Tuesday, February 22, 2011

out with the old, in with the new

Spring is in the air (maybe in the air in my dreams) as it continues to snow outside, but still I am anxious for some spring cleaning.

Re-evaluating JPGemEnergy's business over the past 1-1/2 years, I've decided it's time to really do some reorganizing of the gemstones used.  While I have had a few requests for gemstones I currently do not carry, I seem to keep a larger supply of others that I thought would be more popular, but continue to sit, awaiting to be designed and created.

So, the questions are:
1) Which gemstones should I keep in stock?
2) Which gemstones should I disconntinue stocking?
3) Which gemstones should I add to my inventory?

To see which gemstones I currenty use, visit www.jpgemenergy.com.  I would like to weed down to a small handful of stones, maybe 1 or 2 of each color.
For example:
Black - Tourmaline, Onyx or Obsidian?
Blue - Aventurine, Lapis Lazuli or Sodalite?

If you are a gemstone lover and have some comments, please post.  I would love some feedback!  Thanks!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gemstone Education - Agate

Color: can be clear, milky white, gray, blue, green, pink, orange, yellow, brown
Appearance: waxy and soft, usually banded

Agates are grounding stones, bringing about emotional, physical, ad intellectual balance.  They help in centering and stabilizing physical energy.  Agates harmonize yin and yang.  Agates work slowly but bring great strength.
Psychologically, Agates gently help self-acceptance, self-confindence and increases awareness of anything that may affect your well-being.
Agates enhance mental function by improving concentration, perception ad analytical abilities.
Emotionally, Agates overcome negativity and bitterness of the heart, heals inner anger and fosters love and the courage to start again.  It is helpful for any kind of emotional trauma.
Spiritually, Agates raise consciousness, encourages quiet contemplation and assimilation of life experiences, leading to spiritual growth and inner stability.

HEALING: Stabilizes the aura, heals emotional dis-ease that prevents the acceptance of love, helps the digestive process and relieves gastritis.  It helps to heal the eyes, stomach, and uterus; it cleanses the lymphatic system and the pancreas, strengthens blood vessels and heals skin dissorders.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pre-Valentine's Day Open House

Pre-Valentine's Day Open House
Saturday, February 5th
11:00am - 3:00pm
902 Holly Circle
Lake Zurich, IL  60047
(One block east of Rand Rd on the corner of Miller Rd and Holly Circle)

Super deals and specials on ALL gemstone jewelry! Unbeatable deals and discounts, you'll have to stop by to see for yourself!
Great gifts for all your sweeties!

Also featuring:
Gubsi Bags by Amy Neumann - http://www.gubsibags.etsy.com/
4RHeartstrings by Me - http://www.4rheartstrings.etsy.com/
Uppercase Living by Sharon Branch - http://sharons.uppercaseliving.net/

New items from your favorite shops!
Jewelry (for women, men & kids), purses, handbags, kids tote bags, hand-crocheted hats, drawstring pouches, hair clips, keychains, gemstone trees, salt crystal candle holders, reusable baggies, home accents, wall decals and MORE!!

Hope to see you there!

For questions:
Call Pam at 847-913-6679 OR
email jpgemenergy@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping in to the Zen Den!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Heart of Gold

Back in September, I decided to volunteer to run our school's annual Christmas Shoppe fund raiser/service event held every December.  Being a member of Etsy since 2009 and wanting to share handmade items with the church/school community, I set out to find shops that could put their unique, handmade items in the Christmas Shoppe.  I was overwhelmed with responses from shops wanting to get their items in the shoppe, but one shop stood out among the others.  It was shastapea (aka Shana).  She wanted to create some beautifully decorated trinket boxes for the Chrismas Shoppe for pennies!  I was astounded by her generosity and began the process of deciding the details of this purchase.  

I didn't hear from Shana for some time.  Finally, a few weeks later, her husband sent me a message that she was in the hospital, but would be out soon and would get back to me about my order.  After that message, I didn't hear from her for many weeks and then about 2 weeks before the Christmas Shoppe, Shana sent me a message...
"I was in the hospital the last 3 weeks having surgeries but I am home now and have been working on your boxes like crazy". - She had been ill, having surgeries and still thinking of the boxes. 

She also wasn't sure she could finish the amount we had talked about...
"I really apologize for this, this is not how I do anything but I just hadn't been able to get well until recently. Turns out a woman in her early 30s can get colon cancer."

Well, I really wasn't sure what to say!  I was sad for her, wishing there was something I could do.  I just wanted to say "nevermind the order, please take care of yourself", but maybe she needed the order and the small amount of money it would cost?  I told her to go ahead and bill me for whatever she had already completed and not to worry about the rest.

And then I didn't hear from her until 1 day before the shoppe...
"I am so sorry Pam! I am back in the hospital again. This is never how I do things! I was very excited about doing all those boxes for you but I was just blindsided by this colon cancer and it still seems to be there."

Since then, all I can think about is how can I help her?  Is there anything you can do for someone who has just been diagnosed with colon cancer who constantly feels they are letting you down? 

So I am asking everyone who is reading this blog to help me, help out Shana of www.shastapea.etsy.com

I have asked her to list the trinket boxes in her shop, the ones that were intended for the Christmas Shoppe (just so we can look at them, so I told her).  If you can find it in your heart (and your wallet), please go to her shop and purchase one (or two, or three) of the boxes as a way to help her financially support her way through her battle with cancer.  Add a little prayer or well wishes to her in the "notes to seller" section.  I would love to see how many people, with a simple purchase, can make an impact on a shop owner with a heart of gold!  Thank you!

Contact me at jpgemenergy@gmail.com with questions.  Please feel free to share with other's to help Shana.  It would be wonderful to flood her store with purchases and prayers, especially during the holidays!

Thanks for stopping in to the Zen Den!

Monday, November 22, 2010


It's that time again for super, spectacular holiday sales!  Sales usually start around Thanksgiving (even before in some places) and run into "Black Friday", through the weekend to "Cyber Monday".  I have been running sales all month and am having the biggest sales during this coming weekend.

This week, from Monday thru Wednesday is 10% OFF the ENTIRE SHOP with shipping within 24 hours of your purchase (except Wednesday).  I usually ship out ASAP and sometimes that can be the same day of purchase as most pieces are made and ready to ship.

BLACK FRIDAY sales is a great sale with huge discounts (visit the link - http://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/JPGemEnergy ), and continuing on through Cyber Monday.  All items purchased Friday thru Monday will be shipped out Tuesday, November 30th.

One other special event is the celebration of 200 sales!  With only 1 sale away, if you make the 200th sale then you will get a free gift with your purchase!  Choose from an anklet, stretch ring, or gemstone heart pendant.  Let me know your choice in the "notes to seller" when you make the 200th purchase so I can include it with your order.

All jewelry pieces come in an organza bag with an "energy meanings" card attach that describes the energy properties of the stones.  You can view all the energy properties at http://www.jpgemenergy.com/.

New items coming soon!
**Fine silver & genuine gemstone oval pendants - Malachite & Tiger Eye

See you at the sales!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Shoppe

This year, I have volunteered to run our school's annual Christmas Shoppe.  It's a fund raising event which allows the students of St. Paul to shop for their family members for Christmas, during the school day.  I've worked hard to find some high quality, affordable items for all family members, and it has not been an easy task.  There have been some great shops from Etsy who have stepped up and provided some excellent items at super prices so that this shop can have some awesome gifts!

I want to recognize some of these great shops.
www.2MuchYarn.etsy.com is based out of Ottawa, Canada and has created some adorable lip balm cozy key chains that I will fill with handmade lip balms from http://www.concordsoap.etsy.com/, who is also providing bath/body sets of handmade soap and body butters.  http://www.mottcrochetgifts.etsy.com/ is crocheting some very cool earwarmers for boys and girls and http://www.mommyslittlecritters.etsy.com/ has created some fun, whimsical soaps for kids.  http://www.jewelry4ubiz.etsy.com/ made some adorable fabric covered hair clips in assorted colors for girls and toddlers and http://www.flirtbuttons.etsy.com/ handmade bottle openers for the dads and grandpas in "manly" fabrics that are also a keychain.  Your coffee will stay cozy with some coffee cup cozies from http://www.zippityduda.etsy.com/ and http://www.bowsnbands.etsy.com/ has created ribbon headbands especially for girls.  Our very loved Pre-K teacher is also donating her awesome keychains for the shop and her etsy shop is http://www.gubsibags.etsy.com/.

I'm still working on a few more purchases from some awesome shops on http://www.etsy.com/  and have many other items that I have found through my searches of local shops. 

My goal is to have everyone happy with the gifts they recieve and maybe they will come back to these great shops and finish their holiday shopping with them!

I will not have my store items in the Christmas Shoppe, so if you like my gemstone jewelry and creations, please shop online as sales continue weekly OR wait for the Holiday Splendor event coming soon!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Holiday sales made easy.

Wow! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted a new blog - just over a month! The weather has been so nice, it really hasn't seemed like fall until today.  We are still waiting for the first freeze to obliterate the nasty allergens floating in the air, making people like me suffer.  In addition to changing weather, fall is the impending introduction to the holiday season, and that means gifts!  Buying gifts, getting gifts, all stress and fun wrapped up in one!


To make gift buying a little easier, I have discovered a new site that makes my sales so much easier to do, so I've decided to do more of them!  Each week, I have a new sale planned in my shop that will help make your holiday shopping a breeze.  Visit the link I have attached to this blog to see what is on sale this week.  Each week, a new category of products will be on sale, so check the link weekly to see if the items on your wish list are on sale.

I'm also planning a "Holiday Splendor" for local shoppers to come and see my products in person.  I am working on the dates and location, but I think it will be in early December, if all goes well.  If you are in the Lake Zurich, Illinois area, stay tuned for more details on this event!

Thanks for stopping in to the Zen Den!