Black Friday Cyber Monday SALE!

Welcome to the busiest and most amazing shopping time of the year! The perfect time to finish your Christmas shopping and coast into the holidays with EASE!!
Starting Thursday night at 6pm EST, everything in my Etsy shop,
doe Studio is 20% off.
Etsy now offers coupon codes, and all you have to do is enter the code
BFCM20
when you check out!
Here are some of the items available in the doe Studio Etsy Shop!


Scented Soy Candles
(more to arrive in the shop over the weekend as well)


Photography


Printable pdf's


Scarves and Neckwear


Hats and accessories


Cotton Cloth sets


Pics make me happy!

I love taking pictures. I am the one at the party with the camera. All the time. It just makes me happy!!

Here are some of my more recent additions to my shop. Click on any of the photos to see the listing.

Gerber Daisy with pink focal


Magnolia's Heart


Moon Storm

There are lots more in the shop, so feel free to come by and have a visit!

Winner announcement for ECO-Contest

We have a winner.
And an apology. I normally don't "forget" to announce my winners or at least leave a note of some sort!! July was CRAZY busy and I ended up taking some extended holidays, camping then to the cottage. It was great!! Needless to say, Internet access is non-existent in the areas of Ontario that I was enjoying so much!
Well, I'm not going to lie to you...this was hard. You ladies gave me some really great suggestions, and had my creative wheels in overdrive (yeowch!). But only one could be chosen!

So here it is....and the winner is
KISA!!

Kisa suggested that I make a shrug for a swiffer mop! I really love this idea and will be constructing this nifty handy cleaning tool in the next few weeks. Sounds like she can use one of these around the house will all of those kids!! Kisa, you'll also get the "green machine" magnet. Way to go Green, Girl!!

ECO - Contest Time!!

Who doesn't love a good, clean, fun ol' contest!!?
I am working hard on making a lot more cloths, like the ones featured in my Benchmark Giveaway, for my shop right now. They are best sellers both on and off Etsy. I am also currently designing new cloths that can be used as dryer sheets, no more nasty chemicals!! So stay tuned for these and more exciting items to come to my shop shelves soon!
So about the contest. In an effort to increase awareness and usage of green, earth friendly products, I'd like to add more of these reusable items to my shop. I'd like you, my loyal followers, fans and friends, to leave me a comment below letting me know WHAT item(s) you would like to see in my shop. Please leave suggestions for items that can be handmade/crocheted using cotton, yarn, fabric etc.
I will choose one item to "feature" in my shop and also to feature on my blog. The person who submits the winning suggestion will win THAT item (after I design and create it of course!) and this fridge magnet.

So put on your thinking caps, folks!! And leave me your best suggestions in the comment area below!! Contest closes Friday July 9th at midnight EST. Good Luck everyone and I am really looking forward to your suggestions!!

Benchmark Giveaway {Winner}

Winner Announcement for the doe Studio Facebook Fan Benchmark Giveaway.

Well, that was fun!! I love doing giveaways!!
This was my first blog hosted giveaway, and while the traffic and entries to this contest were still a little underwhelming, it was fun nonetheless! I will definitely use my blog as a platform for future events like this one!
So...on to the announcement you've been waiting for!! The winner of the three hand crocheted, white acrylic SUPER eco-cloths is.....

Paula of Designer and Tomboy, Paula!!

Paula will receive these special handmade cloths along with a bonus coupon for 10% off her next purchase in my shop! Congratulations, Paula!! I hope you enjoy these work-horse cloths!!

I made a Light Box...so can you!

I prefer to photograph in natural light, but on days like today when it is SO gloomy outside I just can't wait for the sun. I am often impatient and my need for immediate satisfaction means I am itching to get some photos taken - NOW!!! Well, with after reading up on it from a number of sources, I decided to try one on my own. Why not, right?

Here's a short list of materials required for this project:
  • Cardboard box: the size you require will be dictated by the items you are photographing. Mine is approx 14" x 12" x 12".
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Paper table cloth or tissue paper
  • Bristol board
  • Packing or Duct tape
  • Thin plastic table cloth (optional)
  • Light source
Step by Step Instructions on how to make your very own CUSTOM light box:

Step One:
Prep your work area, have all of your tools handy. This step will save you time and a whole lot of aggravation!


Step Two:
Remove the top and bottom flap, leaving the two sides intact for light control purposes. Remove the side and top panels carefully, leaving a 1.5" edge all the way around. Be careful!! I scored the cardboard using a straight edge, making it easier to slice through with my utility knife. I have removed the bottom entirely. This way, I can use it over objects such as outdoor plants, etc. Remember to recycle everything you aren't going to be using!

Step Three:
Cut your paper table cloth (or tissue paper) to size. Tape carefully to each of the three open sides. I used a paper table cloth from the dollar store because it's a little more durable than tissue, and still a good transparency. In my house, I'd be afraid that the tissue paper would get torn too easily! As a bonus, you can cut the table cloth in one piece to wrap around all three sides.


Step Four:
This is the tricky part. I covered the inside of the box with a very thin white plastic tablecloth (again from the dollar store). I was finding that it was still a little dark with so much cardboard showing. Carefully trim and either tape or glue onto the inside, making sure to cover your corners. Ed. Note: I wonder if spray painting the inside of the box white first before step 3 would work. If anyone tries this tip, please leave a comment to let us know how it worked out!

Step Five:
Cut strips of Bristol board to fit into your light box. You want it long enough to go up the top on the inside and curve down onto your flat surface. Use as many different colors as you want for this and feel free to change it often!

Step Five: Set up your light source. Here's the great thing about this project. You control the light; the source, how much, how little, positioning - everything!! I picked up a cheap little florescent light fixture and it will be good for now. I have been having to adjust my white balance on the camera, so I would definitely suggest using an incandescent source. As you can see from my samples below, I am still working in the white balance to get a consistent subject color!
Here is the same hat shot with 3 different backgrounds.


Four different backgrounds used to shoot this glass tile pendant.

If I can do it, so can you!!! Honest. From start to finish, this DIY project took me just over an hour. Some of which was spent taking these photos for samples. I'm happy I invested this short amount of time. Now I don't have to wait for the sun, I can take my photos whenever the mood strikes me! The irony of this post is, the sun IS NOW SHINING!
Good luck to all of you! Happy Photo Shooting!!

Eye Candy

Monday's are crazy here. My son wants me to play, the house is a mess from the weekend and backyard deck renovations are in full swing. On top of my daily responsibilities, I am one of those "creative" type. A little scatter-brained at times, I always seem to have a project or 6 on the go at any given moment!! There are a lot of things begging for my attention and sometimes I lose track of what I am supposed to be doing. As I write this, I am in the middle of eating breakfast, cleaning my sons room and finishing a love knot scarf. Can't I just do ONE thing at a time????! Sometimes I am all over the place (physically AND mentally) and I need to tell myself to walk away, breathe and re-focus! Ahhhh, there we go! Re-FOCUS!!! It helps...for the most part! So on this crazy Monday, I'll keep my post short and sweet!! And give you a little something to gaze upon and you re-focus!
Happy Monday!!
P.S. While you are here, enter my giveaway!! Click HERE to enter! Good Luck to all of you!

doe Studio Benchmark Giveaway!

{Giveaway Time}
I have promised my fans a giveaway once I reached 600 Facebook Fans!! Mission accomplished!
One lucky winner.....

3 beautiful Multi-purpose, eco-friendly cloths

These workhorse cloths can do just about anything. Use these to: mop up spills, wipe dirty faces, clean counters, exfoliate and cleanse, do dishes, the list goes on.
Made from durable acrylic yarn in snow white.
Care instructions will be included, because hey, you have to look after them if you want them to look after you!!

How to Enter:

Visit doeStudio and tell me your favorite item in my shop. Please leave your comments here on my blog. (You must complete this entry before completing any of the bonus entries).

Bonus Entries:

Leave a separate comment when you complete the following bonus entries!
  • Follow me on Twitter and Tweet: Win a set of eco-friendly cloths from doe Studio http://www.doestudio.blogspot.com/ (You may enter daily, just leave a comment with each Tweet’s link)
  • Follow doeStudio on Facebook
  • Blog about this giveaway (Please leave a link to your post)

Please leave a comment about each entry, include a valid email address so I can get in touch with you if you are selected as the winner!

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on June 23, 2010.

Winner will be picked from Random.org. 
Good Luck.




I {RAN} a Half Marathon

Well, I did it folks!! It's done. Check one off the Bucket List!! Half Marathon....check!
We made a weekend of it, the family and I. We drove to Ottawa on the Friday night (about a 4 1/2 hour drive from where we live). We stayed with our family friends and had a great time. Saturday, we drove into the city and picked up our race kits at the Expo. It was PACKED!! After we picked up our kits, we went to the ByWard Market. Lots of fun browsing around, eating lunch and being entertained by two very athletic buskers!!
My amazing husband, Greg, and my equally amazing little boy Ethan, presented me with a necklace (that I am wearing in all the photos) of a runner with 21K on it! Ethan handed it to me and said "I'm so proud of you Mommy". I said thank you so much, to which he replied "It was all Daddy's idea". So honest and adorable when they are 4!! Fast Forward to RACE DAY!
Heather (my awesome sister and fellow runner) managed to find our place amongst over 10,000 runners (although I have also heard there were close to 30,000 participants but I can't confirm #'s!).
The race begins. We were in the 2nd of two wave starts. We had LOTS of room and never felt crowed out or run over. The sheer energy of the group of runners, the crowd, and the city was incredible!! I want to add here that during my training, the furthest I ran was 16K, in about 2 hours. Thankfully, they had water and gel stations as all races do, as well as the BEST idea ever, a sponge station! We also kept ourselves fueled with a natural energy drink, maple syrup water! Yummy! My personal favorite race day fuel was the HIGH FIVE (see above photo for reference)!!! Honestly, if I were feeling tired, I just ran over and got some high five fuel! The crowd was amazing and kept us pumped and reminded us constantly to remember all of the training we had been through. We were lucky enough to see our families about 10K into the run, the photo above was taken about 20 feet from where we saw them!
I really began to get tired about the 18K mark but pressed on. I was determined NOT to walk if at all possible. As we got closer and closer to the finish line, the crowd grew thicker and the cheers grew louder. "Dig Deep" "Looking Great you guys" "Not far to go!" "Keep it up Ladies"
We crossed the finish line, holding hands (we do that a lot!) at 2hours 28minutes and 09seconds!! It was overwhelming!! It was indescribable! It was the best feeling in the world!
As soon as we crossed the finish line we heard a familiar voice calling us. It was our MOM!! The best surprise EVER! She had driven almost 5 hours to surprise us at the finish line!! Such an incredible woman!
Finishing was euphoric! I have never been over come with so much emotion over RUNNING! Wow. We made our way to the Recovery Area where we stretched, ate oranges and yogurt and drank MORE water! I remember hugging Heather, and crying. Honest to goodness tears of joy!
Would I do it again? If you had've asked me 2 weeks before my run, I would have told you, "No this will be the one and only". But since you are asking me now, "Hell, yeah! Sign me up for next years Half!!" So in closing, I will say this. If you are thinking of taking up running or signing up for a Half Marathon, do your self a favor. DO IT!

Heather and I minutes after finishing!


Me, my Hubby, Greg and our Son Ethan


Celebrating with a glass of Champagne!

It's almost go time!

We'll here we are the final stretch of my half marathon training. Its been a long haul for sure! This training hasn't been easy, but it sure has been fun!!
A week and a half ago, I managed a very "easy" 14K run. I felt like a million bucks, I almost went for another 7...but decided not to over do it. I got home, really had a good stretch, a hot bath and went about my day. By that evening, I could feel it. It felt like a knife was twisting just inside and underneath my knee. Uh-oh!! Time for R.I.C.E. and anti-inflammatories.
Needless to say, I rested that poor knee for a week and a half! It seemed to work, and I continued my training wearing a knee brace for support. Whew!!! Not long now until race day.
I am really hoping that I can get myself back on track. And that I don't injure myself during my Half!!
EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog post was saved to my drafts and never published! I am publishing it now, even though the race is done!

Marathon Training Day 32

We are making some SERIOUS headway here!!
Recently I had been plagued by horrible shin splints, and after changing my shoes (see my last post) I have had a few good solid runs without terrible pain. I was still having to stop for mini 30 second breaks to "breathe into them" and try to break up some of the bad energy and pain. I have also been doing some stretching and shin specific exercises to help make them stronger. Well it must be working!
Today was my very first uninterrupted run since I began my training. I have been doing intervals up to this point and having to take "shin" breaks has been slowing me down! I ran a full 11.5K without one single break. This is big news for me and feel like I have hit a pivotal point in my training!! I am also very big on a 5 minute warm up and at least 5 - 10 minute cool down + stretching time. Felt really good today, almost like I was just floating along! Incredible!
My cross-training for the past couple of weeks has included: mountain biking, hot yoga, regular yoga and some home exercise DVD's (my fave is the belly dancing one - try it, it's fun!). I am feeling great and my body is loving all of the exercise I have been giving it lately. I am not entirely sure my efforts have resulted in any significant weight loss as of yet. Please read on to see why.
There's only one part of the equation that I am currently falling behind with. Nutrition. I need some serious help with my dietary struggles! I am so intimidated by what's right, what's not, and how to BUY, COOK and SERVE the stuff. If I were rich I would hire myself a personal nutritionist complete with the chef to prepare it and place it before me!! But, I digress!
My wonderful sister, Heather is doing a cleanse right now. I really should be joining her, but {again} I find myself struggling with the whole process of purchasing what's right, getting it home and THEN WHAT!? I seriously get lost with this stuff sometimes!! I have been eating better, for sure, but still...I could be taking this to the next level (and should be).
Hard to believe that one year ago (almost to the day) that I began my chemotherapy treatments. I have come a long way, and am not at all disappointed in how far I have come!
And I ain't finished yet!!!

Marathon Training ~ Day 19

I knew you'd miss me!
Well even though I haven't been keeping on top of my posts, I have been keeping on top of my training. Even with a couple of trips away during march break.Luckily, I went away with my sister, Heather, who is also training. We managed to go out for a few runs and sneak in an extra workout while we were there! It felt great to be on vacation and still maintain the running regime.
Let me take you back a couple of days....Monday's scheduled workout was Stretch and Strength. Fantastic! I'll make use of my recently neglected Hot Yoga membership and take a much needed class. It incorporates both the stretching and added strength that I am looking for. It was a fantastic class. 75 minutes of heated stretching, pose holding, deep breathing and sweating. Actually by the time I left the studio, it was a total of an hour and a half! I was rejuvenated! I am determined to go at least once a week!
I could feel my muscles getting really tight on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, yeowch!! I could hardly get out of bed!! My LEGS were so sore, that in order to walk I had to swing my legs from my hips. Ok, I said to myself, I'm going to make today my rest day. Wednesday wasn't much better, it was supposed to be a cross training day or easy run. Lets just say that on Wednesday, I walked. I walked around the yard. It was ALL I could do. Thursday was an improvement, I managed to stretch the legs out a bit. I met with Heather and we went for a 5k run. Just what I needed!!! I spent a lot of time after the run working on stretching out my hamstrings ~ which needed it badly! So I suppose my point here would be, that Hot Yoga kicks your ass and just be ready for it. It's a fantastic way to de-stress and work out at the same time (I didn't even mention once the REST of my body which is still feeling it a little...chaturanga really works your arms and back...holy cow!!). And yes, I will still be adding it to my weekly work out rotation. Yaaay....Hot Yoga!
Today, well, today officially a rest day, but since I wussed out on Tuesday, I'll make today my 5.5k run. And speaking of running (haven't I been doing that already!??!), I was having real problems with shin splints. I was really over-pronating on my left side and it was becoming a real problem, the pain was keeping me from pushing myself and I was constantly having to stop during a run. NEW SHOES ALERT!!

I decided it was time for some new footwear. The last pair I had were really great but not the right size and just didn't help my running! Well......my new Asics Cumulus 11's are amazing and I could feel the difference after one run! Is it possible to be in love with your shoes? Well, I am!

Marathon Training ~ Day Three!!

I did NOT do his Video today!!

Day Three on my half marathon training schedule is either an easy 2m run or some other cross training.
I had the best intentions of doing one of my Tony Horton DVD's for my cross-training session today. What I did instead turned out to be the most intense and invigorating workouts I've had in a long time!
Picture this. It's 11am. It's a nice spring morning, still a little crisp out but not cold enough to keep three kids indoors!! Hey, let's walk to the market and back ~ great idea!! I threw on the backpack for the groceries and strapped three kids into the wagon. It's a 2m walk, there and back. The kids (combined, of course) weigh in at approx. 100 lbs, plus the wagon! Down hill all the way there....which means uphill all the way back (and they are steep!!). I huffed and puffed my way back home lugging a 100 pound wagon full of kiddies and and a backpack full of groceries!!
My glutes were on fire, my lungs were working overtime and my biceps were bulging!! I will, no doubt, be feeling it tomorrow!
I don't know if Tony Horton has ever tried MY workout, he might want to give it a try... ;)

Marathon Training ~ Day 2

This is NOT me! (But it will be soon!!)
Day Two...
Started the day with a 3 mile (4.85 km) run in the sunshine this morning! Today was my first outdoor run in months (it was a long, cold and slippery winter here!). I took the time to map out my route yesterday, and even drove it to see how far it was....exactly 5km!! It was fun, and very challenging to tackle those hills...feeling really good!
So, it just happened that today I was also scheduled for my yearly physical. Perfect. I have an official "start" weight.
Here are my starting stats:
Weight 122.3 pounds
Pant Size: 6
I think that's enough for now, don't you?!! Oh, and P.S. I am NOT weighting myself again until I run my race!!

Half Marathon - Training Day ONE!!

Well, it's time. Finally time to get serious, get down to business and get my butt moving.
Back in November, my sister and I signed up for the Ottawa Marathon, May 30th, 2010 ~ both of us doing the half marathon. As the months flew by from then to now, I convinced myself the my once (maybe twice) a week run could be considered "training". It no doubt has prepared me in many ways, but I highly doubt it could be considered "training" by ANY means!
So here it is. Day One.
This means, I have 12 weeks, which amounts to 84 days, to whip this body of mine into half-marathon shape. Yikes. Seems a little scary but I know I can do it!!
If any of you have been following me over the past year, you'll know what I (and my poor body) have been through. For those of you don't follow me, the synopsis is: lost the baby, had 2 surgeries, diagnosed with GTD (pregnacy related cancer), chemo for 3 months, recovery, and have been given a "clean bill of health". (It sounds so much less tragic when surmised in this manner!!). I have so many reasons to compete in this race. Here are a few:
  1. Health ~ not to be taken for granted, although I often do. I really have a strong desire to feed the body well, take it to new fitness heights and test my abilities as an athlete.
  2. Motivation ~ having said what I have above, I sometimes find it VERY hard to stay motivated and I am hoping that this looming deadline of 12 weeks will keep me on top of any doubts I may have about myself.
  3. Personal goal ~ who wouldn't want to compete in their first EVER race a month after they celebrate their 40th birthday??
  4. Lifestyle ~ I am hoping that this way of life will become habitual and addictive. I really do want to be healthy, strong, capable and fit. For the rest of my life, not for just "right now".
  5. Nutrition ~ I want to eat better (how many times have we ALL said that), and learn how to feed my body so it operates at it's optimum. As a HUGE added bonus, I'm hoping it will rub off on my hubby and son. I want us all to eat better, for all of our sakes!!
  6. Mental Health ~ in my ongoing search for "me" in the Universe, I feel like this could help open doors and take me to a new spiritual level. Not only that, I know that running and overall improved health and fitness will help with so many things, like my ability to cope with stress, mental clarity, improved mood and energy levels. And the list goes on.
Now you know why this is so important to me.
So here is my first entry of many with regards to this "training" that I am embarking on. I searched the internet, magazines and books for a good, easy to follow training "calender". I found a lot of useful, complete and sometimes overwhelming programs. I found one that works for me (I am hoping it does, anyway!) and it's now on the Fridge.
Day ONE: Stretch and Strength. I like this because it incorporates two elements that I want to add to my fitness "addiction". Along with the running, I want to add some muscle tone and remain flexible. Cool!!
Okay....Here we go!

Past Creations ~ Future Aspirations

Each Christmas I dig up the family decorations, old and new. This year I pulled out some hand painted bears that I had painted about 7 years ago. Not to sound pretentious, but I was impressed!! You see, I used to enjoy Folk Art painting. I have quite a few very cool things that I have made in the past. I have taken to crocheting and other projects in the recent past and have retired the paint brushes. I had quite an inventory of paints, but haven’t been able to locate them since the move last year. Hmmm, me-thinks it’s time to do some digging! I really miss painting.
Here are a few items that I put on my tree!

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Along with cherishing things from the past, I have also been thinking about what the future holds! With the events of the past year, I have been doing some serious soul searching. I looked back to the days when I was working full time, going through major health issues, raising a small child, trying to manage a household while my husband worked extra hard to help put a roof over our head and food in our tummies. As I mentioned in an earlier post all of this combined with the New Year has given me a whole new perspective. I felt like I wanted to help. I felt compelled to help other women, Mothers, wives, corporate executives, and SAHM’s.

I know what the daily struggle is like. Staying organized and having a plan will help those who need it stay on track and able enjoy the time with their families and friends. So having been inspired by this desire to empower women to enjoy themselves, their lives, their families; I am in the process of opening “Om ~ Organized Mom”. This shop will offer printable pdf lists, trackers and goal sheets each designed with busy women in mind. In the future my hopes are to expand the shop and offer complete home organization packages that I will ship directly to you in a binder. It’s also my desire to write an eBook on Stress Management and Relaxation; Health and Wellness and much more. As soon as I get some items listed I'll let you know! The site address is Om Organized Mom to be activated soon!!! Check back for an opportunity to get your household chaos, dinner plans and your life back under control!!!




doe Studio.ca....goes LIVE!!

It's here! Finally!!! Actually, I went live with the site just around Christmas, but haven't blogged about it yet. So I really should be saying...It's finally here...my blog about my new website!!
It's been a labour of love with lots of work getting content material written, the online Shopping cart set up and photos organized and uploaded. I used a free website for site building, called Yola.com. It's been SO easy, looks good and did I mention it was FREE!!!? They have lots of free templates to chose from, so you can pick one that's suitable for your needs. See them here!
I used a few tools to get things going. I really had to edit and resize my photos in order to maximize the upload capacity that you get with the free site. It is a bit limited, but I don't think I'll ever reach my max! (never say never though, right?!). I use a program called Webresizer.com. It's fantastic. Not only does it allow me to shrink the size of my photos, the program optimizes them for a sharper, clearer image. There are extra capabilities such as cropping, lighting adjustments and border selection. Well worth looking into if you have the need for this kind of a service.
I was able to add a Shopping tab, which I am extra excited about. Hoping that folks will check it out and use the Shopping cart that is set up through PayPal!! I am still working out some of the kinks but have been having such a great time!
Please come by for a visit! Let me know that you visited. Leave me a comment!

doeStudio.ca

{new Perspective}

The New Year has given me a new perspective. One like never before. I'm sure it has that effect with a lot of people, and I have experienced it on a smaller scale in the past. But this year has been different. I have re-evaluated myself, my goals, my life. I am proud to say that I have made some wonderful discoveries.
As some of you already know, I was diagnosed with cancer little over a year ago. It changed my life. Not only did I lose the baby I had been dreaming of for so long, I had a huge fight on my hands. We managed, somehow, to keep smiling and carry on. Almost a year to the day of diagnosis, I received the "all clear" from my oncologist. I am free from weekly blood work, chemo treatments and doctors visits. It is a true sense of freedom. Elated can only begin to describe the feeling.
So, with this new found freedom, this gift of a healthy body and sound mind, I begin the year. On my journey inward, here are some things that I found out about myself:
  • I am addicted to self-help books, enlightened reading material and anything written about using the Law of Attraction in your life!
  • I am strong. My legs are very strong, and I have promised to give them a "run" for their money by signing up for my first race: a half marathon in May.
  • I turn 40 this year, and am determined to be in the best shape of my life.
  • I am creative. This has it's pros and cons! I sometimes can't stop the wheels from churning, even at 3 am. I have so many ideas and just not enough hands to create it all!
  • I have an entrepreneurial spirit. As I begin to believe in myself more and more, I am dreaming of ways to turn my strengths, talents and ideas, into exciting and viable streams of income.
  • I love my life. Despite the events of the last year (and probably as a result of it all), I am so incredibly happy.
  • I love my space. We moved into a new home weeks before I got sick last year. I truly believe that this wonderful space, with it's great view of the nearby lake, has helped me to heal faster and keep a positive outlook on all of life's situations.
  • I enjoy making the most of any situation. In a positive, constructive manner.
  • I love Hot Yoga. I love everything about it. I love where I practice it, the instructors who share their expertise, guidance and light. I even love the "hurt" the next day. I only wish I could participate more often.
  • I really miss painting. I used to take folk art painting classes, and have made some fun pieces in the past. Some of those were Christmas Tree ornaments that I pull out every year. This year, I actually said to myself..."hey, these are really great!", and took some photos. I'll put them up in my next post.
  • I refuse to underestimate myself, my abilities and my talents from this day forward.
I am sure there are more discoveries to uncover, and they will reveal themselves as life unfolds! For now, I am so happy to have come into the New Year with the sense of hope, wonder and opportunity.
My wish for you is to discover your strengths, talents and all of the things that make you happy in life. Make the most of every moment. Starting right now.

It's okay to get excited about Angora!!!

Sorry!! I, like many people, have been severely distracted from my blog posts by a teensie-weensie cultural event we know as Christmas!! We had our last family get-together last night, almost two-months after the inception of the season! Needless-to-say, I have been busy this morning taking down decorations, "un-trimming" the trees and putting everything back to normal...whatever that is!
So, lets get to the reason for this post. Angora. Shortly before Christmas, I received a very big and exceptionally delightful (I giggled when I opened it up) shipment of Angora blend yarn. Lots of gorgeous colors, just ready to get hooked into lovely scarves! I spent a lot of time this season whipping up gifts for teachers, bus drivers and various other recipients, all of whom were delighted with the loveliness that is Angora.
Now that time is a tad more abundant, I will be adding several styles of the angora scarf to my inventory!! I'll be sure to update you when they arrive.
In the meantime...eye candy for the Angora-lover in you!!!