Just thought I’d share with those of you that don’t live in The Woodlands. Or the Cy-Fair area. I was written up in a local magazine, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes. It turned out smashing, if I do say so myself. Here’s the link to the article. Once you get to the magazine, go to Content (upper left) and click on ‘Interview with an Artisan’. Then, let me know what you think.

P.S. I’m working on editing a couple of pictures to share a new bracelet with you. If you ‘like’ Studio 219 on Facebook, you know that procrastination completely took over when I tried to post the new bracelet last week. {sigh} Story of my life.

So I just got a BlackBerry Bold (RIP Curve). WordPress has a BlackBerry app. This post is an attempt to use said app to post. So let me share with you a necklace that I made this weekend that I’m afraid to say I’ll never be able to duplicate!

The first picture is the front. I love the little cracking/missing piece at the bottom, which of course I’ll never be able to do again. Part two of why-I’ll-never-be-able-to-make-this-necklace-again is that I bought the chain on closeout from Rio Grande years ago. Hmmm. The second picture is an attempt to show the texture on the back.

This pendant was the first one I’ve tried with that round bezel around it, so I look at it & see beaucoup de errors. So the pendant along with this posting from the BlackBerry is an exercise in trying something new and then figuring out how to do it better. On that note I’m going to add the pictures (also taken with the BB) then try to publish this thing. Since blogging fom my phone is important because…

I’ve never really been a New Year’s resolution kinda person. Why? Because I’m selfish, silly. For me the new year starts with my birthday. Want to celebrate new years’ eve with me? Stockpile some fireworks from the Fourth of July, grab some champagne and mark your calendar for August 18th. My new year starts on August 19th. Therefore it stands to reason that I’m not going to put much stock in making resolutions in January since I’m almost halfway through *my* new year. Lent on the other hand is my kind of renew/restore season. Even when I’m not such a great Catholic (which is NOT what we are discussing here. Task at hand, people, task at hand) I love Lent. It’s got everything you need to reset a bad habit or start a new one; give up what hurts you or adopt what will heal you. And here’s why: start date, end date. Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. 40 days. That is why I contend that new years resolutions suck. You make a list of all the things you ‘must’ do to ‘fix’ yourself, and you start the first day of the new (calendar) year. When do you check in to gauge your progress? Never. When do you get to give it up if it doesn’t work? Never. When you do throw in the towel, how can you tell if you given yourself enough time see if it’s going to stick? You can’t.  With Lent, you decide what you’re going to do and then you give it a whirl for 40 days. If you change your mind, you *know* it’ll all be over in a little over a month. It just feels like you can do it. It’s not deciding to adopt a new habit on January 1st and keep it forever, like a new years resolution. That sounds like setting yourself up for failure. I hate that. Granted I’m sure there are some of you who make very specific, manageable lists with check-in dates and plans for evaluation and reflection and permission to give it all up. But that’s not me nor is it most of anyone else. So take your smug and perfect and scoot on out of here, the slackers are having a meeting.

And this my friends (the perfect people are gone, right?) is why my 40 days of yoga in 8 weeks challenge is working for me. Well, so far. Let’s have a brief check-in on this, the 16th day of the challenge: 12 yoga classes taken thus far (right on schedule, so far so good. Though I know next week will be tough, I’m not throwing out the baby with the bathwater. We’ll just see what I can fit in and will adjust future weeks.) The organization/Studio 219 portion of the challenge: tough & slowly but surely. I’m making better use of my calendars. I (just) made my task list for Studio 219. Oh, fine, I’ll admit it: I was procrastinating. I have a lot to do and it’s frightening. But the list is made and now it can be dealt with and attended to. Onwards… The 11pm bedtime, y’all believe me when I tell you I am terrible at this. I’ve made the earlier bedtime lately. Confession: I’ve had a cold, so some of that-getting-to-bed-early is really passing out with the lights on under a mountain of Kleenex. With six more weeks to go, I’m going to keep moving forward.

If I had just decided to adopt this lots of yoga coupled with productivity as my way of life from now on, I’d be freaking out and so quitting this challenge right about now.  But instead I get to try it out and at the end I’ll be able to see what works, what doesn’t and apply it to my life. I feel so virtuous right now. (totally kidding. My halo is never on straight) Lent starts in the morning. Technically my 8 week challenge will be over before Easter Sunday.  We’ll have to see if I add an extra week/five more classes to the challenge to make it a Lenten challenge also. I’m in for at least 6 more weeks of less than minimal make-up and sweaty ponytails (and getting things done and going to bed early).

I saw this on Twitter the other night. The idea of a yoga challenge has always appealed to me. But the standard Bikram challenge of 60 classes in 60 days has always been just out of my reach. It just isn’t possible for me to juggle my schedule and the children’s schedules to get me to my mat everyday. Or twice in one day to make up if I have to miss day. I’m not a huge fan of setting myself up for failure. However, the idea of 40 classes in 8 weeks stuck with me and I found myself trying to work it out. I checked my calendar, in the last 8 weeks I’ve attended 30 classes. Adding 10 more in the next 8 weeks seems possible. (I say that now…). I love my Bikram practice. I anticipate there will be ups & downs on my mat but I’m not afraid of them. I know the health benefits. The yoga may end up being the easiest part of this undertaking.

The bigger part of the challenge  is going to be the time management. Which is actually why I feel as though I *must* do this. My time management is a mess, a disaster, abysmal. I need more structure. So this challenge will force me to give my schedule some attention. I’m going to make time by taking time away.  Right now I am paralyzed by my to-do list. I am in full-on ignore mode. Not a great idea when trying to build a business (even a tiny one).  I’m spending more time what-if-ing than getting anything accomplished. Which, everyone knows, means I’m afraid. I’m afraid of what I’m doing with Studio 219 (you can imagine the what-ifs here, do I really need to elaborate? Just your run of the mill trash thinking: what if the work, me, my ideas, etc. aren’t good enough blah, blah, blah). Basically, I’m committing to stop letting fear release me from responsibility. How do I plan to accomplish this? Easy: baby steps and a calendar. A global to-do list is being assembled as part of my prep work for the challenge to start on Monday. I am going to actually, physically schedule my time. With a pen and paper. Typing it into my BlackBerry just doesn’t cut it with me. When I write things down they become a part of my world; I’m more aware. It’s a physical act of commitment for me that must be done with a writing utensil (Utensil of choice? A fountain pen. {swoon}). Typing doesn’t create the same connection between my brain and the idea. So there will be a to-do list for the day and scheduled time for the tasks. There might be index cards and personalized notepads. There will be Moleskine notebooks (red cahier) and sketch pads (black reporter style) and my trusty momAgenda. Time will be marked for what must get done (including personal and the children’s commitments), plus time so that some thing for Studio 219 gets done for the day. Re-evaluate at the end of the day and plan for the next day. Simple, really but to a world -class procrastinator, a monumental task. I anticipate being tied to lists & my calendar for the next 8 weeks. It must be done.

An ancillary addition to the challenge: an 11pm bedtime. I can waste more time after 10:30pm than most people do all day. My Mother has said for years: nothing good happens after midnight. I’m not producing anything in the wee hours to convince her to change her mind. Around here I think I’m going to stay up late to work and I end up ‘cleaning-up’ my DVR & planning naps for the next day. I have no problem with 20 minute naps. I’m not a coffee person, so as far as I’m concerned for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up nothing’s better. But when I start trying to schedule 2 hour naps, things are out of control.

So there you have it. Things are going to be different around here. For eight weeks at least and we’ll see what sticks. I’m optimistic and ready for a change, essential elements to taking on any challenge, no?

Be on the look out for my next post about why I’m a Lent girl not a New Year’s resolution girl and why that made the choice to commit to this challenge easier. See you soon.

My dear friend Jennifer passed this blog along to me and I want to share it with all of you: A Cup of Cold Water

Such cute things. I love the aprons (too bad I don’t cook or like to pretend to cook). The totes are great and I’m wanting to find one of these a home in my purse.  And the toothfairy pillows! And these precious totes!

The best part? All of the items are handmade and the proceeds go into a special adoption fund to help bring her daughter home from China. I can scarcely think of a better reason to go shopping.

(I wish I was savvy enough to steal a picture from the blog to give you a preview of the fabulous stuff over at A Cup of Cold Water but I’m not. So quit wishing I was a better blogger and go browse. Scoot.)

 

I probably don’t have to remind you, but you know, it’s the holiday shopping season. Here’s the part you don’t know, Studio 219 has a deadline.  Tuesday. December 15th. 3 days from now.

If you wait until after Tuesday, we going to run the chance that I might not be able to get my hands on the supplies I need or we might experience the failure of a shipping system. I just don’t want to have to disappoint you, so let’s get this done in a timely manner. But if even if you have a hankering to share the shiny goodness of Studio 219 after Tuesday, contact me & I’ll do everything I can to get a bit of beautiful in the mail for your holiday sharing this year.

On the other hand, gift certificates are available this year. I can mail it to you for you to deliver in person or it can be e-mailed if you really insist on procrastinating. No judgment (especially from the Queen of Putting-it-off-until-the-very-last-minute), I’m just sayin’.

I have some earrings ready to be dropped in the mail ASAP. The Plain & Multistrand versions of the Japanese Cross, Yoga Earrings can be to you in just a few short days.

So e-mail me pronto and let’s take care of your shopping list without you even having to set foot in the mall info@studio219designs.com Plus, order any 3 items and receive 10% off your entire order until December 31, 2009.

Thanks everyone for continuing to support Studio 219 this year. I love sharing my jewelry with you. On Studio 219’s Santa list: a new website. Here’s hoping 2010 sees a beautiful website with shopping capabilities for Studio 219!

yogaposter

The 7th Annual Texas Yoga Championships is around the corner, November 8th will be here before we know it.  This year will also feature The Texas Fitness & Wellness Expo promoting all aspects of the health and wellness industry and supporting the well being of all of our neighbors across Texas.  (disclaimer: some portions of this blog will be borrowed from the promotional literature about the event. Now you know.)  Why am I telling you this? Studio 219 will be there.

Quit trying to make a link between jewelry & yoga. I *do* make The Yoga Earrings and I *do* practice Bikram Yoga and perhaps I have connections. No matter. Moving on…come on out and enjoy the day. Get a start on your Studio 219 holiday shopping.

The competition will be amazing to watch. The official description goes like this: The competition gives health and fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to learn more about yoga and see some of the top practitioners in the state showcase their talents. My two cents: a jaw dropping display of flexibility, strength (both the mental & the physical) and all around wow!

All the details are here at the official website.

Tickets for the event start at $10 for general admission (free admission for children under 12). VIP packages can also be purchased including premium seating, tickets to event parties, and gift bags (I’ll let you in on a little secret here the gift bags will include, among other fabulous offerings, a $20 gift certificate from Studio 219. I mean, really what further incentive do you need?)

Questions? Need tickets? Want to RSVP with me so I’ll know to look for you? email me: info@studio219designs.com

Feast your eyes on two of my newer pendants. I’m loving the go-with-everything, simple charm of these.

The Initial Pendant is my variation on the ubiquitous letter charm. Incidentally, it’s also the first pendant I made after I took my introductory Art Clay class. It goes without saying that I will make this for you in the letter of your choice. you don’t have to wear a ‘C’ just because I do.  (Please tell me my reference to first=initial wasn’t lost on you. I mean it made sense, right?) There’s the potential here to accent with a birthstone instead of a pearl, too. (if your birthday’s in June: two birds, one stone. [One pearl.]) Or you could have your kids’ birthstones or well, I could go on here forever. One day y’all will pick up on the fact that our possiblites are endless to make any of this jewelry *yours*.

The Initial Pendant is made of Fine Silver, accented with a freshwater Pearl & strung on a 16″ Sterling Silver bead chain. $40.

Initial Pendant

Back of Initial Pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can you not love a bee? ( Life threatening allergies aside, of course.) The industrious, helpful, flower loving bee.  Historically, a symbol of immortality, rebirth and overcoming obstacles (you know the whole it-should-be-impossible-for-a-bee-to-fly-since-he’s-not-very-aerodynamic-and-his-wings-are-too-small-for-that-body-yet-he-does-it-in-spite-of-the-science thing). And the next time one flies into your house, before you shoo him outdoors, keep in mind he just might be there to let you know that luck is buzzing your way. Or string your luck around your neck and take it with you everywhere you go.

The Bee is made of Fine Silver, accented with a Freshwater Pearl & strung on a 30″ Sterling Silver bead chain. $55.

The Bee Pendant

Back of The Bee Pendant                                                                                                                                                                          

Here’s an excellent compendium of bee facts. I *heart* a good compendium.

Everyone’s doing it. It’s all the rage. Fan pages on Facebook. Studio 219 now has one. And I’d love to see you there. We can chat, I’ll be posting events, links when new posts are posted (surely there is a better way to say that? When a new blog is posted? Someone set me straight).  You can add pictures, the idea being pictures of Studio 219 jewelry out & about, in the wild. Not your latest pictures from the state fair. Unless we can get a good look at your Yoga Earrings while you’re downing the deep-fried butter.

So come on over, be a fan of Studio 219. It’ll change your life and bring about world peace. Potentially. But we won’t know for sure unless we try. 😉 www.facebook.com/Studio219

P.S. I understand that there is a way to add a ‘badge’ to this blog to alert people to this fan page business. I can’t get it to work. If you can provide the technical assistance, send me a message on Facebook (ha!) or e-mail me: info@studio219designs.com

It’s true: You Are Unlimited. We all are but sometimes we forget. Or we stop believing it.

I saw this phrase on the tag of a tea bag (Yogi Tea Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life, if you’re looking for the details) and it’s been stuck in my brain looking for somewhere to land. So I embedded it in a Fine Silver pendant sprinkled stars on the back and dangled a pretty, pretty pearl as an accent. Why a pearl, you might be asking yourself? A pearl because a pearl is born of irritation. Irritation transformed into something we value as beautiful. See where I’m going with this? We all have our irritations/annoyances/turns of bad luck that have moved us along on our path to something beautiful. It happens when we honor our unlimitedness and find ways to feed it so we can get through the ups & downs that we are bound to encounter as we live our lives.

Need some a bit of guidance on nurturing yourself so you can feel unlimited? Fred Krazeise of Empowered & Fit offers these ideas for taking care of yourself (It simply must be done. Take care of you so you can take care of whoever or whatever else you have to take care of.)

You Are Unlimited Pendant

 

 

 

Stars

The You Are Unlimited pendant is made of Fine Silver with a Freshwater Pearl and comes on a 16″ black satin cord. The pendant is a 1.25″ oval, the pearl adds about half an inch. $55.

As per usual, want a different length or style of chain? Want your personal words to live by on a pendant? E-mail me at info@studio219designs.com or leave me a comment