Thursday, June 20, 2019

When FEAR shows up at your party!?!

I listened to a great podcast the other day.  A successful businessman was discussing how he deals with Fear.  Because here's the truth, we all have fear and it's how we deal with it that defines our path in life.

This particular gentleman explained that he deals with it almost as if Fear is a person.  He acknowledges that Fear is there, he agrees that some of Fear's concerns are valid and then he says "thank you" and moves on. I thought this was clever, smart and totally useful.

Your "party" is your dreams and goals.  It's the vision you have for your life and your future. And if FEAR shows up at your party, don't panic. I
nvite him in, offer him some hors d'oeuvres, get him a cocktail, maybe introduce him to some of your friends (hee!  hee!), and then politely let him know you have to go, as you are really busy building an amazing life and achieving all your goals. Let's face it, you've got better things to do with your time!h your time! :)

Happy pursuing....
~ Mary Ann

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Friendship Stone

Are you familiar with Gaspeite?  That stunning, apple green mineral that is sure to catch your eye?  It's an amazing looking stone that is becoming increasingly rare and collectible.  

First and foremost, Gaspeite is known for its incredible apple green color.  The stone has only been found in two parts of the world....Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Canada and Western Australia. And what makes this stone so valuable and collectible now, is that the mines in these areas have been played out and depleted.  So unless a new deposit of Gaspeite is found somewhere on our beautiful planet, there is no more new Gaspeite available....making this mineral a wonderful collectors item.

Another bonus of this stone? It is known as the friendship stone, for the fact that this beautiful green gem brings people together.  Now how can that be a bad thing? 

Happy pursuing....

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Easier Said Than Done.....

I was having coffee with a girlfriend the other day and she mentioned an article she'd read. In the article, it stated that only 13% of all people make their living doing what they love.  That number was shocking to me....shockingly low.

I am a total proponent of doing what you love when it comes to your career. That being said, it is a lot harder than social media would like to portray it.  You've seen it....according to Instagram, if you want to travel the world, all you need to do is get a cool, tricked out van and the rest is Mai Tai's and exotic locations!  Unfortunately, it doesn't really work that way.

Doing what you love as a career takes gumption, determination, belief, strength and perseverance.  It is hard....TOOOOTALLY  worth it, but hard.

So if you are reading this and are one of those people braving the unknown path of pursuing a career in something you love, don't give up.  You will get there, but you can't give up or let up!  It is a rise at dawn, never ending pursuit of happiness that will leave you inspired, fulfilled (frustrated at times) and challenged in a way you could never imagine or hope for.

Happy pursuing....

Sunday, January 13, 2019


I have always loved stacker rings. I love them for their versatility.  There is something really pleasurable about having the option to change the combination of them to essentially make a whole new look.

These are my new stacker rings that are available in my Etsy shop, Vedeli Designs.  They are available in sterling silver and 22k gold. 

Why 22k gold?  22k gold is stunning.  It is unbelievably rich in color and extremely distinct.  I have always loved it and decided to follow up this love of 22k gold by creating jewelry with it.

The good news is, I can make ANY of my jewelry pieces or ANY of my jewelry findings in gold as well.  So if you are looking for something a little special in the designs I carry, let me know.  We can make it happen!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

~Article from my WINTER 2016 Newsletter~
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!
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Saturday, February 20, 2016


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


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....

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!

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