Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Emily Wiser Jewelry

So recently I was in chat, doing what I do best blabbing with my bestest Etsy friend Heather. Low and behold what do I see on the right side of the screen in chat, but two of the most delicate and pretty silver bangles!! I love bangles but I typically can't buy them at the store because I have mini wrist, and I mean mini! The bangles will just fall off my arm.

So I wistfully click on the pretty bangles and what do you know Emily makes them custom to fit you!! After I did a jig and then a jump or two I whispered Emily about how to go about sizing my wrist. She was very helpful!! So low and behold I purchased the bangles, and they got her SUPER quick...hehehe I know cuz I was watching my mail box with anticipation!! I am not very good at waiting for things!!

All I can say is that they fit PERFECT and they are crafted expertly! They are very delicate and beautiful. Emily really does have a knack for making these bangles and other awesome jewelry in her shop!! I loved them soooo much that I decided to feature Emily on my blog, that way all of you can get a chance to see her supremely beautiful work and maybe take a trip to her Etsy shop and get yourself a pair of bangles!! I did a short interview with Emily that way we can get the scoop on her!

Tell us a little about yourself, i.e hobbies, family etc :
I like to make jewelry! Also, I was on TV last Monday. I missed it, but a friend had a copy to share with me. It's on YouTube at

What is your inspiration for your jewelry?
Peace, beauty, and meditation. I like the harmony of shapes and colors, and I like working with jewels. There's nothing better than feeling a dozen strands of pearls slide through your fingers!

How long have you been making your jewelry?
I've been making jewelry about 16 years. My mother-in-law is an artist and she taught me how to bead. Later, I taught myself silversmithing, and I've recently taken silversmithing classes at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.

Are you on any other venues besides Etsy? Online or even off line?
I'm on 1000 markets at online at and I'm at the Orchard Gallery in Ft. Wayne Indiana and at the Illinois State Museum Society gallery in Round Lake, IL. And at my own website at

What are some of your other favorite online shops and why?
Etsy is my favorite shop! You can get anything on Etsy. I also like shopping at 1000 Markets, and of course Amazon, Old Navy and the Gap. LOL

Emily sounds like a girl after my own heart, hehehe she loves to shop and she loves Etsy! So do yourself a favor and go and buy yourself some Bling in Emily's shop. You won't be disappointed!

As always be Happy and be Safe!!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Zoo Paper Bag Album Adventure

Hiya everyone! Well as you all know my son and I just recently went to the Zoo on his first Kindergarten field trip. You guys also know that I have started an new hobby making cards etc. Well now I am combing my trip to the Zoo with my son with my new found hobby!

I am in the process of making him a paper bag album. I thought it would be appropriate his first school field trip and my first venture into paper bag albums! I am no pro, but lord forgive me I am anal! So far I have gotten the base done, and the front cover. I started this yesterday and that is all I have done! Angelica typically doesn't sew and now she remembers why, it hurts her little alien prong fingers!!

Here is what the base looked like before I did the cover, this is the outside of the album.

Here is what the inside of the base looks like, which will be the inside cover and back inside cover of the album:

Now here is what the cover looks like:

hehehehh I may be a bit biast but I think it is adorable so far! Yes I know I am missing a center eyelet on the spine, well that is because I went the cheap way and bought the small version of the cropa a dile when I should of just spent the money on the bigger one. My little one can't reach the center hole!! So now I have to buy a big one to finish the eyelet. I tried using the smaller one, well let me tell u I had to through out that first base because it set both sides together so you couldn't open the album and I wasn't very happy!!

I am off to do some of the inner pages now, well after a trip to the store to find ink for my printer. I need to print off the pics so I can decide what I want to do on each page.......I told you I was anal!

Be Safe, Be Happy

Hugs! Angelica

Friday, March 6, 2009

Lions.....Tigers.........and Bears......Oh My!!

Well I can't believe that it is Friday already!?!? Where did this week go???? How is it that I find myself even busier now than when I had a full time job? Trucking kids from here to there, trips to the grocery store, it seems to suck your day away!! Makes me wonder how I did it when I worked full time because the trips to the grocery store where still there and so were all the mundane task of every day living. Hmmmm maybe that was why I was so grumpy back then!! Hehehe I can still get grumpy now, but not as much as before!

Well this week was also filled with a trip to the Zoo with my son Tristen's Kindergarten class!! I was mildly excited, after all 20 screaming, yelling and crying 6 year old in one big group puts my anxiety up!! Tristen however was VERY excited! He got to ride the bus for the first time. In the morning he got to go with brother to the bus stop and ride with brother to school! Typically I take Tristen to school as he is in afternoon kindergarten (oh and don't put your kids in afternoon kindergarten, let me tell u it make your day WAY less productive!). So he was excited to be a big boy and ride the bus with his brother Justin! He got on the bus with a little help from brother, like they say that first step is a doosey...hehehhe it was taller than his legs!!

In the meantime grandma and I were on our way to the zoo we wanted to be there on time as all the notes that were sent home said DO NOT BE LATE, so we left with plenty of time to get there. I am famous for getting lost..hehhehehe....even with navigation in my car! But we made it to the Zoo at 9am on the dot. Go figure I am on time and the bus ended up being 45 minutes late, yes we sat there for 45 minutes wonder where everyone was!!

Well come to find out we didn't have to stay with the group of twenty kids (my anxiety relaxed) we just had to check in with the teacher and get Tristen from her and we were free to roam the park! It was a really relaxing day. We saw some animals, but then Tristen found the play ground that has a slide. Needless to say mom and grandma sat on a bench for over an hour while he went up and down the one slide. He didn't want to leave the slide!!! We finally tore him away and went and looked at some more animals. Tristen is a hoot, he is very serious for a 6 year old, he asked what time it was and when we told him he said that we needed to leave at 12:15 as this is the time that teacher said we could leave. So at noon we decided to leave the zoo and we made it into the car at 12:14, he is like we are a minute early but that's ok mom......

Well all I can say is I would rather be walking around in the Zoo than telling someone why they can't qualify for a home loan! We all had a great time and Tristen was all smiles, so I say this week was a success. I am going to be trying my hand at a paper bag album which is an scrapbook of sorts. My first one will be about our Zoo trip! I am excited, I ordered some new stamps and a new cartridge for my cricut that is for animals and baseball. Tristen and Justin just started baseball. So Justine will be getting a baseball album made! Hehhe that is if the Zoo one turns out! Mom snapped a lot of pics at the Zoo so I have a lot to work with!! When it's done I will post it here on the blog so you all can have a peek!!

Be safe, Be happy!