Handmade Charms and Cozies (@charmedinlove.handmade) • Instagram photos and videos

Some of the current behind the scenes goings on, via photography on Instagram.

Source: Handmade Charms and Cozies (@charmedinlove.handmade) • Instagram photos and videos

New Shop Domain! charmedinlove.indiemade.com

Beautiful, bright, handmade wash cloth and hand towel set, great for kitchens or bathrooms!

Source: Eco-Friendly Washcloth and Towel Set 100% Cotton

Overwhelm, my old friend.

I have realized (once again) it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything.  I think many of you have grown accustomed to that at this point.  Even so, my apologies.

While things have certainly gotten better in general, I’m no longer on anti-depressants, and my body is shifting back to it’s own version of “normal”, I’ve been dealing with figuring out just how I want to continue dealing with all of this.

I have started Saw Palmetto, and at the very least it’s helped tame some of the androgen that my body apparently over-produces when I’m not on birth control (which the birth controls I’ve been on happen to target).  I still have some intense mood swings, and the occasional intense pain from my cycle, but at least my skin isn’t as oily, my mustache is going away, and my skin is clearing up.  (Seriously, I started feeling like a teenager.)

Though, the rest of my skin clearing can be attributed to going back on Proactiv.  No, I’m not plugging it, but it’s really the only thing that has ever worked for my couple of stubborn spots.

My weight has fluctuated about 10 pounds, and I’m trying to work on that as gradually as possible.  There’s still some changes to make, and I’m working on those.  We’ve make a concerted effort to changing our evening dining habits, and we’re now in the third week.  We’re also trying to get up and out a little more often, which has been nice.

While a lot has gotten better, I’m still dealing greatly with an over-sensitivity to feeling overwhelmed, and it’s frustrating because I feel like it’s happening for no reason.  So, yeah.  Lots of cyclical emotional garbage, which is nothing new.

The periods seem to come and go quicker, though, which is both good, and a little frustrating.  When things are good, I am pretty productive, but then then I hit the wall pretty hard and it just knocks me so far back.  Trying to power through it as much as possible, though.

But having made a couple new friends and having an amazing friend move to the area has been a big boost for me.

So, here’s to grabbing the sunshine whenever possible and forcing myself to like it.

 

 

Rain, Flooding, Broken Things and Pretty Stuff

The last month or so has certainly been interesting.

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Joaquin battered the Bahamas, and sent a rather troubling amount of rain to quite a bit of the east coast.  Thankfully we have not had too much of an issue because of it, but different areas in our state have been hit quite hard.  We’ve also had a few things to get repaired at our rental a couple towns over, but nothing too extreme, thankfully.

We’ve made new friends, had some good times out and about with new friends and old friends.

The weather has certainly taken a turn for the better in so many ways.  We’ve had quite a bit of clear skies since the storm passed.  It occasionally slips back up into the 80’s, but at least it’s not humid to go with it.  We’ve had dips down into the 60’s during the day and 40’s over night, which has also been quite nice.  We’ve turned the A/C off and had the windows open for a couple weeks now.

We’ve also been planning a couple of outdoor cooking shindigs, which I am certainly looking forward to.

I’m still battling the occasional fall back into the fog that comes from my depression and moving off of my anti-depressants.  But overall things are getting better, slowly.

I have had a few good days this week, though.  Quite productive in comparison to my foggy days.  But, even my foggy days aren’t my worst days, which I am thankful for.  I’ve been able to get 10 new things listed in my shop, some of which were waiting to be photographed and listed, the others were made in the last few days.

I’ve done a bit more work in organizing my yarn and completed projects, cleaned up my work space a bit and cleared out the growing mound of works-in-progress and random balls of yarn from my usual place in the living room.  It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly a big improvement!

Due to the rains, we’ve had a bit of an issue in the back yard with some ant colonies making their way up to the surface.  We’re hoping that subsides soon.  James has also replaced one of the plum trees that didn’t take from the last owner of this house, and two peach trees, they’re now planted in the back yard.

We’ve changed up some of our plans for the vegetables and herbs.  Some of which are still potted, we’ve placed them in the edging by the fence where our “garden” is.  The start of which was made by the previous owners. They really did an amazing job, but with some of the spaces there are, we’ve planted strawberries, among other things, and they’re doing well.  I will probably transplant a couple things as they start to outgrow their pots, but so far the ones we’ve got potted are doing great as they are, so are placed in the spaces in their pots. They’re rooting down through the bottom of the pot.

Now to eventually address the patio situation.  Not sure when we’re going to do it, but I think we’ve settled on using composite material “wood” for a larger, wider entertaining space out back.

Here’s a few pictures of the things I’ve done lately!

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Pretty, Shiny Things!

When I take breaks from yarn, I sometimes make pretty, shiny things!

Check them out in my shop!

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Oh!  And I finally set up my adjustable dress form!  Isn’t it awesome?

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Fun with yarn and beads!

Just wanted to toss up some pictures of things I’ve been working on lately…

Earrings!  ❤

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Bookmarks!

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Baskets!

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Shawl!

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Craft-tastic New Friends!

A friend of mine from the last time we were stationed here in South Carolina (who is now out in California) also does crochet.  She’s been doing it a heck of a lot longer than I have and she can seriously blast out some stuff in short order!  I can’t wait until I’m that quick!

We both have shops through Etsy.com and she’s been helping me get a bit more acquainted with the recent changes in the website and trying to amp up my traffic to my shop.  Through this, I’ve started to meet some really awesome people.  Extremely talented and very much devoted and involved in helping other artisans on Etsy.com.

I’m excited by this, and have been finding my footing with it for a while now, but some new things just the past couple days have me pretty motivated.  Seeing as crochet and crafting has been such a big part of my life in the last 10 years, I want to spent a bit more time on here talking about it as well as the rest of the things going on in our lives.

Not just about my own things, but also about these wonderful people and their own talents.  To try to give back even just a little bit.

Here are a few links to a couple of awesome products!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/214596350/vintage-scissors-with-swarovski-crystals?ref=teams_post  (PICTURE FEATURED ON THIS POST ABOVE)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/96207087/black-lace-on-small-clutch-purse-with?ref=teams_post