January 23, 2010

"Stuff"

It feels good to be inspired and back in my studio creating ... for the past few weeks I've been so wound up with  life's "stuff" I haven't taken much time to create, let alone feel inspired to create! When I have too much going on at one time I tend to 'freeze' and do nothing, well nothing creative at least ... sometimes all of my energy feels like it's been zapped out of me just while thinking about all the life "Stuff" ... a few nights I even crawled into bed before 7pm! Yeah, for the night ... not a little nap! 

Anyway ... that was the week before last ... this past week was different, I snapped myself out of it and tuned into the right side of my brain ... literally. I went into the studio, pumped up the two portable heaters, turned ALL the lights on really bright, poured myself a glass of wine {yes ~ it was in the evening!}, and hit the play button on the cd player. And played with my other "stuff" all the goodies, treasures, and flea market finds .... all the "good stuff" that takes my mind off the "other stuff" .... Ahhh, finally inspiration comes to me!

Oh and yes, this is where SILVER SUNDAY comes in ... I finished six necklace designs ... ALL done in silver.  I have also joined up with Mosaic Monday this week over at Mary's blog ... 'The Little Red House'

 

Silver is probably my favorite element to create with ... love, love, LOVE it's timeworn and tarnished patina combined with antique crystal rosaries, luminous mother of pearl, vintage milk glass beads, glamorous rhinestone rondelles, and old ornate crucifixes.

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The mosaic above contains photos of the pieces I worked on last week ... I had almost the same amount of fun taking and editing the pictures as I did making the jewelry ... maybe a sign that I must really be coming out of my creative funk?

I also got a HUGE boost to my morale from the sweetest comments you gals left on my last post about the 'Prairie Gypsy' belt buckles ... your kind words gave me a whole bunch of much needed encouragement ... THANK YOU!!

Last Silver Sunday I promised two things ... a Vintage Black Friday announcement .... and another giveaway...

As promised, here they are ... 

Vintage Black Friday is coming back...much sooner than planned and will be a monthly party! Yippee and ya-hoo!! ... I am so excited to tell you all this news  ... but I'm not spilling all the beans just yet ... I'll do that next week ; ) ... here's one hint, VBF is fast approaching, start gathering your treasures now ladies!

And this week's Silver Sunday give-away? Since I'm feeling sooooooo creative these days, I'd LOVE to pass on the "good stuff" to YOU! How about a Gypsy Brocante necklace like one of the above ... in SILVER, but of course! We'll play the same way we did last time here's how you can earn chances to win a necklace:

Leave a comment on this post earns 1 chance.
Become a follower earns 2 chances.
Already a follower? Let me know, earns 2 chances for you .
Mention and link to my give-away on your blog, earns you 3 more chances.
{Feel free to grab the button below}

 

Winner will be announced on next week's Silver Sunday post...

Happy Silver Sunday to all! ... make sure you check out all the good silver "stuff" this week over at Gypsy Fish Journal.

89 comments:

  1. I am so glad you were able to create. Your necklaces are lovely. I find I wear more silver now than years ago...and I really love it! Happy SS!

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  2. I'm doing the happy dance, VBF is BACK!!!!! Yeah!!!!

    Your necklaces are wonderful, Jill!! I really like the one with the key!

    I'm a follower from way back, well, maybe not WAY back, but at least VBF's, LOL, and I'll be posting your giveaway on my sidebar right away!

    ((Hugs))
    Marsha

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  3. Gorgeous! 'Tis so wonderful the muse has come back to play! ~ Angela

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  4. Glad you are back!! I love your necklace's and the display is pretty great. Hope you have a really good week...julie

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  5. I just love your necklaces. I'm glad your creative muse came calling again because your work is beautiful. I would love to be entered in your giveaway...I'm already a follower. Looking forward to Vintage Black Friday because I probably have just as much vintage black as I do vintage silver.
    Jane

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  6. Beautiful jewelry! Glad your creative juices are flowing again. I would love one of your creations...I am already a follower. I will post this on my blog also. thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Ohhhhhhhhhh, I want this! I am a follower!
    Happy SS!
    xojanis

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  8. Your blog is beautiful and inspiring!! You are a very talented woman--I love your jewelry and the belt buckle is stunning!! I will add you to my list of favorites for sure. Keep creating. Julie

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  9. Wow, I just found your site and love all the beautiful things you make. So much talent in one woman! I'm excited that I will be eligible for your give away too!
    Oh, and I'm also a FOLLOWER!!
    XO
    Nancy

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  10. You are really a talented and creative artist. These are beautiful necklaces. I joined as a follower and am looking forward to seeing more. I'd love to enter too. Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  11. Jill, Talk about being inspired! I think you've done it girl...these necklaces are wonderful...(they'd go great with my new tattered elegance clothing line I'm introducing this month)...You know I'm already a follower and love being one. You are an amazing talent, so I'll also put you on my side-bar and be sure and tell everyone about your great giveaway!Have a super Sunday!
    Gale

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  12. You have a talent for creating such beautiful works of art. I would love to be part of your giveaway for a chance to wear one of your wonderful pieces. Happy SS

    Thank you
    Rebecca

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  13. I am already a follower of your blog.

    Rebecca

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  14. Hi Jill
    Well I have to agree I am totally the same and 'freeze' when things get too much.. when this happens I have to stop and make lists to move forward.. but I wish my forward movement would create such beautiful jewellery as yours does!! ... Thanks for your lovely comments and I am very happy to say I comply with all 3 entry criteria.. he he ciao ciao.. xx Julie

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  15. Yeah Jill....I'm glad your coming out of your funk..you're so talented and creative. We can't have your creativity hibernating like a big old grouchy bear...love ya gypsy girl.
    {{hugs}}
    Beth

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  16. Hi Jill, your new necklaces are just stunning! I am soo in love with your Prairie Gypsy belt buckles... I looked at them all in your shop and they are sooo dreamy! Yes, please enter me in your giveaway, and I am already a follower! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

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  17. Wow, Jill! When you decide to get back at it you don't mess around! I can't believe how many FAB necklaces you made! I especially LOVE the key necklace with the green beads! AWESOME!
    And your belt buckles are GORGEOUS!
    I'm happy to say that I'm a follower and I'd love a chance to win your giveaway, even though I'd probably feel guilty because I won one during your VBF giveaway! I hope you saw my post back on December 19. I know it was a busy time of year and I'm not sure. Glad you're back in the creative saddle!
    Blessings!

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  18. Yay! VBF will be coming back - let's hope I can find more black treasures! I love your necklaces and have always been a big fan. And, I've always wanted one!! I am already a follower and would love to be entered in this giveaway.

    xo
    Claudia

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  19. I tend to freeze myself when I have too much going on. Glad to hear your creative juices are back. I love your silver jewelry and silver is my usual choice when I wear jewelry.

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  20. oooh you got your mojo back! Love these and would love to win one!

    Cheryl

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  21. Good to see you went on a creative spree! I think I'm just starting to come out of a dry spell myself! I wonder if I even have enough new vintage black items around to participate again. I better go look!

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  22. I am the same....when a fog happens, everything creative gets pushed to the side and I have to claw my way out! You sure exploded out with a vengence! Your jewelry pieces are fabulous! Love the one with the pink drop pieces...when you get going you really shine!!
    Have a fabulous Silver Sunday! xOxO Nerina

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  23. Hi Jill
    Boy can I relate...it has been hard for me to get back in the groove since after Christmas, finally got the shop rearranged and almost all of Christmas taken out, maybe now I can get busy and get out of my funk - the problem is NO SUN! Love your jewelry and thanks for the inspiration
    Blessings

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  24. Oh I forgot to enter the giveaway; I already am a follower and I will grab your button and put it on my sidebar. Thanks so much for the giveaway
    Blessings again :}

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  25. It's great that you could be creative again and made those beautiful necklaces! Please enter me in the drawing! I just added your giveaway button to my sidebar.
    Have a wonderful Silver Sunday!
    xoxo,
    Julia

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  26. Hi Jill, so glad you're back in the studio, all your necklaces are gorgeous. Last night we went out and I wore yours with a strand of pearls and it totally dressed it up to a new level. I've had so much fun with it. You know I'm a follower. Have a wonderful Sunday.
    hugs,
    Debra

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  27. YAY!!!! A giveawy of your beatufil silver pieces, and VBF!
    What more could a girl ask for. =0)

    Love the new pieces you've done.

    Thanks for entering my name.
    I am a follower too.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  28. Oh, wow! LOVING these!! I would love to have anything like those - you don't see that much creativity here in NH :-) I just became a follower so hope that doubles my chances of owning one of these beauties!

    Wanda in NH
    wandalee3@aol.com

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  29. Gorgeous. I looks like your creative energy is in high gear now! This necklace looks like something my daughter would adore so please enter me into your generous drawing. And thank you for the chance.

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  30. Oh Jill, life is Good...hahahaha. You have created some beautiful pieces girl.... Yiiihaaaa to VBF, I sure missed that!! AND another giveaway, could I be so lucky again? I will post your button on my blog and let you know that I am one of your daily followers. Happy Silver Sunday...
    Sylvia

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  31. I know what you mean about the creative fog, January seems the foggiest of all. Your giveaway is wonderful, I'd love a chance, I follow and have also linked on my Blog. Amanda x

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  32. I know how it feels to be in a funk, so glad you came out of it and wow what treasures you made as a result! A little time away can do the creative juices some good. So lovely! I am already a follower! :)

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  33. ...I love your new necklaces! I found your blog through etsy, your marked as one of my favs!
    I am now a follower and I have linked and posted about your giveaway on my blog! xo

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  34. I found you via Amanda's blog. I'm now a follower, your jewels are just lovely. I've always worn silver, my wedding ring is silver. Greetings all the way from Tasmania :) I'll add your giveaway button to my blog, you might like to pop over, I'm having a giveaway too :)

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  35. I know all too well the "the freeze" feels like I'm standing still sometimes! Gorgeous necklace!
    xo,
    Carole

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  36. I'm the same way - when there's too much going on I sorta shut down and have to let it all marinate.

    And you know I'm eagerly anticipating the return of VBF!!

    Blessings... POlly

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  37. hello, it would be so grand to win one of your pieces. they are icredible. i am already a follower~lucky me. Bestest,Denise

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  38. http://oldmachalafarm.blogspot.com/Hello, I would love to win one of your beautiful pieces. I am a follower of your blog and attached your button for the giveaway to my blog Old Machala Farm. Thanks
    Michle

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  39. Your necklaces are absolutely lovely. I hope I will be the lucky one! p.s. I just became your follower :)

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  40. Sometimes it just helps to step and away and breathe deep (and a glass or two of wine never hurts)! Whatever you did to revive your artist side...it worked! Beautiful jewelry. I will be sure and add your button to my sidebar. Funny thing...I thought I was a follower already since I have you on my favorite list, but turns out I shouldn't think! I am a follower now for real...pays to double check!
    Somebody is going to be real happy next week and I sure hope it's me!
    Debbie

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  41. lovely silver jewellery. Interesting concepts you have.

    i have now become a follower of your beautiful creations.

    Val @valspassions.blogspot.com

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  42. I loved the buckle!!! I love the necklaces even more so here is a comment, you know I am a follower, and as soon as I finish writing this, I will copy your give-away logo for my blog. As always I love having you stop by for a visit. It means a lot. Thanks.

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  43. Just found this site and I do LOVE your stuff!

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  44. Beautiful Jewelry! Look foward to seeing more!
    Have a great week!!

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  45. Love your jewekry, I found you from my mom's blog Talking Trash.. Will defenently follow you.. :)

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  46. I LOVE your jewelry (& so did my assistant when she opened to gift I got her from your store)!

    I'm already a follower (just been silent recently) and also posted about this on my blog.

    Winning a piece of your AWESOME jewelry would be great!

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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  47. Oh your necklaces are just beautiful. Please put my name into the hat.

    Enjoy your week!

    Kathleen

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  48. I never joined in a Vintage Black Friday so I am WICKED excited! Also, already a mad follower ~ so hook me up. Your jewelry is so thoughtful with many layers to it ~ I just love it. Just glad you got your mojo back and were able to create for us ~ well done.

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  49. Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post!
    xoxo...Kathy

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  50. So pretty! What a nice mosaic they made!

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  51. So glad you're back in the swing! A new pretty in silver is always welcomed. xo

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  52. Beautiful! Beautiful necklace!

    Deborah
    comfortjoydesigns AT gmail DOT com

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  53. I hear you, I am always overwhelmed by life!!! but wine and music sure helps!
    Love your jewels.
    I am a follower.
    I have put your thingy on my blog and linked.
    I am a winner!
    Rachaelxo

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  54. Well, I love your blog! Found you through OWOH. I've become a follower and linked you to my blog's side bar...in fact, I just figured how to do this through much trial and error! :) Take a look at www.bibscrap.blogspot.com

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  55. Hey finally had a chance to sit and stare (in awe) at all your new creations....just gotta say they're amazing~tres bien my gypsy sister, tres bien!
    {{gypsy hugs}}
    Beth

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  56. Hi!
    I discovered your blog about 2 months ago and am really enjoying it. I would love to win a necklace!
    And I am one who "freezes" also, kinda in that state now but working to get out of it!
    Have a great week! karen...

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  57. Your necklaces are so beautiful--thanks for sharing the new collage, too! Your spirit comes through in your blog (and posts), and I feel so inspired when I visit you! Happy day!
    xo kate

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  58. I hear ya about being 'zapped'. But the sun is now shining and I'm getting back to being creative! I am already a follower and I'll post your pic on my sidebar right now! I would love to win one of your silver necklaces! Please enter me!

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  59. Jill amor, all I can say is...Que Bello! You created some beautiful pieces! Anyone of us would be so lucky to own one of your beautiful pieces. Please enter me in your giveaway, I am already a follower and I already posted about it on my blog :) Can't wait to see what new treasures you share next week. Besos, Rose

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  60. How fabulous! Love your jewelry and love your blog.
    xo, suzy
    www.georgiapeachez.com

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  61. Wow, I just came across your blog and I'm glad I did. You've got some gorgeous jewelry! I'd love to win!

    I just became a follower also.

    Thanks
    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  62. STUFF is my middle name ...

    love it, all of it

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  63. Your Beautiful jewelry! I just love it & I am now a big time follower ;)

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  64. Your jewelry is so gorgeous and unique! I haven't been in my studio in weeks. I need one more day a week to get all the things I want to do:)
    ~Debra
    Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

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  65. I am now a follower and love your art!! Keep sharing with the world....it's awesome!

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  66. Wow! Just came across your blog through Connie -She Dreams Big- and soooo glad I did! I love your work! And those buckles! Beyond Fabulous. I would love to be the lucky recipient of the silver sunday giveaway...and I'm becoming a stalker, er, follower, not just to increase my chances ;)

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  67. Your work is beautiful! Have a wonderful week!

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  68. Oh my gosh, your work is exquisite. I just love all of your creations. AWESOME!! I also jumped on the follow train as I think your blog is beautiful and would be happy to follow along. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway and I would love to be entered.
    debby

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  69. Oh my gosh I just found your beautiful sita and signed on as a follower. Your work is just beautiful. Please add my name for your giveaway. Looking forward to future post.
    Thanks,
    Carolyn

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  70. You do beautiful work and your blog is always fun to visit!
    What a wonderful gift!
    annie

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  71. oh, I need one of those gorgeous necklaces!!!! please enter ME!!!!! lol...I am now a follower and will definitly be back, and I will put it on my side bar...thank you!

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  72. The necklaces are gorgeous! I LOVE silver too. It's my favorite. I just got back in to my studio after moving from one side of the house to other and I have been working on my Blog totally redoing it! It's good to be busy and creative!

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  73. My first visit to your blog. Just love your jewerly. You are so talented. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Willow

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  74. amazable!! beautiful work!
    please count me in!!
    *jean*
    jeanzosss (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  75. Love your work! Your jewelry is amazing, I would love the chance to win one of your beautiful creations! I am happy to hear Vintage Black Friday is coming back! I already have pics cropped and waiting, hoping to participate more this time around!

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  76. Beautiful necklace! I would love to win!

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  77. These are awesome and so rustic :o) Please enter my name because I'd love to win one! Thank you for your generosity.

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  78. Oh man am I glad I happened upon your blog. Love vintage and your work. I have become a follower and added you to my favorite blogs on my blog vintagearabesque.blogspot.com
    Could I ever be so luck to win this?
    Marianna

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  79. Your jewelry is just awesome! I love it all! I am so happy that I followed a link and found you, and I will be back. I am now a follower as well, and I am going to put your button on my blog. Good luck to you in your creative adventures.

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  80. Beautiful work ! I'd love to be entered. I especially like the one with the key. I used to have a large [30ish] collection of old keys but somehow they got lost and I have never been able to replace them.

    I also signed up to follow your blog !

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  81. This is my first visit to your blog. I came in from The Wizard of Once Was's blog. I am just in love. So many inspired creations and beautiful treasures in one place!
    I adore that necklace - I adore all things silver.
    hugs,
    Heidi
    heidig@gmail.com
    PS: I am having a giveaway on my blog if you would like to pop in for a visit :)

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  82. I am now following your blog to keep abreast of all of the treasures. I have also hearted your etsy shop.
    heidig@gmail.com

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  83. Utterly beautiful. You have a wonderful sense of design.

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  84. I just dropped in and thought I would let you know your necklaces are beautiful!! I would love the chance to win
    and wear one of your pieces!! I am also following you!!
    Hugs and Blessings to you and yours, Susan in Georgia

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  85. glad i found your blog while blog hopping in the One World One Heart event. you do beautiful pieces. following you

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  86. This is beautiful -- please add me into the draw!
    ~martha

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  87. Girlfriend, not only do you make the most awesome necklaces and brooches, now you make the most AWESOME belt buckles. Dang it, wish I had the talent you have in your little finger LOL. I have a TON (yep, oodles) of vintage jewelry and not the talent to use it. I sell the pairs that are good but hang onto the ones that have one missing a stone or the whole earring. Maybe one day I'll get the guts to do something. I've been thinking about turning single earrings into brooches and bookmarks. You inspire me to try.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

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