Sparkles and Angels' Blog


FREE SHIPPING during the month of November 2011

Onyx Fantasy

Onyx Fantasy

There’s something very appealing about free shipping, isn’t it? Well, during this month of November, before the holiday madness descends on us, you get to shop leisurely at the Sparkles and Angels store AND enjoy free shipping. All you need to do is enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING (in one word) when you check out. This offer applies only to shipments going to US addresses.

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

There are lots of new earrings and new necklaces, including many $25 and under. Get some presents for your loved ones, including one for yourself since I hope you love yourself!

By The Seashore

By The Seashore

The items you see here are but a small subset of what’s available. All are made by a Reiki Master, and infused with love and healing energy to help you incorporate harmony, balance, and peace into your life.

Copper Glow

Copper Glow

Go to the Sparkles and Angels store to see all the available items. I have to say that I am extra proud of my new creations 🙂

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The art and craft of enameling on fine silver

Marine Fantasy

Marine Fantasy necklace

Enameling is an ancient art which dates back to the third or fourth millennium B.C.E. and is still flourishing today.

Sparkles and Angels’ modern enamel on fine silver pieces are one-of-a-kind and handmade using a painstaking process.

First, I texture and dome a disc −or another shape – of fine silver, i.e. 99.9% silver. Why fine silver? Because it allows the already vibrant enamel colors to stand out even more. My preparations also include washing the enamel powders several times. I then apply up two layers of enamel to the back, and three or more layers of enamel to the front. The piece is fired in my electric kiln after each and every coat. I add precious 23K gold leaf or enamel threads in order to create a unique design.

Beryl Seas

Beryl Seas earrings

The result is wearable artwork that glows like precious jewels.

Deep Ocean

Deep Ocean


Durham Art Walk Spring Market, April 9-10, 2011

The Durham Arts Council (DAC) invites you to come celebrate art in the streets at the Durham Art Walk Spring Market this April 9-10.

Spring Durham Art Walk

One of the most important features of this Spring Market is me! 🙂 I’m going to be in the lobby of the Crowe Bldg on the American Tobacco Campus, along with 7 other vendors.

That’s right, I will be one of the vendors there, and I’m looking forward to meeting you. Come say hi and look at all the new jewelry I’ll have there. It’s so new that I don’t have any pictures to show you yet. There will be at least one Sparkles and Angels door prize, and some other goodies too!

You will find live musical performances, great food, and art and fine crafts by over 200 artists.

Saturday April 9, 2011, 10 AM-5 PM

Sunday April 10, 2011, 1-5 PM

www.durhamartwalk.com 919-560-ARTS

This spring the Art Walk features Durham’s own Scene of the Crime Rovers Marching Band making music in the streets. Little Jimmy and the Glendales present Drumming for a Rain Dance and encouraging audience participation on Foster Street at Hunt.  Mallarme Chamber Players will perform at Hayti Heritage Center and the W.G. Pearson Harp Ensemble will be performing at DAC. Durham Arts Place will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special exhibition. SeeSaw Studio will be engaging visitors in an interactive art happening at DAC. DURTY-Durham Art Collective will be surprising downtown visitors with their own brand of artmaking. The Brightleaf District will be turned into a giant runway, becoming the Art Walk Fashion District with roving clothing models.  Durham Parks and Recreation will present Durham Art Walk Rocks in a new location at Durham Centre next door to DAC and there will be food trucks galore along Morgan Street.


Coupons – just in time for Thanksgiving!

Hello all my lovely blog readers,

Are you ready to do some holiday shopping? I am excited to announce that I can do coupons now!!!

From now until Monday 11/29 at midnight, you can use the coupon code BLOG15THANKYOU to get 15% off your Sparkles and Angels online purchase. It’s my way to say thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you. I have much to be grateful for.

I have many cute earrings that are not in my store yet, they are perfect as little holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. I will be adding them throughout the next few days, so keep checking!

Love,

Sophie


Pre-Holiday Market in Greensboro, NC

Hi everyone,

How are you doing? Are you in the mood for some holiday shopping? Because I am one of the vendors participating in the Pre-Holiday Market in Greensboro, NC.

When: Saturday 11/20, 10am – 3pm
Where: Forest Oaks Country Club, 4600 Forest Oaks Drive, Greensboro, NC. Their phone number is (336) 674-2241

Please stop by if you are in or near the Greensboro area. I’d love to meet you. I’ll be there selling jewelry, suncatchers, …etc. You can talk to me about custom orders, or about anything else you want 🙂

Sparkles and Angels will offer a door prize and other freebies, so come to our table and have fun!

Hope to see you there!


Meet Roni

Roni is one of two co-Directors of Morale, Mischief, and Mayhem at Sparkles and Angels. His job performance has been extraordinary. His duties consist of:

  • eating me out of house and home — his favorite food is the food in someone else’s bowl
  • sleeping, preferably with his belly up
  • copiously shedding his orange and white fur on my dark clothes
  • looking cute
  • dropping toys into the toilet bowl, especially in the middle of the night
  • biting books – he used to bite everything, but he and I re-negotiated the terms of his contract, and he now limits himself to just books
  • annoying the Director of Quality Assurance (his big sister Zoe)
  • playing with water from a faucet – he gets extra points when I forget to turn the water off
  • creating puddles around his water bowls
  • moving mousies around
  • sleeping in the car seat which was supposed to be for my niece (so far he has used it more than she has)
  • growing long, sharp nails, and making holes in bedsheets

The picture at the top was taken just a few days after Roni was hired. As you can see, he learned his duties really quickly and did not need any on-the-job training.

The second picture shows Roni working overtime recently. Being an executive, he does not put his paws to work on the actual Sparkles and Angels jewelry, but he and the other directors have inspired a line of jewelry for pet lovers:


Gratitude

I originally published this post on byhand.me, but decided to re-post it here because it means a lot to me:

Gratitude is the magnet of the universe. Life becomes much easier and more joyful when you get in the habit of finding something to be grateful for in every situation.

I learned a big lesson in gratitude through my experience with breast cancer. The chemotherapy made me very sick, and the treatments for those side effects had side effects of their own. For almost a year, I had severe anemia, which made me very tired. There were times I had to lie down to floss my teeth, because I did not have the energy to stand. There were several months of intense continuous hip pains. My face swelled to practically twice its normal size… and that was just some of the “highlights. ”

As dark as the circumstances were, I discovered that I was surrounded by love and support. Whenever I think of all those beautiful people who supported me in so many ways, my heart opens, and I feel better.

No matter how “bad” a situation is, you can find something to be grateful for. Perhaps it’s a hug from a friend, or a beautiful dandelion flower in your lawn, or the deep blue starry sky. Remember: it’s only when it’s darkest that you can see the stars.