I’m Handing Over the Reins to our Group

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Hey everyone.  I know its probably been awhile since you’ve heard from me on a regular basis and I really am sorry for that.  It just comes down to the fact that after I moved to Delaware in June I have little to know room to do my jewelry anymore as compared to the studio I used to have in my dining room.  So anyway I guess my mind has just been on other things.  That being said I wanted to share with you all a conversation I had with Shannon Walters the other day.  

I’ve been super impressed with all the support Shannon consistently gives the group both on Facebook and on this blog.  I mean really, how many questions of the week has she done?!  Crazy.  So It was the obvious choice for me to officially name someone other than me as the main admin.  I will however continue on as an admin and can be reached by email at any time: jashley1979@gmail.com.  

Shannon will therefore by your person to contact regarding immediate group ideas/concerns/etc.  That you so much Shannon for standing up to take over this position for me.  Our wonderful group deserves a leader who is committed to being in continuous contact on FB and Im just not that person right now… Thank you also to the other admins who have also continued to keep things running smoothly!

Sincerely,

Jen Ashley

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Question of the week # 227

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There are five questions this week but they are pretty simple and I hope you can take the time to share with us all what your plans are:

Thanksgiving (for the U.S.) is less than two weeks away, will you be celebrating with a big dinner or going out to eat or just simple meal at home?

Are you celebrating at all?

Is your meal for the day with family/friends/loved ones or a quiet small feast?

Are you traveling to see relatives or staying home?

And our last question: Are you doing any shopping on Thursday (some people do) or Friday for the “super sales”?

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

A share from one of our PCASG members:

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It’s been an interesting ride since my last blog! Since then I have finally created a home studio, where I can create with my little precious ones…glass…I continue to procure my beads from Italy, Czech and now have found talented USA artisans who create the most wonderful lamp work beads as well! I wonder why I […]

via Present Moment…the ING of it all — Joy, Joy and More Joy!

Question of the week #226

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The holiday season is officially started and Nanowrimo is in full swing in our house which is making it a very busy November. I am posting this on the fly as I have the car today and have to make an early run to town for errands and some crafty supplies for the holidays 🙂

The first Monday in November is one of my few favorite Mondays but this is why it is my favorite Monday of the year: Crafty Supplies! Holiday kickoff! Nano-supply stock up (discounted Halloween candy, quality coffee and tea, decadent creamers, cocoa and did I mention discounted Halloween candy??? LOL) YAY!!!

I made an announcement almost a decade ago at one of our very large family gatherings and told my family that from that time on any gifts that came from me and my immediate family would either be handmade, vintage or strictly hobby oriented and personalized for the individual intended. Handmade by me or other artists and/or other family members or vintage. The only new items I (or my immediate family) would purchase for others would be “hobby oriented” for example: there are several serious rock hounds in our large tribe and lapidary tools and supplies most often (as in many other hobbies) need to be purchased new. OR… I would just buy socks and underwear for everyone, no exceptions.

This announcement sparked a major discussion about gifts in general and the end result was that it marked a change in the way my large family gives and receives gifts and makes our holidays even more enjoyable. If someone gives me a gift, no matter how small or generic or rushed it might seem to someone else, first and foremost I am touched that someone took the time to think of me at all and give me something. The feelings I have when someone gives me a handmade gift are overwhelming, I am so touched that someone not only gave me a gift, they labored over it and literally made it with me in mind and it is one of a kind 🙂

So when it comes to giving (and receiving) gifts during the holidays and year round do you buy gifts for some and make gifts for others or do you stick to just buying gifts or only giving handmade gifts?

And which do you prefer to receive? Handmade or new/retail? Or both?

OK, I’m off and running…gotta go get my crafty holiday supplies and other fun junk!!

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

Question of the week # 225

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I’m asking this week’s question in a bit of a different format:

Fill in the Blank:

For me, the most challenging thing about crafting and creating is ______.

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

 

Question of the week # 224

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Next month is a big month for us around here. It’s gear up for the holidays and Thanksgiving annnnnd for our household it’s also NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo? (some of you might be wondering,) well…

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers from around the world challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days. In its 18th year, they are expecting almost half a million people to set forth on this adventure.

We (the majority of the household) do this almost every year. It’s crazy, it’s nerve-wracking and for some reason we love it. Some of us win, some don’t make it, some get sidetracked and some get inspired and write for the rest of the winter. It’s just the kick in the pants that we need sometimes.

The best part about NaNoWriMo is you can write whatever you want. Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction…anything, just as long as it is 50,000 words. That works out to about 1667 words a day. Here is a little bit more info on “why”: https://nanowrimo.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/161061-nano-in-a-nutshell

I end up writing a lot of recipes (but I hate doing it, lol) because I feed 4 fully grown people on a grocery budget of $500-450 a month and I do a lot of research on healthy, gluten-free and diabetic cooking. I’m also a proponent of the local food movement and have become a member of several local food co-ops and non-profits. I just didn’t realize how much writing there is concerning cooking good food 🙂

I love NaNoWriMo because I use it as my “cut-loose” time, my permission to myself to write for just me, just for fun. I will probably be cursing NaNoWriMo halfway through the month but I’ll still do it because in the end I’ll love it again and even if I write the worst soppy sappy stilted drivel I’ve ever done, it’s my “me time” and I look forward to this mental release valve all year.

Starting prep for NaNo this year has made me wonder how many of our members write? I don’t mean just straightforward fiction but those who blog, journal, art journal, spirit journal, write poetry, songs and non-fiction or articles. Writing is writing and writing is an art as well and quantity doesn’t matter, no matter how little you write, if you do write, well, you are a writer.

I already know we’ve got some writers out there so I really look forward to hearing from many of you. All types of journals and blogging definitely count too!

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

Question of the week # 223

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First I would like to remind everyone to please help keep our questions of the month more interesting by emailing suggestions to me and I’ll get them up here as soon as I can 🙂
It was a rough week last week for me and I’m sure it was for some of you too. So I’m making the question of the week short and sweet…
What is your bright spot, your happy, your big smile moment you are looking forward to this week? Or are even enjoying right now?
Please share with us, we’d love to hear it 🙂
OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!
Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!
Happy Monday to all!

Question of the week # 221

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This Monday I had lots of plans for some projects I have been putting off and the way I am I started some stuff yesterday to get a head start on today. That is brilliant except for now I am in “rest mode” and that leaves some things around here “tore up” until I can get back on my feet.

What projects are you working on right now?

Are you in the middle, finishing up or just starting out?

Details please and pictures would be a super bonus…not expecting, just saying it would be wonderful 😃

 

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃

Question of the week # 220

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This week’s question has to do with the upcoming holidays in October and early November.

Technically the holiday shopping season is almost one third over (people start Christmas/Seasonal shopping around Sept. 1st.) but we’ll save winter holiday questions for later and focus on October and early November now 😃

Many people celebrate “Harvest” instead of Halloween or in some households, they celebrate both. We do both because Halloween and Harvest leads effortlessly (for us) into Thanksgiving and a lot of things I make and use for Halloween decorations can be used as is or easily converted to Harvest decorations and then later to Thanksgiving decorations. Also this way Halloween is not overly accented in our house as I hate how commercialized the holiday has become. I love the spooky stuff and to decorate but I hate a lot of the pressure and craziness associated with what used to be a “little” holiday.

I am not making anything for retail sales this year for the Fall holiday season as I usually start working on that in late June/early July and I decided to take a bit of a break this year. (Again.)

So, this week’s questions (yes, there are more than one this week, lol):

Which ones do you celebrate and how: Halloween or Harvest or Both?

Do you make holiday special crafts and hang decorations or if you have an online store or sell at bazaars/craft fairs do you make holiday specific items?

If you do make holiday crafts for personal or retail, what are your favorite projects or items to make?

When do you start thinking about holiday specific items to make for personal and/or retail?

I know this is more than one question but they all go together and you don’t have to answer all of them of course but let’s get this conversation going 😃

OK…Looking forward to hearing your answers!

Please remember to submit your suggestions and questions to: spdychevy@gmail.com with Question in the subject line and we’ll get your question up here soon!

Happy Monday to all 😃