So far, I’m not creating as many bracelets as I imagined. Life seems to get in the way. Sometimes, I do find a quiet moment at night and I grab that bull by the horns. Often, staying up too late.
I LOVE buying new beads and materials. It’s almost scary. I’ve set a budget, but am having a hard time sticking to it. I know, I’m bad. Buying the new stuff is almost as fun as creating. Eventually, I’d like to move on to other accessories. This will mean a bigger budget! = P
I’m up to 21 bracelets in my Etsy shop. This is exciting! However, I can’t wait till there are TWO pages! Small victories. The blog I branched off and created for SignatureEnchantment seems to be doing ok, but a little slow at times.
Surprisingly, my RA doesn’t seem to be affected by all of this bracelet making. This was a concern of mine, but my biggest complaint is the tiny beads! They have a way of jumping out of my fingers. They seem to love the carpet! I really think they breed there too! I’ve recently ordered some Hematite beads. There is talk they are great for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. With some quick research I came across this article from Arthritis Connect.
“The benefit of these bracelets is based on the notion that magnets have a positive effect on living tissues. According to some researchers, magnetic healing bracelets can help to reduce hip and knee pain. Some theorists believe that the magnetic field facilitates the production of natural analgesics, endorphins and melatonin in the body. This helps to improve blood circulation, promote healing and reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and even stomach issues.”
I do feel a little concerned that I’m spamming. I mean, I’ve been sharing my creations on Pinterest, my SignatureEnchantment Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, my personal Facebook, my WordPress accounts, and of course by means of mouth. It’s just so fun. I love to see progress and social media is a great way to advertise. It does seem progress comes in waves. If I add a new bracelet, the views come pouring in. Without a new addition, the stats are stale. Maybe I need to change some things. If you have any ideas or tip or even critiques, feel free to share them.
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I just wanted to update that I STILL love this site. I get an email everyday with a new sample suggestion. What surprises me is the fact that it RARELY says that all of the samples are gone. It’s never too complicated and I receive my samples quickly. Most importantly, it’s all free. I’ve gotten all sorts of items. I really like it, incase it’s not obvious! Check it out for yourself.
So, I have this new routine. When I get up in the morning I take care of both of the kid’s initial needs. Then I make myself a cup of coffee and sit down in front of the computer. What’s the first thing I do when the screen is lit up and ready for me? I login into Facebook. Immediately I start clicking away at all the bonuses I missed overnight. Pulling up this game and that one. Sending characters to work, visiting their neighbors, dogfighting, missions, jobs, socializing, planting, collecting, building, training, feeding, cleaning, preparing dishes, harvesting crops, and now digging. In the midst of all of this, I’m feeding and changing a baby, making breakfast, helping my four-year old with his Facebook games, and sending all of my neighbors their respective gifts for each game. That’s all before lunchtime. This morning I thought to myself…WHY? Do I feel some kind of completion by playing these “socializing games”. I don’t go many places or do much these days. The idea of getting both kids ready and myself ready to go somewhere is quite daunting unless I know I’ll have help. Is this why I play? Am I trying to trick my brain into thinking that I’m being social? Am I just bored and in need of mental stimulation that doesn’t involve singing my ABC’s? Sometimes I wonder if I enjoy doing all of it. I have only a few favorites. So, why the rest? Do I feel I’m being helpful?
Even as the afternoon rolls on, Facebook is still up on my monitor and every time I pass by, I click on this and that and check this or that. Dinnertime comes and I’m in the process of making dinner. Between stirs or chopping..what am I doing? That’s right! Working on my Facebook games again. Then I have to wonder about another possibility. Addiction. I admit it, I have an addictive personality so it’s easy for me to become addicted to something. I rarely do anything else, so is this just me finding something else to be addicted to? If so, how about all the people who are right there with me everyday. Posting, sending, working. They’re there as much as me. Are they addicted too? Or is it just our way of being social? It sure is a lot of work being “social”. I don’t even get paid. So, I have to ask this. Where is the reward? What is the reward? All in all, I’m amazed at the other things in life I still manage to keep up with. I guess it’s multi-tasking at it’s best. Or is it?