Friday, December 30, 2011

~ My morning ~

Sunrise over my studio
I have never been a morning person. EVER. Just ask my Mom.... Then I became a business owner. Suddenly, that 5:40a.m. alarm is my friend. I love seeing the sun rise every morning, talking with my husband before he leaves for work, the quiet time until I wake my sons up, and then the craziness of having three boys around. It's magical.
Awesomeness! :)
 These are my slippers. Possibly the only pink thing that I own. But I LOVE them, and they are the first step of my morning ritual when it's cold outside.
My coffee shop
Coffee. Without it, I am lost. Organic, fair trade, freshly roasted beans make my heart pitter-patter. Literally. This is where my day starts and the first glimpse that I get of the sunrise is here, through my kitchen window. My favorite coffee is Ethiopian Hararr from Just Love Coffee. You can try it and support my sister and brother in law's adoption, an amazing company AND an Ethiopian orphanage for the price of one bag. They roast the beans after you order and mail it to you the next day. How could you NOT have an amazing day after starting it with fresh coffee and blessing others?!

Now it's time for me to take the short walk to my studio. Happy Friday, sweet friends! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

~ Be the Change ~

Be the Change key ring by peacesofindigo

Yesterday was Aids Awareness Day. It was also one of the craziest days that I've had in a while. Places to be, things to do, deadlines to meet. But my mind was racing with ideas on how to make a difference. How do you attack an obstacle as big as Aids? And hunger? And.... The list goes on.
Be the Change key ring by peacesofindigo
The night before, I dreamed of my niece, who is in an orphanage in Ethiopia. She's waiting for a court date to be set up so my sister and brother in law can travel to a far away, Aids ravaged land and fulfill the dream that they've had in their hearts for years. To give a child that has no one, a loving and happy forever home. But there are SO many. So how do WE help? What can we do? In the last few months the words by Rumi ~ Let the beauty we love be what we do ~ has been a constant echo in my mind. So this is my commitment to DO something. To make the world a more beautiful place. A happier place.
Be the Change key ring by peacesofindigo
Several years ago, the dream for Peaces of Indigo started in my heart. I wanted to create art that was a piece of me, a treasure that would bring happiness and love into the lives of others. I wanted to make a difference in their lives, and I longed to be able to help causes that touched me. Africa has been that cause for decades. I'm drawn there. I don't know why, but I am. The name, Peaces of Indigo, was formed from my desire to help bring free, clean water to Africa. And peace in the process. Peace of mind, inner peace through a change of life. Having clean water means the chance to LIVE. To be healthy. To play and go to school instead of carrying water for hours a day. Something that we take for granted is so precious to those who don't have it. Something that we CAN do to make a difference.
We can do it together!
So here's my idea. I'm asking you to partner with me, to visit Blood:Water Mission and read about how a bag of concrete can change lives. Yes, $25 for concrete. So basic, so simple, so easy for us to do. Money so well spent. You're changing a person's life with that $25. Maybe even changing an entire village's life. I know that money is tight. And because I know that the hearts of my friends, family and the amazing people that I've come to know through Peaces of Indigo are generous, I have a gift for each one of you that partners with me in this journey. Purchase this handmade key ring from my etsy ship, and I'll gift the ENTIRE PURCHASE AMOUNT of $25 to Blood:Water Mission for a bag of concrete, and I'm gifting YOU one of my handmade bronze keychains. Made with love, a forever reminder of the amazing gift that you shared with a complete stranger. The true spirit of Christmas.
So here's what I'm asking~
Read about the project here:
* Blood:Water Mission
* Choose one of these keychain designs for $25, knowing that the entire $25 purchase price is going to Blood:Water Mission. Yay!!!
* Post about how fabulous you feel after donating a bag of concrete on my Peaces of Indigo facebook page.
* Tell your friends and family! Help spread the word about this amazing cause.
* I'll gift wrap and mail your handmade gift of gratitude.
Clean Water!
 My heart thanks you. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

~ Black Friday Markdowns ~

luxury ruby and diamond earrings by peacesofindigo
Shopping madness has commenced! And as a thank you for all of my amazing customers this year, and to reduce my inventory, I've marked 62 pieces on sale.
boho paisley and carnelian bliss necklace by peacesofindigo
 Each is ready to ship and would make a fabulous gift. And as always, gift wrapping and shipping is complimentary.
emerald faith charm bracelet by peacesofindigo
These are just a sampling of the earrings, bracelets and necklaces that I've marked down. See them all here --- SALE PIECES.
Happy Friday, sweet friends! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

~ Words ~

Reflection by SylviaCPhotography on etsy
 Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Winter winds by JudeMcConkeyPhotos on etsy
Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
~ Albert Einstein
One Autumn morning by ara133Photography on etsy
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
~ Thomas Kempis
Thanksgiving acorn by Raceytay on etsy

Happy Friday
, sweet friends! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

~ Handmade Holiday Gifts~

Alice in Wonderland corkboard by uncorked
This is MY wishlist for this year. Pieces that I've been admiring from people that are simply fabulous. This corkboard is made using sustainable cork, and jazzed up with the cutest metal lids. Uncorked is a beautiful world created by Cat Ivins.
Leather scrunch boots by spirocreations
Boho. Original. Perfect with my favorite jeans. I adore these boots, and the fact that they are handmade with love completes the package of perfection. SpiroCreations is a husband and wife team based in New Zealand and their leather goods are completely amazing.
Moissanite and rose gold ring by onegarnetgirl
Drool. Rose gold and a captured star, also known as Moissanite, combined to create one knock out ring. (It's not really a star, but it sure looks like one.) OneGarnetGirl creates magic with recycled metals and insanely amazing gemstones. She also happens to be one of the sweetest women I've ever met. This ring will be as fabulous in 100 years as it is now, and that is money well spent. (attention, hubby)
Cockroach coffee mug by catherinereece
Cockroaches = cute. Bet you never saw that coming. It IS cute! CatherineReece has created a whimsical little mug that makes me smile every time I see it. And maybe helped to 'soften' the icky image of the world's most vilified bug.
Plaid handbag by goodmarvin
Plaid and houndstooth combine to create a sweet handbag. The bits of lace completes this fun piece.  GoodMarvin combines recycled fabrics and handmade love and the results are fun and sassy.
You can see all of these pieces, and more handmade gift ideas on my Pinterest board.
Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

~ New Designs ~

River Rock wedding ring set by peacesofindigo
This rustic and lovely wedding ring set is the latest in my line of eco friendly wedding rings. For the adventurous soul who wants to forgo my textures, this is the perfect balance of rough and softness.  Carved to look rugged, the edges are polished to a smooth finish. Your choice of words handwritten inside, each is made to order and will be one of a kind, just like the river rocks that inspired this design.  The rings are available in a set, or here individually in my etsy shop.
Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

~ A Few of my Favorite Things ~

old world holiday dress by TheMeasure
I love, love, love this sweet little eco friendly dress by TheMeasure. After news this week that I'm going to be an aunt (!!!!) I'm on the look out for cute little girl things.
green velvet chocolate cookiewiches by Tookies
If you don't have time for holiday baking, then you're going to devour (literally) this shop. Tookies has a treasure trove of hand baked yummies just waiting to be delivered to your door.
2012 calendar by Linotte
This 2012 calendar is so sweet and the size is just perfect. Linotte draws such endearing characters and her shop is full of great gifts.

Happy Saturday, sweet friends! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

~ Words ~

Persuasion by Jane Austen
'You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight and a half years ago. Dare not say that a man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.' Captain Wentworth

I adore this book. And a happy ending.
Happy Thursday, sweet friends! 


Monday, October 24, 2011

~ Handmade Holiday Gifts~

Christmas tree ornament by FirstLightPhoto
I love, love, love this sweet little photograph ornament. It's such a timeless style, and just perfect for my rustic red and green Christmas tree. 
Devoted to Peace perfume by IlluminatedPerfume
Santa, THIS is what I want you to bring me. Completely natural and created with love, this fragrance 'is warm with a strong presence of vanilla, champa flower at the heart topped citrus and spice in the tops notes.' I could not imagine a more beautifully descriptive sentence.
Red Baby Ninfea vegan bag by ninu
Made to order in Italy, this bag would dress up absolutely anything. Crafted of vinyl, it's perfect for the vegan on your list. And the fashionista. Pretty much anyone. You can find these lovely gifts by clicking on the captions under the photos, browsing my favorites on etsy and in my pinterest holiday guide.
Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

~ Secret Sale ~

Lazy Fall Day by RobEastman on etsy
October is upon us, chilly weather has blown in, and I'm thinking Christmas carols. I adore Thanksgiving, don't get me wrong, but I keep Harry Connick Jr's Christmas cd in my car year round. Long before we're thinking turkey and dressing, I'm singing 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!'


This year has been so incredibly amazing for me, that I wanted to say Thank You!!! for making my dream of Peaces of Indigo become a reality. For those of you who are already making your lists, I've set up a 15% discount code good on ANYTHING on my website. Yes, anything. Just add the items that you'd like to your shopping cart and type MYTREAT15 in the coupon code box. This sale ends Sunday evening at 9pm central standard time. So, grab your list and visit
www.peacesofindigo.etsy.com
Happy shopping, sweet friends! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

~ New Designs ~

simulated diamond and recycled silver engagement ring
A tiny white man made white diamond (good vibes since no one was exploited, harmed or worse over this stone) is set in recycled silver that has a meandering vine texture.  Oh so lovely, romantic and nature inspired, this eco friendly wedding or engagement ring is sure to be adored by it's lucky recipient.
bohemian leather, gemstone and silver charm bracelet
Fun, funky and just plain fun to wear, this bracelet has it all. Color, texture, a silver charm with Joy handwritten on it, and three fabulous gemstones.  Perfect for layering with your favorite silver bracelets or a statement piece alone.

green rose cut sapphire engagement ring
One of a kind and simply stunning, this green sapphire is a knockout. Ready to adorn one lucky hand, it features the words
Queen of my  on the inside.

Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

~ A Few of my Favorite Things ~

handmade vegan fairy shoes by fairysteps
The most adorable shoes I've ever seen, in the perfect shade of pale brown. Handmade by fairysteps, in the UK. You must check out this designer's other wonderful pieces. 
vintage plaid lavender eye pillow by enhabiten
The lovely shop enhabiten features eco friendly items for your home. Her shop is a wonderful textural and visual experience.
double circle dinner plate by karanote
So pretty and one of a kind, this plate by karanote in pale blue, white and green is a whimsical beauty.

Happy Thursday, sweet friends! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

~ Handmade Holiday Gifts~

knit christmas stocking by loopsandlines
The holidays are just around the corner. I love this time of year. The smells, the cooler weather, jeans and sweaters.  Hello, happiness!
persimmon lip tint by etiquettes
 Shopping for little love tokens has replaced the big knock-your-socks-off gift giving in our house, and it requires planning ahead so that I'm not scrambling at the last minute to find something meaningful.
handknit fingerless gloves by loveandknit
I'll be sharing a few of my favorite gift ideas for your family over the coming weeks. They are all handmade by lovely souls around the world, and all available on etsy.com You can also view my list on pinterest.
Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

~ Inspiration ~

vintage persian rug by oldnewhouse
This rug is so, so beautiful. The colors are just begging me to be inspired.  And it's working.
4 piece breakfast set by yevgenia
This tea set is simply adorable.  The hand painted mushrooms remind me of a Holly Hobbie picture that I had hanging in my room when I was seven years old.  It's just so fun.
grant the whale print by heatherfuture
This monocle wearing, pipe smoking whale is just the cutest 'old man' of the sea that could ever be.  I adore the lighthearted mood of it.

Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

~ Featured Artist: Katie Daisy ~

you & me greeting card by thewheatfield

Katie Daisy is the artist behind The Wheatfield.  I discovered her fabulously happy art on etsy.  Her designs have the amazing ability to make you smile. I'm a huge fan of quotes, this print is soon to be jazzing up my studio~
wild air by thewheatfield
You can see more of her work, and explore her world here:





Tuesday, September 13, 2011

~ Words ~

winnie the pooh quote card by letterhappy

Today I'm celebrating the wisdom of words found in children's storybooks. Winnie the Pooh is simply precious and Dr. Seuss is just plain awesome.
Dr. Seuss Affirmation by breedingfancy

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

~ New Designs ~

Only from the heart Rumi necklace by peaces of indigo
Only from the heart can you touch the sky~ Rumi

Sigh, what a beautiful, wonderful, awe-inspiring thought.  In this world filled with madness, may you be a messenger of loveliness, open heartedness and pure intentions.
Only from the heart Rumi quote necklace by peacesofindigo

We can't change the world, but we can change ourselves. We can turn off the noise and listen to the voice of Wonder that waits to speak to us in a still, small voice.  Block out the negativity, breathe deep and feel at peace. Happy Monday, sweet friends! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

~ A Few of My Favorite Things ~

strike a pose by summerowens
The cutest snail ever.
And a perfectly fabulous quote that is begging to decorate the wall in my studio.

forget not by maechevrette
And as soon as the leaves start falling and the temperatures start dropping, I MUST have this amazing hat.
fawn slouchy hat by loveandknit
Happy Friday, sweet friends!