Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My True Love

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”   ― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

Butterflies in the chest. Daydreaming. Longing. Heartache when we can't be together. That's what it is. It's an excitement that I can't describe. The whole world disappears, even if just for a moment. My troubles fade away. My loneliness subsides when I'm with my true love. 

I love to paint. It's so freeing. I love it more than I love knitting or crocheting. It's my therapy. It's my little escape. Unfortunately, I don't get to paint nearly as often as I'd like to. That could be a good thing right now though, because I could paint for hours. I lose track of time, and I forget to eat or sleep or do anything else, really. 

My paintings usually come in spurts. Usually over the course of a weekend. I have 4 paintings still unfinished from my last spurt. I'm hoping I can get back to them soon. Here are a few paintings from my last painting spurt. 

All paintings are for sale. The dandelion one has already sold. If you'd like more information, sizing, or pricing. let me know!

I hope you have a great day!                                                                  

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Passion Takes Risks

This quote perfectly captures why I keep going and why I've done some of the things I've done. When you're passionate about something, you're more willing to take risks because it's something you believe in.

I've done a few things that many would deem crazy or just plain stupid, but I did them because I passionately believed in the vision. That vision behind my passion is what pushes me forward even when things get tough or seem futile.

Find your passion. Allow it to fester and grow and build into something great.

Anyone else feel like you need to bathe in Benedryl and make some Benedryl smoothies? Shew, I tell ya, my allergies are beating me up! I'm having flashbacks of lying on the couch all Spring and Summer, with a cold washcloth over my puffy, itchy eyes and tissue sticking out of my nose. I wish I were one of the lucky ones allergic to peanuts or something, instead of pollen. (If you're allergic to peanuts, I apologize. I'm sure it sucks too.)

Coming up this week:

Honestly, I am not quite sure. I have a couple blog ideas written down, but I might change them out. Maybe one of the antihistamine companies could give me a free trial to blog about the results. haha! I do know that I need to finish getting things in the shop and work on the newsletter for May. If you're not subscribed yet to the newsletter, do so here. Oh! and follow me on Bloglovin, because it's really cool. And be sure to check out the new goodies in the shop! Until next time! :)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Favorite FREE Apps

I very, very rarely pay for an app. There are so many good ones out there that are free, so why pay for an app? Especially games. I know I'll get bored with a game, so I'm definitely not going to pay for a game app.

Since I've had a phone that could download apps I've downloaded a BUNCH of different apps. Most of them aren't still on my phone. That said, I have some favorites that have been on my phone for awhile or that are new but are fabulous.

Instagram - Definitely one of my top favorites, especially now that I can manage more than one account without having to log out each time. I can post to Instagram, Twitter, my Facebook timeline and page, and Tumblr all in one go. That's quite a time saver for me. Be sure to follow me too: CsqDesigns

Pinterest - I can't decide if I like exploring Pinterest best on my phone or my laptop. It's just so easy and convenient on my phone. Possibly too much so. I could easily spend an hour on it. Time really gets away from ya.

Ibotta - I just downloaded this one at the beginning of February and I'm hooked!! It's like reverse couponing. You select from a variety of rebates that change frequently, go to the store and buy the item, then scan your receipt and you'll get the rebate money added to your account. You can transfer that money to PayPal once you reach $20. There are team challenges and other fun bonuses now and then. In 2 months, I have received nearly $50. Plus! if you use my link to join, you'll get $10 when you redeem your first rebate! Join Ibotta!

mPLUS Places - This is a newer one for me, but it's becoming a fun one. I discovered mPLUS Rewards while using my Weather Channel app. You get coins for using the app, tweeting, etc. On the mPLUS Places app, you get coins when you "check in" at various restaurants, stores, and other businesses. There are also little present boxes you can get each time you check in and you can also find one per hour on the map. You can then redeem your points for gift cards. Woot woot!

Facebook Pages - This app has made it much easier to manage the Facebook pages I have. I can even check my stats on this app!

Sell on Etsy - This app is important for my business also, and I love it when it makes the "cha-ching" sound. So exciting! Through this app I can see the orders from my CsqDesigns Etsy shop, message with customers, and even add items to my shop!

Do you have any of these apps? What are some of your favorite free apps?

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring & Summer Product Debut!

Doing things a bit different today. For starters, I'm working outside the home today, which I normally don't do on Mondays, but I am making up for the day I missed last week because I was sick. I keep saying I'll get caught up, but this weather makes me think otherwise.

Last Monday I started putting some new Spring and Summer items in my CsqDesigns Etsy shop. I still have several items to add and will hopefully get them all in before the month is out.

One of the new items to the shop are donut purses. Yes, I was one of those people who was super excited to watch Fuller House as soon as it came out on Netflix. Typical Kimmy fashion, she had a donut purse on the show. It looked like plastic, maybe, but I thought "I can make that in yarn!", and so I did.

Also new to the shop is this air plant hanger. It will hold 5 air plants, but doesn't come with the plants. I made one of these for myself and loved it so much that I made one for the shop. You can request a custom listing for colors of your choice also.

I have also added some doilies in embroidery hoops, which are nice on their own or as a dreamcatcher base, wall pockets that would be great for air plants, and knit wall hangings.

I'm still adding items like these, as well as a few other things, so stay tuned!

Which of these is your favorite? I'd love to hear! :)

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