Welcome to my "Happy Things" blog. Here I post any new jewelry items I've made
and share some of the 'happy things' I appreciate in daily life.
I hope you find something that brings a smile and please visit my online handmade jewelry shop
where my pieces are available:


Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Retail Location!

I'm excited to let you know that my jewelry is on display for the holiday season at a new retail location:

SIMPLY VAGUE at Tuttle Crossing Mall
Columbus, OH
Just off the food court, with an entrance directly from the South parking lot as well, this shop features selected Ohio artisans in the marketplace.

They contacted me with an invitation just before Thanksgiving, and I set up my display about 2 weeks ago. Things are going well and I've already been re-stocking! Please make plans to stop in and take a look around, I have about 100 items currently on display!
Since I wasn't able to make any fall shows this year, this is the only opportunity to see my jewelry in person!  Here's a sample of some of the items I just placed ...
A little lampwork glass in amazing hues ...

... in the ever-so-popular charm bracelet style. You won't believe the detail on this artist's glass, it's amazing! Bracelets in both ocean blues and happy brights.

Some earthy, gorgeous, buttery ceramics ... handwoven in natural brass into a simply scrumptious necklace, to wear with so many styles!

Lampwork glass that you'll swear are stones until you touch them ...
Irridescent opal created by the artist's flame in this amazing lampwork glass bracelet ...

Bracelets with wonderfully earthy, artisan ceramics. Warm browns and turquoise, I just dropped off two different designs - here's a peek at one ...

This stunning stone necklace is sure to go quickly!

The magic of the kiln fires beautiful shades of turquoise glazes into this awesome piece of ceramic art! Topped with a cool nugget of matte lampwork glass ... 

A wonderful blue-green artistically graces this pendant, matched to a unique piece of artisan lampwork glass ...
I have just added a group of unique, artisan ceramic and stone pendant necklaces. Simple, long and stylish ... definitely unique!

And of course I have a vast array of earrings displayed ... over 60 designs! This pair is a wonderful new turquoise stone set with artisan ceramic discs, on my handcrafted sterling silver earwires.

My items will be on display at Simply Vague in Tuttle Crossing Mall
through the month of January, so please be sure to stop by!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today ... I hope you're enjoying
the holiday season!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

50% Off Lampwork Earring Sale!

I'll be honest ... I'm just backed up on lampwork glass inventory! I love lampwork glass and have found some artists and designs that I fell in love with. Too many pieces in wonderful colors that I just had to have! 

And so, I'm running a 50% Off Lampwork Glass earring sale in the shop. It's a great opportunity to get something really unique and different, at an unbelievable price. I have everything from fancy to more simplistic, rustic to more formal, bold to pastel, beachy to earthy ... there's a little bit of something for everyone! They're in a great variety of sizes too.

I hope you find something to suit! Maybe a special gift for someone? At these prices, it pays to plan ahead and get something you might need for someone special, later on!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Final 4 ... 40% off Sale!!

That's right folks ... 
my alma mater the University of Kentucky
my home state Ohio State Buckeyes
are BOTH in the Final Four this weekend! 
As game time approaches, I'm getting more and more excited!! 
I was adding some new earrings to the shop today and decided to do something BIG. 

BOGO - 40% off your 2nd pair of lampwork glass earrings
for a limited time!

If you're a lampwork glass fan, you know how pricey that handcrafted artisan element can be. And if you're new to lampwork glass, then welcome to the world of wonderful! Artisan handcrafted lampwork glass is amazing. What the artist can do with a glass rod under a  torch, is unbelievable. It takes two days to complete a single bead ... TWO DAYS! 
And some artists do some pretty cool things with glass.

Right now, I'm really into lampwork glass discs. They're funky, a bit organically shaped and are so unique and cool! I've had so much fun designing with lampwork glass to create all kinds of fun earrings this spring. I think they can really "make" your look, no matter how you wear them. They're definitely eye-catching. Something special and unique. Clearly not store-bought, and definitely artisan.
I've just added a few new designs today, and have several of my favorites already in the shop ... so stop over and take a look! 

And - a note for my blog friends - I have more coming! I have some cool, transparent lampwork glass discs in juicy, fresh colors waiting in my design area. I can't wait!

As always, thanks for stopping over (and sorry I've been out of touch blogging lately ... I've been caught up in multiple family projects for a bit!) and CLICK HERE to visit my shop and check out the rare sale.

Have a great weekend and GO CATS! GO BUCKS!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Last Day!

Today's the last day of my Spring Sale! 30% off everything in the shop ... so be sure to stop by before 11:00pm EST tonight to take advantage of the savings!

To follow this week's blog trend, here are yesterday's Top 2 admired pieces, still available in my shop:


And in a close 2nd place ...

The Spring Sale has been so much fun! Thanks to everyone who has stopped by. 

Today's design note to myself, is to make a point to design some black and white jewelry. I put on a pretty fun, trendy black and white outfit today and was quite dismayed to find I did not have coordinating jewelry adequate to do it justice! I find that it sometimes can be difficult to get in the "black and white" mode of jewelry designing, because I enjoy designing necklaces & bracelets with artisan-crafted elements the most. Of course, they tend to lend themselves to a broader color palette, and I sometimes forget that we still need some clean basics for our wardrobe too! - I'll have to get on that. ;)

It's Friday, so here's a happiness quote to take with you through the weekend:

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
     - Marcel Proust

Is there someone who makes your soul blossom? Your heart smile or feel like it's just been "hugged" when you're around them? If you encounter them this weekend, think about taking a quick second to tell them that they make you smile - it will be like a "hug" back to their heart. Not going to see the person, but they come to mind? A quick email or a nice little handwritten note is food for the soul ... and it will make you feel warm & fuzzy inside after you send it too! :)

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for stopping by My Happy Things Blog and don't forget to pop in the shop before the sale ends tonight!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

CAUTION! The end is drawing near ...

Just a heads up for my blog friends ... tomorrow (Friday) is the last scheduled day of my Spring Sale! 

Yesterday's "most admired" item was my Starfish Wonderland bracelet,which is made up of an exquisite collection of fine artisan lampwork glass and some natural elements. Pure high-end beach love!

Here's a touch of "happy" for today ...

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes."
                          - Hugh Downs

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Best Value & Most Overlooked

Spring Sale week continues in my shop and I still enjoy watching the "popularity contest" among my designs. I never know what's going to sell next and just when I think something's never going to move ... someone snatches it up! I can't tell you how many times I've tagged an item in my mind to re-design, and just before I get to it, someone selects it to purchase. I've mentioned before that I rarely keep designs for myself ... and I find the same phenomena with that issue. Once I think about pulling an item out of my shop, or keeping it at home when it comes back from the show circuit, it sells! 

In looking ahead to designing for the summer, I'm thinking of approaching things a little differently. I typically don't "intentionally" purchase materials, knowing I want to make "that kind of jewelry" for a season. My process is much more fluid than that. I tend to select materials I like or that speak to me or move me, and then I wait until the vision flashes and I can see the finished design in my mind. So quite often, I have new materials in my hands but don't design with them right away. There are times when I sit down with some materials I want to use, and I "work" at designing with them, but the majority of what I make kind of comes to me randomly. Once I get a feeling or idea, I just sit down and go with it. But this season, I'm toying with the idea of being more intentional, and planning out what I want to carry in my shop and retail locations this summer. 

Artisan Lampwork Glass earrings, new to the shop for summer
(Now $20.30 in my Spring Sale!)

I kind of giggle when I think of actually doing this, because I have no idea how I'm going to decide what my plan should be! I'm terrible at knowing and deciding what people will like. I literally just make things that I would like to wear, and then put them out there and see if anyone else likes them too. So often, I design a piece and see it used in a certain style and fashion in my mind, and am so surprised with who buys it and how they tell me they're going to wear it! I'm thrilled ANY time one of my designs moves someone, and they decide to make it a part of their personal style. But don't ask me to tell you what the trend will be, or what will sell well ... because I'm always surprised!

On this note, I share with you today two items from my shop, on sale this week:

BEST VALUE - I have a set of interchangeable hoop earrings in my shop, that are an unbelievable value. At regularly marked price, it was a good deal ... but now that they're on sale, it's almost crazy! The handcrafted & hammered sterling silver oxidized hoops come with 10 sets of dangles to use on them, to suit whatever you're wearing. They range in color, texture and finish and really give you an option for just about every day of the week! While I've had a few people look at them, I can't believe no one has snatched these up! You generally would only get 1 or two pair of hoops with a single dangle, for the sale price the whole set is being offered at now. Why do I offer the set? Frankly, I couldn't decide which to make one day, when I was running low on sterling silver. I only had enough left to make one set of hoops, but had all these ideas for great dangles with the oxidized, hammered style and color. I decided to go ahead and put them altogether, as kind of a bonus buy. I thought they would be gone right away ... but as usual, I have no idea what I'm talking about, and they're still hanging around! :) So if you're wondering what the best 'value' in my shop is right now ... this is clearly it!

MOST OVERLOOKED - You know how sometimes you find something that's just such a cool color, and has such a cool texture or finish that you love to stare at it? Well, the faceted glass in these earrings are just like that. A beautiful blueish-green jade color, the facets and perfection of this glass make them just dazzling. Not in a flashy, "HEY look at me!" way ... but in a "Oh yeah, you might want to take a second look" kind of way. I really love the hammered, trendy washer rings that link together and suspend the beads. The style is very current, and they're beautiful and very unique. But I've been surprised how much attention these earrings are NOT getting, in the shop! I'm wondering what it is that is making people "miss" them, or overlook them, because I'm pretty sure that if for sale in person, they'd be gone in a heartbeat. So I share with you the most "undeservingly overlooked" item in my shop right now ... these cool earrings!

I appreciate you stopping by today and sign off with a quote for today:

"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
                                                  - Margaret Lee Runbeck

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perspective, A Crisis Averted & An Update

I'm opening today's post with a quote for today, because I think it RULES and I can't wait until the end to share it!

"When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, I told them they didn't understand life."
- Unknown
Art by Daina Deblette Scarola of

I think I love this quote so very much because this was the mentality and perspective that my mother ingrained in us growing up. This quote could have easily been about her! We're generally happy people, and while I think that's somewhat born into our temperament and personality, I also think it's very much influenced by our perspective and heart - which is both conscious and unconscious. As I raise my 2 little guys, I try very hard to find opportunities to say these kinds of things to them, trying to instill this very basic perspective, which becomes such a very, very important part of your life. 

I might have to have this quote made into art and displayed somewhere in my house. LOVE IT!

Okay, onto jewelry. :)  Monday was an exciting day with my sale, as I enjoyed communicating with people about items they were interested in and appreciating how delighted they were to find something special! I had quite a few things to mail out and so after picking both boys up from school, we swung by the post office. I find that these trips are most successful with my 7 and 4 year old, if I plan for the little outing from their perspective. Juice boxes and a small snack (fruit gummies this time - a fav!) for the after-school ride, can go a long way to ensuring our experience waiting in line and completing forms and labels, goes smoothly. 

Czech Glass beads from BeadAndRibbon.etsy.com
(just including them, because they're pretty!)

After taking care of international shipments and a successfully quiet and patient wait for our turn, I was finishing up addressing the postage-paid domestic labels at a little kiosk at the front of the post office. My 7 year old decided to "help out" and was handing me associated labels and packages, when he inadvertently held onto one of the labels in the process as he became distracted with something happening out the window. This resulted in me addressing the wrong label, and almost sending the wrong things to the wrong people. ---And of course, they were one-of-a-kind items, so it's not like I could've just replaced them, if we hadn't caught it. THANK GOODNESS, he noticed and shouted out "Hey! I'm still holding this label!". A small freak out, an "under my breath" stern lecture and a 2nd purchase of that same postage label later, I had collected myself and decided to be glad we had caught it in time to do something about it. And I made a note ... NOTE TO SELF: do all mailing BEFORE picking up the kids from now on! Whew! Crisis averted!

Monday's most popular sale items included the following 2 designs ...

Eclectic Orange & Red Flower bracelet

Caribbean Waters earrings

The sale is still running, if you'd like to browse around!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sale: it's in full swing!

Happy Monday everyone! My husband has returned from an out-of-town trip, and so this Monday marks a "back to normal" day for my family. Although the boys and I enjoyed loafing around, letting the dishes pile up in the sink a bit longer and eating take out more than usual while he was gone, it's always good to have "Daddy" back and our family schedule back to normal. So I'm appreciating the fact that I have a special reason to enjoy Monday this week ... after all, how often do we jump out of bed and think "Oh good, the weekend's over and it's Monday morning!!" ???  ;)

My spring sale is up and running and I'm thrilled with how happy people have been as they've found something special to purchase ... and at a discount! Some of my favorites are already gone and I love seeing which designs people are drawn to. The first full day of the sale was yesterday, and the most 'oogled' items (that are still left) are in a 5-way tie! Here they are ...

The sale continues and I'm actually on my way to ship several packages to new and return customers, after posting this! Click on over to the shop and see if there's something to make your Monday, at a nice price!! I hope your day is going okay too. Maybe you can find something special to appreciate in it, if so far it's just been "a typical Monday"?? You know, buds peeking out early on a tree outside, how comfy the shoes you are wearing are, that you're having a good hair day, that you're looking forward to your Monday night TV show ... sometimes it only takes a little thing to bring a smile and warm the heart a bit!

A quote for today:

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

30% off my shop!

That's right folks ... it's Spring Sale time - 30% off!

I've never run a full-shop sale before online, so I'm branching out and trying it! I realized I needed to move some things, when I was looking for a certain bead earlier today. I couldn't believe how many supplies I still have stashed, and realized how much jewelry there is to be created! I need to clear out some of what's online, to make room for new designs. I always love warm weather jewelry ... fresh, fun and so "see-able" in shorter sleeve lengths and open necklines. Plus, earrings just ROCK when you can shed that heavy coat or turtleneck!! 

I'm trying out Etsy's new functionality "Etsy on Sale". It assists you in listing the sale prices and setting everything up logistically. I'm hoping it runs smoothly ... I guess we'll know soon enough, if anyone takes advantage of the sale! 

So 'click on over' to the shop and see if there's a little something you'd like to have ... and be sure to get it while it's discounted! I'd love it if you'd pass the word to a friend!

Thanks & happy shopping!