Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 12th, which means is coming up really soon!

There are a few items in my FancifulWish store that will expire and I may not renew them again until the holiday shopping season which starts in November, so if you are looking for an affordable Mother's Day gift be sure to check out these item before they are gone.

Also I have the 30% off coupon code: LOVEMOM2013 that you can use at my store.  The coupon is good until May 13, 2013.

Here are some items that would make great Mother's Day gifts for the woman who loves to wear jewelry!

Mermaid Earrings:
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The mermaid pieces are made of polymer clay by artisan PennyLane on Etsy.com.  I love mermaids.  I paired them with rhinestone star connectors to make these really fun earrings.

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Lotus Necklace:


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Another lovely focal piece from PennyLane!  I added the chain and then altered the chain a bit by adding these small czech beads that were complimentary to the pendant.  I love this necklace.  The price has been reduced to $10.00 and with the 30% off discount code, this is really a steal.  Perfect for the yoga loving mom or just someone who wants to wear a pretty lotus flower necklace.

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Stretchy Beaded Bracelets:

Now these are lovely as a Mother's Day gift at $12 each, but remember there is 30% discount code LOVEMOM2013.  I love the feel of stones against my skin.  These look great worn by themselves or stacked with other bracelets as well.  I've got them in three different colors:

Red...

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This is perfect for the mama who loves bold colors.  This photo doesn't do this red justice, it's a bold cherry red.  Perfect to wear when you're just feeling a little sassy ;-)  haha...
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White and Peach...

This one is a favorite of many on my Etsy store but it still hasn't been bought.  It'll expire in about two weeks and then you won't see it again until November.  This is made of magnesite matrix white stone.  The disco ball bead is a light peach/pink color.  Perfect to wear this spring and summer!

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Hemalyke...just like Hematite but generic...


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I love this bracelet for it's sleek metallic shine!  This looks great with a little black dress or to stack with other bracelets.

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Take advantage of this great deal! And give your mom a gift she can wear all the time.





Happy shopping!
Xoxo, Yolanda


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother's Day Sale

I'm always having a sale at my Etsy store FancifulWish because as a shopper, I love sales myself.  Who doesn't?  But more importantly, Mother's Day is coming up.

Now that I am a mother, I now understand how hard a mother's job is.  And it IS.

Use my coupon code LOVEMOM2013 at my store.  Use it in the area that says "Apply Coupon Code" before submitting your order.

Xoxo,
Yolanda

photo via Monico Perez


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gemstone Meanings

Making jewelry has given me a new appreciation for gemstones.  I have only started to work with them just because I have the time to make some different things.  It's always phases with me and my creativity.  Things come and go, and recently it's about gemstones.

When I was a massage therapist, of course I looked into healing properties of different stones.  But I haven't really appreciated them until now.  I went to a jewelry show and bought some gemstone beads to make more stretch bracelets and these are the ones I bought.


Moonstone:

I saw different colors of moonstone but really loved this strand of peach and grayish moonstones.  In some cultures moonstones are magical.  They are also used as dream stones and it's said it can bring good dreams at night.  It is also considered a fertility stone and women of some cultures sew it into their dresses.  Other characteristics of the stone includes: protection on land and sea, success in love and business, and it brings good fortune.


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Lapis Lazuli:

How can you resist Lapis Lazuli, even the name is exotic and mysterious!  This is one of my favorite stones because of the deep blue color and the shimmers in the stone, so beautiful.  Lapis Lazuli has a great past for it was used in places like Rome, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, you get my drift.  Also painters before the 1800's ground up this stone to create this vibrant blue for their paintings.  Isn't that mind blowing?  Once more, this stone was said to have magical powers.  Who could blame anyone for thinking that?  It is called the stone of friendship and truth.



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Brownite:

Included in the bracelet above is a stone I had never heard before but the vendor said it was brownite.  I've tried to look up information on brownite but can't find much.  It is really beautiful though and has these nice gold lines in them.  I thought it compliments the Lapis quite well.

Tiger Eye:

I love Tiger Eye stones.  I find the colors so intriguing.  Tiger Eye is a stone of protection and used a lot in feng shui.  It brings good luck and insight to the wearer.  It can also bring peace of mind or focus, helping the wearer to see clearly.  It's a grounding stone (for those who seem flighty) and a great stone for meditation.

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Blue Lace Agate:

Here is a stone for calming anger and strengthening communication in it's wearers.  It is also a protective stone like all agate stones.  This is a beautiful stone that encourages tranquility.

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Iolite:

In the photo above with the Blue Lace Agate and Lapis Lazuli, I added smaller dark blue stones called Iolite.  I don't know what drew me to these stones at the jewelry stones but I fell in love with it.  I rushed home to find out what these stones were about!  In the past, mariners used to use the stone as a compass, because of the way it showed different hues when held up to the sky.  They say Iolite helps you find traces of your past life.  How interesting!  It is a stone for vision and creativity.  Ahhh, no wonder I was drawn to it.  Haha :-)


Amethyst:

Of course I had to have amethyst.  Who doesn't love this friendly purple stone?  Amythest helps with so many things:  addiction, insomnia, relief from a headache, brings good dreams, protection, meditation.  It's a stone that symbolizes humility and spiritual wisdom.  How awesome and powerful is this stone?  I love me some amethyst!

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What's your favorite gemstone?
Xoxo, Yolanda


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Washi Tape

I love Washi tape!

I've only started using it in my FancifulWish packaging just recently because I found a cute store on the island that sells packaging, including Washi tape.  The store is called Celebrations.

What is washi tape?  Basically it's just decorative tape (genius!) and of course it originates from Japan, Japan invented the word "kawaii" which means cute and washi tape helps make everything kawaii.  Including packaging.

I bought a few different designs of washi tape from Celebrations and from Etsy as well.  I figure variety is a good thing.

I've only started to invest more into packaging my jewelry and I should have done it earlier (beginner's ignorance), but I figured small plastic bags were easily packaged in envelopes.

photo via www.cutetape.com

You can literally use them for anything and everything!  Use it to highlight things, wrap presents, create design on a gift box, seriously...so many things!

The company from the photo Cute Tape seems to have some really cute designs, so I think I may purchase more washi tape from them!  So excited!

How do you use your washi tape?

Xoxo, Yolanda

Monday, April 1, 2013

Echoes of the Universe / Namaste / Tree of Life

Ever have a feeling like the universe is listening to you and things happen that reflect that?  And you stop for a moment and say hmmm...I was just thinking that or you had just been talking about it or reading about it...

First it was the dream catcher.  I saw the bracelets online and wanted to make one but didn't have time then a few weeks ago I saw that my nephew had a dream catcher hanging in his room, which used to be MY room growing up and I had my own dream catcher.  SO I finally made the dream catcher charms....



Then I was talking to my husband this weekend about making tree of life pendants because I saw them on Pinterest.  BUT I used to make wire trees, years ago, they looked like this...I remember teaching my co-workers to make them for a fundraising basket we were putting together.  I loved these trees.


But my husband is Jewish and said it was perfect I'd make tree of life pendants because there is a Jewish holiday Tu b'shevat (it was in January).  I had no idea what he was talking about since I'm not Jewish.  All I did was come across a picture on Pinterest and I remembered how I made and loved these wire trees.  I thought if I could make those big trees, how easy it would be to make a pendant?  

The thing is every thing just connected, the photo, my memory, my husband (who is my love), his religion, my love of trees...Life is all connected.  Or should I say LOVE is all connected.  So I made them and I love them and I'm going to make more.



And lastly, a month ago my body was so tight and achy and I knew what horrible posture I've had since having my baby.  I rolled out my yoga mat (not that I really do yoga).  I needed to stretch my chest muscles so I could really breathe.  I needed to lengthen my torso so the muscles that were pulled apart for my c-section could start being "okay" again.  I needed yoga.  I pulled out my ipad and used the yoga app I have and did really basic poses, because I am SO not flexible.  But it felt wonderful.  Then I got busy and stopped but then I started up again.

Well about two months ago I added charmed bracelets to my etsy store.  Hello Kitty, Hamsa, Buddha, Om, Four Leaf Clover.  Just this month I've had people starting to buy the Om charm.



I just got an order from a woman who wants to give them to her bridesmaids as a gift and she signed her message to me:

"Thank you, Namaste,"


:-)  That's awesome.  The universe is speaking to me for real and I'm listening.

Namaste <3

Xoxo, Yolanda