Distracting my self with work

I’ve been lucky enough to be included in the Turquoise Jewelry – Hot Brands feature in the June/July 2011 issue of Canadian Cowboy Country.

Click on the link to check out a virtual copy of this fantastic magazine online:

Hot brands can be found on pages 50 & 51

 

The Turquoise Jewelry feature can also be seen at:

 

Thanks so much to Canadian Cowboy Country!!

 
I love horse shoes, information pills the shape is appealing to me, information pills the application – fascinating.  I have a friend who was a farrier & I enjoyed tagging along watching him work.  When I started creating jewelry, I figured the horse shoe was a all encompassing symbol of all horse people.  Doesn’t matter if you’re an English rider, a rodeo girl or a trail riding mama, the horse is what ties us all together.  Appreciating others riding disciplines is what makes a true horse lover.  I enjoy watching a kid trotting for the first time as much as watching my sister-in-law’s jumper do his thing at a Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.

I have sprinkled horse shoes liberally throughout my work.  I have small horse shoe cut-outs on the back of pieces, the Lucky Seven rings & bracelets have been a favorite, as they got me featured in Cowboys & Indians magazine.  I haven’t done a lot of post earrings, so as I was building a family ring last week, this idea came to me.  These ones I just popped in a couple CZ’s, but it could be any birthstone or color.

I’m going to do a giveaway of a pair of these earrings with any birthstone you wish to a lucky follower on my Facebook page.  I’ll give these babies away when we get 100 followers, so share the page with friends & you’ll have a good chance of finding these in the mail!

Click on the Facebook icon on the page to find the Designs by Shelagh Facebook page!


I love horse shoes, pilule the shape is appealing to me, sildenafil the application – fascinating.  I have a friend who was a farrier & I enjoyed tagging along watching him work.  When I started creating jewelry, I figured the horse shoe was a all encompassing symbol of all horse people.  Doesn’t matter if you’re an English rider, a rodeo girl or a trail riding mama, the horse is what ties us all together.  Appreciating others riding disciplines is what makes a true horse lover.  I enjoy watching a kid trotting for the first time as much as watching my sister-in-law’s jumper do his thing at a Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.

I have sprinkled horse shoes liberally throughout my work.  I have small horse shoe cut-outs on the back of pieces, the Lucky Seven rings & bracelets have been a favorite, as they got me featured in Cowboys & Indians magazine.  I haven’t done a lot of post earrings, so as I was building a family ring last week, this idea came to me.  These ones I just popped in a couple CZ’s, but it could be any birthstone or color.

I’m going to do a giveaway of a pair of these earrings with any birthstone you wish to a lucky follower on my Facebook page.  I’ll give these babies away when we get 100 followers, so share the page with friends & you’ll have a good chance of finding these in the mail!

Click on the Facebook icon on the page to find the Designs by Shelagh Facebook page!


I know its been a while & I won’t even bore you with all the drama.

I do want to tell you about a great group that I have had the privilege to be involved with for a number of years.  The Women of the Wagons!!  There has been an informal group of “wagon wives” for a number of years, drug but in recent years a lovely lady, Suzanne Linklater got us girls organized to create a charity event.

Suzanne organized the first Women of the Wagons Fashion Show, she recently passed away & so the event this year was dedicated in her honor.   Every year that it has been held, the girls have organized a wonderful day that has raised a LOT of money for numerous charities. This year was the Alberta Childrens Hospital. The past few years the event has been held in Ponoka, AB during the famous Ponoka Stampede.  It has sold out & has become a hot ticket among women looking for a fun time during Ponoka!  They have great prizes, games & an all around good time.

Since my husband has retired from outriding, I don’t get to be as involved as I’d like to be.  My Mum helps organize the fashion show portion of the day, so I guess she’s my stand-in.  What I am able to do is donate jewelry to their silent auction.

I know my wagon girls work hard to make this happen, just like they do working behind the scenes in their wagon camps.  Wagon women are incredible people, I’ve never met another group like them.  It doesn’t matter if you’re outfit is first or last, if the outrider is hired or fired; these girls stick together to support their families.  As if they didn’t have enough to take care of, they put that same incredible effort in the charity work they have taken on, I love ’em!

 

UPDATE:

July 12, 2011 This is an update from the organizer, Dina Sutherland:

Well Ladies, I finally have official numbers. Today, I was lucky enough to be one of the people to go the Alberta Children’s Hospital and deliver our $18 000 cheque to them plus 8 large orange garbage bags of teddy bears. We also donated $6000 to the WPCA Benevolent Fund. I thank each and every one of you for your help. This event could not occur without the help of all of you. We had Mark Sutherland, Rick Fraser, and Kelly Sutherland at the hospital signing posters and handing out teddy bears. The kids were so happy to see them. There were lots of giggles from kids who don’t have much to smile about. It really brought home our theme of “Life isn’t tied with a bow but it is still a gift.” These kids are always so positive, it really does make it all worth while. Again, thank you to each and every one of you who either donated time, money, a gift or came out and supported the event.

 
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I’m sure most of you know my fantastic husband is a former outrider with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association.  He did it for 17 years, page it is how we met & was a most wonderful time in our lives. I could have a whole other blog just about how much I love my Wagon Family, but I digress.

Jeff was involved in a huge wreck at the Ponoka Stampede nearly 2 years ago & broke his leg.  I’ll spare you the gory details & they were gory.  Ok, here’s a bit of the G-rated gore:

Nasty, isn’t it?

Well the outriding is now over & Jeff has decided that he wants the plate & 7 screws that was put in his leg to come out!  It bothers him & frankly, I’m sick of the complaining.  We’ve been trying to plan a trip to Disneyland & I am NOT taking 4 kids & a grouchy husband who is looking for a bench!

So Friday at Red Deer Regional Hospital, the plate & screws are set to come out.  This is the reason for the evening of blogging & lots of silversmithing work….I’m nervous.  I don’t like hospitals, I don’t like surgery & I really don’t like my husband being in an altered state (when its not my idea of course).

My hands are sore from filing the conchos for my new fantabulous concho belt that I’m making myself.  Its so awesome, you just might die.  I am a lover from afar of concho belts & have finally come up with an idea that I have NEVER seen before on a belt (more on that later).  See? I’m doing it again, distracting myself from the worry.  I had to find something else to do to keep my mind off this.

So back to it, the mens pendants, the custom order piece that’s in the tumbler, the earrings from the Facebook contest & the bin of repairs I have to keep me busy!!

Wish me (us) luck!!

 

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