postcards from the farm…goat yoga*

leipers fork sunrise“life is getting up an hour early to live an hour more”…

Another brilliant summer sunrise at the farm…granted it is 5:30am and getting up this early is not for everyone. Well, pretty much not for anyone. But I will always get up and run across the pasture to capture my favorite purple sunrise. It is always fleeting…only lasting a minute or two over the far off ridge…but it is always worth it.

The heat this August was not overly oppressive…unless of course you have hair like Libby & I do. It is akin to wearing a heavy blanket on top of your head. Hair, more hair and more hair. So what better way to beat the heat than to wear the same matching braids. I think she kind of liked them!

Nigel got his usual short summer hair cut and was all ready for his morning duties to clear the pasture of birds. He takes this very seriously.

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Goat Yoga in Leipers Fork

My friends over at Gratidude Ranch here in Leipers Fork have a charity for foster children called Safe House. It is an awesome charity for children in the foster system and they work tirelessly  to give these children a better life. They personally keep a petting zoo of 27 different animals on their property that the children can visit.

They came up with a wonderful idea of having Saturday morning Goat Yoga on their farm in order to raise money for their charity.  Why not? They had lots of willing goats and a pig or two.

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The hardest part of the whole thing was not laughing. Constantly. They were so darn cute and they wanted to snuggle. Although some people brought carrots and had an unfair snuggling advantage. We will be going back again next time for sure! Carrots in hand. If you have a chance check out their Safe House For All and the wonderful work that they do!

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Sundance says don’t forget to stop and smell the sunflowers!
(he’s ver wise…not just a pretty face)

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celebrate adopt a dog month*

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October is the official Adopt a Dog Month…We are very excited to announce a jewelry fundraiser for “A Place To Bark“dog rescue.

A Place to Bark works tirelessly to save and rehabilitate abused and abandoned dogs. My friend Bernie Berlin saved over 1000 dogs last year alone. This is a worthy cause if there ever was one.

Get your Holiday shopping done now & help Save The Lives of homeless pets!
You will not only get a 20% discount, but also a donation will be made to “A Place To Bark” for each & every purchase made! Win/Win!!!

Enter promo code BARK20 upon checkout to receive your discount and help save a dog.

We would like to thank Nigel, our model, for modeling our Puppy Love Bracelet.

horse rescues with a big heart*

Last weekend I had the honor of hosting some wonderful people attending the Homes for Horses Coalition Conference here in Nashville.

We had 11 attendees staying at my two farms representing rescues throughout the Southeast and California. These people work tirelessly and selflessly throughout the year to save & rehabilitate horses.

I made some new friends, learned quite a bit that I didn’t already know about the ins & outs of rescue and got to visit with two rescues that have been close to my heart. Lana & Becky from Therapony in California and Lori from Sunkissed Acres.

I am honored and humbled to be able to be a small part of the noble and important work these groups do. Please consider a donation…it is always greatly appreciated.

Here is a summary of the event from my friend Lori…who could have been a poet had she not gotten into horse rescue.

This past weekend, myself and 7 others from Horse Rescue United, had the opportunity to gather at the Rescue Horse Coalition in Nashville. It was well attended by rescues from all over the US. I had a chance to connect with some of the rescues I love. Deanna Kafka’s donkey rescue has always had a piece of my heart and more so now. She is so real and so passionate. A small group in California, Therapony, saving them one horse at a time with long term goals. We left with a lot of valuable information but even more so with the realization that we are all equal. We all face the same trials and tribulations. We all deal with the heartache and the successes. The struggles are shared clear across the board whether we have one or 150. Spending the weekend gathering information, sharing experiences and cheering each other on brings on a renewed energy. All the while watching Buddy and Henry both make it home added to the glory. It was a weekend I won’t forget for a while I can assure you. And sitting with the groups from Georgia who I work with on a daily basis, the best. We laughed, we cried, we planned, we committed. We are rescue.

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what’s new!*

…a real labor of love…Our new 2015 collection…one of our biggest ever…over 85 new pieces. It is super sized because our move to Nashville usurped our summer line so we had to make it up!

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sunkissed day*

On a beautiful Saturday morning a few weeks ago…we made our way to Georgia to help out Sunkissed Acres in their annual fundraiser. My very first employee & good friend, Sheila, was visiting from California so she wanted to come along and help out. It was so nice having her along for the ride…and she was even lucky enough to be a judge in the costume contest. Continue reading

feeling the local love*

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 12.33.44 PMA BIG thanks to Huntington Beach’s own ‘Main & PCH Blog‘! Recently they did an amazing feature on Island Cowgirl Jewelry and Flagship Store.

Main & PCH‘ is a phenomenal asset in supporting local Huntington Beach businesses. They feature food, events, artists and lifestyle of the HB community.

We couldn’t appreciate their recognition more! It was a great write up and we feel really blessed as the Island Cowgirl family to have this fabulous mention on such a well respected blog.

Make sure to check out their website, you’re sure to stumble upon some great local treasures and first hand info on upcoming festivities in the Surf City community!

 

 

…a little birdie told me…

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Soft chocolate leather, combined with heartfelt charms, results in the perfect Island Cowgirl piece. Each token is etched with its own romantical saying. Check out all of our pieces and find an item with the sentiment that matches your own loving feeling!

XO

 

…important holiday info…

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A little info for the locals… We’ve extended our flagship store hours to 8pm every night…

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and for the non locals… our last day to place orders for overnight shipping will be Monday the 23rd before 3pm pst!

Hope this helps all of our last minute IC shoppers!

XO

…the yummiest time of the year…

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What brings people together more then food? Especially during the holidays!

We’ve added lots of delicious giftable goodies to our shelves at the store for the holidays…Including adorable boxes of milk chocolate toffee, caramel popcorn, and THE cutest dry cookie mix in pre packaged jars!

You really cant go wrong with these decadent and delectable treats…

Stop in to our store on main street in Huntington Beach to try out any one of these amazing edible gifts!

Or call to order and have it mailed directly to someone you love!

(714)580-9909

 

 

…the holiday party…

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We hope everyone who came out to the holiday party enjoyed the special deals, new one of a kind pieces, eggnog and cupcakes! We know we had a great time!

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It was a wonderful way to kick off the holidays!

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…jolly holiday…

hsnowThe store is officially decorated for the holidays!

holidaystore It’s our favorite time of year and also our busiest. Our Island Cowgirl elves are hard at work in the studio prepping tons of beautiful pieces to be shipped out for the holidays….
hstore2 We get excited each year about putting together the December window display because of its cheery christmas vibe.
holidaystore2 It seems like everyone is filled with the spirit of giving this time of year… and we love being a little part of our customers holiday joy.
hwindow3 We also offer adorable gift wrapping to our in store customers during the holidays for that extra festive touch…. its a toss up as to who enjoys our wrapping more, the person receiving it or us for putting it together, making a pretty present!

Stop by to enjoy this years decorations and shop around!

xo

…nigel-kringle…

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We had so much fun doing our holiday shoot this year…We had a lovely, wonderful model, great inspirational jewelry stacked up high, some holly for good cheer….and of course Nigel photo-bombing the whole shoot.

This included doling out kisses to our model, hiding his well worn tennis ball in the wreath of holly and just generally sticking his nose in pretty much every picture. He even smiles for the camera…such a ham, it was impossible to do anything but laugh. And throw the tennis ball and snap as many pictures as possible before he came bounding back into the shot.

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Here are a few of the great shots we managed to take without Nigel. Our theme this holiday season seems to be inspirational jewelry and love. If you like what you see…stop by our website at www.islandcowgirl.com and pick out the perfect gift for your love!