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Russell Wrankle. -
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WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS CREATURE
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This weekend I got to spend some time with a friend who I went to high school with and we re-connected at our reunion a couple of years ago. She actually became one of my best custom jewelry clients, too! We took a trip over to Berkeley, where I hadn’t been to in several years. She took me to lunch at a fantastic Mexican restaurant called Picante and we had the most amazing vegetarian tameles. I’m not vegetarian, but the butternut squash tamales are to die for! Even their tortilla chips are like nothing I’ve ever had. Picante uses certified, non-GMO ingredients which makes it even better. You can even order their food online! If you ever have the opportunity, go there!
After lunch, we headed over to Shattuck Avenue to visit Baubles and Beads, which was our primary purpose for heading to Berkeley on Saturday. I honestly have to say that while they have a beautiful selection of beads, semi-precious stones, gemstones and a lot of supplies, they are very pricey compared to the prices at General Bead and Beyond Beads in San Francisco (my two favorite bead shops ever!). I did manage to find some great frosted Czech glass and Sea Glass for a reasonable price. There was so much I wanted to buy there, but with the prices being so high I figured I’d be foolish to spend my money there and get so little. I’m figuring that their high prices are because they’re the only game in town and I’m sure the rent in Berkeley isn’t cheap. Plus they had about four employees working there on Saturday and they did seem pretty knowledgeable about the business. So I’m not going to badmouth the place and say not to shop there. I actually think it’s a great little shop and if you have the funds, more power to you!
Here is an Oceanic Blue and Green Sea Glass and frosted Czech Glass bracelet I just completed from materials which I purchased at Baubles and Beads, which is mixed with Swarovski and Czech crystals. The sea glass is in aqua blue drops and olive green ovals and the frosted Czech glass beads are pyramid-shaped in clear and blue zircon. There are even some beautiful purple jade beads mixed in. I just listed it on Etsy and it’s available for $44.23 with free USPS First Class Shipping. Take Me To The Listing
After bead shopping, we headed over to Philz Coffee, which is just down the street from the bead shop. Philz is the most wonderful place to order a fresh brewed coffee drink and they brew each cup individually! You can also purchase some of their coffee beans in various weights. What makes it an even greater coffee experience is the very friendly and down-to-earth staff they hire. Nicest people in the coffee biz ever! When Peter and I were living in San Francisco, I used to frequent the Philz on Van Ness quite often and I was sad when I found that there isn’t one on the Peninsula. It had been a couple of years since I had the opportunity to visit Philz, so when I saw that there was one in Berkeley, it was a must-do.
Not only did we have a great day just being in Berkeley, but the weather was absolutely beautiful. This was a good thing, since Sunday was rainy - but I’m not complaining about that one bit since we’ve barely saw any rain in 2013 and so far this year. I know that many will agree that more rain is much needed around here, so bring it! After all, droughts are no fun.
In light of having such a great weekend and with everything being so “charming”, I’ve put together an Etsy Treasury this morning called “Positively Charming”, which features nothing but beautiful handmade charm bracelets. You can check it out below, or see it on Etsy!
Have a great day!!!
All the best,
I like to be flexible in my creativity and in what I offer at Markalino Jewelry on Etsy. So, I am now accepting orders for two types of Custom Awareness Bracelets for any type of awareness you choose! What’s more is that 40% of the proceeds from the sale of these bracelets will be donated to the charity of the customer’s choosing and a receipt of donation will be emailed to the customer in pdf format.
One is a Single-Strand Awareness Bracelet featuring Swarovski Crystal elements separated by silver and/or antique silver spacer beads and a .925 Sterling Silver Awareness Charm. These were the original awareness bracelets I was creating back in 2007 to 2008 after we found that my father had Stage 4 Lung and Kidney cancer. I raised a good amount of money, mostly for the American Cancer Society. They were a huge hit and so I am now offering them once again for $30.00 with a 40% donation to the charity of the customer’s choice.
You can click on any image to go to that bracelet’s listing. Further down is the second type of bracelet that can be custom-ordered.
The second awareness bracelet I am offering is a Charm Style Awareness Bracelet which features a mix of Swarovski and Preciosa crystal elements ranging from 6mm to 10mm in size. Preciosa crystals are a less expensive alternative to Swarovski and look just as beautiful and it keeps the cost down a bit. Some still must be Swarovski elements, as some colors are exclusively that of Swarovski. Swarovski pearls are also included in these bracelets, ranging from 6mm to 8mm in size. Two .925 Sterling Silver awareness charms are included in this bracelet. These I am offering at $52.00 with a 40% donation to be made to the charity of the customer’s choice.