Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Lucky Finds!

I always keep an eye out for interesting finds to use in my jewelry. You never know when you will uncover hidden treasures at garage sales, junk shops or estate sales. However, recently I've had the good fortune of having others discover some wonderful items for me! I've used some of these treasures in my new designs recently.

These beautiful baubles were courtesy of a nice lady that had a booth at our local Farmers Market. She approached me at my booth recently with a large ziploc of old rhinestone balls and other interesting finds. She said that she's been holding on to them for years but never found a use for them and thought I might be interested in them. Well of course I was interested! What a pleasant surprise.

I received a call from my Mom recently and she said that a friend from her church had discovered a set of old liquor tags at an antique shop in Corpus. My mom was headed to Corpus for a doctor's appointment and offered to swing by and see if they were still there...and they were!! Yeah...thanks Mom!! They were absolutely perfect...a set of four "gin, vodka, bourbon and scotch" tags in their original box. I used the bourbon tag in this one-of-a-kind necklace.

Daphan, a sweet lady that had visited my booth at the Farmers Market contacted me through my website to let me know that she found an old bag of costume jewelry in her closet and thought of me. This skeleton key and rhinestone necklace was created from some of the pieces she found.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Giveaway

This month's giveaway is a $25 gift certificate to be used how ever you please at either of my Out of the Blue stores. To enter:

1.Visit my Etsy shop or my Big Cartel shop and tell me what goodies you would get if you were the winner.

2.For extra entries: follow me on Twitter, Tweet about my giveaway on Twitter, follow my blog, or subscribe to my newsletter. You will receive one additional entry for each one that you add. If you already follow you can still receive extra entries...just mention each in a separate comment.

3.Entries must be received by Midnight CST January 31st. Winner will be announced on February 1st.

Good Luck!!

I love Wii Fit Plus!!

Ok, I have to admit I was a bit offended when my husband purchased Wii Fit Plus for me for Christmas. He would never in a million years tell me point blank that I need to lose weight. He's continued to make me feel like a sexy mama even after all the weight I've put on with two kids, but I know this was his not so subtle nudge letting me know that its time I finally get my butt back in shape!

The first time I used it and realized that it was going to weigh me I made sure he was out of the room. Thank goodness I did because the next part was totally horrifying. My avatar came on the screen as I stepped on the board to be weighed and the avatar grew increasingly plump until it looked almost as wide as it was tall. Now if that wasn't humiliating, I don't know what is. As brutal as that was to take in, I think it was the slap in the face that I needed.

I've been using the Wii Fit almost every day since Christmas now and I really love it. I absolutely hate to exercise usually because it bores me to tears. However, being the game lover that I am the Wii fit exercises are actually entertaining to me so its really kept me going. Some of my favorite exercises are the obstacle coarse and the hula hoop. My kids get a big kick watching me do that one! Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with it and get myself back to a healthy weight soon. I'll keep you posted :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! I'm finally getting back in the groove of things after some much needed time off. The kids are back in school now and my house has been restored to a somewhat normal state. I've been busy in my studio and have lots of new jewelry pieces that I've been introducing into my Etsy shop this week. Hope you enjoy them!

Meet me in Paris Necklace

Cellar Door Necklace
All Chained Up Necklace
Alice Necklace
Azul Earrings
Florence Earrings
Carnelian Cameo Ring
Key to the Past Bracelet
Lemon Drop Ring
Florence necklace