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NataMari Designs Store Now Open!

12 Jan

Hey! Remember me? I’m still alive and blogging! I’ve been pouring all of my energies into the blog and online store for NataMari Design’s, our textile design business. Yep, the day is here and our online shop is now open and the blog is alive and kicking.

NataMari Designs Store

NataMari Designs Blog

So, stop over when you get a chance and tell me what you think, you can even purchase a pillow or two 🙂

Natasha!

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Christmas Cards Anyone?

8 Dec

Are or have you sent Christmas cards this year?  Yes, No, Maybe?   You still have time. I even shopped Etsy for you 🙂  Check out these crafty, humorous, and sentimental designs.

1. SimplyCBoutique  2. BethsCardCreations

1. RedLetterPaperCompany  2. PolarProject  3. ConcertinaPress

1. RBGColor  2. HenPenDesigns

My personal favorite is Rudolf in a Blizzard…too cute!!

Happy X-Mas card hunting,

Natasha

PS… Don’t forget to follow my new blog!

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Playing With Instagram

2 Dec

There was a fire in our building today, so we had to evacuate. While I was waiting for them to put out the fire, I decided to try out the iPhone Instagram app. 0,,0

BTW…it was a small fire and no one was injured.

Natasha

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Don’t You Hate it When…

18 Nov
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Someone calls you defensive, and they don’t know you?  I got into a discussion someone called me defensive.  I took offense 🙂 My first thought was, “there is a lot of things I could to call you, but I won’t.” Fortunately I didn’t say it out loud.  Over the years, I have gotten better at keeping my thoughts to myself.  But, I recognize I’m a very opinionated person and some people take that part of my personality the wrong way.  One thing I don’t do is psychoanalyze people.  I didn’t go to school for that, nor did I stay at the Holiday Inn.  🙂  Me, being the introspective person I am, when I got home I Googled defensive personality.   I came across a comment on a forum that helped me to understand what was possibly going through that person’s mind when they called me defensive:

What has helped me in the past is to remind myself that most of what people do or say to me in a day has little to do with my words or actions, and a lot to do with their own internal struggles and dialogue. How does that quote go, “Every person you meet is fighting a great battle?” Give someone the benefit of a doubt in their intent, and realize that in most situations it’s not you that’s under the microscope, it’s the situation and how THEY will fit into it. Someone asks about a project that you both are working on? They’re probably wanting to know how things will affect THEM down the line, not analyze your past or current performance.

When their intent isn’t clear and you think your words or actions are under scrutiny, ask questions until you know which words or actions they are specifically concerned about. By breaking it down to specifics you can eliminate most of the general worry that causes defensiveness and see that whatever problem there is just one small thing. Easier to manage that way.

I realize that to an extent we all can be defensive at times.  That’s how humans survived on Earth all these years.  But, to think you know someone well enough to analyze their personality on the spot… in my book that’s not acceptable.  Have you ever been in a discussion and someone tried to dissect your personality?  How did you handle it?

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Nail News

14 Nov

Apparently there is a new trend for men, male nail polish.  There are several brands that now make nail polish exclusively for men.  One such brand is ManGlaze, have you seen it?  It boasts at being the “manliest nail polish known to man.”  I saw the trend pop up a few weeks back during NY fashion week.  I actually didn’t pay much attention to it.  I mean for what?  Dr. B certainly isn’t interested, why should I be.

That is until last Friday when I went to the grocery store to purchase few alcoholic beverages for our trip to Jacksonville. The clerk’s nails were painted blue and white!  I guess it doesn’t take long for trends to trickle down to the masses. Have you seen any men sporting nail polish?

In other nail news… for those like me who sport natural nails, but find it difficult to keep a manicure longer than three days, Couture Gel Nail Polish kit to the rescue.  Couture’s Gel nail kit includes:

  • Your choice of 3 Couture Gel Nail Polish colors
  • Plus base coat and top coat
  • A professional 36-watt UV Espree Salon Lamp
  • Instructional DVD
  • Zippered carrying case for easy storage
  • And a bonus salon nail care kit!

The best part is the price.  It’s only $129, which if you do the math, is much cheaper that paying $35 for gel nail application at a salon.  This kit is definitely on my list!

Couture also sells the gel nail polish in sets of 3 for $45 (you chose your colors), additionally they sell the bulbs for the UV lamp for $25.

I can see myself getting tons of use out of this kit.   I love the look of short natural nails in pretty colors, and couture has some really nice shades to choose from and they update the colors every season.  How often do you go to the salon for a manicure, would you use this kit instead?

Natasha

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Unprepared

11 Nov

This weekend we are driving to Jacksonville!  There is a Soul Food festival were going to attend on Saturday.  there are some great groups performing such as the SOS Band, George Clinton, Parliament Funakdelic and a few other old school groups.  I get to spend time with my family who lives in Jacksonville.  I would say I’m geared up and ready to go…but, I’m not.  We will be leaving in a couple of hours, and I have yet to pack. Because I looked at the weather forecast!

What? Why am I seeing 3o’s and 60’s? In Florida?   What I’m I supposed to wear now? Dang! I’m obviously not a fan of cold weather.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Stay Warm!

Natasha

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Mary J. Blige as Nina Simone? I’m Late…

10 Nov

I’m not sure how this news slipped pass me. But, Mary J. Blige has been cast to play Jazz singer Nina Simone.  I’m so excited!  I’m not a movie person, but I am a huge fan of both  singers.  It will be great to see Mary expand her talents and her vocal ability in this role.  Here is a page from her spread in the November issue of Elle Magazine.

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Natasha
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