Engraved Reminders in Recycled Sterling Silver - The fusion of old world goldsmithing with modern design
 
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Using what I think was a turn-of-the-century metal wine label, Al made a mold and then cast a few in recycled sterling silver. Then I asked him to engrave healthy-living reminders. Now is probably a good time to tell you that we have been blogging less, mainly because of focusing more on practicing better health. Moving away from some old habits ended up being a bigger deal. Who knew? The good news is that it has been totally worth it, and we hope the big learning curve part is behind us now so we can blog again more regularly.

Back to these engraved wine labels. I think I'll call them tags. For the personalized messages, I tried to think of reminders to help keep on track. Keep the drive alive as they say, right? 4-7-8 is a breathing technique, and a great way to improve health and soothe the mind. We try to use 4-7-8 for the pesky daily stress things that crop up, and it's something to do while waiting in line, or when in a traffic jam. And doing 4-7-8 before taking the first bite of food slows me down to practice mindful eating. We're finding that it helps make eating more enjoyable, which ends up being a bit paradoxical. Surprisingly, the more Al and I enjoy our food the less we're inclined to overeat. Have you ever noticed that? Are you practicing 4-7-8? When do you find you use it?

"Be Bold" helps my thinking so I stay on track with exercise. Before my six-gym-days/wk commitment (fast approaching the two-year mark - - woo hoo!), I hadn't done any consistent exercise since leg-warmers were a {wince} fitness fashion must. So being bold helps me tell the excuses in my head to take a hike. My head keeps talking though, and I have to give it a little credit because some of the reasons are pretty creative and very convincing. To be bold is something I have to work at every day so that excuses get squashed before they win.

The eating part of healthy living encompasses so much, and right now that includes making ready for a small garden, which we have fun planning together. But for the tag where Al engraved "hara hachi bu" - - that focuses on the eating, not the gardening. This Okinawan phrase reminds me about striving for balance, which includes practicing portion control and listening to my body so I stop at 80% full instead of Thanksgiving full. I feel so much better when I do this. Light, focused, serene, and balanced.

These engraved tags might look nice in a bracelet - - or maybe individual pendants...

...What do you think? It's great to be back. Hello!

4/7/2013 12:53:43

Awesome blog. Great to have you back. Balance and harmony are two key components often missing in our busy lives. I'd love get your thoughts and ideas on some new-to- the market products. Let's talk soon.
D

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Jen
4/10/2013 12:47:58

Great blog! Very interesting and informative. Healthy living is so important and finding the calming balance is so necessary in our busy lives. I would love to learn more about that breathing technique you mentioned. Keep them coming!

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Rachel
4/10/2013 13:52:53

Hello,
I love your latest work. Your jewelry seems to get more beautiful every time I visit your site.
I especially love the purple ring!!!!
I would really like to order a stackable ring with the March birthstone.
Will contact you soon for more information.

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Melissa
4/10/2013 15:01:42

Beautiful Jewelry! Very unique and one of a kind. Really enjoyed looking at all the jewlery on the site!

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Julie
4/12/2013 13:27:36

Hi CK - Great blog and beautiful picture of your latest personalized pieces. Thanks again for doing my nephews first communion pendant personalized with his name and communion date...he put it on right away as soon as he opened it. :) I'm glad you are practicing a healthy balance in your life and continue to find what works for you! I'm so proud of you! See you tonight! JD

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4/13/2013 06:19:19

Caroline, I am in awe of your willingness, energy, passion and desire to take on new challenges to improve your health, the health of your family and the world around you. I love to hear about each new adventure and you continue to amaze me with your wealth of knowledge on so many levels. And I just love seeing you in kickboxing class.

Al’s creations are just beautiful.

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Chris
4/14/2013 19:00:33

Great blog Caroline! It is so important to be passionate about a healthy lifestyle and to take time for ourselves. I enjoyed looking at your beautiful jewelry. I actually have something in mind for a necklace that will remind me to live in the moment. Maybe you and Al can help me with that! I also enjoy hearing about your healthy adventures with sourdough starter at kickboxing class!

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