Happy Mother’s Day from Ashley Morgan Designs

Greetings!

The month of May inspires many beautiful images of spring, flowers and rebirth, but for me, May represents one thing: Mother’s Day. Personally, the holiday has always been a favorite of mine, even before I began to receive homemade cards and treasured macaroni necklaces from my own children. I have always welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the special women in my life, honoring them for their incredible talents and the bonds we share as women. It’s a holiday centered on family and friends that recognizes the importance of carving out time, in the midst of our busy lives, to just be together.

astrology necklace 2At Ashley Morgan, some of our most enjoyable projects are those that recognize women for the happiness, love, and joy they bring to a family. We love helping our customers celebrate the women in their lives in a variety of thoughtful ways. Whether by designing a birth bracelet with a child’s astrology sign, creating an initial necklace to honor a special birthday, or paying tribute to mom on Mother’s Day with a stackable band, each gift gives praise and thanks in a very personal way. And what better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a forever piece of jewelry with significance to your children?
This Mother’s Day brings with it an especially exciting celebration here, as Alison Bricker, Head of Marketing for Ashley Morgan Designs, just welcomed the arrival of their second child, Collin. Alison has a truly beautiful and talented spirit and we congratulate and welcome her newest little one to the Bricker Family!
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So this month, take a little time to honor a special woman in your life…and if you need any gift ideas, we’ve got lots.
Wishing all the moms out there, the happiest of Mother’s Days!

WHAT’S NEW
At Ashley Morgan Designs, we believe in the importance of giving back to the community in as many ways as possible. Thank you to these outstanding foundations for their everyday contributions to such worthy causes. We feel honored and privileged to have been able to be a part of these organizations through the donation of our jewelry.
Buena Vista Auxiliary:
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The Buena Vista Auxiliary is a non-profit, volunteer organization
which provides early-intervention literacy assistance to elementary school children in Contra Costa County. To date, the tutorial program has helped over 3,600 children improve their reading capabilities. Additionally, 100% of the money raised in their fundraisers, goes directly towards the assistance program. For further information or to learn more about assisting with the Buena Vista Auxiliary Assistance League, click here:
Huckleberry Youth Programs:
huckleberry youth programs Huckleberry’s mission is to educate, inspire, and support underserved youth in an effort to help them develop healthy lifestyle choices, maximize their full potential, and their dreams. By empowering our youth, the Huckleberry Youth Programs assists with the development and evolution of healthy, responsible adults. For more information or to provide assistance to the Huckleberry Youth Programs, click here:
Plumpjack/Link Golf Classic:
A Day Benefiting the CPIC
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The 12th annual Plumpjack/ Link Golf Classic is a full day of fun-filled activities benefiting the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). The event includes such activities as: breakfast, golf, lunch, cocktails, auction, dinner, and live entertainment. All the proceeds collected from this event will be donated directly to the CPIC, whose mission is to prevent cancer and reduce its burden where it cannot be prevented. We are honored to participate in the auction, donating a $2500 gift certificate towards any AMD custom project to help the CPIC meet its goal.  For further information or to take part in this year’s Golf Classic, click here:.

OUT ON THE TOWN…
When it comes to Restaurants in San Francisco, the possibilities are limitless. And just when we thought the City couldn’t possibly invent yet another, a new trend has emerged that is sweeping the dining scene by storm. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting Blair and his wife, Carolyn, and love bringing awareness of other small, local business owners who make their industry a better one.
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Blair Warsham is the creator of GraffEats Guerrilla Dining and the mastermind behind the newest pop-up restaurant, American Bao Bar. Designed to mix Asian street food with the sophistication of the SF bar culture, American Bao Bar took temporary residence at Nombe and Southpaw BBQ in the Mission. Marrying the traditional and beloved flavors from Taiwan and Singapore’s popular street vendors with sustainable, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, Warsham has created a unique dining experience and a wonderful addition to the SF restaurant scene.

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Warsham is also dedicated to giving back to the community.
GraffEats donates a portion of all proceeds towards educating children about  healthy eating and responsible, sustainable food sourcing.
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American Bao Bar is currently hosting events during the month of May at Lot 7 off Valencia, in San Francisco’s Mission district. To stay apprised of their open events and to track their current whereabouts, visit their facebook page. And next time you’re in the mood for an authentic, unique dining experience, just follow their signature “Hot Buns” neon sign, and you’ll be in for an evening that will feed you and your philanthropic soul.

DID YOU KNOW?

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Celebrating the birth of a child is indeed, a day to celebrate! According to Huffington Post, approximately 65% of women receive a congratulatory gift to mark the occasion of having a new baby. A ‘push present’ as it’s often referred, can take on any form; but is typically a piece of jewelry given by the spouse commemorating the special day, as well as serving as a symbol of their love and appreciation. The gift can be given during the pregnancy, right after birth in the hospital, or even months after the baby is born. The bottom line: Motherhood is hard, and receiving a special gift recognizing this, is always much appreciated.

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The bracelet pictured above is a beautiful custom piece we designed for a Special Mother upon the birth of her second daughter. It showcases her own astrology sign, anchored by her daughter’s on either side. The Rose Gold necklace, pictured to the left, is a design we created for a new Mother with her son’s initials followed by her birthstone.

DESIGN THAT INSPIRES

 

We love keeping our finger on the pulse on the latest trends. Staying apprised of what’s new on the runways serves as an inspiration to us when designing future pieces. From time to time, we’ll spot a piece of
angelina jolie's cuffjewelry worn by a celebrity or showcased by a designer that really catches our eye.

 

Such an inspiration occurred when we saw Angelina Jolie at the SAG Awards several years ago sporting a new gold cuff given to her for Mother’s Day by her husband, Brad Pitt. It wasn’t the amount of diamonds (there were none), nor the detailed
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intricacies (a simple wide cuff) that caught our attention. Rather, it was the sketch imprinted on the bracelet that we loved so much- a picture drawn by her son,

Maddox, of their family.

The symbolism and simplicity of the design captivated and inspired us to create a similar piece for my daughters to give to their Grandmothers this year for Mother’s Day. Below, are their designs they created to use for the cuffs.
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As we began the creative process, we started to think about all the design possibilities: a fingerprint, children’s names in their own handwriting, or a favorite sketch with a birthstone. What we love is that you can make them as personalized as you wish, commemorating anything that is dear to you; something that is sure to make the recipient smile each time she looks down at her own specially designed gift.

 

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