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What is the most fun about designing jewelry?  Playing!! I get the most from spending time playing, not producing, filling orders, or even...

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Over the Moon....

I love making pieces of jewelry that are simple but make a small statement.  For instance, most recently, I just made a simple half moon.  In sterling, copper, and gold filled.  That's it.  And it is amazing the response I get from people. 

It reminds you that sometimes the simplest things make the biggest statements!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I love recommendations from people

I have been so fortunate to go into stores over the years and random people tell me things they like or what they desire and I then search them out and try them.  So here are a couple things that have stuck with me over the years:

1.  Anthropologie candles, I love them!! Can't live without them, why?  The smell is fantabulous!!

2.  Viva 1/2 paper towels, yes sounds crazy but why do we need a full size towel for anything...lol

3.  Smokehouse Almonds, someone bought them for me once, kind of an accident, an accident that I am in love with!!! Eat them constantly..........

4.  Store I love....Zara.  When I was 21 I went to Spain with some friends, I went into Zara there ( we didn't have them here, this was about 17 years ago) and I found the most wonderful sweater, total splurge ($35), of course a friend borrowed it and I never got it back.  But then I was in Vegas one time and there it was...in the Fashion Mall...Zara, and I go to it every time I am there, and of course in San Francisco, or any other place that has a Zara

5.  Now for my recommendation.  I highly recommend that every woman takes at least one vacation alone.  And this can be a day vacay or a week, but a vacation where you do what you want, when you want, how you want.  It sounds selfish, and splurgey, but I have to say, I have done it for years.  I have sworn to a good friend that it is the best thing you can do, and she has doubted me.  Well she did it, and she said she had no idea...but she is hooked, someway, some how, she will make it happen again....now that's a recommendation that I highly encourage you take. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Inspiring Words....

So two nights of sleeping more than 6 hours in a row, might I say, and wow what a difference those hours can make after 9 weeks of 3 hours here, 2 hours there.

My friend text me last night asking me to make her daughter an inspirational necklace.  She gave me the words, strength and honor.  I, of course, said yes.  But it got me thinking, here is her high school daughter who she plans to give this necklace to, with two simple words.  And those words mean so much to her daughter because of what they stand for. 

They are the words that her high school team uses to stay focused, to bring inspiration, and to give them hope.  Two words that make such a difference in a teenagers life.  It is pretty amazing.

Made me wonder about what 2 words I could be saying, or others in my life could be saying that would help people stay focused, bring inspiration to others, or give them hope.  I am not perfect by all means, and I do have bad days, but for the most part I try to do good.  But there is always room to bring more to the table.

What will your words be?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rose Gilley Designs on Shopbevel.....Need your help to win!!

I'm thrilled to share my design that I've recently submitted to Shopbevel. It's a community where jewelry designers can submit their pieces and have the community vote on them in hopes that they'll get produced for a limited collection and sold on Shopbevel.com. Please join me on this adventure and take a moment to vote for my piece here: http://www.shopbevel.com/vote/style-a-celebrity/3035-stardust-necklace/ Thanks a lot! I need lots of votes!!!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Things to try....

Things I would like to try some time in 2013.....

1.  A cleanse (know a good one?)

2.  Cross Fit ( right now all I do is run)

3.  Painting and decorating my kitchen (something new and fresh)

4.  Taking a new jewelry class (a different medium)

5.  A new self tanner!!  Now this is high on my list!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What is going on in the studio now?

I finally made it to my studio for an extended period of time this week.  With a 7 week old, it isn't so easy to get away, plus the wonderful metals, etc. are not the best things to be around, but a girl needs a break, whatever or however long it is.  So I got a little bit of time and grabbed it.  What did I do first?

1.  Went for my staples, my hammered fine silver circles, can't go wrong and lots to make with them...example: https://www.facebook.com/rosegilleydesigns?ref=hl

2.  Then I made some coin size discs, sterling and 14kt gold filled, they are simple but everyone loves that necklace that you can wear all the time, anywhere with anything

3.  Went to my favorites: bangles....yes bangles, I love bracelets, the more the merrier from anywhere works for me: https://www.etsy.com/listing/155905539/395-womens-fine-silver-bangle-bracelet?ref=shop_home_active

4.  Then I made my stackable rings, why you ask.....because they aren't expensive, you can have any stone on them, and they are way fun for yourself or gifts, I love wearing them on my thumb or stacking them in between other rings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/86494021/stellar-stackable-rings?ref=shop_home_active

5.  Last I made some pieces with a bit bigger stones, still the long and flowy, but definitely not exactly the same!!!

So, yes I accomplished a bit, however, could I do more?  I could always do more!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Things to do Fourth of July....

1.  Hang out with friends and family

2.  Huddle inside and stay cool

3.  Take a drive to a lake or river (don't forget the picnic basket)

4.  Catch up on the last 7 seasons of Dexter

5.  Garden

6.  Play board games inside with your kids

7.  Learn about designers on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RoseGilleyDesigns?ref=seller_info_count

8.  Take in a new movie

9.  Invite friends over for an indoor picnic party

10.  Put in a blow up pool in the yard

11.  Read a book/magazine/blog that you have wanted to for a long time.....