Still Home

Indeed these are challenging times. The government says to stay in as much as possible. However, there should be a balance. We need sunshine–Vitamin D and fresh air. Along with that, it would be nice if the medical community and the government would emphasize the importance of eating healthy and getting the necessary supplements such as vitamin C. It’s something to think about. In my household, we are attempting to learn more on how we can strengthen our immune system and just to do all we can to live a healthier lifestyle. Just food for thought.

I do try to get sunshine, eat healthy, rest, take vitamin C, and drink tea and water. As I’m quarantined and home more, I continue to be creative.

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Life After Retirement

It’s a late Sunday night but that’s okay with me. I’ve had a full day. Of course, church was online again today due to Covid-19. We had a nice dinner. Thank God for a crock pot. Crock pots make life a little easier.

Being up late with me is fine because I’m my own boss. I love being to create and design. Working for yourself takes time management and discipline but as I’m adjusting, I’m learning and growing. However, I’m grateful to finally have this opportunity. I love learning and challenging myself as I’m building an Etsy shop and learning the new platform of WordPress. I’m anticipating utilizing my own website more.

Whatever point you are in life, take it one day at a time. My motto is pray, plan, believe, expect. I have a great hope and I have joy.

Designs from a few days ago.
Happy Customer
My Workspace
Workspace – I call my workspace my Studio
One of my Patriotic Wreaths
Another one of my Patriotic Wreaths
Workspace
Happy Customer

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Staying Safe

The last few weeks have been challenging for all of us. I hope everyone is staying safe doing these times of the corona virus pandemic.

My family and I have been staying home. We are spending time being creative and doing various projects around the house. We pray for those who are suffering from the virus and for families who have lost a love one from the virus.

Let’s continue to do what we can to stay safe and take care of our families. Make it a great day as best you can! Blessings!

Making it through Covid-19

This present situation has been a challenge for all of us. Whether you live alone or with roomates, friends or family, to be told to stay home takes away what is accustom to us. Howbeit, try to make the best of the situation. Enjoy your time together. What things have you wanted to do but didn’t have the time to do it? Do you sing? Dance? Act? What book have you be yearning to read for a long time? Are you creative? Focus on things you can be productive in if at all possible. Whatever you do or decide to do, stay safe. Many many blessings to you.

As for me, I find myself being really creative. I say really creative because anything I design or put together, I’m having to use what I already have on hand. I’m not doing the usual shopping or ordering as I usually do due to this Coronavirus. Below take a look at my creations. Make it a great day!

A Tribute
Orange Sunshine
Springtime
Springtime II
Serene Purple
True Blue
Peaceful Purple
Peaceful Green
Easter Wreath
Cheery Pink
Hail the Victors

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Slowly Going from Fall to Winter

As the days continue to get cooler and Fall is slowly drifting away, I find myself still in creativity mode and reorganization. It’s nice to be able to work to provide special services and to put care and energy in making others happy. Reflecting on Fall and continuing to work everything through is both challenging and rewarding.

I love the beautiful colors of Fall but I’m looking forward to the Winter and Christmas colors. Colors are part of the beauty of the world.

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Welcoming Fall

While we are preparing for our Christmas shows, I took a break to welcome Fall. I see Fall and/or Autumn as a fresh beginning. It’s a start to cooler weather. It’s colorful with so many places to walk or drive to see the Fall colors. It’s special in another sense for me. It the season in which I was born as well as my mom, one of my sisters, and my oldest daughter.

So while the weather is turning cooler,see Fall as new beginnings and new opportunities. Enjoy this season.

What is the favorite thing you like about Fall?

A ReLaunch

Working a full time job and running a business can take its toll. Having your own business is rewarding but tiresome. However, the good news-since retiring, I can spend more exciting times working on my business. At present, I’m restructuring, designing, looking at what worked, what I need to add, new trends, reorganizing, retooling, you name it, we’re doing it.

We will be sharing more in the coming weeks. Our grand opening for the relaunch, will be happening next year. Until the next time, make it a fabulous and fun Saturday.

Spa Equals Relaxation

What do you like in a Spa Basket?

Relax. Relax. Relax. When I think of the word spa, the word relaxation comes to mind. The word spa is a noun and is defined as a mineral spring giving health benefits; a place or resort with a mineral spring. Webster’s dictionary also defines it as a mineral spring; a resort with mineral springs. It further defines it as a fashionable hotel or resort. All of these spell out relaxation to me.

I like to think that a spa basket can translate into relaxation. This is so because it’s filled with contents that spell out relaxation because of their pleasant and soothing smells and how they make you feel. The right tools and the right products makes for ones on personal spa in a spa gift basket.

When I do a spa basket, I like to include such things as a fragrant candle, a soothing lotion, a good sugar body scrub, loofah, and a bath net sponge, to name a few. The color and theme of the basket enhances it and gives a special feeling. So fabulous products and tools adds to its ambience.

Spa Time

The Unedible Diaper Cake

Diaper cakes, if you have ever seen one or made one, can make you just go wild on your creativity. I made my first one some years ago. Looking back I realize it was just okay. Since them I’ve been honing my skills on making them.

Diaper cakes are a great addition to any baby shower. A diaper cake is both decorative and practical. It adds a special touch to the theme, color, and decoration of the shower. It’s practical because the diapers can be used for the baby. The cake can stay pretty for the shower but can later be broken down to use the diapers for the precious new little one.

When making the diaper cake, I take great care in using the diapers and making sure they can eventually be used for their intended use. I love making the diaper cake beautiful and oh so elegant. Take a look a this one that was made especially for a precious little baby girl.

Created for a special little girl due to arrive any day now. The diaper also included other gifts for the baby and the mom.

A Tribute to My Mother

On December 3, 2018, my Mother left this present world.  It was hard saying goodbye.  She was a great mother.  She wasn’t perfect, but no one is, yet she did the best she could with what she had and knew.  I cherish her memories.  She lived on this earth for 91 years.  She lived to see her children grow up, to see her grandchildren even up to her great great grandchildren.  For this I’m truly grateful.

There are so many memories to cherish of her.  She will forever be in my heart.  Her legacy lives on in me.  It lives in the lessons she taught me and the kindness she showed to others.  It lives in her zest for life–enjoying good food and good company, laughter, the joy of travel, the joy of volunteering and helping others.  I’m forever thankful to God for giving me her as a mom.  Thank you God for the years she was here.  Thank you for letting me see her and spend time with her before she left this world.  You are an awesome God and I thank you for my mother.  

Now I only have memories and pictures to share.  I will no longer be able to hear her voice except from a voicemail or two that is still on my phone.  I will miss her smile and sense of humor.  There will no longer be meals that we will sit down together to share.  Yet dear Jesus help me to have time for and show love to my family that I can still see and hear.  Let me be grateful and to remember to give them their flowers while they are able to see and smell them.  Please God.  Thank you.