On the boat with the boys.

Here’s a list of a few of my favorite things.  Keep in mind that my list changes from day to day.  Yeah.  I’m like that.  Most of them have NOTHING to do with creativity or crafting.  Sometimes I need to break away from the norm (whatever that is) and do something different.


  • Lemon-lime gelatin (in the little single-serving cups that we get at the big-box super-center).
  • Sweet potato tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s.
  • Clear-barrel Bic stick ink pens.  (They’ve been on my favorite list for years.)
  • Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • Hard-boiled eggs with Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper sprinkled on them.
  • Spending time with my boys on the boat as evidenced by the photo above.
  • Our new sofa-recliner.  OMG, it looks great in the downstairs family room and it is SOOOO comfortable.
  • Re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.  I never watched the regular seasons.  But I love that show.  So geeky.  Maybe that’s why.  ; – )
  • Individually-wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks.  I think it’s the salt that I’m hooked on.  Darn.
  • Our new Dell computer.  Damn…that thing is fast.  And so quiet, compared to our old PC.
  • Kiehl’s non-detergent face cleanser and Trader Joe’s Shaving Cream.  Shaving every morning is a pain in the ass.  This stuff helps make it a little more enjoyable.
  • Sunshine.  Northern Indiana in the wintertime is dreary.  Almost depressing.  The sun was shining today and it made me smile.  Always a good thing.
  • Clearing out the clutter at home.  I have a tendency to accumulate stuff.  Gadgets, tools, supplies, paperwork, magazines, brochures, etc.  The past few weeks I’ve really forced myself to de-clutter and keep only the stuff that I REALLY need or want.  Guess what?  It’s been a wonderfully liberating experience.  It’s almost been more fun getting rid of the stuff.  I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  Is that crazy?  Have you noticed that every magazine on the rack has some cover-story on clutter, or de-cluttering, or getting organized?  It must be an epidemic.

What’s on your “favorite” list these days?  I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment here on the blog, tweet with me on Twitter or send me an e-mail.

Improving Your Blog and Etsy Shop Means Taking Action

We can think about it, dream about, and plan it until the cows come home.  But…if we never take any action, then we’ve really made no progress, have we?

You might recall that rather than come up with some New Year’s Resolutions this January, I took up  Chris Brogan’s challenge and decided on three words that would describe my plans for 2012.

My Three Words

Plan. Focus. Follow-through.  Those are my words for this year.  Although it’s only the 21st day of January, I feel pretty good about sticking to my words.

Planning is the easy part.  It doesn’t take much effort to dream and plan of all the things I want to do.  I can envision wild success and write down all the ideas and goals I have.  But all the plans in the world are worthless if there’s no action behind them.

Focusing is not always easy for me.  I’ve self-diagnosed myself with ADD.  I’m easily distracted and for certain I am a member of the Bright Shiny Objects Club.  How about you?  Are you a member of your local chapter?

Follow-through is where the rubber meets the road.  It’s where things REALLY happen.  It’s the action that makes the plans come true.

Here Are My Action Items:

Make five new items to list on Etsy each week.

List those five new items on Etsy each week.

Publish AT LEAST three new blog posts each week.

Work on an e-book so the first draft is complete by March 1st.

Write (and post) at least two book reviews each month.

Contribute at least three blog posts to Handmadeology each week.


What are your ACTION plans?  Post them in the comment section, won’t you?



Remember: It’s in the DOING that we get things DONE


So, January is more than half over already.  It’s true:  the older you get the faster time flies by.  If you’re young and don’t believe me, just wait.  I was a non-believer too.

Cherish every moment.  You never get them back.


How are you doing on those 2012 New Year’s Resolutions?  Are you eating better, exercising more?  Are you cutting back on the gourmet coffee shop drinks?  Have you remembered to hug your kids everyday?

Are you creating fresh, new content for your blog at least every other day?  Are you forcing yourself to sit down and make all those items to fill your Etsy shop?


Think, dream and plan all you want.  But remember:  it takes ACTION to make things happen.  We all get caught up in the “I’m too busy to get anything done” syndrome.  Snap out of it.

Set a timer for 15 minutes and force yourself to sit at the keyboard and write a blog post.  Force yourself to go to your creative space and…create.  Make.  Do.  Paint.  Sew.

Whatever it is you do.  Do it.

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