Thursday, June 25, 2015

Simplicity

Sometimes things get so crazy between work and family obligations that all I want to do when I get home is crash.  That's fine, except it makes me feel very lazy.  So, I have tried to do a few things to make myself feel a little more productive.

I made this bracelet a couple of weeks ago and I wear it almost daily.


It's so simple--a bangle from Michael's and a couple of charms--but I wear it almost daily.  I've found it's perfect with casual summer tees and dresses.  

I was also inspired by the Jennifer Jangles blog to pick up embroidery.  This is the project I've started.


It's SO relaxing--like coloring with thread.  One of my "happy places" is inside an Airstream, parked in the woods, on a rainy day with nothing to do but curl up inside, listen to the rain, and catch up on my reading.  

In the meantime, I'm trying to survive the last couple days of vacation bible school at church.  I have the teen class.  Wish me luck!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Art of Awareness Blog Hop

I was excited to read about the Art of Awareness blog hop that Lori Anderson was hosting, and knew immediately I wanted to participate.  After thinking it over, I decided to use anxiety awareness as my topic, and ordered the teal awareness bead from Heather Millican from Swoondimples. I chose the phrase "Just Breathe" for the bead, since that is something I remind myself often.





Most people don't know this, but for about the past 10 years I've struggled with anxiety.   Whenever I feel the symptoms start to creep up on me, I tell myself to "just breathe".  

Anxiety and depression, while common, are often seen as weaknesses.  Many would be very surprised to learn that even those who seem to have everything together--a wonderful family life, a good career, a cheerful personality--suffer silently from the thoughts and feelings that often plague them.  This doesn't mean any of us who deal with anxiety and/or depression are "crazy".  I like to think we're just wired a little differently.  After all, don't we all have something that makes us unique?

I decided to turn my "just breathe" bead (which I adore, by the way) into a bracelet, so that when I start to feel those anxious feelings creep up on me, I can look down and remind myself to step back and try to think calmly about whatever it is that's bothering me.  


This bracelet has some of my favorite colors--brown and the calming teal/blue/green colors that remind me of the ocean. It's often my "happy place" when I feel anxious.

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this blog hop, and to share a little about myself.  Be sure to check out the rest of the entries!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Where have I been?

Okay, so it's been a while since I've updated the blog.  So, what have I been up to?  I wish I could say I've been making tons and tons of jewelry and updating my Etsy shop, but that would be a lie.  While I have made a little jewelry here and there, I've mostly been busy with LIFE!

The girls found this little cutie in the snow, named her Elsa, and made her a permanent part of the family.

 I attended a conference in Williamsburg, VA (no, that's not me in the pic!)...

...and took my sweetie with me.

I've been watching Hannah play a lot of tennis.

Travis and I chaperoned a field trip to Dollywood with Katie.

I've hung out with these two cuties a lot.

And, I've been enjoying my new Jeep Renegade.

So, there has been a lot to keep us busy and we've had a lot of fun, too.  

Now to find time for jewelry making...  


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Updated

Just did a small shop update.  I renewed some spring/summer items and added the new jewelry I made during the snow storm.  


 Head on over to www.mustardbead.etsy.com to see everything!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New jewelry

We've now recovered from Snowmageddon (as I've dubbed the snow storm from the past two weeks), and I was able to get my car out for the first time today.  Pretty exciting.  It had been so long since I had driven I thought I might have to re-take driver's ed!

These are some of the pieces I worked on during the storm.


These will make an appearance in my Etsy shop in the next couple of days.  


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cabin Fever

I should have been more careful when I wished for snow. All I wanted was a snow day--or maybe two. And, I do admit saying I was jealous of the people up north who got about three feet of snow. I TAKE IT BACK!!!  Last week we got two big snows, resulting in about 20 inches of snow. Then came the frigid night where he temp got down to 16 below. After that it warmed up enough to rain, and the area had flooding issues--not to mention a lot of caved in buildings due to the weight of the wet snow. Enough, right?  Nope. Still getting more snow. Tomorrow will be our 8th straight snow day from work. That's completely unheard of for the college. 

I did snap a few pics.  This is the view directly in front of my house. There is a road that runs in front of the fence. 


And, this is the view from my bad deck. You can see the corner of my car on the left. Believe it or not, there is a road next to my car. 


On the bright side, I have made some jewelry, and will be updating my shop soon. 

Hope it's warm wherever you are!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Loom lessons

Last night I used my loom to create a bracelet in a chevron pattern.  I was really excited about the way it was turning out until I got ready to attach the cord ends.  Then, I realized I had made a mistake.  


To the untrained eye, it probably looks fine.  But, I made the bracelet wider than the cord ends.  I was so disappointed--I worked hard on that bracelet!  In the end, I wound up gluing the ends that extend beyond the cord ends, hoping it would at least keep the thread from unraveling.  


It's not absolutely horrible, but it's definitely not something I would sell.  I may go ahead and attach a lobster clasp, and wear it myself to see what happens.  

I thought I was so careful with my measurements, but...  Next time I will definitely measure again to be on the safe side!