Very little has been accomplished in the way of home decorating because things have been so hectic lately. But I did manage to make a terrarium finally. They're still all the rage it seems.

Terrariums are super easy to make, especially when using succulents. Plus, they require very little care and maintenance. For the one above I just lined the bottom with some river rocks, then placed a layer of charcoal, and topped that with some cactus soil. Lastly, I inserted a jade plant, and voilĂ , a terrarium! So easy, so fast. So I wonder why it took me months to get to this project.

What's been keeping me busy lately is my new volunteer gig. Last month I agreed to become the editor of my church newsletter. My first issue comes out this weekend. It's been a fun project, but I'm glad I only have to put out four issues a year because it's time-consuming work.

And time is something I'm sorely lacking these days. I'm putting in more time into running my shop. It's been encouraging to see sales steadily grow. And I hope to expand the products I offer.

But running a business, I'm learning, results in working seven days a week. I realized recently that I don't have a single day off. Since I also have a part-time job at Granville Island, I end up working on the days I could potentially have off. So it's no surprise that I had a mini-breakdown last weekend due to sheer exhaustion. Somehow I need to figure out a way to carve out time off. But my workaholic self doesn't know how to relax. The only way I can do nothing is if I'm away from home and have no choice but to relax.

Starting tomorrow I'll have two weeks off to do anything but work as we'll be traveling down to Argentina and then up to Massachusetts visiting our families. I'm going to relish every minute that I get to relax and have fun.