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Remembrance

We are wrapping up Week 2 (of 5!) of our March ‘Playing Favorites’ Photo contest! We are loving the beauty and emotion that comes with all of the images we are receiving. Again, we thank you for your thoughtful submissions and look forward to the many more we will receive this month.

This week, we’d like to feature this moving photo submitted by Tracy Janetsky.“This photo inspires me because it makes me very proud. This is my father’s casket. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He died the day after my 39th birthday, May 2010.”

We love how this photo helps us pause to remember those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom. We are as fortunate and blessed as we are to be able to wake up each day and do what we do, and it is because of individuals like Tracy’s father. Thank you, Tracy, for sharing this personal moment with us.

Photo by Tracy Janetsky

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A ‘1st’ Captured….

For Week 1 of our March ‘Playing Favorites’ Photo contest, we received an amazing selection of photos. Each one in its own unique way captures such simple beauty and the selection of photos evokes a range of emotions.

We want to say thank you to all who have entered so far. We realize that it takes some time from your day to pick out your photos and go through the steps to send them our way. It is a priceless and thoroughly enjoyable experience for us to see life through your eyes and know a little bit more about you as a result of the connection you made with us with your special photos.

Before we show you this week’s winning picture, we want to say that the ones that have not won so far are still in the running for the rest of March, so you still have a chance.

We aren’t going to say much about what we love about this winning pic. It pretty much speaks for itself. We just love it and how real, raw, sweet, perfect and special it is.

(a little drumroll please….)

Bliss, love, triumph, and completeness – our first photo as a family of four. Submitted by Laura Gosnell

It you haven’t submitted your entry yet, here’s the info on how to do that.

Thanks for being such amazing supporters!

Tina Steinberg and Teamsters

‘Playing Favorites’ Photo Contest

We love photos, we love inspiration…and thus (yes, we love the word ‘thus’, too!) we are so excited to do this March contest! On each Saturday in March, we will be picking a winner for our “Playing Favorites” photo contest.

It goes like this:

1. Email two of your favorite non-professional photos to goodstuff @ tinasteinberg.com. (Non-professional = not part of a professional photography shoot or taken to promote a business).

2. For each photo, in 25 words or less, provide a caption that says something about why the photo inspires you.

3. On our Facebook page, post this sentence, or something very similar: “I entered Tina Steinberg Designs ‘Playing Favorites’ photo contest” with a link to this blog posting  http://wp.me/p1BOjB-5q  OR use the ‘share’ buttons at the end of this posting.

Examples (both taken with that technological crack otherwise known as the iPhone):

The reasons for Tina's unordinary jewelry. Without them, none of this would have happened. Love infinity.

Take time to play. And make sure some of your play time involves flying through the air.

Rules:

  • Submit all info in one email (goodstuff@tinasteinberg.com) by the end of each Friday in March. We’ll publish a winner on these Saturdays: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24 and 3/31.
  • Photos should be taken by YOU (no need to be a professional photographer, but DO have fun with editing).
  • One submission per person for the whole month. Your single submission will be eligible all month.
  • If your photos involves people, please be certain that it is ok with those people that you are submitting photos of them.
  • By virtue of your submission, you are granting us permission to publish your photos and the copy you provided for each photo, if you win. This info will be posted on our blog, Facebook page, Pinterest and Twitter.

Awards:

  • You will receive a $20 e-gift card just for entering (all 3 steps above).
  • Winners will receive an additional $100 e-gift card.

Disclaimer:

The criteria for winning is based on the inspirational nature of your photos and copy as a whole. We are not professional judges and we will love everything that is submitted to us. We will choose based on what stands out the most. Let’s have fun!

(Find Tina on Instagram @tinasteinberg. If you upload any pics of your ts design on there, use hashtag #tinasteinberg)

Happy New Year! We Have A $25 Credit For You!

Another successful year is wrapping up in the Tina Steinberg Designs world and we are looking forward to 2012! It’s amazing how much energy our little pieces of silver can pack and how much joy they bring! Here is a quick rundown of our most popular pieces for 2011, the ones that really kept us hopping!

To kick off the New Year, we have a $25 credit waiting for you and this is all you have to do to receive it:

1. Post your favorite TSD design on our Facebook page and let us know what you love about it.

2. Use code ‘lovetsd’ anytime from 12/26/11 – 1/1/12 to deduct $25 from your order of $50 or more (excluding gift certificates).

(This offer is not retroactive to previous orders or those already in progress. One per customer. No other special offers apply. Applies to product only, not shipping costs.)

If you need us to make a special custom charm with your own message, we can do that, too. These start at $35 and it’s a perfect way to start off a New Year! Contact info at tinasteinberg.com .

Happy New Year!

Tina Steinberg

Choose your own shape and message....starting at $35!


Making Gifts That Matter. It’s True.

I remember my first months in business starting October 2003. I actually had not officially started my business. I was playing with beads and making lots of fun jewelry in between making personalized pieces for myself. All the while, I had a one year old sitting on my lap.

I started receiving requests to make personalized moms bracelets for Christmas 2003. I was surprised that people wanted something that my hands created, and that they wanted to gift my creations to their loved ones. I wondered why they didn’t go to the store to get something from a brand they knew and trusted. Then it dawned on me….they wanted gifts that mattered and they trusted me.

It’s amazing how much things have grown since that time and I’m proud of my team that helps to create gifts all year long, and especially around Christmas. We are all about making gifts that matter, the kind that touch people at the core of who they are. We wouldn’t have it any other way and we are looking forward to what this Christmas season brings our way!

Please enjoy special pricing on our most popular Love Touch designs. This offer is good till 11/20/11 and it is our last sale of 2011.

Two 'Little Love Charmer Plus' on a Lite Ball Chain....An inscription comes on the back of each charm!

And in case you missed it, we have all of our ‘I am not afraid. I was born to do this.’designs specially priced while they are on backorder (good through 11/14).

For peaceful warriors....

Thanks for your support!! It’s been a privilege since day one to create what you can’t find in a store and to pour love into a ‘job’ that feeds my soul.

Tina Steinberg

‘Rare Byrd’ Spotlight & Bonus Love Touch Charm With Purchase Of An Exclusive Design

“She Believed She Could, So She Did!”

A year ago, during one of my trips to Portland, OR, I met a vibrant new friend, Amy Thackery of Rare Byrd Creative. She creates beautiful graphics for my marketing materials, has an infectious sense of style & is so fun to meet with over our favorite martini ‘The Bad Habit’. I recently made a very special Love Touch piece for her from the ‘Exclusive Designs Collection’ (see left photo).

Here is a little bit about Amy, in her own words. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see how you can receive a bonus fingerprint charm as an add-on to your new ‘Exclusive Design’ order (this month only!).

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“I’m Amy Thackery, owner of a dreamy little design business that is fittingly named Rare Byrd Creative.  I consider myself the Rare Byrd of the biz. I’m an Oregon-grown, mother of 3, small town, rain-loving, hopeless romantic, super creative girl. I’ve been in the business of art since I was about 3-years-old.  As far back as I can remember, I’ve known that I wanted to be some sort of artist “when I grew up.” Well, here I am, all grown up (sort of).

Shortly after high school, I learned that technology was someday going to rule the world. That knowledge is what led me to a degree in Graphic Design. I can proudly say that I have NEVER looked back. Design is my calling!

My design style ranges from feminine & fancy to sleek & forward-thinking. I’m pretty versatile and love that design is so incredibly fluid. I’ve worked with everything from small business start-ups to college institutions & larger marketing agencies. My goal is always to add to my client’s image and send them packing with confidence, excitement and an exceptional sense of their brand. I believe that every client has his or her own story. Listening to that story and facilitating the translation of its emotion and market message into a compelling design is my job.

“She Believed She Could, So She Did”  is my mantra for keeping Rare Byrd Creative soaring.  Hopefully you’re believing you can as well, and loving every minute of it!

Cheers friends,

Amy Thackery

www.rarebyrdcreative.com

Rare Byrd Creative on Facebook 

Fun round business cards by Amy! What's your favorite 'front' and 'back'?

Amy’s necklace is an example of Exclusive Design possibilities. These designs start at $350 & they are amazing! We give you access to a private online gallery of design examples to help you with ideas so we can make yours as personalized & gorgeous as can be. Email info @ tinasteinberg.com to receive more details.

Pay your deposit by 10/23/11 (& your design in full by 10/31/11) & receive a bonus fingerprint charm as an add-on to your Exclusive Design, or just as a sweet separate extra charm for yourself ($95 value). This offer not retroactive to previous purchases or those already in progress.

Thank you Amy of Rare Byrd Creative for  your talent and gifts!

Exclusive Designs…For Those Who Crave Extra Unordinary:)

Extra amazing personalized jewelry. You won’t find it in a department store and you won’t even find it anywhere else on the web….because it’s right here!
Tina offers a selection of personalized jewelry that you will love before you see and touch your own piece, but when you actually have your own piece, you will wonder how you lived without it. It’s that endearing!
These designs, which start at $350, are different than our standard online designs in that they have several options and features that you won’t will find on our website.
To learn more about our  ‘Exclusive Designs’ option, please contact info @ tinasteinberg.com.
Here is a sneak peak THE design that started it, a gorgeous multi-silver fingerprint and stone necklace made for a m w p h o t o g r a p h y  (and another necklace made for one of her friends below with an “I am not afraid, I was born to do this’ charm):

Photo by a m w p h o t o g r a p h y

Order Early For The Holidays….Here’s Why!

1. Most of our designs are custom which means we hand make a lot of our pendants and assemble your piece from scratch. We don’t like to rush this process if we can help it.

2. We work on orders in batches which means whatever orders we have at the beginning of a week are the only ones we work on. We don’t start working on new orders that come in during that time…they go into next week’s batch! One extra week can make a difference if you need your order by a certain time.

3. Sometimes components (certain chains and lockets) that we use for your design are on backorder from our vendors. Having some cushion time always helps in these situations.

4. Fingerprint designs are quite a process: we mail you a kit, you mail it back, we work on your piece, we mail the completed design to you. We recommend ordering at least one month in advance, however, MORE time is even better because random things can happen: mail delays, the possibility of needing to re-do one of your print molds, etc. Anyone who orders in December risks having to pay hefty rush fees. September through mid-November is the ideal time to place your holiday orders.

5. We do not offer any discounts in late November and December. Lots of customers are hoping that we’ll be having holiday sales so they wait till then to order. Sorry, it’s not going to happen….we are too swamped with orders at that time. If you are in the U.S., order by 12/1. If you are ordering from outside the U.S., order by 11/15.

Please read our customer service page. This answers most questions about our designs and policies. It is more important for us to make a sale to informed customers than it is for us to make a sale. If you have questions that are not answered on our website, contact us and we’ll help you out!

We know…..it’s a lot of information, but we promise….it’s so worth the process. You will fall in love with your piece and it will bring the best of feelings each time you look at it and touch it!

Sacred Journey :Customer Spotlight:

I absolutely love this featured customer, Cielo. I met her several years ago when I was selling my jewelry at a local farmers market in Temecula, CA. She came by regularly to buy my favorite pieces. She had the sweetest, most soothing energy and spirit about her. Then I didn’t see her for what seemed like ages….and I missed her.

Recently, she graced me with her lovely presence and gave me the scoop on all the changes in her life in the past few years. We have collaborated to design a simple design that reflects her journey. This piece will be an offering for clients of a wellness retreat that she has organized.

The piece is called ‘Sacred Journey‘. It says ‘sacred’ on one side and ‘journey’ on the other. It is designed as a small baton, something to pass on to others who are with us along our journey, who need us as much as we need them. Please read on and meet Cielo.  She is beautiful inside and out.

~ Tina Steinberg

Cielo Perla Hansen The Massage Is The Message

Hi my name is Cielo and I am a traveling massage therapist and have a studio  8 months out of the year in Playa Chacala, Nayarit,  Mexico.

My healing journey began over three years ago.  I was living in a beautiful home in Temecula, CA, married and working as a Criminal Analyst for Law Enforcement for 14 yrs.  Then in 2/08, my husband of 11 years left me and changed my life forever. I took a downgrade in my position and lost my home and loved ones. I went into a deep depression and was put on heavy anti-depressants. Then, I was taken off of work for 3 months by my doctor and sent to counseling. The therapist said that if I did not change the way I was thinking, that my thinking would kill me. I said to myself, “That will not be me”.

One day, I was sitting on the floor sobbing. Then I felt a large hand on the back of my right shoulder.  I took a deep breath and thought that maybe one of my neighbors had heard me crying and walked in.  I turned, but there was no one there.  I was scared for a moment, but I could still feel the warmth on my back where that hand had been.  It was then that I realized I was not alone. I was being watched over by something that I could not explain with my mind, but in my heart, I knew it was my guardian angel.

The next morning I woke up and as soon as I opened my eyes, I remember saying out loud to myself, “I’m going to massage school”.  I got up, called in sick to work, drove down to the school and the next day I started my massage training.  I was 34 years old and this was the first decision I had ever made for myself, by myself. I didn’t ask anyone what they thought. I didn’t even doubt my decision. It was a great feeling.  Little did I know that going to massage school would put me on a journey of healing that I could never have planned on my own.

After learning massage, I was told “we know how to massage” but if you want to be a healer, you need to heal yourself in order to help others heal. I love massage and people so much I decided to move forward with the more difficult classes that involved mental, emotional and physical clearing of trauma and negative thinking patterns. 

Fast forward to a couple years later…

My family in Mexico asked me to come and work at the family hotel/restaurant, Las Brisas, that is located in a small fishing village about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta.  The town is called Playa Chacala. I took a month off my regular office job and hauled myself and 80 lbs of belongings to Playa Chacala.  I fell in love with the place and felt so alive.  I was healing.  I came back to work and I put my two week notice in and never looked back.

I have worked there at Las Brisas for over a year, building my client base while studying everyday and enriching and taking care of myself.  With such support from my family and many friends I have met along this journey, I have have put together the first healing retreat of its kind in Playa Chacala, Mexico.

I encourage all of you to live your dream.  We sometimes avoid risks in life so we can make it safely to death, but what is the fun in that?

Now, over three years after my husband left, I understand why he did.  I am thankful to him for having the courage to leave.  By him taking the first step, it allowed me to to take mine and to do what I love, what I have always loved to do, and that is to help and touch others. I am forever in debt to my family and close friends who have seen me when I was at the bottom of the barrel and didn’t for one second think to leave me there.

Thank you all. You are my Greatest Teachers and I am still a student.

Wealth of Health to You,

Cielo

Extra Personalization, Complimentary Until 8/19!

Need an extra serving of personalization on your Love Touch design? Today through Friday 8/19, we will double your inscription for no extra cost (regularly $20 or more). All of our Love Touch designs include a short inscription on the back. Most customers like to put a first name or initials. With the extra inscription, you can add a middle name, date or a short phrase.

To order:

– Choose your design online.

– You’ll notice that you will be prompted to specify inscription for each piece you order. Proceed with that part, but as you are checking out, mention ‘Extra Inscription Please!’ in the ‘Special Instructions’.

– We’ll send a card with your fingerprint molding kit where you can specify your added inscription.

– And yes! In case you are new to our unordinary designs, we do this fingerprinting process by mail. It’s super easy!

This offer applies to new orders only. Questions about inscription length and ideas? Contact info at tinasteinberg dot com.