I’m back! Gratitude…

Why was I gone?  If I cut through the bull@#$%, the honest story, without the spin, is that I dislike (intensely) the process of running a business.  Yikes!, what is up with all the paperwork?   I even lost site of the fun of creating.  My shop on Etsy has been inactive.  Again, the process is daunting.  Don’t worry, this story has a positive ending. I’m going to put in the effort again and again and again because I promised myself I would not give up on my dreams.

I am grateful to have my own business where I am empowered. I am the boss and owner.  In this realm, I am powerful and I can create a positive environment.  The control is in my hands. Love it or leave it guys. I am choosing to love it.

Since the holidays, I have been working with needle felting and it is an incredibly therapeutic craft. I hope to incorporate it into my jewelry soon and show you my pieces.

What am I grateful for today. Snow days. Time for me and my kids to stay in and do just what we want.

Something cute for a farmers market

I’m playing around with new items for a farmers market.  What do you think of this cute vase.  This is truly a three in one gift.  Treat yourself or a loved one.  Flowers, a message of love, and even a wearable ring make this an awesome offering.  Leave feedback if you think it’s unique at castawayrosestudio@gmail.com

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This was so much fun to make this weekend.

This cute bookmark will be available on ETSY soon.  Copper colored wire, genuine rose quartz and an amethyst “tag” complete the piece.

Are you a rescue group in need of something cute for a fundraiser.  I would love to make a donation! Let me know by sending me a message to castawayrosestudio@gmail.com.IMG_0384_LI.jpg

My Inspiration

This beach is where I spent my childhood summer days day dreaming and soaking up rays.  The beach is so relaxing and the shells are so beautiful.  cropped-img_0361.jpgI source many of my shells for jewelry from the Connecticut coast.

Ibotta and Jo-Ann 

IMG_0340Are you a mad crafter  like me?  I love to creating my beautiful accessories.  I’ve found a way to splurge on supplies without breaking my business budget.  I bet you’d like to know a secret to saving big on supplies.  I just signed up with a rebate app called Ibotta.  You get cash back when you shop at stores and online.  You can “cash out” your rewards in a variety of ways, and one way is a gift card to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.  The best part of the program is the $10 bonus when you sign up and the $5 you get each time a friend signs up.  Use my referral code bmcnagq and we both win.

I can wrap it up nice for you.

This is how I gift wrapped a door prize for a local fundraiser.  Paper crafting is a fun way to dress up a gift box.  Customizing packaging is as fun as creating the item that goes into it.  It is also a nice touch to add a personal note.  Let me know if I can customize something for you.  It’s wedding season soon… and don’t you dare forget Mother’s Day.  I will soon be updating my ETSY shop to include more information on custom gift wrap.IMG_0327