Monday, May 31, 2010

Check it out - I'm a celebrity!

My interview on Cecil Bobby's blog is airing today! Don't miss it!

Cecil Bobby's blog "Live, Love, Laugh, Be Indie" features a different Etsy artisan each Monday to help promote handmade items and fellow 'Etsyians'. My interview is running today, and I feel so special!

If you are interested in being featured on the blog you can find details on the interview page. You may also be interested in being featured on this blog. For details on that, see Would You Like to be a Featured Artist. These interviews will begin airing on Thursday of this week (June 3).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Love the Farmer's Market!

I love the farmer's market! Last night with dinner we had zucchini (so fresh and tender!) sauteed with a wonderful sweet onion. We also had a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber all from the farmer's market. Please excuse my gushing, but eating fresh local produce makes me feel good on so many levels!

  • It's good for the local economy. Instead of giving my money to a mega-chain retailer, I am helping to support a local farmer who lives, works, and pays taxes in my county.

  • I feel good about doing my part to help small business enterprises. They make the world a better place, but they can't survive unless we support their efforts. I like to buy from individuals, even if they are not local. I buy from Etsy when I can and I like to buy furniture from a man that makes it by hand in the small town in Tennessee where my mother lives.

  • I feel like I am giving my family healthier foods. I won't go into the multitude of reasons why I believe this to be true - that would turn this blog into an entire book! (For the long version read any of Michael Pollan's books or watch the movie Food, Inc. - see the trailer at the end of this post)

  • Lastly, it tastes better. Produce that was picked less than 24 hours ago and traveled 25 miles HAS to be better than produce that was picked 3 weeks ago 3000 miles away. It is fresher, and fresher is just better!


  • Sunday, May 16, 2010

    Regina Brett's Life Lessons

    To celebrate growing older, Regina Brett wrote the 45 lessons life had taught her. Her wise words are worth passing on:

    1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

    3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

    4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

    6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

    7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

    8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

    9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

    10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

    11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

    12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

    13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

    15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

    16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

    17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

    18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

    19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

    20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

    21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

    22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

    23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

    24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

    25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

    26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

    27. Always choose life.

    28. Forgive everyone everything.

    29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

    30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

    31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

    33. Believe in miracles.

    34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

    35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

    36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

    37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

    38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

    39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

    40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

    41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

    42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

    43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

    44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

    45. The best is yet to come.

    46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

    47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

    48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

    49. Yield.

    50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

    This content was originally published in The Plain Dealer on Sunday, May 28, 2006

    Thursday, May 6, 2010

    Handmade Artists Forum

    I have just joined the Handmade Artists Forum! - Supporting Handmade Artists

    Handmade Artists’ Forum encourages all creative people that work with their hands to make decorative, functional, and FUN items to join. Everyone learns from everyone else and we all help to promote each other's work!

    This is the place to:
    - Share creations
    - Seek advice
    - Learn how to make your creations better
    - Take better pictures
    - Offer help to others
    - Support other artists and crafters
    - Have fun
    - Share our love for art
    - Make friends

    Come and join us!