Affirmation and Inspiration - Artisan Handmade Three for Thursday



“More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” 

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


In these days which seem filled with words of hate and division, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there is MUCH more good in this world than there is bad.  We just have to be aware of it. The smile of a friend or stranger. An unexpected helping hand. A kind word. Being strong in the face of adversity. That’s why I love the quote above . . . and sometimes use it as my mantra while doing some deep breathing to slow down my sometimes very active monkey mind.


So for this Three for Thursday blog post, I chose the theme of “Affirmation and Inspiration.”  Three jewelry items from three talented handmade artists were chosen that exude those two aspects and could be a calming touchstone during times when life just becomes a bit too crazy.  The three jewelry artists are: Robin of robintheraven; Mary of PrettyGonzo; and me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs. I hope you enjoy these meaningful choices and visit the artists’ studio for more beauties.. 



Courage Word Affirmation / Life Message Necklace with Faceted Red Czech Glass and Wood Beads Handmade by Robin of robintheraven




Blessed Virgin Mary / Immaculate Heart of Mary Rosary Bracelet Chaplet, Catholic Jewelry, Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Ceramic Zen Pendant Yoga Necklace with Palm Wood and Mother of Pearl Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




Still We Rise Life Message / Affirmation Necklace with Rudraksha and Wood Beads Handmade by Robin of robintheraven




St. Francis Rosary Chaplet Bracelet with Rosewood Prayer Beads Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Love Affirmation Word Earrings with Pink Swarovski Crystals Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs




Journey of the Soul Affirmation Necklace with Rudraksha, Salwag, and Wood Handmade by Robin of robintheraven




St. Agatha Rosary Bracelet / Breast Cancer Awareness Chaplet Handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo




Ceramic Namaste Pendant Yoga Necklace with Colorful African Christmas Trade Beads Handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs



I hope you enjoyed each and every one of these unique handmade creations!  If you would like to make my day and the day of the talented artists featured, please leave a blog comment.  And any promotion you can do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



My contact information:


Indiemade shop:  Shadow Dog Designs

Indiemade blog:  Shadow Dog Designs’ Blog

Blogger Blog:  Shadow Dog Design’s Blogger

On Fire for Handmade shop:  Shadow Dog Designs 

Artfire studio:  ShadowDogDesigns

Facebook:  Catherine’s Personal Page

Facebook:  ShadowDogDesigns - Jewelry

Twitter:  ShadowDogDesign

Pinterest:  Shadow Dog Designs

Flickr:  Shadow Dog Designs' Photostream



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A Beautiful Collection of Affirmation Handmade Jewelry!

Wow! This is soooo nice, Catherine! It's relaxing just to look at these pretties. :) Thank you so much for including my three chaplet rosary bracelets with the lovely creations from you and Robin. Everything looks made to go together! Which fits the theme of your post. Will be sharing everything at Pinterest and Twitter later today. Thanks again - and treats to the Noble Moose Dog from the Sweet Wee Kitty! :)

Thank you!

Thank you for your kind words, Mary. This was a meaningful and fun post to pull together. Such pretty items from you and Robin to choose from! Thanks for all your promo! Treats to the Handsomest Gonze from the Ready-to-Go-to-Play-with-His-Friends Moose!

Inspiring Spirits

Beautiful words and great job posting things, Catherine! How awesome to see the three of our spirits collide today! It feels like we're all together even though we're many miles apart. Hope we can all brighten this crazy world with our art. A passing moment of joy is something to hang on to and cherish these days. Peace and blessing from Portland....Robin

Cool post


Beautiful & Meaningful

Great collection of inspirational jewelry.


Nice selection. So true, too much hatred spewing everywhere.

I tweeted all the items and the post

your work

your work is every good

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