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!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thankful Thursday #51

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am thankful for strong women.

I love the quote: 

     Here's to strong women
     May we know them
     May we be them.
     May we raise them.

I was raised by very strong women.  It also reminds me of the saying, "Women are like tea bags.  You don't know how strong they are until you put them in hot water."

I think, at least hope, I have been a strong role model for my daughter and sons.  Our boys need to see strong women so they appreciate them and understand them. 

I have raised a very strong and independent daughter.  She's 24 and amazes me every single day with her drive and sweet heart.

This charm came in today. 

In the spirit of women breaking glass ceilings and raised to be tough I designed this charm.  It is a "princess" shoe breaking a glass ceiling and has the hashtag #noprincesshere.  I think it is a strong symbol of what women have done through history, are accomplishing today, and will do in the future.

Being strong doesn't mean being a bitch or having no appreciation of or respect for men. Strong women can be good mothers, successful in the workforce, and still cheer on their kids at the ballpark or make the class brownies.  We are resilient, we are fun, and we can speak our mind.

This is the listing for the necklace in my Etsy shop with the new charm on a Stainless Steel chain.  I will be making more pieces with it, I just got this one done today.  Oh, and being strong also means being easy on ourselves when our plates are full and we know we are doing the best we can.  Just because we are capable of doing it all doesn't mean we have to all the time.

#noprincess charm necklace

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thankful Thursday #50

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am thankful for my kids being at home for a little while.  Two were gone to the beach for a week, then when they came home one took back off again for a week.  The third child is coaching high school football and went to a camp last weekend and had a weekend away at the end of last month.  He enjoyed being on the coach side of summer football camps SO much better!  I remember having to pack him for those camps. I tried to help him this time, but he wouldn't let me.

I am glad they get to go and do, but it is so much better having them here.  I don't know what I am going to do when they all move out.  Maybe they will each have a room for me and I will rotate living with them and offering free babysitting!

I have been busy with my jewelry getting things made and listed for the Etsy 13th birthday sale.  The sale ends tomorrow so go see if there's something you want while every piece is 10% off.

I have two more charms coming in soon.  I should have them next week.  I am really excited about them both, but one in particular I am very proud of.

I added a few more of the leather bracelets.  These are so cute and look good stacked with other bracelets you may have.  They are also very nice so they would make a great gift.  They are genuine Indian leather and have Sterling Silver clasps with a Sterling Silver extender chain and 925 Sterling Silver flower charm at the end of the chain. 

These were listed yesterday. 

Just Dandy Red White and Blue Charm Bracelet

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Day of Celebrations!

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day.  My kids are so sweet to me.  I have been their only parent for the last 10 years so they celebrate me on Father's Day because they say I play both roles so should be recognized as both.

They gave me a few goodies they know I love and my older son did a post on Instagram.

It isn't always easy being a solo parent, but they have certainly made my job easier and there's nothing I would rather do or be than their parent.

Today is my nephew Walt's birthday.  He is 16!  Yikes!  He is the oldest of my nieces and nephews and I always remind him he is the one who made me an aunt. I am also his godmother.  I was in the room with my sister and her husband when they had all five of their kids.  I had C-Sections so it was just amazing seeing a birth the way it is supposed to happen.  I can't believe he is 16.  Time shows no mercy, does it?

It is also Etsy's birthday!  The 13th to be exact.  There is a big sale and my shop is participating with every item 10% off today through Friday, the 22nd.  I have a few links below to some of the things I have added and will be adding more items during the week.

All of the charms are my custom made charms out of my original artwork and designs so you won't find them anywhere else!  Just click on the titles to go straight to the listing and more pictures and information.

Angel Wings Charm Sterling Silver and Aquamarine Necklace

Southern Raised Jesus Saved Necklace with Cross Charm and Peridot

Peach Agate Cornbread Fed Jesus Led Charm Necklace

I am so excited about these new bracelets.  I worked and worked trying to figure out just how I wanted them to look while being strong and secure.  The leather comes in really pretty colors.

Angel Wings 

Cornbread Fed Jesus Led

Just Dandy

Can I Get An Amen

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thankful Thursday #49

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am so thankful I get to do what I love.  I love making jewelry especially for special occasions.  The feedback from people who have bought one of my original charms is so rewarding.

A lady picked up a bracelet yesterday for her niece's high school graduation.  Her niece is a survivor of  childhood cancer diagnosed at the age of 2 1/2.  It returned in her thyroid when she was 14.  She's an amazing young lady who gives back by volunteering her time with kids who are going through what she did.

It's such an honor to be a part of a special gift.

I am also thankful I got in another charm this week!  This one is so pretty!

It is transparent purple with white glitter for the angel wings and a hot pink heart.  I love glitter.

This design was inspired by my love of shimmery angel wings.  I definitely believe in guardian angels and probably keep mine pretty busy.  The purple and wings make this a great charm to wear in memory of someone. It is really unique and I am so proud of it.

I have it listed with a Stainless Steel chain. I am working on some other pieces to add to my shop.

Etsy is having it's 13th birthday (!!!) and for the celebration I am participating in a sale beginning Monday June 18th through Friday June 22nd.  Each item in my shop will be 10% off.

I will come back and update sharing some of my new pieces AND........ I have two new charms debuting on Sunday that will be part of the Etsy birthday sale!

Here is the listing for my new charm.

Purple and White Glitter Angel Wings Cross Charm


While I was posting this my two new charms were delivered.  I would wait until the weekend, but I am not patient in anything AT ALL!  Here are my southern themed charms.  I will post over the weekend and keep a check on my Etsy shop for new listings for the sale next week.

Cornbread Fed, Jesus Led

Southern Raised, Jesus Saved                                                                                              

Friday, June 8, 2018

Just Dandy

Y'all, I am SO excited about my new charms!

I got one of them in yesterday.  I have 5 more coming in consistently within the next four weeks!  New designs and themes.

I did the last charms based on my love of lightning bugs and summer nights.

This new design is inspired by dandelions.  When I was growing up, we had grass.  Whatever grew in the area is what you had in your yard.

Today, everyone does landscaping and different grasses are planted.  Weeds have never been popular or welcome in the yard.  Dandelions, although fun, are no different.

Who doesn't love the bright yellow flower, and, of course, making a wish, blowing the white seeds, and watching them dance in the air.  If there is a breeze, they seem to travel forever.

I have always loved a good analogy.  Dandelions and faith go together in so many ways.  God made these beautiful flowers, but they are often not viewed as they really are or for their true value.

While they are looked at as detrimental to a beautiful lawn, they are actually very valuable to our health. The roots can be used in teas, the leaves can be eaten in salads, and the flower can even be used to make wine.  It is beneficial to our health in so many ways.  It is particularly good for the liver.

If you have ever tried to get rid of these "weeds," you know the root goes very deep.  God's love for us is deep rooted and if we are firm in our foundation, we are beneficial to others. We may veer from our rooted faith, but the foundation is always there waiting to grow again. It's interesting that the biggest health benefit of the dandelion comes from the "cleansing" of the liver, the organ that can regenerate. Our faith and God also cleanses our soul and makes us new again.

When we make a wish and blow those pretty white seeds, they plant in the soil and grow wherever they land.  We can share God's love through the Bible and personal testimonies.  We can spread His good news and word wherever we choose to.

Like the dandelion, Jesus was rejected and not seen for who He really was. Rather than causing trouble, they offer so many benefits and the whole part is good.  Animals eat the dandelion, birds eat the seeds, and they are nutritious to the soil in which we pluck them from.

There are so many ways to compare the dandelion to our faith and they are also such a pretty and a fun childhood memory.

I created this charm with all of these things in mind.  If you look closely, the seeds turn into crosses.  We have the ability to share and spread God's love and watch it take root wherever it may land.  I thought the words "Just Dandy" would be fun and I gave them a retro, graffiti look.  I love the phrase "just dandy" when someone asks me how I am doing.  My grandfather would say about my boys, "he's a dandy!"

I chose red, white, and blue just in time for the 4th of July and to be patriotic at any time!

I have the listing with the charm on a Stainless Steel chain, but I am working on more listings and more options.

Dandelion Cross Charm Necklace 
  Click the title or here to go directly to the listing.)

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!  I am having so much fun creating these charms and I cannot wait to share the others coming in soon!!!