My family and friends thought I could sell my cards, so they encouraged a little online boutique. I played around with the idea, and I started this website. I needed a name, though, and Cards by Priscilla was just too plain for me. I wanted something that told a story. For days I tried out different names: "The Prairie Flower", "Pretty Cards and Things", etc. Then I went to a friend's house and saw her BEAUTIFUL pink flowers!!!! None of us could figure out the name of them, though. My mom and friend and I thought for hours, and then out of the clear blue, my friend said, "Cosmos!!"
And Pretty Pink Cosmos had a name!!!
What sold me on it before I even knew the name of the flower was the story my friend told about her little wild cosmos. When I told her, "I love your flowers," she said, "Thanks!! God planted them!! I planted them over there," she pointed about 50 feet from where they actually were, "and they ended up over here." Of course they did. They are front and center in front of her house. And they haven't moved since they settled there.
These particular flowers made me think of my life and how I'd been "planted" across the ocean, in the Philippines. 6 months later, I was adopted and "transplanted" here, to my loving family and awesome life, and most importantly, my life with the Lord. I can't tell you how often in my life I have planned this or that, and life dramatically changed ALL. My. Plans. Whether I liked it or not, whether I could stop it or not. I have learned, or am learning, sometime's it's a minute by minute process as God teaches me, to "go with it". Those lessons are some of the most painful I've had, but when I look back, I realize I wouldn't change where I am for a minute. I love my life, I might not love every single thing in my life, but for the most part, I do love it.
One of my favorite Bible verses of all times is
"LORD, You have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance."
Psalm 16: 5-6
Today's photo collage is of my Valentine's Day cards that I've made for the Pink Door Boutique. These cards are special to me because I have very little time to get them done, and I also have very little product to work with. (starving artist comes to mind- except I'm not starving, lol!!) This morning, I asked God to help me and do what He did with the loaves and fishes: "increase them"!! I sat down at my little work desk and asked Him to help me, and these little beauties just came together like magic!!! Pink Cosmos Lesson anyone?? I started (there)- with nothing, and I ended up here....with something!!! :0)
One more thing before I end possibly the longest post to date, lol. You may have gone to the homepage and besides for alot of words and a couple of pictures, there isn't much to look at. I promise, I will fill it up again. But I have more cards to make for The Pink Door and I'm still reeling from the 2 orders I have received for next year's Christmas cards!!! I will be working on those throughout the year, but I'm realizing that so far this year (yes, it's only the 2nd, lol), my business is coming from my very own, in person, personal world. Which makes me incredibly happy, but leaves this place looking like a boutique with nothing to buy. I do apologize for that and I promise to restock the shelves, so to speak, and hopefully have some cards for you guys in time for Valentines' Day. But I need to work on the cards I'll be selling with The Pink Door before I work on anything else.
Just like the Pink Cosmos this website was named for: I started with cards, looked all over for a place to sell them, settled down and promoted them here, and then ended up being approached by Dedee, the sweet owner of The Pink Door to sell my cards in her store. Yeah. Pink Cosmos. :0) And now I'm busy organizing all of the different cards I have to make. Good thing it's as small as it is!!! ;0)
Thanks so much for reading and for your support and your business, and mostly for being a part of the Pink Cosmos family just by reading this blog!!!
I am soooo very thankful for you!!!!!