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The Past No Longer Is. The Future Has Not Yet Come.

Life is all about beginnings and endings.  We see this every day from the miniscule to the gigantic.  Today I was looking for some inspiration and I found something the Buddha taught:

“Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is
in the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness
night and day
‘one who knows
the better way to live alone.’ ” *

I felt that this was particularly inspirational today.  Wednesday (March 28th) symbolizes two very important things for me personally.  One, it’s my anniversary of meeting my boyfriend and two, the day that I am officially finished with residing in Los Angeles.  This is truly bittersweet.  I am grateful for everything that I have achieved while living in Los Angeles, but I am excited to find out what the future holds. 

It is so easy for us to dwell in the past or live in the future.  Is this because we are not so thrilled with how our present has turned out?  Are we so stressed as a society that we can’t even cope with the mundane?  Or are we on sensory under-load and we need some kind of excitement?  I know that for me, a sufferer of Borderline Personality Disorder, I had great difficulty living in the present.  I blamed my past for why I couldn’t achieve my dreams and focused on what tomorrow would bring.  It is something that I struggle with every day.  But I know that each day gets a little easier with Mindfulness.

With the new outlook on life I have completed my Classically Evil workspace here in Irvine.

I’ve also officially started the Etsy shop.  http://classicallyevil.etsy.com.  I don’t currently have any products up yet.  I am still finalizing the product line as well as packaging and labels.  I’m hoping to have the packaging ordered, the products finalized, and the Etsy site finished by tomorrow.  I’m also hoping to have the labels finished by the end of the week.

I’ve also been working on some great recipes for the kitchen as well as the bath!  Fun recipes to come!

* Adapted from the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, translated by Thich Nhat Hanh (Teachings of the Buddha, Jack Kornfield, 1993.  Knowing a Better Way to Live.  Pgs. 114 – 115).

Lazy Sunday in SoCal – Trying New Things

I always find inspiration with new things.  Whether it’s new tastes, smells, textures, colors…whatever it may be, I always enjoy finding new things and sharing them with others.  As I am currently unemployed with a regular day job, I figured I’d start experimenting.

Since yesterday was good old St. Patrick’s Day (and we were having a few friends over for food, drinks and laughs), I thought I’d experiment with a staple – beer.  Instead of dying beer green or making corned beef and cabbage, I made beer bread and chocolate Guinness cookies.  Not only did they turn out well (quite proud) but as corny as it sounds, I learned something: As long as you give a crap the WHOLE TIME (and I mean the whole time) you can complete it.  It may not necessarily end up the way you expected it to, but you completed something.  You get to say, “I did it.”  I know being unemployed and baking cookies for an afternoon is not much of completion worth writing down (let alone writing down in a blog for people to read) but, c’mon!  I think it’s cool.

Anyway.  Just thought I’d share that little thought with you guys.  Also I’m looking forward to getting things started tomorrow and putting whatever hang-ups that prevented me from succeeding and just moving forward.

Product Testing is underway!

So…it’s half-way through March and just now I’m getting down to product testing.  What better day than the Ides of March to truly get things rolling.

Currently I am putting together a couple of different lines.  Working through the products and see what will work well on the  Etsy page.  The main focus will be a line I’m calling: Le Fleur Du Mal (Flower of Evil) it’s our Bath and Body products.  I’m mainly looking for items that have a shelf life of 3+ months.  So far I’m looking at some scrubs, lotions, and lip balms.  There’s another line of Home products.  Not sure what I’m calling it just yet.  I’m working on upcycled notebooks, laundry bags, kitchen items (aprons, table cloths, placemats, napkins, lunchbags, sandwich bags) and possibly even bedroom items (duvet covers, robes, pajamas, bed and bath storage items).

I’m a sucker for packaging.  I’m currently doing research for packaing solutions.  I adore glass, but unfortunately, if I plan on shipping items, I don’t want them breaking.  I’m looking around at some creative and cool plastics.  There are some label ideas I’m working out.  Something Tim Burton/Dia De Los Muertos inspired.

I figured this blog might be really great to log all of the successes and failures of officially launching a home-based artisan business.  Feel free to leave comments or questions.  I’d be glad to converse!

Classically Evil to go live on 3/1/2012!

We are currently updating our sites and preparing to go live on March 1st 2012!  There will be a ton of exciting things going on!

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