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Jewelry with Personality from Rachel Pfeffer Designs

by Jamie Sanford on April 7, 2011

I really like my jewelry pieces to be interesting and sometimes quirky.  I get comments on my engagement and wedding rings quite often, because they both are not plain and my wedding ring is pretty big.  Anyway, I was excited to find Rachel Pfeffer Designs on Etsy because the jewelry in her shop totally fits my personality.

Mini camera necklace! I love to take pictures and I’ve posted camera jewelry before, so I can’t resist.

Product description:

Now you can wear a tiny Holga around your neck! This little pendant is hand formed from sterling silver wire by yours truly. The flash is a small moonstone cabochon. It is on a short 16 inch sterling silver chain but can be put on an 18 inch one. It is handmade so no two will be exactly alike!

Rachel Pfeffer’s Mini Camera Necklace is available on Etsy for $84.

Another dachshund! I’m going to end up getting one myself at some point (the dog, not the necklace – although if I have the dog, I might want the necklace even more).  Anyway.

Product description:

A cute, texty twist on the classic sterling silver hot dog pendant! He’s cast from an original hotdog that I hand pierced with a jewelers saw and then soldered three little rings to the back. I hammered HOT on the front, darkened the letters, and gave it a bright, brushed finish! He hangs on an 18 inch sterling silver chain.

The puppy is solid sterling silver, and no two look exactly the same! Lettering can be customized, just give me a message.

The Hot Dachshund necklace is available from Etsy Seller Rachel Pfeffer Designs for $72.

This ring doubles as an awesome weapon.  Be bold, indeed.  Seriously though, I love amethyst and this is a mighty big chunk to put on your hand.


You’ll be infused with boldness when you wear this ring! And how could you not? It commands you to be right there on the side.

I set a beautiful and very lightweight lavender amethyst geode set in handmade sterling silver bezel. The stone itself is amazingly flat, and the ring is incredibly comfortable. It has a double band and the stone sits flatly on your finger, overlapping the surrounding ones! (most comfortable when worn on middle finger.)

I stamped little hearts all the way around the bezel, and the words “be bold” decorate one of the sides. The bottom of the bezel was cut out of an engraved vintage sterling silver award plate, and the word “wishes” is legible on the bottom, adding a secret bit of whimsy.

The ring is currently a size 6.5, but fits more like a 7 because of the broad, flat top.

This ring is completely handmade and one of a kind, so get it before it’s gone!

This kickass “Be Bold” Amethyst Ring from Etsy Seller Rachel Pfeffer Designs is available for $124.

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Best in Show (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2011

19. Best in Show (Available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Best in Show trailer.

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I don’t remember which of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries was the first one I saw, but I think that Best in Show is my favorite.  I really liked dog shows, but this movie, focusing on 5 dogs and their owners and handlers made me enjoy them a lot more.  The whole thing seems much more humorous now that I can imagine what kind of neuroses are happening behind the scenes.

Your cast of characters include:

Buck and Trevor, your dog show commentators.  Trevor knows quite a bit about dogs, Buck does not.

Christy and Sherri Ann.  That’s their show dog Butch – show name Rhapsody in White.

Gerry and Cookie Fleck, with their Norwich terrier, Winky.

Hamilton and Meg Swan, with their tortured Weimaraner, Bea.

Harlan Pepper and his bloodhound, Hubert.

Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Donlan, and their shih tzus, Agnes on the right competes in the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show that is the titular show.

This movie is in the classic Guest style, we’re introduced to all of our characters and then see them as they prepare for and travel to the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show in Philadelphia.  They begin to cross over and interact with each other at events surrounding the dog show. They then all compete and one of them (I won’t give it away) wins the whole show.

It’s a great movie if you love dogs, I’ve seen this movie at least 10 times – another on the ever-growing list of “movies I will watch if I find it on TV and am not doing anything just then.”  I would definitely recommend buying this movie.

Best in Show is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.98!

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Dachshund Ring and Necklace in Sterling Silver

by Jamie Sanford on November 26, 2010

This post is for my friend Kelly and her dog, Mini.  Mini is a dachshund and a troublemaker.  Here’s a great photo that my husband took of Mini (the photo is a screenshot of the photo in a frame on Kelly’s wall, from Time Out New York).

Time Out New York, Kelly's Apartment 3
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the breed, here’s the Wikipedia page.  In addition, there’s a whole page on dachshunds on the AKC website.

Anyway, I immediately thought of Kelly when I saw these  items on Etsy.

These items are both from Etsy seller luckyduct.

The necklace is available for $86 and the ring is available for $74.

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