Garnets for January – Part 2

Well, I’ve had garnets on the brain today.  So when I realized that the treasury on Etsy was about to open and that I would be able to snag one, naturally garnet was the theme that came to mind.

So enjoy this collection of garnets and garnet coloured items.   


Just Because

I think I finally understand the appeal of making treasuries on Etsy…  It’s like shopping but without spending the money!  😉 

Curating a treasury is more satisfying than just browsing through shops.  It allows me to go get the item and place it alongside other items that I truly find beautiful and love!   They become mine in a way.   

Nabbing a treasury today was a bit of an adventure and a surprise.  I had nothing prepared, not even a theme or a title.  So this one is the result of looking through the shops of some sellers that I have in my favorites list.  I really do wish I could have one of each of these items.  They are all very beautiful on their own and I hope that people like the collection of items together.

Just Because Nov 12 09

Morning Frost

I curated a treasury on Etsy today.  I really love this one.  It’s called Morning Frost.

  Morning Frost 10-15-09

How did I come up with this one?

I was browsing through my team’s items (SATeam) looking for inspiration.  It wasn’t happening.  😦  Then I thought about one of our team members who often creates treasuries.  Caron from beadsire curates the most wonderful treasuries.  Each one tells a story and is beautiful.  Her treasuries have even been featured on etsy’s front page.  So I decided I would find inspiration in her shop.

There were several possibilities in Caron’s shop, but the item that most caught my attention was a beautiful white necklace called “Milk” (first column, second row).  I immediately thought of “From the Land of Milk and Honey”, but wasn’t certain if that should be the theme.  But I started looking for other white items from team members.  I found several lovely ones.  🙂  And then I came upon Elven Princess Necklace by Danagonia (bottom right corner).  And my theme was clear.  It would be Morning Frost.

This week we had our first frosty mornings.  That’s quite early compared to the norm.  And it feels a bit sad too, as it seems that fall is ending quickly and that it will soon be winter (and a long winter, if this early start is anything to go by).  But those frosty mornings really are beautiful.  We have such vivid fall colours this year, and when the ground and the leaves are tinged with frost, it add such sparkle and light!  Yes, it is the passing of the seasons, but each season offers something special.

I love heat.  I sometimes joke that I am part reptilian because I love to go bask in the sun.  I don’t complain that it gets too hot, I just enjoy it.  And I’m not terribly fond of the cold.  So sometimes winter can seem long and difficult.  But I really love living in a place where we have four distinct seasons.  Each is beautiful.  Each is special.  And as one ends, we are ready for the next to begin.  Even though the colours of the fall signal the end of summer, so many of us look forward to that special time when the fall colours are at their peak.  We would miss it if it didn’t happen.  And as fall storms happen, and the wind and the rain will strip the trees of their leaves, we will begin to think of winter and what it will bring.  And that first snowfall of the year, even with all the troubles that it can bring, will seem magical to many.  Children will rush out to make their first snowman of the year – often using up all the snow in the yard to make it.   🙂  And we will dig out our skates and our skis from the basement, itching to get out there.  And we will enjoy the opportunities that winter brings to us.  And so the seasons will change…

The Treasury Addiction Continues…

It’s been a while since I have curated a Treasury on Etsy, but I have the day off today and checked out the Treasury about 25 minutes before it was due to open, so…

 Green with Envy June 12 09

 Seriously, curating treasuries is addicting!  I really love this one! 

What is a Treasury you ask?  Treasuries are like a collage of beautiful items that are chosen among all the items available on  Each treasury contains 12 items and the curator often has a theme.  They are like temporary, mini works of art.  The treasury list is a constantly changing list of eye candy!   Anyone who has an etsy account can curate a treasury.

More Treasuries!!!

Since I discovered Treasuries on Etsy back in November, I’ve been having so much fun with them.  Curating them is really cool, because I get to show off some really gorgeous items.

This is the most recent treasury creation, Think Spring.  


I also have some items that are currently featured in a few treasuries that were created by others.  Feel free to check them out (I’m NorthernGirlJewelry). 

Aqua Treasures:

The Sands of Time:


Travels With A Starving Artist:

Have fun treasure hunting!

Passionately Purple

In the past two weeks I’ve discovered some great stuff on  One really cool feature that has me hooked is the treasuries.  This is a place where an etsy user assembles some of her favorite items (not ones she is selling, but stuff made by someone else) and they get displayed on one page (12 items on a page).  Some people out there have a great eye for putting together items that look just beautiful.  It’s really quite impressive. 

Today I nabbed my own treasury and filled it with some fabulous items!

So I present to you, Passionately Purple!


So here are the beauties I selected (and yes, in my excitement at nabbing a treasury, I misspelled the title, and you guessed it, the title cannot be changed)!  I think my favorite is the jellyfish.  I just might need to buy it once my treasury expires on Sunday morning…