Thursday, July 24, 2014

summer is in full swing...

and I'm singing the blues.  Not really, I'm just drawn to the blue hues
of aquamarine, amazonite, and turquoise semi-precious stones.  I love to 
create with them and mix them with vintage treasures.  I've been
restocking my jewelry for upcoming markets and shows, and I always 
seem to reach for these!

Of course the neutrals always have my heart also!

These aquamarine rondelles are some of my favorite, add a little
rhinestone bling and well, perfection!

I've also been making lots of resin pendants to hang
on a simple chain, as they are a favorite in the booth.

This is where we spend our Saturdays.  The Detroit Eastern Market.  
We love coming here, the atmosphere is really amazing with so many
wonderful people from every walk of life mingling with each other, shopping for
produce and specialty products created by Michigan small business owners.  

On a rare occasion Duane and I get away from it all, usually to celebrate us.
This year for our 28th anniversary we made it to one of our favorite places in MI.
Traverse City
he had to be up there for work, and I tagged along!
(the sunset made it look like we were glowing, and well glowing is good)

We only had one day up there, but I will take what I can get :)
I used Rhonna Designs photo app to really capture the gorgeous sunset 
that we watched as we sat on a blanket on the beach on the  Leelanau Peninsula.

The kids and I spend most days at home 
either making product or just hanging out, but we have been
taking a few days here and there for adventures too.
The zoo has been a favorite and as a family we have been 
to a smallish lake close to home for a little R&R for all.

I hope that you are having a lovely summer full
of adventures of your own!


Friday, July 4, 2014


May your day be filled with love, laughter, sparklers, good food, surrounded by those you love.  
t. xoxo

Saturday, April 19, 2014

featured on Saturday Spotlight!

I am honored to have been asked by Kris from

to be featured as her Saturday Spotlight!

Kris and Susan from

feature a blogger every week so that 
we can find out a little bit more about them and
what makes them "tick".

Thank you so much Kris for inviting me to 
tell a little bit about myself, my family and our business!

Thanks for stopping by!

p.s. If you haven't entered the
Honor the Earth
giveaway yet, please go down a couple of posts and head to the
 site right away and
throw your name in the hat!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

playing with my phone...

I am not someone who can play games on my
gadgets, ie. phone, computer, FORGET about xbox, 
I'm happy that I have figured out how to watch the show I want on Netflix.
So no games for me...
but put a design app in front of me and I'm all in!
I enter that blissful space of creating
that gives me a challenge and sense of accomplishment.

(kind of what playing games does for my kids!)

My favorite go-to app is 
Rhonna Designs
it's my "candy crush" if you will.

I have no idea what that game even entails,
except something to do with crushing candy
and unless I'm eating it, well, I just don't see the point!

I use it for the beautifully designed graphics that I can make my own to
share a recently created necklace...

or the newest accomplishment for me.
I have been wanting to learn to make my own soldered bezels
for a while now, and with the help of you tube I finally gave it a try.
I have a long way to go but, as with lots of things, the 
fun is in the process!

Sometimes I use it to put my name on my creations...

lucky me, she has my favorite font and I can 
use the transparency tool to fade it out.

I use it to let our customers know where to find us. 
The collage elements let me feel like I'm playing with paper again.

Of course, saying thank you to those customers is just as important!

Sometimes, I just use it to make helpful reminders pretty...

we got more snow last night so I really hope this one
happens pretty soon!

I have also experimented with a few other apps that I like...

diptic is great for making a collage of your photos,
easy to use with lots of layout choices.

So, these are my 'games' of choice.
I use them for my business, 
so they are actually work, 
but my kind of work...
creative, fun, and relaxing all at the same time.


Do you have any apps that you use
that I should know about?  
I'm always looking for a new way to play
I mean work!

Thanks for stopping by!
If you haven't thrown your name in the hat for the give away
that ends on the 22nd, 
check out my last post to go to the link!

t. xoxo

p.s. I have not been reimbursed to share these great tools
with you, they are just my way of getting you to play 
in the sandbox with me!