Sunday, December 30, 2007

My Personal Tips to Other Etsy Sellers! Tip #1

I have decided to start giving a tips whenever I come across something I can share to improve my Etsy store or that of others and I welcome your opinions in the comments linked to each posting . My sister and I have been spending a fair amount of time shopping and working on my Etsy store and we keep discussing things we have found that we like or dislike in mine and other stores.

My store sells jewelry, so many of my examples will be for jewelry sellers but can probably apply to other stores as well.

My first Tip is regarding photographing jewelry on models/yourself.

It is debatable whether or not to photograph jewelry being worn or modeled by someone and listing it with your photos in your store. I have resisted doing this in my store for several reasons. The first is that it is hard to tastefully or artistically photograph jewelry at close up range while it is being worn. The other downside to this is that buyers may assume that the earrings or jewelry being worn in the photograph is the actual pair to be sold and thus it has a feeling of the item being used by someone before they buy it. However having stated some of the negatives I am starting to change my opinion and think that there is a right way to model or photograph jewelry being worn and here is why.

I get a lot of convo's requesting pictures of of my earrings or jewelry being worn so that they (the buyer) can get an idea of the scale or size the jewelry. Despite listing size details on all my item descriptions it still is not as good as a photo. It takes a lot of time to answer all these convo's not to mention the time photographing the jewelry and downloading or attaching it to the convo's.

So I have mulled over solutions that would allow me to show the scale of my jewelry in my store listings and some of the solutions are:
  • Photographing jewelry with something else in the picture to give it perspective. Sometimes this is done by using a ruler or a coin beside the jewelry. I do not feel this is a good solution for me and my store. I feel that I work very hard to photograph my product in such a manner that it gives a uniform image of artistry. I do not feel that a coin or ruler in a photograph compliments the image and brand that I am aiming to sell.
  • Color close-up photo of a model/myself wearing the jewelry. I have tried this many times and I feel it always looks less that ideal. I find that every skin blemish is visible and all artistic perspective is lost. I just think once again this is not the solution for me as I feel it would take too much editing and airbrushing and makeup to photograph some thing like an earring up close. There are a few stores that do a good job with this. It appears professionally modeled even if it may be modeled by the store owner, but unless you really know what you are doing and have a great model at your disposal it can turn out less that ideal. So if you are struggling with this you may want to try the next option.
  • Black and white close-up photograph of jewelry being modeled. This is my newest solution of choice. I feel that a black and white photograph of someone wearing the earrings or jewelry masks most skin blemishes and also looks more artistic. Also for me the black and white picture does not make the item feel like it is the exact same pair that the buyer will receive (psychologically that is). Black and white also allows me to photograph an earring being modeled once and I can use that same photo in black and white in listings of the same design in a different color option. This saves me time re-photographing each color option being modeled.
My keys to successfully using modeled jewelry is as follows:
  1. Try to pull back as much hair out of the frame as possible.
  2. Take photo as close up as possible.
  3. Crop the photo and convert it to black and white in a photo editing program before posting it to your store.
  4. Make the modeled photo the last photo of your listing.
I have just started this with some of my listings and am slowly trying to implement a black and white photo to most of my listings.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Iconic Christmas Tree.

The mad rush after American Thanksgiving once again left us in a hurry to chose a theme for our Christmas tree trimmings (as we try to make different types of homemade adornments each year). The topic of this years Christmas ornaments and experimenting with painting on wood crossed paths and the result? Painted wood Christmas tree ornaments with a Russian Icon focus materialized.
First we selected choice trimmings from a pile of damp, algae and mud ridden scraps that had been left outside derelict for sometime. 3 buckets of warm water and a rag, 24 hours inside the warm entryway drying, and electric saw later our well weathered, textured, and unmeasured wood trimmings were ready for color. A trip to Michael's and 2 bags full of paint, brushes, gold leaf and ribbons later we were set. The three of us (my husband, and sister and I) sat down with artistic exuberance to a table laden with latent creative potential and well...dug in with glee.
Our spirits dampened as our first attempts were anything but masterpieces. My saints looked like shepherds and my sisters first attempt at a gold-leaf halo turned into a sombrero. Yet with time our muse of old Russian icons found artistic encouragement in those we hold dearest this time of year -family, and well for my sister a flock of sheep.

My Newest Earring!

I love just fiddling with wire and playing with my torch. I usually have no agenda and I like to be surprised by what comes out of the process. The simpler the better as long as the creation has a good shape and balance. I was doing just that a few days ago and look what came out of the process. It is my new "Curly Sprout" earring. I gave my sister the first pair. I know I should save it for Christmas but I get so excited and I like to see my jewelry being worn so I gave her the first pair. She even wore them to church today and I got to study them on her during church and make sure I loved them still... and yes they are now my new favorites. See that's her wearing the first pair in the photo above!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Front Page!

Yay!!! I made the front page of Etsy today. "starwillowstudio" selected a beautiful Treasury list that was featured on the front page. I sold the "Buds" earrings while they were on the front page so a BIG thanks are in order for starwillow. Not only did she feature me but she sent me a message to let me know that the earrings had sold and that if I re-listed she would get them back on her treasury list. Now that is a dedicated curator. She also sent me a screen shot of the page before they sold. That made my day!

Friday, November 9, 2007


I just discovered a delicious chocolate bar today and it is worth every calorie. I was at the grocery store and ran across it in the healthfood section so I will tell myself it is healthy right! It is made from organic ingredients and is out of this world. It is the Dagaba Chai chocolate bar. It has ginger and spices in it and I will add it to my list of stocking stuffer items for this year.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


We were in Boston this past week. I flew out there on Oct 26th with my husband as he had some convention to attend. DeLuca and I hung out around town and visited with family of mine around the area.

I am not a sports fan and do not follow sports at all but the Red Sox fever was contagious. and DeLuca and I went to the parade celebration and fought the crowds. I tried to get close to the front but the crowd up in front was crazy. They were throwing things, climbing the street posts ( yes he was promptly arrested by the riot police), climbing to the rooftops to instigate the crowd even more, not to mention the pushing and shoving etc... I decided that I was much safer back by the riot police where the crowd was much calmer.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Another Wedding Neckalce

I made a necklace for my friend Katie's sister for her wedding. Her wedding was in August and she just sent me pictures. She looks beautiful and its a great photo of the necklace.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

DeLuca Noelle

Isn't she the cutest little girl ever! Can't stop looking at her. She is a pleasant baby and randomly smiles at who knows what! We are having fun but it is a lot of work. It never seems to end with feeding and changing diapers taking up most of my day. I have not getten back into much jewelry production but hopefully we will find a good routine soon and I can get back into my creative grind again.

Friday, September 7, 2007

She's here!!!

DeLuca Noelle is here. 8 lbs 1 oz. 20" long. Arrived at 8:38 pm Sept 1st. She has a full head of hair and is a doll.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Etsy Poster Contest!

Yay... One of my designs is featured on one of the winning posters for the "Etsy Poster Contest". The posters were created by Etsy users. There were Total Number of Entries: 901, Winning Entries: 60 , Honorable Mentions: 160. Thanks to all those etsyans who submitted poster entries and special thank you to "greenweenie" who created this winning poster with my "Winter's Branch" earrings (3rd row, 3rd from left).

Here is one of my other top favorite posters as well. Very hard to chose as they are all great!

The Bassinet

Quentin and I like to create things. We saw this simple yet modern bassinet that was too expensive (or so we thought until we made our own). Quentin said that he wanted to make it before the baby arrived. I knew that on Quentin's time line this would no easy feat. He spends way to much time over-engineering things in the concept/planning phase then never gets the projects done.

Well this project was no different. He started on it about 4 month's ago and it just kept taking longer and longer to get it done as he would go back to the plans and update/improve them.

My part in this project was to make a hammock for this bassinet with no pattern to go by. I also had to wait until Quentin got the whole frame completed before I could start as I had to measure it and design the pattern on the frame. I am not the best at that type of thing as it requires precise measurements and calculations and I'm much better at guestimation and making things do.

Last weekend Quentin finally finished the frame. Tuesday I completed the pattern and cutting the pieces out. Then Wednesday a.m. at 4 in the morning (can't sleep so I might as well be productive) I started sewing. I finished it at about 8 p.m.
Even though it looks simple, it was not the easiest project but it turned out quite nice. Quentin still has to sand and finish the frame and then it is all ready to go.

Ankle Envy

I am 39 weeks pregnant and I do not recognize my own feet! Some days they are slightly swollen and some days they are out of control swollen. Yesterday it was hot and they were out of control. I could hardly put flip flops on. I have been told all is fine as my BP is fine and everything else is fine but I keep swelling. I am looking forward to seeing my own feet again soon but as of right now I am afflicted with "ankle envy" towards anyone who has visible ankle bones.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My boys!

When I was a grad student at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan taking my Physical Therapy training I found a little stray 3 month old sick but cute dog. My friend Kim and I tried to find out if he had an owner and were unsuccessful at finding who he belonged to. We finally figured he had been abandoned as he was in such bad shape. He was so sick he could hardly swallow food and created such gurgling sounds trying to drink or swallow food that we called him "Gurgles" for the first few days. I was taking a Cardio Pulmonary class at the time and one of my classmates joked that he had "Rales" in his lungs and the name stuck. So now he is my little 11 y/o Rales. He has seen many specialist in his early years trying to find out what the source of his breathing and noise problems are and they are still there and no one seems to know. For a free stray he has not ended up being very cheap! He is my expensive and naughty boy. He used to have severe separation anxiety and would seek and destroy things. He once shredded sheets pillows and tore a huge hole in our mattress. How does something that is 24 lbs shred a mattress? He also would eat buttons off clothes giving him the nickname "Button Boy" for the duration of that phase (several years). Then there's the incident where he randomly ate keys off a computer keyboard and the funny thing is we couldn't even get the keys off when we wanted to to clean them, but he manages to pick them off individually and eat one here and one there. The desirable keys weren't even all in a row!

We got Hastings, the Airedale when Rales was about 2 y/o. We though it might help his separation anxiety. What we did not realize at the time was that Rales thought he was human and not canine and that another dog companion was not what he wanted. We realize now that all he wanted was to be an "only dog" with more human companions. It has taken us 8 more years to finally provide him with more human companionship and now he's almost too old to appreciate it. In the meantime he has had to put up with the dog of all dogs Mr. Hastings.

Hastings is a crazy high anxiety, high energy, silly purebred. He is ALL DOG. He is undignified, barks at everything, farts, burps, belches and is always patrolling human interference that walks by either the front or back of the house. He is by no means considered "smart" but is the silliest and sweetest dog and just wants to goof off. He has a nervous tremble in his back legs when he is excited or on patrol. He loves to chase but not relinquish balls, as he wants you to try to pry the ball from his cavernous mouth (what's wrong with a little slobber right?). He has the incredible extending neck that can strike or head butt you when you swear you are out of reach. He never moves slow as he has two speeds; full throttle (awake) or off (sleep). Curiously his name more correctly signifies one who hurries, presses, drives; vehemency or quickness of motion. Hastings plays hard all day but always puts himself to bed around 7-8 pm at the latest. He is miserable if he is kept up. He is a boy that needs his sleep.

These two are very loved and cherished dogs for their unique but vastly different characters. For those of you that enjoy dog stories I am sure I will post more as they occur to me latter.

Friday, August 24, 2007

My new toy!

I have had the same cell phone for 3 years or more (an old Nokia) and I HATE changing phones. I get used to the shortcut keys on one and how to get messages, delete messages, fast forward messages etc... and I do not want to have to re learn it on a new phone. I also have an old Palm that is quite archaic that I have been lugging around and I have one of the oldest iPod that locks up on me at times. I have waited and waited to combine these items. I looked at the blackberry a year or so back and just haven't been convinced that it was what I wanted or needed.

Finally the iPhone came out and I have been trying to decide if it was worth investing in. I needed something to combine my phone and Palm for sure and I also wanted access to the net to manage my Etsy business. SO I BOUGHT ONE!

It is so cool. The only problem at this point is that it doesn't support flash, so some features of the Etsy site don't work via the phone. I can manage everything I need to though but I can't view the Treasury or the Time Machine from the phone.

So far it has great speed to look things up. I have managed to learn to use it very easily despite my lack of technical ability. Here's my favorite picture of Rales taken with my phone.

Monday, August 20, 2007

DeLuca's Room!

Well it has been a long process getting it ready. I would strongly suggest that most people get the room ready before getting pregnant. Once your pregnant it limits how much you can help with. I have a hard time sitting around and waiting for someone else to complete the work especially when I like to help remodel.

We riped up the carpet and put in dark wood floors. Replaced all the small baseboard with 5 1/2" base boards (old mop board style). They had to be painted with oil based paint to match the other existing woodwork so I could not help. The walls have now been painted "Vanilla" or a light cream.

We ordered DeLuca's crib online and it finally arrived. It has walnut stained Zebra wood headboards and white railings. I got a distressed blue/aqua armoire and dresser set from Pottery Barn and they are now in the room as well. She has a cream rug from Ikea and we have a brown leather chair (eventually meant for the study) ordered for us to hang out in during our long nights ahead. It has not arrived yet but should be here by next week.

I framed her ultrasound photo and am going to set it on a crown molding shelf above her crib. Her little profile on the ultrasound looks like her daddy's. He doesn't see it but he's and engineer and her doesn't see things in abstract form. Even my friends have noticed it when they see the ultrasound. We will have to see who she really looks like when she arrives.

She also got a red moose rocker from Ikea. Her Daddy thought every good Canadian girl needs a toy moose!

Well unless she's in a rush she should be here by Sept 7th.

Another Beautiful Wedding.

My brother Lakin (the red head on the left of the groom) lives in Calgary with his wife Anita (in the navy top and white skirt). Their friends Mike and Jen got married a few months ago. Jen bought her jewelry from me on Etsy. She is one of the sweetest customers I have ever had. Check out the beautiful necklace and earrings she ordered. Thanks again Jen if you see this Blog. You are abeautiful glowing bride.

I even made matching necklace and earring sets for her bridesmaids.

I started out making my own bridal jewelry for my wedding party and I love getting back to the feminine designs of bridal jewelry. It makes me feel like I'm a "Girlie Girl" instead of the "Practical Girl" I really am.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Liz and Shane's Reception

Well yesterday my friends Liz and Shane tied the knot. They had a great party at their reception that was hosted at Molly's Loft. Great music wonderful food and most of all we were finally able to meet all the friends and family that are so special to each of them.

Brian (on right of picture) was kind enough to prepare a plate of food for Liz as she had been too busy having fun to eat. Ren was looking amazing in a pin striped suit. Quentin was busy running around taking photos of of everyone but at the end of the night Xander snapped a photo of us.

I have been a little worried lately that I would not make it to the wedding if I went into labor early, but I MADE IT. I even managed to wear some heels instead of the Birkenstock's that I have lived in for the past few months. Those are my swollen feet on the left of the picture. Liz's cute shoes are the ones at the top center. Her bracelet and earrings were great with the dress.

Laughter flowed freely the entire night and I am sure that the bride and groom were exhausted by the end of the day but they were the happiest I have ever seen them.

So much fun!!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Liz's Wedding Bracelet

My friend Liz is getting married this weekend. Yay! She is marrying my husbands friend Shane and we are so happy for them. Liz got a beautiful raw silk dress in a Paprika S551 color from SimpleSilhouettes. It is such a fun dress and color. She got some great metalic bronze shoes by Lundi Bleu (shoes at top of photo) and I got the honor of making her jewelry.

Her bracelet turned out better than I could have envisioned and I will post more pictures if I get some good ones at the wedding/reception this weekend.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

UPDATE: "Crocs for Oprphan Tots"

Big thanks to all of you that sent me some Crocs. I have now collected 10 pairs and they will be delivered to the orphanage sometime in late September or early October. Keep them coming and I will keep adding to the number that are sent.

Jessica's Wedding Necklace

I made a custom necklace for Jessica a friend of my Aunt's. Her wedding turned out beautiful and she shared with me a great picture from that day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Why Crocs?

Why I have chosen to collect and send Crocks or similar type shoe to the orphans in the project that you can read about in the previous two posts is the following:

These children live in a climate near the equator where there are two basic seasons. The dry season and the rainy season. In the dry season they deal with tons of red clay dust and in the rainy season it turns to wet mud clay.

Some shoes have been sent over there in the past and just don't hold up. The stitching doesn't hold, Velcro quits working from the clay like dirt buildup, leather gets wet and cracks or shrinks, the soles peel away from the upper shoe due to the rough terrain wear. I thought that the Crocs would be the best compromise for these children. They are durable, have no seams, and are washable. They are also cushioned and supportive enough to give good protection against the rough elements that cause injuries and infection to their bare feet.

Crocs for Orphan Tots - You Can Help Too!

Even if you don't have any Crocs to send here are ways you can help me spread the word for "Crocs for Orphan Tots":
  1. Let your friends and neighbors know about this. There are always kids outgrowing their Crocs or fake Crocs all the time.
  2. Link your Blog to the original "Crocs for Orphan Tots" posting on this blog.
  3. Contact me on this blog by leaving a comment or you can convo me at my etsy store: loopsdesigns.
  4. Post comments to this Etsy forums thread I started. By posting there more people will hear about this.

What I have done so far:
  1. Posted in the forums on etsy about this.
  2. Listed on my local Craigslist - I am willing to pick up or find a way to retrieve any donated Crocs in my area (Vancouver/Portland OR area).
  3. I purchase 6 pairs of Crocs on sale, and will continue to purchase them on a gradual basis as sales from my etsy store continue to come in.
  4. I have been scouring craigslist and ebay for used crocs for sale.

What I plan to do to keep spreading the word:
  1. Make flyers/posters for my local grocery stores and libraries.
  2. Keep updating etsy forums thread.
  3. Continue listing on craigslist as often as possible.
  4. Look for used Crocs at goodwill.

This is such a simple concept to find good use for Crocs that children have outgrown in our country of plenty and we can share with those that are in a country of little.
Thanks to those that have already responded and already sending me your used crocs.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

WANTED: “Crocs” for Orphan Tots!

I am looking for people who have used (still wearable) or new children’s “Crocs” that they are willing to donate for a children’s orphanage in Africa. If you would be willing donate and send me any Crocs you or your children may not need or use anymore I will get them directly to the Orphans that are in need of them. Please leave a comment if you are interested in helping out with this cause and I will provide you with a mailing address that you can send the Crocs to. All sizes needed!!! Some of the children are young and some are teens/young adults. is the website where you can see the orphans and read about the program. ************************************************************************ My connections to this cause:
  1. I have a shoe obsession so why not.
  2. I grew up in this same very poor area of Africa and I have such a fondness for the people of this region.
  3. My father is a family practice physician who raised our family in the African country of Rwanda. He now volunteers his time for the non-profit organization (PROLASA) in the Congo near where I grew up. PROLASA runs an orphanage that he helps support and it has 180 children in its care. I just received the newsletter from my Dad requesting help getting shoes for the kids. Included in the letter was a picture in it of three of the orphan’s feet, one without shoe, one with sandals falling apart and the last one with flip flops that aren’t holding up. Looking at that picture I had a “light bulb moment” and realized the perfect shoe for that region are Crocs. They can handle water and mud in the rainy season and they are durable and cleanable. I know these would be great for these kids because I grew up playing in the same location as these children. I now live in the Portland Oregon area.
Please help me with this cause.

Please mail any Crocs you would like to donate to:

In the USA:
"Crocs for Orphan Tots"
Congo Project
2711 NE 134th Way
Vancouver, WA 98686

In Canada:
"Crocs for Orphan Tots"
2137 Route 109
Arthurette, NB E7H 4B6

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Check This Out!

I was contacted back in Sept/Oct 2006 by the editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine to do a how to article on my "Vineyard" earrings with my "Art Deco" eawires. I spent several weekends on the project and submitted it. It now published and available on news-stands now (see magazine cover above). My article starts on page 44 and is called "Art Deco Earwires". I found the magazine sale on Sunday at my local Barnes & Noble! Happy crafting to all.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Keswick Mint Sauce.

My husband Quentin and I went to England last spring to visit my sister Melissa who is in Grad School at University of Lancaster. We drove up to the Lake District for a weekend and stayed in Keswick at a B&B. So much fun. That night we found a local pub that had Live music. We had such a fun local experience. The locals (and there were only locals in the pub as we "the tourists" stuck out in the crowd) sang along with the performer. My favorite was an old man who was the first to break into song and the last to finish. He had a twinkle in his eye, a cherry red nose and a happy round face.

We were jet lagged and so hungry. We each ordered burgers and chips (fries). Of course Quentin had a vegi burger. The pub had some great homemade sauces to choose from and I am a sucker for sauces. I started trying some and came across an amazing mint sauce. I put it on my burger and man did it add to the flavor. So mouth watering. We all have talked about this sauce so much since the trip and I have tried to make it several times (with no recipe it is always an experiment) and it has not been quite right.

My mint is in full swing now so today I decided to try it and it came out perfect this time!
Here it is:
  • 2 cups of fresh mint (give or take a bit) - removed any tough large stems but not all stems removed.
  • 2 -3 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar. I have tried several brands af vinegar and many are too Strong and overpowering. I have finally found one I love ; "Private Selections" Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Optional: 3-4 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. My husband if not a huge fan of vinegar so I only put 2 Tbsp of vinegar and the put some olive oil in to tone it down a little.
  • Blend/chop in a good food processor until mint is chopped finely into small flecks in the sauce. I tried to make this in a small old food processor and it would not cut it fine enough. I just got a KitchenAid one and it is so easy!
I would think that with the vinegar it should store in the fridge for quite some time without going bad.

I used this on a cucumber/tomato/bel pepper salad for lunch and then I also spread it on crackers. Like I said above it is amazing on a burger (vegi or meat burger that is). It might be some sort of mint chutney originally but I am calling it the Keswick Mint Sauce.

Baby Purchases!

Some things I have bought for the little "Tae Tae":

I must think she is and artist already as I bought her this great "Cute Camo Skulls and Crossbones Crayon Rollup EtsyKids". I know it will probably be awhile before she uses it but I love it. I think the camo skulls are so cool.

Then there's these adorable little baby booties. I bought them before I knew if it was a girl or a boy. I odered a green/pink pom pom on each. They are too cute!

Then there's Thornton. He is very excited for his new home and friend. He has buttons for eyes and therefore Taylor will have to wait to play with him until she is old enough. In the mean time Thornton is going to watch over her in her room at night. He is planning to have a perch up on a shelf to observe all the fun. Hastings is currently very afriad of him and any other new toy, but Thornton plans on making a friend of Hastings someday!

These are some great little original paintings by a Etsy and local Portland OR artist
Rachel Austin and they should look great in taylors room.

Victoria Rocks!

In November we went up to Victoria with our Friends Liz and Shane. Liz and I are good friends from work and we cycle a lot together (we did the Cycle Oregon weekend in 2006 and we had planned a trip to Italy for biking this month but my pregnancy has halted that trip - we are going to re-schedule). We had a great time up there and as usual I could not resist collecting rocks (pebbles) on the beach. Even Shane, Liz and Quentin all got involved and it was a ton of fun. The hard part is quitting. I get started and it is like an addiction because I feel like if I stop I will not find the next perfect rock. Liz found some nice ones for me to drill for her. The colors that we found up in Victoria were so amazing. There were the robins egg colored ones and the green and pink colored ones. Rocks and pebbles fascinate me and there smoothness I find is soothing to the eye. The drift wood was incredible as well so weathered and full of character. Shane of course found a whole new look down on the beach. Not sure if its a Pirate or hillbilly but I think it suits him well. Victoria is one of my favorite places to visit. So much charm and it has my favorite restaurant in the world; Rebar. Their food is vegetarian including some fish but no meat! The flavors are out of this world and all four of us ordered and everything was so different and amazing. If you ever head up there you must go, even if you are not Vegetarian it will still be a great experience! The Rebar "Modern Food Cookbook" is a must for all vegetarians, I use it all the time. My husband is strict Vege and I am Quasi-Vege!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Baby Elements

My husband and I are expecting our first little one. They say it is a girl and I feel it is a girl, but there's always the element of surprise. We are remodeling a room in our home for our little "Tae Tae" as we have been calling her (we think her name will be Tayor DeLuca Dible). She is due Sept 7, but my family tends to have babies 1-2 week early and I have a feeling that that will be fine by me at that point. The baby room floor is a lighter brown color wide plank that we are working on.

Rales is very involved in the process. Always making sure that the craftsmanship is up to his standards. He thinks the room is actually for him.

Hastings is petrified of the new floor surface. He is not a fan of change. He has not mustered up the courage to enter the room, but is curious and checks on the progress several times a day. Tail down and ears back of course.

I plan to have cream/ivory walls, white crown molding, dark and white wood furniture and a brown leather chair. All very calm and soothing in that room. I am still in the hunt for the right crib, bedding etc... and I will keep things posted as I find them.

Full Detail

One of my favorite artists I have come across lately is Jennifer Morris. Just admiring her attention to detail is enough to captivate me for hours. I spend too much time browsing her items in her store. I was admiring these earrings and it looks like I waited too long because they have sold. I am going to have to buy these ones before they leave her shop with someone else!


I have decided to try a blog to share fun things I am creating or come across in life. Here is are two of my favorite "Buds" and "Unfurl" earrings. You can find them and many others at my store on etsy at LoopsDesigns. I have also opened up a second shop that focuses on Bridal or Formal wear jewelry. You can find it at TwiZZleDesigns.

I will add more of my favorites as I find time.


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