Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Necklace Give away!!!

Happy Tuesday!! :o)

This weeks give away will be for this new necklace I just added to my store.

One of my favorite scenes in It's a Wonderful Life is when George Bailey is trying to win Mary's love and he tell her He'd throw a lasso around the Moon and give her the Moon. This sweet little necklace is a tribute to that. :o)

So how to win it? Just leave me a comment and I will enter your name in the drawing...if you blog about it with a link back here then you will get 5 extra chances!

Good Luck!


Monday, July 28, 2008

So Excited!

I have been super busy getting ready for the La Maison Rustique Blog~Her Party!!! It is an Open house featuring so many extremely Talented ladies. August 16th!

I had the pleasure of meeting Linda the owner of La Maison Rustique this weekend! She is just so warm and sweet, such a beautiful lady inside and out.

La Maison is perched on a hill nestled in the middle of the gorgeous wine country in Temecula California. It is just down the drive from Linda's absolutely charming country home! Thank you Linda for the opportunity to participate :o)

I also met Sherry of Prairie Home. She to is just so sweet and friendly! And did I mention talented?! I treated myself to one of her beautiful T shirts, and admired all of the other pretties she has to offer!

Anyone with in driving distance should make the trip to meet these talented wonderful ladies!

I'll be posting pictures of some of the goodies I will have to offer soon :o)

(wouldn't you know when I got the camera out to take pictures of La Maison and the surrounding country side the batteries died!)


Friday, July 25, 2008

Finger Print Friday :o)

Of all of God's many gifts that He has so graciously bestowed on me, A green thumb was not one of them! Despite my aptitude for killing off all house plants, including cacti this beautiful Azalea has thrived. She has graced my kitchen window sill since our last anniversary in November. God has definitely left His finger prints all over it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Another winner!!!!!!!!!!

Okay this is really Technical so stay with me ;o)

Congratulations Micaela e-mail me and we can talk details! jewelrybycanela@yahoo.com

Stay tuned for some beautiful jewels featuring your inspirational words! I've already made a couple!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

So What Joys did Your Tuesday bring?

For Us we had a fabulous day out at the park!
A girl friend and I have a standing weekly date to take our kids out. This week we braved the regional park with 8 kids in tow! The kids had so much fun splashing about in the water and digging in the sand. Here are some great pictures...and finally as promised a picture of all 6 of mine together. Hey it only took two months!

Last but not least I was able to get some new necklaces up in my shop! I just love the camera one...I think I may have to make myself one, something I rarely ever do!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Last Day!!!

Well I didn't get a chance to take new photos so more to come tomorrow!

Tuesday is the last day to enter the give away!!! Scroll down below to the post titled "Whoo Hoo another give away!" For details and leave your comments there for a chance to win.

The winner will be chosen and posted on Wednesday Morning.

Thanks again for all of the beautiful inspiration ladies :o)

Busy Bee

Happy Monday! :o)

I just thought I would share what I've been working on.
Last week I received an order for 100! of my dandelion charms from Sheila of Sheila Neilson Photography...she strives to catch the joy, wonder and innocence of childhood.
I think her work is fabulous check her out here http://sheilanielsenphotography.blogspot.com/ Thanks Sheila!

First up on what I have finished in the last 5 days are these wildflower charms. I really love the song wildflower by Tom Petty and these were inspired by the light hearted feeling I get when I listen to it

Next are these beautiful Sterling sparrows I just got in the mail. Sparrows are a symbol of enduring love. As tribute to mothers, the first swallow has her nest of eggs. The second swallow has a small hand stamped charm that reads Soar Free. Thank you Sarah for sharing you love of sparrows with me and their meaning!

I have also been making tons of rings for the show. These are my little nest rings...each is hand wrapped from a very long piece of silver wire, and three little pearl "eggs" rest in the center.

Finally this is a custom order I received through my store. It's a mother's bracelet with her two beautiful childrens names and their birthdays. I hope you love it Nicole!

Well that all for now but I have lots more beauties finishing up in the tumbler so I'll share more later today!


Friday, July 18, 2008

How cute is he!

Here is my Hungry little Catepillar, isn't he cute! He still needs to be polished but I just had to share him! My hope with him is to make a full charm bracelet with eachof the things he ate...I'm going to have to get creative with the stamps!

This one is the necklace I made for my husband friend. They were married a couple of weeks ago and are just loving married life!

Finger Print Friday

What can I say! I think children are Gods greatest finger print!! Their innocence and wonder, and the great joy they take in the simplest things in the world. We can learn so much about faith from our kids :o)
Have a blessed Friday!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beautiful copper!

Happy Thursday to you all!!

I just though I'd share some goodies I've been working on :o). Whenever I do a craft show I try to have a large range on styles. I personally am a huge fan of copper! The rich warm color copper takes when it is oxidized with subtle hints of green and blue, it's just exquisite.

In the front of the picture are three more Trees from my "little tree" series. I just love being able to use my tool to draw in the metal and make something totally unique.

Over to the left is a dandelion with the word wish. This is in honor of those wonderful childhood memories of finding those snow white puffies on the yard...taking a deep breath and then watching each seed dance with the breeze in spirals, and then twirling around and falling in to the sweet smelling grass and giggling. Ahhh the innocence of childhood.

Then in the back are two lady bugs. I just adore lady bugs! Working out in my veggie garden and catching a flash of bright red, as the Sweet little creatures go about their day.

In the Center is a tribute to sisters, this is a favorite of all my local customers!

The top is stamped with the word sisters and two flowers and under is the quote "Sisters are different flowers from the garden of life" Simple and sweet. I am blessed with two amazing sisters, and I am so happy my girls have each other to share in the joys of life together, and support each other through the sorrows.

Thanks for letting me share!

These will not be listed in either of my store for now but if you are interested in them feel free to e-mail me!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Whoo Hoo another Give away!!!

Okay this time around I am doing something a little different...I'm going to make you work for it, so it's a "sort of give away". ;o)

How to win...and the story behind the work,

I am going to set up at the La Maison Rustique in Temecula CA wine country. La Maison is an amazing place show casing Gorgeous Artisan crafts and Antiques. I am so excited to be a part of their Open House!
The Catch...I've only got one month, literally to prepare and make enough jewelry to display proudly there. It's on August 16! Any Cali people should come check it out.

So what do you need to do to win one of the beautiful necklaces above?

Leave me a comment with a quote or something you would like to see stamped (Please nothing Vulgar this is a family show!)

For every usable quote (it needs to be able to fit so no full paragraphs) you will get an entry! You can not repeat a quote that someone else has entered, each one must be different.

For a bonus 5 entries! Post about this give away on your blog with a link back here!! Make sure to let me know that you put it on your blog.

About the Prize! The winner will be able to choose from one of the necklaces pictured above. the first is so pretty, and simple it says Faith on the top disc with a cross and on the bottom disc it reads "Be still and know I am GOD" Such a beautiful reminder to take a quiet moment and praise Him.

The second is a copper butterfly that I will custom stamp for you. The necklace is made of gorgeous fresh water pearls. Each one has been hand wrapped on antiqued copper wire to form the chain. Both are finished with one of my hand forged copper clasps.

Best of luck!! And thank you for the extra inspiration :o)

Check out this Quilt!!!

Dana of Old Red Barn Company is GIVING away this amazing quilt. Go check it out!!!
http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/ The picture is over on the side bar :o)
Best of luck...but honestly I'm hoping to make it mine! ;o)

PS Stay tuned the next jewelry give away will be posted tonight!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fit for a Princess!

Okay I made this simply beautiful necklace over a month ago and I just keep forgetting to list it! So I finally got the liting up today. Be sure to check it out. It's classic, simple and elegant, perfect for any princess.

I hope everyone has a lovely Tuesday! :o)


As promised

All right here it is...no laughing!

Well as I said it's not perfect but personally that is what I love about artisan jewelry, each piece is a unique creation, a tiny piece of art with it's own personality, and sometimes attitude :o)

I made this one for myself to wear in place of my wedding ring. Almost five straight years of being pregnant it now fits on my pinkie. So until the baby weight comes off I have this pretty little creation to wear. I carved a tiny heart on the front of it. I love the organic look that you can get from the clay.

I promise to post pictures of more as I make them, hopefully soon I'll have one good enough to sell!

We Have a WINNER!!!!

Congratulations to Heidi Zawisza !!! Heidi please send me an e-mail and we can talk details :o)

Thank you again to everyone else who entered and left such kind comments.

Check back soon I will be having another give away starting on Wednesday!!!

I hope everyone has a Wonderful Monday!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Oh How could I forget!

Well as any mom of a new born knows the lack of sleep reaks havoc on the memory!

I totaly forgot about my fourth line! This one has been in the works for quite some time...

"Bedtime Memories" I haven't settled on that name for certain but it's the best I've got for now.

This line will feature parts of children's stories stamped, or pictures etched into silver. The first is a favorite in our house hold "The Hungry Little Caterpillar! and in the works are "Guess How Much I love You?", Good Night Moon, The Giving Tree, the "If You Give a Mouse..."series, "On The Day You Were Born", "Tell Me about Eternity", Where the Wild Things Are", and "The Gift of a Snowflake" Whew! If you can't tell I had a few little helpers make requests!

I also have my daughter Begging for a "Harry Potter" bracelet.
Oh and a Camp Rock bracelet because the Jonas brothers are in it. Ahhh we've hit the boys are kind of cute stage. I'm so not ready for it, she's still my baby! Do they have to grow so quick, sniff sniff.

Keep an eye out for lots of goodies!

Last chance to win!

If you haven't entered yet there is still time! Today is the last day for a chance to win a custom piece of jewelry! I will announce a winner tomorrow. To enter Just leave a comment under the "We're Open" post which is now on the second page of the Blog.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Big things in the works for Cinnamon*Sticks!

I am so excited I just had to share! I made my fist solid silver non wire ring today! Oh I wish I had my camera but alas it is in Montana with my hubby. I miss it, oh I mean him ;o) we are rarely apart so I do miss him tremendously. But enough of the mushy stuff and back to business...
I am so thrilled to be working with PMC again PMC stands for Precious Metal Clay. It is pure silver mixed with an organic binder and water to make a clay. I had taken some time away from it (the fumes when firing it is bad for unborn babies and well, I've been pregnant for most of the last five years!)
I will be sure to post a picture of it on Monday. I need to hone my skills a bit more, it is tricky to work with, but by the end of the month I will have some Solid Silver rings and gem stone rings for sale!

Next up for Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique are Three lines of Hand Stamped and forged Jewelry.
the first is "Moments of Devotion" This line will feature prayers and inspirational quotes all centered around God and Jesus...little daily reminders that our blessings all come from Him, and He will help us bear our crosses in life!

The second is "Expressions of Love" Jewelry to celebrate the Joys of Marriage and Love. The first of this line "So In Love" is in my etsy store. The second will be in my shop on Monday it's a brides necklace, the picture is of one I made for Rob's (my honey) friend who was married today.

The third is a line devoted to young girls, and young women. I've yet to come up with a name for it. This line is inspired by my own daughters who I hope to help become, faith filled, confident and independent women. We all know young girls are so critical of them selves and, so many of them put others down to try to make themselves feel better. I hope to help my girls rise above this pettiness..."no one can make you feel inferior with out your consent" Elenore Roosevelt
I do hope they bear that message close to their hearts.

Finally...I get my professional torch and some other fun tools at the end of this month so new designs are sure to follow!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fingerprint Friday

I found a few blogs today participating in Fingerprint Friday. A group of women sharing some beautiful photos to show the amazing glory of God in our world through his creations and works.

My contribution this week is the innocence of new life...


I just love making earrings! I rarely list them but I do love making them. Now another confession...I almost never wear them! Until recently that is. Chasing after 5 little ones with a new one always in arms I just can't wear elaborate jewelry. I do however still like to look like a woman when I go out and not just a tired mom, so made myself a simple pair of square hoops. They are so comfortable and light weight that I don't even notice they are on, but I fell pretty and feminine wearing them with my endless love necklace!

It is amazing what a little jewelry and makeup can do for you mood. You can find these pretties in my etsy shop today!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yes there is still time to enter the give away!!!!!

Don't forget to stop by the post titled "We're Open" to enter to win a custom piece of jewelry! Just leave me a comment on that post for a chance. I will have one of my little munchkins pull a name on Monday 7/14/08. Best of luck!! :o)

Ring of the month

Here is something fun! I've done this twice before and I had so much fun designing all the rings I thought i would offer it again. I have added in my etsy shop a ring of the month listing. It is for 12 rings! One to be delivered at the beginning of each month for 12 months! Check out my esty shop for the listing. Who doesn't like to get a surprise in the mail?

Don't forget to Enter to win Below!!!!

Make sure if you stop by to leave a comment under the "We're Open" Post to enter for a chance to win something pretty!

Have you smiled today?

Just a little inspiration for today..."Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

HOW Cute are these!!!

Plum Pear Apple designs is having a give away. Go check out these adorable capes and leave a coment for a chance to win!!

New Pretties!

If my little Monkeys will cooperate I will list this little pretty today. I just might be overly hopeful though. We went on a "grand adventure" last night. We treated the kids to a night at the drive in where they saw Wall-e and Kung Fu Panda, indulged in popcorn, and stayed up till 1:00am! Yes I said 1 am! We generally have a very strict bed time of 8:00 pm. They had a fabulous time, but they have a major case of the grumpies today...is it nap time yet? ;o)

So if you see it in my etsy shop today you'll know I managed to get then all down for a nap, and f not well then I am off breaking up any number of toy arguments!
Oh is it overly ironic that the necklace I'm listing says Spread Joy? I do hope everyone else has a Joyful day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My Other Five Sweeties!

Hmmm I think it's time for a new family photo. I went fishing through photos and the most recent one I could find of them all togehter was from Christmas. We don't have one of all 6 together yet! So here they are Kaiya, Thomas, Gabriel, Alexander, and Megan!

My Little Sweetie!

Okay well this post is really just so I can figure out how to post a picture (I warned you I'm not tech savvy!)

Anyhow Here is my little Nathaniel hanging out in his blankies. Isn't he cute!

Monday, July 7, 2008

We're Open!!

Yay!! Well it has only taken me a year and a half but I finally opened my etsy Shop! In honor of our first week open I will be giving away a hand stamped item. Just leave me a comment, and next "Monday I will have one of my little ones draw a name from a bowl, technical I know ;o). Then I will work with the winner to design something special. Thanks for stopping by be sure to check out my new shop.