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, September 28, 2008

The 39 Clues

I've recently found out about this new book series for kids that I think is going to be pretty hot! It's called The 39 Clues and will be a series of 10 books, the first is by Rick Riordan and is titled The Maze of Bones. You can visit the website www.the39clues.com and learn more about finding clues, playing online games and winning prizes. The book also includes includes trading cards with codes that you register on the website . My daughter just finished the first book and really enjoyed it!
The story is about a very powerful family, the Cahills, and the source of their power is hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues. When Amy and Dan Cahills grandma dies she gives them a choice in her will, they can either have 1 million dollars or get the first clue. They take the clue and begin their adventure.....

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sleep Apnea update

I've had my CPAP machine for three nights now and I LOVE it! I haven't needed to take a nap so far and I'm having tons of dreams! My sleep study showed that I had 19 minutes of REM sleep, which you should normally have 90-120 minutes a night. Not only do you stop breathing with sleep apnea you are not getting REM sleep which affects your memory, mood, concentration among other things, you are basically not getting your battery recharged.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Fall items on Etsy

Check out my newest designs for fall. I have a set made with freshwater pearls and shell in beautiful brown sugar and honey colors. The link to my store is http://silverstonedesigns.etsy.com if you want to see more.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In my "tip of the day" section I mentioned that a very good friend of mine has breast cancer, well the Dr. called her today and a very small amount was found in her lymph nodes and she will need more surgery and chemo. Pleas keep her in your prayers.
Thank you!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Do you snore?????

Do you snore? Do you wake up with a headache? Do you need a nap in the middle of the day? Do you wake up chocking or coughing? Do you have problems with you memory? You might have Sleep Apnea.
I'm only 41 and not overweight so I didn't think I'd have Sleep Apnea. But my snoring (so my husband said) was getting worse and if I didn't want to sleep on the couch I needed to do something. So I looked up snoring info on the Internet and came across Sleep Apnea. The thing that really made me think I might have it was the headaches. I'd wake up with a headache and my eyes aching so bad I couldn't stand it. I realized I had all the symptoms except high blood pressure, so I went to the doctor. I had blamed most of my symptoms on having young children and a busy life, I even had to have a nap almost everyday! The doctor ordered a sleep study, which of course I wasn't very excited about but at this point I was willing to try anything! Turns out I did have Sleep Apnea and I'll be going for another sleep study in about 10 days to find out which machine I'll need. I'll keep you posted one the machine and if I feel better with it. But my message here is if you think you might have this, talk to your doctor even if you're young and not over weight.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Newest edition

Well it's been a week since the squirrels went back to school and so far so good. We took them to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City this weekend and had a blast, the place was pretty much empty and we actually had the water park all to ourselves for two hours on Monday morning! ( yes, we took the girls out of school for Monday) That will probably be the last vacation till we go to Disney World next year. Did I mention that we're going to Disney next year??? I'm going to be mentioning it a lot for the next year because I LOVE DISNEY!!!! It will have been 5 years since we last went when we go next year and the kids will be into completely different rides! More about Disney later....

So I made myself a new bracelet and love it sooo much that I'm going to get the supplies to put one for sale at my Etsy store. It's made with sterling silver and wrapped with fine silver and has glass lamp work beads from another Etsian artist, Jennifer Ionta. Here's a photo of it......what do you think???

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Handbags as an obsession

Some women have an obsession with shoes, my brother in law owns a shoe store so I've got that part covered, but my obsession is Handbags!
I love handbags, they are the perfect accessory! Of course my husband doesn't understand, he uses the same wallet for about 5 years! I could use a different handbag every week!
I found some awesome handbag designers on Etsy so I'll mention some of them in different posts.
The first one I'll mention is XcessRize at http://xcessrize.etsy.com/ and she doesn't need me to promote her store, it speaks for itself! She has gorgeous patterns and very beautiful, functional designs. My favorite, right now, is the Retro pink pattern. She's been selling on Etsy since August of 2007 and her sales and feedback rating of 100% tell you a lot! She has hobo bags, messenger bags, diaper bags, camera bags and even yoga mat bags! What I like the most about her bags are the fabric designs that she uses, they are definitely sexy bags! The quality is obvious, even in the photos, down to the last detail. If you prefer to be unique and stand out in a crowd, then you need to see her stuff!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day all!
I'm just trying to wake up a bit before I do my "Walk away the pounds" workout. I've definatly noticed a difference in my muscle tone lately which keeps me motivated! We're going to Great Wolf Lodge next weekend and I'm thinking I'll look OK in my bathing suit.
So, I've started silver fusing and it's very exciting! It was impossible to find fine silver wire any where in my area so I bought some on eBay. I started with 18 gauge which is a little thin for what I want to do so I'm ordering some 14 gauge, but I'm sure I'll come up with something to do with the 18 gauge! For those of you that don't know, you have to use fine silver wire not just sterling silver.
I've also made some polymer clay beads this week and plan to put them in a new bracelet ASAP. Working with polymer clay has been more fun than I expected and it's very easy to be wildly creative with all the colors to choose from!
So tomorrow the squirrels go back to school and I'll have some extra time to really get going on some new designs! Not that I'm looking forward to school starting! :) What mom of two preteen girls would say that!!! ;)
Have a safe and happy holiday!

Thanks for visiting!

Some items in my Etsy store