Bipolar, PTSD, and Daily Life with Etsy, Fashion, Jewelry

Bracelets With a Purpose

Bracelets are a main staple in many jewelry boxes, for both women and men. They can be anything from a diamond tennis bracelet worth thousands of dollars, to a simple braided rope worth much less in money, but priceless in its personal meaning.

There are many different types and styles of bracelets in my Etys Shop for you to browse through. Of course, there are always more coming too!

Here are a few of the bracelets that contain gemstone beads that are thought to have a specific effect on your life.

As I stated, this is just a few of the bracelets that are available, and I love special requests.

Stop by and check them out here: CathysCraftyDesigns Bracelets, or check out the Vintage Bracelets here: CathysCraftyDesigns Vintage Bracelets

Stop by and use Coupon Code ‘SAVENOW’ to save 20% at checkout!

Have A Fabulous Day!

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Jewelry Sets!

A jewelry set is two or more pieces that are meant to be worn together for a coordinated and/or complimentary look. Many people wear these matching or coordinated sets for special occasions such as weddings or other formal events. Others just like to match a couple of pieces. Personally, I’m such an ‘odd duck’ that sometimes I want to be all sophisticated and coordinated, others I want to be eclectic and flashy everywhere.

Currently, I have around 35 Jewelry Sets of varying types and materials available in my Etsy shop, one section set aside just for them, plus a few more in the Faux Pearls section, and even a beautiful green agate necklace and earrings set available in Vintage Necklaces.

To see them in my Etsy Shop – CathysCraftyDesigns Jewelry Sets

Here are a few of my favorites, I had quite a time deciding which to show here, I love so many!

I stopped at only 9 for simple space and not wanting to overloading you with too many. (Although I love to show off my work!)

Of course, if you happen to find a single piece in my shop that you like and want to match with another, I can usually do that (not easy on vintage items).

Please stop by and check them out, you never know what you may see for yourself, or a special loved one in your life! After all, everyone has a birthday!! 

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Fabulous and Eclectic New Jewelry!

Yesterday afternoon was super busy for me, finally! I finally had enough light, time, and energy for a photo shoot for my favorite new pieces! YAY!! This is, for me, the hardest part of the entire process. I can never seem to get enough light in the pictures, or get it from the right angle, or something. It’s a pure miracle that I manage to sell anything, I swear!

Here are the pieces already in my shop CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy:

I am very excited to have so many new items to enter! I have a real back up of things that need photos, and hopefully I will get to them all next month. It’s my goal anyway, to get this all caught up and organized. God, and Bipolar, willing, I will get there!

Here are some of the items I hope to get entered today and this week. (OMG I actually used the ‘Random Order’ option for the photos – IT’S CHAOS!!! LOL not at all like me.)

As you can see, I have no real set style or design template that I stick to when I make jewelry. I simply look at my supplies, and make something that pleases me.

When I purchase supplies for my jewelry, they could come form anywhere, really. If I see something that interests me, or looks like it may interest me later on at some point (yup, hoarder trait!), I’ll stick it away in my ‘stuff’ boxes. Boy, are these starting to get bigger!

My ‘stuff’ boxes could contain anything from gemstone, freshwater pearl, glass, crystal, rhinestones, feathers, just about anything I find that looked pretty to me at some moment in time!

Well, I am off now to begin entering these fabulous new pieces into my Etsy Shop. Please stop by a couple of times today and check them out!

CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Hope to see you there!

Have a Fabulous Day!

Don’t Forget to Smile! They’re Contagious!

Bipolar, PTSD, and Daily Life with Etsy, Jewelry

Idle Hands? No Way!


Are you able to sit still and do nothing? Perhaps while watching television, or listening to music? This is something that I wonder about daily because I am completely unable to do it.

Back before I was put on disability, I had the same problem, but then I had three jobs to keep me busy at all times. Now? Now I make jewelry and have a pretty big online presence (for me anyway) after 5 years doing it for Etsy. My hands hurt though. LOL

From what I understand, most of the people that create things (art, jewelry, sewing, etc.) to sell online have a set aside area just for that purpose. I sort of do too. We have a spare room in our house that holds not only the majority of my crafting and jewelry hardware, but also the more delicate and expensive parts to my husband’s current project, a 1968 Ford Mustang (the real love of his life I think).

However, I actually make the jewelry sitting in the living room in my love seat with the dog right beside me for company (or aggravation, depending on his mood). I have a footstool that opens and stores a lot of my supplies out of sight, while I have more in a basket and some in small boxes stacked up. Makes for quite a sight in one corner of the living room!

This is also where I take the photos of my items, as I sit right beside three large windows that look out into my front yard (south facing for awesome light on the right days). I do it all right here in front of the television and my windows.

Unless I am eating, sleeping, or at the doctor, I am working on my shop. Even when out shopping, I am on the lookout for good deals on jewelry type items. I have boxes and boxes of things that I want to make and just haven’t gotten to yet! And I’m always buying more! My husband says I’m a hoarder, LOL. He is too, but for tools and auto parts!

A hoarder I may be, but I love what I do so much that I can’t stop! If I sit down, I am making something, or promoting it. Not all of what I make ends up in the Etsy shop, some I give away, some I keep, some get taken back apart and remade into something better. I have so much fun!! Not to mention that I am making money doing it! It’s only April and I have already sold almost as much as I did in all of last year! WooHoo!!! Cha-Ching!

Are you able to sit and just do nothing? Or are you like me and always have to be doing something?

Multitasking has become the norm in today’s society, but how much does it affect your personal or business life?

I would love to know!!

Have a Fabulous Day!

Don’t Forget To Smile! They’re Contagious!

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New Items in Etsy Store!


New Jewelry!

Over the weekend, I was struck by a serious creative bug and made several new jewelry pieces for just about any occasion. Wedding and Prom season is here! I always get excited at the amazing jewelry possibilities at this time of year.

My photos are not great, they are all too dark because I was in a rush to get some taken and get the items listed. I will take better ones this week and replace the others. (Hopefully)


I will be adding more new and vintage jewelry and home decor all day (ok, well, hopefully all week)! Check out my Etsy store often to see them all!

CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Now you know what I will up to all week, what are your plans? Anything for Easter?

Maybe planting a garden? I was able to get some fantastic flower and vegetables seeds this weekend. Now I just have to get them started! Really looking forward to some fresh veggies and home grown salads this summer! Yum!

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled Day!

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Fashion, Jewelry

Crystal Dangles

After researching the upcoming jewelry trends, I discovered that crystal drops and dangles of all kinds are all over the runways! WooHoo! Yay! This thrills me to no end because I just LOVE to make the adorable little things, I just don’t always know what to do with them then.

I am so excited that these adorable sparkly dangles are in style and trendy again, that I immediately set to work making more and incorporating some that I had already made in to some beautiful and stunning pieces of Special Occasion and Everyday jewelry. These items I listed in the Shop this morning:

Here are a few of the items unlisted yet – I will be entering these in the next couple of days, but if you’d like to get them before they go in the shop, just shoot me a message! I accept most any forms of payment available today.

I have several more pieces, with and without dangles just waiting for me to take photos and even more waiting for me to finish attaching everything! So, if you are looking for a specific color, style, or option to match that perfect wedding, prom, or homecoming dress, just let me know and we will work together to put together something hand made and custom designed pieces just for you on your special day or evening.

I can also do these styles and types of items in rhinestones, gemstones, pearls, shells, acrylic, wood: if you want it, I WILL find it and it get it for you (some special orders require prepayment for supplies only if not already on hand).

Etsy Shop Link for Items in shop already: CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Contact Me Here for Items not listed or Custom Orders: Contact Form


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Turquoise, Rose Quartz, and Agate

Working with jewelry, I use many types of stones and crystals. Each of these has a different meaning and use in my customers lives, and mine. I have already blogged about why Green Aventurine is my favorite, well, here are three more of my favorites to work with and wear, Turquoise, Rose Quartz, and Agate.

Turquoise is one of the most popular crystals in use.  It has impressive metaphysical properties and very potent healing capabilities. It will also help you communicate the truth. Turquoise is a very strong crystal of spiritual attuneness, resonating with the throat chakra, it will support you in improving your clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. Turquoise has the ability to balance the male and female aspects of your personality. Turquoise can also allow you to access memories of your past life!


Rose Quartz, with it’s beautiful soft pink color, is a stone of the Heart, A crystal of Unconditional Love. Rose Quartz has a soft, feminine energy of peace, tenderness, healing, nourishment, comfort, and compassion. Being a Crystal of the Heart Chakra, Rose Quartz helps you to heal emotional wounds, fears, and resentments, while encouraging A Divine loving energy throughout your aura. This can aid in reawakening your heart to its own innate love, and allowing you the capacity to truly give and receive love from others as well providing a sense of contentment and fulfillment.

Agate comes in many, many colors and names. In it’s many colors, it is said to enhance one’s perceptiveness and to stimulate analytical capacity, as well as to provide balance between one’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual states. Agate is also said to ease any hostilities you may have and promote goodwill.

Agate can also help you to discern the truth, accept circumstances, and is known as a powerful emotional healer. Legend has it that Agate can improve memory and concentration, as well increase stamina and encourage honesty.

All of the items above are available in my Etsy Shop CathysCraftyDesigns on Etsy

Jewelry items are always FREE SHIPPING to the continental U.S.!

With over 435 handmade and vintage pieces, you are sure to find something you love!

Have a Wonderful, and Wonder-Filled Day!!

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