Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year. It has been a wonderful year for my blog and I now have one hundred subscribers from around the world. I never expected anyone other than me to be interested in my ramblings, my recipes and my thrifting and refashioning posts. So thank you to all of you who have subscribed or who have read my posts and especially to those who have taken the time to comment or give me feedback on my posts. You can’t imagine how much I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me know what you think. It is wonderful to hear from you. I look forward to each new comment with great delight.
Now to look forward to 2017. I hope the up coming year brings you health, happiness, love and lots of memorable adventures in your life. May your hearts be filled with joy and love and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams. Happy New Year! Cheers, Michele
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Don’t forget to sign up for the anniversary giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and then send me a note to tell me which bundle of prizes you would like to be entered for. Giveaway closes September 30th!
When I started this blog a year ago I never thought I would have as much interest in what I tend to ramble on about as I have, so I am completely delighted to have finally reached over 10,000 views on my blog. I know some bloggers get 10,000 views per day, but this is a pretty big milestone for me and my little blog. I want to thank all the lovely people who have taken the time to look at and read my blog as well comment and give me encouragement to continue this journey. Thank you so much. Cheers, Michele
So one year ago on the 24th of September, I posted for my first time on my blog. I have really enjoyed blogging, far more than I expected and hope to be doing this for a long time to come. I want to thank all the lovely people who have visited my blog, signed up or commented on my posts. In honour of this milestone, I will be doing a giveaway that is open worldwide.
Rules of Giveaway:
The rules are very simple, just subscribe to my blog, leave a comment that you wish to be entered, and your name is entered, simple as that. If you are already subscribed, just send me a comment that you wish to be entered in the giveaway. On the 30th of September, I will randomly pick a name. I will contact the winner and get some stats on that person which will remain private. Then I will go and shop for them and find a complete outfit with accessories included based on their figure stats, shoe size and style preferences. I will post what I found before sending the prize to the winner. The entire outfit will be my gift to the lucky subscriber and it is open worldwide.
Hopefully the winner will be kind enough to send me a picture of them wearing the outfit and I really hope they like what I bought for them. Help me celebrate my anniversary by signing up and entering the giveaway. So I hope you will sign up for this giveaway and good luck to the participants. Cheers, Michele
Recently I posted that I have Rosacea and it is not only damaging to my skin, but it’s appearance and people’s comments about it are damaging to my self-esteem. I couldn’t believe nor did I expect all the wonderful supporting and encouraging words from the lovely people who read my blog. I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to you all that made suggestions of products or treatments to try, shared their own struggles with Rosacea or another skin condition or just sent along love and encouragement. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people who take the time to read my posts and even comment as well. So thank you so much, you have no idea how much your kind words mean to me, it has really made my day, week, and month. THANK YOU!!! Cheers, Michele
I have been trying this year to focus more and more on happiness and what it means. I think what it means is as tied up in how you approach happiness as the happiness itself. So I have been gleaning information from self-help blogs and websites and books and have come up with a few ideas that make some sense to me. They are either ones that I have heard or have read or sometimes just figured out myself. So here goes…
- Get enough sleep but not too much. It is hard with all that goes on in our lives to get enough sleep, but sometimes it is easy to wallow in our beds when things are tough. I find this wallowing easy to slip into. A “just pull the covers over my head and wait til the bad stuff goes away” is an unfortunate part of my character. But I am working hard on breaking this cycle. Sleep and naps are a big treat for me, so I try now to get up in the morning and get going rather than lingering in bed and leaving naps for days I get lots accomplished in the morning. That way it is a treat not an escape.
- Fake it til you make it. This little tip is from my mom who went through some pretty serious crap in her life in her last few decades. She had breast cancer; a very rare and potentially deadly form; and survived it for over 15 years. Then she got terminal lung cancer; after never smoking and living a healthy life. She always seemed to have such a positive outlook and just plugged along through those tough days and will always be an inspiration to me. Sorry, having a little crying break here….I miss her so much. But she did leave me with this little tidbit to nag in my ear when I am feeling less than confident or down.
- If your belly’s full and your pants are dry, you have nothing to complain about. Another mom-ism. She always said that when your basics are covered, you really don’t have that much to complain about. And she certainly meant more than hunger and bladder problems, she meant all the basics for life. All the extras we take for granted are just gravy really. I hear myself quoting my mom with this little saying when I hear people complaining. I just have to hear it myself.
- Be truly thankful for the little things. This is kind of a repeat of the previous, but in a broader scope. Once the basics are covered, the wonderful other “stuff” should be appreciated and recognized that they are the sweet things in life. Like a good book, a great hug when you really need it, good music to dance to, or the love of a great dog (although to me, that’s a basic). The little things really matter, the details that spice and sweeten our lives need to be acknowledged. I need to recognize these every day and say thanks.
- Don’t nag. Simple, straightforward and so hard to do. And I don’t just mean nagging your partner or your children, but yourself. Lighten up, give yourself a break. I am my own harshest and most vicious critic, no one could be harder on me than me, and I have to just let it go and recognize my good qualities and characteristics.
- Do go to bed angry. Sometimes it feels like you need to just vent, like an anger vomit binge, but really, who does it serve? Words are weapons when used in anger, and in the heat of an argument can be deadly. Let the sun go down and hope that in the morning rationality will rule and you will be able to either let it go or talk with kindness or at the very least, not plot a murder.
- Pick your hills to die on. This is one I have tried to use through out my life, think this may have come from my mom or dad. When it comes to those battles with people that you come up against, decide if it is worth the fight. Most of the time it isn’t, people just have to agree to disagree. But if the other person isn’t willing to retreat from the battle, then gather your forces and your dignity and high-tail it out of the argument. Decide if it is just a skirmish or a full on battle, and if the ground conquered is worth the price.
- Have a good cry now and again. I know this might seem counter productive when I am trying to focus on happiness, but there is nothing like a good cry to let loose the pressure of stress, of life and frustration. It lets the valve go and brings you back to a more rational mind-set.
- Have trust in something or someone. There is nothing like giving over total trust in something whether it is fate or faith or what ever gets you through the rough times that takes some of the pressure off you. Just believing that things will get better often helps me get through the rough times. Trusting someone totally is very freeing as well, I know that no matter what, my husband has my back, totally and without equivocation. He is my rock and he gets me and my weird and quirk stuff and he has helped me through the good times and the bad with total support and advice and encouragement.
- Get Help. This post is not a frivolous one. I have been through some pretty rough times in the past, have experienced deep depression and these previous ideas have helped, but not all the way. Get help for your feelings, by talking to your partner, a friend, a medical professional; what ever it takes. There is no shame in admitting that sometimes it can all be too much and you just have to accept that you need help sometimes. This one is a hard one for me as I am a bit of a control freak and admitting that I don’t have control over my emotions or my experiences or my reactions to them is sometimes difficult to accept. But just do it, accept a helping hand when you need it.
Hopefully this post isn’t too serious for my readers, but I don’t want to be just all about thrifting or refashioning or recipes. I want to share some things I have learned the hard way and the good way. Cheers, Michele
I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has followed, commented, given advice, visited or given feedback on my blog since I started it 6 months ago. It has gone by so fast. When I see other bloggers celebrating their 5th or 6th year in blogging, I am blown away. I can’t wait to see where I will be and this blog will be in 5 years. Hope you are still with me on this adventure. And again, thank you. Cheers, Michele
I just want to take the time to thank all my lovely readers who took the time to suggest the way I should refashion this beloved yellow with black polka dot dress. I finally bit the bullet and finished the refashion. If you could remember the initial dress here.
As I said in my previous post, I had removed the shoulder pads.
Removed those bulky sleeves.
Then taking my animal print dress’ sleeves as inspiration, I copied the sleeve shape onto the polka dot sleeves and cut the out. Then I pinned them on, stitched the sleeves and zigzagged the raw edges. I turned over the remaining arm hole. And Ta da. The dress is finished. I think the small cap sleeves balance the bulk of the pockets on the bottom and yet are still in keeping with the style of the dress. I still need to iron it, but I was so excited to share my finished refashion. And I hate to iron, so I have to wait til I am in the mood and have a good movie to watch while I iron.
I love it so much now, I don’t know why it took me so long to decide, but I dithered and dithered over this one. This finally took me only about 30 minutes to cut and attach the sleeves. I have included a handbag from my collection and my recently refashioned black flats to complete and outfit. Not sure what necklace I would wear with this dress as it is pretty loud and busy and in your face as it is. But I love it anyways. And for the final outfit reveal!!
Hope you like the final results. Let me know what you think. Cheers, Michele