Monday, July 26, 2010

Time Flies

Already having been in the Seattle area for a month and a half, I can say I am quite pleased with life. My designs are being shown at the Columbia City Gallery and I am waiting to hear back on my application to another. I am also waiting to hear back on a festival application for August.

My goal is ten galleries or combined retail locations all at once. This may take some time to achieve as I also am pursuing my writing. Stayed tuned... I am up to almost 2000 words. Writing for me is so rewarding and I get on a "roll". My creative juices don't stop. Just like when I sit down to create jewelry, I can often spend hours upon hours at it.

I have a desk in the corner in pieces meant to be my jewelry work area. I may have to tackle putting it together myself very soon. The beads are calling me and they, along with the wire, tools and clay are all here now.

Whatever shall I make first? I think some bead weaving is long overdue.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Gallery!

Just a quick note to let you all know I am now selling my creations in a gallery here in Seattle!! To take a peek...wander on down to Columbia City Gallery at 4864 Rainier Ave S. They have a nice collection of pottery, sculpture and paintings in addition to jewelry by several designers.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Facebook Page

Good Sunday morning!

March and May's contest questions which are posted on the Bohemian Glitz page on Facebook are yet to be answered. Any member of the group can answer, just post your reply on the wall under the question. I will keep these monthly contest questions open until they are correctly answered.

Each correct answer is worth "$5", not actual dollars but more like points to be spent on any of my designs on any of the sites I sell on. I will save these points up for you or you may spend them right away.

Please spread the word about the group so we may grow! Feel free to post questions, comments and check out the discussions tab. I always love to get feedback.

Good luck!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Do You Do At Three Thirty in The Morning?

If you are me, you are writing at three thirty in the morning. Yard sale looming just hours away, signs not done because you left the markers at the neighbors house....What do you do at three thirty in the morning?

I really should be sleeping. I am thinking though of this evenings earlier phone conversations.

I posed a question...."What then, after that?" It's nice to know that at least the first steps are in place to forgiveness. I have left the door open and we shall see. I am wondering if I need to be forgiven as well. I did react and showed my hurt....I spoke some truths, at least from my side.

There is always more than one side to a story but without communication, all we can do is piece together our own truth as we see it. If it is not accurate, is it our fault? In a way, yes.

For a while, silence worked. Silence is actually a sweet thing when shared with someone. You can sit in silence together, on a phone, hear their breath and feel them. If you can do this, then forgiveness should be easy.

Humility comes into play in forgiveness. One must be humble to appreciate the beautiful silence that is shared between two. One must be patient to sit and wait for the silence.

That leads me to my next thought, since I have already been impatient I know the first thing I must ask forgiveness for. Second, I must ask forgiveness for acting out of hurt. We do this all the time so you may be wondering why this is a concern of mine.

I once had someone say to me "Don't mistake love for feelings that have gone unchecked." In this case, I need to be forgiven and forgive myself for unchecked emotions~hurt which resulted in anger.

Luckily, as I have taken back control of my life the anger has subsided. Knowing I have done this on my own is satisfying to an extent. Asking for help and accepting help have always been a bit foreign to me. I am, after all still a work in progress. I figure I have another forty years or so left before I am complete.

Blessings to all,
aka Abigail The Wall Flower

Monday, May 3, 2010

Good Evening!

I am wondering just how many of you spend hours and hours on your computer and leave the television virtually untouched? Between Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, My Blogs and email I admit I do sit here quite a bit.

I have just over 30 days before I hit the road and I will not have access to a computer for about four days. Whatever shall I do??? Today, I loaded all of my contacts from my address book into my cell phone. Upon doing so, I discovered I really need to clean up my address book! Yikes....

I am in Ohio, three hours ahead of most of the people I would visit with. So while my decency tells me don't call because it's late, I realize even though its 11pm here its only 8pm back there....I believe when I hit the road to return to my home state I will feel relief. I can imagine as I drive closer and closer wanting to drive longer hours each day just to get there faster.

I will keep you all posted....

Friday, April 30, 2010

Lipka and Gifts from Heaven

After the sun has let up and the doors have been left open so that the beetles may join in on the evening fun Lipka has shared his gifts from heaven.

I have spent almost the last two hours watching a movie named "Zelary". My daughter brought it home from the library. Lord, I have come to love foreign films with subtitles. It is the second one I have watched this week. In this particular case, I have paused the movie for I know something sinister is about to happen and I wish to be no part of it. At least, not until I get these thoughts out of my head.

It used to be I would say "get these down on paper." For the sake of speed, accuracy and legibility I am preferring the computer to paper most days. Journals carried with me are most preferred for as I find too often I can not hold onto the exact words long enough to record them.

So, Lipka...what are his gifts from heaven and why did I feel the need to stop the movie to share them with you? Really, the movie is about the main character who saves a man's life and ends up married to him. Why focus on Lipka?

Lipka is the poor boy who is beaten by the live in mate of his mother. I can not fathom a mother who would stay with a man who would do such a thing. Lipka receives gifts from heaven that lifts his spirits and helps him through winter. At least, that is what I would like to believe. I paused the movie after he shared blocks of his chocolate aka gifts from heaven and it is only the beginning of winter. The pause is because I do not want to see the ugliness that I believe is about to unfold before me.

We are exposed to so much ugliness daily. I know I will return to the movie but why sour the sweet words that need to be put into press before they leave me? The lady who has married this man out of necessity is becoming to love him. Imagine 1943, the underground, a house with no electricity and a city girl is smack dab in the middle of it falling in love with what the villagers refer to as an old goat.

I do want to know what happens next. But I wanted to share Lipka's gifts from heaven with you first. Such a simple thing, sharing the chocolate. Bittersweet, melts on your tongue and for just a moment your able to escape to a better place. A place with no terror, no empty cupboards and no lack of love.

Remember Lipka as you go about your day. A poor boy with whiplash marks on his back, chocolate stashed in his home made of cedar branches in the middle of the forest in the winter and no family to call his own and yet he shares his chocolate.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Crosses that We Bear

I know of people that are judged due to their mistakes. I prefer to withhold judgment entirely if at all possible. It is not, in my eyes our job to judge anyone but ourselves. The people walking amongst us bear their own crosses. They live daily with their decisions, mistakes and chosen paths. We do not need to remind them of their mistakes.

Keep in mind that we too have made our own mistakes and if you are young yet and have not had enough life experiences to make these mistakes you also do not have the wisdom to judge others. Remember of course, to keep in mind my original statement that we do not have the right to judge anyone but ourselves in the first place.

If you cross paths with a person that has made so many mistakes that you can not see past them and come to know the person that they are inside and can not accept that person then, it is time to move on. We are a forever evolving work in progress. Seldom do we start out perfect even with the best upbringing and the best of intentions.

This moving on can be done in many ways. Gradually stepping back or altogether physically and or emotionally separating yourself from that person. If this person is a family member it is a more delicate task that must be done with tact unless you plan on never speaking to that person or any of that persons “circle” again.

This brings me back to the title of this post. The crosses we bear. Some are carrying around heavy ones that weigh down on them and when you judge them it only brings them down further. The enlightened way to approach this person would be to pick up the heaviest section of their cross and help them carry the load.

You can do this by being a friend, listening, laughing with them, sharing things with them and rebuilding their world one memory at a time. If you can do this for anyone at anytime of your life you not only enriched their life but yours as well.

I used to be Abigail the wall flower who hid behind the blog, hid behind a wall, I hide no longer.

Blessings to all,
Tera Vermillion

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sit Down with your Coffee, My Loved Ones

Good morning all,

I have decided that since you are my "inner circle" I wish to share some thoughts with you. Most often I would put these on my blog or a journal but I feel the need to share my thoughts today in such a way that I know you are reading them. There is that possibility this may sit in your inbox a few days or maybe you won't read it at all. That's ok. I may actually go ahead and put this on my blog.

I am a creator/writer/thinker at heart. I do often wear my heart on my sleeve at least to those closest around me. I have love and love enough to share. Friendship requires a certain amount of love and acceptance. Love doesn't have to mean the romantic kind of love although, this is on my mind quite a bit. I also believe we influence the world around us which is why I choose to be a positive force.

If you happen to be so lucky as to find love that encompasses all that you have dreamed of but thought you would never find-you must do all you can to hold onto it. That's a tricky thing. How do we hold onto something that is "intangible"? You can not hold actual love in your hands. However, if you find someone you love that has a hand to all means grab it and hold on.

Sometimes your heart is open to someone and you didn't even know it until they were fully inside and sat down with a cup of coffee. There is an ease and naturalness to this that you can not ignore. When you find this and it is a romantic type love don't forget to feed it daily. You must never let the one you love forget that you love them. Don't assume they are mind readers but instead fully speak your mind with delicate words knowing full well that they accept you and love you as well.

There is a second side to that we should discuss. Sometimes we can nurture that love and memory ourselves while absent from the one we love. We need to have faith and remember why and how we got to where we are. We need to be patient with love for being in love with a person is indeed a cherished state that requires patience and nurturing. It is truly a give and take. So, give and take equally and unselfishly.

Love must be handled with balance in mind. Delicately but firmly. We can not hold onto something that another has no intention of letting us hold on to. What we do hold onto in those cases are the memories, the lessons and the love we felt during the union. Always keep love in your heart for in doing so you will be open to life's possibilities.

Balance in life doesn't have to be so difficult but for some it can be and as "the others" in their lives we need to be aware that we are not a perfect people and accept these imbalances unless they adversely affect us. We should and the people we love should reach a balancing point with all things. It takes only minutes to let the one we know we are thinking of them but years to fix the damage of not ever letting it be known and often we never get those chances back.

This balance in life means we don't lose sight of who we are instead, we nurture ourselves and the ones around us by being fully capable of being who we are, developing who we are and growing together. Never lose yourself to another to the point that you forget who you are or forget to be who you are. Remember that the people who are in your life are in it because they love and appreciate who you are.

If you are unfortunate enough to have people in your life you can't say this about then we need to speak of toxicity. People and situations can be toxic to different degrees. The Lord gives us only what we can handle. When you have too much, it is up to you to decipher what to weed out. Toxicity can poison our hearts, minds and souls. It eats away at the very being of who we are and the quicker you rid yourself of these negative things or persons the better off you will be.

I tend to try and spread my sunshine and positive thoughts to anyone who will listen. I have no trouble getting into a good debate on the pros and cons of positive thinking, our influences on the world around us, choices, karma and relationships. I may not have ended up where I want to be but I am still happy with my life and have no regrets. Life is what it is. Life goes on. My life is blessed. Just the simple act of saying those words and letting them sink in can do wonders. Read them again and again and if you have any negative thoughts in your own head today, let these words replace them: My life is blessed.

This was long...I thank you for reading it. I used to be Abigail the wall flower who hid behind the blog, hid behind a wall, I hide no longer.

Blessings to all,
Tera Lorraine

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Life is Sweet

And unfortunately, too short.

I had posted recently on my writings and my intentions of posting them here and I will continue to post personal things, musings if you will from time to time. I have not yet fully decided to post all of my writings here or simply create another blog attached to this account to put them on. After all, this particular form of writing does warrant in itself a special atmosphere. To have kept them on the original blog seemed wrong some how for many reasons.

To jumble it all together with events, jewelry biz and other thoughts may not do it justice either. I would hate for it to get lost amongst the shuffle. Then again, it may end up being like my other "green one" and not get much notice at all. So, what to do...what to do... Still thinking on that one. I will not hide it away under a fictitious name for in doing so I do not do myself or the things or people I write about justice.

Anonymity can be a good thing. I do not look for recognition. On the other hand, I don't want my works stolen or gone unnoticed. I would at the very least like to know I have touched someones life with my positive thoughts. I know already I have touched a few and that is good enough for me. Really, to touch just one soul is enough.

I am in love. It has slapped me up against my face at the most unexpected time and I am forever grateful and reveling in its glory. These may seem like big words to some. If you were in my shoes, you would think they were not big enough. I had written nearly one hundred poems reflecting on this love and all that it brings to mind. Even when I write about the dragonflies or the meadows, it is with love in mind.

I had a chance to talk endlessly recently with a family member whose views are quite different from mine. He kept apologizing for things amongst the conversation and I kept telling him there was no need. I like a good conversation. It wasn't what I would call heated but it came close. It was a debate of sorts on views ranging from positive thinking, love, relationships, karma, our past, influences and life's choices in general. I don't mind being told when I am wrong or someone even pointing out that maybe I am not taking the correct course at the moment. However, in the end it is I that has to live with these decisions and not anyone else. Well, not entirely true. My decisions do at times affect others. There is no way to live a completely solitude life so no matter what we do, the choices we make do affect others.

I give with my whole heart and love this way. I believe if I treat myself and others with respect and forge ahead with love in mind all the while still keeping my eyes open, I can not go wrong. HAHAHA you say...I know, I know. There is always that chance of failure. What we have to keep in mind are these things:

Do not let the fear of failure stop you from trying.
Do not let fear stop you from doing anything.
The only thing you should fear is fear itself for fear can stop us dead in our tracks.

On the positive side of that:

Love conquers all.
Love heals all wounds.
Love is the ultimate unselfish act.
Love is meant to be shared.
With love in mind you can not go wrong.

Let me explain that last one....even if at the end of a particular portion of your life you are not where you want to be or with the person you wish you were with...if you have loved and tried then, you can be proud of that effort. It is not a bad thing to have loved and lost. What is sad is to have never loved at all.

I am exceptionally grateful for my closest friends and family that I know I can always trust and count on. I am grateful that I have weathered the storms of my life. I am happy with the person I am today.

Blessings to all,
Tera Vermillion aka Abigail the Wallflower

Monday, April 12, 2010

Loves Wish

To love foolishly
With all might
and perseverance
without fear and
most of all without strife

To be blessed with
joy all of your days
This I wish for you.

Written 2001

"You can not love unless you let go."

Letting Go

You can not love
unless you let go

Let go of fear
Let your heart
be open
to the possibilities

Let go of pride
You need not hold onto this
for in love
the one who loves you
Has great pride
enough for you

Let go of the past
and any resentment it holds
Look to the days ahead
and know
the one who loves you
is waiting there

Let go of questions
for questions
only harbor doubt

In love, there should be none

If a question needs asking
then put it out
to the one you love

Love can not lie

Let go of pretenses
for love needs none of this

Love welcomes simplicity
and thrives in it

Within the simplicities of life
love grows complex

Let go of your heart
for in letting go
you receive another

In letting go
Love will come round

Friday, February 12, 2010

Intermixing Business and Personal Lives

Good morning all,

I have been:

Running two blogs
Creating random pieces of jewelry
Preparing for an out of state move
Getting my daughter ready to graduate and start college
Listing items on Etsy and my own website
Keeping up with Facebook for personal connections and a business page
I twitter
Post when I can on American Craft Guide and others. I am involved in two Etsy groups as well.

Life is taking a shift and so have I. I write poetry, short stories and prose. I am published on Associated Content, have published once in a book and published on my own on my other blog. This other blog and this other "side" of me has stayed fairly hidden for it is always hard to put raw feelings out there.

I can take a word or thought and build it into a beautiful work of art. Just like taking one bead and making something someone will treasure for years. I am done hiding. I will post these writings here for all to see from time to time. Not all of them, but most. I do believe that no matter where my life goes I have a gift to share that I don't need a ghost writing name for.

This is what I started, a blog under my fictitious childhood name. Until recently, it held all my deepest feelings. A few in draft that I did not want to share even. I have always written. Jewelry creating for me filled a void that I could not fill with words. Sometimes words are too hard to get out or a person may not want them out for all to see. For years, I had writers block that was brought on by life's circumstances. That block has been blown to smithereens. When you create art, in jewelry form or any other, you are communicating your inner feelings to the world.

We strive for perfection of sorts and look for acceptance. It brings joy to know another appreciates what we have created. Artists are strong but at the same time vulnerable. This makes for a interesting combination that some people do not understand and even others may take advantage of. There are beautiful souls everywhere but when you are in the midst of an artists soul, you are blessed tenfold.

My best friend is a beautiful soul and you may read about her one day. She writes wonderfully. I tend to write about the earth around us and emotions. She can write wonderful stories that pull you in. When I have her permission, I will post her name here so when her writings are published you can be the first to know!

So, my ghost writing name...Abigail...Abigail the wall flower. Because in school, that is what I was. A wall flower, someone that never came out of the corner, someone that hid up against the wall at the school dances and someone who believed no one ever understood her. Except her best friend of course. Now, at this point in life it doesn't matter if anyone understands. If I write something you don't understand feel free to interpret it any way you want or you may directly ask me to let you in on the inner meanings.

I will no longer hide for in hiding no one gets to know the real me. I am forty one years old, been married a few times and I have love in my heart to share.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sign of Life

Good morning all,

I have been thinking recently on communication and how our computers link us together. Between email, social marketing sites, networks and nings we are never really out of touch. This brings me to the population of people that either chose to not have or use computers or who may not use them as much.

What if you are thousands of miles away from someone you care about? You email them, right? You may even call. If you have a cell phone you might even text them. How do you handle it if you don't hear back from them? It might be a day, it might be two days. How are you? Do you fret?

I admit I have. With some people I just know I will hear from them eventually and I don't worry. You know the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff"? My brother and I have an agreement that around the six week mark, its time to get in touch. So, why fret if you don't hear from someone for a day or two? Good question.

So, not sweating the small stuff. Right now, I feel like there is no small stuff. The seed pods that fall of the vines are amusement for my son and I. Thunderstorms are welcomed in and the doors stay open all night. The dog wants to play tug o' war for the fifth see, there is no small stuff really because without these things our lives would not be complete.

It's the little details, the little sweet things that make our life complete. So, back to signs of life. Don't let time go by without letting the ones you care about know this. Any sign of life is good.

Hugs and Take care!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Getting Ready for a Move

We have all done it, moved. The big ugly "M" word. I am happy to be moving this time and can't wait for June to come! I am hanging out in Ohio long enough for my daughter to graduate then, I am hitting the road!

I moved here with a 26 ft moving van that was nearly full and will be leaving with just a jeep full. In it will be me, my teenage daughter, my toddler, my dog, one cat, 2 sewing machines and as much other stuff as we can fit. On top will be my sons trike and wagon along with whatever else the roof rack will hold. Watch out for me! You won't be able to miss me.

It will be an adventure on the road to a new chapter in my life that I am very much looking forward to. So, stay tuned...more yet to come.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good Morning!

It is a beautiful rain filled morning and I have much to accomplish! Sometimes, I am thankful that the rain comes because then I can focus on indoor tasks. While I do love the rain, it does damper things just a bit when you think about walking miles and miles with a toddler just for the sake of getting out.

I am preparing for a move this summer so should be spending my days cleaning my basement. Of all the fun filled activities...hahahaha, I am not going to finish that sentence. Really, the fun comes when you find something in a box you had forgotten you have and it is from let's say, Junior High.

Even in all my moves and life changes I have seemed to hold onto things that I once thought were important that really don't need hanging onto. For instance, I do not need my brothers report cards from Grade school to Senior year! I will blame my mother partially for this pack rat mentality I have. I will let go of many things in the next two months and I look forward to it.

How many of you have looked around your place and thought to yourself... "My things are overtaking me?" I am not to that point but it is close. It is not even a matter of how many things you have necessarily, for I don't think I have any more than most. It has something to do with where your mind is at and where you want to go.

I want to let go so I may move on physically and mentally very easily and somewhat quickly. The decision to move was made months ago and I still have months to wait before the move happens. I look forward to it with sweet anticipation.

Happy Crafting, Happy Monday and Hugs to all!

Friday, March 12, 2010

March Contest Question on Facebook

Be sure to visit Bohemian Glitz on Facebook , join the group and answer March's contest question! Each month I post a contest question, usually worth "$5" and often, there is a bonus question.

The rules: you must be a member of the group to win, "dollars" are not actually currency but more like points to be spent on items in any of my shops, even etsy. Just post your answer directly under the contest question for the month and wait for confirmation that you are correct!

I will keep track of points for you if you wish to save them up!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Directions

Good Sunday morning all,

I looked back a bit on my posts and I believe I failed to mention my new etsy shop. I love to create. I would if possible sit at my desk which happens to be my late grandmothers black metal desk and create until my fingers give way.

Since I am forever creating my styles evolve and often I can not stay within one style. I fill my etsy shop with rocks and vintage items I have collected. So, in order to bring a little order to my etsy world I have decided to open a new shop with strictly jewelry in it. Mostly high end items but not too pricey. They will all sing a little luxury.

Not too many items have made it in there but when you have a moment, take a peek Bohemian Glitz on etsy.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Link to a Favorite Shop of Mine

Check out the wonderful BuzzKuv's from North County Critters. I can personally vouch for thier style, creativity and sturdiness since I purchased two myself!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Very Happy Customer!

Here is what a recent customer said of her new earrings upon viewing the listing picture...

"Tera, these are beautiful!! Truly! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll wear these until they rot off my face. Now, I'm off to eat shrimp. ;)"

And once she received her package....

"I absolutely love every slap-dab thing you put in there! And the earrings....guess where they'll be debuted? The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta and Nicolai's Roof! I'm headed there on Thursday and cannot wait to sport my new jewels. Oh. And the the little black bag you put everything in? Yeah, that's coming with me too. It's the perfect clutch bag!"

And what I have to say to this happy customer...

"Well, I had the utmost fun in creating these for you, packing them for you and not only gaining you as a new customer but an online friend! Thanks so much for being a peach :)!!" Take a peek at the Custom listing just for whimsydream Silver and crystal dangle earrings.

I just love this....

I just love this Sutured Heart necklace by idlehandsdesigns on etsy it is the perfect combination of whimsy, romance and modern day metal craftmanship at its finest as far as I am concerned.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Love and Kisses

It's coming close to that time....Valentines Day is almost upon us. Sweetness, love, honey and baby....speak these words every day and you can't go wrong.

For something tangible you can try taking home your lady sweetie something like this newly made creation Love and Kisses Necklace.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Cup Runneth Over

Recently, it was pointed out to me that I am a positive energy. I had not thought of myself in those terms exactly, but would most definitely have to agree. Life has dealt me a crooked set of cards so to speak. Maybe if I were a card player I would say "Life has dealt me a bad hand". There are so many clever analogies I could use here. Life has given me a bowl of lemons.

In all reality, at least in my view I have been blessed a thousandfold in may ways. The trying times have made me stronger, wiser and have given me a stronger voice. I am a force to be reckoned with. I do not mean I am scary, I do not stalk people, I do not anger easily. However, I am Irish, German and, anger can spring up at times. Slow to anger, quick to forgive. Forgiveness is earned in a way but also can be given just because you know you need to. So, quick to forgive in many cases.

Blessings come in many packages including ones in disguise. It's all in how you view things. Many people that suffer from depression do not know how to "deal" or view things in a positive light and need to be taught this philosophy if you will, if possible. This is where I can honestly admit I loose my patience. I have an abundance of patience and have tried to share my insight with others and do so willingly and patiently. Then, there comes a point when I can not get through. Some people can not easily learn this attitude, to some it just comes natural. I am a natural.

So, you ask what have my obstacles been? I will not go into detail too many decades back but I will share a bit of a background story with you. Both of my parents were alcoholics, both were abusive in their own way. Both of them used myself and my sibling as weapons during the marriage, during the divorce and after the divorce.
My mother passed away when I was sixteen years old unexpectedly.

I am going to end that portion of the story right there. Possibly, after we get to know each other a bit more I will share more with you. For now, this gives you an idea where I started and an understanding that against all odds, I am a firm believer in positive thinking, positive influences, karma, faith, sharing all that you have knowing full well you will receive an abundance of what you need when you need it.

I believe that you should expect certain things. Love, respect, honor and commitment go hand in hand. This to some may seem like an antiquated notion to be swept aside. In a way, it is. I love antiquated notions. Honoring thyself should never be forgotten amongst all of this.

So, what do you do with a bowl full of lemons?
You make lemonade and sit by the river with your best friend.

What do you do with that bad hand dealt to you?
Throw a card back and keep playing.

Forever hoping you and yours have a blessed day.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ruby Baroque Crystal Earrings

Here is the perfect pair of earrings for a perfect Valentines Day! One of a kind and glitzy enough for going out to dinner. Everyone will want to admire these beauties! Take a peek at the "Ruby Baroque Crystal Earrings" then, be sure to take them home!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Charitable Donations for Haiti

For the next 30 days beginning today I will be donating 40% of sale proceeds to the American Red Cross to help with the relief effort for the people in Haiti. If you would like to make a direct donation without purchase you can use the link here -> or of course, you can go directly to

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Blog Layout

Hello All! Thank you for your patience while I work on a new blog template and colors. I plan to teach an old dog new tricks :) Meaning me, of course. Hopefully by the end of today you will see a new banner, different colors and updated pictures.

In the meantime, feel free to nosey around.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Times A Wasting Or is it?

Really, if we are enjoying our day even if we didn't accomplish anything, is time really wasted?

In my opinion, no. Time is precious and as long as the important things get done in a reasonable time manner then, all is "good". For instance, don't let your taxes go by the wayside do play chase with your son. Do play everyday! Whether it be with your craft, your kids, your pets or just hanging out with your friends. Let's not forget our significant others as well.

They support us in all that we do, hopefully anyway. This can be where the hard struggle is. The husband works hard, the wife works just as hard, the kids play hard and their is almost no time for the husband and wife to get together. Remember to thank your significant other for doing all they do even if at times it doesn't seem like much. Possibly they are doing all they can and recognizing this can actually motivate them, encourage them and uplift them. In doing so, you have just made yourself feel better too.

My quote of the day: "Time is not wasted if we are spending it with the ones we love."

I read an article recently that reinforced what I already knew and had been telling a friend: Smile, it instantly cheers you up! The simple act of acting happy actually makes you feel happier!

I often find myself taking several days to create a new design that I should have completed easily within a day. So, what takes me so long? I have cats that want to play, eat and get brushed. I have two dogs who think they are the babies in the house. I have a teenager graduating this year. I have a toddler who wants my undivided attention. In fact, as soon as I stop typing he has a book he wants me to read to him. I also have a husband who is supportive of my late nights creating, typing and networking whether it be for social interaction or business.

So, there you have it. Time is not wasting, at least not around here.

God bless,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Buckeye Recipe I promised!

Buckeye Recipe

1 cup butter, melted
2 cup peanut butter
3 cup powdered sugar

Blend all and form into balls the size of a Buckeye
For those of you that don’t know what a Buckeye is just make it about the
size of a golf ball
Refrigerate for 2 hrs
Melt 24 oz choc in a double boiler
Hold peanut butter balls with toothpick to dip into chocolate & put on wax
paper & refrigerate.

Don't forget to make a double batch as these are sooooo YUMMY you won't want to stop eating them!