Saturday, October 15, 2016

Carmella's Jewelry Gift Guide

Each link opens in a new tab, so feel free to browse through and come back to check out all the gift ideas linked below. These are the items I think are perfect for family, friends, and of course, for you!

For Couples:

For Mothers & Grandmothers/Godmothers:

The Holidays are Coming...

I feel a bit like that title came out more ominously than I intended.  I love the holiday season for my jewelry shop.  Since opening my Etsy shop, it has been the busiest time of the year for jewelry and the idea of creating such personal and meaningful items for people all around the country makes me feel so much more joyful throughout the holiday season.

It definitely adds to the stress that seems to accompany the festive season, but it's a good stress.  I feel like I'm contributing to that exciting gift giving tradition on a less commercial level.  Most of the things I make are intended to be worn to keep the thought of a loved one close...either by making a keychain from newborn footprints, or a ring from the fingerprints of two children.  It's definitely my favorite time of year!

And now, with two jewelry shops open, it's going to add extra challenges.  I look forward to all the heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, custom orders.  I'm so glad I can be a part of the Etsy community and that people choose my work to gift to their family and friends.  It's truly an honor.

Following this post will be a gift buying guide I created with links to items in my shop I think people will love.  Happy shopping!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I really, really, really love these, a lot.  So I'm giving them their own store!  If you love them as much as I do, you can now find them in two places!


I'll continue adding more bracelets to each online store in the coming months.  Let me know if there are any mantras or charms you'd like to see!  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Home Sweet Home

I need to make a "Home is Where the Heart Is" bangle bracelet, since my husband is Air Force and our "home" uproots about every 3-4 years.

We drove 12 hours on Wednesday and almost 10 hours today.  And holy hell, I'm tired.  My 5 year old passed out within about 10 minutes of going to bed, which is unheard of...and we were just welcomed back to Colorado by golf ball sized hail.

Here are a couple of photos I took during my trip of adorable sleeping mammals:

I'm currently wishing I had made all my rings adjustable before that drive because I'm pretty sure I'll have to cut a few off at this point...I'm almost as swollen right now as I was when I was 7 months pregnant with each girl.

And we're watching Game of Thrones and I'm starting to relax back at home.  Immediately after we got home, we went back out again for groceries.  Now at least we'll have food for breakfast.  And after breakfast, it'll be at least an hour before I've dug my way through my car and luggage.

A couple more vacation pics:

My pirates and a kiss for Pop Pop.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Inspirational Rings in Adjustable Sterling Silver... they're stackable too!

Vacation has been exhausting!  My daughters are staying with their cousin and Aunt this evening so I finally had a moment to breathe and add these rings to my shop.  I love adjustable rings because I personally change ring sizes depending on how much salt I eat or how humid vs. dry it is these stacking rings had to be adjustable.  I also love the inspirational jewelry that's becoming more and more popular this year.

I know I should feel positive on a daily basis, but sometimes I need the extra reminder and seeing it on my bracelets and rings helps a lot.  It gives me the boost I need sometimes to remember that even when a hundred things go wrong, I still have a million things in my life to make me smile (cheesy, but very true).

I hope you enjoy these new rings!  I'm going to try using my remaining few hours of quiet to relax!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Traveling for a Couple of Weeks

My family and I left Colorado on Friday evening at 11:30 pm to start our long drive across the country to our home state of Pennsylvania.  We decided at the last minute to leave so early in hopes that our children (5 and 2 year old girls) would sleep through the bulk of the drive.

Unfortunately, we had hyped up the trip so much that they were both giggling and cheering for the first 10 minutes, sufficiently waking them up so much that they then groaned and cried for the following hour and no one could sleep (not even me...even though I was scheduled to relieve my husband of the driving so he could get some sleep).  Eventually, I got a couple of hours, but it was still exhausting.

We stopped for a break a little east of St. Louis in a hotel that was reserved for the night, but we decided that since we survived the crazy night driving idea of the evening before, we'd try again last night.

Did I mention we are also travelling with our 90 pound lab/husky mix?

After dinner and baths, we closed the blinds of the hotel room, pretended 5:30 pm was bed time, and all lay down for a 5-6 hour rest before heading out again.  This plan worked for my husband and 5 year old daughter, who slept soundly for the bulk of the time in one of the two queen beds.  For me and my anxious squealing dog and wide awake 2 year old, it did not.  I didn't fall to sleep until around 8:30...20 minutes after my 2 year old finally went down...and with no help from my guard dog who thought that every time someone opened a door in our hallway, it was cause for a few warning barks followed by 10 minutes of a high pitched cry.

Two hours later, we were awake and back in the car again, heading to our final destination.  This second night of driving totally accomplished the original goal.  Both girls slept soundly through the night...allowing me to sleep in the front seat (thank god) and Steve to drive until after 6 am.  We're all still exhausted now though.  So freakin exhausted.  We're at my parents' house until Friday then heading down to Steve's family's home for 4 days before starting the torturous long drive back to Colorado.

So far I've forgotten my glasses and my 5 year old's sneakers.

I'm over it.  I had a spare pair of glasses in the car and I had already packed 2 pairs of flip flops for my daughter (although she already lost a pair in the mud when we stopped in a town we used to live to reminisce...there was a pond, a cute little trail, and my daughter doesn't those flip flops didn't really stand a chance anyway).

Currently, I'm in bed in my childhood room while my own kids sleep on the floor and the 10+ year old air conditioner rattles in the window.  Steve chose to sleep on the couch.  This is gonna be a rough couple of weeks.

I'm going to try to join the rest of my family in going to sleep.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mantra Bangle Bracelets

Here's a video I made showing how easy it is to add charms and swap out the mantra buckles on my new line of inspirational bangle bracelets.  I personally wear two or three every day and I love that I can add as many charms as I want (I currently have my husband's fingerprint charm, and both my kids' birthstones and name charms...oh and the Aum charm, running girl charm, and "just run" charm on the Fear Less, Love More bangle...since that's the example I show in this video and I never took it off).

Please tell me what you think of these new bracelets.  Are there any aspects you wish were different? I'm always open to customization and custom requests!

Thanks for watching!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Scroll Quote Charm

I'm really excited about all of the things I'm adding to my shop but one of my favorites is this new quote charm that I posted about earlier this week.  Okay, that's not totally true, I also love the mantra bangles but this particular quote charm is one that I'll probably keep one for myself.

The quote is "a writer is a world trapped within a person"...and I love writing and everything to do with stories and books...when you think of how amazing it is that a person can bring to life a story from nothing more than their words and an idea of a world that didn't exist before they put it on paper, how can you not fall in love?  I wish so bad that I could do it...and I try, and I'll keep trying probably forever, but it makes me love this quote and this charm.

So here it is, complete with lots of leather chain options and a sterling chain option.

I hope you all love it as much as I looks awesome on any chain and the silver wrapped around like this seems to reflect in even the dullest light.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quote Charms

I'm currently wearing my newest charm.  I made it this weekend and polished it up tonight and it turned out exactly how I'd pictured it.  Unfortunately, I don't know how to title it.  I've searched around for jewelry similar and haven't found anything:

"Quotes Wrapped in Silver"?  or  "Favorite Quote in Silver Swirl"?



So anyway...I'm not going to list it in my shop until I come up with something for the title.  The quote on this charm is "A writer is a world trapped within a person"...which I heard somewhere and loved.  Any long quote would fit on this long as it isn't TOO long, I guess...or too short.  

I've learned so much since I began working with precious metal clay.  For one thing, I use a tumbler to polish everything.  It takes a long time, but the silver has never shined so flawlessly with hand sanding.  If you work with metal clay and silver in general and don't use a tumbler, I highly recommend it!  

Look for this in my shop soon if you like it!  I'm getting a lot of cutout templates in the mail this week and more white copper metal clay.  I have dozens of ideas for those new mantra bangles...different shapes and sayings...I can't wait to work on them this weekend!!  It's so great that my girls are a little older and enjoy playing together without mommy :)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Where have I been?

I haven't written here in about 3 years (I haven't actually checked back to see when my last post was but that's my best guess...and I'm not interested in clicking out of this new post, checking, and coming back to correct myself...then rewriting this sentence).

So here, in a nutshell, is an update on, well, everything.

My jewelry shop has remained open, even with some major life changes (another child, moving from Arizona to Colorado while my husband trained to become an officer in the Air Force...we moved the week before Christmas, which also means I was single parenting it in AZ for 2 months, with a full time job, during my jewelry shop's busiest time of the year...I kid you not, I got shingles in January and I'm convinced it was from the stress of it all).

Here's a quick timeline of photos to bring you up to speed...





Somehow, my jewelry shop has managed to survive...even thrive through it all, and now I'm brainstorming to bring new items, new bangles, new jewelry for couples, new everything.  So if you have something in mind and you don't see it in my shop, please feel free to message me and I'll do my best to add it!

These Mantra Bangles are coming soon:

stainless steel 14 gauge bangle with white copper clasps 
featuring a meaningful mantra

this one's my favorite...
because I'm training for my first marathon this year

So now you're all caught up!  I'm happy to be back here blogging and you can look forward to more updates as I continue adding more to my shop :)