July 02, 2010

4th of July Weekend...Support Our Troops

Well, can you believe it...we are halfway through 2010. Time sure does fly. It has been a while since I have posted and I do not have any good excuses. I am trying to make more time to do the things I enjoy, such as blogging.

So my friends, with the 4th of July weekend upon us, I ask one question. Do you have fabulous plans to spend it with your friends and family? I hope so.

To honor our Troops, I have created this necklace. It is listed in my etsy shop in 16-inch and 18-inch. As you will see in those listings, just email me (through etsy) if you need a 20-inch. It is all sterling silver. I have hand-stamped the awareness ribbon charm and hand wire-wrapped the yellow swarovski crystal for the other charm. The third charm is your choice of military branch.

Everyone needs one of these necklaces and now is the perfect time to buy one since we are celebrating the Independence that we have today. And we have so many Troops deployed and away from their families.

Support them...Honor them...Remember them

March 27, 2010


Iolite is a great violet blue stone that can be worn casually or dressed up. It has a rich history. Iolite is said to have been used by Viking explorers as the world's first polarizing filter to help determine their location. By looking through the iolite lens, they could determine the exact position of the sun. This would allow them to navigate around safely.

Iolite used to be called "water sapphire" due to its different colors. If you look at an iolite piece cut into the shape of a cube, you will see 3 different colors depending on which side you look at. Violet blue, almost like sapphire, clear like water and honey yellow. Although it sounds cool to see all of those colors, it is actually a stone that needs to be cut just right to show its violet blue color. The bluer it is, the more expensive it is.

Iolite is mined in India, Sri Lanka, Mozamnique, Zimbabwe and Brazil. However it is said that the Vikings probably mined theirs in Norway and Greenland.

This piece shown is made with the gorgeous iolite, freshwater pearls and sterling silver. The clasp is a toggle clasp with iolite.

March 24, 2010

Cane Glass...

I recently listed new items in my etsy store and thought I should let my fans on facebook know. I posted for everyone to take a look at the new items and it appears that the cane glass necklace, shown below, is a favorite. I usually get a lot of comments on this piece. My customers love it because no two are ever alike and it is quite the conversation piece. Whenever I wear mine, people always stop me to talk about it.

What is cane glass? Cane Glass is made up entirely of colorful fused segments of glass rods. It is very ornate. When made into beads such as the ones you see above, they are considered to be high quality. Makers of cane glass use a torch to wrap the molten state of the glass around metal rods. It is a very time-consuming and detailed process. Because cane glass has so many shapes and colors, there is usually something for everyone.

March 18, 2010

Too Old or Just Wiser....

I have toyed with the idea of "Am I too old to start pursuing my dream?" I now realize this has always been my dream and what I want to do with my life. It has just taken me many years and many, many life experiences to be brave, to find the courage to go for it.

March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Did you wear your green today to avoid being pinched? I wore mine.

You can wear green in many ways....being a jewelry designer, I prefer wearing it in the form of jewelry. And we are lucky that green comes in many shades, so you can pick your favorite or a shade that compliments you.

There is malachite...(this bracelet is made with memory wire so it stays coiled. Nice size nuggets to really compliment any outfit.)

There is African Jade...(this necklace is 17 inches long. The freshwater pearls and bali sterling silver compliment the african jade.)

And there is peridot...(this necklace is 16 1/2 inches long. It is freshwater pearls and bali sterling silver with peridot accents. The toggle closure also has freshwater pearls.)

Of course there are many more shades of green, these are just a few of my favorites.

March 12, 2010

Healing Effects of Stones...

Do you believe in the healing effects of crystals and stones? Many people do and they are not all new age people. Many people believe in the natural energies of the planet...from Chinese medicine to the Bible.

Just to look at one of them, I will speak of the Opal since it is my birth stone. I am a Libra. It is also associated with Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Opals come in many different colors and is thought to be good for creativity, inspiration, imagination and memory. Maybe I need to wear it more often for my memory.
Physically it is good for the kidneys, eyes, vision and circulation. It is also said to help with infections and fevers.
Spiritually, it promotes good and bad characteristics and allows the bad ones to come out so you can deal with them.
This information comes directly from The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt.

So after reading this, are you a believer in crystal healing?
Want to know more?
Let me know what stone you are interested in and I will let you know about its healing effects.

March 11, 2010


In 1993 I had the opportunity to take a wire wrapping class at a local bead shop. From then on, it was all over. I was hooked. I began beading and wire wrapping and making several pieces for myself and family members. I started doing holiday boutiques and office parties. The most memorable office party was at the local jail. Imagine me going through security with my bag of jewelry. It was great for security; they were able to preview my line prior to me setting up in the employee lunch room. I specify employee lunch room just in case anyone was thinking I was selling to the inmates. Just Kidding. For those of you in Arizona, I was at Durango Jail.

March 10, 2010

My Dream...

It has only taken me close to 4 decades to realize my dream...to realize what I want to be when I grow up. Four decades is what I say, but really for almost half of it, I wasn't capable of accomplishing my dream.
I started designing and making jewelry 21 years ago as a hobby. I needed a hobby because my parents moved me the summer before my senior year of high school. They didn't just move me to another town, they moved me from Dallas, TX to Chandler, AZ. It was a complete shock to my system. Not only for the climate change, but for the idea that I wasn't going to graduate with the friends I had had since the 2nd grade. (The last time we switched states.)
So we go to the high school to enroll me for my last year only to find out that I simply needed Arizona History to graduate. That was all a teenager needed to hear. WooHoo! Then my voice of reason (aka, my parents) spoke up and told me to sign up for many more classes so I could make new friends. So I signed up for classes of interest... business math, business computers, jewelry making and the basics. I survived and took my first soldering class.
I wasn't able to set up a studio for soldering at home, so I made what was popular at the time. Paper earrings. I went to school, came home and made earrings into the night. My dad became my rep and sold to various stores during the day while I was in class.
Then, in 1993, it all changed.

March 09, 2010

My Journey...

Hello, my name is Ashley. This blog is to document my journey to a full-time jewelry designer. Some people say not to put "things" out there like that as you will jinx yourself into failure. Others say that you have to "put it out there" so the Universe can return it to you. Since I am putting it out there, I am going with the glass half full outlook and hoping the Universe will return my dream to me.