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Bill Blass Giveaway

Here is a great giveaway to enter and share with your friends with the Bill Blass Giveaway. Hurry this ends October 27th! You go to this link: Bill Blass Giveaway and put in your email address. The Giveaway is for $3,000 worth of products and when you share with your friends you can get up to a $200 Credit with Bill Blass! Yay!!!

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Big GIVEAWAY!

Go on over and enter now, as you need to sign up before the Private Launch Opens up! Yup it’s a Private Launch for the American Designer Bill Blass!

Enjoy!

Love and hugs,

Mariah

The Process of Removing Gemstones From Settings

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Sometimes, it takes a combination of something old and something new to get the perfect ring. In some cases, people love a gemstone that is set in an old ring but want to update the ring itself. This may be triggered by a personal preference for a certain type of metal or the positioning of the stone in the old setting.

This is a process that is best left to professional jewelers. They have studied gemstones and know how to remove them without damaging them or changing their appearance. Some jewelers provide this service for free to those who have continually done business with them. Others may charge about $10 per stone. It is important to get prices before leaving the stone with a selected jeweler. No matter what they charge, they will likely ask to see the stone first to determine what must be done to remove it from its setting.

ring drawingMost jewelers use a process that allows them to melt the metal around the gemstone using a chemical. Then they carefully remove the gemstone from the chemical solution. They have to clean the gemstones after this process to make them safe for other uses. They do not discard the solution that contains the metal. Instead, they use another chemical to remove the fine metals from the first solution. Then they melt the metals into bars and measure the purity of the bars.

Although many people try to do this process at home themselves by pending the gemstone prongs and removing the stone, it is not recommended. This do-it-yourself technique does not preserve the stone. It defeats the purpose of removing the stone in the first place.

 

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Got The Creative Bug – Classes and Workshops – Review


I have the Creative Bug lately and I had an invitation to try out a Month of Creativebug Classes and Workshops for a review. What wonderful timing as my stress has been maximized as of late, and any number of fun DIY Crafting Projects can distract me. Now I was a latecomer to the Month of classes, just reviewing about 4 or 5 class videos today and accomplishing one craft project today. But wow, what a well needed break for the creativity that seems to be lacking in my life lately. After all crafting is second nature to me since I was raised on all sorts of DIY Craft projects in my creative family, my parents are artists and they kept us 6 kids pretty busy with crafting and DIY projects.
Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com
The classes that I looked at were for a “found necklace,” basically an upcycling project with beads from jewelry, friends will know that I love to collect old jewelry and beads. Family knows that I have done this since I was a little girl, but I have to say that I learned a few new things such as what to do with the tail from the filament you tie to the clasps.

I also looked at a really cool project for Image Transfers too. I have my packing tape set aside here as I am going to immerse myself in one of the 3 methods of Image Transfers she shows us how to do in her video. I can’t wait to find the perfect colored magazine page to use for this one! Yay!

I glimpsed at the bracelet crocheted with beads, cool… however I don’t have the cord that it called for in materials and my embroidery floss is MIA at this time, hiding in the deepest darkest recesses of some poor neglected moving box at this time.

Finally for my first project I was extremely inspired to dig out my Shrinky Dink Printable “paper”, and play with it for the first time in about 5 years. Oh, I don’t think it counts that this past Winter I just used Shrinky Dinks for making luggage tags for my trip to Florida to see my friend Joan, I really didn’t play with it, it was just something I figured I needed spur of the moment, then night before leaving. lol

What Shrinky Dinks at my age? Yes I love that stuff! I knew exactly what I was aiming for, and I had just the perfect picture to make into an outline in the picture/photo editor program. It was about an hour and suddenly I remembered how to get a good outline out of my colored picture, I used to do this for the Tattooists in the Tattoo Shop my husband and his partner had owned for a few years. Nice to know I haven’t forgotten all those old skills and it came in handy again. lol

In the Shrinky Dink Jewelry Class, I did learn some unique hints and tips from the video and it helped out so much better than the instructions that came with the Shrinky Dinks. I won’t spoil it for you, you will need to join Creative Bug to learn for yourself.Honestly Mariah Shrinky Dink Jewelry

My problem with my printer/copier is that it only prints in black… So I had to spend many hours with my detailed design to have it ready for the oven. And when the design curled up and folded itself it seems that the lovely Victorian Lady in the middle turned into The Freak Show Bearded Lady as the pencil marks or the ink smeared just perfectly on her face, before the Shrinky Dink flattened out again. lol

But all in all, this does look quite pretty, don’t you think? Now I have to decide it the original idea of putting two holes in it for jump-rings is what I want or to attach it to a Barrette Blank (or make it into a brooch) … oh and then figure out who would love a bearded lady piece of jewelry. lol Oh and I added to my design an outline around it some gold leafing permanent ink from a pen to further enhance the design.
All A La Carte Classes $9.99
So much fun, a project that is normally thought of as only for children, was revisited by me once again. Five years ago, I did have fun making Christmas gifts for everyone, it was about time I revisited this old favorite for fun once more.

CreativeBug’s offering are such a wide variety, from beginning sewing to advanced knitting and kids crafts too! Creativebug has a class to inspire your creative side. And the classes can be purchases A La Carte or as part of a Subscription… Subscriptions would make great gifts, for the crafter in your life. Better yet, make homemade gifts from these classes and workshops, these gifts are the best gifts, as they come from your own hands and your own heart!

Thank you to CreativeBug for helping me find a way to relax and have so much fun I lose track of time! What a stress relief for me.

Now, who wants to buy a Victorian Freak Show Bearded Lady piece of jewelry? It’s ONE OF A KIND (that’s for sure!). I will finish it (or you can) and I will sign the back of it too. Do I hear $25.00? Hey, can you blame a girl for asking? lol

 
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New Nautical Nails Box – Freebie

Perfect for Summer – New Maven Subscribers Get the Nautical by Nature Welcome Box Free
I know how some of you may remember that I joined Julep back in December and I still love their polishes as well as their skincare and makeup items. Here I have a special deal for you if you enjoyed my recent post with my 4th of July “Wonder Woman” nails in it, here is your chance to get the perfect polishes for the colors I used. The only thing you’d need to hunt down is the silver stars for nails, sorry I do not recall where I picked them up years ago. And like me, instead of this light blue, you can use white polish (use the kind that is made for french manicures).
Limited Edition Nautical Welcome Box
Hello Summer!! If you have been curious about the Julep Maven Beauty Box or have been waiting for just the right time to become a Maven, now is your opportunity! Right now, new Maven subscribers can get a Nautical inspired welcome box that includes 3 beautiful, bright nail colors plus two of our most loved products – a 5-piece set, valued at $80 – for free when you sign up for Julep Maven.

Limited Edition Nautical Welcome Box

The Julep Maven subscription box is the perfect way to treat yourself to new nail color and beauty products each month. Just a few of the perks you get as a Maven subscriber include:

  • A fully customizable box of limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations delivered to your door each month
  • $40+ of full-size products in every box for just $24.99 per month or save $15 by choosing the 3 month pre-paid option
  • Free shipping and 20% off on julep.com all day, everyday

These Nautical by Nature Welcome Boxes are here for a limited time and they are an exceptional value! Become a Maven today and don’t forget to use the code SHIPSHAPE to get your own Limited Edition Nautical by Nature Welcome Box for FREE – just pay $2.99 for shipping.

 

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Musewear Flip Flops – Review & Giveaway


I received some fabulously comfortable Flip Flops or as we used to call them Thongs (does anyone call them thongs anymore? or does that just mean underwear? lol)

This is a great new product, you have a choice of many quotes or zodiac flip flops from Musewear! These flip flops are a dream, so very comfy and nothing like picking a favorite quote or zodiac sign to slip your feet into.

Information about Musewear Flip Flops:

musewear logoConceived in Singapore. Born in Brazil. Launched from Prague. Fulfilled in the United States. Designed by American, Indonesian and Philippine artists. People are talking about the recently released “thinking flip flops!”
Asheville-based designer Diane Curry came up with the idea of “walking the talk” following a 30-day experiment during which “thank you” were her first two words of the day, as her feet hit the ground.

At $20 a pair, and with Free shipping, Musewear flip flops are a high-quality bargain. They get people talking, and laughing and appreciating life, and that’s a lot of mileage for the world’s most beloved footwear – the humble flip flop.

Our premium Brazilian rubber is the the same used by Havaianas, the leading Brazilian brand–only ours are thicker, more cushy and filled with inspiring words and artwork! With the 2014 World Cup fast approaching, “made in Brazil” will have more cache and appeal than ever.

Consumers like the good conscience behind Musewear. Our flip flops are made at an ethical, fair-wage manufacturer in Brazil with recycling built into the process. No sweat shops for us. We looked for two years to find a US based manufacturer and they all turned us down, saying “go to China.” That was never an option!

15% of profits go to causes that help give a voice to the voiceless: SunSignSoles benefit The Nature Conservancy to help us hear what planet Earth is telling us; Walk The Talk benefits Amnesty International in its work to liberate persons denied free speech; Wit Flips benefit local and national animal rescue efforts.

Musewear Flip Flops come with a 100% Happiness Guarantee.

Currently Musewear Flip-Flops only come in Adult sizes.

Dog thinks you are musewear flip flops
My Goal in Life is to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am.

Flip Flops with Sayings and Zodiac:

You have 3 categories to choose from:

Walk the Talk:

6 different sayings to choose from, to quote part of what Musewear says on their page:

“…The music is in the message: Keep the Faith, Stay the Course, Find your Center, Live and Learn, Be Your Best…”

This is wear I found my choice, the name is “Live and Learn” (more about it below)

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Wit Flips:

4 different saying to choose from. Here is a quote from Musewear on the selection:

“Wit Flips are the shout-out you need to give yourself: The life you’re living right now is the only one you’re ever getting and only you can make the most of it”

An Example of what can be found here:

Be yourself
Everyone else is already taken ~
Oscar Wilde

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SunSign Soles:

All 12 Zodiac Signs are represented. Here is a quote:

“Some people are so true to their signs it’s spooky, and for others, it’s hard to admit ANY of it might even remotely be true”

Taurus flip flops musewearlol, what they say about this category of shoes made me laugh, they come out and say exactly what I am thinking of, when I think of the zodiac. I am a Taurus and sure some of the qualities fit me:

Powerfully Stubborn Affectionate Patient
Devoted to Family Tranquil Nature Dependable
Savors Security

Dirty Little Secret (DLS): Not every bull is looking for a fight.

LOL and the SunSign Soles (if you believe in this stuff) tell you who to find and who to flee, well I am almost a believer looking closely at those flip flops…. it says I should find someone with my husband’s sign. Yay! lol

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There are so many great choices, but once I found my quote I knew that this was made just for me!

My musewear flip flopsThe quote I chose:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow”
“Learn as if you were to live forever

                                                   ~Mahatma Gandhi

This is exactly the way I try to live my life… here is my philosophy:

“Live (life to the fullest), Love (with all your being), Laugh (at yourself & don’t fear being silly in the eyes of others) and Learn (all you can, satisfy your curiosity).”

The sizing for the Flip-Flops is cleverly innovative and actually fun to do! I like the fact that you can make sure your flip-flops fit before you purchase them! You do need a printer for this, and trust me it’s worth a piece of paper or two to get it right!

This is basically how you measure for your flip flops:

You use a measuring tape on the measurement guide to make sure the print is the actual size… if (and when) the measurement is correct, you then place a pencil at a marking on the shoe (would be the location of the thong area) and place it between your toes and “slip” the shoe on. Perfect fit for me! What a unique idea and it works!

When I received my flip flops I was honestly surprised at the weight, you can instantly feel the good quality!

I love the idea of having a favorite saying to slip your feet into all summer long. The ink inside these beauties hasn’t turned my feet colors like the ones that I was given as a gift from a friend (they were from Old Navy) and they turn the bottom of my feet black!

These Flip-Flops have the perfect amount of cushion to them, they are so nice to walk on and feel better then all the other pairs of flip-flops that I had in my closet. I have only saved 2 old pairs, one is pink, the other one is the one that turns the bottom of my feet black and that is only because they are the only shoe that works okay with my walking cast.

It’s a shame that these Musewear flip-flops don’t show off the sayings inside and they are far to comfortable to slip off all the time and show others what they say. Lol I do love the comfortable thong part that goes between the toes, it didn’t need breaking in at all!

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