Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Great Heat Wave Giveaway Winner!!

Thank you all so much for entering The Great Heatwave Giveaway. I loved hearing what your favorites were, and the great ideas you have for future Toekini's. There are several of those ideas in the works right now in fact, so keep an eye out.

There were 22 entries in all, with many of your getting more than one entry by sharing and your great suggestions. 
The list of entries from the comments looked like this:

Great Heatwave Giveaway
1 Melissa Lynn D
2 Melissa Lynn D
3 Deni
4 Deni
5 Deni
6 Dancing Rainbows
7 Treasures from Nature
8 handmadefuzzy
9 XquisitebyLadyM
10 XquisitebyLadyM
11 XquisitebyLadyM
12 Alison
13 Alison
14 Alison
15 KayzKreationz
16 KayzKreationz
17 Feather
18 Feather
19 Red Rose
20 Melanie
21 Lorraine
22 inkwear99

So, drum roll please ..................................................................
the results:

So that means, Feather WON!
Congrats to the self proclaimed newbie Julia.

Julia, you need to let me know how to get in touch with you. You can send me a note to Raige @ and let me know the Toekini's you would like. 
Choose one of these three:
Red Ball of Pearls
Warm Pink Cross
Red Hot Chili Pepper
And then let me know where to send them.

I hope you all had fun! 

For the rest of you who did not win, in celebration of SUMMER and the HEAT, please take 10% off your favorite Toekini's from any one of my Raige Creations shops.
Just send me a note related to your favorite, and I will give you secret code for your special discount. 

Stay cool, and stay tuned for a heap of new Toekini's.
Thank you for being awesome.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Finding Your Creative Marketing Side

So you created your product, you took some great pictures, and now you have to get it listed so everyone can see it.
You are ready to give it a title, and you are stumped.

You sit and look at it, and all that comes to mind is the color, the material, and what it is. Not a very exciting name. This won't grab attention. But nothing else comes to mind.

I have been there.  Last night in fact.
After several tries, after much frustration, I remembered a listing a fellow Zibbeter shared the other day.
Let me share it with you here.
Gunsmoke Chainmaille Bracelet
Gunsmoke Chainmaille Bracelet

Well, Marshal Dillon finally done went and did it!! He done gone into town and picked up Miss Kitty the purtiest bracelet he ever DID lay his eyes on! Well, everyone who done went and seen it on Miss Kitty just wanted one too, so Miss Kitty very graciously allowed it to be listed here. Wasn't that sweet of her?!

Miss Kitty's bracelet is made of smoky iridescent gunmetal that encases gorgeously brilliant teal-blue glass rings. The whole bracelet is then done set off with ice blue rings purty enough to mimic the sky! Now, wouldn't this look lovely on you, too? You bet it would!

Approximately 7.5" long

By Marge from Xquisitely Lady M

Now doesn't that paint a great picture? It actually made me want to buy it, and it is on my wish list for when I can.

Part of every purchase we make is the feeling we get about the product, the places it takes our minds, the feeling we will have when we are wearing it, showing it off, or whatever. If we as sellers can't paint a picture that will appeal to our buyers, it will not catch their eye or imagination enough for them to hit that 'add to cart' button and finish the purchase.

With Marge's (from Xquisitely Lady M) great copy in the back of my mind, I tried again. Still struggling, trying to find the words I haven't used a million times before, I still had nothing.

It struck me that there was a wealth of inspiration from other Zibbeters! I thought, why not ask them how they feel about my product? What would they say when asked what is the first thing that comes to mind when seeing this Toekini? I bet I could use their words to better name and describe my Toekini's.

Summer Love Toekini's
So I posted a picture of one of my new Toekini's. I asked for a little help naming it.
Marge (see above) chimed right in with Summer Love.

Perfect I thought. There was also Blue Lagoon suggested by one of my lovely Facebook fans. And then Tender LoveAll great, all fit, but I thought I could use only one, so promptly listed it as Summer Love.Doesn't that evoke some great romantic feelings?

This is just what I needed, it really made it so much easier to write the description, and I loved it. So why not ask again, on the next Toekini? I was having problems naming this one too!

This time I asked "What is the first thing that pops into your head when you see these?"

The response was more than I ever expected! Flower Garden, Wedding Cake, Spring Fever...
My daughter strolled by and said they reminded her of Alice in Wonderland. Now my mind was racing!

Alice's Blue Spring Flower Garden full of
I decided why not use a few suggestions, and thus: Alice's Spring Fever Flower Garden on Zibbet, and Alice's Blue Flower Garden on ArtFire.
(you know, SEO, can't duplicate listings, blah blah blah)

The responses keep coming too! This morning I saw Summer Breeze, Morning Glories, Cinderella, and Guinevere (because they are something a queen would wear), and that brought in King Arthur.

You can see how all these great suggestions can give you so much food for thought, so much to start with and once you start, it just keeps flowing. You could paint so many pictures with these words. Your listing can be a story, can be scenario for your customers to fall into and see themselves in, wearing your product.

I had one more Toekini to list, was getting tired, so again I called on that wonderful Zibbeter Group.

Right away there were comments: Deep Love, I Love you, Speechless, (no kidding)  Awestruck, Cherished Love, Walking on a Midnight Rendezvous...

See what I mean? Something about the Midnight Rendezvous struck me, and my mind went wandering on that. I went with Deep Blue Love at Midnight on ArtFire, and Deep Blue Rendezvous at Midnight on Zibbet.

And again, more comments I saw this morning:
Love in Velvet, Velvet Visions, Deep Blue Love.

Now, I have titles for items that I have to create. Not only did this fun game, of asking fellow creators how they feel about your product, what comes to their mind when seeing it, give me great titles for my Toekini's, they made the descriptions so easy to write. 

The added bonus I didn't expect was that I now have so much inspiration for creating new ones, that these great titles will fit. I can't wait to get to my stash of charms and yarns, and get making more!

Future Toekini's
Especially since these just came in the mail today, from Clay Art by Daresa!!

So if you are having trouble finding your Creative Marketing Side, why not seek help from your fellow creators? You may find yourself travelling down a path you never imagined, going to a midnight rendezvous, with lost of great ideas along the way.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Music Monday! Feeling HOT HOT HOT

What does everyone say 
when the temperatures reach 
near 100 degrees?

How do you feel?
All of us here in the US have been feeling it over the past week.

We have been feeling HOT HOT HOT!

So what do we do when we are feeling HOT HOT HOT?

Being from the Caribbean,
We take it off! 
Take off your pants, put on shorts
Take off your shirts, put on tank tops
Take off your shoes, put on TOEKINI's
And then dance a little, singing the catchy soca song, Hot Hot Hot 
the original by Arrow, The King of Soca.

Don't have your own pair of Toekini's?
You will be COOL COOL COOL.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Great Heat Wave Giveaway! Keep Cool in one of these Red Hot Toekini's

Baby it's HOT! 
Much of the East Coast USA has seen temperatures in or near the 100 degree mark. For those lucky enough to have air conditioners, and lucky enough to be able to afford to turn them on, you have some relief. But for us, we count on fans and cold showers,very little clothes, and definitely no shoes, just flip flops or sandals

I have worn Toekini's every time I went out, just slipping on some flip flops to keep my feet as open as possible, but still looking great. 

In celebration of  sandaled feet, flip flopped feet, and bare feet, Raige is GIVING AWAY a set of Toekini's to keep cool with. 
Winner will get to choose 
ONE Pair of these Red Hot Toekini's!

The Red Hot Ball of Pearls Teokini's

The Warm Pink Cross Toekini's

The Red Hot Chili Pepper Toekini

All have been removed from my shop, the Red Hot Chili got a makeover, and ALL are ready for the lucky winner to keep cool.

The winner will be randomly chosen with on Saturday July 30th at 6pm-ish.

Winner will get choice of one out of the three offered here. 

Three ways to enter:

1. Good for one entry, and the only mandatory task to enter: Please follow my blog and comment on what is your favorite Toekini from Raige Creations. Please include a way for me to contact you.

Extra entries can be submitted if you:
2. Good for one entry : In a separate comment, suggest a  Toekini that you don't see, but would like to see, available at Raige Creations.
3. Good for one entry: Share this with your friends, and in a separate comment, say where you shared this giveaway.

Good Luck and have fun! 
And mostly, STAY COOL!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Spined Micrathena - Guest Post from my Hubby

Spined Micrathena

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly,
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy;
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I have many curious things to show you when you are there."
    "Oh no, no," said the Fly, "to ask me is in vain;
    For who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again."

    "I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
    Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
    "There are pretty curtains drawn around, the sheets are fine and thin;
    And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
    "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said
    They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

    Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend, what can I do
    To prove that warm affection I've always felt for you?
    I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
    I'm sure you're very welcome - will you please take a slice?"
    "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind sir, that cannot be,
    I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"

    "Sweet creature," said the Spider, "you're witty and you're wise;
    How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
    I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf;
    If you step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."
    "I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say;
    And bidding good morning now, I'll call another day."

    The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
    For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again;
    So he wove a subtle web in a little corner sly,
    And set his table ready to dine upon the Fly.
    then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
    "Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
    Your robes are green and purple, there's a crest upon your head;
    Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are as dull as lead."

    Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
    Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
    With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew, -
    Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue;
    Thinking only of her crested head - poor foolish thing! At last,
    Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
    He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den
    Within his little parlor - but she ne'er came out again!

    And now, dear little children, who may this story read,
    To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne'er heed;
    Unto an evil counsellor close heart, and ear, and eye,
    And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.

Poem by Mary Howitt

Published in 1829

(Recited to Hubby my his Momma from the time he was young)
And only 9,998 more for me to find and Hubby to identify for me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Top 10 Reasons (Excuses) Not to Walk

Today, after 2 weeks of not going for my walk, I decided it may be a good idea to note all the reasons, i.e. excuses, I have not been for a walk in so long.  I started this series in the hopes of having it motivate me to walk, to keep with my goal of losing another 5 or so pounds, and to get in shape. 
Lady J is always ready for a walk.
It started out good, I grabbed the leash and the dog and I set out. Sometimes I was lucky enough to have my daughter with me, but often I just ventured out on my own, well me and the dog.

But for the last couple weeks, I have not been for a walk. And all day today, I just couldn't bring myself to get out the door.

Why? What is stopping me? Well, not surprisingly I have a bunch of different reasons that are ultimately excuses.

Here are some, but by no means an exhaustive list.

fun to have coffee with
Lucky Bug Mug Cozy

1.  It is too early (I need a nice cup of coffee, and think I'll check my email while I have it. by then, see number 2)
2.  It is too late (I gotta start thinking about dinner)
3.  The dog will get dirty, and thus lead to me having to bathe her (I am not up for that on top of the walk)
4.  It is too HOT
5.  I just can't do those hills today
6.  I have too much work to do
7.  I have been doing laundry today, and thus been up and down the basement stairs several times. That counts as exercise.
8.  I don't have any clean walking clothes, and I don't want to get my good bras all sweaty.
9.  My knee hurts (old injury that acts up every now and then)
10. It is too hot (I know I said that one already, but today it was REALLY hot!)

Ultimately, excuses.

Yes, I admit it, all excuses. Poor ones. 

I really should be making a list of why I SHOULD be going on my walks, that would be more productive for sure. But sometimes you have to look at why you aren't doing something, to figure out why you should be doing something. Sometimes you need to overcome the reasons why not to get to the reasons why.
What I could miss if I don't go for my walk.
So now I will be thinking of all the reasons why I SHOULD be going for walks regularly again. For example, the chance to enjoy nature's beauties, like these Trumpet Flowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to these, so perhaps the chance to see those delicate birds!   

That is just ONE! I know there are many more, but would love to hear some fresh ideas and words of encouragement from you. Because, as they say, it is easier to work out with a buddy. 

So, be my buddies and tell me some reasons why that I may not think of. And hopefully it will be cooler tomorrow, the right time, and I will be up for bathing the dog if she gets dirty. And I will walk, your encouragement helping me out the door.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday! Boris the Spider

I was out on the patio enjoying my coffee with my hubby this morning. We were going over our trip to Michael's yesterday. He joined me to "help" me find some Fleur de Lis charms for the Toekini's my sister asked me to make. (She is a French teacher) Well, every time I bring him I spend too much, (he "helps" me pick out beads and charms, and I always get more than I went for). This time we managed to spend twice as much as last time. 
(shhhh....we are going to make a couple necklaces together! I didn't even ask him, it was his idea!!!)
So we were having a great discussion about working together, and I felt an ant crawling up my leg. This is a common occurrence while sitting on the patio, so I leisurely reach down to swipe it away, but when I saw what it was......
Orb Spider
I let out a scream I don't think I ever have before, swiped that thing off my leg, throwing my coffee all over the patio in the process, jumped up and ran to the door. 

There are so many damn spiders here!! Of course we found him and caught him so we could identify it. A creepy crawly Orb Spider.
What better song for today could there be? 
It is worth seeing this video just to see Pete Townshend stomp on that spider!

After cleaning the coffee off  my leg and changing my clothes, I was able to finish my coffee and have some more great conversation with hubby out on the patio. I was still a little skiddish sitting there. But then.....
Swallowtail Butterfly, photo courtesy of hubby
This Swallowtail Butterfly landed in the yard next to the patio. Hubby was so excited, he ran to get the camera and got this awesome shot.

They are beautiful creatures, and almost made me forget about Boris....almost.......

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - Trees Are Beautiful Even If Dangerous

I love trees. 
I love the shade, the leaves, all the different bark there is on all the different trees. 
They house birds, bugs, sometimes snakes, and encourage all kinds of natural wildlife activity. 
But sometimes, they are dangerous.
This tree provided nice shade in our backyard, 
but one windy rain filled day it decided 
it had had enough, and just keeled over.
It decided without taking into consideration 
our electric line or cable line.
There was no going back, it had let go of this earth.
But it left an interesting void.
If you can get past the danger, you can discover 
all kinds of beauty under a tree as well.
Yes, there are roots and bugs, and sometimes you can find things from settlements long gone. 
This tree had what is usually of most interest to us,
beautiful rocks!
One of the rocks that was found under the tree 
was this piece of quartz. 
It makes a beautiful display for the
 Apache Tear Pendant 
(soon to be listed!) 
As the day wore on, the tree's weight 
was no match for the few roots that were left.
And it gradually fell onto the lines, 
threatening our way of life by 
threatening our electricity and internet, 
on a Saturday no less.

We did manage to call a professional and 
he delicately cut and removed this beautiful tree.
It was a Black Walnut tree, the inside so beautiful we had to keep the main trunk. 
I will let you know as soon as I do. 
Hubby has great plans.

Next on the agenda is this fine tree, 
that is a part of the majestic trees 
that line our long and winding
beautiful path of a driveway.
Something, and we can't quite figure out what, 
broke this tree.
Broke it near the bottom, and broke it good.
The strong trees on the other side, 
thus far, seem to be holding it up.
But still, it is precariously leans over our driveway, 
and every day it gets a little weaker at the base, 
and droops a little further. 
We drive really fast under it, 
and, when not in the car, 
run really fast under it.

We will have to call a professional in, again, 
to delicately cut this one down and remove it. 
This one is Pine, so hubby says he will let this one go. 

I expect that living in the mountains, 
in a yard that is so full of trees, 
this will be a regular occurrence. 

Some will remain beautiful, standing tall and proud. 
Others will become dangerously beautiful, 
showing us a new world inside them
and under their roots. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Monday! Thank God I'm a Country Boy - Woo Hoo!!

Summertime at an auction in the country. 
Where I found this fine fella.
This auction was full of saddles and horse related things, and this little cowboy stood out a bit and caught my eye. He is just under 3 feet tall, but that doesn't stop him from standing out from the crowd. 

And he seems to be saying, just a little, Thank God I'm a Country Boy! Maybe he doesn't have cakes on the griddle, probably some tortillas and beans, but you can tell this little cowboy can Yee-Haw, or Woo Hoo with the best of 'em.
No one can do it like John Denver, though. I will always  remember him fondly thanks to the The Muppet Show, where he fit in with those creatures and made a bunch of us kids in the 70's  like country music, even if only a little.
So look for this Cowboy at Raige Creations and Vintage Raige later today, and give off a Yee-Haw or Woo Hoo. You will be surprised at how that makes you feel....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Featured Artisan ~ BOWquet

This weeks featured artisan is Vivian - Bowquet! Darling bows for your Darlings!
You can find Bowquet on:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Into the Fog

I was up early today. Very early.
Maybe not early to some, it was light out, the birds were chirping, the cat wanted to be fed. (well, our cat wants to be fed not matter what time the first person is out of bed.....)
Mountain Fog, from
It was about 6:30am. This is the time I normally get up during the school year. (The kids need someone to make sure they are up and catch the bus.) But this summer, we all have been enjoying sleeping right through the entire six o'clock a.m. hour. In fact, sometimes we sleep through the 7, 8, and 9 o'clock hours too.

But this morning, I woke up and just couldn't get back to sleep. My mind started racing with all the things I hadn't accomplished, all the things I had to do, all the projects started but not finished, the bills that had to be paid, and the stress of how we were going to pay them.
Early Morning Crossing, from
Laying in bed with all these thoughts was unbearable. So I got up and cleaned the kitchen sink. Then I cleaned the stove while the coffee was brewing. I fed the cat. I don't know exactly what I was doing when I noticed the fog. I looked out the window, and couldn't see the next hill. I could when I first got up. I wiped the counter, uncovered the birds (we have parrots), fed the dog, and noticed the fog was quick thick now. 

Perfect, I thought. Just like me. In the fog I am, I thought. I have completely stalled. I am sitting still, I don't have a clear line of sight. Visibility is reduced to obscure what lies ahead in the road for me. 
London Fog, from
Fog is distinguished from a cloud mainly  in that fog is low-lying, and the moisture in the fog is generated locally. It is distinguished from mist only by its density, as it is expressed in the resulting visibility. Fog reduces visibility to less than 1 km (5/8 statute mile).

What clears the fog? It depends on what kind of fog it is. The fog around here usually clears in the late morning, after it warms up. That means the fog I see out the window should be gone in a few hours. But what about MY fog? That is more difficult to predict. 

House in the Fog, from
I decided though, to settle in to the fog for now. To embrace the fog. To use it to my advantage. I am not sure what that means yet. But that's okay. For now, I won't be concerned with what is through the fog, what is just past my visibility.  I will enjoy the quiet stillness the fog brings this early in the morning. 

I expect my fog will clear too, and then I will be able to see clearly what is down the road for me. I will see the path to take to accomplish all the things I have to do. I will figure out how we are going to pay the bills. 

But it is still foggy, and it is thicker now than when I started. So I will sit back and take the dense moisture in. I will embrace it. I will hope to come out of it with an even clearer vision than before I entered into it. I just hope I don't get lost in the fog.
Forest Fog, from