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What’s new around here and a second Etsy shoppe

ShareTweet I have another 3 tier dish together and drying.  I found these two plates and two bowls *only need one bowl* at the Good Will this evening. They have this pretty painted flower and greenery look and I put small cabbage roses with green stitched to the top of each small glass used to tier the dishes.  These glasses are what I went there for. Sorta.. I went to two Dollar Tree’s and only found one crystal looking candle stick.  There must be a run on them. Maybe Halloween? I have no idea. I just know that there aren’t any and I need them for my tier dish displays. So off to the Good Will (1/2 mile from the house) we go.  If I didn’t find some type of clear candle stick, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafting, Creative Domestication, Frugality, Inspiration, Social Media, Unexpectations

My personal organizing ideas

ShareTweet My body can’t quite keep up with my new OCD tendencies. I want to keep organizing and purging and getting things all looking nice and cleaned out. I have several decorative pretty storage boxes empty now. I still haven’t unpacked my organized craft backpacks (two) so I’ve been making room for it. The Boy said he’d help me empty them out and sort places for them to go tomorrow. I have to get above the bed (well, the boy will for me) and dust and see if there is anything in the decorative boxes up there. Most of them up there are heart shaped and sitting on their sides so the hearts face forward. Anyway, I want to utilize all my space, so when its all said and done.. instead of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Domestication, Inspiration, Simple Abundance

What I’ve learned from Facebook lately..

ShareTweet   Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge I’ve always said I have a love/hate relationship with FaceBook.  I love gathering with friends, old and new, and tons of extended family.  Its nice to lend a hug when someone is in need and its always nice to receive a hug when my day is not going all that grand.  I love being back in touch with all my cousins, too.  I, also love all my new local friends that i’ve made since I moved to South Carolina.  Its nice to keep in touch with friends we have had to leave behind when we’ve moved. I hate that FaceBook knows things about my family or friends before I do.  I hate that FaceBook wants to know everything.  I hate misunderstandings caused by lack … Read entire article »

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I guess they call them books or folios or something like that ::giggle::

ShareTweet I’m still addicted to YT and I’ve been trying to learn how to make these folio book things. I’ve gone over a tutorial about three times now. I’m trying to commit as much as I can to memory because of all the tut’s I’ve seen, this one is the most detailed, uses no glue in the binding and just is my favorite, so far. Three parts I’ll put below: Now, just for fun, I thought I’d include a peek at some of the finished foto folios that I wish I was talented enough to create or had a gold mine of money to buy kits. These are my favorite yummies so far, as well: Here is a convertible album in a box: I”M IN LOVE WITH THIS PAPER: Thanks for spending … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blog Fun, Book Love, Crafting, crafting, Featured, Feeding the Needz, HomeMade, Inspiration, Linky Love

I’m a Crafting Youtube Stalker

ShareTweet If you want to know how to do it, go to YouTube and you’ll probably find it.  That’s my new motto as I jumped into the deep end of some new to me crafting ideas. It all started when I wondered what the heck was washi tape?  I know now and I’m only addicted to making mock versions with paper tape. I feel so bad.  The crafters know everyone’s name and their YouTube page and reference them for credit and I feel craptastic about it because I’ve watched so many of them that I don’t know anyone’s name or their YouTube channel.  I’m just to knew to the game. I quickly got addicted to making my own supplies to do some of the things I’m doing with journaling, faux washi tape (washi tape … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafting, Ephemeral Pursuitz, Feeding the Needz, Frugality, HomeMade, Inspiration, Unexpectations

Online Love – Etsy – Charming Maggie

ShareTweet I just received an order from Deborabh,, or Charming Maggie.  I ordered a couple eternity charms, baseball related harms, cat charms, and Kokopeli, which are hard to find. I can’t tell you how over-pleased I am with the order and the service. There were special additional charms that I needed to know were there.  There were better charms than some I ordered, which only helps my business. I can’t tell you enough how pleased I am with Charming Maggie. Go visit and let them take care of you, too. Heidi SandDollarKisses **I put in a second order of charms for the store.  I purchased “believe” (which you know is my word,) sand dollars, and star fish.  I put in a word that I had my eye on the heart in heart charms, for my next order.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafting, Inspiration, Linky Love, Unexpectations

Business is open!

ShareTweet Along with coming back to blogging and curating, Girlie and I have started a new Etsy Shop.  We’ve been crafting our hearts out.   Please visit us: http://www.sanddollarkisses.etsy.com We also have a Facebook page called Sand Dollar Kisses.  “LIKE” us and we’ll come up in your timeline and you’ll see all of our fascinating updates. I added 8 more items to the shop today and I have about 24 more items to update in the next couple of days. I’m feeling better and I’m thankful for all the well wishes. The broken back with surgery has completely healed.   Have a blessed day. Hugz, ~Heidi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Crafting, Creative Domestication, Education, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Simple Abundance

Etsy Store on its way

ShareTweet I know I’ve been saying this for months. Maybe even years. But TOS has changed.  Girlie and I are doing this.  We have departments, whatever they are called.  We have a name with a .net, but what the hell. Its truly happening.  We have product.  We are on our way.   All my strength comes from Nora Walker.  If you know what this means, comment.  :) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Creative Domestication, Ephemeral Pursuitz, Feeding the Needz, HomeMade, Inspiration

New Year, New Beginningz

ShareTweet Happy New Year, 2013. I’m feeling very positive about more writing and more posting in all areas of my blog and net-life.  I know its been a while and I can’t really explain all the funk that been going around or that I’ve been feeling.  I just know that its going to be a better year to come as 2012 has now closed. After losing my blogging tribe, I’m in process of building a new one, for survival of the fittest.  It just works better and easier with a village working beside you. I’m currently trying to find some more really good quality blogs to read.  I can’t take so much of the commercialism without much content.  I’m much too old to talk about potty’s too. I just want a regular program, online, of … Read entire article »

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Believe in Miracles

ShareTweet My heat and soul are full.. my eyes  filled with tears..  of joy. My spirits are lifted tonight.. there is light under the tunnel. I’ll share a little when things progress.. just know this..  People should be more appreciated..  pay it forward..  to everyone. I won’t be missing the ALS walks next year and maybe can go to many others.  Wonderful for me as they are so important. Life is great. God is Miraculous..  Pray more.  Hope more. Love more.  Believe.. … Read entire article »

Filed under: ALS, family and friends, Featured, Forever and One More Day, Inspiration, Stand For Something, Unexpectations

Miss you Dad

ShareTweet “Oh, when we are journeying through the murky night and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed; and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrance and hidden strength in the remembrance of Him as “in all points tempted like as we are,” bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us.”  ~ Alexander MacLaren Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-for-bereavement-10-helpful-scripture-quotes/#ixzz1oDYXLdce I’ve decided since I can’t walk the ALS walks, this month.. I’m going to go sit at the cemetery for a while, instead.  I want to keep May private for my … Read entire article »

Filed under: ALS, depression, family and friends, Forever and One More Day, Inspiration, Stand For Something

Digital Tab Hell – Finding my Tribe – Within Sisters in Bloom

ShareTweet I’ve been fishing blogz.  This is like being a fisher of men (women mostly.)  I’m trying, desperately to find my tribe and the blogz I’ve bee reading have been teaching  me so much about me, and my life and my spirit.. and the spiritual being I want to return to being.  So, this may get a little sappy for my regular readers.. but here I am.. and this is what is going on right now: Of course, Sisters in Bloom started this as I started to read the blogs of those contributors.  Wonderful women who lay their hearts out for us to read their souls.. First, Meet Jessica and her sweet family who hail, originally, from my home-town in San Diego. I have so much to learn from Jennifer, at You are My … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Domestication, Featured, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Linky Love, Simple Abundance, Stand For Something, Unexpectations

Identity Crisis

ShareTweet Could I have had an Identity Crises? Is an Identity Crisis what one experiences when they lose a parent?  Is losing someone you value, so much, so much to bear that one could lose the idea of their identity? Maybe, as my friend, said I was having an identity crisis, i finally felt like I knew what had been happening to me.  As the train rushed towards me and I jumped off the track.. Here I am. Here I am.  HERE I AM.   So many things are really going on..  And I promise to tell you about them.  A simple thing to share is my new friend, Roku ON My Roku this week: Lost 3:2 (Girlie is a new Lostee and I’m riding with her.) and Bones 1:4 (Temperance?  Seeley? Seriously?). Have you ever had an identity … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Stand For Something, Unexpectations

Laughing at my Bucket List

ShareTweet July 2010 and today are so drastically different. I can’t say I can come up with 100 things like that again and it was fun and sad to read. Most of my friends I planned to do things with I don’t even speak to anymore. #42 hits too personal to me. I chatted on FB with him, recently. He’s happily married and I doubt he’d ever take me to fulfill his promise. I was just over pleased he spoke to me and doesn’t hate me anymore. I hurt him tremendously as a very young girl. I’m sorry for all the pain I caused him and I hope he knows it. You never forget your first love.. Ron, you still amaze me. Strong and True. and that’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Stand For Something

What if the World Currency Changed or Collapsed? Tomorrow.

ShareTweet Image via Wikipedia The American Dollar is in more than poor shape. IT IS currently considered the world currency.  There are populations of people who do not believe that the American Dollar can ever collapse.  At the same time, the United State’s current answer to debt is to print more money.  Worthless money. I don’t endorse the products that spawn this video, but I encourage you to take the time to watch and learn some things you may not have known.  Don’t keep your head in the sand.  This is a serious problem. You may have your food storage.  You may have emergency supplies. I need more trash bags, medical supplies, candles, and lamp oil.  What do you need?  What if you woke up, tomorrow, and your dollar was as good as Iraqi … Read entire article »

Filed under: Inspiration, Personal Protection, politics and religion, Stand For Something

Blog Education Learning Overload – Ebooks I need to read (and so do you)

ShareTweet There are some fantastic bloggers out there that can teach you so much about “blogging better” for SEO traffic. Many are really good at interlinking their own materials and setting a standard that all bloggers should follow. Even the big foot steps can be walked in to learn styles and improve your own posts and writing.  I’m interstested in reading the all, as you should, too. I wanted to bring three ebooks to your attention: The first one is Kelby Carr’s Mom Blog SEO: Mom Blog SEO includes: How to find the best keyword phrases to drive the right readers for your blog Tactics that take a couple minutes before each post and can dramatically increase your traffic How to target the right readers and stop attracting the wrong ones How to boost your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Linky Love

Best Blog Background Sound I’ve ever heard

ShareTweet I’m very anti blog background sound. I, usually, surf, with my sound muted. I love music. I just don’t love being scared silly, surprised, or even offended by someone elses different choices.. so I choose to avoid it. I had one blog that friends had loved the piano self-started background sound.. but that was an exception to my rule of background sound. Now, today, I happened on a site, browsing for digital scrapbook paper, and I started to hear birds.. and it started so subtly, that I thought they were outside my window, and not on my speakers! Here, you listen. Doesn’t it make you feel a little warmer?  I think I’m already ready for Spring. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing, Featured, Inspiration, Unexpectations

Another year is flying past us..

ShareTweet Tomorrow starts December.  When did the whole year just go away? So much has gone on in this last year.  My head spins just thinking about it. I think the whirlwind started, for me, about 18 months ago, when my father passed away.  Nothing has been really “right” since then.  Its not that I had this great relationship with him or was very close to him.. its just that he’s gone and there is no chance, anymore, for any of that. I got back in touch with some of my cousins and some of my mother’s cousins.  Erin just had a sweet little baby girl.  That changes you and she’s all grown up and married now.  (I’m old.) I added Tracy and Brandi to my Facebook.  I look forward to more communication from them.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration

30 Days of Truth.. Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

ShareTweet I read a lot of books.. but hands down this would have to be Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Sarah has taught me how to care about me, again. She has given me hope that I’m okay and that its okay to take time for myself, too. The book teaches you how to have a toy box, a discovery journal, a comfort drawer full of wrapped gifts to yourself, for those days that don’t end. A Pamper drawer. It makes me look at jewel toned tissue paper, when I’m in the store. Silly, I know. But that’s what I love about this book. Its serious and yet fun. I gift it regularly. I, especially love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, that is designed to … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.

ShareTweet Can I say God? I have this love/hate relationship with organized religion.  I have a very low tolerance for hypocritical people.  I don’t want to be around people who ever act like they are better than I am. I don’t want to leave church, in tears, for the rest of my Sunday. That doesn’t seem very spiritual, to me, and its certainly not savoring any type of Sabbath. With that said, I do believe in God. I could never go live in an Ashram, like Elizabeth Gilbert, in Eat, Pray, Love, mostly because I’m too disabled to spend so much time on the floor, on my knees, or in solitude.  I find it hard to meditate, too.  My mind wanders and then I feel guilty. Religion is full of feeling guilty and that disturbs me. I … Read entire article »

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30 Days of Truth.. Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough a** days. (write a letter.)

ShareTweet This challenge is very difficult for me because I believe Music is Life. Every room in a home deserves a different genre.. just as every mood does. There isn’t much, in the music industry that I don’t appreciate on some level. I could write Colin Raye about “Love Me” getting me through my grandmother’s death and all the major changes in my life, that had to happen, in 1991. I could write to Alabama about how several of there songs built me into who I am today, but I think that would freak my heart out, too much. I could write to Reba McEntire, because my world has evolved through some of her songs. I could write to Tanya Tucker about “Strong Enough to Bend.” Or to Steve Wariner about “The Weekend.” but … Read entire article »

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Coming home from North Carolina, I saw “Ikea Blvd” and it was all over

ShareTweet Ikea.  I know I have a picture in my phone.  I so heart Ikea.  I had a mission. I needed a cutting board and I did want to see all the cutting boards that they had.. which took some juggling.  They are in two different departments. I found my treasured wooden cutting board, to go with my “almost killed us” Kohl’s knifes. I even found the oil to maintain it.  And a sharpening ceramic thingamagic. We also found a cheap pan for crepes, like Alton Brown described, and some tiny clear dishes for herbs in upcoming recipe photos, when I can cook again. Good stuff.  Its probably a good thing that Ikea is in North Carolina and that there are no bags so you must carry your items out, yourself.. because this is shopping … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Domestication, Feeding the Needz, Foodie Frenzy, Inspiration, Kitchen Miracles

#ConvergeSouth Keynote @BrentDPayne

ShareTweet I could watch this about four more times and still learn something from it. Its that good.  Some stuff I knew. .. most I didn’t and its good SEO traning.. enjoy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Unexpectations

Brain Overload

ShareTweet I can’t imagine why my brain is on overload. I have one camp and two conferences swimming up in there, that need to be blogged about. I’m a full-time student. I’ve met some fantastic people, in the last few weeks. Have you ever been in a meeting and felt you knew a total stranger, before?  I was in a panel discussion sesssion, at #convergesouth, in greensboro and I just felt I knew this guy on the panel.  I don’t know why I felt I knew him.  He mentioned Silicon Valley.  Okay, a Cali guy.  He mentioned he worked at Yahoo. OH MY GAWD.  When the panel ended, I cautiously asked, as I reached out my hand, “Ernie? Y360 Ernie?” What an amazing experience.  My first blogging gigs were at Yahoo 360, until Yahoo “threw us under … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Linky Love

Apparently Kelly Clarkson got together and wrote this song about my life

ShareTweet Have you heard this song?  I’m not going to go into details.  But, this weekend, on my road trip home from conference number 2, I replayed it over-and-over until I knew where it worked in my life.  I was 12 when I could have written this song.  I found a duet with Reba.  What could make it better?  Enjoy :) Learn something, very personal, about me.  Most of this doesn’t apply to my everyday since I turned 30.  And now that I’m over 40, watch out. :)  I’ve learned a lot about me.  You’ve learned a lot about me.  It doesn’t all apply.  But, it shows you how far I’ve come along.. … Read entire article »

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