A change in plans....

I've been doing this blog for about a month now and have figured out that as much as I love making jewelry it is a small part of my life and there isn't enough to blog about on a regular basis.
So, this is going to be about everything and anything in my life including ETSY and my jewelry. I hope you enjoy it even more!
This blogging thing is pretty fun!!

Take care and visit often!

Tip of the day, week, month or whenever I get around to putting up a new one........

New tip....
A great way to keep your jewelry from tarnishing is available on QVC.com. They have a lot of different organizers to store your jewelry but my favorite is the PreZerve fashion jewelry organizer. One of my very good friends bought me one of these last year and I love it! It has about 30 compartments and has a special material that keeps your sterling silver from tarnishing.
My mom has a great way of storing her bracelets and necklaces. She put a cork board up on her bedroom wall and hangs her jewelry on that with tacks. Everything hangs nice with out getting tangeled and it's easy to choose what to wear because it's all right there! Another great storage device for bracelets is a coffee mug holder that stands on a table and has little poles sticking out to hang a mug on. You could probably get one cheap at the salvation army store.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Three sheets show

I've been meaning to mention this show for a while now and kept putting it off. It's called Three sheets and I'm not sure what channel it's on but it's hilarious! This guy Zane gets paid to go around the world drinking the local alcohol and talking about it and the local hangover cures. This guy can drink!!! I can't believe he can even talk on these shows with the amount of alcohol he drinks! I watched one where he went to Spain and was drinking from morning to night and was still coherent! If you've never seen it you should check it out, it might be on the travel network. Zane is a very entertaining guy and you can even learn some interesting stuff.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

spending time with the girls

I haven't had much time to blog about anything lately, it's the last week before school starts and I'm trying to spend time with my girls. We've finished school clothes shopping and washing, school supply shopping and meet & greet the teacher. My oldest, Teagan, is going into 5th grade and Celeste is going into 3rd. Next year Teagan will be in middle school which I'm dreading. Celeste is pretty happy about school as long as she has her friends, she loves to socialize! So next week I'll probably be bored out of my mind! HAHAHA!!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My two cents

I want to give my two cents on "Walk away the pounds" exercise videos by Leslie Sansone.
I have been using them on and off for about 4 years. When I first started using them I had about 25 lbs. post baby weight to lose and I lost it in about 6 months. I looked and felt great! In the last couple years I got lazy and put back on about 15 lbs. so I'm doing it again.
The 3 mile is 45 minutes and perfect for working up a sweat, I try to do that about 4 times a week. There is also a 1 mile and 2 mile for when I want to get in some exercise but I don't have a lot of time. What I love is the moves are all easy, not like a complicated routine that you need to learn, so I can space out and think about other things while I'm doing it. Before I know it 45 minutes is up and I feel real good about getting off my butt.
This exercise program is great for pretty much anyone in any shape. I have problems with my knees so I can't do any lunge type exercises which is another reason why I love this program.
So that's my two cents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Calling all parents of picky eaters!!!

I'm looking for easy, healthy recipes for my picky eaters, do you have one???? Please post it to me.
I love casseroles and my daughters hate them, my husband always asks "what soup did you use in dinner tonight?" :) They are meat and noodle lovers. My mom in law feeds them steak, hamburgers, lamb chops and noodles about twice a week. (no veggies) So when I try to feed them healthy I get nothing but complaints and comparisons to Grandmas cooking. So if you can help me out with some tried and true recipes of your own I'd really appreciate it! I do sneak in ground turkey and usually don't get to much flack bu I'm running out of ideas.
Thanks all!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


One of my favorite stones is Agate. There is no other stone more creatively striped by nature than agate. My favorite is crazy lace agate, it has such amazing colors and patterns and each one is different.

Agate is believed to discern truth, accept circumstances and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty. Agate is said to be particularly beneficial to people born under the sign of Gemini as it helps them to remain calm and focused. (which I am a Gemini)

Agate is a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz which usually show varicolored bands. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks. Agate can be found all over the world including: Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal and the USA.

Some other beautiful types of agate are Blue lace agate, Moss agate, Rosetta agate, Madagascar agate, Montana agate and Dry head agate to name a few.

I love diamonds as much as the next girl but taking away the value of diamonds I'd take an agate any day for the beauty of it. I hope you found this little blurb interesting and come back again for more facts on other stones.

sources of information for this blog: Bernardine.com and wikipedia.org

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Items I'm Listing Today.....

I have 4 items that I'm going to be listing today. One is my very favorite bracelet that I wanted for myself but I received such a great response about it I thought I'd see if anyone else loved it as much as me. So, I will part with it if it will be going to a good home. There are two more bracelets, one is a half and half design where half is sterling silver and the other half is a stone, in this case red coral.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The beginning

I'm looking for a new project. Necklace or bracelet? Should I use copper this time?
The photos show a very small sampling of the materials that I'm thinking about using. I prefer to make bracelets because I personally prefer to wear bracelets but also because they use less materials so I can make more with what I have.
I just bought a bunch of copper materials and I really think I'll make a necklace and bracelet, maybe even some earrings. I have some light colored stones that I think would go very nice with the copper to give it some contrasts in color.
I'm still planning on trying out the polymer clay this week..........but laundry takes precedence. :(

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Art Clay

Have you heard of Art Clay? It is 99.9% pure silver in clay form. You shape the clay, file and fire it, then you have a finished pure silver piece. Sounds so cool, I can't wait to make a ring with it. This project will probably have to wait for a little bit though because there are supplies needed for this that I don't just have laying around, like a butane torch. I think it will be so exciting to make silver pieces for my jewelry designs.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

hello Celia

Been too busy this week to blog but since I'm just talking to myself anyway no one will notice..... LOL

Monday, August 4, 2008

random thoughts

Who knew there was so much networking to do on the internet???? Well probably a lot of people. Not me though, I've been spending so much time finding out about feed, widgets, blidgets, links, referrals, other blogs, mom blogs, rating blogs and so on and so on. This is exausting! All I wanted to do was make some jewelry and get what I put into it back so I could make some more. How naive.

I went to a home jewelry show a few years ago and loved the stuff and bought some. The one necklace that I REALLY wanted was too expensive so I passed on it. Well, of course I had to obsess about it so I called the local bead store, which I'd never given any thoght to, and yes they carried semi-precious gemstones! OH NO! My addiction began............
Three years later I have more jewelry than I will ever be able to wear (well maybe I could try:) so I think I'll try selling it on eBay. Didn't work. Then I stumble across ETSY by way of Cathy Daileys (see side bar) website. She has gorgeous jewelry that is sooo my style. So I decide to try ETSY, which I think is a great place that not enough people know about. I love being able to help people try to do what they love and possibly make enough to keep doing it. If you haven't ever been to ETSY check it out, they have so many different items. There is a link to ETSY and my site on the top of this page.
So I ponder what to make next.....what is it that other people would love to have??? Maybe I'm in a rut, designing what appeals to me. But that is what I love to make so I guess I will have to just wait for the right people to come along that have the same taste as I do.......


what the heck!!!! I can't beleive how much there is that I DON'T know about the internet! Just heard about widgets.........too much to absord right now. Gonna go make a bracelet to relax me.
Have a good day!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

iPod touch

I love my iPod touch!!! Yes, I've become addicted to it! I have to have it with me at all times. I guess this is what it's like for people with a blackberry.


These are a couple of new designs I just listed on my site on Etsy. I love the multi colored one with the beautiful focal piece in the center. I hope someone else loves them as much as me. I make all my pieces as if they were going to be my own in case they all end up in my jewelry box. :)

New creations

Family on vacation.............

I'm back

Back from vacation and trying to get back into everything, kinda overwhelming.

I realized on vacation that I'm spending to much time away from my kids with other distractions and before I know it I'll be wishing they had time for me.
My oldest is one year away from MIDDLE school and that freaks me out! I asked her to flunk a few years :) that probably won't keep her from growing up though.....
So until they back in school I need to limit my time here and with my other projects.


Thanks for visiting!

Some items in my Etsy store