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I wanted to leave a quick “Hello” since I have not been blogging (or creating) much lately.
However, I have been keeping busy with school and nurturing my two beautiful children. I’m looking so forward to Summer and all that it encompasses; creating, appreciating nature (BEACH) and just a slower pace in general. I look forward to having more time to work on my blog, share and introduce you to some new projects that I hope to be working on.
Fun Sunday spent offering my jewelry designs in Encinitas at the Sizzling Summer Market. Awesome musicians, dancers and artists. My friend Danielle attended with me to assist me with my booth (Thank you!).
Here are a few photos I managed to snap while there:
We had a great time and look forward to participating next year.
Our family just enjoyed three days of Disney fun at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure Parks in Anaheim, California. The weather was perfect, neither too hot or too cold. People were happy and friendly, for the most part. Our kids certainly did have a few melt downs due to fatigue.
I wanted to share a few things we really enjoyed and some of the things we would do differently on our next visit.
What we got right:
1) Disneyland Southern California Resident 3 day Park Hopper Tickets
2) Make use of "Fast Pass" feature in the park
2) Transit Passes
3) Inexpensive Accommodations
What we would do differently:
1) Motel room with a refrigerator, packing lunches (PB&J all the way). We had a few snacks but sandwiches for the kids would of been a good choice. Otherwise, eating out is easier and can be done wisely. Skipping kids meals and sharing the larger portioned meals was most economical.
2) NO souvenirs, if any, until the last day! Make this a rule the children understand prior to first walking past the Disney Gate.
3) Refill your water bottles in the Disneyland drinking fountains, the water tastes great. If you want ice, ask any store in Disneyland that has a soda fountain for a cup of ice and they will gladly give you one- free of charge. We drank so much water and went through several expensive bottles.
4) If you have three days to play, it's okay to go back to the hotel for a 2 hour nap or just to let the kids rest up, clear their little minds of all the stimulation Disneyland provides.
And well, that is about it. I'd never spent more than a day at Disneyland so this really was a treat for our family.
This year I participated in Old Poway Parks (San Diego County, California) Annual Flower Show and Art Festival. It was the first time I had an entire booth space to myself, tent and all.
Honestly prep for the booth was fun. The main anxiety was caused by worrying that I had a good selection of pieces for shoppers to choose from.
Overall, it went really well. It was a beautiful and very warm day. Shoppers were few and I'm guessing had it been a bit busier it would of been wonderful as far as income but I do find it difficult to juggle multiple shoppers and sales transactions simultaneously. I'd love feedback from my seasoned market participants on how they manage this with the least stress and the best level of attention to each client. Feel free to share in the comments section!
I ordered a lovely and modest sized banner with my URL and business name but was not prepared to display it properly. At the size I ordered it would of been best encased in a thin frame to hold it's shape (envision flapping in the wind) or (as my friend Sue suggested, and now I understand more clearly) printed vertically and placed on a freestanding frame and stand would of been better.
Otherwise, I felt well prepared and must thank my husband, David, for helping me with set up (putting up the heavy booth tent and setting up my tables). He also took care of the kiddos, supplied lunch and drinks and even watched my stall for a bit so I could browse the other booths. Those lovely handcrafted wood displays are also courtesy of him. Thank you, David! (and a little promo plug RohnerWoodFlooring.com)
My first two day event is coming up and I will only have two tables, possibly against a wall so my focus will be on display height to maximize my space.
All in all I'd say it was a successful market, a learning experience and I'm definitely looking forward to my next show in May. For event dates you can check out my Calender on my website at KilaRohner.com.
Check out my fun photos including my neighbors, husband and wife partners Dennis and Leslie of DC Woodcrafts in Poway. They have awesome handcrafted upcycled/recycled hardwood creations.
Yes, I know it's Sunday. Despite the delay in posting, I'm sharing is this Fridays Faves and Finds for you to enjoy.
Last Friday I'd posted that this week I would focus on Home Furnishings. I did not get any nominations so I had to come up with all my own selections, which was very easy to do.
With Spring now here I'm attracted to light woods and fabrics.
This 4 poster bed from the Pastiche Collection ($6200USD) by HLevine Design on Etsy can be custom made and using reclaimed and salvaged hardwoods. Beautiful:
A gorgeous Venice Chest ($975USD) by Stil Novo Design on Etsy made using reclaimed wine barrels would look perfect at the foot of your new bed:
I just had to share my breakfast (it looks so pretty). Yes, not the most important occasion but a great way to begin my day. Frozen Gluten Free Waffles (Trader Joes), plain unsweetened yogurt, agave nectar and berries! Mmm, good!
Spring is here and in Southern California we are just getting some light showers, birds are busy twittering away and flowers are beginning to bloom. It seems everyone is enjoying the slight but lovely changes coming about. Just took these pictures in my back yard this morning:
Hope you enjoy this Spring 2011 and enjoyed having a peek at my breakfast!
These are so fun. Feel free to comment and add your own.
Charlie on Twitter~"Time for a cup of tea.... in a land where coffee is king !"
Abby on Twitter~
"I should get back into working out. I don't want to, so probably won't, but I should all the same."
Fashion Quotes on Twitter~
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Coco Chanel
Dalai Lama on Twitter~
"As well as restraining ourselves from negative thoughts and emotions, we need to cultivate and reinforce our positive qualities."
Vicki Diane on Facebook ~
"This worked for me today. To become calmer in our lives.
A tv Doc this a.m said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish what you start.
So far Ive finished off a bottle of Sangria, a bottle of Bubbly,
bodle of Baileys -butle of wum, pockage of nits, tha mainder of my Prozic and Valiuminun scriptins,
the res of the chezescke & bix a ...chocletz.
Yu haf no idr how bludy fablus I feel rite now.
Hippy Mundy All !" Jeanette on Facebook ~ "Facebook is like hangin out naked in a creepy guy's overcrowded hot tub while he tapes it. Twitter is like peeing into a vast ocean of word." -Jon Roy
KB on Facebook~ "When I get there, then I'll be happy" is not a productive mind set because unless you are happy, you cannot get there." Abe-Hicks.
I'm hosting a Facebook Giveaway Event on my Fan Page
Super excited to have reached 200 sales in my online Shop! Also, about to hit 200 fans here on Facebook and 100 followers on my blog! That's a great reason to celebrate. I'm going to by giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to use however you'd like in my shop!
I always run across handmade items that I cannot stop thinking about. I've decided to do a weekly post featuring these finds.
This Fridays Faves and Finds are focusing on Zipper Pouches! I just love them and can never have too many. How about you?
You can never have enough of these and this is such a small selection of the abundance of wonderful creations available on Etsy. Just log in and search Coin purse, zipper pouch, wristlet...and check out the selection.
Next Friday Finds will be on Wall Art. Do you have some favorite artists you'd like me to include?
Add your nominations in the comment thread below and I'll choose some of my favorites.
Sometimes it seems like I'm never finding time to create. And when I do I sell a piece before I can list it in my online Etsy shop or just never get around to it. Today I did list a few new earrings.
I'm looking forward to sunny Spring and Summer days and my designs really fit these two seasons. I tend to be attracted to rustic earthy materials, stones and copper. Most silver I get my hands on I cannot resist oxidizing (antiquing). So here are a few new earrings and feel free to visit my Online Shop
I also have two new regular features that I will be posting weekly on my blog (hint: will be featuring other artists/finds/inspirations) so check back to find out what I'm up to!
Well, I cannot be the only one who is always grabbing a tote to throw in the days essentials (work, craft, current reading material, snacks). And, I'm certainly not the only one who forgets about that tote a day later only to fill another. Right?
Today I was moving the contents of my current handbag into my "Spring" handbag and noticed I needed something to hold all of my little odds and ends. Where is that zipper pouch? The search lead me to this: So, a new project on my "To Do List" today is to clean out and organize all of my totes and handbags.
Look around, do you have the same chaos happening inside your purses and pouches? Why not add this to your "To Do List" before it becomes...overwhelming?
I had my day planned out.
Get the kids to school, coffee, check email, a bit of social media fun, pack my one order and then create!
I did well until I got to the "and then create" part.
Some days I can completely dive in to a project and the ideas just keep coming. On other days, like today, nothing. I stare and ponder and take several unnecessary breaks.
Well, if inspiration is not going to come to me I need to search it out. So, I spent a bit of time looking at images of nature, jewelry (loved a beautiful gemstone necklace I saw on a model recently in pink, lavender and yellow) and things I love, beads I have in my inventory and pieces I've created before. Even furniture and fabric can inspire me to create a new piece.
Nothing was finished today! However, tomorrow! Tomorrow, I plan on a breakthrough!
So, stay tuned (haha).
What obstacles do you find when trying to work at home? What do you do to keep focused, motivated, inspired? Please comment and share.
This phrase has developed new meaning for me recently. It makes sense. Maybe it's age, experience or just a different understanding of the term.
I've decided I need to bloom where I'm planted and stop looking for a change to make things better. It's not a huge life changing move or decision that will get me what I want. It is little steps, a slow but forward moving process.
Yes, I'd love to be going to school full time right now. That, among a million other things, is something I'd like to do right now. I guess, at 35, I'm what you call a late bloomer as far as goals and education. Yet, I'm certain there is still plenty of "bloom" left here and I intend to make the most of it.
However, there is a little thing called responsibility along with priorities that I need to keep in mind. I have two beautiful children that need my nurturing and guidance and they come first. I can manage to take little steps. Maybe not college full time but I can certainly take a course or two to feed my mind and spirit.
The main thing is not allowing myself to be overwhelmed by choices and all that I want to accomplish. Woman in general seem to want to do it all, and without any help (At least the ones I know, and you know who you are!). The thing is, we cannot do everything at once and we do need help. We need to accept it, ask for it and possibly even hire it if necessary.
I'm going to share my plan for "Blooming" in 2011 but I certainly believe that the best move is to learn from someone who has the knowledge you are seeking, find a mentor, Google, Read Blogs, Etsy forums- all are great resources.
So here goes:
Get my business in order. Accounting, taxes, spreadsheets. Create daily To Do lists along with long term goals. Reach out, new shows, blog regularly (share what I learn with others) and schedule time to actually create without distraction. (My website Kilarohner.com)
Be an awesome Mom! How? Well, do my best. Love, nurture and listen to my children. Spend time with them without other distractions.
Generate some sort of income with my Jewelry Business or another form of employment.
Learn, educate myself to feed my mind in one way or another.
Make time to care for my physical needs- health, fitness.
Enjoy all of the little wonderful blessings I experience daily.
And that's enough for now. Blooming slowly but surely!
Now it's your time to share. How will you "Bloom where your planted" in 2011?
Worms in dirt?
That's correct. My children love visiting a local restaurant that offers this as a dessert choice.
I thought we'd try it out at home. The kids enjoyed creating and eating them so I'm going to share it with you. It's something fun to do with the kids on a rainy day or weekend.
All you need to get started is:
Chocolate pudding mix
Oreo type cookies (with filling scrapped out)
Eager children to assist
Ready to begin:
Prep cookies by removing filling and put them into a plastic zip bag. Use a rolling pin or cup on it's side to crush the cookies into dirt-like crumbs.
Layer bottom of individual serving containers with about 4 tablespoons of crumbs
Arrange 3-4 "worms" upright with tops hanging over side of container (you will want them to protrude out of the "dirt" a bit)
Prepare pudding according to directions on package
Pour pudding into each container until worms are at least halfway covered
Store in refrigerator until pudding cools
When cooled add more "dirt" as the top layer of the dessert with the tops of the "worms" just peeking through.
Serve and enjoy.
This is just to give you an idea of what to do. Have fun and remember there is no "perfect" in this recipe and all that is really required is to have fun. This yummy dessert is a bit messy so if you have a group of children it may be a good idea to eat outside or have plenty of napkins handy.
Hope you enjoyed this, we did.
For the last couple of months I've been toting around a modern little red handbag I'd picked up for one dollar at a local thrift shop. It's not a vintage bag, in fact it was new and unused. I love the idea of handmade but it's hard to pass up such a bargain. To make it "my own" I simply added a crocheted flower pin from a friend who has a shop on Etsy (Jennifer at iwunder.etsy.com) to the front and it suits me perfectly:
Jennifer also offers beautifully hand knitted scarves and accessories in her shop.
With family in town over the weekend one of the things on the agenda (for the girls) was visiting some local thrift shops. With sales over the new years weekend there was a fuss over the possibility of a well used piano at half off. However, in the end I purchased for myself one item, the perfect Spring handbag- perfect after I'm finished with just a few simple additions to it. A deal at fifty percent off of five dollars!
Here it is before and already lovely for $2.50:
And after (and just lovely to look at) here is the Spring 2011 bag I'll be sporting, embellished with two hand crafted buttons from my friend Ginny's shop (ginpins.etsy.com) :
*Thanks to Micah, my 6 year old for snapping this last photo*
When I had been advised by a Naturopathic practitioner to cut Gluten out of my diet I was not surprised.
I'd long suspected it that it may be the source of many of my health complaints.
Now that I've been mostly gluten free for over a year I can definitely feel the difference. Less pain, swelling, I can focus a bit better and have more energy. I always "pay the price" when I allow myself to indulge in anything containing gluten.
After the advise, I began consuming brown rice, quinoa and potatoes as a bread/pasta alternative. It can get a bit boring especially at times when the family is enjoying pizza or pastries. I've tried quite a few recipes and products to mix it up a bit.
I'm not a big pasta person but try to have rice pasta on hand for the rare occasion I have a craving. I also keep rice flour on hand (oat flour is great too if it does not bother you).
I recently found pre-made Gluten Free pizza crust (frozen food section Henry's Market) and decided to give it a try. I made myself and absolutely delicious pizza with mozzarella, feta, spinach, onions, tomato and olive oil. I'd suggest looking for GF pizza dough recipes online too.
I tried rice lasagna noodles and made a gluten free lasagna that the whole family was able to enjoy.
My favorite GF recipe was one I found online, Crepes!
You can choose to add spices to your crepes depending on whether you'd like savory or desert crepes.
I've made them more then once and like that I can make a batch and keep them in the refrigerator for lunches and snacks. Filled with plain yogurt, agave nectar, blueberries and sprinkled with cinnamon is my favorite:
Mother, Wife, Friend, Designer and Crafter, Small Business Owner. I love the California Coast, the smell of the sea and the sun on my face. A little rain now and then is welcome too.
Contact me via http://www.kilarohner.com or http://www.go2girl.etsy.com
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