Monday, September 21, 2009

Pearls of Wisdom....

Ok, I really don't have any wisdom to share, but I do have pictures of pretty earrings! :) I've been in a pearl mood lately. I love working with pearls and think you can wear pearls any time! Don't save them for dressy occasions! I love to wear pearls with khakis and a white blouse. Pearls can be as fresh and modern. Layer your pearls with other jewelry ... Mix it up and have fun experimenting!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cleveland Handmade Giveaway ~ Bubbling Spring Earrings

Cleveland Handmade is hosting a giveaway to thank our wonderful supporters and customers, as well as give you the opportunity to check out the high-quality handmade art in member shops. We’re giving you the chance to win these Bubbling Spring earrings generously donated by Cleveland Handmade member Rosemarie Hanus of Spawn of Flame. These earrings feature Spawn of Flame lampwork beads made by Rosemarie, sterling silver flying saucer beads, and beautiful aquamarine Swarovski brand crystals. The color is calm and refreshing, like a fresh bubbling spring. These earrings are light and comfortable, and are sure to please! So pretty!

There are just a few simple things you need to do to enter. First, visit the Spawn of Flame shop and take a look around. Then either visit our artists page or search Etsy for the “clevelandteam” tag and check out some items from other Cleveland Handmade member artists. Go to Cleveland Handmade and leave a comment on the contest post telling us your favorite item from the Spawn of Flame shop AND your favorite item from another Cleveland Handmade shop, and you’ll be entered to win. It’s that simple!

You have until Wednesday, September 23 at noon EST to get your entry in, so start browsing. There’s lots to discover!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quailcrest Farm Herb Fair

The girls (my mom, sister-n-law and her mom) and I drove down to Wooster this past Saturday for Quailcrest Farm's Fall Herb Fair. This is an annual tradition for us and one that we look forward to every year. The folks at Quailcrest have amazing gardens displaying herbs, perennials and much more. Their greenhouse is full of beautiful plants to purchase and their staff is knowledgable and eager to answer questions and give gardening advice. Garden accessories and gifts are featured in the gift shop.

Each fall they host an herb fair the Saturday following Labor Day, featuring over 70 artisans set up among the gardens. Admission is $2 per car, which is donated to the local boy scout troup. This year didn't disappoint with artisans displaying items including jewelry, stoneware, ironwork and much much more! After of morning of shopping and browsing the gardens, we enjoyed lunch provided by the local church.

Glorious mums in a rainbow of colors filled their greenhouses!

This year I had the pleasure of meeting Cindy of Simple Elements Design. Cindy is a fellow Cleveland Handmade team member and her display was natural, earthy and a perfect backdrop for her beautiful jewelry.

What a beautiful way to spend the day!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pineapple Grass

Everyone once in a while I swing by The Knot to check out the latest wedding trends and styles in bridal jewelry. (plus I just love to look at wedding photos!) That's where I came across Tara, a recent Northeast OH bride (with absolutely gorgeous wedding photos). Tara is the owner of a fabulous blog called Pineapple Grass. If you're looking for a new recipe to try, be sure to check her blog. I've always loved to browse through cookbooks and cooking magazines in search of new recipes to try, so I was thrilled when I found Tara's blog! Each recipe has detailed instructions, tips and a photo (which is a plus for me). I've already tried her Potato and Onion Gratin... yum! Below is her picture ~ mine didn't look quite as nice!

Tara also posts Northeast Ohio restaurant reviews on her blog. Such detail and photos! It's been so fun to read through this blog. Be sure to check it out!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cleveland Handmade Contest!!

Cleveland Handmade is hosting a giveaway to thank all our wonderful supporters and customers, as well as give you the opportunity to check out the high-quality handmade art in member shops. We’re giving you the chance to win this Time Flies bracelet generously donated by Cleveland Handmade member Robin’s Egg Blue. Time Flies is a one-of-a-kind bracelet made from antique pocket watch gears, a brass swallow charm, vintage glass beads, vintage brass chain, and a vintage brass clasp—it hooks onto the last gear. It is 7-1/2 inches long.

Visit us at Cleveland Handmade for contest details. Contest runs through Wednesday, September 9 at noon EST.

Friday, September 4, 2009

End of Summer Sale!

Everyone I talk to says they can't believe it's Labor Day weekend. I'm sad to see the end of summer, but have to admit that Fall is one of my favorite seasons. To celebrate the holiday, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on all items through Monday September 7th in my etsy shop: Sweet Bird Designs.

Smokey Quartz is one of my favorite gemstones to work with, so below is just a sampling of items available in my shop:

Wishing you a safe and fun holiday weekend!