Archive for February, 2012

Thoughts and Progress

So I’ve been working hard lately on my creative business venture, what I want it to be, how I can stay organized and motivated, how I can easily explain my business to others so that not only will my customers and clients see someone who offers a tea and crafting shop with community activities and classes available, but so they’ll see that I have my head busy in the land of changing people’s lives with what I create and have to offer.

Mine is an idea steeped deeply  in community; bringing people together, offering those interested in new skills and also the opportunities to meet new friends and develop hobbies that can both last a lifetime.

My dream stems from being raised in foster care and having no real sense of family or belonging for far too many years.  To me bringing people together is more than providing a service, a class, a hobby or a place.  Bringing people together offers them the chance to see that being accepted is not all that you need when you feel lost, you need to have something that’s entirely yours.  Something that no one gave you and no one can take away.  Something that travels as often as you do or is as complicated as necessary to keep all those busy and annoying parts of your brain busy.

What’s got me down this more esoteric line of thought in regard to my business is a blog I’ve been following for a few months now called The Business of Being Creative.  I highly recommend it for anyone who is starting any kind of venture whether it’s a business, a shop, becoming a girl/boy scout leader, or even starting a community garden.

This blog has been instrumental to me not because the author (Sean Low) gives me answers for those tricky questions, but because he poses so many important questions in each post that I keep thinking all week long.  Sometimes I write down a tidbit of advice I don’t ever want to forget and sometimes I just feel empowered to ask someone more knowledgeable than me their opinion on a piece of advice given.

No matter what your passions are, I’ve learned that one of the most important things to think about is not how you can get “there”, but what does your business really mean to you?  Why do you want to open that shop, start that community garden or begin taking donations to send to third world countries?  Do you want to get your project going because you want to or because you believe that you can inspire people to be more than just human?


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Sringtime Comes a Little Early in my House

MMy Beautiful plants enjoying some early morning light.  The flowered plant is my newest windowsill garden addition (^_^)

Hey, Mr. Squirrel, check out my rad plants!

My latest creation!  A beautiful neon yellow popcorn stitch throw pillow.  The hot pink yarn behind the pillow might become a shell stitch edging.

Mah pillow (^_^)

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A Fantastic Site for Spices

Anyone who loves cooking as much as I do knows all about how much money can go toward spices alone.  Personally my passion is Indian food.  I love cooking Indian food!  I love people walking into my house and exclaiming how good it smells (except when I’m using a lot of cumin and my whole house smells a bit like B.O.).  I especially love eating Indian food (^_^), but when you spend over $40 per meal, a lot of the fun of cooking is taken away and replaced with a sudden desire to go on a frozen dinner kick for a while.

Well I am here to save your cooking day with Spices of India, an over-seas based website offering super cheap Indian spices and accoutrements.  Even if you don’t cook that much Indian food or don’t cook any Indian food, you might still find a few things on here that you really like.  In addition to the large assortment of ground and whole spices, you can find incense, breads and poppadums for frying!

One of the things I love most about this site is that when you click on a spice, curry pack, or chutney you’ll see a short descriptive blurb about the item and also ways to use your item like say on a delicious steak you want to enhance with one of their spice rubs.

Just remember that this is a British site so there is an exchange rate to keep in mind.  I looked the exchange rate up and currently it is 1 silver pound = $1.5834.

Happy shopping!


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Vintage Knobs DIY

Photo Courtesy of the Graphics Fairy

I can’t wait to have time for fun little projects like this!  I found this little DIY tutorial over at the Graphics Fairy and I think I’ll have a cabinet pull making party since I want my kitchen to have all different cabinet and drawer pulls.

Her supply list is as follows:

1)Plain wooden knobs (you can find them at Lowes & Home depot for just around $1 a piece)
2)Omni Gel Transfer Medium (I got mine at Michaels crafts)
3)Mod Podge- Gloss (Also from Michaels)
4)Primer (I like Kilz Premium)
5)White Paint

Find the tutorial here and give it a try for yourself!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

My gorgeous flowers from Sweets that are currently making my apartment smell like springtime.
I love stargazer lilies (^_^)  They’re like amazing smelling galaxies.
On the crocheting front, I’ve begun some neon throw pillows!  Here are my colors ❤
Here is a closeup of my throw pillow.  It looks rather Easter-ish so I’m thinking that from now on I’ll only do two-tone pillows.

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Valentines and Cooking Again

Sweets and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day on Saturday night and part of Sunday with delicious dinner and amazing breakfast (all cooked up by yours truly) and ending with getting our laundry done haha.

I had decided that I was going to start cooking again this weekend, which I am more excited about than I had thought I’d be.  I had stopped cooking because either I had so many roommates who would always expect to be fed or would simply start making themselves plates of my half finished rice and curries or (as is the case in my current studio) I have so little kitchen space that cooking becomes more of a circus act of finding new places to set down my cutting board since I have absolutely no counter space.  So as part of our Valentine’s Day together, Sweets and I went through my favorite Indian cookbook and picked out a bunch of things we’d like to have for dinners this week.

I also made those handmade makeup wipes and liquid make up remover (both of which call for the same three ingredients, by the way) and I’m loving them!  The wipes didn’t get all my waterproof mascara off last night, but I think that the liquid makeup remover on a Q-tip will work.

On the crafting front I spent every available second catching up on the massive lace order for my client McNabb and wishing I had more time for my vintage lace scarves or throw pillows <sigh>.  The good news is I’m all caught up and can get back to making the seven pieces a day like I was before lol.

Sorry no pics today, I didn’t er… have time to take them this weekend <giggles>

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There’s Still Time for Valentine’s Day Prep!

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There’s a cake pop obsession in the air that can only be quelled by the purchase of a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker and other cake making requirements.

My original plans for making cake pops were confined to having delicious treats to hand out to people at craft shows and as a birthday cake alternative, and I still believe these are very good ideas; I mean who doesn’t love free cake at a craft show or tiny bites of cake for us sugar challened individuals?  But cake pops on valentine’s day is just plain cute.

I think I just love that you can customize each cake pop instead of frosting a whole cake.  I get impatient trying to get the frosting even!

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For those of you with lovely ladies in your life or for the couples who like to get extra intimate with shared tub time, Elleandblair have a cupcake bath bomb recipe that will make you and your special someone smell nice and have soft skin.

If you or your sweetie have any allergies on the list of ingredients or just have super sensitive skin, try a gentle oatmeal bath such as Lusaorganics’ baby bath bundle.  Containing all the wonderful sensitive skin care ingredients such as dried calendula flowers, dried lavender flowers, dried chamomile flowers, and Essential oil options like lavender or patchouli .

Happy Soaking!

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These earrings at Shayisa’s shop on Etsy are the most beautiful earrings I’ve seen in quite a while and I’m one of those earring obsessed ladies who has to force herself to stay away from the jewelry isles (and makeup!) every time I’m in a store.

At her shop you’ll find many assortments of these kinds of pretend zero-gauge post earrings showing some of the most exquisite detail and in beautiful colors so that you can match every outfit or simply find your favorite color.

These gorgeous black swan earrings my just end up being my Valentine’s gift to myself!

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Ladies, if you’re looking for something sassy to wear either this weekend or next on your hot date, I highly recommend signing up for the fashion sale update site just about every designer known to human kind has at least one sale on here every month and there are many repeat designers.  From BCBGMAXAZRIA to Prada, all the well-known designers appear on ideeli at low prices.  There is always a fair assortment of up and coming or new to the runway designers as well.

Whether you’re looking for clothes, shoes, bags, things for baby, kitchen items, vacation deals or makeup and hair care products, Idelli will have a little of everything!

Don’t forget about all the amazing fashion items available on Etsy though!  Find your state and shop locally if you can and support your local artisans and shops.  Or if you’re more of a DIY gal or guy, try something fun and easy with a simple crafty tutorial such as these duct tape roses on; buy some pretty pink or red duct tape and get going!  Trust me, they look beautiful when they’re done.

Happy Hunting!

Photo Courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn

Last, but not least, for all my fellow crafters!  Lion Brand is having a 20% off sale up through February 17th so get all your favorite colors for that afghan, sweater or yarn-wrapped Valentine’s day wreath you’ve been trying to finish and get to crafting!

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