Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holly-Daze: What is happening at DHD, specials, sales and more!

Yummy angora socks were 1 item in last month's box!
I find it hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us. I am, and have been, behind since about June. I think. I can’t be sure without really looking at things and I just don’t have the time, and if I am honest, I don’t really have the inclination either! 

The subscription boxes have been received so well, and for this I am truly grateful. The shows I have been doing have been less than spectacular and I have come to believe that they are just not where I want to be any longer. I will still have items available through my Etsy shop, my own site (an amazing upgrade will be coming in 2017!) and via appointment at my studio plus through the subscription service but my days of lugging and building and traveling all over for shows is pretty much over. That is not to say that I will never do a show again but they will be very few and far between.

My booth at the 2016 FairieCon East 

All these revelations have probably been a long time coming but when you are running about like a headless chicken, it gives you very little time to sit in contemplation of what is really going on or even how you feel.

I was forced to do more of that contemplation and feeling in recent months when my fibromyalgia flared up after a week long show in August. That was followed by a severe MRSA infection of my hand in the fall that caused a lot of damage and needed 4 rounds of antibiotics to subdue. Once that was finished I was off to another large week long event in Maryland where my husband and I both concluded we just needed to get off the Merry-go-Round of shows because they are too much for us to handle. I am not the spring chicken I once was!

Chickens…seems to be a theme of some kind here…

So this month is one that I am usually geared up and ready to run, run, run to 2-3 shows a week and for the first time in more years than I care to admit I am not running. It is unheard of and while I will miss seeing some of my wonderful customers it is something I really need to do for my health and sanity.

I have opened a popup store downstairs from my studio this year at 36 Main Street in Torrington. I am in the historic Allen building which is a beautiful Art Deco building located in our lovely downtown and will be open on Saturdays from 9-5, during the Dec 15th events in the evening that are happening in town,  plus by appointment for those who need to come at other times.

 I am really happy with how it has turned out and hope people will take the time to come and visit. I have lots of items that I have marked down by as much as 75% off my regular prices and will have specials each Saturday that change. I am offering a drop off service for our local food pantry, coupons for the subscription boxes plus lots of other surprises. Downtown is always such a fun place to visit and there is always something happening at the galleries  across the street from me, The Performance Hub Foundation, The Nutmeg Ballet Company  and The Warner Theater to name a few. There are also wonderful little shops all up and down our main street and throughout the downtown so I hope you will come and visit.

One of the items in the Dec. subscription box!
If you are too far away for a visit then please use the code DHDHollyDaze in my Etsy shop for free shipping on orders over $35 or DHDSubscriber for 15% off orders of $50 or more through December 18th.

Monday, October 24, 2016

FaerieCon 2016 is coming! Get your FREE tickets!

It seems so long since I last put out a blog! So much has happened that I don't even know where to start. My subscription box launched, shows were done over the summer months and I left one position behind while finding a new path that allows me to help out a friend and gives me a little stability to boot. 
Filigree Moon Pendant and Sterling Chain
was part of the October Box

 The Happy Dancing Dragonfly box has been such a great new venture for me and I am having lots of fun with it. The only "problem" is that I have a lot less time for blogging, shows and personal time. I am not complaining at all! I am so thrilled to have added this wonderful box of assorted items to so many people's lives. It has been a lot of fun curating each one with a combination of procured items plus others that I handmake. I have even gotten back to creating lotions, creams and soaps once more and look forward to including them in the boxes that are coming along in the coming months.

David Bowie as Jareth and Toby Froud as Toby, in Labyrinth.
I am through the Samhain/Halloween season for the most part and am off to FaerieCon the first weekend in November. This year the theme is a celebration of  both their 10th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the Jim Henson film, Labyrinth. There will be many guests who are helping with this great event including The FroudsCheryl HensonCharles VessGary LippincottHolly Black and many others.

Toby and Wendy Froud among their many "friends".

Last month I had hoped to send free tickets to FairyCon in the subscription boxes but they did not arrive in time so I have quite a few to give away before the big event which runs from November 4-6, 2016. It takes place in Baltimore, MD so if you would like to get a pair or two let me know! I am happy to mail them or even leave them at the box office with your name on them so you can come to the event free! There are great workshops, nightly costume balls, wonderful authors, vendors and even fashion shows. I know you will have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to partake in during this fantastic event so please be sure to contact me so I can hook you up with free tickets!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Gemini Traits, Crystals and Gemstones

Gemini Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Gemini Energy.

Sanskrit Name : Mithun  मिथुन (means pairing, twins or pair of children.)
Symbol: Twins

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pantone 2016 Spring Colors

Pantone is telling us it is all about pastels. I am not sure if I would call Snorkel Blue a true pastel but it does blend well with everything in the rest of the lineup. I have to say I am loving this seasons more muted palette. I really prefer these colors over some of the wild neons that have come into play in the past few seasons. Enjoy them while they are here or if you prefer those wilder colors hang onto them! No telling when they will come around again.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel 
 free to express a wittier version of our real selves.”
 Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Saturday, May 7, 2016

10 Gorgeous Ways to Wear a Head Scarf

A great video with 10 classy and modern ways to wear a scarf to accent your hair-or just keep it off your face for the next few months as spring turns to summer! These are some of the prettiest and easy ways to style your scarf, bandana or other head wrap that are seriously flattering for one and all.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Crystal Formations: What is a Self-healed Crystal?

Self-healed crystals have been broken off or damaged  at some time butn they begin to grow again after that damage occurs. It may take thousands of years for the crystal to heal but it does so quite successfully and continues to grow larger. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

How to wear a scarf 15 different ways...

I am getting the premiere subscription boxes for DHD ready to be shipped out in the next few days or so. April 10 is the cut-off date to order and I hope to have everything out the door for April 15th or so. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Gemstones for Anniversaries

Gemstone Correspondences for Wedding Anniversaries

Gifts have traditionally been given for wedding anniversaries since The Roman Empire. In 1922 Emily Post became the first person to publish a list of suggested anniversary gifts according to the year of the anniversary. At that time she posted suggestions for the first, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth and fiftieth years of marriage. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Introducing the Happy Dancing Dragonfly!

The Happy Dancing Dragonfly-a symbol of life's twists and turns!
Life has so many twists and turns and while some come upon us unexpectedly there are others that come after much contemplation, soul searching and, finally, planning. This is the kind that I am talking about today: contemplation that became a soul search and finally a plan that has born a whole new happy pathway for both myself ,and Dawn Hill Designs.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Increase your happy! 10 Outstanding Self-care Life Hacks

"Take care of yourself. "

"Make sure to take time for self-care."

"Take care of you first, or you won't be able to take care of anyone else."

How often have you heard those words or something similar? I know I have heard and said them more times than I can count. The problem is no one ever seems to give you anything concrete that you can actually DO in order to accomplish that goal.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

10 Ways to Invite Good Energy

Invite good energy into your life,  home, sacred space or work place.


Wind chimes, fountains, rattles, bells, singing bowls of crystal or metals, a triangle or other musical instruments like drums and even two sticks tapped together can all be used to disrupt the flow of negative energy and clear it. Even chanting can do wonderful things for the energy of your environment.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Freebie Friday! In the Pink!

The month of January is always my slowest time of the year and I have become very grateful for the down time it affords. I usually spend time playing catch up, planning for the year ahead, looking back at what is working and what is not. This does not only include my business life but my personal life as well. 

From the 

It has come to my attention, and not through the most comfortable of circumstances, that my self-esteem has been, for a lack of a better term, in the toilet for the past few months. I believe I have gotten my head wrapped around about exactly how that came about and why and I am striving to "correct my course" and move forward in a more positive way. 

This includes some extra self-care time plus surrounding myself with positive affirmations, people and partaking of things that make me smile more. This is a huge part of that course correction and nothing short of a necessity. While I hate to admit it I have been down this path before and know what steps I need to take to regain the balance in my life.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

5 Terms Jewelry Lovers Need to Know

When purchasing jewelry you will often come across items that are described with unfamiliar terms. Here is the short list of what all jewelry lovers should really know.

AB - aurora borealis

Ab finish on Czech Glass and Swarovski Crystal
Like the flashes of the gorgeous colorful lighting seen in the northern lights, aurora borealis is a colorful finish that can be seen in some gemstones that are coated with metal oxides through vaporization techniques and in many kinds of beads and glassware that receive a special solvent coating.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Get Insight Into The New Year With These 15 Questions

The New Year Is Upon Us

The New Year is upon us and I must confess that I am no believer in "resolutions". It has been a very long time since I have made and, subsequently, broken one. I am a believer in doing what I need to do when it needs doing and try my best not to put things off. I know so many people who don't bother with resolutions because they either feel the same way I do or they do not want to deal with the disappointment of what "might have been."