Monday, August 31, 2009

New Line called "Delicates"

I have added a new line of jewelry to my collection entitled "delicates". These pieces are small and simple and will include necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Look for more of these pieces to be listed within the week. Here are a few that have already been listed and are available in my shop

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Items Added August 24, 2009

It's been a while since I posted some new items on my blog, so here are some of my latest additions to the website. New vintage hearts, silver Moroccan leaf earrings, Dahlia Pearl Necklaces and a variety of new rose necklaces in fall colors.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back from a Mini Vacation

Feeling refreshed after a few days at the Beach! My husband and I along with some friends went to Kiawah Beach, SC for a little vacation. We had lots of fun, went to the beach and did a little outlet shopping, ate until we were stuffed and had a great time hanging out. Kiawah is really a beautiful beach and I would recommend you visit it one day if you are able. It is also the location of one of the only 5-star hotels in South Carolina, The Sanctuary. You've got to check this fancy place out, this is the link We did not stay at The Sanctuary, but stayed at my friend's beach house, it was a fun 3 days! The picture is from this site - I totally forgot to bring my camera!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Financial Tools and Resources

About 3 years ago I had a friend that emailed me with a link to an ING Direct budget worksheet. I was very grateful that he did that and thought it would be something worthwhile to share with all my blog buddies. I don't know if you are familar with ING Direct, but it's a great way to save and they have a lot of resources available on their website for free. Here is the link to their worksheets and calculators:
ING Direct Resources

Another great place for advice is Suze Orman's website. I am a big fan of hers! I always watch her show on Saturday nights on CNBC. Here is a link to her site:
Suze Orman Resources

Also, Suze Orman is very active on twitter and I would recommend you follow her, she has great advice and asks questions that really get you thinking. I had a financial question for her and tweeted to her about, she answered right away!
Suze Orman Twitter Page

I also enjoy reading Kiplinger and get their magazine every month. I have read some other financial magazines and this one is definitely my favorite. Some financial magazines are over my head, but Kiplinger is easy to understand and they always have a section on Personal Finance.
Kiplinger Magazine

Please feel free to add any of your favorite resources to this list

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Recent Etsy Purchases...

It's been a while since I purchased anything for myself from Etsy. I have done quite a bit of shopping for others, but wanted to keep something for myself this time. I started by searching for some coconut soap and stumbled upon the Spa Therapy shop. I ordered some of her coconut shaving soap, toner and this tea tree and papaya facial scrub. Everything was wonderful, but my favorite was the scrub. The grains are super fine - I've never felt anything quite like it. The texture of my skin is softer and smoother after using it just a few times and I would really recommend it. The picture is from Spa Therapy Works Etsy page (see link above)

My next purchase was from Elukka and is my first jewelry purchase on Etsy. Since I make jewelry I don't ususally search for jewelry to buy, but this little necklace caught my eye. My dogs name is Daisy and this little precious pup is sitting on a Daisy! Cute huh? This little fella arrived super fast from Finland and was packaged with great care. The detailing is really wonderful and if you have someone in your life that loves dogs I would recommend you take a look in this shop. The image is from Elukka's Etsy shop (please see link above).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blanc and Noir Treasury made the Front Page

This treasury entitled Blanc and Noir was featured on the front page of Etsy on Friday August 7, 2009! I was very excited to find out it made it there :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

SkinCare Regimes....What can you not live without?

I am always tweeking my skincare regime, but there are two things that I cannot do without! The first is a heavy moisturizing cream called CeraVe - my local CVS has it. It is rather hard to find though - grocery stores and big box stores do not carry it. The CeraVe is great for dry skin and my skin gets really dry especially after being in hot water. This stuff was recommended by my dermatologist and for me has worked better than some prescription medicines for dry skin. (Picture from Cerave )

The second skin care product I cannot live without is Kiehls water based sunscreen lotion (25 spf). I have been using this stuff for over 12 years now. I am very fair skinned and with a history of skin cancer in my family and having already had skin cancer at the age of 29 I have to wear sunscreen everyday. I love Kiehls products, especially this water based lotion and would recommend it! This picture is from Kiehls

So what are some of your favorite skin care products?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shop Name?

I have a lot of people ask me at craft shows about my shop name, so I thought I would give some explanation. For as long as I can remember I have always loved dogs, it's one of the first things my mother wrote in my baby book.

We grew up with weenie dogs so I have a special place in my heart for them, but after seeing photographs of the weimaraner by William Wegman I was hooked and had to have a weimaraner. Their simple lines and grace and beauty drew me in. Once I graduated from college and purchased a home with a good sized yard my next purchase was Daisy (the weimarner pictured guarding her stuffed cow).

This is who my shop is named for! Of course not to show any favoritism in this post - The little spotted German Shorthair Pointer is my husbands dog. My gift to him for Christmas in 2001.

Holly (the spotted one) and Daisy (the weimarner) get along beautifully except for Holly occasionally pulling the stuffing out of Daisy's toys.

Also - I would not recommend a weimaraner to anyone unless you have time to run them, not walk them, but run them. They have boundless energy and can be destructive without exercise.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Front Page X2

I am always honored to be on the front page, but last Thursday I actually made the front page twice in one day. I couldn't believe my eyes when I checked my store on Thursday afternoon. The first list was currated by Etsy and the second by CreativeDetails - be sure to take a look :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Blog Giveaway on BonBon Rose

Be sure to stop by BonBon Rose Blog! She is giving away a pair of my earrings, she has a really fun blog with lots of followers :)