Happy 10th Anniversary The Cozy Loft!

Good morning lovelies!

Today is April 4, 2018 and it’s the 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY for The Cozy Loft! Has it been a decade already?? I just can’t believe it!

I wanted to do something extra special so I’m doing a giveaway!! You can enter to win by commenting once on any blog post here at www.thecozyloft.com – one entry per day though you can comment as many times as you’d like. There will be several prizes (including a grand prize pack!!) so there will be several winners – yay!!!

Since my Facebook page and blog is about all kinds of things, but mostly girlie, Shabby Chic and artistic/hand painted pretties, you can expect to see plenty of those kinds of things. So much fun!!

One of the items in the grand prize pack will be a Spa Sonic Pro! This is an 8 piece Face & Body Polisher Professional Kit in aqua blue:

There’s more to come and you’ll see those items between now and the end of the month. The drawing will be on April 30th around 6:00 pm CST. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you can receive a notification when a new post is up. All friends and family are invited to participate. All readers are invited to participate. If you are located outside of the USA, there may be shipping restrictions to some areas. Please keep in mind that I may not be able to ship some or all of your winnings to you if there are country restrictions preventing me from doing so. If that happens, we’ll figure out a solution.

Many of the items I’m giving away are specially for women. I know I have many guys who follow my work and f you’re a guy, please feel free to enter, too. There are some things I’m giving away that will be perfect for you and others that you can give away, should you win. Mother’s Day is coming up fast, you know. Wink Wink! <3 

GOOD LUCK lovelies! Most of all, THANK YOU for your support, encouragement and friendship. I am truly blessed by each and every one of you. 

xoxo,

Rhonda

Lent Followup

Good Evening All!

Back on February 10th, I made this post and challenge for Lent. I’m not sure if anyone did this along with me but I wanted to be sure and give you an update.

I’m exhausted as I’ve worked outside yesterday and today pruning trees, mowing my yard and such so this will be a quicker post than I meant to make. Still, I felt it was important to get this posted today since today is officially the last day of Lent.

Here are the 40 items that I’ve given up for Lent:

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There are a couple of pairs of new, unworn shoes underneath these as well as two new pillow cases, but the majority are clothing items. I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to total all 40 days originally so I included the pantry as an option but I was able to do this from my closet entirely. While I have very little left, it was cleansing to rid myself of so many things. None of these were items I wore, but I suppose they were placeholders until I found something better. Actually, I’ve realized 90% of my closet is exactly that.

There were items I could wear but didn’t like for one reason or another and I originally planned to keep them, but as it went further in the process, I included many of those as well. I wouldn’t have minded to have had another week doing this as it may have forced me to get rid of a few more pieces I probably should. In all honesty, there is really not much left. Initially, I thought this would be stressful to have so little left but it’s freeing and this was something I didn’t expect at all.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter tomorrow. I hope your heart feels the depth of the day and that it overflows your life with so much love and gratitude, you can’t help but share it.

xoxo

Rhonda

Finding Passion

With the new year off to a fast start (we’re already three weeks in!!!), I’m quickly getting some things marked off my to-do list. In the spirit of my “Simplification” post here, I’ve been keeping with my plan. All my flags and Christmas ornaments are deactivated in my shop and I’ve started listing my new planner cover art.

As an Artist, it’s difficult to decide in what direction you want to go. Or at least it has been for me. I’ve explored and ventured into different areas but other than the Christmas ornaments, it’s just not felt like it’s where I’m supposed to be. Have you ever been somewhere that just didn’t feel right? You may have have felt in danger or particularly unhappy but it just sincerely felt wrong. That was me. Looking back, it’s obvious that’s what was supposed to happen or else we would not be end up where we’re supposed to be ultimately.

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In creating things, I would long to create things that were inspirational, that best conveyed our character and personality to others and that made others happy. Maybe I’ve found that with planner covers.

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So many things in life hurt. They bring us down. We are bombarded with heartbreaking stories because that’s what gets attention and brings out the worst in people. This results in money for the source of such heartbreaking stories as every click and comment results in more view for advertising and such. And, the worse the comments are, the more people comment back and forth. It’s difficult to walk away…a vicious cycle. It’s my hope that my art is exactly the opposite of that.

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It’s truly an exciting adventure I sort of came upon. It’s an area where I feel I truly belong. My love of planners has been a part of me for over two decades. I was a planner girl before being a planner girl was cool! 🙂

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At the beginning of January, I started transitioning all the older items out of my shop and yesterday, I started listing a few of the planner covers I’ve created. I actually had 10 ready yesterday and I created another new one today. Not all are in the shop yet, but they soon will be.

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There will be more soon, my friends. THANK YOU for sticking with me through the years. I’m positively beyond excited and so very passionate about these new projects. I hope it shows.

xoxo,

Rhonda