In the beginning . . .
Did I really pick up my first bead 26 years ago? Noooooo… I could have sworn that was like two weeks ago. Since I started this exciting ride of jewelry making I’ve always loved to bring my customers together in one room to celebrate and show them my latest collections.
Let’s do a quick rewind to the mid 80’s shall we?
In high school I was the queen of (more…)
Well, these are not ALL of my children, 5 of them are missing! Are you shocked? Perhaps something you didn’t know about me.
As a young teen I was already quite enterprising. I loved children and we happened to have 3 families on our street who needed a responsible baby sitter. I was it! Not only would I rotate between (more…)
Last night I was honoured to receive an award for Community Support at the Fabulous Women over 40 awards ceremony at the beautiful Grand Victorian Convention Centre in Mississauga.
I was one of 40 women in the GTA being recognized for their accomplishments and contributions.
All guests received a program for the evening profiling each of the 40 women receiving awards. When I opened the program the first thing I saw was a special greeting from our Prime Minister. His words moved me, especially these (more…)
Growing up in Oakville in the 70’s and 80’s, we had a restaurant called Mei Foo Gardens. They had these paper place mats with pictures of different animals on them. There was a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake a horse a goat, a monkey, a rooster, a dog and a pig.
I was so intrigued by the place mats as a kid! I loved to read them, they showed how (more…)
Playing dress up when I was a kid was my most favourite game in the whole world. Slipping my little feet into my Mom’s high heeled shoes, drowning in her fancy satiny dress and then piling on all of her beautiful necklaces made me feel sooooo grown up. How exciting – I was instantly transformed into an adult and no longer just some little kid. My imagination took me to all kinds of places, I was going out to fancy parties every night, traveling the globe on my private jet and I had oodles and oodles of money in my fancy purse which meant I could have anything I wanted!
On weekends we would visit my Oma and I would play the game all over again – rifling through her wardrobe and finding even more beautiful treasures to prance around in.
Both my Mom and my Oma encouraged me to use my imagination to be whoever I wanted to be.
When I was 17 (more…)
Who’s heard of the imposter syndrome?
It’s very common, if you’ve never heard of it you’ll probably be just as relieved as I was when a friend shared it with me.
Look it up on Google and here is what will pop up:
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. (more…)
Can you say “Yes to All”? I want to be able to say it!! Oooooh do I ever!
In 2014 I said yes to all when my Mom asked me if I would like to visit Wattens in Austria and see the Swarovski Kristallwelten.
A trip of a lifetime! YES! I was ready to be inspired, I knew seeing how the crystals are made would be so interesting. How DO they get that magical aurora borealis finish? I was going to find out!
Okay, clearly I did not do my Swarovski homework. There are no (more…)
Hi everyone it’s me – Boink! My Mommy asked me to be guest blogger for this week’s blog. You know what I say to that? It’s about time!!! Is there anyone else who could be more important to be my Mommy’s first guest blogger? I don’t think so!
My Mommy loves how confident I am and how I always walk with my head held high. Sometimes I bark at my Mommy and Daddy just to get them moving in the right direction, like to the park or in the car or to take me up to their bed for snuggles all night long. I pretty much run the show around here and they are both very lucky to have me. You might not believe this but I wasn’t always this confident. Like my Mommy always tells me – (more…)
Let’s talk about January shall we?
It’s the 21st already and usually by this time I am itching to get away from the cold and escape to Florida for a few weeks. This year with lots of plans and changes going on I have decided to stay put and focus on the work that needs to be done here.
Since the month began I have attended (more…)
With all of the ups and downs on the news these days I often find that the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring can feel overwhelming. Most world issues are so huge that it’s hard to imagine how someone like me could impact change for the better. Do you ever feel like that?
I try to do my part every day through my business. I adore designing jewelry and making women feel even more spectacular than they already are.
A few weeks ago on Facebook I asked (more…)