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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Goodbye~~~

Just wanted to let anyone know who comes here that Blogspot has broken me down. I just have too many bugs since one of their earlier "updates" and it's almost impossible to post on here anymore :(

Anyway, I have moved to http://sagaofawahm.com Saga of a Work at Home Mom if you want to catch up with me.

And if you are a dog lover, check out http://bloggydoggies.com Bloggy Doggies

Love yall!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Cure for Facial Tics

I don't normally do site reviews but I just had to do this one as it covers something that is very close to my heart. The site is called Facial Tics , and the reason why I wanted to do it is because it offers a way to eliminate the facial tics some kids have.

I first noticed my son Ryan making some odd jerky motions with his head when he was about 2. Shortly after that, came the constant monotone hum and the weird blinking. I had no idea what was going on and thought I had a very strange child on my hands. It never occurred to me that it could be Tourette's Syndrome. I had heard of it before and had even seen several television dramas about it. But in those, the kids were always shouting out obscenities. Ryan made weir
d noises but he didn't say any words at all.

When Ryan was in Kindergarten, his teacher told me she thought he may have Tourette's and that I should have him checked out by a neurologist. So off we went to the doctor who told me that my sweet little son did indeed have Tourette's Syndrome. I was both relieved and upset. I was relieved because at least now I knew he just wasn't weird or crazy. I was worried about his future. I knew he would have a hard road in school. Kids can be very cruel and the strange tics were perfect fodder for school yard bullies.

The doctor said that they didn't like to medicate young children as the medication often caused serious side effects. They saved it for the extreme cases. Fortunately Ryan's was mild to moderate. The doctor did say that once Ryan started puberty, he could either get much better or much worse. Puberty seemed to bring on a change in the condition for some reason. I prayed that Ryan would be one of the lucky ones who would improve with adolescence.

In the meantime, we had at least 6 years of a hard childhood for my little boy. And it was rough at times. He did have friends who liked him despite his weird facial tics. But a lot of people including his own grandmother just didn't understand. She actually spanked him one time because she thought he was irritating her on purpose with his tics. How I wish I had come across the Facial Tics back then. It would have been a god-send.

I haven't tried the Facial Tics product so I can't attest to the effectiveness of it but just looking at the testimonials gives me hope for all the other families out there that struggle with the same thing we went through. They say they can help you eliminate your child's tics within 72 hours, safely, with no medication! And there is 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.


If you have a child with tics, or know of one, you owe it to them to give Facial Tics a try. There's really nothing to lose and you could save your child years of trauma like my Ryan had to go through.



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Monday, February 16, 2009

Gifts from Scrap Clay

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This past year, I learned from the Make Mine Pink ladies that presentation and the little extras that you give customers were almost as important as the bought item itself. So for awhile, I bought little things to add to my packages.

I decided this year though to be more frugal and green. So I looked at the big tub of scrap clay and thought about what simple things I could do with it to make little gifts for my customers. I came up with simple shapes (hearts, dog bones, leaves, stars) from the marbled scrap clay, put magnets on the back of them and personalized them. Some came out prettier than others. It's a timely process. You have to condition the clay enough to get it smooth and flat, but not so much that it looks like mud. So after a few pass throughs threw the pasta machine, it's back to the scrap pile.

Below are some of the magnets I came up with:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Frustrating Blogs


You know, I'm up to 5 blogs now. Several, I'm not promoting as they are very niche oriented but my "babies" I promote quite heavily and write to daily. Which got me to wondering, "why don't I post to this, my first blog, more often?"

I have an answer to that question. It's because I'm using the blogger platform. Yes, I have gotten my own domain name but I'm still using blogger's platform & it drives me CRAZY. I used to love blogspot. It was so easy to use, even a non techy could set up a blog in just a few minutes!

Somewhere in the Fall though, during one of Blogspot's updates, my blog got all wacky on me. Now, it's a rare occurrence that I can write a blog post without something going wrong. Usually, when I publish it, half my post has disappeared. But I have had other issues too. And with Blogsot, there is no support so I'm stuck with a buggy blog. I did ask in the blogspot forums but no one could help there. So out of frustration, I just unconsciously started posting less and less to this blog.

So if you wondered why I went from posting almost every day to just several times a month, this is why. As much as a learning curve there was with getting used to Wordpress, I feel more comfortable with it now and don't have the same frustrations. I probably should figure out a way to transfer this to wordpress now. I know you can with blogspot blogs but it might be a bit more complicated with it being on my own domain too.

Anyway, if you'd like to check out my other blogs, I started a brand new one recently called "Saga of a Work at Home Mom" or http://sagaofawahm.com It's about my life as a single work at home mom but each day I will add a life tip or business tip.

And if you are a dog lover, check out "Bloggy Doggies" or http://bloggydoggies.com
And do keep checking back here. Since this blog is tied to my Cathy's Creations business, I don't plan on abandoning it. I'm gritting my teeth and forcing myself to deal with the blogspot issues and post twice a week. I think I can handle that much without going completely bonkers.

Cathy
www.cathyscreations.com

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Niche Affiliate Marketing Semnar or #nams & Me!

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I have been in Atlanta since Friday for the Niche Affiliate Marketing Seminar or #nams if you know what hashtags are.

I have been having such a good time and have been learning so much. The next #nams is in August and I really hope I can come back.

Here are some pictures from the conference.

Lynn Terry in the middle  [/caption]
Lynn Terry in the middle

Lynn is just as sweet and gracious in person as she s online. I want to be her when I grow up. LOL

Willie Crawford & Cathy[/caption]
Willie Crawford & Cathy
Another mentor of mine.Willie Crawford is just a wealth of wisdom and integrity. And we both wll be the big 5-0 in March!

Jeff Herring and Cathy[/caption]
Jeff Herring and Cathy
Jeff Herring the Article Marketing Guy. Isn't he handsome? He's a great wealth of knowledge & just as nice as he can be.

Cathy & Natalie Akpele[/caption]
Cathy & Natalie Akpele
Natalie is one of my tweeter friends. She is such a sweetie!

 Fred Van Ryn & Cathy[/caption]
Fred Van Ryn & Cathy
Here's my new "partner in crime". Fred has a dog site too. We haven't really figured out the details yet but we plan to do a joint venture together.

Steve Szudera[/caption]
Steve Szudera
This poor guy was stuck sitting next to me the entire 3 days. Thanks for putting up with me Steve!



More pictures from #nams






Okay, thanks for humoring me by looking at my pictures!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

After Pictures of my Studio

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I just realized I never showed yall my AFTER pictures of my studio. I cleaned, organized and moved things around a few weeks ago and so far it's still clean! So let's hope I can keep it up.

Here are some pics:


My new desk that I inherited from my dad.


My work table where the clay magic happens!



Here's my "Packing Center" where I pack the orders.

Ok, that's it for now. I'd love to see some pics of other studios!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Smarter Office Organization Week

This week is Smarter Office Organization Week at Frugal Work at Home Moms Talk Radio and do I have a doozie for you! Now, in my defense, for the last 4 months, I have been working 18 hour days and haven't had a minute for myself much less a minute to clean and organize my office/studio. But now, things are slowing down some and I have a chance to look at this messy room in disgust.

It's time to get it clean and organized so I can feel peaceful and productive again. Now the major problem with me is I can organize just fine. Maintaining is another matter. I would love some tips on how to maintain my work space after it's cleaned and organized. And I wouldn't mind orhanizing tips too. I'm always collecting new tidbits in orgainzing hoping maybe I'll find the magic bullet that will click for me. Or at least make things easier.

I have the added incentive of having my dad's beautiful roll top desk sitting in the middle of my living room, just waiting for it's new home in my office.

I'll go ahead and list some of my tips.

* When cleaning, leave a basket by the door to put things that need to go to other rooms.
* Have a box for things that need to be given away and a trash bag for trash. I also have a basket for things that I don't know what to do with yet.
* Have "stations" for things. For example, I have a station where I pack my orders, a station where I do the finishing, etc.
* Try to clean up every night before you leave your office for the day. This is hard for me as I often have ongoing projects that really can't be put away. But if I clean up what I can, it makes things much smoother the next day.

Ok, so please don't think less of me. Here are the pictures of my room that looks like a tornado hit it:






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Monday, January 5, 2009

Show and Tell Monday -BloggyDoggies.com


I hope yall had a great holiday. I sure did. It was actually better than I was expecting. But I'm ready to get back into a routine. How about you?

This week's Show and Tell Monday I want to tell you about the blog I have been working on just a little bit at a time, here and there between my regular business. It has been a labor of love. I have combined 2 of my passions. My dogs, and writing!

Bloggy Doggies is "written" by my 4 dogs and myself. Each day, one of us will post and we each have our own topic to cover. Mondays are Joey's advice column. Tuesdays are Roxy's Doggie Fashion Report. Wednesdays are Harley's Dog News. Thursdays are Buddy's Dog Joke. Fridays are my day when I will do a product review. Saturdays we will have a dog video, either made by the doggies or taken from You Tube. Sundays we will feature a profile of a dog that is up for adoption at a pet rescue. Also over the weekend, I have joined a meme that will feature an animal picture that I took. I will sprinkle informational articles through out the week to help you with your doggie education.

Oh, also for the month of January, it is Doggie Resolution Month. Go over and leave a comment under any blog post of your dog's resolutions for 2009 and I'll add them to the sidebar category. Some of the ones I have already gotten, have been hilarious!


Talk to yall tomorrow,
Cathy
CathysCreations.com

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 The Bipolar Year

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2008 was such an odd year for me. It was a year of high highs and low lows. I could almost call it the Bipolar Year. I am grateful for the highs, not so grateful about the lows but it is part of life I guess.

Some of the highs were that I broke out of the depression and stinking thinking that had been plaguing me for several years. I actually put myself out there, made new friends and business associates, and forced myself to take chances and do things I never would have had the nerve to do in the past. For the most part, I was very successful. Much more than I had imagined. Yes, I did get my hand slapped once or twice. That's the chance you take when you actually start to open your life up to new things. But you know what? I'm still here. Those few little hurts are nothing compared to the wonderful things I received by actually taking the chance. Now I wonder about all the things I missed over the years because I was afraid to try. I think that's why I always get tears in my eyes when I hear that Lee Ann Womack song "I hope You Dance". It just hits too close to home. I didn't dance.

Some of the other highs was that I was laid off from my full time job. Now on the surface, that may sound like a low. And it was in a way. I'll discuss that when I get to the lows. But this job was suffocating me. I was very good at it but I hated it. I wanted to cry every morning when I woke up at the thought of having to go there for another day of micro management and drudgery. I felt like I had no choice. That I couldn't make it with just my business. But guess what? So far I have! In fact, it's been my best year yet! And I couldn't be happier being my own boss. Yes, I can be quite the slave master but I love what I do & I can't wait to get up in the morning to work on my business! How many people can honestly say that? I anticipate that 2009 will be even a better year for my business as I'm fine tuning things and discovering what's really profitable AND enjoyable.

My oldest daughter who had moved back home, moved out. Yes, that makes me sound like a horrible mother not wanting her here. But she is 23, has her own way of living and was sacked out on my living room couch for several years. It was time for her to go. We get along so much better when we aren't living together. And I have to say that I am so proud of her! She had such a rocky youth, I often wondered if she would even make it to see 23. She seemed hell bent on self destruction. In the past year, she has gotten a stable job and worked up to a supervisory position, gotten an adorable duplex down on the oceanfront (wish I could live there!) and has taken responsibility for her prior actions. She has finally become an adult!

The lows were pretty low at times. I started out this year extremely tired, depressed, worn ragged and at the end of my rope. I was working a hated job, trying to keep my business afloat, having problems with both of my daughters and being the caretaker of my father who was fluctuating between the hospital and the nursing home and taking care of my demanding, wheel chair bound mother. I have always been a Daddy's girl and to see my strong, sweet dad, who always took care of everyone deteriate into a tiny shell of a man who had multiple medical problems and the mind of a 3 year old was just heart breaking to me. When he died in June, it was actually a blessing. His last few months were so horrible for him and for us. His loss has really been hitting me hard the last few months when I'll see him in my dreams, healthy and strong and then wake up to the reality that I will never see him again. At least not in this life.

I also lost my dear, sweet 18 year old kitty. I can only assume she died. She was a beautiful, but tiny Himalayan that was with me through my childrens' growing up years. She had had a problem with an urinary tract infection which is common in cats, specially older cats. But she had gotten better with the help of the vet. Not long after, she started crying alot again. The vet could find nothing wrong this time and thought it might be psychlogical. The crying continued for several days until she just dissappeared. We assume she got out through the doggy door. She had always been afraid to go outside in the past, so we never feared her escaping that way. I can only assume she ran away to die. We looked for her and my son thought he saw her at one point; but she ran away from him. We never really had any closure with her sudden dissappearance.

And then we come to the job I alluded to earlier. I worked for a large ministry & because of the economy, almost half of my office was laid off. We had heard inklings that it might happen but frankly, I wasn't worried. I was the fastest worker in my office, learned things easily and could do any job in there with no supervision. They'd be crazy to let me go, right? Well, they did. And what hurt was they laid off the 4 slowest, least productive people and then me, the most productive and fastest worker. That's a slap in the face right? It's like saying, "We laid off the others because of their lack of productivity but we laid off you simply because we don't like you." Actually I knew they liked me. I'm easy going, friendly and get along with everyone. But because my life had gotten so sucky over the past few years, I was questioning my faith in God. And that's a no-no in a ministry where they actually grade you on your spirituality, (yes, I'm serious, you get graded on that!). Because I refused to play the game anymore, (it would feel like a sacriledge to fake it when I didn't mean it) I was now a liability to them. I understand where they were coming from but part of me kept hearing the words of one of my friends who said that Christians tend to eat their own. I didn't know what she meant until this happened.

As this year closes, I wonder what 2009 has in store for us. I have so much hope and anticipation for the future. There is so much to be grateful for and look forward to. And it's so nice to feel that way after so many years of dreading the new year. I hope it's a wonderful year for you too where you make your dreams come true!

Cathy
www.cathyscreations.com
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Show and Tell Monday -Custom Name Tags


< I don't know if you have noticed but my blog, though still a blogger blog, now has it's own domain name: CathysCreationsBlog.com . I thought it would be simpler than the long, drawn out blogspot name it had. Just a little Christmas gift I have given my beloved blog.

Another new thing for Cathy's Creations is a new category! Check out Custom Name Tags
for a great idea for the person in your life who has to wear a name tag. I have several samples there, and you can see them in the picture above. The nifty thing about this, is you basically design it! I can do any simple shape (samples are a comb, star, oval, tooth, & heart). You tell me the color of the tag, basic details about the person and the text you want on the badge. And I take it from there. Within a week or two, you will have a cute, personable, one of a kind gift. Cool huh?
Cathy
www.cathyscreations.com