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Fifty shades of….Fun.

We’re not talking EL James here, but rather two little books ink the same vein as those tiny little books full of wise words and inspiration. All in good fun and maybe food for thought.

Fifty Shades of Green with envy – let go and embrace life
and Fifty Shades of Grey (hair) – older, wiser but greyer.

Here’s a few little gems from both…

resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die, Carrie Fisher.

There are many roads to hate, but envy is the shortest of them all.

envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own

Grey hair is God’s grafiti, Bill Cosby

Middle age is when your classmates are so grey, wrinkled and bald they don’t recognise you.

I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent – is her hairdresser, Joan Crawford

Have a great week,
Jen ūüôā


What’s on my mind…

Sounds a bit Facebookish that. But no, this is post 3 of the Zero to Hero 30 days. And to be honest, I have no idea.
Of what I was thinking when I first started blogging or when confronted with this Challenge.
Let’s go back to the beginning. Three years ago, before I started on WordPress and had my other blog thing I was writing. It was about sharing my beady adventures and was pretty shit really, looking back on it. I had a break of sorts (after we moved interstate) and then got into WordPress, almost by accident, and I still wasn’t sure what was going through my mind. You know, there are still times when I wonder why? But I enjoy what I do so I keep going.
And what was I thinking with this challenge? Could I do it, and have some sort of success? This month was going to be busy enough with everything else happening without adding a daily challenge into the mix. I have so many challenges going on it is a challenge to get them all done.
I read my sister’s post yesterday about this same conundrum and as she said about getting her mojo back it hit me. That was what I needed. Something to get my inspiration back, my joy at writing, sharing, taking pictures, making with my beads…
It’s working write right now., I’ve had a good day updating all the posts, and re writing history. I still cringe when I read some of the old posts, as I’m sure I will in a few years reading this one.
And there you have it. What’s on my mind right now, (actually it’s bed, let’s not split hairs).

Day 4 is about getting into the Reader and finding new blogs – I’ll try, but might call it a day off. There are other things I need to work on first.
Catch you ūüôā

Yes, I am still working on something…

This week was supposed to be a productive one… ha ha! Funny one.
I have had a distinct lack of words coming into my head… I rely on things to pop up and give me ideas to progress on.¬†¬†Not happening this week though.

I do have a ripper of a post in my drafts to finalise (you will read the reason for the sudden  inspiration surge) and tomorrow will be sorting a few things out Рlike post-market t dy up and cocoon making.

Keep smiling ūüôā



Studio Time…. a fresh start (and lots of work)

As many of you know I have a new area for my beading Рaka a Studio.  And that I am very happy with it to boot.

Well after a day of moving furniture and stacking shelves I am now ready to work.¬† Well, that is the idea anyway.¬† I discovered that there are 5 containers full of beads that need sorting…. stuff that I was too lazy to do before we left, or just misc things I couldn’t find a home for.¬† The Lazy Boxes.

I decided that today (7 June) would be the day to start… and I did, kind of.¬† As some of you may know, I am a serial procrastinator, so when¬†inspiration hit¬†after pulling out¬†a lovely cluster of beads, there was no hesitation and¬†I started making.

Moving on I went through several boxes sorting into several categories.  There is method in my madness.  By doing these things in smaller sections it actually seems to go a bit quicker.  So I was able to do my findings and semi precious/other that were still in their bags from order delivery.  This got a large amount packed away.  There are still 5 mostly ful lazy boxes of stuff to go through.  

Next were the focals (any large bead/finding that can be used as such)and chandelier type pieces.  This filled a whole new container aswell as a half full one.
Yesterday was supposed to be the¬†rest – colour coding all the bits and pieces.¬† Again, macro sorting.¬† Colours into individual tubs and divided into -large, seed, bead soup etc for each colour. with all other bits (findings, crystals etc into their own for more sorting.¬† Of course, this didn’t happen and I have 8 containers of bead soup beginnings on my desk.¬†¬†

Bead soup boxes and to the left the size of my 4 Lazy Boxes. The 5th was only half the size.


As I am not the sort of person who can just sit down and sort/tidy til it’s done, I find that making in between eases the ugh factor that bad jobs usually cause.

Today I decided that instead of finishing the lazy boxes – lazy me – I would start getting all my jewllery out of their travelling boxes and back into display drawers to keep them neat.

the many beads of Marcato Designs being sorted rom travel boxes to display cases.



I am inpressed with how¬†well I packed them.¬† Everything stil looks fantastic.¬† but then I was always one for overkill and their was quite alot of padding involved.¬†¬† But OMG! how much have I got. So many pieces, I had forgotton.¬† Hence the reason I am having a sale….

up to 25% of all items, excluding rings, free postage within Aust.  For the onth of June only.  See my website www.marcatodesigns.com

While there are many that I do really like I have found¬†during sorting that some are not really of standard and are going to the revamp/slightly change/pull apart basket (after deing deleted form the website).¬†¬†I can then spend¬†a whole day tomorrow going through¬†it and working out what to do….. when am I going to get onto all those fabby ideas I’ve had with all my new (now old) magazines.¬†¬†¬†There will be time, so long as they stay on my desk then the¬†ideas are still close by.

 Til next time, keep smiling

Ciao, Jen ūüôā