Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am so thankful for so many things, I can't even name them all.  I am thankful for my Husband and my sweet baby boy.  I am thankful for my home, my animals, and having a bit of money in my pocket.  I am thankful for my family and friends.  I am thankful for being able to create what I love, being able to sell it online, and for the people out there who love it as much as I do.  Thank you!!

Black Friday is coming...
...are you ready to shop?!  In my Etsy Shop, I am having a Black Friday Sale!! Use this coupon code at checkout for 20% OFF EVERYTHING in my shop!

Coupon Code:  20BLACKFRIDAY

This sale starts early Friday morning (November 26) and ends late Monday night (Cyber Monday, November 29). 

"A Holiday Moment For Me"

This Holiday fundraiser was so much fun! My Mom was there to help me set up and my sweet husband was home watching our boy.  I got to meet lots of women, have a glass of Alaskan Amber Beer and hang out with my Mama.  Oh and I made some good sales too!!

Here are some photos of my table set up...

Here are a few new items in my shop...

 Rhodolite Garnet, Green Kyanite & Dragonfly Charms
 Smoky Quartz
Crystal Quartz

Xo, Challene

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Heading into the Holidays!

The Holidays are just around the corner...
...and now is the perfect time to start shopping for gifts for your friends and family!  In order to receive your ChalleneVi Designs purchase in time for gift giving this Christmas, please note the shipping cut-off dates below. 

I ship all items using USPS First-Class Mail, Cut-off dates are as follows:

US Shipping: December 18, 2010
Canada: December 10, 2010
International: December 2, 2010

I now offer FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE US in my Etsy shop!


Friday, November 19th, I will be closing up shop for the day, for I will be taking my inventory to a Holiday Market.  If you have your eye on a special item, I suggest you grab it before it is too late!

Attention Alaskans!!

I will be selling at "A Moment For Me" fundraiser in Palmer! There will be wine, food, shopping.  Bring your girlfriends for a fun time!  Please come see ChalleneVi Designs in person, I would love to see you!

When: Friday, November 19th, 2010
Where: Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: $30 per person in advance (Tickets available at The UPS Store Wasilla & Palmer)
     or $35 at the door.
**Must be 21 or older to attend**
~Door Prizes and Silent Auction

Hope to see you there!!

Xo, Challene

P.S. Here are some of the newest items in my shop...

Scapolite Earrings

Citrine Earrings (November Birthstone)

Rose Quartz Necklace

Moss Aquamarine & Black Spinel Necklace

Rhodolite Garnet Earrings

Xo, Challene

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Items

It has been quite a while since I have posted new items in my shop. Today, I listed six new items, and now through out the next week, I will posting TONS of new items!! I have about three dozen new pieces!!  Christmas is coming soon and I want to be full of lovely new jewelry! =)

Crystal Earrings

 Earthy Peruvian Blue Opal Earrings

 Lunar Eclipse Earrings

 Fools Gold Earrings

 Raspberry Kiss Earrings

Willow Earrings

Please Enjoy!! You can find these new selections in my shop here.

Xo, Challene

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Gemstones!!!

While I was on vacation in Colorado, I was able to find a nice gemstone shop full of several types of stones.  I could have spent thousands of dollars in there!  I wanted to share with you what I will be creating jewelry with...
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Labradorite Cones, Blue Chalcedony, Pyrite Briolettes, & Freshwater Rice Pearls
 Ruby Zoisite, Pineapple Quartz, Prehnite Rondelles, Prehnite Coins
Multi-Moonstone Briolettes, Peach Moonstone Rondelles, and Pink Topaz Briolettes

I will have some new creations to share with you soon!!

Xoxo, Challene

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Etsy Stalker Shadowbox


I apologize for not writing more often lately.  I have been on vacation in Colorado, visiting my husbands family!  We had a great time, loved the warm (or I should say HOT) weather but I am glad to come home to the Fall.  Falling leaves, small snow flurries and high winds as well!! We had our power out for two days and I have to say that was fun with a two year old running around!  =) 

I wanted to mention that I have a shadowbox on Etsy Stalker and I hope that you will go and check it out! I am giving a $40.00 gift certificate to my shop so I hope you enter!! GOOD LUCK!!

I haven't been able to get any jewelry made since I have been home and I am itching to get in there!  Lately I have been tired of pulling my jewelry out of my travel bag where ever I can find a space and time, which is usually my dining room table.  So, recently I rearranged our guest bedroom to fit a portable table in there, and I have set up my semi-temporary studio in there.  I am excited because I can now just sit down and make something on a whim without having to pull everything out of a bag.  =) 

I hope you are having a lovely week and I will have some new creations to share with you soon!!!

Xoxo, Challene

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wheat and Willow

My Willow Necklace has been included in a STUNNING treasury!! =) It is appropriately titled Wheat and Willow and all I can say is Wow!! You have to take a look for yourself...

Thank you to dmtgun3 for including my necklace!!!



My family & I are taking a vacation! We are heading to Colorado and we will be gone from September 7th to September 22nd.  I am leaving my shop open and I will send out all purchases on September 23rd.  I hope that I am able to find a yummy gemstone shop in Denver!  If you know of any, please let me know! I am available by internet so please convo me if you have a question.

Have a great two weeks and we will chat when I get home!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wicked Good Chocolate - Etsy Front Page Worthy!!

I woke up this morning to find one of my treasuries I created had made it to the front page of Etsy!! Soooo Exciting!  Wicked Good Chocolate, lots of yummy items, please check it out!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Friday Finds - Peridot!

Peridot is the birthstone for August.  There are so many lovely peridot items out there, here are some of my favorites...
Peridot Rock Fetish in Sterling by onegarnetgirl
Pebble Ring in Recycled Silver and Natural Gemstone by deliasthompson
Moss and Bark and Blossom - Colors of the Forest - 9 Felted Acorns by Fairyfolk
Baroque Roses in Green Handbag by EightSeasons
Bamboo Peridot Earrings in Sterling Silver by sleepymoondesign
Pair of balsam fir sachets / red lotus flowers on green carnelian linen by SewnNatural


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Recent spending spree...

I am normally not one to go out and buy too much for myself.  If I am spending money, it is usually on beautiful gemstones or sterling silver findings.  I also have a hard time finding jeans that I like because I have to have them long.  I recently received a magazine from Eddie Bauer and as soon as I opened it up, I knew I was going to be buying some yummy clothing!  I hate ordering from magazines because I never know if it is going to fit me correctly or not.  I am leaving for Colorado in a couple weeks for a vacation to see my In-laws.  I was hoping to get some new clothes for that, so this was the perfect opportunity. 

I picked out what I wanted, marked the sized I thought would work and set forth onto the computer to put my order in.  Once I get everything into the shopping cart, I see that half of the stuff I want won't be shipped until October or November! Grrrrrr.  I am leaving soon, I was hoping for this stuff soon!! 

Then I remember we have an Eddie Bauer in Anchorage! =)  So, the next morning, I get myself and my child into the car and head out for the hour drive to Anchorage.  I was able to get quite a few things that I wanted in the magazine but not everything.  The one major purchase I wanted, however, was in shop!! 

I just had to have this beautiful barley colored ruffle cardigan...
I also couldn't pass up this adorable flannel tunic, perfect for winter time here in Alaska...
I am so happy I actually went to the store! I would have bought jeans that were way too big for me.  =)

I just thought I would share my happy shopping experience!! Eddie Bauer will definitely get more money out of me in the future!! =)


Sunday, August 22, 2010

My First Craft/Market Show

I had my first table ever where my jewelry was out on display for everyone to see! =)  I have to say at first, before I even went, I was nervous.  I want to do well with what I create and I want others to love my jewelry as much as I do.  My Mom's work decided to bring back "Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day" to the community of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (the Valley where I live).  It is a day that is held only once a year and it is to show appreciation for all of the farms out there.  They invited several different vendors to "Ag Day" and I was one of them.  My Mom put me on the list! =) 

At first I was thinking she was crazy! No way will I have enough jewelry to show at something like this!  But as I thought it over,  I decided to just close up my Etsy shop for the day and to bring all my jewelry with me to showcase it.  A week before this day, I ended up staying up all hours of the night, creating as much jewelry as I possibly could. 

"Ag Days" ended up being very rainy and wet, but it went pretty well for the first year to be open.  I had several sales and also several of my friends came to hang out with me, so that made it all perfect. 
My jewelry table: simple, sweet and hopefully one day bigger with LOTS more Jewelry! =)
My boy (Tyler) and I, just after setting up my table. (I'm being kinda goofy!)
My pretty flowers I found at the local florist, I thought they were so pretty.
A close up of all my pretty jewelry!
Tyler riding the tractor =)

I made several new pieces of jewelry for this show, and now that it is over, I have tons of photographing to do!! I wanted to show you a few of my new items that have just recently been posted...
Pink Opal Briolette Earrrings on Oxidized Sterling Silver
Moonstone Hoop Earrings
Simple Moonstone Earrings
Earthy Peruvian Opal Earrings
AAA Crystal Quartz Earrings

Thank you!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just Peachy

I have been featured in another gorgeous treasury!! Just Peachy is just that, gorgeous peaches!! =)

Thank You!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sweet Velvet Bliss

WOW!! I have been included in such a gorgeous treasury!  It is named appropriately as Sweet Velvet Bliss.
Thank you so much for including my Pink Topaz Earrings!! =)

New shop & new blog! =)

Hi! =)

I have some fun and exciting news to share!! I have recently made the decision to create a new Etsy shop.  It is something that I have thought about for a while now.  If you did a research on-line for Blue Moose Creations, you would not only find my shop, but you will also find another shop with the same name.  When I created me etsy shop name, I didn't do a research for any one else on-like with this name. I don't want to take someone else's name, and I also want to be known for my own as well.  I want to distinquish my self and be unique.  I decided to just use my own name.  My new shop name is ChalleneVi Designs and it is located at  Challene is my first name and Vi (short for Viola) is my middle name.  I really hope that I made the right decision.  I have had quite a few sales that I am so very proud of and I have a bunch of feedback too.  I feel like I am starting all over again, but as I have been doing this, I feel as though I did the right thing.  It just feels right. 

I hope that I am able to gain the same fans that I have had, as well as some new ones and that my journey on the road to finding my unique path is a fun one!  I want to be able to have my jewelry stand out and be something different and stunning and beautiful! Please wish me luck!!

Thank you!

P.S. You can also find my on faceboook here and on twitter here.