The Howard Stern Show

so this past monday, i take the early early train into the city to go pick up our second rescue kitten from my dear friend, beth ostrosky stern. beth wanted me to get our kitten asap (so as not to miss out on her incredible little baby-ness) and meeting her at sirius radio station around the end of howard’s show made the most sense for our schedules.

now mind you, cold rainy monday morning, leave house at 5 am… wearing jeans and t-shirt…going to pick up a kitten. there was no mention of cameras, no mention of interviews, and certainly no mention of BEING ON THE AIR, live radio…

at least i had lip gloss in my bag, because well you know, you have to look good on radio :)…

but seriously, my impromptu radio spot aside, after the show I had the most special, very emotional moment with howard’s lovely co host, robin quivers. just back in the studio after a year plus long battle with cancer, I forged her one of my ribbon pendants and had the opportunity to give it to her after the show. as a seven year cancer survivor myself, this was, shall we say… emotional?

uh yes. and beautiful. there is a connection that survivors have that is beyond words.

and..robin wears one of my diamond gold wishbones that beth and howard gave her two xmas’ ago…and she happened to be wearing it monday morning. this made me so happy. here is the pic of robin holding our new little baby, sweet pea (aka selena beth).
robin wishbone selena

robin is also wearing her diamond gold wishbone on the cover of her newly released book, “the vegucation of robin”.

so needless to say, I am a very happy, very grateful mom, with two more mouths to feed and a full and happy heart.
oh and the part about being on the radio?

while chatting with beth in the green room, i hear howard on the air yelling “hey is heather still here? she doesn’t have television, get heather in here!” so in I go to discuss the pros and cons of television. with howard and robin. on the air.

i am still laughing :)

hooray! gold vermeil trinkets are online

well, i’ve been meaning to get this out to everyone sooner, but since the storms and with John gone all day every day in the city, I just wanted to enjoy us all being together NOT huddled down against the weather–

our holiday tableanyway we’ve had a lovely weekend so far, making time for a beautiful holiday dinner- brining the turkey is the way, even a non-turkey lover like me can enjoy.

also some football, pies (pumpkin with my best homemade crust ever), champagne, roaring fires, Santa and the tree-lighting in ‘downtown’ Bethel last night.

might even get a date with John tonight!

so more to the point, the gold vermeil trinkets are now available at a 40% discount only to fans who subscribe to my (infrequent) email updates. here’s the earlier post with more details. if you’re on the list, check your email this morning. if you’re not, you can sign up here.

if you hate email lists, i have something for you to this holiday season, too, because there’s free shipping for everyone in the US until December 15. its been a terrific year, and thanks again to all who’ve supported me and my work on the way along.

here’s some pics of the gold trinkets, I’ll write some more about them later.

gold vermeil virgo zodiac pendant
gold vermeil aries zodiac pendant
gold vermeil ohm pendants
gold vermeil gold wishbone necklaces

gold trinkets for my fans at the holidays

when I think of you – my friends, fans and subscribers – at the holidays, I always want to do something you’ll really appreciate, and if possible, something you’ve been asking for— this year, the overwhelming request been gold trinkets at a price you can afford.

so while I haven’t solved the crazy gold market, I have found a way to get gold trinkets (and they are gorgeous, check out his picture) into your hands this holiday season, for gifts or for yourself, gold for about the same price as sterling silver, and whats more, a holiday discount on both! read on to find out how.

gold vermeil trinkets for the holidays

here’s the story:

leave it to one of my custom clients to come up with a solution to the “gold market fiasco”, as I’ve been calling it. a couple of months ago a client came to me with her very sentimental angel medallion in sterling silver. she wanted to have a replica made in yellow gold. it priced out a mere 3k. that’s right, a solid gold replica would be $3000, and that itself was heavily discounted from the “suggested” or traditional jeweler’s mark-up.

ummm, no.

the client actually suggested the solution: how about plating the silver medallion in gold?

well I have always shied away from gold plating. there is so much stuff out there done with sub-standard plating. full of nickel, too thin, lousy color etc. you’ve seen it: the color doesn’t look quite right and within months, you are left with some base metal (of indiscernable nature) “shining” through.

not cool and not worth it.

the universe however, is kind to me. after a few calls to some of my mentors in the biz, I found myself chatting away with a chemist, a woman who has been plating for over 55 years. she plates in 22k yellow gold and will match any gold color desired. the medallion was sent off and returned with the most gorgeous 22k gold vermeil. in the rich color of 18k “european” gold. absolutely stunning.

well, this got me thinking: expert gold plating on sterling would last longer than on base metal. the trinkets are not heavy wear items like rings or watches. her services are quite affordable compared to my costs to fabricate or cast in solid gold. so……

so I sent off a package of solid sterling silver trinkets. peace signs, little wishbones, ohm symbols and zodiac signs… and they too have returned with a gorgeous 22k gold vermeil, again in the color of 18k yellow gold, that you see in the pic above.

I LOVE them, and I’m particular. they are so rich, so warm and so pretty, and sooo affordable as my holiday special offer to my subscribers, fans and friends–

so here’s the deal

because they are experimental, I only have a few of each trinket in gold: peace signs, ohm pendants, wishbones and all 12 zodiac signs. I’m not sure if they will be part of the line yet, but John is going to make new items in the online store for them anyway, and we will send out a private link to them to my email subscribers only on Thanksgiving morning, along with a discount good for 40% off all trinkets in the online store. (yes its been a good year, thanks to all of you :)

the gold trinkets will retail for $135, the sterling silver ones remain $117, so at 40% off, gold trinkets will be $81 each and the sterling trinkets will be $70 each. they will arrive to you prettily packaged for the holidays. two pieces of rawhide , black and natural. cut long so you can tie the rawhide at any length.
delivered in one of my silver, gold or black organza pouches.
super simple, super sexy, super grateful.

the discount code will be good until December 15, but when the gold trinkets are gone, they’re gone for delivery this holiday. (if you really like them, I will add them permanently to the line next year.)

get yours early

now if you know you want one (or more, for great holiday gifts!), you can email me now to reserve yours and I will get back to you and handle your purchase personally. new subscribers will get the code, so tell your friends who love your pendant to sign up here, this is their chance to get the best deal I can do outside of morning television ;)

as always thank you for your support of me and my work, and have a fantastic holiday with your families this weekend!

more soon,

heather

celebrate with me: six years clear!

i am a cancer survivor.

in fact, today as i write this tonight, i celebrate 6/13/06, my six year anniversary of being cancer free. six years ago, 6/13/06 a miracle doctor cut out an egg-sized tumor and 21cm of my colon–

from that moment on, i have never been better. ever.

if you’ve been following my work for a while, you know that this spring was a different kind of magic for me. for the first time i developed a fully production (not custom or individually crafted) line of jewelry in the trinkets and they got a tremendous amount of attention through their appearance on the TODAY show.

what you may not know is that the evolution of these trinkets pulled me through these past six years: the meditation of making each one individually, the people I’ve touched through them and the new friends I’ve made, and the universal meanings and messages contained in their symbolism:

  • the wishbone > our deepest wishes
  • the ohm > our rejoicing in being alive
  • the peace sign > our ideals of harmony & serenity
  • the zodiac > the eternal return of seasons & life milestones

a powerful lexicon for a mother, metalsmith and fortunate survivor of one of the greatest health scourges facing us today.

of course, my heart still yearns for the personal & private immersion of bespoke/custom jewelry design, and the universe granted me that in abundance this spring, too– one commission has actually given birth to a beautiful new life affirming pendant that will soon be an official new addition to the trinket line. (hint: some of you may have seen the photos on my facebook jewelry page last month)

anyway, i want to celebrate.

i always do this time of year, and especially this year, so it is with much gratitude for all of this, to the universe and to all of you that I offer my friends and fans my very best wishes indeed.

so here’s the deal:

small sterling silver wishbone necklacejohn made a special page with a special price on the most popular trinket of the Steals and Deals sale, my small sterling silver wishbone pendants.

if you already get emails from me, check them tomorrow morning (June 14) for a message from me with a special URL & password to get a small wishbone at a special price of $66.13 (regular price is $117).

The special is good for six days, or through midnight next Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

if you don’t, click here to sign up for my mailing list and check your email for the confirmation message. when you confirm your subscription, you’ll get the link and the password straight away.

the wishbones have made many powerful connections this spring that have made me so happy to hear, like this post (Facebook again) from my new beautiful friend Michelle wearing her wishbone necklace.

Michelle's wishbone necklace“Grandpa and I had a tradition of breaking the wishbone, I came across this piece randomly and had to have it! It came in today! Truly appreciated, thank you Heather!”
– Michelle

please feel free to share with your friends or anyone you think would appreciate the wishbone necklaces. just like Steals and Deals, there’s no limit, either, so if you need a few extra for gift-giving later…..

be so well,
heather

shipping your steals and deals

i’ve got three fingertips taped up from final filing & fitting, and a sore wrist from hammering, but its still more fun than i ever imagined filling and shipping dozens of orders everyday.

the Steals and Deals appearance on the TODAY show two weeks ago was, of course, a huge success, not just in sales but also in getting to meet hundreds of great new people interested in jewelry, symbols, blacksmithing and my style through email and on the phone.

Shipping your Steals and Dealsthanks to everyone who’s ordered and if you haven’t gotten your pieces yet, rest assured that they are headed to he post soon in a box like this, hand filled and double checked by me personally.

once again, i couldn’t have gotten this all in order smoothly without john’s help. i guess all those years of him framing pictures are good for something still– he’s helped me make a smooth system of printing labels and packing slips and entering it all into the computer so we know what’s done and what’s not.

i’d rather just be making the jewelry but i have to admit its pretty satisfying seeing the box fill up with packages all labelled with their postage already and delivery confirmation tracking bar codes– we’re burning through printer cartridges, but me and %$#@&^! technology are getting along pretty well right now!

so on that note, if you;re still looking for your order, i should mention that your shipping confirmation emails don’t actually come from me, they come from paypal.com with some crazy long number in the address, so for some people they are being blocked as spam. we did write you a note mentioning that if you sign up for my mailing list, you will get exclusive access to future special offers direct from me–

Jill’s Steals and Deals was the first time i’ve ever offered a discount to anyone not on my mailing list or a fan on Facebook!

(right now, all mailing list subscribers can still get the Steals and Deals 76% discount through next Friday, April 21 with a special code, (even tho Jill’s deal is over) so if you missed out two weeks ago, you didn’t! check your email for a message from me (if you’re currently a subscriber) or sign up here if you’re not– new orders won’t ship until May, but the trinkets won’t ever be this cheap again!

video: Jill’s steals, my new deal for you

if you’re like me in that you don’t watch television or have cable in your house, you probably didn’t see my jewelry featured last Tuesday morning on Jill’s Steals and Deals, a bi-weekly segment on NBC’s Today show.

and if you didn’t see it, you didn’t get a chance to jump on the best deal and biggest discount I’ve ever offered anyone on any jewelry I’ve ever made.

so to make sure all of my longtime fans, friends, clients and email subscribers could get the same deal, i’m opening up the same offer today to everyone who likes my work, whether you’ve been supporting me for years with your good energy and enthusiasm (you know who you are!) or if you just discovered me and didn’t get your order in before Jill’s offer expired.

if you’re already on my list, check your email this evening (April 3) for a new discount code just for friends and fans and the link to use it on.

if you’re not on my list, please watch the video to see the offer and get the URL where you can sign up for this special deal. don’t worry, I *hate* spam and only email my friends and fans a few times a year, and only when I’ve got something good for you like this–

enjoy!

the kids and I went across the way to watch it live last week at our neighbors and record this homemade clip to post here- quite a kick to see your own stuff on national TV! John edited in the closeups of the jewelry from my new gorgeous catalog pictures courtesy of Pittsburgh photographer Ed Rombout.

got questions? click ‘contact’ in the menu above and let me know directly. as always, I’m happy to help you out!

Robin Quivers wearing my wishbone necklace on the Howard Stern show

howard stern and robin quivers’ wishbone

small sterling silver wishbone on black rawhideHoward Stern’s wife Beth is a longtime friend of mine, one of my dearest in fact, and this christmas, Beth purchased a number of my wishbone pendants to give as gifts.

 

Howard jumped on this as well and gave Robin Quivers one of my favorite yellow gold wishbones (with a lovely diamond inset).

Robin Quivers wearing my wishbone necklace on the Howard Stern showwell little did I realize how this would change my business in such a big huge way!

the wishbone pendants have already been experiencing a massive resurgence in popularity as, thanks to the urging of many a new customer, I began making a smaller version of the cornish game hen wishbone pendant that I have been casting for years.

this smaller version has given way to wishbone earrings and now has joined the ranks of my “trinket” line of hand hammered pendants… peace signs, om symbols and my latest line of hand hammered zodiac symbols.

and now for the really something fabulous that is about to happen~

this tuesday morning, march 27th, NBC’s Today Show is going to feature my trinket line on Jill Martin’s segment Steal and Deals.  Jill has about 5 specialty items for sale at a discount of anywhere from 50-90% off retail price.  the deals are available for 24 hours only and my trinket line of zodiac symbols, peace signs, wishbones and om symbols will be sold for an insane discount off my retail price.

i personally make each of these trinkets (here in the usa, not in china!!!) and given the recent surge in silver pricing, this is going to be an amazing deal!!!  I am offering the pendants on one of three chain options (silver chain, natural rawhide chain or black rawhide) and they make fabulous gifts.

check it out at TODAY SHOW and from there you will see the STEALS and DEALS link to my site.

after all, howard and beth have fantastic taste :)

holiday gifts and gratitude

my senses have been most festively titillated this season!

first, thank you all for your orders and correspondences, and to all new comers from the howard stern show, welcome to my world of metals. I hoping some of you guys will get into some of the funkier ways i work, in brass, palladium etc…

huge thanks, of course, to my dear friend beth stern and her beautiful husband howard, who gave one of my diamond gold wishbone necklaces to robin quivers for a holiday gift on the air, and from that moment, I have met a number of wonderful new people!

I forged and shipped right up until the 23rd… a crazy elfen metalsmith, or so i fancied myself ;)

then came christmas eve and I just stopped working. just stopped, left my bench a mess, and headed to old lyme to be with family.
all has been glorious. and tomorrow I ship more wishbones!

and my favorite gift this year? cashmere arm warmers. so absolutely decadent, ever so practical, and supremely sexy, charcoal grey cashmere arm warmers. heaven. going to buy a union suit and live in me overalls, long underwear and arm warmers. it is 18 degrees farenheight tonight.

you absolutely must do yourself the favor of visiting minnow and checking out her fabulous handmade cashmere pieces for adults and babies, too.

beth stern wears minnow

the site is beyond sexy. all photos of beth, taken by howard. seriously beautiful!

how the universe sent love…

this message awaited me on this cold (49 degrees!), dark, rainy monday morning and it brought such a smile and warmth to my day.

doug placed an order with the special pricing i offered my newsletter subscribers last week and for some technical reason, his order did not reflect the 21% discount. naturally i had sent him an email over the weekend, remedying the situation.

this morning, he wrote back!

“Thank you so much, Heather.

This is more than generous…. It is so refreshing to deal with someone personally… your quick response was gratifying and much appreciated.

The piece was well worth full price and I was certainly not going to cancel the order… your artistry obviously extends beyond design and includes just plain sincere caring for customers (and I would guess, people in general)…

Thanks… I look forward to my next order…”

yes, i am patting myself on the back, but it was an intense weekend and to be honest, i am not quite ready for it to be so cold, so a pat on the back feels pretty cozy right about now.

stay warm (and to all my californians, i don’t wanna hear it)

xo,
heather

large sterling silver peace sign

wish season, wishbone special

the other night i did something illicit, and so delicious…
 
at the stroke of midnight with my trusty garden clippers in hand, i snuck out to the magnolia tree in the island on our street and clipped lovely large branches for a huge vase in our foyer.
 

and i thought, hooray for spring.
 
at the expense of sounding dramatic, i am overflowing with gratitude. it’s warm again (somedays 84 degrees some 44 degrees…) and everything is in bloom, and our garden is begging for the rototiller!
hunter played outside all morning with friends and after fabulous dinner with more friends is finally sleeping like, well, a baby :)
 
and you guys, who read my musings, have been so fantastic–
 
with my last post, i asked and you answered, and i’m really genuinely grateful!
 
it seems that the overwhelming response to the question, “what piece of handmade jewellery would you like to see a special on this spring?” is, wishbone pendants!
 
sounds good to me. i love these little guys.
 


14 karat yellow gold wishbone pendant with diamond

i’ve been making these wishbone necklaces since the day in 1998 that my dear friend robert sent me the wishbone of a cornish game hen and asked me to cast him one in sterling silver. since then i have made so many different versions, including platinum and gold, some with flush set diamonds.
 
it makes sense– with mother’s day just around the corner (and the mother’s day gift decision), what mom doesn’t have wishes to make?
 
i was just reminded that graduations abound this time of year, too, so i’m sure many of you have multiple good reasons for your choice :).
 

and of course wedding time is here for many (at least i seem to be awash in wedding rings) and i’ve always thought wishbones make great bridesmaids gifts. weddings are all about good wishes.
 
so i would really like to express my gratitude for you guys, for spring, and for the magnolias with a special offer for all my facebook fans, my twitter peeps, and all of you really awesome people who have actually asked to receive my newsletter (click here to be one of these fab people).
 
so for all of you:
 
30% off all wishbones until may day!
 
Tomorrow, John will be sending all of you (on Facebook, Twitter and my newsletter list, anyway) a special link to my wishbone pendants (in my new online shop!) and a code for the discount. (The discount code will be good until midnight next Monday, May 2 for all you procrastinators.)
 
the heady fragrance of magnolia was intoxicating…i think i am to rendezvous with the lilacs tonight.
 
be so well and bring in the spring!
 
heather

new wishbone rave

new rave, same wishbone.

this was just written last week on my Facebook Fan page by a client I’d lost touch with some years ago, about the wishbone necklaces i made for her back then– you’ll see why I want to share it with you now!

18 karat yellow gold wishbone necklace

“Dana and I are still in love with our jewelry pieces from you, Heather. It never fails that I get comments when I wear my wishbone; one of my all time favorite pendants.”

-Susan Brashears Wacker