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...RING on it!" I not only like me, I LOVE me...so I put a ring on it myself! LOL Email us at:  Info@applegracedesigns.com and learn how to receive this beautiful handmade ring before its preview sale. 

 
 
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Follow us on IG along with 20 of your friends and receive our beautiful butterfly necklace (with your word/name of choice) even before it's available for preview sale. Email us at: info@applegracedesigns.com

 
 
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Apple Grace's Butterfly Collection is blooming... Stay tuned! 

 
 
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Handmade Sterling Silver Rose Quartz Hoops $35 (Stock sale
50% off, limited inventory, free shipping) Send email to:
Sales@AppleGraceDesigns.com, Subject: SSRQH

 
 
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As a jewelry designer/artiste (Ooh, not artist but artiste! Sounds more sophisticated! Lol)...umm, I lost my track of thought. Oh, as I was saying...as an ARTISTE, I tend to have an urgency to "bling out" everything. When I say bling, I don't (only) mean the type of rhinestone-studded , crystallized bling you'd see on a jacket or a pair of sweatpants (omg!) in a Baby Phat store. Sure, I do mean exactly that at times, hence the picture of my cellphone on the left...if you hadn't noticed it there already. But even more so,  I mean throwing some paint and pieces of crackled glass on a plain, wooden dresser, or gluing some gemstones  or seashells on an old wall mirror with the chip on the corner from all the heavy lifting and moving it's endured through the years. It's as if I want to add more life to something that has already "weathered a storm" but is screaming out for its second wind. I have to admit that it gets annoying at times though. Sometimes, I just don't know how to "turn it off" and refrain from dropping everything I do (like a design project or an order that's nearing it's due date in like a second. Geez, I'm stubborn!) to grab that can of old paint from under my kitchen sink to go paint a bare wall...or something else to that effect. I love being an "ARTISTE" (hee hee) but it sure gets inconveniently bothersome at times. But would I change it for the world? Ummmm...... Not in a million years. ;-)

 
 
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Every morning, after I've eaten my 2 eggs, avocado, and wholegrain toast (my favorite breakfast), I drag the rest of my coffee in my favorite old, chipped and needs-to-be-replaced-or-tossed mug over to my desk to read my emails and look over the agenda of the day. Sometimes, I'm still half asleep or still in search of inspiration when I'd rather be back in my comfy bed for another hour of Zzzzzz's. But then I look up and see this frame... I bought this ceramic, weathered angel mirror frame from a city flea market years ago. I've always loved it but like many of our possessions over time, it sort of just mixed in with all of the other things in my home. Things have a tendency to become "monochromatic" sometimes, don't you think? That is until I added the word "LOVE" to it... Now it reminds me of why I get up every morning...religiously murmuring the words "Good morning, world. Thank you, God, thank you, Universe", right when I'm just about to pull the covers off of my head and let the ray of sun beaming thru my window finally kiss my face. It's interesting how something becomes significantly precious when you add "love" to it. Hmmm. Breakfast food for thought...

 
 
Our hearts are broken over the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Ct. There are no words to say that can even express the sadness, the grief, the deepest regrets over the tragedy that has occurred to the families of each and every single one of those 26 fallen angels, especially the 20 little, beautiful souls that have now become tiny new angels in heaven. There is so much to say but yet the silence seems best at this grieving time. No politics, no words of bereavement, no words of hope or healing...just silence. The only thing I can say is that I am fully intent on sending each and every single mother (or sister) of the 26 sons and daughters a name necklace of their fallen loved one. Perhaps it won't make a difference or perhaps it will...even in the smallest of ways.  I just know in my heart that I have to offer this gesture from my heart to theirs... 
 
 
Hurricane Sandy is on her way...
 
 
Life is too short!