My skin-shedding process is continuing, and I have to be honest, I’m kind of loving it!

One thing I’ve been contemplating is closing my Etsy shop. It seems a shame to do so after all the work I’ve put into it, and it is doing well enough, but I started a new job in the late winter and I just haven’t wanted to spend my free time photographing, editing and listing items on Etsy.

I still love making prayer beads, but getting them onto Etsy is somewhat tedious and time-consuming. This is nothing against Etsy, I have LOVED working with their platform—they make things really easy. But trying to get good photos and decent lighting, and editing them, and weighing items, and typing up descriptions and, and, and…I was getting really tired of it. In fact, I haven’t added anything new to my shop for months because I’ve been avoiding the process.

So, after much thought and journaling, I decided it was time to close my shop for now. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned while running my little shop, and I’m grateful for the many wonderful customers I’ve gotten to correspond with while it was open. If you’ve had your eye on any of my prayer beads, now is the time to get them at 50% off!

I will still happily make custom orders of prayer beads and rosaries by request, and you can contact me here if you are interested. I still have a lot of beads and charms, and I will most likely add some details about what I have available to the shop section of this website toward the end of the month so you will know what kind of stock I have to work with.

Other than that, life has been puttering along. I still feel like I’m in limbo, but I’m content with it.

I’ve been trying to cook more, and have been loving the simple, seasonal recipes in a cookbook I found called Simply in Season (do be aware, it is a Mennonite cookbook, and thus contains some Christian references, but if that doesn’t bother you, it is fabulous!).

I usually plant a couple of tomatoes in containers every year, but this year I expanded my container garden to include zucchini and cucumbers, and also added a few new herbs to my herb container garden. I grew the zucchini and cucumbers from seed, which I’ve never tried before, and what a revelation! If you’ve never grown anything from seed, try it! It is magical. I’ve really been enjoying puttering around in my little garden.

I’ve also been sewing more and have even been trying my hand at sewing clothes again, which I haven’t done in many, many years.

And I’ve started playing the alto recorder, because it was an inexpensive way to add a little music back into my life. If you have no idea what a recorder is or sounds like, the Sarah Jeffery/Team Recorder YouTube channel has a lot of great info. I already knew how to read music thanks to several years of clarinet when I was in school, so it has been fun to dust off my old skills and try a new instrument.

So that’s where I am right now—working on simplifying my life, enjoying the beginning of summer, trying some new things and picking up some old things I haven’t done in a while. Just flowing along and seeing where all of this takes me. I’m enjoying not trying to control everything for a change. Who knew such a thing was possible! Ha!

May your summer be full of yummy fruits and veggies and long, warm evenings outdoors. That’s what I want from mine!