Friday, June 24, 2011

Etsy Email Feature!

I am so incredibly excited about this - I was featured in the June 20th Etsy Finds Email!
Right at the very bottom, all the way on the right side......

Little Houses subsequently sold and my Etsy activity went nuts. It is so motivating.
I'm working on a new painting, figuring out Giclee printing, new cyanotype work, and designing custom fabric.

The fire is officially lit!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pin It

I recently discovered Pinterest:

Lets just say I could do this for hours.  (!)

Would you like to join me?



Sunday, June 12, 2011



I am running the 2011 ING New York City Marathon! 

I can't tell you how excited I am about this! 

Recently I decided for certain that running a marathon was on my list of things to do in my life. I've run 2 half marathons, and truly love the training (ok, not everything about it - but overall, its really really good for me!) The structure and discipline of it appeals to my orderly, perfectionist side.

I come from a running background. My Dad, Johnny, was a professional runner. He ran a 2:11:46  marathon (the current world record is 2:03:59), a 1:03:59 half marathon, a sub-four minute mile. You can read more about him here. Needless to say, running is a huge part of my family's culture, and I love that.
Unfortunately for me, pure running talent does not appear to exist in my legs. I am terribly, horribly slow in comparison to so many of my amazing friends and family! Still, I am determined to make a respectable go at this. 

And I'd love your help.

As you know, we are adopting siblings internationally. We knew going into it all the financial barriers we would face, and it has been absolutely amazing to see how God has richly provided for us so far. We have been able to pay every bill in full, and right on time. All glory belongs to God in this. Now that we are finished with our dossier, we have about a year before referral - if everything goes according to the timelines we were given. In that year, we need to have the largest portion of funds ready to go, so that we can accept our referral and move forward. We also need to be ready for plane tickets and one month's worth of accommodations. We are fully trusting God for this, and have no doubt that He will provide. 

And here is where you come in...I am launching a "Sponsor a Marathon Mile" fundraiser to get ready for the airfare and accommodation costs specifically. We are expecting this to be in the neighborhood of $7,000. During marathon training, I'm expecting to run around 750 miles. If every mile is "sponsored" at $10 per mile, we will get there easily! 

If you'd like to sponsor a mile, click on the PayPal "donate" button to the right. PayPal is easy and secure and you don't need an account with them to donate, just a credit card. If you could fill in the purpose line with how many miles you are sponsoring, and if they are regular or race day miles, that would be fantastic.

Each mile is $10. A race day mile is $25. 

The New York City Marathon allows you to follow me online live on race day, so I will be sure to share my bib number. You'll be able to see my times at all the check points and cheer me on from home. 
I'll also be keeping you all updated through training.

I would be incredibly humbled to have your support through a donation, prayer, and cheers! You are absolutely the best family and friends a girl could ask for.



P.S. You can also support our adoption through BrightJuly on Etsy.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Skattie Onesies.

I thought I'd share some of the photos of sweet baby Mia wearing the onesies I made for her when her Mama was pregnant (you can buy one here or here). This precious girl is seven months old and is looking much more grown up these days. We sent in our formal application to adopt our little ones on Mia's birthday. A great coincidence.

"Skattie" means "little treasure" in Afrikaans. It is a special term of endearment, and seemed so appropriate here.

Thank you for your smiles, little one! You'd make anything look good. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

About BrightJuly

Welcome to BrightJuly!

BrightJuly is a design company inspired by new life, warm days, short nights, sweetness and South African flavor. Everything made under the BrightJuly label was created with love in a moment of creative enthusiasm. It was also made to help pave the way to our family - as all the proceeds from sales help support our international sibling adoption. 

I'm Caitlin. Its a pleasure to meet you!Here are some things I like: 

Mugs of sweet, milky black tea
The Ocean in all its forms
Meaningful conversation
Running and the peace it brings
Traveling, the further the better
Ice Cream
Books that change my mind
My husband, Jeremy
Our two lovable pups
and every art supply store I have ever been to.

Here you will find inspiration, project ideas, behind-the-scenes details on how BrightJuly items are made, and musings about life and family. 

Also visit BrightJuly's Shop and my Art Website.



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