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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Petal Cove Color Pallete






I have been asked on several occasions about what colors I have to choose from, so I created this color palette for my shop. Of course, these are not the only colors I have- I can custom mix all kinds of shades, but this is a great example of the wide range of colors available, and the most common ones I use. My current favorites are hot pink, shimmery gold and jet black. How about you?















Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mal Pearson Giveaway!!!



I am so excited to be participating in a 31 day long giveaway on MalPearson.com!! All through the month of December, the fabulous Mal Pearson will be giving away one amazing swag bag a day filled with lots of goodies, including Petal Cove original Nautical Sweetheart sets! Check them out!!!


These Nautical Sweetheart sets are shipping out this week! Keep an eye out for more details on how to enter! In the meantime, be sure to check out her amazing website filled with lots of tips, beauty finds, giveaways and more at MalPearson.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Earrings for Sensitive Ears

Growing up I have always had very sensitive skin. I was always frustrated with the limited selection of earrings for people with metal allergies- and even the earrings I did buy that said they were for sensitive ears always ended up giving me rashes anyway. I stopped wearing earrings altogether, as even gold and sterling silver would cause reactions.

Recently I discovered the joys of titanium, a nickle free metal that is very gentle, even on sensitive skin! Allergic reactions to titanium are possible, but they are rare. Isn't that exciting!?!

Now off to create more special earrings for all the sensitive ears out there!

P.S. Check out the very first pair of titanium earrings in my shop:



Friday, November 11, 2011

Jewelry for a Good Cause


I was contacted by LJR Arts Academy to see if I would be willing to help with their fundraising efforts. They are a non-profit organization that offers free art classes after school for middle and high school students! As passionate as I am about art, education and non-profits, I was so happy that they had contacted me! I am very excited to be able to contribute something for a program that is so important.

With all the budget cuts, the art programs are the first to go from our schools. Having worked with the school district for so many years, I appreciate the need for what LJR does! I will be creating two lots for their holiday fundraising raffle. I will post pictures of the unique pieces when they're complete. I sense this is the first of many opportunities for me to use my jewelry for a good cause. How awesome is that!?!?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lepidoptera

When I was going to the University of Riverside, California, I dabbled in entomology. I have always had a love for insects and bugs and all kinds of creepy crawlies (except for crickets... something about them creep me out). I resold most of my textbooks, but I could not bring myself to part with the book from that class. I still have it and I use it for inspiration when my creativity needs a boost!

I whipped the book out the other day and was completely inspired by the butterfly section. I ended up making a monarch cane, which proved to be very versatile!








































Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hectic Halloween Weekend


This is my three-year-old son, Matthew. He is the absolute light of my life, and the funniest and sweetest little dude ever! He makes the silliest faces! They crack me up! Thank goodness for digital cameras (he broke mine, by the way, and I finally got a replacement today) to capture his silly antics!

The poor little guy got the nastiest tummy flu during the Halloween weekend, it was terrible but mercifully only lasted a couple of days. We both got very little sleep, it was pretty miserable.

He jumped back to his normal self right before Halloween, in a sort of Dr. Jekyll/Ms. Hyde kinda way. It's like one minute he was barely moving and pale as a ghost (how very appropriate for Halloween), and the next he was running around singing the theme song for the Backyardigans at the top of his lungs (which, by the way, is his current favorite song).

Being a single mom with a sick baby makes it very hard to get anything done, and it set me back a little bit. Of course, I don't mind (too much) because in the end, my son is my priority and his health is the most important thing. But still, errands and chores and work can pile up pretty quickly.

I'm finally catching up on everything, and somehow managed to pull off an amazing event this last week, thanks to the help of my awesome friend, Sean.

Now it's a new calm before the holiday storm. I've finally caught up on sleep and I am feeling very inspired!