Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm No Cupid, Stupid!

Just kidding about calling you 'stupid'! Isn't this a great shot?!?
That's my face on that Cupid! How cute is that! You can fool around
with your face all day at PhotoFunia....and I just about did! Try it out!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rings & Things

Rings & Things is a jewellery supply store and I've been using them for ages as a primary informational resource because they've taught me to do that. Rings & Things is known for its humourously clever and educational advertising, found in many bead and craft magazines. It's hard not to enjoy them or learn something from them.

Remember when the 'fruit quartzes' came out? Cherry, Pineapple, Raspberry, Blueberry Quartz and more. These were being touted as fabulous new stones and sold as such. They were expensive. Opalite, sometimes referred to as Moonstone, was also being sold as a stone. I was stopped dead by a gorgeous opalite necklace at the Farmer's Market. "What is this", I asked the jewellery artist who had made it. "It's moonstone", she replied and offered it to me to touch. It was weighty because of the size of the stones but not as heavy as you would expect stones to be. It kind of looked like moonstone. But it was warm. That was the tip off! Stones are cold in your hand in a way that you won't forget. Sure, they warm up when you hold them or lay them in the Sun. But they are always colder than glass. The jewellery artist was not trying to rip me off. As she explained, she only knew what her supplier told her. She was a victim of misinformation, just as much as I was.

Those 'stones' haunted me. They were glowing and really neat! So, I researched them and only Rings & Things was willing to explain that these 'stones' were actually Chinese glass. Beautiful, yes, but man made.

I still love these beads and buy them in every shape and size. I don't mind at all that they are glass. And I don't mind at all knowing that I can trust R&T to always tell me the truth. Even if it hurts!

Monday, April 20, 2009

My New Art Fire Shop!

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade Well, I'm finally selling online, thanks to Artfire! My shop is at

Here's their blurb:
"Welcome to Artfire, the premier online marketplace for handmade products designed by artisans around the globe. Our free community is designed for artisans to buy and sell their works, while celebrating unique handmade items and designs.

It is always free for buyers of handmade products to search through our listed artisans, buy, or request for items to be specially made. No matter if you are looking for local handmade crafts, or handmade products from artisans around the world, is the marketplace for you."

Friday, April 10, 2009

Forest Shades

I find these to be quite cheery and organic. The colours are varied and intense. Like the edge of the forest on a sunny day.

Mixed agates go with every style and every colour! The chips are stacked on fancy shmancy sterling silver head pins and the ear wires are also sterling silver.

Feel happy yet?

Black & White Day & Night Wisdom & Experience

Love the design of these as its simplicity allows the stones to speak for themselves, while the fact that the stones are different colours adds a rather confident, urban note. lol!

There are so many options with these! Beautiful with any colour, in any combination.

I have another pair just like! But seriously, I can make them with both black stones or white stones. Because that's the kind of crazy power I wield. : )

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Aventurine Nuggets on Sterling Silver Ear Wires

Just wanted to highlight these rather lovely dangly aventurine earrings. The nuggets hang from sterling silver posts and are held in place by tiny circles. Only $15.00! They are the colour of money. (Ok, some money.)

Aventurine is said to be useful in attracting money so I thought I'd help the process along by listing the price! Clever, what?! This stone aligns with the heart chakra and helps it to open. Some say that aventurine is especially lucky!
Do you like them?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Amethyst Necklace with Rose Quartz Charms and Amethyst Earrings

Amethyst: Contentment, spirituality, dreams, healing, peace, happiness, love, intuition.

Rose Quartz: Love, peace, happiness, gentleness, healing emotional wounds.

Aventurine Chip Necklace with Cloisonne Charm and Aventurine Nugget Earrings.

Aventurine: Healing, money, mental agility, visual acuity, peace, opening heart, motivation, leadership.

Sodalite Necklace and Earrings with Lapis Lazuli Charms

Sodalite: Wisdom, logic, calmness, healing, stress reduction, companionship, self-esteem.

Lapis Lazuli: Wisdom, intuition, awareness, objectivity, clarity, creativity, expanded consciousness, dreams, purity, courage, serenity.

Tiger's Eye with Obsidian Charms Necklace and Earrings

Obsidian: Clarity, deflecting negativity, protection, healing.
Tiger's Eye: Practicality, peacefulness, clarity, intelligence, intuition, new experiences, financial stability, calmness, releasing inhibitions.