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February In Instagram

Whoops I think I skipped January! That's ok, it was a boring month LOL!  But here's a look back in February.  You'll see a lot of the "white stuff" and there's more to come Sunday night so March is already starting with a snowy bang.  Well you know what they say, "in like a lion, out like a lamb..." let's hope that's the case.  Have a great weekend!

February 2014

1. Hey let's eat outside! #newyork #hellskitchen #snow, 2. Outside my door this afternoon #Fishkill #newyork #hudsonvalley #winter #snow #sucks, 3. Red Velvet Cupcake - YUM! ❤️ #kittyandbuckcolor #valentine #dessert #food #Amaro #hudsonvalley, 4. Still nothing but snow up here. There's a river there somewhere. #Beacon #NewYork #hudsonvalley #winter #metronorth, 5. I love this store! Anyone in the market for an Electric Chair? (Don't think it's real) - at Galaxie 13 #beacon #newyork #hudsonvalley #antiques #oddities, 6. These cuties me made me think of @jennyeveryday #pink #cute #hudsonvalley #DreamInPlastic #newyork, 7. I now have a pink keyboard! Thanks @dreaminplastic, 8. Untitled, 9. The Met. My favorite museum of them all. I can spend all day here. #newyork #nyc #night #metropolitan #museumofart #sutro, 10. The #Valentine's Day #card I got Mike this year courtesy of @paperlaced - that's A LOT of days! #handmade #love #werock, 11. This morning leaving my parents building. Doesn't really just how MESSY the streets were. #newyork #nyc #hellskitchen #winter #snow, 12. Happy Valentine's Day from "Big Red" Predator! #Neca #DeadEnd #actionfigure #toys Created with fd's Flickr Toys


Learning To Work From Home

I have about a month left at the office and one of the things that have been on my mind is how will I not go stir crazy working at home? 

Unfortunately, we are only a one-car household and Mike needs it to drive to work which is pretty far so it's not like I can drive him and then pick him up.  Where I live isn't the most walker friendly. I can walk down to Dunkin Donuts and the track. That's about it. I won't be able to run too many errands during the day because of this which sucks but hopefully my goal in 2015 is to finally get my own damn car!!  Enough of that...

I'm trying to come up with a structure for my days with a little flexibility. I started to think about this after reading Shell's post on Time Management.  I think I'll be bringing the Google Calendar back into play for this.  

Some of the things I need to sort out as part of my day are: 

  1. Exercise/Yoga: I'm not joining a gym, I just need to be active again.  Sitting at a desk 40 hours a week and on a train for 15 hours just isn't good for my body.  I mentioned I'm walking distance from a track so I'll be going for regular walks again. I like walking.  I use to be into Yoga big time and had a regular practice.  Once I left Newsweek, the practice died off and I haven't recovered since (and it shows!) so I really gotta get myself into a practice again even if it's from home. If you have any online recommendations for classes please share! 
  2. Email: Of course! This is throughout the day which so far is not too out of control compared to others. 
  3. Blog Reading: I hate when I miss a day or two of my blog feed but I also can't check it throughout the day so I really want to devote a time bracket every day (an hour or two) just to read and comment.
  4. Social Media Check-In: Unlike blogs, I never miss a day. How can I? It's engrained in my head like taking a shower and brushing my teeth.  However I sometimes need an "off" switch before a couple of hours have passed. I'll need to break this up throughout the day. This also includes shop updates and annoucements.
  5. Making Jewelry: Duh!  That has been my main issue for a long time. Just not enough time to make stuff! 
  6. Preparing Blog Posts:  I use to prepare my blog posts on the weekends until I started my second job.  Then I started to wing it when I could but I still like preparing blog posts ahead of time.  
  7. Work Research: I shared a tweet recently from Inc.com - 10 Things To Do Every Workday. While I don't think I will follow all of them, I do plan on reading up more about my "industry" and business development.  You never want to stop learning!
  8. Typepad: This is easy because I have a set scheduled for when my shifts start so don't need to think about this too much. I have longer shifts on weekends which has it's own structure.

Some things I need some flexibility for (besides eating) include catching up of my TV shows like RuPaul's Drag Race (LOVE! ♥♥♥), cleaning the apartment (ok that's not every day) and maybe a nap (which probably won't happen).   I'm just hoping for a balance to keep my mind and soul healthy as I feel like it's been beaten to a pulp the last couple of years.

How do you keep balance and structure to your day? Are you even able to?


Design Issues: A "Project Runway" Moment

The other day I left a comment over at Little Nostalgia where I mentioned I was having a "Project Runway" moment.   I have been working on a necklace for a couple of days now. DAYS! I'm trying to "make it work". I like the direction it's going but I'm now stuck and I'll just stand at my work table looking at it like...

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It's missing something but I don't want to risk over doing it like some designers on the show  have done. I can totally fall into that sink hole. I don't want share any pictures of it yet because it's definitely not ready for prime time.  

I ordered a bunch of jewelry supplies yesterday. Maybe when they arrive they will trigger something? Does that happen to you?  It's not a funk and it's not exactly a "block", it's just.....agh! 


Branding With A Cause - Let's Meet Gipsy Dharma

When I use to live in Tarrytown, NY I would walk home from the train station.  During the Summer if it was really hot and raining naturally I hated that walk.  There was a woman who also got off at my stop and she would take the same walk as me and if it was raining, she would do that walk barefoot.  Walking barefoot is awesome, I love it!  Too bad it's frowned upon in public and I guess I understand why.  

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Today I am happy to share with you the designs from Gipsy Dharma from the UK. "Gipsy" started their business to provide an alternative to mainstream fashion outlets.  It all started with a pair of boots made for comfort - where it felt like walking barefoot! Some photos of the boots were shared on Facebook and the praise and demand took off from there - Gipsy Dharma was born!

Gipsy Dharma is more than just boots, it is sharing a philosophy of staying grounded and being in touch with your journey in life.  Everything you see is handcrafted and the leather used is from cruelty-free resources.

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Don't you love these colors? Sticking to their handmade roots and not wanting to resort to mass-production, Gipsy will only make a few pairs of boots a day and will only sell them first come, first served.  

Be sure to check them out at Gipsydharma.com and on Facebook

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Pulp Sushi at Bazaar-on-Hudson This Spring/Summer!

 Pulp Sushi will be taking up a monthly residence at the following new market in Cold Spring,  NY! I've been sharing the news here and there but now I can announce it on the blog. 

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The market will be open for a total of 13 Sundays between April and July but I'm only commiting to once a month. If it works out, maybe I'll sign up for more next year.  I will be here selling my jewelry on the first Sunday each month: 

  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • July 7

I have been wanting to try something like this where I sell on a regular schedule. Unfortunately I don't think Farmer's Markets are my scene ya know?  This starts the weekend after my last day at the day job so the timing of this is perfect.   

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I'm excited that it's indoors so I don't have to worry about a tent and wind and bugs and sun stroke.  Cold Spring is just 20 minutes south from where I live so I don't have to go too far either!

If you wanna visit New York but want to experience something diffferent from the touristy hustle and bustle of NYC - taking a trip up to the Hudson Valley and visit towns like Cold Spring would be a nice change of pace.  You take the Metro North on the Hudson Line right up to Cold Spring and the station is located right at the bottom of Main Street so there's no car required, very pedestrian friendly. It was voted last year in the Village Voice as the Best New York Weekend Retreat but you can still do it in a day and get a lot out of it.


New Jewelry At Pulp Sushi

Did you miss it?  There's new goodness in the shops this week!  You can check them out in the shop or in the Etsy shop.

I was able to sneak out for a little bit over the weekend and came across some pretty neat vintage findings for new jewelry pieces so I can't wait to work on those. Hopefully this weekend I can work on them depending on how busy I am with the other job. We're at 26 work days left before I'm done with work! This winter has been making very brutal and looooong!

Here's a quick reminder to check out my current giveaway with Glint Candles, you have until Sunday to enter!


Meet GLINT Candles And Win! (A Giveaway)

One of the things I would like to do on my blog is share more stories of other small, handmade businesses. Not just review a product but getting to know what inspires and drives their business.  Today I'm exited to tell you about Glint Candles. Who doesn't love candles?

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Lacey happen upon her love of candlemaking after taking a job as a DIY candlemaker in a Lake Tahoe resort teaching candle making workshops to kids and adults.  She loved it so much, she dropped out of Nursing school to launch her own line of candles and hasn't looked back since! 

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Why Soy? They tell the story on their website how one time they had a non-soy pillar candle burning in their tiny home.  After a couple of hours, they had to clean off all of the black soot it left on the walls. It made them wonder after seeing what this candle did to their wall, just what exactly was going in to their lungs? 

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I received a 1 lb Custom Soy Candle with their "First Kiss" scent which includes Exotic mangosteen which is both citrusy and sweet with a hint of peach, and pink grapefruit. You guys it smells HEAVENLY!!!!  Not overwhelming at all and doesn't give your nose a shock when you first sniff it. So pleasant.  And they come in these lovely jars which can be reusable.  I absolutely love their style and their vibe.

I've kind of developed a thing for anatomical hearts so that was the design I've chosen...

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I love helping other handmade businesses get the word out on their product and was happy to hear from Glint Candles about offering to give away a candle through my blog.  Yay a candle for YOU!  

Enter to win your own candle (US only!) Giveaway will end this Sunday night.

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Best of Blog Nominations - Happy Valentine's Day!

Yes it's that Commerical Holiday you either love or hate.  I don't mind, I do like me some chocolates with the pink filling. And Pink is awesome - I even have a Pinterest board devoted to Pink.  

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I don't have any plans for Valentine's Day, maybe just digging out of all the snow we had. I don't know how many inches we got but it's at least a foot of snow.  I think Mike and I are going to stay home because we dine out just about every weekend so we're gonna stay away the one night EVERYONE else goes out.  Like that little devil guy? Mike did that. :) Here's some more VD links I'll leave you with today, enjoy! ♥♥♥

In other news, what a nice surprise! I received an email from Angie at My So-Called Chaos saying my blog was nominated for the Best Clothing/Accessory/Jewelry Shop Award here....

My So-Called Chaos Best of Blog Awards

The category is second to last on the ballot page but definitely check out all of the categories and discover some new blogs to follow!  Visit My So-Called Chaos and place your votes, you have until Thursday the 20th.


About Victorian Mourning Jewelry

For some of my jewelry listings, I use the tag Victorian Mourning Jewelry.  It sounds a little morbid but also beautiful.  

Mourning jewelry is just what it sounds like - jewelry one wears while mourning the loss of a loved one, a tradition that stems back to the 1500s.  Usually the components for this type of jewelry would be jet and onyx and coral was added later on.

Earrings from Pulp Sushi

From Wikipedia...

There was special mourning jewelry, often made of jet. The wealthy could also wear cameos or lockets designed to hold a lock of the deceased's hair or some similar relic.

Macabre theme jewelry involving skulls was also common place with Memento Mori symbolisms of death and still popular today outside of mourning (I like using skulls in my own shop).  

I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces found on Etsy inspired by Victorian Mourning Jewelry. Click the images to visit their listings: