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Garnet – the January birthstone

On this last day of January I thought I’d share a little information about this month’s birthstone. Garnet as a gemstone has been popular in Jewellery for over 5000 years. Most of us recognize it as a deep red stone however, it does come in many other colours such as greens, orange, pink and yellow. However garnet has some other interesting uses outside of jewellery and you can read about them here:

http://geology.com/minerals/garnet.shtml

Have a great day! ūüôā

Music loving Fab Friday!

It is a truly fabulous Friday here in Winnipeg. The weather is mild and the sun is BRIGHT. I have the day off and after running a few errands and cleaning a few things around the house I am working on some Drakestail business and enjoying some cuddle time with my dogs. I’m feeling really great about today however, that is a very rare occurrence for me in the winter months. I usually struggle through each day feeling slow and low due to lack of sunshine in the sky. Even with daily extra vitamin D and spending time outdoors daily and a blue light at my desk I still have a rough go from mid-November through til March normally.

One thing I try to do when I am feeling particularly rough is to queue up 4 or 5 stellar dancing songs and let loose in my house. Sometimes I just gotta shake what my mama gave me! The cat usually stares at me like I’ve lost it¬†and the dogs follow me around, tails wagging, grins on their faces not really sure what’s happening, but playing along nonetheless. I give myself 20 to 30 minutes of uninterrupted, cut loose, rip up the floor nonsensical dancing. No matter how rough I felt before, that always puts a smile on my face. It gets my blood pumping and gives me a burst of energy. It also often has the bonus side effect of stirring some creativity in me. Which is great because when I am feeling slow and low creativity is often nowhere to be found.

So… what are some of your favourite, go to, feel good songs? The ones you cannot help but sing along to, cannot help but shake it a little when they come on the radio, I want to know! I hope you all have a fab Friday and if the weather isn’t being as good to you wherever you are, try my shake it trick. I am sure it’ll help!

 

Have a fab Friday and a great weekend!

In November I was fortunate enough to spend 3 weeks visiting various stunning places in Jamaica. Needless to say since I’ve been back home I am missing the ocean breeze and those gorgeous sunsets. So for this FabFriday I am simply sending out good vibes to all. I hope you have a great weekend, be good to yourself, and enjoy a fabulous Friday!

New Year is here and GREENERY is the colour for 2017!

If you’ve followed our blog for awhile now you may recall we like to start off each new year sharing the pantone colour of the year with you. And I must say I am rather smitten with their selection for 2017! It brings to mind FRESH, NATURE and CALM to me and I cannot wait to incorporate it into some upcoming projects I have simmering in the back of my mind.

How fantastic is GREENERY? I just look at it and it makes me happy. If you are curious about Pantone’s past colours of the year or want more details about why they selected it here is a link to Pantone’s webpost about it.

I am so thankful for all the happiness 2016 brought me. Here are some of my highlights!

In February my fianc√©¬†Craig¬†took me to Las Vegas for the first time. We got to hike in Valley of fire state park. It was a very memorable day for us as we’d never seen such stunning bright rock faces before.

In March I started a new business which is blooming nicely! In April I went back to Las Vegas for the Arbonne annual training conference which was AMAZING! I learned so much about business and about personal growth that I can apply to Arbonne and to Drakestail and to life in general.

In May I traveled to Ontario to meet my adorable niece Everly who had been born in March. She loves vintage shades just like her auntie!

In August I took 5 full weeks off from my day job and focused on my other endeavours which was actually life altering for me. This same month Craig and I hit the road for 12 days. We did some camping and scuba diving in Alberta. We brought the dogs and the cat on this road trip and had a blast! I also reached my goal of achieving master diver status before the end of the summer. 

In November I ran away to Jamaica for 3 weeks, spent the first week with my dear friend then we were joined by friends and family and Craig and I were married on a beach by the ocean.

Captured by Photos with Ashley - November 2016 in Jamaica

As a side note, all the lush Jamaican vegetation in my wedding photo feels like a great fit to the colour of the year for 2017. Who knew?!

As grateful as I am for 2016, I am really looking forward to the year ahead. I have set some goals for myself in each of my businesses and at my day job that I am excited to work on. I am wishing a fantastic year ahead to you and yours, I cannot wait to see what fabulousness 2017 will bring!

It’s MAC time again!

Once again, we’re heading in to one of our favourite Ottawa shows: the MAC Fair. ¬†Clear your schedule this Saturday, December 3rd, because Drakestail Jewellery, along with over 100 other local makers, will be showcasing our fabulous wares. ¬†MAC Fair is strictly handmade, and there’s definitely something for everyone on your Christmas list.

mac-fair-2017

Where’s Drakestail? Find us on Saturday!

Drakestail Jewellery will be out and about again this coming Saturday, November 19th. ¬†If you’re in Ottawa, find us at the¬†W.E Gowling Public School, on 250 Anna Avenue, in lovely Ottawa. ¬†There’s a huge list of vendors who will be there, with something to suit every taste and thrill every elf on your list. ¬†This marks our first appearance at this show, and we’re excited to be there, after hearing so many great things. ¬†Come by and say hi, and if you’re an early bird, grab yourself a free swag bag full of great stuff, too!

(A list of vendors can be found at http://gowlingschoolcouncil.blogspot.ca/p/craft-show-vendors.html).

Admission to the event is free (though donations are welcome); there will also be a 50/50 draw, swag bags for the first lucky shoppers, refreshments, and raffles.  Proceeds from the Craft Show will go toward the long term goal of a revitalized school yard, new play equipment, and general supplies and technological tools for nearly 400 students.  Please tell your friends  Рhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1747156502210199/?ti=as.

WE Gowling Christmas & Holiday Craft Show 2016

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