Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Where have you been?

Well life has taken a very remarkable upswing for me.  I apologize that I haven't been more active on the blog.  I truly run out of things to say. During the past few months I have been hard at work with orders coming in for the holidays.  

On a more significant note I have been studying to become a Reiki Master.  So what is reiki? The way I like to explain it is as a type of universal energy that is channeled through the practitioner to the recipient.  The recipient receives whatever type of energy they need to become realigned with their true self.  It could be spiritual, physical, mental or all of the above.  Like all healing modalaties a healer that is not an actual medical doctor can never claim that they can "heal" anything no matter how true in thier experience it may be.  As a Reiki Master the most we can ever promise is relaxation.  However that being said I can say that I personally no longer have an issue with the sciatica I've had for years after working on myself.  My asthma hasn't popped up once.  And I have more energy than I have had in 20 years.  My body was hurting all the time.  I had headaches every day and a myriad of chronic issues.  I was in bed by 8 and could barely drive myself to the store.  Since I started my energy work I have been driving long distances.  Last night it was almost midnight by the time I returned.  I used to have to be chauffeured most places.  I cannot put into words how epic this is!

From a friend I worked on "During multiple sessions with Bonnie I've experienced relief from back pain which is not quite gone but whenever I had my sessions it disappeared completely.  I'm confident it will not return with additional work.  One night I was having terrible stomach issues and it was immediately relieved.    During a time when I was having extreme anxiety I felt more relaxed and could sleep but I also felt as if something has been removed from me.  I felt like something had been physically pulled out of my body.  I have felt warm sensations and tingling throughout my body during the work.  Immediate relief from sinus pressure.  Once when she was doing some work on my head area my usually clogged allergic sinuses cleared.  Whenever I have had this energy work done I have felt calm, fresh, and relaxed."

I have every intention of taking on energy work as a full practice.  It is because of the health opportunities that I have had that I turned to this type of work.  My initial intention was to work on myself and then use it to help others.  I am excited to go further and learn additional modalities like DNA and matrix healing, light body activation.

Blessings to all!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

DIY Quick and Easy Christmas Ornaments





Just click on the photos to view the tutorials 

 
Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

Glitter Ornaments with Pledge Wood Cleaner?

Pom Pom Santa

Paper Snowflakes

Nature Ornaments

Peanut Christmas Garland



Acorn Tops

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Crystal Encrusted Black Clutch Giveaway

Sarah from Seamseternal is giving away this gorgeous handmade clutch.  You may remember her from her interview.

Valued at $68 US this is an amazing giveaway.  Sarah made this little black clutch by weaving satin ribbon and then individually hand stitching a crystal to each intersection of the ribbon. There are over 150 6mm Swarovski crystal bicones on this clutch. 




The clutch is entirely hand made and it has a zip closure. The lining features one small pocket which is the perfect size for one or two credit cards. This bag is the perfect size for a phone a lipstick and a great night out. 



More chances to win than ever before! 

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Shop Discovery-Amy Tyler Photography

I'd like to take this time to talk about a shop I discovered on Etsy called AmyTylerPhotography.  I fell in love with Amy's photos from first glance.  I love the soft serene colors, the dreamy photo effects and soft cuddlies.  As many of you know I have a weakness for nature and fuzzies.  She has both.  I have a particular affinity for baby ducks, kittens, and super soft cutesy creatures.  She had all my favorites including hummingbirds.  I was in love.




 

 
 I saw that she had iphone cases too. I sat there for a good long while and felt sorry for myself because I have an older phone and no one makes cases for older models. I fell in love with the two snuggling baby ducks. After looking at them numerous times I figured "what the heck maybe she can get someone to make an older case". So I asked and to my surprise she said yes and started looking for vendors to print one up for me. She actually had a couple that said they could and then they promptly stopped responding when she was ready to complete the order. But she pressed on and found one. She kept me updated the entire time sending messages back and forth, asking opinions to make sure I got a case like I wanted. Hands down the best customer service I have received to date.
 
When I got my package I teared up. Literally. Yes I can be entirely too soft hearted but heck there are worse things in life. She hand wrote a thank you letter which in and of itself is touching these days.My case was well wrapped and exactly what I wanted. The photo of the babies is amazingly well printed. The colors really pop and it actually glows. 
 
My phone cover and photo
 
I couldn't even wait to get back from the mailbox and was tearing into the package on the walk back home. When I got back to the house I was getting ready to go shopping and my friend was waiting out in the car. But I couldn't wait. I had to put my phone case on. All smiles I held up my baby duck case like I had just won the nobel peace prize or something. My friend was patiently waiting in the car in the driveway. I ran out to hold up the photo of the baby ducks to the car window like some sort've deranged nutter. I was really excited! All day long I kept looking at my phone case. My friend now in a foul mood due to disappointing shopping, holiday crowds and crazy drivers had to put up with me just holding up the phone case and smiling. But he couldn't help but crack a smile himself. I mean hello it's snuggling baby ducks with hearts!

So in closing I was super impressed with my experience with Amy. She went above and beyond and has a very happy customer. Do not hesitate to make a purchase.

Oh and guess what? She is going to be giving away your choice of a custom iphone case or photo of your choice in a contest right here on the blog! Stay tuned!

Find Amy at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmyTylerPhotography

https://www.facebook.com/AmyTylerPhotography

https://twitter.com/Amy_Tyler_Photo

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interview with Seamseternal

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Sarah of SeamsEternal.  She creates absolutely exquisite handmade clothing, and cross stitched decor.

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Sarah and I live in Taupo New Zealand.  It is a beautiful holiday destination so I feel very lucky to live here all year round but it does make it difficult to find work that is not in the hospitality industry.  Although I work in a basement it is much better than it sounds, it has a huge window that looks out onto the large backyard, which is my favourite place to be.  Some gardening is required every single day or else the day just doesn’t feel right.  I love being outside with the birds plus my bunnies usually accompany me for a run around in the yard at the end of the day with a quick  raid of the herb garden.  My rabbits live in my workroom most of the time and they are great company.




How did you get started with your craft?

I really can’t even remember how I started sewing.  I have been sketching dresses since I was eight and I taught myself to sew just by using commercial patterns.  In my teens I was altering patterns to make clothes for my mothers friends and I just went from there.  My mother didn’t sew a lot but luckily she did have a machine otherwise who knows what direction I would have gone in.
 
What inspires you?
 
I am inspired by fabrics, I can spend hours in a fabric store and often come out with dreams of dresses that I want to make.  Because I had so many ideas that exceeded my skill level I decided I would get a Bachelor Degree in Fashion so that I could learn the skills needed to create something from scratch.  It  also helps to learn more and more about fabrics so that you know just by feeling it what is and isn’t possible.

I am also inspired by colour.  This is how I like to show the mood of a collection.  Lately my collections have just been dreams but little by little I hope to see these ideas grow into reality.


What are your favorite materials to work with? 

I love working with wool, it is the most amazing fabric and allows for tailoring quality and finish.  But I can’t resist Swarovski crystals and a good day is any day that I have bowls of various coloured crystals on my desk waiting to be added to something beautiful, it doesn’t matter to me whether it is a little bag or a ball dress.

Do you have a favorite buyer experience?

Selling my first collection to a store in the Old Bank Building on Lambton Quay in Wellington was my favourite buyer experience.  This was a little dream of mine when I was at University so it was a big deal for me at the time.  I also learnt a lot from this experience, getting into the store had been my goal and I did not have a plan beyond that point, a mistake I will not make again.  As seems to be the way in life, this lead to another fortunate experience, which was that a local opera singer spotted my work and asked me to make her a custom outfit for her to wear to the Singer of the World competition in Wales.

What 3 items are your favorite?

First will be my woven garnet dress.  I don’t mind if I never sell this because I just love the luxury of it, I loved making it and it is just one of those timeless pieces I think I will always be proud of.  



 
Second would be my current work in progress and I can’t wait to get this finished and into my shop, but like all favourite pieces it is proving to be a challenge.  I have had the idea for this simple shawl for months now but it has had to transform itself a few times as the fabrics I originally had in mind proved to be to difficult to work with.  How a fabric drapes can affect how it is lined or finished and I like to get the details right so I will try alternative fabrics until I find just the right one. .I wanted the shawl to convey the strength of a Viking with the eroticism of a Geisha but also be reminiscent of the classic romantic fur shawls of the 1940s and 1950s but without the dead animals, I am strictly cruelty free so there is only fake fur in my garments.  It’s a lot to ask of one simple garment so it does tend to take me a little while to get it just right.  It is cut away from the neck to add femininity to the garment, which is essential, especially on your wedding day and it is dripping in crystals because, like I said, I simply can not resist working with Swarovski Crystals






Another favourite is the silk shaded aquamarine butterfly; there is something very natural to me about having a needle and thread in my hand.  I am still discovering which direction my shop will inevitably take but as long as I have a needle and thread in hand and I get to combine and blend colours then I will continue forward.

 


Do you have any advice for other sellers?

I am still too early in my learning process to offer any advice.  However, there is one thing, a question that I think pops up in everyone’s mind from time to time.  “Why am I doing this? …..  Should I keep going?”  My current theory is that if you enjoy doing it, if it is what you want to do, then just keep going.

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