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Monday, November 17, 2014

Shop of the Week Lehane

I love creating jewelry! Years ago beads jumped out at me and yanked me into a fascinating world of color, shape, size, and incredible variety. I dream of making new jewelry designs -- knowing they will bring someone a unique connection with art, beauty, and perhaps earth's energies. I also love the old chainmaille traditions of linking rings to create beautiful ancient patterns, some with modern variations and colors. As my chainmaille and other creations expanded my shop here became crowded and so now there are two shops! -- for -- for all other jewelry styles
Symbolism, color, shape, size, and material are all elements involved in each of my creations. I think of my jewelry creations as connections between the day-to-day world and the supernatural world just beyond our view, a world of beauty, eternity, and positive energies.
My goal is to create unique wearable art with a touch of that special bold attitude which lives somewhere between elegance and playfulness.
Above is how Lehane introduces her shop.

Now what I want to know is which mood are you in?


Or playful?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pinterest Hide and Seek

Pinterest is a wonderful place to lose track of time for hours. So many of us spend time doing just that. We at Group2020 have several boards perfect for browsing. The most active two are our Deals of the Week board and our Showcase board. Both is these boards have new items added all the time and would be great if you are starting to think about holiday gift shopping.
If you have to keep some of your gift ideas sorted and secret Pinterest can help with that too. Lehane's blog post talks about the private board feature that is available to us all. 

What purpose does Pinterest serve for you? Hiding, seeking or both?

Follow Group2020's board !Group2020 Showcase! on Pinterest.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Featured Four

Each week our members feature four items from their shops. These items are a showcase of what skills and talents exist among us. As a new weekly feature I have decided to use this team blog to share this fabulous work with you.

Pictures and links to the shops for you to shop and share!

Clemmie V's

Crowe Shea Fashions

Exquisite Studios

Lanmon Originals


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What Size Image Do I Need?

We, meaning my teammates, here at Group2020 are a group of online sellers trying every day to put our best foot forward. We hope others find our work appealing. We cover a wide range of skills and talents from soap making to home decor, personal accessories knitted or crocheted to jewelry including altered vintage, steampunk, chailmaille and beaded crochet. We interact daily on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Pinterest and more.

In putting that best foot forward I recently found a resource that will be useful to us and I hope useful to others as well.

All social sites have profile picture and header options and some have even more than that. Each of them of course have different settings and knowing those settings can go a long way to help you make a good impression for you and your brand.

Sprout Social  has a blog post filled with information to help and a google doc that will be updated as needed.

For the blog post use this link.
For the always up to date google doc use this link.

Thank you Sprout Social.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Deals of the Week!

From our very own Exquisite Studios -

Marcasite & Garnet Pendant Necklace      Van Dell 2 Carat tgw Gemstone Pendant   

Genuine Pearl & Sterling Handmade Artisan Necklace     Prasiolite Gemstone Pendant Solitaire Necklace 


Another great offer from Lehane this week -
Use the coupon code TURKEY when you spend $50 or more and save 20%!


From Clemmie V's all fanny packs are on sale!

Cute Owl Fanny Pack     Fashion Fanny Pack     Geometric Fanny Pack

Fanny Pack For Women in A Leopard Spot Design


From Back Alley Designs a fantastic discount of 20% on orders larger than $50!


There you have it for this week. These offers end on Saturday November 15th. 
Don't miss out!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Deals of the Week ending Nov. 8, 2014

 I just may have some offers you can't refuse today. There is an old movie line stuck in my head. Sorry.

From the Lehane shop on Etsy you can get 20% off any order $100.00 or more. Be sure to browse this shop and start building your shopping list. The selections of colors, styles and options are fantastic!

Also this week we have another offer from ClemmieVs shop on Etsy. Fun and practical fanny packs are 10% off this week. You may want to make sure to get yours before it is gone.

To keep up with all the deals from Group2020 members you will want to follow our Deals of the Week board.

Another great board to follow is our Group2020 Showcase board. New pins are being added there all the time.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Shop of the Week! Cuprum29

This week I am sharing the talents of ErikaLyn of Cuprum29 on Etsy. She has many styles of handcrafted jewelry in her shop and uses the words ethnic, wedding, braille and boho among several others to describe her work in mixed metal designs.

Today I want to show you how the simplicity of a beautifully done curve can make a stunning piece of jewelry. These are admittedly my very favorite pieces to be found at Cuprum29.

Taken from the About Page in the shop you can find out the beginnings of  the beauty and art this designer brings to the public.
"The story behind my jewelry designs began as a something of a hobby that stemmed from my desire wear interesting and unusual jewelry reminiscent of ancient traditional art forms from around the globe but ... I couldn't find any that I could afford! The result was I decided to craft my own. Recently I have elevated this "hobby" to a business, Cuprum29Jewelry, here on Etsy so that I can share my designs with you!"

Here is where I leave you, dear readers, to comment, share and connect. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deals of the Week

From now through November 1st you can check out the following shops and take advantage of the special offers from a few of our Group2020 Members.

From Lehane Arts - 20% off $100 purchase at when using checkout code DEALS- good until Nov 1
From ClemmieV's  - Check out the tote bag section for markdowns on these stylish bags.

From Lanmom Originals - FREE Shipping on any purchase over $20.00

Like I said at the start, there is still time but you only have until Saturday to choose any or all of the specials to take advantage of.
I know, decisions, decisions. LOL

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shop of the Week! Crowe Shea Fashions

What fuels the passion to create for a lady who proclaims herself a professional hooker? Some understanding comes when you read from the about page  in the Crowe Shea Fashions shop.

"Growing up I was blessed with family members who enjoyed teaching me their favorite handicrafts - at least that's how I remember it. The reality may have been that I annoyed the crap out of them until they showed me how to do what they were doing. 
Whatever version of history you choose to accept, the fact is thanks to cheap mass production, most of them have gone the way of the dinosaur. However I still cling tightly to my favorite: crochet. It may be fuddy duddy and equated with doilies, but ever since my mom taught me my first stitches I have been, well, hooked. I love the ability to create something beautiful with just some yarn and a hook. The meditative repetition of stitch after stitch is soothing. And I can't deny that I absolutely enjoy hearing those words, "Wow! That's crochet?" These things fuel my desire to create fun and unexpected items that will be enjoyed by others as much as I enjoyed making them."

By the way the bears are not included but make great models, don't you think?

Every thing in the shop, the hats, the scarves, the stuffed animals, the grocery bag holders, is hooked up to be loved a long time.

Links to shop, like, follow, circle, pin or tweet are below for your convenience.
Go shopping at Crowe Shea Fashions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deals of the Week through October 25, 2014

One of our wonderful members has a great deal for you this week. In the Lehane Shop on Etsy you can receive a free bracelet with the purchase of any of the items pictured below.

UPDATE!!! 10/22/14
New deals just added from Exquisite Studios on Etsy.
Free shipping on the items shown below,

See these and more on the Pinterest Board shown at the bottom of this post,

For more information and to keep up with the latest deals visit and follow our Deals of the Week Pinterest Board. There are new offers every week!

Follow Lehane's board !Group2020! Deals of the Week on Pinterest.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LehaneArts - Nautical Earrings

Recently our G2020 member Lehane released an exciting new earring design based on her seafaring family ancestry!

They are absolutely stunning and would not only make a great gift for anyone with a background or interest in boating but would also be a lovely pair of earrings to be worn throughout the Christmas season due to their red and green coloring ... either way these are definitely a conversation starter!


Read the full story of the inspiration behind this beautiful pair of Nautical Earrings from Lehane on her blog:

LehaneArts: Who Says These Are Nautical Earrings?

Monday, October 13, 2014

DeAls Of ThE WeEk - October 12th to 18th

We have several exciting deals this week from our Group2020 members Exquisite Studios, Lehane, LehaneArts, BackAlleyDesignsInk and Cuprum29Jewelry!

BackAlleyDesignInk is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders! Enter code PDOW101814 at checkout.

Shop link:

Exquisite Studios is offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING on the following items:





Lehane is offering FREE USA SHIPPING on  ANY PURCHASE OF $24 or more, use coupon code: SHIP17 during checkout!
Shop Link:

LehaneArts is offering FREE USA SHIPPING on ANY EARRING PURCHASE, use coupon code: SHIP17 during checkout!

Shop Link:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bacon & Onion Foil Packet Potatoes

Looking for a great side dish?

Our G2020 member BackAlleyDesignsInk recently tried this fantastic potato and bacon recipe. Potato and bacon ... oh ... my ... YUM!!!

                                                   Bacon & Onion Foil Packet Potatoes


2 to 3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
1 packet onion soup powder
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1 small onion thinly sliced and diced
1 cup cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Sour cream for serving (optional)


Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, 1 packet onion soup powder and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving. Wrap securely.


Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Or you can bake it in the oven, at 350° for about 35 minutes or till done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped with sour cream and cheese if desired.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Deals Of The Week - Oct 5th through Oct 11th

As many of you know the members of Group2020 offer various specials on a weekly basis. This weeks participants are LehaneArts and ClemmieV's !

LehaneArts - free shipping and reduced prices on select items:

ClemmieV's - free shipping on the following items:

Be sure to check out their beautiful items and don't miss the chance to save with the free shipping and reduced prices being offered!

With the holidays coming every penny counts and our group offers deals on a weekly basis so we hope you will stop back in for our upcoming weekly Deals Of The Week posts!


Tomorrow we have an unofficial holiday in America ... NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY!

What is a pierogi you ask?

Well, friends and neighbors, since many folks don't know I will tell you but first I have to share how funny I found the fact that we have a national holiday for this culinary treat. I have been eating pierogi since I was a kid and happen to love them so upon discovering that there is a national holiday for them, official or not, I literally laughed out loud. I would never have guessed these tasty little morsels would have their own day but they do and National Pierogi Day is celebrated yearly in America on October 8 ... :)

Pierogi is plural for the rarely used Polish word pierog and is often found spelled several different ways including perogi, pierogy and oddly pierogies or perogies both of which are plural versions of the already pluralized root word.

 Grandma's Polish Perogies
                            Click here for the recipe posted by STEPH577 on

Spelling and pluralizations aside basically Pierogi are a type of filled pocket dumpling made from unleavened dough (the dough is generally similar to what would be used for slippery or drop dumplings) that are stuffed with a variety of yummy fillings in limitless combinations using ingredients such as mashed potato, cheese, onion, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushrooms and spinach or for a sweet and delicious desert option they are filled with fruit. They are traditionally semi-circular in shape and are prepared by first boiling and are then either served as is or, for those feeling more adventurous, deep fried or sauteed in butter.

But that's not all ... there is more to it! When they hit the table (if they make it that far, ours are usually eaten before they leave the kitchen counter ... yes, they are that good!) they are accompanied by a wide assortment of delicious toppings such as melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms and onions, green onions, and the dessert variety turn into something really special as they are topped with apple sauce, maple syrup, caramel or chocolate sauce and of course whipped cream. The choices are endless and only limited by your own taste preferences and imagination, I once topped potato and cheese filled pierogi with chopped olives, capers and sour cream!

Eastern European immigrants first popularized pierogi in the United States and by the 1960′s, pierogi began making an appearance in the frozen food aisles of grocery stores. Now they are common to find in groceries across America and are popular as a main dish, side dish or desert depending on the filling and how they are prepared.
                    Mrs. T's is a popular brand offering several varieties in American groceries.

A few more interesting facts:

- At every Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, there is a “pierogi race” where four runners, wearing pierogi costumes, race toward a finish line. (What a hoot!)

- Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July. (Not just a day but a whole fest! Go Indiana!!!)


I hope you enjoyed this little walk through "pierogidom" and if you haven't already tried them I hope you will!

Here's to very, very HAPPY NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY for everyone!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Goodbyes and Hellos

As Group2020 ends its first year and gets ready for a new one and the upcoming holiday selling season some of our members have gone, some stayed and some new ones joined us. While we miss the ones who are gone we enthusiastically welcome the new members.

Here are the Group2020 members as we enter our second year.

Whether our jewelry whispers uniqueness or screams it, all of our designs are created to be as individual and one of a kind as you!!

I love to sew and have a passion for bold, bright, vibrant fabric.

 My goal is to help make life cozier for you and those your care about.

I love the ability to create something beautiful with just some yarn and a hook.

Joining me this year as a blog author. Yay!
Offers unique, hand cut, riveted, and forged jewelry in copper, brass and silver and all my jewelry creations are handmade from raw materials, one design at a time.

 I'm a HUGE lover of Vintage Pieces! I really enjoy Repurposing/Restoring/Upcycling/Altering them. 

Spectacular heirloom quality bead crochet jewelry, luxurious handcrafted soaps, and other wearable and functional art created just for you!

Our founder.
Symbolism, color, shape, size, and material are all elements involved in each of my creations.

For more information about our links to social media go to the group website.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lehane Arts, Shop of the Week

We believe jewelry should look gorgeous and convey an attitude. I like to create with crystals, gems, dichroic glass, metal and other materials.
The dichroic glass section of Lehane Arts is probably my favorite. To me it shows exactly what the artist in this shop means by looking gorgeous and conveying an attitude. I encourage you to browse the shop Lehane Arts on Etsy to find your own favorites.

A couple of my own favorites are below.

I also want you to know about a new board on Pinterest that Lehane and other Group2020 members are posting to. It is called Deals of the Week. As of this post and until the 2nd of August Lehane Arts has some specials waiting for you. Check the board often for exciting new offers each week!

Here is a peak at what that board has waiting for you today.

Follow Lehane's board !Group2020! Deals of the Week on Pinterest.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Don't miss out!

Follow Lehane's board Christmas in July on Pinterest.

The month of July is winding down and I would not want you to miss your chance to shop early for those one of a kind items that just may not be available after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the hand made world that sort of disappointment is entirely possible.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lanmom Originals on Twitter

On twitter our shop of the week Lanmon Originals shares thought provoking or fun quotes nearly every day.
She gives us hints about what may be coming soon in the shop.

At the end of the day she let's us know that all is well. Any other fans of the doctor out there?

Follow along by following Nona on Twitter.

BTW I am not sure that most feed readers can see the embedded tweets properly. If you are having difficulty come on over to the Group2020 Blog. We are always happy to have visitors.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lanmom Originals, Our Shop of the Week

So many of us in Group 2020 have multiple skills that we bring to our shops and customers. What you find in the shop Lanmon Originals on Etsy proves that.

The variety you find in Nona's shop includes seed bead crochet which to me an art form unto itself, hand crafted soaps in all kinds of scents in skin nourishing formulas, crocheted projects with yarn or threads including hats, scarves, bracelets and headbands.

Still here? Go shopping at Lanmom Originals and come back to leave a comment about what you found to love. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July?

Do you, like many others, start holiday shopping now rather than wait until after Thanksgiving in November? 

If you will be looking for, and I really hope you are, one of a kind or limited quantities of handmade, artisan crafted items that come with the heart of their creator and a story behind the design the time is now.

If you wait until later that special gift you had your eye on may be gone. Don't let that special gift you had your eye on be gone.

Group2020 has created a board to give you some great ideas. You can see a hint of what is on our Gorgeous Gifts board on Pinterest.

Another gift idea for anytime of year really comes from Clemmie V's blog.

 What would you put in the apron pocket? Let me know.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shop of the Week Exquisite Studios

It's been a long day, so relax and enjoy the view! Welcome to the Handmade Artisan Fine Jewelry Studio that puts YOU center-stage! Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Designs abound. Update your look, wardrobe, & style. Genuine Gemstones, Wire Wrapped Styles, and my beloved Altered Authentic Vintage Jewelry Pieces. Enjoy!
With a welcome like that how could you not take the time to browse the shop of Exquisite Studios on Etsy? When you do take the time to read the descriptions of the items. She has a great deal of joy and enthusiasm for each piece of jewelry n the shop and it shows!

Monumentally Gorgeous! Handmade Artisan Altered Authentic Vintage Sterling Silver Tennis Line Bracelet featuring 10.50 Carats, tgw., of Genuine White & London Blue Topaz Gemstones! 

I've been working on this Fine Jewelry Bracelet for over a month! Now this impressive, Sterling Silver, Authentic Vintage piece is all ready for YOU! This is 7 1/4 Inches in length, and the clasp has a 2-step security feature, with its hook-and-slide lock style that's perfect for its age. The clasp is not Vintage, as this was another modification I performed since the original clasp was smashed and unusable. 

One of the most fascinating things I discovered about this particular piece, is the way it is designed. Most bracelets of this style are connected with each mounting having a slot on either side with a section at their tops that can be pulled apart to add the next mounting to create the line/tennis style. THIS gorgeous bracelet however, features slots on either end that the connector goes through, but--these sides are solid--no pull-apart section at their tops. These are crown mountings and the connectors are the most incredibly created ones I've ever seen. The connector "tabs," if you will, are each doubled AND soldered, making them thicker and stronger but still able to offer the overall flexibility necessary for this design. These tabs sit inside each mounting to hold one to the next--hence the term "line" when referring to this style. It's a truly amazing feature that I would be remiss if I didn't brag about. 

After a thorough cleaning, polishing, and inspection, I wanted to choose the very best way to show-off this brilliant bracelet. Each of these prong mountings features a 4mm Genuine Grade AAA Gemstone, and oh my gosh are they spectacular! Every clear stone you see, is .32 Carats of White Topaz Gemstones, and the 5 center stones are each 4mm .38 Carats of London Blue Topaz Gemstones. I almost couldn't believe my math when I added these sums. There is a total of 35 mountings for an undeniably stunning 10.50 Carats, tgw. For a piece as grand as this, I feel both it and YOU, are absolutely worth it! Enjoy!
The words above show exactly what I meant about the enthusiasm and joy in the descriptions. Along with that is very detailed information on the components and the process of bringing this piece back into circulation in such a beautiful way. 

So go ahead and browse the shop Exquisite Studios because as Emily says."YOU are absolutely worth it!"

To stay connected you can follow @ExquisiteStudio.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blueberries! Lemonade!

Flavors don't get more refreshing and fitting for a hot summer day than blueberries and lemonade. Our Erika of Cuprum29 on Etsy had a couple of wonderful pins on her Food Board on Pinterest with those combinations.

Made with blueberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, sugar, water and ice.

You can find this recipe on Erika's Food board that I linked above or on the blog ShopCookMake.

Until next time!
Stay cool!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Need a Nudge to Write?.

This book review and recommendation comes to us from our own Clemmie V. 

Clemmie V's : You will love this Book ! A Step - by -Step Guid...:   I recommend this book, by Henri Junttila !! Especially for anyone just starting blogging. This book is easy to read and is jam-packed with down to earth advice.

Clemmie  has a great shop on Etsy filled with things straight from her sewing machine to you.

How could you not fall in love with this bright, cute, ribboned bear?

For more about Clemmie you can visit her blog.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shop of the Week Cuprum29

From the About Page of the Cuprum29Jewelry shop on Etsy you can learn a bit about the artist and artistry behind a shop filled with beautiful designs wearable from your head to your toes.
Cuprum29Jewelry offers unique, hand cut, riveted, and forged jewelry in copper, brass and silver that is inspired by traditional art forms from around the world, judaica jewelry, braille message jewelry, zodiac jewelry, ethnic jewelry and boho jewelry.

Each piece is designed and skillfully crafted by me by hand in my home studio located on the beautiful eastern shore of Delmarva. 

Please browse around, there is always something fresh and exciting to see. If you are interested in a custom order, an item that has already sold or you have any questions feel free to contact me, I'll be more than happy to talk to you.

I have shown you just a couple of items but there is more to see.

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Awesome Summertime Food!

Keep your kitchen cool and eat something wonderful.

Busy artisans like BackAlleyDesigns  with shops on Etsy and ArtFire are always looking for ways to keep everyone fed and get back to creating. 

I think this one is a winner, do you?

This post shared by another great member of Group2020.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It All Starts with a Ring

From the title you may think I mean weddings but today is something different. 

In an informative blog post on Lehane Arts you can learn about jumprings. She includes information on how they are made, materials and more.

These jumprings are the basic pieces that are the used in the art form of chainmaille and in her shop, Lehane on Etsy, she does a wonderful job of putting these basic little rings into beautiful designs incorporating color and form. 

Take a moment to check out the blog post and her shop. If you have any questions or comments I am sure she would love to hear from you!

Lehane is also the founder of Group2020 which is a select group of artisans with many skills and shops on websites and multiple venues.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Just in Time

Just in time to be ready for Fourth of July festivities we have a pin to share.

My granddaughter says this would help you "get your party on"! 

 This pin comes from Cuprum29Jewelry on Pinterest who has a great Etsy shop Cuprum29

All of us at Group2020 hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Another Recipe!

Still need some ideas for crowd pleasing ideas to serve on the Fourth of July? This could be what you are looking for!

Erika is getting a reputation with all of us at Group2020 for great recipes!
Fresh Fruit! Cake! Red White and Blue!
Enough said.

Well actually not. While Erika of Cuprum29 shares great food with all of us I would like to share with you that she is a talented artisan. Her specialty is handcrafted mixed metal jewlery and her designs are stunning!
You can find her shop at Cuprum29.

Share shop or food comments with us! We would love to hear from you!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Getting ready for the Fourth?

If you are hosting friends and family this holiday weekend you may be looking for great food ideas. One of the members of Group2020 has found a fruit salad that sounds delicious, looks great, and will be fast and easy to make.

This recipe was shared with us all by @Cuprum29Jewelry who has a shop on Etsy filled with some of my favorite designs. If you shared this like she did I am sure you will get lots of compliments on it.

Do me a favor please? If you try the salad or browse Cuprum29 or both leave us a comment with your thoughts.