it’s fall y’all*

Horseshoe leather bracelet and necklace“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.

I don’t need to tell you how that story ends.

Silver Corset RingOur Corset Ring is perfect for fall

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We all love our dogs…even when they smell like skunks (well mostly). 
The Love Has Paws Bracelet & Unconditional Love Ring

cowgirl snaffle leather necklaceOur Cowgirl Up Necklace complete with snaffle rings and a big heart

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 Skunk Boy Nigel wants a snuggle…any takers?
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puppy paw ring*

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?

So make my Friday and go scoop up some Island Cowgirl.

all you need is love…and a dog*

All you need is love and a dog…and maybe a red chicken…

This is Nigel, my Old English Sheepdog, constant companion and snuggler extroidinaire. And quite possibly the best dog that ever was.

He is the inspiration behind most of our dog inspired jewelry…and we love him so. Like our new Paws Forever Bracelet from our new Fall collection…For those of you that love your dogs as much as I do.

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…new things on the horizon…

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Who goofs off on the job? No silly Sallys around here! No sir! We get down to business!

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This may appear to be a fluffy english sheepdog, but Nigel, he’s is all about focus! No shenanigans are tolerated while he’s on set! He directs production.

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Oh and don’t let the eyes fool you… Bonnie Bell is our lead styling assistant here, she tries to stay behind the scenes.
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It’s all quiet serious really. No funny business. WORK. WORK. WORK.
springblog6Just kidding… We love this stuff and we laugh all day long.

Its good to be an Island Cowgirl!

Keep an eye out for our new lifestyle photography, coming soon to the site!

 

…nigels christmas card…

raindeernigel copyThis year Nigel really wanted his own Christmas card…
so naturally we made his christmas wish come true!
….But, we couldn’t forget little Miss Bonnie!

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…did you have a question?…

We have a few frequently asked questions here at Island Cowgirl…
we want to make sure we answer any questions our customers have because, well, we love you!

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so here is a quick Q & A on a couple of common questions…

People often want to know…

Do you do repairs? The answer is yes! We love how much our customers enjoy rocking their favorite Island Cowgirl piece or pieces… and when you wear something daily ware and tare happens… Mail us your damaged piece  with the repair form and we will be sure to fix it up and get it back to you ASAP. Typically we charge $10 for leather restringing…and everything else is on a case by case basis. We will phone you and let you know how much your repair will cost.

Can I have something from IC customized? You sure can! We try to size our bracelets and necklaces on an average scale, but we can often make exceptions! Most of our leather and pieces can be made larger or smaller or switched from leather to chain… and vise versa! The best way to find out if we can customize something the way you would like it is to call our studio @ (714) 963-6200! 

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How will my IC order be shipped? With tender love and care OF COURSE, in our special Island Cowgirl Packaging. We use UPS ground. If you need something in a big hurry please select our expedited shipping options upon checkout. We offer UPS ground, 3 day, 2 day or Overnight.  We unfortunately DO NOT ship to PO Boxes.

Shipments to Alaska, Hawaii or Canada may incur additional charges. We currently only ship to US and Canada.

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Hope that your questions have been answered, if you have more feel free to email us or give us a call!

info@islandcowgirl.com

(714) 963-6200

XOX

…save a horse ride a sheep dog…

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Introducing our newest baby cowgirl Abbot Kinney (Abbey for short)

She is such a little ball of fur. Nigel is still acclimating to having a baby hanging around the studio, but he seems to be warming up to the idea of having a new friend.

I mean look at that smile on his face he’s obviously enamored by her cuteness.

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It’s our love of animals that serves for so much inspiration in the creative process here at Island Cowgirl. You look at a pair of furry, wet nosed angels like this and you cant help but think “fur is love” or have the phrase “unconditional love” come to mind.

Too precious. Especially with the 90 pound weight difference…. they are just the funniest pair. We’re all smiling ear to ear around here.

Heres hoping we could pass our smile on to you. XOXO

…in the studio…

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This is a little peak at our behind the scenes of what we do here at Island Cowgirl… working hard and putting a little bit of love into every design.

We have such a wonderful & committed team, it is such a blessing to show up to this little creative home every week.

We get to see fluffy faces like this….
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and this….

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However, you can count on a guilt trip from Miss Bonnie if you don’t plan on sharing your lunch! Who could say no to those eyes?

We are constantly in the building process in the studio, whether it be making the actual jewelry its self, shooting out emails, taking/making phone calls, photography, and of course playing sprinkler monster with Nigel.

Work for many people is simply a means to an end… or it just fills up the daily space. We are proud to say we love our work family and we will strive to maintain this awesome experience in the studio, just as we will continue to strive to bring you our version of cool boho jewelry.

xoxo

…we LOVE our dawgs…

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Oh…the many faces of Nigel. Also known as Nigelicious, Fat Face and Angel of Love…(AOL for short).

For those of you who don’t already know him, allow me to introduce our brand mascot Mister Nigel. Heather’s Old English Sheepdog…

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And then of course there is Bonnie. Bonnie-Bell…who is not so amused at all by all the ruckus of the younger dogs here. She is a bit of an grumpy old lady…but we love her just the same.

All of us here at Island Cowgirl are dog lovers to the maximum degree. We believe dogs are just angels in dog costumes…and we love having them around. They make us laugh, give us a nice break in the day and most of all they are wonderful snugglers. Most of us have become impervious to dog slobber & dog hair…as a requirement of the job.

We are so blessed to work in a space that we can have our favorite animals running free, and stopping by to pay us little visits at our desks.

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So much of our jewelry is influenced by this love of furry friends.

One of our favorites is our ‘Fur is Love’ Bracelet. It’s the perfect little ode to your best friend.

Dogs bring a smile to our faces and on a tough day… just make the world a little bit better.

If you are a dog lover, you know what we mean.

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Wags and Kisses,

Island Cowgirl & Nigel-icious

…unlikely friendships…

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We form friendships in some of the most unlikely places….with the strangest circumstances. Yet, those bonds hold just as strong and true as any.

Let your heart be open to the kindness it has to share, it will be more open to receiving it as well.

Sometimes all we need to get the ball rolling is a genuine smile, or unexpected hello….a random act of kindness…

You never know what kind of relationship that could be sparked by a little bit of heart-to-heart.

Today we seem so busy with our virtual world, that I think that sometimes we miss out on actually connecting with compassion and consideration.

And I think that maybe perhaps animals have it right…

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XoXo,

Island Cowgirl

 

…’tis the season to be hippy…

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We just put the finishing touches on our holiday displays at the store…Our little elves have decorated it real pretty and trimmed the tree with care. We have LOTS of great new gifts and stocking stuffers. We especially like our up-cycled blue jean Ipad Covers ($40)…they make a wonderful gift. I know everytime I have mine on a plane someone asks me where I got it. Ryan & I get all of the jeans from local flea markets here in Southern California…and his mom, Ann, (who also made my wedding dress) sews them by hand.  Don’t forget our playful Animal Mittens…we have cows, pigs, bunnies, puppies & more.
Check out our new recycled wood inspirational wall hangings…and we have plenty of handmade felt Christmas Ornaments. Feel free to phone the store and they can send you pictures & prices of whatever you may be interested in…714-580-9909

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We love our new chalkboard earring display…Samantha had a lot of fun doing the poem & artwork on it…Also just in are our Dr. Seuss Birdhouses. Available in may colors & styles…Just give us a ring. We are gonna have a very Hippy Christmas here at Island Cowgirl in Huntington Beach!

…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

…dawgs…

…Nigel & I saw this on the way to the dog park today…hugs & kisses to all our dawgs

It inspired me to design a bunch of new dog jewelry that is coming up in our Summer Collection…stay tuned!

XOXO

~heather

…life’s a (dog) beach…

This is Nigel at dog beach. He leaps. He lunges. He is hard to photograph.

Notice the flying ears and the sand ridden muppet feet. Most of which ends up in my truck.

On the upside he has achieved a higher state of sheer bliss. Don’t we all wish we could be Nigel?

Of course, there is something in it for me, besides seeing my dog completely flip out with ecstasy.  I get to beach-comb for cool shells and driftwood which we use in our store and for photography props.

And of course there is always the view. Never get tired of that view…and all those little doggie footie prints.

XOXO

~heather & her sandy truck