Saturday, July 11, 2015

I'm Up and Running and What I'm Making Now

Hi everyone - I hope everybody had a great 4th of July and you are all enjoying the lazy days of summer.   My summer didn't start out lazy at all - in fact, ever since Chablis and I got back from our Sanibel Island trip, I feel like I haven't stopped running.  If you missed my Florida posts, you can go back here to Day 1 of our trip and catch up.

Since then, we've been back and forth to the lake house twice, once for 10 days with my mom and dad, and then again for Louie's birthday when all 3 of our kids joined us for 2 weeks of fun.  I have lots of blog posts to catch you up on everything.   To say I am WAY behind on posts is an understatement.  My laptop crashed a couple of weeks ago and what a shit show that has been.



I work 6 days a week as a coder for an ambulance service coding company and my laptop is my life.  So when it crashed I was really up shit creek without a paddle.  I have a maintenance contract that allows for the tech to come out to my house and repair my computer, but unfortunately it was beyond immediate repair and had to be sent in.  Since we were getting ready to leave for the lake, I had to have a working computer or lose out on 14 days of work.  

I ran to the store and purchased a new laptop, came home, spent 4 hours working on getting my coding programs all installed on it, turned it off and went to bed.  When I got up the next morning and turned on the new laptop, it did nothing...nada....zilch.   I called tech service who told me to just take the new laptop back to the store and have them give me a new one.  I seriously wanted to cry.

So I went back, bought a completely different brand of computer, went home and frantically worked to get everything installed on that one.  The next day we left for the lake and don't think I'm kidding when I tell you I was a nervous wreck about that new laptop working properly.   But I lucked out and it's been working fine, so I spent the first few days of my vacation working as often as I could between fishing and boating to get caught up on all my work.

In between, I've been working on my newest hobby - making cuff bracelets and selling them thru Facebook and my Etsy shop.  The Shell Seeker bracelet is my number one seller...


I also have Life's a Beach...


I Dream in Seaglass Colors.....


My Heart Belongs to the Beach....

 Seaglassaholic.......

I also do custom bracelets like this one for my best friend, who's nick name is Redd.....


My Hinkle Tour best buddy and favorite partner in crime, Moira, loves Sanibel's Ocean Reach, so she got a bracelet to commemorate that....




Good friends Tobias and Becky from Sanibel are the ultimate Shell King and Queen....



And good blogger friend Gail got one with her Ham Radio call sign....


I'm noticing a Sanibel theme here - good friend Cheri from over at The Shell Lady blog got one like this....


There are several more that I've made but unfortunately those pictures are on my crashed laptop.   I know my repaired laptop is back home, so I'm hoping when I return I'll be able to access the rest of my photos.

Anyway, that's a quick run down of what I've been up to.  We are heading home tomorrow so I can get caught up on a lot of stuff there - so much to do.... furniture to refinish, more jewelry to make, blog posts to write.  Oh, and work in between.  My mind is reeling.  

In the meantime, hop over to my Etsy shop where you can check out the bracelets I've already made and if you're interested in a custom bracelet, let me know.   The possibilities are endless and they make cute keepsakes and affordable gifts.

20 comments:

  1. Glad you got your laptop situation under control. Very nice bracelets! You're always doing something creative. :)

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  2. I've been thinking about you lately and hoping you were well. Sounds like you've been super busy since you got home. And of how I love your bracelets. I put one in my wish list! What fun they would be to wear! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - feeling pretty good. Hope you're doing ok too. xo

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  3. Wow you have been busy! Having your laptop crash is the pits! Glad to hear you got a new one and were able to do some work. The bracelets are great!! Sounds like you have had a great summer so far!

    Hugs, Dianne

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    1. Hi Dianne - yes, It's going pretty good so far. Hope yours is too! xo

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  4. Hey! I LUVLUVLUV my cuff bracelet! I wear it all of the time and receive many compliments....!! You will love yours, too. They are very comfortable and you can adjust the size. Order one today!! :D

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  5. Hi Kim! I wanted to come over and visit and introduce myself! I'm Vicky from Life On Willie Mae Lane and am participating in Tania's thrift it party! I've been out of town and am trying to catch up on reading and replying, but had to come over and meet you! I am so looking forward to this project! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi Vicky - thanks for coming by - I'm looking forward to the thrift it party too!

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  6. Hi Kim!
    I did not know you make bracelets and those ones are beautiful! Anything beachy is right up my alley! Will have to check out your Etsy store! Thats crapy about your laptop but I can relate...been there, except mine was not my work one so you had a giant nightmare! Glad you are up and running again though!
    Have a wonderfkl week!
    Kimberley

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    1. Thanks for coming by Kimberley - I appreciate the comments.

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  7. I feel your frustration! It's scary when a lot of your life is on your computer! Glad to hear you are up and running. Your bracelets are fabulous!!

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I so appreciate the kind words.

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  8. Hi Kim.
    I'm Cecilia from The B Farm - part of the Thrift It/Gift It bunch. I wanted to come by and introduce myself. I'm sorry about your computer, nothing more frustrating than having one go kaput, especially right before going out of town.
    Love your bracelets. I need to go look at your Etsy shop.
    Looking forward to seeing what everyone gets and makes. Hope your week goes well.
    Cecilia

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    1. I'm excited about the swap too - it's going to be fun. Thanks so much for coming by!

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  9. That sucks to have computer issues like that Kim, I'm glad you're up and running again! The bracelets you're making are beautiful!

    Tania

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  10. That's the thing with online selling – it's quite tech-heavy. It’s nice that you have settled with the computer that works for you, so you can utilize it properly for your Etsy and Facebook accounts. That said, I think your bracelets look quite lovely. Cheers!

    Rita Gibson @ YEAH! Local

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