Tuesday, March 28, 2017

YAY, Spring! Updates and News...

Well, hello!

I'm sorry it's been a little longer than planned to update my blog.  I always seem to remember to update it when I have to run to do something else!  I think that's always the way, though.

After the weirdest "winter" ever, we're back again in spring.  This is my favorite time of year.  Everything starts to turn from this dull green to bright green.  No, it's not fun for allergy sufferers, but the blooming trees are just beautiful.  I have another month before I get to hang my hummingbird feeders again, filling them with sugar water and cleaning them almost every other day.  It's arduous sometimes, but I love seeing those little buzzing beings flying around my front and back yard.  I've had the same three return each year, so I'm looking forward to seeing my rubies again!

The pups are happy to be able to go out on walks again.  The lack of walks was mostly due to Mike's knee needing to heal from his meniscus surgery (I would have walked both, but I cannot handle Sam... he's way too strong for me!).  He's slowly back at the gym and doing pretty well. The Madam was cleared for her spay with an xray showing no masses.  The vet said that he thought she was even a little younger than we thought... possibly 4.5 - 5 instead of 6?   Her spay was scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.  Brady and I visited her on Friday, and she truly looked traumatized.  I felt so badly, but with a uterine cancer risk of 85 - 90%, it had to be done.  We carefully brought her home on Saturday and she's healed perfectly.  We had to make some adjustments to her hutch, going from a two-story to a one story, which she was NOT happy about.  Speaking of bunnitudes, I read on many forums that sometimes a bun's attitude dramatically changes... or they don't speak to you for quite a while afterward.  I was so worried about this, but she's just as kissy as she was.  She has been different in some weird ways.  She's almost impossible to get out of her hutch for her free roam and even harder to put back in.  She doesn't like being picked up at all and just hops a foot in the air if you try to do so.  It's not that she's in pain, I think it's just that she was grabbed and moved a lot at the vet and she's wary of it now.  She doesn't get as excited about her hide a treat toy much, anymore, and she doesn't jump up in my lap like she used to.  It's only been a month, but hopefully, she'll be her old self again soon!

Sorry there was so much about the bun, but everyone always wants to know about her the most!

Ok, some updates!

MEDIUM STUFF:

I am still working through my wait list, so thank you for your patience!

Regarding my waitlist.  What I basically do is pull about 6 people for 6 spots and write them with dates, info, and prices and then ask for them to get back to me to book ASAP.  The pattern seems to be that about 1/2 get back to me within a few days and are booked, easy peasy.  The other 1/2 I just don't hear back from, even after a few reminder emails where I mark a "1, 2, 3" near their name.  I have a mail track system that shows me if someone opens my email, so I know it's been received. After the third email, I will cross the person off the list.  All this said, if you are on the list and want a session, it may come up a little sooner than I thought.  :)

If I send you an Appointment Availabilities email and you are no longer interested, would you please simply reply that you are, in fact, no longer interested?  Thank you so much... this way I can get to other clients faster.

CLASSES ARE BACK!

I am once again holding my Psychic Development and Animal Communication classes in my Chantilly, VA office.  I was holding out for a while trying to find another hotel or large conference room who wouldn't charge me an arm and a leg and just haven't been able to find one yet.  So, I just decided to hold smaller classes in the office suite I'm in now.

These are going to be a little different in that they will be very small, intimate classes with 4 - 6 students only.  The PD class will be 4 people and will take place in the office where I conduct sessions.  The AC class will be held in the conference room in my office suite.

Upcoming classes:
Psychic Development - Sunday, April 30 from 11 - 4 (SOLD OUT)
Animal Communication - Sunday, May 21 from 12 - 3:30 (5 spots left)
Psychic Development - Sunday, June 4 from 11 - 4 (4 spots left)

Interested?  Here's the link to my Events page! 

JEWELRY STUFF:

I'm currently looking for worthwhile fairs and shows to attend and will keep you updated when shows come up.

Also, if you don't already know, I've had a big sale going on for about a week in my Etsy shop and still have some really pretty pieces left!  Just a few more days and it'll be over!

YOU get 25% OFF any item in my shop (excluding custom orders) if you use COUPON CODE: YAYSPRING at checkout!  25% off!!  :)

Go take a peek!  As you can see, my pieces are already pretty reasonable.  Imagine 25% off!  :)


I think that's it for now!  Ms. Bun needs to go back into her hutch, so we'll see how long it takes me.  :/

Hope you all have a wonderful week and let me know if you have any questions about anything!

Barb xo


Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!


Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and you were able to spend it with your favorite people!   We had a rather quiet one, which I liked and even had a visit from the grandboo who got his new Paw Patrol walking Max dog.  It's so cute... it's like walking a little stuffed dog.  I'm pretty surprised it lasted as long as it did in this house because Sammy wanted to KILL IT.  

I did a few local holiday jewelry/craft shows and learned my lesson.  Do NOT do middle school or elementary school shows!  They were not advertised well and there just wasn't any traffic.  I'll be focusing more on high schools and larger events this year.  If anyone knows of any local shows that are pretty busy, please let me know, if you don't mind!  Some shows are upwards in the hundreds and is why I didn't participate in them last year.  I appreciate any feedback if you're a NOVA show attendee!  :D

I had lots of custom orders for this holiday, so that was really fun!  They are so fun to make, but make me SO nervous that the size may not come out right, or something isn't absolutely perfect.  Then I remind myself that it's hand-made, and pretty darn OK, if I do say so myself!  Ha!  I look back at my starting pieces and cringe knowing that I should have used stronger wire or metal or should have set something more smoothly.  Now that the custom orders are all done, I get to pick a pretty stone and give it a good home in a silver setting.  A friend and fellow silversmith, Kelli says that and I love it.  I find beautiful stones and give them a forever home, ha!  Kelli from Mothers On The Mountain Jewelry... check her out!

Mike is down and out for a few days after a knee somethingscopy to repair a torn meniscus he's had for about a year.  Actually, last years ginormous snow sealed the deal for that knee.  He's working for a local elections office and had ZERO time to have the surgery done because of the election and the craziness it brought.  The surgery went well and I'm taking a break from being Nurse Barb (not Ratched, I've been nice... so far.  :D) to update my blog and to have a bit of me time!  Phew...  Tomorrow, we get to remove the bandages and get stanky into the shower!

The pups are doing well.  Maggie has had some large weird skin lump that needs to be looked at that again, so she's going to the vet for shots and a check up on that.  They said before that it wasn't cancer and not a parasite, but had no idea.  It never grew, but this year it's been scratched a little and I want it gone.  It's weird and I worry, so I really want to have that removed from her and checked.  Sammy is as goofy as always and is going in soon for his shots, too.  The madam had to have her spay put on hold a bit because we had some massive car problems in the fall, but she'll go in soon to have her physical and to see if she can have her spay.  Hoping that there's no cancer detected, but the anesthesia still freaks me out, especially with older buns.  We have the best rabbit savvy vet, though, so I'm praying she'll be ok when the time comes to spay her soon.  

Other than that, just enjoying some time off and catching up on emails, etc.  New jewelry to make soon after the mister doesn't need as much help.  :)

As far as in person sessions, thank you all for your incredible patience.  I'm plugging through the wait list and will soon be calling people for late Feb/early March appointments.  I will be closing my list for a while tomorrow night, and the update from my website is listed below.

If you are interested in my silly life in pictures and you're on Instagram, follow me here!  I post there pretty regularly!

Happy New Year, everyone!  Much love and a MUCH BETTER 2017, omg.  2016 bit the big one.

Barb xx



*Updated 12/30/16:
Thanks so much for your patience and for your interest in a session with me!  As much as I don't want to, as of 12/31/16 I will need to close my wait list for a while to try to catch up on my current wait list for this year.  As of now, any new sign ups will be booking probably during the fall of 2017.  If you'd like to be on my 2017 wait list, you have until 12/31/16 to jump on it.  I will not be taking any names or any "when you DO open your list, please add me" names after that date until I re-open this list sometime next year.  If you are looking for a medium with a sooner availability, I would recommend Lisa Boslett at www.lisaboslett.com.

A few things to consider first:
*Sessions are done on Friday afternoons only between 3 - 5pm.
*I am conducting all sessions in my Chantilly, VA office.
*I have no idea how long it may be to get to you - possibly fall or so if you sign up now.
*Unless there is an unexpected opening, I'll probably contact you about a month prior to the session.
*I am no longer taking gift certificate orders as I don't know how much longer I'll be taking clients.  
If you still want an in person session, :) please email me or call with the following info:
1. Your first name
2. Email Address
3. Cell phone number
4. What type session (mediumship or guidance/tarot)
5. What length session (45-60 minute or 30-40 minute)  More info on my services here.
Again, I will be sure to notify you here and on my blog/FB with any updates.
*If you've left your information, you're already the list to call.  
Thanks again for your patience!
Barb

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Little Update!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're enjoying this holiday season!  I'm just happy it's finally cold enough to feel like the holidays!  It's been pretty warm, weather-wise around here!

A quick update on my wait list and another craft fair...

I'll be doing another holiday craft fair at Centreville Elementary School in Centreville, VA this Saturday, Dec. 10.  It's directly off of Rt. 28, so it's super easy to find!  I'll be there from 9am to 3pm selling my jewelry, including new pieces I've recently made!  I actually found out about this one from another vendor at the bazaar I was at last weekend, so I'm not sure what other vendors will be there, but stop by and say hi if you're in the area!  :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1219044578180399/


At these fairs, all items are 10% off, so I'm now running a 10% OFF special on any ready to ship item in my Etsy shop, as well!  Simply use coupon code HOLIDAYS16 at checkout for 10% off your order.

Hop on over if you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift!




In mediumship reading news, I've decided to go ahead and close my wait list at the end of this month.  It's become really long again, so I just need to focus on clearing most of it before I can reopen it again.  If  you know of anyone who would like a reading, please have them contact me via my website before Dec. 31 with the following information:

1. Name
2. Email
3. Cell phone #
4. Type of session (mediumship or guidance/Tarot)
5. Length of session (30 minute or 45-60 minute)

The last time I closed my list, I still had people calling and leaving their info for "whenever it opens."  I simply cannot add to the list I already have, but will definitely let you all know when I reopen it.  Thanks for your patience!  :)

At this point, my list probably goes into late spring or so.  Again, if you are looking for an in-person mediumship session and don't want to wait, you can always contact Lisa Boslett at www.LisaBoslett.com.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be planning some new classes again and maybe even a few webinars.  I have to look into a user friendly webinar site first!  I'll be announcing classes here on my blog and on my facebook page as well.

I will try to blog again soon, but if I don't, have a wonderful holiday season!  Be kind, smile and stay stress free.  :)

Barb xx


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Winter Bazaar & a Black Friday/Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday... whatever... SALE!

Hi!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

For any local folks, I'll be doing a Winter Bazaar in Haymarket at Ronald Reagan Middle School next Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 - 5pm!  There are a bunch of cool vendors attending so it's a great way of getting a little shopping done!  Here's the link to their website with a listing of all vendors!

Also, just a quick blog to let you know that I'm holding a big sale on EVERY item in my shop through 11/30!  Even the sale section!

Choose a piece (or more!) and when you checkout, just add coupon code BLACKFRIDAY16 and get 20% OFF the entire order!

I've been busy and have added many new pieces just in time for the holidays!  Some have already been snatched up.  :)  Click the link below to visit my shop!


Thanks so much and hope you have a lovely holiday season!

Barb xx



Friday, October 7, 2016

October Update

Hello!

Before anything, my heart goes out to all who have been and will be affected by Hurricane Matthew.  I believe they are all about 1/2 way into the storm and much flooding is to be expected.  Please stay safe!

MEDIUMSHIP SESSIONS:
I've received a ton of emails and calls to be added to my wait list, so thank you!  The list is rather long now, and I'm in the process of booking people for October, November and December.

A couple of things to mention:

*If you've received an email or call from me trying to book, please get back to me ASAP!  I have left a number of voice messages and sent emails with some not responding.  If I don't hear from you within a few days, I'll need to move to the next person.

*You do not have to do anything to be on my list except to either email or leave a voice message with the following info:
- first name
- email address
- cell number
- what type session you'd like (mediumship or guidance/tarot)
- what length session (30 minute or 45-60)
If you've already done this, you are on the list.

*I am taking names for in-person sessions only.  Readings are held on Friday's from 3 - 5 in Chantilly, VA.

*If you want a session sooner you may consider contacting Lisa Boslett instead.  She's one of my prior students and now is a full time medium.  She works out of the same office in Chantilly, VA that I do.

JEWELRY NEWS:

I've had some people ask what festivals I'll be doing this fall, but I'm not quite sure yet.  Most of these are juried.  I've applied to several and am waiting to hear whether I can participate or if they already have too many jewelry vendors.  If I made anything else besides jewelry, these shows would be easy to get into, but jewelry vendors are a dime a dozen and most festivals don't want to have too many of one type of vendor.  Some shows are also REALLY expensive to participate in.  These are things I'm learning while trying to sell my pretties!  :/

Depending on the weather, if it doesn't rain, I'll be a vendor at Centreville Day on October 15 from 10am - 4pm.  This is apparently a teeny festival, but it's close to my home, so what the heck.  :D  Come out and keep me company, unless it rains and then I'll be home snuggling with my puppies!

I've also applied to Richmond Craft Mania's Handmade Holiday 2016 on December 3 and 4th and All Crafts Considered in DC at the NPR Building on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 3pm to 8pm.  I'll let you know if I'm accepted to those.

As always, you can always find my jewelry on Etsy at www.barbmallon.etsy.com, BUT, in a few days I'll be launching a brand new landing page which will be easy for you to find my jewelry anytime!  I just have to figure out how to connect my domain to the completed website, lol.   www.barbmallonjewelry.com!   Here's a preview!


As far as everything else, everyone's good.  I haven't, and won't see much of my husband until after the election is over as he works in one of the Virginia's electoral offices and is working TONS of hours trying to get ready.  I think we all can't wait for this election to be over, though.  Am I right??  :D  The boys are good.  Brady is doing well in his classes at NOVA and Bren and I are still riding the Green Day concert high after seeing them play at the 9:30 Club in DC on Monday.  Thanks to the hubby for driving as I'd get hopelessly lost in DC!  The pups are crazy itchy from the change in season, so they've been on Benadryl twice a day with a side treat of coconut oil which seems to be helping.  The Madam is going to the vet probably in the next week or two to have a check up and to see if she's OK to spay.  We've been saving up for it and unfortunately have to do it as female bunnies have an 80% chance of developing uterine cancer.  She's older, so we're a little worried, but it has to be done soon.  Yes, I'll be a wreck!

I think that's it!  I keep forgetting to blog and will try to do so more, but do keep checking back, and if you haven't already please subscribe.  I'll be adding some small classes soon, too!

Have a lovely weekend!
Barb xx

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Halloween Event Items and Office Items for Sale! Pick up in Centreville, VA

For my Northern Virginia friends!

If you've been to my Halloween event, you've probably seen much of what I've posted.  For the last 10 years, I've held an annual Halloween event at a hotel and have been collecting items throughout that time. Some items I just bought last year, some I've had for a while and show more wear. I'll add the condition in each description. I've looked up the retail price of each item and basically, every item is way lower than 1/2 price!

If you're local, you can find the links to the online yardsales where I have these listed below:

HALLOWEEN PARTY FRIENDS! If anyone is interested in any of my Halloween Event decorations/items, I have most of them listed on three local online yard sales here on FB. Please let me know! I have about 23 items/lots/pairs up!

If you've been to my office, you'll recognize the pretty wings for sale on Craigslist and my wicker table/chest.  Links below:
Besides selling my Halloween stuff, I'm also selling my huge angel wings and wicker chest/table from my office.

Just wanted to put the word out there!  If you can't see the items on the yardsales, you'll just need to request to be in the group.

Have a great evening!
Barb xx

Friday, September 9, 2016

September News and Updates

Hi everyone!

I hope you had an awesome summer!  As always, it just flies by.  I was kind of disappointed with this one as it was just SO incredibly hot.  No gym, no dog walks, in fact I didn't do much... just stayed inside as much as possible with the kids and fur babies.  Oh, and I made lots of new jewelry.  :)

I am SO glad the Reston market didn't work out - a blessing in disguise as I probably would have skipped most of them because of all the heat waves.  Bleh.   I know I'm not alone in saying that I can't wait for the cooler fall weather!

So, school is back in session for both boys.  One's at NOVA and one is a Junior in high school.  I'm trying to get used to keeping schedules straight, including the Madam's, so everything is scheduled around the family schedule, if that makes sense.  Getting more and more confusing.

I am still trying to line up some art festivals/fairs, but I will be at the South Riding Fall Festival on September 24 from 12 - 6pm.  If you're local, come by and see me!

Regarding readings, I have given up and opened my wait list again.  lol.  I explained in my newest website update and tried to copy it from my website to here but it didn't work.

You can read the update HERE.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Barb xx