letting go

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In my day job, I often teach people about radical acceptance, the notion that holding onto pain promotes suffering and letting it go helps you acknowledge the pain and move forward. (Also note that acceptance does not mean approval. Important, but does not have to do with the point of my post here.) As I've been thinking about the notion this week, I realized that I need to let go of my shop. My brand. This blog. The notion that it will make me money. The notion that it will be popular. I didn't get into this thinking that it would make me money or be popular. I just enjoyed creating and sharing it with others. I only made or posted about things that I truly believed in and enjoyed. Whether or not people bought my stuff or left me comments was not my main concern. However, I realized this week that a bigger part of me than I thought hoped that as I went along, money and a little popularity may naturally occur. I realized this week that I was more disappointed with this than I thought. In the interest of simplifying my life and moving forward, I am shedding the skin of small business to create what I'd like when I'd like to create it. 

Letting go feels freeing to me. I can do what I want to do with this blog. I can post frequently or not at all. I can post about any subject that I so wish. If I happen to make or do something that I want to share with others, I will share it. I am not going to push myself to think of new, creative content when my heart just hasn't been in it lately. When I'm inspired, I want to write all about it, and when I'm not, I just want to hang back and spend time with my loved ones. And I am ok with that. 

I'm not sure yet if I will keep this blog name or use another. This blog will definitely continue to be about myself and my beabull, Tater Tot. If/when it (the name change) occurs, it will happen. (and don't worry, I'll be sure to announce it if you're interested in following along with my life. )

That said, what about the practicality of my shop? What do I do with my inventory? I decided to have a sale to recoup at least my cost of the materials. Use the coupon code LETGO at checkout to save 40% off your purchase of any amount. Once the items are gone, they are gone. 

Thanks for all of your support since starting this endevour three years ago. I'm looking forward to what's next. 

sneak peak: guess what's coming back?

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One of my top-selling items will return this week to the shop. Keep an eye out this weekend when it lists on my shop.

Comment inquiry

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Hi folks! I've had something on my mind lately and today I thought I would ask my readers: What do you look for in a comment form?


I ask this because once I switched to Google+ comments, I noticed that comments left on my posts dropped off drastically. I do get some 1+'s, but it is very rare that I get a comment. 

I wondered if it was because it was the comment form change or that my content was somehow different than before or some other reasons... Please let me know what it is for you...either comment here on this post or send an email to jean . emily @ gmail.com (without the spaces). I am very interested to know. Thank you!

weekends with Tater

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I realized that it has been a while since I posted something about Tater. Never fear, she is still here!


Here she is, enjoying her duck toy.

spring is here

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 While today is technically the first day of spring, I still woke up with two inches of snow on my car. The drive to work was rainy and overcast. Some first day of spring, I thought to myself. By the afternoon, the sun came out and the temperature was in the 50s. That's more like it. I've been adding more spring-like items to my shop for the past few weeks and wanted to share what I have listed lately.


1. Notched Garland
2. Upcycled Lace and Jersey Scarf
3. Gray Double-Knit Neckwarmer Scarf
4. Silk "love" Embroidery Hoop

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