Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011!!!

It is finally here people!  It is Christmas day and it is time for church first and then time with family and friends!  But I haven't forgotten about all of you, my dear friends!  So here is the last deal of this Christmas 2011.

Merry Christmas!!!

Today and today only, you get 40% off of your entire purchase!  Use coupon code "merrychristmas" at checkout and get yourself something that you might have been eyeing while doing your shopping for everyone else.  So go visit the shop and have a Merry Christmas!!!

this was our Christmas card pic this year.  Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Have a beautiful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

"Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

3rd & 2nd Deals til Christmas 2011!!!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve and Merry Christmas Eve!  I'm sure many of you will be cooking and wrapping away getting ready for a wonderful day with family and friends on Sunday so this is a little gift from me to you!

3rd & 2nd Deals til Christmas!

Use coupon code "sensiblesale25" to get 25% off your entire purchase today and tomorrow!  We've all been rushing around taking care of everyone else that sometimes we need a little moment to breath and take care of ourselves!  I hope you find something you love!

Have a beautiful day! 

(P.S. Make sure you come back and say hi on Christmas Day for a special coupon code from me to you!!!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5th & 4th Deals til Christmas 2011!

We are winding down on this year's Deals til Christmas, everyone!  And so today and tomorrow, you get a two-for-one!

5th & 4th Deals til Christmas!

You get free shipping (use coupon code "merryshipping" at checkout) and when you place an order, get a coupon code for use after January 1st!  Refer a friend to the blog (they need to follow me on GFC) or like the facebook page and get a second code for you and your friend (just leave me a note in either place and tell your friend to do the same!).
Have a beautiful day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

7th & 6th Deals til Christmas 2011!

Time is going waaaaaay to fast.  Can you believe that Christmas will be here in a matter of days?!?!  I am definitely getting excited!  Hopefully all of your Christmas shopping is done but maybe one or two things slipped your mind or you are planning ahead for hostess gifts for New Years.  If that is the case, you are definitely going to want to jump on this deal!

7th & 6th Deals til Christmas!!!

Use coupon code "sensiblesale25" to get 25% off your entire purchase from 12/19 - 12/20!  Pick up those last minute things that you may have forgotten or that you have been eyeing for yourself!!!  There is a new item in the shop today and if you keep checking back, there may be more!  (that is more of a suggestion, there WILL be new items so I'm just giving you the heads up.)  =)

anymore holiday parties on your calendar? this makes a great hostess gift!
Upcycled Corsage Bracelet
Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts wonderfulness!!!

I love bloggers who do things with their blogs.  When I grow up, I want to be just like the ladies who put together this swap again for the second year in a row.  So thanks Sandy & Ilene!!!

But to explain a little more clearly for those of you who may not be familiar with the project, you signed up, were paired with a partner, and then put together a little care package that had to include a pair of mittens/gloves/something that keeps your hands warm.  It is a blast (if you haven't done it before, you should mark your calendars for next year because it is so fun)!  Anyway, getting to the point.  I got paired with this amazing lady this year named Tahnie.  She has a blog called "a happy girl" where she talks about her life, family, and health struggles.  You should go read her blog - it is happy and positive and encouraging (I am even willing to be put on pause so that you go over and say hi to her now).

Now the part you've been waiting for.  =)  My box = awesomeness.  And rather than talking anymore, I'll just show you.

do you see that?  it is a super sparkly green box.  my fav color! (and it sparkles!!!!)
and these are my great gifts!!! amazingly cute green fingerless mittens with a pull over part, a mini mani/pedi kit, bath gel, nail polish, and journal!  it's all pretty awesome.  =)
this nail polish is the bomb!  gunmetal color and it really does wear incredibly well.
Thanks again, Tahnie!!!  I love it all!

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

9th & 8th Deals til Christmas 2011!!!

Can you believe that Christmas is one week away?!?!  AGH!!!  I am really pretty ready...mostly...more or less.  =P  I have presents picked out for pretty nearly everyone.  And most of them are in the house or being shipped.  Now I just have to get my rear in gear and actually wrap them.  =P  I'm getting there!  For now, here is your next Deal til Christmas!

9th & 8th Deals til Christmas!!!

You get 20% off your entire purchase!  Use coupon code "sensiblesale20" at checkout to get your discount!  Are there any items in the shop that you have been liking?  This holiday season might be the time to pick something up!  

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

10th Deal til Christmas 2011!!!

I'll make this one short and sweet, people.  I know you want to get to the good stuff anyway.  =)

10th Deal til Christmas!!!

Anyone who buys an item in the shop today, will receive a surprise coupon code to use after January 1st!  Any item, any amount will get you this exclusive code!  (And I'm not pulling your leg here - it is a good one!)

So come visit the Etsy shop and I will see you soon!

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12th & 11th Deals til Christmas 2011!

Hey everyone!  So lots of fun things going on recently.  I am going to be posting and linking up with the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts link-up party (courtesy of the awesome Sandy & Ilene!) pretty quick here.  I had an awesome partner (thanks, Tahnie!!!) - you should go check out her blog.  She is super inspiring and always encouraging to read.  So go visit her and you'll be hearing from both of us soon.  =)

But for now, here is your deal for today and tomorrow!!!

12th & 11th Deals til Christmas!!!

You, my dear readers, get free shipping!  Use coupon code "merryshipping" to get free shipping anywhere!  If you order asap, I will even do my best to make sure the item gets to you before Christmas if you are still looking for gifts!

So you could this...
or this...
or even a new item or two hitting the shop in the next day or two!

Hope to see you in the shop!!!   Have a beautiful day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

14th & 13th Deals til Christmas 2011!

Man!  Christmas is coming soooo fast!  Is everyone else done with their Christmas shopping or are you still working on it?  Like I said, I have most everything done but still finishing up a few things.  But in case you are still shopping, here is another deal for the next two days.  Happy almost Christmas!

14th & 13th Deals til Christmas

For the next two days, you get a free pair of earrings with any other earring purchase of equal or lesser value!  When you decide which pair of earrings you are interested in, leave me a note in the message to seller box letting me know which other pair of earrings you would like to have as your freebie!  Just remember it needs to be of equal or lesser value.  

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

16th & 15th Deals til Christmas 2011!

Alright everyone,  I'm sorry this post is just barely on time but today is a good one!

16th & 15th Deals til Christmas!

With any purchase today (12/10) or tomorrow (12/11), you get a City Lights Bracelet free (regularly $15)!  So when you buy a Christmas gift for someone else, you get a little something for yourself or a second gift free!  Please include in message to seller which of the bracelets listed in the shop you would like for your gift!
I am really close to being done with my Christmas shopping...just one more brother-in-law that is really difficult to shop for.  Ladies, you know the ones I'm talking about.  So if anyone has a great idea for a 20 year old college student, send them my way!

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

21st - 17th Deals til Christmas 2011!

Hello everyone!  I am so sorry it has taken me a little while to get this post up but I have a good excuse!  My bestie is visiting me!!!  And she arrived today and I totally spaced on hitting "publish" on this post.  So here it finally is!  And since I have company this week, you all are getting several days to think about what you want to shop for and several days to use the deal!

Get 15% off your entire purchase!!!
Use coupon code "sensiblesale15" at checkout!  

I hope you all are having success with your Christmas shopping!  Once again, I am stuck on my men.  But I have some ideas.  You may be hearing about them soon!  =)  

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

23rd and 22nd Deals til Christmas 2011!

Alright everyone!  Holiday season is in full swing!  I'm hoping to go get a Christmas tree today.  =)  It will actually be my first since I've been married.  We have spent the last two Christmases in Hawaii with my family but this year, we are going for New Years.  So I am determined to start some holiday traditions of our own.  Kind of really excited!!!

But now to the really important stuff - the deal!  From Saturday to Sunday, you get a free embroidered felt brooch with any purchase and free shipping!  Use coupon code "merryshipping" to get free shipping anywhere!  And in your message to seller, let me know what color pin you would like!  Here are some pre-made samples as well as the colors in the photo below!

from bottom to top: gray, teal (which didn't come out very well), orange, red, and faded royal blue
 Happy shopping, everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2011

i heart cardis

So I thought I'd throw another little post in here because I am currently having an affair: an affair with sweaters - specifically cardigans.  Ridiculously in love.  I have bought three myself and been gifted another one and am still drooling over more. I said...ridiculous...  But it is really easy to nurse in cardigans so they are my best friend right now.  =)  And Target has so many cute choices - obviously, since all of these are from there.  

this is really cozy, i LOVE it.

love layering this with tanks and jackets!

the color is off but it is really comfy:
I will try and put pictures up of outfits that I have put together with these.  But I had to share some of them.  =)  The one good thing about cool Southern California weather.  

Have a beautiful day!  

24th Deal til Christmas 2011!

Today's deal is a discount on one of my favorite styles of earrings!  

You can get $10 off any pair of Nancy Earrings in the shop!  (Prices have been adjusted to reflect the sale.)

These earrings are a great, simple, versatile way to dress up anytime!  These earrings are light-weight and easy to wear!  Take a look and see what you think!  I hope you like them!

Nancy Earrings in coral, jade, and pearls (regularly $30)
me wearing Nancy Earrings in Pearl, Crystal, and Aquamarine (regularly $30)
Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25th Deal til Christmas 2011!

Here we go everyone!  Buckle your seatbelts, it is going to be a crazy ride!  =)  But an absolutely wonderful one too.

So just like last year, there will be a different deal for everyday from December 1st (today, duh) to December 25th.  Hopefully, you will find a great deal on gifts for family, friends, and even maybe a little treat for yourself.  Prices will be adjusted on specific items or a coupon code will be included in the daily blog post.  These posts are also going to include some of my gift ideas/purchases for family and friends as I attempt to do all my Christmas shopping (once again) on Etsy to support other small business/handmade artists who are amazing and creative people!

Hope you enjoy!!!

To get this party started, Sense and Sensibility Designs is offering you 25% off your entire purchase!  Use coupon code "sensiblesale25" at checkout to get in on the first day of this party!

city lights bracelets ($15) 
pearl drop necklace ($25) 
pearl drop earrings ($15)
Happy shopping, everyone!  Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

thanksgiving recap & courage that pleases

I am a little behind life on a few different things so I thought I would finally get to a Thanksgiving post.  =)  But I trust that you all had wonderful days with your family and friends!

A few things were on my mind this year.  Probably first and foremost was the value of family.  With a child being added to ours, it was a very sweet time to Skype with my family in Hawaii so that grandma and grandpa T and aunty Judy could see Hito.  And then it was time to prep for dinner with grandma and grandpa N and two uncles and great-grandma.  The food was wonderful but the company was better.  Kidding around with brothers, sharing recipes with mom-in-law, my baby smiling at my parents through a was an amazing blessed day.  And it takes a holiday to make me sit down and remember all of that.  

this was the after dinner nap session with grandpa, Hito, and one of the dogs.  it was adorable.
But in addition to my thankfulness for family, another thought has been on my mind.  And that is to remember that nothing I have is my own or earned by myself.  God has blessed me and my family with health and comfort.  And how often do I take this for granted!  One of my mentors died of breast cancer several years ago but she lived the life she knew God had given her with such singular purpose: His glory.  She kept a blog where she used the phrase "courage that pleases" in talking about what she saw as her calling no matter what her physical condition was.  I have come across another friend who is living life courageously.  Tahnie's story is amazing and not over.  But I sit here and complain about bad hair days.

My story has been going along, trudging at a slow pace.  And these women have looked at life and death and taken what they had and lived without hesitation.  I know that it would be insincere and a lie to say there wasn't pain or fear.  But DESPITE the pain and fear, they have had families, loved people, and changed other lives...whether they knew it or not.

Thanksgiving was wonderful.  My prayer now and for the future is to live life with a courage that pleases.  A courage that pleases my God and shows unmistakably that I know He is the only reason why I live.

 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; 
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand...
~Psalm 31.14-15~

P.S.  Speaking of being thankful, I am also thankful for great friends like Caroline who is hosting some awesome giveaways on her blog to help you jumpstart/finish your holiday shopping!  Go check it out!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday special!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had fantastic Thanksgiving celebrations (I'll post some of my pictures later on today)!  I am definitely doing some Christmas shopping today from some of my favorite Etsy shops!  I would tell you what I'm buying (like I did last year) but I found out that several of my family members read my blog now.  =)  Which is great (love you guys!) but I will be much less specific than I have been in the past.

So in the spirit of Cyber Monday, here is my holiday specials calendar again!  And let me know if you find any amazing deals out there!

November 25 - 28
Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend sale!
Visit Friday through Monday to get 20% off your entire purchase to get this season started!!!  Use coupon code "turkeytechdeals" at checkout.  
Visit the shop today (11/28) and use coupon code "cybermonday" for 30% off your entire purchase!  And make sure you look around because starting today through Christmas, there is a sale section with several one of a kind items! (and the coupon works on top of those discounted prices!)

November 29
A good friend of mine, Caroline, is hosting a big holiday shindig over at her blog with giveaways and sales from myself and several other amazing handmade artists!

December 1-25
25 Deals til Christmas!
Every day from December 1st to December 25th will have a different deal to help you check people off your shopping list and maybe give other people ideas for you too!

Have a beautiful day and happy shopping!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sense and Sensibility Holiday Calendar!!!

Can you believe how quickly the holidays are coming?!  I know everyone says this but seriously.  Time is flying!  And I don't know about you, but I am all about good deals and great quality this year.  I have once again promised myself to do as much shopping from small businesses and handmade artists this year as possible.  C'mon!  Help us small businesses out.  =)  As a handmade vendor myself, I'm hoping you all will be doing the same!

So to help you get a handle on what Sense and Sensibility is doing this holiday season, here are some big dates of sales that will be going on and special promotions that I'm participating in!

November 25 - 28
Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend sale!
Visit Friday through Monday to get 20% off your entire purchase to get this season started!!!  Use coupon code "turkeytechdeals" at checkout.  
(did you like my funny coupon code?  a little play on the...yeah...I know I can be lame...give me a break - I'm craving mashed potatoes and killer bargains right now.)

November 29
A good friend of mine, Caroline, is hosting a big holiday shindig over at her blog with giveaways and sales from myself and several other amazing handmade artists!

December 1-25
25 Deals til Christmas!
Every day from December 1st to December 25th will have a different deal to help you check people off your shopping list and maybe give other people ideas for you too!

So make sure you come back and visit me in the next couple of days to get in on some great holiday shopping!

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

make it better Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!  And I do hope you are all having happy Mondays!  This is the first one in a while that I have felt ready to take on the day and the week.  So here's hoping I actually am able to tackle it all.  =)  But while I'm drinking my coffee, I thought I'd share a few little happy Monday things.

1) New nail polish (finally!)
So I love my little girly kicks that come up periodically and the most recent one (spurred by a recent spa visit with my mother-in-law, grandma, and aunty) is nail polish.  So many of my favorite fashion bloggers (like this one and this one too.  btw, they are ordinary fashion bloggers who know how to make smart choices without breaking the bank!) use nail polish so often with their outfits that I have been wanting to finally buy a new nail color.  I have not bought nail polish since college...which was...a while ago.  Let's just leave it at that.  So now, I present to you (drumroll, please) my new nail color.  And I am totally in love the the sparkle and great mauve color that I have with it.  Yup, I am on a girly kick alright.  =)
miss independent by Nicole from O.P.I (available at Target!)

2) Baby & Hubby (of course!)
I couldn't really have a make it better Monday post without talking about the men in my life.  =)  So rather than talking, I'll just show you.  
he's very smiley right now  
and totally loves chilling with dad  =)
3) Cake pops (my new obsession)
I am not really sure where this interest came from but I love how versatile and easy to serve these babies are!  You prep before hand and just bring a tray out when they are ready to serve!  (I am starting to think ahead for the holidays so that could be where this is coming from.) I started out seriously but couldn't help myself when I found some fun ones too.  =P
{via} who doesn't love the minions from Despicable Me?!
That's it for this week!  Have a beautiful day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

happy birthdays and a happy friday!

It is already November!!!  Yikes!  How did we get here sooooo fast?!  It seems like I just found out I was pregnant and now I have a seven week old baby!  It seems like I was just dealing with last winter and here it is starting to rain and get cold again in Cali!  (Dear God, I will try my best not to complain about the heat next summer.)  =)  It seems like I was just doing this last year and here we are, another twelve months have passed!

And that being said, I am giving a birthday shout out to two of my favoritest bloggers and dear friends that I have come to know through the blogosphere.  There are an abundance of wonderful people out there but I think these ladies are two of the greatest!  Sandy has a great blog full of fashion, food, and she is expecting her first baby soon!!  (so excited for you, Sandy!)  Ms. Megan has an adorable blog with movie reviews, her fav books, and she has two Etsy shops for beautiful cards and adorable little embroidered hoops!

Her birthday was on the first so this is a little bit of a belated shout out!  Happy belated birthday, Sandy!!!
Megan's birthday is tomorrow so swing by her blog and leave some love!

And then my family has kindly reminded me that my birthday is coming up on Sunday.  And I thought this is a great time to have a little sale in the Etsy shop.  

So check it out and get 15% off your entire order with coupon code "happybdayeveryone" from today through Sunday (11/6)!  I added several new items this past week and will probably be adding more this weekend so check it out and pass on the word!  

Have a beautiful day and weekend!

Monday, October 31, 2011

make it better monday

hello everyone!!!

It's been a while since I've done a make it better Monday post but I felt like I needed to share.  I know a lot of people were having great mondays dressing up for Halloween and everything so I thought I would add to the general festivities with my little tidbits.  =)

1) Hawaii for New Years!
It's official people!  The hubby, baby, and I will be heading back to my island home for New Years!  I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am to see warm weather, sand, and warm water at the beach!  (California is usually waaaaay to cold for my taste...but then again, I've been spoiled my whole life.)  =)
this is the view from my parents' backyard...can't wait to see it again! 
2) New jewelry
There are new designs coming into the Etsy shop this week!  Keep an eye out as they will slowly be making their way into the line up - just in time for Christmas!  Have you started thinking about gifts?  I have started thinking about the guys I need to shop for.  Guys are always the hardest.  But I am doing my best to make it easier for you to check the ladies in your life off your list.  =)  So check it out.  I am loving a lot of my new designs and hope you will too!
new Pearl Drop earrings!
Pearl Drop necklace - simple and elegant
3) Smiling baby  =)
My baby is six weeks old and is now able to smile voluntarily!!!  There is nothing greater than having your baby smile at you for the first time and then to get this big grin when he recognizes you.  ::sigh:: This is happiness...
he has figured out the smiling but not the staying still for pictures  =)
Hope you all have a wonderful week and beautiful days!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

temperatures are falling and I'm freezing!!!

It is that time of year when this born and bred Hawaii girl starts unpacking.  Unpacking the boxes of sweaters that have barely gotten put away before they are needed again.  Sound a little crazy since I live in Southern California where the weather rarely gets below 40 or 50 degrees on the coldest days or nights?  Yeah.  It is pretty crazy.  My first year of college here, I was the laughing stock of the campus because 1) I went to a small school and 2) I wore about three thick layers of clothes every day the weather got any where under 70 degrees.  =P

I've gotten a little better...a little.  =)  I have acquired some fantastic layer-able sweaters/tees/dresses but I am (still) always looking for something else to layer with.  One of my favorite accessories are scarves.  I can't help myself.  I really do love scarves and how it keeps me warm, accessorizes, and covers parts of my body I may sometimes be less than secure about (usually I wear scarves for the warmth factor but once in a while I have a bad day and use it as a cop out for my insecurities).

a lovely scarf from this shop

I am also in love with open cardigans.  Partially because it is easy to breastfeed while wearing and also because they are just easy to layer and accessorize.  If you don't own one, you are missing out!  I'm thinking I need another one of these beauties from Target.  I already own one... =P
the color isn't quite right in the picture but it is the loveliest pumpkin orange in person
What do you like to wear as the weather gets cooler (or rainier if you live in Hawaii)?


Thursday, October 27, 2011

cold hands, warm hearts, and holidays around the corner!!!

Happy Thursday, folks!

I hope you are having a happy Thursday.  Or at least a productive one with the weekend in sight!  I just wanted to share a quick post of a few different things going on.

First, it was cold in Cali this morning!!!  So I made myself my (decaf) coffee and decided that a hot hard boiled egg sounded good.  Don't ask me why...I guess my cravings are back with a vengenance now that I'm not pregnant anymore.  (I actually had less cravings while I was pregnant than I did before...or after)  =P

Second,  it's time for the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Swap again!!!  Two of my favorite bloggers (who actually inspired me to keep working on my blog and keep inspiring me with yummy recipes, D.I.Y ideas, and fantastic outfit posts) are hosting this wonderful swap again!  You really do need to check it out and get to meet a new friend and get an early Christmas present!!!  I had a wonderful time talking to my partner, getting to know her, reading about everyone else's experiences, and generally sharing the experience that I am very excited to do it again! (I already signed up.  You should too!!!)

Thirdly,  Sense and Sensibility Designs is slowly getting her holiday act together and there are new items in the store!  You should check it out and keep coming back because the fun (and new products) will be coming over the next few days!  I hope you like them!  (**Teaser alert! Keep coming back to the blog too because there are going to be some deals and special products for the holidays that you won't want to miss!**)

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Friday, October 21, 2011

beautiful little things...

I've decided to link up with Lindsay's fantastic link up party again and am loving how it makes me think of the happy things rather than the disappointing or difficult things (if you're wondering what I'm talking about, you can check out yesterday's post...I was having a hard time).  So this is my pick me up right now and I love pick me ups and checking out everyone else's great weeks too!

Aisle to Aloha

1) Non-dairy coffee creamer
While I was pregnant, I admit I wasn't always real great about laying off the caffeine.  I am one of those people who love coffee for the taste - not necessarily the caffeine.  So I was not always paying attention to when I was drinking caffeinated versus decaffeinated beverages (although I really did try).  But when I started breastfeeding, I quickly realized that my baby did not like when I drank milk (which often happens to babies).  So I was bummed I might not be able to drink any coffee (I like lattes and flavor in my coffee) until I was done breast feeding - which was going to be difficult for me because I LOVE the taste of coffee!!!  But my mom and mom-in-law came to the rescue!!!  They reminded me that most flavored creamers from the grocery store are non-dairy and lactose free!  So I can still get my coffee fix!  And this week, I picked up a new flavor.  So now my current fav flavor is Almond Joy from International Delight.  If you like coconut at all, you have to try it!

via International Delight

2) Flowers
When Hito was born, my in-laws got me an orchid plant (my fav flower!) and it has been holding up beautifully!  There is just a little bit of sun that comes through the blinds by the piano in the morning and it seems to be thriving!  This week, the whole plant seems to have opened up!  I love looking at the rich colors of it - can't go wrong with orchids!

3) Baby time  =)
I was texting a friend of mine this week and observed to her that I am liking being a mom.  She responded that she thought it was the best job in the world.  I'm rather inclined to agree.  =)  But I have had the blessing of having so many family members close by to help hold and enjoy baby time too.  It is an amazing and joyful time.

It is a lovely day to remember the little things.  =)  Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

lacking confidence... has been a rough couple of days for me...which is frustrating me a bit right now. God has blessed me so much: amazing husband, beautiful baby, great immediate family and in-laws, fantastic church family, just to name a few. But in the midst of it all is one of my personal battles: my business.  And I am going to share it with you, my dear readers.  So if you would rather not hear my whining (some of it is a little whiny, I'm sorry), please navigate away from this page at this time.  (I don't do this often but I felt like I needed to get it out of my head. Thank you for your patience.  We will return to this blog's regularly scheduled program shortly.)  =)

I LOVE making jewelry.  I have always loved fashion and accessorizing and making women beautiful (in my small sphere of influence anyway).  But when I decided to take the plunge and try selling my designs, things didn't go as smoothly as they were supposed to.  I am all too aware that some of the problem is my lack of focus on business matters on a regular basis (another one of my "battles").  But an even bigger problem is my lack of confidence in myself.  As much of a "trend-setter" as I have been in different situations in my life, I still tend to be a huge people pleaser.  I want everyone to like my designs as much as I love them.  As I strive for that external goal of making everyone else happy though, I find myself designing for someone else and then I struggle even more because it is no longer my jewelry!  ::sigh::  Why do I do this to myself?

So I guess this post was just going to be a small opportunity for me to be honest with myself and admit two things.  First, that I try to please other people when it comes to my business (other than when I am making custom orders which is what I'm supposed to be doing in that situation).  When I stop designing things that I think are beautiful or things that I think are fashionable, I start stumbling and lose my focus and drive.  And secondly, that I see things as failures that are not necessarily failures.  Just because I haven't reached a goal when I thought I was going to, does not make it an immediate failure.  It just means that my path has taken a different turn than I had planned on.

Alright.  I feel better.  And hopefully I can walk away from this post and try again.  Try to design jewelry that is expressive of me and myself and strive for reasonable goals for my business and be patient until I reach them.

city lights bracelets
Have any of you struggled with a similar dilemma in your life?  Whether you have a business or not, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Angela & Jordan - Custom Wedding Jewelry & Accessories

I love weddings.  =)  I love seeing two people promise to love and honor one another for the rest of their lives, being faithful to each other and the new family they are forming.  It is so exciting!!!

One of my favorite favorite things though, is doing custom jewelry for brides who are celebrating the day of their dreams!  So I thought I'd share some of my work that I have done and show you the pictures and share some of my design process with you!

I hope you enjoy!

Angela & Jordan's Wedding

I have known Jordan since I was about 6 years old and got to know Angela in high school.  No, they have not been dating that long but they definitely had a wedding that looked spectacular!  The happy couple chose red, white/ivory, and black as their colors and the rest was easy!  They were married in beautiful Hawaii and so there are elements of the islands in the jewelry and accessories as well.  Enough talk - here are the pictures!

the bridesmaid necklaces

the bride's and bridesmaids' hair pieces

If you or anyone you know needs jewelry for their special occasion, email me at snsandsnsibility{at}!  I'd be happy to design something for them!  

Have a beautiful day!
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