Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lemonade Award for Me? Sweet - Fresh or Melodius

What a nice surprise tonight to find I've been awarded the Lemonade Award by Mary Ann Gruen of Starlight Blog for featuring the team members of ESMarts, the Etsy team I belong to. For quite a while I seriously neglected my blog because I really didn't feel like I had anything to say. I guess everyone goes through that.

Recently though, I realized there are plenty of talented people out there that have something to say and they say it most eloquently in pictures. So I started posting the pictures that I like of the work my friends do. I sure hope you've enjoyed looking at my posts as much as I have putting them together.

In honor of receiving the Lemonade Award each of this weeks offerings are: SWEET - Fresh or melodious

Callidora's Shop

Chic Hats n More

Don't forget to visit A Beaded Affair, supplies for the discriminating jewelry designer

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Didja know? Copper is Antimicrobial

Frequently I find myself surfing the net rather than doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Who doesn't right? Often, copper is my first search and this morning I found an article that might be of interest to many of us.

Search for copper and you get either jewelry, as it should be or electrical/industrial information. This morning, I got all kinds of industrial information and just scanned through, but this article and web site caught my attention. Copper.org. Could it be that there is really something to wearing copper jewelry that can make us healthier? Check out this article at Copper.org.

Historically copper has been used for its antimicrobial properties "The Hippocrates Collection, 460 to 380 B.C., to which the father of medicine contributed, recommends the use of copper for leg ulcers related to varicose veins. Pliny, 23 to 79 A.D., used copper oxide with honey to treat intestinal worms. The Aztecs gargled with a mixture containing copper to treat sore throats." From Copper.org

In light of this, if my cat gets worms, I'm not sure I'd grind up some copper to add to their food, but it does make me wonder about the jewelry we make and the claims some have made about its ability to help with arthritis, a claim that has been made for thousands of years. Studies have now been funded to find out just how many health benefits there may be from copper and it's alloys, including brass and bronze, two other alternate jewelry metals including its antimicrobial properties.

Seems to me, if I can kill germs by wearing a beautiful piece of copper, I'm in. Maybe there is more to our jewelry than we first suspected.

A Beaded Affair - Copper Jewelry Wire, Beads and Findings

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What's Sweet Tarragon Up To??

Some of you know Sweet Tarrgon is the incredibly talented duo Dani and Meredith who also just happen to be my daughters. And no I'm not the least bit prejudiced. Dani and Meredith have their own line of incredible jewelry that they market on Etsy and various venues around the area. They put me to shame when it comes to marketing and the number of shows they do each year. Just check out the list of upcoming shows at their etsy shop, Sweet Tarragon. I can't imagine where they get all that energy. Perhaps, it's from their jewelry which is clearly a cut above.

They've just announced a new venue where you can see Sweet Tarragon Jewelry in person. Hello Bluebird is having their Grand Opening tomorrow, September 3rd, located in the historic business district of West Reading and Sweet Tarragon is going to be there. In fact, stop by and check out this great new indie boutique and gallery and say "hi" to Dani. Read more here at the Hello Bluebird blog.

Don't forget to stop by A Beaded Affair for wire, beads and findings. Bead Store quality at Gem Show prices.

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