by Designer Lori Esterly

Posts tagged ‘Swarovski’

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!


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!



Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you had a great week.  By the time you read this my son, Keith will have graduated from High School.  It is such a proud moment when your children hit huge milestones in their lives…don’t you think?  It is a time when I am full of pride for my son and all he has accomplished.  We all know as parents that they didn’t get there on their own.  They had lots of help along the way from teachers to friends to us, the parents.  So hats off to all this year’s graduates and those who helped them along the way, especially you parents!  You have run the race and finished the course, Congratulations!

And now the reward…Which one would you choose?  Wait…who said you could only choose one?

Shells – An Old Favorite Returns for Summer Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings

Onyx, Amethyst & Sterling Silver Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings

Turquoise, Swarovski Crystal & Glass Necklace

Another Old Favorite – Ceramic, Aqua, Amber & Sage Glass Beads

This is Reilly. How did he get in there?

Blue Crystal & Chain 30″ long

Pastel & Sparkle 24″ with Matching Bracelet

New 3 Strand Floating Black & Silver Glass Necklace

Matching Black & Silver Glass Earrings

Aqua Crystal & Sterling Silver Figaro Chain Necklace with Earrings

Congratulations Again!  Have a Great Weekend!

~ Lori

Wordless Wednesday

Peridot Swarovski Crystal Teardrop Pendant

Matching Peridot Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Happy Mother’s Day!

Turquoise, Swarovski Crystal and Glass

Hello Again,

Well it’s  the end of another week,  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and especially a Great Mother’s Day this Sunday.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there.  I don’t know about you, but this weekend I am looking forward to doing absolutely nothing.  My mom and I have decided that we have been way to busy already this month so we are celebrating Mother’s Day very quietly, at least that’s the plan.  Church in the morning and then relaxing the rest of the day.  How about you?  What are your plans for Mother’s Day?  Are you taking Mom out for a meal, a day shopping, or maybe you’re taking a meal in to your mom.  However you are planning on spending the day, make sure you tell your mom that you love her.

My son, Keith, loves me.  I know he does, but he never says the words without prompting.  He will make my year  if he walks up to me on Mother’s Day, gives me a big hug and says “I love you, Mom.”  without anyone telling him to do it.  Keith is autistic.  Autism at its root is a communications disorder.  He has never held conversation like you and I do.  He is beginning to talk in complete sentences, but my fear is that after he graduates the end of this month he will regress back to talking in only 2-3 word phrases and he may never hold a “real” conversation with me.  So talk with your Mom.  Tell her that you love her this Mother’s Day because saying it out loud is important.  She wants to hear your words.

And if you haven’t gotten Mom a gift for Mother’s Day consider some jewelry, maybe something like these.

Amethist, Onyx and Sterling Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet

She will love it!  Have A Great Weekend!

Ceramic and Glass Necklace, Earrings and Braclelet


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