Saturday, January 14, 2017

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! HANDMADE JEWELRY HAVEN ETSY SHOP GRAND OPENING!!

Its a big day around here as most of you know, I have been working on opening my new Etsy shop and the day has FINALLY ARRIVED!!

Handmade Jewelry Haven Etsy Shop

First things first, I would love for you to come visit my new Etsy shop. This is something I've been really wanting to do for a long time. It has been a huge labor of love over the last few weeks.
And to show you my appreciation, leave a comment here on this post and I will email you a 10% Welcome Coupon towards any purchase!

Click here to visit my shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandmadeJewelryHaven

As you know that I love social media, so, to save even more, pin 3 of my listings to your Pinterest account, then send me a message on Etsy with the links to your pins, and I'll send you a 15% off coupon code to be used on any order in my shop!

But why stop there??

To sweeten the deal a little more, share this post on your blog, or Facebook, or Tweet about my Grand Opening #HandmadeJewelryHaven and send me the link, and you will get a 20% off coupon!

You are free to get one or all three discounts that can be used on separate purchases!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

(Almost) Friday Fictioneers

They had been hastily shoved in raw packing straw and placed in crates made of old chicken pen siding for the journey. Now, after what seemed like an interminable amount of time waiting in the freezing cold, they wondered where the journey would end.
Time would only tell, and they could only wait. Being created for beauty and enjoyment was their soul reason for existing! Wanting only to please their ultimate wearers of expensive baubles and trinkets. To be ogled and have loving hands intertwine them with loving caresses! Their excitement could hardly be contained.

A big thank you to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and to C.E Ayr for the picture!



To see a preview of our new Etsy Shop which is starting to fill with beautiful baubles, click here.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Enjoy these seaglass beaches from around the world.....







I love to hear about other seaglass hunting adventures. Leave a comment on your favorite seaglass treasure finding experiences here!

Click here for more Wordless Wednesday fun and be sure to visit 
Handmade Jewelry Haven's Etsy Shop here.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Ocean's Emotions - White Sea Glass

Color has always played an important role in my life. Just like the style of the clothing you put on each day, color selection can have a big impact on others as well as yourself.

People pick out jewelry seemingly on a whim, however, studies suggest that there are deep emotional triggers that can cause us to pick out one colored stone over another.

Frosted or white Seaglass is the most commonly found color of the Seaglass family.

White is usually associated with new beginnings. It can bring a sense of cleanliness, and freshness.It lends an air of classiness and refinement. It is purity and goodness and light. It is also thought of as heavenly and lighter than air. White is considered a positive color and is associated with peacefulness.

I personally wear a lot of white. I find it professional at work and also find it easier to clean.

How does white make you feel?

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Resolutions

With the New Year upon us, I am bound and determined to get my jewelry business back up and running. After closing my hair accessory business back in 2013, my ultimate aim was to eventually re-open the jewelry end of the business. However, with most things, life ended up getting in the way, and, that too, ended up on the back burner.


One of the great things about your kids getting older, is that they become more independent and need you a little bit less each year, freeing up your time.
So I think that 2017 is going to be 'my time' to finally revive one of my passions, making fun jewelry.


Please stay tuned for my new Etsy page, which should be ready to launch within a week or so. I intend for this just to be a stepping stone until I get my new website up and running.
Remember - It is ok to push pause on our dreams to let the Life Train through, but just remember to cross the tracks once it's passed!

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Monday, December 26, 2016

A 'Sea Glass Origin'

The year was 1750 and it was a cold crisp morning in early Spring. As the life giving breath was blown down the tube, the cylindric shape began to form. Slowly rotating, then rotating again, the disk was growing in size until it was just thick enough to hold its shape. The glass blower was one of the
best to be found in the region and he was proud of his craft. No one could make a such a large piece of glass as thin as he could. Taught by his father, and his father before him, people would travel from far away to buy his glass. After the glass was cut, cooled and polished, it rested against a rough homespun blanket while the maker sat on a cast off log to eat his small meal of a thick slice of ham and a chunk of brown bread. The glass looked at the man and the clearing beyond, staring in admiration at the stately trees that surrounded them. It wondered what he would become. Would he be a window for this workshop? For the small house lying in the distance?

About a week later a wagon arrived. Strong men picked up the large pane of glass and carefully nestled it in a large wooden crate made from the same Black Forest firewood that fed the flames which had liquefied the glass to make it malleable. The box was packed with dried grass to cushion every side so that even the most jarring movement would protect it from harm. The wagon slowly rambled down the road and made its way down to the Kammel where the crate was loaded onto a river boat, and after a long leisurely cruise, it was taken off the boat and then loaded onto a much larger, ocean going Merchantman. Deep down in the hold, the crate was secured with many other beautiful items from the Danube. Blue and white pottery from Meissen, fine wool and other 'luxury' items were bound for the New World while raw materials would make the return trip home. Where was he going? Where would he end up?

When the ship landed at the port of Philadelphia about two months later, it was a fine sunny morning. It seemed to take a week to unload all of the cargo and when the crate was finally pried open, and the grass and dust wiped away, the finely dressed American stood back and admired the pane of glass. In
fact, several onlookers cautiously cast a sideways glance as no one had seen such a large pane of glass before. The glass was re-crated and drawn again by wagon to its new home on Portland Poynt. It remained crated until it was finally freed and carefully framed in by the finest woodworkers in the town and then topped by a beautiful pediment. The glass faced the ocean and would spend its days lazily gazing at the sea and was lovingly washed almost daily as the salt spray would frequently mist it's clarity. Townspeople would stop and admire the large window on their afternoon walks as it was quite an unusual thing to have a large window in the front of a house at that time. The glass stood proud to have made the owners so happy.

The house stood for almost 152 years and during this time it saw families come and go and suffered through foreclosures and additions and remodels. One year a rock was thrown at the glass and cracked its once shiny surface. 1927 saw a new need for the property and it was zoned for commercial use. The dilapidated house was torn down to make way for a store and the once beautiful window was unceremoniously disposed of by being thrown off the cliff into the ocean below along with what ever else was not salvageable. The glass crashed down into a million pieces and was washed away in the outgoing tide. The glass was sad. Was this to be its ultimate fate? Tumbling endlessly along the ocean floor?

Years passed and one day in the early 1980's, a young man was walking along the Jersey Shore. He had been having a hard time lately and just wanted to be alone and think. Wandering almost
aimlessly along the sandy beach, stopping only to look up and watch the strong surf crash onto the beach, he happened upon a strange looking stone. It was a frosted white color and he marveled on how smooth and warm it felt in his hands. When he stooped down to wash it off in the seawater, he noticed how it glinted strangely in the sunlight. Somehow, just holding it made him feel better. He pocketed the sea glass, wondering where it might have come from, not knowing that it had been that beautiful pane of glass, carefully and lovingly made in a forest in Germany. He displayed the piece of sea glass on a prominent spot on his mantel to be admired by family and friends. The glass, albeit smaller, was once again happy knowing that he brought joy to a new set of people for many years to come.

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sources: Antique Window GlassHistory of Glass Making in Lausha GermanyBlue and White PotteryPassage To AmericaAtlantic HighlandsGeorgian House Styles



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