Where is your American Spirit?

On this Memorial Day I want to ask everyone to show their American Spirit. I have heard different opinions about how patriotism isn’t as strong as it once was.

My own children were taught to think that the United States of America is a bully, going around the world taking over and getting involved in everyone’s business. They weren’t taught the reason why.

Red, White and Blue Earrings
Red, White and Blue Earrings

What is the American Spirit?

Simply put: to be free

Many people around the world would love to be free of oppressive governments and dictators. Over the past 240 years we have developed a great military with which to defend ourselves and help those who seek freedom.

But freedom comes at a price. Brave men and women have paid that price with their lives.

As we remember and honor those who have fallen and lost their lives serving the USA, please pay particular attention to the importance of not letting that fade from your memory.

Tatue of Liberty Bead
Statue of Liberty Landmark Bead

How do you show your American Spirit?

What are the symbols of the American Spirit of Freedom? There are many, and can be incorporated into any fashion:

  • The colors red, white and blue
  • Stars
  • Display the flag
  • Lady Liberty
  • The Liberty Bell
  • The Eagle

On this Memorial Day I will show my spirit and be somber, in honor of those we lost and in contemplation of the loss of more lives defending our flag and our right to be free people.

Whether you lean to the left, lean to the right or just stand straight, please remember that brave soldiers lost their lives so that you could stand wherever you want.

Make an extra effort to be proud of our country.

Pay respect to the souls of brave men and women who died protecting our flag, our country and our freedom.

Celebrity Moms receive our rose quartz jewelry

We were thrilled to have popular Celebrity Moms receive our Rose Quartz Jewelry bracelet in a specialty gift bag created by The Artisan Group©, in honor of Mother’s Day 2014. 

Rose Quartz Jewelry Bracelet for Celebrity Moms
Our Rose Quartz Bracelet for Moms included in Celebrity Gift Bag

Celebrity Moms

This special collection of unique artisan made products was received by popular Celebrity Moms and included:

Jaime King. Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tammin Sursok, Halle Berry, Rachel Leigh Cook, Kendra Wilkinson, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Kristin Cavallari, Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Alyssa Milano, Emily Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Olivia Wilde, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Jenna Fischer, Ciara, Shelly Brown (Mrs. Zac Brown), Molly McNearney (Mrs. Jimmy Kimmel), Elsa Pataky (Mrs. Chris Hemsworth), and Danielle Jonas (Mrs. Kevin Jonas)

Many thanks were given by these popular Moms, including hand written thank you notes! It was exciting to be able to gift these new moms and know that they would enjoy our handmade creations made specially for them from the depths of our hearts!

Our rose quartz bracelet is still available on our website and makes wonderful gift ideas for mom as mothers day gifts, birthday gifts and other special occasions:

Rose Quartz for Celebrity Moms

I am excited to announce that Rose Quartz stones made into bracelets for 25 Celebrity Moms and 5 members of the Press are on the way to be included with other handmade gifts in The Artisan Group® Mother’s Day Gift Bag.

This was an achievement that I can say was a great experience, and I can only hope that these wonderful Mom’s will love wearing this gift that came from my hands and my heart.

Rose Quartz Bracelets for Celebrity Moms

I decided to participate in this collaborative gift bag to Hollywood Mothers so that I would have experience in a large production, working my way up to other events with The Artisan Group® that require more products.

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TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Love Mom Charm

I was inspired to make this bracelet by this little charm that I found and decided to combine that with Rose Quartz because of its loving and nurturing qualities.

Rose Quartz, also known as the Love Stone, is a crystal of unconditional love, It enhances loving qualities such as compassion, tenderness, comforting, nurturing, etc.

I made a “prototype” and sent a photograph off to the organizers for approval, once it was approved I did the math and then ordered all of the beading supplies I would need to complete these 30 bracelets.

Rose quartz bracelet assembly
Assembly of Rose Quartz Bracelets at 7-8 per day

Assembly Process

I used an assembly process similar to the one I use when making Rosaries, which worked really well and within a few days I was done! OK, well maybe it took a week.

The hardest thing to do was get a really good photo for the Gift Guide, I must have taken like 100 shots to get the color of the stones just right!

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Happy Mother’s Day Note cards

I decided to create a little “Happy Mother’s Day” note card where I could write a little personal note to each Mom. On the other side I wrote a short description of the properties of Rose Quartz along with Care & Cleaning for the bracelet.

As I wrote out each card I looked up their names on IMDB and was surprised and tickled to know that a famous movie star might actually hold a piece of jewelry that I made. If I am lucky they might even contact me or look at other items I have available!

Packaging-Gifts
Packaging each gift with Bracelet, Note Card, Business Card and gift tag.

Boxing & shipping

I picked my ship date and made sure to assemble each individual gift package, along with the note cards, business card, etc by that date.  T

hen “boom” it was done! Time to seal the box and off to FedEx for the journey across country to California!

Finished-Package
Ready to seal and take to FedEx!!

Florida Artists Together with Florida History

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The Florida Etsy Street Team

This last weekend modern Florida Artists mixed together with Florida History at the Florida Market Days Fundraiser and Holiday Party at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, Florida. This was a fun event that featured many Florida Etsy Street Team artists. The Team Captain Rose did a terrific job of organizing and coordinating this event, and it was held in a spectacular rural setting at the Florida Agricultural Museum, which is rich with Florida History.

Florida Agricultural Museum
Florida Agricultural Museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum is a fully restored pioneer homestead from the 1890s with farm animals, hay ride tour, and a wealth of historical information of the early days and life in Florida.

Frosty the Snowman greeted everyone at the barn door

The weather was good on Sunday and the atmosphere was full of winter holiday fun, complete with Frosty the Snowman blowing snow to greet everyone at the barn door!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus were there to see all of the kids, both big and small, to find out if they were naughty or nice throughout the year and what they wanted for Christmas!

Florida Etsy Street Team Members were among many crafters that attended to display and sell their art, crafts and Holiday creations.

GypSea Blue Bags

GypSea Blue Bags creates beautiful handmade bicycle accessories and hand bags that are a little bit of gypsy and a little bit of hippie mixed with a touch of shabby chic and a dash of diva!

Tesslie Textile

Tessie Textile features handmade pot holders and mug rugs as well as quilts and wall hangings for the home, all hand sewn with love!

Twisted K’s Jewelry

Twisted K’s Jewelry had a table full of beautiful handmade jewelry and gifts.

Santa’s Elves drawing numbers for the Raffle

Along with Shopping for gifts and visiting with Santa Claus, there were Raffle Drawings held every hour for prizes that were donated by the Florida Etsy Street team members from all over the state.

SWAG bags were given to all who attended

FEST Team members also sent in samples, business cards and discount coupons that filled the SWAG bags that were given out to everyone who attended.

Face Painting for kids
There was an area just for kids with different games to play and other fun activities including face painting by Santa’s Elves!! Holiday related games included ring toss and bean bag toss! They were not so easy, actually, but lots of fun!!
Craft Area for kids

A craft table was set up for children to make crafts or cards, and Florida Etsy Team members were available to assist the youngsters and encourage them with their handmade creations.

I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of a really fun Florida day and perhaps you will visit some of these Etsy shops and help support Florida Artists.

Go Team FEST on Etsy!
********** Special Thanks to Etsy for donating to this event! **********