Friday, May 30, 2008

Gift Idea for Teachers

Yesterday a friend came by to look at jewelry for teachers gifts and a graduation gift. She picked out some really pretty matching bracelet and earring sets as well as some earrings for herself and some supercool earrings for a graduation present.

Her order ready to be picked up. I gave her extra raffia so that she could tie it onto the boxes later. If I did it now..she wouldn't know who's is who's ;-)

As we end another school year many with children find it a good time to show appreciation to the hard working teachers in their lives. Would you like to show your child's teacher how much you appreciate her? Most teachers love arts and crafts hand crafted beaded jewelry being a favorite. Teachers are some of my best customers! And how much more awesome would it be to purchase handmade beaded jewelry from Maui :)

Fresh and Funky Beaded Jewelry with an Island Twist! Perfect Gift Idea!
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sparkling Beach Bride

Brand new jewelry just finished today...a double stranded necklace and sweet simple earrings perfect for the beach bride of course ;-)

Sparkling AB Swarovski crystals, AB candle light white glass beads, white freshwater pearls and a shimmering mother of pearl shell pendant with sterling silver findings.
Necklace is priced at $68 and I've added in the earrings for treat :)
This set is available here

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer Starfish Earrings

Fun summer earrings with turquoise and copper starfish charms.
Available here

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Young Dragster....

Only 7 weeks old and at his first drag race! Here's the little guy I did the Race Car Baby Shower for.

So this was Saturday...the memorial weekend drag races. Much bigger then the usual drag races. Its something we do once a year because Bryce..the dad in the pic above.. loves the drags so much. I just enjoy tailgating and being together. We didn't get there with enough daylight this time though to get pics of the cool cars...and actually this time there were so many reg cars racing that it kind of got boring. It would have been 10 times worse though if I didn't have this cute little baby to play with :)

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Cane fields and ocean

Just the view as we drove down the volcano towards the drag races in Kihei yesterday

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Another Beautiful Maui Sunset

The sunset was so awesome a couple of nights's amazing how it gets brighter..

and brighter so quickly...

and then starts getting darker and darker..

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Cute Little Cicada on my Hydrangeas

I believe this is a cicada..I searched google images and saw mostly some really ugly looking bugs...but did find a couple that looked like my little backyard visitor. He's so pretty with his green leaf body on my purple hydrangeas

I also stumbled across this website for Cicada seems people eat them!!!! The really freaky looking ones!

I also found it quite funny that the first results in google for "leaf cicada" was a beaded bracelet Funny coincidence since I'm a jewelry maker lol!

That got me wondering what kind of cicada jewelry I could find out there so I took a look through Etsy and found these:

This beautiful set of butterfly and cicada brooches are from Tastes Like Vintage

If you REALLY like cicadas this one has a real one in a vial and is worn on a chain! You can find this one at Silentcheesecake Designs

This one too sports a real cicada as a pendant. Found at Honey Bee Handmade

What a trip! You learn something every day!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

NEW! Beach Bride Jewelry

Pearl and mother of pearl plumeria beach bride necklace and earrings.

A hand wire wrapped white mother of pearl plumeria shell and white coin pearl dangles from slinky sterling silver bead chain.
This piece is availablehere

White mother of pearl carved plumerias dangle from white freshwater coin pearls. Perfect for your beach wedding!

Earrings are available here

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Specializing in Beach Bride Pearl Jewelry Designs

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Beaded Jewelry Video Slide Show

Here is a collection of my work that I put to first video slide show. I had no idea that I had this movie maker program on my fun!

Many of these pieces have sold...but others are still in my shop at Jonara Blu Maui

If you like looking at jewelry..enjoy the eye candy!

David Cook Wins American Idol

I just had to post about this because I'm super happy with the results..esp after the judges all but worshipped David Archuleta last night

here is a youtube video for you enjoy of the final results being announced :)

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New baby kitties in the family

My mom finally got herself some kitties..she loves kitties and always has at least a couple in her life. It's been very hard for her to not have's been well over a year as she and my father had to spend about a year in Oregon for my dads heart surgery. Now that they are back they had to get new jobs and a new place to live ...get settled. So finally last week she got two new babies.

here is my nephew Kana with them..they brought them over to my house for a visit.

I have always wanted to see how my cat Crash would react to a baby..he's not territorial at all. It was so cute..he just kept sniffing the kitten and the kitten was perfectly happy to lay there next to him.

My mom brought the two kittens over to my sisters house and she ended up wanting the white one. so mom gave him to her since she thought she had a boy and a girl but in fact had two boys. They are actually from different litters and she wants to have babies. She went back and got a long haired orange kitty...thinking it was a girl..but this too is a boy lol! They were naming them Maya and Inca..but now I'm not sure if they will keep those names since they are both boys. My son wanted her to name them Speed and Trixie from the new
Speed Racer movie..but now since it's two boys he thinks she should name them Speed and Rex.

my sis is a photographer so she's got super cute pics of the kitty she kept on her blog here. He is a little white puff ball with orange tips...they named him Q for "Q-tip" lol!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gift Ready Packaging from Jonara Blu Maui

I often get asked by my customers if the jewelry will be sent in a gift box. So for those of you who would like to know what your jewelry will come in I thought I would upload this pic to show you my 'gift ready' packaging...

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Bright and Colorful Tropical Jewelry Creations!

I've created two new pieces that match the brightly colored jewelry in a recent post here. The bracelet and earrings you see in that post sold very if you are interested in these new pieces...let me know. They are not priced and up in my shop yet..but I will make it a priority in my list of new pieces to price if someone emails me inquiring about them.

Tropical Garden Necklace
I've just priced and added this one to my RubyLane shop here

Tropical Garden Anklet

I've just priced and added this one to my RubyLane shop here

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The different stages of a king protea flower...

I took these at the Kula Lavender Farm. I didn't get one though with it all the way open...still these are so pretty and I think it's so cute how they start out as a little ball and change their shape so much as they grow.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Copper Earrings

Cool copper seashell beads with stabilized chinese turquoise drops on over sized copper Bali style ear hooks.

*UPDATE! - These are now available in my shop click here for details

Sweet little copper flower charms dangle from coin shaped carved and dyed bone. Over sized ear hooks are Bali style copper. Hand wire wrapped with copper wire.

*UPDATE! - These are now available in my shop click here for details

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cool new carved wood beads

Saturday when I went to the bead show I picked up these cool carved wood beads..they are about 24mm...a nice size. I can't wait to use them.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Big Black Flower! What is it?

Does anyone know what kind of a flower this is? It's another one of the beauties we saw at the Kula Lavender seems like it might be a type of protea..but not any I've ever seen. I'll post some protea plants tomorrow..

It's either black ...or a super deep purple. Also on some there were more flowers growing out of the middle...they are yellow and in bunches..they looked like someone just stuck them there..not like they belonged at all yet it was on a number of different ones so they were definitely growing out of the centers. There are just so many varieties of plants and flowers..creation never ceases to amaze me :)

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Kind words from a beach wedding customer...

I cherish all my thank you notes..I save each and every one of them. Of course I have to brag here is the latest one from a very nice customer named Omayra from New York, New York:

Hi Jamee,
Oh wow. I got the necklace and earrings on friday and they are absolutely beautiful! You do fantastic work! I cant wait to put them on. I really love them, just beautiful, thank you so much. Will defenately send you some pictures, lol.

She purchased this beach bride necklace along with these earrings...only I remade them with gold fill to match the gold fill clasp on the necklace and an anklet that she purchased for herself..

Thank you Omayra!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

More Purple from the Lavender Farm

Besides the purple lavender flowers we saw lots more purple..

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Kula Lavender Farm Pictures

Here is the first in a series of pics I took at the Kula Lavender Farm
next I'll share some of the other types of flowers there..for now these are of some of the lavender flowers as well as the cool little fuzzy looking mounds that they grow in.

This place is so pretty and in such a beautiful spot. They rent it out for functions like different types of luncheons as well as weddings. They have a handy planner page with all their prices listed to help you total up all the services they can provide. There is a gazebo set way up high so your view is spectacular. I took my picture of if from below and is was a cloudy and voggy day so this picture could have been a lot prettier on a clear day

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Little Hike through Upcountry Maui Woods

After we took our picnic the other day the boys wanted to venture into the woods a bit. We only checked out a small section on the edge of it all as we saw no trails. If you go all the way up the windy road..I believe it's calle Poli Poli will get to a place to camp that has just one cabin and a flat area for tents. There you will find many hiking trails through a very dense and thick forest with moss growing and the sun peaking through the trees like beams of light. It's very magical looking up there..but also FREEZING so if you go take warm clothes. I've heard we have wild plumbs gowing up there..or at least on the way. I'll have to see if I can find my pics of our trip we took up there quite a few years ago. For now enjoy some from our little jaunt after our picnic. This was fun because it didn't take much effort to get to...nor did we have to go up the long windy road and get car sick.

We found a little bambi was so pretty in person..

Tommorrow I will try and get up some pics of the beautiful flowers we saw at the Lavender Farm.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ocean Princess - Beach Wedding Pearl Earrings

Here are the matching earrings for yesterdays available in my shop at Rubylane

Cream verde freshwater coin pearls and semi round freshwater pearls with golden shadow Swarovski crystals and vermeil daisy spacer accents.
All findings are 14k gold fill. Earrings hang 1" below the bottom of lever-back ear wires.
Available here at Jonara Blu Maui

Jonara Blu Maui Fresh and Funky Beaded Jewelry with an Island Twist!
Perfect for your beach wedding

Ocean Princess - Pearl Beach Wedding Necklace

True royalty is what you will feel like while wearing this sparkling Swarovski seashell pendant. The color is called golden shadow and matches perfectly with the cream verde coin pearls and semi round pearls.

Too learn more about this beautiful piece of jewelry and to see more pictures of it please visit my shop at Jonara Blu Maui

Monday, May 05, 2008

Picnic Upcountry Maui

On Saturday my mom was watching my nephews while my sis at Aihara Visuals had a wedding we decided to take the boys up for a picnic near the Lavender Farm here in upcountry Maui.

We sat out in a huge feild of grass and wild flowers...bee's and yes dried cow patties lol! Not too just had to watch out. It was really an amazing place to enjoy lunch..

The view was something you sit up there you feel like you are on top of the world. It's still been hazy though from the volcanic action on the Big my pictures aren't that great...

cows...hence the cow patties..I do see a fence there though..maybe some are escape artists ;-)

The road through here up to Haleakala National Park is super windy..back and forth, back and you can see here onGoogle Maps The blue pinned spot is where the Lavender Farm is..we had our picnic in the middle of the second curvy spot up.

it woudl be so much fun on a motorcycle..we saw a few enjoying the ride

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