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

…happy 5 years to us!…

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Me & my girls! Thanks to my great staff for all the hard work! (Aren’t they cute?)

My heart is full right now. And my customers are the greatest. I just wanted to put that out there.

Last week we had a shindig at our little store by the sea to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We spent the day making sure everything was just perfect..we had gift baskets to pack and cakes to pick up and little gourmet appetizers to make…it was a group project to be sure…and all of my awesome employees were there to help.

Our goal was to make this a great thank you party to everyone who has supported us over the years. It was important to me that if someone took time out of their life to show up…that they were not disappointed. I believe each moment of everyone’s life is precious.

What really blew me away was how I ended up going away with more gifts than I feel we gave. A friend of mine, Bronny Dainiels, who is also a professional photographer was there snapping pictures of all of our goodies when I arrived. She managed to, completely unasked and unsolicited,  captured the spirit of our whole evening…start to finish. And the photos were in my inbox when I woke up.

Bronny Daniels- photographer extraordinaire...
Bronny Daniels- photographer extraordinaire…

Customers brought me flowers. They brought me heartfelt handmade cards. Food. Cupcakes. (Rice Krispies cupcakes which were gone in a flash…don’t worry…I am getting the recipe for all of you) Bottles of wine.

anniversary-4But most of all they shared stories with me. Stories of how they gave Island Cowgirl Jewelry as a gift to someone who needed inspiration. Stories of the artists they had discovered at the store and how much that meant to them. I heard over and over again…”We are so glad you are in Huntington Beach…we love your store so much”. Wow. Their overwhelming spirit of generosity was amazing.

One wonderful customer, when she learned that a portion of the days sales were going toward Sunkissed Acres Equine Rescue bought even more. Including a big wood starfish that she would have hand carry on the plane the next day on her trip back home to Florida. But she wanted to help the horses.

annivarsary-6The last gift basket of the evening was raffled off at 9PM. It went to a woman whose elderly mom had been there earlier. She said her mother often bought Island Cowgirl jewelry for her on her birthday…but that tonight she was a little short on funds and could not buy anything, but that she wanted to be at the party tonight to help us celebrate.

Her daughter had come back to the store in hopes that her mom may win the gift basket…because it would mean so much to her. And she did. I told her it was meant to be…anniversary-3And so everyone went home happy on this fine spring night…Me with my full heart. My peeps. And the horses. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Peace, Love & Horses,

~heather

 

 

…horse love…

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Here at Island Cowgirl a big part of our hearts are dedicated to horses…as you can tell by our past posts and much of our jewelry.

Did you know that the U.S. indirectly supports Horse slaughter. Kill buyers get ahold of unwanted horses in a variety of ways. They are stolen from pasture. A lot of them are trolling Craigslist and taking advantage of the economy by “adopting” horses that people can no longer afford and are offering to a good home for free. They then take these horses and put them up on “bail”. If no one pays their bail to save them…usually $300-600 they go off to Canada & Mexico to be killed for meat. Yes Meat. And yes, our lovely friends north of the boarder…Canada participates in this barbaric practice which has manifested this thriving industry of death down here.

Take the case a Buddy. Buddy & Dallas had been given to a family with a “special needs” child. They even came out to ride him with a crippled child. A few months later Dallas was found at a kill buyer. Someone paid his “bail” to get him out but Buddy was no where to be seen and his former owners feared he had suffered a similar fate.

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Thankfully, he was found through the power of Facebook and is on his way home, but countless other horses and owners have not been as lucky.

We are always looking for ways to help the horse community… Below is a great site for more information on how you can help stop this travesty taking place against the gentle giants that melt our hearts.

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I really encourage everyone to check out the AC4H website. It is such a tragedy that our friends don’t have their own voice… we must be the voice for them!

XoXo,

~heather

…buy a beanie, save a horse…

horserescue-collage2Many of you remember that we are raising money for the H.O.R.S.E. Sanctuary & Rescue in my hometown of Rochester, NY.

Jackie from Dreaming of Three  jumped in to help and was so kind as to design & make these beanies for us to raise money for the cause. (Big XOXO to her)

The beanies arrived yesterday at the studio and we decided to do a photoshoot…see how cute they are?

They are $15 each and the proceeds all go to help Mike & his wonderful rescue.

Mike has spent over 20 years rescuing neglected & abused horses at great personal sacrifice. His charity organization has saved over 400 horses.

Mike is terminally ill with lung cancer. His last wish is that his 11 remaining horses be placed safely. He made a promise to these horses that they would always be safe…we are working hard to make sure Mike keeps that promise.

Buy a beanie…save a horse!

There are four great colors available…Black, Graphite, Olive & Khaki… dreamof-three2-web

…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.
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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