Category Archives: Give Away

Facebook Virtual Oil Party and YOU are invited!

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Please join me in my very first Young Living Facebook class! I would love if you would support me and just check it out! It begins at 7pm eastern tomorrow and runs through Monday! I will put up all the info tomorrow night and you can pop in at your leisure today through Monday and learn about Young Living. I have some free oils i will be giving away and another secret cool thing that I can’t tell you about until tomorrow. Simply click on the picture below and JOIN!  With huge thanks and appreciation, Michelle

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A few things to chat about today…

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FIRST and foremost..Catholic Peeps:  Happy Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady!!  Mary, mother of Mercy and Love, pray for us.  Hail Beautiful Mother Mary, assumed into heaven, pray for us!

SECONDWe have a winner!  I drew the name out of my Pink Braves hat this morning.  Here are some pictures of the very technical and serious process.  Jackson was standing guard to protect the drawing from any hanky panky or fixing!

Calling Sarah Blake!!!  You won Girl!  Please contact me with your shipping information!  This is what she did:  “added to etsy faves as oliveyou11”, “facebook fan”, “Following you with my google reader :) !”

Congratulations Sarah!  Thank you to all who entered, shared my facebook page, tweeted, instagrammed, followed, etc!  Means a lot to me!

Be on the lookout for my next giveaway!  Details coming soon!

THIRD…I have some very exciting news!  On a whim, I sent some pictures of my artwork to a wonderful lady named Frances who owns Splash Festivals.  And low and behold…I have been invited to display and sell my artwork at the Johns Creek Art Festival October 27th and 28th!  WOOOT!  Yep, you read it correctly!   I listened to that soft quiet voice and look what happened!  My first Art Show!  Happy 46th Birthday Weekend to me!  I am just stunned and so grateful!  PINCH ME!  Is this a dream???  Wish me luck and if you are in the area, please stop by my booth!

My prayer for you today is that you listen to that soft, quiet voice and take a step out of your box.  Do something crazy.  Do something you have always wanted to do.  Make it BIG.  Make it scary, make it exhilarating!  Make it something you are absolutely sure you will fail at, I BET YOU DON’T FAIL!  I bet you win!

Blessings, Michelle

Here’s the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Frances Schube
Phone: 770-452-1727
Email: Rdemetrius72@aol.com
JOHNS CREEK ANNOUNCES NEW ARTS FESTIVAL THAT WILL CERTAINLY
WOW NEIGHBORS AND VISITORS

(Johns Creek, Georgia) June 27, 2012 – Ready, set and shop at the all-new Johns Creek Arts
Festival on the luscious and green Atlanta Athletic Club Fields directly across from the
prestigious club. The celebration of the arts will take place on October 27 and 28 on the
beautiful grounds that overlook Medlock Bridge Road. The City of Johns Creek is thrilled to
present this incredible event to their spirited citizens, neighbors and friends. The Johns Creek
Convention and Visitors Bureau is also a proud host of the new Festival, and they welcome
everyone to share in the fun festivities.

Splash Festivals, the producers of the award-winning Dunwoody Art Festival and Norcross Art
Fest, have been tapped to create the magical festival for the north-Fulton city. Splash is known
for its whimsical and colorful shows; and owners, Frances Schube and Cindy Flynn, look
forward to showcasing an incredible line-up of imaginative and creative artisans from around the
country. Shoppers can expect to find clay, folk art, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media,
paintings, photography, woodwork and lots more. “We are so excited to be working with the
City of Johns Creek,” explains Flynn. “This wonderful area is the perfect venue for a great
festival, and the artisans that are invited can’t wait to show off their talents to the festival-goers.”

Arts on the Creek Inc. has agreed to co-host the event, and this non-profit group is happy to meet
and greet the artists, performers and community to this all-new festival.

In addition to the visual arts, Johns Creek Arts Festival will have continuous live entertainment
from local groups and organizations as well as a fantastic Saturday-night concert which will be
followed by fireworks that will light up the skies and make Johns Creek sparkle.

Of course, no great festival would be complete without an energizing Kidz Zone, yummy eats
and a few surprises. For Georgia/Florida fans, large screen televisions will be available at the
Food Pavilion for avid watchers to view the Big Game.

For more information on this exciting new festival, please visit
http://www.JohnsCreekArtsFestival.com. Also, stay tuned for more Arts Festival updates.

Weekend Sale at TeaBags And Gardenias – TWENTYFIVE

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Because I’m super excited to announce that I’ve added some new prints to the shop, I’m having a 25% off sale!  Either click on the picture of the teacup and gardenia under “My Shop” to the right or CLICK HERE!

“All Are Welcome”

“Hail Holy Queen”

Enter TWENTYFIVE in the coupon code field upon check out and receive 25% off your entire order! Many, many thanks! Have a wonderful weekend!  P.S. Don’t forget about my giveaway!  See last two previous posts.
-Michelle

“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discoveries, but a process of creation.  You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew.  Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are, seek to determine Who You Want to Be.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Gratitude And Grace

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Have you ever have one of those days where you feel like you just might bust?  I have been having several recently.  That feeling of extreme gratitude and happiness?  Where you can’t stop grinning and your adrenaline is making your heart leap with joy?  Its been such a long, long time since I’ve had that amazing feeling.  Long time.  I have felt like I was just existing, getting by and sorta zombie-ish for almost a year now.  Losing a parent can do that to you.  Losing anyone you love can throw you into a pit that you don’t feel you’ll ever escape from.  But, looking back, I can say it has been an journey that has been COVERED in God’s love and GRACE.

People have been asking me, “Have you always been an artist?”  (ha ha…artist.  Really?  LOL)  “How long have you been doing this?”  Well the answers are NO, absolutely not! And…only 2 months.  I have always been extremely jealous of anyone crafty and artsy.  My brothers can draw really well, my uncle Dale is an artist, my uncle Paul is an excellent photographer, my Gram is one of the most creative and crafty people I know.  My Aunt Mary Ann is crafty and does excellent needle work.  As a matter of fact, I think all the males on the Saxon side have the artsy gift. I did not get those genes.  I have tried to draw.  I even took a class in High School. I think it was “Drawing on the Right side of the brain” or was it LEFT side?  Anyhow…I sucked.  Bad.  I have always considered myself as a person with a “good eye” for things.  (decorating, buying clothes)  I read, I can write a bit and I can cook.  Oh and I can put on makeup well!  LOL!  But other than those things, that’s about it.  I don’t knit, crochet, draw, paint, make things out of nothing.  I just don’t have the gift. As a matter of fact, I didn’t have the patience for any of it.

BUT what I do have is the ability to learn.  To research.  To dream and to listen to what I’m supposed to do.  This journey began quite honestly on Pinterest.  I saw a pin of a “SMASH*book.”  I really loved the idea of not having to be precise, neat and artistic to do a SMASH*book.  So, like all things, once I decided to try it, I went full force, diving into the world of SMASHING.  I loved it!  I started a remembrance book for my mom.  It was healing.  I started a book for myself, I started collecting postcards for another book.  I decided to join a facebook group called “SMASH*aholics.”  I learned so much!  Then one day, a girl posted that video of an artist named Gabby teaching how to create a “She Art” canvas.  I watched.  I said OMG!  I can do this.  See my blog about it here!  And the rest is history.

While I don’t really consider myself an “artist” (that sounds so strange and a title that is hard for me to accept. Also it is a tad bit presumptuous.) I am really having some wonderful things happen in that world.  My work is consigned in our church’s bookstore and people have really given great response and support!  I also have at least 10 commissioned pieces to create and I am on the verge of having some wonderful support and promotion by someone who’s pretty “big” in the Catholic World.  Once it is a “done deal” I will fill you in!!

My friend Cheri recently “reinvented” herself.  She went to school and now has a totally and completely new career that she worked hard for.  I was jealous of her.  I wanted to re-invent myself too.  Not that I’m unhappy with my career.  I am not.  I love what I do.  I just wanted to do something at 45 that was totally out of character for me, something that I have always wanted to do.  This is it!

Some may think I’m being overly spiritual.  But you know me.   I could care less.  I know my mom has made this happen for me up in heaven.  I know she is my intercessor and has really looked out for me – God has made me a new person.  The Holy Spirit is definitely involved and so is my Mother Mary and my Saints!  Its too surreal to be anything less.

Remember my giveaway happening now.  (previous post)  Join in if you haven’t already!  Someone’s gotta win!  Why not you?

With Gratitude and Grace,

Michelle

They say that out of pain and heartache come growth and grace. I am living proof of that. I lost my precious mother on August 29, 2011. Out of that tremendous loss I have found an unmatched amount of grace and a brand new artistic me. 
 
The name “TeaBags And Gardenias” is in tribute to my precious mother Kathleen Saxon.  
 
My mom loved hot tea. She took sugar and milk. She also would say “tough teabags!” instead of a curse word! The gardenia is a special flower to us. We loved the smell and the perfection of it. I took a gardenia from one of our bushes to the hospital to try and “smell” her back to us. Needless to say, it didn’t work.
 
“She missed her mother. She mourned her mother with every fiber of her being. She took the pain and turned it into beauty. She tapped into a new love to dull that pain. She paints from her heart in tribute to her mom. She knows her mother guides her hands.  Her mom would be so very proud.”

My First Giveaway! Enter to Win!!

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I am so excited to announce my very first “giveaway!!”  I have been drooling over and coveting this certain journal for a very long time.  It’s called “My Life Journal”  and it is the absolute cutest!   It has the prettiest pages and journaling prompts like: THIS REALLY INSPIRED ME, I’M HOPING THESE WISHES COME TRUE, THESE THINGS BROUGHT A SMILE TO MY FACE, USE THIS SPACE TO BRING OUT THE CREATIVE GENIUS IN YOU and tons more!  There are also beautiful motivational quotes and gorgeous vintage pages to just spill your guts in.  I want YOU to have one!  This giveaway goes till 15th of August.

You must be a follower or subscriber of this Just A Catholic Girl blog to enter. *Please leave a comment telling me that you are already subscribed to my blog or “I just subscribed.”*   AND….

The exciting news is that you can increase your chances of winning, buy leaving a separate comment for each of the following things you do:

1. “LIKE” my TeaBags And Gardenias Facebook Page.

2. Share this giveaway with a link on your own blog or in a Facebook post.

3. Share via Twitter and or Facebook

4, Share on Instagram using tag #teabagsandgardenias

5. Make TeaBags And Gardenias a favorite of yours on Etsy.

6. Pin one of my paintings on your Pinterest boards.

[LEAVE ONE COMMENT FOR EACH THING THAT YOU DO below SO WHEN I PRINT AND CUT THEM ALL OUT YOU GET MORE OF CHANCE TO WIN WHEN I DRAW THE WINNER OUT OF MY BRAVES HAT].

This giveaway goes till 15th of August.  Good Luck!

As most of you know I’ve opened a new Mixed Media Shop called “TeaBags And Gardenias.”  Today I received the graphics for my Etsy Shop and business cards!  Things are coming together!  Thank you for your support, encouragement and love!