Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts

A Little Holiday Shopping Fun!

So,'s what's been going on.
I've had people asking me if I'm doing another "Holiday Shop Hop" this year and the answer is no.  Last year it seemed everyone was commenting on how desperately they needed traffic to their shops and so I set up the shop hop to try to help out and fill the need.
This year there's so many other similar things going on that I felt it would be a bit too redundant.  And, if you scroll down further in this post you'll see one of those super fun things getting ready to happen in cyber-space this coming Friday!! (Fun stuff let me tell you!)

Plus this year, I know  (and respect) my own limits of what I can and can't accomplish a bit better too. 

Via Pinterest
When all the things I had on my "Must Accomplish This Year" list started getting pushed to the side I decided it was time to step back a bit.  Yes, it was hard and I've felt a bit disconnected at times but,....ya gotta know when to say "when".

Via Pinterest
This is my new yoga relaxation pose!
What?  This doesn't look relaxing to you?!

It's quite freeing,....knowing your limits and not being too terribly hard on yourself for letting go a bit. 

I passed on some really great blog hops, challenges and swaps these last couple of months - it was hard, let me just say that!

"You Did WHAT?!"
( via pinterest)

But, life still goes on. Maybe not as fast or in the specific way you had at one point hoped it would, but it goes on none the less.

And sometimes, it goes on to be even better than you thought it would and even surprises you.
Letting go of certain things doesn't mean the end of the world as I know it.  It just means things are different and they serve a different purpose in my life - all which are a good because I have greater gratitude and an open heart and mind!
A couple of things I was able to observe while stepping back a bit was,....
 Every one's human. We all make mistakes. We all start over over or change positions or switch gears. That's okay and necessary for our growth.
We all grow at our own rate. Or at least we should allow ourselves that right.  No one else's rate of growth should match or even come close to ours. We're all on our own path. Our own PERFECT path.

Photo by Michelle Buettner

When I stepped back a bit and got quiet, muse came back and so did the passion I thought I'd lost for my craft.  ( Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah - I love this part!!)

Barbie loves it when my muse comes back.
It means she usually gets new jewelry!

We're all a 'work in progress'.  A work of art - in progress.

I don't feel as stressed out as I did last year at this time (must be that new yoga pose I showed you above!) and things appear to be running smoother at the moment - love it when that happens!
What have you learned about yourself that you're thankful for this year?  What are you more aware of?
Me?  I get sidetracked waaaayyyy too easily (Sidetracked-Shelly!!). I learned this a long time ago, but being more aware means being able to change.

From my friend's facebook status - I just had to have this!

But I did want to let you know about something I will be participating in this season,....

Over on the Artisan Whimsey Site
they're getting ready to host the
 Artisan Whimsy Market 2012 Holiday Collection 
for all the members who want to participate from this Friday (black Friday) through the 30th of November - fun huh?!

Every one who participates will have sales going on in their shops or on their facebook pages and then on the 1st of December each shop will have it's own wonderful give-a-way! How cool is this?

 The internet can be a bit sketchy at times up at the cabin (where we'll be for Thanksgiving) when there's a bunch of people using it and so hopefully things will be okay and I'll be able to check in regularly while I'm up there,...but I'm thinking it would be a great prelude to the Annual Jewelry Boutique (jewelry party) my sister and I having at her house on the 2nd of December.
I'll post more details and all that good stuff tomorrow, okay?
The girls who run things over on the Artisan Whimsy site really know how to show us all a good time - you should check it out and join in the fun!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love, Gratitude, Growth and Holiday Fun!

BTW And Other Things,...

So, today for BTW (Bead Table Wednesday)

these were on my bench,
along with some other things.

Oh, what to do with these,...what to do,....

My thoughts included.

And these 'huge-ass' crystals that have been sitting in my drawer for almost a year screaming at me for attention are now on my bead table, too!

Not quite sure what I'm doing with these yet, either!

Barbie stopped in to sit a spell on my bench again, too!

She thinks if she stops by often enough I'll make her another necklace,...or a cool little leather belt like she's been asking for!

I've been busy setting my goals for 2012 this week and have been organizing, planning new directions, setting up a course of action and contemplating everything from
business plans and personal goals to fine tuning my
body, mind and soul! 

You name it, it's been buzzing around in my head!

Getting in touch with ME is a biggie this year.  You might see more of the 'real me' than you want to and in the comments box you may have to write "TMI, Shel,...TMI!"
But let's hope not! 

You're lucky I can't take a picture of the inside of my head or it would be here for you to see,... all that jumbled up do-da in my head on these pages.
Yep,...I'm pretty sure I'd loose a few followers on that one!


Vintaj brass blanks that I embossed.
(See the owl? Owl's are one of my totems and I usually don't use them in my designs or even show them - I just hoard them!)

Not sure what I'm doing with these Vintaj Brass Blanks I embossed. Should I create something with them or put them in my Jewelry Supplies shop for other people to create really cool things with them?
Any thoughts?

I'm trying to find the flip camera (I think it's in the RV that's out in storage a Ba-Zillion miles away!) to see if I can do those tutorial videos on the earring wires like people have asked for, so that's going a bit slow at the moment!

Photo from one on my bracelet tutorials from about 4 years ago or so!

I am participating in a pretty cool little endeavor this year - The Echo Creative Club over on Jeannie's Blog

Echo Creative Club - Jeannie's Blog

I'm only doing about 6 or 7 of the months because that's all I could commit to at this time, but I'm really looking forward to it and my first post will be this month on the 25th, so stop back by and see what's going on with that won't you?

So, what's cooking inside your head and studio this year?  Anything cool? How's your creative juices?  Are they flowing like crazy with the start of the New Year? 

I hope that 2012 has started off to be a great year for you and that it continues full spead ahead so all your hopes, dreams and aspirations come to fruition!!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Contemplation!

Time to Pause,....

Sometimes ya just gotta sit back and say
"That's it! Time to take a break!"

Time to get things done around the home and for the family (and myself!) that need to be done and everything else can just be on "pause".

Here's what I'm dreaming of and what I'm looking forward to as I enter into my Winter Holiday!

Looking forward to spending time at the Cabin and
hanging with family and sledding and making snow angels!

Looking forward to sipping hot cocoa and schnapps w/my hubby in the treehouse!

Looking forward to smothering these
two wild kiddos with hugs and kisses!!

Looking forward to spending time with my hubby and son
and all my family for the holidays!

What are some of the things you're dreaming of this Winter Holiday Season?  Any plans? 
Sharing times with family and friends?
Being Creative and Enjoying Every Moment??

Well, whatever it is, I hope it's amazing and wonderful and that 2012 is one of the best yet!!

(This doesn't mean I won't be back to say a few things between now and the end of the year,... it's just time to take a break and enjoy what's right in front of me for a spell!)

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Living in the Moment!