Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Mom My Forever Friend


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Secret Garden Gems Wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.  I  want to thank  Native by Design for making me this wonderful Ad, and
Hide a Heart Blog so  wonderfully speaks of her and her accomplishments.     I am so glad we were able to provide some special warmth  in your life this holiday season. 

I am wanting to share my Friend Linda's blog entry on her Christmas Wishlist and Missing her Mother   What a beautiful tribute to your mom.






I too am missing my mom  and always the so difficult during the holiday season.  She has always been such an inspiration to me, as a mom and My Forever Friend



I HAVE A FRIEND IN HEAVEN
WHO I TALK TO EVERY NIGHT
AND WHEN MY NIGHTS FEEL REALLY DARK
SHE IS A FRIEND WHO BRINGS ME LIGHT
SHE BRINGS ME JOY AND MAKES ME SMILE
WHEN I AM REALLY DOWN
IF ONLY I COULD BE WITH HER
IT IS SO LONELY SHE IS NOT AROUND
SHE IS SO KIND AND LISTENS
EVEN THOUGH I AM TALKING DAFT
I KNOW SHE IS PULLING HER FUNNY FACES
BUT I JUST TURN AROUND AND LAUGH
SHE BROUGHT SO MANY HAPPY TIMES
WHEN I LOST HER MY WORLD WAS AT AN END
BUT THEN SHE CAME STRAIGHT INTO MY PRAYERS
SHE IS MY MOM
MY FOREVER FRIEND


Mom and Me My Forever Friend

Monday, December 10, 2012

Your On Line Business Using a Virtual Assistant



Building A small Business Using a Virtual Assistant:

There are only 24 hours in the day .  Many of us on line sellers  feel so overwhelmed by all the tasks  we need to accomplish in order to sell in this virtual world. We certainly can accomplish more if we rely on others to help us with our business tasks.  For someone like me..type “A” control freak…personality,   this is easier said than done.



A virtual Assistant can help me with such tasks as:
Listing items, photography, adverstising,  blog writing, pintinterst,   facebook   posts  for your website etc.  How much I would like to budget for this, what work needs to be done, etc. all things to think about when hiring a VA.

I live in a “tech town”   I believe I could easily get an intern to do some of these tasks for me, but:  they probably could teach me more that I could teach them.

So other places to find a Virtual Assistant are (according to Ecomerce Bytes):

Word of mouth, as well as Twitter  taps your network of followers for VA leads.

AssistU allows you to post your needs if you're looking to create a long-term relationship.

Elance connects you with a VA when you have freelance projects you need help with. Candidates bid on the work you post.

International Virtual Assistants Association lets you post a request for a proposal from a VA.”

Has anyone ever hired a virtual assistant?  Please feel free to post your experience  and thoughs in the comments section.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Merry Christmas Secret Garden at OneTrueMedia.com

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas

The Perfect Gift –Jewelry



With so many choices and trends how do I choose the perfect jewelry gift? If you struggle when it comes to birthdays, special occasions and anniversaries, then jewelry is the solution you’ve been looking for. Follow Secret Garden Gems Jewelry shopping tips and breathe a sigh of relief, knowing you’ve chosen the perfect gift.

JewelryPay Attention to their Preferences:  What kinds of jewelry do they like?  Do they have collections that you can add to?  Today’s story bead charm bracelets are a perfect to add a special charm to their existing collection or begin a new collection today.  There are so many trends and styles to choose from: bangles, necklaces, cuff bracelets, chain bracelets, and charm bracelets.  The list is endless.
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 Explore Different Types of Jewelry: After choosing between a ring, necklace, bracelet or earrings, deciding on the piece’s gemstones and precious metals is just as important. There are many  gemstones if you want a piece of jewelry with vibrant color — you can choose a birthstone, or a gem that is a favorite color (personal touches get bonus points!). Gold and silver offer a wide array of designs and styles, too.
Mens Jewelry
Men Love Jewelry too: Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, or a graduation, many men appreciate receiving jewelry as a gift. The most popular types of jewelry among men are necklaces, rings, and bracelets.











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Monday, November 5, 2012

How to Choose Children’s First Jewelry Collections




I remember my favorite jewelry I received as a child.  There were two pieces in particular, which still remain special keepsakes for me today.   One of the first pieces I received was a watch…Pocahontas -it is animated, and as I move the watch the animations develop. (Yes I still have the watch)

  The second piece was a charm bracelet from my grandparents.  We collected amazing charms, some of my favorites were: a little piano that opened, and the little old lady who lived in the shoe, this opened as well  only to show the little children on the base of shoe.   There was a little phone and when the dial moved spelled I luv u…This bracelet has since been passed on to my own daughter.  Those fond memories I will always cherish…I received these pieces over 50 years ago and recall receiving them like it was yesterday. I remember sitting with my mom and my grandmother hearing stories we made up about those charms.   Those stories remain in our family, and have passed on to our children and nieces…

  Do you have stories you have told that have passed on to the generations…

 Giving keepsakes to our loved ones is so special.   There are so many choices and depends so much on the child and what their loves and passions are.
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Sister Charm Bracelet
Some ideas: A child's jewelry collections also consist of an Id bracelet or charm bracelet.  You can also find all the birthstones in a child's jewelry collections.  There are different symbols you could get that mean love, hope, or even peace to go on your child's necklace or bracelet.  There are mother daughter bracelets which are very bonding or sister bracelets and necklaces. 

Today, the most common reason for giving jewelry to a baby or child is in the spirit of giving a meaningful gift that
will last a lifetime. 

Personalized infant jewelry is prized as the 21st century's family heirloom gift that will be cherished from one generation to the next.

As this month of Thanksgiving approaches, we have so much to be thankful for and our children are the greatest thanks of all.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Blog Appreciation Award Nomination




Thank you MCatherine for nominating Secret Garden Gems and our other Networking Friends  for this Blog Award.   Your kindness and support truly is selfless  Thank  you so much Hide A Heart for the nomination
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Your support and  contributions to our networking group is so kindly appreciated.








With awards come some obligations: 
♡ Thank the person who nominated us, link back to his/her blog and put the award logo on our blog.

 I too would like to nominate  the following wonder ful people as well

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Only in America-Hurricane Sandy NYC



Only in America-Hurricane Sandy NYC and Halloween and apocalyptic Devastation

As I am here in my  warm nicely electrically powered  and heated home in suburban  upstate NY this Halloween evening ..my doorbell rings and rings with children trick-o- treating – for candy.  Some children  will say thank you some children just grab the candy and walk away.   A Young lady wheeling a stroller  said “I need water give me a bottle of water”…  I gave her the water and ask if she is OK?.. she turns to run to the fire truck giving out candy..…never to say  “thank you”   for the water..she just walked away…She needed water…really? 

…My family  and so many others in the north east are facing devastation.  Tonight, my daughter has opened her birdcage sized studio apartment so others can come there and get a much needed warm shower and get clean or even just charge a cell phone.  She opened up her tiny studio apartment so her cousin could have a place to sleep until sometime in the future.    Tonight I learned my sister in-law lost her car, completely destroyed. She lives alone, she is retired… she has no power, no toilet, no heat and running very low on water..(SHE NEEDS WATER).    She ventured out along Brighton Beach in Brooklyn  to find a store that would allow her to charge her cell phone.

 She walked down 12 flights of dark stairs  ( no lights no generator in her building).   Time and time again  she would ask the shop owners  if she may charge her cell phone, and each shop owner said no, and no again, you cannot charge your cell phone here.  Finally, a very kind flower shop owner took her in and said yes,  of course you may charge your phone here, come  in and stay awhile.  They fed her and gave her something to drink.  She was moved by the kindness and bought some flowers from the shop owner.  She now walks up the 12 lonely dark flights of stairs through an unlit stairwell, with those fresh flowers. She has water to place them in… yes …she needs water… … Only in Amercia.. 


Monday, October 22, 2012

Photographing Jewelry Tips and Tricks

What's your approach to photographing jewelry?

Please feel free to post in the comment section.

 When I first started photographing jewelry   I was such a novice... I quickly learned  a tripod is a must, using a light-box helps.  Learned quickly that "Tungsten" is the setting needed to photograph silver....Oh my so much to learn... And then I get lost in the detail  playing with all sorts of ideas to photograph jewelry..I love photographing the jewelry as much as finding those unique pieces that I sell...



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People judge jewelry based on photographs that substitute for the real thing. In general, what they expect the photo to convey is:

  • Texture of the materials, whether metal or stone,
  • Color,
  • Degree of polish,
  • Quality of the craftsmanship, and
  • Fidelity to the original piece.
These qualities are important, but when it comes to photographing jewelry it boils down to controlling reflections. Cut stones and metals are highly reflective, which is why they are used in jewelry: they catch the eye, and that's the whole purpose of body adornment!



Lighting: The art of jewelry photography requires precise lighting technique. I don't recommend flash: continuous light is easier to control.

Keep your lighting soft. A small light tent or light dome is ideal.

Use back-lighting judiciously. Overdone, it will lead to distracting specular reflections. Do it right, and it shows the polish on surfaces. Back-light is a good choice for translucent minerals, making crystals, agates and gemstones glow from within!

A tabletop light-box (aka transparency viewer) is a great soft light source to make these materials glow! See the photos below for an example of light-box photography.

Equipment: If you're getting started, use whatever camera you have available. Even point-and-shoot compact cameras can make acceptable jewelry photos, but they have one major flaw: no auto-focus override, so precision focus is hit-or-miss.

A full macro photography set-up includes a camera, macro lens or other close-up photography accessories, tripod, some light modifiers, and lighting.
Precise focus is essential. Always focus on the surface closest to the camera. When using a camera without manual focus (i.e., compact, point-and-shoot), review digital photographs carefully. You may have to change the framing a little to "instruct" the auto-focus to focus on the plane you want it to.

Telephoto macro lenses (in the 70 - 100 mm range, 35mm equivalent) are preferred because of their greater working distance than shorter macro lenses. You'll appreciate having a bit more room to work, plus longer lenses are less likely to show up in the reflections of your jewelry piece.

Jewelry should be cleaned well before being photographed. Smudges and other imperfections take away from the beauty that good jewelry is supposed to embody.

Close-up photography reveals scratches and other imperfections in pieces that have been worn, such as vintage jewelry.

Studio photography accessories for photographing jewelry include modeling clay (to hold rings upright), alligator clamps for holding small light modifiers (reflectors and black cards), and a dress-maker's bust for hanging necklaces.

Earrings can be hung on two parallel fishing lines: an upper one to support the earrings, the other to prevent them from rotating. The line can be removed with editing software afterward.

It's very difficult to photograph necklaces and bracelets to show both detail and scale. Measure the length of strand jewelry and record the length in the digital file name, and in a caption if you are displaying them in an online store or auction.

Always use a tripod! No exceptions!...with the exception, of course, of one notable exception, which is to...

...try photographing jewelry with a flatbed scanner. The illumination is unexciting, but the clarity is excellent, and you can work quickly. This is an excellent option to document your jewelry collection for insurance purposes (see an example of a scanned jewelry photo below, upper right)!

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