Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!!! Pay It Forward....

Earring Sampling

I really love doing things for others.  I suppose I am a nurturer by nature.  In honor of my birthday, I wanted to do something special for my readers.  But there is a itty bitty, small catch.  I will send you a pair of sterling silver earring in your favorite color.  However, you must send a Facebook request to "like" Hammi Jammi Jewelry to 10 of your friends....especially to those people who like fun, everyday jewelry.  Feel free to send the suggestion to more than ten.  If you don't have 10 people who you think would like Hammi Jammi, then please send the request to as many as you can.

That's not too hard now is it????
Just send me an email at carriegrab419@hotmail.com and let me know your name and mailing address and your favorite color.  This is only a one day event.  Don't delay; participate today!

Thanks for participating in my Birthday celebration!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Renewal of OLD!

I love vintage and antique pieces of jewelry.  I can appreciate the craftsmanship and the history behind old pieces.  I was lucky enough to acquire several pieces of old jewelry that belonged to a great aunt of mine.  One of the necklaces was made out of crystal nuggets of various shapes and sizes.  I'm not sure how old these crystals are but I would estimate around 75-80 years old.  I thought this piece, in particular, would be perfect to deconstruct and create something "new."  The deconstructed pieces have been sitting in a jar on my workbench just waiting to be changed into something more current.  I was waiting and waiting and then an opportunity came to me.

Since I am an Artbeads Design Partner, I get periodic emails about getting products to create with in exchange for blogging.  There current blogging challenge theme is "What's Old is New Again."  Now was my opportunity to use my great aunt's crystals.

I chose some great products from Artbeads.  Typically I stick with using silver-toned merchandise in my creations.  So, I thought I would step outside my comfort zone and use some brass in my vintage-inspired jewelry.  I wound up using some brass artistic wire and also a brass toggle clasp.  I also chose some really beautiful lamp work glass beads.

Without further ado, here are my "What's Old is New Again" creations.  The lariat-style necklace also contains Swarovski crystals, in addition to my vintage crystal nuggets, some Druk beads in a yellow/tan hue.  The earrings are made with gold-plated earring hooks.

Disclosure: I participate in Blogging for Beaders with Artbeads.com and have received the products free of charge from them. I am honestly reviewing the products and have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jen Lebo Photography Giveaway

I just met another wonderful photographer yesterday.  Jen Lebo of Jen Lebo Photography captured the amazing first birthday party of Jocie-bean.  She is not my daughter but the daughter of one of my besties...I think of her as my little girl since God blessed me with two little boys.

As it turns out, Jen is doing a Mother's Day mini session giveaway to one lucky Mom.  I entered since I love her photo-journalistic style.  The photos are staged, but they don't look that way at all.  All you  have to do is:

Enter to win by leaving the answer to the following question in the comment section of this blog post:
What's the best thing your child has ever said to you?

Get extra entries by:
1. Tweeting the following about this contest (must include the website link):
Enter to win a free mini session with Jen Lebo Photography! www.jenlebophotography.com

2. Posting on your Facebook profile about this contest (must include website link):
Enter to win a free mini session with Jen Lebo Photography! www.jenlebophotography.com

Become a fan by clicking on the "Like" button. If you are already a fan, use the "Suggest to Friends" link on the Facebook page to send it to your friends.

Only 4 entries per person.

Friday, April 1, 2011

What's The Buzz....

Honeybee hives have long provided humans with honey and beeswax. Such commercial uses have spawned a large beekeeping industry, though many species still occur in the wild.

All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. A hive's inhabitants are generally divided into three types: Workers, Queens, and Drones. Worker bees are the only bees that most people ever see. The Queen lays eggs and spawn's the next generation of bees.  Male bees-called drones-fertilize the eggs and are killed off in the winter months when the hive goes into survival mode.

The benefits of honey are numerous. Not only does this delectable liquid stimulate your taste buds and whet your appetite, its unique taste and aroma has sprung off many time honor cooking ideas and recipes such as the cannot-be-missed honey baked ham and honey dips. But is honey really good for you? This caramel-like liquid seems to be full of calories ...sure it tastes good and has a pleasant texture that coats the irritated throat, but is it no more than just a tasty placebo?

The fact is, honey is far better than what most people perceive. Researchers are turning up more and more new evidence of honey's medical benefits in all directions. The benefits of honey don't just stop at satisfying the palate; honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, hot beauty and skin care tips for ladies, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot. Its powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations. The renowned UMF Manuka honey, perhaps the tastiest natural medicine, is commonly cited in many discussions on health benefits of honey. This honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing but also helps reduce inflammation and scarring. In addition, it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis.

So in light of all the important healing benefits associated with honey the Phoenixville Farmer's Market is celebrating the honeybee at their festival on May 7, 2011 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Beekeepers, bakers, gardeners, artists, and educators will join the market with environmentally friendly products and presentations.  There will also be children's crafts, a puppet show, live music and storytelling throughout the day.

In conjunction with the bee festival, Kimberton Whole Foods will also have a display set up with honey and honey products.  Hammi Jammi Jewelry was asked to create some bee-themed jewelry for the display.
Mark your calendars, people.  Support your community by shopping and buying local!