Well, when you enjoy what you do then work really is good! And it's hard to concentrate on anything else.
This is actually the main reason why I wasn't here (on my blog) as often as I would like to be. I'm having some free time (to spend it here) only after midnight as it seems. Right now it's past 1 am and I'm still awake (and will be until I finish this and maybe prepare a post for tomorrow).
But I'm NOT COMPLAINING! Not at all. :)) I'm pretty satisfied with my life at this point and I know for sure this is only a beginning.
Sp if you follow me on Instagram (@manuela_s) or on Twitter you've already saw this pictures but if not ... please enjoy! :)
My "work pictures" ...
Can you tell I have a little obsession with all sorts of notebooks?? This is just one small part of my stack! ;) Don't tell anyone!
This photo was taken around 1 am ... that's right. I just packed last piece and this little baby was send directly to United States of America (as you can see).
I get to spend some time with this guy - still love him as I did the first time I saw his beautiful buttons. ;)
I love this cute Birdcage jewelry. And was happy to made it for my dear customers in Switzerland. If you're guessing the colors - pink is Cotton Candy and white is Ghost White. You can find it -here-.
+ I've been also working on some crazy badass :) summer color combinations for my Jewelry. And this is just one of the things I came up with - Neon Green and Orange Color Block Earrings. I'm in LOVE! Don't miss them on my Etsy shop! Will soon be there.
So this is just a quick update on my work. There is so much more going on, but let's keep few things as a surprise, shall we? :)
I saw this amazing idea and so want to do it!! M. & me already had few anniversaries so far since we're together since high school (yep, we're totally rocking high school sweethearts over here :) ) so we need to make this happen soon!!! M. I know you are reading this, so you better be on the same page with me abour that. ;)
So you're probably guessing what the heck am I talking about, right?
So every year for your anniversary: you take a new picture each year holding the previous years.
Pretty cool, ha? Will try to do that ... well at least I hope we will. ;)
I'm sure you all know me and I'm so happy to be able to write something to you.
Manuela let me use her blog, but I had to promise I'll behave and won't say anything to embarrassing or stupid. Oh well ... we'll see how that works.
She even told me I can write my own posts more often if I'll be nice and won't offend anyone. We'll see about that. ;))
But today I just want to share with you how miserable I was few weeks ago. My tummy hurt really bad and when Manuela came home (I guess she was at the vet) she gave me something funny and round to eat. I heard those are some pills and I really love them since she gives them to me with some kind of meat. Every single day! Oh I couldn't be happier. :))
And after that my tummy didn't hurt anymore. I also heard them talking at the vet once ... they said I have this condition and that it's possible that I will have this problems for the rest of my life. I wasn't happy about it ... but I guess this isn't the worst thing it can happen to someone ... at least those pills are making me feel better and soon after I take it, the pain is gone!
But when it does hurt I just sleep all day and don't feel like doing anything. I look so sad that all my human friends cuddle with me all day long. That's not so bad, either. ;)
Right before I became sick M. bring me home this big monkey. Ok, it probably isn't that big to you, but it is to me. I'm pretty small, you know? So Monkey is now one of my friends. I love to spend time with him and he knows how to feel be better.
Manuela took these pictures of me ... and as I mention before: I felt awful at that moment, so please don't resent me my no-make-up-face.
[I feel much better now! So don't send me any Get well cards, OK?]
I forgot something!!
Wait, wait, wait!!!
You probably love my diary, right? Well there's no doubt about it! I know that! I just wanted to be polite. Excusez-moi!
Well if you like it LOVE IT and would like to read in the future just click on that cute little button Manuela made me (it's in your LEFT! Are you blind or something?!). Well obviously, this is my first time on computer, so I don't know exactly how to use it, ok?? - otherwise I would make it myself!! Ok???? I'm not that incompetent, you know?!
So just click on it and you'll be directed to my DIARIES!!! Because I'm just that important. Oh yeah! I really am.
So here we go again ...
See you soon!
Gotta go ...
Manuela's mad at me ...
apparently I droll over her computer! WHAAAT?!? Say WHAAATT??
With just a minimal amount of elbow grease, you can turn old wooden boxes into rustic, one-of-a-kind centerpieces that will add a ton of charm to your tables!
Step 1: Scour flea markets, antiques stores, eBay, or Etsy for vintage wooden boxes or crates. Boxes will come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and conditions, so give yourself ample time to collect ones that appeal to you and work best for your table sizes. Don't worry if they don't all match - chances are they won't, and that's part of the charm!
Step 2: We used a simple stencil and acrylic craft paint to put the table number on the front of the box. We recommend testing out your stencil technique on a piece of scrap paper first; using too much paint will cause the number to bleed at the edges, so it's important to first get comfortable with the amount of paint that will work best.
Step 3: Once the stencil is applied to the box and has dried, insert a plastic container inside the box to hold the water for the flowers. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the container, and fill with water. Now you're ready to start filling the box with blooms!
Step 4: We loaded our container with ultra-pretty, cottage-y flowers and arranged them in a relaxed, casual way - a lovely contrast to the simple, rustic wood box.
Whatever you choose, you can be sure that this centerpiece will add something special to your tables!
My name is Michelle. I’m a first generation American with roots in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I live in a little house in the suburbs of Gilbert, AZ, with my husband. I love to travel the world and study different cultures. In the past few years, I have found that creating handmade items is a huge passion for me. I am constantly thinking of what I can make next, and I spend hours in my studio – it is like therapy to me. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. When I do finally finish a project, I’m so completely excited that I have to run to my husband and show it off!
I discovered Etsy a few years ago when I was trying to find a way to make extra money to send to my parents during a difficult time. Eventually, my parents told me to stop sending them money, but I couldn’t pull myself away from my shop – it has become a part of who I am. I recently closed my old shop down and opened a new shop, Chick Lit Designs. I own a second shop as well, Yesterday and 2day, where I sell found vintage items. I love hunting for vintage items at estate sales and thrift shops and then researching the history in each item so I can share these beautiful and unique treasures with other people who will appreciate them just as much as I do!
I have a full-time job as an advisor working for a company that sends American college students abroad to study other cultures in the foreign countries. In my free time, I am obsessed with international travel. I love to read, watch movies with my husband, and do geeky things like visit waterparks or play mini golf. I love going on picnics and visiting local cultural events like the Polish festival or Oktoberfest.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m inspired every day by vintage items, bookstores, colors and patterns. Just looking at an interesting pattern can really drive my creativity. I’m also inspired by Etsy. It’s a complete melting pot of creativity and a place where I can be myself and create. Not only is it allowing me to follow my dreams, but I see the community it has created with other sellers.
Who has been most influential in your craft?
My father has definitely been my biggest influence. He showed me that life is what you make it. He built the house that I grew up in. I watched him dig out a pond so we could ice-skate in the winter, and make a see-saw so my brothers and I could play outside. Every week he had some new project. He has been going through a rough patch lately, and I know the one of the things that helps him get by are his projects. Both of my parents have good hearts and amazing traits that make them very special, and I’m lucky to have received the creative traits passed down from my father.
My creative process starts by going to the local bookstore to see what I can make next and what patterns, illustrations, and stories inspire me. I usually come out with more books than I possibly need and immediately head over to the nearest fabric store to pick out matching fabric for all of the new books. Then I lock myself up in my studio and start sewing. I love watching movies and TV shows on my new Kindle Fire while cutting fabric, and I’ve recently become completely obsessed with watching the TV show Lost.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I try to do something relaxing — I go to the pool, watch a movie or just go somewhere to let my mind rest. After having had some time to myself, I pull up Etsy and read Quit Your Day Job posts. After reading some, I almost immediately find myself getting up to go find new books and start new projects!
Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would love to spend about a third of my time living in Slovakia and the rest here in the US. In both countries, I see us nestled in our own little haven surrounded by beautiful greenery, trees, and streams, but never too far from civilization. I can envision living in a peaceful area with my husband, raising our kids and making a home as special as my parents did for me. I imagine my business being even more developed, eventually leaving my day job behind and making my creative passion a full and complete priority. I’m so interested to see what exciting things will develop for me, my business, and my family in the next ten years!