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Mark your special day

October 29, 2014 - 11:56am -- sue

As I have embarked on my own modern/blended family, I love to see examples of others joining their families together.

A friend recently asked me to create something original and special to gift to her new blended family on their wedding day. She wanted something for her children and his children. The results were beautiful. And, in the end, even the bride couldn’t resist getting one for herself!

I stamped their wedding date on a dime-sized sterling silver round disk (a medium Kathryn love letter) and attached the charm to an Erin double-sided champagne bracelet.

The beauty of practising gratitude

October 14, 2014 - 1:18pm -- sue

Clients are loving this made-in-Canada Jacqueline Gratitude bangle hand stamped with GRATEFUL on the inside edge as a whisper and reminder to focus on being grateful for all that you have in your life. I am wearing mine (one or two of them layered with my Erin stretch arm candy) daily as my reminder.

As Eckhart Tolle says, “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

Suetables Inc.

October 2, 2014 - 2:47pm -- sue

When I got addicted to making jewelry in that first year (and I did!), I made and sold over 100 of one love letter necklace to the school-yard-moms in Toronto's Moore Park.

"What else do you have?" Moms asked me.

I listened to what they wanted. One necklace grew to a line of over 200 jewelry items - rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets, charms, key chains and more.

I knew the only way to really succeed was to make jewelry full time and focus on it every single day. So, five years ago, I began working full time.

Right brain stimulation

September 12, 2014 - 11:18am -- sue

I’ve been deep in financial numbers and inventory discussions this week - tiny, meaningful numbers that require my Jo Fresh magnifier glasses to see them and...my full attention.

Those who know me best know that I hate numbers - not to mention paying attention.

Let me try that again: I love to focus on creative pursuits - like marketing, designing and writing. Is that right brain or left brain? I forget.

But, I know am one sided.

And I know that the logical, sequential, analytical side was on over drive this week. Big time.

A sterling effort

September 10, 2014 - 2:33pm -- sue

Have you ever wondered what pure silver looks like before it is heated, melted down, mixed and poored into was moulds? Check out these pretty tear drop "bubbles". I am tempted to make irregular-shaped studs from them.

Open heart

September 6, 2014 - 12:05pm -- sue

A friend of mine lost the father of her child many years ago. This man used to give her heart shaped rocks. Since he passed, she continues to find heart shaped rocks wherever she goes. She sent me this picture and it made me smile knowing how, even after death, we remember those we loved in our own special way.

Golden Treasures

September 2, 2014 - 1:42pm -- sue

Summer is over and that means that the new Fall Collection is here. So what can you expect? Well, after working closely with artisans from Canada, Mexico and Thailand, we couldn't help but be inspired by the gold and rose gold this season. We will always love silver but adding a touch of gold warms up an outfit, adds a bit of edge and mixes it up a bit.

Gone are the days of an allegiance to one metal.

Gone are the days when your belt had to match your shoes, when whites were only worn in the summer and you were either a "silver girl" or a "gold girl".

Making an impression

August 29, 2014 - 8:37am -- sue

As sales of our line of personalized, meaningful gold and silver jewelry has grown, people have asked me time and time again: “Why don’t you use an engraving machine?”

I admit. An engraving machine with standardized words would make my business model easier. It would allow each pendant to look identical to what is pictured online. It would eliminate the huge pile of ruined silver that results when we are rushing or distracted. It would speed up the production process and take me out of the daily hand-stamping mix. It would free up my time.

The power of gratitude

August 2, 2014 - 7:47am -- sue

"Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have."

For a decade, people have advocated the power and pleasure of being grateful. I used to keep a journal - which included practicing gratitude - for many many years. Then I stopped.

Life got in the way.

My ‘power of positive thinking gurus’ - Oprah Winfrey, Eckthart Tolle, my books filled with quotes and my deceased father’s focus on the sunny side of life, got pushed aside.

My schedule overwhelmed me. I had less time to feel delight.

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