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This is the latest piece that just left my bench. It is pure copper that I have cut, stamped, hammered and sealed. CLICK PHOTO for more details.



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You’ve heard the old adage, ‘AS A MAN THINKETH,  SO IS HE’ ?  Turns out that there is much truth to the statement. The current trends of the new age era emphasizes positive thinking, affirmations and declarations as a way of life, and in many ways, there is a lot of validity.

Think about it. How many times have you thought about someone out of concern, and then the phone rings and it’s them? Or thought to yourself, ‘today is gonna be a good day’ and magically, it was a fantastic day? Perception is everything, and what we think about our selves and the world around us has major impact as to how others both see and treat us as well.

For example, it’s hard to be angry and still smile. Most angry people express their anger by frowning up. The return response usually is that a person will see the frown on our face and try to avoid us.  Our simple facial expression based on a personal emotion can become a roadblock  to us making a very important connection in our lives.

In a day like today where stress levels are at an all time high, a time when many people are facing uncertainty from day to day, positiveness, goodness and encouraging thoughts are more valuable than ever. I try to keep a few  in my pocket at all times ;-D

By the way, if you are interested in having  this powerful expression available to you for daily wear, feel free to check it out at the link below.

Until next time, chow and Tis the Season . . . :=D



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Something that is near and dear to my heart going into the new year is to be able to offer more variety and selection at my shop for the guys.  I mean, so often we ladies can shop till we drop, and only come home with one or two items for hubby or honey–whichever applies.  I feel as though we need to show them how special they are to us, just as much as we want them to show us how special we are to them.

Well, I have gotten off to a head start, though I have my projects lined up for me going into next year. My specialty is inspirational jewelry and fashion. So the goal is, more rings, cuffs and chains for dad, for brother, more his and her gifts, and so on and so forth.

Here are a few items that I have added to the collection that can make great personal gifts, or gifts for someone we love .  .   .


This is a very original double finger ring with lots of depth and character. It is bold and resembles the Infinity symbol.  Great if you’re looking for something beyond a regular standard shaped copper ring.


A more sentimental ring–very classy and works for any occasion.  The words, “My Lover My Friend” are stamped onto shiny golden brass.  An excellent choice for someone who wants to personalize their own unique message.


I made this piece with my husband in mind. He truly is my friend, and it’s been that way since day one. When flipped over, it says. “My Lover.”   That’s what it’s all all about.  Creating memorable work that has longevity in the heart of the wearer.

These are just a handful of great and heart warming ideas that I’ve created.  Handmade takes time; thankfully I’m off to a good start for 2013, and I can’t wait to share more in the days ahead. Until next time, Happy Blogging!

CJ @ The Lift

Confessions of A ‘Would Be’ Entreprenuer: NEVER GIVE UP!

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This may sound extremely cliché, but we must never give up!  Let me explain.

If you are anything like me, you have high hopes! I’m not talking about those dreamy imaginative thoughts that we have while in our lucid state of consciousness. No, instead I ‘m talking about tangible efforts that we each apply with those faith-filled thoughts to reach our goals. I call myself a ‘would be’ entrepreneur because like many people, I’m still in route, and  I haven’t quite reached my destination.

Visions of taking our talents to new horizons and allowing them to carry us into places in life that would otherwise be a whimpering notion weigh in the back of our minds.  For you and me my friend, WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP!

Even when it snows in July, and ‘t doesn’t rain in May, we still must persevere.  Even when there is a long-lasting drought after we’ve fertilized our ground, we must press on.

I say this because it is much harder to go against the grain than to go with the flow. After studying many successful entrepreneurs, they all seem to possess a similar characteristic. THEY KEEP ON GOING!

It’s that ‘tunnel vision attribute’ that they seem to innately possess that we must connect with and tap into. Our strength lies in our ability to see victory in advance beyond our current situations.

Instead of remaining  frustrated, let’s remember to give thanks for the big and the small milestones. Let us remember that no matter how hard we think we have it, someone else has it harder. Let us remember to celebrate the small accomplishments, as we keep our eyes on the bigger prize.

Just a few quotes from successful men and women:

Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx Shapewear says it this way, “Failure is not the outcome. Failure is not trying.” Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” William Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin’ Donuts replied, “Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” The list goes on and on.

Every now and again, we ALL need a little encouragement. It’s great to have people around us that believe in us. But awesomeness is when we can dig deep within and find that flicker of hope that refuses to die or fail within our own selves. Until next time, Much Success on your ventures and thank you for reading!


CJ @ The Lift Jewelry Shop


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Perhaps it’s upbringing, because as a young adult, I can still hear the voice of my parents saying “don’t waste your food, there are too many hungry people in the world to make waste!”

So here I am today, and while I wouldn’t classify myself as a hoarder, I am always thinking of ways to make something out of what others may call scraps or junk. Lately, I’ve been finding myself looking around my closet and selecting items that would have ordinarily gotten tossed, only to challenge myself to make something of them.

Here’s a few ideas I came up with:


This bracelet was inspired by the growing rise of youth being challenged by bullies. I thought it would be pretty cool to wear something that allows the victim of these insults to strike back- making their own statement.


This bracelet was upcycled from pink pillow cases I no longer used but still loved the color. It actually sold    on my etsy shop.

I guess the question to be answered is, do all creative people see the value in things that others consider  as junk? Is that the common denominator in most artists’ alike? I’d love to hear your perspective on this.  Until next time, Happy Sharing!

Beautiful Woman

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I’ve titled this ring, beautiful woman, not only because those words are stamped into this ring, making it a 2-in-1 ring, but because I believe women should feel beautiful from the inside out. Oftentimes, what we think is what we feel, and what we feel is what we portray. If we could only believe the best about ourselves, others would think the best of us also. Feel beautiful, look beautiful .  . . .everyday inspiration!

Blogging While I Work

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ImageThank you for stopping by! Here is where I will pull my chair up and have a cup of coffee–a jeweler’s cafe so to speak. I want to share my work, my findings and even my frustrations at times. So, if you’re interested in my quirky little world, then come on board and stayed tuned.

More to come  . . . .