I hate to bring this up, but Christmas is only about 7 weeks away. Seven very quick weeks, if this year is like most. Now that the election is over it seems like time to look ahead to the next event. If you were happy with the outcome, what better way to celebrate than with a wonderful, warm holiday season? If our new president wasn’t your pick, then cheer yourself up by reconnecting with the really important things; family and lots of good food, gift giving and holiday cheer.

You know me; I love beautiful animal related gift items. Lately I’ve been into sterling silver wear, specifically unique silver pendants with an animal theme, of course. My life is all about animals, so of course all my jewelry is as well. In my defense, I do have some Celtic jewelry and some Native American rings which are not animal themed, but yes, for the most part I plead guilty to this indulgence!

I still love this site and all the goodies they offer there. The artist just seems to have a real love of animals that comes through with every single thing she creates. I even like the dragonfly pendants, which if the truth be told are a little overdone these days.

The way I look at it, if you find a site that offers everything you love, why not go back time and time again to replenish your jewelry supply, shop for gifts and so on. And my favorite of all the possible jewelry types here are the really affordable sterling silver pendants .

A few years ago a dear friend of mine lost all her favorite jewelry when she went on a trip overseas. Now I’m not saying it was the brightest thing in the world to put all her most treasured possessions in her checked luggage, but that’s just hindsight now. She did it.

I got a call in the middle of the night, which was probably 2:00 in the afternoon wherever she was. “Randy, all my jewelry was lost on the plane!” I was a little bleary eyed but tried to be sympathetic. “Are you sure? Did you file a claim or whatever you’re supposed to do in this kind of situation?” I heard her sniffling over the line. “They told me there was nothing they could do.”

We talked for a few more minutes, me still trying to assure her that they’d turn up someday, but she was inconsolable.

The happy ending was when she got home I’d just discovered my favorite animal jewelry site and she was as thrilled as anyone could be who’s just lost all her favorite jewelry. “These are beautiful,” she told me, staring at the gold pug earrings, looking enraptured.

It gave her something to console herself with, and 3 years later she still visits this site to see what’s new to buy. And she no longer puts her valuables in her checked luggage, thank goodness. I don’t think I could take another 3:00 am phone call of woe.