Looking forward to season two of “Better Call Saul”

Better-Call Saul BraceletReally looking forward to the return of “Better Call Saul” which is the AMC “Breaking Bad” spin-off .

The character Saul Goodman grew on me with every “Breaking Bad” episode, and this prequel is unraveling the life and times of Saul Goodman as Jimmy McGill.

Recently I also had the opportunity, through The Artisan Group®, to gift a piece of jewelry to the wardrobe stylist for consideration of use on the “Better Call Saul” series.

Not much jewelry was used in season 1 so it never surfaced, but there is still hope that my bracelet could be used in season 2.

I decided on this bracelet by thinking back to different types of jewelry that might be found in the time period that this show will take place.

I used an aquamarine colored Swarovski crystal as a sort of pre Breaking Bad Blue and combined it with black onyx to contrast that emergent color symbol.

Crossing my fingers that it will be used in season 2, but even more so I am really looking forward to seeing more of the story and character styles that are being revealed in this new series.

Will you be tuning in to watch “Better Call Saul”? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Excitement Builds for GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge

Excitement is building for our participation next weekend, in association with The Artisan Group®, in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions.

This is being held at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees and Presenters. 

Our Chakra Balancing Pendant is made with gemstones especially for this event, and will be included in the swag bags that are given to all attending Celebrities. It is such an honor to be among these talented Artisans and represented at this event being held August 22-23, 2014.

This handmade necklace is also available as a special order on our website:

See the full Press Release here: Bead Lovers Korner Brings Chakra Energy to GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge

Celebrity Gift Lounge Artisan Group SWAG Bag
The Artisan Group Gift Bag

Take a look at the other artisan made gifts that will also be included in this Gift Bag by clicking on the interactive digital Gift Guide below. There are so many unique and wonderful items made by talented artisans.

A collection of Handcrafted Gifts in Honor of GBK's 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lound
A collection of Handcrafted Gifts in Honor of GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts?

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts? Does anyone do that anymore? Just when I thought that tradition was dead, two handwritten thank you notes from celebrities were sent to The Artisan Group®, thanking us for the gifts we sent.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Thank You
Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

These lovely notes thanked everyone for the handmade gifts that we included in the Mother’s Day Gift Bag for 2014.

Each note card expressed gratitude for our personal gifts to them and by sitting down to write thank you notes it showed their sincere appreciation.

Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari
Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

To Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Cavallari – You are very welcome for the gifts and I hope you enjoy wearing our Rose Quartz bracelet and all of the handcrafted jewelry and other gifts that were included in the bag!

Sending Thank You notes for gifts

When I was growing up writing, sending a Thank You Note through the mail was very important. In the past 40 years that tradition has seemed to dwindle now that you can easily pick up a phone and call, text or email your thanks.

I was glad to see that this time-honored social etiquette is still alive and not entirely forgotten!! Do you send Thank You Notes?

Leave a comment about how you say Thank You for gifts.

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.

Mom-Charm-xo
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!

Mothers-Day-Note-Cards
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!!

Romantic Beaded Jewelry Necklace for Women

There are times in life when you just need a little Romance. A romantic beaded jewelry necklace, a candlelight dinner for two or a crazy blind date with a handsome prince disguised as a newspaper reporter, like Clark Kent, right? If I were a bachelorette I would be thinking and dreaming of these things.

I had a great opportunity through The Artisan Group® to submit a piece of jewelry to the wardrobe stylist of the ABC “Bachelorette” TV show for consideration of use in future Bachelorette episodes.

This was not a show that I had ever seen, so I spent an afternoon watching different episodes that I found on You Tube. It was very entertaining, with a variety of beautiful jewelry and the use of many different styles.

Romantic Beaded Jewelry Necklace

This romantic beaded jewelry necklace was submitted for consideration, and made using a large and unique sterling silver bead that I acquired from India some years back.

I combined this unique bead with small Swarovski crystal bead accents to form a romantic teardrop pendant. I then attached it to a delicate sterling silver chain that was also adorned with crystal.

To my knowledge it was never used on the show, but the same pendant is available on my website with a sterling silver chain. This would be a love unique gift ideas for women to be used on special occasions or as wedding jewelry.

What is your most romantic piece of jewelry?