Friday, October 28, 2011

Obsessed with Pinterest...

Pinterest is my new favorite time-suck.  If you haven't experienced it, go do it right now.  Here, follow me.

Here's how Pinterest describes itself:

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
You would think this whole Virtual Pinboard thing wouldn't be such a big deal, or super-duper interesting, or flat out addictive. But it is. It really, really, really is.

I love seeing things that others have pinned. Sometimes it's inspirational, sometimes it's all about new up 'do, sometimes it's a great outfit...but it's all interesting and the variety is what keeps me coming back for more.  I also love the fact that so much of the pins are handmade-focused.

Like, check out this fun little tutorial:
Source: via Pretty on Pinterest

Source: via scout on Pinterest

Or this funny little bit of truth:

Or this bit of awesomeness:

Source: None via Pretty on Pinterest

Whatever you are looking for, not looking for, didn't know you were looking's all there.

BUT - before you go and sign up, know that you will whittle away countless hours pouring through all the good stuff, so...don't say I didn't warn you!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Here and Now ~ Wedding Day Cuff Links...

We were the first of our little social group to get married.  We were YOUNG.  I would do so many things differently now...the most important thing being that the wedding be a true reflection of me and Joel (that's the husband).  

The other important thing would be to make certain that I enjoyed the moment for what it is, instead of stressing about the details, the people, the flowers, the food, etc etc.  But, you know what they say about hindsight.  

If you're getting married, or know someone who is, tell them to breathe through each moment and to really take in what is going on: laminate a specific moment in your mind and it'll be there forever in its perfection.  

I was asked to create these awesome cuff links for a customer recently.  It had all the aspects of the perfect keepsake:  the latitude and longitude of where she was proposed to was on one link, with the bride and groom's initials in the center. The other link had the coordinates of their wedding venue and the wedding date adorned the center.  These little beauties are going to be one of those cherished pieces that will (hopefully) be passed down through the generations that the new couple is going to help build.

The big day comes and goes so quickly.  It's nice to have something that you can look at from time to time and remember that special moment when two became one.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sanskrit is Pretty darn Cool...

_MG_1416It's hard to say exactly when Sanskrit became 'trendy' - maybe it's way back when the Beatles made their pilgrimage to learn to play the sitar from Ravi Shankar, or when Madonna was out there finding herself...who knows.

The thing is that the text itself is so beautiful and mysterious, that it's no wonder that celebrities have Sanskrit text and prayers tattooed for all eternity.

I love the look of Sanskrit.  Growing up in an Indian household myself, I took for granted all the beautiful relics lying around the house just as commonplace 'stuff'.  It's only now as an adult, married to someone who did not have Indian 'stuff' lying around his house, that I can appreciate the colors, the art, the smells (okay not so much there), the beauty of the culture itself.

I've introduced our new Sanskrit Multi-Layer Leather Wrap Bracelets this week, which I am really excited about.  Right now, there are seven words available:
_MG_1871Yodha ~ Warrior
Prajna ~ Wisdom
Satyam ~ Truth
Ahimsa ~ Do no harm
Anitya ~ Impermanence 
Abhaya ~ Fearlessness

I have a feeling there will be several more to come!

We made it a point to package up each bracelet on a presentation card so that if the piece happens to be a gift, the receiver will know what the word says and there is a little piece of ancient wisdom to take with them on their journey.  

I think these little beauties would make awesome stocking stuffers, bridesmaids gifts, bff gifts...graduation gifts!  Who wouldn't appreciate some ancient beauty??!! :)

We would love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions for words you'd like to see on these bracelets - let us know!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pretty Little Liars' Emily Fields and TPP...

I am pretty certain that the writers of the ABC Family show, Pretty Little Liars do not write for someone in my age bracket, but it is definitely one of my guilty little pleasures.

It might be because I'm forever going to be 17 in my mind (despite the marriage, two children, mortgage, etc etc), or that the story line is intriguing in a super creepy way, or that the maturity level of the girls in the show rival that of some of the grown women I know...whatever the reason, I like watching it.

Imagine my giddy surprise when I ran across this blog post brought to my attention by the ever-handy, Google Alert:

This little layout is from the Ring O Blog talking about the rings Miss Emily Fields would wear - bottom  right is the Bday Stack rings by yours truly!

Here's what they said about the Bday Stack:
I love The Pretty Peacock jewelry, and I think Emily would love The Bday Stack – a Personalized Stack of birthstone rings. These rings can be hand stamped (like engraving, but better.) Emily could pick her birthstone and then the birthstones of her best friends! (The Pretty Peacock, here)
 Ohhh, that Jessica from the RingOBlog is a sweetheart, isn't she?  Thanks for including TPP in that line up!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Custom Gifts that make you go "Awwwww...."

There are a ton of choices out there for "custom" stuff, but there are not a whole lot that are created well, are especially unique, and/or won't make you take out a second mortgage on your house just to have.

Here are some of my favorite custom gifts. I chose these items because they all fit the criteria above AND are all handmade. These are gifts that your recipient will actually want to keep around (and might even put out front-and-center to display!) because they are that awesome.

This one here to the left is a custom made, bobblehead wedding cake topper/figurine from Mini Me.  You need to check out their site, it will definitely have you giggling!

 Onkie Bazoobie creates these super sweet picture frames that can be customized with text, names - you can even choose to have them created specifically to match your decor. That's good stuff right there.  

I love the detail work on each one and that tiny Swarovksi sparkle!! This bling-happy girl is all about that!

My Treehouse Treasures creates these custom boards (along with vinyl lettering and what-not's).  

I'm a huge fan of 'subway art' and am working on a new collection of pendants/charms that have this type of layout and look.  

Cozy Blue, out of Asheville, NC creates these personalized pillows with little names on a tree stump.  They also create other family tree orientated pieces.  

These definitely make you go, "awwwww....", unless you're cold and dead inside, in which case, they won't.

Of course, The Pretty Peacock is packed full of custom, personalized know, if you are into that type of thing!  

This is our Handwritten Love Token that takes your own handwriting and puts it into silver.  

I just had someone order one to propose to his girlfriend - so, basically this lucky girl is going to have this piece of jewelry with her Love's handwriting asking her to marrying him with her forever!!! 

It makes me all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it!

There isn't a single occasion where personalized/custom gifts wouldn't be appreciated.  I have begun thinking about gift-giving as a time to present the recipient with something that they are going to hang onto forever - even pass down to their children one day. 

Our lives are so busy and so packed full of what we need to do, plan for, get takes moments of celebration to actually take the time to reflect on our lives and what really matters.  That's why it's important to make the effort to show how much you care by planning ahead and working with companies that are devoted to creating handmade pieces that carry meaning.  There are so many out there, too!!  

You know it's a kick-butt gift when tears are shed! :) Happy (handmade) shopping!!