The love of family

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We all have moments in our lives where it seems like everything is being turned upside down and then some. We ask ourselves why? Why is this happening to me or to someone I love? The answer is simple really. Everything happens for a reason whether we see it at the time or not.

I was asking myself this a few months ago. To be exact it was December 13, 2013 when I found out my dad had a brain tumor. My whole body just went numb. It was by far one of the worst things I’ve had ever had to face in my life.

After a very intense and extremely scary surgery on February 24, 2014 he was 99% tumor free. It was benign, thank goodness and its been a struggle and he still has some issues but they’re minor compared to what it could have been.

Going through an experience like this gives you a different perspective on life and although I wouldn’t want to watch him go through that again, I am very thankful that it has brought me much closer to my family and that’s something I wouldn’t want to give up. Hence, everything happens for a reason.

This brings me to my printables section. After everything happened with my dad I wanted to make something for all of us so I designed this printable that says ‘The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.’ Simple yet right to the point. It’s perfect for any loved one no matter the circumstance.

To see the full listing please visit the link below for my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/181408234/the-love-of-family-saying-digital?

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My dreams are in Florida.. for now!

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A few months ago I was contacted by a girl on LinkedIn. Her name was Melinda Tomasello  and she wanted to know if she could do a few shots of my jewelry. At first I questioned it a little bit, because these days you just never know with people. I didn’t want to be too trusting but I had a good feeling about her,  so after tossing around the idea for a few days I finally checked out her info and all of her work. After looking at her work, I had an even better feeling! So, I got back to her and told her I’d give it a shot.

I am so glad I did. Firstly, she’s a wonderful person and someone that I would definitely love to meet in person one day. So, Melinda, if I get to come to Florida again, I’ll definitely be visiting! 🙂 Secondly, she’s very, very talented and driven. She did an absolutely wonderful job with the photos and I couldn’t be happier!

It’s amazing when you see a piece you’ve created, whether it’s artwork, jewelry, a craft, etc. and then have someone else put their spin on it. She captured my pieces exactly how I hoped she would, especially with the dream bracelet and the guitar. My jewelry has always given me a calm, relaxed feel when I’m creating it and that’s what I would like to be portrayed to people when they see it. Let’s just say, I think she nailed it!

Here are the photos from Melinda:

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This was already feature at the top but this was a photo of my dream bracelet in a style shoot:

PxSSV2CP.jpg smallHer fashion blogger friend Ty helped her out with this and they both did an awesome job! I fell in love with this photo as soon as I saw it. Absolutely perfect!

If you would like to use Melinda’s photography skills, please visit her website: www.melindatomasello.com

Also if you would like some advice on fashion, please visit Ty’s blog:
www.tystyleme.com

If you click on the photos, it’ll take you directly to my Etsy listing. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Rock Paper Scissors Photo Shoot – finally got photos!

photoshoot_3 photoshoot_2 photoshoot_1So the other day I was sent a few of the photos from the photo shoot in California. I thought they turned out great! It’s all very surreal. I have not heard if they were published in any blogs or magazines yet but they are on the site withinthisday.com, as you can see on the photos.

It’s so exciting seeing my jewelry on someone else and especially for this reason! Whether this will get my name out there more or not, I don’t know. Regardless, I was just happy to be a part of this amazing opportunity and I only hope there are more of these to come 🙂

It’s a hit & then it’s not… and then it is again!

BRW01_4 BRW01_2I’m going to start with the very first watch I created. I was so excited about this when I finally figured out how I was going to make them. It took me forever to find all the supplies I needed. My first problem was the leather. Finding the pieces of leather and how I was going to attach the snaps. I even bought tools that I needed for this, only to take them back a few weeks later after I finally found what I was looking for. Pieces of leather with the snaps already attached, as well as adjustable sizing. All I had to do was cut it to the right width.

The cutting was the scary part. Having never cut leather before and not wanting to ruin any pieces that I purchased (they’re not cheap) I was a little nervous about starting them. They were a little wider than what I wanted so I ended up trimming some of each side and then cutting the slits in the middle. It was a little bit of a learning process but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I got the hang of it pretty quickly! That being accomplished I then had to figure out how to attach the watch face because my original plan of using jump rings wasn’t going to work. Then it hit me. Wire wrapping! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I was very pleased with the end result. They did take some time to make, but once I figured out what I was doing the process got much  easier. I just love seeing the end result, especially when it’s better than you imagined it would be!

These first watches were a huge hit, I can’t even remember how many of them I sold because it was around the holidays and everyone seemed to want one, I was ecstatic! Then I ran out of supplies, the watch faces to be precise. I went to order more and low and behold they were out of stock. This went on for a few weeks until I finally called the company and found out they were no longer carrying the item. With much disappointment I went on a search for new watch faces. I eventually found new ones, two different styles (as you can see in the pictures below) that I thought were really cool, however, the same thing happened.

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So after a lot of thought, I have decide to just discontinue them. It may be a good thing because I always stressed about them somehow not working when the customer received them. They always worked for me but when they left my hands I had no control over what happened.  I always tested them because the last thing I wanted was to be selling a faulty product and lose credibility with my customers.

It’s tough because when you find something that works and something that sells you want to keep that product. I’m taking this little setback as part of the journey with my business because it taught me something new and pushed me to get more creative. As always, it also gave me plenty of inspiration for new designs.

That being said, the leather and other supplies I used will definitely not be wasted.  As you can see, one of my new designs is the leather dream bracelet.

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Click the image or the link below to see more details about this product in my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned for new items coming soon 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/listing/187327673/leather-dream-bracelet-with-dragonfly?

 

There’s HOPE in Las Vegas!

ImageImageSo recently I was contacted through my Etsy shop by someone who had bought one of my ‘hope anchors the soul’ keychains. They were from Las Vegas and they said they were starting a new company and the acronym would be hope. They still had a lot of finalizing to do with the actual deciding of the name but if they chose to go with that one, they wanted three keychains with “hope” in all caps. She said she would get back to me in two days to let me know.

When I’m contacted like that, I normally hold my breath, especially when it’s something I really want but I don’t want to get my hopes up. Then I try to just block it out of my brain until the time limit is up.

Sure enough, two days later (well, it might have been three but hey, who’s counting right?) I received an email saying they were good to go with the name and they still wanted the keychains. I was ecstatic! I love doing custom work and special requests, and it was even more exciting that it was going to Las Vegas. I may never have had the chance to go there but I’ll be there in spirit!

I can only hope with these small opportunities that have been popping up that they start to eventually lead to even bigger opportunities. It’s amazing how my little business has grown in the last year and a half. Granted, I’m not a millionaire by any means, but it’s exciting when I know I’m on my way to getting my name out there more and more!

To view the regular ‘hope anchors the soul’ keychains follow the link below to my Etsy shop:

UPDATE: Rock Paper Scissors, Shoot!

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I was contacted again today by Heather from Rise to the Occasions. I was actually hoping I would hear something from them soon because I was wondering how it went! I do try to be patient, but sometimes I just get too excited.

They’re currently working on submitting the photos to a couple print magazines via Two Bright Lights (to learn more about them visit www.twobrightlights.com). I had to set up a profile through the site since this will help to further the process and I’ll be recognized in the submission. Plus she said it would also help for any future shoots we may do together, which I definitely hope I get to be a part of again. Or I guess I should say I hope my jewelry gets to be a part of again!  I’ll be receiving hi-res versions of the photos soon, I can’t wait to see them! I’ll continue posting updates as I receive them.

Regardless what happens with the submission, I’m still excited about it and I think it’s great they asked me to do this. To me it’s a huge compliment and I hope that more things like this continue to come across my doorstep in the future!

 

Infinity Cross Bracelet – perfect for Easter!

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See full details on this bracelet in my Etsy shop by clicking the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/183053989/inifinity-cross-bracelet-antique-bronze?ref=shop_home_active_15

I was recently given a photo of a bracelet similar to this one. I’ve seen some like it before and I always thought they were cute and considered making ones like them, but obviously I never got around to it. I figured when someone asked, I finally had a reason to!

I love when someone comes to me with an idea, or a photo like in this instance, and wants me to create it personally. It just gives me a sense of pride knowing someone likes my work enough that they want me to make it personally for them.  It’s also a sense of accomplishment when it’s finished how you like it and you know the customer will love it! My mom has also already requested one of these bracelets for Mothers Day.  Love it!

With Easter literally around the corner, I figured I should get around to posting this. I had planned to sooner, but as most times with my blogging, I tend to procrastinate!