Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Boutique Showcase #36: The Linky Party Featuring Your Online Shop

Can you believe July is almost over?  Eek!  Summer goes by way to fast!!  I seriously would be a happy camper if winter were only a couple months each year.  But, I guess that's the trade off for the gorgeous autumn and light summers here in the northeast.

In case you missed it, last week I shared with you how my brood of 6 kids gets hands-on experience with my business to help them learn life skills & have fun while they're at it.  Stop by for a good read!
Onto the party!  I just want to take a minute to welcome the new shops that have joined in the fun.  So be sure to check out last week's showcase.

Please note, I have updated the linky button below with my new logo, so please feel free to grab a new one to replace the old.  

AND I've finally joined the Instagram bandwagon and would love to have you follow along with me and my camera. I've put off joining because I was afraid I'd get addicted...I love photography! Just click on the icon below my header at the top of the page.

Here are this week's features...
by Adirondac Girl At Heart
by Okio B Designs
#1 most viewed shop's item...
by Simply Country Home
Let's see what's new in your shop and get this week's party started!!

The linky party that is open to anyone with an Etsy Shop, Online Shop or Boutique. No worries, you don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be fantastic if you would grab the marketplace image below and place it somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about this wonderful shopping experience.
Link party button for Prodigal Pieces
<div class="Prodigal Pieces-button" style="width: 350px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.prodigalpieces.com" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/ProdigalPieces/boutiqueshowcasenew_zps90d4aea4.jpg" alt="Prodigal Pieces" width="350" height="216" /> </a> </div>
The best part...You can link up to three of your individual shop items or shop blog posts. Just make sure these items you are linking are actually available FOR SALE, and link up using the permalink directly to the item or post to make it easy to find. 

A new party begins each week at 8 AM (EST) Tuesdays, so mark your calendar!

Are you here to shop?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because new items are always being added. 

Let's party!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills

Have I ever told you how wonderful it is to be the mom of 6 kids?  Let me just say it is FUN!!!  There is never a dull (or quiet) moment.

Not only am I their mother and homeschool teacher, but I am also blessed with the opportunity to live vicariously through them and share with them all the things I love - one of which is being creative!  Kids are never too young to be taught life skills.  It is such a joy to see their face glowing after they have accomplished something, even the smallest task.  To know they did it themselves.

Each one of my children is their own person with a mix of my hubby's and my personalities (as well as grandparents too!).  Figuring out what makes them tick is a treasure hunt at its best.

One of the goals for me and my business is to offer my kiddos a chance to learn how to operate and run the business, hopefully giving them a step up in life.

My oldest and biggest helper as far as furniture is concerned is my son.  Not only does he help me stage photos and move our house around all.the.time., but he also helps retrieve and deliver furniture.  That can be a tough job for a 12 year old! But boy, am I glad I have some spare muscles with him around!
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Aside from that, he is an artist and enjoys learning the trade of reviving a piece of furniture (be still my heart!).  Here is what he is working on...
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Next in line is my 10 year old daughter.  She has an artists flair and once she gets into a creative mode she doesn't stop till it's completed.  Hmmm...that reminds me of someone...wink.wink.
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Her first big project was this antique child's potty chair I was given. 
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
It definitely needed love.
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
With a little direction from me, she was able to turn it into a totally useful and beautiful planter.
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
The best part of it is that it sold in only a couple of hours.  Can I say I was a little excited for her?!  Woo hoo!

My next two girls are 8 and 6 years old.  Both are itching to paint and remake a piece of furniture.  
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
They help with all sorts of projects from removing drawer pulls from a dresser to being my cheerleaders while I'm creating some masterpiece.

The littlest guy is enjoying life to the full and loves to help out in any way that a four year old can.  Got icky contact paper lining your drawers?  I've got just the little man to remove it for you.  He can even take out drawer pulls and help pack a newly ordered item!
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My baby girl is just hanging on to mama and livin' the good life.  Sigh....baby days go waaay too quickly.  She is so wiggly it's hard to take a picture!
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Aside from the hands-on part of the work I do, my gang is also involved in learning photography, computer skills, and people skills, all of which are important aspects of a small business.

I will never shy away from encouraging my kids to join me in the venture I've taken.  What a glorious way to help them gain confidence in what they do and how to make it in this world. 

Will each one become a shop owner or be itching to take over my biz?  Probably not, but I would rather have them alongside me gaining ever so much more than they would standing behind a counter at a fast food restaurant.  Can I get an amen?
Apprentices in the Making - Teaching Kids Life Skills by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Until then, they are living childhood to the full and I'm ever so thankful that I have been so richly blessed.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Boutique Showcase #35: The Linky Party Featuring Your Online Shop

My family and I have been busy as bees this week and it feels sooo good to be catching up on projects that felt as if they were weighing us down.  Do you ever feel like that?

One of the projects includes completing the exterior makeover of the front of our house that we began last summer.  Yep, it's been since last summer we could work on it, but at least it's getting done.  Picture to come soon! 

Here's my new toy that's helping me get it done.
Home Right Finish Max Sprayer review coming soon by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Stay tuned to see how I put this bad boy to use.  tee hee hee.

By the way, did you notice the new banner to my blog?  See that little "R" next to my name in the logo? 
What Was Lost Now is Found New Prodigal Pieces Logo by http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Whoop, whoop!  I am now able to say that Prodigal Pieces is all mine.  BIG thank you to my brother and sister-in-law for helping make it all possible.


Now, onto this party...In last week's showcase, we had some new shops join in, so be sure to take a minute and give them some love by visiting their shop or treating yourself to some small business goodness. 

Here are this week's features...
by Prairie Primitives
2 Architectural Salvage Ballusters by Prairie Primitive via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Vintage Dictionary & Pewter Pendant
by Love You More Designs
Vintage Dictionary & Pewter Pendant by Love You More Designs via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
by Fabb Creations
Customized Lavender Wedding Bouquet by Fabb Creations via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
#1 most viewed shop's item...
by Homeroad
Rustic Wooden Laundry Sign by Homeroad via http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Let's see what's new in your shop and get this week's party started!!
The linky party that is open to anyone with an Etsy Shop, Online Shop or Boutique. No worries, you don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be fantastic if you would grab the marketplace image below and place it somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about this wonderful shopping experience.
Link party button for Prodigal Pieces
<div class="Prodigal Pieces-button" style="width: 350px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.prodigalpieces.com" rel="nofollow"> <img src="http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/ProdigalPieces/boutiqueshowcasenew_zps90d4aea4.jpg" alt="Prodigal Pieces" width="350" height="216" /> </a> </div>
The best part...You can link up to three of your individual shop items or shop blog posts. Just make sure these items you are linking are actually available FOR SALE, and link up using the permalink directly to the item or post to make it easy to find. 

A new party begins each week at 8 AM (EST) Tuesdays, so mark your calendar!

Are you here to shop?  Be sure to check back throughout the week because new items are always being added. 

Let's party!
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