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New Handmade Jewelry at Shadow Dog Designs!

The last two weeks had been very busy creating and listing new handmade earrings and necklaces in my Shadow Dog Designs jewelry shop.  It seems the new jewelry listed have more of an eclectic, boho vibe.  Loving where the Muses have been taking me!  I hope you enjoy these new pieces with one oldie but goodie, the last pair of pink lampwork earrings. 

Love is in the Air! - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - February 3, 2016

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it seems where ever you go these days, "Love is in the Air"  with all the massive displays of Valentine's cards, chocolates, stuffed animals and such.  Last year the total retail expenditure for Valentine's Day was a whopping $18.9 billion.  Yes, that is with a "B" - a record for sales.  It was estimated that the average person celebrating February 14 shelled out $142.31.  Men spent about $100 more on gifts than women:  $190.53 vs. $96.58.  Candy, flowers and jewelry are the three most popular gifts.  Interestingly, about 20% of people bought a Valentine's gift for their pet!

Eclectic Mix of Handmade and Vintage Beauties!

For most of the year, a group of internet sellers - some sell handmade and some sell vintage - "meet" three times a week to share and promote each other.  Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, the "Twitter Tree" is hosted on a blog.  Two items are shared from each person as well as tweets for those items.  Many participants also pin the items on Pinterest.  The Twitter Tree, conceived by Jacki of Christie Cottage, is a great way to establish those all important back links.

All Creatures Great and Small - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade - January 27, 2016

 

 

I have always been a huge lover of animals, whether they have hair, feathers or scales - always have and always will.  Growing up on a small ranch in the Texas Hill Country, all of the usual suspects were there:  dogs, horses, cats, goats, cows, chicken, ducks, geese, pigs, rabbits and many others.  As a science teacher, my room housed many animals, from a huge boa to fun Madagascar hissing cockroaches, from parakeets to African hooded rats, from punk rock guinea pigs to flying geckos, and many other creatures.  And my life has always been shared with dogs, all adopted or "strays that came to stay."

 

New Handmade Jewelry at Shadow Dog Designs

January has been a very busy time creating new jewelry, photographing and listing those pieces in my Indiemade shop.  Valentine's Day is quickly approaching with the resulting hearts and love, pink and red jewelry flooding the markets - which I have also done.  Although quite a few heart pieces have already sold so you won't find many heart related items in this post.  The pieces being shared are favorites, however, since they have more of a boho Valentine's flair, making the jewelry able to be worn all year long.  Traditional Valentine's Day designs or not, any of these one of a kind handmade necklaces or earrings will make exquisite gifts for a loved one.  

A Joyful Heart - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday - January 20, 2016

 

 

A favorite quote, one that I often remind myself, is from Mother Teresa:  "A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love."  Such true words!

 

 

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