Here’s What’s Kraken

You either are a fan of the Kraken or you’re not.

I happen to be a fan. In every form, from a framed poster in my studio, to the jealously I have for my best friends ring ( a Kraken hold a huge pearl!)

I find the mystery and fork lure appealing. The art, flare, and over all variety, this “theme” has.

I know I’m not alone in this.

So in preparation for the holiday’s Ive added some new Kraken Cameo Cuff Bracelets.

I took my time with choosing just the right settings for these handmade cameos, and I couldn’t be happier.

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and of course a Gift Box!

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/JerseyGypsyEtsyShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Regard!

A Trip NOT A Vacation

I don’t think people really understand the difference between a “trip” and a “vacation”.

A vacation would be where I sleep in everyday. Have good, no great food, poolside, while working on my tan for seven days straight.

A “trip”, which is what going to Disney World is, is more like a marathon.

I just got back from my third week long “trip” to Orlando. I never once slept past 6am, even on the nights when we got back from the park after midnight and wasn’t in bed till 2am. I need a vacation to recover from my “trip”!

This was however the first time I felt at home there. I knew where everything was, what I was in for, where to go and what to see, without having to check a map.

Our condo, at our resort, is on Disney property. It is only 15 minutes from EVERYTHING! Every park even Sea World and Universal, from the airport and all the Disney parks and Shopping, 1 block from any food store, or eatery, and the tons of discount Disney crap stores, you now the faux stuff. Even when traffic is bad and come 7-8am it gets bad.

The week went like this:

Arrival in Orlando from Atlantic City NJ 10:30pm, bags, rental car, condo check in, Walmart food shopping (ugh yes it was the only thing open at this by now 1am), than back to the condo in bed 2:30am

Day 1 Sunday: Magic Kingdom (do not go to this park on weekends!)

Day 2 Monday: Epcot (wine and food fest, oh the drunks were many)

Day 3 Tuesday: Animal Kingdom (An easy park that can be conquered in one day) Gave in and bought a stroller for my son, nearly 6, he couldn’t take the walking anymore.

Day 4 Wednesday: We call this our “day off” but it really isn’t much of that. Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) Shopping so much to see, lunch, pool, dinner, bed.

Day 5 Thursday: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but really we only did Seuss Landing and all the Harry Potter we could. (ps: Im dying to go back without my kids, and totally fan-girl all the Harry Potter, and dress up, ride everything, eat, take tons of pics and live the fantasy there ASAP!)

Day 6 Friday: MGM, now Hollywood Studios. Oh The Tower of Terror! and Pixar, pretty much all we did! But this is a great park, one of the smaller parks, if planned out right, you can do this park in a day as well.

Day 7 Saturday: Checking out early am, late Flight home so back to Magic Kingdom (again don’t do this park on a weekend!)

tried to get a few things we hadn’t or couldn’t do on day one, left 5 hours earlier than needed, we were just too beat! So off to 5 hours at the airport., Home by 10:30pm well really home at 11:30pm after the hour drive from the airport.

My feet hurt and swelled everyday.

I was beyond tired everyday.

The food, well its not bad, but its not good either everyday.

The cost, OMG the cost of everything, everyday.

And still Im dying to go back! Two years till our time share rolls around again seems like a life time. But it takes that long to save to go, and costs only go up. Still I want badly to scoop up my daughter and/or husband who couldn’t go this trip, and go to Harry Potter world for a weekend before that.

I will leave you with some advice, if you’ve never gone before and plan to.

Set the bar low, hell don’t even set it, leave it on the ground. You cant do or see it all, you’ll end up upset, missing things, and frustrated. Large groups make the trip harder. Though the parks are so very accommodating to larger groups, everyone wants to do something different and you end up wasting time trying to figure out what to do, and where to meet. You are going to stand on line half your day. So get fast pass for the 3 things you can (there’s and app for that before you even go!) Pick the things you most want to do or see and do it, everything else well you’ll have to go back, trust me, I’ve been to Magic Kingdom 5 times and have yet to see and do it all.

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Regards!

For The Love Of Sugar Skulls: Some Halloween Style

A wonderful write up from a wonderful blogger, I’m so grateful to work with!

The Glitter Mirror

Halloween is almost upon us dear readers, and I figured that it is time to do a shop review with a Halloween twist to it!
If ya’ll remember, I’ve done a couple blog posts about the shop
JerseyGypsyEtsyShop.
Renee just added a bunch of fun necklaces to her shop for Halloween, and sent me a beautiful sugar skull necklace, and a
bonus sugar skull print wristlet to feature on my blog!
This was super exciting, because I LOVE sugar skulls!
I especially love doing sugar skull makeup around this time of the year…
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Just in case you guys didn’t know, sugar skulls play a very
important part in Mexican tradition.
Sugar Skulls, or Claveras are used to celebrate the Day of the Dead, also known as El Dia de Los Muertos (November 1st, which is also All Saints Day.)
People make sugar skulls to represent ancestors who have passed away, and…

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DIY

I’ve always been a do it myself kinda girl.

But I’ve been getting my nails done since I was 15 years old (I’m 39 now fyi), by someone else. The last 10 years I had a great guy I just love doing them, and he was spot on perfect at it.

Wellllllll….he just moved out of state. And it had crushed me that after he went I saw two other people and HATED how they did them. I’m talking full on panic attack, omg you’ve ruined them hate here!

That’s where my do it yourself girl from inside took over.

I went out and spent, well lets just say A LOT on everything I needed. But in the long run this will save tons and tons.

I set out to do them the way I like them, thick, fake, squared off at the tip.

And I’m proud to say in under an hour, and in my husbands sweats (huge bonus right there)

I was able to get just what I wanted, just the way I like, no scratch that LOVE, them.

To me this is perfect a French Gel Overlay over my real nail, no tips. A perfect set of fake nails, and yes the other hand is just as perfect (lol)

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I couldn’t be happier!

ps: I have 3 years of cosmetology school under my belt from my fresh out of high school years. So I don’t wanna say run right out and spend the kind of money I did on every thing from a drill and light to gels and files and ect ect.

But I can fully attest that gels are a very easy product to work with, and with the bonus colors or any kind and fills whenever you need and well not leaving the house this winter, I am very happy about all this!

Regards!

And now I’ll do whats best for me

Just because something is simple, does not mean its going to  be easy.

Change, for example, is never easy for me.

But sometimes you have to. You have to just put your foot down, and say “enough!”

October is going to bring some big changes for me, making them is what’s best for me.

It started with removing the 2 people I had put on my phone plan that were not paying their share $50 a month, over 2 and 3 years! Well yes it added up ($100 times 24 and/or more months) and yes I’m friggin stupid for putting them on in the first place, but I thought that’s what you did helped friends out with whatever you could. I was used. Neither one of these people texted me, or did anything for that matter to keep up their end of the friendship. I was a door mat. Both could go ahead and buy their smokes, weed and booze, yet could not cough up the money to cover the cell bill.

And I suffered sometimes giving up food to cover the bill.

I put up with it never saying one word, so it is no ones fault but my own that I allowed this to carry on for so longer.

And neither, now with their new numbers, texted to give me that number.

Friends? No definitely not!

Now of course I didn’t even just shut them off I gave them both 2 weeks notice that I would do it, and not a word on it.

I bet good money all they could think was “Damn that sucks free rides are great!”

But still not a word from them, and I’m done reaching out. I’m done being a doormat, a free ride, a rainy day friend.

I am better than that. I deserve better than that.

I’m going to carry this over to everyone in my life. if you want me in your life, reach out to me 1st for once.

Otherwise, you are never going to hear from me again.

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Regards!

Hello October

Fall is fully upon us now.

With Halloween knocking on the door and the rush of cooler weather. I’m in full networking mode.

I printed up coupons for customers. To hopefully drive up sales this fall and winter.

100 mailers set to go out to anyone on my mailing list and hopefully new customers will ask to be put on that list as well.

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I have in the last week gone ahead with a push toward gothic/Halloween inspired cameos as well.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, Skeletons and Anatomical Hearts, these had sold well and fast in my retail stores over the last few years. One of the first things I ever made, the kick off to where I am now you could say.

The lovely Lolita Cameo in classic cream on black.

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But I am also a huge fan of the Skeleton Hand and the very detailed Ribcage.

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With other color options and a Gothic Elegance, Im hoping these do as well in my etsy shop as they did in store.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JerseyGypsyEtsyShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu

If youd like a coupon you can inbox your address on our fb page 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/jerseygypsypeddler

Regards!