It’s May already….. time does go quick when you are loving life!

So, it’s almost half way through 2017 and so much has happened.
If you recall, late last year I was in pain, unable to spend much time on the torch and to tell you the truth, I seriously thought I might have to give up lamp working.
When we were away on holiday in October/November last year, my left arm was in such pain and there were many moments when I didn’t even feel like I had the strength to lift my handbag much less push my suitcase along as we moved from one airport to another, one vacation location to another.
As chance would have it, a friend who is an osteopath recommended that I use a lacrosse ball and that with 10 days of swimming twice a day helped ease the pain a little bit but I still felt like I didn’t have full strength in my left arm and I was in pain most of the time.
Then in January, in my quest for essential oils that I needed to top up to make some soap as we were running out…. I came across these wonderful oils that I am now so in love with.
For a few weeks, I used the oil on my knees, neck and shoulder in the morning and even along the upper left arm. It gave me relief for the greater art of my day and so it became part of my daily routine.
Then in April, I started taking the supplements and I didn’t notice any difference but on the days that I forgot to apply the oil blend to my neck and shoulders, I didn’t seem to have that stiff aching anymore.
I had to go away for a week in early May and didn’t take the supplements with me… and thought i might put my neck out (I normally do when I don’t use my own pillow) but surprisingly, I was alright! I even managed to sleep quite well while I was away – that is normally a huge challenge when I am away from home.
I have now had several sessions on the torch from 2-4 hours and I have felt fine after that so it seems I am on a roll now.
On top of that…. I have had this really hard and awful bump on the top of my left foot which actually grew quite a bit last summer so much so that I was unable to wear my work boots because it felt like my circulation was cut off and my foot would go numb… but in the last couple of weeks I have noticed that the ganglian seems to have actually shrunk quite a lot. So maybe I can get away without having to have it surgically removed after all.
So….what has changed??
I am using these amazing oils in my daily routine and that’s the only change I have had.
Incredible, it’s true, they smell amazing and I feel good…. I am so grateful to have them in my life <3 ~~~ Lucky B ~~~ SimplyBea on Kangaroo Island

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Kangaroo Island Inspiration – Authentic Kangaroo Island

If you have been to Kangaroo Island, you will know how pristine the waters are here and how the sandy beaches are just glorious….most of them have fine white/beige sand and we are so very lucky we can still walk barefoot along the sandy beaches here.

These beads are a long time favourite of mine to make and everyone who sees them is reminded of the beaches and the coastline of Kangaroo Island.

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SimplyBea Lampworked Beads – Inspired by the Kangaroo Island Coastline

It’s no wonder that they are my ‘flagship’ look and this inspiration carries on over to many of my pieces.

I am also very pleased to announce that I am now a part of the Authentic Kangaroo Island team which showcases that same look as part of their branding exercise.

Thanks for looking πŸ™‚

~~~LuckyB @ SimplyBea~~~

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Back at the Markets!!!

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day in Kingscote, I am so glad I decided to get a stall at the Kingscote Farmer’s Market. It wasn’t an overly busy day in comparison to the other market days but for me, it was good as it gave me a chance to chat with folks and actually have a conversation with most people who dropped by. It’s not easy when you are on your own at the markets, trying to engage with visitors and not ignore anybody. So if you did see me at the market and I wasn’t able to catch up with you, my utmost apologies!!!

SimplyBea at Kingscote Farmer’s Market

I was really lucky that my stall was in a location that allowed me to enjoy the occasional breeze that came through and I was even able to get power to run the doTERRA diffuser at my stall. That was really helpful, the Frankincense kept me alert and focused, sending a lovely scent around my stall. I was able to showcase the kit I encourage newcomers to get – the Home Essentials Kit which is a great way to be introduced to the doTERRA range.

doTERRA Home Essentials Kit
doTERRA Home Essentials Kit

The kit comes with a diffuser and 10 oils. Six 15ml bottles of single essential oils – Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, Oregano, Tea Tree. Three doTERRA 15ml blends – On Guard, DigestZen, EasyAir and one 5ml bottle of Ice Blue (THE magic oil for strains/sprains). All this for AUD330 if you sign up for a wholesale account.

If you purchase each individual item on its own, the cost at wholesale is AUD427.75 and at retail it would be AUD570.47. So as you can see, it is definitely a great savings to sign up for a wholesale account.

You can read the details HERE on how to sign up.

If you sign up through me and get the Home Essentials Kit, you will get one of my handmade AromaVessels ($45 retail) as a gift from me for signing up before 28th Feb 2017.

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AromaVessel_Aqua_Swirls – Inspired by the clear waters of Kangaroo Island

There are a few to choose from and I will send you the available ones once you have signed up for your doTERRA account. Even if you just pay for your wholesale membership which gets you 25% discount of all your purchases – $35 for the first year and $25 (with a free bottle of Peppermint) each year after that – you will still get to pick your own AromaVessel. Remember, there is no obligation to buy every month but believe me, once you try these oils……you will be wanting to get them all and use the ones you get!

Check out all the great info on my Facebook Page , I will be posting more hints and tips on how to enjoy your essential oils.

Send me an email or a message me through my Facebook Page if you would like more details.

Have a great week!

~~~Lucky B @ SimplyBea~~~

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2017 – A New Year and a New Start

Yes, it is 2017 and it’s already been busy, fun filled, full of new and exciting happenings all around me.

2016 was a year full of challenges met and satisfactorily overcome. A year of high energy and immense satisfaction in meeting challenges, resolving issues and getting on top of lots of things. Yes, I sound vague but I don’t want to bore you with the details πŸ™‚

So…..late last year, I decided that I would invest in myself and make it an even better year going forward. I signed up for a course about setting goals and keeping an abundant and positive mindset. I am more mindful of my innerspeak, my perspective on life and getting up earlier to have some me time to gather my thoughts and set the tone for my day.

It’s been awesome, I still have ‘sleep ins’ occasionally until the alarm goes off but I do enjoy those mornings when I sneak out of bed and have an hour or more to myself and enjoy that silence of the morning, sometimes with one (or both) of the cats trying to snuggle up on my lap.

Part of that journey of investing in myself led me to look for a good supplier of essential oils that I can use around me all day. Our stash of soap is running low which means I will need to make some more soon and I only use essential oils in my soaps and balms, so that got me going.

That led me to doTERRA as I had good reviews on their products from people in my business mastermind who absolutely love them and have formed a great support group for promoting the product range.

Then of course, as I LOVE having my oils around me ALL DAY, it’s not easy plugging in a diffuser and walking around with it, so I started making more AromaVessels to use and that got me back into the studio again which has been awesome. I had neck and shoulder issues last October during the KI ArtFeast demos and had to give up as it was just too painful to be on the torch.

AromaVessel inspired by Kangaroo Island Beaches

So now I am all set to promote my love for essential oils and the range which I love which is doTERRA and for anyone who signs up through me before the end of February 2017, I will be gifting them an AromaVessel made by me.

I will have a stall at the Kingscote Farmers Market over the next few months, so keep a look out on my page as I will postΒ  to advise when I am there. Come and have a look at the creations I will bring with me and have a chat about doTERRA essential oils if you are keen.

More information on how to buy the doTERRA oils HERE.

Follow my oil journey on FacebookΒ  or Instagram

2017 – a wonderful year ahead!!!

~~~ LuckyB @ SimplyBea ~~~

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KI Art Feast 2016

I will be at Raptor Domain over the three days of the October long weekend starting tomorrow Saturday 1st October through to Monday. I will be set up for lampwork demonstrations with my trusty Scorpion 😊

Lampwork demonstrations at Raptor Domain
Lampwork demonstrations at Raptor Domain

The weather forecast for this weekend is a bit different from the last two years when it’s been so hot I have felt like passing out while the torch was on. The last 3 days have been intense here in South Australia with heavy rain and strong winds (mainly on the mainland) and it has made it extremely challenging to finish my preparations for the weekend. We have been really lucky on Kangaroo Island that it wasn’t as severe as the forecasts and we have had the backup generator which has kept the island powered up while many parts of South Australia lost electricity and some areas were without electricity for a great many hours.

Anyway, here’s hoping that I have managed to pack all the gear I need for the weekend and that it will be a good weekend at Raptor Domain.

Demos will run throughout the day from 1030am to 3.30pm. I hope to see you there 😊

~SimplyBea~

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Almost October…..again!!!

It’s just a few days away now to the October long weekend and I will be busy on the torch at Raptor Domain doing lampwork demos as part of Kangaroo Island Art Feast.

This year it is going to be more then just the long weekend as Art Feast has been extended and I thought I might as well give it a go as it is always fun to meet people and show how I make the glass owl beads that are sold at Raptor Domain. Will I see you there?

I will be doing demonstrations on the torch several times a day between 10.30am – 3.30pm on October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 17th and 18th.

This year there will be other bird pendants as well to pick from.

Hope to see you over the next three weekends.

Bye for now πŸ™‚

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1st September = Spring DownUnder

So, it’s the 1st day of September, it’s officially the first day of Spring here in Australia.

Last Friday we were still in August but I woke up with an itchy/sore throat and runny nose. In fact, my nose insisted on running a marathon for the next TWO days before I realised I might not be having a bout of hay fever after all!

Saturday evening, Mr. P tells me he has ‘a bit of an itch’ at the back of his throat. Uh-Oh…alarm bells ring……normally THAT means he is coming down with something…so I quickly go looking for my Ventolin only to find out that it is close to expiry. I mean….REALLY!!!??!! The last time I needed it was in October last year just before we went on holiday and I ended up with bronchitis after a coughing spell.

Too late to head off to the pharmacy (about 50km away) that evening so we plan to go in first thing on Sunday to ‘get some drugs’ for Mr. P and a new Ventolin spray for me.

Sunday – I haven’t stopped coughing and sneezing, nose is still running that darn marathon. Mr. P has started the day groggy, hardly a voice….time to call in sick and head off into town to the pharmacy which is thankfully open on the weekends in the morning.

Get to the pharmacy, produce my prescription for a new spray….the staff member looks at it and gently tells me that the prescription has run out….REALLY!!!??!! Oh my!!! This is NOT getting any better by the minute……thank goodness she then tells me that she can still issue me with a spray but not at such a good price as with the prescription. THANK GOODNESS because that has been keeping me from wheezing like crazy since the day before.

Unfortunately it seems there is nothing they can prescribe us over the counter to help either of our symptoms except lots of rest and keep the fluids up. Back home to cook up more bone broths – thank goodness for my trusty pressure cooker. A quick trip to the supermarket for more bones, veggies and back home to stay warm and cook up more broths!!!

Monday – hmmmm….Mr. P has not slept all night and looks totally washed out, nose is running a similar (probably harder) marathon as my nose has been….so we wait patiently/impatiently for 8.45am to call the clinic and try to get an appointment to see a doctor. Yes, that is the system here on Kangaroo Island πŸ™

Luckily we can get an appointment for both of us in the afternoon to see our preferred doctor YAY!!! We just have to survive until then! MORE bone broth with more noodles…..!!!

We get there….it’s a virus (different ones for both of us it seems) and Mr. P’s doctor told him he looked terrible as soon as he walked in through the door…..HA that would have been really encouraging (NOT!!!)….he already felt that way….couldn’t even drive so I had to drive in coughing and spluttering….tests done…..wait for the results……in the meantime…we are contagious so stay home, rest and keep the fluid up – no medication will help!!

Back home to turn on the vaporiser, diffuser and just generally keep the humidity up so we can breathe for the next few days. Pressure cooker has been busy making bone broths – chicken, beef, fish and so on……..noodles, fine noodles, medium noodles, thicker noodles… in the soup with homegrown veggies…..rest, honey and apple cider vinegar…….more rest..

Results come back….Hallelujah it’s not a know strain of influenza – what have we got? Some virus infection…

Oh, okay – what can we do? Rest…keep the fluids up..

Hmmmm…are we still contagious? We are still coughing and lots of runny stuff…Yes, we are still contagious….right….so……we can’t really go out in case we give someone else the bug besides the fact we don’t feel like being out anyway….it’s giving us a taste of being ‘imprisoned at home’!!!

This morning was the FIRST morning since Friday last week that I woke up without feeling like my chest was congested and nose all stuffed up….the vaporiser has not been turned on and we have not had to make up another pot of bone broth for tomorrow. We must be on the mend!!

1st of September, a new day in a new month and one that has brought us some relief finally!!!

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2016 ……it’s here!!!

Well, the end of 2015 pretty much went in a whirlwind, tornado, cyclonic manner….full of drama and unanswered questions…..and the island has exploded at the seams with tourists and of course with lots of people come lots of challenges!!

I am happy and grateful that 2016 started off MUCH better than 2015!!

I started the year fit and healthy, without having to look for a doctor like 1st January 2015!!

We ushered the New Year in at Seal Bay Cafe nearby, listening to the talented GC playing on one of his many guitars and crooning away some tunes….dancing and having a jolly time. There was even a visitor who ‘dropped in’ with his own collection of drums and then Will who manages the cafe brought out his Hung Drum and that was pretty awesome!!

So…..for now…here’s wishing you Peace, joy, good health and mucho success in the year ahead xo

HAPPY NEW YEAR
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2015 – almost at the end!!!

Yes, it is already November 2015 – time has gone by quickly yet again.

So many changes since my last post, so many more changes yet to come. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚

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Welcome 2015!!!

Yes, I know…….it seems a bit slack that this is the FIRST post in 2015 πŸ™

Well, while most of you were celebrating or recovering from celebrating the start of 2015……I was at the outpatient’s ward in the local hospital for most of the day. It was a day to remember, a day spent in pain with many of the following days trying to manage the cause. I thought I had a surprisingly bad case of constipation ‘with complications’ but it ended up being a case of bad Haemorrhoids!!!

So, whilst it wasn’t life threatening, it was bad enough I could not sit, stand, or even walk comfortably for the whole day and some part of the next day. Thankfully we have wonderful nursing staff and a team of great doctors on the island so it’s just a matter of time and managing it………and so far so good…..until yesterday…….yes, 24 days later it struck again!!!

Another day in massive pain and discomfort which did not resolve itself until late yesterday afternoon leaving me exhausted from the pain and management through the whole day from early yesterday morning.

Today is another day, a better day and started off pain free so I am happy for that and therefore I am going to celebrate this weekend and today by giving myself some play time on the torch (I am still “housebound”) and relaxing with some wire and meditation later in the day when it gets warmer.

Here are some photos of some work from the last few months which have gone into the gallery in Kingscote, some of it has been sold so I will be busy making up some more beads to make some more pieces for sale. Nothing yet in my Etsy shop as I am still trying to keep up with myself and stay in good health.

SimplyBea beads - Blue and frit
Handmade glass beads and sterling silver wire findings
SimplyBea beads - frit combo
Combination of colours with frit
SimplyBea handmade glass beads
Yellow is a happy colour and I love how these beads make me smile

So, here’s looking forward to a beautifully creative year ahead with lots of posts on the blog….. πŸ™‚

~~~ SimplyBea ~~~

Kangaroo Island – South Australia

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