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Friday, April 12, 2013

Pictures from my 30th Birthday!

I just turned the big 3-0 this past Sunday and celebrated my birthday on Saturday the 6th, with some wonderful friends and co-workers at a local pub/restaurant in Cary.  I still cringe at the thought that I am no longer in my 20's and beginning a new life at 30.  As they say life begins at 30......right?  Although,  most people can hardly guess my age because I look really young and probably in my early 20's. 
It was gorgeous that morning, so I started my day with a run around the apartment complex trail.   I felt so energized and positive.....I knew all was going to be good!

Later that afternoon, I went to watch my guy play in a rugby tournament with a team from Virgina.  Both A and B side teams won by a large margin. Yay!! for the Raleigh Rugby Team!

There were a little over 20 guests that came to my party, some not captured in this photo.  We had dinner, drinks, shots, cake, and more birthday shots for me.  

The party would not have been possible without my guy (Anthony), and the guests that came to join me in celebrating my birthday. I felt so loved and important. I couldn't have asked for more... 

Everyone was happy and I was happy too. That's all that mattered.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Deal Ends 11/26/12

Get 20% off when you spend at least $15.00 on all items (expires at 11:45PM EST on 11/26/2012). No ccoupon code required!

Black Rose Stud Earrings

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Due to popular demand these black rose stud earrings are currently out of stock and available to ship on December 6th 2012.  Secure yours today and get them intime for the holidays. You will be billed for this item immediately, and it will be sent to you separate from your order as soon as it is available.


Monday, November 05, 2012

Please checkout my new blog: Handmade Around the Globe

I recently launched a second blog, Handmade Around the Globe and I would like to invite you to take a look.  Let me know your thoughts. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Featured Artisan: Auralynne

First off, tell us a little about yourself!
I'm a work at home mom of two precious little boys - one is four and the other is three weeks old.  I live with husband and family in Rhode Island, among plenty of Victorian mansions and pretty scenery for inspiration.
Bella Rosa
How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
I opened shop back in 2006 making mostly costumes and a few headdresses.  I worked part time for a while, then in 2010 decided to try for full time so I could stay home with my children.  In order to do that I knew I needed to start making a few items that are, well, just a bit more normal.  Jewelry was the most obvious choice, and the most fun, as I get to wear it around myself!  And I love how a piece of unusual jewelry can turn a plain outfit into something cool and funky.

Faery Rose
Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
I'm a belly dancer!  Thus you'll find jingles and sparklies on lots of my creations.  Cooking is my other big passion - anytime I eat something I like at a restaurant I go home and experiment until I figure out how to copy it.

Dragon Charmer
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My largest source of inspiration would have to be the belly dance movement - it's a whole community of women who come up with new ways to reveal the inner diva lurking in all of us.  :-)  I also draw inspiration from times gone by - art nouveau, art deco, Victorian, and Edwardian eras are my favorite.  A lot of times a set of jewelry comes into being as a result of an emotion or a random event - for instance, the set pictured below titled "Vampiress" resulted from a lot of daydreaming after I found out about the Halloween ball that happens in Salem each year near me!
Bella Luna
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Most jewelry adorns, but if it's elaborate and unusual enough, it can instead transform.  I go for the transformative jewelry!  It's so much fun getting dressed up for a nice night out and putting some creation of roses and rhinestones around my neck that makes me feel like a fairy tale princess.  The ability to share these designs and the feelings they inspire with kindred spirits around the world is a dream come true!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Featured Artisan: Yasmin Lux

Hello everyone,

This post should have been scheduled for last Friday but due to scheduling conflicts, I could not post it sooner. My apologies for the delay.  Please welcome this weeks featured Artisan Yasmin Lux.

First off, tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Yasmin Lux, i now live in the north of Israel in a small village by a forest. for the last 6 years I've been traveling the world, spent time in Europe , Morocco, California and India. During my first stay in India in 2005 I encountered jewelry made with macrame and gem stones and immediately fell in love. 

How did you start creating your jewelry, and how long have you been doing it?
I have been making jewelry since I was a small girl, but  the discovery of macrame changed my whole style and I knew I will be doing this forever, or at least for as long as my eyes would hold up.  I bought a necklace from an artisan that day and he agreed to teach me the basics; from that day on I traveled everywhere with my supplies, learned  a little bit here, a little bit there  from fellow travelers , adding more and more tools to my "box" and the inspiration kept on coming. 

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I can't really say where my inspiration comes from, it just does, like an endless waterfall from the sky to my imagination!!! I am so blessed! of course the materials themselves bring inspiration as well, the chords, the colors, the textures. I get a lot of inspiration from the gem stones themselves, each one asking me to present it to the world in its full glory. The time I spent in India was endlessly inspiring as well, the women there are  walking jewels, their spirit equally beautiful. 

My style is deeply inspired by  old tribal jewelry as well,  I was especially moved by an exhibition in San Francisco where the contents of an Afghani tomb where displayed *. the tomb contained the remains of a prince and two high priestesses who were all adorned in gold- from head to toe. Standing in that room, all surrounded by the glow of gold made me realize we should all be adorned like this. Our bodies being creations of the divine, deserve to be decorated with the most regal ….. I think I might have been a jeweler for a queen at some previous life time, now I make adornments for the modern queens - the beautiful and inspiring women that are all around me.   Macrame has been my refuge ever since I found it , I am so great full to creation for bringing it into my life through it I have learned so much about life , it has been my meditation-  with an added bonus- I give birth to something beautiful at the end of it!

Only in the last 2 years I have been selling my jewels in markets and festivals, this had added a whole new dimension to my experience - sharing my moments of inspiration and magic with my sisters is a blessing I have never imagined !  

Outside of crafting, what else do you enjoy doing?
When I am not creating I love to be in nature , preferably near water ( a rare thing here in Israel) I see nature as the greatest artist  and my role model. I love beauty , wherever and however it appears in each moment in every thing, and see my creation as an attempt to amplify it in the world. thank you so much for this opportunity to share it with more people.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
" beauty is a manifestation of a secret natural law, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever"

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Weekend

Last weekend I went to my friend, Lyndsey's wedding in Pasadena, Maryland. I had the honor of making the jewelry for her five beautiful bridesmaids. Her wedding colors were moss green, ivory and gold.  I completed this project back in April but I held off on sharing it until after the wedding.

Bridesmaids Jewelry by AnnakayCreations

Bridesmaids Jewelry by AnnakayCreations
 See the jewelry on her bridesmaids. 
Photo and Jewelry by AnnaKayCreations

Photo and Jewelry by AnnaKayCreations
 I was really happy that everything turned out the way she expected :))

The only picture I managed to snab with Lindsey did not turn out the way I had hoped. Overally, the wedding celebrations were fantastic.   I hope you had a great weekend as much as I did!

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