New Doll Available!

After a bit of a hiatus, I have started repainting dolls again for offer in my Etsy shop! This one has been done for a bit, but life is finally allowing me to post her. For some reason, I really love working on freckled dolls, and they also seem to be pretty quick sellers for me which tells me that others like them as well!

I have another work in progress (WIP) that Ishould be finishing up soon and hope to get her photo’d this weekend for posting.

Thanks and enjoy!

 

 

 

Planners, Stickers and Organization, OH MY!

Tonight I set about the seemingly daunting task of tackling, honestly, customizing my planner. I had a Day Designer Blue Sky Edition Weekly/Monthly Planner that I got from my beloved Target. Thing is LARGE and bulky and I even went and got a larger purse to try and accommodate the beast that is the 8 x 10 mass of hourly, daily and weekly loveliness.

But alas, as is generally true with the ghosts of planners past, I started to use it and discovered that either I don;t know how to effectively  use these things, or else it was just NOT the right style of planner for me and I needed something different. Then a friend made mention that she was printing planner stickers out and using them to customize her planner because (paraphrasing) if it’s not interesting or pretty she isnt going to open it. That’s when the light dawned on me! I just need to pretty-fy my planner.

Thanks to Etsy, there isn’t a drought on those offering interesting, fun, elegant, kawaii, or just plain WEIRD planner stickers. You can purchase them pre-cut or purchase the downloadable printable variety (though as an Etsy seller myself, PLEASE make sure you read the descriptions to know which you’re getting and what to expect!)

My first run selecting,cutting and use the stickers didnt work out to well. Again because first time and because I’m using this BEHEMOTH of a planner! Now, I overall like the layout of the Day Designer. I like being able to track things hourly because I will use that for things like doctors appointments, product launches on things I’m interested in, etc. I also like that they have daily quotes in there, and a gratitude portion. I just didnt need SO much space.

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So I went out and got myself a smaller, almost mini version.

Now, being September 29, I shall tonight tackle printing and cutting new stickers to be placed carefully and lovingly into my most favorite month of all – OCTOBER! Of course, the options are rather endless and make it so I’m a bit indecisive about which ones, exactly, I want to invest in and use. But, as Tatiana would say…CHOICES!

I have so much to get organized, new prospects on the horizon and things I want to get in order.

I’ll post my updates once I get them accomplished and let you know how it went. In the meantime, if you’re a “planner person” – swear by Happy Planner or Erin Conden, want to be a planner person or else just have some ideas, please share!

 

New Vlog! Cross Posting – Piercing Update, Planners and Make Up

I posted a new vlog for your viewing pleasure!

Last night I discussed how my piercings are healing and what they are doing. So far so good, though they of course are throwing me for a loop here and there. I also touched on one of my newer obsessions, which is planner organization! I have ALWAYS had a think for stickers – for those of us that grew up in the 80’s collecting stickers was an actual thing and I have to say, I still love it. This just makes it adult acceptable on a whole new level and when you add it to the fact that I happen to be a sort of connoisseur of office supplies….well, even better!

I do NOT recommend purchasing printable planners sets though unless you have AMPLE amount of time and patience to cut the damn things out yourself. I spent a good near part of 2 hours cutting out the two sets I purchased. Wont be doing that again. Far more patient to wait for them to come to me pre-printed and cut in the mail I think.

But without further ado…

Reposting from my other blog – Professional Goth (for all things gothy, professional goth, and finding my way in a professional world!)

Did a quick little video last night that got finalized today for everyone to see! Got to review some products that I have wanted to try out (and still search for the ever elusive and highly recommended Tarte Shape Tape Concealer!) as well as some thoughts on things I’m trying to accomplish and get organized. So much going on in my head to get out. Thank you for following along and please remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get updates on new videos and view new content!

New Vlog Up! #2 – Criticism and Anxiety

I had an interesting experience yesterday at work, and I blogged about it on my sister site that I started this weekend (total coincedence!) but going to cross-post it here as well for anyone interested. Please make sure to subscribe and feel free to leave comments if the desire strikes.

To Vlog, Or Not To Vlog, That Is The Question…..

I have been watching a TON of makeup tutorials lately and it got me thinking – I have a lot to say. Usually thoughts will creep into my head and I’ll think to myself that it would be wonderful to put that into the world and share it, but I don’t always have the time, as I’d like, to sit down and write out a post about it . Worse, I’ll get the thought, and not be in a place where I can take advantage of stopping to write it down and post it. Enter the idea to start vlogging – or video logging – even here on my WordPress Blog. Would be easy enough to upload a vlog, and then come back here at the end of the day to share it as a post.

I’v considered SnapChat – and I do have a SnapChat account because though I’ve posted nothing, there are people I enjoy following for purely entertainment reasons and I’ve found some fun contests to be a part of. (I’m still waiting to win on said contests, but you get nothing if you don’t try!) The issue with SnapChat is you only get a few seconds, and there are topics that I certainly need more than a few minutes to converse about!

I would kinda like to try, as an ‘older’ woman, to recreate some of the make up tutorials I loved to watch. I’d also like to do some first impression vlogs about any number of products, and some social observation as well.

So I start to research, as I’m want to do, what I would need to use equipment wise for a good looking, solid blog. Holy OMG…$700 for a camera? Maybe eventually, but for now I think I’m going to see what I can finagle with my cell phone, a tripod, and some decent lighting. Maybe that can be part of the vlog too – how to build one.

If your interested, and would be curious what a 39 year old mother, full time office worker, recovering goth, nail obsessed, newly reinvigorated make up maven and general all around outspoken crafty sort of woman has to say, then let me know!

July Was A Whirlwind…

I realized this morning that I hadn’t blogged in a while and when I logged in to see where my last blog left me, I saw that it was 6/30/16! Bad blogger for not being more consistent. I really do need to work on that. Perhaps that’s a post in and of itself.

July was filled with quite a bit of insight, upheaval and dealing with travel (for my other half – not for me unfortunately) and in dealing with all of it life just sort of caught up to me. That being said, with kindergarten fast approaching for my littlest one, I suspect that August will be just as busy, albeit with more opportunity to take a few moments of my days and post something that will hopefully be worth while to read. I’m still figuring out this whole ‘blogging’ thing after all.

I need to get back to making my dolls and refreshing the stock in my etsy shop. I love to work on them, but they do consume quite a bit of time – particularly if I’ve opted to reroot their hair and I have a tendency to just sit down and work, work, work once an idea hits me. I’ve been seeing a LOT of Suicide Squad Harley Quinn’s of late and that makes me happy. Some great ones have been created and I have to say the attention to detail amazes me.

 

Then there is the bracelets, which I also have been loving to make because they are quick, easy and something I can work on while watching TV at night. Been bouncing around the idea of trying to create some matching earrings for them to – but need to source some solid and affordable posts as I am HORRIBLY sensitive to anything plated and wish not to sell something I can’t also wear. I find it important that even if no one inquires, I wear my own creations daily. If you won’t wear your own stuff, then why would you think someone else would want to as well?!

 

 

I’ve also been batting the idea around to add some vlogs to my posts. I’ve been hell bent on relearning how best to apply make up and I’ve yet to see one from someone my age – which though I don’t look nearly close to what people would think 39 looks like, there are some base differences to how I can apply make up to say a twenty-something with fresh skin. I’ve also been wanting to post opinions of products and what I find works for me – in an effort to help out those in the ‘older’ set. If there is an interest in that, please let me know in the comments!

Racing is something I need to get back into as well once the weather is more conducive to running outside. I find running on the treadmill to be difficult at best since I can’t train in intervals nearly as easily (why for has the health and fitness industry not created a treadmill in which you can program timed intervals?! Get on that engineering/programming types!) I’ve been doing well on Weight Watchers and have managed through their program and walking 10000 steps a day approximately to loose a total of 12 lbs in about as many weeks so it’s a good, solid and manageable progression. Only 27 more to go!

There really has been a lot going on, and a ton that I want to start discussing more openly regarding my point of view on things. I just need to organize and start working on them. Stay tuned for more!