…northstar’s christmas list…

Northstar Horse Charity

Many of you have asked for an update on Northstar. A while back we told you about a 6 year old family horse that was intentionally set on fire while in pasture. The family found him whining for them and wandering around the pasture in shock. “He was a mess, you could see where a liquid was poured on him and he was set on fire” his owner said.  He was burned to the bone at the tip of his withers.

An unspeakable act of animal cruelty which was unbelievably horrifying and which left a hole in my heart a mile wide.

In the past few months Island Cowgirl has participated in several charity auctions to raise money for Northstar’s treatment and recovery. We are happy to say that Northstar is doing amazingly well. He has had several skin grafts that have been healing better than expected and he has been one of the bravest souls we have ever seen and has touched so many with his courage. However, he is not out of the woods yet and his treatment & recovery could span a few years. He will need special care for the rest of his life.
Northstar
Northstar still has a long road ahead of him and he is still in need of help…The charity helping him has set up a Christmas wish list for Northstar so if you are feeling like giving this holiday season…here is a way to help him directly by buying him exactly the things he needs from Jeffers.Northstars Christams List
If you would like to see the whole story about Northstar  and make a cash donation please visit his website, Help Northstar
Police are still seeking the person responsible for this crime. A $3000 reward is being offered so if you know anything about this please call 814-663-2043.
God speed Northstar. We love you.
~h

…into the fire…

Into the Fire Inspirational BraceletTis the season when we start making our limited edition & one of a kind jewelry available for everyone…far & wide. This is our “Into the Fire” bracelet which is pure love. Semi precious stones of carnelian, coral, moonstone & hematite are all carefully hand knotted on cotton cord…our square inspirational charm bearing the word “love” swings nearby.

Available on our website. Remember this piece of inspirational jewelry is a one-of-a-kind…so once it is gone…it is gone forever.

XOXO

~heather

…spread love & good cheer…

Island Cowgirl Inspirational Love Ring

As we go into the holiday season and things get super hectic around the studio & the store…here is a ring that I love to wear as a reminder to spread love & good cheer.

Which can be a little hard when we are feeling pulled in a 100 different directions…trying to get everything done and make everyone happy. So today…I am going to sit & chill for just a brief shining moment and remind myself what is important, what I am grateful for  & all of the things that make my heart beat a little faster.

Ok…now back to work! We have Christmas trees to put up & poinsettias to water…

XOXO
~heather

…small business weekend…

Island Cowgirl Jewelry Flagship StoreHappy Thanksgiving to all! Come by the store this weekend…we just finished trimming the tree and stocking our store for the holidays.

Help us celebrate Small Business Saturday by making it a small business weekend…support made in the USA as well as all of your local businesses. Remember to shop local!

Island Cowgirl Flagship Store
320 1/2 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA  92648
714-963-6200

 

…win your wishlist…

Win your wishlist!

It’s that time again where we love to spread the Cowgirl Holiday Cheer…Early!

Win Your Wishlist!

One lucky winner will receive a $250 Gift Card that you can use for our inspirational jewelry online or in our store. Just CLICK HERE to fill out the form to enter.

If you want more chances to win….Tell your friends about Win Your Wishlist and receive up to 10 additional entries!

Hurry! Contest ends on December 5th!

(Everyone LOVES inspirational handmade jewelry…so get some under the tree for FREE!)

 

…because in war there are no unwounded soldiers…

Vetrans Day Flag

Dear Veterans,

We are so very lucky to have had you. You are braver than most of us. And we thank you for that…perhaps not often enough.  We celebrate you as heroes and we do take you for granted. Hopefully this is the one day we do not.

My brother was in the Air Force. He wanted nothing more than to be a pilot. But his eyesight was not 20/20 so that was not meant to be. He did not let this get in his way. So he applied for the ROTC program in his freshman year in college. He was turned down.

In October of that year they offered him a spot…someone had dropped out. He accepted gladly…still trying to make his way to his dream. My brother went on to become wing commander of his ROTC group. He then went on to become the youngest Lt. Colonel ever in the Airforce.  And one of the youngest Colonel’s in the Airforce. His family has made great sacrifice to this country…often moving every year or so to some other base. Not easy with three kids. Often doing without their father for long periods of time. Not easy for anyone. And all from someone who was not their first pick.

Great things often come from unexpected places.

Peace and love rings

I am very proud of my brother and to all of the men & women who do things everyday that the rest of us, if we are being totally honest, would not.

And on this day…remember “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers”…Jose Narosky

~XOXO

 

…braid love…


I love all things yarn…all things hippie and most of all braids! I thought this was such a cool idea of braiding random pieces of yarn into your hair…You could even include some lace for a more romantical look…

Either way it is the epitome of Boho Chic…which is how we roll…

Happy Trails!
or Hippie Trails…whichever you prefer…

~heather

…helping hands…or paws…

This week around the studio we have been doing a photo shoot for our new website…It has been a lot of fun…but we battled some rain, some cold, a big praying mantis that kept buzzing us…but our biggest challenge was trying to keep Nigel out of the pictures. He assumed that it was playtime and kept covering the ground at our feet with toys.

This is the way it went…put on bracelet, pose model, arrange jewelry, throw dog toy and then very quickly try to snap the picture before said dog with toy bounded back into the frame…and ruined the picture. Needless to say we have more pictures of blurry white and grey fur than we do of jewelry. He especially liked posing with our doggie jewelry…Here you see him with our “Love Has Paws” bracelet.

Then of course we had to deal with this silliness…Bonny. Bonny doesn’t move much so we didn’t have to worry about drive by fur shots…however her sleeping poses were pretty distracting.

All in all we had a lot of fun with the photoshoot….and look forward to sharing all of these great new shots with you on our newly designed website! Lots of new inspirational jewelry & cowgirl jewelry coming up!

XOXO
heather

…bravery, peace & lost treasure…

What we’re wearing around the studio today….Bravery & Peace Bracelet

I love this bracelet and have worn it almost everyday for 5 years…There is a story behind this and why I keep it close.

When I was 20 I left New York City and went to live on the Caribbean island of St. Martin…which was great. I lived on a Catamaran, sold my jewelry on the beach, lost all of my shoes from the dock box and made a lot of friends. After about I year it was really time to go home. I just had one problem. One way flights were a lot of money. More money than I really had.

So I did the next best thing…I caught a ride. Some friends of mine sailed up to Florida each year to dive for buried treasure. It was always during Hurricane season as this is when the sand is churned up and the long buried treasure is most likely to be found.

Now the 1500 mile sail back up to Florida is a story within itself. I won’t get into too much detail here except to say…it involved a long sail spanning over several weeks, a lot of dolphins, one large pissed off mommy whale and an even larger storm which involved all of us tying ourselves to the mast and saying our prayers.

Once we got to Florida…barefoot and sea torn but in one piece which was a miracle in itself…I decided to stay on for the treasure hunt. My most unique asset to the team involved being able to hold my breath under water for long periods of time. (Thanks to my brothers when I was growing up).

We were diving on a wreck where 12 Spanish Galleons had gone down in 1812. The Galleons were bringing families to the New World along with all of their earthly belongings. Most of it was gold bars, gold coins and lots of gold. You get the idea.

We did find gold that summer. And a lot of silver bullion. It wasn’t a glamourous story of finding. One night there was a huge storm. I woke up to a beautiful sunrise and jumped overboard to cool off. And there in 12 feet of the clearest water you ever did see…30 feet from shore and high rise condos was a pile of gold. Just sitting there so pretty.

In that day gold coins were imprinted on one side with the Kings stamp…and on the other was the coat of arms of the person that owned it. And they would clip off little pieces of the coins to pay for things. So they are not all round. In fact none of them are really round.

Set into the cross of the Bravery & Peace inspirational bracelet is actually an impression of one of these coins…The same coin which has always brought me luck.

I only hope it does the same for you…

XOXO
~h