Red-colored heart-shaped object. And it’s not even Valentine’s Day!

Recently, I was at my mom & dad’s house.

This may not seem like a big deal to you but it is a HUGE deal to me!


My parents live more than 4,400 miles
(that’s 7,000 km, my European friends) away from me.

So it’s not like I can just hop into my car and arrive at their doorstep on a whim.


Seeing as I hadn’t seen my dad in about 5 years (yeah, crazy, I know!) and my mom in over a year, I had decided to spend the entire month of December and the first week of January  at my parents’ house in Chicago.

I even slept in the same bedroom I had when I was between the ages of 7 – 17!

What memories!


I started looking through the closet and drawers.


Imagine being able to look through your old dressers and closet!



While you are imagining, I’d like you to imagine something else.

Imagine the excitement of a little girl, rushing to the living room
on December 25th at 6 a.m.,
and discovering a mountain
of colorfully wrapped boxes
under the Christmas tree.


That’s exactly how I felt when I opened the dresser drawers.

Where my old stuff used to be.

What I discovered instead were piles of beads and semi-precious stones.

My mom’s stash of beads.

And she said I could keep them!

Oh, the joy!



There was a problem.

Keep in mind that after the holidays, I had to fly back to Spain.
Leaving behind cold and dreary  Chicago weather and exchanging it for sunny and warm Spain.
No problem there!


So what was the problem?


The  dilemma was that I was only allowed 50 lbs. (23 kilos) in my suitcase.


Which meant that I had to decide judiciously what I was going to take with me, and what I was to leave behind.


Decisions, decisions!


what a FUN decision!


I made up my mind to take the pile of coral.

(I also decided to take the pile of turquoise but that is another story. Oh, and the silver. You can bet I didn’t leave behind the sterling silver.)


So here it was, sitting on my studio desk back in Spain.

A bright bunch of coral.


And red.

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Grab a closer look.


coral beads

So I pulled out my jewelry making tray.

And started to play!

Hmmm, what goes with coral?


Turquoise goes with coral!



turquoise with coral


And what goes with coral and turquoise?


Why, amber and sterling silver do!



amber, turquoise, and sterling silver



I played and played.

And here’s what I came up with.

It’s sitting on my studio desk right now.

rough draft of coral and turquoise necklace

So here it is.

The “rough draft” of my coral + turquoise + amber + sterling silver necklace.

“Still not finished?”, you ask.


Still not finished.


Ran out of jewelry stringing supplies. Bummer. Whatever.

Had to order more supplies.

Still waiting, semi-patiently,  for the order to arrive….


You want to see it when it’s done?

What do you think?

Should I re-arrange the beads?

Take out something?

Add something?

Do you ever wear statement necklaces? Yes? No?


LET ME know!

Write your opinion & ideas (heck, or just say HI if you can’t think of anything) in the comment section below!


thanks <3






Let’s make the world a more beautiful place! TOGETHER!


“ …surrounding yourself with objects that are not only beautiful, but also elegant, can make a world of a difference…”

“I like to surround myself with things I love. “

“ Some decades ago, conscious consumerism was ‘I don’t want my dollar to support a bad cause.’ Now it’s one step better: ‘I want my dollar to do something good.’ “

“A product shouldn’t just be ethical. It should be attractive. You don’t want a product that does good. You want a better product that does good.”

”It’s not about buying more. It’s about buying better.”

“We’re living in a really powerful time. So many people are waking up. So many shifts are happening. People want to discover who they are and make a difference in the world.”

“ whether you’re starting a revolution or you smile at a human on the street …. what you do matters…. “

“connecting to like-minded people on the powerful web”

“inspire → be inspired → inspire → be inspired”

“I’d love to inspire you so that you could inspire me


These are all snippets of ideas that are whizzing around my brain.

I know I am not the only one thinking this way.

I heard YOU say them on the internet.

You have inspired me!

I am a creator. I love to make clothes. I love to make jewelry.

Yet with so much “stuff” out there already, much of it just polluting our lovely planet, I felt a deep discontent about adding more daily junk to our overstuffed lives.


And here is how you have inspired me:


I’ve gone treasure-hunting
to bring you
beauty and meaning and love
to your daily life

because I’ve come to the conclusion that by surrounding ourselves
with beauty,
with true friendship,
and with love,
we are adding meaning to our lives.


Here’s a sneak preview of what you will find at Hello My Goddess:

Beautiful things.

Filled with meaning.

Made by do-gooders from all over the world.

duende wrap top

WRAP TOP made by Avda

OLIVIA oil and vinegar cruets





NATURAL LINEN NAPKINS made by Urte and Simona

I’d like your input, your comments, your ideas.
By joining forces and doing this together,
we CAN be the change we want to see in the world!

So pretty please, leave your insights below!