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I am part of all who I have met - Cynthia Rutledge

For some time I've been wanting to give my thanks and kudos to the teachers I've had that started me on this path to creativity and addiction. This isn't about those un-sung heroes who encouraged me, praised me, and required me to pass their college prep classes many years ago. Those teachers played a part in who I am for sure. They were my saviors, along with my friends, during a difficult time in my childhood.

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Valentine's Day Giveaway!

That's right, I'm giving a Valentine gift to one of my fans!!

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Hearts on Sale!

10% off all jewelry items in my shops that have heart components! I will refund you the 10% as soon as I process your order. Offer good through February 14, 2010.Through April 2010, I will also send 10% of your order to the American Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Haitian Earthquake Donations

The Haitian earthquake has devastated a country that does not have any resources to draw on. To do my little part in hopefully helping them rebuild and reduce suffering, I am donating 10% of my sales to the American Red Cross specifically for earthquake relief in their country. For now, I will do this through April 2010. Please join me in doing what you can to bring them shelter and food and healthcare and the knowledge that they are not alone.

 

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Tut, a Treasure Worth Waiting for

 
Egyptian Walk Necklace

A golden treasure over 3300 years old and a world away... An interest in Egyptology sparked 34 years ago in a rural school in the Shenandoah Valley...

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New Techniques and Materials

This past weekend I spent in Oakland, California at a jewelers' retreat called Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, or BABE for short. It's a real treat to go to one of these as you're surrounded by creativity, positive energy and joy. Spending time with like-minded individuals is relaxing and inspiring at the same time. Learning something new is always something that gets me up and to also have the chance to shop in a vendor hall filled with a myriad of tools, stones and beads...

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And One for Me

A number of people have asked me how I part with jewelry I've made, especially when it's obvious the creation of it was so personal. Well, as other designers know, you can't keep everything.

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Wild and No Longer Damned

Autumn Memories

Genuine Positive Feedback Feeds One's Soul for a Long Time

Simple Pinecone pendants

My neighbor who commissioned the necklaces for his young female co-workers has given them their gi

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