For the Jewelry Lover in You

If you've been around my blog for any time you might notice there has been some slight housekeeping and re-arranging that has gone on.

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I haven't been active on the blog for some time as I have had a lot to think about regarding how I wanted to move forward. This is just how real life plays out.  My blog has always been a little virtual extension of my studio, me and my work. So its still me, simply working on a new chapter as I continue to go forth on life's journey. 

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You know how sometimes there are things you don't think about or know about, or even know to think about, until you are already in the situation? Insert sigh here. If I had to write a school paper on "How I spent my 2017 Summer Vacation" it would open with this sentence: I spent the summer building a new website.

And yes that is how I spent my 2016 Summer Vacation too. Go ahead, insert another sigh here. Those "things" I didn't even know to think about. Yep those things. Reared their freaky little heads from the 2016 website.  So yes, I spent the summer building a new website. It was definitely a time eater. But it is so much nicer, rolls easier and smiles at me.


But I struggled with my blog dilemma and even more time slipped away. You see, the experts tell you to use the blog venue that comes with your store.  Then they list all the reasons why it is so good for your business and why a blog on another site is not as good for your business.

I railed and I lifted my fists to the sky! I didn't want to move to a new blog platform. I didn't want to start over in blog world. But, they're the experts, so I finally gave in and tried it. Even wrote a couple blog posts.  Hey, never let it be said I'm not willing to try.  But I h.a.t.e.d. it. I could not personalize the blog, it was cold, sterile, boringly ugly.

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I said, "to heck with experts". I have to be true to me and who I am. I've had my blog for way too many years to simply walk away. After I got done sticking out my tongue at the rules, so began the housekeeping and re-arranging I mentioned. 

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 If you love jewelry and like to treat yourself I would love it if you visited the Shabby Cottage Adorned online store (yes I still have the Etsy store - see the sidebar too). Or maybe you know someone who loves jewelry and you need to start thinking about your gift list. 

If you don't know me, I create one of a kind and small batch jewelry from my home studio in TN.

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I  have an artistic background that after 20+ years segued into jewelry. I love to create romantic and feminine jewelry for women and all their moods and moments.

If you love jewelry please treat yourself and join my new VIP CLUB! I give away jewelry twice a month... bracelets, necklaces and earrings! Plus I give you free shipping on all your orders! For reals!

See the sign up over in the sidebar or click HERE.

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Today I am giving away these boho beaded earrings. Giveaways usually are done the middle and end of the month. Give or take. I am a day late because I got my days turned around! :)

And that my friends is how I spent my summer vacation.

I hope yours was more fun! 

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail















Excuse my Dust!

If you see some out of whack goings-on, it's just me!

I am making a few changes on the blog and when it is done I will be back regularly!

See you on the flip side. :)

xxoo ~ Gail

Sharing My Joy

Are you like this? Afraid sometimes to share happy news for fear of sounding like you are bragging? I am. I never want people to think I am bragging about something because that is just not who I am. Yet when good things happen to us, that is the time we need to stand up and shout it to the rooftops. Because face it, life can be hard and so we really need to embrace our joys and share them with others when they plunk themselves down on our doorstep.

So I am embracing my happiness this month and sharing with YOU dear friends what made me happy. Stampington approached me this past Spring and I am thrilled to announce that I have had two pieces of jewelry published in two of Stampingtons' publications, Jewelry Affaire and Belle Armoire Jewelry this month.

Now how cool and exciting is that?! 

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I think for me it is a validation. Validation that yes I can call myself a jewelry designer, jewelry maker...whatever it is I am at this point in my life. Validation that what often lives in my head, whether I am aware of it or not, can come out safely and be enjoyed by others. Validation that, yes, I AM good enough. I bet many of you out there can relate to sometimes needing validation of some kind.

So thank you for being out there and letting me share with you.

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo