Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My LIVE Youtube video was a mess and disappointment

Pots from this past kiln opening
How can I get so mentally fatigued over this LIVE YouTube Video stuff? That stuff whipped me today, but I will dust myself off and get to learning it before I try again. Didn't realize I recorded the video without volume lol. I had to use Google Hangout to do the video and got feedback so I muted YouTube and left the mic on, in Hangouts. I think the mic was up too loud or the volume and it echoed everything I said. Well geez...I will do a video next of the pots themselves. Here is a glimpse of what I pulled out.

Just a few pictures of the kiln load. I will be doing another video which will be a slide show so that everyone can see what these pots look like up close and what I used on them. 

Alpaca Mugs in this mixture
I was making a bowl one night and it flopped on me. So I cut it all, making some test strips and cut the bottom out, as you can see below. I got to thinking that even when I get all messed up, G-d can still use me because he is the potter and I am the clay. He continuously molds me and makes me into what he wants me to be. So with that thought, arose this piece. I don't like how the bottom color came out, but at least I can read it after glazing it. I glazed the test strips and wrote those colors on the back of my test strips along with how many coats I used. Well, the sharpie burnt out. I will need to buy another underglaze pencil. I somehow have lost mine over the years. I plan to use these pieces as an art piece. I think I can pretty much figure out what I used. 

Yes, he can use all of us, no matter how broken we are!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

May have found the spider, but not sure

 I think I may have found the spider. If it don't die first I will put my Gopro in the jar to get pics. Here is some from phone. 
Oh and I am getting an exterminator for spiders after having gone through this. It feels some better today after the pharmacist recommended Aleve for inflamation.

My son identified this spider this morning. He said it has the white markings on its legs and back. It's a Bold Jumping Spider. From what I read it is very bold and has to see its prey before jumping on it and it says very doubtful would bite someone but if it did, it would leave a stinging feeling. Well, not so sure this is what bit me now. I'm not so convinced since it left fang marks like a black widow is described. I know what bit me wasn't deadly, but it left more than a stinging sensation. I'm counting this as my warning for everyone to make sure they have sprayed something keeping any type of spider away from them. This has been horrible to deal with, but I'm still trusting G-d. Swelling is going down still and I have 4 scabs

Spider Bite yesterday. Pharmacist recommended Aleve for inflamation. Wanted me to see the Dr only because it's close to my eye. No concern about losing tissue. Went to the Quilt Show for first time since I have been here. Although I did not feel good, I really enjoyed it. It was swollen pretty bad in this pic. Later in the evening I took Aleve after eating. 1/2 tablet makes me sleep. I have to take 1/2 at a time. 
These pics were taken at various times during this day.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update 1 on Spider Bite

UPDATE....I've been in a lot of excruciating pain today. The pharmacist said since the bite is not hot to the touch it is not infected. He recommended cortisone cream for itching and benedryl for swelling along with ice. First pic is what it looked like when I woke up this morning. You can clearly see at least 3 bites there.

This second picture is after I applied ice.
3rd pic is the baking soda paste I made to apply to it to draw out some of the toxic stuff in it. Thank you Stephanie.
I'm still trusting G-d....praying fervently as the word of G-d says The prayers of a righteous man availith much. The righteousness of the one who lives in me...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Night of my Spider Bite

I have a message in my heart about this photo of me. You see, 2 days ago while worrying about my home in SC and stressing about some paperwork I needed to submit, I was bitten by what looks like it could be a spider. This happened after feeling drained and taking a nap. I woke up and noticed it itching and burning. I dressed and went downstairs in my cool basement and got in my massage chair to relax in there after finishing up some cleaning there. I later found a lump next to my ear. It started to swell. This morning, my eye is swollen more than yesterday and feels sore like you would feel when you have bad sinuses.
I have no medical insurance. NO I'm not going to talk about this, I just haven't looked yet, but will. To be totally honest with you though, Yeshua has always healed my body. I remember one time having panic attacks and telling him I was going to have to take my life if he didn't heal me as I couldn't take anymore. I got in the shower with those panic attacks and got out of that shower never to have one again. G-d healed me!
Some years later, I started having anxiety attacks in my sleep. I'd wake up with my heart about to beat out my chest, almost like something said BOO in my sleep. It took me a very long time to understand what was happening to me. I prayed and prayed for this to be taken away. It didn't go so quickly but I kid you not, I didn't lose faith because it didn't. I kept believing. Why? Because I seen G-d work, I seen him not only heal me of things but he healed others. The word of G-d says, he is no respect of persons. Eventually, I was removed from some things in my life, and having come to TN so far, I've not had them.
You see, I don't know who I am talking to out there but I have a message for you today. Sometimes, G-d will heal you of things and sometimes, he will allow that very thing to go on until you learn something or he gets your attention so you can understand. Sometimes, he will completely remove you from a situation and the healing process begins, or healing comes instantly. Sometimes, it's the very act of doing something you should have already done, like maybe ask someone for forgiveness, someone you may have wronged. G-d has his own way of cleansing us and he isn't afraid to take us through it. What we must understand is this. If he allowed you to go through something before and he took you through it and took care of you, please know he will take care of you again. Life brings on many disappointments, many trials and sometimes as soon as you get through one, you will go through another. When this happens, please know that the more you go through, the stronger your faith will be.
So back to my spider bite.. or whatever this is. G-d hasn't instantly healed my bite yet. However, I'm still here with child like faith, believing he will heal me because he always has. We must be like Job and remember that the enemy can do anything G-d allows him to do but he can not take our life. When our time on Earth has ended, it will be our time to go. There is nothing going to hold us down. So today, be of good courage and know there is nothing that befalls you that he did not already know about. He has the answers and sometimes it's his timing, not ours. Keep the faith, let no-one discourage or take that from you!
And do please, say a prayer for me. I do believe in the power of prayer. By his stripes we are healed!!!
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are.
John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
James 1:2-4
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What's going on in the Pottery?

Hello Friends/Potters-

I'm so happy you have stopped in. It's been a while since I have posted on my blog, but with all this integrating with Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google+, Etsy and Pinterest, I thought I would get in here and start trying to keep up with my blog. Besides.. there are some exciting things happening in my future, at least I'm in hopes of that excitement. I'll be talking about that much later.

~ETSY~  Are there really others who don't know what Etsy is? I'm amazed that there are plenty of people who do not know what Etsy is, forgetting the fact that I knew nothing about it myself. Well... Etsy is a place where you can open up a store, IF you have a hand made crafted item to sell. It also allows you to sell  Back in August I decided to start trying to seriously sell some pots on Etsy. I have a friend Nicki @Raviolee Dreams who convinced me that Etsy would be a great place to sell my pots and she sure talked me into it. I had opened the account though back in Sept 2011 but only listed one item. I had no idea how it worked. So as I got going, I realized if I was going to sell on Etsy, I was going to have to spend time on Etsy. Well.. you have to favorite other's products, Add people to your circle, Add shops to your favorite shops, and.. Favorite some Treasuries. What I have found that works the most is creating a treasury yourself. You get so much more exposure. I was trying to figure out why it worked that way and the reason is, people click on the favorite button to favorite those treasuries, and then from there, everyone who sees them does the same thing.. It's hard NOT to click and go look to see who was featured in one. It's so exciting to be featured too I might add. I've been featured quite a few times. I think things are going to be slow for now with Christmas gone and the Tax Laws up in the air for now. It's like people are bracing for it. I'll continue to list my products though and work it like I have been. I'm going to be optimistic and believe there is at least ONE who wants a yarn bowl that might have not gotten one for a Christmas present? Ok, so now you can find me on Etsy. Here is the Link to my store until I can figure out how to get a store of my own, or a blog using a store button.  

My Store

~FACEBOOK~ Ok, I've been on Facebook for quite a while now. I can't say enough about how much Facebook has helped me get my business of the ground. I have met the most wonderful friends as well as potter's who I share the same interest with. I belong to a few clay pages on there and love being a part of a potter's community. Everyone is so helpful. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I'd find so many nice people in one place. I am so thankful that many of those friends I met on Facebook became my customers. If they weren't my customers, they passed along my name to their own friends and helped me get some sales. My wonderful friend Lisa who wanted a yarn bowl from me showed my yarn bowls to her friends and I've made quite a few sales from that. I appreciate her so much, although the few bowls I have made so far are NOT her color! I have been looking for a purple color and I've finally found one. I'll talk about that later too. So Facebook has been very good to me. I need to clarify here that I set up a Facebook page called Muditis Potteryandgifts and set it up so it was like a friends page. I wanted to control WHO could be on there. So if you are a friend on there, you know what I am saying. I just recently started another page. The name of that page is Muditis Pottery. I have it set up like a business page so people can just like the page. I will have most of my content dealing with upcoming shows/markets I will be at and my plans are to put my photos on there from now on, IF it's as easy to manage as the other page. Trying to move everything will be quite a job, so I am not sure I'll move it all.. I just might start from here and go on. I'll definitely be moving my "For Sale" folder over though. Ok, so my new Facebook page so you can run over and like my page is Muditis Pottery
I would appreciate having you on there so much and please click the Share Link under the Tool Icon over there so your friends will Like my page too. Thanks so much!

~PINTEREST~ Ok, for about 2 years I ran from this application. I kept hearing how addicting this application is. Well... after a while, I kept hearing, "Oh Sonja, you need to join Pinterest so people can Pin your pots and share them". I thought, "yea.. that's a great marketing plan"... So.. I fell, hook, line, and sinker! lol.  Actually, it's a great little application. When you are selling on Etsy, once you post a new product on there, they give you an option to post to Facebook, Pin It (on Pinterest of course) and Twitter! (We'll talk about that one next) So I am able to pin my pots straight to Pinterest for others to pin and share, and it provides a link back to my Etsy shop to purchase that item. How cool is that, huh? Another thing I really like about it... Like tonight, my son wanted to know what we wanted for dinner? I told him I had seen a recipe on Pinterest I thought would be good. It was a Chicken Parmesan Recipe I had re-pinned from another friends pin. I got that recipe for him and that is what we had for dinner tonight. It tasted truly like authentic Italian! He is a great cook too by the way. So.. if you want to find me on Pinterest and view my boards (and by the way, you can create as many as you'd like with whatever subject you choose... pin away everything on the net you want to save)you can find me here Muditis Pottery on Pinterest

~Twitter~ Last but not least... I had no use for this application.. at least I didn't think so. UNTIL... I met a sweet friend on Etsy who told me if I was going to really market my products, I needed to get Twitter and TWEET everyday, at least once a day. When I first signed up, I laughed because there was no-one I could think of that I wanted to know about! I told my friend.. "Who other than you, can I follow"? I don't get into too many movie stars and don't really watch TV much, as I'm always looking at clay videos and trying to learn how to make more money. She said, just pick a few people and then warned me about who I followed for fear that I may pick someone who pins porn links.. So.. I've been on the lookout on there to make sure I don't. I just pray I don't accidently follow someone who follows that stuff! And with all this social networking going on, you wonder how long it will be before someone hacks into your account and then posts something you don't believe in and totally embarrasses you and you are then left to hope and pray everyone knows you better. Well.. lets hope that doesn't happen!!!  So far, I've been trying to TWEET my products once I list them on Etsy. I don't have many followers yet but in case you are on Twitter, you can follow me and I'll follow you :) You can find me here. Muditis Pottery on Twitter

Well... How's that for a blog post? I am sorry it's so long. I think I'll save some of this for another day.. I don't want to bore anyone.. Oh yea.. at least my 2 followers :) Thanks you two!!! Love yall! I hope I get more soon.. I'll work on that too. There is so much time involved in Social Networking!!! Love it though! I'm looking forward to growing my business... One post, at a time!

Thanks for reading,
Sonja @ Muditis Pottery