Looking Back At 2014

It feels a little unreal that 2014 has come to an end, it went by so quickly!

What a busy year filled with many ups and downs, but in the end I feel that I have accomplished so much.

Here is a little review of 2014:

Personal Accomplishments:

  • I completed a 21-Day Cleanse in May – felt amazing.
  • My Jewelry Business (Simply Divine Details) grew so much this year! I am so excited for how far I have come as an Artist and Business Owner.
  • Simply Divine Details had a booth at the New York State Fair in August (12 whole days)!
  • I had the honor of writing a post about my art for the Main Street Arts Blog in November – so much fun!

Personal Discoveries:

  • Eating Healthy does not have to be complicated and I feel so much better when I stick to it.
  • Quality trumps “affordable and quickly accessible” – Through being a business owner, I am really developing a taste for handmade/well-made in every part of my life, not just the business side of things. I want to be surrounded by uniqueness that will last rather than the same old manufactured items that are guaranteed to break down and disappoint.
  • Simplicity is beautiful – The more crazy and hectic my life gets, the more simple I want to live. I am so in love with the “more is less” idea now.
  • I think the biggest self discovery for me this year is this: I can’t always be the best at everything, and I can’t take on every task all at the same time. Balance is so important as well as pacing myself. If I fail at something now, it does not mean I will never be able to do it – try again and learn from previous mistakes. I can do anything I put my mind to. Keep practicing Balance and Patience and most importantly, never stop working toward my goals and dreams.

A few things to work towards for 2015:

  • New Jewelry styles for Simply Divine Details + branding
  • Do more art that is just for me –  no business attachments
  • Do another Cleanse
  • My Husband and I will be doing a lot of planning for the future, including where we will be moving in 2016 (!!!!!!!)

This year I met so many wonderful Artists and bought quite a few awesome handmade goodies as well as some good reads! Here’s a few of them:

  1.  A beautiful hand painted tote + zipper pouch by Anna Joyce
  2. An assortment of amazing handmade mugs and a lovely handmade garlic keeper – a collection I picked up at a few of the art shows I went to over the summer.
  3. Sunday Suppers Recipes + Gatherings by Karen Mordechai | The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
  4. Favorite Magazines this year: American Art Collector Vol.108  | Haven Magazine Vol. 1 | Kinfolk Vol.12  | Trouvé Vol. 1 & 2
  5. Emily Jefferds Art Prints | Rose Gold Ring by Elizabeth Perry Collections | Stacking Rings by Sara Stewart | Ring Dish by The Object Enthusiast | Hanging Glass Terrarium by Copper + Torch

I am so looking forward to 2015 and all that it may bring!

Hope you all had a wonderful year and Happy New Year!

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Weekend Giveaway!

I’m having a little giveaway!

A little something to celebrate the 4th of July and my grandmother’s birthday (she would have been 96 this year).

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This is a layered necklace set, one necklace has a simple ruby red glass bead and the other has a painting of a red larkspur flower (July birth flower).

I will be picking the winner on Monday and messaging the winner that night.

Here’s how it works:

>>>1. Repost my posts on Facebook and Instagram

>>>2. Use #simplydivinedetails and #sddgiveaway 

>>>3. Tag me @aliciamcgloon on Instagram or Alicia Borst McGloon on Facebook and all your friends you think would be interested.

Also tell your friends to follow me for a better chance of winning!

>>> The more ways you share, like and repost, the better your chances! Good luck!

 

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Inspired by Purple Sunsets

Last Weekend my Hubby and I went down to PA to visit my life-long Best Friend and her Husband.

We had a wonderful time, it was so nice to get away for the weekend and to spend time with some of my favorite people!

On our way home, we saw an absolutely gorgeous sunset. The sky was filled with purples, pinks, orange and yellow. It was crazy beautiful and became my inspiration for a couple of new earrings.

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These lovelies are listed in the shop now if you would like to check them out!

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P.S.

Fun Fact: One year ago today I had my very first show with Simply Divine Details Jewelry! Wow, time flies!

New on SimplyDivineDetails.com

Hello hello!

I have a few new things from Simply Divine Details to share with you!

First and for most, Mother’s Day is a week away! So of course, I have a special promo code you can use to get 20% off your purchase for Mom!

Use code DEARMOM at checkout, but don’t wait too long, place your order by 8pm (EST) Tuesday night (5/6) to make sure your order gets to you in time for Mother’s Day.

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I also have added some new jewelry to the shop, one of which is this necklace and earring set that is being featured on the site!

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I do hope you will check out the new jewelry, and maybe find something special for Mom!

You can also use the code on my Etsy Shop!

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DIY Calendula Tincture

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For those of you who are maybe thinking “what in the world is a tincture,” it is when you add either vodka or glycerin and an herb (or in this case, a flower) in a bottle and let them sit there for like 6 weeks, so as to extract essential oils from the herb( flower).

By creating tinctures, you are extracting the life juices from the plant to add their healing properties to your recipes – kind of cool.

I made this tincture about a year and a half ago because I could not find it in the stores and wanted to make a hand cream that called for it in the recipe.

So, if you are in need of a tincture for whatever the reason, they are easy to make, they just take a little time to brew.

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Hello hello!

These lovelies were a birthday gift from my co-workers.

These lovelies were a birthday gift from my co-workers.