Monday, July 24, 2017

Manic Monday....

Yes, I just did that, and you've got Manic Monday by the Bangles going through your head. For those of you under the age of forty and who may not know who these amazing women are, they are a pop group from the 80's that were trailblazers for women in popular music. Ok... enough about the music... it's Monday, and for most of us that means we're frantically hitting our snooze button, pulling our sheets over our heads (at least in CA were it has been triple digits all weekend), and wishing for another day to be wedged between Sunday and Monday. Sorry ya'll, it is Monday, no matter how much in denial you are about Mondays, it's gonna happen. Yet Monday's don't necessarily have to be bad. You, yes you, can reclaim your Monday by starting with a self-care regimen of a calming facial mask made from two drops of tea tree oil, coconut oil (to act as binder), 1\2 cup of oatmeal (uncooked rolled oats), 4 tablespoons of coconut milk and a teaspoon of ground ginger.... apply to face, let it set for 25 minutes, then rinse with cool water....you can prepare this ahead of time and apply and then go make breakfast or check e-mails. Another great start to your day is this... now don't shoot me... start your day with green tea and honey instead of coffee... your body needs a break, and green tea is a great detox, and it doesn't weigh your system down like coffee does. There are so many good ways to start your Monday... for me it's not watching the news first thing in the morning. If I need to know traffic or weather, I use my weather and traffic apps on my phone. Getting all riled up over politics and all the stupidity of the weekend is no way to start your day. Tune out and tune into great tunes that make you smile....a little goes a long way. Have a great week ya'll. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Finally....a blog post....

These past several weeks have been pretty insane. From camping at the beginning of the month, helping facilitate a young women's retreat two weeks after that, participating in an online 'creative camp' since the the end of June... I have just lost sight of me, and my vision for Altered Whimseys. I started this blog almost ten years ago with hopes of being one of the big creative bloggers with zillions of followers and hopefully a book deal in the mix. Well, life happens when you're making plans. I realized that in a huge way this past week. I have been participating in this fabulous free online 'camp' put out by an industry colleague. It has been full of wonderful creative ideas, I have made some great new friends, I now have a planner I have dedicated to self-care... the only thing was, I have been totally not getting anything done with Altered Whimseys Studios. Last month I spent the cash and purchased a .com for my blog, and still have yet to attach it to it (been round and round with technical difficulties...). I have also not been making any cards for my inventory. Do you ever find yourself with so many ideas that you just don't know where to put them? That's part of my issues, the others are confidence and lack of a properly working laptop. Right now I'm working on my iPad which is great, but there is a lot of stuff that needs to get done that can only be done on my deader than dead Mac Book. Elizabeth died of old age at the beginning of May. Yes, I name my computers....men name their cars, I'm going to name my computer. Fortunately AT&T hooked me up with a brand new iPad when I got my iPhone 7plus. Talk about perfect timing.....

Sorry, rambling.... Altered Whimseys Studios has been my baby, I started her at first just to showcase my scrapbook pages back in 2005, then it just blossomed from there. Today I am currently looking for sponsors (paying ones would be like, the bomb), and I have also been working on rebranding her as not just a crafty blog, but a blog for all that celebrates craftiness, self-care, local business, and happiness. I have already got a local soap company that makes quirky, fun, all natural soaps set up for a Valentine exclusive, I have a guest blogger to share with us her beautiful stained glass art, and another sharing her spiritual journey. Along with all this fun going to happen I hope to gain  some sponsors that are willing to donate product for giveaways along with sponsorship of this blog. I love to write, but I also would like to earn some mad money. Due to my health issues it is nearly impossible for me to keep down a job, any job, part time, full time. So this is it. Being the CEO or Altered Whimseys' Studios. That way, I only have myself, and I can take a step back, take a little me time whenever I need it. (That's the whole self-care thing) I don't have to worry about clocking in, what I have to wear for work (unless I'm working a craft fair or the like). After working for 30 years in everything from retail, the military (Navy vet), and then big corporate America, my doctors decided at 36 it was time for me to retire. Along with the sponsorships for my blog I will also be running a small card and gift shop on Etsy, full of handmade journals, traveler's notebooks and greeting cards. The cards are going to be the bulk of the business. I will be using Etsy as my starter platform and then hopefully move it into my own personal store attached to the blog. That way I don't have to worry about user fees for Etsy, although they are the more reasonable of the lot when it comes to posting stuff you would like to sell. Ebay partnered with PayPal really tends to gouge your profit margin, especially when you are dealing with small prices for what you are selling. 

Ok... next on the agenda... this blog.... as I said earlier I am rebranding her to be more than just a place to showcase my scrapbook pages and a post every now and then. Altered Whimseys is going to be your answer to your need for an online crafty\self-care\grass-roots business supporters\ and fashion magazine. Yeah, I know, that's what you have Pinterest for... think of this as Pinterest without all the pins that you don't really want to see... like all the food you cannot eat (sugar laden carb meat and cheese bombs), all the dresses that you cannot afford or fit into.... yeah, we can not follow a user for those reasons, but then you would be missing out. Here, no missing out. Unless you have children. I will forewarn you, I do not have children therefore there won't be any posts about parenthood here. I know nothing of it, and I don't blog on anything I don't know about. I also don't want to be one of those childless women who dish out advice on parenthood. It would be like a man trying to dish on PMS or menopause.... not gonna happen here. I am always open to feedback, in fact I encourage it. We are all learning as we go swirling through space on this great big ball.... and I am by no mean an expert on everything... But I do my homework when I write and try to provide the mot accurate information possible.

 So with that in mind... look forward to Manic Monday, my feature for starting out the week with a little self-care. 




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Huge Announcement....

Hi all. As many of you know aside from blogging, I also make cards. Over the years my mom and other friends and family have been urging me to take my craft to the next level and start selling them. Well, on August 1st, my Etsy store will be opening. This is huge for me, my health issues have permitted from working a 'normal' job, so this is it. I am CEO and Chief Designer for Altered Whimseys Studios. I will be making birthday cards, baby cards, get well cards, LGBTQ pride, wedding cards, custom cards, custom invitations (limit 30), Halloween, Thanksgiving place cards, Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, and yes Festivus. So spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers, second cousin once removed... this is hand crafted better than shmaltzy Hallmark. 



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Just sayin'


Introducing the Serenity collection, cards for our friends celebrating recovery. The full line will be available August 1st. So keep checking back here and at my Etsy store (link to the right) for new designs.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Altered Whimseys Celebrates Pride Month ..

June is Pride Month around the world, this is a time to celebrate who we are and LGBTQ community! Here at Altered Whimseys we love all and accept all, so this year I created a special card for Pride Month, you can find it in my Etsy shop. (Just click on Etsy and it will take you right there!