Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Community support...NOOOT!

I'm a little peeved...ok alot. I shouldn't let things like this bother me, but I am old fashioned I guess. I have certain expectations of people. One of the things that I firmly believe in is community support. Living on Long Island, people seem to get too wrapped up in the fast pace to remember this. I think that we will all need to get back to thinking this way.

Here is what happened. My son is a senior this year. I design jewelry- specifically bridal jewelry. I am aware that there is a prom fashion show every year for the seniors to participate in. Excitedly, I called to donate my jewelry for the show. I felt like it was my time to be recognized in our community. Everyone has followed my six years of growth and I was proud to show my wares. Well, I got a call yesterday explaining that the PTA has signed on with a local shop that is going to cover everything from head to toe! They were excited! I felt deflated. People don't think. How can you use ONE vendor for everything? Isn't that very short sighted?

Of course, I couldn't be anything but polite because I am not a part of the PTA. But everyone is aware that there are many hardworking people who look forward to these opportunities to share their wares. Oh well. I will now move on. I had to get that off my chest!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Maggie the Maltese

Today, I want to introduce you to my babygirl, the love of my life, my sweetpea. She is the only feminine thing in my life. She is my constant companion and she never gives me a hard time like the boys always do. Maggie knits with me, she cooks with me, she makes jewelry with me and occasionally wears it for me! Sometimes, Maggie even does the laundry with me! Most of all, Maggie makes me smile every single time I look at her! Maggie is the cutest Maltese I have ever seen. See why?!!!!

Do any of you stay up at night wondering what you should blog about tomorrow? Am I going nuts? I never realized how consuming this would be! I knew that I was excited to write. I have always loved to write my thoughts down, but this is different. People actually read my thoughts (at least I hope they do!). That requires a different mindset. I keep wondering what people will be interested to know. I know that you will be interested in meeting Maggie, but that can only fly for so long!!!
S0, how do you like?!! I told you she was cute!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cute hats for a good cause

Back from a busy weekend! Actually, I spent much of my weekend trying to learn more about this blogging business and darnit! It sucks me in !!! Every time!!! It can be addicting and I have to make myself stop at times. The laundry has to get done some times!

I also spent a big part of my weekend getting work done for my website!!! YEAH!!!!! I have had the worst experiences with having a website designed. This is the third try for me and I am using a very reputable company called Lightning Bug Designs. This time I know it will be a good experience and I am very excited! Please check back often so that you can celebrate this very exciting experience with me!

As far as my preemie knitting is coming along, I am having so much fun! Each hat takes about an hour and a half and I am making it up as I go along. I love those kinds of projects because I can make one a day and try all different ideas out. Some of the designs take a little longer because I am making hats that I have no instructions for. I look at the directions for children's hat and improvise. Usually, it works out and I write down my steps. I am hoping to create updated, colorful hats for these babies. All of my research turned up only traditional style hats and I thought about the smile it would put on a parent's face to see their tiny, precious baby in a FUN hat! Smiles can go a long way at a time like that and it would fill my heart to be a part of that moment. If you have any ideas or would like to participate in this cause,PLEASE, let me know. In my research, I found that there is a huge need for these hats. Who knew? I sure didn't. I thought that it was just a nice thing to do.

Back to my jewelry. I am in love with the new hairpiece that I just made. It is made with sterling wire, pearls, swarovski crystal, and gorgeous quartz crystal beads. I truly love the quartz beads that I use. The quality is pure and the shapes are different from swarovski beads. I adore the quality of swarovski, but this line of quartz that I use allows me to create pieces that look different from the usual wedding pieces. This is something that I am very proud of and am excited about.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A big thank you

I wanted to send a big thank you to all my new friends at The Switchboards who gave me alot of good advice. You were all very kind to take the time to help me gather my thoughts about this thing they call blogging! I heard all of your advice and I will get on it asap!! Now I just have to research what rss feeds are and how to use them. I have to figure out how to swap links with other people. And what exactly is a widget?!! Geese, I can't even figure out how to put pictures throughout my blog instead of all in the beginning! Bear with my ineptness as I learn! I will figure it out!

Check out my etsy site for some new additions. I will put a few on each day as they say that that is the best way to gain traffic.

I'm off to make dinner. Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New Interest

I have a child who is going to college next year. I thought I just became a new mommy yesterday. Boy, how time flies. Thankfully, I knew it would go fast so I held on to every moment...and still do.
I am one of those very pensive people. My mind never stops and I am always taking everything in. Lucky for me, it has helped me to gain the insight that I need along the way.

Anyway, I am having a hard transitioning, lately, to mom in the background. Being a mom has always defined me and driven me. Instead, I now find myself being driven by my family! Being the only girl in the family doesn't help my feelings of separation. This weekend, as we drove to the U of Delaware, I came to some realizations. I will search out those things that will make me feel needed!

You see, I have always been crafty, and pretty good at most things that I put my mind to. My tastes have always been very Martha-like. I have always wanted better colors, better quality, more updated, sophisticated looks, etc. This was before Martha Stewart started her empire, which in-turn gave other companies the go-ahead to follow in her footsteps. Now-a-days, there are so many beautiful choices and products that crafting is wonderful. It used to be very flat. Anyway, I used to create things that were as beautiful and modern as I could come up with. The only problem I had was that no one really appreciated my wares. My mom was my cheerleader, but otherwise, I pretty much hid my passions!

It is so exciting to me where knitting has gone! And the materials available for sewing are incredible. Books are written on every subject you can think of! And tv shows have taught me all that I know. The exposure that is available on the web is consuming! The crafting world is at our feet!

To come full circle with this post, I'll explain that I am excited to put my efforts into creating items for babies in the hospital. The families will appreciate my products. It will give me my exposure to babies. And it will fulfill my need to craft. A perfect fit! Hey, that's what I can call my line! A Perfect Fit. I am especially interested in designing preemie wear that is more chic.
I'll keep you all up-to-date.

I want to remind you that this is an extra-curricular activity to my jewelry. I just need an alternative project and knitting is usually it! So please continue to view my jewelry. It is in my heart.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

This is fun!

Knitting to me is like your morning cup of coffee. I usually start my day with a few rows just to gather my thoughts. It is comforting and quiet and I couldn't imagine starting the day any other way. Today, as I was casting on my 35 stitches to begin another square for my son's college blankie, I was drawn in to a beautiful story about strength and courage and determination. It was the story of Hoda Kotb and her experience with fighting breast cancer. Hoda is on The Today Show's 4th hour. I want to say how much I learned in that 10 minute clip. I saw strength like I have never seen. I saw what the power of positive thinking looks like. And I saw what true friendship looks like as she was being interviewed by Ann Curry, one of my heroes. Thank you for your insight Hoda.

I am having a lot of fun with my blog! It is so invigorating to be able to post what I want to say without being interrupted! I feel free to say what I want and it is fun!!! I want to tell you a bit more about my jewelry. I am working on expanding my bridal line, but it is not all that I do. I design fashion jewelry and LOVE what I do. I design children's jewelry as well. I have always been mesmerized by jewelry and stones. I even married a Stone! My parents always used to warn me that I would bump into things if I didn't learn to look up when I walked! I used to look at the ground in hopes of coming across a treasure. You never know what you may find!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Another Day

I can't believe how excited I am to be able to log on and see this blog! I feel like a child! I guess it just confirms that all my hard work is coming together little by little. Now my job is to make everyone interested in my hard work! I seem to be going about this process backwards. I found a craft that inspired me. Taught myself the craft. And then realized that I have to learn how to merchandise it. My schooling is in teaching, not anywhere near business related! And to make matters worse, I grew up just previous to the computer era so none of this comes naturally to my brain! PLEASE feel free to help me with the things I am missing. I am looking for any and all advice!

My husband has been so patient while trying to teach me all the tools I have needed just to get to where I am now. I can honestly say that I am getting somewhere! I am starting to understand all of this stuff! It feels great. I even posted pictures!

Now I have to choose a style for my blog. I read somewhere that I should be myself. Are you all ready for that?! I think that I will decide each day what mood I am in! I'll share what is going on with L. Stone Designs, with Lisa, what my doggie looks like, and what brides are wearing today. I can't just blog about one thing. There is too much to share! I like the idea of choosing a different topic each day. I think that is what I'll do.

I have also always wanted to collect inspiring stories of success among young women. I once read a magazine article full of stories like this and it made me feel very charged. We all need to feel charged on a daily basis, so please share your stories when you feel the need. I LOVE that thought...daily inspiration.

Whatever I write about, I still want to include a few pieces of my work. That sounds fun to me!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Photo attempt

Boy! For someone who is just learning all this computer stuff, it takes an enormous amount of patience just to get to this point in my new adventure called blogging! I was not fortunate enough to have been born a little later in the computer era. I'm just on the cusp and so I have to really work at understanding it all. I'm going to try to post some pictures of my jewelry so that you can get to know what it is that I do. Bear with me. What you see here today might be altogether different tomorrow! Or even gone. Who knows!

My bridal jewelry is my pride and joy. I have been making my fashion jewelry for about five years now and I am inspired on a daily basis to continue, but the business and romantic side of me knows that I want to find a niche in the market. My mindset has been to design jewelry that brides feel wonderful wearing. I work on sophisticated styles that are also classic. I want to provide brides with choices that are not common and rhinestoney!! NO MORE CHEAP RHINESTONES I SAY !!!

I search very carefully for materials that are affordable, yet more unique than what the average bridal jewelry is made of. My brides want to wear jewelry that they can rely on and that will look beautiful for years to come. I am most excited when I am able to design that perfect piece for a bride- especially when we can incorporate meaningful elements into her order. Please contact me to see what kind of ideas we can come up with!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Here we go!!!

I figure that now is as good a time as any! I put waaayyy too much thought into everything I do. The computer can be dangerous for me. I research the heck out of the point that I sometimes don't ever get to carrying out what I was originally setting out to do!!! Who out there has this problem? A few of you I bet!

Anyway, I wanted to introduce myself and my company. My name is Lisa Stone and I design and craft sterling and semi-precious jewelry. L. Stone Designs came about as I attempted to follow my creative energies as a stay-at-home mom. My children are a bit older now (my oldest is in his senior year) and I am antsy to get my business of five years really hopping. My husband whole heartedly agrees!!!

I am completely self-taught. Of that, I am proud. Originally, my hands were kept busy with knitting needles, but I couldn't find a way to make a living from that, so I began to search for a medium that I thought would be more lucrative. I feel blessed to have discovered the art of jewelry making and only hope to learn so much more as I continue on in this journey. The knitting has not subsided by the way! I am just as passionate about my knitting needles as I am my needle-nose pliers!

I plan on blogging about both of my passions, as well as whatever else seems important at the moment. I will try to keep it up-beat and interesting. My goal is to share my journey with whomever is willing to come along for the ride! I would love to gain new friendships along the way!