November Birthstone

Birthstone Facts:

Color: yellow

Traditional: Citrine, Topaz

Modern: Citrine, Topaz

Mystical: Pearl

We are officially in the holiday season where yellows, browns and food surround us. If you are a scarf person but don’t know how to show off your jewelry while covered up, think short delicate necklaces and stud earrings when you’re accessorizing. Or try an extra-long necklace with petite earrings.

If you were born in November your stone is Topaz, however a lot of people substitute in citrine not only because it is similar in color but because it is also easier on the pocket when buying. However topaz can also come in blue, pale green, pink, red, brown and even black. Pure topaz itself is a colorless stone.

The word ‘topaz’ comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz was said to have the power to cool excessive anger, strengthen the mind, increase wisdom, and prevent mental disorders.

You can find this fun one of a kind long citrine necklace at www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com for only $75!

October Birthstones

Fall is officially here as we move into October. As the weather cools we will put on more layers but don’t forget the jewels. This month’s birthstone color is typically white, represented by white opal however the traditional stone can be tourmaline or aquamarine. If you want to go the mystical route your stone would be jasper.

White opal is believed to enhance competency and efficiency. It is also believed to foster love and loyalty. In roman times the opal was valued as highly as emeralds.

If you prefer the mystical jasper then know Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security, strength and healing. Jasper is considered a powerful protection stone.

This bronze and opal tear drop necklace will rest right over the heart and match perfectly with long lavender feather earrings topped with opal, wrapped in bronze. A gorgeous and simple combination.

This antique brass and jasper boho  necklace has two pairs of matching earrings. One pair of long skinny burgundy feathers topped with jasper or shorter brass and jasper triangle set.

 

These are all one of a kind pieces and can be found at http://www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com

Both sets are simple statement pieces perfect for fall.

 

Cheers!

Fall Trends 2014

Fall is here and my favorite colors have made their way in. Jewel tones are the Fall/Winter trend for 2014 and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Emeralds, golds and maroons are at the top of my colors to wear list and bronze is the metal I would wear most to accent. Bronze goes great with every skin tone due to its mild coloring. It doesn’t have the orange of bright copper or the yellows in gold but falls somewhere in between.

Check out my new bronze line and the fabulous pieces that will go with your fall outfits this season. You can’t go wrong with the eclectic rustic vibe when it mixes so well with semi-precious stones! Come find these pieces at D’lighted Jewelry!

 




















Partnerships And Promotions

Quitting your job to start your own business is simply a scary process. Regardless of how prepared you are or where you are in the operation of getting your business off the ground the failure factor follows you around and sits like an elephant in the room or the bad angel on your left shoulder whispering negative nothings in your ear.

I write this from experience. You see I left my real world job of project planning to work my jewelry business full time last week. That anchor of a steady paycheck is gone, putting the pressure on my ability to create something successful. I’ve been building a jewelry business for roughly a year, learning what my style is and offering my goods on Etsy. Now? I know what I like (rustic and raw), I know my style (bohemian chic) and I want you to love it too. As I sit here and write this post I am starting all over. A new business name is in the works and then a new website and allllllllll the fun stuff that goes along with re-creating your brand name.  For instance: new logo, slogan, business cards, website, new social media pages (instagram, twitter, facebook etc) , sales campaigns, partnerships with other bloggers and promotions. And that is just the tip of the ice burg, none of that includes that actual making of store products, shooting them and creating the listings and inventorying the items. Let’s just say I am very glad I have experience in project management!

My newest goal is to start working closer with other artists who create items that match my eclectic bohemian feel. I want to create a website that sells not only my handmade goods but products from other artists as well. Creating a supportive group for artists is a big box item on my list, and even if I don’t sell your products on my new site, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to work with you.  I am looking for the support, feedback and interaction with other artists including writers, local photographers, models and make-up artists.

Do you make eclectic accessories? Scarves, shoes, belts, headbands, stationery? Do you want to network with other artists? Let’s talk!

Cheers,

Sommer

 

You can find features of D’lighted jewelry on these lovely blogs: 

Lipstick, heels and a baby

http://lipstickheelsandababy.blogspot.com/

The Blonde Latte

http://theblondelatte.blogspot.com/

You can find D’lighted jewelry in these lovely stores: 

The Artful Eye Jewelry Design Center in Prescott, AZ

http://www.artfuleyejewelers.com/homepage.aspx

Sol Shine in Denver, CO

http://shop.thesolshine.com/

Romantic Products

Romantic Paper FlowersNatural lighting and handmade paper rose clothes pins make for the easiest product photography.  These lovely pins can be used to decorate pictures, picture frames, collages, or scatter around the house adding romantic little touches here and there. These are also perfect to decorate bridal showers or even use as wedding decor. My favorite idea for weddings are wish trees, table assignments or even add to gift bags.

You can find your set here: http://www.summertimedesign.etsy.com

And if you cannot find what you want, send me an email and I’ll see what kind of adorable set I can make for you!

Cheers,

Sommer

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Lupus and Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

HAPPY WORLD LUPUS DAY! 

It’s no secret that I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia almost six years ago. Prior to that I spent seven years undiagnosed with doctors telling me there was nothing wrong with me, it was all in my head, stress induced or just ‘girl pains’. Yes, a doctor with a PHD in medicine said my symptoms were due to ‘girl pains’. He was lucky I didn’t punch him in the nose. Both diseases are extremely difficult to diagnose and treat. Lupus still kills often, usually due to kidney failure. Both diseases, and other auto-immune and chronic pain diseases, affect the daily life of the afflicted. I personally can only work part-time and even that is pushing my limits most weeks. Daily symptoms for me include joint pain, joint swelling, headaches, insomnia, tenderness to touch, fatigue, cognitive function problems or Lupus/Fibro fog, canker sores and a few other things I won’t embarrass you with.  All the symptoms may sound insignificant by themselves but throw them in a blender and keep them going for weeks on end…well it wears a person down significantly. Put another way, imagine you have the flu, you know that really bad one you had over the winter? Take out the runny nose and some vomiting and imagine you have that for days, weeks, months, years on end. How do you think you would feel then? Lupus and Fibromyalgia research is very important to me because I want a cure, dammit. And if I can’t get one, then I want better understanding of what these diseases are and how to better improve the treatments given. That is why a portion of sales from my Survivor line at http://www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com is given to the Lupus Foundation of America and National Fibromyalgia Association. During the month of May a portion of ALL sales at D’lighted will be donated to the foundations above. Do you know anyone afflicted? Or know a survivor of another debilitating disease? I make the jewelry below to help show my support and to help the survivors remember they are not alone.

A reminder of the strength we have can make all the difference on a bad day. 

You can help to facilitate the progression of medical support for all those affected with these debilitating and life altering diseases just by buying something pretty! Go ahead, shop guilt free at http://www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com 1069211_726731604009758_2139658093_n IMG_2566 IMG_3427 IMG_2696 IMG_4241IMG_4237IMG_2403compress IMG_2759-compressIMG_2338-compress

Welcome Back & Mother’s Day Ideas

Yes, it has been an extremely long time since I last put a blog post up. There is no good excuse except I did not want to keep posting on a bunch of different topics but instead focus on a specific direction. I’m an eclectic person who loves to be creative. I dabble in stationery, jewelry, home improvement projects, party décor, writing, photography, the list can go on and on. The point is, this blog should be an accurate reflection of me and I needed to get me in order. And I have spent time doing just that. I still plan on posting on an array of things but the under lying theme will always be about the creative projects I am working on.

With that in mind here is my first promotion: Mother’s Day greeting cards and gifts ideas.

Mother’s day is two weeks away. Have you bought your mom that special something yet? Well I have the whole package right here for you. Mother’s day cards from Summer Time Design and jewelry from D’lighted. Both stores are full of handcrafted goodies by me.

For the eclectic mom: A fun and funky jewelry set. Your mom will always remember you love her each time she sees the hand stamped copper tag on the bracelet below. This gorgeous copper pearl necklace is set off with blue porcelain beads. A true show stopper. This set can be found at http://www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com. There are  also matching earrings and more bracelets to go along with the pieces below. All purchases from D’lighted come wrapped and ready to go for gift giving.

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/187969582/brown-pearl-necklace-beaded-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_2Image

For the sweet and thoughtful mom: Try a set of handmade greeting cards that mom can use all year. This set comes with a wrapped gift bag full of 3 mini cards and 4 greeting cards (anniversary, happy birthday, thank you, I love you). All you have to do is add some decorative tissue paper in your mom’s favorite color to decorate the top of the bag. This set can be found at http://www.summertimedesign.etsy.com.

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 For your average mom: Most mom’s out there  are anything but ‘average’ but for most, the jewelry set below will fit the ‘oooohh ahhhh’ bill for mom. You can find this gorgeous one of a kind grey and peach set at http://www.dlightedjewelry.etsy.com.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166350719/peach-and-grey-beaded-necklace-czech?ref=shop_home_active_15  https://www.etsy.com/listing/187939108/grey-and-peach-brass-dangle-earrings?ref=listing-shop-header-3

 And a must have for any mom…a handmade greeting card. Find the perfect one at http://www.summertimedesign.etsy.com

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I can’t wait to get started on all the crafting how-to’s I have in mind so stay tuned to see what I whip up next!

 

Don’t Be Competent, Be Profound

Everyone has the ability to be competent at anything they set their mind to understand. I have a strong belief that we are all capable and intelligent. All we have to do is make an effort. Now not all of us will be great at what we set out to study but at a minimum if we work hard and persist we can all at least be ‘entry level’. You may not want to be a doctor or an artist, we all have a disposition and talent for different things. That is what makes us all so unique and allows for some of us to be prodigies. But underneath it all is the will and the dedication to be the best you can be.

Being unemployed has made me take a look at myself and what I want to do next with my career.  Luckily I have a supporting husband who has time and again told me not to apply for a job I don’t want. I usually listen except for the days when we get bills in the mail.  But I have had time to asses what is important to me and what is not. For instance, going back to a 9-5 sitting in a boring grey or brown maze of cubes is not on my list of priorities. Unfortunately I have a bachelors in Finance and most common jobs in that field require me to sit in an extremely boring environment. I don’t want a boring environment. I could handle a finance job if it were in a creative environment but not in a stale one. And that is hard to find.

I have spent time thinking about going back to my creative roots. Growing up with an artist for a father let me see into the politics and sacrifices there are in the industry when you’re an artist, even a good one like my pops.  And with no training, I’m not a good artist. I love photography and making stationery. I even  started a store on etsy to sell my handmade greeting cards. It’s certainly fun and lets me vent my creativity but it’s not lucrative. And I’m vain enough  to admit that money is important to me. Finance major remember? So I have had time to focus on my next love, writing. Again, I don’t think I’m a good writer but I feel I’m a competent one.

With no training or experience I think I have potential. Even being the positive person I am I don’t often say that about myself. So I have found something I enjoy and something I might have some potential in.  Now it is time to set my mind to it and study the craft to enhance my skills. Hopefully moving myself from competent to good, maybe one day being great.  If  I ever get published I will consider myself a success.

In the eyes of someone who always tries to look on the bright side of things, if your like me and you are looking for something new in your life trust your heart. You have the ability to do what you want. It may take a lot of blood, sweat and tears but if you persist, you’ll make it.

Don’t be competent, be profound.

World Lupus Day

It’s no secret that I have an auto-immune disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. This disease is very hard to diagnose and treatment for every patient is different. It has severely effected my life and what activities I am capable of. For instance, holding down a full- time job is out of the question. Part of the problem is that I also have Fibromyalgia which has a whole other set of side effects, some of which mimic Lupus. Cognitive dysfunction, muscle fatigue, tiredness and problems sleeping are just a few. And these few are just enough to change my health on a daily basis in an unpredictable nature. Sure I know if I am highly active one day I can expect the next to be a couch potato day because of the fatigue hangover but some days I can be bed ridden all day, the next day perfectly fine. With no indication of why.

Awareness of this diseases and others related to it is very important. It has been over fifty years, yes I said 50, since a drug has been successfully introduced to treat Lupus patients and that was an anti-malarial drug which I take today and is the most common treatment.

“Lupus Awareness Month is observed during May to increase public understanding of this unpredictable and potentially life-threatening disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Here’s today’s important facts about lupus:”

Lupus is an unpredictable and complex autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and can damage any organ in the body with life-threatening consequences.

Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are female. Males also can develop lupus and their disease can be more severe in some organs.

Lupus develops most often between ages 15 and 44. However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve more rapidly into serious health complications.

In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. The result is the production of autoantibodies that causes inflammation.

Some people have genes that allow them to develop lupus. Factors that may trigger lupus in these people include infections, ultraviolet light, extreme stress, certain prescription drugs, and certain hormones.

Many symptoms of lupus mimic those of other illnesses, and symptoms can come and go over time, which makes diagnosis more difficult. Consequently, lupus can take three to five years or more to diagnose.

There is no single laboratory test that can determine whether a person has lupus. Diagnosing lupus involves analyzing the results of several lab tests, a review of the person’s entire medical history, and the history of close family members.

Lupus is treated by a rheumatologist, a physician who specializes in conditions affecting the joints and muscles. Some people with lupus may need additional care from specialists, like a dermatologist for skin problems, a nephrologist for kidney disease, or a cardiologist for heart complications.

More than 90 percent of people with lupus will experience joint and/or muscle pain that can be disabling. Medication and mind-body therapies can be used to help control the pain associated with lupus.

Lupus can be an expensive disease. The average annual cost to provide healthcare for a person with lupus is $12,643, and rises to nearly $21,000 when lost work productivity is included.

Want more information on Lupus or wish to donate to the cause? Follow the links below.

Lupus Foundation of America

World Lupus Day Pledge

Do You Shop Etsy?

It seems everyone knows about etsy.com these days. Whether you have your own store there is another question. I do and I find the consistency in my sales rather…lacking. I have spent the last 4 months building up an inventory and trying to figure out what ways I can take advantage of what will bring people to my store. So far everything I’ve tried has been a hit or miss. It seems you have to have an amazing products or spend hours and hours blogging, promoting 50 teams and compiling treasury lists galore in order to keep you face constantly on the front page. Or both. And really that much effort just doesn’t seem worth it. Well to some I’m sure it does however my products range from $3 to $15 so after the cost of materials, the time it takes to make the product and to take good pictures (keyword good because anything with a crappy picture on etsy rarely gets noticed) and the post the item, my profit on it has shrunk. Now if I had higher priced goods then I would have more in my budget to spend hours and hours promoting others in order to get promoted in turn. But as it is I dont. So what methods of advertising can I use that will not take up half my days during the week to keep up with? Or if I did, would the sales and profit be worth it?

I’m somewhat at a loss at the moment and dont know what direction to head. Do I take a dive and spend hours and hours self promoting any way I can. Or do I stay as I am and spend my time elsewhere, like at a 9-5? ick.

Is using my blog as a way to promote my own products weird? Do my readers care at all for the products I make? Do you follow me for my crafting, for my writing, for my photos?

I’m in need of some advice, will you throw some my way? How do you shop etsy? Treasury lists or searches? HOw often do you buy from there? Do you shop there at all? Would you stop reading my blog if I started doing a shout out every week? Would you read it more if I featured cool products, some of course would be mine? Do you have your own store that does well? What methods of advertising do you use? What advise can you give me?

All feedback would be appreciated! And as a peek to my etsy world here are two treasury lists I’ve recently made and pictures of some of my new products. Enjoy!

What I want for Spring

Spring Fling Stationery