Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in the new...

(Photo credit goes to Quinn Dombrowski - found on Yahoo/Flickr)
I've been thinking about how much I have grown in 2010. It astounds me how many things have changed. In the beginning of the year I felt very motivated and I got a lot done. Then the summer months kept me pretty busy with the kids being home and having to entertain them. Then school started and they all went...even the little one. They are changing so rapidly before my eyes, growing into these beautiful little people that I am so proud to call my children. 
I feel very blessed. 
As I think about the year, there isn't too much I would have changed. I've reconnected with some old friends and made many new ones. I am lucky to have so many people in my life that all bring joy into my life. I wish I had spent more time focusing on myself. I've kind of gotten a little lost with everything going on here. Time to do a little soul searching and find myself again. 
 I do write New Year's Resolutions. Do you? I've done it for years. And then I reflect on what I actually got done as I write them for the next year. I think I'm half and half for last year. 
So for 2011, here is what I resolve to do. Number 1 on my list for the past few years has been to lose weight. This past year, I have lost 35 pounds so not only has that resolution dropped from the top spot on my list but it's changed as well.
1.  My top resolution is to be a better business person. Get myself organized and start making it a priority. I have to take time to focus on not only the design aspect but the online aspect as well. My blog has taken a back seat and I'm going to start utilizing it again. I do love it as an outlet, and a way to share things. This is something that will be done in 2011. 

2.  Stop and smell the roses. I have days where I feel as though I am running like a chicken with it's head cut off. It's horrible. I don't know which end is up sometimes. I have a beautiful family, and there are many things to see. I have a camera, and I'd like to use it more to capture the beauty of the world and the people in it. I've gotten away from one of my passions, photography, and I'd like to get back into it. 

3.  Stop yelling. I'm a yeller. Yup, I do yell a lot. It's partly out of frustration, and partly out of the sheer fact that with three kids sometimes there really is no other option. But I'd like to stop yelling. It's not who I am, and it's not who I want to be. There has to be a better way. I resolve to find it. 

4.  Maintain the weight loss! And keep up the good work! :)

5.  And most importantly... Be HAPPY! Life is short, and I want to experience everything that I can. Live to my potential. Something I have neglected to do for many years. It's time to turn the tides, and look at life differently. It's not about "things". "Things" don't really matter. People do matter and having this realization has changed me a lot. 

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I hope that you have a safe holiday and here's to a very bright, sparkly 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Next week the kids will be home from school and I plan on staying in my PJ's for the majority of the week.
Can't wait for the much needed break!
Have a safe holiday, stay warm and enjoy your families! :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks

It's that time of the year that I am reminded of how thankful I am for so many things in my life. Good friends, my family and all of my new customers that have made the past year such a success for me. 
In the spirit of giving thanks, I am offering a holiday sale in my Etsy shop now through December 10th. Take 10% off your purchase up to $100 and 15% off your purchase over $100. Plus FREE SHIPPING! Can't beat that! Just mention GIVETHANKS in the comments section of your order and I'll send you a revised invoice, or refund the difference through PayPal. I'll be adding new things all weekend too.
Thank you to everyone who has been by my side this year, through thick and thin. I appreciate and love you all!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Getting back on track!

It's been a crazy couple of months here! Wow, it feels like forever since I've written a post. I had two great holiday home shows this past weekend. I love doing them, it's a great opportunity to meet new people and spend an afternoon or evening chatting and talking about my jewelry. I love that I have gotten such a great response to it! What a wonderful feeling! 
I'll be getting together some new pieces to send to Sandy Hook as well as a bunch of items that will be available for the holiday's at Hair Four You. I'll also be putting everything else that I have in my Etsy store for holiday shoppers.
Here's a peek at some of the new pieces I've been working on.

 I know my kids are starting to make their Christmas lists and although they are excited for the snow...I'm not! And I know it's coming soon! 
But first things first...Thanksgiving. Which is MY holiday. Can't wait to spend time with my family with a great meal and no stress! :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Seriously riding a creative wave!!

I have a lot to say, it's been so busy here lately. I've found my muse.... it feels SO good to be designing again! I have missed it so much! I'm like a kid in a candy store, I can't get enough of it right now. So without making you wait any longer, I give you a sneak peak at what I've been up to!
You can see more pictures of these pieces and a few others on my Facebook page! I will be taking more photo's tomorrow of the 12 new designs I worked on today, mostly earrings and three beautiful bracelets! I have two home shows in November, so I'm trying to stock up! Hope you all enjoy your weekend, and I'll be back with more pictures tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's been way too long...

I didn't think I'd ever go this long without having anything to say. I've been in a mood lately, just so many things happening and I'm finding it really stressful to work my way out of the bottom of this massive pile of stuff on top of me. 
First of all, thank you all for your kind words on Facebook about Niki. I have come to the conclusion, and I know that she isn't coming back. My heart hurts, and that's been really weighing on me. It's killed my desire to design anything because in some silly way...and you'll all think I'm nuts, but I don't want to have to take photo's of anything because she wont be there to sit with me. I told you that was crazy. But she really did sit with me for the past 6 years of me taking jewelry photos. More often than not. So to even think about doing that without her has been killing me. But the show must go on. And I think I'm ready... I think.

I did do something fun last week. I have a friend who asked me to give her some tips on how to use her new fancy Canon camera, and naturally I am happy to help...and of course get my hands on a hot new camera to play with! So I suggested that while she was practicing what I was teaching her, she should take pictures of me. What? Yes, you read correctly. I hate...HATE having my picture taken. That's why I'm a photographer, so I can be behind the camera. Well, I will be celebrating my 40th birthday this December and I decided that it was time to create a memory. My kids will have no pictures of me when I'm older to look back on. I'm really not ever in any of them. So, Lucy and I went off to Topsmead State Park and had an absolute blast!
This one is my favorite. It's now my new FB profile and my blog photo. LOVE it! :) It's a genuine smile, I was having a good time. I really needed some time to laugh and be goofy, so this was perfect. 
My other favorite:
and then there was this, which got the most comments:
LOL! Silly. But I like it! :) I did all the editing of course, played with my fun Photoshop filters and now I have something to save for my kids. This wont happen again for a while! ;) 

The next photo's I show will be of what I am designing this week. I'm hopping back on the bandwagon and getting my butt in gear. I need to put the sadness behind me, and honor Niki. She wouldn't want me to be so sad. I'm sure that she knew she was very loved here and she had a wonderful 15 years with us.
I also know that she will always be with me. :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Working for a very good cause...

Last week I was asked by a very good friend to donate a piece to a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer. Naturally, I said yes before I even read any further into what it was for. But once I read through the full email, I am even more honored to have been asked to help raise money for this very worthy cause. 
Here's the story:
In celebration of September’s National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, we are pleased to announce the upcoming Second Annual Volley for Molly tournament being held at Lexington High School on September 24, 2010. This event is in honor of a resilient and loving young woman who passed of this insidious disease at the young age of nineteen.  Our goal is to stop this disease in its tracks!

 I found out that the awareness color for Ovarian Cancer is Teal. So I pulled out my trusty bead boxes and went digging. Found a great set in Ann's box which she generously let me use. This is what I came up with. 
A gorgeous set of teal lampwork glass beads, which I accented with a variety of Swarovski Crystals, hand wrapped circles and Mykonos Greek Spacers. I added a Silver Volleyball Charm as well as a Cancer Awareness Charm near the clasp. 
Love how it turned out. I hope that this does well in the silent auction.
It's an honor to do my part for a good cause.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Down, Down, Down...

You'll have to forgive me. I've had a bit of a setback this week. I've been in such a slump and have not been able to get myself out of it. My cat, guys know...the one that sits with me for all of my jewelry photographs. Well, she's been missing since Sept. 6th. I'm a total wreck. She's 15, never wanders away from the house and I have not seen her, or any trace of her so I'm just beside myself. I don't want to think the worst, although with each passing day, things seem a little more bleak. We've searched everywhere in our neighborhood. I made fliers and stapled them to the telephone poles around our immediate area. I'm hoping that if someone did find her that they took her in and are taking very good care of her and loving her as much as we do. 
We miss you Niki... please come home. :(

Friday, August 27, 2010

End of summer, beginning of "ME" time!

Well Summer is coming to a close around here. School starts back next Thursday, and the kids and I spent some time today dividing up the school supplies and packing their backpacks. We also finished up reading lists and homework packets and I believe that they are ready to go! I'm so excited this year because my littlest baby is going off to preschool! Although I am thrilled beyond belief that I am actually going to have a couple of hours to myself while they are all out learning, I am saddened at thinking how quickly they are growing up! I remember the day my oldest was born, and that was almost 12 years ago. Where does the time go? 

With all that free time I have coming up next week, I'm planning a few days of jewelry designing a week and I would LOVE to get out and walk while the summer heat ends and the crisp fall air hits! I love the fall, I love being outside in the fresh air, without all the humidity and just taking in all the beautiful sights. I'm hoping that by getting in a walk, it may inspire my creativity for the days that I choose to stay in and design!

I'm looking forward to sharing a lot more beautiful pieces with you soon! Thanks for hanging in there with me during this long Summer. We've enjoyed our family time and now I'm looking forward to getting back to business! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Holy Harvest Batman!

Sometimes I just kill me. LOL! I only have 4 words to say about this ring...
Seriously, could you just look at this ring?
I love Rachel Zoe, and she is the accessory queen, I would like to think that she would like this too! :) 
This goes along with my new room color choices, as I love the Fall. It's my favorite season. This ring is staying firmly planted on my finger, however, it will be available for custom order if anyone is interested in the color scheme. There are Burgundy, Olivine, Light Topaz, Copper, Gold and Light Olivine Swarovski Crystals in here along with some leaf charms. TO DIE FOR! LOVE LOVE LOVE this ring. 
It's my favorite to date!! 
I have to order some more leaf charms, but I'll be making another one like this to put up for sale later today, since I already have the colors out on the desk. I do think I have a couple other leaf charms... or maybe an Acorn...oooh, I just had a thought... :) Back later with more!

Friday, August 6, 2010

A fresh coat of paint...

For me, a fresh coat of paint gives you a whole new outlook on things. We moved into our house 9 years ago and it had all Navajo White walls. Slowly we added our own personal paint choices, some lasted longer than others. The kitchen for example, has been painted at least 4 times. I keep changing my mind as to what makes me happy. And right now, I'm very pleased with the majority of the colors throughout the house. With the exception of my bedroom. It was painted once, and badly when we moved in. One of those quick rush jobs, with one coat and more attention on the trimwork so you wouldn't notice. But I notice, and so does my hubby. I'm sick of it. It's GOT to go. My bedroom flows into my office, so with the changing of the bedroom colors, I must contemplate also redoing the office.
My office space is small, but I love it. It's very cozy! I painted it a few years ago when I claimed the space as my own in a beautiful light green color called Tennessee Haze. I still love the green, but I want to punch it up a little. 
So off I went the other day to Lowes, to grab some paint samples. I was immediately drawn to THIS:

I love the fall, and these colors just spoke to me. But how do I incorporate them into my bedroom which has a beautiful rich dark (Eggplant) purple carpet. The color palette on the inside was nice, but didn't quite have what I was looking for. So I pulled a lot of different things. Then I went back the next day to Home Depot to scour their paint color choices. Between the two stores, I have narrowed my choices down to these:
For the walls in the bedroom we chose the Mojave Gold, which is the third one down on the far left swatch. There is one wall that carries into my office as well. For the ceiling in my bedroom we chose the Tundra color,  which is the middle choice on the far right swatch. This will also be the new color on the walls in my office. And for a little accent color, I think I'm going to paint my closet door in the office in the gold and the Sun Dried Tomato color. So two colors in the bedroom which go nicely with the carpet and three in the office, because there's a wonderful dark foresty green carpet in there! I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!! 
I hope I don't hate it, but in reality I know that my tastes change so quickly that I'm sure it will be painted again in no time. :) Must be the artist in me.
Good thing my husband doesn't mind!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Deck out those digits!

I'm loving the new cluster rings that I'm making, and they seem to be a huge hit! I had a whole bunch made for my show last Sunday and all but one sold, so this one will be up on Etsy later. 
I've ordered more bases and some really cool crystal colors to make some more fun combo's. Look out for them in the next week or two! I've received a lot of good suggestions for color schemes that you'd like to see, so please feel free to share your input by commenting here or over on my Facebook page! I love to hear your thoughts, so keep those comments coming! I really appreciate it and all of you. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scrambling can be fun!!

It's been a really hectic week here. We had lots to do and it seems like the time just flew by! We had a family get together last Sunday and we got to see our cousins that we had not seen in a really long time. It was fun! Thank goodness for Facebook, now we can all keep in touch! 
It was also nice that my Gram was able to join us. There were a few pictures that I've been wanting to take in the past few years and the timing just never worked out. We were never all together, or the kids were out playing or I forgot my camera, you get the idea. Sunday, everything just fell into place.  Although there was food on the stove cooking, and guests arriving, and a flurry of activity going on in every room, I insisted on TWO MINUTES of time. It was a well spent two minutes. 

My Grandmother is 87 years old, and the youngest great grandchild is 3, so this is exactly what I wanted to capture in our family Generations photo. This is our "Circle of Life". My grandmother, my mother, me, my sister, my daughter, and my nieces. There are boys in the family too, but this picture was important to me to take of just the girls. Thanks so much to my husband for allowing me to set it up and then standing above us on a chair to take it! :) 
Another favorite photo of the day was this one of my grandmother and her 6 great grandchildren. I'm so glad that they will all have this memory of her as they grow up! 
After the party, I turned my attention to jewelry designing to get ready for the Home show that I am doing on Sunday. Here's a few of the last minute things I designed for the show!
Both of the above bracelets are on HOLD for a customer. 
And here are a few that I did yesterday of my more simpler designs without lampwork glass. I like to have a variety of things available for people who are attending a show, that are not in the market to purchase glass art. 
But there was time for one more Glass piece before I gave up for the night! 
Surf's Up!
There may be enough time for me to make a few more pieces before the big day, but getting ready for a show is not all about the designing. There's a lot to pull together and I have a VERY MESSY designing space right now! I have to clean that up! Which can also be fun, because when I clean, sometimes I find more fun beads to play with! :)

Monday, July 19, 2010


This weekend my hubby took the boys on a little overnight camping trip. So it was just me and my daughter! How fun! I wanted to do something besides sit around in the house, so we went out on Saturday night, hit a couple of stores to browse with Auntie Amy, and then went to On The Border for Mexican. On Sunday, we got up early to drive to Griswold, CT for "Sunflower's for Wishes"
WHAT A SIGHT!! Sunflowers (and Calla's) are my favorite flowers. I love everything about them. And to a Sunflower lover, this was the place to be!!
Here are a few of my favorite photo's from the day...
I played with this one in Photoshop... I LOVE this picture!! Both ways, color and Black and white!
Here's just a portion of the huge field, there was actually a whole other section on the opposite side of the road as well. 

We stopped for lunch on the way home too. It was some much needed Mother Daughter bonding time. And I know I had fun! She said she did too. We'll have to do this again sometime soon! :)