by Designer Lori Esterly

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Wordless Wednesday

The Newest Fall Necklace & Earrings in Pale Green, Yellow, Orange & Red Glass Bicones. Also Available in Swarovski Crystal

The Newest Fall Necklace & Earrings in Pale Green, Yellow, Orange & Red Glass Bicones. Also Available in Swarovski Crystal

Happy Friday!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had a great week!  I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on making jewelry for my up coming jewelry shows/bizarre(s).  Here is a picture of my latest creation.  It is a twist on an old favorite.  Let me know what you think.  I have some fun ideas for personalizing them too.  Choose the dangle in the center from any number of fun items from Initials to little characters to beads like the one shown here.

This Fall Glass Circular Pendant has a little dangle in the center that could be your initial, a little character or a bead or beads of your choice. Pick your own colors too. You can also order this one in Swarovski Crystal for added sparkle.

This Fall Glass Circular Pendant has a little dangle in the center that could be your initial, a little character or a bead or beads of your choice. Pick your own colors too. You can also order this one in Swarovski Crystal for added sparkle.

Please send me your opinion.  I would love to hear what you think and even what you would buy as a gift or just for yourself.  This one is Glass but I am working on a Swarovski Crystal version too.

Looking forward to hearing from you…

Have a Great Weekend!


Balance. Balance? Balance!



Do you have trouble finding balance in your life?  I know I do.  I struggle with how much I do and don’t do on a weekly basis.  I also struggle with how much I get done each week as well as what things I should do that I never get to.

Where should I spend my time?  On what should I focus?  How do I balance my work and home lives?

I recently made the statement, “It shouldn’t be this hard!”  When a wise friend said, “It doesn’t have to be.”  Simplify!  So now I have to decide what if anything I can cut.  I would like to cut out the housekeeping and cooking… but that isn’t possible.  So where do you save time?  How do you make better use of your time?

I want to spend my time making beautiful jewelry but I can’t ignore my responsibilities.  It’s not that I don’t want to do my responsibilities it’s just that I have a hard time accomplishing all of them and getting to what I love.

I could use some help.  What suggestions can you make?

Here is one of the things I have worked on in my time lately.

This is a Special Order Item I made this month. What do you think?


A Friend of Mine…Pam Sani

Hi Everyone,

Meet a friend of mine Pam Sani.  I met her through my Right Brainers group.  She too is a soloprenuer  who creates jewelry.  We have become fast friends even though she lives on the other side of the nation from me.

You all should see this Swarovski necklace she made.  It is beautiful.  Here is a picture.

Pam Sani’s Beautiful Necklace

She sent me the most hilarious story today and I just have to share it with you.  After all, we all need a good laugh, right?  So here is her story.

“I walked into the kitchen to refill my glass, glanced out the window and saw one of the neighbor’s hens tearing up the backyard.  Normally, I would just call out that I seem to have a chicken, and could she do a headcount, and we’d have a laugh and hand her over the fence.  Nobody was home; just me and Phyllis the Chicken.  (I think it was Phyllis.  They have five of the same variety, and they are all identical.)

We feed the quail that hang out in our yard, so we have a 50-lb bag of chicken scratch handy.  I made up an impromptu water dish, and gave Phyl a handful of scratch.

I did learn that it is impossible for a human being to be near a talkative chicken without making chicken noises.  I am a very good mimic.  I don’t know what I said to her, but she decided I was really interesting, and that she should follow me closely as I was clearly a very wise hen indeed.

I had a bit of chicken wire leftover from a project.  My thinking was that I would make her a tiny pen and incarcerate her until her family got home.  Cue the “I Love Lucy” theme music.  I grabbed some tall garden stakes and proceeded to work them into the lawn at the edge of the compost pile.  Phyllis did not like the look of these stakes one bit.  She protested and pecked at the stakes.  I turned over some compost, and she promptly forgot about me and went wild for all of the lovely little soil-dwelling critters in the compost.

At this point, I started trying to wrestle the coiled up bit of chicken wire.  I would get one end around a stake, and the other end would spring back and violently hurl itself at me.  Repeat at nauseum.

I finally gave up on the whole “build a chicken playpen” idea, and went inside to phone my next door neighbor.  I explained that the problem wasn’t that I couldn’t catch the hen; just that I didn’t want to take my eyes off her while I was trying to corral or return her.  Jolene, my neighbor, offered to drive around to Phyllis’ front door and see if anyone was home, or leave a note if they weren’t.  Driving may sound funny, but it was 90 degrees out, and our neighborhood is laid out kind of funny.  Chicken lives on the next block; our backyards butt up against each other.  We live on a North-South street, and the road is very hilly and winding.  The East-West street is the main road through the area.  It is also uphill that direction to get to Phyllis T. Chicken’s house.  On our side of the fence, there is a world of predators which Phyllis has never been exposed to.   Our street is the last street before you get to a very natural area with the river and giant rock outcroppings.  Coyotes, hawks and eagles are a big threat, as are the many dogs being walked along the river trail.

Jolene returned to report that no one was indeed home, but the note was left.  She also grabbed up my recycling bin and insisted that we stuff ol’ Phyllis inside.  I agreed and scooped her up.  We had another scrap of chicken wire which was just the right size for a lid.  Jolene was worried that our captive would just push the lid off.  She wanted to put a rock or something on it.  I knew Phyllis wouldn’t mind her incarceration if as long as she could see out and had something to eat and play with.  There were two holes on each handle of the bin.  My husband is also an electrical engineer, so wire is not ever far out of reach around here.  As luck would have it, there were pre-cut pieces on the patio table.  I laced them through the handle holes and secured the wire lid.  The whole time, our captive thought that this was a grand game.  She was cooing and making little interested whirring noises, and was very happy being the center of attention.  I had given her a small stick to play with, and she was happily picking it up and trying to give it to me in a lame game of “fetch.”

I was relieved when the phone in my pocket rang, with one embarrassed chicken owner on the line.  With a little maneuvering, we managed to pass the bin o’ chicken over the fence.  The other four hens crowded around Phyllis and demanded that she tell them everything about her adventure.   We found the likely escape spot at the end of the tall wooden fence and plugged it up with the chicken wire.

I was glad to be safely rid of the chicken, and was even more glad to change clothes and go take another shower.  Chicken wrangling really takes it out of you.

After all of that, I slept like a baby.”

I hope you all enjoyed the adventures of the escaped chicken, Phyllis as much as I did.  This story nearly had me on the floor with laughter.

Have a Great Week!


Wordless Wednesday

Custom Made Aqua Beach Glass Pendant with Sterling Silver Anchor & Initial

Custom Made Aqua Beach Glass Pendant with Sterling Silver Anchor & Initial

Wordless Wednesday

Pink Gold Hearts & Goldstone Necklace with Matching Earrings on a Pink Gold Chain

4mm Goldstone Hearts & Pink Gold with Heart Toggle Closure

4mm Goldstone Hearts & Pink Gold with Heart Toggle Closure

A New Friend of Mine

Hello Everyone,

As I sit here waiting for my son during music therapy, I wonder what in the world I am going to write about.  Then something hits me…

I just found a blog that you might be interested in.  This blog is written by a young women, Erin Boyle who literally lives  in a  tiny apartment that is only 240 square feet in New York City.  And you think that’s not soooo bad until I tell you that she lives with her boyfriend too.  The two of them share 240 sq ft.  THAT’S TINY!!!  My bedroom is 200 sq. ft. 10ft x 20ft.

However she describes how to live like this happily in her blog reading my tea leaves.  She has some really great ideas for organization, surprise, and a refreshing way of looking at things.  She describes how she only keeps the things she really loves and discards anything that she really doesn’t need.

What a difference in comparison to the typical American lifestyle.  The article that I read about her and her boyfriend is not one of complaining and loss but of freedom and happiness.  She reports that she loves her apartment!  And think how quick cleaning must be with 1 and a half rooms plus a bathroom.

I don’t know about you but I know I could really use a cleaning out of my spaces.  The problem is I start and then get stuck, usually by running out of time before completing my task.  If I got rid of all of the stuff that I really don’t need like those books taking up space on my shelves that I intended to read but never got to, or the clothes in and out of the closet that I have been meaning to take to Goodwill, plus the stuff that I don’t really know what to do with.  My spaces would be fantastic!!!

You have to understand that my room is the house catch all.  Everything goes into my room at some point.  Even groceries wind up in my room sometimes.  I can’t figure out how that happens.  But anything that does not have a home winds up in my room.  Yes, my room is…dare I say it, a pig sty.  There I said it for the whole world to see.  But I keep getting rid of things and it keeps filling up. I swear I have help filling up my room.

The problem is that I hate it this way.  It makes me grumpy and less productive.  I want to clean out and get rid of stuff.  I want my spaces tidy.

Ok, here comes the hard part…

So I’m going to start again.  I am going to clean my room.  I’m going to set one day a week…um, Tuesday morning.  Every Tuesday morning I am going to get up a little earlier and spend one hour tidying up my spaces , especially my room.

I am going to clean my room and I want you to hold me to it.  I am going to get rid of stuff that is just taking up valuable space that I need to utilize.  What I can sell, I will sell.  What I can’t, I will give away or throw away.  I will not make piles to deal with later.  I will deal with them the first time.  My GOAL is to have this complete by the end of summer.

You heard it here. Now…where do I start?  I think I will look at this pile…Hey, Look what I found!

Three Strand Vintage Necklace of Pearls, Seed Beads & Ribbon

Matching Vintage Earrings of Pearls & Seed Beads

Have a Great Week and Oh, don’t forget to come back and hold me accountable too.

~ Lori

How Do I Utilize My Time More Effectively???


Do you ever do a whole lot of nothing?  I find myself doing A LOT of nothing.  I start on my list of things to do skip numbers 1 & 2, only complete half of number 3 and never get to numbers 4, 5, and 6.  It’s not that I sit and do nothing, I do plenty but never get anything completely done.  Do you find yourself doing the same thing?

I have heard of some time management systems that are supposed to help you be more efficient and keep track of time for you.  I started using one called Pomodoro Technique.  I liked it but it didn’t stick.  I used it for a bout a week and then somehow it stopped working, I stopped using it.  I didn’t stop because it didn’t work or because I didn’t like it, I don’t know why I stopped using it.  It just didn’t stick.  I’m more than willing to try it again but how will this be any different?

I find myself needing to be more effective and efficient because of having more things fighting for my time.  I want to get more business done each day so that I can get to the rest of my life.  I have a family and friends that I want to enjoy and taking care of my home is suffering because of this ineffectiveness.

Can you help me?  What do you do to keep track of your time and get things done?

I’m going to try Pomodoro again, tomorrow.  It is almost time for bed.

How about trying to accomplish this…

Sterling Silver Rounds & Bicones & Aquamarine Glass Necklace

Sterling Silver Rounds & Bicones & Aquamarine Glass Earrings


~ Lori

What A Whirlwind…

Hello Everyone,

What a whirlwind this week has been.  Opening the shop, trying to keep adding more items, and the 4th of July plus a heat wave in the North East that promises to keep going at least through the weekend.  I have had it!  The heat is bad enough but I have a very hard time with the humidity.  I can’t wait for this to break.  Thank God for AC!

So what do you do when your brain has had it and you still have work to do?  I have miles to go before I sleep.  This week is a long week because of the holiday taking time out of the middle and having more work to stuff into less time.

So here are some of the things I have worked on…

Custom Sterling Silver & Aquamarine Crystal

Custom Stardust Sterling Silver & Aquamarine Crystal Earrings

Custom Glass Pearls, Glass Seed Beads & Ribbon Tri-Strand

Custom Glass Pearls & Seed Bead Earrings

…and I still have to post these on Etsy.  Miles to go before I sleep…

Have a Cool Weekend,

~ Lori

A Friend of Mine…Margaret Almon 2

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I didn’t realize how tired I was until I stopped and then I got some much-needed sleep.  Thank the Lord for weekends when you can get some extra rest.

So, you remember a friend of mine…Margaret Almon, she and I are working on a project together called Mosaic Matches.  She makes all kinds of mosaics including pendants which are absolutely beautiful.  And I am going to be making matching earrings.  So now that I am opening my Etsy shop today  there are already a few Mosaic Matches there to choose from  and I am going to regularly post as many as I can.  If you are a lucky owner of one of her pendants and it doesn’t yet have a match contact me and I will be glad to design one just for you.

Please check out both our stores on Etsy:  Margaret’s Nutmeg Designs and My A Jewelry Masterpiece for You

Thanks for coming and I hope to talk with you soon.

Have a Great Week,

~ Lori

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