Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colors Of Summer...



There's nothing like a little turquoise, rhinestones and coral for some fun bejeweled summer baubles....









All of these new yummy turquoise, vintage rhinestone and old branch coral pieces coming tonight to my 
Etsy shop!  

And how cute is this?....



The hubby serenading the "Chi" brothers on the porch. Now that's what summer is all about!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life In A Small Town....



I LOVE this small little mountain town of Maggie Valley! It's sorta like visiting Mayberry and stepping back in time. On any given day of the week you might spot turkeys crossing the road or local cloggers practicing in a parking lot....



...or visit the cutest of little craft fairs....



...maybe partake in a small town church BBQ and gospel sing...





....or come across a public restroom trying to be green....


(got a good chuckle out of that one)!

But what I did not love or get a good laugh at this past week was this scary looking guy living underneath our hot tub right smack in the middle of our deck....EEEEEEKKK!.....
But in all fairness to this guy, we do live in the middle of a forest. After all, we are in his territory....


I have been completely freaked out by him for the past few days. Not much has been going on outside on the deck lately because of this little party crasher.


On a happier note....I've been collecting and acquiring some beautiful old vintage pieces lately....







....Just look at the color of these beautiful antique crystal beads!  Yummy!!!!









I am chomping at the bit to get to work on some of these newly acquired vintage pieces. Hope to have some designs put together with them in a few days. I do have a few supplies with me, and I am so, completely ready to get back to work...I miss my designing and creating!



See you back here soon, will post new upcoming pieces here first! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summertime FUN....


Happy summer everyone, hope you all are finding time to celebrate this fun time of the year with your family and friends! Isn't that what summer is all about...family, fun, and friends? As for me and the hubby, this has  been the very first summer in 15 years that we have been able to take a little extra time off and enjoy all of the regular summertime festivities. We have always had to work every major summer holiday, because we have worked in the tourist hospitality business for the main majority of our careers.

My summer,so far, has been full of fun and relaxation....and is, so far, such a memorable one for the record books! We have been doing some motorcycle riding with friends through the mountains....



Visiting some beautiful places like this waterfall...





These falls called "Dry Falls" (love the name), were so large you could walk completely underneath them.
You can find this beautiful place in the Nantahala National Forest which runs through parts of Tennessee and North Carolina....



My husband and his best friend standing under the falls...





We also hung out with some chickens...(exciting)



Fed some snails (really exciting)....(you see what I mean by getting some relaxation?)....



Went to a friend's beautiful outdoor wedding....



Here's the beautiful bride and her handsome groom...
(that's birdseed being thrown at them as they walk down the aisle)








...oh yeah,  and we did this crazy thing....


Whitewater rafting down the Pigeon River!!!! Gasp! I didn't know it was going to be this wild! The hubby tricked me and told me it was the low key family floating adventure. 
It turned out to be such a blast! That's my husband, Shannon, in the front on the left side and myself sitting just behind him.
 I can't believe I'm smiling through it.....



...And we're watching a lot of sunsets!
The sunsets up here in the mountains just don't ever get old....


Love, love, love this BEAUTIFUL place!!!!

Hope your summer is being filled with beautiful, fun moments with dear friends and family too!
Would love to hear what you all are up to. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your summer fun stories with me.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Vacation...



Happy Summer Everyone! Getting all packed up today to head up to my mountain happy place for a few weeks. Taking a little siesta from the jewelry designing, but thought I would leave you with 3 newly completed pieces going into my Etsy shop tomorrow.  These three necklaces have one common thread....GORGEOUS centerpieces! Here's a little preview....








....and here's a little pic of my heavenly happy place I will be relaxing in for the next few weeks...


Be back soon with pictures from the vacay!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you all get to visit your happy summer place too.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A New Location...


Hello out there! I have had quite the busy week with getting my newest location, "Lily Pads" dialed in. I am almost finished getting everything just perfect, but, as promised, here are a few shots of the location itself...

























I am so proud to display my work here! Located in famous Grayton Beach, it is really an incredibly beautiful store, and is located in one of the prettiest settings along our notorious scenic Highway 30-A. Love, love, love this gorgeous place and part of town!


  
I also have a new collection coming tonight to my Etsy shop. This is my new "Sacred Layers" collection. These are all dainty little pieces that wear well layered with other pieces from this same collection or pieces from your own collection. Here's a little looky.....



























If you would like to more pictures of them and see them layered with each other, come take a peek in my Etsy shop tonight. They will be there! Have a great summer Sunday everyone!!! Be back real soon.