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lisaski
I'm a 34 year old stay-at-home mom to 2 amazing kids. I own my own jewelry business which allows me the flexibility of being with my kids during the day, while still having something of my own to build and grow with. I believe I have the best of both worlds and I absolutely love creating custom and personalized jewelry. Please check out my online shop....www.juelladesigns.com
Interests: music, travel, reading, photography, creating....
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You can find me here now... www.juelladesigns.com Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Happy Summer! Now that it is summer I decided to do something a little special/different with my business. I am going to have "Open Studio Days" throughout the summer. My plan is that one day per week--most likely a different day and/or time to accomodate varying schedules--I will have what I'm calling an "Open Studio Day". Basically this will be a day to come to my studio to pick up orders, discuss future orders or see my creations in person. It's not going to be a formal 'Open House'--but I will actually be dressed, will have pieces available for purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Before: After: There were a few tears shed as I cut it...but he's cute no matter what! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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I'm in the mood to paint things! Now that school is out and summer is finally here, I have the urge to freshen up our back patio area. I want bright and comfortable. I'm in the midst of about 6 different projects so none are complete but I wanted to share some befores and hopefully soon I'll share the afters! One is this bistro patio set I inherited from my Grandmother... I've renovated it once before...it was a dark gray with sage green padded seat and a glass top. The weather has done a number on it and 'somehow' the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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by Lisa Lee of Juella Designs We recently had our 1st Annual Redding Handmade team charm swap and here is our finished product! [ Not sure if there will be a 2nd annual, but I can dream :-) ] The majority of our members each created a charm and each... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Redding Handmade
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I have a problem with vintage luggage. The problem is I keep buying it because it's so cool looking and then I don't know what to do with it when I get home! I recently picked up a little blue train case at the Roses & Rust Vintage Market from my friend Zizi of The Green Mum. Immediately loved it for the size and the color. Did I have plans for it? Nope! I thought about it a little bit and decided to revamp it and use it for all my hair goodies. I raided my daughter's fabric stash and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Sigh....I suck as a blogger once again. Sorry about that. Well guess I'll jump in once again and try to keep up. We are now on the first day of summer vacation for the kids and I'm sure it's going to go super duper fast. The kids and I would love to be lounging in the pool, but alas it's raining and cold out. We have yet to hit summer weather which I think is bizzare for Northern California...any day we'll be thrown into 100+ degree temps. Well what have we been up to in the last couple months? I'll... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Another beautiful set of charms for our team charm swap! This time by Kay Rice of Kay Rice Jewelry Designs. She cut out the copper and then attached French filagree floral pieces that she picked up in San Francisco, and semi-precious stones. The stones are peridot, serpentine, iolite and citrine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Redding Handmade
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We wanted to personalize the charm bracelets for each individual, so decided that our charm contribution would be initial charms. We started with pre-made brass charms and etched each person's first initial onto the metal. We rounded the corners, filed and sanded until all of the edges were nice and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Redding Handmade
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La Traviata The charm is called La Traviata after the Italian opera of the same name written by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered in 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice, Italy. "La traviata" means literally "the fallen woman". The opera is a tragic love story between Violetta Valere... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Redding Handmade
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I am so, so excited to introduce my newest line of jewelry, Simply Change! This line features coins from all over the world, stamped with words or phrases and strung on a variety of mixed metal chains. I will add pretty beads and charms sometimes as added accents. Every piece is truly one of a kind! I was inspired to make this line for a variety of reasons. One being the quickly rising cost of sterling silver. I still love, love sterling and will continue to work with it, but I want to offer jewelry in a more affordable range... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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There are many reasons I am so excited to be a team member of Redding Handmade, but one of the latest is the upcoming team charm swap! One of our members, Kimberly Snowden (Garnet Heart) presented the idea to the team along with the starter charm bracelets she made for every member. Right away I was excited by the idea and so thankful to Kimberly for the super cool bracelet. At our next monthly meeting we will be having our charm swap with 16 members participating. Each of us will make 16 identical/similar charms and swap them with the other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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by Lisa Lee of Juella Designs There are many reasons I am so excited to be a team member of Redding Handmade, but one of the latest is the upcoming team charm swap! One of our members, Kimberly Snowden (Garnet Heart) presented the idea to the team along with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Redding Handmade
I'm throwing in the towel with the whole weight tracking thing. It has gotten me no where but to be unhealthily focused on my weight and what I put in my body. I had this magical number in my head of where I wanted to be. Where I needed to be to fit back into my favorite jeans. Forget it. I'll buy a new pair of jeans. A few days ago, I noticed the quote at the top of my blog.... "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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written by Viki Twyman of Lorie Lynn Designs I decided to do an article for our blog about "Creative Idea Theft", because as artisans we will all deal with having our ideas stolen at some point. It is so frustrating to have this happen because you put so much of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Redding Handmade
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I'm joining up with Eilyne over at Suite 100 for Food Friday again! Make sure you check out her blog at http://www.eilynedavis.com/ I have recently discovered that the Hungry Girl lists Weight Watchers Plus points on her recipes so I've been having a lot of fun trying out some new recipes - and actually cooking to the surprise of my husband! So far what I've made has been really good so I question the actual point values. The best so far is the "HG's Mega-Delicious Chipotle Chicken Panini" I have seriously had it 5 times in the last week. She... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Starting weight: 172 Last week's weigh in: 168.9 My current weight: 168 My goal weight: 154 Gain/Loss this week: -.9 Total lost so far: 4 Not where I hoped to be 6 weeks into this Weight Watchers thing. This past week had a variety of high ups (delicious dinners out with friends) and some downs that all tampered with my ability to eat properly. I guess given that, at least I didn't gain. Still. Sigh.... The particular down caused me to have a couple of stress eating binges this last week. To be exact I had a car accident last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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I am so honored to be asked to participate in my friend Eilyne's "Food Friday" feature! If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you ABSOLUTELY must. She has an incredible way with words and inspires me each morning with her posts....please check her out here: http://www.eilynedavis.com/ So my Food Friday entry is the oh so healthy, "Zero Point Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup"....exciting, no?! It is, it is! This is a bit of a twist on the soup that I learned about 5 years ago. My Mom reintroduced me to it recently and we've been tweaking it to our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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It's Wednesday again already?? So the idea behind 'What I Wore Wednesday' is to actually put a little effort into what you wear each day and (surprise, surprise) actually get dressed each day...and maybe feel and be a little more productive. My usual attire is grubby workout clothes, if I actually do get out of my pajamas, so it takes some effort to actually get dressed. This past week, according to pictures, I got 2 real outfits in! Vesty thing - Anthro, birthday weekend purchase...love this thing, it is so super soft. Black 'mock' turtleneck - Macy's...years ago Jeans -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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I thought this was a fun way to actually see other people's handwriting! I'm forever a voyeur of real life fan so I had to jump into this one. All you have to do is take out a pen and paper, answer the following questions and post it to your blog. 1. What’s your name / blogger name? 2. What’s your blogs URL? 3. Write, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. 4. Favorite quote? 5. Your favorite song? 6. Your favorite band / singers? 7. Anything else you want to say? 8. Tag 3 bloggers to participate.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Given the week I had celebrating mine and my daughter's birthdays, including a trip out of town, I thought for sure I'd have gained weight. When on day 2 of my week I had already used up all my points for the week, I knew I had done screwed up. But I managed to lose a little over a pound! Starting Weight: 172 Last week's weigh in: 171.5 My current weight: 169.9 My goal weight: 154 Gain/Loss this week: -1.6 Looking forward to this next week when I actually fully follow the plan! Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and my daughter's 7th birthday. She was born on Feb 27 and I was born on Feb 28. (I won't say how old I am but let's just say I was 29 the day she was born--you do the math). We had an incredibly fun weekend! Friday afternoon was her birthday party (a few pictures posted in a prior post) and Saturday we headed down to Roseville, California for some shopping and a hotel stay. Weight Watchers was forgotten about for the weekend and we did some good grubbing too! We headed back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Here for another round of 'What I Wore Wednesday'! Linking up again with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy...The Pleated Poppy Blog-WIWW Dress and Cardi - Target Patterned tights (hard to see, but they have a diamond pattern) - Kohl's Black sandals - super de dooper old--I've had these since I worked at Riverview Country Club in the mid-90's. I think they've had their due and this was their retirement wearing. Top - Nordstrom Rack...this is actually a size small junior's dress!! For me it's a tunic top. Jeans - Target Boots - Kohl's, maybe? Necklace - Allora Handmade ..I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Pieces of Me
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Last Friday after school we had my daughter's birthday party...we did a Sweets/Pom Pom theme in her favorite colors--black, pink and white. It worked out perfectly that her birthday comes 2 weeks after Valentine's Day. Clearance sales!! I have been collecting anything and everything pink and white I could find. We had a full itinerary of activities planned for the girls! Including: Pom Pom necklace craft "Minute to Win It" style game using candy Pin the Pom on Ella Pizza and cupcakes Candy Store Candy Bingo Wii Let's Dance And the ever popular....chase Ella's big brother around the house game!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Pieces of Me