Monday, 14 April 2014

What's in?

This month I have been focusing on buying some new supplies and finding some new stones for my shop. I love the boho look and some of these stones look so beautiful on a long cord necklace.  My favorite new stone that I picked up it the Picasso Jasper which is the triangular stone necklace shown above. It has such character and interesting markings. I have some other stones/necklaces which I haven't added to my shop yet, but my shop is fuller then it has ever been. I hope that you see something you love and want to wear for this summer.

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Running this Spring

I love when it actually seems like spring is going to appear. Our winter has been long and cold, and I think I have felt a bit depressed during the month of February and a bit of March because of it, because I couldn't exercise and I was munching away on crap and gaining a bit of weight. I'm definitely not concerned about a few pounds, but I worked out hard last Summer and Fall and I didn't want to loose that flow. Its been really rough wanting to do something I really enjoy, but not being able to due to the horrible weather. I also find the treadmill really boring and different to run on.

A week or two ago my mom, who is very thoughtful and generous, bought me two pairs of really awesome running shoes. The first pair are these awesome blue New Balance shoes.  What I love about them is that I did not have to work them in. They are incredibly supportive and comfortable, which is something I need since I have wide feet that don't like the feel of a lot of shoes. The color combo isn't bad, I'm just not use to this new trend of super colorful shoes, but I look forward to running many miles in them.

I also tried on these Asics and I really liked them too, so we couldn't resist and I got them as well as a gift. The color are just as funky and I think these will be my gym shoes for the moment. I am not sure if they are as comfortable since we ordered them and I haven't run in them yet. The summer that past I bought two new running tank tops that match my new running shoes to the T, and I didn't know this until I got home and was getting ready to go to the gym. It's funny how you can be drawn to certain colors.

 Which color combination do you like best?

I hope to really enjoy April and plan on picking a lot of flowers for my resin jewelry spring/summer collection!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Shop Work

I've been working on making some more new inventory for the spring. I love coming up with new ideas or reworking older items that need new photos. So, this weekend I have been working hard. Here are a few new items and photos:

I hope you had a great weekend and I know I'll be watching The Walking Dead later, I hope it's a good one.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Book List

Gosh it's been a long time since I have read a good book. I sometimes get on this great reading binge, and I can read one good book after another, but honestly the last book I read really fast with excitement must have been The Hunger Games. So, I am going to post this list of books I would like to read by the end of July. I think I could read about six or seven in that time frame with one or two rejects I know I just can't get through. Here is what interests me:

1. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
2. Red Dragon - Thomas Harris
3. Boy,Snow,Bird - Helen Oyeyemi
4. Divergent- Veronica Roth
5. The Light Between Oceans: A Novel - M.L Stedman
6. We Are Water - Wally Lamb
7. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

Let me know if there is something on this list that is really great or tell me what's missing. I am open to suggestions, as long as it has a good story with an easy flow then I'm up for checking it out.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Knitters WANTED

The Penguin Foundation has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab.
Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.

Knitter Lyn Blom is the receptionist at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria and has knitted many penguin jumpers over the years.
The Penguin Foundation is based at Phillip Island, which is known for having a large penguin colony.
Lyn Blom says it's not just major oil spills that cause problems for local penguins.

"Fishermen might clean out a container or something while they're at sea," says Lyn.
"It's a continuing problem," she says. "We get probably about 20 birds a year."
One advantage of knitting a penguin sweater is that they are small.
"They're very quick," says Lyn.

The Penguin Foundation also distributes the jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.
You can download more information about how to knit for penguins, including the knitting pattern and where to send the finished product.

While the Penguin Foundation's website says it currently has a 'good supply' of the little jumpers, the organization also uses them in educational programs as well as selling them as a fundraising measure.
In 2011 the foundation raised money for a new Phillip Island Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which can house up to 1500 penguins in the event of a major oil spill.

Lyn Blom talks to Red Symons on 774 ABC Melbourne Breakfast. 

The link to the original post is here.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Hello March!

I am looking forward to the month of March. I am hoping it will be a much better month then February. This year winter started around November for us with an ice storm and then lots of snow and very cold windy days. Last February is when I started jogging and it continued into the Fall. But this February I don't think I was able to get out much for longer then 30 minutes in the cold for a walk, because it was so cold and snowy.

Right now my day job work is really quiet and I am getting less shifts. I wanted to spend that time working on my new Metalwork shop. I have spent some time working on it and have opened my Etsy shop with a few items. But I am sick right now with a cold which makes me less able to focus and less patient for errors. I knew it would be a learning curve, but learning something from start to finish on my own is a bit scary and challenging. I think once things come together I will be really proud that I learned how to solder and make items own my own. But for now, I am a bit short tempered.

Valentine's Day and K's birthday were in February and we had a great time for both those days. K just wanted a lazy day for his birthday, so we spent most of the day inside and then I took us out for dinner. Valentines Day was great, we went downtown and had a really nice meal and just wondered around and spent a nice day with each other.

For March I would like to get a few runs in and loose my winter fat, I would like to get back to the gym once this cold is gone and I would like to have my first bezel setting created and listed in Wild Copper Fox. I also would like to not see one day of snow, please.

Here is a sample of what I have in my shop at the moment, more items to come:

Friday, 28 February 2014

Ad Swap!

I thought I could add a few more banners and discover some more wonderful bloggers out there. If you have a blog that has a similar feel or look and would you would love to do an ad swap for the month of March contact me as soon as you can. I'd like to have them up by the end of the weekend. I need a 200 x 120 size banner and let me know what size you would need. Thanks and contact me at

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Getting it Together

Today is my day off and I'm still working. I put in quite a few hours today updating my shop with new photos and new products. Unfortunately I didn't do what I needed to do today, which is start making rings for my new shop. I'm coming down with a cold, so today was more of a photo shoot and editing in my pajamas kind of day, with a warm cup of tea. My hubby is making me some hot soup just as we speak. Here is some of the items I revamped and re-listed, some of my hard work shown here:
 1. Long Bohemian Quartz Point Necklace
 2. Sodalite Wire Wrapped Necklace

3. Unisex Black Obsidian Arrowhead Necklace
4. Soaring Eagle Necklace
5. Turquoise Drop Earrings
6. Pyrite Necklace, Pick your stone

7. Agate Necklace
8.Titanium Quartz Point
9.Dog Tooth Amethyst Necklace
10. Angel Wing Necklace- Pick your stone

Friday, 21 February 2014

Saturday Sharing

This year a goal of mine is to reach far more people across the world. My shop has gotten more viewers over the years, but I would like for it to be a little easier. I have been brainstorming and one of my ideas was to post a video on youtube. I am not ready to post a how to video on youtube, so for now I have a photo video of my favorite pressed flower necklaces from my shop. I hope you can view it and I hope you like it. It was a fun process and something really new for me to do. I hope even more people will find my shop out there on the internet.

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Shop Feature

Etsy has some great finds for everyone, and today I wanted to share with everyone a few items from a shop on Etsy called Linn Warme. She has beautiful broaches and earrings inspired by animals and nature, which are made from her illustrations. Below are some of my favorite items:

I have my eye on that Fox broach and will buy the print of it from Linn or a necklace of it if it becomes available. These original pieces will make for a great conversation starter and her shop definitely make me want spring to arrive sooner then it looks like it will. Follow Linn on Tumblr or Pinterest and have a look at more of her pretty jewelry on Etsy.

Enjoy the weekend!