Thursday, December 10, 2009

Saying Goodbye...

This week I said goodbye to a great man. My grandpa, Victor Manuel Jimenez. After 87 amazing years it was at last his turn to be with god. Everything that I am and everything that I have is because of this man.
A man who always put his family first.
A man who would give the shirt off his back if you had none.
A man who loved the game of golf more than anything.
A man who went out of his way to make you laugh.
Grandpa, I will miss your voice, your hugs, the way you always said "Love you , Love you" because one "Love you" wasn't enough.
I will miss it all...
"Love You, Love You"
Victor Manuel Jimenez
July 1, 1922 - December 1, 2009



My Grandmother and I
Rabecca Jimenez

A silver band I placed. A piece of me to be with him.



This just makes me smile...


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ITS GONNA BE A GREAT NEW YEAR!

Well we are now in full swing Holiday season. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us we can look forward to Christmas, New Years and AH HEM( my birthday),you know all the really important holidays. I've been working like a dog trying to stock up some inventory for the new year... This will be the year of craft fairs for me. I am gonna get my butt in check,get organized and really do it... Sorry I guess this wasn't so much of a blog post as it was inspirational speech to myself. Aren't you glad you were here for it!
Anyhow here are some new additions to my shop. Hope you enjoy...
PINK CORAL FLOWER RING...
FACETED RED CORAL SPIRAL EARRINGS...

ABALONE LOVE KNOT EARRINGS...
PEACOCK PEARL DANGLES...

STERLING FERN STUDS...












Monday, November 30, 2009

CYBER MONDAY SALE...BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 OFF!

I guess you could say that I'm on a bit of a roll. My black Friday sale went well so I decided to have one last sale this year.
BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 OFF
All you need to do is make your purchases and the refund will promptly be posted to your paypal account.
HAPPY LOOKING ALL YOU SMART ONLINE SHOPPERS!
Here's my store link...

Friday, November 27, 2009

SHOP TILL YOU DROP! IT'S MY BLACK FRIDAY SALE...



I AM HAVING A BLACK FRIDAY SALE... ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FIND YOUR PERFECT GIFT WHETHER FOR YOURSELF OR FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE AND YOU REFUND WILL BE PROMPTLY POSTED TO YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT... HAPPY SHOPPING...


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas in Hawaii...

Well its beginning to look alot like Christmas in Hawaii. All of the shopping centers have all of there Christmas decorations up which is the best reminder due to the fact that it is 90' and sunny all the time.
Anyhow I have been a busy little bee trying to put some new designs in my shop for the holiday season. For those of you that are smart and do your shopping early, here ya go.
APPLE JACKS


AQUAMARINE HOOPS





TEXTURED HOOPS WITH GARNET







HAPPY HOLLIDAYS...
ERIN





Friday, November 13, 2009

My Muddy Lotus...

Here is my newest creation. Lately I've been trying so hard to test my skills and branch out to try new techniques. Let me tell you how hard this can be with a tight budget and silver prices beginning to skyrocket. With that said I have been so tickled with the direction that my creativity has been going. Never in million did I think that I could be having so much fun as I have been in the past couple of years.
I have to admit that in the past I have had a problem with being patient. The phrase "when you don't succeed, try, try again" meant nothing to me. I was stuck in the mentality that if it didn't go right the first time then that was it, and I was on to the next. Maybe this changes with age because as I get older I feel like something has changed in me. I now feel the need to perfect.
Just like my last project, this ring also gave me a bit of a fight but with some practice and patience I was able to create something that I am so proud of and that feels so good.


A hand sawed Sterling Silver Lotus flower holds the prettiest shell in the center. I have embellished the back with a copper stem that falls into a twisted vine shank. Oh so comfortable.



Oh so Muddy...


Love Erin...





Saturday, November 7, 2009

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST...

Ahhh what could have been... I spent the better part of the day trying to resolve all the little problems this ring was giving me. Only to crack the wooden bead in the home stretch of its creation. Oh well, I put so much love into this little guy I felt it should still have its 15 seconds. It was the first piece that I decided to start mixing metals and put a little copper heart on its back. As frustrated as I am at the moment its back to the bench for me...







Monday, October 26, 2009

IM POOPED ...

Its been a loooooong week for me. I've been busy at the bench coming up with new items to put in my store. I haven't posted a blog in a bit so I figured tonight was as good a night as any even if I had to stay up a little later than normal. So what new with me you wonder...Well lets see... Olaf has been volunteering at the Humane Society a couple days a week. He had mentioned that I might want to come down to see all the animals... All I can say is watch what you ask for;o) The poor man quickly regretted his invitation when I tried to take the whole lot of animals home with me. There was one puppy in particular that had quickly stolen my heart. His name was Squeaky. He was the cutest little Border Collie I had ever seen . I wish I has a photo to share with you. Only 6 weeks old he was white with brown spots, and the fur on the tip of his nose was so transparent he appeared to have freckles... Don't tell Oly but someday soon this pup is coming home with me. The only down fall to the day was the fact that my allergies were not as happy as I was to see the little critters. I spent the rest of the evening with itchy eyes, a runny nose, and swollen puppy and kitty scratches all over me... Still it was worth every sneeze.
Other that that little adventure the rest of my week has been spent working at Lulus and other boring but necessary evils that seem to clutter our day to day lives...paying bills and all that nonsense. Well I thank God that he helps me manage my time so I can play at my jewelry... Cause I have to say the highlight of my day is when I am alone with my music, my metal, and my torch... So with that said here are some photos to tickle your pallet. All of which were listed in my Etsy shop this evening...
Later Gaters...
PURPLE HAZE STACKABLE RING

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

INDIE SMILES ON MUDDY LOTUS...


I was contacted by Brandy of knittaddiction.etsy.com to ask my permission to use my Right Direction ring in an article she was writing for Indie Smiles, a new website dedicated to artists and shoppers alike. The piece she has cleverly written talks about comparing the quality of handmade to the value of retail. I was so honored that she wanted to include my work and thought I would share it with all of you...








Check it out...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I HEART CUSTOM ORDERS...

I welcome custom orders with open arms. I think its such a neat idea that someone who knows what they want can see there hearts desire in a tangible state. I feel so blessed that I can make it happen. My dear friend Tonya of Elementz Designs in Kailua-Kona had given me the coolest mammoth bone feather to set for her. I knew it would be difficult being so flat and with such weird angles but I was defiantly up for a challenge and presto, here it is...
I love how rustic it turned out. It matches her personality perfectly...


















Saturday, October 3, 2009

I'm officialy a G.I.


Well this is it...I have had it. I just went to my doctor for a routine checkup a few days ago. Same old routine sign in and wait in the big waiting room only to be taken to wait in the little waiting room. (for those of you who love seinfeild, that was for you..haha) Anyway I left out the scariest part of the process. That dreaded moment when the nurse asks you to step on the scale. I always ask if i can take off my shoes. Any help you can get right! Well I am a woman of small stature, 5.0 to be exact. I like being small for the most part. After all awesome things come in small packages, right? The only down side is that every extra pound I carry shows. All that aside, there I was on the scale watching the nurse TIC, TIC, TIC the lever all the way to a horrifying 150 lbs. I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm telling you it was at that moment where I new something needed to be done. I have always dieted in the past only to loose a few pounds for a short bit and then unknowingly put it back on, sometimes almost double what I lost. Its exhausting and totally unmotivating to think of counting calories or having to cut out your favorite foods when you know the will power just might not be there. Well I finally feel like some light has been shed down upon me for the first time. I found this book outside on the 5 dollar rack just sitting there on top of the pile as if an answer to my prayers. After skimming threw it for a bit I decided it was only 5 bucks and had a bunch of recipes that looked good. If anything I'd throw it on the library shelf of on my list to read books. Only once I got home I started with page one and was hooked.


OK, I know this is gonna be a long post but hopefully you'll bear with me. After reading more about the G.I diet or Glucose Index Diet I realized that this is not a diet at all but rather a totally new a easy way to change your eating habits for life. If I were to keep living my life the way I have been I will quickly become a canidate for heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and many more horrible things that I would rather not mention. Well that's not gonna be me.


By eating food that a low in glucose (sugar) thousands of people have been able to loose weight the healthy way. Not by starving themselves but by eating three solid meals and three snacks a day.


So many people think that they are making the right choice by cutting carbs out of there diet when it has been proven that our body and brain need carbs to function properly. All we need to do is learn the difference between GOOD CARBS and BAD CARBS.


This diet makes it so simple by giving you a stoplight guide to which foods will benefit and which will harm.



  • GREEN: Foods that are low in glucose (sugar) that you may eat freely.

  • YELLOW: Foods that have a slightly higher glucose content that should be used in moderation.

  • RED: Foods that have a high glucose and saturated fat content that you should steer clear from.

It even teaches you about portion control and gives hundreds of recipes to make hearty meals so you can never get bored with what you eat.


Well, I've said enough. I have decided to take control of my life and someday soon be able to fit into all those clothes still hanging in my closet from a skinnier day.


I know my blog has been dedicated to my passion for metal smithing but who says you can only have on passion. So I will be posting my progress along with some yummy recipes that I will be cooking up for myself. I know I cant be the only one out there that feels the way I do about myself, so hopefully this blog will reach someone else out there struggling with the same issues.


I will also be posting some new photos of some pretties later tonight... TA TA for now...Erin


Friday, October 2, 2009

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN...

GET EM WHILE THERE HOT LADIES...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GET A LOAD OF THESE NEWBIES...

I have some newbies to share with you all. I love that I've been getting custom orders lately... Making something for that one person to me is so personal whenever they wear your piece of jewelry they know that it was made just for them.
Also I have put these new Loop De Loop Hoop studs in my shop. These are great you can wear them with everything... Hope you like...




Hoops for my coworker Amy... Hope she enjoys them...















Here's some photos from Shadya's Birthday. We went to the Kona Brewing Co. Best beer ever and I don't even like beer! Both Olaf and I worked that day so when we got there we wee STARVING. Needless to say our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we ended up leaving with 5 heaping to go boxes full of food... Mmmmmm... Leftovers. Well Shadya had a blast which was all that mattered.

Happy 25 woman!


From right to left... Amanda, Shadya, Kacie, Me


The Best Hummus in the world


Thats all for now...