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  • Rose Velvet Collection: FW 2013

    Published Aug 31 2013 in My Story, New Collections


    I’m a romantic at heart.  My most romantic gift from my husband was a poem that he wrote while I was attending school out of the country.  He had to send down my winter boots and tucked away in the box was a little piece of paper with a, well, unforgettable poem written on it.  It read our lives at that time.  Quite a few years later I framed that poem and re-gifted it to my husband as a wedding anniversary gift.  He was...speechless.  
     The feeling I get from my rose bronze and rose gold swarovski crystal pieces is romance and tradition (just like that poem). I’ve taken my rose bronze and rose gold to another level...a level of casual modern with a hint of elegance. Subtle touches of rose gold are found in my Rose Velvet Collection just to show how special it is.  I’m letting the rose bronze and rose gold swarovski crystals speak for themselves, because it does it so well. 
    Nothing but the best for my rose hued pieces; nothing but the best for you.  I want to make you speechless.

  • That Which Inspires Me...

    Published Jul 08 2013 in My Story





    People often ask me where I get my inspiration for my jewelry from.  I like to take my bike in the trails of Edmonton’s river valley system and go for it.  It is my little treat to myself.  It is also where I find my mind will travel and become the inspiration for many of my jewelry designs.


    This year I was so lucky to spend a week long road bike trip discovering the endless roads of southern France with my family.  I engrossed myself in everything that I saw, felt and smelled.  It was love at first sight.


    I feasted my eyes on the vibrant orange poppies in Mirepoix, the unexpected mixes of colors of hand painted shutters & doors in the little villages like Limoux, and the curved archways in every building. The grandness of riding the Pyrenes, fighting the winds in the gorges and gazing upon castles was humbling.  But even the littlest things like the everyday walk up and down a circle of 22 cement stairs to our room, and the french road signs inspired me each day.  We covered 450 km in 5 days; a lot to see in so little time!  A work of observation will become little works of art. 


    Thank you to Chris Georgas, Fabien, Isabel, Heather, & Nicolette from Le Monastere for making my family & I want to pack our bags and live in a little French town called Limoux. For now I will make little pieces of precious metal jewelry with a hint of France in them.

  • My Starfish Story

    Published Jun 02 2013 in My Story


    I am sure that every child has a teacher that touches their lives so much for the better. We were so blessed as a family to have benefitted from such a teacher. For me, Mrs. Shuster is the one teacher that made a difference in my childrens’ lives.  As a family, we were so lucky for both of our kids to have had the gift of her teaching and insight when my kids were in grade 2.  The details are personal how she touched our lives, but let’s just say that she was the one that looked down upon each of my little starfishes and threw them back into the ocean.  My kids are now in grades 8 and 10; oh how time flies.    But the memories will always remain and the effects will last a lifetime. 

    Thank you Mrs. Shuster, we love you.


    The Starfish Story

    An old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked; "Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?" The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. "But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish, exclaimed the old man. "How can your efforts make any difference?" The young man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said;

    "It makes a difference to this one."

  • The Sweetness of Life: Safari Collection

    Published Feb 13 2013 in My Story, New Collections

    Two years ago I talked about my trip to Kailua, Hawaii.  I spoke of runs along the Hawaiian backdrop with my son and collecting shells with my daughter.

    This year on our trip to Kailua I discovered little gems that would bring back memories of our time there. I found and coveted cone-shaped shells, rough cut quartz, beach glass, limestone and wood.  Just a handful of pieces; just enough to compliment my bronze links and brass chain.  These are components that have an earthy feel that remind me of sunshine, flip flops and sand between my toes.  

    Momentos for my Safari Collection.

    Which brings me back to those runs and collecting shells.  This year I ran BEHIND my kids.  We ate fish every day, whale watched in Kaneohe Bay and wore flip flops all day long.  I treasure those trips to Hawaii with my family.  

    It’s not going to last forever.  Although I wish it would.  

    This is the sweetness of life.

  • The Year of 2012: Thankful

    Published Dec 17 2012 in My Story

    I am blessed.  Four years ago I quit my job as a speech-language pathologist to pursue a full time career in jewelry making.  Oh the reactions I got from colleagues, friends, family...not too sure if I was crazy.  After eight years of making jewelry I am grateful that I am still passionate about something that is a dream come true for me.  Ever since I was small I can remember making something out of nothing, making a mess, and trying to think of what next to make.  As a young adult, I took the responsible road and went to university and got a degree; that was smart and good for me.  It gave me confidence & made me more assertive. I have met the most amazing people along my road of a doing a responsible job. 

    This year alone I acquired four new stores that sell my jewelry, two across Canada, in addition to the six that I already sold at.  All different clientele with different jewelry tastes, and somehow my ever-changing jewelry line suits each one of those tastes.  With alot of hard work I launched my online store this year.  Again, I am grateful.  But not only that, I continue to meet the most interesting and amazing people along this journey ... so thank you.

    To my daughter who loved oranges 
    To my son who loved avocados 
    When they were wee little ones 
    To my husband who challenges me 
    To become the best that I can be 
    And who loves me unconditionally 
    To my friends and family who support me through my business 
    To my customers and boutique owners who believe in me... 

    Thank you from the bottom of 
    My heart.


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