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Pineapple Love

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I am an island girl, born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.  And pineapple used to be big business here in Hawaii.  My immigrant family all worked for Dole Plantation back in the day- planting, growing and harvesting pineapple.  Back in the 1980's when I was a child, there used to be this huge pineapple water tower in Honolulu at the Dole Cannery.  They took that pineapple water tower down and the Dole Cannery building is now a movie theater!  My how times have changed.  But our love for pineapples here never ends.

Lately I've been seeing a quote everywhere about pineapples:

"Be like a pineapple, stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."

So this is me paying homage to a fun quote.  Let's all be Pineapples!  Or at least enjoy them.


Thanks for reading! XO, Yolanda







For I know the plans I have for you

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It's been a little over a year since my last post and boy did a lot happen over that year.  First, I got pregnant, after 2 years of trying and giving up, it happened.  Hence why my blog post title is the verse from Jeremiah 29:11.  I made some new plans and got diverted haha.

It was a high risk pregnancy so I took it easy and had many doctor's appointments plus I had to take care of my 4 year old son who is pretty active and energetic.  I was nervous with this pregnancy, so scared for the outcome, hoping for the best but not knowing, in the end it all turned out fine.  My sweet baby girl is now almost 6 months old!  How time flies when you have children.

Now with 2 kids to run after, I scaled back on my Etsy shop which makes me a bit sad.  There is so much I want to do, so many ideas, and so little time.  But I have faith it will all work out.  So my shop is up and running but with less items listed than before.  I'll be adding more things when I have some time to do them…

Back on Track ~ Positive Vibes

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Aloha!

I can't believe it's been awhile since I've been blogging.  I tried out Wordpress for awhile and liked it a lot but I couldn't keep up with blogging and my Etsy shop at the same time.  I was awful at maintaining my page.  Unfortunate, really.  But I was doing too much at one time.

So here I am, back again.  I figure I start this particular blog up again, since I already started with tutorials on here.  I want to get back into it.  But wow, so much has changed in my Etsy shop since I last posted here in 2014.

Back then I had just gotten into hand-stamping metal jewelry.  With 2 years under my belt focusing mainly on hand-stamping, I have really evolved in my skill.  It's taken a lot of trial and many errors.  Blood, sweat and tears!  Well maybe no blood, some sweat and very little tears.  *patting myself on the back* haha :-)

I've collected a bunch of new metal stamp fonts, experimented with different types of metal and have found some vendors I really lo…

Ribbons Galore

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One of my favorite parts of my "job" is buying ribbons for my ribbon wrap bracelets.  There are only a few vendors on Etsy where I buy my ribbons from.  Their price is really affordable and the quality is superb.  I went all out this time and order a LOT of ribbons to last me a few months.  When I one day start making my own ribbons (I am in the process, it's been slow-going), I hope to one day make my ribbons as beautiful and wonderful as theirs.

It's been quite a process trying to find out how to make the ribbons.  I've never dyed anything (unless you count tie-dying in the 3rd grade), I don't work with fabric and I don't sew (okay-maybe I do but I'm a real amateur, like awful really).  Regardless, I did research online on how to dye silk ribbons, which silks to use for certain dyes and tried it out.  I even bought a Serger, I didn't even know they existed!  Haha...
And thank goodness for online classes!  I bought a class from Craftsy called Beg…

Chakra Necklaces

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I got the idea to make Chakra necklaces because after using the swarovski crystals for my other necklaces I thought the colors were so pretty I wanted to use them for something other than birthstone crystals.

I was a massage therapist for almost 13 years before I went into doing jewelry and as a therapist you learn many ways of alternative healing.  It was one of the things I loved about the trade-you learned about different cultures, different ways of healing and different ways of looking at the body itself.  My last job as a massage therapist was at a spa that actually had a Chakra Massage.  I was trained how to do it but never had a chance to give one while I was there, but I did receive it, twice.  What I really enjoyed about the massage was the part where the therapist instructs you, quietly and peacefully, because you are pretty much zoned out by then, on certain affirmation words as she/he holds a palm over the chakra area.

I'm not very good at meditating-it takes practice…

Hand Stamped Initial Necklace

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Last year I made some hand stamped sterling silver necklaces and I gave them to a few friends.  I didn't have many pieces on hand but I've ordered some pieces because I decided to start selling them at my shop.  It's been in the back of my mind and now that I've gotten more font stamps, I feel like I can offer more of a variety in my shop.

I have heart shaped pendants:



 And I have disc sequins:


I wore my E pendant around today, it's my son's initial and birthstone month, August.  It's light weight and I barely knew it was on me until my son made a grab for it!

Everything on the necklace is sterling silver except the silver plating around the round crystal and the wire for the bicone crystal drop.  The birthstone crystals are all swarovski and they really add a pop to the pendant.  It's so cute.  I want to buy more crystal colors other than what I have for the birthstones because why not?  The crystals are gorgeous!  I really love these!  They make grea…

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter everyone!  I just got done filling plastic eggs with treats for a little easter egg hunt at my house tomorrow for my son and my 2 nephews.  It should be fun, though I feel like I don't have enough eggs (how many eggs do 3 boys needs anyway?!).

May is coming which means, Mother's Day, Graduation and summer break for some lucky kids.  Are we really near summer already?  And does that mean I have to start planning my child's 2nd birthday party right now?  Wow...where does the time go?

Speaking of time, I finally found some - and I made some new pieces for my store.  I also relisted some oldies but goodies that was hiding in my jewelry stash.  I threw them all into a container when the move happened, so I found them once again!  I've majorly discounted the prices on them so please, check it out!  Most of them are bead bracelets.  Here are a few that you can get at my store:





I was really into making stretch bracelets at one time and still have some unused bead…