Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Flea Market Finds!

So I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to experience my first visit to the Kane County Flea Market, located in the lovely town of St. Charles, Illinois.  It was fantastic, especially if you adore vintage in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The market hosted an array of great vendors.  I had the opportunity to meet the lovely Traci Tessone of Whimsy, a great vintage retail boutique located in Morris, Illinois and Connie Perez of Aesthetics Creations of Crystal Lake, Illinois.  These ladies had a fantastic booth, filled with an array of goodies any fun loving vintage obsessed girl or guy would love!  I look forward to visiting both of the ladies again in the near future. 

I also found some really shiny and colorful vintage jewels...yummy...can't wait to see where they turn up in future designs.  


Monday, June 21, 2010

Challenges Bring The Light

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
~Joseph Cambell

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”
~Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”
~Noela Evans

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
~Chinese Proverb

It happens sometimes - life is progressing, happily and beautifully, when suddenly, you are face to face with what seems to be an insurmountable challenge.  This challenge forces you to slow down or just stop.  In the midst of your challenge, you discover that all the things that once seemed so important are now insignificant, or better yet, meaningless.  You are numb, at first, then slowly you must put one foot in front of the other, and proceed with this thing called life.  For days, you may cry uncontrollably, you make walk around in a complete fog, or you may feel absolutely nothing at all.  You might experience all possible emotions - anger, hurt, sadness, loneliness, fear...and then slowly yet carefully, you might begin to see a sliver of light again, peeking out from behind your darkness.  This light could be your family, your friends, your pets.  Whatever the light, wherever the brightness, you must grasp it and hold onto it with all the strength you have left.  For this light will give you the necessary strength and energy and love to move forward.  

Thank you, to my wonderful husband, for always being my light!

And for those of you who may be experiencing personal challenges, 
I send you peace...

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sweet Mojo For All That Ails You!


I ADORE fragrances, almost as much as I love jewelry.  So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that the very talented mixed-media artist, Jessica Moreau Berry along with business partner Jolene Hoch, had launched a new and exciting line of bath and body products called "Sweet Mojo Apothecary".  Sweet Mojo is a collaboration of "two friends who have always been interested in natural home and health practices".  The wonderful collection of natural sugar scrubs, bath oils, salt soaks, perfume and massage oils and hair treatments are almost too good to be true!  Combining citrus and essential oils like lavender and neroli for their Wild Wing products and sweet orange blended with delicate neroli & smoky vetiver for my personal favorite, the Sunbeam line, these two talented ladies have shared with us a true gift!  I ordered the Sunbeam perfume oil because it's such a great summer scent and the compliments I've received have been overwhelming.  I encourage you to visit their Sweet Mojo Apothecary and browse through all their magical combinations - I've included just a few below.  The perfect gift for yourself  or a friend to alleviate those hot, summer days.  Oh...I also received a sample of the sugar scrub with my order and can I tell you, it is one of the best I've ever used...and believe me, I've used a variety of scrubs! Drop by Jessica's blog, Junque Revival, and let her know what you think about her new adventure!

 Examples of fragrance blends from  
Sweet Mojo Apothocary

JADED SPIRIT: calming lavender blended with delicate neroli, frankinscense & rose deep, rich & sweet, it’s truly for the wild at heart 
HAPPY WINGS: rose & violet blended with calming lavender & sweet woodsy scents….sweet floral notes with a hint of woodsy aura, spread your wings and have a happy day! 
FAIRY LORE: tranquil lavender blended with rose, neroli & exotic ylang ylang…..a romantically floral scent, it’s like sitting in an old cottage garden.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Wish For You...

This is my wish for you:  
Comfort on difficult days,  
smiles when sadness intrudes, 
rainbows to follow the clouds,  
laughter to kiss your lips,  
sunsets to warm your heart,  
hugs when spirits sag, 
beauty for your eyes to see, 
friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe,  
confidence for when you doubt,  
courage to know yourself,  
patience to accept the truth, 
Love to complete your life.

~ Author Unknown

This exquisite vintage brooch and earring set was a gift from a very wonderful and beautiful friend.   
She has enriched my life with her sincere and true friendship.  
Her view of life is positive, and just like these gorgeous pieces, she continually brings sunshine to everyone she encounters.  

Thank you, Jaclyn, for this wonderful gift and for being such a bright ray of sunshine...
you brighten so many lives! 
Don't ever let anyone take your sunshine away :-)