Sunday, January 22, 2012

Another Giveaway

Hey guys!  Another fellow jewelry blogger is having a giveaway to help her sons Band.
and I can't resist helping out on both accounts
so head over to her blog to check out the rules and see what you could win!

thanks,
sj*

and because this post feels weird to me without any pictures or video, here is a video that I did not take but it makes me laugh and smile when I watch it.  Enjoy!


   

Friday, January 20, 2012

Paisleys






This is another beauty in my Paisley line.  She is made from many layers of 20 gauge Sterling Silver
so that she can stand up to anything you throw at her.  I've tube set a 5mm Peridot and Rivet set a gorgeous dark orange druzy geode.  This little stone is a real beauty and sassy too.

Available in the shop this weekend.

And now I'm off to the market... having a bunch of my ladies over for dinner tonight and I need to get cooking!  Have a great weekend!

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sj*
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

not gonna do it.

Today I will be honoring the SOPA and PIPA Blackout.

I don't keep my money in banks and I don't like people telling me what I can say and who I can tell and where they can listen from.
To learn more about these bills please start here or here.

We all have a voice. And a choice.
Don't let both be taken away.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's a Start

I am seriously loving 2012 so far.  It's been full of photography and video making which is quickly taking over my days and nights.  My jewelry studio is calling to me but only in these hushed little whispers that don't want to disturb a furiously working mind.  The Band had a show last Saturday and I took so much 1080HD footage that my dreams have been overtaken by it.  Seriously... I am always holding a camera in my dreams and lately I have been editing life size video tracks with a sharpie and an X-acto knife.  It's really bizarre.  The worst part is that I have to literally pick them up and move them around and they must be at least ten feet tall to my five-not-even-one-foot short.  At least I'm not exhausted when I wake up.  

It finally snowed here.  And we went to eat at our favorite place twice.  Because we love it.

Their coffee makes the best patterns!  Must have something to do with the creamer....



 You have never had fresh fruit until you've had local honey and fresh mint on it. Trust me.


The chef smokes his own meat and put together a Charcuterie  plate of five of them. Along with roasted garlic that spread like butter, Kalamata Olives, and locally made smoked Gouda.



And these Chili Garlic HOG Wings that were just shamefully amazing.  Fall off the bone.  Now I don't eat pork like this, but The Man made me try it and it was just sinful. 

For anyone who lives in the Hudson Valley, please do yourself a favor and go try Cafe Mio in Gardiner.  You will not be disappointed.  And they make fantastic Blood Orange Mimosas, too!




 I have been enjoying the warm and coziness of my studio this winter.  Since I moved out of the Cabin Mansion and into The Man's house (have I mentioned that yet?) I haven't had to deal with not having walls.  I loved my old studio because it was huge and I could spread out, but it was on the top floor and was an A frame.  Which meant that I had about 60 square feet of unusable space behind all my tables.  And I don't need that much open storage!  It's been nice having walls again.



It finally snowed here!  It's been absolutely the warmest winter I can remember.  Last week was 50 degrees for the most part and that's been the norm.  And then it finally did it's January dip and we got a nice beautiful layer of snow!  It makes picture taking so much better. Everything glows!






He loves that spot.  He sits up on the window seat in our bedroom, amongst the plants, and watches the River.  His name is Chopper but we call him Abe Lincoln.  He is the most gentle dog, and when he looks deep in your soul, you can feel him speaking to you.  He is that once in a lifetime kind of dog.  The one you will always talk about and compare other dogs too because you just can't help it.



This is his view.  It's our backyard.  We are fortunate to live right on The River.  And we have geese and Gulls that love to tease the dogs.  There used to be deer as well.  Until my hounds moved in. 
And that changed real quick.




We have five chickens.  Well, four and a Rooster, but Pepe is so tiny that he is barely a Rooster.  And he doesn't sound off very often so it's hard to tell that he even can.  He is a chihuahua in a land of Great Danes.  A grape amongst Watermelons.  A lonely man in a sea of lesbians.  You get the point.
Chickens eat things during the warm weather that help them lay eggs, and in the winter you usually switch over to different food.  Well this winter has been so warm, that they just keep on laying eggs!  Even this morning with all this snow on the ground I found three gorgeous eggs.  Love it!

I think I need to go start another video. 
I really should be in my shop but I am on such a video kick it seems like all I can think about. 
Ok, here's my compromise.  I will finish this Paisley necklace that is almost done, and have pictures taken to post tomorrow.  And then.... I get to play with video.  
Done. Deal. Go play!

Do you guys make deals like that with yourself, or I am I just really that all over the place?

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sj*
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Winning!!


What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than by having FOUR winners announced!

Wait... did she say four?!

Yes. Yes, I did.

So here is what happened.



I went through your comments here and wrote everyone's name down on a piece of paper
and then went to my Facebook page and did the same.  Then everyone got assigned a number.





Then I headed over to my random number generator and entered in the boundaries of 1 and 32.
And I hit generate!

and out popped number 27!
and I got so excited that I hit generate again with out taking a screen shot of the winning number.
Now this may not sound like a big deal but I like to show pictures of the numbers because I know so many of you on that list that I don't ever want it to seem unfair.  Like when every lady chosen is someone I know or see pretty often.  Like this time.
So I decided to honor the first two numbers generated, one sans picture, 
and give them both the 50% off coupon.



So with out further adieu,  the TWO winners of the 50% off coupon are:

#27  Cailin

and #32  Eileen


Ladies, please email me and I will send you your coupon code. Congratulations!

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Moving on to the next winner of a Custom Made Turquoise Necklace:

# 6  Sarah May


 Sarah, I will be seeing you at my bands show tonight so I will bring a treasure trove of turquoise for you to touch and feel and ponder over! Congratulations girl!!


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 And the last winner of the Custom Cut Out Necklace:

# 8  Lauren Elizabeth


Lauren, please send me an email or FB message and let me know what image you have choosen.
I would be happy to try out a new design if you had something fun in mind, or head over to my ETSY and browse thru the options.  Congratulations!




Thanks so much to everyone who participated. I really loved reading your thoughts on Resolutions.
It seems we all do plenty of work on our selves through out the year and that is a wonderful thing!
This year I am learning as many new skill as possible.  Right now it's movie making.
So here is a little peek at something I'm working on.  It's still a bit rough, but it's getting there.
I shot all the video and did all the editing, and the audio is from a live show we played back in December.  Enjoy!

sj*





Monday, January 9, 2012

A Winter Giveaway

When I decided that a Winter Giveaway was in order I tossed around a few ideas of what I wanted to do.  I knew I wanted it to be a big one.  Something fun... and easy. 
But I couldn't decide between a few things, so I said screw it, I'm doing all three!
That's right, Three Big Winners.
So let's get to it.

To Enter:

It couldn't be any easier.
Just leave a comment here on my blog
or on my Facebook Page 
telling me what you think of New Years Resolutions.
You must be a 'Follower' of my blog or a 'Fan' of my FB page to enter,
but both things are super easy to do.  You just click a button.
Seriously.
:::there are directions below if that is all giberish to you:::

I will use some sort of clever way to randomly pick the winning 3some 
that may or may not involve a random number generator.

You have until this Thursday, January 12, 11:59PM to enter.

Would you like to double your chances?
Leave a comment on both pages.
It's still that easy.


What you will win:

O.K. so here is where it gets fun.  

The first name that I pull will win a 50% off coupon to use in my Etsy Store 
that is valid until the end of April.  Have your eye on something? Now's your chance to scoop it up!




The second name that I pull will win a Custom Made Turquoise Necklace.
You will get to choose from three different stones from my collection and I will do the rest.



The third name that I pull will win a Custom Cut Out Necklace 
in your choice of any design in my arsenal. Although I'm always up for new suggestions!


The drawing will be held at the end of this week.
Good Luck!!


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sj*
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::: To Become A Follower Of My Blog:  Look over in the right column.  See that box with little faces in it? and the header says "Follow Along"? Just below that heading is a blue box that says "Join This Site".  Click that button and follow the directions to join.  
To Become A Fan of My Facebook Page: you must have an account with Facebook. Then just click 'like' while on My Page.  ::::

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An Update

:::  Flight :::
australian opal necklace












this necklace is now SOLD.


::: Shine Your Light :::
turquoise ring, fits 7-8







:::  Love Beatles  :::
turquoise cuff bracelet, one size






"and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make"
 


The bracelet is already sold but the ring and necklace will make their way into the shop later today.
Happy new year!

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sj*
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