Saturday, June 13, 2009

Awards

I have a long list of blogs that I follow and through them, I have met quite a few fellow artisans. It has been a lot of fun, and even though things have been incredibly busy for me lately, I enjoy reading the blogs and learning new things and learning more about them.

I wanted to thank a couple of wonderful women for reading my blog and liking it enough to award me with two blog awards:
The first one is Tami Abiuso from Holistic Diva. She gave me an award called the Vespa Blogger Friendship Award. She also has a shop at ArtFire called Essensu. It is a fantastic shop and I have purchased from her in the past and will do again in the future. She always puts some samples in with your purchase... something to actually make your mouth water... the Organic Pumpkin Body Polish is lip smacking, drool inducing heaven! It was just a sample but I have to say it is incredible! It smells just like the pumpkin bread I make... I don't know that it is fair to make me hungry when I am taking a shower or bath :) Anyway, her lotion is fabulous and my mother-in-law loves her bath salts. Her products will make you smile while indulging the inner diva in all of us.

And the second is the "The Lovely Blog Award" from Jenn and she runs the shop JennuineCandles at ArtFire and she also has a blog called Jennuine Candles. I have a few of her candles "hot listed" for when I have enough earnings from my shop, to spend at other shops (does that make sense? LOL)... I want to support other artisans with small shops, keep the circle going so to speak. She using 100% palm oil for her candles which gives them this incredible look... almost like crystals formed on the surface of the candles. She has a lot of different scents and colors and her prices are very reasonable. When you have the chance, take a look at her store.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things

Hi! Sorry I have been so quiet, I haven't been quite inspired lately. Staging a house and keeping it straightened up and clean all of the time, really sucks it out of me. I hate feeling like we are under a microscope, but in a sense we are. Having to be ready for a showing at a moment's notice, I don't really feel I can get messy with my crafts. So far, we have been on the market just over a month. We have gotten a lot of positive feedback, but the market is definitely a different animal than it was the last time we sold a house.... just over 2 years ago. Happily, our realtor here really makes a good effort and channels a lot of positive energy into selling this house. She has had 2 open houses so far and has another one planned for the coming weekend. And she is bringing the "caravan" by on Tuesday with all of the realtors in her office. Hopefully word of mouth will get her sold. We have only had one negative, and that was because someone didn't like the paint color we put on the walls in the kitchen. Well, you can't please everyone and so I am not too worried about it. Otherwise, it has all been positive. I am a little nervouse about the "caravan" of realtors coming thru, I am sure one of them is going to complain about something. But, I don't plan on changing anything, the house has been staged enough and I don't want to upset the balance we have achieved. Afterall, we are still living here.

My husband left for his new job about 2 weeks ago. He is really enjoying it and can't believe how nice everyone is and the atmosphere is so different from the last job. Its actually a positive environment, it will take some getting used to. He seems to like the area, but I think he is trying too hard to make sure we are excited about going there. I really don't want to hear that he's been swimming, golfing, boating, etc while we are here not really doing much of anything fun. We are trying to stay close to home in case we have to run home and get the dogs for a showing. The kids have gone to the beach with Grandpa and Grandma has spent the night a few times in order to change things up a bit. But that really is the extent of our fun. I am even cutting the lawn. I don't like it, its been too hot, and its really a dirty job. But, I have to keep it looking neat and maintained.

After a month of being on the market, I have decided to check out superstitions on help or good luck for selling a house. I am wearing gemstones for money luck, I have some strategically placed Runes around the house, and to supplement my prayers, I have purchased a statue of St. Joseph. Most of the info I have found posted about this ritual, says to bury him in the yard.... I don't quite feel right about burying him in the yard, so I have placed him at a spot of honor and have been praying to him. I don't know if it will work, but it actually makes me feel a little better.

So, since I can only do so much cleaning and straightening up, I am going to start getting back to my art, my crafts, the stuff that make me feel better. So, hopefully I can get back into the groove of doing my blog like I started doing a few months ago.