Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Life Happens

Hi folks! I'm still here!
It's been a while, huh?

Yes, I'm still alive;

Yes, I'm still making jewelry
(albeit not as often with arthritis creeping into my hands;

Yes, I'm still doing photography 
(but more on the iPhone now than anything);


Yes, life happens when I'm not blogging.

the boy

Mostly I have been cooking!
beef stew

honey wheat bread
chocolate brownies with icing

When the boy was diagnosed with ADD in third grade, we changed our diet to organic and non-GMO. We cut out all artificial colors and preservatives as well. I pretty much make our meals mostly from scratch now. We stopped consuming GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and 'fake' food whenever possible. It's just something we do not want or agree with, and personally, GMOs are on my list of things not to be trusted. They are not a necessary part of this planet nor do I believe they a good idea for our bodies. So we have chosen to remove them from our diet.

I have discovered that I kind of like cooking. It's growing on me anyway. I especially like using the pressure cooker. Mine is electronic and it's a breeze to use. I make a pretty yummy chicken/turkey noodle soup in it. I also use it to make my own chicken stock from the leftover carcass of the bird I cooked in it the night before. Sooooo much better than the store bought chicken stock. Wow, what a difference!

But enough of food....

Now on to jewelry!


I'm happy to say that I will be offering a discount in my shop coming up shortly as Valentine's Day approaches. Hopefully I will have a few new items in the shop by then as well. I will post here when the shop goes on sale for sure!
(Unfortunately I did not get to put my shop on sale for 
this Valentine's Day. So sorry.)


My team has changed our name to Artisan Anthology. We have been known for the past 4 years as Etsy's Best Kept Secrets, but now we have a new identity and a new Facebook page to go along with it. Won't you please come over and give us a 'Like'?

We'd love to see you there!

Until next time....

May all your lights be green!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Year End Sale

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

If you're like me, you're excited for the new year to get here.
So as 2012 comes to an end, I put a few select
items on sale at a discount of 35% off.
The prices already reflect the discount so no coupon code is needed.
Take advantage of these prices while you can.
The sale runs through January 2, 2013. After that, the prices will go back up.

I hope you all have a fabulous New Year's Eve 
and a terrific year in 2013!

Happy New Year!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sale Day is Here!!


The Etsy's Best Kept Secrets Team

I'm offering 20% off both 

Enter this code at checkout
to receive your discount!

And please stop by the other members' shops
to see their beautiful wares
and get their discount as well!

Happy Holidays from

Etsy's Best Kept Secrets!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Something's Coming....

Hi everyone!

I've been busy making jewelry lately for a change!

Carnelian & Hammered Oval Mixed Metal Earrings - 14K Gold Fill, Sterling Silver
Carnelian and Hammered Disc Mixed Metal Earrings

There are more new items in my Etsy jewelry shop.
Tiny Hammered Sterling Silver Disc Pendant Necklace
Tiny Hand Hammered Sterling Disc Necklace in Sterling
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday (here in the USA), 
and for those both here and abroad,
 now begins the real holiday shopping...
...with full steam ahead!

Solid 18k Yellow Gold Wire Wrapped Pink Amethyst Briolette & Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace
Solid 18K Gold Wire Wrapped Pink Amethyst
& Oxidized Sterling Silver Mixed Metal Necklace

My Etsy team, Etsy's Best Kept Secrets, is having a little something special coming up very soon! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page to find out what's in store!

Crystal quartz puffed diamond briolette necklace in sterling
Crystal Quartz Puffed Diamond Briolette Necklace in Sterling
Pink Turquoise Earrings in Sterling
Pink Turquoise Earrings in Sterling
I invite you all to come visit our Facebook page.
Watch for something special.

It is our gift to you,
from all of us at 
Etsy's Best Kept Secrets!

See ya' there!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Sale!

MsBelle is Having a Sale!

Now through November 26th, Cyber Monday, 
enjoy 15% off your entire purchase!

I have added some new pieces 
to the shop with more to be added
in the coming days.
SOLD!  Kyanite Briolette Circle Earrings

To get your discount,
just enter coupon code 
at checkout.

Valid through midnight Nov. 26, 2012, eastern time.

I hope you all have a
truly blessed and
happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MsBelle Photography Now Open for Business!!

Hello everyone!
I'm stopping in to tell you all I have finally opened
my new photography shop on Etsy!

I wanted to invite you all to come visit.
I finally took the plunge and did it,
so now comes the task of filling it up.

Right now I am offering fine art prints in various sizes
to fill that empty space on your wall, dresser, desk or table.
Heck, maybe even brighten up the cubicles or walls at your office!
Wherever there is a spot that needs some color or a conversation piece,
or just something cool or pretty to look at, that's where I come in!
I hope to offer more of a variety of things as time goes on.  

While I was at it, and to go along with my new shop,
I also created a new Facebook page for my photography.

After having many different people of the years tell me
I should sell my photos, I'm finally going to give it a shot.
(no pun intended)

I hope you will all stop by and 'Like' me! :)


(...and now I must stop right here and brag just a bit.)

What really prompted me to finally get going on my shop was this...

My Blowing Rock photo was selected to be
on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Charlotte Magazine!
How cool is that?!!

You cannot imagine how thrilled and proud I am to
have had this photograph chosen out of all the shots
out there that could have been selected.
I was beyond flattered to say the least.
I was stunned, excited, and beside myself with joy!

It even appears on their website too!
(I took a screen shot for posterity of course!)

I wasn't even aware the issue was out yet until
the boy and I were in the grocery store and there it was!
It jumped out at me on the newsstand as I
immediately recognized my shot!
It was such a cool feeling.  :)

So that's what finally did it.

I enjoy photography so much and it's so very
fulfilling knowing that others enjoy it as well.
Thank you to Charlotte Magazine for the opportunity you have given me.
I cannot thank you enough!

See ya'll later!