I love these boots!

So I am super beyoned excited about these new boots I just ordered!!!

Flat Heel Dark Colour Short Boots

 

 

I love them so much, I can wear them with so many things, leggings, jeggings, boot cut jeans, cuffed jeans/pants. Anything! They look so cool and comfortable, the two things that are at the top of my style list…

Here is the link to them if anyone else is interested. Oh and by the way, they are only $27, yes that’s right, $27. I have never heard of this site before (I found them on Polyvore) but I will most definitely be checking it out again. And free shipping, I forgot to mentions that, didn’t I?

http://www.twinkledeals.com/boots/flat-heel-double-buckle-dark/p_618785.html

I will post pictures of my wearing them, once they arrive. I can’t wait!!!!!

New Year, Fresh Start

Sort of…

Quick back story, we lived in our old house for 15 years. It was the perfect size before we had kids. But after 2 kids, my husband and I shared an office and there was no playroom for all of their stuff. The house was getting smaller by the minute, plus it was on the other side of town from the kids school (our town has school choice) and there were no kids around to play with. We always wanted to move to the other side of town in a fun family neighborhood. Well we moved a year and a half ago. It’s such a great neighborhood and they are on the bus for about 20 mins each. And it’s bigger than our old house, but it’s a lot older (by almost 30 years) so it needs a lot, A LOT, of updating and the layout of the house isn’t great. But we knew what we were getting into and got it for a great price in our town.

So, fast forward. my husband and I share an office (and a long desk) but I do my jewelry stuff (definitely not worthy of calling it a studio…) in the kids playroom. Which isn’t very big, it’s the smallest bedroom in the house. So things were getting really cramped for everyone. Our living room is pretty big, but we also have a family room, so usually only the kids use the living room (even though I am typing this in the living room…) So my husband was kind enough to offer to move his desk into the living room (he is very close to securing a facility in our town to open a recycling business ) because he won’t be home as often as before. And I can move all of my jewelry stuff into the office and have a real office/studio!!! I said no at first, because I know it’s not a great scenario for him. But he kept insisting, so I kept getting excited!

First we started cleaning, cleaning out and moving things around! Our friend who works for Comcast was kind enough to come over and splice a jack in the living room so my husband can have his printer, postage meter and the office line. I washed floors and moved all the storage things I need. I am going to have two desks, one sturdy one for hammering, soldering, creating…and one for my laptop and to work out designs. I moved the sturdier desk and filled all the drawers, and I am really looking forward to having my own space. Well the crappy desk I bought forever ago because it fit the playroom, can’t leave the playroom because it’s L shaped, the hallway is too narrow and it’s crappy! So now my office/studio is still in disarray because I don’t have my second desk to put things away.

My husband’s desk area is finished and neat. And I am happy about that, because it was his idea in the first place and I know he will realize soon enough that this situation kinda sucks for him. But I am losing my New Year, Fresh Start momentum. I am determined to grow my business in 2017, but this is an annoyance. Like if you were trail running in a beautiful place and a random tree limb hits you right in the face, annoyance. But I will forge on.

Here are some pictures of my husband’s neat organized desk and my office mess for you to enjoy.  (don’t look at the walls in the office there’s enough wood in there to build another house. But he’s done enough, I can’t ask him to paint too.)living-room

His just looks so productive! Now here’s mine.

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Have a nice day, anyone who is reading this.

Shout outs

Happy December 28th everyone! 2016 was a good year, it wasn’t great, it wasn’t horrible. But really looking forward to 2017. My husband and I are both working on growing our businesses and that is an exciting thing!

I am not sure if this post is a shout out to Facebook or old friends. I just had two old friends from high school purchase some jewelry from me.

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And that’s super exciting, so I want to give them a shout out and say thanks!

But they would never even know about http://www.truehappinessdesigns.com if it wasn’t for Facebook in the first place. So I just want to give a shout out to Facebook for bringing old friends and family together. That’s what I love about Facebook. I’m not the best conversationalist…just ask anyone in my close circle. But I love that I can know what’s going on in old friends and family lives and we can catch up quickly. Life in general is busy, but with 2 kids 9 and 11 years old, plus 3 businesses between my husband and I, life is crazy around here. I always want to get together with people and spend time together, but it just doesn’t happen to much anymore. When I actually have free time, I’m usually to tired to go anywhere! It’s always the way, isn’t it??

But so that’s what so great (but I guess you could also write a whole nother post about people not having face to face time anymore with social media…) about Facebook, more so than other sites I think, that it lets me keep up with my friends lives.

And it lets old friends and family far away see my jewelry and reaches out to the masses to help my business along. And any help I can get is greatly appreciated!

Happy New Year!

One step forward, two steps back

So I don’t know if that exactly sums up what’s going with my jewelry right now, but it feels like it.

I’m in the middle of making a custom necklace for a woman who I met at a local farmer’s market. She also happens to be a manager at the PBTeen at my local mall. And I have gone in there a few times to meet with her to discuss her necklace. She is so great, I love working with her, and we are now partnering because PBTeen has a Featured Artist program (if you that’s what you call it) So I am scheduled to be the artist in mid November and again in December. Which is a big deal for me. It has huge potential and could be an excellent networking opportunity for True Happiness Designs. So right now, I am super happy and motivated for the holidays to come.

But then this has happened…

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So this is my jewelry studio/room right as I type this. We have a leak in our house. It was there when we moved in, we knew what we were getting into. When we looked at the house for the first time, the ceiling in the family room in the basement had a sagging diaper look to it, right above the couch. Which is right below the first floor tub. Ok we thought, easy fix that my super handy husband can take care of with or without the help of my plumber cousin or our contractor good friend.

My husband cut into the ceiling and thought he figured out where the leak was, patched it all up and we were good to go. He put the ceiling back together and repainted it. That was about 11ish months ago ( We have lived in the house for 14 months) Two nights ago, we are watching America’s Got Talent (my children’s favorite show…) My son looks up for some reason and says “Oh Dad, it’s a diaper again” and points to the ceiling. I thought my husband’s head was going to pop off. It was probably a good thing that it was after 9pm and he knew I would not let him cut open the ceiling at that time of night. But before the alarm even went off yesterday morning, he was up thinking about it. Beyond irritated that it wasn’t completely fixed and we could end up w/ a mold issue in our still pretty new house.

Fast forward to today. The closet in my jewelry studio/room has a hole in the side wall that abutts our tub.The cover for said hole stays put by a couple of nails, not the best handy work I have ever seen, but what are you going to do. While my husband can’t for the life of him figure out why the hole was put there in the first place, it’s been pretty handy in this situation. He’s been in and out of the room 100 times today and he still can’t pin point where the leak is coming from. But at the moment, any jewelry making I was planning on doing today is on hold. Which is ok, except I had a bunch of ideas that are just swirling around in my head. AND, my head is full of so many other things in my life, there’s a good chance those ideas will disappear soon.

So thanks for listening, I’m signing off to go attempt to draw out my ideas before they disappear into the abyss like so many other thoughts rolling through my mind.

Have a great day.

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Today

It’s getting hot again up here. The Northeast (well at least Massachusetts anyway) has been hot this summer!!! Not sure what the exact number of 90 degree days is since summer started, or the average humidity level, but I am not a fan! My perfect day would be 68-74 degrees and zero humidity. I know I should live in California or something, but I am still here not only in Massachusetts but in the same town I was born in. And every summer seems to get hotter and hotter.

Fall is my favorite time of year, from say the 3rd week in September to Thanksgiving. Sometimes even later into December. When you can wear what you want and be comfortable. I love cool mornings ( my kids don’t, but I do) then a nice sunny crisp day and chilly nights with a blanket. I love it. I never thought I would say I prefer winter over summer, but this year it’s easy to say. I can pile on the clothes in the winter, but I couldn’t go walking around in a bathing suit (or less…) in the summer. So while I am not trying to wish away time, I am longing for days where these cute outfits I found on Pinterest make me excited to get up and get dressed. What I am doing now is dreading putting on another pair of shorts!

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This looks cute and comfy. The pin said it was saved from sortra.com, not sure what that is, but want to give credit where credit is due.

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I love this outfit! She looks slimmer than I am, so I probably wouldn’t look half as cool and casual as she does walking down the street with my 1,000 calorie Starbucks drink. But I’d be willing to try…

Spring Fashion For Under $100

Spring Fashion For Under $100

Not sure where the middle pin came from, I might get in trouble for that. But this one is from blog.styelestate.com

I think that bag is to big and too structured for me, I use a bag only because I would look foolish carrying everything in my pockets. But she looks so comfortable and cute! I may be past the age of looking cute, but lately it seems that the most I am doing in one day is running errands or watching kids sports and I think this outfit would be perfect in the fall. I would probably wear one of http://www.truehappinessdesigns.com pieces because they are mine and I like them.

I guess what I am really trying to say in this mini rant is I am just dying to wear pants again!

Be True to Yourself, Always

I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything. Don’t really have an excuse, just life in general. The kids are out of school and my husband has been working from home a lot. It kills my motivation and my productivity, I need to get over it if I am going to move my business forward, but so far it hasn’t worked.

Anyway, I did a Farmer’s Market this past Sat that was very successful, I am looking forward to doing it again in Sept. (hoping to give everyone that bought something from me, time to anticipate seeing me again…) But I was pretty busy the 2 weeks leading up to the market making some new things. I started out in my jewelry business basically making one of a kind things and not really keeping track of anything. Not the best business model, explains why I have been doing this for at least five years and have only grown a tiny bit. I revamped my website with pieces that I can produce many of, if and when people buy them. But I made some new necklaces and a few bracelets to show at the market. These are the first two I made

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I made this one first. It’s Amazonite and Moonstone. I have had the Moonstone beads forever and was never quite sure what to do w/ them. I love this necklace, except it’s just a bit too short for me. It hit at a spot on me that is usually where I wear my necklines (especially in the summer time with t-shirts) It looked awkward on my neck. So I thought I would make another one.

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I made it a bit longer and changed up the stones a little. Well I love this one even more than the other one. But I wasn’t sure if they would sell. I’ve got people who like my work and follow me, but I tend to create things that I love and would wear. Which is a double-edged sword…I either struggle with wanting to keep everything I make ( not making any money that way!) or I tend to question my taste, fashion sense and overall brand if a piece doesn’t sell. And then I try to make things that I think are trendy or other color themes, or styles that other people would like. Sometimes the pieces come out ok and they do sell, but for the most part, they don’t feel sincere to who I am or what my brand is about and I always come back to making things that I would wear everyday.

But these two necklaces I was okay with if they didn’t sell. I thought I would keep them both for myself and swap them around depending on what I was wearing that day. I have to admit, secretly I was almost hoping at least one of them didn’t sell. I like them that much! I do plan on making another one for myself now that they did sell, and wearing them all the time. But I still struggle with my self-worth when it comes to my work, I  have lots of conversations with myself about my brand and my products every time I make something new or have an event coming up. I believe in what I do wholeheartedly. And I am someone who also believes that I am worth it, I have never struggled with self-esteem. My parents always made sure I knew I was important to them. But I am also not the one in the crowd with enough confidence to sell myself to anyone. I was and am that person who does not like to draw attention to herself, I liked to fly under the radar, so to speak.

Well these two necklaces were the first two pieces I sold on Sat! Which makes me happy that 1) people are getting me and my brand and 2) my fashion sense is somewhat restored til the next new piece. I am doing something right, and hopefully soon many more people will get to see that. Always stay true to yourself!

So I think at least one of them will go on the website this week. I am now on the hunt for more Amazonite and Moonstone.

Thanks for listening. Hope you enjoyed this post? If I am lucky, you won’t have to wait another month or so for the next one. 😉