Thursday, July 28, 2011

Team FEST

A couple of weeks ago I joined an Etsy team called Team FEST (Florida Etsy Street Team).  This team is filled with wonderfully talented Floridians.  They range from artists who have been on Etsy for a long time to newbies like me who are just starting out.  I'm very excited to get to know some of my fellow Floridians and artists!  I created a treasury to show off some of the talent using the colors of a magnificent Florida sunset!



Florida Sunset - Team FEST Treasury

Monday, July 25, 2011

RIP Sony Vaio

So the past few weeks I have been involved in an intense battle with all things computer.  My wonderful Sony Vaio that I have had for about 6 years decided it was time to go.  We had some great times together, my laptop and I, but some things just don't last forever.   I did not want to go out and buy a new computer so I decided to borrow one from my sister, Tina.  She has an old PC that is currently not in use so I figured why not use that until I'm ready to take the leap and get a new one.  That computer was not my friend!  On a daily basis it said "Tracy, I don't like you so I'm going to stop working! You will need to restart me several times today because I'm in a mood!"

Lets just say it didn't take long for me to buy a new computer!

Oh and what a computer it is!  Evil wrongdoers are no match for my super ninja computer!  I will now be able to have more than one application open at a time and as soon as I turn it on, it's on!  No waiting for everything to load!  I never thought I would be so happy to have a new computer but it really has made things so much less time consuming.  I can pay bills quicker.  I can upload photos for my Etsy shop in a snap.  Oh and the photo editing, the music programs, the fun camera...I could be here all day telling you how much I adore everything about it but I will bore you no longer.  I will just say that now that I have my super ninja, I can get back to blogging.

Hope to see you tomorrow with more fabulous finds from Etsy!

By the way, thank you Tina for letting me borrow your computer!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Optimist...

In need of a little optimism!  I am a big believer in words, actions and attitude having a major affect on a persons day.  There are studies somewhere that show that simply smiling when you feel down can brighten your mood.  This works for me.  I'm not saying that if I am totally bummed about something in particular that I feel completely better if I just smile, but it definitely doesn't make me feel worse!  I love that if I am in a crabby mood I can turn on some music and dance with my kids and all seems right with the world for at least 3.5 minutes.  This all may seem a bit off course to you but I do have a point to this rambling.  Lately I have been feeling a bit...discouraged.  At times it seems as if no matter how often I say, "Everything will work out" I myself have a hard time believing it.  In search of renewed optimism for family woes, financial woes and just life woes in general, I of course turn to Etsy!  So I give you my optimum :) optimistic choices!


Ahhh, delicious.  Be you.  Because who could do it better?
More amazing pieces at http://www.mbartstudios.etsy.com/



My son LOVES fruit loops.  He would eat them at every meal if I let him.  This art speaks to me because in a world where every teenager is trying to fit in with the "popular" crowd, this says "Hey it's cool to be different, duh fruit loops rock!"
More quirky and fun art at http://www.candidate.etsy.com/



I want to shout from the rooftops how much I love this print.  These words mean so much to me it is hard to explain.  Sometimes I think as women we get so caught up in the everyday tasks that we forget how truly unique we are and if we just believe we can do it...we can!  Love it!
Check out more uplifting items at http://www.valentinadesign.etsy.com/


Well I feel better already!  Thanks for coming along with me in my search for the optimist in me!




Monday, July 11, 2011

New Craft Area

Today I spent most of my day cleaning up our play room to make myself a little craft area!  I am so excited to have my table under the window so I can see my son playing outside.  It is still a work in progress.  I used a door we had left over from our bathroom renovation as my tabletop.  It needs a little work but until I have time to do that, it is serving its purpose.  My husband makes music on his computer in his spare time, so that is his computer in the corner of the cabinets.  Mostly I will be making jewelry on my new table but at Christmas time it will come in handy.  Every year the kids and I make something new for all the family members so they know how good it feels to make something that someone really appreciates.  I can't wait to sit at my new desk area tomorrow and start creating!  Here is a pic of the new area.




Goodnight all! - Tracy

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ironing is not fun

Today was a day of filled with "what ifs".  I try not to ask myself that question too much because I really can get carried away.  My morning started out with a question of "Why don't you iron my shirts?"  After the bickering that I won't bore you with, I really started to think about "time" and "what if I had more".  I quickly came to the realization that even if I did have more time I wouldn't iron because ironing is not fun.  This is the point that I had my "Ah-Ha" moment.  We should all have more fun!  I'm not saying to forget the responsibilities that every grown up faces, but we need to leave more time for the fun stuff.  The stuff we truly enjoy doing.  For me, that is hanging out with my family and making jewelry!  Since my husband was working and 2 of my kids were at the museum with their aunt I chose to make jewelry ALL DAY!  It was great!  Sure I had some interruptions with the baby and had to watch "Bolt" again, but that was great too!  In the midst of all this fun I started dreaming about "What if I made it as a jewelry designer?" I'm not talking multi-millionaire but having a good steady business.  How amazing would that be??  So then... Like I said, I can get carried away with the "what ifs".  I started thinking about what my husband and I would do if we both ran 2 successful businesses (he's an Electrician with the plan to take over his step dad's business).  Oh talk about fun!  Think about the date nights we could have!  That is when the search began.  Etsy is my Google so naturally I went on a search for some fabulous date night attire.



This is the dress I would wear to an amazing night out with my hubby!  Isn't it so beautiful. 
See more stunning dresses at http://www.riverofromansk.etsy.com/




I thought this headband went perfectly with my "Roman" dress.
http://www.ingenueb.etsy.com/ has this amazing work of art




Such a breathtaking change (normally I'm carrying a diaper bag)!
Check out more spectacular clutches at www.tbtcwedding.etsy.com


Life should be about enjoying what you are doing as much as humanly possible.  Are you having "fun" in your everyday adventures?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bella ate a...

Crayon!  My 16 month old ate a purple crayon.  It was really more of a nibble but lets just say I'm glad they are non-toxic.  Bella loves to color so naturally I let her.  I am always coloring with her since she is so young but my oldest daughter was asking me a question and I turned my head for what was literally one minute and she shoves the crayon in her mouth!  She saw the opportunity and took it!  It was actually quite funny because she looked so pleased with herself.  She was like "Yes finally, I have been wanting to do that for months!"

So in tribute to the deceased purple crayon, here are a few things I found on Etsy.


Bella is a BIG Dr. Seuss fan so I felt this was appropriate ;)
Check out more prints at http://www.mayaskalupi.etsy.com/


How much fun would it be to color with these yummy crayons! Bella would definitely want to eat these!
More unique crayon creations at www.poshpapercreations.etsy.com





This is some of the coolest, most creative art!  I love this.  It would be perfect for a playroom or art studio or anyroom really!  Find more fabulous crayon art in many different colors at www.JKCreate.etsy.com



I hope you enjoyed these as much as Bella enjoyed her sneaky taste of that poor purple crayon!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

It starts tonight

I'm sure almost every person that starts a blog, starts off with..."this is my blog".  Well now its my turn. 

This is my blog.

I will try to keep this interesting but if I bore you to tears with how wonderful my family is I apoligize in advance! 

In case you didn't read my "About Me", I am a wife and mother of 3 who's passion outside of that is jewelry.  I love it.  I love everything about jewelry.  I love making it, wearing it and most of all, wearing what I've made!  I have just recently started selling my jewelry on Etsy (again).  The first time around life and money got in the way like a big ol' UHaul on a tiny dirt road.  But I am back and nothing is going to stop me this time.

Etsy is, in my opinion, one of the greatest ideas ever!  I wish I had thought of it.  Having a place for people to show off the amazing things that you can do with your imagination truly is something special.  I have found some spectacular items on Etsy that I hope to be able to share with you soon.   

As a goodnight to all you readers out there (hi mom) I just want to say, thank you for taking time out of your day to see what little ol' me has to say.  It really does mean something to me!  So Thanks!!!