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The true secret of happiness  ~ William Morris

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” 

~ William Morris



Well, I found my marbles, but are they mine to have? If so, I’m going to have to win them. So, why am I telling YOU about them. Now you’ll comment on the blog and be my competition in the giveaway.  I love these marbles~! I want to win them.

OK… Let me tell you about my buddy Rhett. I saw a photo of this lady and I wanted to know her. She has such a funny expression on her face. You can tell that she is smart, and sassy. She has to be hilarious, too. I ended up on some “teams” with her. She has personality…. it bubbles over the top. So, now I get to know her bit by bit.  Check this out… the name of her shop is, \”Rhett Didn\’t Give a Damn\”. It makes you think twice, doesn’t it. Then the questions. “What was she thinking, why that name? What does she sell?”  Well it seems to be vintage stuff… but not just anything she can put her hands on. It has to be special. So, go look at her shop, and see for yourself: \”Rhett Didn\’t Give a Damn\”.

AND…. Click on the pictures of the marbles to have a chance to win them…. But don’t actually win them…. I WANT THEM~!

I curated a “Treasury” on etsy. I chose a theme and found interesting photos and items to go with that theme. These are fun to create. But, there is an added art… We try to get our collection onto the front page of the “etsy” website. One of the rules to making a treasury is that we’re not allowed to promote our own work… only that of other exhibitors of this online craft show. I am having fun. But, I am also meeting other people who like to make treasuries. So, maybe you’ll see the work of Hayden Brook Studios in someone else’s collection.

Link to Event: If You Live in a Glass House, Don’t Throw Stones


I made a “treasury” of items on “etsy”. Some may ask, “What the heck does THAT mean?” Well, it is a collection of items I like that follow a common theme. There are links to read more about each of these items. In this case, I have written about hand crafted body care products. I have been amazed and impressed with the all natural bath and body products on this online craft show, called “ETSY”. I have a new outlook on the type of products I will allow to come in contact with MY body. I guess it makes sense that most of the lotion you put on your skin sinks into your body. Skin is an organ. How about dental care? People take medicine sub-lingually (under the tongue). That means the toothpaste has 2+ minutes to enter my bloodstream. When I look at lists of ingredients 2 miles long, and wonder what I am putting into my body, it is scary. No wonder there are so many bizarre illnesses, like cancer and chronic fatigue. We are poisoning ourselves incrementally every day if we aren’t paying attention to what we are putting into our systems. Anyway, I put together a collection of LOVELY bath and body care products, even for DOGS~! Come visit my treasury and investigate these really cool stores.

PURE Natural Clean FUN Treasury

Moo Cards

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I am so excited. We just ordered these cute little business cards. They are 1/2 the size of a normal business card… very cute.  They give you the option of putting a ton of unique images on 1 side of the card. So… look what I did. I went into our Hayden Brook jewelry photo archives and took details of our jewelry and cropped them into the shape of the cards. I chose to use these 18 images on the one side. The other side says our name, our medium, and our web address. We ordered these because we got The Philadelphia Museum of Art as a wholesale account, and they wanted our work on small cards. I almost ordered something completely blank… but then I pulled my friend Lynn’s business card out of my purse. It was a tiny Moo Card. It hit me that this would be a good answer. So LOOK~!~! I am so pleased. They arrived last night. We had so much fun putting that order together for the museum gift shop.

Thanks Lynn~!  Here is a link to Lynn’s Online Store: UnaOdd

Link to Moo Cards: Moo Cards


Say a prayer for Hayden Brook Studios as we delve deeper into cyber space. We have made an investment into some photo equipment so that we can take better photos of our work. See our “Design Line Board” inside this white tent. The tent will help to eliminate hot-spots from bright lights needed to illuminate our work for photography. This provides an even and consistent light. (EZ Cube Link).  We also got a gorilla pod tripod for our camera. We now need to get busy snapping off the shots of our work. GorillaPod link

WHOLESALE CRAFTS.COM – We are looking into selling our work on this website…. wholesale of course. It should be a great addition to our wholesale shows. We have been exploring their web-site and talking to them this week. It looks like it could be a “fit”. Visit the link:

Outside My Kitchen Window

Posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Spring has sprung in my front yard. This is what i see outside my kitchen window. Daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, and our 2 miniature peach trees… 2 different kinds. We have a pretty comprehensive spring bulb garden. In 2 weeks it will look quite different out this window. I am also enjoying our metal sculptures that we get to enjoy year round. The bird baths are also going strong as we see the spring birds coming back, thirsty and needing to bathe!

I have been creating my own hand crafted chocolates for a few years now.  I have recently purchased some new tools and supplies.  I am having a lot of fun making some really delicious treats.  Go visit my chocolate blog (listed in my blog pages until I buy a domain for it) to see some very fun recipes, tools, and techniques.

This plate is by one of my favorite potters. We buy a piece or two from many of the D.Lasser collections, and from many other craftsmen, too. We don’t have 2 alike of anything in our kitchen, including our flatware.  So fun! Having problems deciding on your dinnerware? Ha! Get one of everything! You’ll never have to worry about having an incomplete set.And,  the table is always so colorful and pretty. People who don’t live like this are delighted and amazed when they come to our house for dinner. Friends have spent a half hour picking out their fork, knife & spoon combination.  Visit: D. Lasser Ceramics

To visit my fun chocolate blog click here: amateur chocolatier blog.


Posted Friday, February 26th, 2010

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HERE IS A LINK TO ONE OF MY FAVORITE SITES! ozonesocks.comsunny cloudy night TURQ

Time is Flying!

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

perpetual calendar

Time is flying!  I mean really fast!  We just spent a week set up in the Philadelphia Convention Center, meeting with shop owners who would like to buy our jewelry throughout the year.  I love it there!  We do so well in Phiily!  Even in a blizzard we sold tons of jewelry.  We still have a little bit of room in our schedule a few months from now. Overall,  we were VERY pleased with the show.  I love my job.

The calendar in the photo above is by a company named “Sticks”.  One of these days I’d love to have one of these.  But, we have so many painters in the family that there isn’t a lot of room left on the walls.  We do still have a tiny bit of floor space though.  We are looking at having them craft an ottoman,  just for us…  made to order.

Today is my first day back in the studio.  The first day sorting out the new 2010 lines.  It is going quite well.  No snags yet!  We have low stock on a few items.  The good news is that I get to get back to fusing my glass tomorrow.  Yep!  I do love my job.  2010 is a very good year.