Friday, February 28, 2014

Making a Beautiful Mess of Our Own

Sometimes change happens slowly and other times it gets in your face and it's just right there....right now!!

My daughter and son-in-law have been looking for a new apartment for months and one became available this past weekend. They put in their application and were accepted almost immediately. Moving day is this Saturday.

A rain storm is coming in this week. It's supposed to be a good one...which is great because we really need the rain. My sister reminded me that moving in the rain is good luck. We have done it a couple of times! But it won't be raining on their moving parade this weekend. They will be staying nice and dry in their stairwell because their new address is right down stairs!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Secrets to Using SEO Keywords in Your Etsy Storefront

Secrets to Using SEO Keywords in Your Etsy Storefront | MamaBleu.com


We've already learned that the strategy behind Etsy SEO is identifying and using strong keywords in your shop. Although the primary placement of keywords should be in your Titles and Tags, there is a little known secret about using SEO kewords in areas of your Etsy Storefront too.

I know you want as much of a competitive edge as possible, so we are going to discuss tucking strong keywords into other areas of your shop that Google will read.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Playful Patches



My grandson plays hard just like his daddy did at his age.  Playing hard means scrapes and bruises and worn knees of all his little pairs of pants. Instead of putting a regular patch over the holes I thought I'd have a little bit of fun with them!

I started out by ironing a patch over the hole and chose pink because the torn opening reminded me of a mouth.  Robots are one of Micah's favorite things right now so I did some free-motion stitching around the patch to resemble a little robot head.....with a big smile!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Art of Journaling: Morning Pages

Every once in awhile I'll take a break from my work and walk the 3 blocks to our local library. Sometimes I peruse the shelves for a certain topic and other times I just browse to see what catches my eye. What's funny is that both of those things happened at the same time this past week. I was looking for The Artist's Way and what caught my eye was The Sound of Paper. They were both on the same shelf. It never occurred to me to notice that they were both by the same author!!

I checked out the books and strolled home.

That night I picked up The Sound of Paper and started reading. I was enthralled with her encouragement to "undertake" 3 creative tools: Morning Pages, Artist Dates and Walks. I thought yah, yah.....like I have time to do all that.

A couple of nights later I started reading The Artist's Way and guess what (that's when I noticed that the books were by the same author).....she mentions it again. You don't need to tell me twice!  Well, I guess she kinda did.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Creative Inheritance

The creative spirit that brews in me every day, that grabs my attention when I wake and keeps me up late into the evening, is an inheritance that I value. I know that we all have the capacity to create.  I love how Emily Freeman lays this out so beautifully in her book - A Million Little Ways. We each do it every day whether we're aware of it or not. But for some of us it is a way of life.

I took it for granted. I thought every little girl was taught to sew and knit and create scrapbooks out of bound newsprint pads. It didn't occur to me that while I was learning to add embroidery stitches to my jeans, my friends were learning to play the piano or pitch a soft ball. I didn't know that I was being uniquely equipped for a creative lifestyle.