Birthday Party in the Tent at LIC Flea!

How do you celebrate your 24th birthday when you own a jewelry company?

With a sign and a tiara...

...and mini cupcakes for customers... 

...with vintage charms on gold plate chains...

in little handmade pouches! at the LIC Food and Flea! 

Happy Birthday Natasha!

wink and flip ;)

Red Hot Ruby Summer

The ruby is one of the world's most precious gems, prized not only for its color but also for its durability -- it is the second hardest gemstone after the diamond. In crystal healing, rubies promote powerful and positive feelings, helping to strengthen the aura of the wearer and encouraging spiritual expansion.

The word ruby comes from the Latin ruber, meaning red. Not surprisingly, the gemstone has a strong association with love, passion and life force. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that this powerful birthstone for July is also, when used in meditation, thought to increase vitality and independence. Some believe that placing a ruby over the heart activates feelings of love and protects it from negativity.

Luckily for the discerning shopper, several {NewNew} jewelry designers work with the genuine article, providing many beautiful ways for you to protect your heart.

That's not a bad deal for a bauble -- something pretty and protective of your life force? Score!

Of course, if it's the color you respond to more than the stone, then the {NewNew} definitely has you covered. Click here for a complete list of all thing ruby red.


Born on the Fourth of July

American Flag Recycled Felt Pillow by

On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, bringing the United States of America into being.

Monogrammed Recycled Felt Pillow by

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author best known for The Scarlett Letter was born on this day in 1804.

Liberty Rising from

On July 4th, 1886 the people of France offered the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States of America.

PEACE Recycled Glass Necklace by

Ron Kovic, American peace activist and author of Born on the Fourth of July was, well, born on this day.

Happy Birthday!

- Susan

Give the Gift of Luxurious Zzzs

Silk pillow cases are a unique gift. Not only are they indulgent, but they literally aid your beauty sleep. They make you feel luxurious while preventing your hair from breaking and alleviating wrinkles. Here are some instructions to make a basic silk pillow case:

  • Sample pillow case
  • 1¼ yard silk/satin fabric- basic lining silks cost $6-$8 per yard, while the more ideal heavier satin silks cost $12-$14
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure

Making a Silk Pillow

Measure the sample pillow case by placing the tape measure seam to seam and adding a seam allowance of 5/8" to 1" to all edges. Silk will shrink in the wash, so it is better to measure out the body a little larger (you can eyeball this).

Cut out 2 pieces of the fabric to the chosen size. In laying out your pattern, consider that the selvage (the finished edge of the fabric) will become the opening side of the pillow case.

Now place the fabric with right sides together, pin, and stitch around 3 sides. The pillow opening side, which has the selvage, stays open.

Turn the pillow case right-side-out, iron, and it's done!

For a more feminine look, add a matching, contrasting, or coordinating frill to a simple pillow. Alternative Windows has instructions on adding frills to cushions.

For an additional flair, I included a store-bought pouch and stuffed it with fresh lavender. DIY Life has a more sophisticated lavender sachet recipe. Or you might add other lavender products that incorporate the R&R theme such as scented bath salts prepared according to Nordea's recipe. The NewNew spa products also help pamper the body and soul.

I made a silk pillow case for myself and found my husband clamoring for his own… leading me to believe this is also a great metro-sexual Father’s Day gift!