Thursday, April 14, 2016

~Article from my WINTER 2016 Newsletter~
 
FIND A WAY....
 
I love the beginning of a new year.  I say goodbye to my last year's goals and start a whole new list of goals I want to accomplish.  I map out how I am going to achieve these aspirations and get really excited about the future.

This whole process, this year, made me think of an interview I watched with long distance swimmer Diane Nyad.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Diane Nyad, she was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark tank.  But there is so much more to her extraordinary accomplishment....

The swim from Cuba to Florida was considered impossible....for anyone.  It is 110 miles in shark infested and jellyfish infested waters.  There are storms and currents that make this feat extremely difficult.  A person must deal with lack of sleep, extreme physical exertion and potential salt poisoning, dehydration and hypothermia.
 
Diane Nyad first attempted this swim in 1978.  She was 29 years old.  She failed. 
It wasn't until 33 years later that she would try again.  Yes, you read that correctly....33 years later!

This swim was considered impossible....for anyone....particulary for a woman and especially for a woman in her sixties!

Her first attempt was in 2011.  Due to strong winds and currents that pushed her miles off course, she was forced to end her attempt.

Her second attempt was also in 2011.  After 41 hours of swimming, she had to stop after repeatedly being stung by jellyfish and man-o-war sting rays.
 
Her third attempt was in 2012.  She had to stop short of her goal due to 2 storms and again, jellyfish stings.Finally, on her fourth attempt, in 2013 at the age of 64, she completed the 110 mile swim after 53 hours in the water.  Totally and completely amazing!
 
In this interview, she was asked what she would tell someone who was pursuing their goals and having difficulties.  She simply answered "find a way....just find a way".
 
I know from experience that the path to my goals, that I map out at the beginning of the year, will not be the path I end up taking.  Things change, obstacles present themselves, and life happens.
 
As you pursue your goals this year, your path may change as well.  You too, may run into a "group of jelly fish" or hit "turbulent waters".  These events may force you to revise your plans.  And when this happens, don't sweat it.  Stay open-minded and flexible, and as Diane Nyad so pointedly stated, JUST FIND A WAY!
 
    ~To be added to my quarterly newsletter, please e-mail me at vedelidesigns@gmail.com~

Saturday, February 20, 2016

MEN'S JEWELRY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I would like to send out a much felt thank you to Karus Chains for highlighting Vedeli Designs as one of the best men's jewelry designers on Etsy. 

Below is the section of the article on our company and designs.


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Vedeli Designs

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Price range for featured accessories: $30-$260

From Wall Street analyst to Santa Fe artist, Mary Ann Saville has had quite a journey.
Starting from sketches and then carving each original component by hand, Mary Ann uses the lost wax technique to create unique and exquisite jewelry. High quality materials are used and this is evident is the caliber of their men's accessories.
Vedeli's jewelry represents everything that is great about men's jewelry on Etsy: very personal, hand crafted and exquisite.
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For the full article by Karus Chains, please go to....
http://karuschains.com/blogs/news/81746694-from-vintage-gold-chains-for-men-to-steampunk-cufflinks-our-favorite-mens-jewelry-designers-and-reatilers-on-etsy

Sunday, October 4, 2015


~ Article from my Summer 2015 Newsletter ~

WHAT IF......
  

I was watching a video where a business coach posed a question to his students.  He asked the question, "What if?  What if, for an entire year, you did everything you needed to do to reach your goal?"

There was something about that question that resonated with me and I have adopted it ever since hearing it.


For me, I have very specific goals I would like to achieve for my jewelry findings shop, VDIJewelryFindings, on Etsy.  And so I find myself focusing on the belief that if I continue to do "everything I need to do" to reach my goal, it will happen.


On the days that I don't feel like working, I ask myself "What if", and dig my heels in and get to work.

On the days that I am motivated, I ask myself "What if" and work like a maniac with fervor and excitement.

This simple question has kept me focused daily on what I need to do to accomplish my goals.  The great aspect about this question is that it can be applied to many scenarios.


"What if, for an entire year, I did everything I needed to do to reach my goal.....


- as a designer
- as a parent
- as a friend
- as a spouse
- for my health
- for balance in my life


The possibilities are endless.  Is there an area in your life where you could apply the "What if" question?  If there is, then do it!

 

The fun part will be at the end of the year, when I can look back at my progress.  I plan on keeping my focus on "What if" and if my belief is correct, I will be very happy with the results!


~ To be added to my quarterly newsletter, please e-mail me at vedelidesigns@gmail.com 

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Blog to Follow.....


 
I was thrilled to be a part of this great blog !  Jamie Lewinger, the author, is a wonderful writer with a fabulous sense of fashion!  
 
In our write-up this past week, Jamie highlights my Spanish Treasures Collection and upcoming Diva D' Luxe Trunk Show.
 
 
Read it when you have a moment and add this blog to your list....you won't regret it!  www.morethanturquoise.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

WHO NEW??

I haven't made an entry in my blog since March!?!  Pathetic, I know.  But it's representative of how BUSY I have been!!  I began something new and it has taken off.....FINDINGS!

What are "findings", you ask?  They are the components that make up jewelry. 

I began a findings store on Etsy called VDIJewelryFindings.  My shop not only sells my own, handmade findings, but features findings made by local New Mexican artists. 

You can find it all here.....clasps, charms, jump rings, links, buttons, leather, beads, earring posts, crimp bead covers, etc.  They are all handmade, here in New Mexico, in both sterling silver and bronze.  And the site keeps growing.  It won't be long before I have well over 1,000 items listed. 

I am so excited about this new venture within the jewelry business.  The response has been amazing!  WHO NEW?  I had hoped....but I didn't know.

So, if you have a minute and are interested in looking at a wonderful collection of handmade jewelry findings, go to.....

(and don't forget your wallet!!!)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CHUNKY IS IN!

I'm not talking waistlines...I'm talking jewelry!

I love chunky jewelry.  I always have.  There was a time when silver traded at around $6 an ounce (it is currently around $20 an ounce).  These were the early days of my jewelry career and I made HEAVY jewelry.  It was so fun.  It was big, it was bold and it was beautiful! 

But as the price of silver changed and increased, I moved away from the heavy, chunky jewelry.  It was just too expensive to make and sell, and the lighter pieces began to move more quickly (well, lighter in my definition...which still isn't too light). 

However, I love the heavy, chunky stuff.  And since I love it, I've decided to revisit it....in a big way.  Will it make up most of my collection?  No.  Will it be a part of my collection?  Yes. 

So ladies, I offer this advice to you on this cool Wednesday morning.....GO OFF THE JEWELRY DIET.  Buy big and wear big!

 Wear your jewelry as you live your life....BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow & Diamonds

WHERE'S THE SNOW??? 

I am told (again...sigh) that it is coming.  In fact, if the weather predictions are right, we may have the potential for 4 days of snow this week! 

I LOVE SNOW!  I love how it looks, I love the activities you can do in snow and I love the sparkle a fresh blanket of snow provides on a cold, clear morning. 

It reminds me of diamonds. 

And while we are on the subject of what I love...I would add diamonds to that list.  I love the high quality, flawless diamonds.  But I also love the more "rustic" diamonds that have flaws and unusual colors.  I feel the less perfect diamonds go really well with some of my "rustic", "handmade" pieces....not perfect by themselves, but perfect together.

Kids are told, when they want it to snow, to flush a piece of ice down the toilet and sleep with a spoon under their pillow.  I think I will add "playing with diamonds" to this list of rituals. 

If I can't have all the sparkle I want outside in the beautiful wilderness, I can at least have all the
sparkle I want in my jewelry.  Keep checking in with VEDELI DESIGNS.  I'll be adding some more diamond "sparkle" to my collection and if you have a free moment.....PRAY FOR SNOW!!!