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Friday, March 29, 2013

Change is at hand

This time of year we are usually starting to get stressed about getting

our Saturday Market booth out and display spruced up. But not this

year. After careful thought  and budget reviews and listening to the

inner whine and sometimes not so inner whine, we have decided to

take an official leave of absence from the Eugene Saturday Market

and Holiday Market.


We are grateful to the Saturday Market for giving us the opportunity for 22 years

(!!!!!!!) to grow our little jewelry business.  But it’s time for a sabbatical as my

Mom put it. We worked hard  and spent many many days in the bitter cold rain

and scalding heat, driving an hour each way to sell our stuff face to face with

our customers. Then Etsy came along almost 7 years ago and changed everything.

We have the option to return next year to our reserved booth spaces. But for now

we are savoring the freedom of enjoying the weekends and not getting up even

earlier than we do the rest of the week. I am so not a morning person.

  As we get older the knowledge that our time is precious becomes pounded into us. It became 

clear that this is the time to take a break from the weekend market lifestyle and enjoy

hanging with the kids and relaxing.

Good luck and best wishes for a great new selling season to all our friends at Saturday

Market. I hope our prime corner spot on the corner of 8th and west Park serves

the new booth holder well!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What’s new?

I added the new longer version of the Celtic Braid Hair Barrette to our shop.

Nick the took the picture of it in my hair. I am in the process of growing out my dyed

hair and growing in the natural gray color. (That will be a whole other blog post 

some time soon.) So for now the dark ends make a good contrast with the silver

color of the aluminum. It will be interesting to see how they show up when all

the grey is grown in. I may be needing a new model.

I also added the new nice and big Aluminum Celtic Knot Flower Swirl  Earrings

into the shop today.

This is them in my hands to give some size perspective.

And this is a the gratuitous cute fat kitty picture of our cat Mrs.CuteKitty. I don’t

know why she’s so fat. She doesn’t eat much that we give her. She just feasts on

rodents and the occasional bird all day long.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

New design- Celtic Braid Shawl Pin or Hair Pin

I love the thrill of messing around with ideas, messing up a bunch of times and

coming up with something totally unexpected from the mistakes. That’s how I

ended up with this new design –The Celtic Braid Shawl Pin / Hair Pin

I’m usually at a loss for coming up with a good name for my designs so I asked my

genius friends who have become our virtual co- workers on our favorite Etsy Team-

The Full Time Etsy Crafters for some naming help and they instantly came up with

the Celtic Braid. They agreed it looks like a fern frond or vine of some sort too.

But I stuck with the Celtic Braid since it works so well with the overall Celtic theme

of so much of our shop and work.

I plan to add the smaller silver version as a pin and I have some earring ideas too.

Now to get it all done. …

Monday, March 04, 2013

New Celtic Swirl Flower Hair Fork / Shawl Pin in the shop-new twists on old designs

One of my favorite ways to come up with new designs is to take an old design and

figure out how I can change it into something else. This was one of Nick’s earliest

designs that has been very successful-the Celtic Swirly flower. We’ve probably

been making it for about


20 years as sterling silver earrings.

And now I have transformed into a fork design that can be used in  hair or shawls.



It also works as a shawl pin too.

I’ll be adding them into the shop as soon as I have time, as a new pair of

 big aluminum earrings. Stay tuned for more Celtic swirly flowers….

Friday, March 01, 2013

New Celtic Angel Heart Jewelry


Last holiday season I came up with a fresh new version of our angel ornament design.

It surprised me when it came out looking like a heart as well as an angel so I called it

the Celtic Angel Heart. It sold really well during the holidays. I got a lot of requests for the same design as jewelry

and shawl pins. So this past month I added those into our shop too.

The sterling silver Celtic Angel Heart Pendant.

The matching Sterling Silver Celtic Angel heart Earrings.

This is the Little Sterling Silver Celtic Angel Heart Shawl Pin. We also have the

 larger aluminum pin version in the shop too.