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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How to Make Your Yearly Resolutions Stick this New Year

The New Year is almost here ~ time for New Year's Resolutions....again! But how do I make sure that this time I will actually keep them? I need a plan. And a few good quotes for inspiration. Loved this one:

One of the best New Year's motivators is the quote by Chinese philosopher, Lao tzu, who wisely said in The Way of Lao‐tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers the following tips to help families and individuals keep their resolutions for a healthy mind and healthy life:

* Don't make too many resolutions. 

* Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame. 

* Choose your own resolution. Make sure your goal is something that you want to accomplish for yourself and not just for friends or family. 

* Make a plan and write it down. Writing your goals down is a good way to keep track of your progress. 

* Involve friends and family. They can motivate you to keep going. 

* If you get off track, forgive yourself. Review your plan and make adjustments. 

* Reward yourself when your intermediate goals or resolutions are met.

There is an inspirational essay called “Just for Today” that I have seen on many websites. I loved it.  The author was Frank Crane who wrote a newspaper column called “DR CRANE SAYS”. The piece contained a set of ten daily suggestions and was titled “Just for Today” [BGFC]:
Here are ten resolutions to make when you awake in the morning.
They are Just for One Day. Think of them not as a life task but as a day’s work.
These things will give you pleasure. Yet they require will power. You don’t need resolutions to do what is easy.

1. Just for Today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life-problem at once. I can do some things for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
2. Just for Today, I will be Happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from Within; it is not a matter of Externals.
3. Just for Today, I will Adjust myself to what Is, and not try to Adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come, and fit myself to them.
4. Just for Today, I will take care of my Body. I will exercise it, care for it, and nourish it, and not abuse it nor neglect it; so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.
5. Just for Today, I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study. I will learn something useful, I will not be a mental loafer all day. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

6. Just for Today, I will exercise my Soul. In three ways, to wit:
(a) I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. If anybody knows of it, it will not count.
(b) I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests just for exercise.
(c) I will not show any one that my feelings are hurt. They may be hurt, but Today I will not show it.
7. Just for Today, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible,  talk low,  act courteously, be liberal with flattery, criticize not one bit  nor find fault with anything, and not try to regulate nor improve anybody.
8. Just for Today, I will have a Programme. I will write down just what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I’ll have it. It will save me from the two pests Hurry and Indecision.
9. Just for Today, I will have a quiet half hour, all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, some time, I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective to my life.
10. Just for Today, I will be Unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to be Happy, to enjoy what is Beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love love me.
(Copyright, 1921 by Frank Crane)

“Let me give you a New Year message: Believe in yourself, because no one ever achieved anything significant without believing in himself and no one ever will! Believe in yourself powerfully, especially when there is no reason left to believe in yourself because the ultimate bottom is the best place to start a big rise!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

May you find endless enthusiasm to achieve your dreams in the coming year.

HAPPY 2016!!! :))))))

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cookie Points Up There...

I love spending time outdoors with my little bugs...

...what I don't love is seeing all the garbage people leave behind sometimes. As I'm walking my dogs I can't help noticing plastic bags, candy wrappers, an empty soda can...Pick it up! says a voice in my head...No way, gross! Why should I pick up somebody else's garbage?! 

An old book from an antique store in Wisconsin, loved the cover...If it looked like this, I'd be garbage hunting all day. But it doesn't...

I remember when Mikey and I used to go fishing and I used to pick up the empty beer cans, the fishing line and whatever else was left behind by other fishermen. It really bothers me. I can't enjoy nature with all that stuff lying around. And something else...Cookie points, remember?

A friend of mine loves birds. He talks to them and always has a cracker or some seeds for them...Why are you always feeding the birds? I asked. I like them... he said...besides, they're His creatures. I could use some cookie points up there...he smiled. Cookie points, huh?! I need some too!!

Cookie points for good deeds. I pull one of my empty bags out of my backpack and start filling it up with whatever trash I see on our walk...candy wrappers, soda cans...It's my time to shine! I use a clean poopy bag as a glove. I always have extra with me for Pig, he poops every 10 minutes. By the end of our walk my bag is almost full...Lots of cookie points today... :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Poetry. Color. Shape. Art

Lovely little poem, supplies, new earrings, quotes I heart.


If you hold this 
Dazzling emerald
Up to the sky,

It will shine a billion 
Beautiful miracles

Painted from the tears
Of the Most High.

Plucked from the lush gardens
Of a yellowish-green paradise,

Look inside this hypnotic gem

And a kaleidoscope of
Sights and colors

Will tease and seduce
Your eyes and mind.

Tell me, sir.
Have you ever heard
A peacock sing?

Hold your ear
To this mystical stone

And you will hear

Sacred hymns flowing
To the vibrations
Of the perfumed

Blogger is acting up again. I can't seem to get these pictures to align with the text the way I want to ~ and I've been trying for two hours now ~ any tips, anyone? How do you make your blogs look so neat and organised, text right next to pictures and all...mine doesn't want to listen at all! Anyway, I made these earrings...

“Our universe grants every soul a twin, a reflection of themselvesthe kindred spirit . And no matter where they are or how far away they are from each other- even if they are in different dimensions, they will always find one another. This is destiny; this is love.” 
― Julie Dillon

Asymmetrical earrings are so much more interesting and captivating than the normal, symmetrical ones, IMHO. They're intriguing, daring and demand attention. Making them is like finding puzzle pieces that match and putting them together until you get a picture that pleases the eye and leaves your inner critic speechless...for a few moments. Until you start making something else.

"It can be somebody's and still be my own"

That's the beauty of it. You gift them, sell them, but they're still your own.
Recently sold


And gifted

"I wonder at the starry pattern in the sky
Are they little pieces of moon which want to fly..?” 
― Munia Khan

Monday, October 12, 2015

First month on Etsy

 My first month on Etsy as a seller, yay! I am an Etsian! Have a look at my shop...eh, what say you? :) Nice? Nah? Yeah? Maybe? Super cool? I know! My sister made me do it.

                                                                                                                 The Philosopher's Stone. Sold.

 I've opened my Etsy store back in 2012 but I wasn't ready to list anything yet. My stuff was not good enough I thought. I've always been comfortable selling my jewelry local, in person ~ people see it, if they like it they buy it, if not, not.

                                                                                                                                           Nomadic Soul.

But my dear wonderful sister kept bugging me...Come on, just list something in your store already!
Can't you see that people are buying your earrings out of your ears?!  

                                                                                                                              You and your Shadow.

  Sometimes people are asking me if the earrings I'm wearing are for sale. Of course they are! That's how I sold these

                                                                                                        Nocturnal Suns. Sold.
...or these...

                                                                                                                                  Tilikum's Dream.Sold

But selling on Etsy..? Have you seen all the super talented Etsians, their perfect, profesionally looking pictures and super cool item descriptions?! Why would anyone buy from me, out of all people...and if they do, will my product be up to their expectations? I can't even wrap something without making a mess out of it, for goodness' sake...So freakin' intimidating.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Simple soldered glass pendant tutorial for people with two left hands, like me

All my past soldering attempts ended up in me soldering my finger tips and making a lot of mess. This time I think I got it. I can finally use my undrilled glass and gemstone pieces without having to drill them for hours (even worst than soldering). All you need is a soldering iron, flux, solder and some copper tape.
First, remove any burnable or meltable items from your work area. Get a a fire extinguisher nah. I choose a cheap piece of glass for my first try, just in case it gets messed up. Make sure it's super clean. I cleaned mine with a paper towel.

Wrap the edges with copper foil tape, peeling off the tape as you go. Plug in the soldering iron and allow it to heat up for a couple minutes. Touch the tip to a damp sponge to see if it's hot, not with your fingers.

Apply flux to the copper tape with a clean brush

This is the flux that I'm using. I don't know if it's the best, but it does the job.

Melt the solder onto the tip of the iron and run it over the copper tape. It's just like painting, but instead of brush and colors, you're using the iron and solder. Make sure everything it's super clean: the iron, the solder, the piece you're working on. Not clean, the solder won't stick ~ simple as that. Speaking from my own experience.

Use a clip to hold your piece so you won't burn your fingers.
Apply more flux and add a blob of solder to the point where you’d like to attach your jump ring. Apply flux to your jump ring as well, hold it with your pliers right on the blob and reheat the blob with the iron. This is the tricky part, the blob melts fast and the jump ring sinks right into it, so don't hold the iron on the jump ring for too long. Just enough to met the solder bob, that's it. I couldn't take a picture while soldering the jump ring, needed my both hands.

And Stewie doesn't know how to take pictures yet.

Clean off the flux with rubbing alcohol, file any rough edges, oxidize it if you will and YOU'RE DONE!

Easy peasy...what's next?

This Agate slice, same way.

And this tiny piece of vintage glass with gold foil, that I adore, same way. And that's it for today. Hope you'll get something out of this hot mess. Have fun :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Things I imagined, André Breton...

Dreamy quotes by André Breton and some things I imagined and made...

Objects seen in dreams should be manufactured and put on sale.

The imaginary is what tends to become real...

Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future...cease to be perceived as contradictions.

I myself shall continue living in my glass house where you can always see who comes to call; where everything hanging from the ceiling and on the walls stays where it is as if by magic; where I sleep nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets, where who I am will sooner or later be etched by a diamond...

The truth can only be seen when you close your eyes to reason and surrender yourself to dreams...

There are fairy stories to be written for adults. Stories that are still in a green state...

...there is no longer anything fantastic: there is only the real...

...with the end of my breath, which is the beginning of yours...

My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.

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