American Made Awards – Finalist

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Happy people! It’s been awhile….

Good news! I’ve been chosen as a Style Finalist by Martha Stewart for the American Made Awards! Well chances are slim that she looked at my work BUT at least her judges see my potential. But of course, there is more work to be done, and this is where you come is. Martha is giving you 6 votes/day to show your support for the brand(s) you love. If Freshly Given tickles your fancy, why not vote.

Simple go here. Please and Thank you!


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Samuel

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I would try to paint a picture of the last 10 months of my life. But as you can see from the photos none of it really matters. Only the end result is shining bright. I’d like to introduce my miracle child, purposely named Samuel. Move over leather! I’m making babies now. Ha! He is my best creation, my new “accessory.” He makes my life exponentially better.

I took a few shots of us this afternoon. And of course I HAD to make him a leather visor (my sis says it looks like a circle on his face) to ward off the sun. A perfect addition to his white onesies and gDiapers. This kid is so cool.

On the flip side, Freshly Given is still alive. I mean I’m alive, although my blog and shop may not show it. After months of bed-rest (yes, months) I’m eager to begin making things, like baby visors hehe, blogging, and who knows what else. I’m taking suggestions.

It’s good to be back!


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Simplify and Repeat

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I neglect things when I over think.
Here’s to dropping down a view notches… Again.

Garden Party at Gather.
Photo Cred: Burketown
Blouse: Judah Ross


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Doo Wopping Stampeder

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If you looked at the first image and thought I’d formed a 60’s soul group, rest assured, I haven’t. Although my mom and sister could pass for back up Doo-wopers. BUT, if you guessed “oh she’s delivering her final pitch to a packed house” then ding ding you’re right. The Startup Stampede gave me a free ticket to run my mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever talked this much in a 2 month period. Oh but I’m sure my husband would disagree. Talking about myself and my business and why it’s so great and WHY EVERYONE SHOULD THINK SO is no small notion. But it is what it takes to be confident in what you’re doing. The more I talked, the easier it was to fish out the silly nonsense and get to the black beans and potatoes (we’re semi-veggies over here). Anyway, constant handshaking led to roof-top chillin with my loving husband, my sister Karla (who surprised me from NY) and my oh so cool parents.

Big thank you and sloppy kiss to the Startup Stampede.
Check out the other startups that won space in the incubator:
Offline Media
Seam Happy
The Makery (more about them later)
Sweeps
Social Media Phobias
The Art of Cool Project
Alekto

(Iphones in the house. Credits: Charles Robinson, Karla Mickens)


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The People’s House

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This has been a year of exceeded expectations for sure. Just the other day, The Man and I attended a gala at the Governor’s Mansion. The guests of honor were female business owners of all walks of life. If you told me I’d be standing in a room with real estate agents, techies, artists, landscapers, all in HEELS, I would have side-eyed you.

I took home an award that night for the most daring business. Please know that although I am doing the work, God has undoubtedly taken the reigns as my PR, Marketing Agent, and High-Fiver. Woo Hoo…I must be dreaming!

Start something ladies and gents. Start something and do it well.


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