Wednesday

15% off everything in my shop thru Dec!

Just use the coupon code
" SND10 "
@ checkout
and 
receive 15% off!

Monday

She ain't right for you!



Macy is my all-time favorite artist!

~ I'm still around ~
just trying to get back to feeling 
"normal" again.

Sunday

Change it !!


Dolly
isn't my thing
but...

I just came across this while visiting a new blog and thought I'd share.

I'm having a hard time right now
getting
*things* done.
this video 'hit me' right where
it needed 2 AND made me 
smile.
:) 

Wednesday

He called me baby... Kandi - One Eskimo

 i
 l-o-v-e 
this song! 

"Kandi"
by One Eskimo

click the screen to see full size video
 

A MUST READ!


just a quick break from my
"time to get away"
time
because i thought 
was worth sharing.
xx

Thursday

it's TIME to get AWAY

from blogging.
from facebook.
etc.
it's time.
(not that i do much of it anyway)

i really
need 
to stay focused 
on my health.
it's been a 
long n rough 
winding road.
i'm tired of dr's appt's.
physical therapy that doesn't work.
needles.
x-rays.
etc.

i can't keep
pretending

 like everything 
is hunky-dory.
because it's just not
it hasn't been for many years.


 i have found someone
who does myofascial massage.
but she's not set-up to take insurance.
(not that my insurance will cover, because they won't)

she's willing to work with me on a payment plan
of sorts.
as well as lowering the cost
if i go with some kind of package.
(large or small)
she's the only one i've talked to
so far
that is certified in this.
we talked for 30 minutes or so on the phone.
although it sounds like
"just what the dr. ordered"
we just can't afford it right now.

i mentioned a naturopathic dr.
ages ago, that i wanted to see
but
my doctor (of 17 years)
wouldn't give me a referral.
so i fired her ass.

how can a doctor of 17 years
who has watched me suffer
with this since 
the beginning
not give me something as simple
as a referral for something
i NEED!

the doctor i see now
will give me the referral.
she says
"i think it's a good idea that you have access to alternative treatments"
so, i'm making the call-back tomorrow.



i'll continue to stay
caught-up
on my 
"reads"
i just won't be posting here.

i've got a schedule in the works.
things that will improve my life
as time goes on.
if i stick to it.

today, in the car...

i actually 
*voiced out-loud*
@ myself

"you need to get your damn health back!
so...

do what you need to do!

stop frick-n procrastinating!!

stop feeling sorry for your-self!!!

don't let those damn hormones control you!!!!

fight back, against the pain!!!!!

stretch, meditate, walk, strength train, hang, do yoga, dance 
(when no-1 is watching)  hehe... and most of all, BREATHE!!!!!! "

it felt good to give myself 
a good scolding.
i needed it!
i will continue to do this, as needed.

p.s. -
i have plans in the works 
to open another etsy shop.
i'll be closing 
stormynitedesigns @ some point.

i've started sewing again.
a little here and there.
so my shop will contain
metal & cloth 
items.
i don't feel the need to create 2 shops.
one is enough!
i'll  let you know when it's ready.
but
not until i've started taking care of
me.

see U on the
re-bound!
xx TC ~

Monday

Best Motivation Video


click to the left or right
of the arrow 
 so you can see the full video 
 

:)


Saturday

Mind Games


How strong is your working memory?

Try this short
memory work-out

Wednesday

Sneak Peek


Of 
my studio space.

reminder 
b4's
shortly after we moved in.
everything was sort of
t-h-r-o-w-n
into place.


afters below


this will be 
my jewelry bench 
painted from the black
above
to a nice
crisp white. 

this is
my sewing table.
i hated to paint her
but
i need the room to
'flow'
i antiqued her,  just a tad.

when i unscrewed the drawer
i was surprised to see
this was 
'the screw'
jamie brought home these 
chinese lanterns 
on saturday.

i thought they looked nice 
against the 
white
for these photos.

i dug out some shelves i haven't used in ages
and gave them a fresh coat of paint.
i hope to get those
hung soon.

~ ttfn ~

Friday

My Studio - - A work-in-progress


some of you may remember
the
gawd-awful 
studio pics
i posted a while back 
after 
we moved in.
i've been procrastinating 
a bit
(due to my neck & back issues)
for what
seems like 4-ever
but 
this past week

i decided to start tackling
the room

b4 pics


the bag of scrapped wood
below
used to be
the white shelf on my little
work bench/table
above.


it was just 2 big
for my space.


this is what i decided 
to keep
once i smashed it
to
king-dum-come
with my x-large craftsman hammer
:)


i'm not sure what i'm going to do with these 
3 drawers & bottom shelf
yet.



this cabinet below was white
to begin with
(as u can see above)
an unfinished white.
so ...
i put the door back on.

 gave it a fresh coat of
a very light gray
then a very dark gray

 then a sort-of aqua blue
then primer
then behr
"decorator white"
(in eggshell)
from home depot.
then
i was happy.
sheesh!
it's waiting to be sanded
a little.
just around the edges.
the scrap wood in front 
i bought from a salvage shop.

i love
the blue & gray paint/stain
left along the edge.
these will be used some-where
in the apartment.
not sure where just yet.

the rt 133 sign 
is the one i mentioned in a previous post.


my antique bench/table on the right
(the 1 jamie said ... " i can't believe you slapped paint on that!)
has gotten some of the same 
"decorator white"
in a semi-gloss
(it's going to be my sewing table)
i've started to distress  the table some.



this is the desk/sewing table from the pic above.
jamie was kind enough to take the black
paint off the top today.
the bottom got the same white
in semi-gloss.

it's my work-bench now
(or will be once it's done).

i still have to decide 
if the top will be left in it's
un-finished state
or 
 something else.
**wonders why jamie never said a word about this one!**

more pic's to come later.
once it's all finished
(most likely)

2 da loo!

p.s
i have new plans for my etsy shop.
the first step was taken last night.

also ~ there's something else i'm working on as well.
but i don't want to get ahead of myself
so
i'm not going to mention that 
just yet.
:)

Tuesday

Road Trip


2 weeks ago 
we drove down to see my daughter.
she recommended this place for lunch
we had lunch in the back
near this pond
full of 
mostly
gold fish.



the food was very good!
(sorry, 4got pics)

after lunch
we took a walk thru 
a little near-by town.

we stopped 
and got ice cream
while we were there.



walking by an antique shop
i spotted
these very cool scissors!
no idea what they would have been used for.
any ideas?
to bad 
the shop was closed!

he 
looks like he was willing to
break-a-window
for the scissors
but, i passed.

water shots
were a drive-by

:)

Monday

Sunday Treasury

On Sunday
I received a
convo' 
letting me know
that my
had been included
in this

"Love It or Leaf It"

~ Etsy Treasury ~ 


a big 

Thank You 

to

Suzanne @ EarthlyBaubles

for including my ring.

 :)

 

p.s -

for the life of me...  

i could not

get the "caps" off

on the 2nd half of this post!  

*ga--sssp!

 

Wednesday

How often does this happen ?


Our new address # is 233

 my daughters new address # is 233
  
~ and ~

 the house jamie 
is working on 

is...

 233!!

all in different towns!

( i didn't know about jamies job until i mentioned my daughters # to him recently )



very interesting
yet
quite strange!


Tuesday

More Work from My Bench


2 pieces 
in a few hours
is a 
world record
4 me.

the 
"ladybug"
earrings
i created a while back
( they sold in my shop)
~ i adored ~
so much

so i decided to make
this
not a great day for photos
but this will have to do for now.

-------------------------------

i awoke this morning
feeling the need to re-write this post.

~ hormones get the better of me these days ~
(i can't wait until this stuff passes!)

~ edit ~

i've been feeling
out of sorts
  a lot lately.
thinking about my
family.
who's still here.
who's passed on...
a family as large as mine
and
we rarely communicate
  anymore.


 1 sister & 2 brothers
have passed.
xo

2 live out of state.
1 brother i'm not sure about.
(sad, i know)
he has always kept his distance
for reasons unknown.

4 of us live within 30 minutes of each other. 
and should be connecting
MUCH
more than we do.

there's work to be done!



"the walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy" 
- jim rohn





Tuesday

Weekend Road Trip - photos


Jamie & I
finally
spent some 
'together'
time
on saturday.

we drove up 2


 on the drive there
we stopped at the waterbury 
"flea-market"

i purchased this 
very curvy 
old chair for $12!

she'll be 
washed
painted
&
sanded back
(sometime soon)

i also bought an old
black & white
metal
Vermont Rt 133 sign
("from the 50's")
they're no longer 
B&W.

i bought it because Rt 133 runs thru
the town my mom was born.
:)

I also purchased this slightly imperfect coffee cup
@ the festival
it's so cute...
love the no-handle!

2 of these after my 32oz smoothie
and i'm good to go.

and this...


we stopped here on our way home



i took this rock home.
i think it looks like a fossil of sorts.
jamie says " a coconut fossil"..

hmmffff!



~ it was a beautiful day ~

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