Friday, December 30, 2011

Year end

The past three months have been fairly quiet here on my blog.  
I've been deliciously busy, and had my best Holiday season ever!

Like everyone else, I have been mulling around goals for the New Year.
I don't really do resolutions any more.  It seems they never quite manage to stick.

My parents have been here to celebrate Christmas with us, 
and are leaving back to Nevada on New Year's Day.

Monday the kids will be back in school and I will be ready to hit the bench with the vengeance of one who hasn't been able to work the way they want to for 2 weeks.  
I can't wait.

I will be around here more in the New Year.  Things will finally settle down now that the Holidays are over.  

I do want to leave you with some pics of my recent custom work. 
Some of the pictures aren't that great, but you'll get the idea.  ;-)

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!!!

Here's to the best year ever in 2012!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our gingerbread house has so much candy on it that I'm expecting a cave in at any moment ;-). I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I had very close to 100 entries for my annual Holiday giveaway!
So I drew 2 names to win a charm necklace!

Thank you so much to new fans and old, 
for reading my words,
for loving my work.

For being here when I need to vent,
or have a question.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support!

I look forward to a New Year and getting to know all of you a little bit better!

So, without further ado:

The Winners Are:
Lorelei Eurto


Stephanie Silva

Ladies, you have your choice of available charm necklaces in my shop!

You can view the section here

Email me with your selection!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Giveaway ends tomorrow!

If you haven't entered my giveaway, enter now!  The deadline is tomorrow!!

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Service Announcement!

Hello all!  Just a little FYI.
I have removed all the made to order items out of my shop on Etsy, 
and deactivated all products in my own shop hosted by Big Cartel.

I just don't have time to make anything else!  
I am going to be lucky to finish everything I've already taken on.
My last shipping day before Christmas will be on December 20th.  
All orders must be placed by December 19th in order to make it before Christmas.
Anything purchased after the 19th I cannot guarantee that it will make it on time.
(this applies to orders in the US only-International deadline has already passed!)

This Holiday season has kept me delightfully busy, but I am starting to feel the pressure this week.
Lots of things to be done, and lots of parties for the kids.
Well, off to it then.  Have a great day all!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Arthur Christmas

If you haven't seen it, go see it! Take the kids, they'll enjoy it too.


I had better luck with pictures today.  These necklaces are both listed in my shop on Etsy. 

Have you guys noticed I've had a thing for gallery wire lately?  I don't know why I have eschewed it for so long! 

I realized this morning that in the next week there are 101 things to be done.  But if I make it through this week everything will be A ok..... At least I hope anyway!  :-)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!  We are taking the kids to see Arthur Christmas this evening.  I'm looking forward to it! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Preview of new pieces...

Sterling and Labradorite

Bleeding Heart w/ Garnet

Dendritic Opal and Sterling

Back of the Dendritic opal
I had another pair of earrings, but I'm not happy with them.  Some things work, some don't....what are you going to do?  ;-)

These pics are a preview.  The light isn't that great today, and I need to retake most of the photos I took today in the yucky light....

If you are interested in reserving any of these pieces, please contact me at otherwise I hope to be back tomorrow with better pictures!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and are enjoying the magic of the Holiday season!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

When buying handmade goes bad...

I read this interesting blog post this morning on my friend Nancy's blog.  I kinda felt the need to share.   I've been lucky to have only one semi bad experience as a buyer from sellers I've found on Etsy.  And it was a supplier.  Anywho... Beautifully worded Nancy!  We all have personal problems, but when they start effecting your work you need to be professional and shut down business. 

I could never leave a customer hanging like that.  I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.  Letting a situation get out of control like this is bad for the Handmade community.  It feeds directly into the fears of buyers.  "What if I never get what I ordered?"  "What if I pay my hard earned money to this individual and I never hear from them again?"

It reminds me to be thankful to every one of my customers who took a chance on me for the first time.  I'd like to think that after the first transaction with me people realize I am on the up and up.  But guys like this, whose work is gorgeous BTW,  give buying handmade especially online a bad name. 

Such a shame....

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Three Fates Cuff

I showed you guys a work in progress pic of this cuff on Wednesday, and here she is all ready to go:

I got a request a couple of weeks ago from a lovely lady who wanted a sterling cuff based on my Three Fates Necklace  

I've always wanted to make a sterling cuff!  It was an excellent learning process and I was happy to have the challenge.  I can't call it a complete success until I hear back from the lovely lady regarding the sizing.  So until then, I'll keep my fingers crossed!  :-)

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!  And thank you so much to all you fabulous ladies out there who snatched up a trio of my quartet yesterday!  You all made me smile.   :-)

Friday, December 2, 2011


Winter's Day ~ Sterling Silver
(can be made to order if you are interested)

Hurts like Heaven ~ Yellow Sapphire, Turquoise, Sterling Silver
(can be made to order if you are interested!)

Poinsettia Earrings ~ Sterling Silver and Garnet

Wheel in the Sky ~ Sterling Silver and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
(can be made to order if you are interested!)

Embellished and embossed sterling silver, with little pops of color!
Please contact me if you are interested in any of these pieces.

More pictures can be found on my Flickr page:
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Giveaway Time!!!

Would you like a chance to win one of these necklaces?

Sterling and Rainbow Moonstone

Sterling and Silver Moonstone

Sterling and Melanite Garnet

Sterling and Aqua colored Chalcedony

Sterling and Lucite

Sterling and Garnet

Sterling and Faceted Pink Opal

All you have to do is follow me on FaceBook or Twitter!

Here is a link to my FaceBook page:
Click Here

Here is a link to my Twitter page:

And of course Follow my Blog!!!

After you follow me, leave me a message saying that you are now following me, and you're in!
One entry for each follow, and if you already follow me, leave me a message so I'll know.
I will take all messages from my FaceBook page, Twitter and my Blog and lump them together to draw the winner(s).
If you leave me a message on my Blog, please leave individual comments on where you are following me.  It makes the tallying easier for me!

So here is the deal.

For very 50 entries, I will giveaway one necklace.  Winners choice of available charm necklaces from my Turkish Delights Collection in my shop.  So share this giveaway with friends!  The more entries, the more necklaces I giveaway!

Thanks for playing!  

Contest ends on Wednesday December 14th at noon CST