Sunday, October 27, 2013

A little of this, a little of that....

I can't believe how I've neglected this poor little blog as of late......in the summer it was so much easier to keep at it, but now that school has started again, I just find my days filling up, sometimes I don't even come back home till after I pick up Limefreckle Jr. at 3.....and the blog has certainly taken a backseat. I haven't even had much time to keep up to date with my favourite bloggers, today I need to spend some serious surfing time!!  I've been really busy lately getting ready for a jewelry show that I plan to host at a friends house, and an upcoming craft show at Limefreckle Jr.'s school, so it will be all about jewelry for a little while around here.  I've finally perfected my photography, thanks to a friend that came over that knows a WHOLE lot more than I do about DSLR shooting, she helped me get the right settings on my camera, and now I think I've got a good handle on it.  I have SO many pieces of jewelry that I want to get listed on line....but there just aren't enough hours in the day......it's much more fun to just make the stuff......

Here's a good example of the difference.....here is a before shot of one of my bracelets, I took this outside, to take advantage of the outdoor light, but it's not easy to shoot outside in Canada....much easier to do it all in my basement, where my craft room is.


This certainly isn't that bad a shot, it gives a pretty good idea of what the bracelet looks like, I wasn't too disappointed with it...

But this is the new shot...

 
Much better I think! Shows more detail, I like the background better. It's the first time I've been completely happy with the shots I've taken for my shop. I've also opened up a shop at Zibbet, a new Etsy type marketplace.  I don't know how much you know about Etsy, but recently they have changed their rules regarding handmade.  It used to be a very unique spot to find totally handmade items, but those lines have blurred lately, they are now allowing drop shipments, and outsourced manufacturing.   That is not handmade in my opinion, and I think it's going to totally change the face of Etsy, especially in the jewelry department.  I can't compete with items manufactured in India and China, and more importantly I don't want to.  So I'll get working on building up my shop at Zibbet, and keep my Etsy shop too, while I see how it all unfolds.  In the meantime, if you like this bracelet, you can find it here

So those are my lame reasons why I haven't been around much.  I really need to set up a schedule for blogging, should probably start doing it in the evening instead of in the morning! I promise to try and do a better job of keeping up to date!

I'm keeping it really low profile today, I hurt my back in yoga on Friday.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hot yoga, have been going at least 4x per week since September.   It's a place where I feel completely comfortable, and sometimes I feel like my body isn't really my own.....I feel thinner, younger, more like a ballerina and less like an overweight middle aged woman.  But then I go and move the wrong way, and my herniated disc screams out "who are you trying to kid??? You are NOT younger, OR thinner!!  STOP IT!"  The trouble with this disc injury, everything feels great while you are doing it, it's not like I'm able to ever pin point which exact move it was that caused the injury to flare up...but then later in the day, it starts to ache.  I'm going to try to get in to see my chiropractor tomorrow, he has a decompression table that helps a lot, and I think this week I should be back to normal.  But in the meantime I'm taking things pretty slow right now.  We have to get the halloween decor up this weekend, I'm hoping I can recruit the boys to do most of the hard work while I supervise.

Oh, and I finally talked Limefreckle Jr. into getting a haircut. He had a faux hawk that went out of control, with a "ponytail, rat tail" kind of thing that he took great pride in, but the rest of us hated. 




She kept a tiny rat tail, because as he said to my stylist "I'm bringing the 80's back"....oh please, let's hope this doesn't catch on again!!!  Can you believe this kid is 12????


Monday, October 7, 2013

What about Bob?

Don't you love that movie? Bill Murray is still one of the funniest people to come out of Saturday Night Live.....every season, not just the originals.... But I'm not really talking about his movie....I'm talking about my NEW BOB!! My long hair was starting to get boring, and was DRIVING ME CRAZY at yoga when I had to blow dry, and blow dry, and blow dry, just to put it back into a clip because I was too hot to stand in front of the mirror any longer and style it.....so Thursday I went to my stylist and said "I know that for the past 4 years that I've been coming here, it's been all about growing my hair, but now it's time to cut it" And this is the result...

 
I curled it over the weekend, and I love it even more, but didn't get anyone to take a picture of me, so will have to save that for another day.  It feels so much better, and is so much easier to style after yoga!  I had to make sure it was still long enough to put into a clip otherwise yoga would be way to hot and I'd have to revert to an even shorter cut, which I still may do one day, who knows.  It felt a little sad to let go of my long hair, but I do feel this is a lot easier to handle...and when long hair becomes too frizzy, and all you ever do is wear it up, well then really, what's the point?
 
The weekend was fantastic, Friday night I went out for dinner with an old friend I haven't seen in at least 4 or 5 years.  You know that a person is a true friend when you get together and start talking like you just saw each other last week.  We sat in a nearby restaurant talking non stop for 4 hours, then suddenly she said "what time is it?" and I looked at my watch (yes, I'm over 40.....over 40 people still look at their watch....younger people look at their phone) and realized it was midnight.  We looked around the restaurant and we were the only people there, the staff was cleaning up, and I think maybe they were closed!   It was sooooo good to catch up, and we promised not to let so many years go by the next time!
 
Saturday Mr. Limefreckle golfed in a golf tournament that he and his friends held in honour of their buddy who died far too young  (over 20 years ago....he died shortly before Mr. Limefreckle and I met).  It was another night of catching up with people that I haven't seen in a long time, and another late night for me.   I'm in bed by 10 most nights, so these late nights took their toll!  Sunday was "nap day".  I crashed on the couch upstairs, Mr. Limefreckle and Jr. went downstairs to watch a movie.  Limefreckle Jr. came upstairs and said to me "he's sleeping like a baby...."  It was nice to see my husband just relax for a change....he's normally at work every Sunday, so I was glad to see him take a day off and do nothing!  His type A personality doesn't usually allow him to do that, but a body needs to just be still once in a while!!!
 
So back to routine today....it's a grey, rainy day, my favourite day to go to hot yoga!  Then I've promised myself I'm going to get some product shots of my jewelry so that I can list some more of my leather wrap bracelets in my shop!
Happy Monday everyone!
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

My Favourite Day....

Now that we are totally back into the swing of school, life has picked up a much busier pace, and I'm loving it!  I finally have the days to myself again, and I've been taking full advantage by going to yoga every chance I get.  I find that when I go to yoga as many days in a row as I can, my whole attitude changes.  It really helps me to feel centered and more focused.  Lately, I don't know why, but worry has started to enter my consciousness a bit more.....I'm a person that tends to lean on the anxious side of life....I can easily let my mind wander to the "what if" scenarios, and I hate that.  Yoga definitely helps me to get that under control.

This tendency to worry has been with me all my life, when I look back...but really started in earnest when Limefreckle Jr. was about 18 months old, when we started to suspect that he wasn't developing normally.  At that time, I also was pregnant, and I lost that baby (my second miscarriage, I had one before Limefreckle Jr. was born).  I remember back in those days worrying non stop, over EVERYTHING, and it was EX.HAUST.ING!!! 

Early days when Limefreckle Jr. was in school didn't help, more constant worry and constant stress, I can't believe I survived it all with my mind intact to be honest, thankfully I had (have) great support with my friends and family, and they pulled me through those "dark days" as I think of them now....

So here we are, Limefreckle Jr. is thriving, life is good - why am I worrying?  Lately, now that Limefreckle Jr. is in grade 7, I'm starting to think about the future.  Once he's ready for high school, we have to move on from our very protective, lovely bubble that we are in right now, back out into the real world!  Fortunately we have lots of options to investigate, there are a few private high schools that I've heard about, that are wonderful when it comes to dealing with children with special needs, and of course I will investigate the public system again, we are now in a different city and hopefully these school boards here might have a better attitude towards kids that are different than the school board we formerly were dealing with, so logically I know that we have options.....but the worrier in me sometimes fights to get out!!  Fortunately, I'm much better at stifling her, yoga really helps me with that!

Yesterday's practice was led by one of my favourite instructors, she often has an inspiring or interesting quote to start the class.  This one went up on our chalkboard in the kitchen (that reminds me, I have a new message centre that I put up over the summer, will photograph it this weekend and share it with you next week). 



have a great day today, my favourite day!!!
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