…where are the cowgirls at?…

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Every woman has a cowgirl side, whether its out there in the open or some where deep inside their heart.

Because being a cowgirl is about so much more then just riding horses, and knowing the lay of the land. It’s about the strength that comes from the soul, as tough as boot leather when times get rough. Having humility from knowing you’re just a small part of a much grander plan. It is when a woman feels a wide open space and is comfortable with where she stands.

(Pictured above is our ‘Cowgirl at Heart Necklace‘…)

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These pieces were all influenced by a love for the country and the majestic beauty of horses… perfect necklaces to show off your inner cowgirl spirit. Free as an unbridled horse running wild.

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The is so much inspiration to be found in the country life style, from the iconic lucky horseshoe symbol, to the classic mantras of old time cowgirls… like, “worship your wild soul“…. “always saddle your own horse” and so many more… sayings to live by and learn from!

XO

PS. Always remember to always embrace your inner cowgirl

…An October Adventure…

It all started with a trip to the stables

Looking like a country queen wearing our ‘Only From the Heart Necklace‘ with our ‘Peace, Love & Horses Necklace‘… while shoveling hay…of course!
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Did I forget to mention lots and lots of horse play…?

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Time spent with a horse is more then just fun…. it feeds your ‘faith‘ it brings out a ‘strength‘ in you that you didn’t know you had…you learn about your self, but more then anything, you learn to trust and respect.
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Stepping out of the stables and back to work…

We quickly realized boots go with just about anything… but they look especially good next to our ‘reliquary‘ and ‘big dream‘ bracelets…

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We traveled down the road a bit to a nice spot over looking the ocean

Wind blown hair and peace of mind during a perfect sunset…and Our ‘Pure Heart Necklace‘.

PUREBLOG And as the golden rays cast away the day we celebrated… that ‘not all who wander are lost‘.

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Until the next adventure…

XoX

…in the studio…

studiocolo11 Say howdy to our little studio family, well most of it anyways…

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

…a H.O.R.S.E. rescue update…

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Have you seen our featured ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ page on our website?

We have been featuring horses from an organization called ‘H.O.R.S.E. Rescue’ for the past several months. These horses were all up for adoption to good homes and/or sanctuaries. The Organization was founded by a man and wife who had a serious goal to find care and compassion for these beautiful creatures… These horses were all in desperate need of a big heart, willing to take on the responsibility of a special needs horse. In early 2012 they received news that would change their ability to run this amazing rescue…this was Mike’s final statement released to their website…

“It is now August 2012 and has been almost a year since my cancer diagnosis. Since my last ct scan last month things are still going. My lung cancer is still stable and the only thing that’s changed is a tumor on the adrenal gland. That one has doubled in size and I start radiation on August 21 with five treatments. We’ll see how that goes.”

“We still have 12 horses here in Pavilion and five in foster care. Cali and Betty are in Pike undergoing training and Blue, Mykala, and Maverick are in Spencerport. It looks like Makayla and Maverick may have found new homes with Marial in their foster home.”

“We still need your help. I don’t know about my health right now. I am still trying to get things done but I don’t have the strength to do what I did before so vounteers are needed especially doing yard work. We need help taking care of the horses with feeding and grooming. We’re not able to do much fundraising because of physical limitations. We also need help with maintaining the facility such as painting, mowing and weed whacking. If you can help in any way please let us know.”

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Mikes wife could not manage the rescue by her self and they would be forced to close once he passed. His final wish was that all of the horses that remained in their care would find forever homes before he passed. With the help of a lot of word of mouth in the horse community all of the horses have been taken in to new homes and/or sanctuaries.

Mike recently passed away after his long battle with cancer.

He was able to hear the good news before his passing, and left this world at peace.

Here are pictures of the horses that were at the rescue during its final days…the last horses Mike cared for… all of these horses were adopted and now have new care takers.

horserescue1We feel so blessed to have been able to help support this amazing program for horses. Mikes story will always be in our hearts. We will forever remember his selfless love for these majestic animals.

Rest in Peace Mike. We will miss you greatly.

 

…back in the saddle…

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What an amazing smile… right?

This is Cecilia. A friend of hers passed along her inspirational story and I am humbled to share it with you.

On July 4th 2010, when Cecilia was 17 years old she and her brother Joe were in a terrible and devastating car accident while heading home from their family farm. At some point during the drive the car lost control and in spite of Joe’s attempt to take control of the wheel the car spun out, and crashed in to a tree.

Cecilia, still conscious after the accident found her self cemented between the crushed steel of the car. Her legs were completely stuck and she looked over to the driver’s seat to see her brother Joe left completely unconscious, and his jaw entirely detached from his face.

Frightened and in shock, a sense of hope finally arrived with a team of firemen and paramedics. Their parents also made it to the scene, but were urged to go immediately to the hospital while the firemen worked on Cecilia and her brother Joe.

Cecilia remembers talking to her mother at the scene…

“She was going like hold on, it’s going to be alright, ” remembers Cecilia. “We’ll meet you in St. Louis and I was like Mom, don’t leave me. Don’t leave me here. And she had to go.”

It took two long and arduous hours to pry free Cecilia’s mangled legs from the strong steel of the vehicle. Once they were free from the car, both brother and sister were air lifted to the hospital. That night Cecilia was told that her brother Joe was most likely not going to make it, and if she did make it that her legs would probably have to be amputated.

Joe went into a coma, while Cecilia endured four surgeries in which she had 4 titanium rods and over 30 metal screws placed into her legs and right ankle. She then slowly began her journey on the road to recovery, with a great deal of physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Her tremendous courage pushed her to persevere through all that she faced. Cecilia always had a great love for singing and for riding horses. She sang through out her treatment and dreamed of one day being able to get back on her horse and go riding…

Her brother eventually came out of his coma 2 months after the accident, and is by some miracle on the long road to recovery, with minor memory difficulties.

After a year-long journey, with her will to overcome immense obstacles and the support she received from family and friends she is not only walking, but she is also saddling and riding her horse!

She wears our bracelet etched with the old cowgirl saying, ‘Always saddle your own horse’, as a constant reminder of what she has accomplished since her accident.

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Thank you to Cecllia, her family and friends for sharing this incredible story with us… We make our jewelry to inspire others…but a lot of times it goes the other way around…others inspire us with their strength, fortitude and reverie.

Ride on Cecillia…

Peace, Love & Horses,

~heather

 

…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

 

…heart 2 heart…

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It’s that time of year again…

The time when it seems all you see are happy couples strolling the streets hand in hand, the stores have unleashed masses of candy, cards and stuffed animals. Love appears everywhere your turn and whether you are in a relationship or not you tend to reflect on your own love life.

You usually hear at least once around this time of year that this is just another holiday pushed by the card and candy companies, another holiday for people to spend and that it has no real importance. In a sense, i suppose, it really doesn’t matter whether you choose to celebrate or not. It is just another day of the year after all…

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That is one approach. However, wouldn’t it be amazing if we took a look at the real meaning of this holiday. The original meaning that involves no spending at all, and celebrated the concept of LOVE. Not the mushy kind but the kind that breeds compassion and consideration for your fellow man.

The holiday its self originated from the Catholic Saint Valentine’s good works. Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. The king during his time decided single men were better soldiers then married men and outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine continued to preformed marriages in secret. Until his actions were discovered and he was put to death.

Valentine gave his life to preserve the right to love and marry. This example of his sacrifice for love, and his passion for this cause is how we should reflect on this holiday.The true purpose of this holiday shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored. We should always remember to love and fight for love, just as Saint Valentine did.

So next time you hear someone talking negatively, bashing this holiday, don’t fall into the trap of bitterness, know that this day is a reminder to spread love and joy in the lives of others and any excuse to bring love and joy into the lives of others is a good one.

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.”
– Leo Tolstoy

Happy Valentine’s Day!

…happy trails…

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Howdy,

Today I decided to feature one of my favorites, Our Happy Trails Bracelet. I LOVE all of the details, from the bit and boots to the hearts… and horseshoes! It’s the perfect bracelet for any horse lover. It reminds me of all of the amazing times I’ve had riding. There is nothing quite like a girl’s bond with her horse.

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Our ‘Happy Trails‘ Bracelet $150…

You can purchase it for your self or as a gift for a friend at our website or by calling our flagship store in at 714-580-9909.

May you only have Happy Trails!
~heather

…back on the ranch…I mean beach…

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Temperatures are definitely warming up here in sunny Southern California…after a bitter cold snap that I was worried was going to take out my beloved Hydrangea in the garden.

But here we have it…just blink once and the sun was shinning and all was good in the world.

It seems like the second the sun decides to come out the beach is flooded with people, and our little town of Huntington Beach bursts with life! It was the absolute perfect day to break out the beach cruiser for a boardwalk bike ride. And so i did!

In the middle of my ride, the sun was beginning to set above the ocean, so I decided to it was time turn back and head towards home. Right before I did I took a moment to appreciate the beauty around me. I sat on a cement wall, swinging my boots above the sand, feeling very blessed to live in a place where i can experience moments like this.

 

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Our super cute ‘Back on The Ranch’ earrings $40

Gratitude washes over me in waves…Southern California really gives back…How lucky am I that I get to ride horses and go to the beach all in same day?

XoXo

Island Cowgirl

…sunset with trigger…

Meet Trigger. He is sure is pretty. But that is not the best thing about Trigger…he has a lions heart and a gentle soul. And he has the prettiest eyes I ever did see. He also likes me…now the thing about Trigger is that he doesn’t quite like everyone. He tolerates most everyone…but he doesn’t like them. But he remains polite. Trigger & I have a lot in common.

I have a soft spot for him. And he also came to my wedding so you know he is special.

This is Trigger at sunset…My friend Kelsey sent me this photo…and of course it melted my heart. And made me buy carrots.

Trigger loves carrots.

XOXO
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…bad hair day…

You’ll have to catch Fabio…to groom him and he’s never been brushed or combed…he’s one of the many wild ponies…living in Virginia’s Parks Grayson Highland State Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area…

He is about the cutest rouge pony I have ever seen…you go Fabio.

Photo by Elizabeth Wegmann Photography…

…unbridled spirit…

For all of your horse lovers out there…(me included)…here is some of our horse inspired jewelry…available at www.islandcowgirl.com

Ride ’em cowgirl!