You can find me here now... www.juelladesigns.com
You can find me here now... www.juelladesigns.com
Happy Summer! Now that it is summer I decided to do something a little special/different with my business. I am going to have "Open Studio Days" throughout the summer. My plan is that one day per week--most likely a different day and/or time to accomodate varying schedules--I will have what I'm calling an "Open Studio Day". Basically this will be a day to come to my studio to pick up orders, discuss future orders or see my creations in person. It's not going to be a formal 'Open House'--but I will actually be dressed, will have pieces available for purchase out and might possibly have some treats for any visitors that may stop by! Otherwise it's a scheduled day for me to plug along and make new jewelry--I'm not a schedule kinda person but with the kids home on summer vaca I needed to attempt to schedule some more formal work time!
I have a lot of local customers that like to see my jewelry in person, discuss options and pick up their orders if they are local and it's sometimes a challenge to pick a day/time that works for both of us. I thought I'd try this and see how it works!
My first Open Studio Day will be this Thursday, June 16th from 10am-4pm.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions or any questions/comments.
I will always announce each "Open Studio Day" on my Facebook business page (http://www.facebook.com/JuellaDesigns). If you are not local to the Redding, California area, please join my Juella Designs Facebook page--ALL FANS, regardless of location, receive free shipping on their orders when they use the coupon code found there!!
Next week's Open Studio Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.
I'm in the mood to paint things! Now that school is out and summer is finally here, I have the urge to freshen up our back patio area. I want bright and comfortable. I'm in the midst of about 6 different projects so none are complete but I wanted to share some befores and hopefully soon I'll share the afters!
One is this bistro patio set I inherited from my Grandmother...
I've renovated it once before...it was a dark gray with sage green padded seat and a glass top. The weather has done a number on it and 'somehow' the glass top ended up in pieces...hmmm.... I plan to brighten it up and bring it back to functional once again. I stopped by the fabric store to look for some outdoor canvas to redo the seats and my head just about exploded from all the choices! After a couple trips back, I think I'm keeping it simple and going white with solid red cushions.
This cabinet is a $5 find I made this morning at a local thrift store! I need a place to store all the shoes, balls, gloves, etc that seem to be laying all over the patio at any given time. It needs some love and it's pretty ugly but it's sturdy and has potential! (And no I'm not talking about the pug in the picture!)
And lastly a garage sale find from about a year ago. I was inspired by an idea for this huge wooden frame I've had stored away. I dug it out and am getting to work!
I think I need to start paying Dexter a modeling fee....
I have a problem with vintage luggage. The problem is I keep buying it because it's so cool looking and then I don't know what to do with it when I get home! I recently picked up a little blue train case at the Roses & Rust Vintage Market from my friend Zizi of The Green Mum. Immediately loved it for the size and the color. Did I have plans for it? Nope! I thought about it a little bit and decided to revamp it and use it for all my hair goodies.
I raided my daughter's fabric stash and found a really bright, fun fabric and glued it to the inside which had been gutted. Love my new storage trunk!!
Sigh....I suck as a blogger once again. Sorry about that. Well guess I'll jump in once again and try to keep up.
We are now on the first day of summer vacation for the kids and I'm sure it's going to go super duper fast. The kids and I would love to be lounging in the pool, but alas it's raining and cold out. We have yet to hit summer weather which I think is bizzare for Northern California...any day we'll be thrown into 100+ degree temps.
Well what have we been up to in the last couple months? I'll share some highlights via Instagram pics...
We became geocachers and have been having a great time on this worldwide treasure hunt. A goal for summer is to create and hide our own geochache.
I took place in The Burlap Harlot Show...I can't wait for the next one this fall...for more information check their FB page here.... The Burlap Harlot Show
My kids, Mom and I on Mother's Day....we had a beautiful Mother's Day...shared the day with my son who turned 9 years old...whoa!
Kids are moving up in the Scouts! Ella bridged into the Brownies and Jacob moved up to be a Webelos.
We took a long weekend to the Bay area mid-May to explore a bit of San Francisco and to spend two days at Maker Faire. Maker Faire was incredible--for the kids and for us. We saw so much and there was still so much to see. Maker Faire is put on by Make magazine and Craft Zine....two great sites for all kinds of maker goodness. For more information on Maker Faire you can check out Maker Faire.
We also took another extra long weekend at the end of May to Southern California. We celebrated Aaron's brother 40th birthday and toured the Hollywood area. We ended the extra long weekend in beautiful Pismo Beach. Already planning another trip back to Pismo. ;-)
I am so, so excited to introduce my newest line of jewelry, Simply Change! This line features coins from all over the world, stamped with words or phrases and strung on a variety of mixed metal chains. I will add pretty beads and charms sometimes as added accents. Every piece is truly one of a kind!
I was inspired to make this line for a variety of reasons. One being the quickly rising cost of sterling silver. I still love, love sterling and will continue to work with it, but I want to offer jewelry in a more affordable range as well. I was also inspired by seeing the many beautiful and interesting coins from around the world. My son is a coin collector and I began taking notice of some of the coins. Without doing a thing to them, some of them are so beautiful! I started collecting them myself and have had dishes of them sitting around for months just waiting to be used in some manner.
I wanted to incorporate what I have been doing, making custom and personalized jewelry but with a twist. That's where these old coins come in! I want them to be talismans of sorts. Talismans are objects worn to bring specific qualities into your life, such as strength, happiness and protection. I have been stamping powerful words and phrases onto sample coins and will offer these for sale. But I will also take orders for custom and personalized pieces...I will stamp whatever you like--be it powerful words, names, dates, anything unique and meaningful to you.
I hope you like my newest line! You can go to my Etsy site to see the current coins I have listed at Juella Designs Etsy Shop. I will be listing new ones all the time.
There are many reasons I am so excited to be a team member of Redding Handmade, but one of the latest is the upcoming team charm swap! One of our members, Kimberly Snowden (Garnet Heart) presented the idea to the team along with the starter charm bracelets she made for every member. Right away I was excited by the idea and so thankful to Kimberly for the super cool bracelet.
At our next monthly meeting we will be having our charm swap with 16 members participating. Each of us will make 16 identical/similar charms and swap them with the other members, we will end up with a full charm bracelet representing each other. We all have different styles and materials that we work with, so it's going to be a very eclectic and fun charm bracelet. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
I have the idea in my head of what my team charm will be, just need to get into production mode! We will have upcoming posts on our team blog featuring each contributing members charms...check it out here...www.reddinghandmade.com.
I'm throwing in the towel with the whole weight tracking thing. It has gotten me no where but to be unhealthily focused on my weight and what I put in my body. I had this magical number in my head of where I wanted to be. Where I needed to be to fit back into my favorite jeans. Forget it. I'll buy a new pair of jeans.
A few days ago, I noticed the quote at the top of my blog.... "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished busines, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." This is how I viewed this current weight loss fixation--life would just get better/be better if I lost 20 pounds. No it won't. It's just fine now. If anyone has a problem with what size I'm wearing-that's their problem. I don't need to make it mine.
As far as I know I'm healthy. Right now I am within 20 pounds of the weight listed on my license...a weight that I don't think has changed since I was 16. That was 21 years and 2 children ago. I should feel good about that. If I need to buy a new pair of jeans and toss the old favorites, so be it. (But dang those were expensive jeans! OK stop it Lisa.)
I know what I need to do to feel good. What I need to eat. How I need to move. If I blow it one weekend, who cares?
There are obstacles to this. The times when I will still be down on myself and how I look and forget the bigger picture. The guilty feelings. Other people. What they say and what they don't say and what they say to other people. Forget them.
The biggest challenge is what I say to my kids. How I model proper health, fitness and nutritional issues. How my daughter views her body. How my son views his. What they say to other people. What the other people say or don't say or say to other people about them. That's all I need to focus on. Keeping myself and my family healthy and feeling good about ourselves regardless of what the weight on a scale says.
I have recently discovered that the Hungry Girl lists Weight Watchers Plus points on her recipes so I've been having a lot of fun trying out some new recipes - and actually cooking to the surprise of my husband! So far what I've made has been really good so I question the actual point values. The best so far is the "HG's Mega-Delicious Chipotle Chicken Panini" I have seriously had it 5 times in the last week. She says it's only 6 points and that's what I'm hoping is true!! Apparently it's a healthier redo of a Panera Bread sandwich, I've never had that one but this one is excellent.
1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers) or chipotle hot sauce (like the kind by Tabasco)
2 dashes onion powder
2 dashes garlic powder
One 100-calorie flat sandwich bun (like Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins)
2 oz. cooked skinless lean chicken breast, shredded or pulled into pieces
1 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh basil
2 thin slices red onion
2 slices plum tomato
1 stick light string cheese, shredded or pulled into pieces
In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Set aside.
Split bun in half and lay the halves flat, split sides up. Evenly spread half of the sauce onto the bun halves, leaving half of the sauce in the bowl. Set aside.
To the bowl with the remaining sauce, add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside.
Evenly top one bun half with basil, onion, tomato, saucy chicken, and cheese. Place the other half on top, sauce side down.
Bring a grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Place sandwich in the pan. Using a spatula, press down gently but firmly to seal the sandwich. Grill until hot and lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully and pressing down with the spatula to seal.
Cut in half (or not) and enjoy!
Definitely check out the Hungry Girl's website for even more tasty and healthier dishes. If you have tried some, please let me know the results in the comments!
And now for the dreaded Friday weigh in....
Starting weight: 172
Last week's weigh in: 168
My current weight: 167.4
My goal weight: 154
Gain/Loss this week: -.06
Total lost so far: -4.6
I'm a 34 year old stay-at-home mom to 2 amazing kids. I own my own jewelry business which allows me the flexibility of being with my kids during the day, while still having something of my own to build and grow with. I believe I have the best of both worlds and I absolutely love creating custom and personalized jewelry. Please check out my online shop....www.juelladesigns.com