Working 9-5..The Daily Grind!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ever wonder what I do during the day? Well, I work the daily grind. I am an executive assistant. I work on a airport for a flight test company. This is my little corner of the company, with my trusty and always necessary Diet Coke by my side. That would be me in the black chair greeting you as you came in the front door of our company.

Our company is in the hot dry California desert. It's always dry, hot and windy, those are our three seasons. Sometimes the winds here on the airport can reach up to 80 mph. Those are the worst of days!

Like today...there is a high wind advisory, we are expecting about 80 mph winds so the freeway home will be closed and there will be a detour that I will have to take that has become very familiar to me.

I am lucky enough to have a window view of the mountains, (home) where I live. There are lots of windmills that are scattered across the mountains and when it is windy they all dance in unison. This is where a lot of my ideas for new pieces of  jewelry are drawn in my sketch book, that is... when I have spare time.

Overall I have a great job but I am still daydreaming about the day that I can stay at home and make Etsy my number one job. That is where my heart is and mind long to be...fingers crossed!
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Mixed Media Man In The Moon Necklace!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I had so much fun making this Man In The Moon Necklace!! Brand New** Just out of the My GreenRoom. This necklace has been on my sketch book for sometime now and haunting me to make it. I LOVE (This) Man In The Moon Face, it has always been my favorite!! I had a few sketches drawn but waited until the time was right and when I sat down to make it, the design emerged. I was definitely in one of my whimsy moods as you can see by the finished product. I always say that life is way to serious, wear a piece of jewelry that puts a smile on your face. I took a few pictures from start to finish,..the cleaned up version anyway. I didn't take pictures of my files, saw, torch, all things used to create this Happy, Starry Eyed, Moon Face but you get the picture. I have a lot of other fun moon inspired ideas that I am anxious to create too! I have created a mixed metal large moon face that I am going to make into  a pendant that I will have to share with you all. It is one that I am keeping for myself though. I have been trying to decide how I would wear it most, a pendant or a bracelet. Not too sure yet.  One of the exciting things for me while creating this necklace was the mixing the metals and media. I wish you all could see it in person, it is even cuter. This necklace is for all of the starry eyed moon lovers like me. I cant wait to meet who buys it! That is one of the most fulfilling things about making jewelry for me and that is..matching the perfect piece of jewelry with the perfect person who adores it.
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*New* Listing!

Friday, April 23, 2010

 This *New* necklace comes from a drawing I have had in my sketch pad for about 6 months. I love the mix of color and whimsy design. This beautiful cross pendant is 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" wide. This cross pendant hangs close to your heart on a 24" sterling silver mirrored box chain. A shorter chain is available upon request. Here is the link to check out more details.
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I Love Shopping On Etsy!!!

I was so excited the other day upon arrival of my package from Israel. About three weeks ago while searching for supplies I stumbled upon a beautiful glass shop on Etsy. I fell in love with these glass flowers. I don't know if you can see in the pictures or not but the flowers are dusted lightly in silver and have a beautiful sheen. I immediately knew what I wanted to design with  these pretties and purchased them on the spot. I love buying handmade when possible and  love to incorporate handmade pieces into my own designs. On Wednesday, along with the amazing surprise that I discovered in the package I found myself drawn to the stickers on the outside of the envelope that the glass beads came in. I love the fact that I bought something from someone in another country who I would not of ever seen or met it it weren't for Etsy, I love that! Its a great topic of conversation in my house with my son. We talk about the postage, stamps, and stickers on the envelopes. We end up looking at the country on his globe and talking about how far away it is. He too thinks that it is amazing that we can purchase something handmade by someone who is so far away that we never met. I love the fact that he appreciates and gets it..about buying handmade items. He's my little Etsian in training LOL ;)
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Renovations Can Make you Crazy!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I spent this last weekend working on renovations in our kitchen with my husband. We had an electrician take down our old florescent bulbs and install can lights! I Love them!! The lighting is so much better and love not having the humming sound that florescent bulbs are famous for. We were off to the store to buy the exciting stuff, trim molding and pick out the paint color.  After lots of measuring and cutting we stood back and admired my husbands handy work. We are "do it yourselfers" well, as much as we can anyway. It was finally time to paint. I love painting, well not the painting part ..but the end result, a fresh coat of paint, makes you feel like you have a whole new space. After long hours of trying to decide if I had picked the right color or not I went with Grass Cloth green. Hmmm...well I now call it screamin is not quite the color that I had hoped for . I nick named it screamin green because when I walk in the kitchen the green screams "Turn off the lights its too bright in here!!" LOL .. so I will be back at the paint counter again this week trying to find the right shade of what I thought I wanted. The great thing about paint is you can always change your mind!! 
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**New, Vintge Inspired Key Necklace Listing Today**

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I just listed this vintage inspired artisan key necklace in my store. It is so cute!! I listed two, 16" and 18" and only $22.00  It is such a beautiful, feminine and necklace. Here is the link  
Great gifts too!!
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LittleGreenRoom Jewelry Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Its here! Tomorrow April 21st at 12:00 PST. you can win this necklace by going to  Heather from Fabulousfunfinds will have all of the details on how to enter, on the link above. Good Luck!! It will be fun to see who wins!! :) 
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A Very Busy Thursday Night!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

The minute I got home from work last night I went straight in my GreenRoom, turned on all of my 6 spot lights that I use and started heating up the pickle pot to work on orders. I had some custom orders that needed to be completed and orders to package and get ready for shipping out this morning, Friday. I think I actually work best under stress even though I hate to admit it. I seem to get more accomplished. I had sterling wire, hammers, design stamps, copper and charms all over the place. The other night my grandma came to get a hair cut, oh ya, I still cut hair for my family too. Anyway my grams saw my box of hammers and giggled as she asked me if I thought I had enough hammers. I had to stop and think. I think that I have atleast 15 different kinds that I use, for real :) Wow, now that I write it, it does sound like alot of more than my husband has. Anyway, I managed to somehow pull it off. I got all of my jewelry boxed, labeled, organized and packaged, all ready to go. I even took a few photos of some new pieces that I made and didnt get a chance to list yet. I have one more item to finish this weekend, which should be ready to ship out on Monday morn. I listed this *NEW* cuff this morning, my other new cuffs sold so I wanted to get this listing in my store before it's too late to order for Mothers Day. Next week on April 21st is my first Mothers Day giveaway, its just around the corner. See my earlier post for details* I will list the link again to remind you all. :)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

I just read this and had to share the info with you. I think that it is quite amazing. This is for all of you who love Etsy, (me included).  March was another stimulating month for Etsy's marketplace's growth. Here are the numbers:

•$22.4 million of goods were sold by our community in March, roughly 11% higher than February's $20.2 million.

•That represents 1,302,597 items sold for the month, 10% higher than February’s 1,186,311.

•2,008,387 new items were listed in the month, 9.7% higher than February's 1,830,825.

•246,834 new members joined the Etsy community in the month, up 10,800, or 4.6%, from February.

•718,635,940 page views were recorded on the site this month.

The $22.4 million of goods sold by the community represents a 84% increase from March 2009's total. At the same time, items sold were up 65%.

I think that this is just amazing. I am so happy to be apart of this Etsy community and Thank all of you who support our stores and buy hand crafted items.

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Free May Shipping!

There are so many exciting things happening with my business right now. First of all if you make a purchase in April you will receive free shipping in May. Details will come packaged with your jewerly order. I have been adding new Moms Day items to my store that have been selling great!  I just purchased a new set of stamping tools. I will be adding new pieces of jewelry with the new cute font in early May. On April 21st at I will be giving away a piece of my jewerly for Mothers Day! Please check out her cute blog for details. On April 29th at I will be giving away a key to your heart necklace too! Please check out her cute blog for details. More exciting things going on that I will fill you in on at a later date! I cant wait to share! Stay tuned..
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Seeing Stars!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cute!! New** Cuff just added today!! Here is the link

This was the first star cuff added to my store! This cuff comes in black, brown and white!
Cute brushed star earrings and a cute personalized star charm necklace. Great gifts!!
Hmmm I am starting to see a trend here with me and stars!! I love them!! This is just a few of the star pieces of jewelry that I have in my collection, I will be adding more too! The star necklace and ring are great gifts to have personalized for you or for someone special. I have some more cute star designs up my sleeve to hopefully list soon!
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A Sunday Morning Detour!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I had a great weekend, very busy but great! Sunday we took a detour on our way out of town and much to our surprise, came upon this picture. I absolutely love where I live. The hills are covered with oak trees for as far as the eye can see. Right now because of the all of the rain/snow that we have been getting the hills are still green, filled with wild flowers in bright purples and oranges. I took my camera, thank goodness, and was so excited to take pictures to share but was only able to capture three because I ran out of batteries, (my luck). Now that I know where to go I will be venturing out again in the next few weeks to take more pictures armed with a bag full of batteries :) It is hard to believe that this picture was taken just yesterday afternoon and this morning I woke up to 2 inches of snow.
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*NEW* Mixed Metal Leather Cuff!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I was going to wait and not list this cuff yet but I just get too excited when I make new designs. The new design process starts off for me with a pencil and paper. When I sit at my table..I dont use a bench..I start to layout the pieces and cut shapes using different metals to get the exact color combo that I want. When designing a piece of jewelry I have to think of the whole design from start to finish because I am using certain shapes, designs, and stamps that will produce the finished design that I already have pictured in my head or on paper. I am picky with colors too. I always have been..I think that it stems from my coloring background as a hair dresser or maybe it is just the way that I see color. They say that everyone sees color differently. There is nothing more exciting that putting the last bit of detail together to finish a piece of jewelry, I have always been big on the details. Its like you get a rush of excitement that flows through your veins. I am usually so excited that I rush off to show my hubby and then no more than two minutes later I am taking pictures. Sometimes the pictures get complicated because the metals reflect light and shadows like crazy, if you are not careful you will end up taking a photo of yourself in a piece of jewelry that has your reflection in it, like a mirror. I, who am camera shy anyway, do not want my distorted pict. in a piece of jewelry to list in my store. So finally when all is said and done, I finally arrive here..excited to share a new piece of jewelry with you. Here is the link to view more photos of my new bracelet.
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I Love Cuffs!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I dont quite know what my draw is to leather cuffs but I love them, I always have. About two years ago while walking through the crowds at Venise Beach I came upon a vendor who was selling leather cuffs. He only had a few and they were just plain leather but I bought a black one and  wore it layered with my sterling link chain bracelets and loved it. Ever since I bought that cuff I have had and idea in the back of my designing mind to create and embellish them with sterling silver and mixed metals. I have listed some in my store and they have been quite popular. I have so many more designs on paper that I have yet to create. This is a cute design that I have added to my collection for "Mom". This is a sneek peek. I will be adding this to my Etsy store this week as one of my new Mothers Day jewelry pieces.
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"Sneek Peek" Just Around The Corner!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I cannot believe that Mothers Day is just around the corner. I have a few new jewelry pieces up my sleeve. This is a "Sneek Peek" at just one of the few that I am hoping to list in the next few weeks. This is a tribute to all of the moms who are our angels here on earth.
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Happy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter is near, however this year the weather is so hard to predict who knows wether we will see the sun on Easter Sunday or not. My daffodiles are in full bloom, usually the first of my bulbs in my garden to add a spark of color, bright yellow, warm and sunny. The poppies in bright oranges and reds are just about to open too. The sweet smell of allysum in its white clusters are addings a bright white contrast to all of the green that is starting to sprout with this new years growth.  I actually paid my first visit to the nursery the other day which is kind of early in the growing season in my neck of the woods. I got inspired. I love my flower gardens and am hoping to find some new inspirations for jewelry pieces to add to my line. I hope you all have a very warm and  Happy Easter!
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One Of My Spring Favorites!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Although this was a ring design that I came up with last year, spring of is still one of my favorites. This was garden inspired like alot of my designs. I have two sizes, this is the larger of the two. It really makes a statement on your finger, wear this cute ring, a great pair of sterling silver or copper hoops and..walla.. you are accessorized. I really need to make a few new flower designed rings..but I am waiting to be inspired by something. When it hits me I will know. I call this my Summer California Poppy ring and you can see more photos of it here

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