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Foundling …an Etsy Store, Be prepared to Fall in LOVE!

 Yesterday as I was crawling through updates & emails – I noticed that one of my “Etsy Friends” had added a new favorite to her list. Of course I had to check it out & knew RIGHT AWAY that it would be one of my favs too. Foundling is now one of my most favorite favs… I just have to decide on which piece I am going to make my own.

I am so in love with the trendy jewelry look – the resin & distressed metal showcasing  just about anything you can fit inside. This shop is using one of my most beloved mediums though … words.  Words are so powerful and yet when a piece like this is given or received as a gift – it can be almost like a secret between 2 people. Just one word… can say so much.

Take a little peek at what this shop has to offer … and you were warned… you’re going to fall in love with these pieces.

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Going the Extra Mile – Prairie Thistle Jewelry

A while back I did a feature post for Little Posh Bebe – a home-based company that makes adorable handmade baby shoes & accessories. The feature was just as much about the “presentation” of the items I ordered as it was about the items themselves.  A few days ago – I was THRILLED once again by another amazing woman who is packing as much care & thought into her company – BRAVO to Julie Pishny, owner of Prairie Thistle Jewelry!

Not too long ago a mutual friend of mine & Julie’s (Stacey Bruce of Stacey Bruce Photography) told me that I needed to get in touch with Julie and find out about her & her beautiful jewelry. Oh I am so glad I did!! I see A LOT of jewelry online when I am browsing for myself and to report about to my fans… but its rare these days to find pieces that really stand out against the sea of handmade jewelry that is being offered right now. Julie’s talent for making unique & memorable jewelry art is some of the best I have found. Her “country” theme offers a vintage flair that just makes you feel cozy inside. Many times while I am browsing her Etsy store I find myself floating back in time to when I was growing up on my family’s farm in Mansfield, MO. While I am sure that my “farm days” are behind me – they are also still a big part of who I am – and I will always be a “farmgirl” at heart. It’s easy to see how I was drawn to the piece I finally decided on for my first of what I know will be a “collection.”

A few days ago – it arrived… and I don’t usually get giddy…but this did it!! This tiny little package showed up in the mailbox – and even though I already knew what was inside – I was still tickled at all the little extras that Julie had adorned my order with. I was so taken by the care that she had put into making this an “experience” for me that I almost over-looked that actual piece of jewelry!! haha!!

The bracelet – simply stating “FARMGIRL” in copper – held in place by rivets on a bright red leather strap is beautiful – rustic – simple – elegant and bold. I will wear it proudly – as it describes me, inside and where my memories live. Thank you Julie for such a great experience with you & your amazing art.

Take a peek at my “entire experience” and please take a few moments to browse around in Julie’s Etsy Store for something that brings you back to a sweet & cozy place of your own.

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Sadie Alice Aprons – By Accident

How do ideas come about – Im sure a million ways… and “by accident” has got to top the list. The other day I was planning to make the “tater tot casserole” recipe that I posted and thought how cute and fun it would be to have Sadie (my 18 month old daughter) help me! She is in that stage of trying out new tasks and copying everyone. She loves to help so this was perfect. I went to get my apron and then stopped because …well SADIE didn’t have an apron! OH MY! What to do?!?! My brain stormed for a moment and then I dug around in my kitchen towel drawer – pulled out the “least stained” bar towel I could find (which was still pretty stained) – fired up my glue gun and rummaged through my ribbon box. Literally…in 5 minutes – Sadie had her very own apron! It was so stinkin’ cute that I had to make a few “real” ones (sewed instead of glued) and OMG – I was having so much fun that I didn’t even realize I had made 6 of them!! haha!! 

They made their way into my 2Raymond Design Co  Etsy store and I have gotten so much great feedback on them! If you see one you like let me know and I can recreate one similar if I am out of stock.

Here’s a few pictures of how this came about… and the ones since. (the “prototype by accident”

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I love my ETSY STORE! And YOURS too!!

So I have been tending to my Etsy store (2Raymond Design Co) for 1 month now- and WOWOWOWOWOW!!  I am having a blast selling & shopping in this amazing venue! My store gets so much traffic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the support & encouragement from other store owners! It seems like there’s an endless supply of FABULOUS items from some of the most creative, inspiring and talented people on the PLANET!! I try to browse a little every day and share some of my favorite things through my Discover Fabulous Facebook Fan Page… and on this blog as well. I wish I could share so much more- but there just isn’t time!! For now, please take a moment to check out my “favorites” list …and show some love to these incredibly talented creators…


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Prairie Thistle Jewelry – by Julie Pishny


Eureka!! Thanks to my hometown friend Stacey Bruce, I have discovered artist Julie Pishny &  the most fabulous handmade and inspiring jewelry line to share with you!

Here’s what Julie says about herself on Etsy;

“Life in the Prairie Lands of Kansas influences my Jewelry featuring bird nests, nature elements and found objects. Enjoy my online boutique filled with French inspired decor mixed with American farmhouse influences for the perfect eclectic mix.”

Julie has a talent and eye for vintage, yet natural beauty… and has created a line of amazing pieces that capture that place in your heart where “cozy & homey” live. Lest not forget stylish and trendy too though…these pieces have it all. Admirers can browse this beautiful work in Julie’s Etsy store at GardenologyKC – and she even takes custom orders! For my Facebook & Discover Fabulous fans… I hope to bring Prairie Thistle Jewelry to Central Texas this year!  

I especially thought of my friends Misty Cole & Cara Latham as I clicked through Julie’s gallery – but I bet there’s a little something for everyone here 🙂 Check out a few of my favorite pieces…

Silver spoon bracelet

Stamped silver ring

Wire nest & Pearl egg necklace

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