift guide is a bit eclectic. I decided to do one this year because I have bumped into so many cool entrepreneurs on the Internet. All of these small business people are working really hard to sell their wares and I want to support them. Go small business people! It takes a lot of courage to put your work out into the world and a lot faith to keep going with it. I am really proud of the people taking these risks.

In full disclosure, these are all people I know and consider friends. I am promoting them because they are little fish in a big sea and because I adore them. How’s that for a slice of nepotism?

Art:

Mobiles by Monika
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Mobiles by Monika: These mobiles are so graceful and soothing to look at. She creates them using wood and rock. Very organic materials! They have a meditative and grounding feel to them. I love things that hang and twirl. I have several mobiles in my home. Monika describes her work like this:

Life is all about balance, isn’t it?

For example the balance between

Work and rest
Holding on and letting go
Inhaling and exhaling
Giving and receiving

Balance creates harmony and health. This is what I like to express with my mobiles.

Monika teaches yoga and is also a psychologist. She helped me so much when my father died. She is always promoting the benefits of meditation and balance. I am sure any of her mobiles will both inspire and sooth the soul.

 

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Carrie Schmitt
Carrie paints with her daughter just like Tiny-Small and I do. She’s a kindred soul.

 

Carrie Schmitt Art and Design: Her paintings are pure happiness. You can read more about her in the guest post she wrote for this blog in the Examining The Creative Mind series. I personally have one of her prints on my wall. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up. Just gorgeous!

Humorous Gifts:

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: The Random Penguins
Seriously, cute and funny? How can you pass them up?

The Random Penguin: These penguins are hilarious. If you have a penguin lover in your family (and really, who doesn’t?) you are going to want to get your hands on this merchandise.

 

Do you have a snarky person in your life? Check out Quirky Chrissy on Zazzle:

Hypochondriac Shirt
Hypochondriac Shirt by QuirkyChrissy
Find more Hypochondriac T-Shirts at Zazzle

 

Have a bookworm in your family? Check out Words For Worms on Zazzle too:

I Like Big Books Mug
I Like Big Books Mug by WordsForWorms
Look at more Coffee Mugs at zazzle

 

Personalized Gifts:

Artist Liisa Lang will turn your child’s name into a work of art. Check out her store for other examples and to see all of the other cool merchandise she sells like decorative boxes, jewelry, and fine art.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Name Art
Get a one of a kind name painting!

 

Food:

2013 Holiday Season Gift Guide: Nicki Henry
Have a delicious holiday season!

My friend Nicki Henry is a Tastefully Simple consultant  (<—click here and visit her homepage). If you love Tastefully Simple products or want to try them, consider going through her as your consultant. She’s a mom with three kids. Her husband is retired military. They are an awesome family and Nicki has the bubbliest personality in the world. I’ve never met anyone like her. We went to high school together. She’s a blast. She has even figured out a way to host parties with you via Skype. If you are having a New Years Eve party this year, or hosting Christmas dinner, make your life easier and get some of these delicious products. My stomach is growling just looking at the picture. There are nice gift items to choose from too. All orders placed by December 16th, 2013 will arrive by Christmas.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my small business buddies. I know they appreciate your business. They work hard all year and I am really happy to share their work with you.

Do you have a favorite 2013 Holiday gift guide or a small business? Leave a link in the comments!

Happy Holidays!

 

P.S. If you have a young artist in your life and are looking for cool gifts to give them check out my pinterst board: Gifts For The Young Artist.

 

Share The Love Sunday: Recipes with Fruits and Vegetables in Unusual Places

It’s Share The Love Sunday. It’s so special it only happens when the wind blows West, the stars align and something spectacular gets found on the Internet. I’m all about sharing the good stuff.  This week it’s fruits and vegetables in unusual places. I know it sounds weird, and it is, but it’s also delicious.

Brussel sprouts
Brussels Sprouts: Not actually in any of these recipes, but is in fact an unusual vegetable.

I made pizza with fruit on it this week. One had apples and one had peaches. Intrigued? Click these links and get the recipes. Add some more fruits and vegetables to your diet. And add more pizza. Every diet needs more pizza, right?

They were both excellent! I promise.

BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza by Lemon Tree Dwelling.

Summer Peach and Balsamic Pizza by love and olive oil.

*Disclaimer: I used whole wheat pizza crust that I made myself for both recipes. I also added bacon because bacon means nobody can complain. Nobody did either. Both pizza’s were a hit!

I also made zucchini cookies. I know, sounds strange, right? They are delicious. Tiny-Small gobbled them up and I laughed my maniacal laugh because I tricked her into eating something green.  Awesome.

Zucchini Bread Cookies by Vanilla & Spice.

Strawberry cake anyone? Fresh strawberries, real butter, lots of Greek yogurt? It’s all in here. This cake is so moist and delicious. I didn’t even make the frosting for it. Seriously, it’s that good.

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake by A Spicy Perspective.

Do you ever put fruits and vegetables in unusual places? In food…I only want to know about the food. Recipes. Nothing else…lalalalalalala. That’s me plugging my ears to all of you pranksters and humorists out there. I meant do you have any recipes with fruits and vegetables that are kind of unusual?

Happy Sunday! Tiny-Small says, “Eat more fruits and vegetables.”

OK, that was really me saying that with a big helping of wishful thinking. Tiny-Small would tell you to eat more candy. She really would. She’s three. She’s got candy on the brain 24-7, unless, of course, she’s thinking about ice cream.

Enjoy!

 

Share The Love Sunday: Don’t Forget To Breathe

Breathe painting.
Don’t forget to breathe.

It’s Sunday night and I am supposed to be adding art to my Etsy store so I can sell it. I don’t know why, but I always find this task very overwhelming. I have to get the best photograph I can. I have to take measurements of each piece. I have to describe what each art piece is made out of and made with. I have to tell a story and write a description of it. It’s a lot of work and emotional too. It’s like putting your children up for adoption. I worry, will they be taken care of well in their new home? So I procrastinate and hyperventilate and exaggerate and write blog posts in the middle of it all.

So, I told myself to slow down. Don’t forget to breathe.

I can imagine many of you can relate on a Sunday night. The week is about to begin. We are all trying to get so much done and to be prepared for what is going to be coming at us tomorrow…the dreaded Monday. So, I went looking for things about breathing to share with you.

Also, do you remember Silas Be, he contributed to my Examining The Creative Mind Series? He got his lung transplant and is doing really, really well. I tear up with every status update his friends post about him. Last night was the first night he was able to sleep without an oxygen machine in years…I think he said 15 years. I think that is pretty amazing and worth celebrating. I am so happy for him today.

Thoughts on breathing:

The Breathing Blog (a musicians guide to healthy breathing): Don’t forget to breath…

Quotes from awesome books about breathing on Goodreads: Quotes About Breathing.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Just stop and breathe. I like this one because Tiny-Small tells me to stop and breathe when I get upset over something. It’s what I always tell her to do when she gets upset and now she is telling me!

Yahoo News: Giant steel Dragon in Vietnam breathes fire. Just cool.

Song Sets: 5903 songs containing ‘breath’. That’s a lot of songs!

Hello Poetry: Poems by word: Breathing.

Google Images: Breathe. There is a lot of beauty here.

 

I hope you have a nice, calm week ahead of you. Appreciate your lungs. Take some deep breaths! Feel alive.

 

P.S. Breathe is one of those words I can never spell correctly. I always forget the e at the end. So. Spell check doesn’t help either. One day I will master the spelling of this word, maybe. Probably not.