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Monday, December 14, 2009

Busy, Busy ,Busy

As you can see I'm been keeping myself  busy lately.Actually- alot of this jewelry I made weeks even months ago but I have been to damn lazy busy to post them. I made a promise to myself to take a step back from my distractions(helping at the school,socializing,spending too much time reading blogs etc) & really take my businesses to the "next level" i.e.- make some real money. So I will be adding lots of new items to both sites
Drama Queen Bows & Jewels Its All About The Jewels in the upcoming weeks. Even more shocking I have also decided to get a little more consistent with my blog posts.We'll see......

                                OK- Here's what's new at Its All About The Jewels



                                                                Juliet

A lovely necklace of big copper/bronze colored freshwater pearls & gold filled roundels with swarosvski crystal accents. Each pearl is separated with a tiny gold-filled beads.
                                                             $28.00

This is a personal favorite of mine. I love wearing it with a brown v-neck sweater.Looks classy-not stuffy



Beautiful antique copper filigree rounds attached to form a lovely bold pendant.Copper Swarovski crystals adds sparkle. 20" copper chain with 4" extender. Approx. 4" pendant
$30.00
Matching earrings coming soon!


Triple tiered earrings made with shiny brushed copper & little copper saucers. Perfect with all the winters colors
$15.00

                                                                       

2 beautiful tear-drop shaped ruby cubic zirconia delicately hang from a thin gold-filled chain.
Simple yet elegant
$25.00

As you can see the prices are very reasonable.Why you may ask? Simply put I'm as cheap frugal
as hell and won't spend alot for jewelry why should I expect you to!

                                                                
            Well that's all for now but I'll have more soon!

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Name That Piece Contest-Ended

Ok Ladies put your thinking cap on I have a new necklace that needs a name!

This little beauty is a choker with a lovely sterling silver plume design center pendant & 5 strands of garnet ab Czech beads and tiny stardust sterling silver beads. Definitely one of my favorite pieces.
$50.00
Come up with a name for this and win these brand new design earrings

Leave a comment with your name choice after this post & why that name-couldn't be easier!

                 Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you!

                                                  Voting ends 12/15


Thursday, December 10, 2009

48-hour Sale at Drama Queen Bows & Jewels

Take an additional $5.00 off already 25% off mothers bracelets. These bracelets make the perfect gift for teachers,babysitters and of course moms and grandmas. With the additional discount most bracelets are just over $20.00-where are you going to get custom jewelry for that price!

Use code "5off" at checkout

Sale ends 12/12 at midnight

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

$5.00 Off Coupon &10% off

Quick post to let you know you can receive $5.00 your order at Its All About The Jewels
Use code "5foru" at checkout.
Everything on site is already 10% off original price!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the winner is.....

Ok-the necklace naming contest is over and the winning name is....Daphne! Congrats to Brittney Checketts

Thanks to all of you who send your suggestions and keep checking my blog. I'll be having another give-away in a few weeks!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Cyber Monday Deals

I put up the cyber monday deals on both sites:

At Drama Queen Bows & Jewels
  •  free bow or hair jewel with a $20.00 purchase
  • free boutique bow or2 hair jewels with a $50.00 purchase
  • an additional 10% off already 25% off jewelry
At Its All About The Jewels
  • 25% off everything use code "cybermonday25"
  • free shipping with a $15.00 purchase

Pretty good savings if you ask me but of course I'm biased!

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Link Partner on Its All About The Jewels

I'm proud to announce that we are now linking partners with the amazing beauty site:

Apothica LLC
This site carries brands such as Smashbox,Tocca,Cargo Cosmetics and way too much more to list. They also have started to accept Pay Pal forms of payment. Click link above to check them out!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday Sale at Drama Queen Bows & Jewels

Just in time for the holidays all jewelry at Drama Queen Bows & Jewels is 25% off  until Dec.14 . With most mommy bracelets under $30.00 and little girls bracelets under $12.00 this is an inexpensive way to get someone special a personalized piece of jewelry. The mommy bracelets make perfect teacher's gifts too!

Don't for get to enter the contest in the below posting to win a pair of beautiful pearl earrings- a lovely gift for you or as a holiday gift  for someone else!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Name this piece contest-Ended

Dyed Turquoise nuggets with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver accents
One of a kind
 $45.00



As you may have noticed I name all my jewelry after women. Most of the time a name will come to me after I finish a piece however with this necklace I'm coming up blank. This is where you come in. The person who comes up with a name that I love for this necklace gets a gift.It's that simple!

Rules are just this:


leave a comment with your name choice after this post & why that name-couldn't be easier!
Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you!


If I choose your suggestion you will win a pair of beautiful pearl earrings in your choice of sterling silver or gold filled.


Contests will run until Nov.30th
Good luck!
Don't forget to take a peek at my other designs at It's All About The Jewels

Monday, July 6, 2009

2 new sales

I just posted 2 great sales on my sites.
25% off all boutique bows at drama queens bows:
http://dramaqueenbows.com/boutique/index.php
July 6~14

20% off everything on itsallaboutthejewels

http://itsallaboutthejewels.com/index.htm

July 6~20

Don't miss out!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Fabulous Find

Today's fabulous find is not only my new favorite thing but apparently is loved by Oprah's staff too as it was featured in this month's O magazine. It is the Ideal Shade Mousse Foundation Stick

This foundation has a soft creamy texture with a sheer to medium coverage. Stick foundations have a bad rep for being thick and hard to apply-trust me this one is neither. My skin looks flawless and feels like velvet when I'm wearing it. Best yet the center of the stick has moisturizer in it. With 12 shades you are bound to find a match. I use it as an all over foundation but works just as well as a spot concealer.Great for on the go touch-ups.Best yet-it's only $10.00!Available at Avon.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Suprisingly I have not fallen off the face of the earth

I know I know it's been way too long since I've posted anything. Do I have a good excuse for not posting in months? No. Will I make one up anyway? Oh course! To say I'm been busier than normal is just a minor understatement-in the past few months I've been dealing with deaths,weird unresolved health issues(I'll explain in detail later),tons of work,and endless and very time comsumming school activites. Now that the year is nearly done things are slowing daown and I may even find time to write daily!(insert surprised gasp here) But now my freinds I must go as Peapod has just pulled up to my house(yes-I really am that lazy)and after that I need to get some orders completed but I promise to be back soon!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New Contest

I know I haven't been here for a bit but I promise I'll play catch-up soon! In the mean time here's a fabulous contest where I just happen to be a sponsor:


Mom's Most Wanted




Friday, March 20, 2009

Sadness

As I sat down at my computer this morning to start my daily e-mail run through,check out my favorite blogs and update my own there is one constant joining everything together-the death of Natasha Richardson. Not as much just her death but the general feeling of sadness expressed everywhere I turn. I myself feel just horrible that this happened. Not that I can call myself a fan-I've honestly only seen a few things she's done but I think it's more on a mom and wife level. My heart breaks that her beautiful sons have lost the most important woman in their life. They won't have her to help them through tough life choices,proudly watch them graduate,dance with them at their weddings. Her husband lost the person her chose to grow old with,his best friend his sole mate.The fact that she did what must of us would do-laugh off a fall and decide against medical treatment and then die from her very simple mistake-makes it seem she was just one of us. Not a beautiful talent movie and stage star but just an ordinary wife and mother who died much too soon

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Contest





Well guys I'm at it again. I'm a sponsor at my favorite contest blog A blog of goodies this month. This time I'm donating my garden roses bow for the contest. There are lots of other great prizes so be sure to take a look !


Friday, March 6, 2009

Fridays's Fabulous Find

This week's find is definitely one of my favorites.I have always had a problem with the "back gap"(from my lack of any recognizable booty) while wearing jeans so I always have to wear a belt. Unfortunately belts can look bumpy when you don't have a shirt tucked in. Then I found this:
It's called the Invisabelt. This clear plastic belt lays completely flat against your jeans. I wear this belt every time I wear my jeans and it is completely undetectable. No more panty flashes! I purchase mine at Beautyhabit.com for $20.00

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Jewelry for Its All About The Jewels

I've been really busy making new pieces and photographing older ones for Its All About The Jewels.There are quite a few to show off so I figured it would be easier to just do a slide show. Gabriella picked out the designs for it. Thanks kiddo! I have several up on the site and the rest are going up in the next few days.I'm also still having the 15% off sale sitewide

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Goodbye West Coast Wives Hello East Coast

I finally caught up on some of my Tivo shows and one I watched was the season finale of Real Housewives of Orange County.I don't consider myself a fan of reality shows but I am totally addicted to this series. I guess it's a voyeuristic look into how the other half lives that keeps me glued. I have to say lots of things during the episode either bothered me or just cracked me up so I will list them for you.



1. Vicki~ everything about Vicki bothered me. I loved how after Gretchen was given her motorcycle( and yes Tamra other people can want a pink motorcycle you don't own the rights to them)Vicki wouldn't go see it and then complained in the interview that Gretchen is basically an attention whore. " Hello kettle? It's Vicki calling" She's a complete attention whore! I guess walking around the party showing off her new Rolex to anyone who would stand still isn't trying to get attention.
Not only that but she made sure that everyone knew that she bought it for herself and wasn't a gift from her long suffering hubby.Being that she also received a second Rolex for her insurance work how bout you sell one of them and do something good with the money. There has got to be a homeless shelter in the OC that could use a large donation. Just an idea...
Lastly I didn't like her comment about"not getting the e-mail about giving gifts" when Gretchen gave out little purses. You don't like Gretchen we get it-let it go

2.Tamra~Her comment that the relationship between Gretchen and Jeff was not real and that Jeff was just paying her to be his companion was just mean spirited and completely immature. Even if that was the nature of the their relationship it is none of here business! I believe she is just threatened by of Gretchen b/c she's younger and prettier. She needs to stop acting like a high schooler and get a hobby!

3. Gretchen~ Stop screaming! we know you are there. Also stop trying so hard to make friendships with those woman. Find a friend your own age and go to the beach!

4. Lynn~ I have to say I really don't like your daughter. She's a lazy little princess who seriously needs a dose of reality. Regardless to what you think not all teenagers are drinking and shame on you for allowing it. Also if you are so obsessed with look young stay out of the sun and start using some moisturizer. Your skin is starting to look like a real crispy chicken.

5.All of you-cover the heck up! The fact that you feel the need to have your silicone filled bobbies hanging out is just sad and makes you look older.

6. Jo~ Ditch the bangs. You look like a drag queen.

7. Jeanna~ Love you. I hope you find Mr. Right

So that is my take on the Finale of Orange. On to the east coast

I was able to catch the New York housewives on the premier night and I loved it! I guess being from New York I just "get them" more than their west coast sisters. However... I really feel a few of them need a good smack to smack.

1.Simon-really? Does he know that it is okay to come out of the closet? If my husband ever worried about what suit to take on vacation and was begging to go shopping I would march him right to a neurologist because he would definitely have a brain tumor.I didn't like his comment on how he could tell Jill is from Long Island. What does that mean? I'm very happily a Long Islander! It's a great place I live approx. 50 miles from NYC and 30 miles from the Hamptons. We have great schools,food,cultural activities,beaches,parks etc. Yeah~ we're loud,opinionated and have a very distinct accent.We are also great people with a heart of gold. Tons of famous people come from L.I.- Take that Simon! Does he give anyone else the creeps or is it just me?

LuAnn~ I love when she's having drinks with the new housewife Kelly and she states that she hates when someone acts like they are better than you. Does she not remember last season when she had a fit when Bethenny introduced her to a driver using her first name! Does that not count? I love how she was always bragging about being a former model but this season she confesses that she really did more "catalog work". I have 3 words for you countess: Get Over Yourself! That being said I can't wait to see what happens next!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Fabulous Find

Those of you who know me personally already know of my obsession with lip products. Be it balm,salve,gloss,liners and lipstick- it doesn't matter I love it all. This year to add to my ever growing collection I found this incredible lip balm .

It's Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. This stuff is amazing. Sophia always gets really chapped lips in the winter and after using this balm for only 2-3 days her lips are back to normal. I have one tube on my nightstand to condition my lips while I'm sleeping. It has a delicious minty flavor and is not heavy and waxy like lip balms tend to be.

Available wherever Burt's Bees is Sold. I bought my tube at Drugstore.com for $2.99

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Newsflash: Angelina Jolie has taken a breath!

Seriously-I just don't get this obsession the world seems to have with St. Angie. Yes-there is no doubt she's beautiful.Yes-she has a great looking partner.Yes-she has tons of kids and Yes-she's an actress. I didn't write great actress because personally I don't think that she is. Why is it every time I look at any magazine she is on the cover somewhere? I don't think she is that interesting. She always has this "stick up the butt" look that I find very annoying And forget about the web-Today's mention of her put me over the edge.The headline read "Angelina's Daring Dress". This is the photo of the "daring dress"


Daring? What is so daring about this? I used to have a dress just like it-in 1985! I guess the daring part is she has leggings(not shown in photo) on also. Again-1985. I'm just so sick of seeing this chick everywhere. Newsflash:she breathed again! Wake me when she actually does something newsworthy! Sorry for my cranky tone but I have kidney stones again and I'm in a foul mood. If I can't vent here why bother having a blog!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Yeah-I know I forgot...

I know I didn't do a Friday Fab. Find last week. I had a busy day and honestly I didn't discover anything new last week. Oh well-maybe this week's will be twice as good.

I did have a pretty good weekend though. Saturday was the 5th grade pancake breakfast at our school. I did feel a bit guilty going and not actually working at it being that I have a 5th but knowing that I do lots of volunteering at the school for other activities- just not for a particular grade- I let this one go. I didn't eat much being that I'm fighting a sinus infection and for some reason whenever I get one I just don't feel like eating. I did however get to sit with adults and have an actual adult conversation-for more than 30 minutes! That has got to be some kind of record-judges?

Sunday was rating day with Sophia's twirling group. I'd post a picture of just how adorable she and her friends looked if I had been able to take a friggin' picture. I received a great new camera for Christmas this year and charged it Christmas morning. I haven't had to charge it since. So I decide to make sure the camera is fully charge before the show but the charger is missing. I looked everywhere but it's gone. It must have been thrown out with the Christmas garbage. So I dig out my older camera that takes ok photos but doesn't hold a charge for long. Just to be on the safe side I take out fresh batteries and ask John to change them with the ones in the camera while I finish getting Sophia ready. So we get to the show and I tell Sophia to pose with her friends so I can get a nice picture and nothing. The friggin' batteries are dead. So now I have no pictures.John swears he changed the batteries but I'm not sure I believe him.

We had decided to go a Chinese buffet for a late lunch because Sophia had been asking for "crab wigs"*(one of my mother's mess ups that keeps us in stiches. More on them later) aka crap legs for weeks .During lunch my mother(my parents were with us)points out that a new discounted book store had opened in the same plaza and we should check it out. We get there and the place is packed! I mean tons of 30's and 40's dressed nicely walking around but not really shopping. I also noticed I was getting checked out a few times. I mean I looked ok and I not hideous but I did think it was a bit odd.....until I made my way to the back of the store and saw the big sign announcing the singles party that was going on at the bookstore! Of course I ran to my mother and told her and then we were watching for who was really looking for books or a hook up.
John found for me "Entertaining with the Sopranos" which I had to have. Anyone who knows me knows my deep love for the Sopranos. I've seen every episode at least 3 times-some 5 or more times-and I've even been told that I resemble Edie Falco-who plays Carmella Soprano. Not the best compliment but at least I'm not told I look like Tony.

So Sunday night comes and I go to bed with my new book and turn on the t.v. and what is on? My other love the Godfather. All and all it was a good weekend.

*my mom is known for screwing up words and/or sayings. She doesn't do it on purpose but it doesn't make it any less funny. My all time favorite was once probably 20 years or more ago I was driving home with her and someone made a left in front of my car-missed him by 2 feet at the most. When my mom sees what's happening she screams "oh my shit"while bracing for a crash that doesn't happen. We get home and I say "oh my shit?' what is that? Apparently she was think "oh my God" and "holy shit" and that's how it came out of her mouth. These things happen to her all the time.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wear Red on Friday Feb.6

Hey Ladies(& men-but I'm not thinking I have too many male readers) don't forget to wear you red this Friday to show your support in the fight against heart disease.

Follow this link for more information:
http://www.goredforwomen.org/index.aspx

The CPSIA Lead testing law has been delayed!

Thanks to an enormous grassroots movement there still is hope for the small handcrafter business owners like me Hooray! Time to put away the pepto and brake out the good chocolates

"The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children's garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission."

Thanks to all of you who signed the petition in an earlier blog. Now you'll have excuse me so I can get the the before mentioned chocolates...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Find

I don't know about you but the winter is brutal on my skin. I get extremely dry and flaky. And the itching is enough to drive me insane. I have even woken up with bruises on my legs from where I was scratching my legs in my sleep. Nothing really worked until I found this

They advertise it as good for itchy skin during pregnancy but it figured I'd give it a try. It is incredible. Just a few sprays is all it takes and it leaves behind a subtle cocoa smell.Available at drugstores and at drugstore.com $5.09 for 1fl.oz

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today Is CPSIA Blogging Day

Today is CPSIA Blogging Day. Another big push to get the laws changed and prevent thousands of small business owners — artists and crafters making beautiful handmade items for children — from going under. Bloggers across the country are posting today about this important issue.
So, what can we do?
First, learn everything you can about the CPSIA. Here and Here are really good places to start. (Please take a moment to check both of those links. They are certainly worth your time!)
Next, make your voice heard! There is an ACTION KIT made by the etsy administration that contains sample letters you can use to contact all the pertinent representatives. Do not be afraid to contact your representatives. They must become aware of the impact the CPSIA could have on thousands, if not millions, of mom-run businesses.
Then, help spread the word! Put up a post today about CPSIA Blogging Day. Send an email to all of your friends. Tell your best friend or your sister when they call. Shoot a text message to the moms in your local playgroup. Tweet your heart out about it.
So many companies that we here at Buy By Mom love to feature and support will be affected by this new law. In most of the cases, the testing fees required will put these small businesses and WAHMs in bankruptcy and/or force them to close their doors forever.
I don’t want to imagine a world without etsy, ebay, or WAHMs who use their amazing talents to make wonderful items for children. I want to be able to continue to support *all* WAHMs and their businesses.
Please help spread the word about the CPSIA. Every day I am shocked at the number of people who don’t know about the CPSIA or don’t think it’s any big deal. This is a big deal. Something must be done to change this law. Take a moment to read up about it, and then do something. It won’t take but a moment. Let’s unite together and make our voices be heard!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Find

 I'm really busy with orders today so I'm re-cycling a previously posted find. I still use & love this everyday

OK- I admit it. I am a skin care product junkie. I love to try lotions,serums,eye creams you name it-as long as it is a sample & don't have to pay for it. But every once in a while I try something that I absolutely cannot live without. Well here is my newest must have. It's is Clinique's Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer. This product is amazing. I tried it from a magazine sample and ran to the store the next day to buy it. I normally have dry flaky skin in the winter with large visible pores. After using the product for 1 week my skin is noticeably smoother,even toned and the pores are definitely less defined. Even those adorable crows appear smaller. Not only that but my face is so incredibly soft. It completely absorbs-never feels greasy. My makeup foundation looks so much better too.
At $39.50 for 1.0 oz isn't exactly cheap but it only takes two pumps per application so a little goes a long way. Available at Clinique counters or Clinique.com

Thursday, January 22, 2009

BTW...

In case it went un-noticed I added a "followers"widget in the right column yesterday so... sign up(if you want to~ not that I'm being bossy or anything )

Now for the fun stuff

Ok-I'm done ranting and raving(at least for now) and I thought I'd let you know about a great"Give romance a chance" giveaway that earrings from IAATJ are one of the prizes. It's over at one of my fellow blogger's sites A blog of Goodies. Along with my Annabella earrings there are tons of other great prizes.Click on thwe banner below and check the right sidebar for mine and other prizes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I need your help

I had been planning to update my blog by talking about the holidays,the kids my birthday,blah,blah,blah but I have something much more important to rant about. For those of you who don't know the CPSIA(consumer product safety improvement act)as of Feb.10,2009 is basically putting small handcrafting businesses like mine out of business. In a nutshell if you sell a product for a child 12 and under it has to be lead tested.No matter what it is made from-it doesn't have to have a drop of paint on it-it has to be tested. To test each item is around $70.Being that my items start at $2.50-it's not gonna happen. But wait it gets even better than that! Lets say I want to sell a boutique bows-each color ribbon would have to be tested individually along with the clip it's attached it,centerpiece etc. Doing you see where I'm going with this? This legislation is to protect our children from toys from China which are high in lead. Unfortunately small businesses like mine or on e-bay,etsy and other internet marketplaces are screwed. It's not just hairbows its baby clothes,bibs,diaperbags,toys,jewelry and such.
I am all for increasing regulations on imported items but this is going to effect me and tons like me. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do but if this legislation doesn't change I am gong to have to stop selling my bows(which not only will effect me economically but it will break my heart)and little girl bracelets.
This will be devastating to our already on life support economy
Now for the help part where you can help.. if you follow this link:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html
Please get as many people as you can to sign.
You can sign a petition to block this legislation or at the very least amend it.
Take a look at Trisha from momdot.com She really explains it much much better than I did in her video blog.

Thanks!

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