Kira Joya’s Blog

I’m Back

Posted in Flowers, Kira, photography, Yoga by Alissia on May 21, 2009

Wow! It’s been quite awhile since I have written. Try as I might, I just can’t keep up with everything. I was completely sidelined by a cold that has been knocking me around since right before mother’s day and is still hanging on. I think that it’s at least partially a detox reaction from all of the things I have been doing to rid myself of the Candida. It’s been about 2 weeks now and I’m feeling better, but am ready for this to be gone!!

I am beginning my year long yoga teacher training course in June. I’m so excited! I know I am going to learn so much. I am debating about whether or not to Blog my essays and experiences. I think it might be good for me, but some topics can be really personal…I’m not sure if I want that displayed all over the internet. I have been thinking that I might do it anonymously…we’ll see. I have already finished my first essay and spoken with the director of the program about the lifestyle changes that I want to make over the course of this year. I have a list of ten personal things that I would like to work on. I am trying to approach this with a completely open mind and by being completely honest with myself. I have barely started the program and yet, the questions pop up. I’m going to hold off on discussing the actual issue that I’m working on right here, but the response was this…that I am in the wrong because I expect too much. I should not have expectations. Yikes! Really? I thought that was part of being human. Humans have expectations. I’m not sure how to live my life without expecting things from people and from events. I guess this will be the first experiment.

The interaction with my new teacher also started me thinking about how much of yogic philosophy comes from a woman’s point of view…my guess is not much, if any. All of the yogis who wrote all of these ancient texts were men, right? Things change a bit when coming from a woman’s perspective. This I know for sure. Women come from a much more feeling – centered place. Would yogic philosophy be different if more women were involved from the beginning? My guess is, yes, a little bit. I am just beginning my yoga journey, so I don’t pretend to know much about yogic philosophy yet. I’m just asking questions…that’s part of any educational journey. One of the things that I learned so well in college was to look deeper…take nothing at face value. I plan to take all of the information like a sponge, absorb what I need, and squeeze out the rest. I think that any path you take needs to be adapted to work for you as a person.

I think that’s all I have to say on that for now. I am realizing that with summer coming and a yoga teacher training starting, I may have less time to work on the blog and website. I’m going to do the best that I can to keep up. Overachiever? Who? Yeah, that’s me. Anyway, this is for my family that may check my blog to see what’s going on, I thought I would share some photos from our Mother’s Day weekend in New Jersey…Gallery style….you can look if you’re not family too. Just click on the photos and they will enlarge.

Try and Try Again

Posted in beads, Jewelry, Kira, SAHM, WAHM by Alissia on April 18, 2009

Earlier today I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to find a theme that I liked for this blog. If the same person were to have checked this page 20 times today, they probably wouldn’t have seen the same format more than once. My vast numbers of followers must have been really confused. I found myself not liking any of the WordPress pre-made templates. There was something wrong with each of them. If you choose a custom header, then you can’t choose custom colors or lettering and some of them have just a title, no subtitle….ARGH!! It sucks to be such a perfectionist sometimes. I guess I will just have to learn some coding so I can do it myself. I settled on this theme, because I could use one of my photos as a header. However, I could not change the brown lettering and that bugs me!! Oh well, I think I will deal with it until I am a little more comfortable with the whole blogging realm….then I will do the whole custom thing.

Pieces of my latest creation

Pieces of my latest creation

I feel like I spend more time on the computer talking about making jewelry and finding out how to market it than I do actually making it. Here are the pieces of a necklace I intended to start on tonight. Now, I find myself writing on my blog instead. The beads are multicolored tourmaline and the squares and cubes are Hill Tribe silver. I think it’s going to be awesome when it’s done. The thing is, it was already done once. I hadn’t finished it totally…it still needed to have the clasp put on and the beads were not secured in place. One little 4-year-old hand swooped in and a little voice said, “Mommy, what’s this?” I heard lots of little tiny pings as each bead hit the floor. Nooooooo! Oh well, gotta start over. Look at this face, it’s hard to be mad at this face…well, sometimes not so hard. You know what I mean. Tomorrow I will make this necklace and I will post a photo of the finished piece.

Kira

Kira

One more thing to share before I go…I’m so excited!!! I signed up for the wire wrapping class that I talked about in a previous post. Here’s a link to the piece we are going to make in the Beadfest Wire class. The class itself was very reasonably priced…however, all of the equipment to make the piece seems to add up rather quickly. I just chalk it up to the betterment of my skills. If I am to grow as an artist, I need to learn new techniques. I will post photos of my bangle after the class…I hope it looks at least somewhat like the one in the picture. I’m so ready…I wish it was tomorrow. Sadly, I have to wait two weeks, but I have plenty to keep me occupied in the meantime.

So long, farewell, alvedersain, good night! (and yes, I like show tunes!)

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Holiday Happiness

Posted in Flowers, Gardening, Kira by Alissia on April 15, 2009
Ranunculus

Ranunculus

I saw these Ranunculus at the store and instantly knew I was buying them. They are one of my favorite flowers. Yes, yes I have lots of favorite flowers, but Ranunculus and Hydrangea top the list. I wanted flowers for the table anyway…so why not! A little yellow Ranunculus, a little white freesia…a gorgeous springtime centerpiece. When I get some really beautiful flowers, I love to try to capture them on camera…to play with the angles and lighting and see what kind of shot I can get. I think I did alright here…I’m not a pro or anything, but I really like to play with the camera.

It was a crazy holiday weekend…not much time for anything work or jewelry related. I bought the flowers for the table for the big family dinner on Sunday. It was my first time hosting a dinner like this one…for 17 people. I did most of the cooking, with some help. I think it was pretty successful…everyone is still alive, so that is a plus! It was exhausting, but well worth it!

Over the course of the whole holiday, I believe we did 4 egg hunts and dyed eggs twice…I think I’ve had my fill. The second time we dyed eggs, Kira was done in 5 minutes…and she had a whole dozen eggs to color. She would drop one in, take it right out and put the next one in. She just wanted to get up and play. Needless to say, most of her eggs were really light. When she got up, I thought I would re-dye some of them…I think it’s fun to dye eggs. Of course, I got caught and she was not happy with me for changing her eggs.

So that was my holiday…some flowers, some family, some food, and some eggs (lots and lots of eggs.)

Kira dying Easter eggs

Kira dying Easter eggs


Ranunculus and Freesia

Ranunculus and Freesia

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The Good, The Bad, and the Bunny

Posted in Flowers, Jewelry, Yoga by Alissia on April 4, 2009
Magnolias

Magnolias

Since I didn’t have time to write yesterday, I think I will start there. It was a really beautiful day in terms of finding food for my soul. First, I made up my mind that I was going to get some pictures of the magnolia trees in bloom. I just had to. The magnolias are only around for such a short time that I had to try to capture their essence on “film.” Of course, you can’t capture the fragrance in a picture so it’s much better to be there to see and smell them.

Then, I was in my car, all by myself (which is very rare, might I add) and my husband called me to tell me there is a rainbow just ahead. Sure enough…there it is! I get very excited by rainbows…almost emotional. They are just such a reminder of all that is good and beautiful in the world. I almost brought my camera too, but didn’t.

Lastly, and an amazing end to any day, was the monthly 2 hour candlelight yoga class. I joined this particular studio last month because I was intrigued by a candlelight yoga class once a month. It really is phenomenal! There is a short class on yogic practices in the beginning of the class, then the yoga practice itself, and then there is extra meditation time at the end. You leave the class feeling energized and whole once again. It makes me happy I am making the decision to follow this path.

Necklace from the materials I bought the other day

Necklace from the materials I bought the other day

Then we get to today…a little different than yesterday. Today began with lots of doubt and frustration. I kept looking at the necklace that I made from the materials I bought the other day and feeling that it just wasn’t right. Is it too boring? I know there are a lot of jewelry makers out there so my pieces have to be interesting. I know I am just at the beginning of this venture and absolutely have to get a thicker skin. I need to take some classes so that I can take my work to the next level. There is only so far I can go with bead work, because woven work and seed beads just aren’t my style. I really want to incorporate more wire and metal into my jewelry. I feel that’s what is necessary to keep my pieces looking modern and young. So sometimes I doubt myself a bit and then I talk myself out of it….you can do this!

Today I had frustration with the business part of this endeavor as well as the artistic part. I am not finding it easy to find craft shows where I can sell my stuff. I guess I just didn’t realize how competitive it was. It’s hard to find the info you need to even find craft shows. Many of the deadlines for this summer’s shows are already past. I’ve never done a craft show before, so I’m not sure I want to do a juried show yet. I would like my first one to be close to home, not too small, not too big…laid back. It seems like the craft show people take this stuff very seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I take myself seriously, but come on!!

And then…there is all the internet marketing stuff I have to learn. What have I gotten myself into? There it is again..you can do this!! I chose to do things this way…to learn as I go. I guess all of this doubt and frustration is all part of the learning process. I would rather go through it and learn from it, than stay in one place and live my life afraid of being a failure.

The bright spot in my day…Kira. I took her to the library to take a picture with the bunnies from the Luv-N-Bunns bunny rescue center. This was the best bunny I have ever seen. He just sat there and had his picture taken with all of these kids. He didn’t try to hop away or anything. Of course, Kira was the child that wanted to pick the bunny up. As I tried to take her picture, I could see her start to struggle. I was the only one who knew how badly she wanted to pick up that bunny. She ended up not moving the bunny…I don’t think she knew how heavy it was going to be.

This is Kira trying to pic up the bunny instead of just getting her picture taken like everyone else.

This is Kira trying to pic up the bunny instead of just getting her picture taken like everyone else.

I guess from now on I will have to do a better job of keeping up with my posts…this is rather long. Kira is telling me it’s time for the tea party…I’ll let you know how it is.

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