If You’re a Kevin Spacey Fan…

As I often mention, I’m in love with my Kindle Fire….not that it’s perfect, has its flaws but I use every day for some period of time or other.  I’m also a big Amazon.com groupie in that I make most of my purchases online…I hate dragging myself around looking for things that I need to get….not to be confused with heading to Steinmart to see what’s new and buy myself a bunch of new things.

Anyhow, Kindle Fire –>Amazon.com—>I’m an Amazon Prime Member b/c I shop online so much—>all of the TV commercials about Amazon Prime is so much more than free shipping of packages and we just got a new huge TV in our family room so I decided to check out a movie the other day and found one of my favorite actors, Kevin Spacey, had directed and starred in a movie about Bobby Darin called, natch….Under the Sea...and I really enjoyed it.  Not necessarily a “must-see” but if you’re interested in the singers of that era, it’s a good bio pic of Bobby Darin–who I knew virtually nothing about.

So to go along with this movie recommendation I thought I’d share this drawing of mine that I stumbled upon just now while paging through my art journal….What do you think?

under the sea
My jelly fish ballet drawing done about a year ago off the top of my head….


Share and Share Alike

Whether you’ve been writing for a while and meaning to get serious or just now dipping a toe in

It’s Truly Better To Give Than To Receive

I’ve been writing and posting to a blog for more than several years now….mostly off and on, hit and miss, that sort of thing, until recently when something came over me and given my constant call back to the keyboard to write about things I decided to commit to this adventure to see where it could lead.

And it’s been an amazing 7-8 weeks because I was fortunate enough to start at my Reader here on WordPress and began reading what others were up to and writing about and also checking out WP’s Daily Post for the Post a Day prompt.  It was at the Daily Post that I discovered Blogging University and signed up for Blogging 101, which I highly recommend as it takes you through the steps to set yourself up for success as a blogger.  If Blogging 101 had been available back at the turn of the century (Like that?  I’m serious too!) I’d have gotten up to speed far sooner and not had to go through the routine of figuring out what I didn’t know then finding out about it and trying it out….lots of one step forward, two steps back and all of that to get to today. So that’s my first share–whether you’ve been playing around with a blog for years like me or you’ve just put that first toe in the water, I highly recommend signing up for the FREE Blogging 101 offered right here on WordPress.  And I testify….hand to God, TESTIFY, that if you do you will not only get turned on to all the really cool stuff you can do to make your blog look more polished BUT you will meet other bloggers who are interested in what you’re doing and want to follow you and comment on your posts and it’s totally a daily party if you you get started this way and participate early on.  I’m done there.

Sometimes the Receiving Gets Really Good

The other thing you will find if you’re lucky like me, is a virtual friend or two willing to give you advice on the best way to do things and answer your questions if you’re stuck….a Blog Mentor, if you will…..And it’s not like I had to ask them, they just stepped right up and into that role and were supportive from the get-go…and this is on top of the WP people who run Blogging 101 and get paid to do it….they’re fabulous as well and answer your questions virtually real-time (like that?  virtually real-time…is that a real thing?)

Giving Them Their Props

That’s all I have to say about sharing except that I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly acknowledge two of my #BlogMentors @dray0308 and @OpinionatedMan – who are selfless about helping others here in this blog community of ours.  They’re truly the best of the best!

I Was Not Falling For It

I’m not a Debbie Downer by any stretch….I believe in looking at things the way they are – not sugar coating the bad stuff but not ignoring it either. No I chalk it up to being part of life and take extra care to celebrate the happy moments…..HOWEVER, there are times when life gets a little rough and you get a little down and think “Why Me?”, “What Next?” and then life replies by throwing a little curve ball like these a–holes trying to run a scam on people….they are many and they work hard at it

Welcome to My Life, Part 2

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I knew it couldn’t be good when I got a message from my dad, my brother and my ex-husband.  All three saying the same thing.. “Got a call, they need to get in contact with you. Here’s the number, and the case number they left.”

When you’ve been to jail once or twice, “case number” always makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and my heart sink to the pit of my stomach.  I instantly went back over my entire life, even though I know everything has been taken care of. 

The odd thing was, they contacted my ex-husband, my first ex-husband, whom I’ve been divorced from for 20 years.  So whatever this was about wasn’t current business. And that’s when I began to think this could possibly be a scam. 

I got home and I looked up the number they…

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Tarot Tuesday: Man Holding A Heart

He’s ba-a-a-a-ck..


This guy keeps turning up in my readings….I feel like I should be sending him birthday cards or something…

The other day I pulled a card from my Energy Oracle Cards deck by Sandra Anne Taylor and who turned up again but this #45 card “Man Holding Heart”

The messages for this deck are on the skimpy side and for this one:

  • signals greater clarity about emotions and their purpose in your life; more balanced approach to family and love (if a man is the subject of the reading)
  • presence of a new man in your life who tends to be more thoughtful and aware – whether or not this man is a love interest or a friend, he brings a high intention to help where personal projects, family, or home issues are concerned

As for the card number – 45*

  • The angels are helping you through a positive life change

45 reduces to 9 (4 + 5 = 9)*

  • Get to work, Lightworker–now!  The number 9 means that you’ve completed all of the prerequisites to achieve your life purpose.   Stop procrastinating, as it’s time to start taking action steps.  Even baby steps are useful

*From Doreen Virtue’s Angel Numbers 101 available on Amazon.com along with the Energy Oracle Cards.

Even though the man holding the heart has turned up several times for me already I’ve never gone the next step and consulted the Angel Number book about #45 – so there you have it – another instance of the same guidance coming to me in reading after reading.


grapefriend wine totes are here!

Aren’t these great! More incentive to find that next job….I need to buy these wine totes!!


gf WINE TOTEThe grapefriend wine totes have arrived!!! They’re totes amazing (get it?), and not just because they hold wine.

I lug a lot of wine around. A lot. To friends, to dinners, to events, away for the weekend. I was tired of trying to find bubble wrap or random pieces of cardboard (liquor store style) to stuff in between bottles so they don’t clink. Also, why do wine bags always have short handles? You kill your hands carrying these heavy bottles and can’t put it on your shoulder.

Not anymore: the grapefriend wine tote solves all your problems!!! And it’s awesome.

Aside from the cool logo on it that lets everyone know you’re a grapefriend, it’s made from natural cotton canvas and has long straps to sling over your shoulder.

GF WINE TOTE FLAPIt fits two bottles, but the real genius is that it has a moveable flap inside that goes in between the bottles…

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Egads, Something for Free!


Coming At You Live

Celebrating the Opening of My Etsy Store

As I was taking the photos of my little handmade magnets and note cards for my Etsy store I thought it was high time to offer the opportunity to acquire a piece of my art to my devoted readers.

Chance to Win a Prize

Here’s What You’ll Win!

IMG_0027 Set of 3 Funky Handmade Wooden Magnets

How to Enter

Contest Rules:

  1. Visit my Etsy store to check out my new selection of handmade greeting cards and wooden magnets TheCSweetShoppe
  2. Come back here and leave a comment for me
  3. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 I’ll put the names of each person who left a comment into a fishbowl and draw one name to win this set of 3 magnets which I thought were apropos to be offering to writers…
  4. These babies are light and I’m happy to ship to anywhere, including outside the United States…

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Reaping What You Sow….

Just Keep Sowing, Just Keep Sowing….

As you may or may not have read, just about 3 years ago I decided to take a hiatus from my professional career as a consultant and educator, to focus on home and family, as well as reconnect with my creative side.  A side which I unintentionally managed to keep hidden from even my closest friends for what turned out to be a really long time….And by the way,  I felt extremely fortunate to be able to take the time off because I really needed the break.

In addition to very literally getting a message from above one evening after a particularly difficult and unrewarding day, I had been feeling this tug to get away somewhere–to paint–to write–to knit, but mainly to just BE in the quiet so I could hear myself think.

So over the past few years while I’ve been driving to soccer practices and drum lessons, de-cluttering closets and taking art classes–the usual routine for a domestic goddess, I’ve given much thought to what kind of job I want to do going forward.  Double income household & lifestyle living on one to one and a half incomes only lasts but so long I’m afraid!

Asking and Praying Doesn’t Hurt Either

I’ve also been putting it out there to the Universe–praying for inspiration about what I am meant to be doing in my life at this time–outside of being the very best Mom I can be to my two children, that part of the purpose I’ve had down cold for a long time.

And just like Matthew says in 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” I got an answer.

In fact I’ve continued to ask for clarification and further insight and the message has remained substantially the same–

Back in July 2015 when I first got my oracle cards:

Express Love Through Action

Demonstrate Love – Act on what’s important to those you love

Creative Writing – Archangel Gabriel hit me right in the eye with this one:  “Your soul longs for creative expression through writing. Honor any inner nudges that guide you to write. As you work with your connection to the written word, you may receive Divine guidance to write article or books for publication.

As the messenger angel, Gabriel loves to help writers and journalists deliver healing messages.  

There have been other, similar messages coming out of separate readings from different card decks but all with the common theme tying life purpose.

So when I receive comments like those that have come in recently I really feel the messages I’ve gotten meshing with what I’ve been working on in a way that seems meant to be….

Recent Comments from My Readers

Here’s what I mean – a few of the comments that really touched me and felt like little presents given to me or a big hug from the person making the comment.  These made me feel very connected to the writer:

Such a “comfy” blog. Sounds so peaceful.

In Chapter 36 of Exodus, God talks to Moses about Oholiab saying that the Lord had given him “skill and ability” to perform the work entailed in building the tabernacle. I often think of that when I see the beautiful art pieces that pull at my heart strings. Skill, ability, and God inspired. Pray that your Csweet Shoppe is blessed.

Thank you, Cynde! I’m smiling right now. :D

Something tells me you get that.

Something tells me you get that.

There’s nothing so gratifying as being able to connect on such a personal level as to evoke empathy and a feeling of a kindred spirit.

I’d not heard of cocooning before, it is an apt description for depression and withdrawal.

I wish I had such clarity of thought

I knew we were gonna’ be friends and this confirms it

Thank you for being yourself and sharing your story!

This is beautiful and inspiring. Everyone needs a breather. We forget we should stop doing things or thinking about something all the time. Being present and mindful of every thought and action is a way to stay happy and content.

and one about my art…

All your items have such personality!

All of this has given me such a feeling that as I’m consciously pouring love into all that I do and writing from my heart as my authentic self I’m being rewarded with some pretty awesome feedback in return.  I’m extremely grateful to all of you who’ve taken your time not only to read what I’ve been writing from my heart these past weeks but to also honor me with a comment from yours. <3

It’s been a good month….I’m counting my blessings!