What do you do on Easter you live in a small town like Leipers Fork? Well you have dinner with your neighbors of course. All 400 of them. Well it was supposed to be about 200 but a few extras showed up.
One of the magical things about living in Leipers Fork, TN. is the sense of community and genuine southern charm. People get to know each other. They ask how you are…and really mean it. And we have events like Feaster.
The directions were simple. It was held in the big field across from town…Bring a dish to pass and bring your fine china…because paper plates were not allowed. Dress was hillbilly chic and the blessing was at 3:45pm…Dinner was at 4. Clean up and take what you brought in because “we ain’t your mamma”.
My husband took the hillbilly chic comment very seriously. Real men do wear purple.
There was a full on Easter egg hunt complete with the Easter bunny and a golden egg…They tried to arrange it by age but since they all ran into the field at the same time…the announcer said…”oh heck…let them all go.” You can’t really hold back an Easter egg hunt, can you?
The Easter Bunny was pretty cute…but I still think my husband is cuter.
How romantic…a beautiful article on one of the most flocked to spots for couples in the city of lovers, Paris! Such a unique and grand display of love, touched by couples from all over the world… one day I will most definitely go and add my own lock of love!
Did I forget to mention lots and lots of horse play…?
Time spent with a horse is more then just fun…. it feeds your ‘faith‘ it brings out a ‘strength‘ in you that you didn’t know you had…you learn about your self, but more then anything, you learn to trust and respect.
Stepping out of the stables and back to work…
We quickly realized boots go with just about anything… but they look especially good next to our ‘reliquary‘ and ‘big dream‘ bracelets…
We traveled down the road a bit to a nice spot over looking the ocean…
We are starting a new tradition here at Island Cowgirl, were calling it the monthly get-away… we are going to take you on a journey with our jewelry to a destination fitting the jewelry’s inspiration. Our August style is called the Boho Beach Babe….
We went on an boardwalk beach cruiser adventure… a little trip to the beach. We played in the sand and surf taking photos of our jewelry in its natural element… by the seaside.
Tradeshow season update….Every year we go to tradeshows. Every year we try to bring something new to the table.
This year besides having over 60 new designs…we got super ambitious. We decided to give our booth a major face lift and a radically new look. Which in my world usually means projects. And when anyone even remotely close to me hears me begin a sentence with the words “I have this idea”… or “I was thinking we should..” they usually run in the other direction because they know it means a project. And my projects are never simple…they usually involve crafting lots of complicated things out of not very readily available materials in a very specific manner…the blueprint of which only really resides in my head and of which no one else is privy to.
You see I am really good at dreaming up cool things to make. I am super duper lousy at drawing them out and explaining them to others. Which usually drives my reluctant volunteers crazy.
So my first task is to find some volunteers with the skills to execute my vision. Because god knows…I cannot sew and I cannot wood work. I would probably stitch my thumb and forefinger together in the first five minutes…and then cut them both off with the band saw shortly after.
Enter my new family members…
Did I marry into the most generous and crafty family ever or what?…a big giant huge shout out to my mother in law who slaved away yet again (and she thought the wedding dress was gonna be the end of the sewing tasks) making our new denim drapes. After many trips to Good Will to buy up all the biggest sized jeans they had….she whipped them into shape and they were spectacular.
And my Bob-the-Builder husband, (who besides looking great in his tool belt) scanned Craigslist for months to find recycled fence post wood to make into all of our new necklace & bracelet displays…it took him a few solid weekends in the back yard…and I am sure he would have rather been doing other things…but he never complained…gotta love midwestern boys.
I love you guys. You totally rock. My booth looked even better than I had imagined it would.
Every year I go to Tucson to the Gem Show that they hold there in February…I took a little detour this time at the end of my trip to spend a few days at a magical place called the White Stallion Ranch. I love finding out-of-the-way places to explore when I travel and this one does not disappoint. It is a 3000 acre ranch that has been family owned since 1965. It was built-in the 1900’s and originally began as a cattle ranch. They have over 120 horses on the property…and as you can see they are just as friendly as can be.
While sitting at breakfast (which is about as down home and yummy as can be) I met a lovely lady who is an artist. She was a bold and bright soul who at the age of 37 up and decided she wanted to live in the Grand Canyon. So she did. She spent 20 years as a mule guide in the Grand Canyon and also owned the beauty shop there. She is now retired but had ventured down to the ranch for a day of painting landscapes with her artist group.
I spent the day wandering around…bringing coffee to a few of the artists who were brave enough to paint in the early morning cold…and watching Diesel.
Diesel is probably the biggest horse I have ever seen. I was told he was close to 1600 lbs…and an absolute love bug. He has a great goatee too. Diesel was very interested in sniffing, pushing and trying to eat this artists paints…or painting…not really sure which. He chewed a bit on his artists case…
Every year I go to Tucson in February to attend the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. This show has been going on for over 37 years…and although it comes at the worst possible time…which is after Christmas madness, my tradeshow season and then right before Valentine’s Day…I have come to love Tucson in the winter. It is so calming & beautiful. And I also get to spend some time at one of my favorite places…The White Stallion Ranch.
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show pretty much takes over the whole city. And when I say that I mean literally the whole city. There are about 20 different venues, tents & the convention center filled with amazing vendors from around the world. You can spend a week here and not get to see it all…It is a daunting task that is a cross between Christmas Morning and a very, very long Easter egg hunt.
Want to buy a rare pink diamond? Done. Not a problem. Looking for Lone Mountain Turquoise which is pretty much extinct…Got some of that too. How about a meteorite. Or dinosaur bones….That can be arranged.
Well, I went in search of a lot of different things….some refill stones for our production work. And anything unusual that I can find for my one of a kinds. Like these Pink Bubble Gum Sapphires…
And then came the diamonds.
A while back a very sweet guy emailed me and asked me to make an engagement ring for his gal. What touched me the most is how much in love he seemed with her…and I can relate as I feel the same way about my guy. So on my list this trip was a diamond that was going to be good enough for his girl…
He said he loved the ring I had made for myself and he felt that his girl would like something similar. He was looking for an unusual, organic engagement ring…and I knew he had come to the right place. We love to make Bohemian rings…with diamonds or otherwise.
I was up to the task…as what girl does not like have any excuse to buy more diamonds. Oh, did I find some beauties…but here are the three that I thought would be the closest to what he was looking for…I threw in the heart shaped one just because I am romantical like that…
I am excited to see what it will become when it is done, and I will be sure to share it with you after she sees it…And I hope his girl loves it as much as he loves her…
Today I decided to feature one of my favorites, Our Happy Trails Bracelet. I LOVE all of the details, from the bit and boots to the hearts… and horseshoes! It’s the perfect bracelet for any horse lover. It reminds me of all of the amazing times I’ve had riding. There is nothing quite like a girl’s bond with her horse.