Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Return, Apology, and Update

Hi everyone!  I cannot believe that it have been over a year since I have posted to my blog.  Crazy Sauce!  I am not one to give excuses but I do feel terrible that I have neglected it so much.  I do still create jewelry.  Not as much as I would like, but I do still dabble every now and then.  That being said I would like to start dabbling a bit more.

A lot of things have changed.  As for my health it is better than what it was.   Still dealing with a few issues here and there but nothing very serious.  I continue to try to get my mind in a better place and that is always a struggle.  I have good days and bad, but it is improving.

I went back to work at Harbor Freight Tools.  I love my job and the people there, I just hate all the heavy lifting that I have to do.  The hours that I work can be rather crazy as well and that is always an adjustment.  I loved working on cell phones and computers at my last job but HFT pays me almost twice as much as what I was making there so that will help feed my bead addiction.  And let's face it,  more beads mean more inspiration so that is always a plus.

I really miss my beading friends.  Especially my friends from the wonderful Creative Bead Chat Group on Facebook.  I am sorry.  It was never my intention to cut everyone off the way that I did.  I was mentally in a bad place and had to dig myself out of the darkness.  When that happens I tend to cut everyone and everything that I enjoy doing off.  To go ahead and clear up the mental issues that I have so that everyone knows I might as well tell you what I struggle with.  I am Bipolar.  I choose not to be medicated.  I have struggled with it for so long now that I have basically trained myself to recognize the symptoms and to avoid certain triggers.  It does not always work, but it is much better than having to take tons of medicines that make me feel less than human.  SQUIRREL!

Oops my ADHD kicked in.  Sorry about that ;)  I am doing better.  Making progress.  Moving on. I would like to give a very special thanks to Lori Anderson.  I do not know if you remember that phone call that we shared a year ago, but woman, you saved my life.  Thank you!

So anyway that is basically where I am right now.  If you have read this giant wall of text I have to give you kudos.  Expect to see more posts soon.  I actually signed up for a blog hop!  I am very excited, but nervous, about that.  The link is here on the page, please check it out.  It's a huge step for me in the right direction and I am so excited that I was picked for it.

I need some help finding a blog reader so that I can get back into the swing of things.  When Google's Reader went bye bye I was and still am completely lost.  So what do you use to follow and read your blogs.  I miss them so!

Till next time.....

Peace and <3


  1. Glad to hear your doing sure do sound great! Welcome back and sorry but I'm so busy, I don't keep up with many can't help you there. I'll post the question over on CBC and tag you ...I'm sure someone more organized has it figured out :) Missed you ...M

    1. Thanks Melinda! Busy is good! I am much better. Finally. Damn Black Holes. I feel like I lost a year of my life. Wait! I did! Ha! I missed ya'll so much! <3

  2. Marla, you don't have to explain it to me...didn't we meet for coffee one day while we were both visiting "the black hole" ? It's like that sometimes, happy you know what your triggers are... Now get creating! I want to see some of that Marla magic!

  3. So glad to see you back and doing better. God bless you!

  4. Hi, Marla! I missed you too! I often thought of you and wondered how you were doing. I'm so glad to hear you are back with us, working at HF, and creating jewelry again! I'm sad for the hard times you went through but ever so pleased you are back! ~Sharyl

    P.S. I still use a tool on Google to look at other's blog posts. I'll try to send more info. I tend to post announcements of my posts on my Sharyl's Jewelry Facebook page. I think it's more challenging for people to keep up with blog posts these days, so if you like and follow me there, you'll see my updates. If I think it is a post that will interesting to all, I also post an announcement on CBC. Hope you'll do the same!
    Take care!

  5. Oh honey. I'm glad you wrote. Many artists are bipolar (I've read lots of scientific papers on it) and many DO choose not to be medicated because they feel they lose their creativity. I'll message you more on that.

    The important thing is to know when enough is enough and to be easy on yourself.

    I hope to see you in the Bead Soup Cafe soon!

  6. Hi Marla,
    It is so good to know that you are back from the dark side and feeling better. I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations again. Take care,

  7. So wonderful to "see" you again! You were missed this last year but I think many of us have struggles that take us away sometimes...long and short's so nice to be a part of this community, here to support when you need and here to celebrate your return! I am sorry about your struggles but so glad to hear you've found your way back. I will be looking forward to seeing your beautiful designs xo

  8. Hey Marla,
    It is great seeing you back. Can not wait to see what you create for the blog hop.

  9. Hello - I am a newish member of CBC so although I did not know you before, I'm certainly happy to hear you are doing so much better. I will be excited to see what you make for the anchor challenge. I hadn't seen that one before, so I'm glad you mentioned it!

  10. P.S. - I use RSS Notifier to follow blogs. It's pretty good. It was a free download.

  11. What a beautiful blog post! Thank you for sharing. I am moved, and I'm so happy you joined my hop to jump back into creating jewelry! Wanting to be a loving, gentle, comforting, uplifting soul on earth -- as well as a cool jewelry artist -- I feel so affirmed by your participation -- and honored, so very honored. How I admire your work! I remember your design for the Kalmbach Bead soup kick off -- it stood out to me among all the others & I studied it to learn :)

    Love to you, Marla! You rock! And... so does that cute squirrel! lol...

    Toltec Jewels

  12. So glad that you are back! My husband suffers from major depression and there are times when he tends to just disappear also. I use Bloglovin' to keep track of all of my blogs.