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In the end, Love is all there is… What an amazing year! Full of creativity, connections and custom adornment. This is the last post of 2010! The picture above says it all. A recent commission for a dear friend’s mother, Love is all there is. If we practice nothing else let us practice love. May love be the foundation, and fountain for every word, choice, thought and action this coming year…

I feel blessed beyond. I am grateful for the fabulous folks that light up my days and life. Thanks to all of the readers who come here for building something blu into something real. Stay tuned for the next phase of branding (site and blog overhaul). For now I leave you with a list of a few of my favorite posts this year. In joy.

What’s your favorite? I’d love some feedback!

Finding one shoe in the dark: From the 33rd Parallel

Ode to Moms and Housewives

Never Go to bed Angry: Lessons From the Rock

Ten Reasons Every Day Should be Father’s Day

You Are Never Alone

Ghetto Love

Five

One Love, Walk Good, in to 2011…

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Happy Holidays to one and all! I hope you are still feeling the joyful holiday vibe! I am thrilled to announce the winner of the December ila blu give away! And although we can’t all be winners, all of the time, I do have a treat in mind for those of you who participated but did not win this time around. I will share in full detail later this week. So stay tuned. So many thanks for all of the upful and positive comments regarding my jewelry and this little ol’ blog. And big ups to Random.org for the technical savvy and random determination of the winner!

Emily Allison, the poetess, prolific prose, phenom, of  True for Now will receive a design consultation and one of a kind piece of ila blu adornment! I look forward to speaking with Miss Emily Allison so we can dream and design her statement jewelry. I adore Emily Allison’s blog and was thrilled to have discovered it some time ago. Do take a moment to bless and bliss out your eyes, heart and soul with her blog. Reading her prose I felt as if I was unearthing some long lost piece of myself. Her writing is stupendous, haunting, simple, complex, anthropologic, ancestral, juicy goodness. And I am deeply curious as to what we will design together! Something Fabulous no doubt!

I am grateful that you dropped by to be a part of this offering and community! Give thanks and praise! Any resolutions, solutions, transformations or aspirations rising to the surface for you as the New Year rapidly approaches? I’d love to hear. I am inspired by your dreams…

One Love, walk good, all is calm and quiet….

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Happy Holidays from the Rock. Welcome to the Give Away Post! I am celebrating my centennial post (the hundredth something blu entry) with a $100 ila blu gift certificate. I am especially joyful to share the most valuable gift I have yet to offer. The lucky winner of this give away will receive a one of a kind jewelry experience. The certificate is redeemable for a custom adornment session in which we will co-design and infuse a signature, piece of ila blu adornment!

Featured above is Talula, a one of a kind, 3 5 7 Mini Bundle™ necklace. Infused with phenomenal prowess. She echoes the brilliance of the Caribbean Sea.

I want to give thanks to all of you who have accompanied me on this journey. In January, I set out to be a better, blogger. I wanted to post more frequently, generate better content, and create a readership and following. I couldn’t have done this without each and everyone of you. I am grateful and smiling. Because I did it!!! Today I celebrate the generosity, kindness, wisdom and community that we have formed in this little corner of the virtual world. ila blu is growing! Practice Love.

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Stay tuned! I will announce the winner the day after Christmas.

One Love, walk good, celebrating something blu’s centennial post! Woot! Woot!

 

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Silver inspiration to stir your holiday nostalgia. This snowy, white, silver, palette is as close to snow as it gets in Jamaica. Stellar fodder for supreme adornment. A glimpse of what is to come… With 2011 on the way I grow more sentimental by the day about 2010. Admittedly, I tend prosper more in the odd years. Overall, this year was filled with joy, patience and content. How about you?

It’s not been the easiest year and we’ve faced a few challenges. A couple of storms, an abundance of bureaucratic paperwork, a few disappointments, the loss of beloved family pets, (i.e., our brother dog, Cree, Mama and baby Guinea Pig, a couple of fish, etc.), witnessing Jamaica’s hardship and the turmoil caused by political strife here on the island, and an embarrassing fall in a grocery store, were the worst of it.

For our little family anyway.

But I cannot pretend there has not been much loss for many, many people. Haiti is still ravaged by the destruction brought by January’s earthquake, recent storms and the incidence of cholera. The passing of many Jamaicans here and abroad (including a young, very special friend) has left sadness inna whole heap of  hearts. The loss of Reggae artists, Gregory Issacs, Sugar Minott, and several more, leave a devastating impact on the Reggae world. Our hearts and positive meditation go out to those who have lost. Perhaps, 2011 can bring peace and healing and homes to those who need them most. Perhaps each one will finally teach one and balance will be born.

I am inspired and excited for what’s to come. As my bizness grows, my hands are busier and busier. Gratitude. As the custom orders roll in and the finished product rolls out, Gratitude. I can’t help but smile when I think of all that has grown from this yard, this precious time, this little ol’ blog. All that has grown from my family, my hands, the divine communication and collaboration I’ve been blessed with.

It’s been an fabulous year! I hope you will agree.

For those of you who have suffered loss in 2010, I wish you peace. I wish that joy finds it’s way into your heart, into your home and comes to curl up on your lap and make you smile. I hope your grief passes with the end of the year and that it is transformed into inspiration, healing and a close connection with all that is. Everything is everything. We are one…

I give thanks for each and every one, your readership and support are my fuel.

One love, walk good, optimism prevails, may you be inspired…

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Indeed it’s the busy season. And it occurs to me I have yet to show you any of the recent custom orders I have created, shared and adorned. I am particularly fond of Charm Lura™ pendants (featured above). I so cherish the bending, filing, twisting, infusing, sanding and shining of these precious little charms, amulets and talismans. Each radiates a story and energy of it’s own. It’s almost as though the pendants come alive. I incorporate botanical findings, text and various elements to articulate the intention/s of the client. A charming way to personalize the jewelry experience…

This is a sublime and lovely way to adorn yourself and/or your loved ones. Especially if you have a soft spot in your heart for Jamaica.  Charm Lura™ pendants are a fabulous and personal way to carry your intentions, aspirations, goals and a little piece of the rock with you. Even better, these pieces are totally customizable, color, text, elements, semi precious stones, etc. What’s your inspiration?

Have you finished up your holiday shopping?

Why not do something different this year? One of a kind, handmade in Jamaica, blows doors on China mass production. How fun for the recipient. Something to look forward to in 2011. Give voice to somebody’s dreams, aspirations and intentions when you gift them the opportunity to design their own statement piece of jewelry! Consider an ila blu gift certificate to gift yourself or a loved one. And for a limited time only, receive a free adornment session with the purchase of an ila blu gift certificate for $100.00 or more. A truly transformative experience. Recipients engage in design process via skype, email or phone to guide the creation of their ila blu statement piece/s. Together we design meaningful adornment to bring growth and joy to the wearer!

Still not convinced? Don’t worry you can win ila blu adornment! Yes for free!

Sign up to receive messages when I post and participate in ila blu jewelry give aways. The last give away for 2010 will be with in a couple of weeks. The winner will receive a $100.00 gift certificate redeemable for an ila blu adornment session and piece of ila blu statement jewelry! I know right! Awesome! And free! Don’t hesitate, go to the top of this blog, and look in the right hand, side bar, you will see a sign up form. Remember, the only commitment you are making is to receive email messages re: new posts. No obligations. Then keep your eye out for the post title “Give Away Post” (this shouldn’t be too hard, i.e., once you’ve subscribed to something blu, you receive an email every time I post). Make sure to leave a comment on the Give Away post for your chance to win this awesome jewelry prize and consultation!!!

One Love, walk good, back to the studio…

 

 

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I know right? I am beyond generous. I can’t help myself, I want to share my gifts with you. As many of you know, I live in Jamaica. Things aren’t always easy here. I know a lot of folks have an extremely difficult time making ends meet. The general consumption tax (sales tax) here is 16.5% or more. Imagine…

So I feel it necessary to share my artifacts of adornment through various give aways. I host give aways here on my blog, something blu, and at boutique shows. People always feel so grateful to win. And what a delightful response from folks when their tiny ila blu package comes in the mail, or occasionally, delivered by yours truly! I so love the experience of giving and generosity is abundant in this season. I don’t want to miss out on the fun!

I am hosting yet another ila blu give away for you my lovelies. The rules are the same as always. I am sure you’ve caught the drift by now. If you are new to the something blu community take a couple minutes to read the instructions that follow. And make sure you sign up (it’s free) for this blog, on the right hand side bar, so that you will qualify on the give away date. See more on give away criterion below.

I am especially joyful to share the most valuable gift I have yet to offer. The winner of this give away will receive a $100 ila blu gift certificate. The certificate is redeemable for a custom adornment session in which we will co-design a signature, ila blu piece of adornment! Yay! So make sure to sign up and pay attention. Look for the final give away post, leave a comment and cross your fingers!

I am so attentive lately to how what I wear makes me feel. Adornment is a special treat and has infinite potential to change our mood, outlook and confidence. Have you ever had a case of the blues and decided to put on your favorite outfit/jewelry anyway? Do you notice your best loved adornment and a smile can change the way you look and feel and the way folks perceive you! This is why I love to create handmade, one of a kind, intentional jewelry. I believe that stones, seeds, metals, components, carry with them a history and a message. These components can be intentionally blended, mixing their histories and prowess’ to offer great visual and emotional impact. Jewelry has the power to evidence memories, intentions, experience and meaning for it’s owner. So I am giving it away!

Remember you have to signup for this blog to qualify to win an ilablu jewelry give away.

GIVE AWAY CRITERION

Subscribe to somethingblu.wordpress.com (sign up box can be found in the right) hand sidebar. Don’t worry I don’t spam. The only commitment you are making is to receive an email every time I post. Which can be a really good thing if you like my adornment work and would like to win/own a piece.

Pay attention to posts and look for the final Give Away Post. You will recognize this post because: The post title that day will include the words: “The Give Away Post”.

View the “The Give Away Post” and picture and leave a comment on the “Give Away” piece of jewelry. You must leave a comment, no matter how simple to qualify to win. You can say “nice piece”. But feel free to be creative, kind, or adoring. :) I will enter all participants (those who comment), into a digital randomizer to determine the winner.

Wait, pay attention & hope that your name is posted as the winner!!!

*Adornment featured: Goldina Ra 3 5 7 mini bundle™ necklace and Lady Jane statement ring.

One Love, walk good, embracing the giving spirit…

 

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