What we're about...

What we're about...

We love UPCYCLED art and a unique gift idea, so we work to create unusual frames and upcycled SCRABBLE ART– like Scrabble jewelry. We have Scrabble art for dog lovers (because we specialize in vintage dog stuff), but we also have other themed Scrabble jewelry and we’re adding more all the time!

Some of the newest themes we’ve added to our Scrabble jewelry include Star Wars, Van Gogh, Harry Potter and Banned Books and Paris…plus many more! You just never know what upcycled SCRABBLE ART we’ll come up with next…we love creating new Scrabble jewelry!!

We specialize in unique gift ideas for dog lovers, so we hope people will check us out when looking for upcycled dog jewelry or a cool DOG FRAME. We work hard to have lots to offer!

Our journey is crazy busy sometimes, the financial end can be a struggle, we don’t know how we’ll keep going, but then…oh my…the ideas come, people send wonderful notes about our stuff, and we’re working together for ourselves. So…our handcrafted journey continues. We hope you’ll stop by now and then. We love that this business opens us up to the whole world…how amazing of a journey is that!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finding Balance - Creating Habits

Now that we have been at our new place for several months, I have found that it is very easy to slip into the same old habits that we were in at the old place. Finding balance seems to be a habit that needs forming.  The idea of a habit feels like a negative behavior.  Merriam-Webster defines habit as:


noun \ˈha-bət\
: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
: a strong need to use a drug, to smoke cigarettes, etc.
: a piece of clothing worn by members of a religious group

However, I do believe, for me, that a regular routine and repeated way of doing something has a calming effect on my soul. Merriam-Webster does not list routine as a synonym for habit, but other references do.  Routine sounds better than habit.

At any rate, I had hoped that with less expenses at our new place, I would have time to keep up better on household chores (dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc.).  That those tasks would not fall primarily to my HTP.  Bless his heart for doing as much as he does.  And...I am so grateful for the blessing of him coming into my life.  I want to do more, but...

I work a lot.

And I will continue working now through the holiday season, so that we will not have to work so much during the rest of the year.  We truly are a holiday season business.  We do "okay" at this handcrafted business the rest of the year, but we just get by.  I don't always want to just get by.  I want to be able to fix up the house and yard, go to a movie now and then, taking a training class with my Border Collie, so it's important to make as much as we can during the holiday season.  I'm hoping next year, since we are all moved, that I can make more inventory all year long - more than I was able to make this year, so that I can find some sense of balance.  I wonder how many people use the phrase next year?

So, back to habits...the one thing I would like to accomplish RIGHT NOW is to develop a daily routine.  I love going into the kitchen when the dishes are all done, counters are wiped and the stove is clean.  I love having clean clothes in their rightful place and not seeing mounds of laundry when walking into the laundry room.  So, I have decided that if it means I make two less bracelets a day in order to get that done, then so be it.  Of course, for the money we would earn selling those two bracelets, which would be about 10 bracelets for the week, we could hire a cleaning lady.  
Don't they know there are newer washing machines?

Hmmm...cleaning lady...maybe I'm onto something.  Big smile. 

Currently all the hours in my day are full up.  Unless I want to get fewer hours sleep, which certainly is a way of life for many in the U.S., but I know I need my sleep in order to stay well and not go totally off the deep end.  Right now, I generally sleep from about 8:30 or 9:00 pm until around 4:00 or 4:30 am.  That's an adequate amount of sleep.

Well. for now, I will make the two less bracelets a day and get the housework done.  I'll consider some outside help.  I will still try to take most of Sunday off and go outside a couple of times a day to enjoy the outdoors - even just to walk around the yard and watch the birds.  My HTP keeps reminding me that that's one of the reasons we moved here, to enjoy things more.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Until next time...I'll leave with a quote from Emily of Our Town by Thornton Wilder.  I originally found this quote in a book titled The Simple Abundance Companion  by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It was a workbook type book that went along with her great book Simple Abundance.  I read Simple Abundance at a time when I was searching for an authentic life and some direction.  I can't tell you how many notes and highlights are in that book. A great read.  Here is Emily's quote:

"I didn't realize," she confesses mournfully, "all that was going on and we never noticed...clocks ticking...and Mama's sunflowers.  And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths...and sleeping and waking up.  Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you."

Some inspirational jewelry to remind me to enjoy life
Inspirational Scrabble Bracelet

Inspirational Bracelet Made From Vintage Sheet Music

Inspirational Live Pendant

Take care!