Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Finding

I am so thrilled because one of our designs has been featured!! Susan of Capitola Girl writes a weekly column for Posh Mama about great new jewelry findings. She has done a write-up about her ring fetish and has included our Ring of Autumn as one of her faves! Have a look:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Feeling of Frustration

...with everything right now! For starters, my almost 3 year old daughter has woken up every night this week screaming for a certain animal to hold in her hand. Not just once, several times a night. Now, this may be my fault for letting her sleep with stuffed animals, but why is this necessary?! I'm lucky if I get 2 good hours of sleep before the screaming begins. My room is right next to hers, so thin walls make her calls for help even more prominent. My daughter has always been a handful, but this is starting to wear on me. I guess she likes the security of her animals and I hate to banish them all from her bed, but if this continues, I guess I will have to. She is not one that will not persist in getting her own way. Secondly, my husband. Now I am not going to give a breakdown of all the things that drive me crazy about him, or I'd be here for days. However, his unwillingness to ever get up with our daughter in the middle of the night or his failure to see where I'm coming from is about all I can stand! Lastly, my business. Now, I LOVE making jewelry! It's the only thing I do for myself. However, I spend any and all free time (when daughter is sleeping) working on ways to get my name out there. It can be EXTREMELY time consuming and exhausting!! I'm not a very patient person, so I guess I thought it would all happen overnight. Obviously not the case!! There are hundreds of very talented jewelry artists out there and finding your niche can take a long time. At least I know I'm not the only one who feels this point of frustration. A fellow Skwiggazine member, Hilary Johnson, has blogged about this as well. Hilary is a very talented jewelry artist who is finding it overwhelming, as I am, marketing yourself on the internet. Visit her blog, Designing Hilary, and show her a little love. Well, it helped getting my frustrations out. Now I need a nap!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Our Furry Friends

I have almost finished adding a bunch of new items to our website. We've also added some new categories. With summer fast approaching, we've added Anklets to our collection, and since I've fallen in love with Vintaj natural brass, there is a Brass category filled with necklaces, earrings, and a pretty cool bracelet if I do say so myself. Check them out and let us know what you think.

I love visiting other blogs to see what others are doing. I recently visited Karen's blog Cherished Dreams and couldn't help feeling both happy and sad. Karen is a real animal lover. She recently became Mom to a 5 year old dachshund named Peanut. She now has 5 doxies and 5 kitties. The sad news is one of her beloved kitties was hit by a car. I can't imagine how she must have felt. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved animals. I even wanted to become a veternarian. Like Karen, I have a dachshund. Just one, however. Andy is quite a dog. He is five years old and has a mind of his own and isn't happy until he's tight up against you. He is a wonderful companion to my little girl. She loves to feed him, give him toys and play with him. He is very patient with her as she can get a little rough sometimes. He is the first dog I've really ever had. I've always lived with cats. My feline baby is almost 11 now. The moment I saw Pumpkin as a furry little baby I fell in love with her. Even though my attention has shifted quite a bit, she is still very loving. She spends most of her day hiding from Andy and Chloe but she does let Chloe feed her treats every night. It's very cute. I don't know what I'd do without her. I can't imagine a home without pets. They can be a lot of work sometimes, especially dogs, but I wouldn't want it any other way!