I am so completely grateful and blessed for the love that was shared in our shops this weekend.  Thank you so much to everyone who purchased something during the black friday/cyber monday sales!  I was overwhelmed with gratitude from the response.  Ive been a busy bee all weekend, yesterday (and today) preparing everything to be sent on its way.  I'm so happy to see the handmade community flourish like this.  Not just with me, but so many other artisans out there.  (I know not everyone made sales this weekend, and I hope this isn't discouraging if you didn't... don't give up!  Persistence is key!  Keep on doin' what you love!)...   *the beautiful drawing above is something my mom made a very long time ago*

I'm excited to celebrate by hanging out with my bestie tonite!  It's been weeks since I've seen her and I'm about to go bonkers without her!  

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My love for this community >>>

First of all, Id like to say thank you so much for all the love and support you all showed me on my last few posts.  Its been one of those weeks, and its so nice to know there are people near and far who are right by my side through it all.  I wish so bad I could be friends with more of you in real life.  Real, honest and loving friends are hard to come by these days it seems.  You guys made me feel hugged and loved yesterday.

I woke up feeling a bit better today.  Its friday, and I had just a few work things I 'had' to do and got them out of the way.  Im going to treat this weekend like a real weekend.  I just got a reading done by Julie this week and Im excited to go through some questions and really do a bit of soul searching. (these are exclusive to violet bella readers this month)  I have a lot of lessons in  letting go to work through.  With losing family, losing friends, and losing the idea that I can do it all with my work.  Among many more 'losses'.  Im so thankful that so many of my amazing sponsors, artists who I support and support me, have become friends, little needed guides on my journey of life and people whom I can share with.  Its truly become a piece of community for me each month and Im so thankful I keep getting such awesome people to share this with.

I have been finding myself lately so excited to accessorize everyday with handmade items from other artisans.  I quite often wear my own jewelry, but lately Ive had some of the prettiest jewelry made by others come into my life.  Yesterday I wore my wooden painted necklace by Nanoukiko along with Moorea Seal's leather bracelets.  I think so highly of both of these girls.  Natacha and Moorea both not only have amazing collections of high quality original work, but they both have insanely good business ethic and heart along with amazing photography to back their work up.  They both possess everything I look for in a good artist.  Im honored to wear their work each time I do.  This necklace is simply cool.  I love the mix of wood, chain, string and paint, along with tassels.  Just a super cool necklace.  And these leather bracelets go with every single thing in my closet.  Love.  I got the Laura and the Kelly Ann.  My two favorites out of the collection, and I love the sentiment that I get to wear my 'namesake' bracelet along with my dear friend Kelly Ann's 'namesake' bracelet, how cool is that?  (just sharing all these links gives me such a sense of community...)  And of course, I wore my new favorite Skyline Fever shirt!  Love love love. 

Along with gorgeous work, Natacha has beautiful eye catching wrapping that makes you not even want to open it up!  So so pretty.  Love this girl.

My boy is off work today and Im going to help him out with making some tshirts.  I love doing this with him.  I think we might just go grab some lunch in town since we have to go to the post office.  And I think Im going to make lasagna for dinner along with some fresh baked garlic spread.  


Thank You + Blog Makeover + Giveaway >>>

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the wonderful feedback I received on my latest lookbook for Roots and Feathers.  I had so much fun creating it, and look forward to making many more in the future.  (I also have one coming up that Im doing for another company that Im excited about).  This look below was the majority favorite, thank you!  Ive had several people ask where I got the dress in this photo... its actually a halter top and open in the back, and Ive had it since I was about 15.  I think the only time I actually wore it out somewhere was to a Tori Amos concert!  And these amazing shoes are Michael Kors that I found at Ross for cheap!  I was stoked!

You may have noticed that the whole look of the blog has changed over the past day or so.  I spent most of yesterday working on the revamp.  Ive been wanting to make a more cohesive blend between my two shops, Roots & Feathers and Violet Bella, and I think I finally have done just that.  Its been a long process of blog changes to finally get there.  Im still working out some kinks, some of the link under the 'link' section are currently not working, but Ill get there... 

and today you can...
go to her post here to see the details. 

Tomorrow is me and my boy's 4 year wedding anniversary!  Its pretty amazing how fast it has gone by.  So much has happened in our lives in a mere 4 years, talk about change.  We will be celebrating it next weekend when we go see Rocky Votolato at Stubb's.  I think seeing him when he comes there may become a tradition... Its the perfect place to see a show like that.  I have a feeling this next week is going to fly by!


Two Feathers...

I found these two feathers several days ago.  I thought it was one when I picked it up, they were stuck together so perfectly.  Then I realized it was two, and now it seems so perfectly fitting.  

Today has been a really rough day.  I think the sheer reality of things may be setting in.  I go back and forth, one minute feeling peaceful and the next wanting to scream.  Today I put my headphones on and posted lots of new jewelry to etsy.  The noise and thinking it took kept my mind off of it for a while.  I know I have to deal with it and feel my feelings, but I just cant all day long.  

I have a feeling my blog may become a bit bi-polar for a while.  Luckily I have lots of sponsor posting to do for this last week, so I have plenty of good stuff to fill in the holes.  Just bare with me during this time.  I am blessed to have such a supportive following of readers.  I have had so many emails filled with love and tears. 
This coming week I have a few amazing giveaways Ill be posting, and I still have plenty of photos to share that were taken before all of this happened.  I have a feeling it may be a while before I feel like doing any sort of outfit post or things like that.  But I will also try to use this space to find some peace and normalcy outside of my inner pain.  Maybe I can utilize this as my happy space, something to look forward to each day.  I will try my best.

Thank you again for the love you have shown.