An Idea Hurricane!

Sometimes the stars are aligned….

I am fortunate to live in a community that still likes to entertain. That’s the good news because there is nothing more satisfying then going to someone’s home to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of good friends. But with that joy comes a tad bit of responsibility. The perfect Hostess Gift!!! So that got me thinking about the best gifts I have received. Every single one I remember are the gifts I still use today. Twisted Sister Alarms go off. What if I make a Twisted Sister Wine Cuff/Bracelet to Bling up a bottle of wine? Viola!  Here are just a few.

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My friend saw them and wants me to teach a class at her studio on how to make these wine cuffs. So if you are in the area or are coming to visit check my website for available classes. Next class 10/28 – Sign Up

The icing on the cake was when I Googled Perfect Hostess Gifts and found Hostess Gifts with a TWIST Click HERE and take a peak.
I know I’m prejudice buy I happen to like mine best. What do you think?
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Carol
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You Could Ruin Ice Cream!

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Now that’s just NOT NICE!!!!!

Last week I asked you for your opinion on the marriage of a couple of my jewelry techniques. I thought I handled the negative comments quite well. I actually giggled at the Bleck comment and laughed out loud at “I don’t want to look like a badly decorated Christmas Tree”. So not to be out done, I kept at it and came up with a brooch design I really liked. I showed it to a friend who shall remain nameless as many of you know her. (Don’t worry she is not seeing this post.) Her comment RUINED it for me. Being the mature person I am I told her she could ruin ice cream on a hot day. Here is my creation. 

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She said it looks like a Smashed Tarantula!!! Sorry to my dear friend that got it as a birthday gift. 😦 What Say YOU!!!!

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Being in a Sour Mood from the above post. I thought you might enjoy the article on the 39 ways to reuse Pickle Juice. My tip is if you suffer from Leg Cramps this or caper juice works wonders. Click: HERE

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Will This Marriage Last?

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Opinions are like noses….

and we all have one but I really need yours, your opinion that is. My time the last month has been dedicated to something I really don’t enjoy (you’ll know soon) but it had to be done. Essentially this task has sapped the last of my creative energy just when I need it the most.  Christmas is right around the corner and every online retailer is gearing up their inventory and their advertising etc. So I walk into my studio and all I see are piles, and I mean piles, of beads and sari ribbon. I have confessed earlier that my solution to a lack of creativity is to stock my stash. Well, I’ve been on steroids! Patti our Postal Carrier now just grunts at me when she use to smile.

So here is where you come in. I have married my two latest loves, The Twisted Sister Technique AND Sari Ribbon. Please let me know if you think it works together. You have been so helpful in the past and I need a little encouragement OR constructive criticism. If you purchase any of my jewelry I will make you a pair of shoulder duster earrings as a thank you.
Here are two of the designs in question.

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Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
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Productivity Tips – Better Late Than Never!

This summer has been particularly stressful for me…
I am launching a new e-commerce website, creating a new line of Twisted Sisters, Selling in a lovely store in Vermont, teaching at a new studio this season.. Blah, Blah, Blah.
Needless to say, I am not feeling very productive so I found this article on PureWow enlightening and I hope you do too. If you’re short on time make sure you read the last one!

7 Secrets of Super-Productive Women

We all have that enviable friend, (not me) who somehow gets everything she needs done yet never seems like a massive ball of stress in the process. She’s simply a highly productive person. And you can be one, too, by stealing some of these seven secrets.

They don’t multitask 

According to a study at Stanford University, people who multitask “do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.” Focus on one thing and complete it before moving onto the next.

They say no often
It’s not easy, but when you have a ton of stuff to do already, saying no is necessary. It’s about knowing your limits: If an extra task is going to push you over the edge, deny it in a polite but firm way. You don’t want to come across as rude, but you also don’t want to overload yourself and hinder your overall progress.

They’re experts at delegation 
This could mean starting a carpool with your neighbors and their kids to clear up time in both parents’ schedules or assigning part of a presentation to a colleague who has a little more time than you do. The sooner you delegate, the sooner you can refocus on your most crucial responsibilities.

They aren’t perfectionists 
Productive people value a job well done, but they aren’t obsessive about everything being flawless–nor do they agonize over every little detail, which slows down the entire process. Let things go, learn from imperfections and adjust your routine accordingly.

They take care of themselves
Being truly productive requires firing on all cylinders, and to do that you have to be at your best. That means getting enough sleep and living a healthy lifestyle where diet and exercise are concerned. Listen to what your body tells you and prioritize your health and happiness.

They value quality over quantity 
Quality and quantity of time, that is. The most productive person in your office might be the person who spends the least amount of time there. It’s not about how long you work; it’s about how much you get done. Train yourself to have only a finite amount of time for something, and you’ll soon adjust your approach to finishing tasks.

They define their own success
Just as productive people aren’t perfectionists, they also don’t measure themselves against others. It takes too much energy away from their own responsibilities. Instead, put your head down, do your own thing and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.

I did find time to create two new beading kits.

Sari Necklace Kit 7%2F24   Cats Meow Beading Kit

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May I give you some advice?

While doing the Crow Pose in Yoga…

This is not me!!! But while attempting this pose, please note the word attempting, our delightful instructor reminded us of our intention for the day which was working through fear. She then told us about her fear as a child. Like so many young girls she was always concerned and fearful about what other people thought of her. She confided this fear to her grandmother. Her grandmother told her it was none of her damn business! I love the simplicity and merit to this advice. This has stuck with her all of her life and it got me thinking about all the sage advice I have gotten from my grandmother and mother.

My Grandmother: When the neighborhood boys refused to play with me she said, “Some day you’ll have to carry a big stick!” At 6 I didn’t understand the meaning and wondered why I would want to beat them with a stick as they already didn’t want to be around me?

My Mother: “Get a good education, don’t rely on you looks, make your own money and don’t get married!” Sorry about the last one Mom. Made it to 37 though! And, we know how much you love Richard.

Now that I have shared with you,  I hope you will take a moment and share some guiding advice with me.

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Magical Sari
Electric Sari
Murano Glass and Sari
Twisted Sister/Motif
Midnight Collar

Meet Jasper…The Friendly Gem :-)

Jasper

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer” …

Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security. Who does’t want that in their life? Jasper comes in a rainbow of beautiful and very interesting colors.  I have chosen Poppy Jasper because it is known to inspire a positive, joyful attitude.  What does this piece inspire in you?

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Noodling around Pinterest and Whoa!

I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest ….

When I come across this picture of Princess Sophia at a Royal wedding.

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Is someone knocking me off????Something about “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? I just finished this necklace. (Comes in many colors too.)

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Carol

Who is going to believe me now?

I never consider myself a shiny object chaser….

but now I think I need to reconsider. But while I was reconsidering, I stumbled onto something even more disturbing. (Not for You but for Me!) In my last blog, I mentioned that I ordered sari ribbon not because I needed it but because I have issues with using things up. All weekend, I have been creating and designing new necklaces using sari. Lot’s of fun! I had just finished a really wild piece (Wild For Me!) when I get this blog post about Dsquared2 2016 Collection. I had never heard of Dsquared. Have you? This picture floats by:

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So what’s the big deal? Well, I just finished making a necklace that is VERY similar and I think to myself no one is going to believe that didn’t copy this idea. We all know I have copied lots of Chanel designs and I never tried to hide it. But it’s kind of like lying.  Once you’re caught lying anything you say is suspect. Enough with the suspense.  Here is the necklace Dsquared2 knocked off!!!! Believe it or not!

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But I said I was sari!

I’m loving fiber right now. Sari in particular…

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I was contacted by a women selling Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon and it got me wondering about how this recycling got started. Here is what I found.

Saree and the Society

Traditional Indian silk sarees, particularly the ones bought during weddings were heavy and had real silver thread or zari in their borders. Unlike the north, where wedding sarees had hardly been worn, they are worn regularly in the south. Thus due to wear and tear, they literally tear or come apart after a few years. The artists would convert them into cushion covers, curtain or make clothes for kids as the sarees were quite expensive to begin with. But they would soon end up with small tears unable to take the pressure of the sewing machine and would be relegated to the attic as people didn’t know what to do with them.
Then in mid 2000s came maverick saree stores with new interesting designs and light weight silks enticing the younger crowd by offering exchanges. Brand new pattern saree in exchange for an old one, whatever be its condition..

This Masterstroke of a marketing campaign led to small business selling lots of new light weight sarees with silver plated or silver finish zari which was a drastic reduction in quality and durability compared to the old ones but people were okay with it for several reason – chief of them not spending money out of their pockets and secondly not having to ask their husbands or inlaws before buying them. Generally women never bought silk sarees for themselves, by themselves, unless they were public figures or very rich. (This did not extend to cotton or synthetic sarees, simple silks  or salwars that women wore on an everyday basis.) Even when the woman worked, it would always be a parent, sibling, husband, inlaws or son who paid for the sarees chosen by the woman though this has drastically changed now. This was not merely due to financial dependence as buying a silk saree was considered a gesture of love and duty, something that is sadly missing nowadays.

Below are a few of the sari pieces I have been working on. Stay tuned as I ordered tons more as God forbid I should use up ANYTHING in my stash!
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Carol

Turquoise Sari motif    Purple Sari

Lavender sari    Sari Collar

Sari Wrapped

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