Grateful

Today was a tough day.

These past few days weeks have been tough.

But I’m getting through it.

One thing I’ve learned from my children is how to be resilient. How to pick myself up and move on. It’s hard, but I’m doing it. I really haven’t another option. I could give up, but what purpose would that serve? What would happen to all my hard work? It would all go to waste, and we simply cannot have that.

This week was a big week for me. Krysta Marie Designs celebrated Two Years in Business! Very exciting! That wouldn’t be possible without all of you wonderful people. I appreciate each and every one of you, so much, that I’ll never fully be able to express it. It’s because of all of you, you who support me, who have believed in me, and who have purchased my products, that I have gotten here. (I also have to thank myself for being crazy enough to think I could do this, but ultimately, it’s you!). I didn’t think that I would see six months, let alone Two Years! I’m so excited, but scared at the same. Two years is a long time…

Two years of 18 hour days, missed lunches, too much coffee, too much worrying & stress, triumphs & failures, and so much more. Two years of being scared shitless of whether or not this crazy plan was ever going to work.

It’s working.

I am so grateful.

I am also grateful to all those who told me I couldn’t. Who told me I would fail. Who told me that this will never work. Thank you for being my inspiration. Thank you for making me strive for success. (although success is scary). Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I am grateful to all of you, because you’re each helping me to provide for my family. For my children and myself. It’s just the three of us. It’s just my income. I am grateful to all of you, because *this* is my full time job (aside from being the best mommy I can be). This is what I do for a living, and it’s because of all of you, that I am able to do this. Without you, I’m sure I would be stuck working for someone else, in a job that I may or may not enjoy. And that’s definitely not the life I had planned. Because of you, I can be there to pick my kids up from school. Because of you, I can eat an afternoon snack with them as they tell me about their day, and we do homework. Because of you, I get to set my own hours, so that when “life” happens, I’m there.

I’m grateful for that.

Because of you, for the past Two Years, I have been able to be with my children every single day. Every sick day, every school event and function. Every classroom meeting, every Christmas, Easter, Hallowe’en and Spring Production.

Thank you.

The end of November is upon us. I’m so excited for December. Christmas is coming. I love Christmas. It’s always been my favorite season. Yes, I am one of *those* people who believes that Christmas is a season within a season 🙂 I’m excited to spend time with family, and to make gifts for my friends. I’m especially excited for this Christmas, because my parents have stated that everything must be Handmade. (I totally have this one in the BAG!!) 😀 I’m excited that everything must be Handmade because that means that several small, home-run businesses will benefit from my family’s choice. I’m excited because that also means another little boy, or little girl, will get the one “super, most awesome, present in the world” because their parent was able to make a little bit extra. I’m excited because I completely understand what that “little bit extra” can mean. I’m also excited because I’m proposing (gasp!) a challenge to each of you; to follow in the footsteps of my family; make all or part of your Christmas handmade. 9 10 times out of 10, the quality is SO much better than the stuff available in stores. Seriously, you’re already going to be spending the money to purchase your dad (uncle, brother, etc..) a scarf; to get your mom (aunt, sister, etc…) a knitted sweater or wrap; find a handmade seller. Not only will you make their day, you’ll love the product, and you’re helping your local economy. Everyone wins.

Wow – this post was longer than I intended… No seriously, I just wanted to briefly update you all on the BIG Two Years and tell you that I will be at the Collingwood YMCA this weekend selling my wares, and that you should stop by and get some uber awesome $5 earrings… and it just took off on its own. LOL

Thank you.

I am forever grateful for making it to Two Years, and for all of you.

Your tremendous support means the world to me (and to my kids).

Happy end of November.

Lyenne*

Nothing Is Holding You Back

Welcome to September!

I sincerely would like to apologize for the lack of posting in the last two weeks (give or take), things have been absolutely crazy on the home front. The kids have now started back to school (happy dance!) and I am back into the full swing of things. I’ve been working on a few custom orders that have taken more of my time than I had hoped for, but nonetheless, I do what is required to get the job done. FYI, working with stainless steel rings (chainmaille) is by no means fun! Especially when you’ve broken your pliers more than once, and have had to explain to Canadian Tire that yes, chainmaille is an appropriate use for their tools. I am (and will be) forever grateful for the “Lifetime Warranty” on my Mastercraft pliers. And yes, people I have *finally* ordered myself a set of Wubbers. LOL I love the name too – they are apparently the cat’s ass when it come to jewelry tools, and Lord knows, I definitely could use a really good set of chainmailling pliers. They should be here in a few weeks, and then I can definitely get going with this chainmaille business. I’m also looking at the proper equipment to make my own jump rings. I’ve experimented with a set of mandrels that I got from The BeadSmith, and have just been using flush cutters to cut the actual rings, but the cuts aren’t as “nice” as I’d like them to be. But for “practice” rings, they work just fine.

I am so grateful that the kids are back to school, and not just because I now have my days to myself. (although that is a really nice part of it!). With the kids in school, both of them full-time, I now have the opportunity to get back into the gym. (yay!) Today marks the 3rd consecutive day that I have been at the gym. I am so pleased with myself. I even booked an appointment with one of the trainers (yesterday) who set me up with my very own “plan”. Also yay! because the machinery up there, wow! boy was I lost! I am now absolutely confident with going to the gym (although I never saw myself as that type of person, sure I went before, but I didn’t really enjoy it). I love going – I actually can’t wait for the kids to get on the bus in the morning so that I can hop in my car and head down to the Y. (I live too far from the Y to be able to walk, and I don’t own a bicycle as of yet). The atmosphere is great, the people are great. I really like going. I also enjoy it because I know that *now* is the right time for me to focus on myself (and no I’m not being conceited); I get to put my energy into getting healthy, and to continue down this weight-loss road that I’ve been on for quite sometime. I know that “nothing is holding me back” (that phrase I’m actually planning to have tattooed on my wrist so I have a constant reminder). I know that I am worth this, as silly as that may sound. So what does all of this have to do with the business front? Well, it also means that nothing is holding me back from the business world either. Again, with both kids in school, I can now work “business” hours (LOL) and accomplish more during my day (now that I don’t have to hit the park, or making someone a snack). This means that I have more time to blog, network, list new products, make new jewelry, etc… I have more time, and I am grateful for that. It’s now become that little bit easier to manage my time (which was a nightmare before).

It’s hilarious how one simple little thing like your kids going back to school (which is a HUGE thing actually) can make such a big difference in all areas of ones life. I’m also grateful for when the kids come home from school too. Because I have my days to myself, I can take the time to sit with them and really pay attention when they tell me about their day(s). I LOVE that! They deserve my undivided attention, and now I can actually give it to them. I now understand what my mother meant when she said “someday you’ll know”. I don’t know everything yet (shocker!!) but I’m learning. I’m grateful for the things that I learn each and every day.

Anywhoo…

I’ve rambled enough for now. BUT I’ll be back later on – with a proper “business” related post.

Hope you all have been well – and don’t be afraid to comment or to send me a message! I love hearing from you!

*Lyenne
xo

Random Truths

This post shall be slightly different…

A little more personal, if you will. A way for you all to “get to know me” a little bit better. This post is basically going to be exactly what the title refers to: Random Truths. Within this post you’ll find various Random Truths about me. Things I like, things I’m afraid of, quirks, etc… My Random Truths stem from a game of 20 questions I played with a friend of mine. It actually turned into a game of about 100 questions, but that’s because we had so much fun with it. We learned a lot more about each other; which was great!.

So here goes!

1. Blue is my favorite color; any shade of blue, with exception to bright royal blue.. I detest that shade.
2. I associate colors with feelings; for example, purple to me, represents pain. Usually severe pain.
3. I like books. I’m reading all the time;
4. Grey’s Anatomy is my absolute favorite television drama.
5. I’m not very good at sports, although I make the effort to play.
6. The thumb on my left hand is shorter than the one on my right hand; I got it caught in a steel door when I was 2.
7. My all-time favorite song is “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers.
8. I played the flute for 4 years in High School.
9. My first car was a 91 Honda Civic… I beat the crap out of that thing!!
10. Aside from making jewelry, my favorite job was as a “Signal Rotation Technician” (LOL I was a Flag Girl for a construction company)
11. I have more male friends than I do female friends; I get along better with men (less drama).
12.  I’ve had the same two best friends since 10th grade in high school.
13. My third best friend I met last year; she’s much like me.
14. I swear worse than a drunken sailor. (although I’m doing my best to keep this in check)
15. I procrastinate. *shocking!*  (Procrasinate now, panic later)
16. I drink milk right from the jug… my ex-boyfriend had an issue with it, so I’d do it and not tell him. (LOL Yes, I’m mean!!)
17. My very first pet that I bought myself was a fish, named Pacey (yes after Dawson’s Creek) I cried when he froze to death in my room. (The power went out during a winter storm….)
18. I take everything personally; and I know that I shouldn’t, especially when it comes to my work.
19. I think dating is overrated; it’s like the natural selection process and I don’t have the patience for it. Besides, once you’ve been on a few dates, they all seem to be the same… unless the guys’ wife shows up… he informed you he was single… interesting… & awkward…
20. I’m an Aquarius; and my personality is a direct relfection of every Aquarian Trait out there… it’s scary.
21. I like tattoos. I have one currently. I have #’s 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 planned out already; just waiting for the funds.
22. I LOVE the Latin Language; it’s sexy. I’d love to learn to speak it.
23. I have never traveled outside of Canada. The farthest I’ve been was a trip to Hull, QC for my 18th birthday… (the legal age there!!)
24. I’d love to travel across Canada; I’d even like to go and visit each of the Territories.
25. I have an obsession with History, Law & Politics (and how they all go hand-in-hand) – Thanks to a certain person (you know who you are) for re-igniting that spark. I missed it greatly.
26. I love playing pool (or billiards if you prefer)
27. I firmly believe that money is the root of all evil; BUT it makes the world go ’round… unfortunately.
28. I’m grateful for my marriage falling apart. (crazy, huh?) It’s given me the chance to fully be me; to find out who I am and what it is I want from life. I can now see that he wasn’t my person, but that I had to go through all of that to get to where I am.
29. I love being a mom. ‘Nuff said.
30. I like music. Loud music. I don’t care what it is, but it has to be Loud!
31. I LOVE driving; Random road tours are awesome. And a great way to clear your mind.
32. I love the beach. I love everything about the beach.
33. I find inspiration (for my work) in the strangest places; I’ve even found inspiration @ the grocery store.
34. I have come to appreciate the English Language, grammar and the dictionary.
35. My group of friends is very diverse; and I’m friends with each of these people for very different reasons. None of my friends are alike; That’s my favorite part about them. Also, I get to really be “me” with each of them, because they remind me of my favorite parts of myself.
36. My eyes change color; They transition from a Bright Blue (and other shades of blue) to a Deep, Sultry Green, and most days will have a bright golden (yellow) ring around the pupil. One of my favorite people explained to me that it must have something to do with intelligence; I prefer that explanation over the one I had; (depends on my mood or the lighting… although I’m sure both explanations are equally accurate).
37. I like being single. No, wait, check that. I LOVE being single! Although I miss “date night” and snuggling on the couch and watching a movie. Although, date nights with just me are fantastic… Words from my awesome friend, “If you won’t date you, why would anyone else?” He’s so right!
38. I have to keep reminding myself that things will work out the way that they’re supposed to; when they’re supposed to.
39. I’m a very impatient person.
40. I’m constantly amazed by my creative ability. Especially when I try and make something “new” – Chainmaille is usually the source of this amazement.
41. I usually make two of one piece of jewelry (if I have enough materials) One to sell and one to keep for myself (My work is awesome.. at least I’d like to think so!!)
42. I have learned to live a life with no regrets… and besides, the wrong choices always make for the best stories.
43. I’m addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy and Artfire. Oh and eBay.
44. I love quotes.
45. Pizza is the BEST thing ever!!
46. So is Poutine… YUM!
47. Things are nice to have, but I’d prefer to have friends, family and memories.
48. I ramble… I’m sure you’ve noticed… it’s way worse in person.
49. I firmly believe that Creative (mess) Disaster is so much better than Idle Neatness. Therefore, my Bead Table is NEVER empty. There’s always something resembling a project on it.
50. Kissing in the rain is the absolute, hands down, best thing. Ever. It’s even better, when the person you’re kissing in the rain, knows how to kiss.

Okay! Wow! That’s a long post! *hands up* oops! But there’s 50 Random Truths about me. I totally rambled, and if you made it here, Congrats to you! Thanks for reading! I’ll probably post some more as we go along, but I think 50 is a good number to stop at.

I’m already working on my next post (has nothing to do with anything about me! LOL) It’s some common, and some Not-s0-common beading terms. I’m going to be starting a series on Tuesdays’ that will be based on Beading Tips, Techniques and Other Awesome (Possibily Useless) Info 🙂

Thanks for hanging out! And don’t be too shy, comment away!

Night!!
xo

As it so happens, it’s Saturday!

It is Saturday.

Normally a day of rest and relaxation; or a day to catch up on household chores. I had planned for today to be about mixing business with family, (which isn’t anything abnormal). I had planned on working on my Etsy shop today (http://www.krystamariedesigns.etsy.com) however, life with kids always seems to throw you curve balls. Today, my son (God Love him) decided that it was a perfect day to attempt doing stunts while riding his bike. (what you’re thinking right now, you’re probably very close to what actually happened!) At first, he was doing amazing… and then not so much. In a split second things changed, and we were on our way to the ER. He did, infact try to make one with the pavement. Now, normally for a regular spill  off of his bike, I would have opted for some ice, some Polysporin and a bandaid, but the gash on his arm looked way to deep for that.

Thankfully he was a) wearing his helmet (the kids are not allowed to touch their bikes otherwise) and b) he didn’t hit his head OR his face when he fell. I was honestly surprised when we got to the hospital – for a Saturday around dinner time, it wasn’t a Zoo. There were only two people ahead of my son (yay!!). I have to give credit where it’s due, but the Triage Staff at the hospital were amazing! They all agreed that it was wise for me to bring him in “just in case”.  Whew. When the doctor came in to look at him, she also agreed; she also said that he could use a stitch or two. (I was right, it was way too deep for a regular band-aid). Kudos to the doctor who suggested Glue. She didn’t like stitching kids, as much as I didn’t want to have to sit there while she stitched him. (We heart her for this!) 3 hours later and he was Glued up and we were able to leave.

I must admit that you learn alot from boys. (well kids in general) But from boys, we learn how to find humor in everything. I don’t like hospitals, and I do my best for it to not read it on my face. My son on the other hand, made it funny. He thought it was cool that he had finally done “something” to earn him a trip to the ER. (again God Love him). He also talked about how it would be funny if there were a way for us to put his accident on T.V. (yes I am having Jackass nightmares!). He later told me that he has to make things “funny” so that they’re not as scary. I think that’s a great coping mechanism. I make things funny, to take the stress out of them; to make them easier to deal with.

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable Saturday, with a little less excitement than mine 🙂

Enjoy the photos – they were taken after the fact – but you get the point.

xoxo