March 5, 2016

A new beginning

I wasn't really sure what my next post was going to be about.  As many of you already know, I decided a few weeks ago to quit making soap (though I'm still making jewelry), and it's been an adjustment in a variety of ways.  I've been making/selling soap on Etsy for almost 8 years...  but the bottom line is that it just wasn't profitable enough for me... unfortunately love doesn't pay the bills.

I'm going through a 'starting over' of sorts, and trying to be open minded about what comes next.  I am grateful for the support of my husband, family and friends, and grateful for the simple life we live, that affords me the opportunity to try.

I'm trying to reconnect with some of the things I used to love to do...  I'm trying to see what lights my fire, though it wasn't an easy thing.  At first I was so out of touch with doing any kind of art in this way, that I really was not making things I loved.  I thought I would try and learn a new skill, so I watched many-a-youtube videos about how to paint 'easy' flowers.  I tried, I tried, I just couldn't seem to get a natural knack for it, and I almost gave up on the whole 'making art' idea... until the next day I decided to just go back to doing what I already knew how to do.  What already felt natural to me.  Mixed media images, paints and papers, scissors and glue!

I am getting reconnected with my love of color again, and with my love for making a mess.  And I've no doubt for years, been inspired by artists like Robin Mead.  But I'm starting out small though...  I do not know how long this will last, or where it will lead, but I am having fun playing, and doing my best to enjoy the ride.

Blessings to you my friends.  How have you been lately?  Are you preparing for, or enjoying anything new?

xoxo ♥ Janell

February 14, 2016

Hey Valentine!

I'm wandering around with The Beatles stuck in my head today... All You Need is Love! ♫

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!
xoxo!!!

February 8, 2016

The Dogs Always Win

Every year my favorite Super Bowl commercials always seem to be the ones with animals in them, and this year was no different.  While I'll first say the 'puppy monkey baby' commercial was definitely creepy, my favorite this year was the Doritos Dogs.



Of course I loved the Heinz Wiener Stampede too, but that one makes me cry.  In a happy way though.  It makes me think of Frank our sweet wiener dog that we put down last spring.  He goes down in the history books as one of the best dogs ever, and we still think about him and talk about him daily...

The game itself was sort of ho-hum though, which was surprising.  I didn't really care who won or lost this one, but I picked Denver because they seemed like the under dogs at the time... However they came in and collected an easy win, while Carolina just didn't seem to be on their game yesterday.  And such is the way of football... you can be the best team in the league, and have an off day, and that's just part of the game.

Well, so!  Football season is officially over, so it's time to start thinking about Spring, and flowers and things!  :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend friends!  What was your favorite part of Superbowl Sunday?  Did you try any great snacks or drinks, or find any fun things to do for the game?  Tell me about it!

xoxo ♥ Janell