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I just love Citrine! Connected to the power of the sun you can feel the warmth and energy. A perfect stone for these strange times Citrine is considered a stone of manifestation and imagination. Stay tuned for some new creations this weekend.hope everyone is safe and making happiness. #selfwill #inspiration #citrine
Blue Bamboo Coral Stone with Citrine. Bamboo Coral is known to prevent negative energies, allowing you to release anxiety and fear and bravely step into your future, and when paired with the power of manifestation and imagination generated by the beautiful Citrine stone there will be no stopping you, wear as a triple wrap bracelet or a necklace. #citrine #bamboocoral #handmade #madeincanada #unique #treatyourself Message me for details re personalization, size and price. Stay turned for additional combinations of Jasper, Red Bamboo Coral, Tigers Eye and Labradorite
Natural Blue Agate with Aqua Quartz Leather Wrap Bracelet. Blue Agate is associated with encouragement, calming, and uplifting energy. Paired with the ability of Aqua Quartz to release stress and negativity this is a beautiful combination sure to keep you on track and feeling confident. #agate #aquaauraquartz #unique #handmadejewelry Can also be worn as a choker. Message me for additional information re price and personalization options.
Onyx has long been used in meditation to aid people in freeing themselves from everyday fears, allowing movement to a more meaningful existence. Black Onyx with faceted glass (for a bit of sparkle) double leather wrap. #onyx #hamsa #bracelets #handmadejewelry #youknowyouwantone

Four times longer…

For three days I’ve been painting the basement. I’m about half done, I see some of you nodding, slightly smirking… for those of you familiar with “we aren’t hiring someone, I can do this, it’s not that big a job” please feel free to add your two cents.


Painting the ensuite a nice Robins Egg Blue sounds great, finally covering that putrid Avocado Dip in the kitchen with Cadmium Yellow..lovely.

It sounds wonderful but if you’ve never painted a room and you’re feeling that the living room, bedroom or bathroom need freshening up  for Christmas, STOP! LISTEN.

It will take four times longer and be messier and more expensive than you think, and you WILL have to go back to the store at least once.

Once you decide to go for it this will be the next several days of your life. First off to the paint store where you choose the colour and buy new rollers, brushes, drop cloths, gloves etc. Three trips from the car to the house, no way you forgot anything with the amount gear you just bought.

Okay, let’s move that furniture in the living room, push everything into the middle, even that giant TV stand, you have to paint behind it. Now, there is a lot of trim in this room, baseboards, window trim…it’s time for the BIG QUESTION…to tape or not to tape. Let’s not, your hand is steady, people comment on how steady your hands are, you can handle painting a line right next to the window trim.

45 minutes and several wadded up paper towels (because you forgot rags) later you start muttering about “using the blasted tape”. Two more hours and all the cutting in is done. Time to start the real painting. Trays…the cat is lying in the tray. Rinse the tray, look closely for stray cat hair. Open the paint can, where is that little can opener thing?…okay, can is open. Is this really the colour? It doesn’t look like the swatch…is this enough paint? Is that the TIME?!

Did you feel it? The moment when fun fled the room, when you realized there is a very great likelihood that you won’t get this done today, that the living room will continue looking like a bomb hit it and your plan for a big reveal as people came home is going to be an epic fail.

Don’t give up. It will look great, you can touch up all the white bits on the trim where the tape didn’t $%#&ing work, and no one will ever look at these walls as closely as you are now.

Final advice: dry rags, damp rags, stir sticks, wear runners so you can take them off when you leave the room (yes every time, trust me), music – really loud music so the neighbours can’t hear you swearing. You will not be making dinner so pre-plan takeout. Most importantly and I can NOT stress this enough, make sure you have wine or beer or gin. When you reach the final moment of the first day don’t even wait to wash your hands. Pour a glass and sit in the mess, toast your work and celebrate that YEAH, I’m DOING this….it might not be finished until tomorrow, or the next day, but I promise it’ll  be worth it.

(this has been 558 words, oops)


3 comments on “Four times longer…

  1. floatinggold says:

    Oh, the famous: “I can do it” cliche. It sounds like a good idea, but the amount of nerves you go through while doing it… not always worth it.


    1. mydaisydaze says:

      This time it was worth it…the rooms look much brighter and more “put together”. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. floatinggold says:

        Job well done, then!


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