Friday, February 27, 2009

An Awesome Vintage Giveaway!

Check out A Vintage Bride's blog at:, she is has a great contest going on right now! Post a comment, and a link back to her blog to win a lovely re-purposed vintage cake topper! Drawing for the contest will be Friday, March 13, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hoop Dreams

Hands down, hoops are my favorite style of earrings! They are a staple item in my everyday jewelry wardrobe, and I just don't feel dressed without them! Surely there are plenty of other ladies who feel this very same way! So I've created three different styles of hoop earrings for those of us who love their hoops, I'm sure one of these will tickle your fancy!

Ethnic Rectangle Hoops

A handsome pair of hand-forged copper wire earrings with a twisted copper bead added for a unique flair! These earrings are a bold 2 inches in length, and 1-1/8 inches in width, yet they lightweight and easy to wear! With their unusual shape, they are sure to catch your attention!

Cost - $12.00 per pair

Twisted Copper Hoops

These medium sized hoops start with a sturdy 18 gauge wire base that is wrapped in a twisted copper wire bead. The earwire is a smaller gauge wire that hooks easily into the latch and stays securely in your earlobe. Even with all this wire, they are surprisingly light weight! From the top of the earwire to the bottom of the earring, they are 1-1/8 inches long, and 15/16 of an inch in width.

Cost - $15.00 per pair

Rose Quartz and Copper Hoops

A simple pair of hoop earrings, each adorned with a 8mm faceted rose quartz bead, which is encompassed by a handmade twisted copper bead and 4mm round copper beads. These beautiful hoop earrings are 1-1/4 inches in diameter, a subtle size that will grace your ears with elegant style!

Cost - $12.00 per pair

Do you prefer sterling silver or gold-filled wire instead of copper? Each of these earrings can be made especially for you with either of those metals! Please contact me if you wish to procure one or more of these styles of hoops for your very own in another finish! Prices will vary by choice of finish!

You may purchase one or all three pairs of these earrings by clicking on the add to cart button by the pair(s) you most desire! This button will take you to Paypal; follow the steps to pay for your purchase (please note that you do not need to open a Paypal account to use their service). Upon the receipt of your payment, your order will be sent you enclosed in a shimmering organza bag; which is suitable for gift giving and storage. All of my jewelry is sent first class via the USPS with insurance to all customers living within the United States.

Thank you for looking!

Heart's Desire Beading Company 2009 © - All Rights Reserved

Monday, February 23, 2009

Attitude is Everything!

This was recently posted on Goinggreenboutique's Ruebee blog, and I thought very touching and worth passing on to everyone!

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, she was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.' 'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?' Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Day and Night Necklace

What is hope... by Vineet Bansal

What hope means...
Hope is bright shining light, which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cool breeze on a hot summer day
Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
Hope is seeking more when others think you had enough
What hope means...
Hope is dreaming of tomorrow
Hope is simmering under sorrow
Hope is sparkles when tears are in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing and beautiful things never die
What hope means...
Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together
Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
Hope is the last thing ever lost.....

The focal point of the Day and Night necklace is a gorgeous 40mm black and ivory white dichroic donut that has touches of copper and gold. It is wrapped in a finely crafted 18-gauge copper wire frame that is wound with several feet of a very fine copper wire. The pendants dimensions are 45mm across; and including the bale it is 54mm in length. It is suspended from a beautiful 18-inch long copper chain. Cost - $45.00

You may purchase this necklace by clicking on the add to cart button below which will take you to Paypal. Please note that you do not need to open a Paypal account to use their services. Upon the receipt of your payment, the Day and Night Necklace will be sent to you enclosed in an elegant silk bag with a zipper closure, suitable for gift giving and storage. All of my jewelry is sent first class via the USPS with insurance to all customers living within the United States.

A special thanks to Donna Spadafore from Gailavira Jewelry for her wonderful tutorial that was the inspiration for this necklace.

Thank you for looking!

Heart's Desire Beading Company 2009 © - All Rights Reserved

Monday, February 2, 2009

Let It Snow!!!

Wow! What a beautiful snowy day we had today! Early this morning it was raining, then as the temperature dropped (about 9:00 a.m.) it started snowing big, soft, fluffy white flakes. They fell until about mid afternoon, covering all the tree branches and grass in heavy wet snow!
David's snowman

It was a great chance for all of us to get out and make some snowmen, throw huge snowballs, sled down the hill, and shovel off the driveway. These are some things we haven't been able to do at home for a few years! We even enjoyed a walk in the woods in the falling snow, followed by hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm up when we got inside!

Jonathan's snowman

Hope you are staying warm where you are today! Happy Groundhog's Day!


Elegantly yours.....