Thursday, March 11, 2010


I have reached (and exceeded) 100 Facebook Fans! I'm offering a giveaway to say thanks to all of my fans. All you have to do to enter is become a fan of my page on facebook and comment on the album titled GIVEAWAY! There is a link to my facebook page on the right side of this page. Here's a photo of the necklace that's up for grabs!

Monday, March 8, 2010

new obsessions

Today, a harmless looking box arrived in my mailbox. It was deceptively simple in it's design, but contained objects that I was destined to be addicted to. This box came from an etsy shop called whimsy&spice.

I ordered a marshmallow sampler of chocolate, maple & caramel. I had been curious about this trend of home made marshmallows for quite some time, and after careful consideration of feedback & price comparison, I chose to order from whimsy&spice. They had the most consistent feedback of all of the etsy shops that I found.

While I was in their shop, I also decided to buy the coconut 5 spice white chocolate cookies. OMG. I may eat all of it before the day is over.

The marshmallows taste amazing, like what every packaged marshmallow wishes it could taste like! My favorite flavor is the chocolate. They are like little squishy pillows of cocoa goodness. The caramel flavor takes a little getting used to, it's not my favorite. It does taste pretty good melting in my coffee, though. The maple marshmallows are delicious, as well- but I recommend cutting them into smaller pieces as they're very sweet. My next order will include cardamom marshmallows because I'm intriqued. I like cardamom in my yogurt fruit dip, so I might try a fruit salad with them.

We have now arrived at the coconut 5 spice white chocolate cookies. They are complex, spicy, sweet, crunchy and absolutely scrumptious. They will probably be my go-to gift for every occasion from now on. Amazing. And they all came in very simple, beautiful packaging- perfect for gifting. Every product had perfect texture & freshness, too.

I give whimsy&spice 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I have been working hard! Between trying to make my Etsy shop successful, working at Revolve & trying to take care of my animals- I have barely had time to sleep! I am training 2 new employees, so work has been a little draining. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but it's hard to have to be "on" all the time. These first couple of weeks with new employees are stressful because I feel like I can't forget anything & I have to be perfect all the time. I really like the girls that I hired, though- and they are learning super fast. I love the possibilities that come with fresh starts, it's exhilarating!

On top of my job at Revolve, I have been trying to network like crazy for my Etsy shop. Making jewelry is something I truly enjoy, so I would really like to have it become a source of income in the future. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to increase my sales? I appreciate any advice you guys have!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I'd really like to expand my customer base and gain more followers, but I'm pretty new to blogging. I'm not sure how to grab people's attention yet. I see that a lot of people do giveaways to gain more readers/customers, but I'm not sure how to execute a giveaway. So, I'm reaching out to you guys for some ideas.
1. What do you think would be a good way to showcase my work?
2. If I decide to do a giveaway, what should I give away? (you can see all of my work by clicking the link to my etsy page to the left of this page)
3. What is the most fair way to decide the winner of a giveaway?

I would appreciate any advice you guys have to give! Growing my little business is important to me, however I am limited on time & funds. I thank you for your time!

Monday, March 1, 2010


For most of my jewelry, I am inspired by the beauty of nature and the colors of spring & summer. This is probably due to the fact that I was born and raised in beautiful, sunny, Florida. I love to surround myself with things that remind me of my favorite times. So- even if I'm stuck inside all day, I can bring nature with me! What's your inspiration?