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Monday, April 27, 2009

Wait, Wait a Minute Mr. Postman!

It was a busy weekend filling orders from the Mother's Day sale!

Get some of your own bling before it's too late!

My awesome sale continues through May 4, then it's back into the studio for new work for the summer and fall collections.

Finding cool stuff is pretty easy:

#1. Shop
#2. Put neat things in your shopping cart.
#3. Enter the promo code "happymom" at checkout.
#4. Get a 25% discount on all designs
#5. Laugh all the way to the bank!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tying the Knot

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." --Epictetus

I've been working on new designs in the studio and am thrilled with the results.

I love the way in which you can use fire (a torch) to manipulate metal and come up with new and original designs that are still consistent with the look you are trying to achieve.

Such is the case with these new designs, just added to my Web site,

I have strung sterling silver wire onto stones and then carefully melted each side so as to create a dot of silver on each end. Then I tie the stones around hand-forged metal pieces.

The result is a truly organic, yet modern style that I am really proud of. I hope you like them too!

I will be making new designs incorporating this new element in the coming weeks, and I've added lots of other new designs to the Web site this past week--just in time for Mother's Day!

Since posting these new designs, I've sold quite a few and have received great customer feedback.

Thanks to my loyal customers for
not only supporting my business
but also going beyond to provide feedback about new work!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Get Mom Somethin' She Wants for Once!


'My mother is a poem
I'll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.' ~Sharon Doubiago
They brought us into the world, wiped our noses when we were sick; gave us 1,000 hugs for 1,000 reasons; and loved us even when we didn't always love ourselves.

And this is what I know for sure: that we are all mothers to someone, whether they share our DNA or not. And we have all been loved by a mother, whether they were our mother in title or simply by a gesture of grace and goodness.

To celebrate Mother's Day this year (which is May 10), Original Hardware is offering truly one-of-a-kind gifts at a truly one-of-a-kind price.

Get 25% off ALL designs through May 5. Just use the promo code 'HappyMom' at checkout and it's all yours!

Let's celebrate the women in our lives who have made us what we are!

Here are a few inspirations to get you started on your Mother's Day quest, and remember that all purchases come with complimentary gift wrap.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Snow day....

Colorado got hit with its final (let's hope) spring blizzard--it left us inside for 3 days and with not much else to do! We got about 2 feet of snow in a 24-hour period--enough to make you want to stay inside and make plenty of macaroni and cheese.

As a result of the forced downtime, I got quite a bit of stones ready for new designs. You can see them here, sitting on my studio bench glittering like little happy flowers in sunshine.

These stones will be part of a new "organic knots" collection that I'll be putting together this week. I'll be showing you new designs in the next few days, so perhaps this picture will whet your appetite!

Until then, have a great week and take care! We'll be enjoying spring days outside--it's supposed to be 75 later this week.
This is typical Colorado--blizzard one day, cold beers on the patio the next!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Quote to Live By.....

This quote stares at me every day in front of my computer. A friend of mine gave it to me recently and I love it. I thought I would share it with all of you!
"Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to hte improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!"

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Earring Sale at Original!!!

Earrings are Bliss, especially when you get a deal!

It's hard not to be happy this time of year when even the birds are singing! I love the transformation that Colorado makes this month.
All that's left of the snow are on the mountain's glistening peaks. My lungs breathe in fresh, crisp air and I feel light on my feet and in my soul.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, Original Hardware is dedicating the month of April to your ears, so listen up! This month, get 15% off all earrings at Original Hardware. Just enter the promo code 'happy' at checkout, and you're discount will be automatically taken off your order!

There's lots of wonderful styles to choose from, but in case you need a little prompting, here's a few stunning examples. While you're window shopping, why not plunk a few pair of earrings in your cart for mom? Mother's Day is just around the corner!
As always, thank you for your continued business! Please remember that each purchase comes gift wrapped, my compliments!

I've joined the Technology Age!

I am really not a technology idiot. I love technology! Really, I do! I just have little precious time, so technology has been a bit of a low priority to forging, forming and hammering silver in my studio.
But my customers have been asking for an "inside view" of my life as the owner/designer of Original Hardware, and so here it is! Look here to get updates on what I'm working on in the studio, exclusive deals and thoughts about life as a stay at home mom/artist.