etsy love

It’s no secret I LOVE etsy and you might too!

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Its an awesome on line community of artists and crafters from all over the world who sell their handmade or vintage goods.  The selection of items have shown nearly no limits.  Although I haven’t searched for a home on etsy I could buy nearly everything I need for my home on there.  Need a handmade coffee table made out of reclaimed wood? How about some new pillows for your sofa? Bikini for your next surf or a floppy hat for your next trip to wine country?

I made my first purchase on etsy about 2.5 years ago.  I bought my bridesmaids gifts, wedding invites and a BIG banner for my wedding from there.  The banner has hand painted words onto canvas and came from a Kara Melwood in Alberta, Calgary.  The bracelets I gifted to my bridesmaids came from a selling LeAnn Larson in Minnesota,
United States.   I have since bought just over 25 items from sellers on etsy.

My love for etsy satisfies my deep belief that supporting business at the grass roots level is highly important to community, fellowship and personal health.  And besides, it’s an AWESOME way to get my hands on goods from anywhere in the world.  There’s something special about quality handmade goods.  I absolutely love knowing that I’ve purchased something directly from the person who’s made it themselves.  I’d like to someday open up my own etsy shop and get my “etsy-on”.  I wish to have my own little work shop one day where I can paint, stain and create like the best of them.  I’ve limited experience in doing so but I know that I can.

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” We all do better, when we all do better” – Paul Wellstone.

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” We all do better, when we all do better” – Paul Wellstone.

I came across this phrase in a magazine while on my honeymoon in 2011.  It has stuck with me and I think it speaks volumes.  I’m a self proclaimed lover of our planet and all living things on it.  I do believe every little bit counts, good or bad, it all goes into the pot and has an effect or a result.  Collective responsibility for the common good of everyone and everything helps everyone and everything.   A shared resource is just that, SHARED and is vulnerable to misuse or over use and thus depletion leading to a tragedy of the commons.  So, we all do better, when we all do better so LET’S DO BETTER 🙂

Love it! Simple words make the biggest impact for me:) Thanks for posting this The Better Man Project.

The Better Man Project ™

774b0b9324cb8d9a1f6d60ff23ed00f0Les Brown in his speech “Step Into Your Greatness” describes an event in his life where he got down on himself, and didn’t slow down the “car of his life,” he just decided to get off the road and park. He stayed off the road, he went back to his comfort zone, and didn’t even give himself the opportunity to be helped by those who were around him. I’ve listened to this speech, all 48 minutes of it, 10 times in the past week and a half. Why?

I parked.

I have an interesting life in one particular way. At time it can be incredibly frustrating, and at times it is very fruitful. But because I play a big game in life, the problems that come with this mentality are monumental. They stack up on me, I get stressed out…I still perform…but things can get pretty sporty sometimes. The result…

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