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Giving thanks

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Today we woke up to a snowy Thanksgiving. More than any other holiday, today is the day to reflect and give thanks.
To family and friends, though far, we hold you close in our hearts. Your love warms us all year round.
To new friends, thank you for enriching our lives with your presence.
To new opportunities and adventures that this land offers, thank you for the chance to do something wonderful.
And always to F and E.

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Queueing for H and M

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Today I attempted to do some online shopping and this is the sight that greeted me. I’ve never been in an online queue before today and I certainly didn’t expect it from H &M. I should explain however, that the queue came about because of its much anticipated collaboration with French designer Isabel Marant. She’s the reason why I was online along with it seems everybody else.
But an online queue? This was too much for me. I’m an old fashioned shopper. I like trying things on and checking out how they’re made and where they’re made. I like to feel the fabric of clothes and turning them inside out. And yes, I’ve been known to queue for amazing sales before brick and mortar stores, but there at least, you are with like minded people. A certain camaraderie builds amongst each other.
But an online queue? Where’s the fun in that?

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An unexpected glimpse

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Whenever I have an event, chores and errands inevitably take a back seat. And I find myself trying to catch up days after. However errands can often lead to unexpected places of beauty. I was driving and had to stop when I caught a glimpse of this lake. Doesn’t this deck just look so inviting? And these folks have their own boat so they can go out anytime they want to. I can just imagine sitting out here and watching the sun set on the water. Or maybe sitting here early in the morning with a cup of coffee.

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And look, the neighbors have their own little deck chair too.

I got back to the car, oddly happy and refreshed by this sight.

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Looking forward to the weekend

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Hello friends, can you believe its Friday? I have the feeling the days went by so fast. This weekend I’m planning to find myself a nice little park (preferably with pretty flowers) where I can hopefully get inspired and catch up on my reading.  And I’ve got some great stuff to read, both for business and pleasure.

The latest edition of Ornament magazine just arrived and I’m excited to read what’s featured this month. What’s not to love about this magazine when its all about beads?!Reading material

Thanks to Karen Gunton of Build a Little Biz, I’ve got a bunch of workbooks to help me with my biz. I know, its supposed to be the weekend but I can’t quite let go of work. I guess its one of the perils of working at home?

Of course, its not all work and bead related reading, I picked up Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series awhile back and I’m completely hooked!

How about you, what things are you looking forward this weekend? See you back on Monday!

 

 

 

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Finally, a desk

Hello friends, how is your weekend so far? I hope you are all enjoying it.  Remember all those desk candidates that I wrote about here? Well, I’ve been keeping an eye out and yesterday I saw this one..

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It is a vintage one from the 50s, maybe 60s and constructed completely out of wood.  Its probably made out of ash hence the lighter, more golden color and it has acquired some nice patina.   It still has its original handles and I like that there are drawers on each side. It has a big enough surface for me to work on my jewelry and the drawers are perfect for putting away the numerous bits and pieces that I constantly need.

Best of all the price was more than reasonable so I didn’t hesitate a second further. And so friends, my quest for a work desk is done and I can finally start making a nice work space for me.

Now if I could just find a chair to go with this table….

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My favorite apps

 

Used to be that I had a trusty old phone that (mostly) worked which meant it called and texted people when I wanted to.  Bonus, it even had my emails on! Why did I need to load it up with all the fancy thingamajigs called apps? To be honest, I didn’t even know what they were.

A move to the other side of the Atlantic necessitated a change in phones. My seemingly trusty phone was just not going to cut it.  And I admit, I got sort of sales talked into getting the Iphone. And voila, I was thrown into the world of apps. The sales assistant who was almost comically disbelieving about my absolute lack of interest in apps, explained to me that these were just “features you added to your phone in order to utilize the phone’s capacity to the max”. I kid you not. I thought we were using the phone’s capacity when we called and sent messages, but apparently it was not enough.

So, what did I do? I loaded it up with usual social media applications which I’m sure we’re all familiar with. Then as I went on, I added a few more which it turns out, were completely essential. So I don’t have favorites but I do have what I think are essentials.

weather app

Precisely because its not always this kind of weather where I live, that I need the weather app!  Bonus, you can add other countries so you can keep track and not feel too bad for yourself when its still 9 degrees in Paris, in June!!

flashlight appBecause I never know if I’m going to be stuck somewhere dark and I’ll need a flashlight. Plus I have the impression to be like Indiana Jones, if I’ve at least got a flashlight handy on me. Downsize is that it eats the battery up so if they could invent an app to prolong the phone battery, that would be something I could add to my powerhouse lineup of apps!

 

 

appriva pay app

And last but certainly not the least, the Appriva Pay app. This folks is my absolute favorite app.  What it does is turns your phone into a mobile payment solution system. In other words, people can buy from you with their credit cards anywhere you are and you just whip out your phone and the sale is on.  I don’t have an actual store (yet) where I sell my jewelry and at every fair I’ve done, its always been the traditional way of payment.  There have been a number of times when people couldn’t buy from me because they had only their credit cards.  This little app has changed the way I do business.  Immensely. And what boggles my mind is that its all in my phone.