365 Days

Today is 365 days since my first post.  When I began I wasn’t sure how long my enthusiasm would last, but here I am, still finding it interesting.

Some numbers I thought I would check at the 1 year anniversary:

Apparently there are 305 lovely people out there that have pressed the “follow” button.
I have posted 371 times – this will be number 372!
I have written (and posted) 108 poems/verse this year – which is more than all my other life writings combined.
I have 71 posts containing approximately 724 photos.
I have participated in 2079 comments – that’s a lot of typing 🙂

 Happy 365 days to me.

Zero to Hero – Day 28: Regular is Good!

The assignment today is to start a regular feature.  I was having trouble thinking of something that I could feature once a week or fortnight, and then realised I could do a feature on what I make with Polymer Clay (maybe a piece of jewellery or a little creature).

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Maybe I could even do a short video, or set of photographs, that shoew the process.  Will keep pondering, but what do you think?

Think I might call it “Lirfy Leanings” (if you don’t know what Lirf means, check it out here.

Zero to Hero – Day 26: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

The assignment was to extend our brand – personally I’m not into branding, all that scorching flesh and red hot iron, but each to their own. 🙂

So, not having a mobile that can take decent photos, and not being a Twit, I decided to create a brand (ooh, an unintended pun) new facebook page an send all my posts to that instead of my personal page (wish I could send them to both, but alas I cannot).

So, if anyone wants to stalk me on facebook, click the aforementioned link.

Zero to Hero Day – Day 16: Prompting the Muse

Blogging101, Day 16, assignment is to write something using the WordPress Daily Prompt:  Ring of Fire

Immediately Johnny Cash springs to mind.  My Dad used to sing, it’s one of my earliest and lest likely to disappear memories.  If i just close my eyes I can hear him now,

I fell into a burning ring of fire

I fell down, down, down

and the flames burned higher

My Dad could play any musical instrument, the piano, the guitar, the piano accordion, he played them by ear and he sang.  A lovely, deep, full of timbre voice.  He sang all the time, and for me as a child, to just listen was pure bliss.  Johnny Cash, Slim Dusty, Charlie Pride, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, John Denver and a whole heap of others that now escape my memory.

So “Ring of Fire” is forever my Dad singing.

 

Zero to Hero – Day 12: Community Inspirations

Today in Bloggin101 we are supposed to create a post based on one of the comments we left yesterday.

I’m going to talk about something that interests me, Handmade.  Yesterday I left a comment on the blog Handmade Australia Blog, the post I commented on was handmade blogging hints and tips.

I make handmade jewellery, and sometimes housewares.  I sell through a local shop that specialises in local handmade items.  Well, sometimes I sell, more often I don’t.  My hometown is a tourist town, so in the off season (which we are approaching now) there isn’t much going on.  I have also have a shop on etsy since 2012, but I have never sold anything through that.  Etsy is just too big for a little handmade fish like me, unless you really get into all the networking side of things, you are lucky if you ever get anyone to see your shop at all.

I do have a facebook page and my website, but again, you really have to do the whole networking thing, and I never really have, mainly because I just don’t have the time.  Handmade for me is a hobby, I love making things. I love the tactile pleasure of smooshing (very technical term) polymer clay.  I love sanding and polishing the clay to get a soft and silky feel on the finish.  I love, love, love hammering metal.  I love melting glass (although I have to be careful with the glass, because I always want to grab it with my hands, which is a big NO NO when it is like molten lava).

So, making handmade is what I love.  Selling and marketing handmade, not so much.

So when I get the time I will be going back to that blog and reading some more of his posts, who knows, I just might find some hints and tips to make things easier.

 

Zero to Hero – Day 11: Chatting over the fence with the neighbours

The assignment from Blogging101 for Day 11 is to get to know our neighbours.  So, off to peruse comments, posts and blogs for something to pique my interest, and here is what I found.

A post on the blog Antigua A la Carte, the post was by-the-light-of-the-blood-red-moon

A post on the blog Everchanging, the post was 18/365

A post on the blog Handmade Australia Blog, the post was handmade blogging hints and tips

A post on the blog Broken Light Collective, the post was Freedom from mental illness

 

Zero to Hero – Day 9: Inspiration doesn’t strike!

The assignment today from Bloggin101 is to post something inspired by the “About Me” page I wrote yesterday.  Weirdly enough, as you’d think someone who takes the time to blog would want to say something about themselves, I don’t want to talk more about me.  I felt I said enough yesterday, so what more do I choose to tell you.

I have toe rings, I sometimes sing
my eyes are blue, my hair is grey
I love to play with polymer clay.

I took a class to play with glass
but my beads aren’t round, so I melt them down
I use my kiln to fuse and slump it, and also for glass that is dichroic.

Some clay, glass, metal or wire
entwined in a fashion
to make simple jewellery – my hobby “passion”

I was a carer for my husband for 3 years before he died, raising our girls through this time with the constant help of my Mum (mother of advanced age- MOAA), who cared for them whilst I spent large amounts of time at the hospital with my husband. I sadly admit now that I can’t remember a lot of things from those years, my girls often say “do you remember when ……..Mum?” and I can’t.  It breaks my heart that I cannot remember those precious years when they were so young.

So funny, weird, silly is my way of coping with what has been lost.  Sometimes it is just easier for me to write it in rhyme.

I’m trying to focus on happy, positive (without going to the perky positivity of extremes), joyful things in life.  Which, I guess, is what my blog is about.  So there, in a way I have been inspired by writing this post.

Whatdayaknow!

Zero to Hero – Day 2: What’s in a name?

Day 2 of this challenge is about the Title and Tagline of our blogs.  Are we happy with them or should we change them?

I am happy with my title, and I changed my tagline a couple of weeks ago.  Originally it was “in search of the perfect bra”, and I was going to document my trials and tribulations in that search, but that was quiet limiting and so I changed it to what it is now, “happiness in everyday events”.  It gives me plenty of “wriggle room” (ooh, that would be a good blog name too), as to what I put in my post, and I like that.

thanks for listening