Friday, December 31, 2010


Wishing everyone good  health, happiness and a blessed 2011. 

 As for resolutions, I read these in an ad in a magazine and they do sound pretty good, 1. save more money every month (that would be nice)  2. get more free stuff  (this I think can be done by using coupons, buy one get one free, free drink with order etc. I think this was a cable tv ad).   3. hit the gym (healthy habit).  I would like to add getting organized to that, now I've really extended myself.   

 Getting organized will included organizing the studio.  Since we had water damage with the rains coming in, a new floor will probably be in order first.  Will be keeping you posted on this  "little"  venture as the new year begins and of course, more jewelry making, craft shows, stones, rocks and more....have a fun and safe evening!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Year End Sale @ MY Etsy Jewelry Shop

 SALE at the Etsy shop. You need to enter coupon code 2010SALE at check out for 20% off your total order. SALE till midnight Dec. 31, 2010. You can click on the link to your right or click on over to ...and don't forget to join us on ...happy shopping and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  I know that it was sure busy around our place.  I got the best gift I could ask for, my son got to come home from his base at Fort Drum, NY, so the whole family was together for Christmas.  Now relaxing and winding down the year and ready for a great new year!

 Oh, here is a picture of my birthday gift, Dec. 22, from my husband.  Anyone have one of these Paragon Fireflys?...any tips, advice, suggestions are certainly welcomed...would love to go to "school" from your experiences.

Friday, December 17, 2010

FARMERS' MARKET Cancelled is FREE Shipping Friday

rain, rain, go away...IEJ will NOT be at Monrovia Farmers' Market tonight, Friday Dec. 17th...sorry for the inconvinience...please feel free to contact me, I'll be checking my e-mail throughtout the day and of course is open 24/7...and..
‎~it is... FREE Domestic Shipping Friday and EVERYDAY @ ...many companies are doing Free Shipping Friday today, a great deal, now is the time to go on-line to your favorite companies...and don't forget handmade at Etsy...happy shopping..

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Chocolate Christmas Jewels

Source: Better Homes & Gardens Annual Recipes 2007

Festive holiday cookies.

Servings:         about 36 cookies
Prep time:       25 minutes
Cook time:      8 minutes

About 20 large gumdrops (no spiced or black candies)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut gumdrops into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt ; beat until combined. Add cocoa powder and beat well. Beat in egg and milk. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in pecans, cranberries, and chocolate pieces.
Drop dough from a rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press several gumdrop pieces on top of each cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.

Some jewels for all the Christmas cookie bakers out there...have fun...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Farmers' Market Friday~ 2 left

Yeeesss! I will be at Monrovia Farmer's Market tonight.  The shopping season is coming upon us fast, or so it seems, with Christmas Eve being on a Friday, we have two Fridays left at Monrovia to finish out the year.  Farmers' Markets, any local one near you, are a fun way to get your shopping done. It's not like going to a mall, it is more like an evening out with music, resturants, food booths, face painting, handmade gifts, pony rides, Christmas lights, mainly a strolling, casual atmosphere...oh... and Funnel Cakes with strawberrys and whipped can't find all this at the mall!!! get out this Friday to Monrovia or your local Farmers' Market and ....SHOP HANDMADE!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

ETSY LISTINGS~(soon to be)

Here are some new jewelry pieces that need to be listed in my Etsy jewelry shop, I'm a little behind at the moment, but here are some things that I've come up with to make listing a little easier and faster.  Some of you seasoned Etsians probably already do these things, or maybe have some better tips.  As I finish a piece of jewelry, on a sheet of paper I write the measurements, length of necklace, earrings, bracelet, size of all the stones used and type of stones.  I get pictures taken as soon as I can, even if I'm not going to download them or list that day, when I view them, I crop and then will compress the one's for Etsy and write the identifying numbers of the ones I want to use.  The name for a piece usually comes along the way, I find...and determining price before you even start to list is goes...have I left anything out?  I would love to hear how you go about your listings, any good tips or suggestions?...or hey, even critique...please chime in...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Farmers' Market Friday

I will be at Monrovia Farmers' Market tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. , so for all you locals, stop by and say hi...and by the way, only three fridays till Christmas!  It is going fast.  I have some new earrings to bring out tonight....