Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Are you wearing green??

Partaking in "drowning the shamrock" ???

St. Patrick's Day is a fun day of celebration.

Today is a celebration of St. Patrick, an Ireland patron saint, who ministered Christianity in Ireland.  We celebrate today because the day he died was March 17, 461.

He was born in Roman Britain, but kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland.  It was during this time he found God and, while he escaped, he returned to Ireland to convert many Irish pagans to Christianity.

Irish celebrations of St. Patrick became bigger when they came to the United States as a way for the Irish to connect to their roots after coming to America.

The shamrock is associated with St. Patrick's Day because it is said that he used the 3 leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity.

Green is associated also with the day although blue was the original color.  Green became the color because of Ireland's nickname "the Emerald Isle."  Green is also part of the Irish flag and the country is known for its lush green landscape.

Green is also the color of Spring.  This is my favorite reason for wearing green.  After Winter, grass, trees, and flowers start coming back to life.  This time of year is so symbolic of Jesus' resurrection and that with a relationship with God we have eternal life.

The pinching comes from the legends of leprechauns.  Although they originally were associated with red and gold, it was believed that they couldn't see you if you wore green and if you didn't have on green they would pinch you.  The legend is also that they were shoemakers who saved their money in a pot and if you caught one you would get their pot of gold and have three wishes granted in exchange for their freedom.

St. Patrick's Day is a fun day of celebration. Christians may attend church services and it is believed that restrictions from Lent can be lifted just for today.

Another interesting custom is the "drowning of the shamrock."  A shamrock is placed at the bottom of a cup and filled with whiskey, beer, or cider.  It is drunk to a toast to St. Patrick or Ireland.  The shamrock is either swallowed with the drink or taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck.

In honor and celebration, I made a few pieces and listed them in my Etsy shop.

My new "How Great Thou Art" charm necklace 

Pink Peruvian Opal Sterling Silver Earrings

Red Aventurine Sterling Silver Earrings

Palmwood and Purple Acai Stretch Bracelet

Palmwood and Pink and Cream Acai Stretch Bracelet

Madre de Cacao and Red Acai Stretch Bracelet

Peach Moonstone and Rainbow Moonstone Earrings

These earrings are in honor of Labrador, Canada.  They are Moonstone and Labradorite.  Labradorite, found in Labrador, is how it got its name.  In Labrador and Newfoundland, the Monday closest to St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday.

Rainbow Moonstone and Blue Fire Labradorite Earrings 

I also made these two pieces today and will list them soon!

Fun, chartreuse Jade and Karen Hill Tribe Silver Earrings

This is a gorgeous Emerald and White African Opal bar necklace with 925 Sterling Silver Pave Diamond bead on Oxidized Sterling Silver chain.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday #36

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I get so excited over materials I order.  I take my time picking out items and I have learned what stores I get the best quality in beads and basic materials. I have also made "friends" with people I order from.  Online buying and selling can sometimes take the personal touch out of business, but not if you don't want it to.  It just takes a little more communication.

Out of all the things I get delivered, my custom charms are by far my favorite.  I design and do the artwork for my charms.  I work with amazing people at an amazing company ( The Monterey Company ) and I am like a kid, literally waiting at the door, for these items to arrive.  If you click on the company name you can go to their website.  If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on the chalkboard box of client testimonials it will take you to the page where my video about my experience with them on school spirit charms is located.)

Thankfully, we have tracking that shows when the package is on the truck and out for delivery. It is a special day when I know these treasures are being delivered.  I am so thankful my new charms were delivered this morning!!!!!

I am thankful I live in a country where I can express my faith the way I want to creatively and out loud and proud. I am thankful I can share a message of faith through beautiful jewelry.  I have gotten messages from buyers of what the different charms have meant to them, or someone they gave them to, and it is beyond rewarding.  I have said I only want to be successful in my business if I can spread a positive Christian message.  These charms are an expression of my faith and memories of growing up in a small town church where I can still close my eyes and tell you where generations of my family sat in the congregation along with the other church members.  We didn't have assigned seats, you just knew where everyone always sat.  As much as I love new Christian music, the old traditional hymns I grew up hearing and singing will always hold so many special memories.

I have my other charms from the songs "It Is Well With My Soul," "Amazing Grace," and "Morning Has Broken."

A couple of weeks ago, I sent a big order to another state with my "Morning Has Broken" charms in purple.  They are being presented to a choir at their Easter program.  The purple in these charms is such a pretty color I decided with Easter, Spring, Mother's Day, and graduations coming up I would do my "It Is Well With My Soul" in the purple.  So this was part 1 of 2 delivered today!

I wanted to do another traditional hymn.  I also wanted to have a charm my boys or nephews would wear.  The others have flowers and hearts so I wanted something a little different with more of a symbolic meaning than so much whimsical artwork.  I did a drawing of praying hands months back and have waited for the right time to use them.  This design came in today!

I am also thankful I don't have anything going on for the next few days so I can get busy listing these and making pretty new pieces with the new charms and new materials!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spring Ahead!

Tonight we "spring ahead" and go back to Daylight Saving Time.

The only negative I find with this is we lose an hour.

In the Fall, we gain an hour of sleep, but when it gets dark early that one measly hour does nothing to help me! Seriously, it's like 6:00 pm and you feel like it is 11:00 pm.

 I would rather lose the hour tonight and have daylight longer.  I know the time changes came about to save energy but it has been a debate and confusing since changing the clocks started.

One study says a benefit to having longer daylight hours results in a decline in crime, especially robberies.

 It seems strange that the change happens at 2:00 am instead of midnight.  Supposedly, this was done so that most people wouldn't be awake to notice and most bars and restaurants would be closed.

Being dark longer in the mornings is a downfall, but I am not a morning person at all so I probably wouldn't notice the difference.

I am glad for the change and that Spring is almost here.  With Spring comes Easter, Spring Break, Proms, Spring Formals, weddings, Mother's Day, and graduations.  I have my daughter graduating college in May.

I have so many new materials and new pieces I am really excited about!  I have made a few new things and listed them today.

Here are the new additions to my Etsy shop!

African White Opal Peach Moonstone Sterling Silver Ear Threads Earrings

Aquamarine Peach Moonstone Karen Hill Tribe Silver Bracelet

Rainbow Moonstone Oxidized Sterling Silver Necklace

Spring Multi Gemstone Bracelet with Blue Chalcedony, Apatite, and Peridot

  These are just a few new pieces!  I have a few others to list and I have a lot of exciting new materials I can't wait to work with!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday #35

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Do you need jewelry for Prom or a Spring Formal?  A wedding maybe?

I love the colors of Spring.  I am always glad to see the dark, rich colors of Fall and Winter, but I am always so happy to see pastels and bright, cheery colors make a return.

The seasonal section in the grocery stores is even pretty with colors of Easter.  I am so thankful for the new colors that are associated with a rebirth and new beginning of life.  We have had so much rain here in Georgia.  I am glad to see sun today, but it is really cool.  I don't get cold very often, but I dressed warmly when I went out this morning.

This is a picture of a pretty pink tree right outside my bedroom window.

I love glimpses of trees and flowers blooming.  Weather can be like Spring one day and dead of Winter the next around here so things like this are just a tease of Spring.  Old people call the last burst of cold air in the south "Blackberry Winter."  My grandfather never planted his garden until after that last spell of cold.  He still grows tomatoes, but he used to have a big garden.  He uses boxes now and they are the neatest invention.  I still can't grow anything in them, but they are great for those who can!

I have gotten a little behind posting here and listing items in my shop.  Unfortunately, with the blooming, we had a pollen count around here and my allergies made me feel bad.  I also have been getting in new materials for Spring.  I have a lot of new beads and Karen Hill Tribe silver.  I just listed a few things last night and have a few more new pieces made I will be listing.

I will post on here as I add new pieces with pretty new colors.   

I am also going to be adding some pieces that would be great for Prom, Spring Formals, Weddings, or even the perfect Mother's Day or graduation gift.

These are the items I listed in my Etsy shop last night.

Karen Hill Tribe Silver Beads Pink Raspberry Sapphire Bracelet

AAA+ Black Ethiopian Opal 925 Sterling Silver Ear Threader Earrings

Peruvian Opal Amazonite Chalcedony Champagne Quartz Stingray Charm Bracelet

Rhodonite 925 Sterling Silver 24k Gold Vermeil Style Ear Threader Earrings

I made this bracelet today.  Y'all this is THE prettiest African White Opal!  If this doesn't make it into my shop it is because I decided to keep it for myself.... or my daughter talked me into letting her keep it.  It's ok, though, as soon as I got this strand in last week I ordered another strand that came in today so I can make another one.  The 925 Sterling Silver Rose Cut Diamond Wheel Pave bead is such a pretty accent to the Opals.