Friday, May 15, 2015

From The Ashes Design

Featured in today's blog post is From The Ashes Design, an inspirational jewelry business owned and operated by Danyelle - a lovely lady whom I met through friends at work and barre class.  After hearing about the tragic situation of someone close to her, and how she was helping them recover their loss I decided I wanted to pitch in and share her story. 

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"The inspiration behind this project came from a tragedy that shook a family very close to my heart. My boyfriend and his family have been working tirelessly for the last 4 years to develop a gorgeous wedding venue near San Luis Obispo, CA. They were two weeks from completion, when someone trespassed late at night and somehow started a fire. The fire got out of control quickly and burned two buildings to the ground before the fire department could get there. The men's and women's bathrooms, and the groom's cabin were completely gone. There wasn't proper insurance in place to cover any damage, and their timeline is now pushed back at least another year.

There were a lot of copper accents and hardware pieces in the buildings that got burned, but were salvageable. I have a copper sink, and a huge copper kitchen hood that cannot be used in the new buildings, but are still gorgeous and valuable! I've been searching for a creative outlet for myself, and really wanted to do something to help this family that has basically become my family. It killed me to see all the hours of hard work and money turn to a pile of ashes.

I decided to start a small jewelry line and call it 'From The Ashes Designs'. I have opened an online store (https://squareup.com/market/fromtheashesdesigns), and will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to the cause. This project is just getting started, and I have so much copper to work through! I've also incorporated stones into some pieces. I use Chrysocolla for their awesome blue/green color and Quartz Crystal for their positive energy and healing powers. I hope to continue releasing new designs as I sharpen my skills and have pieces for men launch in the coming months."


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I hope that after reading this you're as touched by this story as I am and purchase one of the lovely pieces of jewelry from Danyelle at From The Ashes Design.  Pictured below are the images from the actual fire, as well as, the unique copper designs that Danyelle has handcrafted from the wreckage.  You can see more of her work on Instagram.  

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Here is my finished product & I LOVE it!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Playa Del Carmen | M E X I C O

So far this year has been a bit of a whirlwind - Que Sera, Sera.  On a more personal note, the boyfriend and I booked this trip back in December and at the time I had just returned from visiting friends in Brooklyn (I should post about that someday too).  Upon arriving home I had gotten a time stamp on my gpa's life and it really threw me a curve ball.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 liver c-word. As his quality of life was diminishing it forced me to both learn and grow.  He passed on 1/4/15 - 3 months after we were told he had 6 months left. My gpa was an amazing man with whom I was extremely close.  As soon as I got the call I booked my flight and went to be with my family.  Perhaps someday I'll dedicate a post to him, but for now we will talk about how important it is to take a vacation and refresh after a tragedy like this happens.  Below are some travel recommendations and highlights from our week off from work/life.
**Cue the zen music here**

Mexico - you're magical. 

Hotel

San Jose Airport Garden Inn
Pre-Trip (strictly used for free airport parking. Our flight was at 6am. Purchased through here)

Paradisus La Perla - Playa del Carmen 
Adult, All-Inclusive, Beach front
Tons of restaurants, bars, spa, beach access, pool parties, entertainment
Purchased through CostcoTravel

Upon entering for check-in
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All-Inclusive bracelets (DO NOT LOSE)
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View outside our room 
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This pond runs through our hotel with koi fish and turtles
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GoPro shot
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Fishes & turtles sunbathing throughout our hotel
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Each restaurant had style
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The Grill's view (in our hotel)
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Mole's fab decor (in our hotel)
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View from our balcony
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Our balcony had a jacuzzi
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Night time view hang out (in our hotel)
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Fancy "sombrero"shots - recipe here
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They brought this to us on our last night - such a tasty send off.
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Beach access from our hotel
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Adventures

5th Avenue aka "Quinta Avenida"
-We walked to the very end purchased a backpack and walked back buying gifts for our family & friends.
-At the end you will reach the pier that has the "Mayan Gateway" sculpture.
-Stopped at 2 bars - One with swings instead of barstools and the other with sports betting.
- Got a fish pedicure aka Ictiotherapy - just do it!
-All shops will haggle with you on price.
-Taxi was about $12 each way
-lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
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The homie rollin cigars
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Ictiotherapy - check it out here
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Mayan Gateway @ 5th Avenue - sculpture made of bronze. 
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(We purchased a trip that went to the 3 places below through BDTravel that was about $110 per person that included transportation, tour guide, all gear needed and lunch. Check it out.)

Tulum Mayan Ruins
-Fantastic beach below to view, swim, etc.
-Shopping area before ruins in Tulum
-Mayan Pole Dancing/ Los Voladores "Flyers" - free entertainment (they will come by for tips)

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Beach view from Mayan Ruins
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Lots of these guys everywhere
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Akumal Bay
-This beach is gorgeous. Epitome of white sand and crystal clear water.
-Snorkeled with turtles, fancy fish, squid, rays and gorgeous coral views.

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View from snorkeling
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Cenotes
-A cenote is a natural pit/sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath.
-Snorkeled in the fresh water cave.  The light shining through was pretty rad. We also saw some catfish swimming around.
-PERFECT end to this day's trip.  Tour guide/driver were amazing and professional.

(We purchased this 4 hour fishing trip through BDTravel at our hotel and was about $120 per person that included transportation, license, beer, all gear needed, boat with captain and mate and it was just us and another couple. Check it out!)

Fishing - El Cid Marina Puerto Morelos
-All of us (4) caught Mahi-Mahi (Dorado aka Dolphin fish). Fish we were able to catch were Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, Barracuda Amberjack, Grouper, Spanish Mackerel, Snaper and Shark.
- Our boat was called RAPTOR!
-The water was rough because of a passing storm with 6-8ft swells makes for a bumpy ride, but very much worth it after catching a good size fancy fish.

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View from El Cid Marina - Puerto Morelos
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Must have for ALL adventures-
-Camera/GoPro (waterproof is the way to roll)
-Small U.S dollars/pesos (know the exchange rate - it varies at each place)
-Sunscreen/sun protection
-Bathing suit
-Comfortable clothes/shoes
-Know some spanish - this will be helpful for you and I personally think is a form of a respect to the natives.

One main takeaway - TRAVEL OFTEN. It's good for the soul.

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XO

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Flashing Lights, Lights, Lights

Dear Michaels Crafts Store, 
You encourage me to make things and for that I appreciate you.
Love, Janaye.



On that note, below is a little project I created with the help of Heidi Swapp and Michael's.  Check it out.

Inspiration:
Supplies:
Letter C
Ampersand
Letter J
Heidi Swapp Accessories

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Here we go!

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Which turned into this

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Get your supplies organized

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Accessories by Heidi Swapp @ Michael's

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& let the mood lighting begin


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XO