Monday, May 28, 2012

Diamonds in Celebration

This summer marks the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.   In conjuction with the celebrations there will be an exhibition of the Queen's diamond jewels.   For photos of pieces included in the exhibit follow this link http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/  and click on the appropriate categories.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Optimism

SCIENCE TIMES   | May 22, 2012
WELL:  A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full

BY JANE E. BRODY
How to define optimism, put it into practice and enjoy its benefits.



I've been a fan of Jane Brody for sometime now.  Earlier this week I ran across one of her articles that's well worth reading.   Ms. Brody stresses the value of being optimistic, of surrounding yourself with upbeat people, of concentrating on positive thinking, and avoiding negative self talk.   Her article pulls together a number of valuable examples from a variety of sources.   One source is “Breaking Murphy’s Law,” a book by Suzanne C. Segerstrom, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.   Dr. Segerstrom explains that optimism is not about being positive so much as it is about being motivated and persistent.


Take a moment to read all of this informative and interesting article.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage Jewelry

Vintage jewelry is lovely and very popular.   The wide variety of designs available mean that vintage pieces are interesting selections for many uses.   Many brides-to-be prefer vintage jewelry for their wedding accessories and as gifts for their attendants.

Lots of vintage earrings are either screwbacks or clip on style.   Screwback earrings are easily adjustable so comfort is never an issue.   You can't say the same for all clip style earrings.   This has inspired women who like the look of vintage earrings to find alternative uses for the clips. 

 If you haven't already discovered this one, clip earrings can make terrific shoe clips or clips for a dress or blouse neckline.  Earrings are perfect accents for hats, too.   Some styles could even work as hair ornaments!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tips for Planning Your Wedding & Reception




Given the cost of a reception and a wedding, many brides are interested in saving money on wedding arrangements, yet they still want to have a lovely special day. Since I design wedding jewelry, I'm often asked for ideas on planning a wedding and reception.   My advice - think outside the box when considering your options and compare services and prices for everything.

- Rent a gown or wear a pre-owned dress. There are a number of websites that offer good values – both on rentals and on pre-owned gowns and accessories.

- Consider a wedding planner.  A good planner might actually save you some money.


Facilities that offer wedding coordinators and other services can save you a lot of money over hiring these services separately – shop around.

- Have your event in the off-season.  This can save big bucks on both the cost of the venue and associated costs such as hotel accommodations. 

- Forget the expensive limo.

- Get inventive about your refreshments – use tiers of tiny pastries or cupcakes instead of an elaborate cake.   Have a small cake just for yourselves.  Don’t offer a complete open bar – try just champagne or a punch bowl.

- Choose your own spot for the reception. Try a restaurant which already has all the facilities – not a rented hall.  You might not need a separate caterer.   If you choose a garden setting for your wedding or reception have a fallback location in case of rain.

- Limit the number of guests and attendants

- Prioritize your to-dos and recruit your friends to help you. Make a checklist for everything that needs doing – vendors, guests, venue, etc. Check things off as the details are completed. The checklist will help you to stay on track with your planning and can keep you from overlooking things that need to be done.

- Do as many things yourself as you can, including handmade decorations.

- Forget engraved invitations in favor of less formal notes.  choose a limited color scheme for your invitations to save a lot on printing.  There are on-line invitation sources that might work well, too.  You can also your computer to design your own invitations, etc., then have them printed at an on-line printer.

- Create your own wedding dot.com – they really make sense. You can post all the details, photos, and more and e-mail the information to your friends and family.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ganoksin "Differences Unite Us" Exhibit







I'm really excited and honored to tell you that my Eternal Spiral Necklace & Earrings are among jewelry  designs featured in the Ganoksin  “Differences Unite Us” exhibit.   I'm thrilled to be included among the talented artists whose work was selected.




Sunday, May 13, 2012

Gray Day

Oh what a very gray day it is.   Not wonderful for Mothers Day, but I'd  really hoped for rain.   It is sooo very dry here.

I've been working on some new earrings to take to The Perfect Gift in Haile Village.   Be sure to check it out next weekend.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Flowers

Spring has really sprung in north Florida!   Just in time for Mothers Day giving, I just posted a coupon code in honor of finally having some rain.   The coupon code is MAYFLOWERS and the coupon is active for the next 2 weeks.   It's good for 10% off your purchases from my Etsy shop (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Clearing out Clutter


Jane Brody had a fascinating article about clearing out clutter in your life in yesterday's New York Times Science section.   Brody has been clearing out for some time now, but her "housecleaning" includes much more than just throwing out a few things. 

Here's a link to the complete article and a link to another article which Brody references: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/making-progress-against-clutter/?emc=eta1

Link to technology replacing conversation article in Sunday Times  - The Flight from Conversation:


It's worth taking the time to read it all.  I was really interested since I've been clearing out, giving away, and selling off a lot of furniture and books.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Emeralds

The birthstone for May is the Emerald, a beautiful stone that's been known from ancient times.   Here's a great link to an informative article and some videos on emeralds and emerald production:   http://www.theonlinejeweler.org/emerald-ancient-egyptians-stone-of-fertility-and-rebirth/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theonlinejeweler%2FhRYO+%28The+Online+Jeweller+Magazine%29