Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Aloha! This week our Etsy shop comes from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sea Babe, a very fitting name for a jewelry shop from Hawaii, offers the creations from Kristin, an eco-friendly designer. With earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from reclaimed materials there is truly something for every taste at Sea Babe. Kristin also welcomes custom work if something in a different style or color is desired.
Let's take a look:

Gold Filled Ruby, Citrine, Garnet Gemstone Cascade Earrings

Featuring three briolette's one in Ruby, Citrine and Garnet hang from the hand wire wrapped chains made of 14K gold fill. These would also make a beautiful gift for someone born in November, which Citrine is the birthstone.

Luscious Lemons, Lemon Topaz Earrings on Handmade Sterling Silver Earwires

Made with sterling silver earwires and 13x10 mm Topaz briolettes these sparkling earrings are an overall length of 1.5 inches.

Amazing Moss Aquamarine Solitaire Necklace

Aquamarine is one of my personal favorite stones as it is also my birthstone, but I had not seen this Moss Aquamarine before. It certainly caught my eye though, as it is stunning! Hanging from a gold filled chain this 20X12mm stone is sure to be a statement piece.

This week if you are the lucky winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will receive:

Gold Fill Hammered Pink Pearl Earrings

To enter:

1. Check out Sea Babe. Come back here and rave about your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Entries will be accepted from now until next Monday at noon. Check back Monday night for the announcement of the winner! Good luck to all!


And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations Michelle! You won the weekly prize and will receive the beautiful earrings from Tracy at Designs by Tracy Brigham.

Thank you to all who entered! Special thanks to Tracy for being a part of the feature this past week. I wish you continued success in your lovely shop!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas filled with friends, family and all of the gifts you have been wishing for under your tree!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Designs by Tracy Brigham, our Etsy shop this week, opened in March 2010 after persuasion from Tracy's daughter to do so. After watching her mom perfect her skills making jewelry by working with gemstones and beads, she knew that there would be a market for these items. I am sure you all will agree with that sentiment when you see the offerings at Designs by Tracy Brigham. Not only does Tracy create jewelry, but she also makes wine glass charms, napkin rings and hummingbird feeders.

Tracy would like to extend a special offer for all of the Joy De Vivre readers from now until next Monday at the close of the feature. Just enter coupon code FEATURE at checkout and you will receive 10% your entire purchase!

Amazonite Drop Earrings with Sterling Silver Chain

Measuring approximately 2.5 inches in length, the Amazonite gemstone beads and 5 strands of sterling silver chain make for a very modern look. Swarovski Bronze Pearl Stretch Bracelet

The 8mm and 4mm beads create a bracelet that stretches to fit up to an 8 inch wrist. If a different size is needed feel free to contact Tracy for a more customized fit. Green Rutilated Quartz and Sterling Silver Necklace

Measuring approximately 16 inches in length, this vivid green necklace is made of 12mm faceted coin beads.

This week if you are the winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will receive:
How to enter:

1. Check out Designs by Tracy Brigham. Come back and fill us in on your favorite item in the shop.

2. Be or become a follower of this blog.

Enter from now until next Monday at noon. Come back Monday night to see if you are the lucky winner!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Monday!

I know I have just about missed Monday altogether, but I wanted to say hello! Plus I came bearing gifts in the form of this beautiful sunset photo from flickr. See if I would have been early you all would have been greeted with pictures of cereal or a happy face and may never have seen this gorgeousness. :)

How was your weekend?


After finishing up a very long work week on Saturday I finally managed to get my Christmas shopping finished. Whew! I was cutting it close this year!


Three more days and then vacation time! At this point I am looking forward to time off as much as I am looking forward to the Christmas festivities! Barkley, my blanket, fuzzy slippers and old movies are the plan for the beginning of my week off next week. Am I getting old when I am excited to rest? LOL! At this point I am too tired to care! ;)

Speaking of fuzzy slippers, how cute are these? I wonder if it is too late to add them to my Christmas list, though I am pretty sure my pup would think they were his toys and rip them to shreds.

They are just a tad bit more practical than the other cat inspired shoes that I purchased this past weekend:


LOL! Just a little different from the tiger slippers! Though something tells me after a night out wearing these I will need those comfy slippers.

Fill me in on your lives! I have missed chatting with you all!

And Our Winner Is.....

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Congratulations! You won the beautiful earrings from A Pocket of Posies!

Thanks so much to all who entered this past week!

Thank you to Rebecca for introducing us to your lovely shop! Best of luck with your shop in the new year!

Check back tomorrow to see which Etsy shop will be featured next!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

When I first saw our Etsy shop this week I knew the perfectly girlie feel of it would go perfect here on Joy De Vivre! A Pocket of Posies is shop owner Rebecca's take on nature. Her delicate jewelry creations are inspired by the beautiful colorings of flowers and vineyards. The earrings, bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories all have a vintage quality and can be customized to your liking.

Let's take a look:

Blushing Coral Flower Earrings

Part of A Pocket of Posies Whimsy Collection, these coral and peach earrings feature Rosaline Czech glass beads, brass filigree bead caps and measure approx. 1.75 inches.

Teal Flower Bouquet Drops

From the Dew Drop collection, these earrings are made of teal Czech beads and kidney shaped ear wires for a length of approx 2.25 inches.


Chrysanthemum Bouquet Hair Pins

This set of three hair pins is a newly added item! Never worn, but with a charming vintage look, they are made of antiqued brass bobby pins.

This week if you are the lucky winner you will receive the beautiful Teal Blue Berry Drop earrings :

How to enter:

1. Check out A Pocket of Posies. Come back and rave about your favorites on the site!

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Enter from now until next Monday at noon. A winner will be posted on Monday night!

Good luck to everyone!








Monday, December 13, 2010

And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations Maggie May! You are the winner of this week's "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" and will be receiving the festive candy cane earrings from Brixiana!

Thank you so much to Claudia for offering your shop for the feature this week! I appreciate your participation! :) Thank you as well to all who entered! It is not too late to pick up your vintage goodies for Christmas from Claudia!

Happy Monday

After spending my Sunday shopping and baking for a work fundraiser it is once again Monday. With only one day off I am really not ready for the work week to start again, but since it is inevitable we may as well be happy about it. So...

HAPPY MONDAY!

How did you all spend your weekend?

PS Don't forget to scroll down and enter to win the cheery earrings from the "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" that ends later today! You still have a few hours to get your entries in! :)



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Never Before Has 52 Looked So Cool!

On this day in 1958 a future Rock God was born. And after a few years, some hair dye, lots of makeup and a name change he became Nikki Sixx.

Sure my parents weren't thrilled when at the age of 12 I had my entire bedroom plastered with posters of Motley Crue. Years later though my mom and I met Tommy Lee and he charmed her so she is now over the trauma! LOL! While Tommy is cool there is only one Rock God!

And today I would like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Nikki!
Now hurry up and get back on the road for Crue Fest 3! :)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Buried by Holiday Cheer

Am I the only one feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas this year? It could be the fact that the likelihood of having a day off is looking slim for me in the foreseeable future, but the stress level is rising. Presents to buy, presents to mail and the fact that my dining room table is still piled with ornaments left to find their perfect place on the tree is making me feel more like the Grinch than jolly St. Nick!

I have at least started though:

The small tree in my living room is up and fully decorated in gold, purple and wine. I am really beginning to enjoy that tree so much that is has me contemplating a larger tree for that room. Please remind me that I am crazy if I mention to you all next year about buying yet another tree! ;) One 7 foot tree and three 3 feet trees have found their way into my home so I do believe I need to stop the madness! The bright lights of Christmas do somehow have a calming effect, despite the mad dashes to and fro that come with the season.


So as I try to dig myself out of the piles of Christmas decor, Barkley has found himself right in the middle of them. I swear I have more pictures of the pupster than some of my friends have of their real non furry children. I don't know if that is sadder for them or for me! LOL!

Where do you all stand on your preparations for the big day? Please tell me I am not the only one running behind!

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

This week I would like to introduce you to Claudia and her Etsy shop Brixiana. There is a plethora of vintage treasures to be found here. If you love the look of vintage items, but do not have a knack for finding them then you are in the right place! Claudia is a vintage shopaholic who loves to find things and then bring them to you via Brixiana. Since it is the time for Christmas decorations we shall focus on Brixiana's holiday decorations here, but do take note that Claudia's shop is also stock full of jewelry, books, patterns and many other everyday collectibles.
Two Miniature Angels Candle Holders

These adorable candle holders are each 2" tall. The three musically inclined angels are made of hard gold colored vinyl and fit standard taper candles. They come packed in their original box from the Sixties.

Vintage Oversized Elephant Christmas Ornament

Made of Mercury Glass, this 7.5" X 5.5" elephant is sure to sparkle on the tree of any potential new owner. In classic Christmas colors of red, green and silver, this ornament is also packaged in the original box.


Vintage Kewpie Doll

This vintage Kewpie is all decked out in her Christmas dress and hat. Standing 7.5" tall she is ready to give as a Christmas gift...jingle bells and all!

This week if you are the lucky winner you will receive the candy cane earring featured below, just in time for Christmas!


To enter:

1. Check out Brixiana. Come back here and rave about your favorite item(s)!

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for your second entry!


Entries will be accepted from now until Monday noon. Check back next Monday night to see if you are the lucky winner!


And the Winner Is....

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Congratulations! You won the Bird Ornaments from KhaliNouveau!

Thank you so much to all who took the time to enter this week!

Special thanks go out to Khali for offering your shop for the feature! Best of luck to you! :)