…a little birdie told me…

you want Island Cowgirl this Valentines Day!birdie1 token1 fool2 fool123

Soft chocolate leather, combined with heartfelt charms, results in the perfect Island Cowgirl piece. Each token is etched with its own romantical saying. Check out all of our pieces and find an item with the sentiment that matches your own loving feeling!

XO

 

…the V day display…

vdaydisp1Our favorite time of year… Valentines day is almost here! Our display is chalk full of wonderful gift ideas for your sweet heart this V day! We admit, we may have gone a bit crazy with the hearts… but, we kind of love it!

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Romance is in the air! People tend to have mixed emotions toward this holiday… It has become over commercialized and a lot of folks feel it is a bit excessive. But, and that is a big BUT… it doesn’t have to be cheesy or showy. It is after all a day to celebrate love! Love in every shape and size is a wonderful thing to celebrate! Get together with the ones you love whether it be your spouse, your special some one, your kids, or even your dog and do something fun! Do something to celebrate life, love and happiness! It doesn’t have to revolve around dinner reservations and a big showy display of affection! Take a walk, go for a picnic, pick some wild flowers, watch the sunset and share a laugh! It is a great thing to show appreciation and consideration for the ones we care about! This holiday isn’t a time to be cynical, it is however a great excuse to be thankful and SHOW YOUR LOVE!

xo

 

…the boho life is the life for me…

Are you happiest in a floppy hat with a denim shirt? …We are.

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This outfit showcases the ‘Wishbone’ and ‘Be The Change’ Necklaces.

jan 12-31 “snip, snip”, cutting twine wearing the ‘Love Always’, ‘Open Heart’ and ‘Big Peace’ Bracelets.

jan 12-51 jan-121jan 12-61“Why so smiley?” Because we love the ‘Find Your Wings’ and ‘Peace Sign’ Necklace combo!

Lace and rustic wood make us feel at home in our boho chic frocks and leather strung jewelry.

Shop our rustic & romantic boho style jewelry…

www.islandcowgirl.com

xo

…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!

…happily ever after…

love necklacesFall in love with our fairy tale inspired pieces

(on the left is our ‘Ever After’ Necklace $84, on the right is our ‘Fairy Tale Necklace $84)

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Every girl grows up with dreams, one of them usually being to find her prince charming, fall in love and live happily ever after.

Refuse to believe the modern day cynics who tell you your dreams are unrealistic and that Mr. Wonderful doesn’t exist. True love is elusive & rare & hard to find…but in the end Love really is where it’s at.  Don’t allow the jaded hearts out there to interfere with your destiny. Believe in fairy tales.

And never settle for anything less then butterflies… 

XoXo

 

…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.

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  • 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

…made with love…

…we love heart jewelry….

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We’re getting super excited about Valentines Day…as you know…Island Cowgirl is all about hearts…Heart Necklaces, heart bracelets…pretty much any kind of heart jewelry you could possibly want.

We’ve been busy as can be preparing for the launch of the new winter collection, traveling to tradeshows and in our spare time plotting our Valentine’s Day windows!  Its safe to say Cupid has arrived and this Monday our display was pieced together with lace, red roses, hearts and trinkets of love galore. (Good thing Samantha is very good with the glue gun)

It’s so cute and so much fun to have the spirit of love so alive in our store. Love is such a constant source of inspiration here at Island Cowgirl. We always try to add a little bit of love in each of our pieces…and we have to say this is our favorite time of the year.

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One of the things we really take pride in about our Island Cowgirl Jewelry is the rustic handcrafted details that go into each and every piece of jewelry.

Giving someone you love a piece of our handcrafted jewelry is sure to make their heart beat a little bit faster…Here are some Valentine’s Day Jewelry gift ideas that we know will get you some extra love…

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Layered bracelets…from top to bottom: Loving Kindness Bracelet $72….Our Big Love Bracelet  $52 and our Whisper of Love Bracelet $72.

Also shown is super popular Love Ring $42…The full collection can be seen at www.islandcowgirl.com

XoXo,

Island Cowgirl