Thursday, October 9, 2008

Economic Stimulus Sale

Frustrated and worried about the state of the financial world? Alleviate your worries and treat yourself to some jewelry from my shop. :) Get some of your holiday shopping out of the way with some beautiful, but affordable jewelry, keychains, ornaments, and bookmarks - something for everyone on your list! Beginning tonight at midnight through midnight Saturday, take 15% off of your total order. Mention code 'STRONG' in Notes To Seller at checkout.

Also, for everyone who makes a purchase during the Economic Stimulus sale, you will be entered in a drawing for a FREE sterling Petite Initials necklace (1, 2, 3 or 4 initials)

or a soldered photo ornament, one entry for each item purchased!

Your name will also be added to my monthly drawing for a FREE piece of jewelry from my shop, or your own design, valued up to $75. Who can pass on FREE?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Family Heirloom

Just listed this new necklace in my shop, perfect for representing all parts of your family:

Shop now before the Christmas rush!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Waiting to Exhale...

Last December, my DH was RIF'd from his job at a company that he had worked hard and loyally for for the past 7 years. This was a BIG gulp moment for us, as we had very little savings, relying mostly on his income since the fall of 2004 when our daughter was born. As a result of having very nearly a zero income, our home mortgage lender began foreclosure proceedings on our home, as we could not afford to make our monthly mortgage payment. So many people around the country are going through this for a variety of reasons, and it STINKS! Unlike so many others that were led to believe they could buy more of a house than they could actually afford, we could actually afford our house - when we had an income, that is. :)

We finally got it worked out with our lender to where we had a moratorium on our mortgage, to allow DH to secure other employement, and hopefully at least equal salary. Praise God - in June the call came from a huge competitor of DH's old company! They wanted DH and for more money than his old employer. Great news, but we also knew that we had a lot of catching up to do on all of the bills that had to fall by the wayside.

Well, as of September 18, our moratorium ended. Our lender let us know that we would be under review for a loan modification, meaning that we would only have to pay a portion of our past due mortgage payments and the remainder would be rolled back into our principal loan figure. Under review, but not a done deal, in their words....

Fast forward to today, we still hadn't heard anything from our lender. We had called and left messages to try to find out what was going on and to avoid another, extremely embarassing visit from the sheriff to serve foreclosure papers. Well, once again praise God, the call came this afternoon, Sunday afternoon of all days. It was our lender and they were pleased to inform us that we were approved for the loan modification, and that as long as we make two mortgage payments by October 20th, the foreclosure is cancelled. Y I P E E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the most magnificent news we've received in quite a while - WE GET TO KEEP OUR HOUSE, OUR HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We can finally exhale....... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So, to celebrate, please take 15% off your total purchase + free shipping on anything, and everything, in my shop from now through Tuesday at midnight. Please send me a Convo, mention code 'EXHALE' and I will send you an adjusted invoice through Paypal.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My tumbler's coming, my tumbler's coming!

I am SOOOOO excited! My tumbler is on its way! For those of you who make jewelry, you know what I mean. No more spending hours polishing charms and other jewelry items. My poor fingers are worn to the bone from sanding and polishing, well not literally, but almost. It looks like I've bitten my fingernails down to the quick on a couple of fingers (sorry TMI), but it's just from sanding and polishing all of that jewelry that people have been ordering. Thank you so much, my dear customers! Yay - relief!

Also, just listed a couple of jeweled barrettes that I did a couple of years ago in my Etsy shop, per the request of some of my wonderful customers.
One for Halloween:

and one for the holidays/Christmas:

Also, only 4 more days in this month left to place an order and be entered to win a FREE custom jewel from my shop, your design or mine, up to $75.
Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can it be......

that time already? To start thinking about the holidays? Where did the time go??????????????

I just put my ad up on Boutique Cafe's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide! It points to my Etsy shop and if you mention the code that is below my ad when checking out, you'll receive 10% off of your entire order. I will also have giveaways and free shipping days through the next four months. Please check it out! Personalized jewelry, ornaments, and key chains make wonderful holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Crying my heart out...

Well, I have some sad news to report - I had a miscarriage at 10 1/2 weeks. My heart is broken, but I know that this baby is in heaven and that we'll get to meet him/her someday. This was a very painful experience both physically and emotionally, one I hope never to repeat. We will try again, probably next year. Your prayers would be appreciated....

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Wow - it's only 166 days until Christmas! Shop in the cool comfort of your home and avoid the stress of last-minute shopping with my Christmas In July sale. Save 15% off of your total order on everything in my Etsy Shoppe. Also receive free shipping! For every item you purchase, your name will be entered in a drawing for 4 deluxe soldered glass ornaments, to be drawn on August 1!

Now, onto more important news!
We just found out that the stork will be making a delivery to our happy home sometime in late Feb./early Mar. of 2009. This will be baby #2 for us, so to celebrate, I'm going to give away any custom jewel of your choice from my Etsy shoppe. Please leave a comment with your best parenting advice, especially how to transition from one to two children, or favorite memories from your childhood. I will draw the winner on Friday, July 18.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Jewels for Mother's Day

It is hard to believe that it is nearly April already, which means Mother's Day is just around the corner. Get your shopping done early! I just listed some new personalized stamped and soldered jewels in our Etsy shop:

Blessed bracelet:

Signify necklace:

And, a bracelet perfect for a bride-to-be, or for an anniversary gift, Wedding Day:

Keep a lookout for more new jewels next week!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Yowza! Has it ever been a long time since I last posted! The Christmas season brought almost too many orders to handle = lots of sleepless nights. Thanks to all of our faithful customers for their orders and support! You're all the best!

One sad note - my husband was laid off from his job the week before Christmas. He had been with the company for nearly 7 years and they all of sudden decided that his position, along with several others, was not needed. We were blessed to receive 4 months worth of severance = 3 months after all of the taxes came out. My only question - why can't these people that make those decisions wait until after the holidays? That part I cannot fathom. At any rate, he is still searching for a wonderful new job. Please pray for us, that his new job will come along soon, as we will be out of money at the end of this month.

On a brighter note, I just ordered my very own stamping supplies to create some new jewelry.

I'm planning on a combo of stamped sterling tags and soldered photo charms for some very meaningful Mother's Day gifts. Keep checking back to see what I'm up to!

We were also featured in the February edition of Australian Beading Magazine. I wrote a tutorial on how to create soldered glass charms, and they also printed the interview I gave to the editor. I will post pictures soon of what the layout looks like. I feel so blessed to have been noticed and asked to participate in this amazing opportunity.

Thanks for reading!