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Sunday, March 19, 2017

My newest update!!

Well, It's almost Spring.....tomorrow actually! YAY!!! It's been a very very long Winter, and although I enjoy the Winter time...by the time the end of January comes I feening for some sun and growth! I don't know about you but Spring is like a breath of fresh air and it's just beautiful!

Over these last almost 2 years since my absence I've been focusing a lot on me and my family. I've recorded videos and have them tucked away in my external and for some reason, as much as I've wanted to share...I haven't either. Does that make sense at all? I guess I've just needed this break. Although I started my new channel and opened a new blog for it and have material to post, I've been standing back just to enjoy the view of what's been going on in my life and watching my kids become adults and dealing with my physical limitations all at the same time. Not that I don't want to start that adventure, I'm just...waiting I guess, until I feel I can take it on fully...maybe?

As I continue to ponder on what I want to do for this side of my life, I also come back to the realness of what and who I am. What I mean is (since you asked, lol!) that since I said a "See ya later" in one of my last videos and closed the shop, I mentioned that I was going back to work, I'm a Certified Medical Assistant by trade, and I started the hunt. I then realized that my back had gotten significantly worse since the move and was having such a hard time. I tried to continue with the job hunt and taking care of my family and exercising but holy cow....I felt like I was gonna literally break in half!!! Seriously some of the worst pain. I had to go see a Neurosurgeon...again...but this one had a plan and from the minute he explained to me what had to be done, I had to try. I had him remove my useless good for nothing Spinal Cord Stimulator that wasn't worth the $20,000+ it cost to implant it, it worked for less than a year and then it didn't for about 4-5 years after wards...yeah!...can you tell that still makes me upset? Anyhow, he removed that in December 2015 then came the big mama surgery, the 2 level spinal fusion in my L-4, L-5, S-1 in May 11, 2016. That was one of the most painful recoveries I've ever experienced....and I've had back surgery years before and injections and PT and medications...it was a long journey. Today, March 19, 2017, 10 months later, I'm so glad I did it! I don't have that same pain anymore, my legs work fine too! I still feel weak in my back and I have to work at my home exercises to strengthen, but I'm making it!

Since I'm hoping for a maximum recovery I decided to try and get back into the medical field but since I've been out of the game for about 7 years, I decided I'm going back to school to retrain! So, yes, I'm re-certifying as a CMA in the state of Washington! I'm so excited about this, I feel like the light that was once a tiny dot at the end of the tunnel is now a whole lot bigger! Now, I've been hitting the books since the end of January...wow, almost 2 months!...and I'm loving it so much:) I've never been a good student but like the last time I went to trade school, I told myself I WILL SUCCEED and be better than my child self in the 80's!! I am currently at a 3.8 and on the Deans List for these last 2 mods (4 classes total)!!! I'm grateful for the chance to do this!!

I will have to leave my YouTube stuff on the back burner still and maybe work on things when I can....which is why I'm mentioning this. I kid you not, I have tried to get my studio ready and tried to unload some items and working on furniture for the studio and for the house but I just cannot get things done fast enough. With the recuperating over the last year too...it's just been impossible. I hope to stay in touch via Facebook and Blogger and whenever I can, YT. I really really miss interacting with you guys! You've been so supportive and patient with me, I'm also grateful to all of you!

Thanks for popping in today:) Happy Spring!!

Oh, just to share a few little things....

A little Succulent gathering in a bamboo steamer I put together last Spring!


My great nephew Michael had a Mickey Mouse theme Birthday party a couple years ago and I had the honor of making these for him!! I cut 160 Mickey heads by hand!


I have been into chalk painting furniture..I enjoy this so much! This is one of my first pieces I redid for our home. I LOVE white!!!



Happy Spring everyone!!!



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Friday, January 13, 2017

New look for "The Jule Box" blog....

Hello everyone!

I wanted to introduce my new blog look for "The Jule Box"...now, "The Jule Box Studios"! I'm excited about it but a little sad too...I'll explain...

I found a WONDERFULLY talented blog designer about 3 years ago or so, Karen Valentine who designed a beautiful vintage style blog for The Jule Box and The Jule Box Shop...which basically looked like this,

This was the header....


This is what you would see online.....



The Jule Box looked super similar...beautiful right?  The Jule Box Shop will be changing very soon...I'm still kind of working on the design just a little.

I'm sad to see these beautiful blog elements go...they've been with me for a few years and have served soooo well...but I'm excited because I get to try something new:)

Karen is amazing and I envy her talent! I've always wanted to learn some kind of graphic design and so I've been teaching myself a bunch of stuff and researched how I could do it myself...besides, it's a new year and I was ready for a change....not to mention I needed to save some money and do it myself. Karen is pretty affordable but I did really just want to try to do this on my own. So months of reading and watching videos....and messing around on blogger and on #picmonkey I finally learned a little about it...which is now what you see here....well, um, still in the works, LOL! Tell me what you think!!

I'm by no means at Karens level but I do hope to be one day:) If you ever find yourself wanting a new blog design please go see karen, her logo is to the right of my blog and is linked to her website....please tell her I sent you over ok!

So it took a while to to figure out what I wanted. I posted on FB what I had come up with originally but my dad was like..."You need a pop of color".... :/ I was like..."who said that"?...he was standing behind me as I was staring at this design...


I really liked the cool crisp colors but it did look a little cold...so to appease the old man (I say that very lovingly), I added the wood wall behind the logo and flowers...added some powdery pink peonies to the branches and the laurels then a gray border!! Then.....


A little bit of warmth...a little bit of texture...some pink...and viola! I LOVED IT!!...dad...still not so much:( he wanted me to add some "boor-gundy", he said....with his accent! LOL...I just wasn't feeling it although having been thinking about it for a day or so, it would have popped really nice! I still like this one. Maybe the next one I'll be a little bit bolder.

Ok, well there will be other posts up soon I hope because I've got a lot to tell you guys. I've been absent way too long and I'm ready to get rollin' on all the many fun things I've had to put off for so long. I'll catch ya'll later in the next post....and/or video.

Special thanks to Karen Valentine for your sweet spirit and awesome talent!! *on my knees and bowing with my hands up..."I'm not worthy...."...lol

Thanks for stopping by people,


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Where did the time go!?!

Hello Friends!

So, this is WAY long over due. So much has gone on.

Some of you know that my family and I have moved into our new house after about 8-9 years of renting and that we moved after my husband started a new job in 2014 out here in the state of Washington....we lived in Oregon for about 17 years....so, we crossed over the Columbia River to the Evergreen State, it's a little dryer out on the east side of the state but its a really nice change!

Over the last 18 months we've done a few cosmetic changes to the house and have had a couple of family events... some wonderful life changers to some scary ones but we're working on making the best out of it all. My husband and I pray every single night for guidance and wisdom and patience. We know He's watching over us and walking with us too.

We moved into a 4 bedroom 2 bath house with a family room I'm turning into my studio....its not done yet but little by little things are finding a place. The room is painted and I'm almost all done painting all my furniture a beautiful antique white with some distressing and with a light touch of gray. I will be sifting through all of my stuff eventually and will be selling what I have too much of (which is kind of an under statement) and what I don't need so I hope that when I share the listings, you'll be needing some of it. I'll put a video up when it's ready with some info!

My job status is on hold....some of you also know that I have some serious back issues and the fibro....it's tiring and so painful. I decided that I MUST get treatment of some kind and or surgery if need be and then work because I've been in sooo much pain and have deteriorated over these last 2 years, my legs hurt so much from the back injury pain and it's just progressed to being even more bed bound than before so I have to do something. In May I had a 3 level spinal fusion, talk about painful surgeries, OH WOW!! I had my mom and sister come out to help me for a bit and it helped me so much! I'm 14 weeks post op and it's been hard but I am finally walking and moving more. I started physical therapy 3 weeks ago to strengthen my hips and core. Apparently if I don't, the other levels can collapse with time, so I will do my best!!  I have weakness in my back now with an ache but the pain I had from before is all gone, I THANK YOU LORD!! I'd say that's a huge success!

Mom stayed for 2 months and I can't tell you what a blessing that was. Lisa was here for a week, that was all she could do, but I loved having them both for the time I did!

Having said all that, I've decided I'll be starting a new channel...this one is in addition to my craft channel. It's all about my home adventures, the journey of decorating, the economics of my home and what I do, organizing and remodeling. I'll also share many recipes with you all as well as meal planning and food prepping. I've been a homemaker for over 26 years and I've learned a few things that I would like to share. I also love gardening so that'll be part of my channel too!  I hope you'll come over and visit me and subscribe to my new channel, "At Jules House".  I have a blog I started and will share that once it's ready but not sure if there will be any other social media spots to hang out at but if I decide too, kind of a lot to manage, you know? I'll let you know over at that channel if I decide to open more.   

I'll be starting out with a video of the day we got the keys and a house tour!! (wait, I do have a cooking video on there that my cousin and sister in law asked me for a while back and it's in spanish!). Along with house planning and decorating there will be life events too, like in August 2015 my baby Anna went off to college and we are proud and cannot wait to see all she'll become! I recorded the day we moved her out and into her apartment and took pics of how I decorated her 14x14 size room and a video tour. It made me super excited she let me do that too! LOL. She's got a dog and 2 room mates that are super sweet and all of us moms are trying so hard to let them live their lives...not easy but we're trying! That was an eventful day!! Then my son decides to be on his own...how dare he right?....he just moved to Vancouver Washington a couple months ago and doing it all on his own! We're proud of him:) 

My parents moved back to So. California with my oldest brother last year right after we moved in, that was so hard...after 15 years that they've been out here with me, but how could I win?...2 new great grand babies being born in California, I'm not surprised they went to be with them. It's a huge blessing to be their age and being great grand parents don't you think?? lol... So it's just us 4 again, well sorta...but I'm dealing, I am!

I'll be loading videos to my new channel soon and the blog will be up as soon as I'm able so please visit me there. I have a few videos too of some projects from last year that I'll be sharing once edited...I'm learning the new iMovie so it'll be a bit.

Thanks for hanging out today, sorry this post took so long.... and don't forget to visit me at my new channel, "At Jules House"! Hope you all are doing great!!