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!



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday #53



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Today, I am thankful for this post being the first post of my second year.  My first Thankful Thursday post was last year on July 13th.

I have had a great year with my jewelry and I am so excited about the charms I have made and the ones I am still making!

When I started my blog last year, it was around my mom's birthday.  We just celebrated her birthday this Tuesday along with my brother in law's birthday.  He is my sister's husband and we all grew up together so he and my mom have celebrated years of birthdays together.

We went to my brother's house and he cooked out for everyone.  Our family has really grown over the years with me, my sister and my brother having 11 kids between us.

The group was even bigger this year!  This is the first time all three of my kids are dating someone at the same time.  They all three had their boyfriend and girlfriends at the birthday party.  We took some pictures and my mom got a little teary eyed saying it was a great day because everyone was there.

With so many kids, it is hard to get everyone together.  Her mom and dad and brother and his wife were also there.

This is my daughter with my mom and brother in law, Harrison.  He is such a great uncle to my kids. My son works with him and all three have a very special relationship with him.  He is very protective of my daughter.  With them not having a relationship with their dad, Harrison has filled in many times when they needed him.  We are so blessed with our family.



I have to add that not only are my kids all spoken for at the moment, but that I absolutely love and adore who they are all dating.  That has to be a rare thing!

I am thankful for the last year with my jewelry and all of the blessings that have come with it.  I have made friends through making my charms, the places I buy materials from, and the customers who buy my pieces.  It is so rewarding and I absolutely love what I do and am so excited where it is going.

I am going to be posting a lot of new pieces in my Etsy shop soon.  I have gotten in some really pretty gemstones and I am consistently creating new charm designs and pretty much always have some in production.

These are a new strand of Lepidocrocite Quartz.  The color of red is a little bronze metallic and rust in color in some of them.  They are so pretty! They are very healing and have a lot of benefit to them as well as being beautiful.




















These are also new!  Just a few of the gemstones that came in yesterday from my sweet friends, Christine and Lisa, at The Gem Loft.










I have a lot of work to do, but that's ok.  I love every single minute of it!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday #52



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

We do birthdays big around here and, of course, yesterday was fun with family celebrating freedom and America!

My sister and her family went on vacation last week and my nieces and nephews wanted me to make them a few things.  It always makes me feel so good that they want to wear what I make.

I got their things together and gave them to them the day before they left, but the glue was still drying on some of the bracelets.  They were so excited to wear them they put them on on the ride down and sent me pictures.  They also sent me pictures at the end of the trip showing me they all held up!

These are the ride down.
















It's hard to see from the seat belts, but they also have on necklaces with my glow in the dark cross charms.  They were at a restaurant one night and the waitress wanted to know where they got them!

These are the last day of the trip.




















I gave them different colors, but they all got blue with it being the week before the 4th.  My nephew, Macalister, he is the middle of my sister's five kids is really into wearing everything red, white, and blue, so I made his bracelet a little different.

July 3rd was a big day too.  Our older dog, Mia, turned four and so did my dad.

Sounds weird, doesn't it?

It was his fourth birthday because he had his stem cell transplant on July 3rd, four years ago.  Part of the process was he had to get all of his childhood vaccinations over again.  That is how much the transplant wipes out your system.  If you have to go through childhood shots again, I think it's only fair you get to start over with your age, don't you?!

He had his appointment with his oncologist last Friday and we always pray really hard, and if I am being honest, hold our breath until we hear from them.  He had a great visit and report so we are so incredibly thankful.  I am not afraid to say I am a total Daddy's Girl and he is not only grandfather for both sides to my kids, he has been their dad in every way for the last 10 years too.  Me and my kids wouldn't know what to do without him.


This picture is from the summer of his transplant.  I don't mind looking back, because we realize just how blessed we are. It's my daughter with my dad.





I got in these new African Sand Cast beads from Ghana and will be making some things soon!  I also got in some really pretty new gemstones I can't wait to get to working with!