Sunday, August 30, 2009

Prologue

The Backstory... Under Construction

Sailor Studio



Sailor Studio is an enamel on copper and stained glass art studio formed by my mom, Debbie Sailor, me, and my sis-in-law, Britni.  


My mom worked under renowned enamelist, Margaret Ratcliff (Peggy to us) for over 30 years. 
 
Last year, she was given an amazing opportunity to open a studio in the Village of Stone Mountain. 


My SIL and I joined her team, learning the enamel on copper art form and starting a new 'wearable art' line. I also got a crash course in the business end of things (my mama can barely turn on a computer ;)


We have a gallery that we share with another artist, Tracie Hawkins, and our workshop and store is located in Stone Mountain, Georgia.



We make custom jewelry and decorative art- email us with any questions/comments =)





God has blessed us so much through this opportunity. It truly is a dream come true!


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Check out our Blog here: Sailor Studio Blog








The Theme

I used to define myself as a realist; a cynic… It is easy to become that way when life hits you hard as a kid.


You are constantly preparing for the worst.



Your heart hardens...



You hide behind sarcasm and humor and a “live for the moment” lifestyle.



You blame your parents for all your problems.



You move around. You don't let yourself get attached. You never get too involved.



You have always known God was there, but you put Him on a shelf...



You are envious of the love others have for Him, their faith no matter the situation.



You witness miracles as addictions are broken, self-esteem is restored, and Hope repairs shattered lives.




You want to know Him more but are in constant battle with the world.




You finally realize that life can be so much more than a temporary fix.




You know that you need Him.






You wonder if He cares.








You ask.








He answers.







He forgives.







You forgive yourself.






Your heart is opened.



You feel more, laugh more, enjoy more.



You begin to see life as a day to day opportunity to love...





and be loved.






Knowing Him is a choice.





It becomes






A desire.





A need.







He is...






now.






He was...






then.







He will be...







forever







the best








decision






I ever made.







Luke 7:47-50:

47 "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."

48 Then He said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."

49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this man who even forgives sins?"

50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Friday, August 28, 2009

WHO ARE THE BILSLANDs?

David(Goose) and I have been married for 5 years. We met when we were both working as servers at a restaurant, and we both had ZERO responsibilities!
How times have changed!!


Met: November 2002 (red hair??!!)



Married: July 2004




Surprise! You are having twins!! December 2005












Baby Reese joins the mix March 2008


Lily ~ Blog Author (25)





I am currently a full-time house-wife, baby-mama, and student. I am working on a degree in Special Education and am a completely neurotic about my grades in college. I hope to work with kids/teens and their families who have emotional or disciplinary issues.

I am naturally a very messy and unorganized person, which usually results in me making a mad-dash at 6 pm to get the house looking presentable before my much-less-messy husband gets home from work. I am quickly becoming a Blogaholic and I spend a ridiculous amount of time online reading =) I am and have always been a night owl, and even when I am pregnant I can not go to bed before 1 am. I am NOT a great cook, painter, writer, singer, decorator or photographer but I love to try it all!

I have way too many goals and ideas and I have a hard time letting others help me. I'm a little bit of a control-freak, but I am trying every day to let God take over and guide my steps!

Dave/Goose ~ Man of the House (29)




David is the lead Intel engineer at a great company. He is a computer geek and he loves his job! He is also working on his Masters and plays the drums in band called the Last Chucks. He is an awesome husband and dad =)

We love our new church, and we love playing flag football and volleyball on rec. teams. David and I both have very close families and get together with them as much as possible. We also both have a core group of friends that we don’t see as often as we’d like but are so thankful for!


TY ~ Twin A (4)




The oldest by two minutes, Tybo is what we call a little “quirky.” He is his own person. He does NOT care about video games, sports, or cars. He LOVES every type of music and memorizes every song he hears. He is patient and never in a hurry! He takes 2 hours to finish a meal and would rather play by himself in Tyland with his imaginary friends (Sweedy and Macky) and his air-drums.

He told me he keeps Jesus in his pocket =)

Nolan~ Twin B (4)




Nolan is an All-American boy’s boy. He loves sports, video games, Hotwheels, Legos, and wrestling with his daddy and brothers. He loves all food, even vegetables, and likes to work out with Mommy and drink lots of water so he can be big and strong!

He thinks he is 16 and already says phrases like, “That’s not fair.”


Baby Reese (1 1/2)



Not really a baby anymore, Reese’s pieces was the sweetest little guy in the world. He was soooo easy as a baby, just as quiet and smiley as can be. He has quickly changed to toddler mode and is becoming Mr. Dramatic! He loves being the center of attention and loves getting into trouble! He thinks the word NO is hilarious and making messes is the goal of his life. He loves to make his brothers mad and annoys them as much as possible!

He is a total daddy’s boy; David getting home is the best part of his day!

~ Evelyn Naomi ~
Born into Heaven ~ December 3, 2009




Evie was diagnosed with a partial duplication of her 3rd chromosome at 20 weeks. We spent 36 weeks with her before Jesus took her home. We are so thankful for our time with her and how she has changed our lives. We will always miss her and can't wait to see her again one day.

God has blessed our lives so much and we are trying to live each day to bring Him glory and love others the same way He loves us!