Did you miss me? Lessons learned.

You may or may not notice but I have not blogged since last Tuesday. It was not a planned absence from blogland, but sometimes it just happens. Did I miss much?

So here are a few of the things I have been up to, and some lessons learned along the way:

I attended a Pampered Chef party, where I also displayed my jewelery for sale. The Pampered Chef party was fun, and I am hosting one next week myself. I bought a few of their products a few years ago, and every item has lasted really well. If you love Pampered Chef, please tell me your top-rated product.


Promoting and selling my own jewelery was a bit nerve wrecking but it was well received, I sold quite a number of items, and have spent since then making new items to replenish my stock. Here are a few new goodies I have created.

I would love to know which piece you prefer – always good to know what colours (colors) and designs appeal to others. Thanks.

I rarely wear a dress, and it is several years since I bought one, but I found one I loved in Gap which I wore for the first time on Sunday. Of course I made some new jewelery to match (a good excuse to visit The Bead Shop in Annahilt) too. So this week I learned that maybe dresses are so bad after all. Can’t find the dress on-line to share, but it is an aubergine colour, in a fine cord. Here is the jewelery that co-ordinates with it.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to shell peas which were a gift from my brother-in-laws vegetable garden. The kids loved it too, popping them open and emptying the contents, and almost as many were eaten raw as were left to cook.

Monday will go down as the first (and probably not the last) day when my son had an “incident with a marker pen” which is how his P1 teacher described it. My son decided that white-board marker pens were also for drawing on faces, hair and school jumpers. Fortunately it was only his own face etc that he drew on, but then another child copied him and drew on her face too.

He looked suitable sheepish as I collected him from school but as you can see, he had soon recovered by the time I took this photo (with pen marks still visible!)

Finally, I learned it is fun to view your own country through the eyes of another – I mentioned meeting up for lunch with Jen, and you can read all about her trip to Ireland on her blog. She has some great photos, and managed to find some very eccentric places to stay too. For those of you who dream of a trip to Ireland (and we both know who you are!) this might give you a glimpse of what delights are in-store for you when you do finally make it over here.

For more lessons learned, visit Jo-Lynne where you can find lots of other bloggers who are willing to share their lessons too.

Thanks for your comments – I love the validation!

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  1. This is my first visit to your blog, it’s very nice, and thank you for sharing your lessons. Your son is adorable!!
    As for your jewelry, it’s all gorgeous! You’ve quite the eye for creating it.

  2. oh I dream about trip to Ireland too… I was there twice and love this lovely country πŸ˜€

    and how many beauties You have here on Your blog πŸ™‚
    lovely photos too πŸ™‚

  3. You’re back! I did notice that you were gone… figured it was all of the classes, etc that you mentioned you were getting involved with! Congrats on selling the jewelry – you have such lovely pieces, I’m not surprised! Love the green bracelet at the top of this post.

    And your son’s marker incident is so funny! He looks like he could be a bit of trouble, but then is too cute to get too mad at. My little brother is the same way…

  4. Nice jewellery, and the pea transition took me by surprise, I thought they were part of jewellery collection LOL!

  5. I did miss you. πŸ™‚ What a funny story about your son. And my, oh my does he look recovered in that photo.

    I fell in love with the first piece of jewlery. And many others, but I love, love LOVE the green. The one underneath was a very close second. Now I’m wanting to buy again.

    So glad you’re back!

  6. Ha, how clever! If you can fall in love with an older outfit by building NEW jewellery to go along with it.

    I think the Jade Green items are absolutely elegant and beautiful.

    I remember shelling peas too – with great fondness and also chewing on the sweet pods! Good rememberence, nice photo.

    Always a treat to visit with you!

    Love, Barb

  7. Love the green bracelet,
    that is my favorite one.
    and the earrings are pretty cool also.
    The picture of your son is the best!!!
    Good luck with selling your lovely jewels,
    I am sure with the holidays approaching your sales will sky-rocket!!
    Thanks for blogging

  8. I go through “bloggy vacations” too sometimes. Lately it’s been Wednesday & Thursdays every week! I really like your bungee charm bracelets; I’m going to order one for my mom for Christmas (I can’t believe I’m thinking Christmas already!). I do like the green bracelet you show on this post!

    As for Pampered Chef, most of their stuff is a bit beyond my budget, but I’ve received two gifts that I just adore. My pizza stone and their classic batter bowl (which has an awesome lid that I of course cannot find…).

  9. I love the green bracelet and earrings, I have so many green pieces and still an always drawn to more.

    Love the photo of your sun, if anything like mine, the marker pen will be the first of many a mishap with inks.

  10. Your jewelry looks beautiful, JanMary!

    I would love to try out one of the stones from Pampered Chef – I hear they’re fantastic for baking.

  11. You had a busy week! I love the second bracelet. I love bracelets, but I can’t wear heavy or bulky ones because they drive me crazy and hurt my wrists.

    My favorite Pampered Chef thing is my cookie sheet sized stone. Use it for EVERYTHING in my oven.

  12. You have been a busy girl. I love green jewellery. All green jewellery, bracelets, necklaces, earrings you name and I’ll have two:) Strangely enough I never make any myself though!

  13. Yes, I missed you! And LOVE love love Pampered Chef. Some stuff is pricey but I discovered recently that Tupperware is even more expensive and I’d rather have Pampered Chef. It lasts forever and is great quality. Of all the home party companies, that is the only one I will gladly attend or host. πŸ™‚

    Ah, Ireland…yes, someday…

  14. hi janmary!! i did miss you! those new bracelets are adorable!!
    anyway, i am just a bit busy because i have guests coming to i will just keep this short for now. you take care!!

  15. Yeah I missed you!!!

    My favorite colors for jewel is blue and turquoise and also orange!

    Cute pic of your DS

  16. Its me!! I dream of a trip to Ireland! Well. Some of the time anyway.

    Your little man is so cute. I would just melt every time I looked at him. πŸ˜‰


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