Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I need a shot of mojo

Man you guys... I really need to get my inspiration hat back on. I guess you have noticed by my lack of posts that I haven't been very motivated to write much. I guess I'm just in one of those valley's in the beading inspiration world and have no desire to stretch my wings and push myself to explore.

I would like to blame part of it on finding out that I'm anemic and have been supposed to be taking iron supplements but I'm a crummy pill taker and haven't been doing well on that end. Geez, you would think I would want to swallow the bottle to get my energy back. Everything is going great in my life. The kids are wonderful. Hubby is my rock and the man that rocks my world. He has been super busy with work and traveling sooo much. I'm sure that has had a big impact as it really does change the dynamics. I feel like both hubby and I are just hankering down and in survival mode during this time of huge travel.

This is my favorite time of the year so I plan on trying to soak up the holiday cheer and look forward to the new year and new beginnings.

I hate making posts without any photos. So I'll post a photo of a custom necklace I made over the summer that I loved and have had plans to make another for sale but guess I should just list it as a made to order as that has never happened. I still had a few more flowers that needed to be wire wrapped onto the chain.

Friday, November 23, 2012

In Honor of Black Friday Sale...

One of my favorite days of the year is Black Friday. Although the shopping part is crazy fun, it is all about a fun tradition spent with my family. Some of my most fondest and hysterical life moments have been experienced waiting in long lines and doing the crazy dashes for must have items. It seems like every year we relive these fun moments while sitting in line 2 hours in advance and start laughing hysterically all over again. I know a lot of people think Black Friday shoppers are crazy and I can't say I really deny that, but if you go with the right attitude and look at it as an experience then memorable moments can be created and cherished.

And it should really now be called Black Thanksgiving as I was home by 1:30 a.m. today. Usually it is an all nighter waiting for all of the stores to stagger their openings.

In honor of Black Friday, I'm having a sale on my Etsy Store . 20% off everything both in stock and for the first time ever also items that are listed as "made to order" too. I'm late to the game in getting this posted so it will be good until tomorrow (Saturday) night. As is the way with all stores, this sale is not available for past purchases and you have to use the code in order to get the discount.

I hope everyone had a festive Thanksgiving and the day was full of joy and merriment. We went over to my parents house with my brother  and his family. My mother is an incredible cook and I had a great time overindulging.

So after dinner we sorted through the ads and made our plan of attack. There wasn't really a lot of must have's on our list but a tradition is a tradition and we couldn't not go. Thankfully it was one of the warmest Black Friday's we have had but... after we got all our chairs set up and settled in, about 10 min later the rain came and the photo below should have been changed to show umbrellas. We still had a blast and even let my 13 year old and my niece come with us for the first time ever. They had a great time. My brother is the one that took the photo and my other cousin was sadly missed this year as she traveled out of town.

It is so strange having the sales start so early this year. I was done at home at 1:30 and that included a dinner at Steak and Shake. Which I am kind of sad as that is not tradition. It has always been the iHop for a good hearty breakfast after shopping all night but of course they aren't open that early or late if you wanna call it that.

The night before Thanksgiving we took our two oldest kids out for dinner at the infamous Blue Berry Hill where Chuck Berry to this day still performs.

Then we surprised them by taking them to the Fox Theater to see the Blue Man Group. Holy Cow did that show rock. I thought it would be good, but it was incredible. I had it in my mind it would just be these guys all painted up in blue and hitting drums with paint flying all over. That was only a tiny part of the show.  We were so entertained. It was actually very comical and I found myself laughing and smiling through out the entire performance. If you ever get the chance, I would so recommend you to go see them. You won't be disappointed.