It's Only Just Begun!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wow, I am just sitting here realizing that it is that time of year again! Graduation is just around the is almost out and I am wondering where half of this year has gone?? I have three special family members graduating this year from college. Big Congrats!! to them. I cant believe it!! I am remembering when I watched them walk down the isle to graduate from high school.Wow how time flies.. and now they are off to start living their dream, how exciting!!  I will be attending lots and lots of graduations in the next few years though, I still have 16 nieces and nephews in grade-high school..yes my family is large. So my inspiration for this new necklace is for the grad or for anyone...following their dreams. I am a true believer that the only one who holds us back from our dreams are ourselves. So with that said.. Good Luck!! to all of the Graduates of 2010!! Its only just begun :)
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New Poppy Cuff!

Monday, May 24, 2010

 I have had this design in my head for some time now and decided to try it out while making a few custom orders in my GreenRoom this weekend. Although I love mixed metals sometimes  I picture a design in just one metal, this was one of those designs. This is inspired by my poppies in my garden. They are so beautiful. I planted a bunch of new red orange,  poppy seeds last year and they never came up until this year. I love it when that happens, its a spring surprise! My poppies are now in  full bloom! So glad to add this cuff to my growing poppy designs in my jewelry line..I want to try it in mixed metals next to mix it up a bit! Here is the link if you want to take a closer view
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New Giveaway!!

Hi !! I have been working with Aphrodite and she is going to host a giveaway on her blog from LittleGreenRoom  May 30-June 6. Here is the link to her blog . I will be giving away this sterling silver heart key necklace. Please be sure to stop by and enter. Good Luck to everyone!!
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All About Copper

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I am one of the many people who love, love, copper! I love it from its shiny pink, untarnished state to the rich rosy brown earth color, that it oxidizes too. If you have visited my Etsy store you will see that I love to incorporate copper into many of my pieces of jewelry. I love the look of the mixed metal contrast of sterling silver (white), copper (pink/rose), and brass (yellow) too. Copper is one of those metals to get easily hooked on. It is a metal that looks beautiful, forged, shaped, stamped, etched, or colored with patina.

Copper has been referred to as the sacred metal or some have even called it "The Love Metal". It dates back as far as ancient Egypt. We all know that the body needs Copper to function properly. In fact, the brain and liver contains large amount of Copper. Copper is good for your diet and some believe for arthritis as well. Therapeutic  value passed on by ancient Chinese secrets, state that Copper's positive influences really aid and affect the mind, body and soul. It has been said that Copper helps the body with these issues: Metabolism, Arthritis, Pain, Inflammation, Skin Color, Vision, Hair Pigment, Bone, Tissue, Elastin, and Collagen. You may be surprised to learn that copper bracelets for arthritis have been used for centuries in an attempt to relieve joint discomfort and pain. Some say that this practice dates back to the time of the early Greeks who used Copper to relieve aches and pains. Not surprisingly there are groups of people who claim that copper has reduced their arthritis symptoms.  (No medical claims here)

I still get asked on a regular basis if it tarnishes.  Yes, copper tarnishes, but so does, sterling silver, plated metal jewelry (costume jewelry) and brass. Copper is not a metal that you want to keep immersed in water for long periods of time, I recommend taking it off while doing dishes, showering etc.

If you love the color of copper in its untarnished pink state and want it to always stay light there is a special spray that can be used on your piece of jewelry to help prevent it from tarnishing. Please see my jewelry tips page for easy ways to clean your copper jewelry and other info that I will be posting soon.
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I am so excited to have my new blog up and running! I will be updating and adding new info over the next week.  I will also be adding jewelry care tips, contact info, and a few other fun things too!
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New And Exciting News!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I am still so excited!! Friday April 30 I got up in the morning and started my normal daily routine. I had a few minutes to spare and decided to check my emails, earlier than usual. I had an email in my in-box from an editor of Australian Beading Magazine. What? did I just say that for real???? Was I really reading what I thought I was?? As I started to read the letter I couldn't believe my eyes. She wanted to feature me and my jewelry in an upcoming edition of their magazine. I think that I stared and read the email about 6 more times and after minutes of my mind wandering off into space I quickly realized that I would be late to work and decided that I would read it again when I got to work. As I drove to work my mind drifted,... I wondered what the magazine looked like and if my email was even real. I told myself that It might only be a small magazine that fifty people read and I thought about how awesome that would even be, hey fifty new people who had never been in my store before or known about me was still great! 

I pulled into work unloaded my car, laptop, purse, lunch bag, trusty morning Diet Coke, camera, orders to send off for the day...okay you catch my drift LOL.. anyway, after I got situated at my desk,  I opened the email again for a second time and started to search the internet with the information I had. There it was Australian Beading Magazine...AWESOME!! Heart pounding, wide eyes, I might of even been a little pale in the face. I let out a little scream and jumped up and down a few times with excitement. It was really happening! WOW!!

I have since then written a bio that they requested, (ohh hard talking about is even hard for me to blog sometimes..I have been a hairdresser since I was 17 and am always used to listening to everyone else talk about themselves)....anyway, I got my photos and bio package together and sent it off. I am suppose to be in the August Issue and will post the issue here as soon as I get it. Coincidentally, Outside of the United States, I sell most of my jewelry to Australia (second) and Canada (third).  

I am a true believer that its all about the journey and I would have to say that my journey is pretty exciting right now!!
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