Thursday, January 29, 2015

Getting real.


Just taking a quick minute while my sick (again) kiddos nap, to check in. 

Let's get real for a minute... this year thus far has been less than stellar. Seriously, it's been bad. We're going on almost 3... yes THREE... straight months of sickness in our home. It's made for little to no work on KYEbags, a disastrous post-Christmas stuffed-to-the-brim apartment that's making me INSANE, and a run down, pretty depressed me. 

At the beginning of the year, we had what seemed like a promising house situation open up to us. I was pumped. I loved that house. It's a gorgeous old Victorian that's been in my family for many years, that I've always admired it. I thought after almost 5 years, two kids and lots of prayer, that we were finally getting out of this one bedroom 700 square foot apartment. But after assessing the home, and realizing it's in need of several immediate repairs, in which we could not get the proper loan for, we made the decision to stick where we're at a little longer and continue to save. Yeah. Super bummer. 

Right now, things look bleak. Much like the what seems like unending winter weather we're having. Clouds for days, with little hope of sun... literally and figuratively. I'm in the thick of winter blues, slowly slipping into a state of crazy insanity I never thought existed. 

But despite my present feelings, despite sickness, despite my lack of time to work, despite a lack of hopeful housing prospects, despite the current financial dilemmas.... and the list goes on (you fill in the blank)... I know without a shadow of a doubt that there IS hope. Hope in Jesus, who calls me a friend.  Hope in eternity, which is far greater than anything we're facing here on this earth. Hope in the grace and mercy shown to us through His death on the cross and His unfailing love. Hope in something so much bigger than ourselves and our own strength. 

I am happy to know the Lord. Not just to know of Him, but truly have the opportunity to KNOW Him and have a relationship with Him. To me, that is the most amazing thing- that the creator of the universe has the humility to want to call me His friend. Even when I am ugly and in my weakest state.... He still calls me lovely. I think that is pretty profound. 

So although the winter is long and the present outlook seems.... dark... I am choosing to cling to hope today. Because it's mine, freely. I am clinging to the grace and mercy I have in all circumstances. I am clinging to His goodness, no matter how bleak things may seem. He is still God, and He still calls me His friend, His child even. 

Spring will come. It seems I forget it every winter, but it always comes.... each year surprising me all over again with the freshness that it brings. Buds, green trees, blossoming flowers... it all seems like a distant memory right now, but if I dig down deep, I remember it's earthy scent. The pleasant feeling of the warm, rainy air hitting my face as I walk out the door, drinking in every deep fresh breath in and slowly exhaling it out again. We'll see the sun again, regularly even, and feel it's warmth on our skin. 

For now, I wait and hope in the promise of change. 
Because it's inevitable. 
And in time, it will come. 

xo, Kye

P.s. There are only a couple days left of the 25% off sale happening now in the etsy shop
Head on over and snag yourself a little something to spice up that spring wardrobe, and help me reach that house goal ;)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mailing list and 25% off sale!

Happy Friday! 
Just a few updates. If you haven't heard, I now have a mailing list, which you can sign up for, to receive first word on news and event updates, as well as exclusive sales and offers. 
After almost 10 years in business, I am pretty stoked to finally have official email newsletters going out!
To sign up, simply fill out the sign-up form on my blog (top right, directly under my face... haha), or click on the sign-up tab at the top of my facebook page
It's that simple :)

Also, the 25% off sale going on in the etsy shop continues!
Many great items are marked down, including bags, tablet/computer sleeves, clutches and more!

2015 looks like it could shape up to be an interesting year! I look forward to hopefully making some big announcements soon :)

Stay warm this weekend!

xo, Kye

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year Clearance Sale!

Happy New Year, lovelies! Hope your holidays were grand.

I am anticipating lots of change happening this year. Big change.
I've bid 2014 adieu, and am looking ahead to the future. 
 The new year around here usually starts off with a lot of purging, minimizing, and overall simplifying. I like to call it the 'mid-winter itch'.

So on that note...
Let's have a clearance sale, shall we? Out with the old, in with the new!

This weekend only, select items in the shop will be marked down by 25%!
Participating items are already marked down and ready for purchase- no coupon code necessary! Sale ends Sunday at midnight EST.

xo, Kye

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last day to order!

Hi there! 
Just a reminder that Friday is the last day to place an order with guaranteed Christmas delivery. Please make sure to choose the USPS Priority Mail option at checkout to ensure 1-3 day delivery. If Priority Mail is not selected, your order will go out via First Class Mail and may not arrive in time for the holiday. Guaranteed holiday delivery applies to domestic orders only. 

And as my gift to you, please enjoy free domestic shipping when you use code 'HAPPYHOLIDAYS2014' at etsy checkout now through December 31st! 

I hope you're finding time this season in all the hustle and bustle to enjoy time spent with family and friends. It's so easy to get caught up in the focus of gifts and the stress that inevitably seems to creep up this time of year. This is one of the first years in all my life that I can truly say I am enjoying every moment of the holidays, soaking in time with my children, slowing down, and taking time to truly be grateful for the love of the Father through the birth of the Savior, His Son. He truly is the greatest gift of hope, and this year I am CHOOSING joy and peace, thankfulness and a heart full of blessing. 

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." -Romans 15:13

xo, Kye

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Natasha, owner of Skye Reve Fabrics, and one of my suppliers, put together this awesome

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 

chock full of fabulous gift ideas and discount codes for each shop included!

There are some great shops within, check it out!

P.s. There may be a discount code good for free shipping on KYEbags orders through the holidays as well ;)

xo, Kye

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!

A huge thanks to all who came out to shop small this past Saturday, especially to those who supported KYEbags! We truly appreciate it. Please enjoy 15% off in our etsy shop today only when you use code 'CYBERMONDAY2014' at checkout! 

Happy December!

xo, Kye

Friday, November 28, 2014

6th Annual Crafty Mart!

Tomorrow is the big day! 
The 6th Annual Crafty Mart takes place this weekend, November 29th & 30th at THREE different locations!

Musica & We Gallery
51 N. High Street
Akron, Ohio 

1 S. High Street
Akron, Ohio

140 E. Market Street
Akron, Ohio

This is the biggest Crafty Mart yet, with over 100 vendors taking over Downtown Akron for one weekend only!

Click HERE for 7 ways to get the most out of your trip to Crafty Mart!

 For more information, check out Crafty Mart's Facebook event and make sure to RSVP!

KYEbags will be located in the WE Gallery from 10am-5pm on Saturday only. 
My sister, Emily, and I will be there- stop by and see us! 
We will be offering some amazing deals!

Happy weekend, loves!

xo, Kye