Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Getting You Through HUMP Day!

Mocha Latte Jasper & Smoky Quartz Necklace & Earrings Set!

This is one hot necklace and earrings set! I love shades of brown and this one definitely has it!

A large, faceted smoky quartz cabochon has been set into a gorgeous sterling silver setting creating a fabulous focal for this necklace. The pendant measures a large 6 mm. or 2 1/2 inches! Micro-faceted snakeskin jasper "disco-ball" beads are spaced by Bali silver and Karen Hill Tribe silver. Varying sizes of faceted smoky quartz round stones surround the pendant on the necklace.

Dangle earrings were created using 3 uniform colored pieces of jasper which have been individually attached to each other with sterling silver wire. The earrings dangle approximately 5 cm. or 2 inches from sterling silver ear wires.

Jewelry can be found in either of my online jewelry shops!

Getting you through Hump Day, one fabulous piece of jewelry at a time!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010


So, I found, and decided to borrow, these "Simplifying Tips" from my friend Amy, of Mamas Little Monkeys!

Happy Monday!! Let's get this week started right :)

*Purge 2 Things for every 1 thing you bring in!

*Drink your morning juice out of a pretty wine glass--Enjoy the Morning!

*Before you buy something new, go shopping in your own home! Sometimes you never know what you have hidden away!

*When folding sheets, fold them inside the pillowcases before you put them away. Then it's all together!"

*Turn all your clothing hangers the "wrong way". When you wear something and put it back, turn it the right way. After a year, donate/sell everything still facing the "wrong way."

*Use a Laundry Sorter for your family, but not for colors--for PEOPLE! Then when you do laundry you know an entire load belongs to one person!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds and Favorites!!!

Ok, so this is not my traditional "Fabulous Friday Finds and Favorites" kind of post, but, it's my blog, and this is my favorite :)

Not only is it Saints Football's WVU Football too! Yeah, I know, I live in Louisiana, but I am NOT an LSU Fan, at all. I'm a born and raised West Virginia Native, and a 2002 Alumni of West Virginia University. I bleed Old Gold and Blue!
We will be headed to Baton Rouge to see them take on the Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Not sure how much of a contest this will be but had we played them a couple years ago, I know WVU would have given LSU a run for their money. All of the write-ups for the game are giving the Mountaineers good signs...we shall see!! I'm just not looking forward to being joshed the entire time I'm walking around LSU campus being called "Tiger Bait" by children and old people. LOL!

Let's GOOOOOO Mountaineers!

Happy Friday, and have a good weekend!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sweet as Pumpkin Pie

Fall is HERE!! And what screams Autumn more than bright orange pumpkins? In the handmade community, I found pumpkins of all shapes and sizes...cake, cookies, candy, tarts, baby hat, dress, hair clips, soap, candles... Click on the picture to be taken to the Etsy Treasury!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a cute pair of Pumpkin-inspired Earrings...just in time to wear during this lovely fall season :)

Winner will be chosen by on Monday, September 27th!!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Networking & Mastermind Meeting #3

Our third "Women Entrepreneurs" meeting was held Wednesday night, September 15th, at Bayou Bistro!

In attendance was: Erin , Amanda , Olivia , Elisabeth, Victoria, Cindy, and a new lady to join us, Meg!

Introduction for Meg!
~ Meg is a news reporter for KNOE, Channel 8. She is originally from Charlotte, N.C. (my dream destination to live!). After finishing college, she landed a job in Montgomery, AL where she then found a lead on a reporting position at KNOE here in Monroe.
Meg is part of an organization group for Young Professionals in the area. She describes this group as a social and networking group all in one. She is currently working on an event set for October 7th which will recognize the Top 20 Under 40 Professionals as selected by Delta Business.

We discussed our goals set from our last meeting (August 18).

~ Erin has been busy writing articles for her magazine, Panache. She plans to have her magazine in our hands October 10th! Be sure to look for her updated, classy magazine :)
She is also looking for any of the following for her Little Green Boutique & Salon: Nail technician, massage therapist, hair stylist. If you or someone you know would like to have their own space, contact me and I'll get you in touch with Erin!

~ Olivia has been working on removing old wallpaper, and painting! She still has a little bit to go, but hopes to have it completed by the Holidays! She's also recently joined Weight Watchers and hopes to shed a few pounds by our next meeting!

~ Elisabeth's desk is on its way to being organized! During tonight's meeting, she showed us pictures of her progress! She hopes to have it completed by our next meeting! She is also organizing a training program for new Take Shape for Life Coaches. She's also working on pushing up the volume of front line coaches, and wants to sponsor two of them :)

~ Victoria was "victorious" with her goals set for September! She found a new place to live and she's moved to Structural Awareness Center as the new Massage Therapist! She has also had at least one Scentsy party to help with her expenses for her Thailand trip!
She wants to decide on her treatments and rituals she would like to focus on in her Aesthetician Program.

~ Cindy has been listening to her affirmations before going to bed! She's also booking "new faces" for Mary Kay and continues to look for "new faces"! Should you be interested in purchasing Mary Kay and you don't have a local sales rep, contact me and I'll get you in touch with her. And, better yet, if you are looking for a way to earn extra cash and run your own business, she can help you with that as well.
She plans to hire Erin, who is a fashion consultant, to help her find her "Signature" style!

~ Amanda has created a jewelry portfolio for To-Be Brides looking for custom jewelry for their Big Day! This will allow them to browse through pieces previously made. She has also been very busy with her blog; posting 3-4 days a week! She wants to keep this up and gain more viewers and followers. She's also working hard on creating lots of jewelry as she has 3 shows coming up in October!

~ Meg has just joined us so she has her initial goals set...she hopes that the Young Professionals Event is very successful! She's working on getting in touch with people for the event.

*So, what drives women entrepreneurs? I found this little chart :) Do you fall in this category? If so, maybe it's time to do something about it!

Stay tuned for "minutes" from our October Meeting!


Getting You Through Hump Day!

It's that time of year and the football fans in Louisiana are happy to see their Super Bowl Champion Saints back on the field! These are perfect earrings for game!

Classy black rhinestone Fleur de Lis charms hang from gunmetal elongated kidney wires. These earrings are so pretty and can be worn with a dressy outfit, or everyday jeans!
Can be found in either of my Jewelry Shops online!

Only two more days till the weekend!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds and Favorites!!!

My Sister-in-Law introduced me to this line of facial products by Guinot, and I love everything I've tried!! My favorites are the Gommage Gentle Face Exfoliating Cream and the Pure Balance Cream. This line is very good for sensitive and finicky skin, like mine!
What are your favorite facial products?

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting You Through Hump Day!

Purple is a super popular color this fall! Complete your outfit with this gorgeous purple necklace!

Vineyards Necklace - Purple Amethyst and Crazy Lace Agate
Smooth purple amethyst nuggets surround a gorgeous purple crazy lace agate pendant. Sterling silver beads and faceted amethyst rondelles accent the nuggets. The necklace is finished with a sterling silver extender chain and sterling silver lobster clasp.A single faceted amethyst rondelle bead hangs from the extender chain for added touch.

Necklace measures approximately 16 1/2 to 18 inches depending on clasp placement.Available in both of my Jewelry Shops online!

Thanks for visiting! Weekend will be here in two days :)


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Congratulations to....

....Christy of Embellished Bayou for being the lucky winner of a pair of Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Earrings from Chloe Boutique!!! Lucky # chosen on was 6!!

Congratulations, Christy!!! I'll be in contact shortly.

Be sure to Follow my Blog, if you don't already, so you don't miss upcoming contests!!

Pretty candle embellishment with Cross and Fleur de Lis accents, handmade by Christy of Embellished Bayou!
Click on the photo to be taken to her listing on Etsy!

Happy Sunday! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)


Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds and Favorites!!!

My Friday Faves :)

I have NEVER, EVER paid this much for running shoes, but you know what? It's totally worth it. You know that saying, "You get what you pay for"? It's very true :)
Since shoes are the only "equipment" needed for running, you really need to research and find the one that is perfect for you and your foot, and your needs. After doing my research, I found these Brooks Glycerin 8 and they're awesome...well worth every single penny :)I love this Fruit Smoothie cold process soap handmade by Soapalaya Soaps. From her Fruit Smoothie Soap listing on Etsy: "..... a sweet, fruity blend of orange, peach, pineapple, coconut, and, strawberry in a creamy vanilla swirl...."

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

NFL Kicks off Tonight! Geaux Saints!!

~~**~~First off, I wanna wish my very good friend Erin, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!~~**~~

So, our beloved New Orleans Saints, and also known as our Super Bowl XLIV Champions return to the field for the first game of the season... A rematch of last year's NFC Championship...will history repeat itself? We CERTAINLY hope so!

Please check out my Saints-Dedicated Treasury on Etsy! Leave a comment while you are there! I love to read them :)

Please be sure to comment on this blog post for your chance to win a pair of Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Earrings! Winner to be chosen on Saturday, September 11 via!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Getting You Through Hump Day!

It's Wednesday and time for me to give you a boost to get you to the weekend!! What better way to get into the weekend than checking out this awesome creation available in my Online Jewelry Shops??

Sunset Hand-Knotted Pearl Necklace with Antiqued Bronze Focal
Gorgeous reddish-orange pearls remind me of a western sunset!
The pearls have been hand-knotted with beige silk to form this fabulous necklace. A filigree detailed antiqued bronze piece hangs front and center amongst the pearls.
Necklace has been finished with an antiqued bronze lobster clasp and ring.

Necklace measures approximately 20 inches with the pendant dangling 2 1/4 inches! Gorgeous and stately piece :)

Happy Wednesday!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Fabulous Friday Finds and Favorites!!!

Time to show off my new finds and favorites :)

I'm not one to collect all of these different scents of perfume...I tend to find a perfume/spray that I like and I use it for years...yes, YEARS! Remembering back through the perfumes, I remember using Sunflowers and Jovan White Musk as a "Middle School and Junior High" age. I then moved to Calvin Klein CK One and Elizabeth Arden's 5th Avenue in High School and into College. Clinique Happy sparked my interest next and I wore it all the way through College and Graduate School. When Bath & Body Works' Japanese Cherry Blossom came out, I was in love! It was light and airy with soothing floral notes. I used both the body splash and the perfume for about 5 years...up until this past spring when I discovered Calvin Klein's new version of Eternity; Eternity Summer. I'm totally loving it!! It's definitely a summery scent so I'll only wear it till fall....then back to Japanese Cherry Blossom!
Ok, so this is certainly not a new find, but definitely a favorite find I want to share!! My friend Lisa used to make these scrumptious doggie treats that my Chloe LOVES!! Lisa shared her family recipe with me so that I could make them for an event in a couple of weeks. I'll be helping to raise money for a local charitable organization. This organization, Ouachita River Valley Animal League (ORVAL) helps new pet owners with expenses for spaying/neutering and other medical expenses in which the new pet owners might not be able to cover. This organization helps keep the new pets in their new home rather than being brought back to the shelter.

Photo property of Lisa Houweryzl

What are your favorites? Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dinner Solution Thursday!

Need a fast side for dinner tonight?

Boy do I have a yummy one...great for summer too!!

Pasta Caprese
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 2 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound pasta, such as campanelle, penne or fusilli
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add sugar, if desired (depending on the sweetness of your tomatoes). Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Marinate at room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs. Drain in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

Add the pasta and mozzarella to the tomato mixture and toss. Stir in the basil and lemon zest, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, tossing occasionally, until serving.

(Taken from latest issue of Food Network Magazine)


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

And, the Winner IS....


The result of the Random Number Service ( was #3!!
Congratulations, Sharla! You won a $10 coupon to my shop!! I will refund your $10 via PayPal after you complete your purchase. Please make your purchase by Friday, September 10th!

Thanks for commenting on my Blog Post :) Be sure to visit Sharla's Blog for some great stories and photos!


Getting You Through Hump Day!

Rustica Bell Flower Earrings are perfect for spring, summer and fall!! I love this German Milk Glass and copper findings look great with the bright white!

I've accented the flower beads with Swarovski crystals in topaz, antiqued copper daisy spacers, and antiqued copper floral bead caps.

Available in both of my online jewelry shops!

Thanks for checking out my blog, and my earrings! The weekend is just around the corner ;)



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