Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Blues

The lead up to Christmas is usually the best time of the year for me, this year, no exceptions. It was made even better by the fact that this year I didn't have to work and I didn't have my yearly *death* cold. I was really able to get into the Christmas spirit this year.

However, the downside to all that anticipation and excitement, is the period between Christmas and New Year's. I find this time of year to be easily the most depressing time of year, hands down. Christmas is over, nothing more to look forward to for another year (or at least until Valentine's Day), the decorations are still up but instead of being bright and cheerful they appear garish, sad, and slightly wilted. Even with all the wonderful gifts one receives during this time of year I find it really easy to slide into a melancholy funk that is very hard to get out of.

This year, I have taken steps to combat this depression.

1) All Christmas decorations are packed and put away either on Boxing Day or the day after.

2) No more Christmas themed movies or music played in my house.

3) Everything, including new gifts are put away and incorporated into the household as soon as possible.

4) Take vitamins. Vitamin D has really been helping me this year, especially this winter. We have only north facing windows in our apartment so not a lot of natural light coming in!

The biggest one is putting the Christmas decorations away. They were always the saddest part of the days after Christmas to me and it really makes a world of difference not having them up. And just, really? Try not to think about it or dwell on the fact that Christmas is over for another year. After all, there is so much to look forward to in the New Year, right?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hoping everyone's Christmas is wonderful and joyous!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Etsy Finds


Wow! So exciting to wake up to the news that my Blue Wire Wrapped Marble made it into the Etsy Finds email! I've been on Etsy for 2 years and 4 months and I've never been featured in the Finds email or on the front page before so this is just so exciting!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Castle in the Sky

awesome photos  - Ice Castle
see more Epic Win FTW

So beautiful. Don't know if it's Photoshopped or not, or where it's from, but it's so pretty I just had to share it!

From: http://epicwinftw.com/

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vitamins

I started taking my vitamins again daily as I know I'm not getting the proper nutrition I need through my meals. Like, I hate milk so I don't drink it so I don't get as much calcium as I need. I'm also very vitamin D deficient so I have to take at least 3000 IU a day and it looks like I'm lacking in iron too so I'm now taking one a day.

I looked down at my hand today and counted how many pills I'm taking. Twelve. Twelve pills a day and that still isn't everything I need to take!

3 - Calcium supplements
3 - Vitamin D
1 - Iron
1- Cod Liver Oil
1 - Stress Ease (Vitamin B)
3 - Vitamin C - chewable.

I should still be taking a multi-vitamin, just to cover the rest of the stuff an adult is supposed to take but I just can't be bothered to right now.

And the funny thing? I just started to take these pills but I took a few of them when I was a kid (specifically the vitamin C and cod liver oil). It amazes me how much I'd been craving the vitamin C until I started taking it again. I love vitamin C and until I started taking it again I never realized it.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Surgery

So, I promised a more detailed accounting of the surgery I underwent but have been recovering since my last post, so here it is.

I underwent a tubal ligation on Monday. It was a day surgery, so I was in and out of the hospital all in one day. I'd been planning on having one for the past 2 years as my husband and I don't want children and I strongly dislike taking HBC (I don't like messing with my body too much and the hormones and chemicals make me nervous). I arrived at the hospital at 8:30 in the morning to be ready for my surgery at 10:30 thanks to a great friend who gave me a ride. I wasn't at all nervous about it on the days leading up to that day, but I was nervous that morning.

It's funny, I wasn't nervous about the surgery, no I was nervous about being put to sleep for the surgery. I've never had a surgery before Monday so I had no idea what to expect. It was really easy though. Luckily for me, everyone at the hospital was really nice and explained what was going to happen in great detail so my nerves settled pretty fast.

Anyways, at 10:30 I was given some medicine to drink that would suppress acid reflux and wheeled into the pre-operating room where I was hooked up to an IV (yay, needles!). The anesthesiologist explained took the time to tell me how they were going to put me to sleep, how long I'd be out, and what would happen when I woke up in recovery. She, and one of my nurses were absolute angels! So, so nice and comforting! Very shortly afterwards, I was wheeled into the operating room - and I can't believe how many people are in there for the surgery, they really take care of you - and transferred to the operating table. I was given oxygen and they administered the drugs to put me to sleep. That was so strange! One moment I was totally fine - a little nervous mind you, but fine - then next, it felt like I was spinning and woozy and could barely keep my eyes open. Closed them for a second and woke up in recovery!

Not gonna lie, I was hurting and disorientated when I woke up, but it was my throat and shoulder that hurt the most. My throat because of the breathing tube I had in and my shoulder because one of the side effects of anesthetic is muscle fatigue and soreness and it's usually the shoulders that hurt the most. The lights were too bright and man, when the cramps kicked in it felt as bad as I'd ever had them during that time of the month. But they were keeping a close eye on me and I was able to get some morphine for the pain and soon I was out of there and back to the day surgery waiting room.

I'm pretty lucky. Though I was feeling pretty bad right after the surgery, after the morphine kicked in, I was pretty good. Just a little dizzy. Another girl came out of surgery same time as I did, and she was definitely feeling a lot worse than I was. She was sick and throwing up and very, very dizzy. I was able to get myself mostly dressed (the thing I missed most while waiting and afterwards in recovery was my own underwear. I mean, you're completely naked under those gowns and underwear can go a long ways towards improving your morale) and just lay there waiting for my husband to come and pick me up.

I was feeling alright for the rest of that day, just sore, tired and a little out of it. Tuesday though, I felt terrible and it wasn't from the incisions or anything down there. It was the muscle fatigue and soreness. I was so stiff and sore that my neck, shoulders and arms hurt so bad I couldn't support my own weight so I couldn't lie down and then get back up. My legs were so sore I couldn't lift them off the ground. Tuesday sucked but it went away really fast. Wednesday I was a lot less stiff and Thursday all I had left were a bit of cramps. Totally fine today just can't wait for the stitches to come out.

I think the worst part of the entire process was taking the medicine for the acid reflux. It was horrible; bitter and sour, and I nearly threw it right back up. Waking up in recovery wasn't really nice either, but the disorientation passed quickly, and they watch you very closely there to make sure you're alright.

So that's it, how it went. I'm happy I did this. I'm happy I found a doctor who respected me and my choices enough to help me get the surgery I wanted. I'm very grateful that I've recovered as well and completely as I have and I'm so happy that I've had very little negative effects as a result of this surgery.

Monday, December 6, 2010

What happened to November?

I fell under a rock and stayed there for a while. Like, all of November.

Well, that's not really true. Since being laid off, November has actually been my busiest month. I did 5 show (one every weekend from the first week of November to just last Saturday) including a 4 day show (my first big show, yay!). I also took a 5 day trip out to Kelowna to visit my parents and hang out with my brothers. There was a lot of tv watching, wine drinking and Mario playing involved with that trip. It was really nice to see them, especially seeing as I hadn't seen them since last Christmas and we won't be going down this year.

I've been so busy making and selling and running around that November slipped away from me before I could post about it. My apologies. It really was an eventful, fulfilling month and I'm sorry we didn't get to share it.

Now we are into December. Only December 6th, and so much has happened already. I had a show on the 4th which, while always fun to do, was very slow sales-wise. Which is sad and really makes me re-evaluate doing these monthly shows with the Mafia. Why do they consistently charge so much for the shows, but advertise so little? It's not only my responsibility to gather in customers; they need to advertise too!

The biggest news of December comes from today however. Today I had my first surgery. I got a tubal ligation done. No, I don't have kids, nor do I really want them. I had this done because of this. I am very, very tired of remembering to take a pill daily, ingesting hormones and chemicals that messes up your (or at least, my) body. I'm tired of taking the risks of birth control - it isn't 100% effective after all! I did this because, at the end of the day, it's my body and my choice. I chose to not have kids and I chose the best method for me to avoid this. I do not want children (not to say that I don't like them, because I do... in small doses) and I am happy to say now that, because of my very first surgery, I won't.

I have more to say about the surgery (how it went, what it was like, etc.) and why I don't want children, but for now, I'm going to lie down. I'm not hurting, just sore and a bit crampy. My heating pad is calling me and I'm going to spoil myself for a couple of days.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

This question popped up on my facebook today and, of course, you get some people answering this with the usual smart-alecky responses.

"Long weekend!"
"Time and a half at work!"
"Another wasted day!"

And that, in my opinion, is so disrespectful and demeaning to the hard work and sacrifices made by our armed troops in times of war. Remembrance Day is a day to remember the brave men and boys who fought for peace and independence. It is observed on November 11 to mark the end of the first World War. It is a day for quiet contemplation, for reflection, for honouring those who lay down their lives in service of their country and fellow man. It is NOT "another wasted day" and should never be regarded as such.

To me, Remembrance Day is a day I am fiercely proud to be Canadian and fiercely proud of our armed men and women fighting for peace and independence. It is a day to remember and honour those who fought so bravely for independence for me and future generations. It is a day to remember the dead and to honour them. It is a day not to be forgotten.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Treasury Time

It's been a while since I did up a treasury so I made a couple today. Both Christmas themed, of course!

First one I did is a steampunk treasury. I tried to find as many steamy ornaments as I could but there weren't that many.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cd8768e4f496d9162dac5fd/a-very-steamy-christmas

Secondly, looking at the ornaments made me want to do this next one up.
**Disclaimer: No actual boobies or penis ornaments included in this treasury!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cd87b5437a78eef0c4bc8a4/ornament-porn

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!


This one was one of my favourites! It was featured in a Hallowe'en special Disney did in the 80's. Remember when there used to be a Disney movie every Sunday night? That was one they did for Hallowe'en. All I remember about it was that it was a bunch of scary songs with Disney clips in place of the video. (Ie. Evil Woman featured the wicked stepmothers and witches from Disney movies like Snow White) I wish I could find it again, but in the meantime, here is another great clip.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pain

Ok, to start, I'm a big reader. I love to read; I love books. (Books are my babies.) I read a lot of fantasy, urban fantasy, horror fantasy, and romance (yes, I admit it). People tend to get beat up a lot in these types of books, in fact, some even die. But it isn't the ones that die I want to talk about right now, it's the ones who get beaten up.

As some of you are aware, I fell (dramatically) and broke a few ribs in August. I was incapacitated, barely able to move for a week with huge amounts of pain and suffering for another month (almost 2). In fact, my ribs still hurt and I need to be careful how I move lest they hurt even more. What I don't understand (and how this ties in to the previous paragraph), is how the heroine (or hero) of the above mentioned books is injured, broken ribs too, is able to walk away from - or even continue fighting in - whatever situation brought about these injuries.

Before I fell, I too thought that broken ribs were something to be brushed off, a quick recovery, no big deal. Not so anymore; the pain of that fall is, to date, the most horrible thing I've ever experienced in my life. It was so bad, I thought I managed to break my back and had my husband call 911 and I was expecting to be told I'd done permanent damage to myself.

How do these heroines (or hero's) brush this off? The pain and fear. Am I just a wimp? Can I truly not handle pain? I've suffered many years of debilitating cramps and this was way worse. I've broken my arm before, didn't hurt nearly as bad so what gives? The only theory I've come up with (aside from the whole, I'm a wimp thing) is that perhaps the author has never felt this pain before and, never having felt the pain of broken ribs, does not know how severe it really is. How incapacitating it can be.

Either that, or I really am a wimp.

Monday, October 25, 2010

What a way to start the day!

Woke up to snow on the ground this morning.

It's still snowing.

Treasuries!

Here are the links to the latest treasuries I've done up on Etsy.

Rich

Spicy - All Alberta talent!

I'm going to start posting the links whenever I make new treasuries.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guess what day it is?

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear Jasmin,
Happy Birthday to me!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pinkwashing

My cousing shared a newslink on facebook and I wanted to share it with everyone here. It really makes you think about the charity purchases you make.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20101008/pinkwashing-pink-ribbon-101009/

My auntie (my cousin's mother) died of breast cancer and my grandmother successfully beat it back so this issue is close to my heart. I really want to support these products, I really wish the companies donated more though. Companies should NOT benefit off of survivors pain and suffering. That's why, in the past few years, if I want to donate, I'll donate directly to http://www.cbcf.org/en-US/home.aspx.

Think Before You Pink.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Food

What's your favourite thing to do with leftovers? My absolute favourite thing to do as a kid was to make sandwiches out of them. Leftover sausages, meatloaf, or hamburgers? Make a sandwich. Delicious!

Actually, I think my favourite food is a sandwich. There's something about the right combination of a good, grainy bread and fillings that just satisfies me to the core. My favourite? Twelve grain bread, extra-old cheddar cheese, mayo (Miracle Whip, to be exact) and iceberg lettuce with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Absolutely perfect!

Excuse me. I have a sandwich calling my name.

Friday, October 1, 2010

TEAM SALE

We are the Alberta Team and we're thrilled to tell you about our Autumn Harvest Sale! From Oct 1 - 7 check out the shops listed below for great items and great sales!! Each shop is offering their own promotion.

Also check out our team blog at http://www.etsyalberta.blogspot.com!

Alberta Team Autumn Harvest Sale
*Please check all Shop Announcements for Specific Sale Details*

Accessories
http://www.etsy.com/shop/maceme 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/4rcom 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FPWear 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cindylouwho2 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/giddyupandgrow 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kidmarket Buy 2 and get 1 free of equal or lesser value
http://www.etsy.com/shop/applepieaccessories Free Shipping

Art
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (your choice) with purchase of $5+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenndphotography Buy 1 Print, Get 1 Print Free
http://www.etsy.com/shop/taibossigai 10% off all items + shipping included
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluefuze 10% off

Bags and Purses
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nanabrowns 15% off (custom orders excluded)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off

Bath and Beauty
http://www.etsy.com/shop/misticalacscents 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off & Breast Cancer Month freebie

Books and Zines
http://www.etsy.com/shop/farrensquare 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Children
http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlebuggers 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaswoodshop 15% off puzzles & teethers (excludes custom)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlebowteek 10% Off Regular Priced Items
http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Unnamomma 10% off & free shipping on orders of $25+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off & Breast Cancer Month Freebie
http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperdollaccessories 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/giddyupandgrow 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/freyamaclean Free Canadian Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BennyAndBoo 10% off all blankets
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Applepieaccessories Free Shipping

Crochet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/amandafenniak 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ufer See shop announcement for details

Dolls and Miniatures
http://www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 20% off

Everything Else
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Geekery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Glass
http://www.etsy.com/shop/juliechristie Free continental shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 50% off 1 item (see Shop Announcement)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/glasscircus 20% off

Holidays
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SnowmanCollector 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/gollygeegeorge Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mygrandpaspen 20% off (excludes custom orders)

Housewares
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sybillinart 15% off - See shop announcement
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (buyer's choice) with purchase of $5+

Jewelry
http://www.etsy.com/shop/frogprincessdesigns 15% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewelrybyirene 15% discount (excludes Sale/PIF Items)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/aosta 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/peacockandlime 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/4rcom 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/themegshop 10% Off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/annakozi free shipping + individual marked down items
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Splurge 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellissimadesigns 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/asecondtime 10% off & free shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dearange 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cindylouwho2 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sandijagt 15% off (convo first for 20% off!)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/rozzie Blow Out Super Sale Section! Up to 40% off select items!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/robynlisa1979 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 50% off 1 item (see Shop Announcement)

Knitting
http://www.etsy.com/shop/knittymaxx 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/blockheaters Free continental shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ufer See shop announcement for details

Paper Goods
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mygrandpaspen 20% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/42things 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootcards 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hdawnparratt 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCraftyBug 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sushipapercraft Free set of 3 notepads with purchase
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (your choice) with purchase of $5+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftedbylindy 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/farrensquare 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hannahcherie 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/horncatcreations 10% off any orders over $10
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FPWear 10% off

Patterns
http://www.etsy.com/shop/irenebeadsandbaubles 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewsewagain Buy 2 patterns, choose 1 for free

Supplies
http://www.etsy.com/shop/squirrelstock Buy 2 get 1 FREE
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyGrandpasPen 20% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/claychicks Free Shipping

Toys
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaswoodshop 15% off puzzles & teethers (excludes custom)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tweeling 10% off (excludes custom orders) http://www.etsy.com/shop/freyamaclean Free Canadian Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/stufd 10% off

Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/aosta 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ANewLife 10% off

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Still Some of the Best Advice I've Heard

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t
.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t
, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out
.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen

Baz Lurmann


PS. I graduated the year after this song came out. (Class of '00!) Class of '99 used this as their grad song.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New listings!

I've been really bad about posting my new listings on my blog! Here is everything I've listed in the past while!

Treasuries!

Made three fan-tabulous treasuries today, if I do say so myself! I'm feeling lazy, so here are the links if you want to check them out:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c880a8f9b0a8eef92edd56b/golden-afternoon#4c8830db9b0a8eef00a7e26b

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c88014c1c9e8eef0c7e889d/turquoise-and-red#4c8830df9b0a8eef61a8e26b

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c87fa2e1c9e8eeffa3e869d/cranberry-and-muted-green#4c8830ea65946d913350d70e
This one was made using the pushpins by the fabulous MarissaPieces as a starting point.

So many people have told me how happy they were to be featured. It makes me so, so happy to make others happy. Today has been a good day.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Ongoing Bathroom Saga

I've told you about my bathroom no longer having a roof (and what happened to me as a result, darn ribs!). Let me tell you what's been happening her the past couple of days.

We received a notice Wednesday night that the building we live in will be painted, starting Thursday. This is a good thing as the building is about 60 years old and was looking run down on the outside (mostly very, very dirty). What we didn't realize was that they were going to be painting by spraying the building and, as a result, the windows (and doors, and vents and outside lights, etc.) needed to be covered up. The painters taped up all the windows of the building Thursday afternoon... and left. It was hot outside (for September). It got really hot inside. Thursday night it got to about 30 degrees Celsius inside before my husband, in desperation, took a big knife to the plastic and slit it open out of desperation. It was required. Of course, we had to tape it back up Friday morning when the painters came back.

Friday was bad. I left for a while but I needed to be back because a gentleman was coming into our suite to start repairing the roof. Finally, yay! Didn't get much done but it was a start. Before he left, he assured me the plastic would be down by the evening and it was, thankfully.

Today, after a couple hours work, we finally got our bathroom back. So happy! They put in a drop ceiling, which I thought was weird for a bathroom, but as long as it doesn't go moldy and make us sick, I don't care. Of course, it was a mess (dust everywhere) so I cleaned it - top to bottom- which, with a cracked rib, wasn't fun let me tell you! But it was Necessary so it had to be done.

I have a bathroom, with a roof, again. No more exposed pipes, dusty floorboards, or insulation to stare at while, ahem, on the loo. No more need for 5 minute, lightning fast showers. I can have a bath. Actually... Hmm... That's a good idea.

Night all. Off to get reacquainted with my bubble bath.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pain!

So, I was tossing and turning last night because my ribs were hurting and I was having trouble sleeping. This is not a good thing to do with cracked ribs. I tossed so hard, I came down on my right side (the side with the cracked ribs) that I woke up really fast! Ouch!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Catch Up

So I've been away for a while. Even though I haven't been working things have been crazy around here.

It all started with (what we thought was) a leaky toilet. We noticed, one day about 2 weeks ago now, that there was water pooling around the toilet and we thought that our toilet was leaking. I didn't want to say anything to the landlord yet as I thought it might have been the tub or shower's fault. Two mornings later - very early I might add - I got up to go the the washroom. It was still dark out. As I was sitting on the toilet finishing my business, I felt a drip on my shoulder. I looked up and noticed the roof (which, in our bathroom was covered with wainscoting) looked damp. I thought it was odd, but I was half asleep so it didn't alarm me to much. I washed the drip off and went back to bed. I did mention to Wade that I thought the roof was leaking, but, again it was early and we didn't do anything about it.

Two days later, about mid afternoon, I walked into the bathroom to see water flowing down the wall and the roof dripping in 2 spots. Called the landlord right away. Both owners come out and, after some poking around both in my bathroom and the guy's bathroom upstairs, we found out the seal om his toilet is broken. Yup, we had toilet water flowing/dripping into our bathroom. Awesome.

Landlord comes back 2 days later (on last Sunday) to check on our roof and the upstairs toilet. They determined that the wainscoting must come down to check for water damage from the toilet. Yuck. Turns out, there was water damage, but not from the toilet but from our shower and the previous owner of the building put up the wainscoting to cover up the damage (you know, instead of fixing it). So the entire roof had to come down. We had bare pipes and floorboards as a roof.

As a result, we were told (by one of the owners - V) not to use the shower but rather use the shower in the empty suite downstairs. (It turns out, the poor guy upstairs had been using this toilet instead of his own since first discovering the leak and continued using it until the plumber came and fixed it this past Tuesday.) We were Not Happy, but it needed to be fixed so, fine.

Monday morning. I didn't want to shower down there alone so I got up with Wade to go for a morning shower. I showered first. I should note here that this suite had been upgraded (where ours hasn't yet) and it had laminate flooring and tile flooring for the kitchen and bathroom. Wade was in the shower. We hadn't brought any mats for the flooring so I was standing on the bare tile applying cream to one foot. (Yes, I was standing on one foot). Suddenly, somehow, I lost my footing and began to fall. I really don't remember landing but Wade says I landed on my back and right side all I remember next is lying on the floor trying, and failing, to breathe through the pain. I couldn't breathe and I felt so much pain like I'd never felt before (and hope to never feel again). I thought I'd broken my back, I'd done some irreparable damage, I was going to die. I had to sit up because the pain was 100 times worse on my back. The first thing I did, once I caught my breathe, was tried to scream through the pain. (Wade was scrambling out of the shower, dripping and trying to help me at the time. I was wearing his towel so he couldn't even wrap himself up, poor guy.)

I made Wade call 911. I was in full out panic-mode. Hyperventilating and trying to breathe in such a way that it didn't hurt my back. I managed to pull on my underwear and my tank top by the time the ambulance arrived (sorry, but I do not want to be sitting there wrapped in a towel when the EMT's arrived) and was sitting there in some serious pain. Wade kept telling me not to move. The EMT's looked at me sitting there (and their arrival stopped my panic attack and I was pretty embarrassed by then for making Wade call 911), looked at my back and said that, since I was sitting, and looking at my back, there seemed to be no damage, there wasn't any point in going to the hospital for a 6 hour wait. They'd bring me in if I wanted, but it was up to me. Again, I was embarrassed so I said no.

Wade helped me upstairs (and, let me tell you, standing hurt like a SOB) and took the day off work to make sure I was ok. (He really is a great guy.) I've been hurting ever since. Tuesday my back wasn't hurting as much, strangely it was my ribs hurting more (Wade says I landed on my right, so I guess it makes sense).

Plumber came in on Tuesday with the other owner (D - not the one who told us to use that bathroom downstairs) and told me it's silly we're using that one and, as long as we shower with the door open and the fan on there's no problem with us using our own bathroom. I was not pleased with the other owner(V).

I was able to sit up at the computer by Wednesday and I thought I was getting better. I still hurt generally (especially at night when trying to go to sleep), but I thought I was healing. I really, really hurt though when sitting/standing up and if I twisted in any weird way. Thursday I really hurt so Friday I went to the Medicentre. Spent 2 hours waiting to see a doctor to find out I cracked a rib when I fell and that's why I still hurt.

Awesome. According to the doctor, it'll be another 3 weeks until the cracked rib heals so if it hurts, don't do it. There's nothing they can do for ribs; they're meant to move so I'll be hurting for a while. I did get a prescription for T3's thank goodness so I'll be able to sleep at night.

All this because of a lousy, leaky toilet.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sylvan Lake

Going out to Sylvan Lake again this weekend. No, I'm not going for fun and relaxation though (unfortunately). I going out to be a vendor at the Sylvan Lake Artisan Market. So much fun! I get to hang out all day with some of the crazy ladies from the Etsy Alberta Street Team as well as some new (to me) and fun vendors too!

If you are in the neighbourhood, come on by and check us out, for the entertainment value if nothing else!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Looking back

Looking back through past posts, I have to admit (not tooting my own horn here) that I had some good things to say. Or, maybe not good things to say, but brave. I posted this, and told everyone who I am and what my self conscious thoughts are. I posted this, to make you laugh. I posted this, to remind me to love. I posted this, to remember, to laugh and to love.

Looking back, I read and I smile and I cry.

I remember how I felt writing those old posts.

And I'm happy.

Spaghetti

Hmmm, nothing smells as good as spaghetti sauce bubbling away in the pot. I love spaghetti; it's a delicious accumulation of tomato sauce, meat, pasta, fresh veggies and hard work. I've already posted my recipe for spaghetti here so I won't bore you with it again. I did try something new today: I added garlic sausage. And, man! is it ever good sausage. Yummy, yummy, yummy. I can't wait for dinner!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Craft Sale Day

Doing the Handmade Mafia today. It's a monthly craft sale in Edmonton that features about 30 local artisans and crafters. If you're in Edmonton, you should come down and check us out. We're in the Orange Hall right behind the Old Strathcona's Farmer's Market.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Stop Procrastinating!

I need to kick my creativity back into high gear. I need to get out of this creative rut I'm in. Wait. No that's wrong. The problem is not my creativity level. I've got ideas. Tons of ideas of things I want to make and paint and write. No motivation.

To make:
Bangles - silver bangle bracelets some with extra design features, some plain
Rings - stone set rings! My own settings!
Cuftts - hammered, patinaed, cut shapes!
Upper arm cuffs - cause they're cool
More pouches, purses and bags

To paint:
More collages - they're fun
Mountains
Dreamscapes
Mini canvases, large canvases, giant ones!

To write:
That Edmonton gargoyle story is still the top of my brain and it isn't gonna write itself. I think of it ever time I', downtown looking at the skyscrapers.
The angel story.
The one about the boys.
Children's stories.

There is so much more too. That's all I can think of right now.

I think I need to stop procrastinating and just get to it. I need to stop making excuses and I need to stop saying I'll do it later. Do it now! Do it today! Don't wait!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Three New Treasuries

Fine Art Finds










Though I know I should be wary










Green Alberta Summer



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Work

My final day at this job will be August 5th. I'm really not sure what I'm going to do after the job ends. Right now, I'm so tired of everything I just don't even want to find a job for a while. I will though even if it is just a part-time job for now. I just want to take some time to get my head back on straight, get over this job and really figure out what I want to do with my life.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Etsy Treasuries

Made my first couple of treasuries today in Etsy. Never tried them before because, frankly, the thought of having to try get one of only a few available among thousands of Etsians trying to get one was just intimidating.





What do you think?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Festivals and Craft Shows

Busy, busy, busy!

I've had a busy past week and these next couple of weekends will be busy too!

Last Saturday I had the great fortune to be invited down to Sylvan Lake for their first Artisans Market and I had a blast! The show was located in the community hall, just one block from the lake! I got to take a quick look around town before the show (never been before!) and what a pretty town! Loved it and will definitely be back to visit. Sales weren't to bad and people are definitely excited that we'll be back on the 17th.

Just this past Tuesday/Wednesday I had the opportunity to be a part of the Works, an Artistic showcase in downtown Edmonton. Sales were definitely slower, but it was great to get out and see what else is out there. Had so much fun hanging out with the other vendors it definitely made up for the slack sales. Got pretty sick on the second day though so that was so not fun to tough out, but I did. I figure it was a good experience (even though I lost money on it) in that it got my name out there some more at different events here in Edmonton.

So, doing the Handmade Mafia on Saturday and the next Sylvan Lake Market the following Saturday too. I'm pretty much booked for the rest of the summer (Sylvan Lake is every second Saturday) but I'm definitely happy about it. It all gets me noticed, out of the house (and work occasionally!), and it gets me sales for which I'm very grateful.

I'll try check in more though. I'm such a bad blogger!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

I love Canada Day. It signifies the beginning of summer to me. Hot sun, good food, friends, family, and fireworks. I think my favourite is the fireworks (it's where my love of sparkles comes from) and spending time with family. Out here in Edmonton it's just Wade and I but we've made a good family with some of the friends we've made.

Happy birthday Canada. I am so happy and proud to have been born here with you.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Handmade In Canada!

The Alberta Street Team in conjunction with the TransCanada Etsy Team, will be participating in Handmade in Canada from Thursday, June 24 - Thursday, July 1. The Alberta Street Team shops participating in the sale are:

Accessories
http://www.kidmarket.etsy.com Buy 2 items & get 3rd of equal or lesser value free

Art
www.bellissimadesigns.etsy.com 25% everything except shipping
www.butterflycove.etsy.com 10% off everything
www.calzephyr.etsy.com a free maple leaf magnet with every purchase
www.taibossigai.etsy.com10% off everything

Bags and Purses
www.HannanaBananas.etsy.com 15% off everything except shipping
www.nanabrowns.etsy.com 10% off-custom orders excluded

Bath and Body
http://www.etsy.com/shop/carvelcountrysoaps 15% off regular priced items
http://MisticalAcScents.etsy.com 10% off everything, refunded through PayPal
www.etsy.com/shop/SimplyTempted 15% off total order & free Body Bar with orders over $20

Candles
www.solascandles.etsy.com 20% off everything except shipping

Children
www.allcreatedwithcare.etsy.com 10% off everything in the shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ApplePieAccessories 10% off everything
www.kidsloveletters.etsy.com 10% off everything
www.lilrokker.etsy.com 10% off everything & free bib or pac clip with diaper bag purchase
www.littlebowteek.etsy.com 10% off everything excluding shipping & "sale" section
http://littlejumpingbeans.etsy.com an extra 15% off all items in the SALE section
www.etsy.com/shop/LoveMyBump 10% off everything in the shop
www.Mamaswoodshop.etsy.com 15% off everything in shop
www.myuberlicious.etsy.com Buy 3 get 1 free

Clothing
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pondhopper 10% off everything

Crochet
www.amandafenniak.etsy.com 20% off everything

Glass
www.glasscircus.etsy.com 15% off all items

Holiday
http://www.etsy.com/shop/snowmancollector 10% off everything except shipping

House wares
www.kidsloveletters.etsy.com 10% off everything

Jewellery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ApplePieAccessories free shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/asecondtime 10% off everything excluding shipping
www.AWillowsNest.etsy.com 10% off an entire purchase
www.theblackstarboutique.etsy.com 15% off in my shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ColorBazaar 15% off everything in shop
www.dearange.etsy.com 15% off anything in my shop refund via PayPal
http://www.funkymamajewelry.etsy.com15% off purchase excluding shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/frogprincessdesigns 20% off everything in stock
www.Happybead.etsy.com 20% off everything
www.jewelrybyirene.etsy.com 20% off everything
www.kabukikreations.etsy.com free shipping
www.kraze4paper.etsy.com 10% off everything in the shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/metalmorphoz 10% off everything in the shop
www.peacockandlime.etsy.com 10% off everything
www.sandijagt.etsy.com 20% off everything.
www.etsy.com/shop/sheids 15% off everything in the shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Splurge free shipping
www.themegshop.etsy.com 10%off everything
www.treasurepalis.com Prices have been reduced by 10%

Knitting
http://www.etsy.com/shop/knittymaxx 10% off everything

Paper Goods
www.craftedbylindy.etsy.com 10% off everything in the shop
www.hannahcherie.etsy.com 15% off everything in the shop
www.hdawnparratt.etsy.com15% off everything except shipping
www.horncatcreations.etsy.com Buy 3 cards for special price of $10
www.kraze4paper.etsy.com 10% off everything in the shop
www.sushipapercraft.etsy.com BOGO: Buy one book, get free set of 3 mini notepads
www.vintageheartdesigns.etsy.com 10% off everything except shipping

Quilts
www.allcreatedwithcare.etsy.com 10% off everything in the shop

Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bontonvintage15% off everything
www.trashmama.etsy.com 15% off purchase excluding shipping

To find our listings on Etsy search "Alberta Team".


The Trans-Canada Etsy Team is a friendly collective of hand-crafters from across Canada. The team envisions an online, global market where Canadian artisans are successful, respected, and competitive.

The TransCanada Etsy team is hosting the Handmade in Canada Party. It runs from June 24 - July 1. Please visit the team on their blog to see how you can be entered to win two FABULOUS prizes. Also, be sure to check for special promotions and offers from some its members.

The team's blog can be found here: http://transcanadaetsyteam.blogspot.com/

The team shop features beautiful items, handmade in Canada by team members. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TransCanadaTeam
Or, you may also search for team members' items on etsy by searching for teamcanada !

Find the etsy team page here: http://team.etsy.com/profilest/transcanada.shtml
The team is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2617925709

Support your local crafters.
Buy Handmade!
Buy Canadian!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Featured Item

Monday's featured item:

Dyed Yellow Dragon Veins Agate and Copper Ring!



http://www.etsy.com/listing/42724573/dyed-yellow-dragon-veins-agate-and






**Featured items get free shipping (refunded back through paypal) and a free gift with purchase!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Featured items

Started doing featured items on my FB fan page and on twitter. I figured I'll be posting them here too to give everyone the opportunity to get in on the deals!

So...


Friday's featured item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/27741380/day-at-the-beach-pearl-and-copper-ring A day at the beach ring!

**Featured items get free shipping (refunded back through paypal) and a free gift with purchase!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sometimes life runs away from you...

And you totally lose track of time! Apologies to all but I'm back now!

Just popping in briefly tonight to post my Facebook fan page: http://en-gb.facebook.com/FrogPrincess.byJasminElizabeth I don't think I've posted it here before. I often post new designs and offers on Facebook and I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to find me there.

I promise I'll be back soon with more but it's late and I'm beat. Night all!

PS Saw Prince of Persia tonight and I must say, Jake Gyllenhaal looked mighty fine dressed up like that :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Quick note before work: Over the Top Fashion Swap

Well it wasn't bad. Sales weren't really good though for the length of time we were there, in fact, they sucked. But is was neat to go around and see the other vendors and see what they were selling. I also managed to meet 4 new people on the Alberta Team so that was totally worth it.

I've been doing some serious thinking about craft shows and where I want my business to grow. There may be some big changes coming for Frog Princess Designs. We shall see.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Listing!

First new listing in a long time!

Creamy White Freashwater Pearl Necklace

Are you looking for the perfect pearl necklace? What about something a bit more unusual than the standard strand of all the same pearls? This necklace, with its whimsy and bohemian style may just be the necklace for you!

Randomly placed freshwater pearl beads are strung in this pretty 18" necklace. Pretty button, potato and coin pearls are strung together to create a pretty and girly look. There is no rhyme or reason to the placement of the shapes – the design is very organic. The necklace closes with a toggle clasp.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yay, mornings

After 27 years, I'm still not a fan of getting up in the mornings. Throw in having to get ready for work and you've got one grumpy bear in the morning. Rawr...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Over the Top Fashion Swap - Edmonton AB, May 29

I am getting super pumped for this show!

I am a vendor at the Over the Top Fashion Swap for this coming Saturday and I'm getting so excited! It's going to be my first big show. I've done a couple of the Handmade Mafia shows now and I definitely think that it's helped me get ready for this show. The Swap is taking over the Winspear in downtown Edmonton on Saturday - it's going to be huge!! There are going to be so many vendors that will be there and a lot of them are people on the wonderful Etsy Alberta Street Team! I can't wait to meet everyone!

Ok, I'm off to create more stuff for the show! I want to be well and stocked up!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What's wrong with no kids? My childfree life.

I got bingo'd at work today.

Bingo:
When someone mentions that he or she does not wish to have children, if he or she happens to be unlucky, that person is treated to a number of groaningly over-repeated responses from outraged and defensive people who do not, cannot, or will not understand that other people have different views from themselves. *
- http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1522864

It doesn't happen very often to me. They people around me are generally very awesome and supportive of my choices. I love you all dearly for that.

I told a lady at work today that we're not having kids. Basically, she straight up told me that it was a mistake, kids are the best thing in the world and that I'm too young to make that decision. Oh, and I'll change my mind. Excuse me! I'm 27 years old and, ever since I was a small child I've never wanted kids. My teenage years only reinforced this as my only jobs were babysitting jobs. All I did was smile and nod and change the subject as soon as possible. I didn't want to discuss it any further with her as she clearly wasn't supportive.

Kids are great for some people. There are people out there who deserve, want and cherish their children. However for myself (and my husband), they are not in the cards. We want to be carefree and able to do what we want without being tied down. We want to be able to help our families financially. Why should we allow ourselves to be guilted into something we don't want especially by, essentially, a stranger!

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a child-hating, evil she-devil! I still like kids, I just like them in small doses (and then I like giving them back to mom or dad, preferably all sugared up with a new, loud toy). I am going to be the fun aunt, that is my goal when my siblings have kids. I am going to be supportive of all my friends and family's choices, whatever they may be. For myself though, I'm going to enjoy my life and not allow myself to be pressured into something I don't want. It's not fair to me or the poor hypothetical kids. What is wrong with me not wanting kids?

* I just wanted to note that I do not hold with any of the name calling or rudeness that other childfree groups may participate in. I am very much pro-choice in the matter, as in: Your reproductive choice, not my business, My reproductive choice, not your business. I am very much, live and let live and do not want to start any arguments.

Monday, May 10, 2010

World's Worst Blogger Checking In

Yup, that's me. I promise a big post and life interferes and I don't end up posting. I am so sorry for that!

Did my second Handmade Mafia show on Saturday and this one was so much better! The weather was beautiful so more people were out and about so that means I had more sales :D Very happy about that! I was working alone this time so I didn't get to wander around to much. It was nice to see both Farren from http://www.etsy.com/shop/FarrenSquare and Jenna from http://www.etsy.com/shop/SushiPapercraft at the show. Jenna was kind enough to come down and drop of a purchase I made from her and Farren came to visit. Amanda from http://www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations was also there as a vendor but it was so busy we didn't get much of a chance to visit.

I'm working on a new product line: hand sewn gadget pouches for cell phones, iPods, iPhones, etc. I can't wait to show them off!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Apologies!

Sorry I jus got so caught up in real life busyness that I've totally neglected my blog! I will post a big update tomorrow, all about what's going on nd the craft show.

Friday, April 30, 2010

MAY MADNESS SALE!

THE ETSY ALBERTA STREET TEAM IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE:

MAY MADNESS SALE!

With over 70 shops participating!

Frog Princess Designs will be offering: 15% off all orders (before shipping) plus a FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

See Below for participating shops!



Accessories
http://www.aosta.etsy.com/ 30% off everything.
http://www.asecondtime.etsy.com/ 10% plus free worldwide shipping.
http://www.appleblossom21.etsy.com/ 25% off everything.
http://www.baloo.etsy.com/ Free shipping to US and Canada for all accessories.
http://www.belladolceboutique.etsy.com/ 20% off everything excluding shipping.
http://www.dollfacedeville.etsy.com/ 10% off everything excluding shipping.
http://www.footprintdesigns.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.maceme.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.offthehooks.etsy.com/ 10% off- excludes custom orders, and gift certificates.
http://www.silversistersstudio.etsy.com/ 40% off all hair accessories. Free shipping on everything else.
http://www.thefrenchmouse.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Art
http://www.bellissimadesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything. Excludes shipping.
http://www.bluefuze.etsy.com/ 20% off everything (excluding shipping).
http://www.calzephyr.etsy.com/ Your choice of free magnet with order.
http://www.taibossigai.etsy.com/ 25% off all paintings in my shop.

Bags And Purses
http://www.impedimenta.etsy.com/ 15% off everything plus free shipping on jewelry.
http://www.mookiedesigns.etsy.com/ Buy any item, get a second at half off - no limits.
http://www.nanabrowns.etsy.com/ 15% off (custom orders excluded).

Bath & Body
http://www.carvelcountrysoaps.etsy.com/ 15% off storewide.
http://www.misticalacscents.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Candles
http://www.solascandles.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.

Children
http://www.barefootclips.etsy.com/ Free shipping worldwide.
http://www.barefoottams.etsy.com/ Free shipping worldwide.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.gollygeebaby.etsy.com/ Free shipping to Canada & USA.
http://www.gentlehug.etsy.com/ 10% of all ready to ship items.
http://www.kidsloveletters.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.littlejumpingbeans.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.mamaswoodshop.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.my3littlemonkeys.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.myhappyhome.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.nanabrowns.etsy.com/ 15% off (custom orders excluded).
http://www.strandeddesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.twostraycats.etsy.com/ 20% off (excluding custom orders, gift certificates and EFA creations).

Clothing
www.luckylucystyle.etsy.com 10% off everything.

Crochet
http://www.amandafenniak.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.happylittletreasures.etsy.com/ Free custom headband with purchase.
http://www.maybubbles26.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.offthehooks.etsy.com/ 10% off- excludes custom orders, gift certificates, items already on sale.

Glass
http://www.glasscircus.etsy.com/ 15% off everything – excluding shipping.

Holiday
http://www.snowmancollector.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Housewares
http://www.sybillinart.etsy.com/ 10% off everything + some items with free shipping.
http://www.gentlehug.etsy.com/ 10% of all ready to ship items.
http://www.my3littlemonkeys.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.myhappyhome.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.twostraycats.etsy.com/ 20% off (excludes custom orders, gift certificates, EFA creations)

Jewelry
http://www.awillowsnest.etsy.com/ $20 gift certificate with purchase.
http://www.cindylouwho2.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.dearange.etsy.com/ 15% off all jewelry.
http://www.frogprincessdesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything before shipping.
http://www.genuinearticle.etsy.com/ 25% off everything.
http://www.happybead.etsy.com/ 20% off on select items.
http://www.impedimenta.etsy.com/ 15% off everything plus free shipping on jewelry.
http://www.jewelledtrellis.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.jewelrybyirene.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.kabukikreations.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.mookiedesigns.etsy.com/ Buy any item, get a second at half off - no limits.
http://www.prairiedustinc.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.sandijagt.etsy.com/ 20% off everything
http://www.sixbabygirls.etsy.com/ 20% off everything
http://www.splurge.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.sunsetbeads106.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.theblackstarboutique.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
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Knitting
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http://www.knittymaxx.etsy.com/ 10% off.
http://www.maybubbles26.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.



Paper Goods
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http://www.craftrx.etsy.com/ Buy 4 cards get 1 free.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.hannahcherie.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.horncatcreations.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.molstationery.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.mygrandpaspen.etsy.com/ 20% off item price.
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Pets
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Supplies
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http://www.baloo.etsy.com/ 30% off all fleeces and fiber.
http://www.claychicks.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.squirrelstock.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
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Vintage
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http://www.mychildhooddolls.etsy.com/ Sale section in shop.
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Weddings
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Edited to add:

Jewelry
http://www.juliechristie.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
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Housewares
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Knitting
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

New listings!

Yup, I finally got a couple new things listed at Frog Princess Designs! Very excited, yay me!
It seems I go in spurts with listing stuff. It's such a hassle sometimes I don't even want to bother so I relist stuff instead. I need to start listing this stuff though - I have so much!

I was reading the new magazine I bought this weekend and it was all about pearls. I love pearls - I have tonnes of them (I also have tonnes of other supplies but we won't go into that right now) and I got to thinking that I have no pearl necklaces in my shop! Well, that got my mind going and I had to make one NOW (yes, at 2 o'clock in the morning). So I made 3 before giving up and going to bed and I've just listed 2 of them.

Berrylicious






Goldenrod

Friday, April 23, 2010

Slow Down!

I just wish sometimes that life would slow down or just pause for a while so I could enjoy it more. I'm always rushing somewhere or to do something and I just want to take a moment and enjoy life.

Take, for example, my typical week.

Monday - I rush to get to work (no time to enjoy the morning). While at work, I rush and wait impatiently for the end of the day, because, Damn! Monday's are hard! Also, wishing and praying for Friday to hurry up and arrive.

Tuesday/Wednesday - Rush through the workday. Rush home and have a quick bite to eat and then rush of to NAIT for classes. Watch the clock impatiently for 9:00 pm so I can get home and crash.

Thursday - Rush through the workday. Praying for the strength to last till Friday without calling in sick (haven't done it ever at this new job - and never will, but still).

Friday - Race through the day to begin the weekend.

Saturday/Sunday - Rush around town getting all the stuff done that I can't do during the week. Also have to spend time with my husband and friends who I never get to see during the week anymore due to being so busy.

I just want to slow down and enjoy the day as it happens. I went for a pedicure and to get my nails done on Thursday night and it was the first bit of indulgence I've had for me in a long while. I don't mind being busy, I just want to relax some time too! I think I saw a grey hair the today but I was too busy to stop and examine it so I don't know if I did or not!

I hearby resolve to make more time for indulgences, for my husband, for me, and for my friends and family. I will take the time to call my parents, take to my brothers on the phone, meet a friend for coffee or a walk and relax and go to a movie with my husband.

I will make time to do what I want and need to do to relax and have fun!

And, speaking of what I want, I want to go check it out and see if that really was a grey hair or not. Excuse me now.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Handmade Mafia

So, as you know I participated in the Handmade Mafia on April 10. I had a blast even though the weather was crappy and there wasn't much traffic. It was loads of fun and I look forward to doing it again.

Here are a couple of pictures of my table all set up at the show. I apologize for the bad pictures - I'll get better ones next time!

So, what do you think?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Recipe Sunday - Roasted Beets with Feta Cheese

This weekend has been beautiful and has put me in the mind of summer. I went looking for a delicious, light recipe with the weather in mind. This recipe looks simply delicious!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

•1 bunch red beets
•1 bunch golden beets
•¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (Crumbled blue cheese can be substituted for the feta if you'd like a bit more tang.)
•1 cup microgreens or baby greens, rinsed and dried
•½ cup extra virgin olive oil
•1 lemon
•Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation:

1.Preheat oven to 400°F.

2.Tear or cut the beet tops from the beets, leaving about an inch of stalk attached. Wash and thoroughly dry the beets.

3.Place beets in a roasting pan or on a flat baking pan or sheet pan. Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Roast for 30-45 minutes, depending on size and the desired doneness. Test for doneness after about 30 minutes of cooking by piercing the largest beet with a knife. If the knife easily enters the beet with only a small amount of resistance, it's done. And the smaller ones will be, too.

4.Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes or so.

5.Slip the skins off the beets by hand. They should slip off easily, but you can use a paring knife on any stubborn spots. Just be careful not to cut away too much beet.

6.Cut the beets into ½-inch dice and toss in a stainless steel mixing bowl with enough olive oil to coat them.

7.Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of about half of it in to the bowl, gently stirring to combine and checking the flavor as you go.

8.Season to taste with Kosher salt.

9.Whisk together 3 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp lemon juice and toss the greens in this dressing in a separate bowl.

10.Spoon the beet mixture onto the center of a salad plate and top each portion with about 1 Tbsp of crumbled feta cheese and about ¼ cup of the dressed greens. Serve right away.


This recipe is from: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/salads/r/beetsalad.htm

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Listing and the Weekend Deal!

Hello again! Thank goodness for the weekend. I need to relax, rejuvenate and refresh. I am looking forward to doing nothing this weekend!
On to the good stuff though!

This weekend's deal is going to be...

A free gift with purchase! Buy anything at Frog Princess Designs and receive a free gift!

And the latest listing at Frog Princess Designs is:


This pretty key chain features 4 round shell charms suspended from a silver coloured chain. It is light, airy, pretty and feminine!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Featured Product @ Frog Princess Designs

Good morning! I cannot believe it is already April 15. Time is flying by!

Today's featured product is the CLEAR QUARTZ - April Birthstone Ring in Sterling Silver



I realize that April's birthstone is diamond, but I wanted to keep my birthstone rings affordable for everyone and these quartz stones are so lovely that I thought they would make a lovely substitute.

The quartz stones (4 of them) sparkle and catch the light while on the finger and the sterling silver is bright and reflective. A bright ring for a bright month!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Handmade Mafia

Sorry I've been away so long! This week has been rather crazy.

You know, thinking about it, I say that a lot, maybe I should define crazy here for me. For me a crazy week usually entails working full time (and many days, overtime) going to class one or two nights a week and trying to keep up with my blogs, Twitter, Etsy and FaceBook.

Anyways, this week we had 2 visitors from Tuesday to Friday sucking up all our time at work (these lovely ladies work in our Eastern facility and they'd come out to visit, meet-and-greet, and see how we operate out West), as well, I was preparing for my first ever craft show; the Handmade Mafia. So this past week was beyond crazy and well into madness!

So, the Handmade Mafia. What is it?

The Mafia is an Edmonton based collective of artists, crafters and entrepreneurs brought together once a month to put on a craft sale. There are tables set up for everything from jewellery to baby stuff to handmade, recycled notebooks.The Mafia takes place one Saturday a month in the Orange Hall behind the Old Strathcona's farmer's market. We take up both floors of the Orange Hall (basically a converted church) in the heart of the theatre district of Edmonton.

I am a member of the Mafia (bwahaha) and I participated in my first show on Saturday! I was so excited! Unfortunately, this being Edmonton, the weather decided not to cooperate. It was windy and blowing sand and dirt and it was cold! So, unfortunately, sales were down for the show but I got the opportunity to wander the sales floor and take a peak at what others were selling.

So many wonderful vendors! I bought a few things myself (thus ensuring I spent more than I made) but I LOVE what I got. I bought a lovely bar of soap from Body Divine (www.bodydivine.ca) I bought the delicious smelling Earth soap bar and it is rich and lathery goodness. I also bought a beautiful glass pendant from Pixie Glassworks (www.pixieglassworks.com) They have some seriously amazing pendants! I already have one of their aromatherapy pendants (seriously, check them out, so divine especially the Chai scent!) so I bought one of the universe pendants which I have been coveting since I first saw their stand at the Fringe Festival 4 years ago.

I also checked out www.intotheclay.ca (beautiful dishes), www.mismatchaccessories.com (we sat back to back and she was so fun to talk to! Beautiful jewellery too!), www.egotised.com (beautiful pendants!), and we were across from www.sgsfoto.com (he had some amazing photos on stretched canvas). These are just a few of the vendors (mostly the few that I grabbed a business card from) there were so many others with amazing products too!

Here is the FaceBook group for anyone interested in participating in the next show or for anyone interested in coming out to the next show! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85089515560 So come on by and check us out!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Recipe - Soft Poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns & Asparagus

Found this yummy recipe in the latest edition of Canada's Style at Home. The recipe is by Donna Hay. More recipes of hers can be found here: http://www.donnahay.com.au/index.php

Soft Poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns & Asparagus

10 oz (300g) sweet potato, peeled & grated
6 eggs
sea salt & cracked black pepper
vegetable oil, for shallow frying
1 tbsp (15 ml) white vinegar
16 spears asparagus, trimmed & blanched

creamy horseradish sauce
1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated horseradish
1/4 cup (60 ml) sour cream
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
sea salt & cracked black pepper

To make creamy horseradish sauce, place the grated horseradish, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

Place the sweet potato, 2 eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine. Heat 1/2" (1 cm) of oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Cook 1/4-cup mounds of the sweet potato mixture for 2-3 minutes per side until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towel and keep warm.

Heat a few inches of water in a deep frying pan over low heat until just simmering. Add the vinegar and use a wooden spoon to create a whirlpool. Crack each egg into a bowl and slip into the water. Poach for 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Top the hash browns with the asparagus and eggs and spoon the creamy horseradish sauce over the top to serve.

serves 4

Sounds seriously delicious and I can't wait to try it!

Happy Easter & The HMM

Happy Easter everyone! Hope everyone has a nice day!

I'm having a rather quiet day at the moment. I'm home alone while Wade is at working being the handy computer nerd that he is. We'll be going to a friend's place for Easter dinner in a bit so that is something to look forward to.

So I'm not doing much at the moment but I have just set my table up as a demo for the Handmade Mafia. Trial run looks good. I picked up a pretty, subtly patterned white on white table cloth for the table so it looks pretty and fresh. I have a lot of rings out on the table - obviously, rings are my specialty! I don't have any earrings out though at the moment. I need to either pick up an earring display or make one. I'm not sure what to do yet though. Right now I have a lot of rings (none of the gemstone silver ones though), necklaces, bracelets and cuffs, hair clips and combs, and key rings. I'll take a picture and post it as soon as possible.

What do you think though? Should I bring earrings?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Handmade Mafia

Good morning everyone. I'm still not a rise and shine type of girl but these days are so busy lately, that I'm glad to be up and going. Lots to get done lately!

Not sure if I mentioned this before, but I'm now a member of the Handmade Mafia! This is going to be so fun. The Handmade Mafia is a crafter's collective in Edmonton and outlying area's that meet up, usually once a month and put on a craft show! April's show will be on Saturday, April 10th and I'll have a table! I am so excited!

If anyone is looking to join the Handmade Mafia, here is the Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85089515560 and there is a link to the event with all the details on the page. The show, as I said, is on April 10th in the Orange Hall right behind the Old Strathcona's Farmer's Market and I would love to see you down there!
I am very excited to be involved with this collective of wonderful creators and crafters. I've been to a couple of shows in the past and they look like they have so much fun - both the vendors and the customers. The creators of the event refer to everyone involved with the Mafia as family, and having observed the interactions of the participants in the past, I am very excited to become a member of this family.
This will be my first craft show too! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Listing!

Hello again! Here is my latest listing.


One of a Kind Fluorite and Copper Ring


This ring features a unique gemstone nugget - no two nuggets are the same! The stone, fluorite, is found in many colours (most popular is purple) and this one is a lovely pale green. Fun fact: fluorite was the first mineral to show fluorescent under black lights so that is where the name comes from!

Monday, March 22, 2010

New listing!

I need to take some more pictures of the new stuff I've made in order to keep listing on a daily basis. I still have enough stuff to keep listing for a while though, so here are some new items I've listed!


Bright Aqua Blue Glass Gemstone Nugget Shaped Key Ring
A very pretty and whimsical key ring. Who wouldn't want a nice chunk of ice like that!






Carved Adventurine Flattened Tube Key Ring
I love this stone and for the longest time, I couldn't think of what to do with it.



Vibrant Pink Wire Wrapped Black Marble Zipper Pull
Another whimsically wrapped zipper pull. I like the different wraps - no two are alike!






Don't Be Such a Square - Glass Key Ring
Cute little square glass bead securely wrapped to a key ring. These beads are 0.75" across, so they make for a cute, little key ring.







Blue Lagoon Glass Bead Key Ring
Another 0.75" glass bead is used, this one is a flattened, round bead. Makes for such a cute little key ring!