It’s NOT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT HALLOWEEN!

Alarm bells are going off. It’s a bell only primary care providers (usually Moms) can hear. And that bell is screaming HALLOWEEN! Believe it or not, some people are already thinking about Christmas, may God bless them one and all!!! Ha!

Anywho, we have to start thinking about costumes. First I’ll ask the kids what they want to be and then I’ll decide what they are going to be. Should we do totally random or matchy-matchy? I have a boy and girl so we’ve done fireman and dog, Raggedy Ann and Andy (so cute) and others random, depending on my energy level that year.

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Potential costume
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Bitchy business

I hate to toot my own horn 🎷, but  TOOT!  I really do hate self promotion, which doesn’t really jive with having your own business.

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Fun rosary

My business is @Etsy and it’s a great place to be. I try to shop there exclusively for gifts, because I find so many unique and affordable items. Above and below are some pics of the jewelry and rosaries I make. It’s really fun to get my creativity on and I appreciate this freedom. For so many years, as a single mother, I just worked and grocery shopped and cooked and cleaned and paid bills and took care of my children. There was no time for anything else except occasional sleep.

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Madonna and child

So now I can add jewelry designer/maker to my already diverse resume. And although I’ve spent more than I’ve made so far, maybe the shop will one day be successful. I really want to help my husband out. He worries about paying the bills and works so hard, I worry about him. 😖


So here’s to creativity, because life is meant to be enjoyed and it’s fun to make stuff!

Bracelets!

I’m kind of obsessed with making rosary bracelets. They’re so easy. All I need is memory wire, a small cross and miraculous medal, 6 Our Father beads and lots (53) of Ave beads.

There’s one above. I found a huge beaded necklace at Goodwill and used some of those beads here. I also added a seed bead between each Ave bead and for the Our Father beads there are beautiful small silver beads on each side of silver bead caps. The beautiful silver beads are from Snoochy Beads. Snoochy is in England but the postage is cheaper from there than from within the United States.?!

I love the miraculous medal in this one. It’s shaped like a rose and slides open like a locket to reveal the form of Mary.

Bracelets
Rosary

For the bracelets above I used rose shaped beads for the Our Fathers. When I construct one of these, I work right off the spool. Start with 10 Ave beads and end with an Our Father. The cross goes with the Our Father end and the miraculous medal goes at the other.

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Heart shaped rose

I love the bracelet above because of the heart shaped rose beads and the beautiful glass pearls. I also use a company called Gifts Catholic Inc for unique beads. They’re so fun and easy.

✌ on 🌎

Earrings!!!

I’ve gone to my second class at the Twisted Bead and learned how to make earrings! Here’s my first attempt.

Aren’t they cool? Basically, all I needed to learn was the wire wrapped loop technique that attaches the charms to the findings. I decided that mixed metals would be fun, so I used bronze, silver and gold colors. 

Here are some more earrings I made at home:

Made with resin flower charms, #Snoochybeads, findings
Angel earrings
Made with #Snoochybeads, peace charms and findings.

Update: The first pair of earrings have been sold! I’ve had 7 sales in my first 2 weeks. I’m really thrilled.

The Bane of my Existence.

There is something I’ve been forced to do since I was about 19 years old. They keep me busy almost every day. I have to have them for my kids and husband or I’ll get in trouble, but they keep disappearing or not coming clean. They make me spend a lot of time and money and the kids keep growing, so they keep changing. They are the Bane of my Existence and they are clothes!

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Myself and Emily

There is ALWAYS laundry waiting. Since he works in construction, my husband goes through at least a couple shirts a day and a pair of pants every other day. Chance, my special needs child, who still wears diapers at 16 years old,  usually has a bed pad, 2 pairs of pants and at least one shirt every day. And my daughter, who is 12 and quickly turning into a teenager, needs bras, dresses, pants, blouses, and lots of underpants.

Oh, and socks, socks, socks! Don’t get me started on socks! They need to be matched, but I always end up with about 5 unpaired socks every time I fold clothes! Where the other ones disappear to, I don’t know.

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Running

My closet, a walk-in with tons of space, is bursting with clothes, yet I can never find anything to wear. Either they are not appropriate for the situation, too big or too small or totally out of date. I have some clothes that are 25+ years old.

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My photo on a T-shirt

It’s not so much the washing of clothes that I hate, it’s the folding and putting away that sucks. I let several loads build up, sit on my bed and watch TV while I fold. That takes a couple of hours. Then I have to try to find space to put them away in my bulging closet or, even worse, the over filled drawers.
I know this is a first world problem and I should be happy not to have to use a washing board with water carried from a river and heated over a fire,  or having to go to a laundromat (which I have in the past), but it’s all relative. Right?