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Changes And What's Next In 2016


Well here we are. Another "New Year's" post where I set my intentions for the upcoming year.  I have absolutely NO GOALS planned for my blog or my jewelry business.   Neither are closing, but I am completely burnt out.  I think about improving my running more than what I should make or blog about. 

Since Fall 2015, I have been wondering what I was going to do with my business?  I thought I would lay low over the Summer but then I never quite resurfaced.  All the work involved in promoting my shop has tired me out. I started off 2015 pretty strong and then it stopped.  

Four local stores I consigned with closed.  Maybe I should focus on Wholesale orders and the occasional craft fair? I wonder if people are over the whole "Handmade" thing.  I think people still like checking out handmade markets if they are a special event like Renegade, Bust, Art Star or even a local Holiday craft fair,  but as far as little local shops that sell handmade items 365 days a year, their time may be over.

I picked up a Freelance gig back in October for A Little Beacon Blog which I really like doing.  Between this and my regular job, I haven't had much time to work on furthering Pulp Sushi and I'm okay with that.  

I plan to keep my Etsy shop open and let my listings renew automatically.  Other than that, I don't want to think about it.  I have friends on Facebook talking about their businesses, books they're reading, plans they're making and I'm like "Yeah, I remember when I was excited to make my business grow" and it didn't quite happen. Maybe I didn't want it bad enough? Maybe not being able to figure out why others are succeeding while I'm stagnant has made me stop caring. 

My 30s have been nothing but work hustle work hustle work hustle make money pay bills work work hustle work hustle hustle work.  My 30s flew by SOOOOO fast that looking back, I don't think I have much to show for it and if I think about it too long I will get depressed.  My shop may have been a little successful for a minute but it is time to step away from all the hustle and just be Marilyn.   I can't let my 40s slip by me like my 30s, I really need to enjoy my life more.  I want to enjoy my life more and do the things I want to do and not second-guess things because money is an issue.  

Like I said, I don't plan on closing my shop but I smell an Etsy sale coming soon! 

Another Twenty Four Hours

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully each momentand to look at all beings with the eyes of love.

I know! I said I was signing off for the rest of the year but I'm currently reading The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation and read the above quote last night and it really struck me so I wanted to share.

Sounds so simple doesn't it? For some people it is easier to approach each day like this, for me it's hard, really hard. Too busy thinking about what I still need to do, how I'm gonna do it, should I do it, instead of just focusing on TODAY.  I won't wait until January 1st, I'll start today. Will you? 

Birthdays & Holidays & Tattoos!

HolidaysI don't know about where you are but here in New York, it doesn't exactly feel like Christmas time.  We're expecting 70 degrees on Christmas Eve which bums me out.  I'd like just a little more chill and crispness in the air. It makes enjoying some Hot Chocolate that much richer.  

Overall it has been a lovely December.  I celebrated my 40th birthday back on the 19th and had some friends over. It was so fun! We went overboard with the food but that's okay.  I like entertaining people and I wish I could do it more.  Maybe that can be a resolution for 2016?   I also treated myself to a new tattoo the day before!

OOOOH SNAP! In the words of RuPaul, "It's getting severe up in here!"  The idea I have for my left arm is to make a collage of all things I love and make me who I am, like a walking Pinterest board. Last year I got a coffee tattoo, this year I got a Female Luchador because I've been a wrestling fan since I was 10 years old.  This may be the biggest piece I've ever gotten.  It took four hours and it was done by Cookie at Graceland Tattoo - same as the coffee tattoo.  What will I get next? Hmmm...

And with that, I'm signing off for the rest of the year.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday and I will see you in 2016!

RECAP: Makers-on-Hudson Holiday Craft Fair

Last Saturday was my last Holiday Craft Fair of the year. I was one of the organizers of this show being one of the leaders of the Hudson Valley Etsy Team.  It was our seventh year having it at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY.  

It was a good day, I always have a blast spending the day in this space and catching up with friends, teammates, and the folks of Beacon who love to stop by.  I took a lot of pictures this time! Here's a few of them.  You can see the full album on the team's Facebook page here

Probably my favorite booth came from Mary's Dream Studio.  Her stuff is absolutely adorable. 

I'm not normally a "Honey Person" but I couldn't resist sampling some Cinnamon Honey from Phoenicia Honey Co and then go home with a jar of it.  I already tried it in my oatmeal, YUM!

I picked up a Krampus Christmas Tree ornament from Kokma Toys.  Her table is always such an eye-catcher.  A Beacon resident, team member and regular at our Holiday shows. The kids love her, obviously. :) 

My day was ok.  It's been a while since I had a GREAT day.  As always, I hate my setup.   It needs a complete makeover.  

Now here's a nice jewelry set up from Metals & Pieces.  Lovely chainmaille pieces light-years ahead of mine. 

I was really happy to have Harp & Thistle at our show.  Their stuff is so great!  After this show they were getting on the road and driving to Maine for another fair the following day. Those folks are no joke! 

From the Etsy NY team we had S2 Stationery Designs who was just a bubble of energy. 

My neighbor for the day was my friend Jess from Knot By Gran'ma and her crochet eye balls (which got a lot of attention).  You can check out her blog too! 

PICTURES! Thanksgiving Weekend In NYC

What a busy Thanksgiving weekend!  Thanksgiving this year was a complete contrast to last year where we were buried in snow.  This year was unseasonably warm in the lower 60s so it was a good time to visit the city.  We headed down Wednesday afternoon and went to check out the Thanksgiving Day balloons get inflated.  

I've lived in NYC all of my life and never got to do this.   It's such a New York thing to do, I had to experience this at least once - as much as I hate crowds.  Crowded it was!  I timed it from the moment we got on the actual line to the time we exited, it took us an hour and 15 minutes to see it all. Not bad I guess.  This would be the closest we get to these balloons. 

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Ronald's head may be a little too close to Kool-Aid
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Hello Kitty Ready For Takeoff!
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My ultimate favorite SNOOPY!!

Afterward we walked south and cut through Lincoln Center, it's always pretty to walk through at night. It was especially busy this night.

The next morning we got up a little early, not a lot early, and walked over to Columbus Circle to watch some of the parade.  People start lining up as early as 6:00 am to get a good spot. I used to do this with my mother and brother, maybe not get there at 6 AM but maybe wake up at that time.

We got there maybe about halfway through but that's ok because I got to see SNOOPY again!  We don't need to stand too close, we can see the balloons, some of the floats, got to hear the marching bands, so that's cool with me.

Once the parade was over, we went to Central Park for a little bit.  It was crazy busy but again, it was crazy warm too so a lot of folks just stuck around after Santa ended the parade. 

No crazy Black Friday craziness for us but we still went out later and headed to the New York Historical Society.   It was my first time there - there are just TOO many museums in New York, but anything that showcases New York's history, I'm all over it.   There was a Batmobile in the lobby as part of their "Superheros in Gotham" exhibit. This is Batmobile #3 from the TV show. 

Another exhibit was "Silicon City: Computer History Made In New York" and how NYC helped introduced the digital age to the world back in the early 20th century all the way up to present showcasing 3D Printing.  This sad owl is a 3D printed figure surrounded by Etsy buttons.  This can be interpreted in so many ways...

The New York Historical Society is also across the street from Central Park (Central Park West) next to the Museum of Natural History.  So why not take another walk through Central Park? So what if its getting darker.  There's still a lot of people out and we're smart when it comes to walking through CP at night. 

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I wish my iPhone took better pictures at night =/

Central Park ends (starts?) at Columbus Circle where the Time Warner Center is located. Even though it was Black Friday and this place is kind of a mall with stores I'll probably never shop in, I know they have a great light show for the holidays so I had to check it out.   These lights change colors but the blue may be my favorite.

Speaking of Holiday decorations, I snapped some pictures from my parents building lobby.  They put up their tree early this year but it's always the same and it's always so pretty.  A very cool looking Menorah too, it's pretty big, those candles are about 3 feet tall.

 Hope you enjoyed my little picture show!  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?