Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Australia sets an example the U.S. should follow!

Excerpts from an on-going debate in Australia .Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia and her Queen at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his Ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state, and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," he said on National Television. "I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia : one, the Australian law, and another, Islamic law, that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country, which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option," Costello said. Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked to move to the other country. Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should "clear off ." "Basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and who don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then, they can basically clear off," he said. Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians." "However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the 'politically correct' crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Australia . However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, >>and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of Australia being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. And as Australians, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle." "This culture >>has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom" "We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society ... Learn the language!" "Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture." "We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us." "If the Southern Cross offends you, or you don't like "A Fair Go", then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. By all means, keep your culture, but do not force it on others. "This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'." "If you aren't happy here, then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."
Maybe if we circulate this amongst ourselves, American citizens will find the backbone to start speaking and voicing the same truths ! SPEAK UP FOR YOUR COUNTRY Before it's too late!

Monday, May 14, 2007

New Etsy Team!

There is anew Etsy Team called JET - for Jewelry on Etsy Team. We are a gung-ho group and hope to be very active there and on MySpace, Flickr, etc. Here is the Banner:

Monday, April 2, 2007

My Vision and My Dilemma

Dilemma - "A predicament that apparently defies a satisfactory solution" ~ that's from Webster's Dictionary. It applies to the plight that we Jewelry Artisans have in promoting and selling our jewelry. There are literally thousands (maybe millions) of jewelry crafters who want the same thing. I don't have an answer but to try and get out there ~ get noticed ~ and maybe ~ just maybe share my creations with someone willing to pay for exquisite, handcrafted one-of-a-kind, unique jewelry! I only hope to please someone ~ make them happy with their choices and at the same time support my obsession for creating jewelry. Like most of us, I don't have an advertising budget; so I post on numerous sites and their groups, I hand out my business cards anywhere and everywhere I can and hope for the best.
Will sales pick up? Soon, I hope. That is both my wish and my dilemma. How can I continue to support this passion of mine without the income necessary to continue producing quality jewelry? Many a wise person has said that you have to make things happen in order to succeed. Well, I ask myself, what can I do next to ‘make things happen’.
Why am I writing this blog? I don't know ~ just call it venting that feeling of helplessness. Maybe one of you wants to vent as well. Go for it ! I'll listen and respond if necessary.
Maybe you can visit my shop and I'll visit yours. Let me know what you think. Be Honest! I will.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Slow down? Stop creating? Can't do it!

My husband recently told me to stop creating new jewelry pieces. Why? Because I have too much inventory and not selling them means I'm losing money. Savvy? But how can one who is obsessed with the creative part of jewelry making just 'stop'? I can't! It would really help if all this promoting I have been doing would create some sales. That's his other complaint ~ I'm on the computer too much! Indeed I am ~ on every website, blog site, photo site I know of. I'm finding it difficult to keep up. Then at Etsy we are advised to post a new listing at least 2x a week, which means create more or recycle older listings. Back to the core dilemna ~ my passion in jewelry creation!

Help me reduce my inventory. Hopefully, those who might read this blog will check out my jewelry shop at www.adornmentsbybj.etsy.com and discover that unique piece of jewelry that you would love to have!

If you convo me on the Etsy site, mention #2564437 and I will give you 15% off your purchase of any item in my shop.

Thank you, BJ

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Creativity at Work

I have four recent jewelry creations that I would like to share with you. They are for sale, as well as the other 110 jewelry sets on my Etsy shop: www.adornmentsbybj.etsy.com. My shop contains all unique, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry sets (necklace and earrings-sometimes a bracelet). The variety is extensive to fit your style, your special occasion or just to lift your spirits!