Mamta whose Etsy shop is the same name, included my pendant, Eagle - POW/MIA - Don't Forget, on her treasury called Military Fathers. Their CreateCrochet team has decided to donate knit/crochet scarves for the military. Sounds like an awesome cause. Thanks Mamta for including my work in your treasury.
Ruth from PurpleDesignStudio featured my 1957 Chevy Bel Air scrabble tile pendant on her Etsy Treasury. Check out Ruth's Etsy Shop to find her wonderful jewelry pieces and earring frames. Thanks, Ruth, for including me in your early Father's Day treasury.
Next Monday our country observes Memorial Day. A day that thousands of military men and women made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live, work and play freely. I wish I could thank each and every one of them as well as those who have served in the past and those serving right now. Truly they are all heroes in my eyes.
Kim of WoofPurrCreations included my Iwo Jima pendant in her Treasury, "Always Remember Their Sacrifice". Thank you, Kim, for the honor of being among those Etsy artists that have not forgotten what this day is truly about. Remember Freedom Isn't Free!
I just joined a great group of Texas artists, Etsy Texas Crafters. There are over 700 members and all very talented. Liz of The Lavendar Lizard chose my crystal bracelets to be featured on the Etsy Treasury, Lone Star Spotlight . Why don't you check out the great products sold at Etsy Texas Crafters. I'm sure you'll fine something you like. Thanks Liz for including me in your Treasury.
Life is but a Charm is being featured on the Etsy Treasury, Between the Moon and NYC by Reflections. Thanks for including my necklace, New York City with coordinating NY state charm. Make sure you check out her Etsy store because it has lots of goodies.
I hope that all the great moms and grandmas can enjoy their day by being with their families or relaxing with a day just to themselves. If you can't be with them, why not give them a call. I know that means a lot. My mom passed away 14 yrs. ago, but I still miss her and think about her every day. So tell your mom or grandma how much you love them. They will never forget it and it means more to them than you know.
Also in this picture, the little girl being kissed is my mom. It was her first one, but not the last.
I've been hard at work making scrabble tile pendants and have just added glass pendants as well. I have also included necklaces, bookmarks and key rings which have charms that match the theme. My pendants range from funny to sophisticated to serious. If you like Lucy from the I Love Lucy Show, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley you can find them at either one of my sites. I have some cute necklaces for mothers or grandmothers who love their babies and want to let everyone know they do. There's a necklace for the 2009 graduate. And yes, they do grow up fast.
Why don't you take a look at the wide variety of wood and glass pendants I have. I try to have a little of something for everyone. Take a tour through Life is but a Charm at Etsy and Artfire. Maybe you'll find something there you would love to show off. They also make great gifts.
Spring has been around Texas for a while now so I thought I would make a couple of bracelets with great spring colors. At my Etsy site you can find my new peridot cube bracelet. Then my soft rose bracelet with cute toggle clasp can be found at Artfire. I also found another site today Vote Handmade where you can go and vote for my soft rose bracelet plus they have other great items you can browse. So check it out.
Life is but a Charm has been featured on LUV HANDMADEUnique Discoveries. You can find Nature's Secrets at the bottom of the page. Thanks, Emily, for choosing Aspen Trees to be part of your selection. Please check out all the wonderful talent on this site.
Today is a very special day for me. I married my soulmate and man of my dreams, Rick, 27 years ago. We both lived in Dallas, Texas at the time. When we met we were instantly drawn together and it has been that way every since. Later, by accident, I found that we were really meant to be together.
When I was a little girl about 7 or 8 yrs. old, my family drove from Chicago to California and one of the places we drove through was Tularosa, New Mexico. It didn't mean anything to me at the time. My husband was from Texas but he had lived in Tularosa for a while growing up. When my parents passed away, I received a video tape of vacations our family had gone on when I was growing up. My husband and I decided to watch a few of them. We had only one more video to look at. As the video came on we both recognized something, and I looked at my husband and he looked at me. No it couldn't be - the little white church. It was a video that my mother had taken as we drove through Tularosa, past the beautiful little church and buildings in town we both recognized. Rick and I had gone back there on visits. Of all the towns my family passed through, wasn't it odd that Rick was from that town. My parents never said anything to us about going through there, but I don't think they even remembered they did. If they did, they certainly would have told us. Was my visit through Tularosa a way of telling me I would meet my soulmate some day and he would be from that very town we drove through? I really think it did. It was fate.
Although it took us a while to find each other, spending these 27 years together has brought us the one thing we were both looking for - true love.
On April 1, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at Artfire. The top prize is a $50 prize voucher as well as one for $20 and $10 to be spent at one of the Artfire shops. It's free to play. To compete in the contest, you need to sign up at http://easter-eggs-artfire.blogspot.com/
You might want to check out my two shops at Artfire:
It's that time of year again when the little bunnies start showing their faces. Life is but a Charm was included in an Etsy Treasury called Bunny. Thanks, Feyza of Madame Houx, for including our cute bunny.
It's been a while since I posted so I wanted to let you know of my two new shops which just opened yesterday. See Life is but a Charm at Artfireand Etsy. I wanted to try something different that doesn't take as many hours to make as my beaded jewelry. (One piece of jewelry can take as much as 40 or more hours to complete.) I also wanted to give my customers affordable jewelry during these hard times all of us are facing. When I say it doesn't take as long as my beaded jewelry, it does take a while to make each Scrabble tile pendant. My wonderful husband takes great photos of all sorts of things like nature, animals, etc. and then downloads all of them, along with copyright free pictures, so I can put them on my pendants. Each tile takes time because of gluing and sealing between coats. It's not a rush job. They all have a glass-like finish, are non-toxic, and the original Scrabble tiles are being reused. I'm also planning on using glass tiles and dominoes that can used for things other than just necklaces. With the purchase of a pendant at either of my shops, you also get a free 24" sterling silver-plated ball chain necklace. It's also nickel-free and won't rust. You can also purchase 18" snake chain or extra ball chains on my sites. The pendants are interchangeable so you can buy a bunch of them and only need to change your necklace when you feel like it. Great to wear with different outfits and moods!
I think it's good to remind everyone that the pendants and chain look like candy to small children. They can be a choking hazard so be sure to keep them out of reach of their little hands and mouth.
These make great gifts for just about everyone. Here are just a few examples: holidays, school events, coaches, teachers, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, birthdays, party favors, baby showers, religious events, cheerleaders, pet lovers, family, friends, teens, weddings, bridal showers, Sweet 16 parties, plus more. Easter and Mother's Day are not far off. I'll be adding more pendants everyday so check by often. If you would like a special order or would like to have a personalized photo of family, friends or pets, just let me know. I would be glad to make a pendant just for you that will make you smile.
I've heard about another great site to sell my jewelry at and it's called ArtFire. I'm still selling at Etsy, but I wanted to give ArtFire a try. It's a little bit different than Etsy, but you can't go wrong if you want to sell something creative on their site, because it's free. No fees at all or for a small charge a month you can put as many items you want on there and you won't have any more charges - just one monthly fee or none at all. You can join guilds plus they have some other things that Etsy doesn't have. If you get a chance, check it out. http://BluebonnetJewelryDesign.artfire.com
There are some wonderful artists out there on Etsy that donate to various causes. Brandy and Michelle of Deathly Cute decided to feature various Etsy artists contributing to causes they believe in with a treasurey called "For A Good Cause". I was lucky enough to be part of that Treasury with my Breast Cancer Bracelet. Check out these artists and while you're at it, check out Brandy and Michelle's site.
Today I was lucky enough to be in two Etsy Treasuries. Kim of Kim Smith's Charm Bracelets, chose my fuchsia bracelet with a grape clasp for the Fanciful Fuchsia Treasury. Check out Kim's colorful and luscious charm bracelets.
Then Essie of Essiewb's Shop included my wire wrapped copper bracelet with pearls and seashells in her Etsy Treasury, To Wear with My Shirt. If you get a chance, stop at Essie's shop for some beautiful knitted garments and accessories.
In January, Yali of The Essence of Innocence selected my yellow and purple pendant necklace to be part of her Treasury, Purple Dawn, on Etsy. Thanks so much for including me, Yali. Also visit her site of unique funky dolls and illustrations. They will put a smile on your face for sure.
After being gone for a month, I’m ready to get back to work making new and different items.
During my month away, I was asked to do a custom bracelet for a very nice lady attending one of the Inaugural Balls in Washington D.C. I felt very privileged and honored to do this because she wanted a Texas designer.
I only had a couple days to find out what she wanted, make it and ship it. Everything ran smoothly until the time of delivery. I sent it by Fedex 2 day air and waited to see if it was delivered. It wasn’t delivered on time because it was still sitting at the airport that entire day it was suppose to be delivered. After making some calls to Fedex, and by this time I was really worried, they said they would try to get it out the next day. There was limited service on Inaugural Monday and none on Tuesday. Finally it was delivered the next day and I was really relieved.
I felt a little part of me went to the Inaugural Ball. That is probably a once in a lifetime piece of jewelry.