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When I was a little girl I had a friend. He was a little boy and we got along famously. I can’t recall his name. Not for sure anyway. I think it was Tommy. He was a few months older than me. And when you’re five, a few months make a big difference. He knew things, lots of things. He told me he knew how to fly. Tommy said he would share his secret with me. One day.

Now this was way back in the days of making cardboard cameras out of Carnation Breakfast Bars boxes. I believed in the power of cardboard cameras. Back then, I believed I could fly. I believed in Tommy. Over the course of a couple of weeks, he did share his secret. It turns out, Tommy had a magic ring. A ring with a propeller on it. If you made the propeller spin fast enough the ring had the power to pull you up into the sky. The ring could make you fly.

I remember day dreaming about said ring. Sooooooo, magical. Eventually, Tommy promised to give me the propeller ring. I was gonna fly. The promise gave me new purpose in life. I had never been so excited to get to school. Every day I hurried to the playground to find Tommy. So sure he brought the propeller ring for me. I can’t count how many times Tommy forgot that ring. I never lost hope. This went on for weeks (maybe months); Tommy forgetting, me dreaming.

Tommy never brought the magic ring. Although, just before he moved away he gifted me with another ring. Beautiful it was but lacking magic. Silver with a blu rectangular, faceted, stone. I don’t know if it was blu glass or aquamarine. It was huge. I used scotch tape and meticulously wrapped the ring to make it hold firmly to my tiny finger.

I don’t know what became of that ring. I do know the little girl that lives inside of me still believes in cardboard cameras and Tommy’s magic ring. I still believe I can fly. Maybe not like Super Girl, but I can soar. And so can you. Here’s to the power of intention. Spin your ring and reach for the sky.

You never know, you just might fly…

One Love, walk good, off to soar…

 

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START SOMETHING YOU LOVE. This is my 2011 wish for you. Start this year with gratitude. It always pays off. Start this year with passion. It always pulls you closer to your highest self. Start this year with joy. It’s good for your health.

Life is short. Start something you love…

A book. Yoga. A new journal or diary. A skrapbook to document the amazing things instore for you this year. Take photos. Write. Organize. Build something. Paint. Host a weekly/monthly meet up with someone you love. A new friendship. A book club. Dinner. A blog. A new attitude. Take a class. Enroll in an online course. Sketch. Draw. Sew. Run. Cook. Dance. Grow. Start something you love…

Happy Birthday Wishes to one of my oldest & dearest, Chris!!!

One Love, walk good, you gotta be startin’ something…


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Recently, I had the pleasure of creating these one of a kind Charm Lura™ pendants for a long time classmate and friend (from the high school years). I love making Mommy necklaces as they carry a special vibration and purpose. I incorporated Jamaican limestone inside of the charms and added swarovski pearl, amber and czech glass for “sparkle”. A huge fan of yellow, Melissa naturally gravitated toward the warm, yumminess of copper and amber.

It is especially good fortune (krafty karma) to design and create pieces for creative folks. As a mom and crafter, Melissa, knows the significance and value of hand made, intentional, lovelies. Melissa is the owner of  Lullababes, Hip Blankies for the Next Generation. If you know any expecting mommies or toddlers who’ve recently lost their blankies, Melissa’s handmade hipster blankets rock! Lullababes blankets are thoughtful, unique, loving gifts. You can learn more about Melissa’s crafty success and purchase her handmade blankets here.

Charm Lura™ pendants make fabulous Mother’s gifts and necklaces, or bracelets. Here is a photo of the alternate sides of Melissa’s charms. She chose to include the birth years as well as names in her one of a kind ila blu piece. Melissa, I wish you the best of everything (especially crafty aspirations) this coming year. In joy!


One Love, walk good, Happy New year!

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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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