Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Week 30 In Review

Shopping and Goggle Searching
Someone should really pay Google for creating so many sales.  Each time I research something, I seem to get diverted into seeing so many things I want.  Oh I forgot ... lots of people ARE already paying Google!

The lastest I-must-have I found was something that I was not even looking for, never thought anyone had, and was not interested anyway.  It is called the  Crop A Dile 2 Big Bite Hole Punch (by We R Memory Keepers)

I can't remember where I read the review that made me WANT to have it ... but thanks to Google for pointing the way and despite telling myself that I don't NEED it right NOW ... I searched.  Then stopped.  Then searched another day.  Then stopped.  It is on ebay and etsy.  And I am watching them. And I contacted the sellers for shipping cost.  And being impatient .. I googled. Again.

And this is when it pays off ... I found one.  At clearance.  On the TVSN site (thanks Google).  Cheaper than all the others.  Well it is cheaper in USA but after postage etc ... it comes to about the same as here; which is about AU$80.  No, actually it is more expensive here in Aust coz that is just the price, excl. postage.  To get it from Ameria incl postage .. that would still be cheaper.

Unless you are like me.  An avid lucky Googler ... mine is about half the price!!! Yay!  Can't wait for it to arrive so I can store (hoard?) it in my tools and gadgets box. (I am sure I will need it.  One day :) )

Addendum (27 Jul 2010): I got it.  It arrived! And whoopee it is great.  And TVSN gave me 3 boxes of beautiful multicolored eyelets as well.  Whoopee!!! What a bargain.  Thank you Google.  Thank you TVSN!!!

I am so Stuck. But there may be a Higher Purpose
I was feeling very stuck but in that stuck mode of not being good for anything else other than wandering aimlessly from link to link, site to site, I came across someone I had never heard of before: Sean Stephenson.  You can find him at Time To Stand.  He is 3feet tall and he is one of the biggest inspiration I have ever seen.

Spoon Theory
What a great article.  For the first time, I have a glimpse into understanding what it must be like to have Lupus. And I thought I had it bad.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

50% off Life-A-Changing Sale ~ Swarovski and Handmades

Yup Yup!

My ClearlyChosen is having a BIG sale.  Up to 50% off - which translates to BELOW COST.  So if you love pretties, if you love Bling, if you love Handmades, and if you love SWAROVSKI elements ... you cannot walk by and not regret.

Why am I having the sale?  I don't know.
Yes that is right - I don't know.  Not really.

This year has been one very strange year for me.  And lately for the first time, I am beginning to suspect that indeed that light that blinks at me from the end of the tunnel is not a Murphy's light (i.e. it ain't the headlights of an on-coming train).  For the first time in a very long time, I suspect that the Universe is not conspiring against me, it is conspiring for me.  But it is like a double-whammy surprise party... I think  I might get a surprise party and I have no idea what the party is for!!!

I feel like I am floating in the middle of what seems at times to be a very chaotic chick pea soup - lots and lots of little little bits floating around.  And lately, there are glimpses of magical clarity. Is it wishful thinking?  Is it recognition of the  flourishes from the hands of a Higher Power?  Is it just the onslaught of insanity?

And as I glance backwards, I can almost just see how so many disparate "coincidences" are dovetailing leading to the Now .. and to somethings else I cannot yet see.  At this point, I can choose.  Choose to take a wee leap of faith and believe that the Universe really is for me. Or choose to believe I am very good at self-deception and Murphy does have a train rushing down upon me.  I am choosing the former.

A wee leap of faith which translates to: I don't know for sure why some actions and some ideas seem more right than others.  But some do  .. and their "rightness" is quite a thing apart from logic.

And ClearlyChosen sale, even though it may be a great success will, on the surface logic of it, be a financial loss.  Boy, who said that faith was easy eh?

So if you are here and reading this, it cannot be by pure chance.  Maybe my words hold more than the sale meaning for you.  Maybe you are here just so you can benefit from the bling bling sale.  Whatever the reason, enjoy.

Big Sale - 24 hours only (so please diarize) begins at 10am, 29 July 2010 ... and here >> for more sale details.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Week 29 In Review

New Felted Cab Bangle
This is my first bangle using a real cab.  In this instance, a lovely Peruzi cab (which I got last week).  I have made my own needle felted and beaded cabs to complement this. This bangle also uses re-cycled materials (yay!).  Entitled the Peruzian Felt n Cuff.  If you go to the linked page, you will see lots more photos and some contruction notes.  There are lots of photos coz I was lucky and most of the photos taken, worked out :)

Spinning Wheels Going Nowhere
That pretty much sums up how I felt about the week just gone.  Of course that is not strictly true, but it certainly felt like it.

I was one of those cross-junctions kind of weeks - where one has to decide which direction to look at and focus on.  That is hard enough most times and grist for the procrastination mill.  What is sometimes equally hard is deciding what areas of your life to let go.  And this is made harder by the fact that though they don't give you as much returns as they once did or that you had hoped for (be it in terms of financial returns, or in terms of joy and satisfaction), they still have something in them that you value and would not like to give up.  But that you most likely must if you decide to focus on and to go in other directions.

And this kind of dilemma or conflict arises, the wheels in your head seems to spin; but in place, going nowhere.  So I have been trying to work my way through some of these issues with a head that is randomly spinning in protest at such hard work.

Fortunately .. as it always turns out (waaaaaay ...... down the track), these processes have to be done.  And I can always tell when I have reached one of these inner crossroads.  The flow in everything - even the everyday things in my life - gets stuck.  Nothing flows.  I also feel stuck inside.  And I get very very tired.  And that is because even though I am not consciously doing this, I expend a huge amount of energy trying not to have to deal with whatever decision is being asked of me and my life.

As I write this, I am not out of the woods yet.  The waters around me are still murky.  Tiredness still seeps sluggishly in my bones, and my head still spins dizzily on the inside.  And the writing - yes this writing - is a halting, error prone tedium.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Week 28 In Review

Reconnect with Old Friend
Found a very sought after friend from my youth - Christina Bong.  Found her on Facebook, got her website and manage to go from there.

Which led to me thinking back on my last 30 years.

Facebook Mindbenders
FB and its many apps are still a bit confusing at times.

I had jotted down some very rough notes re. the app NetworkedBlogs - how it can pull postings from your various blog/sites and (automatically if you wish) plonk them on either your Personal FB wall or on your FB business page's wall.  But would it create multiple duplicate feed on your FB home page (which you don't want) and will you remember where those settings were. 

Additionally, what is the difference between having a NB widget on your site so readers could follow, and a Google Friend Connect which allowed you to do the same thing.  Could you just have one and not the other?

These questions are answered in my:

In My Wanderings this week
Researching ideas for YOJ538 - The Wheel, one of the things I considered was a spinning pinwheel.  And I found 2 delightful places with free patterns.

I finally ended up with setting for the lyrics from "The Windmills in your Mind" - about circle within a spiral, and wheel within a wheel concept and came up with my Circle Within A Spiral Wheel pendant:

Lucky Lucky me.  This week I received a beautiful magazine "Embellish" from a talented buddy, Natalie Fletcher. Natalie makes the most wonderful and sought after Peruzi cabs.  I bought one, got one free and I love 'em both.

Then another lovely, adorable friend Kay who owns Kay's Artycles - a really great shopping place for all kinds of beads and findings - sent me some free brooch backs.  All becuase she read I had none.  And I must say they are top quality.  I will have to indulge and get more of these from the lovely Kay :D

Emily Oot is born
Emily Oot, sister to first born, Oscar Oot is born.  She is a 2-way swinger and can be both a brooch or a pendant.  or she can just look pretty.

Emily is a transformed handmade felted cab who has been beaded into an owlet ready for loving.

Bert and Ernie Brooch also join the party
My next new felted owl brooch - Bert and Ernie Brooch.  Don't they look happy and smug together?

Correction: I do the boys an injustice by calling em "smug".  It was correctly pointed out to me by lovely Kerrie Slade that the boys look nervous and rather scared.  And indeed they do!  Must be frightening not know if anyone will love them and take them home!

Serious Sophie is born

Serious Sophie is a new design which caters for free sizing.  She was born as a direct result of a request for one of these winter neck warmers for a 4-year old.

Coincidences or Am I just An Enabler?
Sometimes, if I am lucky, the things I make kind of name themselves.  That is, they will whisper their names in your mind, and when you get it ... it will feel right.

Emily Oot named herself.  Her first name.  
She was destined for a forum member (Julz) - if she wanted it.  
After the show and tell of Emily Oot, Julz tells me that her daughter's name is Emily so obvious Emily Oot is meant to go to her.

Serious Sophie - when she was "born" and "named herself", it crossed my mind as to whether another coincidence would occur but I dismissed it, as one does.
Serious Sophie was destined for Sonia who wanted a little critter necklet for her daughter.
After Serious Sohpie's show and tell, Sonia writes and tells me that her daughter's name is Sophia.
So another "meant to be"!

It is great when these things happen, isn't it?
Things come in threes, don't they?
I wonder what the third "coincidence" will be?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Life in a Nutshell

Today I reconnected with a friend from my youth.  One of only a handful of people I actually want to re-connect with and would bother looking up and even then, it is but recently that I would even have bothered to make the effort.  Can't explain it but it is like more people connections are coming into my life of late despite having a preference for reclusivity.

On her site, I read what she had written about her life in the intervening 30+ years since we last saw each other.  And I knew that inevitably, as she has, she would ask about mine.  And at 4:14am this morning, instead of being tightly asleep, my brain was squeaking as its wheels churned and my eyes were wide and awake, awash with memories ~ pondering how to compress these last 30 years into a few short paragraphs.  And not sound pathetic.

Apart from the last decade, I have been a proficient practitioner of self-sabotage.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Week 27 in Review

Sun 27 June 2010
Cut Dead Wood - Rationalize
Too many things all over the place - that is what I have, and it is doing my head no favours.  So now I am going to rationalize and cut back, pull together, make whole, instead of having all these disparate parts.  Though I am currently "attacking" my various sites, they really are just one of many facets of my life and mind that has been depleted by trying to go in too many directions. And they are in some deeper sense, symbolic.

Started putting new information into ClearlyChosen rather than JEMLibrary as this will eventually be discarded and all info migrated over to the former.

Cut down on yak-yak.  I always worry about how a person reading one of my articles or tutorials will use my article.  So I write as if I am talking to them and as if they might not understand much and so I elaborate.  And I try to put in photos, images, whatever.  And all that takes time.  A LOT of time.  So instead of being able to finish the 5 topics I had in my mind, I can barely finish one.  And at the end of it, I feel like I have had enough and just want to get away.  Which means nothing much gets done because I will procrastinate on what seems too hard.  So less yakyak from now on (esp on my other sites).  Hope readers understand. If not, they are always free to contact me.