Happy Birthday Hendrix!

A Rock and Roll legend was born 70 years ago to this day. James Marshall Hendrix, was born, November 27, 1942, and passed away, September 18, 1970, at the early age of 27, sadly. 

To me he is the greatest guitarist of all time. I have been listening to him since I was 11.

Not only was he a good musician, he was also wise for his age. Some quotes by Hendrix:

“When I die, just keep playing the records.” – Jimi Hendrix

I defiantly play your music and never get tired of it.

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. – Jimi Hendrix

I like this quote, because I am a quiet person, and when I was in school, everyone would ask me “Why are you so quiet”.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Jimi Hendrix.

  

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How to drive in the snow, and even a blizzard….

Last night we got 16 inches of snow, over a foot. I had to come into work, since I work in healthcare. The drive wasn’t that bad. I slide a little in the snow but I had the traction control on and new snow tires.

  • Tips for driving in the snow….
  • Make sure your tires have tread, and are mud and snow tires. Studded snow tires are even better.
  • When you are breaking, pump your breaks, so you don’t slide.
  • Drive slower. Go about 20-40 mph. Probably shouldn’t go past 50, in case something happens.
  • When you are going through powdery snow or thick snow, like on a curb, go a little faster, so you don’t get stuck. But not extremely fast. Make sure wheels are straight. 
  • When you are going up a hill go faster. Not extremely fast just fast enough that you don’t get stuck. You need momentum to get up that hill!
  • When you are turning don’t use the breaks, your car can slide and go out of control.
  • When you are backing up, or starting to go forward, your tires need to be straight, hence the wheel straight. 
  • You really need to watch out for other drivers that don’t know how to drive in the snow.
  • Don’t go extremely slow (like 5 mph) and get stuck. The tires need to be able to grip the snow.
  • Take a shovel with you in case you get stranded, and water, and blankets.
  • Use common sense and drive how you feel comfortable and relax! Hope this helps. Stay safe. My parents are from the Midwest where it snows a lot and they taught me how to drive in the snow. Experience has also taught me because my job doesn’t let me call in, no matter how much it snows.

Guess my ethnicity according to 23 & me, and Ancestry.com

I jumped the band wagon and took one of those DNA test, not one but two. Let’s have fun. Guess my ethnicity. I think it is fun to guess other people’s ethnicity.  I’m obviously European but from what part? Guess what kind of breakdown of regions. I’ll post my ancestry test in a few days and let you all guess first, then I’ll update. Growing up I was told German, German, German. My Great Grandma’s parents were from Germany and everyone else as far back as I know were American.  I’ll put some pictures of me below so you can guess.

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So what am I? German and English. Just what I thought. I’ve also read that English people share 30% DNA with Germans. Don’t know if it’s true or not? Here’s my test results:

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I’m pretty much from Northwest Europe.

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I like this part. My grandpa told me we had Native American. Only .2% but from where? Who knows? It’s such a tiny percentage. Some people don’t count these percentages, but it’s in your DNA. It’s so small, but is it really there? .2% Subsaharan African. That’s cool. I want more of a mix. That’s just me. This is on my Mom’s side. My Grandma told me we have African.

Then 23 & Me has a region breakdown. This is my German Breakdown:

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This is my British break down, I have many regions in the United Kingdom. My maiden name, “Miller”, is from England, and I forgot where.

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I think most of my DNA is from England.

This is my Irish breakdown:

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This is my Ancesty.com test below. It says that I have more English/British, then German, then Irish, then Scandinavian. It’s pretty much the same. Ancestry has communities where it shows where your ancestors probably immigrated to and lived for years. This is accurate all the way back two centuries ago according to our family research, that has been past down, even before the Internet. My family has been in the Midwest for two centuries, and both my parents are from the Midwest.

 

ancestyAncestry says that I am native to England ok I’ll take it. Makes sense I’m an englishman. The English immigrated here years ago to escape the English government. Kings and Queens. Do I have royal blood? Maybe one day I’ll find out, if I have the money to renew my ancestry membership.

You can also upload your DNA to other site for free.

This is my ethnicity according to the site: My heritage. Says I’m mostly Irish, Scottish, Welsh.

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This this is on My origins site. Mostly west and central Europe.

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This test below is from the site: DNA Land. You can upload your DNA zip file to these sites for free.

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This is DNA. Northwest European again. Which DNA test do I recommend? I like both 23& me and ancestry.com, but I think I pick 23&me because it has my haplogroup, more breakdown of regions, health reports, research, and I found my adopted cousin through 23 and me.  Was I surprised? I recommend DNA tests if you have the money it is fun and educational to me. I thought I was German. I guess I’m English but if you look at the reports all these regions share DNA and I also read that Germany and England share 30% DNA. I don’t know if this is true or nor do I have time to research. I think it is cool to have Native American and African. Even if the percentages are minute. I didn’t have Native American on my ancestry.com test, but my Uncle did. You can also upload your DNA to other sites like GED.com, and other sites. Just endless discoveries and education. Oh how far along we have advanced scientifically. My husband’s Mom is from Germany so he is 70% German and my girls are 50%. America is the melting pot. I have more diversity than my husband because his family immigrated sooner than my family. I think when you’re family has been in the United States longer there’s a chance for more diversity.

I recommend 23 & Me because it has more genetic information like:

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How I opened an Etsy shop and was successful.

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Etsy is a platform to buy and sell handmade, vintage, digital art and much more. If you are good with graphic art, crafts or love Vintage, I encourage you to join the Etsy community. If I can do it, so can you! If you have a desire to sell on Etsy, I encourage you to do so.

Etsy members are very supportive about giving shop critique (constructive criticism) and helping you promote your shop. It is a great idea for a side hustle, and even a full time job. You can make and sell anything from jewelry, crochet, knitted items, paper-craft, felt art, sewing, card making, hair bows, paintings, digital art, such as Christmas cards, resell vintage, and much more but these are just the ideas off of the top of my head. You can search the Web for ideas of what you can sell on Etsy, or just go to Etsy.com and look around!

Here is my long story, then I’ll get to the how to get started with Etsy and be successful. Scroll down if you just want to know some tips for Etsy and don’t want to hear my rambling. 😂😂😂😆😆😆
I was a stay at home Mom of two precious little one’s, my husband was in the hospital with a leg infection and I was dependent on him for bills. He was out of work for a month. Well, us being inexperienced in life and not having savings, I was so worried. I freaked out. Live and learn. I guess we learn the hard way. Everything turned out fine, even better than we could imagine and he hasn’t returned to the hospital since then. Seriously, we are doing awesome and I am happy with where we are at today.

My cousin told me about Etsy. She encouraged and motivated me. She was very supportive and I probably would of never been an Etsyer if it wasn’t for her. I didn’t even know how to crochet, but I decided that is what I was going to do.

First, I asked my Mom to show me how to crochet and my husband did too. He is a jack of all trades, and he is just incredibly intelligent. I was practicing and practicing making crochet chains in the hospital room, sitting next to my husband. Then I would watch YouTube videos online and crochet along, and that is one way I learned. Next I would try beanie hat patterns. My neighbor also encouraged me and bought items from me. I was ready to follow patterns that were free online that I found on and make beanie hats. I was having fun, and my kids were set for winter as well. I loved making beanie’s with a flower on the side. Then I saw patterns on Pinterest, for animal beanie’s and character beanie’s like Hello Kitty, which was my best seller, Marvin the Martian, Minnie Mouse, and animal hats. I also started making and selling hair bows, crochet fingerless gloves, scarves, dish cloths, baby blankets, and diaper covers. Which is awesome because I love babies. I even sold digital art and I was not good at it. I had Adobe Photoshop, so why not? I was having fun making money then….
We got garnished for the hospital bill. Live and learn. We were still young, inexperienced and haven’t been out of our parents houses long enough, I guess. We made our choices and learned from them. That’s one thing about making mistakes, you learn from them. I keep it real and try to be authentic. That’s why I’m telling my whole story, no details left out. One purpose of this blog is it to teach from my experiences.
I had to go back to work to keep a roof over my kids head and food over their stomachs. I needed money now and fast. My job is physically, and emotionally draining. But you’ve got to do what you gotta do. I’m a caregiver in assisted living. I’m still there until this day. I’ve been there almost 7 years. I didn’t have time to Etsy anymore and I was exhausted but I can’t wait to go back and sell crochet.

So finally let’s get to the point of the blog. How can I start on Etsy and be successful? First decided what you are going to make and sell obviously. Join Etsy. Fill out your about me section, what you love to make and sell. Be enthusiastic, creative and drive people towards you. Fill out your shop policies, shipping information, and return policies. My return policy was that if they simply return the item I would give them a full refund. I didn’t want any bad reviews and I didn’t get any! Also, for shipping, you can buy your own weight scale and print shipping labels at home or just visit the post office, wait in a long line and have them do all the work. When you send items to your customers, I recommend sending it with pretty tissue paper, make it look pretty. Get business cards, custom address label with your shop name. You can also send them a free gift with the item they purchased. Wow your customers and keep them coming back. It is an investment but it’s worth it. You can also ship world wide. That is the beauty of working for yourself and having your own business, you get make the decisions. I mean you still need to have superb customer service, and all for good reviews and to keep them coming back. Also, at the same time, do not be taken advance of and have your boundaries. Be assertive, but kind. You can also choose to do custom orders. Customers can ask you to make something specifically. Like hey I really want a Marvin the Martian beanie. I would do custom orders, why not? More sales.

Next photography. When you take a picture of the items that you want to sell, make sure the picture is clear, crisp, and looking good, so that it has appeal and customers want to buy it. Be creative, put something pretty behind it, or a white paper to bring your item out. For example I put a teddy bear on the baby blanket that I made. You can use apps or programs to edit your photo. You can download canva or picmonkey or use Adobe Photoshop or even Instagram.
Next description and adding tags. Tags bring in people who are on Etsy to buy, that are not on Etsy selling but they are from “the outside world” of the world wide web. When describing your item, be very descriptive and make it sound appealing. Most stuff on Etsy already is. One example instead of saying pink say mauve. Add tags, very important so that people can find you. For example, I am selling a crocheted baby hat with a flower on it. I am going to add the tags: crochet, flower, floral, beanie, hat, baby, baby shower, and gift. Then I would personally in the description say keep baby warm with this adorable handmade beanie, especially made for your little one, but that is just me and I do what I want in this regard because I am working for myself, no boss, except the customers. Then again it’s better to say handmade crocheted sea blue beanie hat for baby. Acrylic yarn, and so on. Look around on Etsy and look at shops that are doing well. Which brings me to my next point, the Etsy community.

Etsy is a very supportive community. Get involved in teams. You can post your items on team’s and people will favor them and it will bring you exposure. You also need to be supportive and help your teammates out and favor their items. It’s a what goes around comes around idea. I did a lot of favoring items for exposure, and I mean a lot, and to just make Etsy friends in general. You get to see all the pretty stuff people make on Etsy it is fun. You also get to make treasuries. Treasuries are like a product showcase. You put twelve people’s product into a treasury and you pick a theme, like lovely lavender. My favorite color. Then they will do the same for you. You can also participate in BNR’s which you reserve your spot by buying from someone and they will buy from you possibly. I think it stands for buy now reserve. I don’t know but that’s what I thought. I participated in these.
Last but not least social media is very important! You need more exposure equals more sales. Pinterest, on Pinterest you may get invited to join group boards which creates more exposure. Twitter, there are people on Etsy who will retweet your product. You can make yourself a business Facebook page. You can have a blog. There is also Tumblr it. Once again social media is awesome for exposure. Look around Pinterest on tips on how to make Etsy sales. Making that first Etsy sale can be difficult but it will happen. Do not give up. I got impatient, but I will never forget how excited I was when I made that sale. You can also take online Etsy classes hI never took a class. I’m telling you the Etsy community is supportive and I like to do things my way but I’m sure I would of benefited.
So there you have it that is how I started on Etsy and made 65 sales. I hope I have helped someone and I am excited for you to open your Etsy shop. This is my link to my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichelleRoseBoutique

There are also Etsy classes online. I never have taken one, but I have talked to people that have, and they stated that these classes were helpful:

Turn your Etsy shop into a sales machine <—– You may click this link for another class, on how to make Etsy sales.

Thanks for visiting, hope this is helpful.

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Life’s unpredictable twists and turns…

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I took my kids to the rec center to swim. I went down the water slide as well. It’s a little fast for me, it’s dark, and I could not see where I was going. The slide would turn to the left then the right, unexpectedly. It totally freaked me out, until I just relaxed, and went with the flow. 

I struggled with anxiety for the past 20 years. It was difficult for me to even go on the water slide in the first place. It was not that bad at all! It was actually quite fun! I’m glad I went.

I made a realization afterwards. See, I like to plan ahead and know what is going to happen next. I definitely had no idea where I was going or what would happen next in that dark tunnel, as I plummeted into the water, after being turned this way and that.

That can be just like our lives. We have no idea what tomorrow brings, and sometimes life pulls you different directions. But if you let go, enjoy the ride, and go with the flow, you’ll actually have fun!

I thought to myself if I quit trying to predict what will happen next, when I’m in a dark tunnel in life, it would help me be less anxious. Also if I just let go and have fun, I would have a better quality of life and have fun. As we go through this journey called life, we need to learn to let go of worries and do our best. Yes, life can be unpredictable and dark. But we can still enjoy the ride.

I also realized that I’m getting to old for this… Haha! 😂😂😂