“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers…”
Fall in Leipers Fork by far my very favorite time of the year. The heat is lifted, the braids come out of my horses manes and the flies start to go off duty. It is glorious.
The horses also get a little more spring in their step. Pretty much the only downside is Mr. or Mrs. skunk that likes to reside under the barn begins his/her mating season. And you know who loves to chase skunks? Because he thinks they look like kitty cats. You guessed it. Nigel.
Fall is in the air here in Nashville…well at least the trees are starting to turn. Someone forgot to tell the temperature because it is still in the mid 80’s around these parts. We are looking forward to the cooler days of fall soon! It is by far my favorite time of the year.
Here are some of our fall favorites to kick off our favorite season. And a little hello from Miss Liberty Belle who is matching the fall scenery like a true Island Cowgirl Fashionista.
We were honored to be chosen to exhibit at this years Country Music Fest in Nashville, also known as the CMA Fest. Our booth was located at the Fan-X experience where you could come have a meet & greet with your favorite country music singers.
We had a lot of fun meeting people from all over the country and the world who attend the festival. This is our third year exhibiting so we have a lot of customers who come see us year after year…and have become addicted to Island Cowgirl.
We brought a small selection of work from other Nashville artists that we carry in the store…My favorite being the “Shit Creek Survivor” sign.
A big thanks to my husband who was my Sherpa and set the booth up for the show…and my mother-in-law who is the Varage Ninja and found this great chandelier for the booth. It added a little extra bohemian flair.
As summer winds up here in our little Tennessee village we are both happy and sad all at the same time. Summer brings us fireflies in the pasture, green rolling hills forever, brilliant sunrises over the ridge and lots of outdoor music in the Fork. Happy because it will start to cool off soon and bring us all of the blessings of fall. Summer also brings up a sense of wanderlust which makes our Gypsy Stacking Bangles perfect.
Of course my personal favorite is watching the sun come up every morning with Sundance. This summer we saw some spectacular ones! In the summer I am often up at 5:30am to feed the horses and try to get a ride in before the the heat. Oh, and I have to work too…so think of me when you start work at 9AM and know that I am already 4 hours into my day. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We all have a little gypsy in our soul…this is one of our most popular bracelets. In fact we have one client that travels a lot and annonymously sends them off to fellow gypsies that she meets along the way. How awesome is that! Summer is also a perfect time to get your wanderlust on.
Here are a few of our newest necklaces…of course you know which one is my favorite. The running horse is actually of my Gypsy Vanner horse Sundance called the Wild & Free Necklace. And that is just what he is…my little wild child and appropriately named after the Gypsies of Wales where he originated from.
the sun and the sea are healing and this is my happy place…
Hit the beach and don’t worry…we’ve got you covered. Summer favorites to channel your inner mermaid. Our Anchor Necklace is perfect for your trip to the beach and the Palm Tree Necklace reminds us of a little bit of paradise.
“here in the south we don’t hide crazy…we parade it around on the front porch and give it a sweet tea…”
It is starting to warm up here in Tennessee and is already feeling a lot like summer. The fireflies are lighting up the pasture each night and the rainbows run across the sky almost with each rainfall. And of course the sweet tea is flowing. Grass mowing is a national past time here and the grass practically grows while you are watching it.
We have put together some of our favorite summertime pieces from our collection…So hit the beach and make sure you channel your inner mermaid.
We will be right here mowing grass, catching fireflies, chasing rainbows & drinking sweet tea. And making cool jewelry.
Mothers Day is coming up on May 14th…don’t forget mom! We have some great Mothers Day gift ideas on our website to make shopping easy for you. Show mom some love and get her something special…Check them out!
Of all the bracelets we sell…this one is one of the ones that people will panic about the most if they lose it. I know because I get the emails. It has become a personal mantra to get them through their tough times or overcome their struggles and try to realize their dreams.
It is etched with one of my favorite quotes from Joan of Arc…“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”
Does it really get any better than that? Sometimes that is just the reminder you need to put your fear aside and just move forward. So often we get stuck in a comfortable place and have a hard time moving past it to where our dreams lie. This bracelet can help…at least I have been told!
Well it just seems like a puppy sort of a week…not only do we have new puppy paw t-shirts but we also wanted to share with you one of our best selling rings. Our awesome Puppy Paw Ring.
After all…we all know how much we love our dogs. Wearing this ring is great way to be reminded of them when you can’t have them near. We even carved a little heart on either side ’cause we love them so much.
Available is sizes 6, 7 and 8 from our ever so easy to order from website. I spend a LOT of time coding the website so I am always extra excited when we get orders. A lot of people do not know that aside from being a jewelry designer and riding horses…I am also an uber nerd. Who would have thought?
This blog has been a little quiet lately. I would like to say that life got a little hectic and crazy and I didn’t have time to post…but that wasn’t really the case. For me life pretty much stopped in its tracks.
I awoke on Thanksgiving Day unable to walk and in excruciating pain. My left leg was paralyzed and I was told that I would need emergency back surgery. I went from being a very active person to not even being able to lift my head to drink out of a straw. I was staring down the barrel of a four month recovery at the very least…if I recovered at all. Those of you that have gone down the scary road of back surgery know that it is not a guarantee of anything. I had to relearn how to walk, right down to the baby step basics.
I was so blessed to have an amazing and strong husband who not only took care of me, a farm, two horses but also got my business through the Christmas holiday. My employees were amazing and I felt so very blessed to have them as they truly function as one big amazing team. Everyone pitched in and did what it took to get the job done.
And a big grateful thanks to my friends who came over every afternoon in the dead of winter to help with the horses. And my in-laws and mother who cooked and baby sat me.
I am better and walking now. And riding my horses who got a little fat and sassy. And beginning the new summer collection. You better believe that it is gonna be a whole lot about gratefulness, gratitude and love. xoxo
We moved to Nashville three years ago from California on a wing and a prayer. And with a house, a horse, a dog, a store, a studio, two storage units and three vintage cars. But a wing and a prayer sounded much more romantical. We were in search of a simpler life and some much needed elbow room.
As you know Nashville is all about the live music. It fills the streets…it’s the first thing you hear when you land in the airport. We even have live music at the grocery store.
Our Guitar Necklace is our ode to the spirit of love and music we have found in Nashville.
Wishing everyone tons of holiday sparkle and love…Don’t forget to put a little Island Cowgirl Jewelry under your tree for everyone! Of course if you are named Nigel…you may just want to hide your tennis ball.