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Autism Awareness Off to A Great Start

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Monday, and welcome to the month of April! As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness month. Autism is a cause near and dear to my heart.

This past weekend, my husband and I joined our CrossFit 7220 community by participating in their WODism for Autism event, featuring 24 WODs (workouts) in 24 hours!!!! From Saturday morning at 5 AM kicking off with 100 burpees, to Sunday morning at 4 AM finishing with Push Presses and bar-facing-burpees ( we sure do love burpees!), it was a long, but hugely rewarding 24 hours, and WOW the amazing people that turned out in support of this cause!!! Both financially, and with their time, so many people came together and made this event a HUGE success. Read all about it, and see some of the photos taken during this awesome event HERE! Below, the group of 30 of us, left standing for the 24th workout!!!

I am so blessed and thrilled to be a part of such an awesome community.

I took today off to catch up on sleep, and hopefully get some of the muscle soreness under control, but I’ll be back at the gym tomorrow at 5AM!

On to jewelry news! I have a few custom orders to catch up on and finish up this week! My new Rugged Cross earrings in copper have been a huge hit, and I need to restock! If you are interested in a pair similar (never exactly the same, being hand fabricated!) they are $36 plus shipping – just leave a comment or contact me through my website: Azteca Designs Boutique


I am also working on some matching pendants for necklaces, but those are a couple of weeks out yet.

Time to get to work! I hope you all have a fabulous week!!!



Planting Basil, and Watching Your Business Grow

Ok, so really the two have nothing in common, I know, but seriously that’s what I’m going to do today. ;D

My mother-in-law has these poor basil plants that have been in cups of water for quite some time. They have received minimal (if any) plant food, and are in serious need ofย  some good old dirt and fertilizer! I claim to have a bit of a green thumb (perhaps light green?), as I’ve worked on countless golf course maintenance crews successfully, so have offered to plant them for her.

While thinking of her basil plants, I compared them to a small business – perhaps your new (or old) Etsy business? I know that when I first opened my shop, I did nothing other than list a few items, then expect that out of the blue, someone would find my shop and fall in love with something!!! I had dreams of just selling everything, of not being able to keep up with business! It was quite disappointing to go months without even so much as a ‘hearted’ item, let alone a sale!

I have realized over time that you have to nurture your business. Give it lots of ‘food’ by networking, blogging, facebooking, curating treasuries, sharing the possibilities of Etsy with friends and family. Get your shop OUT THERE! I have not had a lot of luck with craft shows, but it’s definitely one way to go. It can be worth a try.

My point is, you can’t sit by and expect something to grow from nothing!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure I was last one to realize this, and ya’ll are laughing at me right now, but oh well!!!


Who wants their Etsy shop featured in my blog???ย  I have gone a whole week with no one to feature!!! I will just randomly pick someone to contact and feature on Etsy if no one leaves a comment letting me know they want to be featured!

If you want to be featured, leave a comment, along with a link to your shop!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Thank you, curators, for some awesome treasuries this week!!!

Woodland Wonderful

the Shining


Sea god

Hardware For Her Tough Side


My next blog post will be a ‘How To’ on making Cowrie Shell flower necklaces!!! I taught myself how to make them, so the process might seem a little unconventional, but bear with me, people!!!

Her’s to looking forward to another crazy weekend!

Facebook Page Changes?


So, fellow Facebookers!ย  has anyone upgraded to the new Facebook fan page look yet? I upgraded yesterday – not sure whether I like it or not. I figured I would give myself time to get used to it, though, before they change it permanently. Let me know how you are getting along with it, and if you have ideas or tips on anything important there – I want to optimize my customer service, and need feedback to do so! I’m sure you all are with me on this! ;D


I also wanted to give you all a heads -up: I will be featuring a fellow Etsian and blogger this weekend! Stay tuned! Her shop is amazing!!!


Turquoise Cross Pendant Paper Bead Choker


Here’s something to sweeten up those lips, and keep ’em super soft! (no shortening this time;)

Sounds like a Valentine’s recipe to me!ย  Enjoy!

Candy Melt Lip Gloss

Add 1/4 teaspoon of grated paraffin wax, 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil, 1 teaspoon vaseline and 1 candy melt to a ziploc bag. Place bag in a bowl of hot water until ingredients are melted. Knead bag slightly to mix liquids together. Snip off a corner of the bag and pour into lip gloss pot. Let cool until set before using.