31!

I initially stated that I would post once a day for the month of October…which would mean that this would end tonight. I don’t know about you, but I am really liking these posts, so I’m going to keep at it!

Thank you to Chris of Reverieblog, and Cindy of Quaint Handmade for all of their generous camera help today. They truly are experts in their field!!! With all this camera talk I’ve decided I need to get a better photo printer as well. If anyone would like to offer their suggestions for a printer which prints professional quality photos, please comment or email me as I would greatly appreciate it!

 "The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand." Frank Herbert

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”~ Frank Herbert

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Happy Pumpkin Day

I’m trying to be a good sport today, with the loss of the camera and all. To make matters worse when I went off to bed last night, I looked out my bedroom window and my trunk was open. Nobody opened the trunk, and there was storm water pouring in. I don’t know what I did yesterday into the whee morning, but my karma hasn’t been the greatest. Well, I guess things could be worse, because I normally DON’T look out my bedroom window at night. I hope my new car won’t smell like mildew when it dries.

I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.  ~Author Unknown
I’ll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.  ~Author Unknown

Not A Happy Camper!

I’ve been trying to take pictures of the Canadian Honkers across the field (from my house) for the last week or so. These beautiful birds land there every fall. The photos I initially took turned out blurry, and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get a clear shot. Last night they were closer than usual. I went into my neighbors field, and underneath the barbed wire fence to take a few photos. I was so happy with the way they turned out, clear as can be, with purple and orange sky behind them.

I didn’t give my camera another thought until tonight when my mom was cutting the most beautiful bouquets for a local shop, where she occasionally sells her mixed floral bouquets. I looked in the normal spot for my trusty powershot but it wasn’t there. We all searched high and low, while grandma panicked and repeatedly wanted to know what we were up to. I gave up as it was time to take the flowers figuring I’d find it when we got back.

About ten minutes ago I thought to go outside and try to retrace my steps once again.  I remembered that I had set a magazine on one of the chairs which had a few things that I was planning on showcasing on my blog next week.  A mean and evil light bulb went off when I decided to check if I had set my camera on top of it. Low and behold I found both!  Completely soaked. The camera will not even turn on. Where did all this rain come from? We weren’t expecting anything until the weekend!!!

I read The Secret and the authors tell you to think positive and not worry about things that could happen. This my friends is why I would worry on a daily basis, to make sure things like this never happen. I never fathomed my camera frying in a rain filled thunderstorm!

Whelp, this means I have to get a new camera. To those of you who know about my existing etsy shop, please tell your friends, family, coworkers, etc!!!! 🙂

Any tips on what my next camera should be?

Needless to say, I will be postponing the opening of my shop until I can take photos of my new merchandise.

"You can talk without saying a thing. I don't ever want to be that type of person." Charles Barkley “You can talk without saying a thing. I don’t ever want to be that type of person.” Charles Barkley

How To Open An Etsy Shop

My current shop on etsy, has a name I don’t care for. It’s something I came up with on a whim and just went with it because I was eager to start selling. If I’d really thought about it I would have gone in another direction. Perhaps I would have named it “dolce” since that’s Candy in Italian. Who knows?

Now that I’m working on my photos (I started printing them last night!) I have thought about what I’d name it? I googled “etsy, store, name” and it brought me to the storque page on etsy. Storque is etsy’s version of a blog, and it’s a fantastic one I might add!

If you’re thinking of starting a new shop here are some fantastic tips directly from the storque!

  • “Choose a name that is easy to remember and spell.” For instance, I’ve thought about going with either my first name that I never go by- Candace, and my middle name, or Candace and my last name. I could do Candi and my mn or Candi and my ln. But than you’ve got the whole spelling issue. Funny story, I never spelled Candi that way until I started my internship at one of the local television stations in the sports department. I was talking to the guys about all the disturbing things people say about the name Candy, and they asked if I spelled it like an actual Candy? So I thought then and there that I’d change it. For the remainder of the internship, I was known as Candy with an i. With that being said, I have no idea what I should name it and what would be easy for people to remember. I could always spell it like Ashlee Simpson and put two ee’s at the end, and really be unique? Candee? Kandii? Candie? Hmmmmmmmmm! Continue reading

Peony Love

Write your script. When you see things you don't want, don't think about them, write about them, talk about them, push against them, or join groups that focus on the don't wants... remove your attention from don't wants.. and place them on do wants - The Secret

Write your script. When you see things you don't want, don't think about them, write about them, talk about them, push against them, or join groups that focus on the don't wants... remove your attention from don't wants.. and place them on do want- The Secret

Berkus Does HSN!

It’s no secret that I love Nate Berkus. I blame him for my new love of design, and my fascination with buying a piece of coral for my shelf! Did you know that my man, Nate is selling furniture and home decor on the Home Shopping Network? That’s right, you can buy Nate on HSN! Here are a few photos from his fabulous new line!

This particular chair can be customized in a variety of colors/fabrics

This particular chair can be customized in a variety of colors/fabrics

Slipper Chair

Metallic Sequin Pillow

Metallic Mix Decorative Pillow

Patmus Sequined Ikat Decorative Pillow

Velvet Studio Sofa

All Photos Are Courtesy Of Nate Berkus & HSN

Lord Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz

While I’ve always been concious of making the right decision to not offend people and keep myself in line, I was never necessarily good at making the smart decision. At times I wanted something so bad that I was impatient and often regretted things I’ve bought.

I was wise in leasing my car a couple of years ago because I overpaid my mileage and got money in return this time around. I don’t know about you but the thought of hanging out with car sales people (whom I like to call vultures) who are trying to take my hard earned money makes me cringe. I was “robbed” over five years ago when I leased my jetta, thankfully I have gained courage and gotten wise since. I’ve heard on the news that now isn’t the right time to buy a car, but let me tell you it is. I had a 2007 Mercedes I leased, but because I live in a rural area, I drive a ton and had too much mileage. I would have liked to have kept it, but purchasing or releasing it would have been a waste. I was sad to let her go, but I got a terrific deal, which included a 100,000 mile warranty. Seeing as I am not a fan at all of the new Mercedes body style (sorry to offend anyone) I decided to stick with the same year. I leased my 2007 initially in August of 2006 and my new car was purchased in May of 2007. It’s a little bit younger and there are a few changes. Overall I love it! In the past I wouldn’t have cared about warranties, gap insurance and stuff like that, but after having an unpredictable vw which sucked my money and brought on anxiety, I feel smarter making decisions.

Is it selfish to hope my old car doesn’t sell? 😦

Bye little sister……

It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.....Oh how I love Boys II Men

It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday....Oh how I love Boys II Men

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My New Child for the next 100,000 miles 🙂

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