Hey guys, it’s opening day, and in Detroit that’s a statewide holiday.
It also happens to be my birthday. 🙂
So I’m out celebrating!
** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, CONGRATS TO KATHRYN!**
You know that feeling you get when you feel like you’ve somehow stumbled upon something really cool and you just can’t wait to share it with EVERYONE.
I feel that way today about today’s guest on the blog.
I’d like for you guys to meet Song, of Song Yee Designs…
A few weeks ago Song contacted me asking if I’d like to try a review of her jewelry. Pretty necklaces? Definitely peaked my interest. So I hopped over to her Etsy shop to see what all the fuss was about and literally started favoriting items within a few seconds.
I mean, I think it’s pretty obvious why I like her shop. The pieces are unique, fun, in-style with trends, but classic enough to dress up and down. For example, the Agate Slice Necklace, go open up another browser and type in agate slice and see what pops up. Pretty much every home store and DIY blogger has SOMETHING with agate slice going on right now. Imagine bringing that trend to your day to day style.
Clearly I’m not the only one that thinks her pieces are crazy good either. This lovely lady was just featured on Etsy’s home page and sold-out of the featured piece (edit: this item is back in stock!!)! I love also that she offers both gold and silver options of almost every piece. Gold is really *in* right now for jewelry, but I generally stick to silver so it’s really nice having that choice. My other favorite feature of her shop is the ability to customize your piece’s length. Women are made in all shapes and sizes and I’ve fallen in love with pieces off Etsy before that I’ve ordered only to be disappointed in the length of the piece. Being able to customize your piece so it works for you and your body type is a definite plus.
I had weddings the last two weekends so I was really looking forward to purchasing a few pieces that I might be able to wear and take with me to those events. I selected the gorgeous Crystal Quartz Necklace & a fun Arrow Necklace and then impatiently waited until they arrived.
Luckily I didn’t have to wait long, Song shipped the items and they arrived to my door just a few days later! Talk about quick service.
I’m incredibly in love with the Quartz Necklace. I dressed it up for the wedding, and then dressed it down a few days later for date night. It’s so versatile for almost any outfit and I’m really glad I bought it longer in length. The chain itself is thick enough to let me adjust the size to whatever level I like best for the outfit. It’s definitely my new favorite piece.
The arrow necklace is light and fun and adds charm to a plain t-shirt. I definitely recommend going long for this one though, I think I underestimated the length I’d like for it which limits my outfit choices for it. However I love the fun quirky feel of it and think it looks great with a colorful crew neck tee.
You know I didn’t just get to try on some pretty necklaces. I’m always wondering what makes creatives tick and I decided to quiz Song a bit to find out more about the designer behind the jewelry…
Justynn: Tell me about yourself…
Song: I grew up in Gold Beach, Oregon. Which is a tiny coastal town in Southern Oregon. I was always creative when I was younger but never thought to pursue it as more than a hobby. I loved drawing, painting, and I even use to make simple beaded jewelry pieces. I went to college at Cal Poly in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California and I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I know, completely unrelated to jewelry making… but I think my education has really helped me to understand how to run a small business from the marketing aspect to finances and bookkeeping.
J: How/ When /Where did you get your start? What motivated you? Where did your creative gene come from?
S: A little over a year ago I was shopping around for some simple, quality jewelry pieces for myself and I had such a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to order some supplies to make a few necklaces for myself. After that I was hooked and eventually I opened my Etsy shop in April 2013.
J: What do you primarily concentrate on with your business?
S: I love working with gemstones and wire wrapping techniques, but I also love creating simple everyday pieces that can be worn with all your outfits. Sometimes I feel like I have so many design ideas floating around and not enough time to create them all!
J: Is this Etsy shop a full time or part time job?
S: I recently moved from San Diego up to Orange County so I have been looking for a full-time job, but in the meantime my jewelry business really has become a full-time job and I love it! I wake up in the mornings excited to start working on my business and it doesn’t even feel like work!
J: What piece is your favorite and why?
S: Oh my gosh I don’t think I could choose just one! There are so many that I love but I’ll try to narrow it down to a couple. I love these Quartz Arrowhead necklaces, the color is so unique and vibrant! I also love these Moonstone necklaces, I just think Moonstone is so gorgeous in how it catches the light with flashes of blue!
J: Who are some of your favorite other Etsy sellers?
S: I love AvonnieStudio (www.avonniestudio.etsy.com) which is also located in Southern California. She makes really cute coffee mugs and other custom gifts. If you’re in the market for a custom coffee mug, check out her shop!
J: Ok, lastly, what do you want CLA readers to know about your business?
S: All aspects of my business are run by me and only me. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in my little “studio” corner of my apartment in Southern California. I’m a perfectionist and I always make sure each piece is a high quality product!
I feel like Song’s energy is just absolutely contagious. She seems to really have found her niche and calling in the art world and I for one can’t wait to see where she goes from here. I also have my eye on a few other pieces in her shop that might just be making their way to my doorstep in the near future.
Have you checked out her shop yet? Find a piece that you just can’t live without? Great, as a fun little bonus Song is offering up 10% off any Creative Life Antics reader’s purchase from now until April 25th. Just use the promo code: CREATIVELIFEANTICS at checkout to take advantage. That’s a whole month of savings! Mother’s day is just around the corner. Don’t wait till last minute to buy your wife or mom something sparkly.
And if that wasn’t enough Song’s also going to giveaway her favorite necklace, the Moonstone Necklace to a CLA reader! Entering to win the Moonstone necklace is really simple, just click
to jump over to rafflecopter. The winner will be picked on April 2nd!
Well, that’s about all I’ve got for you today. Pretty good day so far huh? New jewelry, new friend… I’d call that a winner.
Don’t forget to enter and best of luck to all of you!
Until next time…
COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me
COOK/ I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and immediately went out to buy the ingredients. I love mac and cheese, but as well al know it’s just not the healthiest thing in the world. So hopefully if this go well I can substitute this in time to time to balance it all out. Trying it tonight!!
MAKE/ I found this really sweet hanging sign while searching for the items for my gift guides the last two weeks here, here, here and here. And fell in love with this one. But for the price, I think I could replicate really well on my own with this trick. Wish me luck!
WANT/ So really for spring and green and plants and OMG warm weather (it’s still snowing here in the mitten some days) that I’m really getting into having plants out in the home. I’m pretty sure I’m going to jump on the fiddle leaf fig train and pop one of these babies into my house. Here’s to not killing the thing…
NEED/ I can’t believe something like this doesn’t already reside in my paint supplies. How freaking genius is this? I need like 4 please… that way I stop buying brushes every time I go to paint…
WOOF/ While it’s not QUITE spring-like yet, I’m prep-ing for some bit time dog park dates and muddy potty breaks by adding these boots to my collection. Not the most glamorous looking pair in the world, but you can’t beat the price, and I won’t feel terrible getting them completely dirty. Plus with that color, you might not notice the dry so much… right?
SPACE/ I’m pretty certain my office is my next HUGE project so I’m pinning inspiring office spaces like crazy. Absolutely in love with the giant calendar and cork board in this fun office.
So glad it’s Friday. Mar’s driving me crazy wanting to get outside for some fresh air… I honestly can’t blame her so we’re hoping to swim by the park on our way home from work today! Hope you have a great weekend!!
Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..
So last week I revealed my next big project has gotten underway, and I started to remove the old gross wallpaper from my bathroom.
And… that’s about where I’m still at.
With a wedding last weekend, and one this weekend and a crazy few weeks in-between I haven’t been able to get back to the wall-paper removal process. But I plan to, soon. Because this picture just makes me a bit too happy still:
That being said, I think it’s high time to share the direction I’m planning on heading with this mini renovation. I say mini because, I’m not removing or changing out tile (i don’t think…) and I’m definitely not pulling out/ removing the cabinet and nice granite counters (even though, they’re not really my pick). Continue Reading…
Well well well, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I’m riding the struggle bus hard today after a weekend of celebrating marriage, by possibly drinking an entire fifth of tequila (the jury’s still out on that one).
But I wanted to stop in and wish you all a Happy St. Pats and leave you with this:
and possibly this:
I should probably never drink tequila again… but who am I kidding? I have another wedding next weekend….
Struggle Bus Out-
So yesterday I received possibly one of the nicest emails from Diane over at South House Designs. She, like myself and countless other bloggers have decided to apply for Creating With The Stars 2014 over at East Coast Creative!
Surprise, I entered. Hopefully I’ll get in. If you want to check out the submissions look here. Extra bonus points if you click on mine (#31, I think we might get an extra boost from the number of clicks our submission gets).
Anyways, her email basically said that she decided to pin her favorites that entered and I thought- hey, what a good idea. So below are some of *MY* favorite entries & I’ve also created a Pinterest board for my picks. Check these out and best of luck to my fellow applicants. Here’s to hopefully a great announcement next week!
Also don’t forget to check out my entry! Click on #31 to vote for me!
OK, maybe not really four score. Google just told me that means “eighty years”. I’m not that old, yet.
I mean, it feels straight up 80 years ago.
When I bought my condo/ townhouse a little over 4 years ago, the space that sold me on it was the master bedroom/ suite.
The master was HUGE and had so many windows that it was just amazingly filled with light.
I have since learned that several large windows mean you never sleep in past 10 and it means you wallet is a lot lighter. Not only for blinds/ window treatments, but also for heating and cooling reasons.
But back to my story… The SUITE sold me. So while the master was yes- quite lovely. I feel in love with the bathroom as well.
Let me clarify.
I fell in love with the size of the bathroom, the size of the shower, and the amount of storage in there.
I did not love the bathroom wallpaper.
Yes, wallpaper. Continue Reading…
You know when you wake up in the morning, you need a little something extra to get yourself going on the right foot? I mean, clearly you do… Coffee shops like Starbucks are all over the freaking place. Starbuck, Caribu, Biggby, and Tim Hortons just to name a few…
Well, like most people, I need a little extra help in the morning. But I LOATHE coffee. Love the smell, if I could drink the smell I would. But I can’t, and frankly, I just can’t stand the taste. That being said, however I do generally get my caffeine buzz from tea or every great once in a while I’ll treat myself to a rich, yummy hot chocolate.
I’ve tried them all, Starbucks, Caribu, Timmy’s… They’re good, but $$. So when I was offered the shot to try out this *new* type of hot cocoa, I pretty much leaped out of my chair into my computer screen.
Crio Bru is one ingredient. Ground Cocoa Beans.
I mean, it can’t really get any better than that can it?
Well, lets just say I don’t think Starbucks will be offering me a job as a barista anytime soon. I don’t think I actually brewed it correctly.
Crio Bru is a packet of ground cocoa beans that you actually brew with either a french press (don’t have one…) or a regular coffee machine. You’ll need a gold filter (don’t worry I and to google what that was too) because the paper filters just won’t cut it. I heard from some of my fellow bloggers that tried it in a french press that it turned out better. So I’m going to take their word for it that I just messed something up big time and that whatever came out of my coffeemaker wasn’t was it was supposed to taste like.
However– When I was doing my research of the product, I noticed that they had recipes that you could use it in.
YOU CAN BAKE WITH THIS STUFF!
So of course, I baked…
And wouldn’t you know it, the cookies turned out pretty darn good!. I use my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with the substitution of 1/3 Cup Cocoa Power & 1/3 Cup Crio Bru Maya and then made the recipe like regular after that.
The cookies came out a bit fluffier, more brownie-like, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Perfect to get that hint of spice, but nothing over-whelming.
Overall I’m satisfied with the baking aspect of this product, I think I could use it in other recipes and it would turn out pretty well too. Creme Brûlée anyone? Maybe Chocolate Pots? The chocolate itself being ground up Cocoa beans is a bit bitter, but when combined with the sugary sweetness in dessert you get a real rich chocolate flavor without too much sweet.
More fun facts about Crio Bru and Cocoa Beans taken straight from Crio’s Site:
The cocoa beans used in Crio Brü and Crio Beans are superior to most foods because they deliver so many nutrients that we each need to boost health and wellness*. Here is list of some of the benefits of incorporating cocoa beans into your life:
|Boost your immune system
|Increase energy naturally
|Curb your appetite and lose weight
|Support your heart, digestive system, brain and bones
|Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels
|Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better
So it’s good for your heath too!
Well, maybe the cookies aren’t. But if I can pretend that the Crio Bru made them just slightly healthier for me… well, I might just have a few more…
ANNNNNNNND She’s Back… after a slightly scary OS update that left me unable to use some of my fabulous programs & some internet issues leaving me unable to upload images, we’re back with the last couple type! If you missed any of last week’s posts, we’re talking fun unique wedding gift ideas for that wedding you’re headed to next month. Before you can find yourself a hot groomsman or bridesmaid you need to get some shopping done for the mr & mrs to be.
Last we left off with the ever adventurous Outdoorsy Couple. The type we all kinda wish we were… but would probably prefer sitting our ass on the beach vs. swimming in the water… Today we’re going to talk about the CLASSIC LOVE couple.
If this all confuses you, you probably missed my mind bowing conclusion that we all fit into 4 categories…
These categories are:
The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.
The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.
The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.
The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.
Anyways, back to the classic love couple. Here are the picks that would fit this couple perfectly…
I’m loving the let it go sign… that might be a fun DIY for next week!