I know it’s been a while.
But I’m happy to see you again. I’m surprised you’re here at all, to be honest. I haven’t updated my blog in ages. If it could gather digital dust, my blog would probably have a sizeable mound by now. I suppose I should tidy a little and grab a feather duster or a vacuum.
Anyways, I just thought I’d give you a little update on what’s going on in my life. Things get pretty busy. The more I try to do, the more I forget to do. I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my last post.
I Tried Reviving My Bread Blog
It’s crazy to think that in the last year, I started a bread blog, made great content, forgot about it for a while, and then tried to revive it all over again. That happens a lot with me. I have a lot of enthusiasm for new things, and I get really excited about doing something forever and ever.
Then a few months later, I find something new that catches my attention, and the cycle repeats.
My latest bread post was back in January of 2018, and the year has flown by since then. I started a lot of posts, but I just didn’t get around to finishing them. I’m hoping that I can remedy that (again) soon. I love baking and photography and blogging. I’m terrible at time management, however.
I Started Selling Necklaces on Etsy
I think part of the reason I stopped blogging (both here at Jennibeemine and at Breadbythehour) was because I didn’t have the funds to keep it going. As much as I wished that blogging paid well, I never had enough followers to make it worth the time. This year has been a struggle for me and my family financially. Just when I think I have my finances in order, something pops up that hits us hard.
First, we needed a new bed, then our dog Frankie needed some teeth pulled, then we needed some car repairs. After that, we needed a new dishwasher, and of course, more car repairs. No matter how much I budgeted or income, planned our meals, and pinched our pennies, I couldn’t keep our credit card in check.
Consequently, I tried to be creative with my time and think of ways to contribute financially. I dreaded the idea of leaving my daughter with childcare services (and any job I tried to pick up outside the home couldn’t cover the cost of childcare anyway). So, I used whatever free time I had to answer paid surveys and help with user testing. Neither of these paid consistently, so I thought it’d be fun to make necklaces out of an old copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
These sold well for the first month, but only to friends and family. I had a hard time reaching a wider audience, and I couldn’t sell them consistently to make much of a profit. I still have these in my Etsy store, in case you are interested. But I realized that I’d need something else to support my family as well.
I Picked Up a New Hobby
Sometime in August of 2018, I realized that we went through a lot of avocados. My husband makes amazing guacamole, and we both love adding avocados to our favorite recipes to make our meals extra special. As a result, we tossed a lot of avocado pits in the garbage.
I thought the pits looked kind of pretty, and I thought it seemed a little wasteful to just throw them away every time. I tried growing an avocado tree from the pits, but I could never get them to sprout. After a bit of thought, I wondered if it was possible to carve the pits into something pretty. I did a little Googling, grabbed an X-acto knife, and went wild with it.
I was really happy with the finished results.
Although my first few avocado necklaces were a bit of a mess, I had a lot of fun learning to carve, so I kept at it. The more I practiced, the more I loved carving and creating pendants. Each pit was an opportunity to make something new. I added some tumbled river stones and eventually branched into more exciting gemstones like aventurine and amethyst.
Now I have quite the collection of necklaces for sale, and I plan to keep going. If you want to see my latest creations, go to my Etsy shop.
Where Will I Go From Here?
To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen next. My life seems to be constantly in flux. Just when I get a handle on one thing, another thing falls off the wagon. I’m hoping I can manage my time well enough to post more on my blogs and sell more on Etsy, but I also have an energetic toddler who keeps me on my toes. And I have a short attention span, it seems, so who knows what I’ll do next.
Maybe I’ll learn how to metal stamp or wire wrap or crochet.