Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Things About Me

25 Random Things About Me ... As noted on my facebook page...

1. I love winter! Snow, sweaters, warm socks and fireplaces ...
2. I am a lonely, only child
3. My Sugar cookies totally rock
4. My biggest regret is not finishing college
5. I am a frustrated artist
6. I can tear down and rebuild a carburator
7. I used to play the accordian ... and was very good :D
8 I was in Who's Who Among American High School Students
9. I married my high school sweetheart ... even though he was in college
10. I am claustrophobic
11. I have been fingerprinted and cleared by the Secret Service
12. I love old hollywood muscials
13. I sell jewelrly on etsy (http://createjoy.etsy.com) ...shameless promo
14. I am most at home in the mountains
15. I got my first tattoo when I was in my fourties
16. I have 3 grandchildren (ok, 3.5!)
17. For each of my grandchildren I have a special song
18. I did not name my daughter
19. I have lived in five different states (some more than once)
20. I attended school in four of those states
21. I think Keith Oberman rocks!
22. I am allergic to shellfish
23. Cubs fan ... need I say more?
24. I have been married for 30 years
25. I still watch "It's A Charlie Brown Christmas" every single year!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Deafening Applause!

A few people doing good works, good ideas and just good to know stuff!

For the folks sponsoring free pet adoption this week (as noted in USA Today.com). Way cool! Supporting our animal shelters is not an option folks .... we all need to do a better job!

To the tech guys and gals that help me through the simpliest of tasks without smaking me on the back of the head, pointing & laughing or walking away shaking their heads ... I tip my hat to you all!

For Google Analytics. OMG! Awesome stuff! Thanks guys!

To the Etsy sellers that are willing to share their wisdom to this newbie. I promise to pay it forward someday.
And finally, for the 2 year olds' "Happy Dance" -- just makes me smile 8D

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ready for a change of pace

The new year has put me in the mood for change. I ended the year using up about two weeks worth of unused vacation days, so I found that I have the perfect personality to stay home and continue to receive a regular weekly paycheck. Now I just have to figure out how to make this happen !

In the mean time, I will continue to get up and go to work each day plus come home and work on jewelry in the evenings and weekends (and lunch, and pretty much any spare moment I can find!).
I am currently working on designing new pieces for Valentine's day. I hope to have them completed and listed on my shop within the next week.
In between 'the day job' and the jewelry gig, I am helping my hubby Kenny build a fund raiser for "Reel Recovery" for Arkansas. This amazing organization provide retreats for men surviving cancer at a fishing lodge. Kenny has been working so very hard to make this a great retreat for the cancer survivors. More on that later.
Blessings to you all ~ Create Joy!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I hate 70 degree days!

Mother nature is driving me nuts! I hate 70 degree days ...in January. They just make me darn grumpy. I'm a 'seasonally correct' kind of gal :0)

A strong cold front has finally hit us here in NW Arkansas. I'm snuggled up in my chair with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa listening to the great Nat King Cole ... ahhhh, I love winter! While others complain about the cold bit of the wind, the gray skies and snow -- I am invigorated by it all! Must be the "Northern" Alabama blood in my vein ( lol!). Seriously -- I'm a southern gal longing for the long cold winters of the north ... some day maybe *sigh*

Along with everyone we have been stressed about the possibility of layoffs. This has opened the door to a bit of day dreaming -- if we could move anywhere ..... I choose Leavenworth, Washington. I think it would be like living in a snow globe ... perfect for this winter loving gal. I have to give their tourism/chamber of commerce team extra credit for providing a fabulous website. *** Gold Stars for You All ****

In between complaining about the 'unseasonable' warm weather and daydreaming about living in a snow globe, I have dug into promoting my jewelry through some very concentrated social marketing. I am seeing a good increase in the view of my etsy shop - but still waiting (impatiently) for that first sale. .... Anyone??

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Blessings for a New Year!

2009 - I am so ready for the new year, new beginnings, outwith the old - in with the new! I am working on some new jewelry designs and have incorporated 'Blessings' for each piece. I have found some great resources to align desired physical and emotional attributes to the stones and metals I use in my jewelry. For example:

Turquoise - an ancient stone for health and healing. Turquoise is an excellent stone for spiritual attunement because it aligns all the chakrs bringing one into the remembrance of original cause.

For the physical body, turquoise exudes these qualities: tissue regenerator, restores original DNA patterns and assists one in seeing clearly.

For the emotional body, turquoise assists one in looking at the past with an unbiased eye and allowing for the leassons to be learned and the decisions honored. Heals the spirit and brings a calm state of mind to the user.

Silver allows one to be more receptive to the good in life. Usually chosen by those in service in life, silver is reflective and moon oriented in its energy.

For the physical body, Silver helps the body to eliminate toxins, helps to stabilize vision by assisting the body in the assimilation of vitamines A&E it assists the body in absorbing helpful trace minerals from stones that it is used with.

For the emotional body, silver assists one in showing a more reserved cultured response to one's surroundings. It enhances one's ability to articulate information concisely and clearly with a smoothness that is readily acceptable in all situations.

With this type of in-depth, valuable information - designing and crafting jewelry is so much more rewarding. I feel like I can create custom designs that relates to my customers needs and desires and not just their 'fashion sense'. Too cool!

Blessings to you all in this new day and new year ~ Create Joy!