Sunday, September 27, 2009

No More Empty Etsy Shop.

My etsy shop is no longer an empty shell! I'm so excited that I finally have something in it...Olive&Hope is not a full shop by any means (one ring at the moment), but it will fill up in the next few days and weeks. I'm looking forward to adding listings - I have so many ring styles to add! My plan is to start with the rings, and then I'll move on to my other items i.e. tote bags, zippered pouches, pillow covers, one of a kind home decor items, etc.

I vow to not blog only about Olive & Hope's products, really... *raising my hand - I do solemnly swear. As I work through getting the shop set up, I'm sure there will be more than a few... I will keep them short and informative ;)  I promise. You can check out the shop at  Check back often to see the progress, and that way you'll be sure not to miss out on a limited quantity item. Or something you just can't live another day without!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rings {Today's Project}

Happy Fall! - the Autumnal Equinox is officially here, and I have my air conditioning on....but hey, a girl can still be in the mood right? Today I'm trying to get some rings made for a few upcoming shows. Since I've been feeling so inspired by Fall lately, I went bead shopping and am now working away on some new baubles. Just thought I would post a picture of a couple of my newest additions.

I still haven't listed anything in my {currently empty} Etsy shop, and I'm hoping that I will get my act together... and add some items before the weekend! Oh Happy Day!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ready for Fall - Inspired by Nature

I am ready for Fall! What about you?... In some parts of the country, I'm sure that some of you lucky people are experiencing the beginnings of Fall, but here in Southern California we are getting ready for a heat wave! ugh. *disclaimer- I love and feel blessed to live here, this happens to me every year...It just doesn't arrive fast enough! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I can't wait to "free" my new Fall clothes that have been locked up in the closet. I love to layer, wear sweaters, boots, and oh how I miss being able to wear jeans without getting overheated....

Not only do I love the weather in Fall, but I also love the colors - different hues of oranges, teals, ochre, greens, purples, and orangey reds. All so beautiful and earthy - completely nature inspired. I have been really trying to be present when I am outside and appreciate my surroundings, it's amazing how you can clear your mind of any junk, just by taking a second to breathe, look around and appreciate the world we live in.

You can find a lot of inspiration outside - look around for colors that soothe you and try to bring those into your home or wardrobe. Think about picking up some pillows to toss on your sofa in one of Fall's wonderful colors to get a quick and easy update. You can also simply add a "Fall feel" to your wardrobe, just by adding in a key accessory or two. I will be posting some of my inspiration photos in the upcoming weeks....