Friday 2 August 2013

Summer, where do I begin?....

I've been very remiss in blogging, but I have been busy with lots of little projects throughout the summer with the kiddo.   I never really expect to create tons of jewelry throughout the year, so when I have burst of creativity I'm thrilled and when I have long dry spells I'm okay with that too.  I've always said my family comes first, hence the reason I quit my corporate career to take on my Mommy career. 

Summer has been a whirlwind of activities for our family; summer camps, swimming lessons, day trips, ball games, birthday parties, gardening and crafts with a handful of jewelry projects tossed in.

July was our busiest month, but I did manage to produce a few new pieces of jewelry;

I've also been doing lots of projects with the kiddo and we have enjoyed spending the time creating little works of art that can be used around the house.  The kiddo also sold the Suncatchers at a little Craft Market for Kids (all but 3 sold!).

We've have been doing some Urban Farming using planters on our deck.  We have enjoyed growing Tomatoes, Carrots, Brocolli, Strawberries, an assortment of Herbs and Rhubarb.  We are already planning next years crops and hoping to expand a bit, we're definitely thinking Peas, Cucumbers and Lettuce will need to be added next year. :)

So, I hope your summer is as much as fun as ours and that you are making lots of special memories.

All the best,

Thursday 30 May 2013

Thankful Thursday...

Its a rainy Thursday here, but there is still so much beauty in the day.  Stepping outside this morning you could smell the freshness of the clean air, the sweetness of fragrant blooming trees, the lushness of the greenest grass and feel a slight coolness on your skin.  Just a gorgeous, rainy day!  All these little gifts make-up a beautiful package and opening the front door this morning was like opening this natural, wonderful present that was filled with so many small surprises that made a spectacular larger present to please the soul. What a great way to start the day (with a "gift")!

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday and are thankful for your many "gifts."

Take care,

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Thursday 16 May 2013

Thankful Thursday

There are days that are more trying than others, then there are the days that seem like pure perfection.  Life has a way of balancing itself out even when we don't always appreciate the subtle reminders that we are not always in control of what happens.  However, I find Spring time refreshing and renewing and a time of new beginnings.  

Spring time brings so much wonderment to everything.  Watching the leaves push out of the branches, the flowers popping up (and yes, even the dandelions, I love dandelions!  They were my grandfather's favorite flower because he figured they had to be God's favorite too, why else would he make so many of them.  Seemed like wise words to me growing up. :)), the smell of freshly cut grass, a soft rain, the freshness after a rain,  baby birds chirping for their momma's, everything is so alive.  I try to focus on all these amazing, naturally occurring wonders that we are blessed with and I am thankful for yet another year to witness new growth, new life, new beginnings. 

I am thankful for life, thankful for God's many blessings, 
thankful for the reminder that there are always new beginnings.

Have a beautiful day and remember to count your blessings.

All the best,

Tuesday 30 April 2013

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

I haven't been working with art beads lately, as I have been having lots of fun with wire work.  However, I took on a little challenge with a very good friend and we decided to each make a pair of earrings to jump start each others inspiration (it was actually a good kick in the butt). :)  I didn't make anything too fancy, but I did come up with some great everyday earrings that could be worn with just about everything throughout the summer.

Once I finished the earrings, I started looking at my ever growing art beads.  I have bought from a few new (to me) artist and have really been wanting to make something with their beautiful art beads.  Again, inspiration has been lacking the last while, but these two designs came about quite quickly and nicely (in my opinion).

Yolanda's Clay Art Beads

Gaea Pendants Art Beads

Thursday 18 April 2013

Thankful Thursday....

I haven't posted in a VERY long time and well, today is the day I snap out of it!  I've been really down in the dumps and its certainly not because I have a bad life.  I have everything I need in life.  I've just been having some inner-struggles lately and certainly don't mean to upset or disappoint my family or friends.  Its funny, I watch so many young people think they are the only ones trying to find their way in this world, when the truth of the matter is, we all are.  It doesn't matter how how old we are, how young we are, we all are looking for something, something that makes us matter, makes us feel, makes us special, makes us feel accepted, makes us who we are.  

Yesterday, I spent a lot of dedicated time with my little one and we had so much fun (and yes, I spend lots of dedicated time with my kiddo, yesterday I was more aware of the value of this time than I have been in a long time).  

Lately, I have felt like I am only known as the mother of my child or my husband's wife and I completely know its who I am.  People don't phone to see how I am doing, they call to check in on my family and I get that if you want to know about our little family I am probably the best person to ask because I am the one who knows how everyone is doing, what everyone's schedule is and so on.  So, I've been feeling pretty invisible lately, kind of insignificant, not saying I need to be the person in the spotlight, cause that certainly isn't me either, I'm good blending.  

However, yesterday after spending an incredibly fun day with my kiddo, I realized I am special because of these two very important people in my life.  I am special because they honor me with being a part of their lives.  They trust me to keep them organized and ready for the world I send them off into every day.  They know I will be there when they need a shoulder to lean on.  They know I will listen to the great accomplishments they have or the incredibly bad day they may have had.  They know I love them and my life is not complete without them. 

What I do may not seem so special or glamorous to some.  Yes, I do a lot of laundry, I clean the house, I clean the toilet, scrub the shower, I don't go to a so-called "9-5" job, but my job is important.  I work 24/7/365.  And yes, I may complain a little (or a lot) some days, but who doesn't complain about their "9-5" job.  Some days I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhogs Day, I live the same routine over and over again, but its this routine that makes my family feel secure, loved and taken care of.  In all honesty, I could have gone back to work full time after having my kiddo and I could be very successful in the corporate world, I could easily pay for childcare, but we made choices.  Some people agree with our choices, some people do not.  Some people don't think I contribute to our lives because I'm not earning a wage, but I think what we have is beyond what I could have earned in the last 6 years...

We have a happy child.  We have a good life.  We are healthy.  We have a roof over our heads.  We have 2 cars (more than some people who work have).  We have family hugs.  We go on family "adventures".  We have respect for one another.  We say please, thank you and bless you when someone sneezes.  We comfort one another.  I don't remember any of these points in any of my past work contracts.  So, yes, I'm pretty lucky.  Although, my job is sometimes repetitive and feel like its invisible, it also comes with incredible perks.  So, yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and I do know I matter and that I do have a purpose.   I just lose my way every now and again, the tunnel becomes very narrow and I can't always see the light at the end.  However, when I do have my A-Ha moment its very real and most often very sweetly in the form of a hug from my boys.

So yes, I am thankful today and every day for the boys in my life that make me important.

A little project me and my kiddo worked on yesterday. :)

Have a wonderful day and I hope you spend a little time counting your blessings like I have. :)

All the best,
Thanks for listening as I ramble on. :)

Thursday 7 March 2013

Contest I'm entered in...

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The Beads of Clay group is running a contest, the person who creates the banner they use next wins some awesome bead goodness.  I created this banner.  Hope you vote for it when the time comes to vote. :)


Thursday 21 February 2013

Thankful Thursday....

I am thankful for great big monkey hugs from my kiddo.
I've been having quite a few down days lately and nothing picks me up more than having his little arms wrapped around my neck.

Hope your Thursday is filled with lots of hugs and happy moments.

All the best,

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