Thursday, December 12, 2013

Trip to the vets here in Panama...

Isn't this just the cutest little dog??!! The vets office was filled with dogs and their owners, and I got a chance to practice my spanish. I just couldn't resist this little girl, her owner told me she is only 4 months, and so well-behaved. 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

High praise from a fan!!!

"I have 13 bracelets and have bought dozens of your bracelets & pins to give as gifts ". 
I just love seeing comments like this from happy customers. Thank you Julie!!!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Words of Strength to Believe in...what better gift could you give...on SALE!

SALE on our Quality, handmade sterling Jewelry with WORDS of LOVE, HOPE, RECOVERY & EMPOWERMENT.  Meaningful words of strength to believe in... 25% OFF! Our annual SALE starts NOW!! and ends Monday. Enter coupon code "Friday" and we'll take 25% off your total order. With love from my heart. xo, Sandy www.TobyandMaxJewelry.com
NOTE: if you have trouble with the discount code, no worries, just put in comment box, "25% code did not work" and we will take it off your total BEFORE charging your card. Thanks. 

Thanksgiving BIG SALE!!

25% OFF! Our BLACK FRIDAY starts NOW!!!!!! What's on YOUR "Wish List"? Now's the time to save BIG!!!! Hurry, the clock is ticking! Enter coupon code "Friday" and we'll take 25% off your total order. Sale ends Monday. It's our annual Toby and Max BLACK FRIDAY sale - yahoo for you!!! And just in time for the holidays, too! My online store is chock-full of fabulous gift-giving, stocking-stuffing ideas. Just click here and we'll take you there! http://www.tobyandmax.com XXOO Sandy

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This is an EAGLE. So majestic!

This is the Harpy Eagle and it is the national bird of Panama. At first it looked rather strange to me, because it was so different, but now I see its beauty and uniqueness. It has such a beautiful face don't you think?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A few favorite pics taken by me in
'My Life in Panama'

This is a ladder. Here, if you don't have it, these folks know how to make it. No waiting to go to the store and spend your good money on a bright shiny new one. :)
No photo shop used. This Beetle was STUNNING in its magnificence.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Oh my ~ Beautiful Bracelet

My new favorite for heart lovers! Very limited as most of these charms are handmade by me one at a time, and their aren't many left! Sterling with bronze, brass and 14K gold. Faceted beads and pearls are all put together to be so beautiful. More click here I would love your feedback on this design. xo, Sandy

Saturday, October 20, 2012

HERE THEY ARE!!

I'm SOOOO excited to launch the addition of my new Studio Collection with three beautiful designs crafted in sterling silver, bronze and pewter. Each piece in my Studio Collection represents my passion for creating wearable works of art in mixed media using elements from the earth. AND MORE COMING SOON!! Available in limited quantity. xoxo, Sandy

Website: Studio Collection

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Most Beautiful New Designs!

Oh my gosh, I just couldn't wait to tell you. They will be on my website later today.

These new designs are Fabulous, and I am speaking seriously here!

I love them so much I can't wait to get one of each finished for myself to wear all the time. Right now I am making them for you, so I just have to wait a bit.

There is a limited supply on each of them, so check my website often to view them and order early, as these will go really fast.

They are all "over the top beautiful"!

First, my new bracelet: All kinds of mixed media, including Sterling Silver, Solid Bronze, pearls, beads, and lots of cool stuff! The beads are the most beautiful colors.

OH HOW I LOVE THIS NECKLACE!!

Give yourself strength, Give yourself courage, you know you are a WARRIOR! Beautiful warrior shield shaped large pendant (in enviro-friendly pewter) and Solid Bronze cross with Fleur de Lis, and the word "BELIEVE" on the back. Sterling Silver charms with flowers and beads. All hanging on the coolest neck of mixed beads hooked up on leather that goes around the neck!

More new pieces to show you, but will need to wait to later. I hope you LOVE these like I do :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mid Summer SALE!!

NOW through August 20, your entire order is 20% off!!

www.TobyandMax.com

Enter coupon code "STAR" and we'll make your wishes come true!

xxoo Sandy Comstock, Designer and Head Wish-Maker

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

For Dogs and Their People!

I am so excited about these I can hardly stand still! They all come on a trendy swivel clasp so you can hook them up anywhere! On your necklace (I have 2 style of necks that I made especially for these that they look so fabulous on!), Dog Collar, key chain, purse, you name it. Makes great gifts for friends too. Most of them are bare on the back so you can engrave a sweet note, or your Dogs name and phone number.

For these designs and more go here: http://www.tobyandmax.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=30

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Congratulations Tina!

I am happy to tell you that the winner of my beautiful "Life is a Journey" bracelet is from Michigan, and her name is Tina Haskell. Tina is over the top excited to be the winner and has already announced it on her personal Facebook page! Enjoy wearing and showing it off to all your friends. It's a beauty! xo, Sandy

a little truism

I love this picture and think the words are important as well, so I thought I would share it with you. Another quote that I have seen around that I really like goes something like this: "Be kind to people, for some have it harder than you know". Thats not the exact quote, but you get the idea.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Giveaway-don't miss out!

My friend Amy, over at www.amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/ is featuring my lovely new bracelet as a Giveaway this week. So don't miss out and go to her blog link above and enter.

I am so happy to have found Amy's blog because whenever I go there, I just feel good. She has delicious recipes, and many good things you just need to know about!

"Life is a Journey~Enjoy the Moments" is handstamped on the back of this bracelet with pearls. So feminine, I love it. xo, Sandy

Monday, May 28, 2012

Starfish pics around the world

There is just something about Starfish that is so captivating. So different, and if you go to link you will see 15 pic, with some of the most beautiful BLUE Starfish. Enjoy. http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/animals/news-15-incredibly-beautiful-images-starfish-beach?image=0

Friday, May 25, 2012

Just made this for GIVEAWAY.

I just made this collage, and I only had about 30 minutes to do it in! I wish I had more time to 'tweak' it here and there, but sometimes thats the way it goes. It's for a giveaway on ashleyannphotography. Ashely's site is wonderful and if you visit you will have a chance to win my giveaway and also many others. I like to spread the "good news"! Giveaway is tomorrow so don't miss out.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Most BEAUTIFUL Photography ever..

So AMAZING, I wanted you to see this. Oh, it takes your breath away, at least it did mine. Please enjoy.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Celebrate your Adventures in Life!

Adventures, romances, travels, journeys of all types are beautifully expressed with spirals and pearls. On the back, is "Life is a Journey ~ Enjoy the Moments" A FAVORITE quote of ours and yours!! Made of recycled pewter and beautifully finished on adjustable chain with lobster clasp. Made in the USA of course!! www.TobyandMaxJewelry.com

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Baubles for you...

3 new beautiful baubles for you, for your dog, or for your MAN DOG!! Whether he has a rough and tough 4 legs, or 2!! New clasp you can move around from necklace to collar, to purse or belt loop. More to come, collect them on a neck chain or where ever you like.

Also available on a Beautiful 20" antique chain that comes with your choice of 1 of our new baubles to begin your collection. Add to it anytime when you find another you just can't refuse!! (7 available currently and more coming soon!)

"MAN DOG" looks great on black leather, perfect for the man in your life. Or, if you have a big bruiser of a dog, he will look great in it too!

"My Heart Belongs to You", is good for, well, just about anybody you love. Your wife, your girlfriend, (one a a time please :), your favorite dog or cat.

"Wonder Dog" is a classic cause everyone thinks knows their dog is a wonder dog!! I know mine is :) xo, Sandy

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Antigua Guatamala, a new adventure

Wow! Unplanned and quite a surprise I got to visit a new country! Antigua, means old (I bet you knew that already didn't you) and the town is definitely old. Streets are all cobblestones which makes for interesting walking while sightseeing. Always looking down to see if the next step might be an ankle twister, while looking in all the open shop doors at the beautiful courtyards, restaurants, and stores.

The town has walled streets that are all 2 stories, that to me was like looking down a tunnel or a maze until I got used to them. No signs showing you what was inside the building are allowed to hang out from the wall, so when you look down the main streets, you can't tell what is down there until you walk up to each door and read the sign that is flat against the wall. It is kinda nice, (once you know your way around) that you don't have signs hanging out all over, but it makes for a lot of walking on the cobblestones to see what is down the block.

I have lots of pictures of women carrying bundles on their head, and fruit baskets! I will post those soon. Also coming up, and so interesting (really is, even though it might not sound like it) is where the women do their laundry, in a communal setting. Fascinating.

One of the many beautiful courtyards that entice you to enter. This is a restaurant, one of dozens in the town.
The Square in the center of town. Everything goes on 'around the square'. I found the mountains beautiful in the background.
Textiles is what Guatamala is known for. I was so happy to be able to see the women actually using their looms. Beautiful fabrics, and I got a couple that will soon be adorning my walls.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Not for the faint of heart......

Today was my first time to cook a whole chicken here in Latin America. I really didn't think about it, a chicken is a chicken right? I usually only buy breast, boneless & skinless, cause that is my favorite part, and I hate to mess with raw chicken. I don't even like to touch it. It's easier to get a breast ready to rinse and put in a pan to bake.

Ok, so I am not a consummate cook, I admit that. Well, today I decided to do up a whole chicken with all the fixens for company was coming over and I knew they liked the dark meat.

Knowing I don't like to 'deal' with chicken, I open up the bag and take a look.

Ok, so I was prepared to find maybe gizzards inside. But when I open the bag, I saw this hanging out.

Ick, did they put those in there?!

Oh yes, they included the feet in the tummy canal! Oh, I so hate raw chicken anyway. I can barely stand to touch it.
So I put on a plastic bag around my hand and pull out the leg, one at a time, and I think maybe there is only one in there. I can’t get a grip on anything else. Then I find something else and pull it out, yep theres more…
I almost started crying!!! It was awful. I was not prepared for this. I kept apologizing to the bird the whole time I put his feet and head in a black bag and sealed him up for disposal. “Oh honey, I am so sorry, I am so sorry”. Because I saw his head, it somehow felt more personal. I didn't like that a bit. It made me feel like an animal killer. Which by eating this, I guess maybe I am?

I have heard it said that people in the U.S., or cities, are too distant from the meat they eat. Detached from the reality of eating animals. I just know this, that I don’t want to ever eat anything again that has a head!!!!

Lord, please help me to like vegetables more.

.

Monday, April 30, 2012

My fav Graduation gift

Fabulous graduation gift! On the inside is stamped in a beautiful font, "I will travel down the path of my dreams"!!! Great words that inspire confidence in your ability to go where you want in life!! Gives you encouragement and focus. I made this design for myself and it has helped me accomplish BIG things in my life.! I never take it off. A quality sterling gift that will last forever. more pics and info here

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mother's Day is coming

I made this special as a reminder to our moms how we feel about them. It's wonderful that when wearing this bracelet, your mom will think of you and know she is loved. Has an adjustable chain, so fitting is not a problem. Also has a beautiful faceted stone charm dangle. More to see and purchase here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You make me wonder...

You know what makes me wonder? I can see on my website when people are looking. I cannot tell who they are, or anything like that. I can see what page someone is on and if they are ordering something. I am sure this is true of all websites.

Like right now, I just saw someone who had "When God made dog, He smiled" in their shopping cart. It makes me wonder. Who are they? What are they like? They must be dog people. Good people then. (in my opinion). Is their dog ok? Are they celebrating or anguishing over something? I have a million questions. I never know unless they leave some ideas in their comments.

I am always thinking about you. You, who look at my site, my designs, who love them, who love. I want to know you better...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Did someone mention EXERCISE?

I know I was to tell you about this before, but I keep putting it off, off,off. Like yesterday, I just couldn't do it. I needed a day free of it. Of course, I know I had the weekend, but that doesn't really count does it? You do know what I mean. I know you do.

Exercise, getting in shape, being fit, all that good stuff. Yeah, well, good stuff until it comes time to do it. For the last 2 weeks I have been going to a dance/exercise class 3 times a week! First thing when I get there is the mirrors! yes, I said mirrors, everywhere. Like you want to see what you look like bending and sweating. I don't mind the sweating, really. It's the seeing all angles in the mirrors that I don't like. I have an answer to that though, I just line up in back, way away from those tell tale reflections.

First day I thought I was doing so good, keeping up with the regulars and the instructor says, "Just one more", and then "Last one", and I thought, I MADE IT!! I DID THE WHOLE THING!!! A song in my heart. Bravo for me!!!

Wait, what? The instructor is starting another! The "last one" announcement had been just for that 1 song. There were about 29 more! Or at least it felt like it. I didn't know this class would go on for an hour. Nobody had told me that part. I made it for 20 minutes.

Check back for my ongoing saga....

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Birds are singing this Easter morning...

I awoke to the sound of birds singing. I love when that happens. It was still dark outside. I mean really dark. I thought, just what time do they get up anyway?? Looked at my watch and it was 5:15. So I guess they were the "early birds" :)

Now, as I am sitting and enjoying my coffee there are more birds making all kinds of different calls and I would suppose 'talking' to each other. I think it is interesting that one of the biggest and loudest beautiful songs comes from this small little bird. I am also smelling my Gardenias that I have in a pot on my terrace. They are just lovely. What a beautiful beginning to this Easter Sunday.

It seems so fitting that today is the day I show you my newest earrings which I am just in love with. "Birds on the Fence" dangle with pearl. They go with my "Birds of a Feather" bracelet and pendant. These earrings are just adorable, and super light to wear. Hope you like them as much as me. They remind me of my mornings with all my bird friends.

May you be blessed. xoxo, Sandy

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Our April Giveaway Contest starts NOW!

"Blessed" is hand stamped on the back of this beautiful solid bronze mini pendant.More here.
"PROTECT MY DOG" is hand stamped on the back of this beautiful pendant. More here.

I have decided that I just love my peeps so much (that's you), I am going to have a contest for something new and exciting EVERY month!! I guess you already know that you mean the world to me if you read my post from yesterday. This is my way of showing my appreciation, and I hope it makes you happy. So, get on it and enter, I want you to win!

Winner gets a choice of either pendant/pet tag above!! I like for my friends to have a choice, especially to have a dog piece as a choice too! The contest entry is my first post right at this link on Facebook. It's easy and fast. www.facebook.com/TobyandMaxJewelry

And if you want to spread the good news to your friends, please share with the buttons below. xoxo, Sandy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Your comments mean the world to me..

I had something else I was going to blog about today, but I am going to put that off till tomorrow (much like what it was that I was going to blog about --- exercise) and tell you something that just touched my heart today.

When people order from me on my website, I always ask them to please let me know where they found me and anything they would like to share. And I have to tell you, that I have received, SO MANY, wonderful, beautiful, straight from the heart, comments that I just had to stop what I was doing and tell you THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Learning from your comments, just how much my jewelry designs and words mean to you is overpowering to me. Overpowering in a very good way. It is why I do what I do. It gives me such a feeling of love and appreciation, it just means the world to me. I have been wanting to share this with you for a long time, and today is the day.

Here is one I just received this morning. I have paraphrased a bit and left the name off. This is from a special person who is ordering the "It Will be Alright" bumpy road bracelet. Actually, the 'bumpy road bracelet' is one of my favorites, and I wear it everyday and never take it off, so this message went straight to my heart.

"...love me, love my dog. I called and you had one left and you sent it to me. i haven't taken it off since! i love it. My mom used to tell me that it would be all right...she's gone now and i need a reminder...plus i love dots! i could buy every one of your jewelry items if i could!!!!"

Thank you so much dear (J) for sending me your heart in your comments. It let's me know and helps me to believe I am doing something meaningful for others.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to share their messages and feelings with me. xoxoxo, Sandy

Friday, March 23, 2012

Live Your Best Life... Perfect Graduation gift

I just love this photo. I took it a few days ago on a Panama Hat and it just gives me the feeling of happiness and well, living a good life. Of course, I am in Panama right now, so the hat is fitting don't you think. This is a beautiful bracelet, heavy solid sterling, with a very classy look and feel. This is an excellent graduation gift! We will wrap beautifully and send directly with a note from you. To see more go here

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For my DOG LOVING Friends...

The winner of the contest below will have a choice of this bee-utiful WONDERDOG charm for their dog or the pendant pictured in the post below. I want my dog friends to have a 'wonderful' doggie choice too! The WONDERDOG will come with a cord to wear as a pendant, and also a split ring for your dog. You will have to decide amongest yourselves who gets the bling!! :)