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Seeds and Natural Jewelry for the Natural you!

Seeds and Natural Jewelry for the beautiful and Natural you!

When it comes to jewelry there is a vast amount of options from shiny metals to chunky plastic and even 100% natural… yes, as in made from plant seeds natural.

What kind you ask?

Here is a little sampling of the fun, colorful and stylish jewels you can find at Sur Design Studio made out of nature’s sprouts.

Purple Crocodile Earring made out of the Tagua seed

Purple Crocodile Earring made out of the Tagua seed

How about accessorizing with the Manila Palm seed, this is a small slender seed with delicate marbling from the Philippines.

Anita Necklace & Long Strand Necklace/Bracelet made from Manila Palm and the Tagua seed.

Anita Necklace & Long Strand Necklace/Bracelet made from Manila Palm and the Tagua seed.

What about a seed that is believed to bring you good luck, to bring fertility and to ward off negative energies.  That would be The Huayuro seed. This beauty has either deep red and black tones or solid bright red ones. In France it’s called Panacoco and besides warding off bad JuJu, it’s deemed to bring wealth and abundance.

Bold Red Necklace made with The Huayuro seed and Bullhorn.

Bold Red Necklace made with The Huayuro seed and Bullhorn.

Or the Soapberry seed. This seed can accessorize your look and be used for cleaning products such as shampoo. I guess that’s why it’s called Soapberry! Soapberry be it…And look fabulous with a few natural accessories…a necklace here, some earrings there and maybe even a bracelet flare!

Find Soapberry Seed jewels at Sur Design Studio

Find Soapberry Seed jewels at Sur Design Studio

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Win a free chevron necklace

Talented Amira Menic from Portland Oregon has a passion for creating beautiful handformed jewelry. As a child she loved to create. Every moment she was busy making things, painting, sculpting, photography. Her world always one in a creative pursuit.

Sur Design Studio is proud to carry some of her beautiful pieces and I would like to share these with you by giving away one of her necklaces. To enter; Like the Sur Design Studio facebook page and you’ll automatically enter to win or share the contest post to enter.

Win a chevron Necklace from www.surdesignstudio.com

Win this chevron Necklace from www.surdesignstudio.

Here is a sampling of more of her alluring jewelry.

Contest ends Friday November 29th at Midnight. One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Sunday December 1st 2013.

Good luck!

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World of Green

When I think of green the first thing that comes to my mind is trees. A forest of rich, luscious, evergreen trees. The cool fresh scent of humid earth and fresh air on my cheeks.

Hoh Rain Forest, in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Hoh Rain Forest, in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

However this color is versatile. It stands for growth, it signals “go” and it represents luck.

Also green in its varied shades can represent many things. For example Army green just like it’s name is usually related to military camouflage. Pea green is usually associated with sickness.

Then there are the terms involving the color green. The saying “green thumb” means that a person is good with plants and gardens.

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The “green room” refers to a room in a theater or television studio where a person can relax before their performance.

The expression “greener pastures” and “grass is greener” are used in reference to something newer or better.

How about using green in the fashion world maybe with your accessories.

Or how about green for a giving themed website, Green Giving Tree.

What does the color green bring up in your world?

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Mulled Wine

Autumn is here! With these cooler days there are many things to look forward to. I for example love the tones of plums, reds and rusty browns that surround us in nature and our wardrobes during this time of year. Another favorite of a brisk cool day is the fireplace, there is nothing better than cuddling up in front of it while unwinding from the day’s events. Lastly, I love a warm glass of Mulled Wine. It’s easy to make, you can enjoy it by yourself or impress others by making it while hosting a dinner.

Recipe;

4 cups apple cider

1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon works)

1/4 cup honey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange zest and juice

4 whole cloves

2 star anise

4 orange peels (garnish)

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large pot, bring to a boil. Then lower and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs and add orange peel as garnish and viola.

Check out the animal Brass Bottle Stoppers at Sur Design Studio.

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Big announcement!

I have a big announcement! I’ve launched a small online boutique called www.SurDesignStudio.com.

As you all know I’m a big fan of art, fashion and life’s beauty. With www.SurDesignStudio.com I bring you some of that beauty by offering you pieces carefully found such as jewelry, scarves, handbags  and other accessories as well as home decoration from local and international artists.

I am also proud to announce that these unique pieces are ethically made by these artist and artisans.

Here is a peek of what you’ll find at the studio;

Flat Cube Necklace at Sur Design Studio

Flat Cube Necklace at Sur Design Studio

Flat Cube Necklace made by El Dorado Pre-Colombian Jewels a family owned business in Bogota, Colombia. Find simple elegance with this necklace.

Sage, green & beige poncho at Sur Design Studio

Sage, green & beige poncho at Sur Design Studio

This wool poncho is hand woven and dyed. Take a walk in our Pacific Northwest with this great layer for these cooler Autumn days.

  

Khaki Clutch at Sur Design Studio

Khaki Clutch at Sur Design Studio

From Kenya a fair trade Khaki clutch. Dress up in fall hues with this clutch and go out with the girls to one of favorite spots such as Bastilles in Seattle.  

Go check out The Studio and tell me what you think. Maybe even do a little shopping while you’re at it. 😉

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