I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update my inventory, the photographs and the copy of my artwork and it’s been a daunting task but one that has to happen.
April’s Featured Item is Blue Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Necklace
It’s no secret that the right necklace can make a lasting impression.
I started creating jewelry when I needed a piece that spoke volumes when I attended an event and that matched my personality. I created this necklace using blue Swarovski crystal bicones and Swarovski pearls. The necklace measures 18 inches in length and has a clasp in the back.
I love the simplicity and elegance of this necklace and can easily be worn with a casual or dressy outfit – depending on your style and the impression you are wanting to make.
If you are interested in purchasing this necklace, you can do so here: Blue Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Necklace
My love for creating jewelry evolved over the years from macrame to tagua nut pendants into finer pieces. I actually wrangled with the idea of getting rid of all of the jewelry supplies – copious amounts of beads, findings, and whatnot – but my partner thought I should hang onto it and so I did. And no I am finding myself called to create in a way I used to.
Which is probably why I am called to simplify my business and be more systematic about my offerings and how I am going to offer them.
I’ve gone and done it again and totally restructured my life and therefore my businesses. And that’s just it, life and business are never straightforward or linear, it is whatever you make of it though.
The rules of business say that you need to niche down but what if being a multi-passionate introverted empath is exactly your niche?
What if you, just the way you are, is totally part of your niche and your tribe?
What if building a product and a service based business is your thing?
And here’s the thing, I didn’t want to just be a coach. I know some amazing coaches and have been referred to being one as well but once again it felt like I needed to squish myself into this box that I would never fit into. I want to show and tell, to teach, to motivate you into action and ok a small part even inspires you – without sacrificing what I stood for, belief in and mostly myself.
I want to show and tell, to teach, to motivate you into action and ok a small part even inspires you – without sacrificing what I stood for, belief in and mostly myself.
But first I needed to figure out what the heck that all meant for my own life and my own business. It needed to forge my own path and that meant giving myself permission to dream and it got me thinking that you may be facing a similar situation right now. So, ask yourself the question:
What if you couldn’t fail, what would you do every day in your life?
For me, the answer was: all the things.
Well, all the things at the same time, that wasn’t going to happen. But developing time management skills, focusing on what did matter to me and tuning out the noise that was going to be the key for me.
Until I gave myself permission to forge my own path and stopped listening to all the people, I was floundering around wondering what the heck I was going to do every single day. And let me tell you, that time of my life sucked donkey balls.
I was bored out of my freaking mind.
And now you get the reap the benefits of my struggles and frustrations.
I am sharing with you exactly how I started changing my life and embodied all of my passions. I designed a life where I get to create and serve without sacrificing myself in the process.
It’s time that you create the life you want and forge your own path.
There’s a lot of noise already and a lot of content filled with fluff, and that’s just not how I roll.
I respect your time and want to deliver the information you need in a way that makes sense – and well is straight to the point.
This is what lights me up, seeing people making decisions to follow their dreams and passions.
And if you’re ready to build a business on the side or full-time, be it product or service based:
Snow’s about ready to fall in the Northern hemisphere or so we hope, and what will you be doing when it does?
Sitting by a crackling fire…
A hot cup of tea or cocoa nearby…
Soft yarn and smooth needles in your lap…
Sounds like you’re ready for colder weather 🙂 and I’ve already enjoyed evenings of knitting this season.
If you’ve been on the run all summer and fall, it’s about time for your schedule to slow down just a bit… which means you’ll be reaching for your next handmade project.
I can’t think of a better way to welcome winter than to tell you about a collection of digital resources you’re going to be starry-eyed over.
It’s called the Handmade with Love Super Bundle.
Before I tell you what’s in it, can we talk about that name? It’s almost like this was created with you in mind. 🙂
Everything you make, every stitch you count, knit, sew, crochet, quilt… you do them all with love, don’t you?
I feel exactly the same way. It’s one of my biggest passions to create. Just the other day a friend of mine commented that she can’t imagine me NOT creating. It’s such a big part of my life.
That’s why I’m so excited to tell you all this bundle, so you can soak up more of the joy and relaxation that comes with handcrafting.
Okay, let’s talk about what’s inside :-).
With over 200 patterns, projects, and step-by-step tutorials, you’ll find dreamy projects to create, new ways to sharpen your skills, or even a whole new technique to play with (quilting! fabric dyeing! rug making! weaving!).
This bundle covers: quilting, sewing, crochet, knitting, applique, embroidery, cross-stitch, dyeing, fiber arts, and crafting in general.
It’s basically a crafter’s dream collection. Swoon.
And even better? You’ll get all these projects and fresh patterns – created by hip, modern designers like Allison Glass, Elise Blaha-Cripe, Anne Weil, Rebecca Langford, and Liat Gat (plus 47 others)…
…for just $29.97. (They’re worth over $1,000!)
Curious how it’s possible to get all of this so inexpensively?
The creators of these patterns, tutorials, courses and more joined forces to offer this incredibly special bundle, but just for a super short period of time. Once the sale’s over, they’ll go back to selling their products and patterns at full price.
I really can’t speak highly enough about the quality and value of what’s inside, especially for this price!
Want to check it out and get your own Handmade with Love Super Bundle?
This is how it works:
- Visit the website and take a quick look at all the delightful projects you’ll be able to create with this package, then click the pink “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
- You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks and patterns, signing up for your online courses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
- Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the project or technique you want to try your hand at first and start creating!
The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 8 days! (I told you it was short!)
After Monday night, December 4th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.
It’s even backed by a 30-day full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
Their customer service is amazing, and they truly want to make sure you’re taken care of and that you love your bundle.
If you’re ready to spend more time making and unplugging from technology this season, this is just what you need.
Create one-of-a-kind items to wear, gift, decorate with, and simply enjoy, with this curated, a convenient, and a super affordable library of patterns and projects.
Learn more or get your bundle here
I can’t wait to see what you’ll be creating!
Just over a week ago, I found out a young man I knew, committed suicide. It was just a month before that, that I went to see my favorite local band and which he was a part of. We talked about life, music and all things business during the break and I was so glad he was figuring out his world. This young man went to school with my eldest kiddo and it just hit a little bit closer to home.
A few times during the week, people have asked about seeing any signs of it. And truth be told, I don’t know. I didn’t see him every day and I am would venture to guess that people never thought he’d be the one.
But it made me push the pause button.
I paused my business. I didn’t blog and only send out a quick email to my list. I posted here and there on social media.
Instead, I focused on my new office space (there’ll be a post about it soon) and getting it all set up. I focused on my artwork, and man I have created a lot of things that never made it into the shop.
This entire past week, made me reflect on my own life and where I wanted to take my business. And as I was rummaging through crochet blankets, painting walls and setting up my new storage age for yarn, I realized how much I missed creating.
Now, I love helping, teaching and supporting people on their path because there’s nothing more exciting for me than seeing other people go after their passions. I love it when people go against the status quo and just do their thing.
And it reminded me that I too just need to keep doing my thing.
Death has a funny way of hitting pause and move you into a reflective state. And yet in the same week, we celebrated the 9-year anniversary of my youngest kiddo’s liver transplant.
Life is so incredibly fragile and precious.
Which is one of the MAIN reasons I do what I do because I know that one day you are here and the next you could be gone!
I know that what you do with your life matters to your heart and your soul.
I know that you are here to follow your passions, your ideas, and your intuition to create a life that feels absolutely incredibly amazing.
I also know there will always be a dark side and that sadness and even death are present every day.
But this is how you start living in the moment.
You get to decide what to do with your life.
You get to decide to follow your soul.
You get to decide what will make your life feel like as if it is the fireworks of the 4th of July.
And in hitting the pause button, I gained the clarity I needed for my life and business.
I pulled back on some projects (for now) and just focus on the things that light me up.
I get to do the things that excite me and that follow my intuition.
Do more of the things that feel good and less of the things that drag you down.
Don’t want to be on social media all day? Then don’t!
Don’t want to record podcasts and videos or even blog? Then don’t!
Want to create from that place deep within and that feels good, yes do that!
I am not saying don’t post on social media, write blog posts or record podcasts and videos. But don’t think you have to do them all.
And as we are starting into the holiday season and nearing the end of this year, it’s a good time to hit the pause button.
Reflect on what your year has been like, what areas of your life felt good and which ones didn’t. You can create the life you want, but sometimes taking a time out will help you realign your soul’s passion.
I don’t want you to wait for another second to decide what you will do with your life.
I don’t want you to wonder about the all the what if’s, you know the ones, the ones that are about failure and being wrong.
I want you to give yourself some pause, and decide what you will do with your life, starting today!
A few weeks ago I met with my accountability partner like we do just about every week and I had a new idea I was working on.
And with one simple question she asked to have some clarity, she moved me into the space of reflection. She didn’t know that in the moment but sometimes the water’s can get muddy when we take too many steps all at once.
I like being busy and I love taking action on ideas when they excite me but truth be told, I don’t always think them through to really gain the clarity of the ideas purpose. It’s a creatives problem to have.
It was time for me to slow down a little and really look at my life and my business and decide what do I really want to create, how do I want to show up every day and what would like me up like a Christmas tree if I got to do them every single day.
Through stepping back, I have rekindled my love with my art. I spend some time wood-burning during the day and then crochet in the evening. My love for my art never went away, I just didn’t do anything with it.
So in this week, I finished up some ornaments that will be headed to the gallery in the next few days.
I think that having ideas is great and I also believe that they come to you because they are meant for you to leap into action with but sometimes the timing isn’t quite right, or it’s a little too much and you keep treading in muddy waters without much traction.
Here’s what I realized:
It’s okay to step back a little and slow down. This isn’t a race of who can do how much in whatever time frame.
Each idea is essentially built on another idea and sometimes slowing down helps you gain a much clearer picture of how it will play out in the big scheme of things.
Does this mean to let go of your ideas?
No of course not. But sometimes it helps to let the ideas marinade so you can be crystal clear not just on the how or what but have a depth of understanding about the why.
I will eventually revisit the idea I had and see if it’s still a good fit or if it’s better to just let it go.
Even though I believe ideas are meant for you, and I think you also need to take action on them, sometimes the action is not doing anything at all.
I didn’t start my business so I would be working 16 hours a day. I started my business so I could help and serve people, as well as spend time doing other things I love to do.
And I saw that all of the inspired ideas I had were actually leading me away from what I really wanted.
If you are also an idea generator and tend to take immediate action, take some pause.
Think about if this idea is really helping you create the life you want, and if it doesn’t, just let it marinate for awhile.
If it is truly meant to be a reality, it will not let you go – ever!
And you know what that means, it’s time to act!
Share with me where in the comments you are giving yourself permission to scale back a little!
Not too long ago, I joined a pen pal community. Something that I’ve been missing is connecting with people and even in the world of Social Media, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of people.
In my excitement I wondered, what kind of stationary I would use and made a face when I realized that I might have to go to the store and purchase some. It seemed inappropriate to just use regular old notebook paper.
And then it dawned on me that I probably have the perfect pages on my computer that would do exactly what I needed and it allowed me to show off my creativity. That’s exactly what happened.
That’s exactly what happened.
The cool thing is that you can color them in many different ways, making them look different from each other.
So let me ask you when was the last time you wrote a letter by hand?
There’s something so much more intimate when writing a letter than it is on Facebook or any other social media platform.
I found myself easily filling both sides of the paper and ready to write more, but didn’t want to spill my life story in one shot. That kind of defeats the purpose of a pen pal and regular writing.
You can get access to the stationary by joining Create your Colorful Life, a coloring page community. When you join, you will have immediate access to over 150 coloring pages that you can print off and color.
You can currently find the following coloring page themes in the community.
- Monthly Planners
- Goal Trackers
- Coloring Pages
- Affirmation Pages
- Daily Planners
Get the stationary and 150 other coloring pages, when you join today!