Don’t Give Up Your Hobbies!

When I grew up and started a family and a home of my own, and a full-time job on top of it, I quickly fell in love with my kids, my husband and my life.  I also  quickly became tired.  Life is hard all by itself, then we throw in day-to-day stress, drama (everybody has a little drama, right?), responsibilities and we do the best we can.  It can get very hectic and exhausting.  The kids have their activities and school.  You have schedules to keep and people to please.  Since there is only so much time in a day, and a week, and a month, the first thing that went down the drain was my hobby.  I completely stopped drawing and creating things.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t completely stop doing the things you love to do.  I recently, within the last 6 months, started picking up my paintbrush again, and I started making  jewelry.  I immediately started to feel relaxed on a daily basis, just knowing that when I got home, after everything was done that needed to be done, I could sit down and make something.  Whenever I’m stressed or worried about something, or even mad, I get out my supplies and go through them, figuring out what I’m going to make next, and then I do it.  When the rest of the family sees how happy, calm and relaxed I am, humming a tune while I create, the whole house moves in a nice, peaceful rhythm.

I feel like I’ve found a part of ME again.  A part of me that that I had forgotten about.  So whether it’s golf you like, or reading, or gardening, or whatever – take some time out for yourself.  And not just once.  Make it part of your regular routine.  You may not even have to leave the house.  If you love photography, grab your camera and go out back and spend some time taking pictures.  Piddle around in the garage again.  You will be surprised how quickly your little world calms down around you, and an inner peace enters.

Hobbies are good for the soul!  We all have something we like to do.  So if  you are feeling like there’s no time for YOU, there is.  You just have to make that time for yourself.   And if you don’t have a hobby, get one.  There must be something you have always wanted to try, or remember trying long ago.

So grab your fishing pole or your drum sticks or your paint set and have a wonderful, relaxing weekend everyone!

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Me, Me Me

I want to just write today about me.  I’m feeling a bit selfish this morning.  So I’m going to take a moment to list all of the wonderful things about me.  (if I don’t do it, who will, right?)  Besides, we all have needs and one of them is to be loved, and I’m a firm believer that if you don’t love yourself…..

So, here goes…..(these are not in any particular order, and you may be able to detect emotions in some of my musings)

I love my thoughts.  I love being inside my own head, because no one else can go there, and I can keep it a secret if I want.  I know I’m a good mom.  No, a great mom!  My kids are happy and loved.  I also have the most amazing, tolerant, patient and hardworking husband in the world.  I think I make cool stuff.  I think I decorate well.  I think I bake well.  I think I’m funny.  I like my style and I like my inspirations.  I love what inspires me.  I know I have something to offer the world, and I know I have talents that God gave me.  I know I can use them to better myself and someone else.  I know it’s not too late to do that.  I know I will succeed.  It may take time, but I know I will.  I know I’m valuable.  I know I’m no better than anyone else.  I know there is much to be learned from people.  Not just important, educated people, either.  There is something to be learned from everyone and anyone.  I am all for animal rights.  If you hurt an animal – 10 years in jail (because in my opinion, if you’d hurt an animal, you’d hurt a person)  If you hurt a child, well-I won’t say on here what I think should be done.

This may not have been the most well-written blog, but I enjoyed rambling  and getting my thoughts out.  Now I can go start my day!  Have a good one!

Handmade Means More to Me-How about You?

Wooden box made by my mother in 1975-it has my name on it

When I was growing up, my mother would always give someone a handmade gift.  For a long time, I thought maybe we didn’t have money.  All my friends bought their things from the store.  But as time went on, I realized how much my mother enjoyed creating things.  She could have easily gone out and purchased a gift, but instead she made beautiful things and gave them away.  Who knows, maybe it was a money thing.  Either way,  she instilled it in me.  She passed away this year, and I am so glad I still have some of the things she made.

The thing she liked to give the most were antique plates with calligraphy on them.  She would find a lovely piece of antique blue and white china (for a baby boy) or pretty pinks and white (for a baby girl).   On that plate would be the baby’s name, date of birth, time of birth, weight, name of parents, etc.  She did this for weddings to.  The wedding plates were always dinner plates and the baby plates always seemed to be a bit smaller.  Over the years, she made me a “hope chest” and filled it with things I would need someday when I got out on my own.  She made me storage boxes and jewelry boxes which she tole painted. Eventually, just about everything in the house was homemade.  I still have a couple of the brown paper gingerbread men she spent all night cutting out and hanging from all the ceilings.  About 75 Gingerbread men!

I say all this, because it taught me to appreciate the thought behind the gift.  To this day, my most precious material possessions are the things she made, and the things my kids make me in school.  Nothing beats it.  Not a new designer handbag, not tickets to a show, not the latest clothes.

This year, everyone on my list is getting a piece of my handmade jewelry for Christmas (the gals, anyway!)

Cherished painted picture frame from my daughter

Just want to say Hello!

I’m new to blogging, or at least having my own blog. Just wanted to yell a big hello to anyone else who may be new on here, or who may have some insight as to how to make my blog stand out more. I’m not sure if I’m doing everything I should be to increase traffic or get seen. I have a new Etsy shop selling vintage-inspired jewelry and art. Everyone says to start a blog, so here I am!

Jolie Rue-Making Jewelry & Art from Vintage Treasures

Hello there, my name is Veronica.  I have a new shop on Etsy (JolieRue)-that means “Pretty Street” in French.   My goal is to increase traffic to my shop, and to promote other shops, artists and stay-at-home artsy and craftsy moms, dads or anyone that just loves to create. I am new to blogging and all of this, so I thought I’d better finally start blogging about it.  I guess once I start blogging regularly and hopefully seeing comments or visits to my site, I’ll get the hang of it!

I want to figure out what successful sellers are doing so that I might be able to eventually have regular sales and success.  I would also love to talk to other people who have the same interests and share ideas and thoughts.  I am a big believer in promoting other people.   Anything I can do to help spread the word about someone’s unique creations, I love to do it.  I just hope I can set up an interesting blog and learn how to use it effectively.  I’ve never had a blog before, so this is way new for me.

I’ll check back tomorrow….if I see that someone read my blog I will be squealing with delight!!!