Monday, January 28, 2013

Balance

Hello Lovelies.

Seems i have gotten a bit busy since my last post, as a matter a fact, life's been a bit crazy this past week or so, and has left me feeling a bit off.

My daughter was super sick earlier this week, and the telephone rang in the middle of the night. The 2:30 am call that you know is never good. That prompted a 3:00 am emergency room visit. We spent the night there that night, with all the testing, ultrasounds, etc.
 Not at all what I had envisioned for myself, when I crawled into bed just 10 minutes before I got the call. 

 It's been a great number of years since I stayed up all night. Call me a baby,but I love my sleep. And she's not really a little one anymore either, as she is 25, and lives on her own. But, she will always, be my baby. The worry when your child is not well, never goes away ,no matter what age they are. And, she's 5 months along into her pregnancy, so there was some cause for alarm.

Thankfully, her and the baby are doing just fine now, but still scary. It turns out, is was just a virus. Nothing serious.


The next day, though, I slept away most of it, we had received a visit from our Brother in Law.  Seems he lost his rental and needs a place to stay for awhile. He has to be out by the end of the month. THIS month. He is family, and does not have other options. And our only option, is to help however we can. All of this has led to a massive cleaning of the garage and trying to make extra room, in our 600 sq. feet of living space.

Add in a few panic attacks from me, and yea, should be fun. I don't mean to sound terrible, just purely honest. But I have never had roommates. In over 25 years. So you can imagine my surprise with all of this.  

In a positive light, the cleanup is something we have needed to do for awhile now. But every time the thought of actually doing something about it, has come up, we just seemed to walk back in the house, closing the door, as if ,somehow, it will magically take care of itself. 

Loads of things from years ago, boxes of old junk, that have not been seen in at least 2 years or longer, are being donated. Old papers shredded.  And frankly, it's just junk, junk that we don't need cluttering up the small amount of sacred space we have. So it does feel good to finally let these old things go, and we are making some progress there. 


Now, if I could just find the strength to do this in my closet too. Ha!



I squeeze in a bit of art time when I can, and soon, I will find my balance again. I am certain of that.


I will admit, that this girl is longing for the arrival of spring. This longing, has me thinking of glittering faeries, and to see and smell the flowers once more... Soon....


til next time... Take Care and Have a Happy Week!


 ~Susan Xo







Monday, January 21, 2013

The Winner Is...

Hello Lovelies!

Thank You so much for your views and comments.

I appreciate them more than you know.

I always get a bit nervous announcing big changes.

 But... if we were to stay the same, safe in our comfort zone, How could we grow?

Grow and flourish into our own being. Being ourselves.

Taking that leap is what life is all about.

Standing on that edge, wondering if we should take the leap, or stay right where we are safely planted.

It's good to take the risk, JUMP.

 I have faith that our wings will guide us to a safe landing....

At least that is what I believe...




 Well... today is the Day! Announcing the winner of my fabulous Treat Cone is...
Drum roll please....

The winner is #1!

Cameron with: http://paintmyselfpretty.blogspot.com/

Congratulations Cameron!!!

I am so happy that you are the winner!!!

Please contact me with your info so that I can send this right out to you.

Thank You so much!

Wishing you all the best, and lets celebrate the possibilities of achieving our goals for this New Year!

Lets support one another, and make our dreams become a reality this year!

Sharing kindness can go along way.

Take Care...

~Susan   Xo

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Using my Courage... And a Giveaway!

Hello Lovelies!
Well.... I did it. I have launched my 1st DVD Tutorial!
This idea of mine started as just that. An idea. An idea that sprung forth into something beautiful, exciting,scary and unknown, at first. And now that I have successfully accomplished that scary,unknown, I am Happy to say that it was worth taking the risk.

 You know those pesky voices, or is it fear, that haunt your thoughts, and try telling you, what are you doing? The what if''s? What if no one likes it? Or who do you think you are?



All that scary stuff, of not knowing. ... Then the clouds lift, and the birds start to sing, and then...choosing to just go for it. The Believing in your vision, doing it anyway.Well, that's exactly what I did! And I have to say.. it feels GREAT!



I have been working on creating this Tutorial for several weeks, planning,note taking, and becoming more technical. And guess what? It has been worth it. I have learned so much. 

Yes, the technical stuff, and also about me, and about who I am. Accepting myself, the way that I am.Even if the Tutorial isn't successful, I can honestly say that I accomplished something that I had only dreamed about doing. And that's what my word for 2013 is all about.
 COURAGE.

video

Taking a chance...
I have never been comfortable hearing my own voice. As a matter a fact, I don't think that most people like hearing their own voice. But that was one of those ugly fears that were holding me back. I just had to push through, and tell myself, "Just get over it." YOU CAN DO THIS.

I am so excited! My tutorial is in a DVD format, with chapters. So if there is a segment you missed, or need a refresher,you can just click on the chapter and watch it from there. Pretty cool. Huh?
The DVD and supply list are available through my Etsy shop HERE


These Treat Cones are so much fun to make too! Could you imagine getting one for Valentines Day? Or Birthday? So special. They have enough room inside to tuck in some special candies,home made creations,jewelry, or fun trinkets too!




I would like to show my appreciation to all of you that have followed me this past year and offer a fabulous GIVEAWAY!!!
Yes!
I am giving away one of my Treat Cones to the lucky winner! 

 Just be a follower on my blog

And if you would like to, ( only if you want) share my Tutorial link on your blog/or Face Book Page

you can copy and paste this link here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120490270/treat-cone-tutorial-videovideo

And leave me a comment below...

And that's it!

I will choose the lucky winner by random selection, and will announce the winner next Tuesday January 22nd,2013

Best of Luck!!!

Thank You so much for letting me share my excitement with you today! And for all your encouragement and support. Hope to hear from you soon. And please leave your comments below to be entered in the Giveaway, and so that I can personally Thank You for your visit.

Have an Amazing Day!!!
~Susan Xo

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fly Tribe 2013 Word Hop

Hello Lovelies!
 
Welcoming a New Year with new possibilities...
 
New Goals and Dreams...
 
This year I chose the word Courage.

I feel this word will take me to new heights, and help me to achieve the goals I would like to see for myself in 2013.

 
 
What better way to ring in the New Year than a Blog Hop?
 
YES!!!
 
Well....The past few days I have been working on some new projects just for this Hop.
I took some great photos, fun and uplifting art pieces of my recent works, and a Beautiful Giveaway of newly created goodies to boot.
 
BUT......
 
 
Unfortunately, Blogger has other plans for me I guess.
 
Blogger seems to be having some major issues and I cannot upload any new photos for this Blog Hop. OmGosh how frustrating!!!
 
I have been trying to get around the problem for hours!!! But instead of giving up, I am using COURAGE and just posting anyway. :)
 
 
Seems, it will allow me to upload pics from past posts, so forgive me. I will just have to make do this time around.
 And my Giveaway will be waiting until I can figure this mess out. So.. look forward to that soon... It's a real stunner. I'm so bummed that I cannot give it away this time.

 I realize that I am a bit of a perfectionist I guess, I get a vision of a plan in my mind, and to not be able to bring it to fruition, is such a let down, maddening in a way. Oh well,what can you do. I just have to hold up my hands and let it be. 
 

From Lemons to Lemonade, Right????

 cour·age



noun \ˈkər-ij, ˈkə-rij\

Definition of COURAGE

: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty


 
Yep!
So... I am just rolling with it. lol!
 
Life is full of curve balls, it's what we do with them, that, defines us....
 
 
This year is already off to a good start as far as working towards one of my goals, I have some big plans in the works. (I'll give you a little hint)... Tutorials!!!
 
Excited to make the announcement soon... I have changed my mindset this year, set fear aside,and decided to just go for it!
 
Embracing the old saying, use what you have, from where you are, just start.
 
My plan is to do my best,stress less,overcome challenges, and be Happy!!!
 
 
Wishing you Many Blessings of Health, Prosperity,and Beauty for
 
  2013...
 
To visit more Amazing Words from the Amazing Fly Tribe, click HERE.
 
 
 
I wanted to Thank You all, for your words of encouragement and your comments,throughout this past year. I cannot tell you how wonderful and uplifting they are to me.
 
Big Love and Hugs,
~Susan Xo