Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I can not believe that another year has passed and I am so far behind on this blog. Wonder why? It was another very successful year for Jewelry by Sonell and we thank all of our customers, old and new. Without you, this could not be happening. This past year has seen a graddaughter graduating from high school and is now attending college and a Little Britches World Champion grandson in the Ribbon Roping.
After a very blessed Christmas holiday here in the sandhills with friends and family I thought it was perhaps time to update the blogand say hello to all!
It has been a mild winter so far in the Nebraska Sandhills, (knock on wood) and we are very appreciative. Today it is in the 50's but it makes one wonder if this can last. Hay is being fed to the cattle as the cattle work on a ranch is never finished. We have been so thinkful for all the moisture that we received this past year but have felt so bad for the ranchers in the south. Ellen and I visited with some at the Nebraska Cattlemen Christmas Convention in Kearney, NE. and they have truly had their share of problems. But true to the code of the West, they are surging on, we are a tough breed. We have also been thankful for the higher prices this past year.
Ellen and I had a Jewelry by Sonell booth at the Convention and met so many new people and a lot of people we already knew. It was a very successful show but we fought glare ice all the way home and let me tell you it was so nice to get home in one piece.
We are looking forward to Spring and our busy season, we are busy in June with all the Cattlemen's Ball, High School Rodeo Finals, Rodeo Queen shows etc, and then again from November thru December. It is good to have a slowdown in between as it gives us time to make new 'one of a kind' pendants, we are now working a lot with Copper as Sterling Silver has gotten so high and Copper is in, especially with the Southwestern look. We truly love what we are blessed to do and love seeing peoples faces when they see our pieces in person. We have started out 8th year and thank God for the ability and chance to do this.
If you get a chance to attend a show where we are at, be sure and stop by the booth and say hello as we love meeting new people all the time.
Please remember to pray for this wonderful country of ours and for our military to keep us safe and give us the chance to be free in what we do and where we go. We are so fortunate to be able to live in the USA and thank our Saviour every day for the opportunity to do so. Will say adios until next time.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I don't don't whether I am lazy or just sooo busy but I have neglected our blog. It has been a wet spring here in the Sandhills of Nebraska, for which we are thankful and Summer is just around the corner. The storms throughout the United States have been violent and we pray for all the victims of them.
June is alwasy such a busy month for Jewelry by Sonell as this week-end we will be setting our jewelry up at the Cattlemen's Ball in West Point, NE. Then we are scheduled for a T.V. appearance on KNOP T.V. out of North Platte. Following that we will be setting up at the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Brunch on the 14th and then the Nebr. High Rodeo Finals June 22-25.
I thought I had better take the time to sit down and fill everyone in. We had quite a Winter here in the Sandhills, and had to postpone and cancel some shows. Everyone was more than anxious for Spring to Spring. To date we have had over 9 inches of rain here at the ranch. It is beautful as the grass is tall and the wild flowers are starting to bloom, though is has not been a warm spring as we have had a lot of cloudy and windy days.
We attended our granddaughters Graduation from high school this past week-end, it seems like they grow up so fast. What excitement they feel to start the next chapter of their lives. We wish all the Graduates well and success with their futures.
Please Pray for out country and our military that we can find peace and prosperity again. Also please remember the victims of the tornado's that have ravaged this great country of ours. Before you know it we will all be celebrating July 4th. This country is the greatest and we must always remember how lucky we are to have been born here.
God Bless you all!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I just looked out and the snow is falling, large flakes, no wind, just Christmas Card Perfect. Oh Joy! It certainly puts me in the Christmas mood. Decorations are up, gifts are wrapped and under the tree, now the time for candy making and cookie baking. I just love this time of the year. Now to begin family time.
We must 'Remember the Reason for the Season', We sometimes get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we neglect to take the time to rememember just what the season really is. The Celebration of the Birth of the Christ Child, our Saviour. We all need to stop and reflect on the Season's Reson.
Jewelry by Sonell has had another successful year and now that all our shows and Open Houses are over, we would loike to say Merry Christmas and thank you to all our friends and customers who have supported us this year. We would like to wish Everyone and Very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all next year.
Please take time to Thank all of our Military for keeping us safe another year and to thank all of their families for the sacrifices for us. May God Bless them all!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Ellen and I are busy getting ready for the Spring Jewelry Shows along with getting our spring cleaning done. Isn't it a glorious time of the year as Spring descends on this beautiful country of ours. Robins have been on the scene for several days now and several have reported seeing Blue Birds. God has truly blessed all of us that have the opportunity to live here. Baby calves are seen everywhere and the green grass is peeping through. It has been a long Winter with more snow than usual and at times we thought Spring would never get here but here it is.
Ellen and I, again will be having our jewelry at the Nebraska Cattleman's Ball, which this year will be hosted by Norris and Lori Marshall who make their home south of Kearney, Nebraska. The ball is held every year to raise money for Cancer. We hope to see all of our friends there and to make many new ones. Randy Travis will be in concert that evening.
We also plan on having our jewelry at the Nebraska Rodeo Queen's Bruch which will again be held in North Platte, Nebraska the middle of June and after that we will be setting up at ehe Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals June24th though 26th at Hastings, Nebraska. We hope to see everyone there.
We have more events scheduled and will post those at a later time.
We wish everyone a very Happy Easter Season!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
our blog and etsy store and what an interesting year it has been. The places we have been and
the people that we have met have been just wonderful. So many new friends, we feel so
blessed and we truly are. So many more places and new people to meet in the coming year.
Ellen and I appreciate each and everyone that we have been fortunate to get to know and
would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Yes, Autumn leaves are falling along with the snow and ice. We haven't had much of a fall this year, the summer was cool and now all this snow and ice. I had to travel on ice and snow packed roads to get to Ellen's Saturday for our show in Alliance, NE. last Saurday, and then from her house we had to some snow and ice spots on to Alliance. So much for Global Warming! Our show turned out well, we were sure wondering but everything went well. We have a lot of shows yet before Christmas and it makes one wonder if we are going to have this kind of weather from now on. One thing about it, it puts one in the Christmas mood to do some shopping. A couple weeks ago Lar, I, and Troy went to our son's in Salida, Colorado to the Doug Kaess Memorial Roping to watch our 11 year old grandson, Jhett, rope (he did well!) and you wouldn't have believed how beautiful the Aspens and other foliage in the mountains were, it was absolutely breath taking. I was telling my 16 year old, granddaughter , Mercedes, about it and she it was my artistic eye, I hope everyone has one because to see all of those autumn colors merging together was awesome. We had a great time there, got to see a lot of old friends that we rodeoed with.
It is pumpkin time and to prove it, I received the above photo from Ellen's daughter, Kristi, of Ellen's Granddaughter, Anna Kay. What a darling 'little punkin' she is. Anna Kay is 4 1/2 months old and everyone's 'Lil Punkin'.
It will soon be goblin and ghost time with all the kiddies Trick or Treating. What fun! Anyway, Happy Fall Y'all. Pray for our country and our troops and that everthing will turn out the way God intended!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
for the branders.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
met at the Horse Expo and who always had his camera handy.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Ellen and I are packing up again, we are going to Denver to the Horse Expo and of course where we go, so does our jewelry. We have a booth there March 13-14-15th.
We are looking forward to meeting more new people and making more new friendships. Ellen's daughter-in-law, Kalene, is going with us, yeah! She will be a great help and she is so good at creating an eye-catching arrangement of our jewelry. We are lucky as both of our daughter-in-laws are good at this. If there is anything in our store that anyone has been looking at and thinking about, you might want to get it as we are taking it all with us. Hopefully, we will have new photo's to post when we get home and stories to tell.
Sonja and Ellen
Thursday, March 5, 2009
is rodeo, so we thought maybe it would be fun to share some
photo's with you..
Sonja's husband Larry, heeling
a steer at a rodeo in Nebraska.
Ellen's husband Tom, heading a steer at a team roping in Nebraska.
They both have had their share of roping championships in this event and Larry also in the calfroping event.
And it goes on and on with our kids roping and tying goats and now grandkids.
What a fun life we have had traveling and rodeoing in most of the surrounding states and all the wonderful friends we have made all over the country. We do a lot of reminiscing as we travel to our jewelry shows up and down the road and meeting our old friends to talk over fun times.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Pictures of our booth at the Cattleman's Classic. We met so many nice people there in Kearney, Nebr showing their cattle. We saw a lot of old friends and sold some jewelry.
If you were wondering where some of the pieces that we had in our etsy store dissappeared to, we sold them at the Classic.
Thank you, Mary Clifton, for all your help and support and to all who helped us in any way while we were there. And of course, a big thank-you to our customers!
Sonja and Ellen
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Welcome to our blog - Jewelry by Sonell.
This is our first blog party and our first Giveaway too!
There are over 54+ participants so far participating today
who will be offering you wonderful Valentines. Some with free downloads or random drawings to win some goodies, as well as sharing their blogs
with us, so I hope you will join us and visit as many blogs as you can.
Here is what you do.... CLICK HERE to visit the party host, Flatwoods FolkArt, and on her left column is a LIST of party blogs to go visit and leave comments.
But first.... You can start with US!! Here is the Jewelry piece we are offering today!!
This giveaway is open to all! You can enter by just leaving a comment on this post only in the comments area (click the little comments button below). If you don't have a blog, add your email addy so that I can reach you! The random drawing will be midnight tonight...February 14th and we will e-mail the winner.
Good luck! We can't wait to visit all of the awesome blogs that are participating.
Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!
Sonja and Ellen
Monday, February 9, 2009
Well, Ellen and I have been real busy getting ready to be gone to the Cattlemen's
Classic in Kearney, NE. all next week. We will have a jewelry booth there and we are looking forward to it. Besides getting jewelry ready to go, packing for 6 days and getting food ready to be left here for the guys. They're not much on batching, but will get along,I am sure. This will be our longest to be gone, we always do the Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals in June and that usually makes us away from home 4 days.
It is always so exciting to meet new people and have them see our jewelry. Then when we get home from that we have several in-home shows scheduled and a bead show to attend. I will have things to report I am sure when we get back.
Thanks to everyone for the support that our blog has gotten and also our etsy store.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
WOW! Are we excited, we were notified that we had sold our first piece of jewelry out of our Etsy store and we were so excited.
We are in our fourth year of this venture and have sold a LOT of jewelry,but this really thrills us. When we decided to try going online after so much urging from our customers, we really didn't know how it might go. You see, we do in home shows kind of like Tupperware and special events and had thought about this for some time. With our son's and Connie's help, we dove in.
WE love a challenge and do custom work, if it is doable. You might all enjoy this little story. A few years ago, I was waiting at Walmart for my husband who was at the cattle sale in North Platte. I struck up a conversation with a little lady who was also waiting for someone and she admired the necklace I had on and asked where I had gotten it. I preceded to tell her about our jewelry and she asked if we did custom work. Of course I told her yes, IF it could be done. WELL, a few days ago she called me and said she had some stones and would like earrings and a pendant made out of them. Yesterday, I received them in the mail and that is just what they are, stones. They are pretty, but no way can they be set on silver. I will have to return them and I'm sure she will be dissappointed, but that is better than cobbling something up than she wouldn't wear.
Well, the sun is out here today after 5 days of snowing off and on and accumlating 11-12" of snow. We will all be ready for spring.
Thanks again, Connie and Thank-You Kathy for our 1st Etsy Sale!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We woke up to a real snowy day here in the sandhills of Nebraska. At least 4-5" of the white
stuff on the ground. It was snowing when we went to bed last night but we thought it would soon end. Yeah right! It sure covered the grass so if it doesn't melt soon the guys will have
to start feeding hay to the cattle.
Ellen and I have been so pleased with the response that we have gotten since we started our
blog and etsy store. I don't know if I mentioned it before or not but we do custom jewelry orders also. We love a challenge and are always open to new ideas. Youcan always get ahold of us by email if you need to. My e-mail address is email@example.com and Ellen's is
Keep warm everyone!