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I Don’t Blog Much, But When I Do….

….it’s because I have a lot to say. First, I’ll tell you some personal things, then there’s some info at the end of this post about a July Sale!

How are you? Really, how are you? I want to know. I actually tend to know more about my customers than you might realize, but sometimes, long periods of time go by when I don’t hear a peep from you. How do I know the things I know? Well, we follow each other in places like Instagram, some are on my personal Facebook page, some are on my business Facebook page. I love connecting in any of those places, so don’t be shy about friending me. Just know that I tend to ignore political posts:) And I tend to alternate between posts about jewelry, yoga, off-beat humor and personal things.

Here are some things that have happened this year, this wonderful year of 2016! For starters, it truly has been a magical year for me, one of my best years. Not perfect, but still magical. My two kids are in transitions: my oldest is moving to Arizona to attend a musician’s conservatory and my youngest is starting high school soon. I’m very happy for and proud of them….they are the inspiration for so much in my life.

In the Spring, I got certified as a yoga instructor. It was a transformational experience for me and it will most certainly inspire more jewelry ideas. As some of you may know, I teach barre fitness classes, so adding some yoga in the mix is making things more rich! What I’m mostly interested in doing with my yoga practice is developing yoga sequences for creativity, happiness, courage and all sorts of themes that go along with my jewelry creations and meditations that I’m writing. It’s all a work in progress, but it’s all coming full circle.

In June, my daughter and I took a trip to several places we’d never been to. We were away for three weeks and it was so much fun! I reminisce about it every day and am already planning my next adventures! I do have to admit that I’m not a lover of flying, but I did really well and I think I’m over most of my anxiety about it. There are so many things about this trip that are confidence boosters for me. I never thought I’d have the courage to travel very far for too long without another adult, but I did it and my daughter was amazing to travel with. She learned so much about navigating the details of traveling by train, plane and so much more. Here’s a pic of us (or nine!).IMG_2766

Until I get to travel very far again, I do plan to do some road tripping in California and Arizona and will be offering personal appointments for custom orders on my routes. The custom orders can be anything I offer, even if it’s to collaborate on some charms with personal messages. If you’re interested in meeting, let me know because even if you’re not on my route, I welcome anyone planting some seeds for different places I can go, including flying to where you are (if I can get enough interest in appointments in your general location). Check my instagram for updates (@soulunordinary). A couple things to know about these appointments:

  1. My focus is to meet customers and to hear your story and possibly share it with others (if you’d like) so they can hear the background inspiration for the piece we create.
  2. Designs will be specially priced, depending on the design and I will be working within your budget, yet in a way that also allows me to continue offering this special service/adventure!

My goal is to get to more cities and states than I can even conceive of, so let me know where you are and let the seed planting begin:) It may take some time, but you never know…I might make it to where you are. East Coast? No worries. Canada? Let’s do it!


Long sale information short: Most fingerprint charms are about 30-40% off through the end of July. That’s all you need to know, right?

If you’re visiting family for the summer or have a high school graduate getting ready to move away for college, this is a perfect time to get your Love Touch charms while you have them near. Or if you simply want to update your charms because your babies have grown so much, dive in to the sale!

For orders placed before July 18, you’ll receive a complimentary wire-wrapped Swarovski crystal to attach to any of your jewelry pieces, a $20 value. One per customer.



Drop me a note to say hi or anything you want. I’d love to hear from you, and possibly get a chance to see you, too!

xo, tina

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Fall Sale, News and One – Offs <3

I love this time of year! Kids are back in school and I am getting busier by the day for holiday orders already. There is something fun about the creative busy-ness that gets me amped during these last few months of every year.

There are three pieces of news I’d love to share. First, my last sale of the year on the most popular Love Touch charms is happening now through 9/15/15. The link to these sale items is here and reflects about 25% off.


Almost 25% off individual Love Touch charms. Click photo to see sale items!

Second, there will be a price increase on most custom pieces starting 1/1/16…and this includes all Love Touch work. There will still be occasional sales and creative ways to have your pieces made at a cool price. Stay tuned for more on that:)

Third, I have some one-off pieces floating around. They are likely all I’ll have left for the year as I’ll be focused on making custom pieces for the holidays. If you are interested in any of the pieces below, follow these directions to purchase (as they are not on my website).

  1. Contact me, Tina, by texting 951.240.0429 saying what piece(s) you want and be prepared for me to respond fairly quickly. Let me know if you can pay with Paypal or need to use a credit card.
  2. If it’s available, I’ll direct you to send payment to my paypal address (orders at or call you to take your credit card info within a few hours.
  3. I don’t hold pieces. I give precedence to whomever responds 1st to my text/email about payment.

I sell quite a bit of one-offs fairly quickly when I post them in a couple places as I make them: Instagram @unordinaryjewelry or join my Facebook Group. You can request to join here:

‘Tina Steinberg Designs // One-Offs’ Facebook Group

P.S. There are also new initial charms on the website. Here ya go!

dot initial charms

Poke-A-Dot Initial Charms


P.S. I miss you. xo



More Summer Cleaning……Giveaways!

Last week, I posted some one-offs for sale. There are still plenty left and I will be posting at least a couple each week over the summer in my private Facebook group that you may request to join:

Tina Steinberg Designs // One-Offs’ Facebook Group

This week, I have several pieces to begin to give away (see below photo about how the process works). These are all bangles/bracelets with various types of charms, including some essential oil diffuser combos! Here’s a sneak peak:

I’ll be posting such items over the next few weeks (June 8 –  June 22).

Here’s how giveaway winners will be chosen:

1. You must be following me on Instagram (@unordinarymetal)

2. When I post a giveaway item, leave a comment about what you like about that particular jewelry piece, or why you feel a certain connection to it.

I’ll randomly pick a name from the commenters. If you get chosen, I’ll tag you to let you know to email your shipping address to me. That’s it! Pretty easy! Oh wait, there’s one more thing:

3. You must be 18 and have a U.S. shipping address. Also, you can only win one time during this round of giveaways.

Oh, and one more little thing:

4. If you win, I’d love if you tagged some friends to show them what you won. Spreading the love and sharing my work helps grow my business and let’s me do more things like this. Thanks so much!

xo, tina



Summer Cleaning! Jewelry One-Offs

After Mother’s Day orders, I found a little time to make some things and clear out some jewelry parts that have been tucked away in various containers in my workspace. I love when I get some time to do this! These pieces are not on my website. I’m posting what I have left on this page. If you’re interested in any piece(s), the best way to get it is by doing this:

  1. Contact me, Tina, by texting 951.240.0429 or email (orders at saying what piece(s) you want and be prepared for me to respond fairly quickly. Let me know if you can pay with Paypal or need to use a credit card.
  2. If it’s available, I’ll direct you to send payment to my paypal address (orders at or ask to call you to take your credit card info within 2 hours. Prices include standard shipping to U.S. addresses.
  3. Unfortunately, I don’t hold pieces. Typically, at least a few people contact me about certain pieces pretty quickly and I give precedence to whomever responds 1st to my text/email about payment.

Also, in case you love being in the know about when any one-offs become available, I typically post them (randomly as my schedule allows) 1st on Instagram @unordinaryjewelry, but I also just set up a Facebook Group just for these items. You can request to join here:

‘Tina Steinberg Designs // One-Offs’ Facebook Group

For being on my mailing list, you’ll receive 25% off the available items through June 12. Discount is not reflected in pricing below. Prices include standard shipping to a U.S. address. So without further adieu, here are some lovelies that need a good home:




Today is my firstborn’s birthday. He is 17 years old. It’s gone way too quickly, like incomprehensibly in a flash.

I remember very clearly what it felt like to be pregnant for the first time. I felt like such a child trying to navigate an unknown world. I had new eyes for the first time in a long time, looking at life in a very different way, trying to imagine myself sharing my world with this new being who’d be completely dependent upon me, realizing I was accountable to someone else in a very different way than I had ever been to anyone else before. There are certain transformations that I endured as a result of knowing I was going to be someone’s mom. He birthed me as much as I birthed him.

What I remember most about being pregnant was falling in love….deep, soul clenching love….with someone who was going to change my world. I had never known the true meaning of ‘surrender’ until I heard his heartbeat for the first time.

Early in my pregnancy, I started writing letters to him before I even knew he was a boy. I continued writing letters to him until….well, I still do. Here is a poem that I wrote to him during my second trimester…enjoy <3.

I don’t know you and I love you,


You bring more joy than all the hands in the world can carry.

I have thought about you all my life,

I have had dreams about you before I knew you existed,

I have never seen your beautiful face

Or touched your precious little hands,

But I have heard your tiny heartbeat.

The sound of it lit up my life.

You will be here soon,

You are bringing more joy than all the hands in this world can carry.

When you get here,

Life will show its beaming face,

and life will fall into place,

For you have always been a part of it.



Happy Birthday, B-Boy <3.


Heading into adulthood soon enough.
















Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Mother’s Day is fast approaching. For orders of $95 or more (product cost/pre-shipping cost), choose a petite custom name/word charm or lite ball chain to go with your order (value = $38 – $48).

To claim your piece, if your product total meets the $95 minimum, order the chain or charm from the link above. If you choose the chain, use code CHAIN at checkout. If you choose the charm, use code CHARM at checkout.

No other discounts apply. Offer good through 3/31/14.


I miss you.

I don’t know how to unmiss people….and I don’t want to know.

I’m always missing someone, and now I’m missing someone particularly A LOT.

Earlier this month, I had to get on a plane to fly back to Portland after a wonderful Christmas vacation in Southern California. For days before this happened, I was in tears already missing my teen son. He had been living with me in Portland for the last several months, but decided to stay in SoCal with his dad starting at Christmas break. At the airport, we exchanged hugs and I love you’s and my heavy heart dropped. More accurately, it felt like I left a huge chunk of it behind. I went about my business for several days in a huge emotional funk. Sometimes when I was alone, I’d say out loud “I miss you”. It’s all I could say. It’s all I could  feel.

If I could, I’d tell him every minute that I miss him but it might scare him, so I only tell him once a day and let him know in other ways throughout the day that I’m thinking of him.

I miss a lot of people that I don’t see very often: my parents, my siblings, my friends, etc. I ‘see’ them on Facebook and it helps a little, but nothing compares to being with them in person. It doesn’t happen enough. I miss my grandmother and other dear loved ones who have passed on. I’m so grateful I ever had them in my physical world. My experience with them on earth was worth every second that I miss them now.

I don’t know what it’s like to not miss anyone, or unmiss someone. Even though it can be sad or painful at times, I don’t want to know what it feels like to not have these feelings for people that I love so much. I’ve learned that the feeling of missing someone is the best reminder of a love that exists. The more I miss, the more I have loved.

While my son was with me in Portland, I took his fingerprint impression a few days before we flew to SoCal. Over the years, I’d taken many of his fingerprints to make jewelry samples, but this time, I knew I’d want his fingerprint more than ever. When I returned to Portland without him, it was the first time in my jewelry making career that a piece of jewelry meant the world to me. I had misplaced the necklace that had this latest fingerprint on it. I had a meltdown looking for it. I needed that little piece of silver just to rub my fingers on my son’s fingerprint. It’s the closest thing I have to feeling one of my most favorite things I got to experience when he was much younger…holding his little hand. Dang kid <3.


Loved = missed.



10 Years : Thankful

Wow! How non-observant am I? Well, I’m pretty good with all kinds of details, but somehow, I almost missed that this month (November 2013) marks 10 years that I’ve been creating jewelry. I found out when one of my customers mentioned it on LinkedIn! I’m thinking that right now is a good time for two things:

1) A rundown on how the past 10 years have been….

In October 2003, a photographer took some beautiful black & white photos of my family. I kept myself up several nights trying to come up with a unique way to have them close to me every day. In November 2003, I had a dream of a bracelet that had tiny versions of my b & w pics in it. The next day, I went to a jewelry supply store to get what I needed to make my first piece of jewelry. That Christmas, I was busy fielding orders from friends and family.

In Spring 2004, I had my first home party then started setting up every week at a local farmers market to sell my handmade jewelry. By then, I was making a range of personalized pieces and customers really connected with the sentimentality of my work. My children were 1 and 6 at the time and I really don’t know how I juggled so much, because at the time I was also working on starting a private practice as a therapist. When I finally let that career go, my jewelry business took off.

‘Deep in my heart’s ocean, I know beauty unseen.’ One of my early personal quotes that showed up on my pieces:)

It wasn’t until Spring 2006 that I started making my fingerprint jewelry. It was a serendipitous moment. I didn’t plan these designs, but once the thought entered my mind, I just knew it was going to be good. Within a short time of making my first Love Touch designs, I participated in numerous events that were well publicized and the attention I received for these designs forced me to come up with a mail kit so that I could create these pieces for customers that lived far from me.

Over the years, I have had many people work for me, mostly moms who could bring their children to work or do their work from home or who could work at events with or for me. I have gone from doing about two events per week, to doing about two per year. I do 95% of my Love Touch orders via mail kit and I am so happy when I get to meet people in person to do the fingerprinting. I have to admit that I really miss meeting customers in person, but I’m thankful that I’ve been able to do a dream job that allows me to be home for my children. I am also grateful for everyone who has believed in me and my art as this is how a little dream was able to touch the lives of thousands of people over the last 10 years.

On a more personal note, this past summer after a couple years of going through some life changes, I moved from Temecula, California, to Portland, Oregon. I have been kind of quiet as I’ve been adjusting to this move, but still keeping very busy with custom orders and I am also a little extra busy since I moonlight as a barre instructor. I’m looking forward to what the New Year brings. My kids are 11 and 16 now…here they are just a few weeks ago:

My Loves & I : Portland, Oregon : Fall 2013

2) Ok, now for the 2nd thing….

To commemorate this 10 year anniversary, when you order through Sunday, 12/1/13, for every $100 you spend (pre-shipping), you’ll receive a $25 e-gift card*.


If you do not place an order, but have ordered in the past, then you can receive a $25 e-gift card simply by emailing your own picture of the TSD piece you purchased (wearing it or not) and a testimonial (what your piece means to you). Email to through 12/1/13.**

Gift cards are one lump sum and will be issued to the email address you provide. It is valid from 12/18/13 – 1/31/14.

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* Does not apply to purchases made with a pre-purchased gift card.

**Sending a pic and testimonial permits me to publish such information on my social media accounts. Your name will not be identified. 



xo, tina

(p.s. come find me on instagram..I tend to play around in that place more than in other places @unordinarymetal🙂

Don’t Forget Your Mama ♡

Mother’s Day is May 12. This is one of the busiest times of year for our Love Touch Designs, and those who order in early April and return their fingerprint impressions by May 1 will have  the most special and timelessly beautiful piece of jewelry to give to the mamas in their life on 5/12.

These past few months, I’ve been extra busy taking orders for adult prints as customers are realizing that they want to print their parents, husbands or wives. I’m thinking that if you haven’t printed your own mom, why not consider ordering a design, even a simple charm or pendant, to capture your mom on Mother’s Day? If you’re going to see her on 5/12….make it extra special!

If you’re ordering a kit now to print your mom on 5/12, the kit clay will still be good by the time you use it.


Little Love Charmer Plus/Triple Print Necklace

Here’s a Love Touch Necklace with 3 fingerprints spaced on a link chain! And our Love Nest Necklace! So sweet!


Love Nest Necklace

Tis’ the Season – The Perfect Holiday Cookies from Diane

Hi, I’m Diane and I love to cook and bake and share my recipes. I blog my kitchen adventures at I make everything from simple dinners to decorated cookies.

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite cookie recipe, since I’m in FULL COOKIE BAKING mode now that December has arrived.

It looks like a sugar cookie, but i’ts not nearly as sugary.

It’s an Italian Cookie recipe I have been using for many years.

I just love decorating cookies this time of year. If you like the look of decorated cookies now is the time to try them. If you aren’t as handy with a piping bag here is a post you may find helpful to give you a similar look. How to ice cookies without a piping bag.

Snowflakes are certainly one of my favorites.

Especially when they look like snowmen.

I make Santa Cookies, Peppermint Candy Canes and many more.

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter (melted and cooled)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Whisk eggs and butter together. In large mixer bowl add flour, sugar, and baking powder, stir well to combine all dry ingredients together. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture along with vanilla. Blend until incorporated.
  2. Roll out dough on well floured surface.
  3. Cut into desired shape.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
  5. You can roll this dough thick or thin. Adjust baking time accordingly.
  6. You can add a teaspoon of peppermint extract for a fun and delicious Christmas Cookie flavor that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


4 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk ingredients together until smooth. Pipe onto cookies with a piping bag fitted with a #2 or 3 tip.

You can thin the icing with a bit of water to flood the cookie in.

The consistency of the icing is key. Practice on a piece of wax paper. Make sure when you pipe it hold a shape, If the icing spreads out too quickly, add a bit of powdered sugar until it’s the consistency you can work with.

You can find me on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook and Instagram to follow me on my tasty journey!

Beyond Fifty Shades of Grey: What To Read Next.

by Cindy Bokma

By now everyone you know has read this book. Even non-readers have at least picked up and it paged through it. You simply cannot go anywhere or talk to anyone without the book being brought up.

Yes, the book was a rather interesting (for lack of a better term) read, but there are more novels awaiting your attention. Novels that will make you think and ones that will keep you up late at night. Well written books by authors you may or may not have heard of.

Here are a few deserving of your attention that I read and loved.

*If you are feeling sentimental, check out The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. A letter from a dying friend inspires Harold to walk across England. His journey gives him the time to reflect on his life and the choices he made.

*Feeling like reading a novel that’s a little different? Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple asks the question of Bernadette’s disappearance. Put together using old email correspondences, conversations and flashbacks, we see exactly what led Bernadette to flee.

*Looking back fondly on your old prep school days? No? Me neither, but I did enjoy The Chocolate Money by Ashley Prentice Norton. Bettina Ballantyne is the daughter of an heiress to a chocolate fortune. Unfortunately Bettina’s mother is completely unstable and this results in Bettina’s skewed view of the world in which she lives. Bettina finds it impossible to fit in at an exclusive prep school and is on a path to destruction with no one but herself to save her.

*Want to sink your teeth into a massive novel filled with secrets? The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton will keep you turning pages. I found this story riveting. The book goes between present day and the 1960’s when teenaged Laurel witnesses her mother commit a terrible act.

*Looking for an intelligent ‘chick lit’ novel? Lisa Jewell’s The Making of Us centers around the grown children of a mysterious sperm donor, each trying to figure out what’s been missing in their lives.

*Want to laugh and read at the same time? Check out Liane Moriarty’s novels. The latest one is The Hypnotist’s Love Story is the story of Ellen, a hypnotherapist whose boyfriend Patrick is convinced he’s being stalked by an ex-girlfriend. The trouble is, the ex-girlfriend is a client of Ellen’s. All of Liane’s books are great, I especially enjoyed What Alice Forgot.


Cindy is a published author who lives in Southern California. You can read her beauty blog, HelloDollface here, and her book reviews on CindyReads. Follow her on Twitter @HiDollface.