Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thought on our Limitations

Hello Friends! This is craftyGAgal (Meredith) and I would like to share a piece that John wrote with y'all today. We are a team, and most post are from us, as Dylan Blue, but this one is from me. I would like to share with y'all a little about John before I get to his piece.
To know John, I have come to the conclusion, is to LOVE John. He is not only wonderful to work with but even more than that John is a wonderful, selfless, devoted friend. John walks though life searching out ways that he can be of service to others and by doing this GOD, in my opinion, seems to put John in the right places to achieve this goal. I am truly bless to call him a friend.
Beyond that, John is talented beyond words, he is artistic and God uses his artistic talent to touch people lives. I am not just saying this, I have personally seen it happen. Not only can John make some of the most gorgeous jewelry, but he can write in a way that leaves you wanting more yet feeling satisfied. Alright, now I would like to, in fact, I am honored to, share with you a piece of John's writing. This will be a regular (weekly or bi-weekly) feature on our blog tagged "John's Thoughts", hope you enjoy!

Thought on our Limitations : by John Madsen

Years ago, when I first sought help with depression, my therapist gave me a list of suggestions that would help people get out of ruts - one was "talk to a pet" . We have a black lab mix named Gus. He came to us as a young abandoned animal. Per his Lab genetics, and his own doggy trauma, he was very high-strung, but intensely eager to please, and took his responsibilities as a guardian seriously. Sadly, I used these as fodder for teasing him. When I read the "talk to a pet" instruction, he was about five, and settling down somewhat. I sat on the floor in front of him, and thanked him for being such a good dog. I thanked him for watching over us so carefully, and that we knew he'd be willing to accept harm to protect us. He sat before me, his eyes locked on mine. I apologized for having teased him, and found myself admitting that I had been less of a friend to him than he had been to me.

I became aware that this inarticulate creature was being supportive of me, in the only way he knew how, as I unburdened myself to him, acknowledged my flaws of character, and formed a resolution to change.


Humans often identify the structure of skills that are cumulatively known as “language” as being a primary evidence of our superiority to other species. Yet behavioral psychologists uniformly agree that many animals behave in ways that have no other explanation than genuine altruism. In plain words, mute creatures form bonds of love, act selflessly, live in service to a larger group; all without language and other social skills by which we humans identify and arbitrate our concept of self.

While we are amazed by our own abilities to construct, to measure, to transport and to learn, even the grandest of our imaginations of time and space extends to only only a fraction of physical creation. Every night we can witness incredible formations of matter and space wheeling around us with surgical precision and silent grace; mute, but eloquent is sheer Being.

When I am physically still, I move at the speed of the surface of the earth – about 12,000 miles an hour. No motion I can make of my own volition even registers on that scale. When I say nothing, That Voice still echoes among the galaxies.

So I’m gonna take a break from thinking, sit still, and shut up.

Monday, July 27, 2009

CONTEST


This is our first contest and we are gonna make it a good one. Here is how YOU and a Friend can EACH win a pendant/necklace of your choice. Become a fan of our Facebook page and post entries here
Rules are simple ...

First if you are not a FAN that would be first, become a fan of Dylan Blue on Facebook. Then get a friend to become a FAN of Dylan Blue page here and you and the friend you get to join get an entry into the contest. After you get your friend to become a FAN, come back to this thread and put your name and the friend's name that you got to join. EACH friend is an entry and you can enter AS many times as you want by simply inviting more people
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The contest will end Sunday August 23 and the WINNERS will be announce HERE on this page on Monday August 24th.
The winners will be able to have there pick out of our shop http://dylanblue.etsy.com
That is it...easy peasy....

*an easy way to invite people it to go to our main page (top of this page "back to Dylan Blue") then under our profile pic there is a menu, if you drop that down there will be the option "suggest to friends" and then pick who you want to send it too, or you can use the "SHARE" at the bottom left corner of our main page. MAKE sure that your friends let you know when they join so you can come back an post both your names to get your entry. PLEASE make a NEW entry for each friend that becomes a fan...not list 4 friends in one post.
Hope y'all are as excited as we are

I want to give credit where credit is due. I found this contest on Dalkullan Jewelry's Facebook page, where Heather is have the same type contest for a great pair of her signature "Lifesaver Earrings" for the winner and their friend. Find the contest here, find Dalkullan Jewelry on etsy and her blog. Not only is she super sweet, her jewelry is beautiful. That is what we are about here a Dylan Blue, making great friends along the way...and we are proud to call Heather one! Thanks Heather! Y'all go check out her contest, shop and blog~ her talent will brighten you day.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our BIG Week




Bob Marley nailed that one, don't you think?
Wow what a week we have had. WE are excited to share what all we have accomplished in this first week. Well you know the obvious, we debuted Dylan Blue on etsy with our first 12 designs and set up this blog. Now for what else we have done or ARE doing...
We are still in the process of getting everything set up and constantly working on new designs and products. That will pretty much be a constant- us continually working to make this business bigger & better and make more & more wonderful friends along the way.
About the middle of the week we set up a PAGE for Dylan Blue on Facebook and we are totally blown away and humbled by our turnout of FANS- which I like to refer to as "friends". Within the first 24 hours we had around 220 Fans and at last check, after JUST 2 days... we have just shy of 300 Fans!!! Tonight we claimed our URL for this page ... I will share the post I just made on our page ~ "I am proud to announce that WE have claimed our URL for this page & are proud to tell you that we want YOU to be a part of this page so our NEW URL is...drum-roll please... http://facebook.com/DylanBlueCommunity~see our little picture comes up because that is US! WE choose Dylan Blue COMMUNITY because without YOU -we are not who we are. WE ♥ Your input & even more WE love turning our customers INTO friends." As a fan/friend you will not only be able to see what we are up to but in the future we are planning on offering special deals for just those members and sneak previews on designs- so if you love it the sneak previewed design, send us a message and you can grab it before it is even listed! On this page we also have a discussion going on here to let people suggest ideas that they have for designs and we are listening. We have already gotten some that we love and WE are planning on having a way to honor those who's ideas some to BE...we are thinking we will let them pick out the creative name for the piece... head on over there and give your suggestions or just read others. We will also be having more discussions and tons of interaction on this page- a reason we decided on Community as part of your URL, that is what we want, a place to people to meet up, share and participate. You can go here to join as a FAN (friend) of our page here. WE will add our Facebook badge later this evening to our sidebar for we are want to show of the support we are receiving.
Another thing that is coming up soon and are looking forward to is that weekly we are going to feature something that John has written. I know he would never come on here and post this but he IS one Heck of a writer and y'all are in for a real treat. I am excited personally because I thoroughly enjoy reading his work and know you will too.
Oh I almost forgot some GREAT news we have to share ~ WE MADE our first sale. WE actually had a big response to the one that sold -the Tree of Life~ Infinite Possibilities piece and MORE are on the way! We want to give a big "Thank You" to the person who purchased it and we know that it will bring nothing but GOOD things your way!
Alright everyone~ that has been our BIG WEEK and it would not have been without each and every one of you! Thank you!

Monday, July 20, 2009

TA-DA Lookie HERE!

Dylan Blue is Open FOR Business!! Right now we have 12 GORGEOUS pieces that we designed especially for y'all our new friends here on etsy! But Have NO Worries....we are continuously coming up with new ideas and will be adding to out listings shortly...in fact, you think you have a great idea for a pendant for us to carry, leave a comment...we love ideas and you just might see you idea on a pendant in our shop!
WE love Custom Orders! Looking for a SPECIAL GIFT...how bout someone's Initials on a pendant? Or their Zodiac Sign....Convo us and we will work on up for you and make a special listing, just for you, just because we think your SPECIAL and we are in the business of SMILES! We re also able to accommodate large orders...so want a dozen or more of a certain design or have a special occasion that you would love a SPECIAL, never forgotten, ALWAYS cherished gift for, how bout giving a specially designed pendants. Perfect bridal party gifts (give one to all your brides maids or grooms men), a special club or organization, a special anniversary of any event, graduation of a school, program, certification....the possibilities are endless! As we like to say, the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination lets them be!
Here is a peak at what we have listed right now


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Introducing Dylan Blue


Welcome to the blog for Dylan Blue. Dylan Blue set for it's big reveal and I can hardly wait. It took all I could not to just load this post up with gorgeous pictures of our handmade treasures that we have designed and made just for our etsy shop but I decided that everyone is going to have to wait till the shop opens. But do not worry we are working diligently and with purpose to get it up and running as fast as possible.
I know that y'all are going to love what we have coming and am looking forward to doing what we set out to do here at Dylan Blue which is "to create beautiful creations for beautiful people, while forming beautiful relationships along the way. Our process is unique and our desire to provide excellent customer service is unmatched!"