Bloom for Just One Season




Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
I'm extremely fond of perennials because when you plant them they return year after year, grow, multiply, and spread. They feel dependable to me. I rarely invest my time in annuals even though they add all sorts of variety, color, and pop. They feel temporary, and I don't want to get too deeply attached to them because their life span is so short.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Then the other day, I realized that sometimes my own life can be like an annual, for some activities I participate in, friendships I make, classes I take, and places I live can be short and bloom for just one season.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Maybe I'm drawn to daisies because as a perennial they feel unwavering like a constant presence. They never fail to show up in the garden, and they keep their promise year after year.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Nevertheless, I'm beginning to see the value of embracing annuals, for they teach me how to love more intensely and ask me to be more awake so as to experience every possible moment before they go away.

Bloom for Just One Season




Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
I'm extremely fond of perennials because when you plant them they return year after year, grow, multiply, and spread. They feel dependable to me. I rarely invest my time in annuals even though they add all sorts of variety, color, and pop. They feel temporary, and I don't want to get too deeply attached to them because their life span is so short.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Then the other day, I realized that sometimes my own life can be like an annual, for some activities I participate in, friendships I make, classes I take, and places I live can be short and bloom for just one season.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Maybe I'm drawn to daisies because as a perennial they feel unwavering like a constant presence. They never fail to show up in the garden, and they keep their promise year after year.






Blooming, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver daisy charm
Nevertheless, I'm beginning to see the value of embracing annuals, for they teach me how to love more intensely and ask me to be more awake so as to experience every possible moment before they go away.

Beyonce's Blingy New Baby Bump

Beyonce's red carpet jewelry often steals the spotlight - especially when she brings out her best Lorraine Schwartz show-stoppers like she did at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. BUT...

It appears there is one accessory that trumps them all. A burgeouning blingy baby bump!

What better way to share the happy news than with a stunning off-the-shoulder Lanvin number and more emeralds and diamonds than any mere mortal has a right to wear at once! How much do you LOVE that emerald circle ring, jewelry hounds!?!

While metallic minis, bold cuffs, cocktail rings, parasols and um....snakes....were the other accessory trends of the night, you have to give it up for the divine Miss Sasha Fierce for making sure nothing could possibly upstage her big blingy reveal.





Except....maybe.....this....


Stay tuned this week on Jewelry.com where I'll be bringing you the hottest VMA jewelry moments in affordable looks you can bring home to your own jewelry box - or wear while framing a baby bump.


JCK Rock Star Video Series


JCK Magazine has crafted a neat online video series that follows a group of designers tasked with creating the most beautiful piece of jewelry featuring Swarovski precision-cut genuine gemstones. To catch the different episodes check out the JCK Rock Star Web page. A new video episode debuts each month and will continue through June 2012.

Designers include Alex Woo, Michael Bruder, Nina Basharova, Rosanne Pugliese, and Walter Adler Chefitz.

JCK Rock Star Video Series


JCK Magazine has crafted a neat online video series that follows a group of designers tasked with creating the most beautiful piece of jewelry featuring Swarovski precision-cut genuine gemstones. To catch the different episodes check out the JCK Rock Star Web page. A new video episode debuts each month and will continue through June 2012.

Designers include Alex Woo, Michael Bruder, Nina Basharova, Rosanne Pugliese, and Walter Adler Chefitz.

Seattle's Pike Place Market


Last week I took Amtrak's Cascades train from Portland, Oregon up the coast of Washington to see the Seattle Gift Show. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to check out the Pike Place Market. What fun! Tons of people, music, food, and unique gifts.

Here is a peek at some of the happenings...










































Seattle's Pike Place Market


Last week I took Amtrak's Cascades train from Portland, Oregon up the coast of Washington to see the Seattle Gift Show. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to check out the Pike Place Market. What fun! Tons of people, music, food, and unique gifts.

Here is a peek at some of the happenings...










































Sale Ending & Phase III, High School !

Like many other kids, our boys went back to school this week with relatively few glitches. Nothing like some kids in Virginia, who had a real reality check Tuesday, when the 5.8 earthquake hit the Northeast! Our biggest problems weren't bricks falling on our heads; only felt like that a bit when we heard Ethan won't have his braille copies of textbooks until three weeks after classes start, and his Apex (braille notetaker) took longer in repair in Canada, hey, so he started school with only his netbook. Could be worse.






Though, not as dramatic a start as the Virginia kids, Ethan was off Monday, to his first year of high school, and so far, it's been a pretty good beginning. He's already met a new friend in Latin, and lots of kids are participating in what many blindness community folks like to refer to as, "the parting of the Red Sea," when he's coming down the hallway. He told us tonight at dinner how funny it is when he can hear people in the hall saying, "Look out, the blind kid's coming!" Of course, we've now encouraged him (I'll up the anty by putting $$$ on it) to shout, "Oh, my gosh, there's a blind guy?! Where?" Keep on laughing, right...



Speaking of laughter, could ours be heard all around the country, as we walked last night, laughing about the Christmas decorations a few people have started putting up around here in our 3-digit weather? Some people's humor - sheesh! ;-D





With all of these new beginnings going on around us all, the hotter-than-&*%% temperatures in Texas, and new, special pewter pieces to start working on for an upcoming winter conference and Dialog-in-the-Dark museum exhibit, I'll be ending the alphabet bracelet sale at the end of August, but starting a new challenge: The Facebook At First Sight page Braille Fashion Cheat-Sheet Challenge 1000! The goal is to get 1000 people in that social network community, so tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends, because the 1000th person - as well as the person who referred them - will both win an expandable braille alphabet bracelet and a spin ring! So, go on, now - exponentiate!



My sincerest best wishes to everyone for a refreshing Fall~



Behind the Scenes: Seattle Gift Show Jewelry Displays


One of the ways to sell jewelry wholesale is to have a booth at a trade show. Last week I decided to check out the Seattle Gift Show, to see what kind of exhibitors attend and what sort of displays jewelry designers put together.

Here are a few examples of how jewelry designers constructed their booths. I'd be interested to know if you have any thoughts about which booths work well and why?



















































The Seattle Gift Show is put on by Urban Expositions, which organizes other gift shows around the country. Check out Urban Expositions' Web site for more information.



Behind the Scenes: Seattle Gift Show Jewelry Displays


One of the ways to sell jewelry wholesale is to have a booth at a trade show. Last week I decided to check out the Seattle Gift Show, to see what kind of exhibitors attend and what sort of displays jewelry designers put together.

Here are a few examples of how jewelry designers constructed their booths. I'd be interested to know if you have any thoughts about which booths work well and why?



















































The Seattle Gift Show is put on by Urban Expositions, which organizes other gift shows around the country. Check out Urban Expositions' Web site for more information.



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