This photo made me chuckle 'cause it's true!
Since Chris & I bought our house & started to invest in it with all our renovations (translation: we aren't going anywhere anytime soon), I've been trying to make peace with our Edmonton winters, which often last 6 months out of the year! Here are some of the things that have helped me along the way:
We got a hot tub. This is the best way to spend some quality time outside when it's - 20 C. Make sure you have a tuke on & a six pack near by. Key tip ~ soak on days or nights when the sky is clear, because you're bound to spot something awesome when you look up!
I keep my bird feeders full. I have a suet recipe that keeps the woodpeckers coming back for more. Mix equal parts lard, peanut butter, crushed peanuts, sunflower seeds, a couple handfuls of whole wheat flour, a cup of peanut oil & a some oatmeal until you get a good, thick consistency. It's a messy job so my advice is to do a huge amount to last the winter. I then stuff the ingredients into several suet cages, wrap them individually in wax paper & freeze them until they are solid enough to put out. The birds go crazy for this recipe! Every time I look out on a frosty morning, I'm guaranteed to see a feathered friend & that always lifts my spirit.
I also try to go out walking as much as possible, despite the frigid air. Sometimes, the best cure for the winter blahs is just to get outside for a bit. Even if it's really cold, by the time I come back inside, I feel refreshed & invigorated. Key tip ~ good shoes, some music in your head set & a warm scarf.
And I try as much as I can to watch the sunsets. We spend so much time in the dark during this season that it's almost a shame not to take a moment to stare out the window when the sun is setting, because our winter sunsets are always the most beautiful, colourful & dynamic of the year.
Take Vitamin D. It's essential & we Northerners don't get enough in the winter (my doctor told me so). I've noticed an improvement in my mood at this time of year because I take it regularly.
If you have any tips to get through these long winters, I would love to read them (in the comments above).
A big thank you to all that came to our Open House. We had a wonderful weekend & we appreciate all the smiling faces & enthusiasm for the jewels. I feel so grateful that I can make those tiny glass wonders & work with my Mom who transforms them into wearable fashion pieces. It's a great gig & we couldn't keep doing it if it wasn't for you, so thank you!
I've been dealing with some odds & sods since, trying to put things back to normal ( you should see my work area - eek!). I've order more glass & hope to have some things up on the website soon so please stay tuned.
Above ~ a sneak peek ~ hand dyed silk necklaces with handmade glass beads, sterling silver & swarovski crystals.
There will be lots of pretty items up for grabs on the 29th & 30th of November. All are welcome to celebrate the season with us at our Open House! If you need more details, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bead Tree's Annual Christmas Open House
** Frost ** It's Chilly Outside, But We'll Light A Fire Within...
Flame Worked Glass Jewelry * Handcrafted, Local & Original
November 29th, 2013 * Friday 4 -8 pm
November 30th, 2013 * Saturday 1-4 pm
At 10663 Hardisty Drive, Edmonton, AB
Please Join Us In Celebrating The Season With ~
*Sparkly New Jewelry Creations*
*Special Gifts For All Those Wonder Women In Your Life*
*Champagne & Chocolates*
*More Fun Than A Barrel Of Frozen Monkeys*
Cash, Visa & MasterCard Accepted.
Friends Welcome ~ Feel Free To Spread The Word!
Email me at email@example.com for additional information.
Our sweet Maggie had to be put down on Saturday. I had her for over 16 years & she was a wonderful companion. This has been a tough couple of weeks, but now she is free from any suffering & that is a comfort in itself. Maggie had a great, long, healthy life & I'm so happy that we had her in ours. She will be missed always.
~A new dawn ~
Welcome to my new website! It's sort of like I've just moved into a new house ~ it's a bit empty, but it has so much potential... I will be working on it through the next month to get it up to awesome.
I just have to say, WOW! I can't believe I FINALLY made the move! I've been wanting to change my website "content management" system (a.k.a. the body of the website) for years now, years I tell you, but I've been so hesitant because I knew it was going to take a mountain of work & a ton of time to do. Not just because I needed to switch from a 2002 version of Microsoft FrontPage (eek) to WordPress, but I also knew that I would need to upgrade my computer, find a way to store (now) 9 years of information, photos, stories & memories, find a new web host, change my email system, of course find a new "content management" system (the WordPress thing I mentioned above) & then build a new site. So yeah, I was feeling very nervous about the whole thing. But, I've been chipping away at it & the end is in sight, how exciting, how very exciting!
This means that you will actually get emails when you want to be notified about new jewelry & beads, shows & updates (*Gasp! You won't be left in the dark any longer). You will also, at some point, be able to "shop" in the Bead Tree virtual store that I will have a link to soon. I'm particularly excited about a proper store, because I will be able to put things up for sale as we make them instead of you having to be at your computer right when I have a sale to get the item you want. Isn't that so cool!? I am also hoping that once I get familiar with this new system, I'll be able to update more frequently ~ more pictures, more stories, more links & more fun... and you'll be able to subscribe so that you don't have to check my website every day waiting for a new update. It's going to be fantastic!
Thanks so much for your patience! I will be working to make this place feel more like us, The Bead Tree & in the meantime, check back for the "subscribe" button & sneak peeks for our upcoming Open House (November 29th & 30th... details to follow) to entice you to come.