I've Been Blogging a Long Time

Most of you probably don't know this but I started my blog at the very end of 2006. Yes! That long ago! The blog world was different back then. And I think maybe more fun, in a different sort of way. We were all still learning our way around blogs, what to use them for, how to use them, what to blog about. 

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I think newer bloggers are more slick these days,more savvy. Some of them (gasp!) even create blogs to make money! There wasn't a whole lot of that going on when we all jumped on the blog band wagon so long ago. So if that is what gets them up in the morning, then good for them. We all need a reason to put our feet on the floor in the a.m.

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My blog does  not make money. :) I do not have thousands of followers. Mine is  a simple blog where I try to reflect my simple and creative life through these pages. And yes some weeks are harder than others to consider what to post about. There are times when I am not being as creative as others, times when I am tired and my brain balks at thinking. But I have never approached my blog with a "I have to do this or I will fail" mind set, and once in a while a week or so might have gone by with not a peep from me. I'm okay with that.

But I love sharing with my readers. And will continue to do so until I don't love it anymore, or God forbid, the creative well runs dry.

I apply being creative to all the aspects of my life and I have been living it that way for many, many  a year so I can't imagine the well running dry. Changing direction yes, as my latest curve in the journey with my jewelry obsession. But running dry? I don't think so but I also have learned the hard way to never say never. :)

So what is all this about you ask? Not much. Just me being quasi contemplative today. :)

 I'll leave you with a share of my latest necklace I recently listed in my Etsy store.

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I love  the red lamp work beads and that it is adjustable in length. 

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It is created from vintage silver-plate spoon handles. My vintage take on the modern and trendy bar pendants. :)

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Shabby Cottage Adorned 

Til next time my friends stay well and happy.

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo




5 Responses

Pat May
Pat May

May 12, 2018

Your blog is one I never miss reading, Gail! I admit it’s because your latest treasure post come via my email, for my convenience and awful memory, but thankfully you have email reminders. Otherwise, I guess the only reason I visit any other blog is because it’s a pin on Pinterest. It became overwhelming to keep up with favorite blogs, so it’s not a matter of not loving them!! But yours? A must read IMO!!

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thanks you Miss Lori for your kind words. ♥

lori vliegen
lori vliegen

May 12, 2018

well said, girlie!! i began blogging in 2008, and i agree with you that it seemed a bit more fun. :))
your new jewelry obsession suits you very well….your designs are fabulous!! here’s to a very deep creative well!

mountain smoochies back at ’ya….xox

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you so much Nita Jo! I too am more lackadaisical in my approach I think…blogging for money means I have to work harder. lol

 Nita Jo
Nita Jo

May 12, 2018

I always love reading your blog! The jewelry is beautiful, as are all your creations! Lately, I’ve toyed with the idea of blogging to make money, but I think I enjoy my lackadaisical approach, writing when the mood strikes which is rarely these days. I see so many highly successful bloggers and feel I could be doing more, but today I’m going to have a cup of tea and read other peoples blogs! :)

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes only...to offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.