Monday, May 30, 2011

Looking for new studs?

Should you be looking for new studs, not the dude type (though I can use one them myself!), but the type you put in your ears, look no further!  Since I've started making stud earrings, they have been super popular!  And, the selection over at Pixe's is growing every day!

I know many of you prefer earrings aren't dangly,  or can only wear small studs to work...I can help you out!  Why sacrifice style and the pleasure of wearing handmade jewelry when you don't have to?!  Here are a few of my new studs!

Oh yea, and there are only 2 more days left of my Memorial Day Sale!  So head on over to Pixe's and snag 25% off your purchase by using coupon code MEMDAY at checkout!  Here's the new bling!

Wishing you a fabulous and peace filled day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

In Love with the Desert Southwest

Turquoise Heishi Unisex Necklace
For as long as I can remember,  I've been in love with the desert Southwestern part of the United States.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, it was a stark contrast.  I loved the Native American history, too.   Each month I would excitedly await the delivery of the Arizona Highways magazine my uncle, who lives in Arizona, would send my parents.  I was in absolute awe of the photography,  just the whole magazine itself. I read that magazine cover to cover for as long as I can remember!   I sincerely believed this, in part, has shaped who I am today. My thoughts, my dreams, my inspirations.... I dabble in photography,  nature photography being my favorite, and have always loved the natural world around me and  native american jewelry!  I can remember receiving my first  piece of jewelry containing turquoise, given to me by my father when I was about 10.  It's a turquoise, coral, mother of pearl inlay ring;  the motif a Thunderbird...I still own that ring, and it's one of my most treasured pieces.

Some of my favorite pieces of jewelry to design are inspired by the Southwest.  I can almost feel the dry heat on my skin, and inhale the clean air when I'm working on a piece.  I'm always reminded of some of the great times I had when I actually got to visit, and eventually live in Arizona for a while.  (That was many moons ago, and I've been back in PA a long time now).

These are just a few favorites in my Southwest Inspired Treasure Collection.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I love creating them!

Blue Opal, Pearl, Rainbow Calsilica Earrings

Turquoise Button Earrings

I almost forgot to mention, if you really love any of these pieces they are on sale in my Etsy shop!  Use coupon code MEMDAY at checkout, and enjoy 25% off your purchase!  The Memorial Day Sale is in effect until May 31, 2011.

I wish you all happy, and safe holiday weekend!  And don't forget to take a moment to remember why we really celebrate this day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day...A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day in the United States...What is it?   Do you know why this day is special?   Many think it's a great time to snag some great sales, or the start of the summer season.   For others, it's a more somber time.  .

Memorial day is  to remember those who have given their lives while serving our nation. After the Civil War ended, flags were placed at the graves of those who have fallen.  Since the birth of our nation, many have given their lives in the name of Freedom, and it is this day they deserve special remembrance, and our gratitude.   I thank them for making our country what it is today, and for making the world a better place.

A few links if you'd like more info:
Video:  History of Memorial Day from the History Channel
A Memorial Day History
Memorial Day History:  Veteran's Administration

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lovin these Pixie Perches!

I sometimes find it amazing how inspiration and ideas form in my mind...And even more amazed when I'm pleased, no, REALLY happy with the end result!  

One day I browsing through my activity feed on Etsy,  stumbled upon a mushroom, and was inspired to create a treasury around that....

The Toad's Umbrella

Then, later in the week, as I was organizing my beads,  I had one of those lightbulb moments!   I found these gorgeous faceted natural amethyst teardrop beads that sized up perfectly with these gorgeous little czech glass flowers I had!  As you can see, this is the end result...I think these are so sweet!  You can find these in my Etsy shop, Pixe's Treasure Chest!  More colors will be on their way soon!

Sterling Silver Pixie Perches

Gold Filled Pixie Perches

Which do you prefer?  Gold Filled?  Sterling Silver?

Wishing you a wonderful, and peace filled day!