Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday #65



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I love sugary things, I think everyone does, but, growing up and even today, I would usually go back for seconds of real food than dessert.

My one downfall, though....... jelly beans.  I love them.  All of them.  Even the wacky flavors like popcorn and the black, licorice flavored are my favorites.  Most people pick them out of the bunch to throw out, I pick them out to eat them first!

My favorite brand of jell beans (although I wouldn't turn any down) is Russell Stover's.  I only see them in a few places near Easter.  A couple of grocery stores and one pharmacy is where I usually see them.

When I was growing up we would drive all the way to Atlanta (about 45 miles) to the Russell Stover's store to get them.  We went for my grandmother, they were her favorite and you couldn't get them anywhere else.

Today, I can order them online and have them delivered any time.  Being diabetic, I can't have them any time I want them, but I have bags in different places and they are my go to with low blood sugar.  I had gestational diabetes with all three kids and it came back about 13 years ago.  Leaving off sugar isn't fun, but that has never been a problem, except for jelly beans. Today, I am thankful for jelly beans and the memories of my grandmother getting excited to get her hands on some!  I am sure that has something to do with them being my favorite brand.

I made this pair of earrings this week.  The big, red, orange, Indian, Carnelian nuggets remind me of jelly beans.  The big, blue, gray, Opals are really pretty too and are a great compliment to the Carnelian.  They would look great with a casual top or sweater and with a dressy outfit.  A pair to easily go from day to night.


Carnelian Opal Earrings













I also made these!  I am working on so many things and adding to my Etsy shop!















Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday #64



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Sundays growing up were so much fun!

We went to church on Sunday mornings, well, the kids started with Sunday School. My mom would start getting ready, then drop us off, with rollers in her hair, in a robe, and go back home to finish getting ready. She would take us to school like that too.  I did the same thing, maybe not in rollers, but my kids will often times call me or text me before they come in with friends to tell me to put pants on.  If I am home, I am in my gown and bedroom shoes.  They get embarrassed, but I have told them I would be less covered in a bathing suit and they let me out in that.

After church on Sundays we would go to my great grandparents' house.  They lived across the street from the church and we would fill that house with aunts, uncles, cousins, and tons of food and, of course, endless amounts of sweet tea.  The kids would always be in the back yard playing or on the porch in front of the house.  We could see if anyone rode by.  There are certain foods that just take me back to their house.  Everyone kind of had their special thing they made.  One of my grandmother's sisters would make chocolate pies with toasted marshmallows.

We lost my grandmother right before my youngest was born.  She sang in the church choir and I seldom went a day without seeing her.  Right after my son was born, my aunt asked me if there was anything she could do.  I had gestational diabetes with all three kids and with the third it returned immediately so I took her up on her request and said, "Will you please bring me one of your chocolate pies with the toasted marshmallows."  She did.  It was right before Christmas and the comfort of it brought back so many memories. I am a lot like her, but cannot make pies like that.  My mom can, but I can't.

On Sundays after being at my great grandparents' house, we would go back to church for Sunday night service.  This was casual, we had children's choir, something kind of like another Sunday School lesson, and we would play outside or play games inside.  We also had a lady that was an amazing cook (she was best friends with my grandmother and aunt) and she would fix something for all the kids to eat.  The church service was short and mostly music.  We had this sweet, little man with a big voice that would lead the hymns.  We had a big red hymnal for Sunday mornings and a little brown one for Sunday nights.

We could request songs.  My favorite song was "Love, Mercy, and Grace."  My mom would always look at me when I or someone else requested it.  It was just a fun song with a wonderful message.

This is the inspiration for my next group of charms.  In this world today we need more love, mercy, and grace. I am thankful for all of them and especially the love, mercy, and grace we get from God every second of every day.  They may be harder to find today, but they are always there with God.

I chose to do the gold because of the popular necklaces right now with round gold pendants and the coin pendant craze.  I will be making these in different combinations from single charms on a necklace to different combinations and on bracelets.  These would look great layered.  I have some really pretty Stainless Steel chain that is gold, but I will be mixing up metals too because I really like the way it looks.





















This is a link to the song and the lyrics below:




Love, Mercy, and Grace
Piano- Christopher Tan

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November Rain



I love the song, "November Rain."  I love anything from Guns 'N Roses, but that one is my favorite.

Yesterday  was beautiful outside, but Georgia welcomed the first two days of November with rain.  I thought maybe the weather would help the line to vote early.  That might have worked had I not decided to go at lunch time, on Friday, the last day!  It wasn't too bad, but it was yucky weather to have to be in line.

I had a productive day yesterday  and made a few new pieces.  It takes some time to make them, then make pictures (partly because I am not the best photographer), then list on Etsy.  The fun part is posting on social media and getting feedback.

I had some beautiful London Blue Topaz and Imperial Topaz.  I made a necklace with them then I also had Madeira Citrine so I have a necklace to list tomorrow with them and a blue Topaz bead.  I think they really turned out pretty!  Topaz and Citrine are November birthstones so they will make great gifts for birthdays, OR, as Christmas presents for someone who happens to love Topaz. Who doesn't love Topaz?  And, Guns 'N Roses? And, the song "November Rain?"  Seriously, the best part of the song is when you think it's about over and you are surprised with more great music.

Well, thankfully it isn't raining, unless you count the Topaz raining on my Instagram page!

Click on the titles to go to the listings:

London Blue Imperial Topaz 14k Gold Filled Necklace












Imperial Topaz 14k Gold Filled Dangle Earrings













Madeira Citrine Sterling Silver Earrings












And just when you thought that was it, here is a whole new look!


Iridescent Coated Kyanite 24k Gold Vermeil Style 924 Sterling Silver Earrings













Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday #63



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Halloween is over and now we move on to Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for a season of counting blessings.  It's easy to get overwhelmed with life and forget the things that are going right.

I just love this time of year.

I have always loved Halloween.  I grew up with my dad, grandfathers, and uncles teasing me and pranks were something they did "to make us girls tough."

It worked.  It also helps to learn not to take things too seriously at times and to just have fun.  I was telling someone the other day that my dad and two uncles loved to tease my grandmother.  She worked in the real estate office with them and was the secretary and she didn't get paid enough some days!

They loved her dearly and she knew it, but they definitely liked to tease her.  I remember one year for Thanksgiving she made a couple of mistakes with dessert and, of course, they teased her about it for years.

My dad loves egg custard.  My grandparents divorced when I was little so my grandmother didn't cook much.  She would eat at our house or my aunt's and would go with whoever was going out to eat. Cooking a big meal had to be a little overwhelming when she wasn't used to it.

She made an egg custard that year and a sweet potato pie.  My dad and uncle took a bite of the custard at the same time and just looked really funny at each other.  At first, they didn't know what to say.  It must have been obvious because she asked them what was wrong and then it immediately came to her.  She said, "oh no, I forgot the sugar!"  They had a really good laugh and went onto sweet potato pie instead.

Again, they tried to get a bite and they both just started laughing so loud.  She forgot to remove the paper liner from the frozen crust!  Everything else was great, but dessert was a joke for a long time!

Halloween is always a fun time for tricks.  I got my own last night.  I was working and had the TV on, there are always such good shows on, especially the paranormal ones.  Well, we had an outtage of internet and cable for a little while.  I called it in and I guess I was the only person in the house watching TV while working on the computer because they thought it was just my house.  I will admit, that was a little eerie until I found out it was out in the area.  My sister and her family got home from trick or treating along with my parents coming home from my brother's house and theirs was out too.

Well, this is all treat and no trick, but I have a sale going on with my new Harvest Moon and Church Steeple Pendant Necklaces.  I have them 20% off.  There are a few listings, but I have more chain so if you see one you like just message me.  I am going to keep listings going and adding a few more.  The sale will go from today until the end of the month.

These would be the perfect necklace to wear Thanksgiving Day or as a gift for the hostess of Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are some listings with different chain.  Just click on the photos to go to the listing.

Harvest Moon Necklaces















Saturday, October 27, 2018

Survival of the Fittest



I have said many times that this can be a cold, cruel world and I don't know how people make it without faith.

I seriously don't know how.

There are things that bombard us everyday that can try to shake our faith and question it so if someone doesn't have it at all how in the world do they cope?  I couldn't.

I believe God wants us to more than survive in His world, He wants us to make a difference and every single second of every single blessed day gives us opportunities to do just that.

But, we don't always use our time wisely and we fail.  We fail to do the right thing or misinterpret something or we are just human.  God knows we are just human and that is why He sent His son to die for our sins.  He made the ultimate sacrifice so we could make mistakes but still be given His love and grace.

Guilt is a big, bad word.  We have guilt and, often times, regret.  It can get in the way of the work the Lord wants us to do.  It's part of our real humanness, though.  It's a natural emotion, but we are forgiven and should move forward.

My kids are very into fitness and healthy eating.  I am too, but this generation has gyms on every corner, sections of grocery stores with better food choices and apps and websites with all kinds of information of what is considered healthy and unhealthy.  We had health class in school that was a few weeks of PE class when I was growing up.  We learned the basic food groups and basic information.  My kids talk about macros and micros and low carb and carb loading and thankfully they grocery shop for themselves because I wouldn't know where to begin.

It's important to feel good and be physically healthy to do everything we need to do in a day.  It's also important to be able to enjoy things because if we run out of steam on the things we need to do there's no time left for fun things and that's the heart of life and where memories are made.

I created my latest charm from these ideas.  It is inspired by my kids' love of fitness and working out.  They also impress me by their strong faith for young ages.





I did a cross with weights.  The idea is we need to give the "weight" of our sins and burdens to God.  I am a worrier and I know it does me no good, I need to give my worries to God.  I have the part of the cross with the weights and bar with the Bible verse Hebrews 12:1.

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,






To "run the race" set before us and live the life God wants us to live for Him we need to give those things to Him and live the way He wants us to live.

The eagle is for strength.  I love the verse Isaiah 40:31:


but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Eagles symbolize strength and "to soar" or excel and achieve we need to be strong in our faith and confident that God forgives us and wants us to move ahead.  He wouldn't offer forgiveness if He wanted us to dwell on human mistakes.





I am going to be including this charm in my shop this weekend.  I will have it on Stainless Steel chains and I will have some leather pieces to make with it also.  I think it will look really great with leather.  I will come back and add some of the listings.

I also have three more new charms coming in soon and can't wait to show those.  And, as always, there are more coming in behind those!  I absolutely love creating these charms.  They are beautiful and a symbol of my family and memories but they also give me a deeper look into my faith. I think about a lot of different things creating them and it is rewarding and so much fun at the same time!  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thankful Thursday #62




I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I love making jewelry.  I love connecting with people and creating these charms that mean so much to me. Each charm is inspired by family, family memories, and the special people throughout my life.

I am thankful this week for special occasions.

Some of my "sisters" and I got together for a special lunch this week.  Tuesday would have been my Meme's 100th birthday.  She passed away 8 years ago.  She was every bit of the strong, independent, Christian women I talk about.  She was my great grandmother and when my daughter was born we had five generations on that side.  All women.  We had five generations on my dad's side too. On that side it was special because he had both grandparents living at the time.

My great aunt got us all together to have lunch to celebrate Meme's birthday.  It was me, her, my mom, my grandmother, my great aunt Cecilia, my cousin Laura, and my daughter.  We have spent countless hours around my grandmother's kitchen table talking.

It was always fun and you never knew where the conversation would go.  We could talk about anything, and we did!  I think it's so important for women, and young girls, to have a safe place to talk about whatever they want and need to.  We had the benefit of different generations and the ideas and opinions from those different ages.  We had the wisdom of my great grandmother and the youth and new ideas of me and my sister and cousin.  Even as a little girl, my now 24 year old daughter, loved talking with us women.

My great grandfather passed away in a car accident when I was little.  My great grandmother never even dated.  My great aunt was a single mom with my cousin so they lived together until my great grandmother passed away.  I can't imagine how hard it was for my aunt because she not only lost a parent, but it was like losing a spouse too because they had lived together for so long.

They were a great support for each other and my cousin had the benefit of two strong, independent women raising her.  She's strong and independent herself so it was a great example for her.

I am so glad my aunt got us all together.  It took about a second for us to remember how much fun it always is when we sit together and chat.  Everyone stays so busy but it's so important to nurture our relationships with other women.  There's so much to be said for being able to take the daily walls down and be open, honest, and ourselves with others.

An interesting fact.  My great grandfather passed away on July 7th and was buried on my mom's birthday, July 10th, years ago.  When we knew Meme was at the end it was late June 2010.  She held on a little longer than we expected.  I kept telling my mom I thought she was waiting for July 7th.  She was.  She passed away on the 7th and was also buried on my mom's birthday.  Another interesting fact, while we celebrated what would have been her 100th birthday on Tuesday, my great grandfather's 104th birthday would have been on Monday.


This is a picture I posted about our lunch celebration this week.





These are the pictures from the newspaper when my daughter was christened at church.  It was a very special thing to have five generations on both sides.


My dad's side.  That is my grandmother in the white jacket that sang in our church choir and is the inspiration behind my traditional church hymn charms. My sister looks so much like her.





And, this is my mom's side with the generations being all women.  That is my Meme holding my daughter.




Meme had this picture put in the paper with the history of the christening gown.  This isn't the gown my daughter wore the day of her christening.  My mom bought a gown that all three of my children wore and that I can pass down for my grandchildren.



I am sharing all of this as part of my Thankful Thursday but also because the whole idea behind my blog name and business name, Sweet Tea and Sisters, is because of the women on all sides of my family and my relationships with them. All of my charms are inspired by family. 

***Two more interesting facts: My kids had their last name changed to my maiden name, Robinson.  They wanted the name of the family raising them.  Also, Meme was a Robison, without the "n."  My sister's married name is Smith and I remember Meme telling my sister on her wedding day that they had something in common.  She was also a Robison before becoming a Smith.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday #61



I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I haven't abandoned my blog, I have just had a lot going on.  Good things.  Exciting things with my jewelry and being the one boss and employee I am trying to juggle it all.

Today, I am thankful for stories.  We all love a good tale.  There's a reason shows like "This Is Us" and others take a hold of our interest.  We see ourselves in characters of shows, movies, and books and then we get invested in time and emotion and want to "see what happens."

Everyone has a story.  Each and every single person is significant, special, and has his/her own story to tell.

So many things make up who we are.  Experience is a big one.  Then, there's the people around us.  Good and bad, they shape us and influence other relationships.

It's amazing how the mind works.  We can see something, smell something and it can spark a memory.

Georgia is always a little late in the game and this year is no exception.  She didn't get the memo it is Fall until late last week.  We finally have had some Fall like weather.

My 16 year old nephew was at my house last Sunday and he said he either turned on the heat in his truck or they turned it on in the morning to take the chill off either way he said the smell of heat reminded him of Christmas.

ONLY in Georgia can the smell of turning on heat, sometimes for the first time, be close enough to Christmas to smell like it!

I am glad Georgia is finally in the Fall spirit, although we can expect fluctuations and occasional "warm spells" at pretty much any time in the next few months.  I finally put out a couple of Halloween decorations last weekend.  I usually go overboard, but I have been so busy I know I will be taking them down very soon and I will just wait a couple of weeks and go ahead with Christmas decorations.

I couldn't resist this sign when I saw it!




Why not?  It has looked like Christmas in stores for weeks even if it hasn't smelled like it yet!

I made a few new things to add to my Etsy store. I have gotten a lot of new things in and am expecting more.  I have a new pendant coming in next week and I am SOOOOO excited about it.  I have three more in production and two more in the design/revision phase.  I absolutely love creating these charms and the people I work with to get them made.

Here's a few pictures of my new things and if you don't shop on Etsy, but would like to buy a piece please comment here or my email is sweetteaandsistersjewelry@gmail.com Also, I am on Instagram, you can click on the camera icon to go to my page, and you can message me there.  I have methods of payment that allows me to sell outside of Etsy if you see something here or on Instagram.

I hope everyone has a great Fall weekend. Enjoy the pumpkin patches, hay rides, apple picking, and Halloween parties.  Because, soon, it will more than smell like Christmas, it will be here!

New Listings:


Cluster Earrings















Chyrsoprase and Emerald Rose Gold Filled











Honduran Black Opal Sterling Silver












Honduran Black Opal Boulder Opal Sterling Silver












Here are a few new pieces I will be listing later today.  Keep checking my Instagram and Etsy shop.  I have SO MUCH new stuff to make and add!