First Sale on ETSY!

Better late then NEVER! I made my first ETSY sale about two weeks ago.

Here is how the story goes:

So it was a regular weekday, I was up getting ready for my day. I had hopped in the shower to start off my day. I normally check my phone to see if I get any important emails or texts about the up and coming day. On this day when I went to check my phone I had two emails. one stating, CONGRATS, on my first sale. The second one was what the person had ordered. I could not believe it once I saw that they had ordered TWO scarves. I got them made printed off my label from ETSY and sent off my order. The buyer said it was a birthday gift so I hope the person that received the gift will wear it with love and enjoy it.

HERE’S TO MORE SALES!

Neutral Colored Ruffle Scarf (light/dark grey, light/dark brown)

There will be more items added to my shop as I will be on spring break to make and list new and exciting items.

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In the QUIET!

I am a CHRISTIAN! I believe in GOD! We currently in the church are in the season of lent. At the church I attend we are going through the Lord’s Prayer and talking about being still, quiet, and listening for God. Most people give up something for lent be it soda, sweets, or Facebook. I have for the past few years thought to add something during lent instead of taking something away. I was contemplating what I would ADD to my life during this lenten season. I went to church for Ash Wednesday and there the Pastor talked about being still and quiet. I knew at that time that I needed to add this to my life for forty days. I have not been 100% “good” about it but I am more conscious about the quiet and still time I do have.

Many days I get home from work, I am a teacher, and I turn on the news and sit for 30 minutes to an hour watching TV. I thought that instead of automatically turning on the TV when I get home that I would sit and read, knit, or clean up the house for at least 30 minutes. When I do this I do it in silence, no TV and no music. We have three dogs so normally they are around making noise or the back door is open for me to hear what is happening in the world outside. I am loving my “quiet” time. For me this works and even though I am not super strict about sticking to a schedule it helps me center and calm myself after a long day of work.

On a different note, it is almost Spring Break and AIMS testing time so there has been lots going on at work. I am finding that I need more and more to keep work at work and enjoy my dogs and my boyfriend when I get home. This explains why I have not been doing regular “Work In Progress Wednesday.” I have several projects I am working on and one that I will be frogging tonight!

Book Review: Still Alice

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I have been going for the past few years to a small book group hosted at my church. The woman that leads the group was a previous English teacher. The books that she has been picking have been more historical fiction books. This was the most recent pick for the group. The book is called “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova, she also wrote “Left Neglected” which I just finished and really enjoyed.

Here is the summary of what this book is about courtesy of Barnes and Noble:

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…

This book was all to real for me as I have a coworker who has a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the stories are incredible. It was very interesting sitting in this book group because I am the youngest of the group. Most of the woman in the group have a close family member that has been diagnosed with this disease. One of the women in this group shared that when she was caring for her loved one, that has since passed, when they are going though this disease she had to reminder herself that the person she was caring for was not the person she grew to know and love. As the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease progresses they slowly loose who they are.

I loved reading this book and thought it was a good fast read.

If you read or have read this book please leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

This past week well looking around on Pintrest I found a cookie recipe that said it needed no oil, eggs or added sugar. AWESOME! So I decided to check it out and give them a try. They turned out so good. So I took a picture and posted it to my Instagram and to my Facebook. I was asked for the recipe (which is not my own.) So here it is (I modified it a bit.)

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

2 brown (ripe) bananas

1 Cup of quick oats

Mix these two ingredients together. For me they were still a bit sticky. I then added chocolate chips and coconut. You can add anything you would like. Next time I make them I will add in pecans and chocolate chips. Now scoop the mixture onto a cookie sheet. The directions I read said a grease cookie sheet, but I just used my Pampered Chef pizza stone. You will need to cook them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. I cooked mine until they were a pretty brown on the top.

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I ate several that were hot out of the oven but they were PHENOMENAL the next day because the bananas make the cookie very soft and the chocolate chips were so gooey. I WILL BE MAKING THESE AGAIN.

Leave a comment if you try them and what you add to the oatmeal/banana mixture.