…the pick of the week…

twistpeacemich The Twisted Peace Necklace!

The long chocolate leather cord makes this necklace the perfect piece for this fall season, because of how nicely it lays over scarves and chunky sweaters!

You can also layer this necklace with other shorter necklaces for more of a statement look.
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Make sure to check in regularly for our pick of the week!

XoX

…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

 

 

…this way to the beach…art…

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First of all, we hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend, filled with laughter, good weather and great food! We know we did!

Secondly, we have good news….

We have NEW beach inspired art work in the store!

If you live in Huntington Beach or the neighboring areas make sure you stop in to our flagship store and check out all of the amazing new art work!

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Its unique and rustic with a pop of color! Perfect for creating a subtle beachy environment in the house this summer, and something that can translate to the seasons year round!

Call our store for inquiries on individual prices!

714-580-9909

XoXo

Island Cowgirl

…sweet tooth…

Love & Cookies are in the air…

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With all of the love floating around in the air it seems there is no better time to share a gesture of love with the people in your life. And what is a better way to someones heart then through their stomache?

I’ve been hunting for the perfect cookie recipe to create cute cookies for my loved ones. The perfect sweet treat…

This is it! The funky decorative options really sold me!

I stumbled upon this recipe on pinterest… It’s super cute and I can’t wait to make my own!

You can follow the directions straight from the site and find more Valentines Day recipe ideas, or just use the Instructions from the site that I shared below.

ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Milk

directions

  1. Beat shortening in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Tint and shape dough as directed for each cookie variation. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks and cool. Makes 30 cookies.

variation

  • Checkerboard Hearts and Bleeding Heart Cookies: Divide dough in half; divide one half in half again. Tint one quarter red and one quarter pink with food coloring. Wrap each portion in clear plastic wrap; freeze for 20 minutes. Divide plain potion into eight pieces. Divide each colored portion into four pieces. Roll each piece on a lightly floured surface into an 8-inch-long rope. Flatten each on four sides to form a square rope. For checkerboard design, place four ropes side by side on waxed paper, alternating colors with plain ropes. Top with four more ropes, alternating colors. Repeat two more times, forming an 8x8x2-inch dough block with a checkerboard pattern. Wrap in waxed paper and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut a heart shape from each slice with a floured 2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter. Reserve scraps for Bleeding Heart Cookies. Bake as directed.
  • Checkerboard Hearts and Bleeding Heart Cookies: Mix dough scraps lightly with your hands so dough looks marbled. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured 2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter. Bake as directed.

variation

  • Inside-Out Cookies: Divide dough into three portions. Tint one portion pink and one portion red with food coloring. Roll dough, one color at a time, on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured different size heart-shape cookie cutters. Using a smaller cookie cutter, cut hearts from the center of each cookie. Remove smaller hearts and interchange them so cookies have a contrasting colored heart in the center. Reroll dough scraps and repeat. Bake as directed.

More Variation

  • New Wave Cookies: Cover and chill dough for 2 hours or overnight. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a floured 3-inch heart-shape cookie cutter. Place cutouts about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake as directed. Transfer to wire racks and cool. Frost with Powdered Sugar Icing. Dry on a wire rack. Combine small amounts of the remaining icing and a few drops of desired food colorings. Place each color icing in a small sealable plastic bag. Decorate cookies with colored icings. Let dry.

nutrition facts

(Valentines Day Sugar Cookies)

Servings Per Recipe 30, cal. (kcal) 117, sodium (mg) 17, pro. (g) 1, carb. (g) 13, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 7, sat. fat (g) 2

  • Makes: 30 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Freeze 20 mins
  • Bake 8 mins per batch

Happy Baking!

XoXo,
Island Cowgirl

…art is a labor of love…

I am in the process of shooting the new catalog…and wanted to do something super different than anything we have done before. I thought painted driftwood backgrounds would either be fabulous…or a disaster. And being the risk taker that I am…we went on the hunt for the perfect driftwood specimens.

Off to Crystal Cove we went…which is usually littered with random wood. Crystal cove has one of the best views in California and if you ever out this way…you must go.

It is a little piece of paradise…and has quite a history that includes squatters, tent city, old hollywood polynesian movies & the raising of the martini flag every evening at 5PM. If you want to know more just do a Google search…I could fill 5 blog posts about why this is my favorite place in California.

See what I mean. Driftwood Galore.

Of course I couldn’t resist scouting out future sites for product shots. This rock jutting out of the sand is wonderful.


And here we go…wish me luck!

XOXO
~H 

…pet the pretty things…

Every so often the gem show comes to town…or we go to it…depending on the time of year. There is usually a sea of color that will make your head spin. And of course being a girl…I love shiny things. So you can only imagine how heavenly it is.

The biggest gem show in the world is held every February in Tucson, Arizona…and gem & stone dealers from over the world literally descend on this desert town.

People leave with pallets of stones to be shipped back to their stores and design studios. It truly is a rare and precarious event as sometimes fights break out over a rare string of stones. We love it because we find rare and special cuts that we use in our limited edition pieces that we carry in our store…and also inspiration for any new upcoming collections.

Just a tiny glance into my world. Hope you enjoyed the trip.

~heather