Thursday, June 30, 2011

I love getting messages from readers. I love learning that my silly blog has touched someone, and I love when they share something with me. In turn it makes me want to share it with even more.

Let's all spread some love every day.

Sticks And Stones Lookbook

I decided that before I post individual photos and list the jewelry tomorrow, I wanted to reveal a lookbook as a preview. I got the idea from Violet Bella's beautiful lookbook.  I don't have a fun slideshow though, just lots and lots of pictures.

Yesterday was a busy day. As soon as I got home I put together a few last minute details and headed outside for photos. Right as I got outside it started to rain! I was so frustrated. I had planned on doing the photoshoot for 3 weeks, and it had to rain that day. Luckily it only rained for 5 minutes every twenty minutes.

Good Thoughts Needed!

Both of my babies are going into see the vet today. I dropped Wicket off at the vet this morning, he is getting a bunch of stuff done. Bloodwork, vaccines, microchip AND he is getting neutered. All in one day!

And poor Fungus has developed a nasty cough. So I'm taking him in before I pick Wicket up.

Today has been crazy, busy and expensive. I wish the vet didn't cost so much... but I spare no expense when it comes to my babies.

So, while I wait to pick up my sweet filthies, I am editing photos.

We got lots of photos yesterday. I will be posting a "Lookbook" later tonight... AND listing tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

99 Laws Of The Universe

1. You cannot know what was is good and what is evil.
2. However, you need to know that the good imposed is evil.
3. You don’t know what the Universe needs.
4. There is no “right” or “wrong.” You do not know which is which.
5. There are no bad things, events, or circumstances. There are things, events, and circumstances that make you sad.
6. There are no good things, events, or circumstances; there are things, events and circumstances that make you happy.
7. The Universe if too large to be hurt, so you can’t do anything bad to it.
8. The Universe, perhaps, needs your mistakes.
9. Your mistakes won’t damage the Universe.
10. Don’t look for the truth; it does not exist. If the truth exists, you don’t need it.
11. Don’t look for the life’s meaning. If it exists, it is beyond life’s borders.
12. Don’t worry about yourself. In fact, you are too precious for the Universe and the Universe doesn’t want you to vanish.
13. How do you define your goals? Do they really belong to you?
14. Don’t feel guilty about anything. Nothing is your fault.
15. Do not bother telling people what to do – how would you know what is real and what is not, what is true and what is false?
16. If what you do is difficult, think whether it really needs to be done.

17. Do things that are given to you, but do it with all your abilities, strengths, and determination.
18. If you did something by accident, according to the Universe, it was done on purpose.
19. You need to support everything you like and elude from all you don’t like.
20. If your mistake’s consequences can be fixed, you haven’t made mistake yet.
21. Everything happens on time.
22. Sometimes the cost of the right solutions might be more expensive than a mistake.
23. Happening is beyond your will or control. However, it’s up to you if you are willing to accept it.
24. If you don’t know the directions, take a companion. If you know the way, go by yourself.
25. To be strong means to be lonely. A very strong person is stronger along. You can choose how strong you want to be.
26. Every person is alone. A strong person accepts and blesses his solitude while a weak person runs away from it.
27. You should be very calm and attentive to the world so you won’t miss a moment of force.
28. When you try to learn about yourself from others, you provide them with power. You have to keep complete control over your life.

29. You must bless all missed opportunities because you gained the biggest opportunities.

30. Give away, forgive, and lose ease.
31. If you feel sorry that you didn’t have too much joy, you acquire sadness.
32. Learn to love your enemy in order to win.
33. If your enemy caught you by surprise but you are still alive, it means that he is in your hands.
34. A person who wants to break you wills is weak, don’t be afraid of him.
35. Neglect is the best revenge.
36. If you want to weaken the resistance, you should step back.
37. Don’t try to be stronger than your contender; just search for his weak spots.
38. If you love your enemy, you get to know him better. The more you know your enemy, the more it works to your advantage.
39. You might not always win, but you can make yourself invincible. A victory is up to your contender, but your invincibility is up to you.
40. It does not matter who your contender is – try to see him as a person. You’ll realize really soon that this approach gives you a huge advantage.
41. To have a taste and to make yourself full are two different pleasures. You should not confuse them.
42. You know the rules. However, you don’t know all rules that the world is operated by.
43. There are people who are destructive to you. It does not mean that they are bad. It means that being close to them is destructive to you. There are people who make you stronger when you are next to them. It does not mean that they are good. What it does mean is that being near those people makes you stronger. Pay attention when you spend time with other people. You need to avoid communication with destructive people and stay as close as you can to people who make you stronger. If you can’t do it, avoid a friendship altogether.
44. When a fire is approaching, it shines first. Then, it warms you up. After that, it burns you.
45. You are immortal now because you are still alive.
46. Do not fear curses and don’t look for praises. Neither of them bring something new to you.
47. You create worry and anxiety while measuring your success by praises or blames.
48. Don’t think where to go if you are staying in the middle of a suspension bridge.
49. You can never tell where you are going. The only thing you can say is where you are hoping to go.
50. Do not fight because you will inevitably become what you fight against.
51. Remember about the “thirteen hits’ law”. If your clock hits thirteen times instead of twelve, you have to throw it away. It does not matter what kind of guarantee you will receive about its repair.
52. Any behavior consists of opposites. If you do something and try too hard, then sooner or later you’ll get the opposite. Any excessive desire attracts the opposite.
53. A wise leader does not form an event. He lets the process be. If any situation seems too complicated for you, just let it be. When the situation is on its own, it eventually will take care itself.
54. Do not rush things. Let the process unfold.
55. Silence is a great source of strength.
56. Time from time, leave people and go back to silence. Learn to be yourself.
57. Silence and a clear sense of being are the sources of any effective action.
58. Silence and an empty space would reveal your mood. This is the place of your being.
59. Intend to be genuinely interested in yourself. It will teach you dedication.
60. Try to listen easily. Put some effort into listening to every word. Dive into your inner silence and observe yourself. Then, you will have an opportunity to have a clear mind.
61. When you will learn your own depths, you will be able to communicate with the depths of others.
62. When you free yourself from who are you, you become a person who you can be.
63. When you free yourself from what you have, you can receive what you need.
64. The feeling of being devastated indicates that you are at the beginning of your growth period.
65. When you don’t desire much, lots of things will come to you.
66. When you stop trying to impress, you will become pretty impressive.
67. The true power of influence is not based on technical tricks or some set of rules. You have to stay in being, not in doing.
68. Hidden wisdom says that you have to give away in order to achieve.
69. Excessive attempts are counterproductive.
70. While you are in being and not using the formula – TO BE – TO DO – TO CREATE. If you would like to create something, you need to figure out what you must to do for it. Don’t repeat the mistakes of other people who try to do something in a hurry, but don’t achieve anything. You need to step back to the beginning of the formula and ask again, “Who do I need to be in order to do it? Then, stay in being. However, you will receive a clear, concrete result – the one you wanted to create. This is the core of the Universe’s magic.
71. You need to know where you belong and what you’re worth. This is your core.
72. You need to clarify your purpose. Then, you can achieve it without any fuss.
73. You need to watch nature and science processes such as motion of the planets, sun light, and the attraction of the Earth. They have the power and strength because they simply exist. Your body works in sync with those processes. Freedom comes from subordination. Remember, you are a part of a natural process.

74. When you stay outside of events, meditate over the question: What happens when nothing happens?
75. There is no difference between what happens and how it happens.
76. Stay neutral and do not take sides.
77. Trust what is happening. Accept what is happening. While trusting and accepting, your position remains strong.
78. The formula of power is the formula of management. The art of management is based on the understanding of this formula. If you want to manage many, imagine what drives a few. Intend to see one part of the large picture. Managing people who are the same is much easier than managing different people. It is easier to manage people who have the same goal than people who do not have the same goal. It is easier to manage people who have the same enemy than manage people who have different enemies. You need to divide a large picture into small pieces. Then, you will receive all the details. In order to manage effectively, make all people the same. The art of making people the same develops from the skill of seeing them differently.
79. Be the owner, not the guest. The owner is the one who one who authorizes or permits, allows or does not allow. He is not the one who asks, but one who is asked. He is not someone who needs, but the one who is essential. He is not the one who goes, but the one who is visited. The guest is the one who is asking permission to visit or to enter. The guest is the one who asks, needs, or inquires permission. If you have a meeting, try to conduct it on your territory. Let people come to you. However, if you have an appointment; try to switch places with the owner. It all depends on your inner attitude. To be an owner is an inner position, not an external movement.
80. An arguing person is always the petitioner. Subconsciously, he asks for attention. Therefore, an arguing individual is the guest.
81. Do not argue and do not let a disputer involve you. Do not partner with stupidity.
82. A person who begins arguing is obviously obtains a weak position because he is a petitioner (even if an unspoken one)
83. Think of the power that is behind you, and then this power will actually stand up for you.
84. Be indifferent to any message. Do not be like the king, by executing the messenger for bad news. Power is in indifference and this power rules the world.
85. Learn to distinguish between reversible and irreversible. Then, you learn to control time.
86. Let the following be your temporary teachers:
Darkness – it is impossible to see
Thunder – you can never foresee who it will hit
Fire – it is warm near it, but you easily can burn yourself
Learn unpredictability and inaccessibility.
87. Your best teacher is your own path. Do not look for the master; he is near you side by side. You need to open up in order to see him.
88. Distinguish between empty and solid.
The quality of solid is support.
The quality of empty is unreliability.

Solid is

-         trusted information
-         someone who can be relied upon
-         a fulfilled promise
-         the car that will be started and run promptly.
-         a performed order
-         a word that will be heard and understood. Solid is what gives the result.

Empty is

-         non accurate information
-         an unreliable ally
-         a lazy worker
-         a dishonest manager
-         an unfulfilled promise

The result of the interaction between solid and empty is empty.
If in your project at least one component will be empty, the whole project will turn out to be empty.
Solid is set apart from empty in your inner world.

89. Strive to feel your own way because your path is the best manager.

90. If you know your path, all your successes and failures will be pushing you forward.
91. You won’t be able to distinguish between success and failure if tomorrow comes.
92. Understanding is above knowledge.
93. Everybody rules the world. Someone does it bad and someone does it good. A child manages their parents, an employee manages the boss, all people control all other people.  Everything controls everything.
94. If somebody asks you a favor but they don’t want to return the act of kindness, you should know that they do not ask, but just offer you to do something.
95. Do not feel sorry, don’t have fears, do not ask.

96. The past and future are born in present.
97. God is here and now.
98. Learn how to say “no.”
99. Laws can be broken only if necessary.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Teaser.. and a Dream

 The Jewelry is almost finished. 
The photoshoot is scheduled for tomorrow.
The listing will begin on Friday morning.

I've decided to keep it all in Talk2thetrees. 
I slept on the decision. 
(I take my "job" seriously huh?)

My reasons:
The shop name Sticks And Stones was already taken.
I've had jewelry in the shop since I opened shop. 
I don't want to order more business cards.
Diversity is good right?
Anyways, thank you all for your advice. 
The good thing about life is, if something doesn't work out, 
you can always change it.

In other news, I had another dream about Mowgli.
This one was different.
Normally my dreams involve him getting hurt, 
or him not being able to walk, but still alive.
Or him being healed miraculously. 
(Which makes me feel like I should have waited.)

But this one was better.
I just held him in my arms and walked around with him petting his little head.

Then I woke up and I felt him sleeping beside me. 
Where he used to sleep.. Right next to my heart.


I am quite honored to be featured here today..
I'm only going to show you a little snippet of it in order to entice you to actually go there!  I'm a clever girl.  She drew the most adorable illustration of me.. I want to hang it in my workshop! So please.. check out her cute blog post about Talk2thetrees!

Don't worry.. I have one more sneak peek for you today.. I'm such a tease!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sticks and Stones Update

I spent a lot of time working on Sticks And Stones today. I'm just about ready to start listing. I really can't wait! Friday and Saturday will be full of listing the new jewelry. Today I used my wood burner to make pendants from naturally fallen wood. Everything in the Sticks And Stones collection is cruelty free! All wood I use is from naturally fallen trees and drift wood. The feathers are also cruelty free. I think it gives the jewelry a good energy.

I have been debating if I want to open a shop just for Sticks And Stones.. or keep it in Talk2thetrees' Jewelry section. What do you guys think?

Balance.. and A Painting

Life has it's ups and downs.. Sometimes the good times out weigh the bad.. but it often seems to be the other way around.
Life does have a way of balancing itself out though. The bad never lasts.. but neither does the good.
I think it's important to be prepared for the bad times, rather then just living up the good times. I tend to live up the good times.. rather than preparing for the future bad times. It's a lesson I'm learning.

From now on I will save up money and good memories for the impending bad times that are to come... because being in the bad times with an empty bank account and depressing thoughts is not fun.

I'm sorry if this post seems negative. I'm not meaning for that to happen! I didn't sleep well last night. Ever since I've been sick I've been having terrible nightmares. I blame it on the medicine I am taking. Which will be discontinued as of now.

So while I am in this low time in my life.. I will focus of the positive, because that always helps.

No matter how low the bad times get. No matter how ugly the world seems.. there is always a bit of beauty to be found.

I have added a new painting to the shop today. It's called "The Girl With Flowers In Her Hair"
The title may be boring.... but this girl is not. She appears to be colorless. The entire portrait is painted in shades of brown, black and white. Her world seems bleak, exposed and barren. The only warmth seems to be in her eyes, and the flowers she choose to find.. Filling her full of hope.

Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.  
~Edward Payson Rod

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sticks And Stones Progress

I have been so sick these last few days. Today I could barely get out of bed! I think I took 3 naps today. I was barely able to lift my head most of the day. I had plans to go on a picnic, paint, go purse shopping and work on the new jewelry line.
Finally around 8:00 pm I was able to get up. I started working on the new jewelry, and I'm seriously in love with the designs. I took a few pictures with my phone of a few designs. I wasn't trying to get any detailed shots. I'm planning the photoshoot for next week... I will get some really good detailed pictures then.
I'm still waiting on a few supplies to come and I'm getting antsy!
Amethyst and peacock copper pendants 
Crystal Geode and feather necklace
Finished pendants waiting for new homes

Friday, June 24, 2011

Did you know that I also do photography? I sell prints online.... but I also do wedding, portrait and senior photos!
Check out my prices here!