Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thankful Thursday #60



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I have gotten behind on my blogging.

I am working on some new things and my posts have taken a backseat.

Today, I am thankful for my Thankful Thursday post.  I always enjoy writing about these whether I am sharing a new piece of jewelry or new charms.  I often get inspiration of something in particular to write about and I love those posts.

I have two new charms to share.  One is from one of my favorite traditional hymns.  The song, "This Is My Story," is a wonderful song.  Everyone has a story to tell and everyone has his/her own walk with the Lord. We like sharing testimonies and our stories because we know we aren't alone.  We all have problems and struggles in life and it helps to know we are all the same in that way.  Some walks are harder than others, but they are still struggles.  Sharing how we come through on the other side of hard times is what makes us human and inspiring to others.

I have always believed we go through certain things for a reason even if we don't understand them at the time.  Sometimes, those experiences bring new relationships with people we might not have otherwise known or they steer us in a direction we might not have seen in our path before.

I really believe, good or bad, every single part of our day is from God, directed by God, and if we allow it, a gift from God.  It's a strange thought, but I have often wondered if when we get to Heaven we see a movie of our life and little things we didn't understand are explained.  Things like why we missed our plane, took a wrong turn on the road, or even called a person who had just been on our mind.

Our life IS our story.  This is the new charm with three small charms trailing behind with the lyrics to the song.  Praising, My Savior, All The Day Long, are words I know I need to be reminded of daily.  We should praise him not just daily, but all the day long because he knows why our day is going like it is.  We just need to trust.






This next charm is Fall themed.  It is two things I absolutely love.  A big Harvest Moon and a church steeple.  My idea for this was a steeple with the big orange moon in the background.  There is something out there much bigger than us and we get to see it in beautiful forms all during the month and at different times of the year.

It is also symbolic in faith because the glow of the moon is because its surface reflects light from the sun.  Even though it is very bright at times, it only reflects about 12% of the sun.

It is a cold dark place without the sunlight.  It's kind of like us.  Without the "Son" we have no light.  We are just a cold, dark, empty mass.  We reflect God's love and light by how we live and interact with others.  Our "light" shines even more brightly when we share our stories and testimony.





These two charms are no different from the others in that they are inspired by my family and faith.  I have so many great memories singing the song, "This Is My Story," and I have so many memories of this time of year and Thanksgiving.

I am going to be listing both of these soon and I will share all the things I have been working on very soon!

Have a blessed Thankful Thursday and let your light shine through your personal story!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thankful Thursday #59



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I know I am far from the only person disturbed by the way people treat each other today.  It is everywhere and basic respect for other people feels nonexistent.

We all have different views.  Our beliefs and way of thinking comes from our individual experiences and how we interpret those experiences.  Our perception is then affected and formed by those experiences.

Even kids growing up in the same home, with the same parents, and same opportunities can have different perceptions about life simply because of birth order.  An older child sees things totally different than a middle child or even the baby of the family.

I am thankful for the words humility and grace, I just wish they were used more often.

You just can't treat others like they have no value.  You can't think you are above anyone because of money, education, color of skin, or job position. In God's eyes, we are ALL his children and he sees us the same.

It seems unfair that a person can be a terrible human being, a serial killer, commit sin after sin and then ask for forgiveness and be given it while another person lives a much purer life.  That's grace, God's grace, and while it seems kind of unfair at times, I am just thankful He has grace and forgives all of us. The reward of someone who seems "less sinful" is the more sense of peace that person feels.

We aren't supposed to be proud and treat people we feel are beneath us badly.  You just can't treat someone like they have no value because in God's eyes we are all of equal value to Him.

There are hidden qualities in people sometimes, or maybe they just aren't as boastful about those qualities.

Australia is known for having the world's best Opals, but the oldest Opal mines in the world are in Honduras.  Opal mines in Honduras are found within volcanic black basalt. I was very blessed to get my hands on some Honduran Black Matrix Opal. These are more durable than most Opals and because of their being so porous, they are often placed in a warm resin bath to keep them from taking on other substances.  They have become so rare and unique because the process of getting to them is so difficult.  The trail to them is only 3 feet wide and the boulders of black basalt are hand chiseled and the pieces have to be brought back down the hillside by donkeys.

These beautiful treasures are galactic looking. In certain light you get sparks of electric blue, fire red, and neon green. They are almost like a picture of outer space.  Just beautiful, wonderfully and uniquely made precious material.

I am so into Rainbow Moonstone and Opal right now. I love the surprising beauty and unique characteristics that you see when you really look into them.

If we could just look at people the same way. Everyone has God given beauty and unique characteristics that shine in just the right light. Sometimes you have to have a little patience, but when you start seeing the sparks of beauty, more and more sparks come into view.

This is a necklace I made with Honduran Opal along with Ethiopian Welo Opal, Rubies, and Sapphires on Sterling Silver chain and Sterling Silver head pins and jump rings.  The lobster claw clasp is also Sterling Silver.  All of the metal pieces have an anti-tarnish treatment.  All Sterling Silver turns at some point and you still have to treat it with care, but the treatment will help preserve the silver a little better.

 Honduran Black Opal Gemstone Cluster Sterling Silver Necklace

















Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thankful Thursday #58




I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am thankful there aren't so many rules with fashion and jewelry as there once was.

I grew up in Georgia and it was almost considered a sin to wear white after Labor Day.  You just didn't do it.  You were an embarrassment to your family if you didn't know better than that.

Just visualize women swooning and falling over fainting.  That's what would happen to all of your female relatives and friends if you dared to show up in anything white after Labor Day.

Thank goodness for "Winter White."  I think the fashion world had to come up with a name just so southern women would buy anything white for the forbidden months.

I also grew up being taught you don't mix metal.  You either wore white gold or yellow gold.  There was no mixing of the two.  Seriously.  If you got ready to buy a piece of jewelry for someone before you would ask for a ring size you would ask do they wear white gold or yellow gold.

Well, I am a good southern girl with a bit of a rebellious side and I never like to be told what to do.......SO.... without embarrassing my mama and daddy or giving any other relatives a hissy fit, thankfully, it is now stylish to mix metals. 

I listed these two pairs of earrings in my shop.  I am loving the look of long, stick earrings.  They have such an elegant, classy look, but can also be worn with casual clothing.  They show with long hair, but look particularly nice with an updo to show them off. 

Long Sterling Silver Stick and 14k Gold Filled Earrings














Karen Hill Tribe Bar Spike Pendant Rose Gold Filled Earrings








I also listed these necklaces with my new He Loves Me Charm custom made from my original artwork and design.










Speaking of that rebellious side I was talking about..... I am thankful I have always been one to do my own thing.  Making jewelry is so much fun and one of the biggest benefits is that you can make yourself a nice, new pair of earrings to go out to dinner or anywhere you would like to have something special and new.  I made these for myself this past weekend.











Bless your heart if you are fixin' to go somewhere and don't have the right jewelry to wear.  Come on over to my Etsy shop, Sweet Tea and Sisters, take your own sweet time and I am sure you will find something that will have you looking pretty as a peach!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thankful Thursday #57



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I love it when my nieces and nephews pop in for a visit.

I live on the same street with my parents and sister and her family.  My sister and her husband, who were childhood sweethearts, have 5 sweet kids.  They will surprise me sometimes and I love it!  They are 7, almost 9, 11, 14, and 16.  I know it won't be long before they don't have time for me so I cherish each visit!

My nieces love my jewelry.  I love making pieces for them.

I am thankful for all five of them, and I am thankful for the new charm I got in a few days ago.  I have a feeling my nieces are going to be dropping in when I am making pieces with this new charm.  All of my charms are for all ages, but this one definitely speaks to young girls.

I think every girl at some time has done the He loves me, He loves me not, with flowers.  We used to do a crazy thing with apple stems. We would twist them while saying the alphabet.  We would make a complete twist for each letter and the letter the stem came off with was supposed to be the letter of your future husband's last name.

This charm takes away all of the chance and question.  It has one petal gone and He loves me ending with a period.  We don't have to question God's love.  It is there for us no matter what.  It is the sweetest love there is and it came from someone who died to know us.

The charm has a pretty pink heart on the cross and the verse Romans 5:8:


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.









I also got in some new gemstones!  I can't wait to work with these.





Mahenge Spinel




Ethiopian Opal




I also got in these gorgeous balls of pink and red with Pave Diamond stars.



Please keep a check on my Etsy shop.  I am going to be organizing pieces that are already in there and I will be adding new pieces.  I have other charms in production.  I am really excited about the next group.  It's a different, but very exciting, idea!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thankful Thursday #56



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I just got in some new beads for Fall and I am so excited about them.  I have already started making a few things.

I have some pictures of the beads.

I love the Fall colors in them.  I love using gemstones.  I love any kind of history and the stories behind them.  From the way they are formed to their names, they are just so interesting to me.

This bottom string is a picture of Kambaba Jasper, or also called Crocodile Jasper because of the dark green and black color.  It is a more exotic form of Jasper.  The layering of colors and formations are made by blue-green algae and the earth's earliest forms of fossils.






I have one of my favorite scented candles in the background!








The other beads are Black Silver Leaf Jasper and Apple Jasper.

I also have Red Lightning Agate and Mexican Red Snowflake Jasper.









This is Cold Mountain Thunderegg Agate.  The browns and cream and blue running through it are just beautiful.  The Chalcedony center makes them really stand out.  When they say don't judge a book by its cover, they could be talking about these.  They might look like an ordinary rock on the outside, but opening them up shows detailed patterns and colors.  They can be found in other places, but in the United States, Oregon is the biggest location.  The legend behind these are that the Native Americans believed the rocks were eggs of the thunderbirds that occupied Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson in Oregon and that the Thunder Spirits on the mountains hurled them at each other.









I think my favorite new beads are the Turritella Agate.  The colors are gorgeous.  The white and tan colors you see in the brown are fossil snails.









How did they form???

About 50 million years ago, during the Eocene epoch, the young Rocky Mountains were almost finished growing, and the landscape of what is now parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming consisted of rugged mountains separated by broad intermountain basins. Rains falling on the slopes of these mountains ran off of the land and collected into streams that carried sand, silt, mud, and dissolved materials down into the lakes that occupied the intermountain basins. Over time, these sediments began filling the lakes, and many types of fossils were preserved within them.
Abundant plants and algae grew on the margins of these lakes, providing a perfect habitat and food source for Elimia tenera, the freshwater snail. When the snails died, their shells sank to the bottom of the lake. The snails were so prolific that entire lenses of sediment were composed almost entirely of their shells.
After these layers were buried, groundwater moved through the sediments. Small amounts of dissolved microcrystalline silica in the groundwater began to precipitate, possibly in the form of a gel, within the cavities of the snail shells and the empty spaces between them. Over time, the entire mass of fossils was silicified, forming the brown fossiliferous agate (also known as chalcedony) that we know today as Turritella agate.  (https://geology.com/gemstones/turritella/)


Aren't these beautiful?!  I love the cube trend with the stones.




I would apologize for the picture of one of my scented candles, but I will be honest.  With that name I had to buy it if even to just sit out as a conversation piece.

I will post my creations with these new additions soon!  


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thankful Thursday #55



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Is it just me or do the summers seem to get shorter and shorter?  The heat might seem like it lasts forever, but I swear it feels like school JUST let out.

My nieces and nephews are getting ready for school to start back.

Like in a week.

From today!

Summers just don't last long enough at all.

I was in a store the other day and Fall things were out.  I sniffed a Fall candle and ever since I am ok with summer quickly coming to a screeching halt.

I am so thankful for the wonderful scents of Fall and all the memories that go along with them.  I am especially thankful for Fall candles.

I have been busy the last couple of days buying some new things for my jewelry to get ready for Fall.  I have ordered new colors and have even made a few pieces.

This pair of earrings was so much fun to make.  I love wire wrapping beads.  There's just something about it that is so enjoyable.

The whimsical look of the ear wires make this pair casual, while still being dressy and elegant.  There are so many colors of Fall.  There are Emeralds, Smoky Quartz, Amber Heliodor, Indian Carnelian, and Aquamarine.  I usually associate Aquamarine with Summer, but I thought the light pretty color was a great compliment to the darker ones.

Fall Inspired Earrings 














I also made this pair.  The silver and gray are so pretty with the Rainbow Flash Moonstone.  The crosses are Pave Diamond.  These are trendy, elegant, and have a bit of a rocker vibe to them.

Moonstone Pave Diamond Cross Sterling Silver Earrings














I am obsessed with Moonstone right now.  It's just so pretty, and well, the Moon part kind of makes me think of a full moon and scary things and well that goes right into my favorite time of year.......
HALLOWEEN!

I listed a couple of other things and have made more pieces to add to my Etsy shop.  You can click on the titles to go straight to the listing or click HERE to go to my shop.


Here are three other pairs of earrings I listed this week:
















Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday #54



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am so thankful I get to do fun adult things with my kids.

Everyone is always so busy and it's hard for me to get the three of them together.  They live at home, but everyone is in and out all the time.

I know how to get their attention, though.  There are certain meals that get them all running and certain fun events too that reel them in.

We didn't get to go on a "family" vacation because of their schedules so I got concert tickets for this past weekend and rented a limo and they asked their boyfriend, girlfriends, and a few friends to go with us.

We went to see Chicago and Reo Speedwagon and it was so much fun!  We could have just ridden in the limo all night and had fun.

I didn't mind the little bit of a splurge since we didn't go on a vacation.

These are a few pictures from our fun night.







I made this pair of earrings for myself to wear.











I just got in some really pretty Sterling Silver chain that is anti tarnish.  I can not wait to work with it!