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Oh My God, he’s dead!

I’ve been in the printing business a good part of my life. In my recent years, more art related. Call me crazy, maybe it’s the artist in me, but most artists are emotional! Yeah, I DO think so, I’m around all of them everyday, and we all are emotional! (Well, maybe some our cool and calm, but for the most part we are emotional creatures! Let’s see if I get any comments on this one!) We pour our love into our creations and artwork, we get excited about stickers, we LOVE ETSY, we LOVE LindaGeez, we love West Elm, we LOVE letterpress letters (ok, I love letterpress letters), we love Target, we get excited about paper and envelopes and crystals and yes, we even love colored Sharpies! Yes, I’ve been known to say, I can’t WAIT to go shopping for all the little things that I don’t need! That is the funnest stuff to shop for! So anyway, you get the idea! There are great days, and not so great days, but all and all, we stay CALM AND CARRY ON!

Me and Mike, Anniversary 2013

Me and Mike, Anniversary 2013

But this day, happened to be a really good day! My LindaGeez shop was doing exceptionally well, I received some really nice feedback and I was feeling good!  You’ll feel good too!

So I got home in about the same amount of time as usual.  Mike and I got home just about the same time this day. So, it was going to take me a bit to make dinner, sooo, the big guy thought he’d do his exercise early that night! I had a bunch of cooking to do, so he had plenty of time!

So, I thought, let me pack up my LindaGeez jewelry orders, and my LindaGeezFlowerPower Letterpress letters to ship out! I’ll get that done real quick and be right back up to finish dinner! So, I ran down into my workshop in the basement and went to my shipping table. Normally, it’s so quiet when I’m in my jewelry room! When I’m designing, I usually have my iPod on, but, I was enjoying the quiet and I thought, well, I just have a few things to pack, so I didn’t have any music on. Well to my surprise I heard a lot going on upstairs! The exercise room was right above me. I heard this noise and then this loud moan and thump! I quickly turned around! I tried to fly upstairs with my warm furry croc shoes that I wear in the basement, grabbing onto the stair rail! I flew into the room praying not knowing what to expect…………….

 So, let me set the stage, here’s what I walked into…. Here’s Mike, white socks, burgundy and ivory jammy shorts (very old, a bit too short, a bit too tight, crooked), shirtless, Big leather Bose headphones, moaning (singing) to Led Zeppelin….happy as a lark! Naturally he doesn’t hear me flying into the room, his music was loud enough to pierce his eardrums wearing his soundproof headphones and his back was facing me! So, I totally startled him! My heart was beating like crazy and filled with relief, I just about died laughing! He was into his routine and didn’t stop and I left the room, closed the door, stayed calm and carried on!

So, I guess that’s the lesson learned! Stay calm and carry on!

Life is busy! I have lots of things to take care of, lots of things to do, usually not a bit of extra time! But, I must say, my hobbies keep me balanced, give me a bit of carefree time and I enjoy how much my customers love my creations! It gives me great satisfaction to read the feedback my customers give me! In fact, I appreciate my customers  loyalty so much, I often like to take the opportunity to thank them! It’s because of them, that my little LindaGeez shop is growing so much! So several times a year, I email my customers secret coupons codes to use in my shop for any of their purchases! It’s my way of saying thank you back to them for coming back time and time again! You too, can get these secret sales emailed to you once you purchase from my LindaGeez shop! So,  take a moment to browse through my shop and see what makes everyone keep coming back for more of my jewelry! I love shopping for the nicest stones and gemstones, handmaking PMC fine silver pieces, hand forging metal pieces, and designing great pieces of jewelry you will treasure forever! So, when you have time, take a peek at my wee little shop! LindaGeez! Thanks for all your support, I love you!

Hammer Copper and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

Hammer Copper and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet

I also collect letterpress letters! Wooden letters are my favorite to collect! And it also seems to be a favorite of a lot of people! I also sell these letters too! So, if you are interested take a peek at my LindaGeezFlowerPower Shop!

part of my letterpress collection

part of my letterpress collection

So, until next time….keep calm and carry on!

Love and Peace…Linda

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Fifty Ways

question05 50 Ways to Say Goodbye (listen to the tune) Where have I been? Well, I have too many hobbies and work too many hours….don’t we all! Time has escaped me and I have not hardly written at all! So, what has driven me to the keyboard? Well, there are more than 50 reasons I am saying goodbye to processed foods and reducing carbs.

Fast forward, It’s been one month! I have had no pasta, no rice, no crackers, and the only flour I’ve had has been in the pumpkin muffins that I bake on Saturdays! This is a pretty big deal, not because I don’t like to eat healthy, more because the amount of time I am spending shopping for fresh vegetables, fruits and cooking! The hours in the kitchen have been increased! It’s hard to fit everything in on a daily basis. It seems dinner is a little later now, there are more trips to the grocery store, and no easy does it I think I will stop at Panda Express on the way home with dinner! But, I am dedicated to this new lifestyle change for health reasons and to help me lose weight. So goodbye to Panera Bread, Starbucks, Panda Express, Olive Garden, and more….haven’t been there in a month!

The great part is Mike is doing this with me! That makes it so much nicer! Although he isn’t a cook, he is 100% in agreement to try to eat healthier, and will eat anything I prepare! This is quite a feat for the big cookie monster that he is! He does have a sweet tooth, that is for sure! And along with a better eating lifestyle, we are BOTH hitting the exercise room….elliptical and exercise bike, here I come. Weights are being added again next week!

So, I thought along with writing about my hobbies, my letterpress letter collection, my wee jewelry making business, and my family, I thought I’d add a bit of our new healthy exercise and dieting lifestyle change. I must admit, I’m never really hungry, but sometimes I do miss pasta and warm crispy bread and butter! (I do still count calories too, I have an App for my phone so I’m always aware) And, I feel like I can’t fit another minute into my day! Sometimes it’s after 9:00 pm before I get into my exercise room. But, today is Saturday, and both Mike and I both have our exercising done already today!

So, I’d like to share one of my new recipes that I made today, then I’m off to the kitchen to prepare our dinner!

I used Bob’s Red Mill Flour Meal, however, it is quite costly, it was just about $12.00 for less than 1 pound at the store. So, now that I have tried almond flour and I like the results and taste, I am going to use Honeyville Almond Flour, it’s supposed to be even more tasty! It’s $31.99 for 5 pounds….still expensive, but how about that Starbucks….it’s all the way you look at things! http://store.honeyvillegrain.com Also, I just put walnuts on the top only to reduce the calorie content of the muffin. And, a little less honey too.

So, here’s the Recipe

muffinsAlmond Meal Banana Nut Muffins

  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-3 (I used 3) bananas mashed
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/4 melted coconut oil or butter (I used butter, next time I’m trying olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (darn, I forgot that)
  • 1/4 chopped nuts (I just put a whole one or pieces on the top

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ta daaaaa!

Enjoy the song!

04 My Boy Lollipop

This sweet song describes our boy Jaden perfectly! He is the sweetest grandson, we couldn’t be more blessed!

So, Jaden is really quite an amazing kid, and I’m not one bit biased! :o) He puts so much thought into the gifts that he is going to give G’ma and Pops. This past Christmas, once again his artistic abilities shined through! And he knows, just what each of us loves! Continue reading

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can I do one too

07 I Feel Fine Enjoy the song

The workstation is set up! AND, we have an apprentice  jewelry maker in the house! I’m so excited! I’ve always wanted him to join in, however, it took PaPa getting involved to realize that boys can make great jewelry makers too!

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it’s a beautiful morning

01 A Beautiful Morning

So, here it is a Saturday and I’m doing what I love best…let the moment guide me to happiness! Yes, of course I have plans, rather HAD plans for this wonderful day! But, my favorite thing on my day off is a little bit of this, a little bit of that! The day usually doesn’t progress quite like my initial plans as they were forming in my mind as I lay still trying to open my sleepy eyes! Somehow, the garden always deviates me a bit from the master plan (although “the plan” is always open to revision and rewriting!) (Another pretty song to enjoy 12 Good Morning Starshine

So Jaden is here with us for the weekend! This is always a welcome addition to the weekend agenda! The adventures began last night….first Culvers for dinner followed by ice cream! (they have nothing that I would consider anywhere near the caloric intake I would have liked to have for dinner….I’m sure the veggie burger and cheese fries were beyond my daily limit of calories!) But, after all it was fun Friday, right? So somehow, a trip to Crystal Lake for an ink cartridge, somehow resulted in Culvers, ice cream, an iPod cover and a new xBox game….and they didn’t even have the ink cartridge! I guess that’s what happens when your grandson is with you….the evening gets revised and rewritten!  But he is so worth it! :o)

My little buddy keeps checking out the blog, waiting to see what I might put in my blog about him! Gosh, G’Ma can’t get away with anything, however, he’s gone now so I can put in a pic from a bit ago! tee hee hee!

So, the day is a simple one here for all of us!  I started out walking around gazing at the bushes and flowers beginning to pop open in the yard…which is why tomorrow will be a trip to the nursery for some new blooms to purchase! And, all of us here are occupying ourselves in our own bit of happiness. Jaden is playing xBox, Savannah is sleeping, I’m doing a bit of this and that, and PaPa is getting the garage cleaned.

But, I couldn’t let the day pass without sharing a few more magnolia blooms pics! It’s rare here in Illinois when these early blooming trees don’t get ruined from the irregular spring temperatures. Usually as these blooms are forming, we get some sort of cold weather or frost and the petals often get the edges browned or the petals start to fall after just a couple of days! But this year, spring has sprung early and the yard is filled with the beginnings of beautiful spring blooms! I see hostas popping us, Lilac buds forming, my Quince bushes coral buds forming, the Columbine’s beautiful leaves have emerged from the soil, and, well, many more beauties just waiting for a bit more warmth and sunshine!

So, I’ll leave you with a pretty flower and a pretty song and wish for a great weekend! Enjoy the song!

01 Just the Way You Are

Now, onto my jewelry making! :o)

Love and Peace….LindaGeez

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Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

01 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Click to listen :o)

It’s been a long time since I have blogged, and actually I have good reasons. Today is different but then again not! What am I talking about! Well, I was once again driven to my keyboard because of bits of emotion. Emotion is such a driving force: it makes song writers write the best songs, artists create the best piece of art, people fall in love and children scream with delight! Sometimes, it’s sadness and that can be overwhelming.

Life is full of LIFE! Meaning, life is bursting with a full spectrum of every imaginable color! Some days are brilliant beautiful colors filled with joy and  enthusiasm – making you more than willing to get up and experience all the beauty the day can bring to you. Sometimes, well not so bright, times a bit gloomy and bringing to you days where the same eagerness, well, it’s just not present.

I’m sure most of us have times such as I am experiencing, so, I’m sure you will appreciate listening to this happy song. Lately, every generation in my family has been faced with health issues to deal with in their lives. From my less than healthy aging parents, to myself, to my children, and sadly even our little grandson Jaden was very ill. This kind of stuff is heart wrenching to deal with. Some days are just plain harder than others to deal with.

14 Just Feel Better Listen to the music

So, today I thought I’m doing a little better….exercise, get some things ready for tomorrow and just relax. The jewelry creations whirling through my head as I was exercising may not come to reality today, so, I should jot down these thoughts because as of lately, I have not been creating much jewelry. See, I have this personal rule, I don’t force myself to create unless my heart is open and I am willingly able to pour that into my creations. See, jewelry making is my hobby, I do it because I just love to. My little shop is for enjoyment for me and others! And, I love Etsy, to me it always was an escape to my own little creative world. I do as I please when I design jewelry. I don’t care about the time it takes, or if it conforms to a “popular” style.  I work on my creations until I love it, if I don’t…well, it stays on my workbench until it eventually flows perfectly! So, yes, there are a few unfinished projects waiting for the perfect finish.

When I started with Etsy, it seemed like a small community of artisans, and it was so exciting to me. Well, Etsy is growing like crazy! And especially in the jewelry category. I don’t want it to get too big and too impersonal, that would be a shame, but perhaps it already is! Things change almost daily on Etsy, and for a moonlighting artisan like me, sometimes its difficult to compete with the full time artist who has access to their customers and listings throughout the day. It certainly would be a dream come true if I could create everyday, but, it is just that, a dream!

So, what brings me to Etsy when I shop? I shop a lot on Etsy too!   To me, it’s finding that little entrepreneur, an artist who dreams up and creates a unique item, that personal connection with the artist, an enjoyable buying experience.  And, I have met some wonderful artists! And, I can’t wait to proudly display them in my home! Well, that’s my thoughts.

So if you are the type of person that loves to shop for that unique item that was handmade by someone in their little workshop, please think of a few things. Most likely that person is like me, making beautiful items to sell, because it’s a hobby and they love to do it!  I spend way more hours on my things than people would believe….why…it’s fun to send bits of me to someone! Something I created on my own, my own style, my own story….with hopes of sending package full of peace, love and smiles!

So tomorrow, I will start off fresh.  I hope to find some solace in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and be free and enjoy nature!  Yes nature is always healing, isn’t it.

Please visit my little shop and browse around, and know that everything is made by ME with love!

Peace and Love….LindaGeez and LindaGeezToo

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One Lucky G-ma!

Jaden the Rock Star!

07 You Baby click to listen to this sweet song!

ring ring….as I answered the phone this afternoon at work. “Grandma, can I come over tonight!”

I rushed home tonight to greet our little sweetie! Oh, not here yet….good, I had a little time to let Savannah out and get his bagels and cream cheese away….just in case! Grandma always has to be prepared!

Gems and Stones for Grandmas Jewelry

So, I just started up my computer to get some labels and things printed to happily ship my Etsy orders, when I hear Jaden upstairs! “GRANDMA! running down the stairs! “I have something for you!” So, he comes running in with a Ziploc bag full of  “Gems” for me to make jewelry! (Talk about my heart just melting!) So I open the bag and dump the rocks out on my desk. The super smooth white ones, I found….Kyle, my friend found this one….little Jayden found this one! “I like all the white ones” , I said. “I found all those white ones Grandma!”

These are the things that make parenting the best thing ever! How cool is it when a little one not only thinks of you all on his own, but then has him and his friends go digging for “Gems & Stones” for his grandma to make jewelry! I would have loved to have been there to witness this! Imagine all these little guys running in the house to Mom! Muddy hands open, “Mom, we were digging for “Gems and Stones for Grandma for her to make jewelry! Real gems! She can sell ’em on Etsy! They’re so HUGE, she’ll probably be rich!”

Jaden's Shop

Did I ever tell you how much Jaden loves Etsy, yep, he does! Every year he grows up so much! But, I remember when he would sit on my lap and we would browse Etsy! It inspired Jaden so much! In fact, I had an Open House at our home for my jewelry. Jaden was SO excited. So, I get a phone call the night before my Open House….”Grandma….could I have my own table to sell the ornaments that I am making?”  Well I was so excited, “Yes, of course you could!” He was such a little salesmen! He did great! I think every person that came would have bought one…but he sold out before everyone could get one of their own!

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