Chronicles of a SAHM

My couch to 5k… well, hopefully at least 1k today.

Today is the day I begin my running regime – “Couch to 5k.”  No excuses… I just paid a lot of money for some running shoes, so I’d better do something. I haven’t run in 15 years though.  I usually only get on the treadmill and walk REALLY fast…or get on the eliptical for 30-45 mins.  I’m on a mission to get in better shape, lose weight and live longer for my children.  I keep starting and stopping, hoping for some magic to happen and all of a sudden the urge for eating junk food goes away; however, I am a realist.  I know that the only way for my diet to change is for me to change my diet. LOL

Anyway,  I’ve posted more jewelry in Etsy, created more jewelry, accepted more requests and actually sold three more cancer awareness bracelets- in ONE day.  I need to complete my goals for 2015 and I’m well on my way.
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(Gosh…are my ankles really that big?)

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Chronicles of a SAHM, Lavender Fields Creations

My First Blog

IMG_20141211_131055So I’m sitting here trying to figure out how this whole “blogging” thing works.  There are so many things to learn, so I guess I’d better delve right on in and figure it out as I go along.

My company, Lavender Fields Creations, LLC  was started in November, 2014.  I began creating jewelry – mostly bracelets – but I never sold anything.  I used to give away everything I made.  My husband noticed last year that my interest in making jewelry had increased.  I was now making earrings, necklaces and even keychains.  So, he suggested that I get online and sell my wares.

I began by trying to sell items on Facebook, but then realized it was too difficult to keep track of everything people were requesting because the posts would show up so randomly.  I then decided to start my Etsy page, which has been somewhat successful.  The only draw back is that customers have to sign up for an account in order to purchase something and most people are uninterested in doing that, unless of course, they are your closest friends and family.

So here I am on WordPress, with my own dot com, hoping to draw additional interest to my jewelry.  In addition to jewelry posts, I will occasionally post poetry that I’ve written over the years.  (I love the art!)

Feel free to browse my page and just let me know what you think. I thank you in advance for your interest!

Sonja

Lavender Fields Creations

New beginnings…

In November of 2014, I began a new journey.  I opened a jewelry business – Lavender Fields Creations!   I’ve been making jewelry for a couple of years, but last year I began making more and more quality pieces.  My husband noticed that my interest in making jewelry had spiked and suggested that I start a Facebook page.  It was the scariest thing I had ever done.  It’s one thing to create art – regardless of the medium – and have people other than your immediate family and closest friends to comment on your work and quite another to have complete strangers commenting and liking your collection.   It was extremely frightening.  

 
I initially opened it up for just a few friends, but then my husband posted a link to my page on HIS page.   So, I had to make it public.  I had so many views and likes that in just a week, my views had gone from thirteen to over one hundred.  The only problem was that I wasn’t selling anything.  People were making all kinds of requests – “nickel free” “smaller pieces” “larger pieces” “real gold.”  
 
I tried to maintain a list of all of the requests, but even after making some of the custom pieces, they didn’t make any purchases.  
 
I opened up an Etsy page and on the first day – a sale!! How exciting!  It was for a pancreatic cancer awareness bracelet that I made in memory of my father.  I immediately checked the bracelet for any imperfections, then packaged it up and mailed it.   
 
Since that sale, I’ve gone through a personal tragedy and have not been able to keep up with my pages.  I just lost my mother at the end of January to brain cancer.  She had been fighting cancer for a year and a half.  So I eventually unpublished the Facebook page and I haven’t updated my Etsy page in weeks.  
 
Beginning the Monday following her memorial service, I plan on reopening my poetry page AND my jewelry page on Facebook, updating my blog at least once a week, updating my photos and jewelry on Etsy and getting back to business.  
 

I would like to leave behind as big a legacy for my children as my mom did for me.  

Chronicles of a SAHM, poetry

Sandpaper

Completely irritated.
By the alarm on a watch that no one wears.
By the heat blowing on my head.
By the cold air blowing underneath the door.

I’m irritated.

Your constant need for attention.
Your considerable lack of affection.
Your voice when you feel you are right.
Irritates me.

Your hard skin next to mine.
Your brittle voice next to my ear.
Your harsh words reverberating in my mine
are irritants.

Sometimes silence is my best quality.
Sometimes being still is best.
Sometimes sitting alone in a corner
Is the only thing that gives me rest.

poetry

Just a thought…

Do things for people out of love, not obligation. When it is done out of love, you put God into the equation because God is love thus, the gift bears a deeper meaning. 


When you do things out of obligation, it is only for self-gratification and self-exhaltation.