Dear blogging world…

People keep telling me to be myself online and within business, as though I am being fake, well this is the truth of the matter.

I like my family life, I adore my partner, and I want to work from home.

I also love making things that make other people happy!  
I realise that as a stay at home parent I have the time to make things.  I don’t have any special training and I don’t see myself doing anything other people couldn’t do, (other than having the drive to make it happen), and being happy with a average income.  
I had a successful retail store with my former partner, learnt that money really doesn’t buy happiness and I want stay happy this time around.
I try to post informative posts, at the very least things I find interesting or relevant.

So although I might be a struggling artesian, I am actually a very real person.  
I have had an interesting and varied past, didn’t complete high school, started working crappy jobs at 13, some of which I loved, have run and managed 2 successful businesses, neither of which were my idea.  Had an emotionally and  psychologically abusive relationship, that i still haven’t let break me, I have now found my soul mate. (formally a term I thought new age hippies had just made up).  This is my third business and its the one that makes me happy.
I don’t drive a flash car, I am renting our home, and I am more than happy to answer the door with my children at my feet, my hair not looking perfect, and no make up on.
I have lived on egg sandwiches, because at 16 I was living on my own somewhat by choice, working a low paying job, and supporting a girl that had been kicked out of home and would have been homeless and penniless without me.  
I enjoy making the things I create, I don’t ever intend on living up to public perception, often under charging by the artisan standards, and am happy doing it.  If I can make something, sell it to you for a price you can afford that makes me a little bit too, and brings a smile to your face. I am happy.
That is my goal and just a little about me. I may touch more on it in the future I may not.
What do you want to tell the world about you?
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Gemstone Meanings – Emerald

This is the first in a series of short blogs outlining the sacred healing properties of a variety of gemstones we use in our gemstone jewellery.

This is by no means a definitive guide, just a starting point.

Selection of low grade Emerald Chips

Emerald is often called the “Stone of Successful Love,” Emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. 

A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. 

Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. It was dedicated in the ancient world to the goddess Venus for its ability to insure security in love.  Emerald also increases focus and intent.

Emerald relates to the heart Chakra and is the Birthstone for May
It’s zodiac alliances rely with Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Libra.
Emeralds element is Earth and its planet Mercury.

Do you have a favourite gemstone?  Or advice on a gemstone to use?  Post in the comments, I reply to all comments.
As always feel free to ask any questions, it might just become my next post.
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No Thanks, Travel

I think I am one of the very few people in this world that has little interest in travelling anywhere.  The intended topic of this post was to pick a place I didn’t want to visit.

There are landmarks all over the world I would love to visit, however I would like to time travel there.

I do not like the idea of being crammed into a massive flying machine for an extended period of time without fresh air, I don’t have any desire to be in a foreign country where I can’t communicate.

We need communication, I think that is the exact problem in our world today.  We do not know how to communicate any longer.

Besides, I live in Australia, which is a huge, vast, gorgeous country and I haven’t seen all that I want to here yet.  So why venture elsewhere?

Where are you from?  What makes your area great?

Book Art, Brag Post

I decided it was time for me to brag about the books I fold.  The response I get from customers is amazing and they can be customised in almost any way imaginable.  All the pictures are of books I have folded as a request, but I am happy for a challenge.

This is what people are saying in my facebook reviews.

 

I received one of your amazing creations as a gift from my partner. It’s just the most perfect thing to give to a book lover. Thank you so much.” – Sarah
The most original Valentines Day present ever Thank you !!” – Miranda

“Thank you very much for my ‘love’ book.. Just perfect!! Thanks again” – James

Daniel, perfect gift for someone that has everything.

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Introduction to Colour Healing

What is colour healing or colour therapy I hear you asking.

Simply, its the use of colours to influence our every day life, how we feel, what we perceive.


Colour around us effects us including


  • The clothes we wear
  • the colour we paint our walls
  • the accessories we use
  • the foods we eat

The colours of the world around us, they say a lot about how we are feeling and you can use this colour power to influence your life in a positive fashion.

History of Colour Healing 
Colour healing can be dated back as far as 2000 years ago, the Egyptians are said to have used colour in curing ailments, and looked to nature to nurture their lives.  Green flooring was popular mimiking the grass that was needed for food.  Blue and Yellow because without light from the sun in the sky all would end.
 
 Colours and their meanings.

 Here is a basic colour chart to give you some ideas.

Guide to Colour Meanings.

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Kids, Step-Kids, Blended Families and Babies…

Yep, that’s how you keep yourself busy.

Now that I have your attention, parenthood, its not easy.

Are you doing it right?

Am I being a good enough parent?

These are all doubts that go through every parents head.  

Its simple, are you feeding, clothing and loving your children like they are the only things that matter in your world.  If so, yep! You are doing it right.  


Yep, we are the modern version of this.



Our home is a blended family.  I am with my second and forever partner.  I have 2 children to my first husband and he has two to his prior wife.  We are yet to be married however we also have 1 child together.

I have heard people say that’s 5 children don’t you think you should stop?  Yes we will, when we are ready. 

Our children all get the most of the time we have with them because we realize they won’t always be there, and they do grow up.  When all 5 are home at the same time its hectic to say the least, and too damn quiet when they are gone.

So here comes the parenting survival tips.
If you have a blended family you need to be aware that although you will support and love the children like your own, they aren’t, you need to be on the same page with rules and parenting and discipline, but its up to your partner to make the final call and even if you don’t support it, you need to support the decision.  Offer your opinion, but back it up with reason.
If you were lucky enough to choose the right partner first time around, the above still applies, but talk over decisions and problems and rules, find the compromise that works.
Have fun with your partner, whatever it may be.
Make time for each other, it doesn’t matter if its an actual date, or 30 mins each night with a drink and a chat, it needs to be quality time to be a couple, and I don’t mean making love, I mean enjoying each others friendship, maybe its getting up 30 mins earlier to have a cup of coffee together without junior interruptions,taking a shower together before bed, putting down that work that can wait an extra day just to ask how your partner is going.

If your children are small don’t expect your home to be perfect unless you have the money to afford a housekeeper, the world won’t end if you haven’t had a chance to put that load of washing away, or the bathroom hasn’t been cleaned yet, if your partner works, don’t wait for them to get home and then turf the children at them, they need a break to, and ask don’t expect.

“Hey hunny, can you take (insert child’s name here) off my hands its been a crappy day and I just need a break?  Grab a drink and a seat first though.  Let me know when your ready”
Is going to get you alot further in a more happy fashion than, “
its been a really long day, take (child’s name) off my hands before I lose it.”


*Notice I wasn’t gender specific, I don’t mind which parents are home with the children, but someone needs to be.  I am lucky enough that we are both home and do just take it in turns.


And don’t forget its one thing to ask older children to help out, its another to need them to raise the younger, its not their job, and its not their problem that you chose to have more than one child.

My partner and I chat over a coffee, we love it.


Now this is just a small amount of advice, and simply my opinion, but having been in a fairly nasty relationship for 10 years and now having found my soulmate, (which I didn’t believe in until now), I hope I can help someone else in their journey.

As always, post any questions in the comments it might even become the topic of my next blog,

Have a happy day!

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