Monday, May 8, 2017

Time Slips By Way Too Fast!



Time flies by when you are having fun! 

I'm working on a new phase of my jewelry business which has also become a much loved hobby. Working with clay is now competing with making soap.  At the same time, we are revamping and organizing our work spaces and improving upon our photography setup.  

All of this takes many hours of research too, something I also love.  My blogs and website have taken a back seat and I can't believe it has been over a month since I last posted!  My Facebook friends probably think I have fallen off the face of the earth . . .

My first experimental clay projects have just come out of the oven and I can't wait to see how they turned out.  It is always very exciting to embark on a new venture, especially those that challenge my creativity.  My new store will feature my clay projects and repurposed jewelry.  In some cases I will mix old jewelry with clay and paint to come up with new jewelry creations.  Many hours have gone into learning the basics of working with clay and some very cool design concepts.

The Captain has been spending lots of time outdoors in the garden and fishing.  All of his pepper and tomato plants have babies forming and he is so proud of their progress.  He is also experimenting on a new web design program and I will be learning next.  You can check out his progress here.  It is a very awesome concept.

I don't believe I have any new blog posts since I last posted on this blog . . . if I do, I will include them in my next post.  Right now, the cooling clay is calling me . . .





Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is here!



The arrival of spring has got me all excited about garden projects.  I've written about some of those DIY projects in my gardening blog, Subtropical Gardening.

DIY Hypertufa Plant Containers

DIY Concrete Garden Hands

Awesome Container Gardening Idea


Check out the bird cage that was turned into a plant container from the Empress of Dirt!  Click here to go to an excellent article on other ideas for unusual plantings.

The front fence is in the process of going up and will be embellished with a row of beautiful and colorful bougainvillea.  Finally . . . privacy and no trespassers!


Some other blog posts . . .

Peace, Lovc, Happiness
Dealing with a toxic relationship
Keep Your Goals on Track

Gina's Italian Kitchen
Triple Layered Strawberry Cake



We are celebrating the new season with a Spring Sale at Crows Nest Jewels.  Use coupon code SPRING17 . . .

Political happenings are keeping me glued to cable news! Hopefully the beautiful spring Florida weather will lure me away :)

Hope you are experiencing beautiful spring weather in your part of the world!







Friday, March 3, 2017

Welcome March!





The arrival of March inspires thoughts of Spring in Florida.  The landscape is still green since we have had no freezing temps this year and daytime temps have been in the 70's and 80's, so it has been feeling like Spring just about all winter.  This is what I love most about living in Florida!

After all these years of being hassled by people trying to sell something knocking on our door, we are finally getting a front fence with a gate to keep solicitors out.  The Captain and I live a serious bohemian lifestyle of sleeping when we feel like it and many times it is during the day.  It is so irritating to awaken by a loud knock on the door or the door bell that is way too loud.

I'm currently working on the website and planning many new pages and sections.  The Home and Garden page is what I'm working on now.





What's New on the Blogs . . .

Fabulous Frugalista

DIY All Natural Soft Scrub Cleanser


Have a wonderful weekend!



Friday, February 17, 2017

Wacky Politics and Other Happenings





Wacky politics has really entertained me this week . . . the leaks, accusations of fake news and a press conference that toyed with the press.  The next four years will probably follow suit and make news junkies like me deliriously happy.

I'm getting into creating new blog posts once again.  Here are some new ones:



Gina's Italian Kitchen

Almond Danish Puff

Mario Batali's Chiles Rellenos Casserole


LaBelladiva

DIY Maternity Jeans


Subtropical Gardening

Make and Use Leaf Mold in Your Garden

Crotons - What You Need to Know


Peace Love Happiness

Destiny and Options



Have a great weekend everybody!








Thursday, January 26, 2017

Real Hope and Change



We are well into winter and have only had one or two nights of needing the heat on.  It has been like springtime this week!  Gotta love living in Florida . . .

I'm feeling much better since the Presidential Inauguration has passed and President Trump is settling into the White House.  The political campaign and everything that followed exhausted me and gave me a ton of anxiety.  Like I needed more anxiety . . .


My new hobby of making soap has peaked my curiousity to make other beauty items.  My blog LaBelladiva is full of DIY recipes that I would like to try and I have added the following:

DIY Lip Balms

Oatmeal Masks For All Skin Types


How about some new recipes?  I have added the following recipes to my food blog, Gina's Italian Kitchen:

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Rice

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tots Casserole







Saturday, January 7, 2017

New beginnings

Happy New Year!

Since I settled into taking the holidays off from blogging and slowed down my internet activities, I'm finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things.

LaBelladiva.com will be shutting down today and this blog is the new homepage for my blogs.  Why pay for something that you can get for free?  I had lots of ideas for the website, but it was difficult to make it happen at the same time the Etsy jewelry shop was in the planning stages.  

Last year was an overwhelming year in many ways and having way too much on my plate has resulted in dampening my enthusiasm for working on my internet projects.  

The political season was so brutal and I had already had enough of the Clintons before it started.  I feel like our country has ended up knee deep in BS, although I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  As a serious Trumpster, I am thrilled with the results.  Yes, I am deplorable and proud of it.

Our holidays sucked since The Captain spent a big chunk of it in the hospital.  He's on the road to recovery and we are praying for a healthy new year that does not include hospital stays.

All of my web spaces have been neglected and hopefully will be getting lots of attention soon.  I'm slowly getting back into it at the moment!

In all honesty, I am battling another bout of depression and trying to pull myself out of it.  This time I have not really written about it, but trying to pull myself out of it.

I'm so grateful for a new year and new beginnings!




Saturday, November 26, 2016

Domestic Goddess?



ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 2014
IN LABELLADIVA.COM

Ranting alert about cable television food, home and gardening programming!
I long for the days when Martha Stewart was the domestic goddess and the emphasis was on making our house a home.  With the exception of the food channels, it seems like the tide has turned to real estate, demolishing homes and rebuilding them.  While I enjoy seeing how they turn a disaster into beauty, I really miss the gardening shows, the crafty kind of shows and the interior decorating shows. Remember Christopher Lowell or Debbie Travis?  Loved those shows that taught us how to make such awesome stuff for our homes.
The food channels have even ventured away from “normal” programming of good old fashioned cooking shows that I love so much.  Now it is mostly about game shows and a combination of travel and food . . . finding a great place to eat (if you are into travelling).
At least I have the internet for all those homey kind of things that I love.  There are many websites and blogs online dedicated to the home.  In fact, I have a website page dedicated to those websites.  That page will be undergoing a major renovation to include all the new discoveries I have made, but you can find my old favorites like Christopher Lowell and Debbie Travis on that page.  Click on the graphic to go there . . .