Friday, May 30, 2008

Beautiful Treasuries

It's always so excited to find out you've been included in a treasury. Especially when the treasury is so beautiful it takes your breath away. Looking through the treasuries I found that I'm in two!

This one is by amyhatch who creates beautiful jewelry with gemstones and vintage components . Her treasury is titled Freudian Slip. A few comments stated this treasury belongs on the Front Page of Etsy! Oh, I hope they are right!!!

Freudian Slip

Hurry and see Freudian Slip while it's still active

The second treasury makes me hungry and is by PamperingBeki. Her shop contains very sweet jewelry and accessories. The treasury she created is titled: Guess what I want to do....

Hurry and see Guess what I want to do.... while it's still active

Yumm, now I'm off to make myself something to eat.....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Save the environment one package at a time!

I use recycled packaging and wanted to label it as recycled so my customer understands that I'm environmentally conscious and not "too cheap to buy a envelope". I first thought I would buy some stickers and print my message to stick on the packaging. Wait, that's using extra paper I don't need!! Hmmm, then I thought of using a rubber stamp. Excellent idea, I can reuse my stamp over and over. Off, I went in search of a stamp. I didn't like what I saw in craft stores, too generic looking. There were some Etsy sellers with very cute stamps, but they didn't say exactly what I wanted to say. Then I came across a blog RoughStock that offered a free graphic! Cool... but I still wanted my shop name on the stamp. I decided to start from scratch. I fired up GIMP, created my message with a recycle symbol. Hooray!! I sent it off for printing at Here's the finished product, it says it all:

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Man Who Thinks He Can

Recent events in my life a few months back had me "cleaning out" my old room at my parents house. Inside my childhood room I found an inspirational poem tapped to the door, it was turning yellow and curling around the edges. I remembered this poem, it was given to me by my high school swim coach. I think he meant for it to give us as inspiration to win our races in swim meets. Although, this poem did more for me then to help me win swim meets, it has had an tremendous effect on me and my life. I have thought about this poem's message at various stages throughout my life and at times when I thought I had lost. This poem has helped me pull ahead and succeed! Even though this poem uses male pronouns I believe it applies to females as well, after all we were an all girls swim.

I wanted to share the poem with you, maybe it will inspire you as it did for me.

The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

-Walter D. Wintle