Monday, June 5, 2017

A Typical Day in the Life of a Desginer

It's here! 

I've been waiting for my favorite season and it has finally arrived with its sunny skies, beautiful weather and kids who want to 'do something fun'.  I've got a lot of work to do, but how can you deny them the summertime fun that they deserve after a long year of school? You can't. You just can't. 

So, I am getting up at the crack of dawn every morning so I can work until they wake up (while secretly hoping they stayed up really late so they'll sleep in). I'm usually able to work a good 5 hours until we're off to the lake, the pool or wherever their little hearts desire. 

I did manage to sort through some jewelry to decide what I want to keep and what I want to clearance and rearranged my studio a bit before we left.  

 Honestly, after seeing this picture I'm not crazy about the layout so I'll play around with it a little tonight with a well deserved glass of wine.

This is me with my 'shuttle the kids to the lake' look. My son did tell me that I get the "Mother of the Day Award." Gotta love that, right? 

He caught a small blue gill on his first cast which he threw back. 

I packed my laptop, some beading supplies to finish a necklace I've been working on and some very important notes so I could get some work done on a course that I'm taking. I was so excited that I could use this time to get caught up. soon as we got to the lake I discovered that I left the bag on the floor by the door. So, needless to say, I didn't get any work done. There wasn't any cell service, so I took in the beauty of my surroundings and did something that I rarely do which was...RELAX. 

We went to Taco Bell afterwards and on the way home I was asked if I would take them to the clubhouse to play pool and to swim. 

So, here we are...this time I remembered my bag of goodies and laptop. I love hearing the kids scream with delight, the sound of the water from the sprayers and have to chuckle when I hear the parents telling their kids to get out of the pool about 6 times before they threaten them. I so remember those days. Well, an hour turned in to almost 3 and the pool will be closing soon. The good news is I did manager to get a blog post in. Hurray! 

I wonder what he has in store for tomorrow? 

For me, it's an early morning cup of coffee and more of what I love to do--which is designing and making jewelry. 

Is it 6am yet?

Patti xo


Thursday, April 6, 2017

The joys of Spring!

           Spring is always a time of year for fresh starts and new beginnings and that's just what I have in mind for my jewelry business and creative life this month. I've been all over the place the last few years with my parents moving here, my father passing away and my mother in a care home, in a frail state, with her memory failing terribly. My boys have had some issues that needed full time attention and I haven't had time to focus on myself for one second, let alone feeling like I'm fulfilling my dreams and deepest desires for a creative life. I long for time, even just one day sometimes to do something special for myself. 

Then, along comes Spring.
Deep breath.
Maybe even a sigh.

There's one more serious thing happening and if God is willing to give second chances it will be my turning point in making my fresh start a reality. I can't go into details, but it's weighing very heavy on me right now and the stress of it all is causing some health issues. It's hard not to have any control in a situation when it involves someone you love dearly. 

I'm working really hard to get my Etsy shop up and running and doing a lot of research on how to find my perfect customer who enjoys wearing my jewelry. In the next few weeks, I hope to revive my little shop and once I get 100 listings I'm going to be doing a giveaway to show my appreciation for all the lovely comments that have kept me going these past few years. It's been really rough, but I can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

And Spring is in the air.

The giveaway will be my launch and should help to get my Facebook page going again. I'd certainly appreciate any shares and would be happy to help you promote your business as well. I've felt the love from so many of you and would like to give it back in any way that I can. I can't tell you how grateful I am for you. 

So, stay tuned and be kind. 

Patti xo
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Color Crush

I've had color crushes before, but never one quite like I have with the color 

 It seems to exude a romantic and vintage vibe that is reminiscent of femininity and romance combined with timeless sophistication. 

I can't seem to get enough of it in my home, my studio or in my personal style. I have to admit--I'm tickled 'pink' when I find something pink that I love. 

Any shade of pink feels feminine, delicate and girlish but I especially love blush.  I carry a pale pink handbag, adore pink flowers, and love decorating my home with its subtle touches. 
I love the dresser that I bought at a garage sale. I painted it pink and added lovely gold drawer pulls. Pink and gold are the perfect combination in my book. 

I found these two old chairs with fabulous legs and painted the fabric with chalk paint--one gray and one pink. I'm thinking of painting the gray one pink, but my husband loves it gray. I guess when you live with 3 males in the home you have to give in once in a while. 

I also found this amazing handmade bowl at a garage sale which is signed by the artist. 
 I wasn't sure that I wanted to pay the price, but I'm so happy that I didn't pass it up! It's one of my favorite pieces.  

 I especially love using pink in my studio because it feels so calming and feminine. It's my favorite place to be with my morning coffee and  beads. 

I even have pink in the kitchen.

Even my salt is pink! 

Pink, pink everywhere you look is pink.  

I'm such a pink girl and have a feeling that I'm going to have a love affair with it for life!

What's your color crush?

Patti XO

Saturday, January 2, 2016

You are forever in our hearts, dad. 
Your 3 girls. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sunday, May 24, 2015

More Crown Love!

I love soldering, so when my friend created these darling little crowns from something that she saw in my studio I knew what I'd be doing with them. They are fun, original and make great gifts as either a necklace, keychain or a charm to hang from your handbag. 

they're made from repurposed rusty iron

and come in your choice of a flour de lis, crosses or points with circles

 some are plain, some have rhinestones and some have a vintage earring 

 but there are no two alike

 you may simply purchase one or purchase (10+) wholesale 

For the diva in you, your favorite crown lover or your shoppe!

They'll be in my Etsy shoppe as soon as time allows, but in the mean time feel free to message me for more information or to place a special order. 


I love to create!

What do you do when you need a creative fix and your son is bored? You mix up some flour and water, gather up some newspaper, some items to cover and do a paper mache project! 

I've been wanting to repurpose this wicker dress form with French book pages for quite some time. I actually had it in my garage sale a few weeks ago and pulled it out after someone commented on how cool it was. I'm so happy that I did. 

I covered the body with newspaper and let it dry overnight. 

While it was drying, I brought out a variety of French books I've been collecting and started ripping out the pages. I went through my scrapbooking papers and chose some that I liked along with some other photos that I'd been saving for a unknown project. 

The next morning, I added the torn pages, a bit of lace, some dried roses, sari silk ribbon, a vintage brooch and a vintage flower bead.

 Coffee and crafts…there’s nothing better.

This is the back.
 I added a crown I made and later found a birds nest on the ground that fit inside perfectly.

I was thinking about what type of skirt to add around the bottom and a friend who was over pointed to the garland that I had hanging in my studio and said that it would be cute. I added it and Viola! 

It was perfect! 

I hope my son gets bored again soon. 
Patti xo