doe Studio.ca....goes LIVE!!

It's here! Finally!!! Actually, I went live with the site just around Christmas, but haven't blogged about it yet. So I really should be saying...It's finally here...my blog about my new website!!
It's been a labour of love with lots of work getting content material written, the online Shopping cart set up and photos organized and uploaded. I used a free website for site building, called Yola.com. It's been SO easy, looks good and did I mention it was FREE!!!? They have lots of free templates to chose from, so you can pick one that's suitable for your needs. See them here!
I used a few tools to get things going. I really had to edit and resize my photos in order to maximize the upload capacity that you get with the free site. It is a bit limited, but I don't think I'll ever reach my max! (never say never though, right?!). I use a program called Webresizer.com. It's fantastic. Not only does it allow me to shrink the size of my photos, the program optimizes them for a sharper, clearer image. There are extra capabilities such as cropping, lighting adjustments and border selection. Well worth looking into if you have the need for this kind of a service.
I was able to add a Shopping tab, which I am extra excited about. Hoping that folks will check it out and use the Shopping cart that is set up through PayPal!! I am still working out some of the kinks but have been having such a great time!
Please come by for a visit! Let me know that you visited. Leave me a comment!

doeStudio.ca

{new Perspective}

The New Year has given me a new perspective. One like never before. I'm sure it has that effect with a lot of people, and I have experienced it on a smaller scale in the past. But this year has been different. I have re-evaluated myself, my goals, my life. I am proud to say that I have made some wonderful discoveries.
As some of you already know, I was diagnosed with cancer little over a year ago. It changed my life. Not only did I lose the baby I had been dreaming of for so long, I had a huge fight on my hands. We managed, somehow, to keep smiling and carry on. Almost a year to the day of diagnosis, I received the "all clear" from my oncologist. I am free from weekly blood work, chemo treatments and doctors visits. It is a true sense of freedom. Elated can only begin to describe the feeling.
So, with this new found freedom, this gift of a healthy body and sound mind, I begin the year. On my journey inward, here are some things that I found out about myself:
  • I am addicted to self-help books, enlightened reading material and anything written about using the Law of Attraction in your life!
  • I am strong. My legs are very strong, and I have promised to give them a "run" for their money by signing up for my first race: a half marathon in May.
  • I turn 40 this year, and am determined to be in the best shape of my life.
  • I am creative. This has it's pros and cons! I sometimes can't stop the wheels from churning, even at 3 am. I have so many ideas and just not enough hands to create it all!
  • I have an entrepreneurial spirit. As I begin to believe in myself more and more, I am dreaming of ways to turn my strengths, talents and ideas, into exciting and viable streams of income.
  • I love my life. Despite the events of the last year (and probably as a result of it all), I am so incredibly happy.
  • I love my space. We moved into a new home weeks before I got sick last year. I truly believe that this wonderful space, with it's great view of the nearby lake, has helped me to heal faster and keep a positive outlook on all of life's situations.
  • I enjoy making the most of any situation. In a positive, constructive manner.
  • I love Hot Yoga. I love everything about it. I love where I practice it, the instructors who share their expertise, guidance and light. I even love the "hurt" the next day. I only wish I could participate more often.
  • I really miss painting. I used to take folk art painting classes, and have made some fun pieces in the past. Some of those were Christmas Tree ornaments that I pull out every year. This year, I actually said to myself..."hey, these are really great!", and took some photos. I'll put them up in my next post.
  • I refuse to underestimate myself, my abilities and my talents from this day forward.
I am sure there are more discoveries to uncover, and they will reveal themselves as life unfolds! For now, I am so happy to have come into the New Year with the sense of hope, wonder and opportunity.
My wish for you is to discover your strengths, talents and all of the things that make you happy in life. Make the most of every moment. Starting right now.

It's okay to get excited about Angora!!!

Sorry!! I, like many people, have been severely distracted from my blog posts by a teensie-weensie cultural event we know as Christmas!! We had our last family get-together last night, almost two-months after the inception of the season! Needless-to-say, I have been busy this morning taking down decorations, "un-trimming" the trees and putting everything back to normal...whatever that is!
So, lets get to the reason for this post. Angora. Shortly before Christmas, I received a very big and exceptionally delightful (I giggled when I opened it up) shipment of Angora blend yarn. Lots of gorgeous colors, just ready to get hooked into lovely scarves! I spent a lot of time this season whipping up gifts for teachers, bus drivers and various other recipients, all of whom were delighted with the loveliness that is Angora.
Now that time is a tad more abundant, I will be adding several styles of the angora scarf to my inventory!! I'll be sure to update you when they arrive.
In the meantime...eye candy for the Angora-lover in you!!!