Apr 242016

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I took a stroll through the forest this morning.  It’s one of my most enjoyed morning rituals — becoming enveloped in the peace and quiet found here.  I feel truly blessed to have the riches of the forest so close to home.

I was inspired from my morning walk to finish up these beautiful silver earrings.  They are the first in my series, “Riches of the Forest.” They’ve been sitting on my bench now for a while and I am beyond delighted that they are finally ready, for you.  In my shop now:  Just5MoreMinutes.etsy.com

I do hope you can swing by!

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Feb 262016

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The forests of the Pacific Northwest are a soothing retreat for the mind, body and soul.  Believe me when I tell you I come here often especially after extremely busy and stress filled days at the office.   There is no better medicine during those times than a walk through the forest where one can decompress.

My weekends also begin with a refreshing hike along the trails. The glorious sun-lit mornings belong to me — and as I walk, I think about the day ahead and what’s in store.  Thankfully (so thankfully) last weekend and this one belong to ME.  No commitments, no work, no plans — I get exactly 48 hours all to myself and believe me, I am quite giddy about it.

Last weekend I began taking the time to work on some silver pieces for the Etsy shop.  A stunning carnelian ring in a sterling silver setting as well as a pair of antlers adorned with ferns and flowers that will eventually grow into a beautiful necklace.  These two pieces have been so enjoyable to work on.  I am hoping to have a shop update in the new couple of weeks — please stay tuned!  If you would like to bookmark my shop for future, you can click on this link here: Just 5 More Minutes’ Etsy Shop.

In addition to working on my silver pieces, I also had my very first podcast interview with Stephanie and Jeremy from RV Family Travel Atlas a couple weeks ago.  It’s a photography based podcast and I had such a fun time chatting with them (after getting over being so nervous, goodness!).  You can listen to the podcast directly from their website here or subscribe on iTunes here.

Thank you Stephanie and Jeremy for having me on your show — was fun :)

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Oliver enjoys our forest walks too :)

On this particular morning, I was thinking — I should have recorded the sound around me to share with you here.  Imagine the sound of a fast running creek with the birds happily chirping above you — and that’s all you hear.  Magical and peaceful both at once.  I just love it here I tell you.

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Wherever you are this weekend, I am wishing you a very happy and relaxing one!


Monica xo

Nov 042014

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

Today is a big day :)  I’ve opened my very first ever Etsy Shop here:  www.etsy.com/shop/Just5MoreMinutes.  Inside my shop you will find some silversmithed travel inspired accessories I have crafted inspired from travels in my Airstream.  I hope you swing on by and have a look :)

As I was updating my shop for the very first time, I became side tracked by some of the cutest things from other Etsy sellers!  I can’t help but share them with you. But first, one of my most favorite things to have in my silver kitchen is an Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen.  It saves on cleanup and keeps the splatters at bay which I think is especially important in a tiny cooking space . . . .

  1. Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen — invaluable in a tiny space when shallow frying.  Find it here
  2. Is this not just about the cutest pot holder ever?  I will be adding it to my collection, no question.  Find it here
  3. Temporary tattoos are popular nowadays but these are superiorly artistically beautiful.  They have a very glamping foresty feel to them . . . find this cute fox Here
  4. I can see this hanging from an Airstream awning strung with white lights and the color scheme is quite perfect.  Find this fun bunting here

And last but not least, here are a few photos I took of some of the silver items in my shop which would be lovely for the glamper in your life.

Travel inspired silver accessories in my Etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/Just5MoreMinutes

Silversmithed Jewelry via J5MM.comThank you for being here :)

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo