Last week my little brother turned 40 and in a couple of days I will be 42! Yowzah! I plan on having a girls night out and then a wonderful day with Wayne, just getting spoiled and feeling like a kid again! Niagara Falls is always a great place to go for that! Clifton Hill, the Ferris Wheel, the falls at night, I love it all!
My brother and I are lucky being so close in age, we have a lot of the same friends and when we’ve had parties they’ve always been tons of fun, whether we were turning 10 and 12, or 40 and 42! On the weekend when we celebrated Eric’s birthday it really hit me, how lucky we are. Our friends have been around since public school and highschool. Amazing people, some married, some have kids, some are divorced, some are single…..everyone has had their own unique life experiences but we all accept one another and bond the same way we did back in the 70’s and 80’s. Whenever we come together we quickly catch up on “life” stuff but before long we are all back on inside jokes, our love for music, memories that we have shared and all of the other important stuff that is the glue in our friendships.
My friends are all so important to me. They are the family that I have chosen, I always have someone to call and get a new perspective if I am stuck in a rut or just need to see life from a different angle. Turning 42 is going to be exciting, just like all birthdays, I think it’s important to feel pride in all of our accomplishments. This year my greatest one will be to recognize that I have chosen the best friends in the Universe!
What is it about fall that makes us feel so invigorated and ready to go for what we want, full speed ahead?
Last week I launched the glamjulz fall collection and the Mode Accessories Show in Toronto. The show is open to retailers all across Canada. We display our jewelry in a section with many other talented jewelry designers like, Myka, Foxy, Bejewel and Lisa Ridout.
The energy at the show was fantastic! We noticed a line up of people wanting to come into the Canadian Designer section on the first day. So great to see! Canadians are such great supporters of all that is made in Canada!
We have another couple of weeks to go with this beautiful hot summer and I plan on enjoying every minute of it! Great things are on the horizon and I can feel it! So many new things are happening for me right now and I am embracing them all. New studio, new beads, new customers, new travels……………I love it all!
What is it about cycling that makes us feel like we are 10 years old again? That memory of my first taste of real independence is so vivid every summer when I first hop on my bike.
Something about the wind blowing through my hair, my legs burning to push me further and how secure I feel as I balance my bike and take it wherever I want to go. I also have the perfect partner for all of my bike riding adventures. Katherine for the daily 6:30am ride through Bronte Creek Provincial Park, my other Catherine to explore Toronto and ride along the Leslie Spit, Steve for 22K rides to Stoneboats and back for a beer and last but not least my wonderful Wayne, we just let the road take us wherever our heart desires………….
If you have a bike sitting in your garage collecting dust, take it over to your favourite bike shop for a tune up and fall back in love with your bike and your 10 year old self! You won’t regret it!
Wooo Hoooo!!!!! We did it!!!
Due to a lot of hard work and devoted fans, friends and family, we have been able to BUY our very own Studio Space.
Over the last 12 years we have moved from a Bedroom Office to leasing various Garage/Basement/Office/Studio spaces, it’s so crazy to look back and see where we started.
Never in a million years did I think I would be lucky enough to make my hobby into a full time gig. The dream was always there but making it a reality??? WOW!!! And now our very own space…..it’s all so fantastic! I can’t wait for you all to come and visit!
Wayne’s been fixing it up and cleaning it and slowly bringing all of our boxes of stuff over! We are aiming to be all moved in by mid- August!
My vision of working in our new studio is so clear, the phone ringing off the hook and brides lined up outside of the door to custom order the perfect julz for their wedding day, lots of parties, lots of open-houses……yippppeeeee!!! and with all that warehouse space in the back I may just need a bubble machine and a giant disco ball! Don’t forget your rollerskates!
This month has been FABULOUS !! The heat is magnificent!!! Thank goodness we finally got some! C’mon for those of you that are complaining you’ll be kicking yourself in January!! Embrace it!!!
I just thought I would share with you the view from my office……when I am on the road my office is my Honda Element. Solid and reliable and tons of room to always have my bike with me if I am so inclined to take a ride!
I’ve been cruising through Ontario quite a bit to stock shelves with beautiful glamjulz for summer. It’s so much fun on the road. So many great adventures. The other day it was Belleville to Picton, hopped on a Ferry to Napanee and then over to Kingston and home by 8pm. What do I have to complain about??? NOTHING!!!
Thanks again to all of you glam girls out there! I love what I do and I thank you for making it possible! Hmmmmm where should I go next???? I think I hear Montreal calling my name!
Here I am with Pearl Veenema, the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. What a wonderful day this was! I was invited to come and sell Hummingbird julz to a large group of powerful women. All on a mission to raise money for the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre. This event was called “Tea for Two” and it was fantastic! glamjulz raised $400 that day! Wooo Hoooo!
The setting for the day was gorgeous. The venue was a family property in Stoney Creek, right on the water. Look at the table settings. So spectacular and all those little pastries were to die for. I personally could not get enough of the scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Yum Yum Yum.
All of the women wore fabulous hats and fascinators! They all looked so amazing. Very creative. This was such a fun event and it it was their first year. I know that next year will be even more spectacular and the hats even more outrageous! Hope to see you there in 2012!
You glamjulz fans are all so wonderful! Really, you buy our julz in stores, on-line, our studio parties, you come and see us at the One Of A Kind shows and now you’ve been asking for jewlery parties! Do you have any idea how GOOD that makes me feel????? Never in a million years did I think back in 1992 when I picked up my first bead and strung it on a piece of wire that all of your would show up in my life and ask for MORE! I feel like a rock star on stage everyday, receiving one encore after the other.
Thanks to all of you that have been booking parties with a purpose and helping us to further our quest to give back to the community!
Here’s what you’ve all done so far! glamjulz fans rock!
$85 to The Lincoln County Humane Society on behalf of Stephanie Jackson
$80 to The Alexander’s Public School Library on behalf of Janette Kincaid
$50 to The Preston Family via the Three Little Wishes fund on behalf of Audrey Milford
$40 to The Annex Cat Rescue on behalf of Catherine van der Oye
$40 to Cystic Fibrosis Research on behalf of Cheryl Galipeau
$60 to The ROCK (The Reach Out Centre for Kids) on behalf of Tracey Quennell
$40 to The CIBC Breast Assessment Centre on behalf of Marilyn McPhail
$100 to the Juravinski Cancer Centre on behalf of Karin Normann
$200 to the Dolphin Research Centre on behalf of Rachel Price
….and many, many more 🙂
A 30 year crush???? Ahhh yes! The first time I ever set my eyes on Daryl Hall was in 1982. My good friend Katherine (my morning exercise buddy) and I had just come back to my place after our Friday night skate at Kinoak Arena in Oakville. We plunked ourselves on the couch in my parent’s basement and turned on our favourite show, SCTV! That night was special! Hall and Oates were guests! Keep in mind there was no Muchmusic then, so seeing rockstars on television was slim to none…….they did a live performance of “Did it in a Minute”……my heart was racing and so the obsession began. All of my friends got a Hall and Oates album for their birthdays that year. Anyone that was in my world was also sucked into my love for Daryl Hall!
Last weekend I went to my 10th (???) Hall and Oates concert! Catherine and Carolynn came along, my latest victims! Ha Ha! The show was outstanding! Daryl is 65 years old now, my teen idol! A senior citizen?? Still the most charismatic rock star on the planet in my eyes!
Everytime I see Daryl Hall I regress to that 12 year old girl screaming on the couch in my Parent’s basement. I glow for weeks after and I am just so thankful to have such an attachment and love for the music this dynamic duo have created. Music is so magnificent, it heals, it takes you away and it helps to express what may be difficult to say in your own words!
Daryl’s Kiss will always be on my List!
Hmmmmmm……a jewellery box you say? Well I do have one but I can never find anything in it! It gets messy fast! Since glamjulz is all about colour, I need to make sure that every morning when I get dressed I am perfectly accessorized in matching julz! That means they need to be in clear view.
As you can see in this picture I have hung all of my necklaces and bracelets to my shelving in my closet…..not the most glamorous display of julz but it keeps them organized and well preserved.
Earrings on the other hand….that’s what I’ve used my jewlery box for……
Once again they are in clear view and easy to grab. I really LOVE earrings, so I also have them all over the house in strange places like hung off of coffee cups.Sounds silly but you never know when you may have a desire to switch up your earrings. I always seem to want to!
I also wanted to share with you a couple of pieces that are really special to me and have definitely influenced my desire to become a jewelry designer. That is one of the most wonderful things about jewelry. Each piece can tell a story and carry beautiful energy. That’s what I love the most about jewelry.
This necklace was given to me on my 10th birthday from my Oma. I love it because it represents everything I loved during that time. It was the summer of 1979, and that was when all of my favourite shows like The Love Boat, Three’s Company and Charlie’s Angel’s were at their peek and I was allowed to watch them. My Mom and Dad were really cool about letting me explore music and they encouraged me to play my Shaun Cassidy, Captain and Tennille and Air Supply records whenever I wanted! I look at this necklace it reminds me of that time. I love the font especially, I remember how popular that font was back then and it made me feel happy whenever I looked at it. My Oma was the coolest and she always found the latest and greatest for me.
This pendant is especially amazing to me. It is an heirloom from my Mom. This little gold heart has a dent right in the centre of it. After World War 2 ended my Mom’s family ended up in Poland. Since Poland was a communist country at the time citizens that were leaving to head west, back to Germany were forbidden to take personal possessions such as jewelry with them. My Oma sewed many of the family’s jewels inside my Mom’s coat, she was only 10 years old at the time. When my Mom sat down in the coat she dented the little heart. It’s amazing what people had to do back then to hold on what was valuable. My Mom’s Oma actually baked a cake and put everyone’s rings in the cake, which she held on her lap as they crossed the border. Once they were back in Germany the family had to eat the cake and spit out the rings.
Thanks so much for reading and I hope that all of you treasure your jewels and pass them along to your loved ones when you are ready. Jewelry is such a powerful touchstone for beautiful memories and stories.
It’s June and back to cottage for beautiful weekends and fun times with family and friends. I seem to go through the same pattern every year. I feel so protective of my weekends north and I am determined to let nothing get in the way of them. It’s my 3 months of the year where I can, swim, walk, run, eat, drink and be merry all in my own back yard so to speak. No desire to go on holiday, no desire to get away from it all. A time where I am just happy to be in the present, letting magical moments unfold. It seems like after Christmas I work every weekend from January-May. The thought in my head is always that if I do it now I can have my weekends at the cottage without feeling like I’ve fallen behind.
This is where I can sometimes get myself into trouble. Work, work, work even in doing what we love can sometimes cause us not to see or enjoy what is happening around us. Now that I am once again enjoying my cottage weekends I have noticed that during that relaxation time I am receiving many gifts. New ideas for glamjulz are coming to me so quickly, I feel more organized, I am enjoying my interactions with people so much and learning some great lessons from other like minded business people. I have made a commitment to myself to be more mindful. Every morning I am writing down six things that I am grateful for. The first thing I wrote down today was that I am truly grateful for coming to the realization that relaxation is nothing to feel guilty about when we still have piles of work on our plate or other people to take care of. Sometimes we do need to stop in our tracks, take 10 minutes, 10 hours, 10 days or whatever it takes to re-generate, re-focus and just breathe. It is in those moments that everything truly does fall into place.