Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Gifting.... Buy HANDMADE!!!

This holiday season, make a difference in your holiday shopping by buying from LOCAL, INDEPENDENT ARTISTS and DESIGNERS....
Your purchases not only support the artist and their families but also makes a real difference in your local economy!

Here are a few of my favorite artists:

Kristie Deason of KD's Doll Shop
Kristie makes beautiful handmade Waldorf-inspired dolls and natural toys...great for all ages!!

Jenn from Clay Curiosities
Beautiful UNIQUE clay and porcelain jewelry

Stephanie Medina from Lollipunks
Funky fashion for your little punk princesses!!

The cutest little OM's you have ever seen!!!

Khristan from GypsyLamb Jewelry
beautiful handmade beaded jewelry

Want something extra special...but can't find EXACTLY what you are dreaming of?? Then check out the wonderful and talented artisans at Uniimi!!!
Submit a custom request for anything you can dream up, and they will get it made!! Are you an Artisan?? Sign up as a seller to bid on requests and drive business to your shop!

And of course, ME from My Piece of Peace

Now.... for a little bit of fun.... 
Enter below to win a set of 3 Little Tweetie Bird Ornaments to start your holiday decorating!!

Monday, November 21, 2011


I am UNIQUE because...
I prefer to be barefoot all year long.
I have to make a bigger mess... before I can start to clean.
I go through seasons of feeling very social and other times of just being a homebody.
I cry when butterflies emerge from their chrysalis.
I love creepy shows and movies... especially if they involve vampires and/or fairies.
I still truly BELIEVE in MAGIC..... I just call it MIRACLES now....

I am a good friend because...
I listen... and truly HEAR...
I love and pray for my friends...
When I make a commitment to someone, I stand by it.
I am always on time.
I support my friends and encourage them...even when I disagree.
I am loyal.
I tell the truth... even if it hurts sometimes.
When my friends are hurting, I hurt with them.

I am a bad friend because...
I can't go to them, they always have to come to me.
I can't always return the favor.

I am sad because...
I miss my doggy Ziggy.

I am BLESSED because...
I have a fantastic man, who loves me, supports me, and encourages me everyday.
I have good friendships.. that have stood the test of time and the repetitive testing of my own insanity... and will be forever.
I am blessed in countless ways.
I enjoy simple pleasures... 
I love my tiny apartment.
I love the weather right now.
I know there is a DIVINE purpose and plan for my life.. that exceeds my own plans.

I am excited for...
Christmas decorating, cooking, and sharing.
A New Year
Kids tearing through gifts Christmas morning.
Growing in my spirituality.
Getting healthier, physically and emotionally, every day.

I think this is a fun little game... to reflect... Do it on your blog and share the link here. Id love to read yours! Have a Blessed Monday.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Giving Thanks

Happy Autumn everyone!!!

This is my favorite time of year.... The weather finally cools enough here in Florida to actually get out and do stuff without being drenched in sweat and suffocating from the humidity. And there is always tons of great fairs, festivals, and open air markets to go to!!

I have been busy getting ready for a Fall Harvest Fair that I will be vending at later this month... Lots of Little Tweetie bird ornaments, wristlets, and other great stuff to give as Holiday gifts!

My new blogger friend Shannon over at Free Spirit Knits is celebrating the season with Thirty Days of Giving Thanks, and I have decided to participate!! So go check out her beautiful blog, and keep an eye out sometime this month for a chance to win one of my zippered wristlet clutches!!!


It's simple.

Take a moment each day in November and thank someone in your life.

Send a text, make a call, leave a post-it,
write an old fashioned letter...

Make eye contact.
And say, "thanks."

It doesn't matter how you thank them. Simply think of someone in your life - each day - and tell them why you are thankful for them. Give them your thanks.

Thank thirty people in thirty days.

Can't think of thirty people?

Look more closely at the people you encounter in a day.

The postman.
The barista.
The nice man at the bank.
The woman who always stamps your parking ticket.
Your neighbor down the street.

Is there a local store owner who makes you feel welcome every time you shop?
Do you have a favorite sacker at the grocery store?
How about someone you work with that makes you laugh?
Is there a person from your past that you always wished you would have thanked?
Do you have a favorite hair stylist, or a massage therapist, or have you appreciated the listening ear of a good friend?
Did you ever thank your favorite teacher?
Has anyone helped change the course of your life?
What about someone you are really close to - like your kids or spouse - what thanks would you like to share with them?

If you choose to join us - let Shannon know! You can leave a comment on her blog, or email her at livefreely@mac.com.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Little Tweeties ~ Giveaway!

I have been a little obsessed recently with making these adorable little birdies, which I call Little Tweeties. They are the perfect size for an ornament on your holiday tree, and cute enough to display year-round. They make wonderful gifts or toppers on larger packages. They can be made in any colors and color combinations you can come up with!!

Priced at $6.00 each, they are an affordable handmade gift!
Save a little by buying multiples - 3/$15.00
or a lot - 13/ $50.00


Want to WIN one of these Sweet Little Tweeties?
Just enter below!! Bonus entries for following this blog and for leaving a comment telling me about your favorite handmade gift!! Either one you made yourself to give to someone or a special gift you were given!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Support the Occupation... of Local/ Indie/ Artists

 Make a difference!!


Your purchase helps feed our children, keep our lights on, and thrive in an impossible economy. 

Make a commitment this Holiday Season to buy from smaller, independent merchants. You will be making a real, tangible difference to a worthy family and to your local economy.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

EcoBella ~ Feminine Funky Fashion

For some time now I have been dreaming of a line of clothing that was fun, funky, flirty, feminine, unique.... and most importantly RECYCLED. I am a thrift store junkie. I love them.... I can't help it. I would rather shop at the Goodwill over the (*gasp*) mall any day. There are so many reasons that I prefer to shop this way.... economic of course tops the list... But there is also the environmental reasons, too. So many people wear an item once or a handful of times, and then never look at it again, even though there are years of use left in it. So I wanted to take some of those clothes that spoke to me, and make them fabulous again, new again.

EcoBella clothing will always be based on recycled fabrics and textiles, from clothing, linens, and other rescues.

So over the last week or so I have been working on making that dream a reality. So, without any further babble.... I introduce to you....


All of these have already been listed in my Etsy shop!! Order your's today!!
(use coupon code SHARETHELOVE to get 20% off!!)
My Piece of Peace Etsy Shop

I would love to hear your comments and thoughts!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Let's Get This Party STARTED!!

Alright my beautiful fans!!! It is time to get this blog rolling!!!

So let's kick things off right with an awesome giveaway!! Who doesn't love free stuff? And what is better than free HANDMADE stuff? Nothing I tell you!

So what's the swag you say? How about a gorgeous and handy handmade tote bag? This is my "One More Piece" tote bag, listed for $30 in my etsy shop. It's the perfect size for daily use, this Bright and cheery quilted tote bag with beautiful peace-printed cotton detail. Fully lined in a bright green cotton, with 3 interior pockets AND 3 pockets on the outside!!!

Measures 11 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and the boxed bottom is 3 inches deep.

How do you win? 

Super easy-peasy.... First, FOLLOW me on this blog by clicking the "follow" button off to the right, then go "like" my facebook page www.facebook.com/pieceofpeacearts

Then, Just fill out the form below, and refer your friends (and fans, as the case may be). 

Whoever refers the most new readers wins the grand prize!

Second place will also win a fabulous handmade zippered wristlet! Perfect little purse for running errands or a night on the town, this little bag is just the right size to carry your essential.

WAIT!!! There's MORE!!!

If this referral contest boosts our readers by at least 250 fans, I will fill the "One More Peace" tote with all kinds of product samples and other swag that I just know you will love!!! So go on, share with your friends!!

Contest ends Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at midnight!!!

Official Rules:

You must "FOLLOW" this blog using google friend connect & "LIKE" our facebook page.


Winner must reply to winning notification within 72 hours of winning.

Giveaway Cancelled due to lack of participants

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Adventures in Creativity

Welcome to My Piece of Peace!!

I started this blog to share my inspirations, my creative projects, and other randomosity that piques my interest. I will be posting all sorts of things so be sure to check back every now & again!

A little about me:

I am a single mother of 2 wonderful kids, living in the central Florida area. I fancy myself to be an artist, and I love to create all sorts of things. Growing up, I wanted to be a famous painter, but it turned out that I am too scattered in my interests to stick to one ,medium for very long. So now, I mess around with lots of things, but my focus has been on sewing for the past couple of years. Right now, I am working on different ways to recycle/upcycle clothing. I also make handmade "Room Shoes" (an uppity term for good ole slippers), purses and totes, and various home decor items. My work can be found for sale on both facebook and etsy, so be sure to check it out!!!



I am also a professional face-painter. This is a little side business that helps with cash flow every now and again, and is super fun. The kids sure do love it!! You can find me at art shows, community fairs, music festivals, etc.

I also have a little hobby of product reviews for several websites I have found and joined. There is nothing better than a good deal.... and the best deals are FREE!! Over the past year, I have started getting really friendly with the mail man.... I guess I will have to do something nice for him come the holidays, to repay him for delivering all those packages!! So occasionally I will blog about freebies and great deals I have found, and products I have received to review. I will always post on how you can participate in similar programs!