Halloween Traditions!


I love Halloween, it is my third favorite Holiday.  The other two favorite holidays are Christmas, My Birthday and then Halloween.

Dressing up has never been my strong suit…but I will do it for Candy!  Which is why the Pop Challenge has been so difficult, because Sugar is my weakness and love.  The only reason I am still doing it is because my little boys Zach and Grant are doing such a good job and are so inspiring!

Do I remember specific memories of Halloween?  No not really.  My oldest sister Collette is the one that remembers everything in vivid detail.  I just have an overall vibe that I had an awesome childhood.  I hope my boys don’t remember everything in detail either about their childhood.  To remember the good times, and not the parenting errors!

Here are some memories I have of Halloween:

1.  One year we went to a Rest Home to go Trick or Treating with our cousins.  I remember my mom putting a lot of candy in a bowl and a sign that said “Just take one” beside it.  I was hoping with all my heart that the candy would still be there when we got back…it was not!

2.  One year we had a fun party with a piñata, a haunted house and other fun activities.

3.  We would buy costumes from Oriental Trading, and get so excited when the package arrived.

4.  We would go Trick or Treating every year, and I continued to do so up until my Senior Year in High school.

5.  We would always carve pumpkins and my dad would make some amazing creations.


Have a Happy Halloween!  We are expecting snow flurries tonight in Canada:)

Tales of the Shop:

For Halloween inspiration here are some suggestions…




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How our Etsy shop is doing!

Our etsy shop has been opened for a little more than two years.  It has been so fun to see our Etsy shop grow and have more products added to it.  Every time we have an order, I still get SUPER EXCITED.  And I have a feeling that will never change:)  There are so many wonderful jewelers and products out there, that it is a blessing every time someone chooses us.  All I can say is Thank you!

I went over all all the jewelry orders, and it was surprising what was selling, and what was not selling.  The 80 20 Principle came to mind.  This is known as the Pareto Principle Wikipedia described it best:

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[1][2] Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who observed in 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population; Pareto developed the principle by observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.[2]

This can apply to business by

80% of a company’s sales come from 20% of its products

This principle also applies to us.  I thought it would be best to go from the lowest to the highest of the jewelry orders being sold.

First of all some of the items in our Etsy shop have not sold.  We have 65 jewelry items and only 46 have sold.

Here are some pieces of jewelry that have never sold:

Spiral Earring Small
Sterling Silver Spirals

Pearl With Swirl Hoop Earrings

Swirl pearl hoop

Green and Silver Dangle Hoops


Eclipse Sterling Silver Earrings

feature moon

The one Jewelry Wonder.  Then we have a lot of earrings that have sold only one pair. That accounts for 18 pieces of Jewelry in the shop.   Which is fun to think that there is someone in the world who has a one of a kind piece of jewelry:)

Such as the Heart of Goldgold heart
Niobium Treble Clef Earrings
treble nio

There are nine pieces of jewelry that have sold 2 of each.  We are moving up the ranks, YEAH!  Such as the:

Hammered Hoop Earrings


Gold Z Band
z ring

There are three orders of the Lucky 3:

Niobium Braided Hoop


There is one item that has 4 of them out in the world it is called the
Sterling Silver Swirl Hoopssterling swirl

2 Items that have sold 5 times, Oh YEAH!

It is the Silver toe Ring


And the Heart Hoop Earring

heart loop

There are three items that have sold 6 times, they are:

Pearl Ring – My favorite ring of all time!


Niobium Heart Shape


and the Braid Ring, that is super hard to make:)

braid flowerre

2 Items that have sold 7 times they are:

Spiral Earrings – this is my favorite item to make in the shop



Calla Lilly Hoop Earrings

cali lilly2 lucky earrings have been chosen 8 times, they should feel honored!

Chevron Band

Niobium Spiral Earrings

This Earring has 10 buyers!  That is a heavy hitter:)

Also known as the Niobium Calla Lilly


This is the first item that we ever sold in our Etsy Shop, and never fails to disappoint!

Niobium Hoop Earrings with 15 Sales

nio swirl

16 Items sold of the recently added item the:

Thick Niobium Style Earrings

nio gold spiral

This summer was a fun spike in the buying of Toe rings, and we have some fun designs, this was are biggest seller coming in at 26 sales:

Silver and Gold Toe Ring

gf:ss toe ring

Our second highest seller with 51 sales and counting it is the 

Double Knot Ring

money shot double

And are you ready for the Grand Finale?

The reason we can hope to even go to Prince Edward Island in the future or maybe a family vacation somewhere awesome?

It is the amazing Knot Ring with 

knot ring1

415 sales and still climbing!

gold knot

So yes the 80 20 definitely applies to our Etsy sales as well.  It was fun to look back on the sales and see what is selling and what is not.

Tales of the Shop:

Halloween is coming up!  We are planning on picking pumpkins tomorrow, my 3 year old Bennett aka Jake from the Jake and the Neverland Pirate, loves everything Halloween and has been pointing to the Pumpkin patch for a long time wanting to pick one!  Because who does not love a good pumpkin?  Last year we carved it too early, so it was moldy and falling a part by the time Halloween came.  We are trying harder to wait for the big Pumpkin carving event…




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The Pop Challenge – aka our new health challenge

Growing up my parents tried to teach us good habits, like exercising, eating right, not drinking soda, etc.  For the most part all of us try hard to follow suit.  More often than not we drop off the band wagon and we have our marathon running sister Nicole help us get  back on the health track.


So she sent out this e-mail:

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Classic Jewelry – Like Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

These past few weeks have been weeks full of jewelry, and I have enjoyed it immensely.

When my mom came to visit me she was able to bring jewelry to me to give to my wonderful Canadian friends who have helped me so much.

What surprised me the most is what they chose.  They did not choose my dads sculptural earrings like this:


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Jewelry Photography

I have an awesome Nikon D 40, which I love with all my heart.  I realize that there is a lot that this camera has to offer but I tend to use two settings, they are called Auto and then the option of using no flash.

DSC_0271Then my sister gave me the challenge of photographing jewelry for the etsy shop.   Continue reading

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I went to my First Jewelry Show:)

My good friend invited me to a jewelry party.  I was intrigued by the idea of a jewelry show and wanted to support my good friend.  I ended up having a great time.  I took my favorite escort, Jamesy Boy and I was able to try on some jewelry.


What I liked most about the party is that the lady who was talking about the products did not talk a long time.  I think she talked for 10 minutes and the rest of the time we could try on the jewelry.  The jewelry was lovely Continue reading

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What you can do with wax…make earrings of course!

My parents just got back from a jewelry shown New York City along with Daniel his sweet wife Lizzy and Lisa.  Our little sister Lisa has gone to so many cool places and Disneyland a million times, that I am starting to realize that the youngest really does get some perks:)


My dad is an artist and it reflects in all of his jewelry designs.  He recently took his artistic level to a whole new level when he started adding his own sculptures to his jewelry.  Here are a few examples:

DSC_0328 DSC_0382I cannot show you how to make these because I lack the artist gene in the family.  But I did ask the process he went through to make these, just in case any fellow artist would like to get their designs on jewelry:) Continue reading

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My Mom Saved the Day Again…

There are a lot of Superheroes out there.

2008My brothers were and probably still are Superhero lovers, especially Daniel and his love for Batman.   My boys dabble in the love of Superheroes once and awhile.  But the greatest Superhero of all to me would be my mom. Continue reading

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The Beginnings of Hoops By Hand

photo-26I have been asked to be a guest poster this week about my role in in the business. My wonderful sister, Angela, is the one you usually hear from and the one who runs the blog. Hoops By Hand was just an idea for a few years before anything actually came of it. Continue reading

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Around the Circle – A Birthday Tradition

My boys asked me the other day what my favorite holiday was and I immediately said my birthday.  They were surprised and asked why.  I said because it is the day that celebrates me.  It is selfish I know, but growing up when our birthdays approached, we got to have a birth week!

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Now as I am a mom, I realize what a smart idea that was for my parents to think of.  If your birthday does not live up to all that you had hoped for, it does not matter because you have six more days to make all of your dreams come true. Continue reading

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