Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bizniz Bizniz.

Although the weather was FRIGHTFUL a few nights ago, it's been quite delightful today, and yesterday.

Last night was the MDBWA June's Networking / Year end event. (Stands for Midland District Business Women's Association.. but if I don't have the letters in front of me, I will NEVER get the order of those words correct. Ever. )  It was called "Bring your Bling"... I wore my little black dress, my dragon corset, some sticks in my hair, and a chinese patterned soft purse. My friend Tess came, all rock starred out. We had so much fun, that I THINK I forgot to network.

Also, yesterday I got a membership to MOMpreneurs, the simcoe county chapter. I'm interested to see how it will benefit my business. You know. Because that's what it's for, and all.

I think my brain is easing into the idea of being at the Thrift Store over the summer. I really do love it there. I just really also love summer time picnics and swimming and gardening and afternoon naps. 

L.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Trying to work it all out.

All the things I do, I do in order to be available for my children. Bottom Line. To take a full time job somewhere would not be as flexible as ALL my part time THINGS are.

*I work 2 or 3 days a week, 5 hour shifts, at a Thrift Store.
*I am available 2 or 3 days a week at the Wellness Centre, where I am a Reflexologist and read Tarot. I don't always have appointments, and will be there anywhere between 1 and 4 hours.
*Live Tarot. I do individual readings during the days I'm not at the other two places, while the kids are in school. I will do parties on weekends. I'm discovering it's not always easy to have coverage for those times.
*I sell stuff in a local shop. On Consignment. Art and toys I make. 
*I sell stuff online. I have a little online store, for vintage stuff. And for handmade stuff. I also have tarot readings available online through email. And although I don't promote it too much, I sell Tower Gardens and Juice Plus online.

Part of my plan this summer was to NOT be at the thrift store, but do the Farmers Markets with my art. However, the Thrift Store now NEEDS me, and so I am staying.

I'm not feeling incredibly organized. And I am feeling stretched. The juggling of all the things have left me feeling frustrated and like I'm accomplishing nothing. I have to continually remind myself my REASON why. I think "Wouldn't it be easier just to go get a J.O.B?"

I've been recalling a LOT this week, how happy and satisified, and how balanced life felt to me when I was doing markets, creating all week long, in between hanging out with the children. How I was paying all my bills. How I was NOT depending on the overdraft.

I KNOW Mercury is in Retrograde. But, come ON, Universe. Help a sister out.

L.   

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Midlande Farmers' and Artisans Market, Midland. NEW LOCATION!

I've been SEWING!

Just got the news about the exciting new location of the Midland Farmers' and Artisans Market!

The market will be in the empty lot next to West Marine at the corner of Hwy 12 and King Street.  The parking lot that I believe, belongs to Barber and Haskill. The same entrance that you would use to get into the Highland Inn. SO EXCITED!

Although I'm primarily going to be doing readings at the markets, I will ofcourse be bringing some of my hemp jewellery, and these groovy new stuffed guys I've been working on. I have some plans to make some fantastic banners, and some quilted pillow cases with some SASS. (Always with the Sass.)

For the most part, I'll be keeping the Jewellery Boxes out at The Swap Shop on Balm  Beach Road in Midland, but little things will come to market with me.

I STILL haven't checked the state of my tent, though.... Should probably get on that soon.

Lori.  

Monday, April 28, 2014

Letting Go and Letting Gawd.

So, I have a pile of blogs. It's inevidable that some will get neglected.

I've been having all the deep thoughts today, and I wonder WHAT blog they belong on. And does it really matter?

My tomatoes are up about 3",and my Green peppers are up about 2". This weekend ( or possibly Friday afternoon) I'm putting some greens into the outside boxes, and my peas. Depending on how much rain there is. According to my planning, the weekend that just passed should have seen them in, but with the finicky April start, I'm feeling a little pensive.

It feels so good to get started, though.  This time of year reminds me of who I really am, when I'm not busy entertaining myself with bonsai and corsets and singing and art. I have such a love for gardening, and I love the little piece of property I live on. It KNOWS me.

Yes, I'd love a piece of land that is my own... I've been here for Ten years, though. And every year  I swear up and down will be my last. That I will finally be in my own home. I've been advised to love this home like it's my own. I've been told to let it go, remove all the love for it. So much energy work has happened under this roof. My children have grown up here.

And since I figure, unless the lotto comes along, that I'll be here until they are all grown and moved out, I might as well embrace it.

Garden.

There are more things swirling around my head. Maybe they'll end up on another blog..

Lori.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Oh Gawds, Is It SPRING Yet?

The weather was warm today. Okay, so the weather people say it only got to -3C, but it FELT like at LEAST +5.

Windows were opened, and the sun was BLAZING! It was wonderful. And, it made me feel like cleaning house.

This morning I listed a few new items on the Little Scotia Store on etsy, and a few items on my other page at etsy, Vintage Witch. It makes me happy. Plus, I've got SO MUCH stuff here! I just got all my toys back home, from the closing of Handmakers Haven. There IS another store opening soon that has offered me a space for my handmade goodies, however, and I'm in the decision process of what goes on etsy, and what will go to the new store!

Ahh, decisions, decisions.

A beautiful resin pin from the 70's - Each leaf and petal is in wonderful condition!


Hepplewhite side table Miniature - on Little Scotia today

There are Farmers Markets starting, in Midland and Penetanguishene, and soon Elmvale and Victoria Harbour too. All sorts of spring shows too.

Ah, I miss my studio space. The basement is just NOT the same. And the livingroom is just a DISASTER of creativity.

L.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Long Boring Ranty Pain Rant.

It hit me on Saturday. Out of nowhere. This BACKPAIN.

It starts around my shoulder blades on the spine... and it is red hot intense at my lower back (I have a herniated disc in that area.) and then the pain changes into something gum-bleeding sweet all the way down my thighs, into my calves and throbbing feet.

My hips hurt.

Today is Monday. I thought for sure I had the day off, but when I actually LOOK at my datebook, I'm supposed to do a thrift store shift. How can I do a thrift store shift when It's painful to NOT be in the fetal position?

It's the only position I'm finding any comfort in. On my back, knees tucked up and pulled as close to my chest as I can get it.

I. Am. Whining.
A Lot.

Painkillers aren't working. Hot baths give some relief for about 10 min after the bath. I cannot seem to locate my hot water bottle. The smelly turpentine rub I use isn't making a lick of difference. I've tried some stretches suggested by a friend who is an RMT. I can't even THINK about yoga.

This is the start of day 3. I'm confused about this, and although I'm PRETTY sure this is ALL about my menstral cycle... I mean, COME ON... this is the worst pain I have ever had in my life. Seriously. Child birth was a BREEZE next to this. And there's little relief. (you know, aside from bending myself into the most ridiculous position, where my feet fall asleep. It's also very awkward to read with your knees stuffed up in your face. )

Usually I have a bit of leg and lower back cramps on the first day of THE FLOOD. But I haven't even started yet. (although I've been getting symptoms for... 6ish days now?)

Is THIS what I have to look forward to in menopause?

And then I think. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING WITH THIS EVERY DAY. In some form or another. Fibromialgia, for one. How do they do this without some sort of self medicating intervention? Seriously. This pain has not reached my 'brain' yet.. and by that I mean, it hasn't totally shut me down. I'm able to concentrate on reading, and I'm not crying ... yet. (although that's not all true.. I cried my face off in my car when I pulled up from work on Saturday to see a rather large and heavy snow bank at the end of my driveway that was going to have to be shovelled.  ) However, I don't have the capacity to even take photos of things that I'm wanting to get on etsy. I can't think enough to do any readings for anyone.

This pain MEANS something. I mean, it probably means I'm lacking some vital nutrient or vitamin or mineral... BUT I'm supposed to be learning something from this. The question is, how can I learn when I'm busy sweating and wincing over the pain of it??

This too shall pass. It has too.