Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm on the cover baby!!!


It's official and it's on news stands all around Eau Claire! I am on the cover of the April issue of Queen of the Castle magazine. A fantastic local publication that celebrates women and life in the Chippewa Valley!

I had so much fun on this photo shoot and am so excited to let you guys see it. I wasn't allowed to see the photos from the shoot or see the cover until yesterday so this is all still new to me too!


Click here to check out the magazine online!

Thanks again so much to Shannon and Josie for such a wonderful shoot.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Heather Kent she's got talent!

For those of you who know me from Twitter you may also know HeatherKent. She is a sweetheart and I thought I'd take a minute to give her a shout out for all the wonderful artsy things she does.

Fun and unique paintings!
You can see more of these by going to her Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherKentArt

Animal Alphabet Print from Original Watercolor











Original Sushi Painting








Stunning Necklaces!
You can find these in her other Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherKent



Hand Painted Dress Form Pendant









Spring Tulips Hand Painted Necklace








I Love her work and have purchased a few necklaces from her! She offers fantastic customer service, great packaging, and fast shipping!

If you haven't checked her out you should! She offers CUSTOM painted necklaces and portraits and she is right on with these! I asked her to do a custom necklace for my Mother-in-Law and it was/is PERFECT.

Here is the photo I gave her and then the necklace she made for me! Pretty amazing if you ask me. Not to mention my Mother-in-Law LOVES it!!


Make sure you take the time to visit the links I've provided! With Mother's Day coming up a gift from Heather Kent on Etsy is sure to please!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Preparing for Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day...May 1, 2010


Pediatric Stroke. A subject I hold close to my heart. Did you know that children and even babies have strokes? Don't feel bad if you don't...I didn't either until my son became one of those babies. He was born in June 2007 and had his stroke during the delivery.

Babies often don't get diagnosed until they show signs of difficulty. In my sons case he started having seizures the day after he was born. He was airlifted to another hospital where they ran several tests and discovered he had a stroke. We were so scared. It's hard to type this actually, I'm getting a bit choked up. They told us he may never walk, may not follow directions, may have cerebral palsy, may have seizures for the rest of his life, may have more strokes! You can only imagine how scared we were for our little boy.  

Thankfully he has suffered very little if any ill effects from it, he's one of the lucky ones. Many children are not so lucky and some even lose their lives. It's not something that people talk about and it's beyond time to change that.


Do you know the signs of a child who has had or is having a stroke? Do you know what to do if you think your child is having a stroke? Here is some information taken from The National Stroke Association website.

Children often have very similar symptoms to adults which include:
  • a severe headache -- often the first complaint
  • speech difficulties
  • eye movement problems
  • numbness
Use the following tool to help you think F.A.S.T.:


FACE Ask the child to smile.
Does one side of the face droop? 
ARMS Ask the child to raise both arms.
Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH Ask the child to repeat a simple sentence.
Are the words slurred?  Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
TIME If the child shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.







     

Please visit the National Stroke Association pediatric section here for more information. http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/PEDSTROKE


Last year we started having a small fundraiser, here in Eau Claire, for the Pediatric Stroke Network.  Although are plans for this year are still in the works I look forward to continuing to help raise awareness. 

I make jewelry and donate 10% off the profits to PSN. You can find the jewelry here: BailyBelleCreations.etsy.com


Stay tuned for more on this years Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day. Thank you for visiting my blog! Happy Spring!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kreative Blogger Award....

I would like to thank CherylPurpleCow for nominating me for this award! Check out her awesome jewelry on etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherylspurplecow






This is a fun little award, but its comes with some rules:

1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know.
5. Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers'
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

7 Things About Me That You May Not Know:


1. I absolutely love eating artichokes! I eat them cold, hot and would put them in anything if I could!
2. I was in gymnastics when I was a child.
3. I have never broken a bone.
4. When I was little I wanted to change my name to Mary!
5. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner has recently become one of my favorite movies.
6. I wear a size 10 shoe!
7. My grandmother on my fathers side didn't speak much English...she was from Chihuahua Mexico!

Here are the 7 blogs I am  nominating: 

1. TwillyPop ~ http://twillypop.blogspot.com/
2. Factorygirlashli ~ http://factorygirlashli.blogspot.com/
3. AutumnRaeArt ~ http://autumnraeart.blogspot.com/
4. PaperCakes ~ http://papercakesfinds.blogspot.com/
5. PearlatPlay ~ http://pearlatplay.blogspot.com/
6. TheHippieCouple ~ http://thchandmade.blogspot.com/
7. TheCuriousPug ~ http://curiouspug.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 15, 2010

A little Humpback for your HumpDay...Early!

Whales! I love them! Beautiful creations inspired by a majestic animal.

Necklace by FactoryGirlAshli







Wedding Cake Toppers by JooJooLand










Pill Box by Laurasbox







There are so many adorable whale items on Etsy. These are just a few of the ones I found! Hurry go get them before they are gone!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1 Year Etsyversary Extravaganza!!


 Wow I can't believe it! March 28th I will have officially been on Etsy for 1 year! I have grown and expanded so much in such a short amount of time and I'm excited to see what the future will bring!

When I first joined Etsy I was pretty clueless as to how it all worked. I had poor photos, a boring banner and products that needed some tweaking. I had also found out 1 month before that I was pregnant with my second child!! Yay! Now here I sit one year later with a 5 month old drooling on my keyboard and a 2 year old licking hummus from the container!

I have changed my backdrop many times, adjusted the lighting and the angles from which I photograph my pieces. They aren't perfect yet but they are getting there! My jewelry has gone from super simple (a bead on a headpin) to hand formed ear wires, wire wrapped briolettes and funky upcycled pieces! I am much happier with the direction that I am headed with my designs.

So to celebrate my 1 year Etsyversary here at BailyBelle Creations I am having a big sale!
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*I'm bringing back the BOGO 1/2 off sale PLUS get a free ring with each purchase! So if you buy 2 things you get one 1/2 off and 2 copper Aventurine Nested Rings!* 
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Since opening my jewelry shop I have expanded into photography and vintage! If you haven't already make sure you check out these shops!

NophiaPhotography and AVintageChoice

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