#WorldMentalHealthDay

#WorldMentalHealth
Im the daughter of a single parent who struggles with bipolar tendencies and PTSD. My family is dysfunctional. I struggle with SAD, some anxiety issues, and a compulsive eating disorder. I’m a 6 on the ACE scale and I relate with an anxious-avoidant attachment style….
But NONE of those things completely define me. They help me understand my subconscious reactions but they do not determine my actions
Seek to understand yourself, not to define yourself. 

Embrace your shadow to allow your light to shine brighter

Be transparent

Tell your story and help others who are struggling. 

Your mess can become your message.


Happy World Mental Health Day! 

Find lots more self-care images on my Pinterest board!
#worldmentalhealthday

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PlanetJoy Massage Client Feedback 



Allison Sprouse, 45

I trust Joy because she does great work and truly cares about her clients’ health.

PlanetJoy is a total body relaxation experience. It’s quiet and soothing. Pressure is always perfect and if there are trouble areas, Joy focuses on them. 
Bonus: My migraines are gone!


A monthly massage gives me something to look forward to and it helps me stay on top of health concerns before they happen. 


Joy can tell when something is wrong with my body that I wasn’t aware of! True story. She discovered I needed adjusting when I never knew anything was wrong. I went to my chiro and she was spot-on!



Jacob Graham, 35

Highlights of a PlanetJoy massage: the attention she pays to my issues, the care she takes, the tenderness and responsiveness to my body. She reads it well.

I’ve had relatively extensive massage experience, but this is my favorite. Joy is not in any way overbearing. She is considerate, quiet, and I get the sense that it’s a deep practice for her.

What has pleasantly surprised me? Just how relaxed I feel when I leave.



Deb Kirtland, 52

Joy relieved some tension/knots/pain that my chiropractor could not – and the relief was quick and fairly permanent.  I say “fairly permanent” because it’s my life style that makes me have flare-ups. 

What concerns or worries have been taken care of?  Neck pain, shoulder and upper back tension is less overall.  Also, being able to sign up for packages and pay in installments creates less stress about affordablility.

What has pleasantly surprised me?  How relaxed I am on the table.  I thought I would be uncomfortable with having someone massage me, but I don’t because of PlanetJoy’s environment and JOY!



Bevin Yowell, proudly almost 40!

Did you have any objections or skepticism about signing up for massage package? At first, yes. I was concerned about $ & Time. 

What are some highlights of the experience? Pricing options are awesome and Joy’s massage skills are the best that I’ve experienced. 

What concerns or worries have been taken care of? $ and time actually worked out well! 

What has pleasantly surprised me? I find it easy to make the time. 

What is most satisfying about the experience? I feel amazing and I’m more in tune with my body and how my body holds stress. 

 

Asechiah, age 42

Joy was recommended to me by several people. The experience has been great, and I absolutely trust her skills and knowledge.

It’s a very soothing experience. Joy is very easy to communicate with, taking in account the unique set of health issues I’ve had.

Joy has helped me make serious strides in the past year, I’m very thankful. Pain has been much more manageable. See the light at the end of the tunnel.

What has pleasantly surprised me? Sense of energy has been returning, overall body balance is much improved 
What is most satisfying about the experience? It’s good to have someone you can see eye to eye with regarding your health and the necessary steps it takes to get there. Joy is very encouraging.



PlanetJoy: Feedback

Here’s a round up of testimonials I’ve received over the years: 

PlanetJoy Massages: 

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2014

2015

-Linda Tabor, healthy hippie badass 

-Suzanne Leahy, hospice care counselor

 

-Alison Jones Sprouse, teacher 

-Bevin Yowell, therapist

-Alyssa Grabinski, art therapy student 

-LeeAnn Monroe, elementary school principal


PlanetJoy Pregnancy Massage:

Savanna’s Experience


PlanetJoy Catalyst Collage Parties:
2014
2015

International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017

I’m so honored to be a part of Stauntons LARGE group of women business owners

I thought I would share a bit about my experience as a woman business owner and why I choose to work on women: 

I am a massage therapist and I work from my home here in Staunton. 

My business is called PlanetJoy because people say they feel like they’re transported to another planet when they are on my table. 

PlanetJoy is set up specifically for women because women tend to stay busy giving and giving to others without allowing themselves time to fill their energy back up. They feel guilty allowing themselves the “indulgence” of self-care. 

My intention is to make women feel as safe as possible when they are on my table. 8 out of every 10 women have experienced some kind of abuse throughout their life: physical, emotional, sexual, mental….so, when women get on my table I want them to feel like they can actually relax. 

I’ll never forget the first time I had a woman come back to me when I was helping out in a spa downtown. She had called to specifically request me because when she had been on my table it was the FIRST time she had been able to relax during a massage due to past abuse. When she told me told me a little more about her past experiences, I made sure to make her feel even MORE secure during her next massage and she actually fell asleep. When you get a massage you are in a very vulnerable position so sleeping is the ultimate sign of feeling safe. I’m proud to say all of my clients have fallen asleep on my massage table at some point. 

I also want all women to feel beautiful and be able to understand and respect their bodies. Self-love, self-respect, and body-confidence are so important. I have had the honor of being an art model for Beverly Street Studio School for the past 9 years and I have learned from the fabulous women artists there that every body is unique and interesting and full of radiant beauty. 

We as women need to use our strengths to support other females in our lives. We can always do a little something to make other women feel loved and safe. And we should always encourage each other to take care of ourselves. We simply cannot love others as efficiently if we are not taking time to love ourselves. Strong women lift each other up. Together, we can rise higher. 

How to Eat so You’ll Finally Stop Breaking Out: Conquering the Battle over Hormonal Acne

The first step to overcoming hormonal acne is to track your period cycle. You’ll need to know which day of your period you are on. I use Hormone Horoscope.

Week 1 

You’re feeling more extroverted and upbeat 

You need iron, sprouted, and fermented foods (think sauerkraut, kefir, pickles) 

This is a great time to do cardio and strength building 

Drink green tea and get your vitamin c 

Day 1-7 

MOISTURIZE 

Your skin will be sensitive 

Make sure you are getting enough magnesium (leafy greens, black beans, avocado, figs, bananas, chia seeds, lentils, kidney beans, pumpkin, quinoa, pumpkin seeds)

Great oils to use on your skin at this time: argan, jojoba, and rosehip

Day 1

You’ll have some dry skin– use moisturizer and drink extra h2o

Increase your estrogen

Day 2-6

Pay extra attention to skin morning and night 

Week 2

You have more energy and confidence– this is a great time to get our of your comfort zone 

Your libido is higher 

Drink raw juices and fresh fruit

 

Day 7-10 

Estrogen is up and skin is getting better 

Eat iron and vitamin c 

Edamame, beans 

Exfoliate your skin with raw honey, brown sugar, or oatmeal 

Use Grapeseed oil on your skin 

Day 10-13 &14 (ovulation day)

Skin is at its BEST

Day 12-16

If you are experiencing spots that means you have too much estrogen 

Take evening primrose oil and borage oil 

Get lots of vitamin A and eat lots of coloful veggies 

Take a collagen supplement or eat a lot of gelatin and bone broth 

Use apricot oil and rosehip oil on your skin 

Week 3

This week is all about focus. It’s great for stressful activities 

Keep your blood sugar stable or you’ll be grouchy 

Get a lot of chlorophyll and greens

Get zinc and protein (cashews, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, salmon, sardines, spinach)

Do fun upbeat exercise  

If you are constipated eat: bananas, broccoli, prunes, berries, green tea, pumpkin, pear, plums, and increase your magnesium intake

Day 15-19

Anti bacterial and anti inflammatory diet (no grains, dairy, or nuts)

Day 17-24

Evening primrose and borage oil supplements 

Eat cleansing veggies (cucumbers, kale, broccoli, beets) 

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic so either take it internally or use it as a toner on your face (make sure to mix with water if putting on your skin since it will sting)

On your skin you can use manuka honey which is an excellent antibiotic (you can also use raw honey) 

The best oils for your skin at this time are: jojoba, Grapeseed, tamanu, and argan

Week 4

Do anything that will boost your mood–lots of intentional self-care

Healthy fats and root veggies 

Avoid caffeine and salt 

Do yoga and take brisk walks 

Boost your seratonin levels with bananas, oats, avocados, tulsi tea, hummus, kiwi, salmon

Take magnesium, calcium, and turmeric 

Day 20-24

Breakouts occurring–combat inflammation 

Get your vitamin A, keep your pores open (unclogged), kill bacteria

Cleanse am and pm 

No grains, dairy, or nuts 

Day 25-28 (or end of cycle)

Pamper skin, drink extra water 

Increase estrogen 

Lower stress levels as much as possible 

Regulate insulin (cranberry juice, lentils, grapefruit, berries, avocado, protein bars, cinnamon, dill)

Drink herbal tea

Support your liver 

Do deep cleansing. (Nettle, mint, lemon, ginger, fennel)

Use rosehip oil on your skin 

List of Planet Joy’s Upcoming Projects

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I have five ideas spinning around in my head:

1) finding out the best hours to work with busy moms
2) hormonal testing
3) officially offering intention setting sessions as part of my business (both one on one and group settings)
4) removing the stigma from anxiety and depression and providing a space for women to connect: encouraging instead of isolating.
5) potentially running an asyra machine right here in Staunton.

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More details:
1) Working with busy moms. Massages and collages offered at times when moms are finally able to have free time. Those weird hours like 8-11 in the evening when the kids are finally asleep and they have time to rest. I want to find out when mommas are actually available! My business has always had the intention of being for busy women but my hours (11-6) are not reaching all the moms! It is time to make mammas happy :)

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2) Hormonal testing. Hormones have become super interesting to me. They are responsible for so much and can get out of balance so easily. I’d love to help women figure out what’s going on in their bodies and especially help women who are going into menopause or are currently experiencing menopause. There’s so little information out about menopause and yet every woman will eventually experience it….I know that personally when it comes time for me to go through it I want there to be someone who can come along beside me and help me figure out what’s happening.

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3) Officially offering intention setting sessions (both one on one and groups) I’ve been helping people set goals and intentions through collage for a couple of years now. It’s an extremely easy way to get what is in your head out and make it visual. Making your goals and dreams visual is an incredible way to actually achieve them. Also, collage is a great way for people to use their atrophied creative muscles. (Almost everyone can use scissors and a glue stick.) I also teach how to set achievable goals. Kind of like art therapy life coaching.

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4) Removing the stigma from anxiety and depression and creating a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for women who are experiencing dark times. A huge amount of women have these feelings (to some extent our hormonal cycle includes whole weeks where we feel a little anxious or a little down) it’s part of being human. We need to talk about it. I want to bring women in together who have been down in it and gotten back up. Self-care is sometimes what we know we SHOULD be doing but I want to have a list of resources for women from women– things that actually WORK to pull them out of the darkness. We naturally tend to isolate when experiencing negative emotions. Even more so if we feel like we are the only ones and that everyone else is too busy being awesome and happy. We don’t want to burden others with our feelings. What we really need to be able to do, though is to reach out and feel accepted–negative emotions and all.

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5) Possibly running an asyra machine right here in Staunton. A friend of mine and I have been discussing purchasing an asyra machine. We have both used one in the past: it’s a machine which reads your entire body and tells you what’s happening, comprehensively. It can tell you what you’re deficient in, what foods you’re allergic to, what supplements would be most beneficial for you, what you’re dealing with emotionally, which parts of your spine are out of alignment. It’s helpful for so many different things: mental, physical, emotional….it’s kind of magical. I’d really love to run it for people to truly help them figure out what is happening in their bodies. I do a ton of health research and this machine is excellent because there’s no guessing what might help. Every body is unique and this machine tells you what YOUR body needs. (This last time I went I found out that what I most needed was some cayenne and flaxseed oil) I love that it’s not pushing pharmaceuticals, too.
The machine shows you a snapshot of what’s happening in your body right now and your body changes around every 5 weeks or so, so at that point you could come back and get another snapshot.

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A lot of cool ideas. I can’t wait to see how they develop! If you’d like to help in any way, you can contact me here: joyboardman@gmail.com.

Ta-Dah Tuesday: Spring Playlist

Here’s a playlist for you to listen to on these happy sunshine-y days….

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https://open.spotify.com/user/joyboardman/playlist/5MiAbLL2UrHvTOHKT2K45d

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Enjoy :)

Letters&Brunch–January

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Saturday was the first meeting of Letters and Brunch.

Where: It was held at Nu Beginnings (AKA The Store) in Staunton.
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Who: My mom and my friends Melissa, Willow, and Kelly.

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We ate delicious food. Mom had oatmeal, I ate gluten free scones!!, Willow ate a waffle, and Melissa had the colonial breakfast. Yummmm.
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I wrote 3 letters! Willow and Kelly taught us how to make envelopes from calendar pages.
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I am so happy we did it!

Thank you to Alexandra Franzen for the idea :)
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Do you like the idea of actually keeping in touch with your friends instead of beating yourself up for not following through? Do you also like food?

Feel free to drop by!! 10-1 the first Saturday of the month :)

So, what’s so great about Collage Parties?

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I found it was easy to construct a collage. It was almost effortless and something meaningful happened!
-Anne Buzzeli

Great reasons to check out collage parties: 

⊙You are curious about the process

⊙You want to be creative in a social setting

Theres no pressure to be “artistic”– you just need to be able to use scissors and a glue stick!

⊙You love to create but have just needed to find some time to put your ideas together

⊙You want to focus. Collage is a perfect way to do inner work– it’s a form of art therapy.

⊙You are looking for a great way to explore your goals more deeply.

Collage is a way of slipping past the censor and accessing the unconscious.

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What do people love most about the experience?

⊙peaceful creativity

⊙the adventure of being with other women and enjoying the experience together

I enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow seekers, and the stories we all told even though we were relative strangers. By being her lovely self, Joy created safety and a sense of fun, play, and exploration which was super helpful for me; I was able to relax and get the most out of the collage process.

And of course, I enjoyed seeing the collage take shape, finishing it, and then working through the reflection process. It was a surprising result.
-Lisa O’Shea

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I liked being creative and socializing. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how well planned out it was.
-Rachel Golden

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What is the best thing you get out of coming to a collage party?

⊙A chance to really hone in on your goals.

⊙The excitement of seeing seemingly random pictures lay out a theme

“There’s a change comin’. 

……

It involves Brussels sprouts.”

-Susanne Leahy, analyzing her collage

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The collage itself!

I’ve hung it up in my work room next to where I do a lot of writing, and it inspires me and intrigues me every day.
-Lisa O’Shea

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A finished product that reminds me that I “can do” and that my hopes have not yet been snuffed out!
-Lynne Boardman

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It will surprise you how easy the collage making process is!

I was surprised how many decisions I made so effortlessly. I usually belabor and second guess small and large decisions!
-Lynne Boardman

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When it came time to glue the clippings into a collage, my hands flew around, and I made decisions that I wasn’t expecting. When it was done, I stood back and marveled. The picture I’d created spoke to me in the poetry of images and contrasts I hadn’t anticipated.
-Lisa O’Shea

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I hold collage parties often (almost every month) The goal setting parties I hold quarterly so you can come and boost your goals, meet new people, and feel accountable to yourself.

Collage is great because you can do them all the time and each one will be totally different. You’re thinking of something different, looking at different magazines, and putting your images together in different ways.

A regular habit of creating fulfills a need to express what’s beautiful and “right.”
-Lynne Boardman

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I post the events on my facebook page so make sure to follow me if you’re interested in coming to one.

You can also email me at joyboardman@gmail.com and let me know you’re interested in attending one.
I even hold one-on-one parties which are like mini (and fun) therapy sessions so email me if you would like to schedule one! 
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I loved meeting new people and laughing so much. It helped me focus on the positive aspects of my life, and I really like that my goals are literally in my face (on my fridge) every day as a reminder.
-Allison Sprouse

My Collages from the January Goal-Setting Collage Parties

Collages are awesome because you let your subconscious work and don’t analyze till everything is on the page.

This allows you to see connections that you didn’t even know you had floating around in your brain and makes them visual to you!

Here are 4 collages I made in January when I hosted 3 parties with the theme of “setting intentions for the year”

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Collage #1- from first party
Things that stand out to me:

Fresh thinking
Leading by example
Not hiding, rebelling
“Is it gravity or attraction that keeps me here?”
Being more myself, being original
Dancing
Taking time to rest
More saving, more doing
Playful, healthy body image

Things I don’t understand, yet:

All the birds!
“Let the sea set you free”
“Land of the stupid, home of the brave.”
“Darker my love”

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Collage #2- also from first party
What stands out to me:

Made of something better
Don’t discount the small things
More reliable
Renovating your dream (building a house)
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” Traveling-“Don’t worry about others expectations or opinions” (I’m very worried about my need to travel and all of my monthly clients)

What I don’t understand, yet:

Shirtless guy that says “pretty rich”
Girl with red hair about to be rammed into by a bull
Pink polar bear
Girl exiting right

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Collage #3 (my favorite)- from second party

Things that stand out to me:

“Fortune: it will be harder than you expect, but it will be worth it.”
(Your fortune awaits)
Discover what’s next–taste it all.
A voyage should take you further than your destination
Content all over the world
See the world differently
Buckle up for some fun
A daily transformation
Don’t be afraid to speak up– Reject apathy (interesting that that is over the picture of the couple)
The key to an extraordinary life
Discover a new way
The spirit of travel
Making room for personal growth
Overindulgence vs. Good start (debt- free living)
Live every day part of something bigger “by all means feed the people-watchers”

What I don’t understand, yet:

That terrifying/fascinating black bird that says “drilling for hope”
All the safari animals: giraffes, hippo, jaguar

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Collage #4- from third party

What stands out to me:
Hugging snowman
Infusing life with color
“Life is a special occasion”
Kitties!!
“The best story of the year is yours”
Every day talk with friends
Get up and go
Wonder Woman
All joy and fun
Dream out loud
“We cannot please everyone, but we try.”
A new beginning.
“Away is a place where it’s not about the money you spend, it’s about the moments you share.”
“From good starts come great things”
Cook with passion (over a photo of delicious spaghetti)

What I don’t understand, yet:
Another bird! With paint brushes.
Oh, and also a dove holding a ring in its beak
“When clean-up is easy, even a spill can be beautiful.”

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Bio for Joy Boardman, PlanetJoy:Otherworldly Massages

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Joy Boardman 

Massage therapist:

*provides mind-blowing mini-massages in shops downtown: 

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Cranberry’s every Friday from 1-5

Made; every Sunday (Nov/Dec) from 12:30-5

*performs myofascial release (gentle, deep-tissue massage) for Year of Massage clients in her home office on Sears Hill

*helps out at Alls Well Massage on Beverly Street 

Art therapist:

*hosts collage art parties around town and in home

*helps women set goals and craft treasure maps to their hearts’ desires

*hosts powerful women’s retreats which teach how to be EXCITED about your life 

It all began with lefty-scissors and a trip to Spain. 

Not only do Collage and Massage rhyme, they BOTH provide spiritual healing for mind and body.

When I’m not actively working with women to improve their lives, you can find me hosting full moon parties, doing nutrition research, making eye masks & aromatherapy bath fizzies. Also, drinking wine, eating food, and dancing….

*I know how to tango

*I’ve been to England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain (twice! &first time all by myself!!), France, & Italy 

*My hair has been at least 10 different colors

*I went to Governors School for Art when I was in high school 

*I started working for myself when I was 24 years old. 

*I studied at The Steiner Institute of Massage in Charlottesville, VA 

*I’m an only child of a single parent with mental illness 

*I work mostly with busy women (entrepreneurs, teachers, mothers) 

*I’m a liberal Christian, tree hugger, wild child, & pixie kitten 

*I want more than anything for women to take time to take care of themselves and live lives that make them excited to get up in the morning. 

I believe that there’s always time for a great glass of wine, life is too short not to eat as much as you like, & buying organic is important. I believe you should always be yourself and tell the truth: no holding back. I believe people will be just as happy as they allow themselves to be. I believe you can cure what ails you using natural foods, supplements, & essential oils instead of running to the doctor for medication. I believe touch is the universal language and it’s SO important to connect with each other.

Find out how to make time for yourself, take care of your body, and live your most exciting life: http://www.artisticdrama.WordPress.com

Message me to set up an appointment: 

http://www.facebook.com/planetjoyeaux

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PlanetJoy: Otherworldly Massages, Planet-Friendly Collages

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Now you can wear your very own PlanetJoy space kitten t-shirt!!

Now available to purchase on Etsy: PlanetJoy space kitten long-sleeve t-shirt :)

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TJ and I both have one (I actually designed the shirt with him in mind….I didn’t expect to fall wildly in love with the shirt, myself!!)

We wore them on the same day and it was ridiculously adorable.

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The shirts are the COZIEST!! I seriously want to wear mine every day for the rest of my life….

I had them printed by ooShirts.com and they do such a super fab job!!!!

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I recommend them to everyone because the site is super easy to use (I picked them because I was able to do the entire design and ordering process right on my phone) and I will ALWAYS order from them because the shirts look soooooooo good.

So, you should buy one of these shirts. And love it. And take a picture of yourself in it! (Even better: buy another one for a friend and take silly twinsies photos like my best friend and I did!!)

All you have to do to buy a shirt is click this link!!

Tasty Tuesday: Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

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But, just because time has escaped me doesn't mean I'll neglect to share the deliciousness with you!

These would make a great Christmas Eve treat.

Poached, Chocolate-Dipped Apple Chips

You'll need:

Granny Smith apples (as many as you can gather–you can never make enough apple chips
Water (just enough to cover apple slices in the pan)
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Ginger
Cloves
Star anise

Instructions:

•Slice apples with a mandolin (if you don’t own one of these already, go purchase one: it is ENTIRELY satisfying to slice things paper thin, effortlessly)

•Place in frying pan, evenly distributed (try not to overlap them)

•Cover with water and spices.

•Bring to boil and then simmer till almost all of the water has been absorbed

•Transfer slices to baking sheet and bake at 275 (low) till crispy!

Enjoy as they are (yum!) or:
Dip in melted chocolate.

Make as many as you can–they go FAST!
Let me know what you think! Merry Christmas!

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Tah-Dah Tuesday: Interview with Dawn Nay of Rule 42 in Staunton, Va

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How do you define success?
Being happy with what you are doing and inspiring other people.
At the end of the day you are happy with what you’ve done.
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I get to paint furniture and if people buy stuff, that’s great!20130411-135248.jpgThe space is inspiring.

How did you get started?
Painted things for my own house.
Built up confidence: others liked what I did.
Had more time when moved to VA and practiced different techniques.
The house started getting full and we thought about renting a space.
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Now I have a shop with studio space!
My husband Mike is very supportive.
Painting furniture is my dream. I don’t get tired of it.

I see it as: Cast off things being REDEEMED.
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How long have you been doing this?
15 years. My first piece was a chest of drawers for my daughter Victoria when I was pregnant. It was a red cabinet so that was the initial name of my business.
I started in my own house, then did pieces for friends, then had a space in an antique store in NV.

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Why did you name your business Rule 42?
We say weird things to our kids.
It’s from Alice in Wonderland. The queen says Alice can’t be in the court because she’s too big according to Rule 42 (a made up rule)
It’s become our way of saying: “Because I said so.”

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What is your motivation in your business?
The process and the finished product. I like to hold up the hardware and envision the outcome. I work towards what I see in my mind.
I even paint more when I go home.
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What are some past jobs you held before owning your own business?
Worked for an Internet company that sold infant and toddler shoes. I had to open boxes and shop stuff.
I learned all about placing wholesale orders.
I also have worked in accounting.

What inspires you?
Colors and patterns. People’s outfits, prints on notebooks, fabric, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn

20130411-135614.jpgWhat do you think has been the key to your success?
Support from my family. My husband has a different mind and he is able to motivate me and help with marketing. He is very helpful. He has never treated this as a burden or ever complained. He is my business partner.

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Describe the early beginnings of your shop:
I had to do a lot of self-promotion. Tip: A social setting helps makes that more natural.
To open we threw a party!
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What would you do differently?
I don’t have any real regrets. No “oh-no” moments. The SCCF (Staunton Creative Community Fund) helped me be thoroughly prepared with research.

What do you do when you are feeling low?
Take a break.
Get out and get ideas.
Step away. Look at magazines.

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Give us a word of advice:
Remember not everyone will like what you do. You won’t appeal to everyone. Don’t get defensive! Look for what’s useful.
Get past any obstinance and listen.

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Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

Find me here:

[PlanetJoy’s Blog]

[PlanetJoy’s Etsy Shop]

[PlanetJoy on Facebook]

[PlanetJoy on Pinterest]

Tah-Dah Tuesday: Meet Mincing Mockingbird’s Matt Adrian

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Super excited today to introduce you to the mastermind behind The Mincing Mockingbird on Etsy.

His bird illustrations are fantastic and his titles are mind-blowingly awesome.

((“Oh, It’s Nothing A Wave Of Nausea And A Total Nervous Collapse Won’t Fix”, “The Secret Society Of French-Canadian Girls”, “Bound Together By The Cowardly Satisfaction Of A Half-Finished, Easy Crossword”….))
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Name: Matt Adrian
Age: 39
Where do you live: California’s central coast
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What do you do:

I am a full time artist.

How long have you been on Etsy?

I joined in late 2006, but didn’t list my first item until spring of 2007.
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How did you decide to start?

My wife’s friend told her about it, and said it looked pretty cool. I checked it out and thought it would be fun.

It was definitely just for laughs at the beginning, and it has grown bigger than I ever imagined.
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When did you start really making sales?

I made sales right away, and put an incredible amount of work into interacting with the Etsy community, which was quite small at the time. It was nowhere near what it is like today.
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What motivates you?

I have a tagline for my shop: Pretty/funny.

I love nature, beauty, science – but I’m also very into comedy, as evidenced with my Troubled Birds and the titles of my fine art paintings.
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Who inspires you?

My wife, who is extremely talented and funny (her Etsy shop is The Frantic Meerkat).

I’m also inspired by my Etsy “peers” who I’ve been able to see grow into incredible painters, illustrators, quilters, and all-around successful entrepreneurs. Those early connections have really paid off in terms of a support network and deep friendships.
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How do you define success?

To me success in any creative industry is connection.

It’s certainly been the most satisfying element to this whole journey.

Money is nice, but only in regards to making it easier to connect to people who get what you do.
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What has been the most important key to your success?

My wife. I’m extremely lucky to have someone in my corner that has supported me in every way. Without her innate business savvy, I’d be in trouble.
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How do you promote your shop?

To be honest, I don’t promote the shop as much as I used to. We have our own website (www.mincingmockingbird.com) as well as a well-established wholesale part of the business, so sometimes Etsy gets neglected a bit.

Relisting often – and at the right time – is important, especially now that Etsy has grown into such an immense thing.
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If you had to start over what would you do differently?

Learn to take better product photography earlier. So important.
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What do you do when you are feeling low or unmotivated?

I get out and go hiking, or drive to the ocean.

I’ve found you can’t beat fresh air and solitude if you want inspiration to strike.
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Thank you so much, Matt! You sound like an awesome guy and I also love your wife’s work, too. You guys must be the coolest couple, ever!
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I am now inspired to incorporate funny quotes from my life into the titles of my work. And I am happy you emphasized how important it is to just have fun!!

I wish you continued success. Thank you for taking the time to give a little insight into your world.
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Again, you can find his work here and here.

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

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