Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Etsy Twitter Shop of the week - Jaybird Designs




Jennifer Cirka, of Jaybird Designs, makes unique crocheted clothing and accessories for babies, children and women. Her designs are wonderful. The photos of her work are luscious, and you can really tell her work is of high quality.

“I am very eclectic in what I make and sell. My main love is crochet!! I specialize in unique crocheted clothing and accessories. But my best sellers are my original crochet patterns!! The new love of my life, Cash the Greyhound, has stirred my creative juices again and I have started adding pet items to my shop. I currently have decorative dog tag collars, but plan to include crocheted sweaters, leashes, and maybe even homemade gourmet dog treats.

I am a professional crochet designer with designs published in major crochet magazines such as Crochet World and Crochet Today! I even have a booklet published with Leisure Arts called "Top-sy Turvy." You can be assured that you are working with a professional, and all my items are of excellent quality and workmanship.”

Jennifer offers $5.00 flat rate shipping (even when you order more than one item) to the entire world. U.S. shoppers, please contact her before checkout if you'd prefer $3.00 First Class instead of $5.00 for Priority shipping.

Special Deal for the Week: Free shipping if you mention "TWITTER Team Rocks" in the comments at check out. She will refund your shipping cost!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Etsy Twitter Shop of the week - Renee Suich

Renee Suich, of ReneeSuich.etsy.com, makes the most fascinating lampwork beads. Her work is so beautiful that I’m tempted to start making lampwork beads myself! It looks fun!

From Renee: “Every bead is a miniature work of art. The process from planning a design, to color combinations, to actually melting the glass, each step is enjoyable and always a new challenge. I use my beads to make and sell jewelry, key chains, and Skeleton Key Beads.

The Skeleton Key Beads are my best seller and my biggest challenge. Many of these are made and don’t get listed. Sometimes the prettiest bead gets stuck on the key shaft and won’t slide & spin. The bead is broken and I start over.

The Key Chains are made from beads that have gone a little too funky. It’s easy for me to get lost in the torch, melting glass, the bead keeps getting bigger…”


Every bead is a one-of-a-kind piece. They have been kiln annealed and properly cleaned. The construction is sturdy. The jewelry pieces are comfortable. Every order is very personal, and she usually ships within 24 hours. She will ship internationally and recently lowered her shipping cost to Canada.

Special for week of March 23 - 29, FREE SHIPPING to U.S. & Canada – Send her an Etsy conversation about your desired item, and she will delete the shipping charges prior to your purchase.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

NEED HELP! - WITH CHOCOLATE BUSINESS IN UK!

Hi
I'm rather desperate at the moment.
Looking for contacts in the UK who might be interested in a unique business opportunity.
I have a number of people in Italy who are interested in signing on with a chocolate business.
If I sign them up in Canada the shipping and VAT prices are astronomical.
However, we have a warehouse in the UK from which shipping and taxes are more reasonable.
Anyone interested in helping out as part of the UK connection would be compensated for their efforts and might additionally also be interested in taking part in the healthy chocolate business.
So if you live in the UK or know of anyone living in the UK who is interested please have them contact me right away.
Thanks so much.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Finally a Chocolate That’s Great on the Lips, the Hips and the Heart!


Of all of the rich and decadent foods consumers have to choose from, chocolate is by far one of the most popular. The sweet and creamy treat has been eaten by billions of people all over the world for centuries. And while it’s often perceived as indulgent and fattening, chocolate actually has a number of health benefits. Xocai, one of the health food industry’s fastest growing brands is now helping consumers enjoy the amazing taste of chocolate, without the guilt and negative impacts. By combining all natural unprocessed chocolate with the acai berry and other fruits, the Xocai line of products is changing the way consumers perceive chocolate, and making it possible for health-conscious individuals to indulge while still watching maintaining good health.
Chocolate is made from seeds from the cacao tree, which is native to South America. Throughout much of the world’s history, it has been treasured as a luxury good, and was previously used in a resistance building, fatigue fighting drink called Xocolatl by the Mayans and the Aztecs, and later by the European elite. Chocolate is still noted for its health boosting benefits today, and many modern scientists will attest to that fact. According to a research presented at a conference held by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, chocolate can help to prevent or remedy a number of common ailments, including high blood pressure. Chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, which help to prevent or slow the oxidative damage to the body, and prevent related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and macular degeneration.
We live in a fast-paced world and many of us have difficulty making sure that we’re getting all of the nutrients and vitamins that will help us maintain our health. The Xocai products are a great way to supplement your diet with a natural solution that has proven health benefits. From the new revolutionary product Sipping Xocolate to the Omega Squares, customers are excited that something that taste so great, can also be so great for them.
Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors around the world, but chocolate candies, drinks and other products made with chocolate can be high in fat and calories. If consumed in excess, many of these products can lead to weight gain and other health issues. However, compared to most mainstream products made with chocolate, Xocai has the same decadent taste, but with far fewer grams of fat and sugar. Made with acai, the super antioxidant berry that’s sweeping the diet industry, Xocai is safe for health-conscious consumers, dieters and even diabetics. These low calorie products are also a great source of protein and fiber.
It’s no secret that lifestyle changes can be difficult to stick to. Our products make it easier for people to still truly enjoy the foods and beverages that they are consuming while still remaining committed to their overall health.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Socks for Diabetics - Now in Stock


Socks for diabetics need to be made in one piece without seams. Seams can form ridges which may irritate feet and cause sores or blisters to form. The fabric needs to be breathable and draw moisture away from the skin.

These socks are made in one piece without seams and have been knitted in a spiral pattern as can be seen in the photo. The socks are made from a blend of fibres and are breathable with a slight elasticity for added comfort should feet swell. The yarn blend also serves to draw moisture away from the foot.

The socks were shown to my diabetic educator who thought they were just the thing.

This pair is made from an ombre yarn with shades ranging from a pale silvery grey to a dark charcoal. The yarn is a blend of cotton, wool, nylon and elastic fibres.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hey You Chocolate Lovers!

Watch this great short video about chocolate.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Newsletter - Impawsible to Resist

March news:

I've decided to try out a new service this month. The service provides a spam free, secure process for publishing newsletters and ecourses to subscribers for a small fee. I'm trying out the service this month and am now able to offer you the following goodies.

Healthy Chocolate - a monthly newsletter about guilt-free, diabetic and vegan friendly dark chocolate. In the first issue, learn 22 reasons why we should all consider adding dark chocolate to our diets. Read what Health Canada has to say about Xocai dark chocolate in particular. Sign up to host a chocolate tasting - wherever you are located in Canada, the USA, Australia, Jaspan or United Kingdom.

Living Green - an 8 week free ecourse with tips on reducing your carbon footprint on the planet.

These are available now as I beta test the service. If it works out, more will follow including monthly newsletters on Reiki, Alternative Healing, Pets & Vets, Feng Shui, Life Coach, Hypnotherapy, Travel and Green Tips. Leave a comment on this post if these or other topics are of interest to you.

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Anyone subscribing during this beta testing phase (ends March 20th) may select and aceo print of their choice from my Etsy shop - http://impawsibletoresist.etsy.com.

Thank you so much!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Feng Shui – The Colours of Feng Shui

The Colours of Feng Shui

Black

Black is the colour of mystery. It also provides protection. It symbolizes nighttime when it gets dark, and it also represents an empty space. Even with that, it provides intensity to any area. If it is used often, it can translate into a heavy atmosphere. Black is also used to provide strength.

This colour can be used in the East, North and Southeast. It should not be used in the South. It can be used in a child’s bedroom, but not a lot. It can also be used in the common areas of your home.

If you’re trying to attract career opportunities, it can be used in the North area of anyone’s space. Black can be combined with white to be used on furniture.


Brown

The colour brown is used in the East, Southeast and the South. The energy from this colour provides plenty of nourishment. It can be associated with different foods and drinks, such as chocolate and coffee.

Brown can also be used for the common areas of your home. You shouldn’t use much of the colour Brown for a child’s bedroom or the Southwest area. If there is too much of the colour in an area, it may cause people not to take a step forward.

Green

This colour represents revival and a fresh start. Green provides nourishment and keeps peace in your life. When incorporated with Feng Shui, you should use different versions of green, instead of just one.

You can use plants that have fresh foliage. Green is also known to provide healing. It can be used more so in the South, East and Southeast areas.

There are different versions of this colour that can be used in Feng Shui.


Red

When the colours for Feng Shui are used in the right format, your environment will be the recipient of good Feng Shui energy. The colour red contributes to the Fire Element to provide energy.

Fire can be considered as a creative aspect and a destructive aspect. Fire is a symbol for sun and life and energy that comes from it. With this Element in your home, you can experience happiness and a desire to be sexually fulfilled.

Red also represents passion and celebration. The Chinese use the colour red for happiness and luck. In India, the colour red is use for marriage and weddings, and in the West, the colour red stands for romance and courage.

When people decorate, the colour red is used for richness. Careful consideration has to be implemented not to use too much red. Otherwise, it can provoke anger and excessive stimulation.

With Feng Shui, red can be used in children’s bedrooms with caution. It can also be used in the common areas of the home, such as the dining and living rooms and the kitchen area.

In the East, Southeast, West and Northwest areas of your home, you can use the colour red, but you are limited to how much you should use. Red is a perfect candidate to use in the South.

Orange

Orange has been nicknamed the “social” colour. Orange is responsible for providing the energy from Feng Shui to engage in spirited conversations and to have good feelings in your home. When the winter season approaches, it can be a reminder of the summer season. Log fires also come into play with the colour of orange.

Just like red represents fire, so does orange. It is not a good colour for the areas of the West and Northwest. In addition to that, this colour should not be seen in the East and Southeast.
These areas are controlled by other elements of Feng Shui.

Orange can be used for the common areas, such as the living and dining rooms, kitchen, and anywhere else where the environment can have action and lots of energy. It’s a good idea to have some Feng Shui products or accessories.

Since orange is considered a soft and warm colour, it is easy to incorporate with Feng Shui. It is a beautiful sight to see as a sunset. It enhances the rooms and makes them stand out.


Purple

Don’t overuse the colour purple. This colour is very strong, and has a relationship with the spirit. It is not recommended for use on the wall. It can however, be used in a space where meditation is taking place. If you use this colour at home, be very moderate about using it. You can use lighter colours. It can be used in the East South and West areas, with limitations.

A good way for the colour purple to be implemented is to use the Feng Shui crystal Amethyst.


Pink

The colour of love is pink. It can also be used to keep the energy calm. It also works to quiet the heart and provide it with lots of love. This colour is used mostly in the Southwest area. It also is in line with marriage. When decorating, a soft pink is used. When there is hot and heavy energy, hot pink is used.

Pink is great to use for a bedroom of a little girl; what little girl wouldn’t want that colour? Ok, there may be some, but they’re probably few and far between. There are several common combinations of pink that include pink and black and pink and green. Pink and green represents activity. Pink and black represents a retro style.

With Feng Shui, rose quartz crystals can be used for love. The crystals are a soft pink that soothes the soul.


Yellow

The colour yellow reminds people of the sun. It can brighten up any space and provides an inviting atmosphere. You have many choices to choose from when it comes to yellow. This colour is a better choice for a child’s bedroom and the family room.

If you have a dull looking room, using the colour yellow will provide it with lots of light. It provides the Fire Element, but in a softer format than the colour Red does. It is easier to deal with on a larger scale. Yellow can also be used to provide self-esteem. If you use hot yellow, don’t use too much of it. Yellow can be used in the East and Southeast areas.


Gray

Gray is usually considered as a dull colour that doesn’t have much life. However, there is a shade of gray (noble gray) that is considered a little more upbeat than the regular colour. Gray is used in the West, Northwest and North areas of Ba-Gua.

It should not be used too much in the East and Southeast. Wood is the dominant Element in those areas. Believe it or not, gray can provide Feng Shui energy into most of the common areas in your home.

It can provide a clear focus to any space in your home. Gray also represents the energy of the Metal Element.






White

The colour white represents Yoga rituals. With Feng Shui, it stands for quietness and innocence. It also stands for beginnings and endings. It has a clean and fresh focus. It can be used for Feng Shui purposes anywhere in your home.

In the East and Southeast, it’s not a good idea to use all white. You can use other colours to blend in with it.

You can have white space in your bathroom or mediation room. This will help with healing in your home. It can also provide possibilities never explored before along with a promising future.

Blue

Blue represents the clear skies and waters. It can be used in the East and Southeast of anyone’s space. Since blue is connected with Water, the energy is responsible for supplying nourishment to the Wood Element. It can also be use for decoration or art.

Blue can also be used as a colour for ceilings. It’s been noted that students did better in their studies when they have a blue ceiling.

For harmony, a light blue colour would work well. For peace and quiet, a dark blue colour would work better. A deep blue colour can be implemented in your bedroom to help you get to sleep.

For the South, West and Northwest areas, deep blue should not be utilized much. Blue and white colours can be combined to provide energy.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Feng Shui – Tips To Enhance & Harmonize Any Home Or Business Part 3

The Five Elements Of Feng Shui

The principle of five elements is important to the concept of Feng Shui. They work in certain ways in accordance with the rotation of the Productive and Destructive Cycles. All five of the elements correspond with a certain colour. Some of the elements will use more than one colour. The best way to utilize these elements is to open your space to more happiness.

Here are the five elements and their corresponding colours:

• Wood – Represents and provides energy for health and vitality; it also represents abundance and is considered a cure for wealth and prosperity. This element resides in the East and Southeast areas of your space. The Wood Element is also good for use in the South. The Wood Element colours are brown and green.

• Fire – Represents high energy and passion; it provides energy to things that are career related. It will also provide assistance to have you recognized in your achievements. This element resides in the South, Northeast and Southwest areas of your space. The Fire Element colours are Red, Orange, Purple, Pink and Strong Yellow.

• Water – Represents easiness, abundance and freshness; it also represents calm and purity. Water represents abundance and is considered a cure for Feng Shui. It can be used in the North, East and Southeast areas of your space. The Water Element colours are blue and black.

• Earth – Represents being stable and nourishment; it also represents protection for your relationships. It can be used in the Northeast, Southeast and Center areas of your space. The Earth Element colours are beige and yellow.

• Metal – Represents being precise and clear; it also represents exactness and being efficient. You can live with clarity and light. It can be used in the West, North and Northwest areas of your space. The Metal Element is ideal for your home or business. The Metal Element colours are white and gray.

The Productive and Destructive cycles control the five elements of Feng Shui. Wood is part of the Productive Cycle that is produced by the Element Water. The Cycle continues with the creation of Fire, Earth, Metal and, last but not least, Water, in that order. The Cycle does not stop and each element complements each other. They also maintain a positive flow with one another.

The Destructive Cycle has just as much prominence as the Productive Cycle. Anything that is negative or contributes to decay is removed. This makes way for things that are positive and will help in the Feng Shui process.

With this Cycle, Wood is responsible for separating Earth. Earth in turn, soaks up Water; Water douses out Fire; Fire melts Metal; and Metal cuts up Wood. This too, is another cycle that goes around in circles and doesn’t stop.

You will need to use different colours for each direction:

• East and Southeast – Dominant green

• South – Dominant red

• Southwest – Dominant yellow

• West and Northwest – Dominant white or metallic

With the directions and colour schemes, alternate colours can be used for the basic ones. Blue and black can be used for the East and Southeast. Anything in the red family can be used for the Southwest and Northwest.

Anything in the yellow, beige and brown family along with any combinations can be used for the West and Northwest. White is the colour used in the North because Metal creates Water. In the South, green can be used because Wood creates Fire.

The colours don’t have to stand by themselves. They can be supplemented or combined with others to create powerful statements. With Feng Shui, you must keep balance and harmony. These attributes are needed in order to keep the flow of Chi in a positive format.

Yang energy comes from the Element of Fire. It is represented by the colour red. Other things that help to provide more energy are candles and lights. If you want more intimacy as far as being close is concerned, Earth energy would be needed. Things that contribute to earth energy can help your marriage in a positive way. They can also help you in different relationships.

You can use things like crystals and ceramics, things made from earthenware to enhance this. Since Metal is created by Earth, Metal can take advantage of the benefits. Metal is also one of the Yang Elements that happens to have a positive effect. Metal is also responsible for creating Water. This can help with the flow of Chi.

With Water being a part of the Chi flow, the flow doesn’t stop. Water helps to keep Chi flowing in different areas of life. With Feng Shui, flowing water is considered to be quiet and relaxing. You can use it to implement energy in your home.

If you are looking to advance or start your career, water can be used for that purpose. It also represents wealth and prosperity. A good thing to implement for this would be an aquarium or a water fountain. This can have positive vibes in certain areas of your home. One place that water is not recommended for is the bedroom.

The Wood Element also connects with your home and garden. You can place wooden objects in certain areas in order to obtain more wealth. They can be placed near plants and flowers. Another thing that can increase wealth is installing a wooden bench in the area of your garden that is designated for Wealth.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Feng Shui – Tips To Enhance & Harmonize Any Home Or Business Part 2

Methods Of Feng Shui

Some of the methods are easy to use; however, when it comes to the main part of it, it can take several years to get the hang of it. Learning Feng Shui is not as easy as people may like to think it to be.

For this type of setting, you should always start from the beginning with the basics, then move your way up. It makes it easy for you and others to follow along. Then you can make gradual steps to the advanced phases of Feng Shui. To get you started, here are some things that you can implement:

Air and light of good quality – You should have this in your home in order to master the Feng Shui principles. You can benefit from having good Chi when you incorporate both of them.

In order to operate this principle, it’s a good idea to allow natural light into your home. The windows should be open on a frequent basis. If you’re a plant lover, invest in some air purifying plants for Feng Shui.

Ba-Gua – Use the compass to activate the energy map in your home. When you connect with your Ba-Gua, you will find out which areas or rooms in your home are connected with the Feng Shui concepts.

Get rid of clutter – You should discard everything that doesn’t mean anything to you or reminds you of bad events or feelings in your life. If you have a lot of clutter, all of it can’t be removed overnight.



After it’s done, you will feel like a heavy burden has been removed from your shoulders. This is a very important thing to do because you will have a release of stress and negative energies. It will also be easier for you to move on to the next phase.

Five Elements – Becp,e familiar with the five elements of Feng Shui. For certain areas, some elements will need to be stronger. This depends on what you’re trying to attract in your life. It also depends on what area of your home you’re looking to implement Feng Shui.

Birth Element – Wood and Fire are considered elements and along with that you will need a colour to correspond with the elements. In addition to that, you will need to incorporate shapes to match the element and colour for Feng Shui.






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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Feng Shui – Tips To Enhance & Harmonize Any Home Or Business Part 1

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is an ancient Chinese practice that involves art and science. It has been around for thousands of years. The practice utilizes the laws of heaven and earth to help people balance their energies within a space. This is to help them receive good fortune and health.

The word “feng” means wind and “shui” means water. Therefore Feng Shui means “wind water”. The local Chinese people place wind that is gentle and water that is clear in one setting. It is intended to represent good health and harvest.

The art of Feng Shui is based on the belief that the land includes Chi. Chi represents life-force energy. Back in ancient times, the local Chinese people claimed that the energy of the land was either good or bad.

Feng Shui stems from the Taoist ideals about nature. Taoism deals with religious and philosophical beliefs. Taoism has a strong influence in Asia.

Taoism is also responsible for birthing the concepts of yin and yang. Yin and yang deal with opposite aspects of a phenomenon or the act of comparing two phenomena. They represent quality in regard to correspondences which are found in most areas of Chinese science and philosophy. An example of this would be ancient Chinese medicine.

There are five main elements are in Feng Shui. When doing a Feng Shui analysis of a space the Compass and the Ba-Gua are used. The Ba-Gua is a grid that is created in the shape of an octagon.

This grid has symbols of the I Ching. In fact, Feng Shui is based on this premise. In order for you to connect the areas of your home in accord with Feng Shui, you need to understand the concept of Ba-Gua.

The compass, also known as “lo-pan”, works to provide additional information about a facility. The magnetic needle is surrounded by concentric rings that are strategically placed. The word “lo” means everything and “pan” means bowl. Lo-pan is used to open the mysteries of the universe.

When learning Feng Shui, you have to start off at the basic level in order for you to understand the entire process. After you have a good understanding Feng Shui on the basic level, you will achieve phenomenal results. The results will affect how you perceive Feng Shui. You will want to use it on a regular basis in your home and your business.

When engaged with Feng Shui, you will need to obtain certain ‘cures’ in order to have a better life. There are different things that can be used to achieve this. Here are five of them:

• Aquariums

• Fountains

• Crystals

• Colors

• Clocks

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hi: Conscious Chocolate Lovers.....

Imagine to Pay it Forward… 3 pieces of Xocai Chocolate to 3 people who do the same as a symbol of Opening up Heart, while Sharing Joy, Pleasure and Prosperity.and Peace.( as this certainly melts down the stress… Did you know too that people eat more chocolate during tough economic times than any other food
Once in a while you come across something; an image, a song, a word, that moves your heart and soul. I wanted to share that moment with you :)
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