I am a jewelry designer with a love of all things beautiful. I am drawn to modern handcrafted lovelies. You will see them all as I discover them here on my blog. Enjoy!

psst.. and visit my shop to see these inspirations turned into jewelry.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Are you ready to rumble?

Are you ready to rumble?
yeah, me neither. I worked in retail for sooooooooo long that the thought of going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving sends me into sweats and my heart starts racing. I love a good deal, but I hate being pushed around and having to dig through bins of stuff that people have stepped on.

So join me! Stay home with a glass of wine, hot chocolate, Kaluha coffee, and a little White Stripes, Johnny Cash, Imogen Heap and browse at your own pace the wonderful world of art.
Of course, I would love if you started at my shop:) And you'll love it too because I'm having a super sale!! Get it while the gettin's good:

Here's the deal:
FREE SHIPPING! Right now thru midnight Dec 2nd (that's Tuesday)
and the best part - a discount to boot:
1 piece - regular price
2 to 3 pieces - 10% off
4 to 5 pieces - 15% off
6 pieces or more - 25% off (make it a happy holiday for us both)
your discount will be refunded through Paypal. Please allow 24 hours for the refund to post.

Also, I will be out of town so all orders placed will be shipped on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. I will be replying to emails though. Thanks and happy shopping (and Happy Holidays as well)!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

All Grown Up

My little munchkin turned 3 years old last week. I can't believe it. We had so much fun on his birthday. I think we are starting a tradition of getting enormous waffles with strawberries for breakfast on his birthday. Here is the first time we did it when he turned 1. Poor guy was getting his molars and was miserable after all. And here he is two years later when he turned 3. After breakfast he went to school and I brought cupcakes to his class. Then after school we took him to Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd to pick out drumsticks for the drum we got him. Well, that ended up being a total adventure! They let him play the drums there and I don't think he's ever had so much fun.
And now, here is his very first school picture. I can't believe that they got him to smile so sweetly. I think this might be the cutest school picture EVER taken in all of history.I am so proud of our little guy. He is growing into such a wonderful person. When I got food poisoning last week he was so concerned. For the following 5 days he would come into my room in the morning while I was still in bed and say, "you feel better, babe?". It cracks me up.
And finally, here is a ring I just finished. I'm thinking of listing it in my shop. What do you think?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Economic Woes - it blows!

Have you turned on the radio, computer, or TV within the past month? Sure you have:) Well then you know that times are tough, really tough. Because they tell us that it is. I don't quite get it. I mean I do, but I don't. I realize that people are losing their jobs and credit is really tight. So, are we supposed to be scaling back on our spending because we too might lose our job? First off, I think spending within your means is the MOST important lesson to learn by the time you are 16. If you don't learn it by then, forget it - you're screwed!
But back to my point. Doesn't cutting back on spending lead to companies cutting jobs? It is such a crazy cycle that totally overwhelms me the more I think about it.

Well, not all hope is lost. I found such a great blog post that I want to share with you. It's from Creative Thursday. It was exactly the bit of inspiration I needed. I started my business a little over a year ago so her encouragement hit home:)

Then, a great article that gives someone like me hope (you know, the DIYer, crafter, artist me). Thank you LA Times!

Speaking of LA Times - I was mentioned in the La Times!! holy cow - so exciting. Here it is.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Shadow Puppets?

I've seen these guys before but this is a really cool clip from Conan that my friend Heather emailed me. The other night I was trying to do shadow puppets with my hands. My son could only pick out the dog. I'll have to keep working on it:)

Monday, November 17, 2008

My new love.... Leslie Hall

Felt Club was amazing and I am still recovering. It was totally exhausting and so much fun. I don't have enough energy to write so I will leave you with this little ditty by Leslie Hall. She was AWESOME!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Felt Club

I am so excited and so freaked out about Felt Club. It's going to be amazing. The line up of entertainment and activities is off the hook! I might actually be able to convince my husband to come along and bring little James since the star of Yo Gabba Gabba will be dj'ing - DJ Lance Rock. Freaked out because I have so much left that I want to make for that show. I'm really trying to have a full collection of rings to bring. I'm working on that and may have them ready in time for the show. But then what happens if I have them ready but haven't figured out a good display for them. Argh! too much to think about and I probably shouldn't even be taking the time to blog this.
so bye... yay for Felt Club!

Oh, and I'll be sharing a booth with Adriana again of Invita Paper Studio. So excited to see her and her adorable new baby boy:)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Patchwork Show

Hey all you locals! Come out and visit me tomorrow (Sunday) at the Santa Ana Patchwork show. I have to skip my Saturday shopping list this week but there will be a great one next week:)
Hope to see you at the show tomorrow.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Fairy Tale

I came across the sweetest little fairy tale book I have ever seen. This a handcrafted book made by La Pomme Stories by Apol Lejano-Massebieau . I have to have it! The story has a very quirky voice of an imaginative child. I love it!!

Here's the story:
The story of Gustave:

Lulu Leloup's third cousin on her mother's side Gustave Lavache found a yellow fruit. He kept it on his bedside table for days, and every morning and evening softly knocked on its cheek.

He was waiting for the little boy to appear, along with the Centipede, Old Green Grasshopper, and Mrs. Ladybird.

On the weekend Lulu came over to gently break the news to Gustave (who obviously is not the brightest bulb in the GE factory) that James and company lived in a giant peach; and what he had was a pear.

If you want a good read from France, here is her blog too:)

words cannot express

Words cannot express how happy I am today. Obama being elected President seems like a dream. I have spent all day listening to interviews with Americans all across the country on Public Radio today. I can't tell you how many times my eyes have teared up. This is a wonderful possibility for our future! Here is a video that I think sums it all up. INTER-CONNECTEDNESS

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 1, 2008