Welcome to Jan's Eclectic-Mix Blog

Greetings, dear readers ~ I am excited to present my detailed Intuitive Forecasts (formerly known as CycleCasts) to this blog! Join me for a guided tour of our journey through life's subtle energies, and stay for my musings on arts and crafts, current events, a little of this and that ~

Monday, January 31, 2011

Stay green and dry with metal roofing

Metal roofing is the lightweight, long-lasting and cost-effective alternative to traditional roofing. With modern manufacturing processes, almost any shape, size, design, or color of metal roof can be made. Metal roofing provides a virtually maintenance-free exterior that protects against heavy winds, extreme temperatures, earthquakes, fire and various environmental concerns. 

Metal roofs are 100% recyclable and have recycled content ranging from 25% to 95%. They can be installed over most existing roofs, eliminating the need to remove the old roof and fill up valuable landfill space. This allows metal roofs to be defined as "green" and recycled-content products. 


Lightweight metal roofing is a smart alternative regardless of what your roofing needs are.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Saturday Blog Shopping: Lovely Winter Warmth in Lavender and Green!

Wow, a week has gone by already since my last Saturday Blog Shopping post! And while the days have warmed some here in New Mexico, the nights are still cold - which means, you need a nice, cozy scarf for the last weeks of winter! How about this gorgeous number ~


This is my beautiful Lavender's Green Scarf, hand-crocheted in an exquisitely touchable yarn in soft shades of Lavender, Aqua, and Winter White. But for all her feminine beauty, she's supremely practical and easy-care: just machine wash and dry! You can find her at my Etsy Shop, along with other great closeout deals, fabulous new arrivals, and much more. Happy shopping!

These new Zazzle kids' shoes are just adorable!

Pardon me while I brag, but I think these kids' shoes, new on Zazzle, are just adorable! Even if they are my design ;)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Notable Quote: Building a Bridge

I was informed (after drinking several cups of tea with Haji Ali) that before we could start construction on the school, we had to build a bridge. The reason? It would be impossible to ferry the construction materials over the roaring Braldu inside the only device spanning the river, a rickety wooden basket suspended beneath a 350-foot cable.


Perhaps I should have thought of this earlier; in any case, the unexpected turn of events seemed like a disaster. It forced me to retreat back to the United States, where I had to convince my main benefactor, Dr. Jean Hoerni, to contribute even more money, which was then used to purchase even more construction materials and transport these supplies to the edge of the Braldu, where the residents of Korphe built a 282-foot-long suspension bridge over the river. In the end, the whole exercise set the project back nearly two years. 


At the time, I found this detour and its delays utterly maddening. Only years later did I begin to appreciate the enormous symbolic significance of the fact that before building a school, it was imperative to build a bridge. The school, of course, would house all of the hopes that are raised by the promise of education. But the bridge represented something more elemental: the relationships upon which those hopes would be sustained over time - and without which any promise would amount to little more than empty words.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Saturday Blog Shopping: A Comfy Lap Robe for winter nights

Who doesn't love curling up by the fire with a good book on a winter's night? The only thing missing, besides a cup of your favorite hot beverage, is a cozy lap robe for extra comfort ~



With this Seafoam Lap Robe from EclecticaByJan, your comfort is guaranteed! The sea-green color is soothing, the yarns are extra-soft, and it's easy to machine wash and dry. And, for this week's Saturday Blog Shopping, this beautiful afghan is marked down to its lowest price ever.  And unfortunately it's been sold - but head over to  Jan4insight Handmade Gallery on Zibbet and see more of my beautiful, ooak handmade creations!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is Quality Management Software?

Quality management software helps produce better products. A company using this software will be able to monitor and report on every aspect of their process. For example, a manufacturer would have raw product testing as a key software component, ensuring that inferior materials are kept out of the manufacturing stream. The quality management software would also test products to particular standards and report on the results, as well as a software module that could report on the supplier-related costs of poor quality. 

From there, testing and reporting enables the company to have a feedback loop allowing them to monitor and improve their process or product. This is called continuous improvement, and it is a fundamental management concept that the software is designed to support. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Newest Apron is Award-Winning!


Bright and festive for Valentine's Day or any day - this lively design won a Today's Best Award from Zazzle!

Flower Heart apron apron
Many more cooking aprons online at zazzle

Monday, January 17, 2011

My 2011 Year's Forecast in Video Form!

In case you missed my Year's Forecast for 2011, dear readers, here it is in video form!


A couple of notes to help you feel comfortable clicking that Play button:
~ The audio is simple music; all the info is presented on the screen. So you can watch it with the sound off in case you're at work ;) 
~ The visual presentation of these energies acts like a tonic on your energy field. Simply viewing the video helps you incorporate the energies we all need to move through this year with ease and grace.
~ Visit my YouTube channel to see all my videos (this is the 3rd I've posted). There will be more to come, so you might want to subscribe.
~ If you can't or don't want to watch videos, you can read my forecast at the link above. Don't worry, I won't drop the written readings!

This is my first effort at presenting my readings on video, so please let me know what you think, k?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Blog Shopping: Winter Warmth for Not Much Money :)

Winter's chill demands a cozy and warm scarf to wrap around your neck - if it's trendy and colorful to boot, so much the better! Here's a scarf that fits the bill: my Rasta Ragg Scarf from my Etsy shop! For today's Saturday Blog Shopping jaunt, this scarf is marked down to its lowest price ever!


This scarf is soft like your favorite sweatshirt, and washable. The unisex style makes it fine for men and women, and the spectrum color scheme gives it a youthful flair. A great mid-winter gift for your favorite snowboarder! See all of my winter specials in the CLOSEOUTS section of my Etsy shop.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Notable Quote: Healing and Place

There is a turning point in the course of healing when you go from the dark side to the light, when your interest in the world revives and when despair gives way to hope. As you lie in bed, you suddenly notice the dappled sunlight on the blinds and no longer turn your head to shield your eyes. You become aware of birdsong outside the window and the soothing whir of the ventilation system down the hall. You no longer dread the effort needed to get up, but take your first cautious steps, like a child, to explore the newfound space around you. The smell of food does not bring on waves of nausea or revulsion, but triggers hunger and a desire to eat. The bed sheets feel cool and soothing - their touch no longer sends shivers through you, like chalk-squeak on a blackboard. Instead of shrinking from others, you welcome the chit-chat of the nurse who enters the room.

This is the point when the destructive forces of illness give way to healing. In every sense, it is a turning point - a turning of your mind's awareness from a focus on your inner self to a focus on the outer world. Physicians and nurses know that a patient's sudden interest in external things is the first sign that healing has begun. But do our surroundings, in turn, have an effect on us? Can the spaces around us help us to heal? Can we design places so as to enhance their healing properties? And if we ignore the qualities of physical context, could we inadvertently slow the healing process and make illness worse?

Esther M. Sternberg, Ph.D. - Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being
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As a Feng Shui consultant, I have seen firsthand the power of place to support health and well-being, over and over again. Would you like to bring this power into your place? Visit my website GeoGlowConsulting.com  for more information

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Too Many Martyrs: Tribute to the victims of 01.08.11

I have been following the tragic and horrific shooting that took place in Tucson, AZ, at the public event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Six people, more injured, Rep. Giffords shot through head, yet as of this writing has survived through surgery although she remains unconscious. This is sad blow not only to victims, families, and friends, but to our democracy and public discourse. As someone said, we are Giffords now.

I've cried and I've posted and I've linked all across the Internet today, trying to find some sense of community around this. The words to this song by the late, great Phil Ochs - even though written about the Medgar Evers shooting in Mississippi four decades ago - seem oddly appropriate now, and I offer it in tribute to those who died or were wounded:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Saturday Blog Shopping: A Great Buy on a Fabulous Afghan!

It's still cold outside, baby - you need a cozy afghan to keep you warm on the long winter evenings to come! And have I got a deal for you - the lowest price EVER on my fabulous Blue Lace Afghan ~


It's soft, it's warm, it's washable, and it's blue - what are you waiting for? And it's marked down over 50% off the original price! Follow the link above to find it on my EclecticaByJan Etsy shop, and while you're stop and browse for more amazing deals on all of my Closeouts - then take a look at my fashionable New Arrivals, and more!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Notable Quote: On Creating Beauty

What a wonderful world we live in that a thing like beauty is subjective. Truly, in the eye of the beholder. There's fathomless hope in that fact. I don't care how a person sees beauty, I just care that beauty is beheld. Created. It's something I take seriously and have passed to my children. Because when we're creating beauty, we're aligning ourselves with our Designer. When we're receiving beauty, we're receiving "the kingdom" in its best form. And in that divine-aligned act, we're creating and receiving ourselves, not separate as us and them, or me and you or it. Maybe that is what it is to be truly alive. To to be in our true nature.... I want my children to be surrounded,then, by beauty today.

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