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Coffee and Tunes

This morning’s coffee: Community Coffee Dark Roast (as per the norm).

This morning’s companion: John (as per the norm and I wouldn’t have it any other way)

This morning’s tunes: one long chill mix. I hope you really enjoy it and I hope it plays better for you than it is doing for me. This is another reason we’re dropping our home internet on Friday.


Christmas Eve Coffee and Tunes

I know I haven’t posted regularly. I’ve been swamped with holiday preparations, work, family gatherings, a couple of parties, and more. It is my wish that all my readers have a safe and happy holiday season. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a prosperous and joyful New Year! These are some of my favorite Christmas tunes. I hope you enjoy them, and even if you don’t celebrate that holiday, perhaps you will find something nice about each tune. I hope so, anyway.

I have more favorites. If I get a chance, I’ll share them with you tomorrow. Until I write again and beyond then, be safe this holiday season!

Cocoa, Coffee, And Tunes

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the holiday break (if you had one). We were able to spend Thanksgiving with family and we really enjoyed it. While on break, I was able to get some drawing pens, which I’ve already put to use, and brush tip pens that I hope to employ soon in my artwork. If you’d like to see my artwork, you can go to and all my work is posted there. Some of it is up for sale. Some of it is offered as a free download for personal use only.

Now on with the usual! The kids, John and I are enjoying morning coffee and cocoa as we check out these tunes and get back into the swing of things. Well, we’re trying to, in spite of this nasty cold we seem to have picked up somewhere. I hope you enjoy the tunes!

Oskar Schuster has new work out! Yea!

And your long mix for today’s tunes…


Tea and Tunes

I just put our tea water on the stove to boil. These are the tunes John and I are winding down to while we enjoy the evening. Short pieces tonight…no long mixes…but I hope you’ll enjoy them just the same. 🙂

Coffee and Tunes…

You’re probably thinking, “Coffee? At this hour?” And the answer to that questioning thought is, “Yes! The consequences be blasted to smithereens!” I know I haven’t posted in a while. I’m sorry about that. No excuses except for being really busy. I’m actually working pretty hard on several projects right now and when I have time, I participate in some art challenges and a photo challenge every now and again. I’m really trying to expand my artistic horizons and learn new techniques and it’s a lot of fun. But it is time consuming. To see what I’ve been up to, you can check out my business blog and/or my deviantART gallery. Without further ado, here is the the chill mix my husband and I are chilling and creating to tonight. I hope you enjoy it!


Coffee and Tunes

It’s been too long since I posted tunes. I keep reblogging to promote other awesome bloggers I enjoy following, and it helps to let y’all know I’m still alive. I will post tunes this morning but I’m not going to post regularly here. I’ve decided to create a schedule because I just can’t keep up with /everything/ that’s on my plate right now. With the holiday season bearing down heavily upon me, and knowing that I haven’t put together anything we really need for those holidays, or for the upcoming events we are planning to attend, I have lots of work ahead of me. I’ll be posting at least once a week, probably on the weekend. But for today, here’s your selection of tunes to listen to with your coffee (or tea). I hope you enjoy them.

A New Look

I updated my blog today. I decided I needed something fresh and new here, as well. I hope you’ll enjoy the new blog. I hope /I/ enjoy the new style. I’m going to try posting different ways to see how the posts show up.

"East Or West, Family Is Best" ~ photo by me ~ These are my most important people, the people who have my heart.
“East Or West, Family Is Best” ~ photo by me ~ These are my most important people, the people who have my heart.

Tea and Tunes

Only time to post one long mix for you tonight. I hope to post more later. I’m busy trying to get my work onto other sites, too, so my time on WordPress will be short, sporadic bursts. I’ll be liking and reblogging as I see interesting things or helpful things but I may not catch every post. I hope that’s not too much of a terrible thing. As I drink my tea with my husband, and as we read with our girls, we’re chilling with this mix. Hope you enjoy it, too!

It’s Time For Words

I normally post music because music makes me happy, generally. Music doesn’t talk about me behind my back (though that says more about the talkers than it actually does about me.) Music doesn’t have an opinion about my work. I don’t have to rely on it, nor does it have to rely on me, except for it to be heard. There is a point to all this. I’m glad I already posted music today but I may have to post music again to calm down after I vent.

Facebook and small business…*head shake* It’s a really terrible match. Small businesses really have to fight to be seen on facebook, and small businesses like mine and my husband’s are like ants in New York City compared to some of the other ‘small businesses’ out there. Or at least, that’s how facebook makes me feel. Maybe I should post this on my business page. And I might later. I don’t know. But it’s a rant, so perhaps it’s best to keep it here on my personal blog.

When Kittles Family Artworks was still a business (our family business, including John’s photography and my creations and our children’s creations), we started a facebook page. Almost immediately, I could see it was going to be an uphill climb. I had to fight to get my own friends and family to like the page. And then I had to watch and wait and rejoice over each random like, just like a dejected puppy waiting for a pat on the head. Well, guess what facebook, I’m worth more than that. And my time is certainly worth more than that. I don’t have time for your social experimentation shenanigans. I have work to do and it’s good work, real work. And it means something to me, even if I mean nothing at all to you. If I have extra money, it is poured into my business (Unchained Emporium) or my husband’s business (J.D. Kittles Photography).

I work a part time job. John is working full time as a professional photographer. John and I both teach our children at home. We are even involved in community things, and I still find time to promote for others, comment on others’ creations, like and share others’ posts. I believe in helping each other out! I believe in promoting artists and musicians you like! I know I’m not the only one out there. I know there are others.  I have no extra money to spend on music or artwork, myself right now but I can tell others the works are out there and available to those who /can/ afford it, who can help small businesses by making purchases with them.

I won’t ask for sponsors because that doesn’t sit well with me. It’s a personal thing. And I won’t ask my friends and family to buy my jewelry or artwork if they don’t like it. My jewelry really is targeted at a certain crowd and, being totally honest, it’s going to be difficult to get it out to them, since I have to vend for that and vending costs. Steampunk, SCA, Renaissance Faire, all kinds of cosplay and costuming events would be appropriate settings for my jewelry, as well as for the quirky few who wear what they want, when they want, no matter what anyone says. *chuckle*

When people say, “Do what makes you happy!” or “Follow your dreams!” or “You’re so great at that! You should do it for a living!” I have to wonder if they really understand what they are saying and who they are saying it to. Are they taking /me and my family/ into account? What about our obligations? It is more frustrating than ever to be told, “People pay big bucks for that stuff online!” when you first have to pay big bucks to make that particular item and then have to pay big bucks to market that product to the “right people” who can afford to pay for that product. We are still functioning on a very, very tight budget. I don’t mind that, but I would like to make mine and my husband’s businesses work well enough that we didn’t have to sweat it out at the end of each month. We’ve managed without going back to food stamps, even though we probably qualify. And we’re doing our best to avoid having to go that route. One day our business will succeed and we will continue working toward making them successful, viable businesses but right now, the only way to get our names out there is for others to share our things. If you can’t buy from us, share our pages! Like our stuff! Bump up our numbers to help us be seen by those who /can/ purchase from us. And don’t just do it for us. Do it for every small business you think is worth your time and the time of others you know.

Are you ready now? Ready to help us out? Because please don’t follow me at these places if you have no intention of sharing any of the items I have that you think others may like. Please don’t hold me in that kind of utter contempt. You can find me (Melody) on Flickr, Etsy, facebook (personal), Instagram (personal), deviantART, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. You can read my business blog by clicking the link in the third paragraph. I have a special board where I share John’s photography since he’s not very active on Pinterest. John’s photography can mainly be seen at his blog (see link in paragraph 3 and check out his similar post), facebook, Instagram, deviantART, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, and Tumbler.

Don’t ask me about LinkedIn. No. Just no. I have enough to handle with the above mentioned sites and I’m getting ready to add another one. Besides that, LinkedIn is too intrusive.

So please, if you check out our stuff, and you like what you see, please pass it on! Please give us feedback. We don’t know what you like or don’t like if you never say a word to us. Rant over.

For those that have been supporting us with likes, shares, reblogs, feedback, encouragement, and your business, we appreciate you more than you know! Thank you for being there and cheering us on each step of the way.

Now. It’s time for tea and tunes…so stay tuned, please!

Morning Tunes

The coffee pot has been emptied twice, as per usual, by my husband and me. My psyche could probably use another cup but I probably won’t give in. Maybe. But since the coffee is gone, I could hardly call this post coffee and tunes! So since it /is/ still morning here, and the sun is shining quite happily today, morning tunes it shall be.

Blackmill! Yea!

And Electus! 😀

And the longer piece…