Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Meaning of the Hamsa

What does the Hamsa symbolize? I have always known that it is a symbol of protection, but in writing this post I discovered many other interesting facets of the Hamsa.

It is a symbol dating back to prehistoric times and is an universal sign of protection. The hamsa protects by deflecting the destructive power of the evil eye. The evil eye represents the negative energies that can arise from jealousy, hatred, and envy.

It is often made of something shiny or reflective in order to reflect off the evil.

While used in numerous cultures, the word Hamsa, meaning five, has additional symbolic meaning in the Jewish and Islamic traditions.

In Judaism, it represents the five books of the Torah for Jews. It also symbolizes the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, "Heh", which represents one of God’s holy names. It is often thus called the Hand of God.

Many Jews believe that the five fingers of the hamsa hand remind its wearer to use their five senses to praise God.

The Hamsa hand is also a popular talisman with Muslims, who call it the Hand of Fatima, referring to the daughter of Mohammed. Fatima is described as a faithful, holy, woman.

Also, to the Muslims, the Hamsa sometimes refers to the five pillars of Islam, the foundation of Muslim life:
  • Faith or belief in Muhammad;
  • Establishment of the daily prayers;
  • Concern for and helping the needy;
  • Self-purification through fasting; and
  • The pilgrimage to Mecca
 The Hamsa means many things to many cultures, which is why it is one of my favorite symbols to use.  See more of my designs which include the Hamsa HERE.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Protection Wrap Bracelet

I wanted to share the story of this bracelet with you and see what you think...

I designed this bracelet many, many months ago for a customer to bring luck and protection for her friend. I liked it so much that I decided to make it a permanent part of my line. The customer wished me “a ton of sales.” Interestingly enough,that is exactly what has happened. It is my number one seller. There is something about this bracelet that people respond to. 

Can the energy and well wishes of one person translate into luck and prosperity in the life of another? I think so and that is what she did for me. I, in turn, with this bracelet hopefully affect the lives of those who buy and wear it.  It is what I hope and intend happens with every piece I design...that my energy and good intention creates something positive in the life of others.
The Protection Bracelet

What do these charms mean? The tree of life symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption. It is believed that the one who wears a hamsa will receive protection from the evil eye and it will create positive energy, happiness, prosperity and good health. The evil eye bead is believed to provide protection from the envious eyes of others and ensure physical well-being .

Do you like the protection bracelet? See it HERE.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I've Launched a New Site!

I am thrilled to announce that charmed design now has its own website. Up until now, my Etsy shop has been my primary presence online and it is now time to venture out on my own as well.

Thinking  it might be time for you to venture out on your own too?… is hosted by, a company that provides small business entrepreneurs with content rich, well designed websites. Their plans are incredibly affordable and their interface is extremely easy to use. You have a pick of different templates and can customize them to make them your own. Adding products to your store is a breeze. They also offer the functionality for a blog, gallery, calendar, and custom pages.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Reminder

This is my sister. My beautiful, bright, witty without compare sister. She died two months ago today. She was only 39 and much too young to die. I could write about how hard this is for me and how hers is a cautionary tale, but that is not what is important. What is important is for me to remind anyone I can to love life and to appreciate those in your life that you love and who love you. Life is short and we forget this all too often. Too short to fight, hold grudges, be scared.  Live your dreams. Love those close to you. Appreciate every day you are blessed to wake up. We all have problems and pain, but we all have life! Reach out today and let someone know how special they are and how much they add to your life. That is my hope and wish for you.

My sister Heidi

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Giveaway!

Visit my Facebook page to enter to win this silk wrap bracelet Use this link: GIVEAWAY. Please share and spread the word! Good Luck!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sign Up For Charmed Design's Newsletter

Want to keep up with the latest news and promotions from charmed design? The holidays are coming and we have some  special stuff planned. Sign up for our newsletter here:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Etsy Story (or how I became a jewelry designer)

The charmed design 1012 line came into being as something constructive and positive to do while I recovered from a sudden and life threatening illness.

Two years ago, I woke to find myself in an intensive care unit with absolutely no knowledge of how I got there. I learned that I had become ill from an infection that was a side effect of a routine tooth extraction. I came very close to dying, had several life saving surgeries, and am blessed to be here today.

Though the illness caused me to lose my job, home, and life as I knew it, surviving such a near death experience has made me feel and believe that I am indeed - CHARMED. Hence my name, Charmed Design 1012.

one of my first bracelets
After a month or two of creating, I had a pile of pretty bracelets and, after encouragement from my very supportive family, decided to open up shop on My shop has been open a year now and is enjoying growing success. I also sell my jewelry in boutiques and galleries throughout the US.

Out of tragedy has come something beautiful. I have a career that I love and I am getting healthier by the day.  My jewelry reflects my experience and love for life. I share this by exploring the fascinating world of symbols that have traditionally surrounded and directed us.  Each piece is designed to be full of meaning and beautifully unique. My jewelry is all about feeling good and looking gorgeous.

Visit my Etsy shop HERE.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Meaning Of: OM

If you have looked at my jewelry, you already know that I create pieces that have meaning and spirit. I thought it would be great to elaborate on the meaning of my favorite signs and symbols. Today, it is the Om symbol.

  Om is not a word but rather an intonation, a mantra used in prayer. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om.

According to Eastern philosophy, it is the sound  that was made when all of creation came into existence.

 There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound.  If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one's being, the atman or soul.

Wearing an ‘OM’ charm is said to bring  luck, harmony, and peace to those who wear it.  The Om sign helps to enhance the very essence of one’s life.

You can view my designs with the Om symbol here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Why No Posts Lately?

I have not been able to write any blog posts recently as I have been ill. I was in the hospital for over a week, had surgery, and am now recuperating. Hope to be back to blogging soon!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dead Simple Way To Track Your Etsy Sales (and more)

If you're not already familiar with Metricly, let me introduce you. Metricly helps small businesses and startups create easy-to-use dashboards to track their key metrics and better understand their business.Metricly aggregates your metrics from all across the web in one place, then graphs that information in a format even I can understand....which is saying a lot.

Metricly will connect to your Etsy data and provide you with real time sales data, customer information, and much more giving you tools to improve your sales. They even send you a weekly email with updated metrics. When you connect your Etsy shop, several graphs are automatically prepoluated with data such as total sales, item sold, average sales price, favorites and feedback, sales by state, and my favorite - sales by new and repeat customers. Dead simple.

In addition to Etsy, Metricly will also connect to your Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics and more. One of my favorite Twitter metrics is a graph that charts the reach of my retweets and mentions. I think it is so neat to see how many people are exposed to my name or one of my tweets.

Nowhere else will you find all of this data in one place in such an easy to use interface. In addition to the graphs and dashboards automatically generated when you connect a source, Metricly makes it easy to create your own custom graphs. With a glance, you can see for instance how your Twitter and Facebook compare and relate.

Another great feature of Metricly is that links to stories and articles that are related to your graphs are provided to you. An excellent learning resource.

I almost forgot to mention, Metricly is free. F-R-E-E. We all love free, right?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Make Your Email Signature Stand Out From The Crowd

How lengthy is your email signature? If you are like me, you don't want to leave anything out: your store address, website address, facebook, twitter, blog, etc....This is important information, right?

The end result is line after line of links. Let's be honest with ourselves, all these links look horrible.  Take a look at my old signature below. Who is going to take the time to pay any attention to this mess?
Now, take a look at my new signature:

Pretty awesome, right? I love my email signature now, courtesy of WiseStampWiseStamp is a program available on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that allows you to custom design your email signature with a ton of different options. 

Custom design multiple signatures using different fonts, templates, logos, and more. You can easily add your social links and profiles with the clean, modern icons you see above. And they even have one for your Etsy shop!

WiseStamp has several email apps to enhance your email signature and bring it to life. For instance,  there is a Twitter app that shares your latest tweet, and a Stumbleupon app that shows recent pages you have stumbled and allows others to Stumble or follow you.  There are several other apps  which include sharing music, supporting the causes you care about, sharing your latest bookmark, and others with more to come.

Follow the link below to install WiseStamp. I would love to see what you do with your email signature! Send me an email at to show it off!

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