Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Coupon Codes

Here are some coupon codes that have only been published in select places for Ruthie's Girl Designs. Take advantage of these great savings while you can.

Save 20% in my Earring Section when you use the Coupon Code SAVE20
Save 15% in my Leather Cuff Section when you use the Coupon Code SAVE15
Save 10% in my Bridal Section when you use the Coupon Code SAVE10.

You can also take advantage of my 40% percent off section for additional savings.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In honor of my friend

This necklace is nothing but pink roundels and bicone crystals with silvery pewter bead caps and clusters of silver flowers. The silver toggle clasp boasts tiny pink embedded crystals. The pink heart pendant has a bursting pink flower in the center and reminds me of the love that my friend had for so many.

This one of a kind set is on sale in my Zibbet shop. 25% proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

I miss you, Girl. I hope you like it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fabulous Find- Eclectic Oddities

I'm supposed to be doing fabulous finds every week, but as you know my friend died this month and life's been soooo mumbo jumbo. I am sure it will all pass in time.

I love the unusual. Cookie Cutter gets SO mundane after a while.
This one perked me up right away.

Look at this brooch made by Eclectic Oddities over at Zibbet. This brooch is listed as OOAK and is made from the side of a brass zipper and wool felted beads in 4 bright, summery, beachy colors and sells for $40USD. Tre Cool.

EclecticOddities has done a great job photographing her items and her artwork is fittingly Eclectic. You will find Handbags, Mixed Media, and Wearable Art sections. There's a lot to choose from, so stop by her shop sometime and check out this Waterbury artist.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

And the beat goes on

My husband is becoming quite the lover of leather. It benefits me because I get to get the first of all creations. I like the perks.

I showed my girlfriend this Sunburst cuff one night and she immediately said "hey, this looks like it would be from Brighton!" It hadn't occurred to me until she said that to me. I find that to be an ace compliment. This one's available in Brown or Black in either heart shaped or round sunburst pattern and you can find it on sale in my Zibbet shop.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Forever, my friend

January 19, 2011 will forever be one of the darkest days of my life. I lost a lifelong friend to breast cancer.

Belinda, pictured right, was my best friend for many years. Only it didn't start out that way. We, for reasons that are irrelevant now, did not like each other for many years, but by the time we were sophomores in High School, we had become fast friends.

We played sports together, competed together, worked together, partied together, laughed, cried and laughed some more together. I watched as she had her only child and bravely faced raising him on her own. She and her son were blessed with a wonderful man who loved them both, and the three of them created a life of happiness that only they could have created together.

Strong willed, stubborn and a control freak, Belinda could always do it all. IT. ALL. Everything but beat cancer.

Yesterday, my life got a whole lot emptier.

I'm so sad, I thought I was done crying. I mean, she's at peace. She's no longer in pain. There's no more suffering. Well, at least not for her.

I hope when she was in and out, and almost gone, that she heard me tell her I loved her. I really hope she heard.

Earlier this month, I urged all to educate themselves about breast cancer, treatments, exams and proceeds to help battle cancer. I don't want to lose anyone else to this terrible disease if it can be prevented in any way.

Love your girlfriends, tell them, and tell them often. Tell them even if they won't speak to you (the power of text and email) or if the friendship is so shattered that it cannot be repaired. You know you still love them. So TELL them. Tell them while they know who you still are. Tell them every time you hang up on the phone with them. Tell them every time you part ways with them.

I love you, Belinda, and I will weep for you bitterly. You will always be a shining star, and I will always remember the day this photo was taken and all the memories we shared. It was one hell of a ride. Thanks for taking me along the way.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Giving Back- A New Year

Up until 2010, no one I knew had been affected by Breast Cancer. Then BOOM...4 people diagnosed, and one of them, gone. Gone too soon.

Over the next year, I'll be adding items to my Proceeds Section over in my Zibbet shop like these earrings and will be donating 25% of each sale to the specific Foundation or Cause. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to reply them to this post.

Ladies, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM, and get it YEARLY, and without fail. Schedule it around the same time as your yearly Pap Smear. Mine is so that right after I leave the GYN's office (who provides me with my yearly sheet to get my mammogram) I can go down two flights to the imaging office and get it done. Even if you can't conveniently do what I do, do it anyway. And, in all frankness, FUCK insurance if you don't have it. Just get the test done and pay the bill off a little at a time if you have to. I watched someone die from Breast Cancer, and let me tell you, it isn't pretty to watch, and I am sure it's even uglier for families to have to endure it. Get the boobs smashed. Quit making excuses. It really doesn't hurt! The only issue I have with it is the confinement (cause once the device has prepared you for the slide, you ain't moving NOWHERE!). It takes less than 10 minutes and if you go to a nice imaging office like I do, they even put you in little rooms while you wait that have TV's and a tray of cookies in the lobby. Ah. Modern Conveniences.

And Men, don't think you are out of the woods, either. Yearly physicals SHOULD include breast exams for you as well. No, you won't have to go through the plastic vise grip, but you should still have your doctor check you for any lumps.

And this goes without saying for everyone, self examination is also crucial at any age once breast tissue starts to form (I once worked with a young lady who was diagnosed at EIGHTEEN). If you want to learn more about breast cancer or make a direct donation, visit the Susan G. Komen site for valuable and life saving information.