June 2016 colour design challenge

Happy June! Are you ready for the 6th installment of Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge?  (It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already!) June’s colour palette is inspired by tattered peonies …  (Henna artwork design by Nikita ) … and the piece I created to match, is a multi layered wrap bracelet full of these lovely warm hues … This “Mexican Sand” … Continue reading June 2016 colour design challenge

May 2016 colour design challenge

Eek .. almost the end of May, and I have had yet to post my submission to Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge!  (nothing like just cutting it in under the wire!) This month’s colour palette is inspired by vintage poppies … While I love the colours, I found this challenge to be more … well … challenging, as I realized that I don’t really have a … Continue reading May 2016 colour design challenge

design challenge REVEAL day

Yippee! It’s here at last! Today is the Big Reveal Day for the 1st annual  #BeadPeepsSwap N Hop 2015 ! I’ve been dying to share what became of all of the gorgeous components Debra (of Debra’s Divine Designs) sent to me as part of this challenge … and finally! … I can! (*warning* this is going to be a long post, so feel free to just peruse the photos, if … Continue reading design challenge REVEAL day

The Little Things That Make You Happy

Originally posted on blogwithvhelps:
Those of us with medical conditions (of various types), whether it’s serious allergies to medications like penicillin or those with heart conditions should wear a Medical ID tag of some sort. Should you ever be in an emergency situation this is one of the first things emergency responders look for. The site to order your bracelet is: http://www.americanmedical-id.com As I have… Continue reading The Little Things That Make You Happy

Birthstone of the Month – December

For those born in the month of December …  you have three different birthstones to choose from!  According to the American Gem Society – Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite are all associated with December. the story behind turquoise …  “Turquoise is considered by some to be a symbol of good fortune and success, believed to bring prosperity to its wearer. In the language of chemists and … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – December

Birthstone of the Month – November

For those born in the month of November, lucky you! … Topaz is the official birthstone, but Citrine is also a birthstone for November. the story behind topaz … “The word ‘topaz’ comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – November

Birthstone of the Month – October

For those born in the month of October … Opal is the official birthstone. the story behind opal … “The name “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word for “upala,” meaning precious stone. In Indian mythology, the virgin Goddess of the Rainbow was turned into an opal by the Mother Goddess because she was being chased by suitors Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. During Roman times, the … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – October

Jade and Sunstone

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A while back, I was the lucky recipient of beautiful Nephrite Jade and Sunstone beads from Magpie Gemstones for being one of their blog buddies!  The premise of this is that one is given a set of gorgeous beads … either … Continue reading Jade and Sunstone

Birthstone of the Month – September

For those born in the month of September … Sapphire is the official birthstone. the story behind sapphire … “Since medieval times, sapphire has been associated with the majesty and tranquility of the heavens. It was thought to dispel evil thoughts and to bring peace and amiability to its wearer. The stone is associated with Abraham in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The name sapphire comes from … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – September

Birthstone of the Month – August

For those born in the month of August … Peridot is the official birthstone.  The story behind peridot … “Shimmering, pale green peridot, often called the evening emerald, is a gemstone commonly associated with spirituality and expression. The word “peridot” is pronounced as pear-ah-dough by some and as pear-ah-dote by others. While both pronunciations are found in the dictionary, the actual word of origin for … Continue reading Birthstone of the Month – August