Friday, February 8, 2013

Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Chuc Mung Nam Moi - Happy New Year!  Say goodbye to the year of the dragon and welcome the Year of the Snake! Downtown Ho Chi Minh City is beautifully decorated - flowers are everywhere!  Flower markets have sprung up all over the city. The flowers come from all regions of the country. One street has been transformed into a huge flower garden with colorful displays to honor the Year of the Snake which will bring good luck and prosperity! Enjoy these photos!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Home Sweet Home

I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted!   The time has flown by.  I have been distracted by some family issues which kept me from blogging. We are feeling more and more at home especially since our shipment arrived in mid- October. How did we ever collect so much so stuff!  I do love having all our familiar things around me.  There is a lot of stuff, but almost everything evokes a happy memory of an event, a trip we took, and/or memories of our family and friends. Here are some photos:  the apartment before the shipment arrived, the boxes from the shipment and the after shot - all unpacked and organized.

The Before - Our bare apartment!

Where did we ever get so much stuff?
The After!

It now feels like home. Life is good! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

From Santiago to Saigon - Another New Beginning

Despite a horrible start  - 12 hours in Chicago's O'Hare with two delayed United flights which ended up getting cancelled, waiting in line 3 hours for a new ticket, delayed baggage which arrived 2 days after us (No more United flights for us!!) and finding out some of my paper work was not completed - we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City.
Within a day we found an apartment in a modern highrise complex across the street from my job and very close to the downtown area.  Although our shipment is arriving 2 weeks later than scheduled, we have been existing quite nicely with the bare necessities.  Needless to say, the apartment is BARE & empty. It is amazing that we can survive with so little.
Although a have been to Saigon a few times, it has changed a lot and is continuing to grow into a modernized city; such a contrast of old & new! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Etsy Promos

I am enjoying the summer vacation in upstate NY and preparing for our move to Saigon. Since I foolishly put my jewelry inventory into our sea shipment which will not arrive until mid-September, I have been neglecting my etsy shop.  Really cannot promote it, if I cannot provide the goods at this time.  So, I am promoting goodies from other etsy shops.

Rather than just a random selection of items to promote, I have created a little procedure to follow. Each day I search for a "Favorite" item.  First, the item must be something that I really like and would purchase (if I were wealthy - I would buy all the items I select).  Second, it should have a low number of views and admirers and few, if any, treasury appearances.  Third, I add the item as a "favorite." Fourth, I tweet it on Twitter. Fifth, it gets pinned on Pinterest on my "Etsy Favorites" board. Sixth, I may feature the item here on my blog. Hopefully, this brings more views and sales to my fellow etsians!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So Long Santiago! Ciao Chile!

Our two years in Chile have flown by and it is hard to believe we will not be returning to Santiago.  Our house was packed up in three days - 162 boxes were loaded on a truck and sent to storage for a month.  On June 23rd we said farewell to wonderful friends and a beautiful country.  Beside the people and the country, I will miss the climate,  fresh fruits & vegetables, wine, and our cute little house.   

On a business note, I foolishly put my jewelry inventory into our shipment, which I will not receive until mid to late September.  If you are interested in purchasing anything from my etsy shop, I am happy to reserve it for you until Sept.  Just send me a convo via etsy.

We are now visiting family in New York in anticipation of our next adventure in Vietnam! We will arrive in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) on July 29 to set up a new home and start new jobs in slightly different careers.  But I will continue to make and sell jewelry. I am looking forward to searching the markets for beads.  Vietnam will be inspiring new creations.  

Saigon picture from

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Creating Etsy treasuries can become an addictive past time. In the past week I have created three!
It is relaxing as well as a creative outlet. It is a challenge to find great items to match the theme. Here are my most recent ones:

'Challenge #49 My Best Friend's Wedding'

Romantic / Bridal / Weddings / Off White Bridal Pillbox / Feather Flower / Full Side Blusher Birdcage Veil (Haute Couture) - EllaGajewskaBRIDAL
Romantic / Bridal / Wed...
Wedding jewelry. Bridal Cuff bracelet in Ivory and gold. Hand embroidered. - EgyptianInspirations
Wedding jewelry. Bridal...
Butter Yellow Chrysanthemums Lilac Cabbage Garden Roses Lush Bridal Bouquet - ExpressionsFloral
Butter Yellow Chrysanth...
Bridal Dress Sash  White And Ivory Delicate Belt Design - carellya
Bridal Dress Sash Whit...
Large Tuxcedo Bib - Laura4ca
Large Tuxcedo Bib
Heart Earrings - Gold Heart Stud - 24k Gold plated - TheUrbanLady
Heart Earrings - Gold H...
Beaded Brooch . Beadwoven Mother of Pearl . Genuine Pearls . White and Light Lavender  - White Mandala by enchantedbeads on Etsy - enchantedbeads
Beaded Brooch . Beadwov...
Honeymoon Romance Handcrafted Artisan Soap - DallasSoapCompany
Honeymoon Romance Handc...
Two strand necklace made of Mother of Pearl, Apatite, and sterling silver - HollyMackDesigns
Two strand necklace mad...
Unique Creamy white bridal hair flower burned Gardenia - seragun
Unique Creamy white bri...
White Floral Lace Scarf With Fringed Leaves, Spring Trends, Mothers Day Gift, Wedding - mediterraneanlights
White Floral Lace Scarf...
Gold Hug Ring Wire Wrapped - MysticalMoonDesigns
Gold Hug Ring Wire Wrap...
Custom Initials Wedding Art Illustration - 8x10 -Heart Tree -  Love Birds - Polka Dots - Wedding Gift - MaybeSparrowDesigns
Custom Initials Wedding...
Scottish Sea Glass Jewelry, Bridesmaid Necklaces - MommysDream
Scottish Sea Glass Jewe...
Purple crochet earrings with hollow form silver flowers and copper crochet  jewelry - riorita
Purple crochet earrings...
Purple Rose Victorian Beaded Necklace w Pearl and Glass Beads - Reverie in Indigo - MysticWynd
Purple Rose Victorian B...

'Polka dotty' by bluewhitejewelrywear

Couture Kentucky Derby Fascinator Hat Polka Dot - ffortissimo
Couture Kentucky Derby ...
Set Of 3 cupcake BLACK AND WHITE great for Theme party decoration bakery decoration white icing and  polka dot black and white liner - shimrita
Set Of 3 cupcake BLACK ...
Ruby Red Rose Pillow on Black with White Polka Dot Pillow - bedbuggs
Ruby Red Rose Pillow on...
Wristlet Clutch in Red White Polka Dots with Black Bow - PoshPursesBoutique
Wristlet Clutch in Red ...
Cupcake Pedestal Plate Bright Red White Polka Dots Pottery - CenteredClayWorks
Cupcake Pedestal Plate ...
Set of 8 Hot Pink, Black and White  - Polka Dots - Hand Painted Knobs - dreamscapedesigns
Set of 8 Hot Pink, Blac...
Stiletto Shoe Tape Dispenser / Black Polka Dots on Red Platform Stiletto Heel - ME2Designs
Stiletto Shoe Tape Disp...
retro apron I LOVE LUCY .... retro red black polka dot full apron fifties sexy hostess gift vintage inspired flirty womens apron - loverdoversclothing
retro apron I LOVE LUCY...
Vintage Polka Dot Mad Men Wiggle Sun Dress Mad Men - ClementinesBoutique
Vintage Polka Dot Mad M...
Kiln Fired Good Morning Mustache Mug and Bowl Breakfast Set Red Polka Dots- Handpainted - kaoriglass
Kiln Fired Good Morning...
Set of 25 Large Black Polka Dot- Pink Polka Dot - or Zebra Print  Gable Top Boxes - justalittlefavor
Set of 25 Large Black P...
Red With Black Polka Dot Scarf - QsVintage
Red With Black Polka Do...
Vintage Polka Dot Peep Toe Vero Cuio Pump - etseebetsee
Vintage Polka Dot Peep ...
Galvanized Metal Bucket Retro Red and White Polka Dot Newborn Baby Photo Prop - BroddersTubs
Galvanized Metal Bucket...
Girls Dress Vintage Spotty  Polka Dot Red White Size 2 OOAK Retro Mod - apieceofpie
Girls Dress Vintage Spo...
High waisted  polka dot swimsuit xs-xL - meshalo
High waisted polka dot...

'The Ladies of Downton Abbey' by bluewhitejewelrywear

Titanic 1900s Downton Abbey Edwardian Mary Day Tea Gown Dress RESERVED for Kiserai 2nd Payment - MattiOnline
Titanic 1900s Downton A...
Downton Abbey Cross Stitch Pattern - cottagenestinteriors
Downton Abbey Cross Sti...
Downton Abbey Inspired One Inch Bottle Cap Images-2 - LittleMonkeyDigital
Downton Abbey Inspired ...
Edwardian Hunting Outfit Riding Habit Size 8 Medium/Large- Downton Abbey, Titanic, Victorian - finnmoxa
Edwardian Hunting Outfi...
sale Sew 1920s Downton Abbey Frocks - Easy - Make your own 1920 Dress Patterns and MORE PDF e-Booklet - eVINTAGEpatterns
sale Sew 1920s Downton ...
Downton Abbey inspired Framed Cameo Magnet Fashener Brooch (one-of-a-kind) - Fasheners
Downton Abbey inspired ...
Countess Edwardian Pearl Earrings - Inspired by Downton Abbey - StudioRegency
Countess Edwardian Pear...
vintage English porridge bowl and creamer - fadedsimplicity
vintage English porridg...
Wide Brim Hat for Women Downton Abbey 1920's Fashion Hat Light Blue Fur Felt w Black Lace - TheMillineryShop
Wide Brim Hat for Women...
Downton Abbey's The Right Honourable Violet Crawley, Countess of Grantham Watercolor Painting - ScottChristianSava
Downton Abbey's The...
Silk Satin, Evening 1920's Downton Abbey wedding Dress - SarinaPoppy
Silk Satin, Evening 192...
Victorian Cameo Portrait Plaque Victorian Decor Gold Rose Frame - rustandreliques
Victorian Cameo Portrai...
Original Downton Abbey Sketch Card of Lady Edith Crawley ACEO - chrismeeks1
Original Downton Abbey ...
A Rosina Wild Flowers Fine Bone China Rosina Tea Cup and Saucer - JimmyVintage
A Rosina Wild Flowers F...
Downton Abbey Style Vintage French Shoes - VariedTreasures
Downton Abbey Style Vin...
Original Downton Abbey Sketch Card of Anna Bates ACEO - chrismeeks1
Original Downton Abbey ...