Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

I can’t believe it’s our 34th one together! A box of chocolates and a kiss shared between us. It’s really not that special of a day for us, but I do love seeing all the pinks & reds, hearts, flowers and chocolate sweets!

So thought I’d share a bit of love & eye candy with you, enjoy!

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 3.23.25 PM      Wow! Love this cake!  Thanks Elie!

 

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A LOVE-ly pillow! Thanks JRsPillowsandBags

 

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Flowers for your hair!   Thanks Michele!

 

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A beautiful rose   Thanks Carol!

 

 

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A lovely wedding bouquet charm

Happy Holiday Season!

Now that Christmas is over, and New Years is just a couple of days away, it’s a good time to review the past year- successes, highs & lows, personally and professionally.

Christmas was low-key and relaxing! Totally enjoyable and complete with a lovely turkey dinner. I hope your Holiday was as pleasant.

 

 

Professionally, I’ve had a successful year overall. My day job status is a long & boring story but the “highlights” are:  I’ve gone from being permanent part-time to temporary full-time and now am just a casual employee.  Part of this is by chance and partly by choice.

Meanwhile, I’ve been growing my Etsy shop and becoming a small business owner with my husband as my partner. Our on-line business is developing from a part-time to a full-time venture, and that’s what I’ve been aiming for! My husband has taken on my packaging and shipping, and has helped us expand our selection by making 2-sided frames and photo lapel pins. This year I’ve made over 2,000 wedding bouquet charms- for brides, Maid of Honours, bridesmaids, moms, sisters, best friends, nieces and hope to make more next year.

On the challenging side- I’ll be reviewing our prices in January, as costs have steadily increased and I haven’t changed the prices in a couple of years. On Jan 11/16  Canada Post will be increasing postage prices, so I’ll be reviewing my shipping prices as well. Which means now’s a good time to order! (and I have a coupon code: 5FALL2015 to get 5% off of orders over $10. which expires New Years eve- Midnight Dec 31/15.)

Personally, I’ve got a lot of improving to do. I haven’t balanced my work and personal life very well, neglecting many things. However, on the bright side I have been taking small steps in the right direction & will continue to do so. Spending more quality (not working) time with my husband & boys is on the top of my list, as is getting more organized around the house and with my workspace. Our new bed & bedding this year has really motivated me to keep it made and the sense of pride when I see it inspires me to do more 🙂 My cousin suggested I checkout a blog by the FLY lady… I’ve peeked in at her home site and found her to be quite inspiring! Will be reading & following her suggestions some more.

This year has gone by so fast. I hope to have a more productive and organized year ahead, allowing time for fun amongst all the working hours.

I’d love to hear how your year was & what you look forward to in 2016.

 

 

The longest journey begins with one small step.

This is my 1st blog post on WordPress,

I’m not really sure where this “journey” is headed, but I’ll have lots of pictures to share 🙂

Yesterday would have been my mom’s 78th birthday- she always wanted to be a writer, but English wasn’t her mother language so it was difficult, and surely took the pleasure out of it. But she encouraged me and as a youth, I kept a diary and wrote poetry.

Here’s my first step in that direction, I hope you’ll find some interesting tidbits and lots of eye-candy.

Fall is always a bittersweet season for me, with the bright flowers of summer gone and the leaves colouring the trees, until they too fall to the ground. The sun just doesn’t rise as high in the sky & our days are quickly getting shorter. It’s a time of transition and a good time for reflection.  I lost both my parents in the fall (2001) so I tend to get introspective this time of year.  That’s a story I may share with you someday…  but not today.

Today I’d just like to share some of the beautiful scenery of the season, from my neck of the woods, the Kootenay Region of Southern BC, Canada, I hope you enjoy them 🙂

Finally, my daturas are blooming!
Finally, my daturas are blooming!
Not many wildflowers blooming as summer fades to autumn in the mountains.
Not many wildflowers blooming as summer fades to autumn in the mountains.
Our home is down there... somewhere in the trees :)
Our home is down there… somewhere in the trees 🙂
At Summit Lake early one morning last week, watching the mist.
At Summit Lake early one morning last week, watching the mist.
We don't get a lot of red trees here, but this blazing maple, at the Fauquier ferry caught my attention :)
We don’t get a lot of red trees here, but this blazing maple, at the Fauquier ferry caught my attention 🙂
The walnuts have all fallen early but not the leaves, which are just starting to turn yellow.
The walnuts have all fallen early but not the leaves, which are just starting to turn yellow.

I hope you’ll take a moment to comment and maybe even follow me. I’d love your company because life’s journeys can be lonely sometimes 🙂