Sunday, November 9, 2014

'Tis the Season to celebrate

It's hard to believe it but once again Christmas is just around the corner.

Everywhere you go, in every store you'll see all the un-sold Halloween decorations whisked away to the "reduced for quick sale" bin and the shelves that held them just a week ago... filled with Christmas *everything*.  From cards, to lights, to decorations in every size and shape and color.  Even some new sizes and shapes and colors you've never seen before!

With that in mind, New Year's Eve is fast approaching as well.

If you're planning a festive New Year celebration this year, whether it's an intimate gathering of friends and family for a dinner party or a few drinks and appetizers, or a full out corporate affair for hundreds of clients, you'll be be sure to find the most classy, elegant and festive New Year's Eve party invitations at Reflections zazzle.

The New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball invitation shown here was the signature choice for an elite country club in Desert Hot Springs, CA last year, for over 500 distinguished guests, and virtually everyone just absolutely loved it! The reviews, (while private and unable to show you here), were simply phenomenal.

Here's a sampling of what's new and popular for New Year's Eve 2014.

With every invitation design the goal is to utterly WOW your guests, at the attention to detail on the card you've chosen to showcase your event.  Every sparkle, every glitter, every letter, right down to the shimmer or shadow across the printed card.

Whether you're planning an indoor event with mood lighting, an outdoor event with fireworks, or a whimsical event for close friends and family, there are over 150 styles and themes to choose from to make your NYE party, an event to remember!

Click HERE to see the entire collection.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Women are Watching? GOD is watching...

Earlier this evening while scrolling through my twitter feed I saw this image of a t-shirt design.  So, I clicked because tees are sort of my thing.  This is what I saw. I don't know every last detail of the back story on this but it's essentially a tee design from a loud-mouthed pro-abortion celebrity backing a pro-abortion industry. That's really all I needed to know. If you need to know more details, you can read about Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood here.

So allow me to explain why I'm blogging this.

A.) It infuriates me that this message of "kill your baby, it's totally okay" has become so mainstream.  Really, folks have gone to great lengths to whitewash this but that is in fact, the root message.  It's a baby.  Abortion kills it.  It's NOT okay.

B.) I'm a designer, and designing eye-catching designs is what I do, so that's what I did to counter the message on this nasty, pro-abortion tee.

Now allow me to explain, briefly, what this message says.

• It says all life is precious, and every human being is created in the image of God, to be treasured and protected. At all costs.  Even at the cost of the mother's convenience or lifestyle.

• It says LOVE is a verb. Not a fleeting, subjective feeling.  It doesn't matter if that baby was planned or not, choosing to make the sacrifice needed of your personal self (and your figure, career, lifestyle, finances, living arrangements, etc.) shows you put that baby's life above your own comfort and convenience.

As a mother of seven beautiful people (none of which were "planned") and four beautiful grand-people, I know first hand how difficult it is to wrestle with the "oh no, we didn't plan for this, what are we going to do!?" difficulty.  I know it multiple times over and I know it's NOT easy to put your selfish feelings aside and consider what is best, what is right, what is good and what glorifies God.  Is it easy to accept and embrace an unplanned pregnancy?  No, no it's not, especially for those who are unmarried and completely unprepared but even for those who are married, stable and perfectly able to care for a new baby but also completely unprepared for this news.  However, God does honor those honor Him, and He does provide for those who trust in Him, and He does comfort those who bring their doubts and pain struggles to Him.  You remove God from the equation and you will be left with what modern culture is screaming at you: kill your baby, it's totally okay.

You add Him back to the equation and you will find hope, support, comfort, peace and encouragement, not matter how hard it gets.  I've BEEN there, I know.  I've been on my knees at the side of my bed, weeping to the Lord and asking for guidance, wisdom, and peace.  He was always faithful to provide exactly what I asked.  ALWAYS.

I don't talk about this subject much online only because I've already gone through that stage of "hey, let's argue the abortion issue online!"  idea and have seen the kinds of arguments used on both sides that never result in anything tangible...  back in the 90's when I first become active online.  I've since read those same arguments & commentary and seriously, nothing has changed except, more people being brainwashed into thinking it's "totally okay".

For those who know me, it's clear: I'm a Christian and I believe in 100% pro-life in any situation and regardless of the circumstances. Period.  It doesn't mean it's easy or all rainbows and puppies and sunshine, but it does mean there is a living, breathing, thriving baby that was created in the image of God, by His hand and for His glory.

So this is my contribution to the pro-life message of today.  I don't have any outspoken celebrity models to show you (yet?) wearing this design, but there it is, all the same.  Simply click the image if you'd like to support this message and order one for yourself.

To God be the Glory.