Flashback Friday ~ All About Our Adventure to Kings Canyon

We are packing up and heading out on another adventure. This time, winter camping in Yosemite. The forecast calls for snow, rain and all kinds of fun stuff. Can’t wait! Of course, I was so caught up in getting out my holiday orders and prepping for the trip, I didn’t leave myself time for a Friday post. So I invite you to read all about our last amazing trip, which was to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. See you next week!


Listen to the fortune cookie...
Listen to the fortune cookie…


Tiny Trailer Adventures in Kings Canyon and Sequoia

Blog Custom Jewelry Week in Review

Time Flies Whether You Are Having Fun or Not.


How is it Friday already? And another thing, how is it the end of November?? Next week is Thanksgiving. What? I could swear we just celebrated that not very long ago.

Last week was super fun and it flew by. This week was just regular, and it still sailed right past me. Here are the highlights…



Sunday, we busted out all of our maps and books and stuff, because in one week (!!!) we are heading to Yosemite for 8 days of camping. We’ve been waiting for almost a year for this to happen and are both pretty stoked. I am not sure I will be able to get Greg to leave when our vacation is over.


Love making plans...
Love making plans…



Monday, I still was not rested up from my whirlwind week in San Francisco, so I slept late. (Confession: I slept late every day this week. And I am pretty sure I will sleep late over the weekend too.) Working on some custom orders made me feel better.


Soon to be some luck lady's beautiful bracelet.
Soon to be some luck lady’s beautiful bracelet.


Tuesday, I discovered one of the tiles had a huge bubble and I would need to re-make it. I was in a bad mood after that, but seeing the sunset’s glow on my little palm tree cheered me up.


Palm tree at Sunset
Palm tree at Sunset


Wednesday, our truck decided to break down. When it rains, it pours, or so they say. Luckily we have an awesome mechanic. Later that evening, Greg & I watched the first half of “Gone With the Wind”. I watched it once when I was a kid, but this was Greg’s first time. I thought it was actually a really good movie, even though I am Yankee to the core. The costumes were amAZing. As someone who basically lives in pajamas, I was blown away by how dressed up these ladies would get just to hang around the house.



Thursday marked one week until Thanksgiving. That’s how I tell time, by the next event I have to get ready for. And it actually did rain. I was not expecting that. I’ve lately only been checking the weather for Yosemite.  And it was a great week for jewelry orders! Yay! I love making stuff!! That night we watched the second half of “GWTW”. I was dying to know how it turned out 😉


Order before it is too late and you are sad
Order before it is too late and you are sad


Now it’s Friday, which means lunch with Grandpa, and then took him to visit my cousin and check out his annual yard sale where I scored this super rad platter and this lovely table-cloth.




I am still exhausted, and very much looking forward to eight days of nature, peace and beautiful scenery. Only one more one week!!!! Woot!



How was your week? What’s going on this weekend? Please share in the comments below.


Blog Business

Leveling Up and Standing Out – Week in Review

This past week I had the pleasure of being in the studio audience at CreativeLive for April Bowles-Olin’s course on creating digital products. I was also pleased to be frequently called upon during the one day, twenty-one module course designed to make your products uniquely irresistible. It was pretty much the best ever and it went like this…




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Packing up!

I have been prepping for this trip pretty hard, so I was very grateful on Sunday when I was able to chill out and just be in the moment. I was totally ready to go, and I even felt ready which is not usual. My awesome new planner was really helping me keep things focused while allowing glimpses of peripheral tasks. Wait til you see it. It is rad.


Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.
on the runway


Traveling to SF on Sunday was smooth as silk, thank goodness. April had scheduled a meet & greet for 7pm that evening, so Jane and I made plans to arrive an hour early for some catch up. The gathering was only supposed to go from 7-8, but of course we were all so excited to be meeting in person, it went a little longer. I got to my room about 10pm, way past my normal bed time especially since I had to get up at 6am the next day.


Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.
Dinner at Hard Knox? Uh, yeah!


Monday morning at around 1:30, I was awakened but what I assume was a raccoon making all kinds of racket in the back yard. I did finally manage to fall back to sleep but when 6am rolled around, I was so not ready for it. I overestimated (as usual) the time it takes to travel from Byron’s to CL so I was early. The coffee wasn’t even ready when I got there and I was in desperate need of some. The rest of the ladies arrived well before 8am, we were all so pumped up to be there. The energy in that room was practically buzzing. And I finally got to meet Kris with a K, so that was rad.


Kris is even more amazing iIRL
Kris is even more amazing IRL


Monday night I met up with my friend and favorite newborn photographer, K.Sienk, and stayed out past my bedtime again.


Red Scorpio creates bold unique statement jewelry. 100% Handmade by richelle shadoan. Beaded bracelets and necklaces make perfect gifts for the woman in your life who has everything. How to be awesome. Step out of your comfort zone. Live an artful life. Dare to be awesome.
this beauty



Tuesday, I had an amazing dinner and conversation with my dear friend, Jane. She is simply fabulous. Of all the things CreativeLive has done for me, bringing Jane into my life has been the greatest. After dinner, I hooked up with my pal Shastablasta at Social Sketch, a gathering of artists at a local bar and it was delightful. I wish San Diego had stuff like this going on. Maybe I need to get that started. I think so.

This night, I made it to bed pretty much on schedule.


Social Sketch
Social Sketch



Wednesday was the last day. Those three days flew by. I truly appreciate everyone who took time to watch and participate in the chat! Is was so great hearing Chris say your names. I was very excited to get to talk about how I make my product uniquely irresistible. Then the wrap party.


Time flies when you are having fun!
Time flies when you are having fun!


Thursday, I was exhausted and kind of sad, kind of like the feeling you get after Christmas. If I couldn’t be at CreativeLive anymore, then I just wanted to be home. I missed my family.


See you later, fishies
See you later, fishies



Friday, I spent some time touching base with some fellow creatives, answering comments on my blog and Instagram. I was very eager to start working on all that I had learned, then I laid down for a quick cat nap and slept for 4 hours. Ooops. My niece had a play that night so as much as I wanted to stay home, we wanted to support her amazing talent. But first, dinner at the taco shop. I love SoCal.


mmmmm tacos
mmmmm tacos



Saturday I worked on some custom orders and on Sunday, Greg and I started planning our epic winter camping trip to Yosemite. I can’t believe it is less than two weeks away. This year has gone by so fast.


And now it’s Monday again. Sad face! It feels like my trip was a month ago. I miss going to the CreativeLive studios in the morning and talking to my wonderful, passionate friends and feeling that incredible energy. Better go check the catalog to see if there are any upcoming courses I can apply for 😉



Did you watch April’s course? What was your ‘AHA!” moment? Did I exhibit RBF? Please share in the comments!


Blog Blog

Level Up by Offering Digital Products

I was so busy getting ready for my trip to CreativeLive for April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming course I almost forgot to write my blog post today. Here it is, short and sweet.


Duct Tape Edges
My special “CreativeLive clipboard”

If you follow my blog, you know that I do best with a well thought out plan. I have tried to use calendars and day planners, but always go back to my own home made system. It works great. And I am proud to say that I am developing it as a digital product to be available very soon in my Etsy shop. Just wait til you see the new and improved system, it is pretty awesome.

My Future, Planned
the OLD planner

I am also super excited to be participating in “Creating Digital Products” course at CreativeLive, so I can launch my new product the right way. If you are considering digital offerings of any sort, you really should RSVP and watch April’s course which starts Monday, November 10 at 9am PST.

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, please start now, because I will be posting frequent updates from San Francisco. It’s going to be a party!!




Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Red Scorpio Approved

This year, one of my goals was to get into Oprah’s Favorite Things gift guide. Unfortunately, I didn’t know the final day for submissions is July 15th! Now that I know, I will submit a little earlier next year. But this year, I decided to create my own gift guide. Maybe, someday, mine will be as popular as Oprah’s. 😉



Let’s start with something that is awesome, but not really suited for a Christmas gift, because it is a Christmas planner. Maybe a Thanksgiving gift? This perfect little gem makes it easy to plan for the holidays. Even better, it helps you capture all of your special memories. Cara also makes planners that are not holiday themed and which do make fantastic Christmas gifts. I just really love the idea of planning and remembering in one step. Multitasking, people!

Plan and remember in one book
Plan and remember in one book

Cara ‘the Hooting Pirate’ on Etsy



People love to give and receive beautiful photographs as gifts. Here is a lovely photo displayed in a most amazing way. This is my friend Sarah. She is a photographer and she also has an amazing blog about adventure.

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Sarah Shotts on Etsy



This sassy little flask would make a great stocking stuffer for the bad-ass on your list. Great for Groomsman gifts as well. Paul also takes custom orders

small enough to slip into a jacket pocket
small enough to slip into a jacket pocket

Paul Heurich on Etsy



If money were no object, I would SO be buying one of these for my darling husband. Gorgeous custom guitars made from repurposed materials. What is not to love?

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KochelGuitars on Etsy



Very near and dear to my heart are these fabulous pink cushions stitched by Scavenger Annie. She has lots more custom embroidered goodies in her shop but for some reason, these are my faves.

We're all mad here...
We’re all mad here…

Scavenger Annie on Etsy



Very dainty and perfect for slipping into the stocking of the fancy lady on your list. Trish makes pretty and classic jewelry, and she specializes in fleur-de-lis, which I love because as you may know my motto is “Laissez lez bon temp rouler!”

And check out Jewels by Trish’s holiday gift guide here.

For the girly-girl on your list
For the girly-girl on your list

Jewels by Trish at



What a cute idea for a stocking stuffer! A special ornament that you will love to hang on your tree every year

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BabyBooGifts on Etsy




One gift that is sure to be well received is a spectacular calendar. Everyone needs one of those, and they need it right after Christmas, so, perfect. I am a little biased, but in my opinion this is the best one out there. I have had one of these hanging in my office the past two years and I am very much looking forward to this year’s.

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ShadoanPhoto on Etsy



Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity for shameless self promotion and steer you towards my owns Etsy shop, Red Scorpio Handmade, where you can buy bold, dramatic statement jewelry.


Or, if you prefer, you can give someone a truly special and meaningful gift; personal photo jewelry made with a treasured photograph. Or photographs. Order before December 10th for guaranteed Christmas delivery.



Any fabulous gifts out there I missed? Please let me know in the comments!






The Countdown Begins – One Week til CreativeLive

Busy prepping for my upcoming trip to my favorite city, which if you have been following my blog, you know is San Francisco. You do follow my blog, right?

I left my heart here
I left my heart here


I am very grateful to be participating in another course at CreativeLive and I am super pumped about this one:

“Create Digital Products That Sell in Your Sleep”

This will be my second course with April Bowles-Olin as the instructor, and a bunch of my Super Friends are going to be there in the studio and in the chat room. It is going to be quite a party. I don’t think CreativeLive realizes the amount of awesomeness that is about to hit them. Of course, I will be Tweeting, FBing and IGing as much as possible.


creativelive with Tara swiger marketing for crafters class july 2014
here is a Tweets from before!

I am also going to announce a contest on Friday, so tune in then! Or better yet, sign up to be sent a link to my newest blog posts.


All of this prep work put me in the mood to do a fun and easy project, so I made some shrink plastic earrings. You can read my tutorial here.


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Who’s going to be watching April’s course? Let me know in the comments and I will try to give a shout out while the course is live!