Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year, New Thoughts

Greeting for the New Year. I am amazed that so months have gone by without me blogging here. In truth I had many ideas to blog and share. I did so many amazing things last year that I could have talked about here...but yet....I didn't.

I have many reason, excuses, explanations but really the true reason is I didn't think anyone would be interested in what I had to say. I kinda felt unless I had some actual jewelry to talk about I was short changing the point of this blog. I mean seriously what's a jewelry blog without actual posts about making jewelry. LOL.

Over the holiday break I took some time off from my other blog...yeah the semi famous mommy blog. My life as a mommy blogger has been a bit demanding. There were times during Sep/Oct where I was continuously attending media events, reviewing products, networking and socializing. On top of all that I was being a mom to my son. That is a fulltime job in itself. After all of that where is time for jewelry making...or blogging about jewelry making?!

Well I pondered this thought over the break. I wondered if I should just close down this blog and shelf my jewelry supplies. Matter of fact I did put my jewelry tools and supplies back in storage. When I finally got up the nerve to log into my jewelry related email/online profiles I found some interesting things.

I am touched beyond belief that people STILL find this blog and reach out to me. Other jewelry people, other creative moms, heck even one of the representative from Artbeads Blogging for Beads Program checked in with me. Who would guess all these people even remembered this blog...much less me.

But that's the thing. You never know how other people think and feel about the things you share. So I had this thought.... If I can't write about making and selling tons of jewelry perhaps I can continue to write about the process of....
  • being creative.
  • looking at jewelry in new ways
  • my own jewelry journey and how it's shaping me.
I've always felt there is as much value in the journey of something as much as in the end result. Hopefully my readers old and new will feel the same. Shall we begin...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Path to Peace Gifts Making a Difference

While on my Disney's Magical Mocha Mom trip the topic of jewelry came up. What do you expect when you have a room full of women?
One of the mommies, Lorraine wore the famous "O" Magazine Unity Bracelet. All the moms admired her jewelry and asked her about it.

Like me Lorraine is a blogging mom. She told me how she joined the Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace Project exclusively at to spread the word. I asked Lorraine to share with my readers how they can join in and help spread the message to support this cause. This is what she had to say.

Each uniquely crafted piece in the series was commissioned by Macy’s, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The Path to Peace Project and the income it generates has impacted the lives of thousands of women and children. Support the cause, which is "based on trade, not aid" you can review the collection online

So this holiday help spread the word about this project and when you do you holiday shopping buy a gift from the path to peace collection and help make a difference.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Getting Jewelry on the Stars, Celebrities, Whoever

While cleaning out my ridiculous overflowing jewelry related inbox I came across this article on National Jeweler

There are sites and companies that will help get your jewelry into the right hands. While there's no guarantee it's definitely a good thing to have in your promotional tool box.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birthday Feature on Etsy For Charity

Guess which black jewelry designer was feature on Etsy For Charity blog main page today. ME! Happy birthday to me indeed =)

Ah that was nice. Wondered how that happened? Each month we get to choose a day slot to be featured on the EFC blog. When I saw no one had requested the 23rd then I did. I guess it helped that I also told them it's my birthday =)

The jewelry that was featured is my Rainbow Flourite Nuggets Necklace. It's looks kinda nice being center stage. I really should show off my jewelry more. Maybe this will be the encouragement I need. Maybe.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Art of Mourning Jewelry

About a week ago my stepfather ended up in the hospital after a heart attack. He had to have emergency surgery and all that. My family of course went into what I thought of as the "death fear" mode. It was interesting to see and hear people's reaction to the "fact" that we're all impermanent. But I won't get into that here....that's a whole other blog

Well my step dad survived the heart attack and surgery. When I spoke to him we had an interesting convo. After asking him how's he's doing and all that...he replied " You can put away your outfit for the funeral...jewels and all.

Seems my stepfather knows me. See, I understand death is a part of life, just as much as birth. While everyone was wondering about their own mortality...I was wondering what to wear. This thought reminded me of the custom of mourning jewelry.

During the Georgian and Victorian Periods, works of art and jewelry were created out of hair and other materials to commemorate the loss of loved ones. These mourning pieces served as an eternal memorial and reminder of the lost loved one.

While there are many compaies making jewelry to celebrate life very few make jewelry to remember a dead loved one. But there is a good amount of info about the history behind this type of jewelry. Doing a quick search I found

I also found the website Things Gone By which has a mourning jewelry museum and the Art of Mourning website which is dedicated to mourning, memorial and sentimental jewellery, funeralia and art.

How wonderful that during the saddest moments of our life, we can still be creative and make beautiful jewelry. There's definitely a lesson for me to learn from that.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

J'Adore Tien Blog Award

How sweet of Jamee (Jonara Blu Maui) to give me this blog award =). I feel very special since Jamee took time away from making such incredible jewelry to pass along this award to me and others =)

Now the rule is I'm supposed to say 5 things I love. Hmm. Lets see:
  1. I love my son.
  2. I love cookies.
  3. I love having my own personal mixture of Buddhism and Christianity.
  4. I love the feeling I get from working with gemstone.
  5. I love hiking in the mountains where I can hear the sounds of nature.

and now I'm passing the award on to 10 of my favorite blogs:

  1. Woven Gems
  2. Made By Amber
  3. Luciana Podschun
  4. Gammiebrat
  5. Bangles & Clay
  6. Inside the artisan
  7. Jewelry by Szarka
  8. kerin rose
  9. Namaste
  10. YellowGoat

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Entry for EAOC August Theme

So as I now try...once turn my attention back to jewelry I decided to keep up with the challenges/themes for some of the etsy teams I'm part. First up Etsy Artists of Color August Theme

EAOC August Theme: The challenge/ theme is to create and/or showcase all of our animal-inspired designs.

Hmm, I can't say I do alot of prints or jewelry with a pattern look since I'm currently on a gemstone and metal focus. Yet, I do have quite a few beads that I have yet to use soooooo...I made these earrings for the EAOC challenge/theme. They're made using Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads from Kenya, Africa with Sterling Silver finds.

Some Batik Bead Info ~

Mudcloth beads are made of bone and are created in Africa using a "batik" technique. Wax is painted onto the bead to create a design, then the remaining surface is darkened with a vegetable dye. Once the dye is set, the wax is removed. The resulting graphic is reminiscent of the African "bogolanfini" fabric known as mudcloth.

Oddly enough when I look at these beads they remind me of a cow. LOL. Thus, I feel I meet the EAOC August Theme for an animal-inspired design. What do you think?