Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks #6

Hello, hello! I went a completely different route with this week’s Etsy picks. Actually, I’d say that I never really considered even broaching this category because I didn’t think there would be very much to find. The category I speak of is jewelry for…wait for it…MEN. Yep, I delved into the category and found some interesting items. Maybe this will help you all find an item for that special someone…because we all know they’re hard to shop for!

Item #1 is from Timewatch

These are just neat! They’re also upcycled, which make them even better! These would be perfect for any guy who likes to tinker or who loves watches or gears.

Item #2 is from coolNaturalJewelry 

This ring is absolutely gorgeous with walnut enlaid between two ebony pieces. It has such a smooth transition, and the ring itself is pleasing to the eye.

Item #3 is from ElegantCuff

Ok, who has heard of the hit TV show Breaking Bad? I’m guessing many of you have…if not from watching it then probably from a male in your life. Well, if you know a fan, this would be an awesome gift for them.

Item #4 is from ShadedLines

I love the sleek look of this tie clip..topped off with ammo. It’s also made from upcycled bullet casings and would look great with a casual or more professional outfit.

Item #5 is from GroundEffect

I’d have to say that this watch is my favorite of the items I’ve featured today. I don’t know exactly what it is about it….the detail or the simplicity within its exquisite detail. I think I’d definitely be watching the mechanisms of this guy for a while. Another plus is that the top band detaches from the bigger cuff…very versatile.

I hope my delving into this category has given you many ideas for this hard-to-buy-for group–MEN. There are many artisans that hand make men’s items, and these are only a few of them. Check them out and head to the others you find. Show them some love!

Until next time, 

-M

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Life and Business UPDATE!!

Hello, all!

It’s been an extremely busy week for me in lots and lots of ways. Good ways but nonetheless time-consuming, frustrating, great, etc., ways. So let me fill you in on what’s been going on behind the scenes in my life.

(1) Job: My primary job is at a Starbucks Target. My manager is out of town on vacation. So what could be the good news here? I’m being AST (advanced store training) trained…technically I’d be able to run the Starbucks on my own if I needed to do so. Yes, lots of responsibility involved here, as well as a lot of time. Since my manager is on vacation, I’m her for the next two weeks. Her schedule is usually early mornings, i.e., 7 AM, until later afternoon, i.e. 3:30-ish. This is absolutely killing me, because I’m not use to being at work that early. I’ve mentioned before that my schedule isn’t predictable, so I’m sure it’s obvious how this is working so far. I’ll get into the groove of it though because I like the job.

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(2) Health: I’m also a little bit of a health nut..I try not to eat too terribly bad and I maintain regular exercise. I do a combination of pilates, yoga, and other workouts each day (usually about an hour). It keeps me feeling good, and relaxes me. I do have rest days, and believe me, I can be super, super lazy. Work has stressed me a little bit, and I store it in my neck/shoulder/back area. Exercise and work have affected that area, but my boyfriend doesn’t mind rubbing the lovely, painful knots out. Kudos to him for being a trooper with the shoulder rubbing!! I’ll be doing a post later on at some point about the exercise I like, but if you want to check out my absolute favorites in the meantime check out : ToneItUp, Blogilates, and Yoga With Adriene.

(3) Home: Totally awesome news here, everyone! After a year of trying to get this one particular house and get out of the renting loop, my boyfriend and I have finally closed on the property!!!! Technically, not until next Wednesday but EXCITEMENT abounds!! We both will finally have a normal work area (HIS WORK and MY WORK) instead of sharing a tiny desk or me working on the bed. I can’t say how excited either of us is about this great development.

the development in the housing situation leads me to….

(4) Moving: Lots of stuff to do here. If you’ve ever moved, you know what I mean. If you’ve separated, gone back, finally divorced, moved on with life,  moved again, and finally are moving one more time, then you truly understand how this is…HAHA. A lot of my stuff is still in my parents’ basement 3 hours away. They don’t know where most of my stuff is since they had a water line explode in the basement. Hmmm, sounds fun, eh? We have basic stuff, but not much other than that. His mom and grandparents have been amazingly good to us and purchased some furniture for the house. The current owners of the house have also given us some furniture as well, so we won’t be sitting on crates exactly. Couple moving with my work schedule and you get one stressed out individual. I’m EXCITED, so most of it isn’t bad stress…the bad stress is me trying to figure out how to do it all and keep my creative side going at the same time.

All of these are reasons you’ve not seen a large amount of my work on here. I’ve not had time to try to create my jewelry, in addition to adding more ideas here. So at least for the next couple of weeks, bear with me as I still post my regulars (Food for Thought Mondays and Weekly Wednesdays) with the occasional life updates. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m terrible with keeping up with blogging, but this time is going to be different!

Before I sign off and continue the day, I will share my latest creation that I’ve listed on Etsy in The Prickly Pear shop…

I’ve got another idea going, so if I get time today, I’ll be working on that as well!

Until next time, 

-M

Weekly Wednesday Etsy Picks-#4

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday, and I’m glad you have returned for another edition of Weekly Wednesday! So, I’ve done most of the categories in jewelry, but I still have a few left. But anyway, let’s hop to it and get started with earrings!!

Item #1 is from AmberSky

Item #2 is from BeautyCreek

Item #3 is from CalicoJunoJewelry

Item #4 is from IvyLaneAccessories

Item #5 is from EarthChildArt

And…..wait for it….

Item #6 is from anainc

I told you all that I probably would have more than 5 featured items sometimes! I love all of these items. Go show these shops some love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time, 

-M

Long Boho Chic Necklace

I made this beauty the other day. It's composed of purple crystals, gemstones, glass pearls, a key charm, and a hand-stamped trinket.

The chain is about 30 inches from one end of the chain to the other, and the cluster pendant is about 3 inches. The hand-stamped feather says “free spirit.”
What is a “free spirit” you ask? A free spirit is all about following his or her dreams, being open, experiencing life, learning from others, expanding the breadth of knowledge, and being at inner peace.
If you like this piece and would like to have it as your own, you can go to my etsy listing below:
Another blog post down…I'm really trying to keep up and make it interesting as well. Enjoy!
Until next time,
-M
 
 

 

 

Turquoise Chip Boho Earrings

Just a heads up on when I share my new products: I'm not the best description writer (working on it), so I won't go into a lot of detail…I'll just give you the necessary information ;p

 

These are my Boho Chic Dangle Earrings on Etsy. My shop is Thepricklypeartn1

I used turquoise chips, wood beads, hemp cord, and bead cones in this set. I really like these. They're different..a bit eclectic.

Here are some more:

 

 

If you love these, here's a link to my etsy listing: http://etsy.me/1BFtaYA

Until next time,

-M