country music fest nashville*

img_0164We were honored to be chosen to exhibit at this years Country Music Fest in Nashville, also known as the CMA Fest. Our booth was located at the Fan-X experience where you could come have a meet & greet with your favorite country music singers.

We had a lot of fun meeting people from all over the country and the world who attend the festival. This is our third year exhibiting so we have a lot of customers who come see us year after year…and have become addicted to Island Cowgirl.

We brought a small selection of work from other Nashville artists that we carry in the store…My favorite being the “Shit Creek Survivor” sign.

A big thanks to my husband who was my Sherpa and set the booth up for the show…and my mother-in-law who is the Varage Ninja and found this great chandelier for the booth. It added a little extra bohemian flair.

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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nigel old english sheepdogNigel reporting for bird dog duties

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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puppy paw dog paw ring

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.

dog paw tshirt

i love my dawg*

I have been working on some new t-shirt designs and of course the one thing I thought was missing was a dog paw…because we all know how much we love our dogs.

I  am modeling the t-shirt in all my farm glory…and although you may see horse snot on it the actual color is heather grey with a dark grey paw. On the back there is the message “i love my dawg” written near the collar. (’cause its true)

You may order by calling the store directly at 714-580-9909. They come in sizes Small to X-Large…and are a pretty awesome cut. (ie…not super tight) I love them because they are super duper soft as well. We hope to have them on the website very soon! But in the meantime feel free to call the store. They are real friendly there. Southern hospitality and all.

I promise if you order one…yours will come sans horse and dog snot. Unless of course you would like it embellished and in that case Sundance charges extra.

fortune bold bangle

fortune favors the bold*

One of our most popular bangles is our Fortune Favors the Bold bangle…not only do they make great gifts but you can stack them up with some of our other bracelets and wear your intentions on your sleeve.

I have always been a great believer that we make our own luck in life. Sure, there are ups and downs…but all too often we love to blame other people for our perceived lack of “luck” or fortune.

Make your own path. Create your own fortune. No one is holding you back…we all live in the same free country with the same opportunities.

Fortune really does favor the bold. And if you love the bangle we have a necklace to match

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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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grit & grace*

…my wedding dress and boots from three years ago…trip down memory lane from my big fat vintage wedding…

happy 2016*

…my motto for 2016…to make my hopes & dreams fly… it’s a worthy goal and I am going to get right to work on that!

 

halo engagement ring

halo engagement rings*

Ever since I got engaged and decided to make my own engagement ring…(after all how can a guy buy a ring for a jewelry designer…talk about pressure)…I have been wanting to add an engagement line to Island Cowgirl.

I have created a lot of commissioned bespoke pieces for clients over the last few years but it has always been a dream to do a proper line where clients can see exactly the ring they were getting instead of only a sketch. Continue reading