Top 5 Fab Fabrics of the Week! Handmade.

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. Deuteronomy 28:1

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What comes to mind when you think of handmade? One of the things that we as a fast paced, super-size me, made in “china” society has lost, is the simplistic and original content that only comes from something truly made from the heart.

Hand made people! It’s the new trend or so it should be! Seriously! As a handmade maker of all things beautiful ehem. hehe. I shall say that I’m an advocate of locally made. I never was like this. I didn’t understand the value lost in overseas transactions and factories called “sweatshops” that cater to big corps and such. I’m paraphrasing.

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But I to fall victim to outsourcing materials. I admit it. But you know what going green doesn’t happen over night and neither does getting educated on where your garments are massed produced. One of my goals as a designer, maker of bags and lovely things is to source high quality materials from here in the states, keeping the economy boosted and usually when things are made here in the States or are local it’s made from an entrepreneur or small business and I for one want to support small businesses in my country. I was born in this country and so is my son. Although I do have a rich Dominican Heritage which I am proud of, I live here in the U.S.

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My mom says that the American dream has died. I for one know that with GOD all things are possible. I’m not saying to not buy from overseas, because I would buy from a small business over seas or a Big Eco-Conscious company in a heart beat vs. a Big manufacturer overseas who doesn’t care about their employees and harms the environment.

But I have to educate myself on what is the process that these items/materials/products are made with in order to make a difference in my purchasing decisions.

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Are they overstaffed and underpaid? Or are they trying to enrich the community of artisans around them? I guess you can say I’m biased. I am a local designer, I’m a hand-maker of my products. But I have a vision to keep it Handmade, good quality, sustainable goods no matter how big or small I am.

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As I become more infused with handmade, local, eco – conscious designs. I start becoming more educated on my environment and surroundings. I LOVE that GOD has given me this opportunity to be a sustainable, eco-conscious designer. I feel so honored to partake in such an awesome adventure and I can’t wait to share with you all and the world.

Because what I do here can be done anywhere. You may live in another country, you may have a dream of becoming a business owner or developing your talents and I say, “GO FOR IT”. Learn about your environment get infused with the rich culture and the people you can bless around you right where you are.

Because once we discredit those around us, follow the “hype” we become lost in the buzz and follow without knowing exactly what we are following or supporting. Where is your shirt from, that you’re wearing. what was the process of those earrings/bracelet?

I’ve met so many business owners, artisans, craftsmen and believers in sustainability that these people are like a family. They actually care about their environment and support one another. Once you start becoming more educated on what you put on you, you also start becoming more educated on what you ingest. Usually the handmade society is tied in with the organic, farmers market group. Because when you support local businesses you also support your local farmers, shakers and makers. ♥

What we purchase speaks more about us, then we like to think.

In effect, when we become conscious on how companies treat their employees & environment and not how much more or less an item is then we can change the economy and our way of living for the best. It’s about doing what’s right, not whats easy or convenient. That’s my take on handmade, what’s yours?

Until Next Time! Ciao!

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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P.S. Going “Green”, Shopping local and becoming aware of what you ingest is a process. I’m still just starting but it’s worth the journey! Start small and work your way up. Making educated decisions! ♥ Thank you Jesus! Allow God to also guide you. Be Blessed. Get to know your community there are rich resources around you.

God & the City…My Birthday!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Galatians 5:22

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Celebrate and have a good time, Amen!

Yes it’s my birthday! Thank you Jesus for another year, for my beautiful amazing Son, Husband and Family! I’m just so incredibly thankful and incredibly amazed at the Goodness of GOD.

It snowed last night which brought forth an amazing Snow day! The hubby and I get to snuggle in today :). Well it being my birthday and the fact of it Snowing, it reminds me of this same day just a few years ago when I was going through a difficult time, I was going through a break up (from my current hubby and our story is a testimony of God’s grace and when something is meant to be) One thing that had always touched my heart is my lovely mom telling me as it was snowing, “the angels are blessing you on your birthday.” So I receive it today also! HALLELUJAH!

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Last month, a couple of days before Christmas, my family lost a loved one. My beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Grandma, Fidelina Cabral. I really didn’t know how to write about her passing, I really didn’t know how to even publicize it just because, to me, it was so personal. I loved my Grandma more than anyone can know. I loved her so much, growing up I actually lived with her in the Dominican Republic, I also went to school there, I believe it was 1st grade, but only for a bit. And even though it was only a time, it was wonderful slice of time, it was my perfect time with her that I will never forget, it was simply heavenly.

I remember her allowing me to have a pet, a pet chicken, which I got by way of motorcycle, yes I was adventurous even as a youngster. (They later told me that they made a Sancocho, which is a Dominican version of Chicken soup) I also remember just enjoying my bedtimes with my grandma who taught me how to love myself. She told me, every time I kissed my self I was kissing my heart ♥. It ended up with me kissing my entire left arm for the longest time because it was the one closet to my heart, I was young & free!

I just wanted to be around her. I loved everything about her, the way I would hug her and how she was perfect for hugging. I remember telling my young and naive self that I want to be pleasantly plumped, just like her, when I get old (when you’re young old is like 30) because those are the best hugs. She always looked good and smelled nice. She had a character and a gentleness, that all I wanted to do was know more about her.

Funny, because my father tells me that I favor her in my talents, that she was good at interior design, putting things together and making them beautiful. I know that God at times passes on gifts from our family members.

Today on my birthday I just want to honor my Grandma, a woman who I loved and admired. I love you Abuela. Te amo.

In truth she also inspired me and God really did encourage me as well….In my shop you can see that I have a few pieces of knit ware. I never truly got to learn from her I only had one lesson when I was 15, but it never stopped me to pursue it because for me it’s a piece of her I get to express. I almost gave up in learning one day, it’s not easy getting your instructions from a book, but by the grace of God I can knit!

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I’ve learned that we all go through ups and downs, & unfortunately we even confront the darkening abyss of (eerie music plays) death. We all have experienced death in one form or another, whether it is a loss of a friend, or a loved one perhaps a pet or a plant. A grim truth is that one day we all will die.

My grandmother for one, has a rich past and her story is just incredible. I feel as though we all get the choice on how we choose to live this gift called life. We sometimes take things for granted or sometimes to seriously or to harshly. There are somethings that we just have to let go and learn how to bounce back from, things that may break us.

One thing that I love and hold on to that although there is a grim truth, there is also a magnificent truth that just covers you with grace, peace and love and that is JESUS.

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The only reason why I’m here, the only reason I am alive and I’m able to do what I do is because of Jesus. I can not do anything without Him and I’m so thankful that you are never alone when you have GOD by your side.

GOD’s word is completely true, there is so much wisdom and power embedded in every scripture, it brings you peace, strength and a knowledge of who you are and who loves you. Jesus.

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Coming into this New Year, working on my new website, my new collection and gallery show I have a decision. I can choose my perspective on how I should see this time in my life. I can either allow the impossiblness of it all to over whelm me, or I can rise up with Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I have felt a few times that maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew. Not only am I building the new website, which I feel it in my spirit, by the grace of God, that its going to project me to the next level, which I’m totally excited about; it will be my blog & shop integrated in one domain name which is so AWESOME! (www.lindamendible.com It’s under construction so please me patient) Then I have a Gallery/Bag Show which I am currently preparing for and will be presented in March with a reception, awesome I know. ♥

Let me tell you though, building the bags for my new collection is not as easy as I thought it would be post baby, if you feel me. And I don’t regret not one minute of this struggle, not for a second, to be perfectly honest I know my baby boy is a gift right from GOD and God’s timing is genuinely and incredibly Perfect! My son is such a blessing and I feel as though he just makes me that much more better! Thank you LORD for this time in my life!! Hallelujah! Thank you for it all! ♥

I’m currently just relying on GOD, asking GOD to multiply my hours, to give me the wisdom, discernment, understanding and all the fruits of the spirit to me and my family, because I want to use everything I have for GOD and I want to do it how HE wants me to do it, because that is the vision.

Many times I feel misunderstood, like people just don’t get what I’m doing and yea it can hurt and sometimes I lose but I’m always a winner when I’m in Christ and one thing that He’s told me from the beginning deep deep down in my spirit and just in a beautiful way that I will not ever forget or so help me JESUS, is that no matter what, He’s got my back.

On this Glorious day 🙂 I want you to know, that no matter what difficulty you are going through, no matter what others are or not saying when you have Christ in your heart, honey He gives you everything! HE’s got your back no matter what! Be encouraged to know that what ever you do for the Lord does not go in vain.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

Inspirational video of the day: The Chinese bamboo

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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God & the City… ReBranding!? Wha!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

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First and foremost I just gotta Praise HIM!!!!

HALLELUJAH!

Thank you JESUS!!

YUP. Yes. Certainly. Why Not?

Is what I am saying to re-branding my current company,  Natural True Beauty where I specialize in doing custom handbags for the discerning customer.

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I feel as though God test’s us. In many ways I feel as though Natural True Beauty LLC was God’s test to me.

Ever since I had decided on what name I would re-brand Natural True Beauty as everything, and I mean everything just made sense and clicked into place. Not only is it going to be a smooth transition, but I truly feel down in my Spirit that this is it.

I found…me.

If that makes any sense. Which it will once I reveal the name.
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Yes, it’s truly me, haha. I’ve noticed that I have changed sooo much. From a single girl, to a happily married mom.

In these last few weeks I have been really calling out to God asking Him what and who does He want me to be. For so long I have been trying to hold on to this image of who I thought I was.

But once Emanuel, my son, came into my life I totally and completely have changed.

I’m not going to bore you with some sob story of how I decided.

But to be perfectly Honest I have been asking GOD for some time about Natural True Beauty and if I should just give up, I’ve been praying and calling out to Him because quite frankly, I began feeling very uninspired. I couldn’t see.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been thinking about using my Name for quite some time now. It wasn’t until recently for the first time when looking down at my son I began thinking, ‘he’s just him. He doesn’t really care about what you think of him, he doesn’t really care about what other babies are doing or wearing. He doesn’t care that mami & daddy are very tired and he just wants to stay up, no no no, nor how loud he is (he’s very talkative by the way. He likes to voice his opinions). He just does him.‘ It hit me, I have to throw away the old mentality and embrace what God is trying to show me through where I’m currently at and where I’m going.

Once I totally committed to the re-brand,  everything just clicked. I was given a new passion a new vision and most definitely something I thrive on, the creativity that always lets me know that GOD is with me.

I’M BLESSED!!!

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I can’t help but be immeasurably thankful! It’s like I hit a wall and I broke through it.

Lately I have been asking my self, who am I, when in truth I should be asking GOD, and once I just waited on the LORD, and moved with his promptings GOD has opened New Doors and a New Year! That I can finally say, YES!

Yes to my blessings, yes to my dreams and yes to my family.

Being a woman is hard work, imagine being a woman on top of being a wife and add being a mom, oh yea and times that by hand-making bags and running my own online business. Time is precious, it’s priceless and it slips by so quickly.

So to save on time I had to throw away my old mentality, that I had to confront because let’s face it, the truth sets us free.

The Old mentality that I thought I could separate the Natural True Beauty from Linda Mendible, keeping up with all accounts etc. trying to “keep up with the Jones” trying hard to be “professh”. It’s just so easy and simple to have my Twitter, pinterest, instagram, etc all under my name. And I just don’t want to project one image and then a whole other image keeping it all the same but different? It just didn’t make sense anymore and I decided that I’m going to do me.

I had to throw away the old Linda and become Linda Mendible. Meaning I had to be true to me at all times. Time is very important to me, stressing about what I’m pining, what I’m posting and what I’m “marketing” logging out from one account to login to another, is to much time wasted. This way I can definitely just be Linda Mendible, I can just be me, and who ever doesn’t like it can bite me, j/k can suck a lemon pop. ha ha.  All jokes aside I finally got my peace, love and everything I need in Christ.

Honey, once I did this I was overcome with peace and empowered! To God be the Glory!!

It’s not easy going through the different seasons that life seems to take us through, but when we confront ourselves asking for the guidance of God, we begin to come out of our cocoons. Natural True Beauty for me was just a shell, a cocoon of what Linda Mendible is going to come out of and soar.

I believe it & I receive it, in Jesus name!

I was so afraid, so so afraid of the judgement of others and what others may think of me and what I’m doing that I fell into a wilderness that I was not at peace and my creativity was stifled. Now, with the guidance of Jesus I saw my fear. And I saw my son, how fearless he was, how unashamed he was to express himself not caring what ‘society’ deems appropriate or cute or even baby like. Haha. So yea I’m letting it all Go because I saw how it was weighing me down.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

In truth I’m going to do me. What ever happens happens, but I will make sure to stay in Gods peace and grace because it’s the only way I want to live. Its the only way I can live.

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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Fashion Fridays! Green the New Black!

…he will give a crown of beauty for ashes… Isaiah 61:3

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As we become more conscious of the effects we are having on our environment we start looking for ways to minimize our carbon footprint. Finding lucrative ways to be creative in all things including, FASHION!

One of the catalyst that is hitting up the scene with it’s dynamic approach to the Runway and it’s many adoring fans is Redress Raleigh!

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Based in North Carolina Redress Raleigh is known throughout the Triangle, NC for hosting the premiere eco-fashion show of the region. Starting with their 1st show in March 2009, the annual Spring show highlights innovative, accessible, and wearable responsibly-made fashion.

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As a designer I was honored to be part of Redress Raleigh Fall Expo & Fashion Runway special of Eco-Conscious Designs. I had created and designed handbags along with matching scarves hitting the catwalk with a flare and passion for GOD.

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God is incredibly Faithful and when you are called to do something GOD surely provides. This may be my first steps into fashion but it’s surely guided by the grace of God.

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I’ve never really considered the impact the fashion world has on what I wear, nor the impact that my own clothing makes. Until I myself stumbled across this new world.

Sustainability is definitely becoming a new way for artists and innovative designers to express themselves giving mainstream Fashion a run for their wallets.

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It’s not only now hip to wear a local designer, made in the USA or sustainability friendly, it’s a necessity, as our world plummets with unethical ways of creating garments. (I mean have you seen the sweat shops in these other countries?)

Next time you buy those new pair of shoes, or that extravagant top. Ask yourself, what impact are you making? What message do you want to say with who you choose to wear.

Choose wisely, Choose local.

Heavens get yourself a Natural True Beauty Bag! That’s a start. Visit the Online Etsy Shop: Natural True Beauty by Linda Mendible

Use Promo Code: GODISGOOD to get 25% off your next purchase!

Until Next Time! Ciao!

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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Top 5 Fab Fabrics of the week! Eco?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Hallelujah Praise GOD thank you JESUS!!!

God is so amazing and I just want to say that He surely makes old things New! These fabrics are a representation on how God can transform us and create something new within us.  photo 2012-07-14140238_zps38a11078.jpg He takes what we once were. With our problems, mindset and troubles, renewing us in a way that we can only describe as the grace of GOD. I’ve never been more alive than now and I’m thankful.

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A prayer that I say when going through difficult times or when I’ve made a mistake is “Lord, some how make my wrongs right.” Basically, I don’t want the mistake to be in vain, I want God to take those mistakes, those “ashes” and make something new from them. So I let go and I give it to Jesus.

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These fabrics are from my fall collection. I’ve been working on this collection for a while now. I’ve learned so much through the making and piecing and how GOD knows the final result.

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Sometimes we can’t see past our circumstances. Past our mistakes. I’ve noticed when creating this collection, through my mistakes, if I remained calm, not giving in to the temptation of worrying about the mistake I made and the effect it has done. Just letting go and allow GOD to guide me. I usually am guided into making something a lot more beautiful and creative than I originally had planned!

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I choose this picture as the 5th fabric because it’s the finish result of my collection all mixed together. We may not see how God is transforming us. Sometimes we can’t see the Good in certain situations that are hurtful, stressful and can really shake our faith.

During some of these times we even make mistakes and wonder, “have a fallen out of God’s will?

The truth is you can not ever fall out of God’s will. It says in the bible,

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28

When we dedicate our life to Jesus, when we give our hearts to Christ right then and there the heavens are rejoicing and your name was transformed to the book of life. Many times we make mistakes, even during our walk with GOD. These are often called “sin” meaning “missing the mark” but one thing we can stand firm on, is that “sin” no longer has a hold of us. We are free from it. Condemnation does not come form GOD. Conviction does. Conviction is an acknowledgement that you have done something wrong and it is needed for us to see the truth.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Condemnation is actually remaining in that sin. Not allowing God’s grace to work and transform you.

We all have burdens to bear in this life. The bible refers to it as a yoke. A yoke was actually used back in the day when they would use an animal to plow the ground. To make way for the seeds to grow the harvest. This plowing was a heavy load, a burden, on the necks of these animals.

Jesus has taken your yoke.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

And He’s given you His in exchange for yours.

Rest in the thought that GOD loves you and you don’t surprise Him. He didn’t wash away your past sins, He washed it all away. You are RIGHT with GOD. Don’t ever forget. ♥

Until Next time!

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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P.S. If you are in Durham, NC or Wake County of North Carolina stop by Saturday’s Market & Fashion Expo, you know so you can see my designs oh and also the other designers there too. 😀  Stop by and say hi!
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