June 27, 2012

Don't Give Up on Me Lord

image via jessicaNdesigns on Pinterest

You know how it feels when you try and try over and over for the same thing and you keep failing? I have been feeling like that lately. 

I have always had a temper, been quick to anger and had little or no patience. I'm not proud of it. I struggle with it, I get angry or impatient and then I end up regretting it...crying out to God asking for His help, because I failed again

Chris Young sings a song called "The Man I Wanna Be" and in it he says "Well I know this late at night that talk is cheap, but Lord, don't give up on me."  

(!) This is exactly how I feel most nights...I want to be a light in this world for the Lord, to live up to the Spirit that is in me, to love like He loved me...but my sinful nature sometimes gets in the way. And I end the day sad, frustrated & feeling like I failed. Praying the SAME prayer asking for God to change my heart & my attitude. I feel like He is up there tired of me asking the same thing over & over...

But I know He isn't. I know He is patient, kind, loving, forgiving. I know He will help me, no matter how many times I fail. No matter how many times I miss the mark and have to ask to be put back on track. He never gives up on us. 
image via Katie Daisy on Etsy

So I am not going to give up either. I know I will fail. I know I will have to continue asking for His help. I know some days will be harder than others. But I will choose to be filled with Joy, to remember that God does not give up on us. That he cares for us. I will continue to seek Him & the desires He has for my life. 

It won't be easy...but then, the good things never are!

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. - 1 Peter 5:7

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June 25, 2012

Shop Update & 'Create Your Own' Giveaway!

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I have updated the shop with LOTS of new items lately...been feeling so inspired! One of my many favorites, is this NEW Create your Own Wrap bracelet

It's available in some awesome colors including, light pink (pictured) dark pink, plum, gray, white, black, peach, mint, aqua, lime & yellow! And you can customize it with the word, name or initials of your choice!

Since I have been so M.I.A. this summer and have not done a giveaway in a while, I decided I should treat one lucky reader with the chance to win & Create their own wrap bracelet
These make the perfect everyday bracelet, great for you and your bff as friendship bracelets or mix and match and create unique bridesmaid bracelets!

TO ENTER:
♥ Leave a comment with what color & word you would use to create your own if you won! (this is the only mandatory entry)


EXTRA ENTRIES:

 Visit THIS LINK & Pin the bracelet to one of your boards.
♥ Share a link to this giveaway on Facebook
♥ Share a link to this giveaway on Twitter
♥ Become a fan on facebook
 ♥ Subscribe to my newsletter 

Must be a blog follower to enter...$25 Value...winner chosen & announced via random.org Friday 6/29/12

P.S. I am offering 15% off ANYTHING in the shop TODAY ONLY until 9pm EST with code RELAXIN 

GOOD LUCK & HAPPY SHOPPING! 
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June 21, 2012

Come Away With Me...

image via jessicaNdesigns on Pinterest

♥ The shop is closed. 
♥ Email set to vacation mode. 
♥ Ready to enjoy a weekend camping with my family. 
♥ Back to reality on Monday!

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June 18, 2012

Black & Blue and a Summer Update

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I don't know about you, but I could browse Etsy all day long adding pretty things to my favorites! And you know I love sharing them with you, so today's Black & Blue Collection highlights just a few of my most recent favorites!


Let's point out the obvious...it has been forever since I have done a Monday Mash Up...and it's a crying shame, because these are one of my favorite things to do! Sharing handmade, buying handmade, making handmade, I just love this handmade community! 


Speaking of forever since I have posted, I know I have been so lack about blogging lately, but on top of being extremely busy in the shop, it's Summer & we have been super busy enjoying it! 


It has been on my heart so much lately that life is short, my kids won't be little forever & I just want to slow down and enjoy it.  So I have been trying to iron out a better work schedule & have not been blogging as much...maybe that will change come winter.


Forgive me? ;)

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June 11, 2012

Oooooooh That's Pretty...Inside the Studio: International Edition

I say that A LOT! My Etsy Favorites is loaded with things I have my eyes on. A while back I did a Mustard & Gold Monday Mash Up (it still remains one of my favorites...) and I featured this pretty Ring by Doron of D.M. Designs:


This ring is just so interesting & super pretty!! Doron was nice enough to send me one & I LOVE it! It is so unique & elegant! I feel dainty & pretty when I wear it! 

Getting to know fellow designers, learning more about them on a personal level & learning more about how they create is one of my favorite things in this handmade community! 

Not only are we going to see some other amazingly unique pieces from Doron's shop, but we are lucky to get to take a peek inside Doron's studio in....ISRAEL! 


 My home studio is where all my designs are created, previously I was painting and sculpting but today, jewelry designing takes all of my time and so all my brushes and chisels have found their way to the attic.


- Walk us through an ordinary Work Day: An ordinary day of work starts by walking my beloved dog Zoey while drinking my morning coffee, then I get to read and answer all the emails that I received during the night (there is a 7 hours difference between Israel and USA which is where most of my customers come from).


Then work begins. I start working on all recent orders, welding, carving and designing what was sold on etsy. ebay or one of the stores that I sell through.


I go to visit the casting workshop to drop the recent wax models I have created to be cast in silver or gold and collect what was done I then go to visit the lab that does all the plating work for the gold plated jewelry I make.


After all this is done I get to do some designing. Testing new compositions in my sketchbook and working on the next design.


This goes on basically untill my girlfriend comes home from the architects office she works in, otherwise I would go on until my vision goes blurry :)


What inspires you?  I am inspired by different things - Architectural concepts and compositions that I learned to love when I was studying architecture, classic and modern art like the clothing on renaissance sculptures which inspired my Golden Rag Series that imitates textile in metal just as the sculptors of Rome imitated it with marble. 


But most of all I am inspired by nature. I believe nature holds the key to beauty and I am not the only one. Countless researches discovered it (the golden cut etc.) and so I use principals and composition I find in nature in different scales.


Sometimes in macro like my "Dunes" ring that shows a composition inspired by desert dunes and sometimes I zoom in to create the Bio Series that shows a composition that reminds of micro organisms or the natural flow of lava.






What is your favorite piece in your shop? It is difficult to talk about a favorite design, after all they are all exactly my taste :)
Nevertheless I think the designs the evolve into a collection like my Bio Series, Parched Earth Series and Golden Rag series are the ones I enjoyed most of all and wanted to create more variations of them.


How do you balance your work & personal life?  It was difficult to balance my personal life with my work, especially since I enjoy it so much it is also my hobby and so if I have some free time I go to work :)


After a difficult first few month me and my partner decided that since I am a very demanding boss to myself I should set a rule about working hours.


My working day starts when I wake up and ends when my partner gets home, after that I am not allowed to work anymore.


The only thing I still do after hours is answer emails since I try to maintain a response time as short as possible but for that I have my Iphone that I can use for emails while I am out of my studio.


What is the best part of owning your own creative business?- The best part of owning your own business is that working hard pays off.
This is also the down side :) 


Because I enjoy my work so much the harder I work the better I feel. Before I was designing jewelry for a living I would use many of my free days to sculpt, paint or design jewelry, now I get paid for it.




Outside the studio - 

Coffee or Tea? Coffee, tea is kept for when I catch a cold.
New or Old? New, repeating what was already done could be nice but creating something new is much more exciting.
Call or Text? Call, if its longer than a single sentence texting is to exhausting.
Small town or Big City? Big city, maybe because I was born in a small town I love big cities, the streets are full of people and exciting stuff happens everywhere you look. Also, the option of going somewhere where nobody knows you is fun and allows you to act freely.
Silver or Gold? Gold, definitely gold. If it looks better in silver use white gold, silver is only good when the budget dictates it.

Thanks for sharing your work Doron! 
Be sure to go check out his beautiful jewelry & say Hi! 

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