Saturday, April 25, 2009

Very Little Blogging Time


For the past week and the next two I was and will be very busy due to a sinkhole fix at my home. The past week was spent packing up the whole house and moving it into two storage units. As of Thursday we have been living at a Holiday Inn within miles from our house. This is our second fix, the first grouting process we did not have to leave our house because they worked outside drilling and filling with grout. That was last summer and....well, it didn't work. So now, they are drilling from the inside of our home, through the floors and filling with a chemical grout. This process should only take 4 days and then 2 days to cure. After that we need to replace all our flooring, laying tile, laminate, and carpet throughout the house and other minor repairs and painting. By the time I get back to the hotel at night I know I will probably be too tired to do anything but maybe check my e-mail. My family thinks I am going to be having it easy on a 'mini vacation'. Boy do they have it wrong. Then when it is all over...the unpacking. I think I dread that more than anything. We didn't realize how much we had accumulated over the years. I know I will be purging a lot of stuff. Probably a big yard sale in about a month.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rings and Things from my Artfire shop

Monday, April 13, 2009

I have started working on some jewelry pieces again and will be listing them within the next day or two on etsy and artfire (jessesgrandma). Will also be listing a Pina Colada scented Goats Milk Soap and an Apple Jack and Peel Avocado Cucumber Soap at Sophia's Grandma on etsy within the next few days. Body creams and butters coming soon.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter! Going to my sister's for Easter dinner and her husband is a chef (an Italian chef) so I know I am going to enjoy myself. I can't wait to see what he is making this year, though I do have to watch what I eat. What the heck, it's a holiday! I'll worry about that tomorrow.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I haven't been listing anything in my shops lately and I'd like to say it is because I've been too busy creating but that would be a lie. Until this morning I hadn't even had the urge to work on anything. I was too caught up in the Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, MySpace, etc, etc, etc, websites to do anything else. I told myself I was promoting my shops (which is what I had started out doing) but the addiction became much more than that. I just love being on those sites and keeping up. I have finally pulled myself away and I think I have gotten my balance back so you should be seeing new listings in my shops within the next few days (possibly even by tonight if the inspiration keeps coming). I know what is going to happen to me...tomorrow for Easter I am going to my sister's house for dinner, and that is when I will be hit with a wave of inspiration to create numerous different projects. It always happens to me...when I am in a circumstance when I can't do anything, that is when I get the best ideas. Unless I bring a pad and write everything down, I usually forget by the time I get home. I may remember one or two things but not everything. And I am always convinced that the ideas I have forgotten were the best ones. I have to convince myself they probably weren't or I would have remembered them, right?! Okay, I am rambling now, so I think I will stop here and get back to work.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coffee and Cream


Christina from coffeeandcream.etsy.com has found her nitch on etsy with a wide array of well made pillows and plushies. When you visit this site you will find many fun, cute and interesting designs at very reasonable prices. She is also willing to take custom orders. And it doesn't stop there, she also creates simple, but beautiful jewelry pieces. Check her out.

Consider The Lillies



If you like retro and vintage you need to check out this site www.considerthelillies.etsy.com. This artist makes the most adorable block printed kitchen towels reminiscent of the 50's. I purchased a kitchen towel with a cute little red squirrel, which I keep on display. (I think he is too cute to use.) She has a variety of other items that she has created such as neckwarmers, headbands, hats, and soap savers. Her necklaces and earrings have a definite vintage feel. And the best part is everything is under $20.00

Friday, April 3, 2009

Covered By The Blood


One of my favorite Bible verses is Lamentations 3:22-24 "'The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!"' (NLT)
This verse assures me that he is there for me day in and day out, his love is unending and so is his mercy. He hasn't promised that nothing would ever go wrong, but he has promised to be there for me to see me through the difficult times. I can put my hope and trust in him.
This necklace was created because of that hope and trust that I have in him. Because of his sacrifice I am now covered by His blood. First Peter 1:21 says, "Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God."

listed at www.jessesgrandma.artfire.com

Nila Earrings


Finished these earrings a little while ago and listed them on etsy. Working on another pair of earrings and a necklace, but not sure I will finish tonight. I am already getting a little tired.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

byhand.me - Door Knobs

I made this spotlight of old door knobs.  I love the different ideas that people come up.  I would love to see more ideas for door knobs, wouldn’t you?

byhand.me - Door Knobs

Hard Work Ahead

I am packing up my office/craft room and it is even harder than I imagined.  As I type this, I am sitting among a pile of rubble that I really don’t know what to do with.  Most of it is old paperwork that I should keep for a few more years but don’t really want to.  I have a lot of stuff from various business ventures from my past.  I have decided to take a break.  So here I am, trying not to think about the mess.  As far as my craft supplies, I have to decide what is coming to the hotel with me and what should be put in storage and I just can’t decide.  I want it all with me at the hotel, but the suite isn’t big enough for all of it.  It is going to be hard enough living in such small quarters,  I could just see it with my craft supplies spread all over the room.  I wish I could just blink my eyes and it would all be done.   Having to pack up your whole house when you aren’t even moving is really awful.  I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

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