Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thankful Thursday #68

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

Although it hasn't felt like October in Georgia, we are definitely in the month of all things spooky and even spookier, getting close to Christmas.  Time has no mercy and just goes so fast, doesn't it?

Different gemstones remind me of different times of the year.  Beautiful, yellow Heliodor looks like Spring to me.  Rubies and Emeralds look like Christmas.  I love Chrysoprase and Chrysocolla for Fall.  The green reminds me of apples.  I know they are usually associated with red, but I love green apples.  In the right color, they can also look like chocolate mint ice cream!

I have this pair in my Etsy shop with Rose Gold Filled components:

Green Apple Chocolate Chrysoprase

I made this pair last week.  I love the saucer shape and long, statement earrings are so trendy!

Peruvian Chrysocolla 14k Gold Filled Earrings

I have never gone apple picking, have you?  I think it's crazy I am 48 and have never been. My grandparents used to have apple trees so we would get them there.  I am in north Georgia, but just a little above Atlanta.  There are a few counties more north that have places to pick apples and they have other Fall things to do.  I might have to check one of them out!  When the kids were younger they were always involved in sports on the weekends.  By the time we were done with games, the day was over and everyone was too tired to go pick their own apples.  I find that there are some things we enjoy doing now that they are in their early 20's.  They are still busy with school and work, but kids today are just overwhelmed with extra curricular activities.  Sports used to be fun and a learning experience but they are so competetive today. 

I might have to see if I can get my kids to go with me.  I can promise them a pie from the apples we pick.  That always works!  I can always bribe them with food!

What is your favorite thing about this time of year?  Any advice for a day of apple picking???

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Sugar Skulls Sale!

I love October and Halloween.  The whole month is so fun and I love watching scary movies all month long.

You know what isn't scary?  Cute sugar skulls and a sale!

I made some really cute sugar skull earrings and necklaces.  The sugar skulls are Czech glass beads and the earrings and necklaces are Sterling Silver.  The necklaces are accented by a "magical" Honduran Black Opal nugget.  These nuggets are pretty, but they are magical in that they have all of these galactic, neon colors in them when you shine light on them.  They look like black beads and then all of a sudden, there are so many pretty colors in each one.  I thought the magical part would be fun for Halloween.

The earrings and necklaces are perfect for showing your Halloween spirit in style!  If you can't wear a costume to work or school, these will be fun!

The best part is they are only $25 each and Free Priority Shipping.

Make sure you order yours before they are gone, or Halloween is over.  Time is moving so fast!  It always does, but it seems to just get faster and faster.  I have so many new things I will be adding to my shop.  Normally, you get free shipping on orders $35 and above, but I wanted to do something special with these spooky pieces.  They are more cute than spooky and sugar skulls are in style year round so it isn't a scary fashion risk to wear them any time!

Click on the titles to go straight to the listing or click here for my Etsy shop.

                    Sterling Silver Earrings

Thursday, September 12, 2019

I'm Baaack! Thankful Thursday #67

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I'm Baaack.....  Friday the 13th AND A Full Moon

I haven't written a post in months.  I have had a lot going on and will post updates about the things I had going on with my jewelry.  I had my first juried event with a booth at the Atlanta AmericasMart (Atlanta Apparel Mart) July Home and Gift Show.  If you follow me on Instagram, I had videos and posts on the progress getting ready for the show. (My Instagram is in a link on the sidebar.  My name is @sweetteaandsistersllc )

I have been making some new pieces for Fall.  I have also added new charms that I will also be sharing in future posts.

Right now, I am loving everything Moonstone. I just love it and am so drawn to it.  It makes sense because it has always been a family joke how the moon affects me.  If I was acting out when I was younger (and still today- haha!) my mom would look on the calendar to see if it was a full moon and it usually was.  She would also know when it was coming!

I love this time of year.  I am so thankful for Fall and all the memories I have along with it. I am the nerd who loved starting back to school.  When school starts back, I am ready for Fall weather and Halloween. I am in Georgia, though, and we don't always get Fall weather until it is almost Winter. We have had 90 degree temps and that just doesn't feel like football weather. It also causes sweating while trying to enjoy Pumpkin Spice lattes.

I love Halloween and scary movies.  Tomorrow is a full moon and also Friday the 13th. It is a rare event and won't happen again until August 13, 2049.

I have an article that said, "East Coasters last saw a Friday the 13th full moon on June 13, 2014, according to the Falmers' Almanac.  A nationwide Friday the 13th full moon hasn't happened since October 13, 2000."

It is also a micro moon which means the point in the moon's orbit farthest away from the earth so it will be a Harvest Moon, but appear a little smaller making this odd occurrence just a little bit more odd!

Maybe that means the effect it might have on me will be a little smaller!

I have made a few pieces with my Fall gems and getting in the Fall and Halloween spirit.  They are in my Etsy shop and the direct links are in the titles.

Black Moonstone Orange Color Treated Ethiopian Welo Opal 14k Gold Filled Earrings

Black Moonstone Orange Color Treated Ethiopian Welo Opal 14k Gold Filled Necklace

Rainbow Flash Moonstone Orange Color Treated Ethiopian Welo Opal 14k Gold Filled Earrings

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thankful Thursday #66

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I love Christmas season.  I have so many wonderful memories associated with this time of year.  I am thankful for my childhood memories and those I made with my children.

My mom has always really decorated for Christmas.  We lived in a subdivision that was so much fun when I was in elementary school.  Everyone knew everyone and the women had a group called The Garden Club.  They had a contest for the best decorated house.  It wasn't in the style of Clark Griswald in Christmas Vacation, there were rules.  Most houses had floodlights to shine on the outside of the house.  We would go get pine tree limbs or anything to cover up the light because the judges would count off for seeing it. Also, when they rode by we had to have all lights out inside.  You got a better score for the house being dark.  I remember sitting in complete darkness until the judging was over.  No TV or any kind of lamps or lights.  My mom would usually place and she always made Christmas so special it wasn't too much to ask for us to sit still for a couple of hours.

This club would also take small brown paper bags (lunch bags) and fill the bottom with sand and put candles in them, line all the streets in the subdivision, and put lit candles in them on Christmas Eve.  She would be gone for a little bit working on them and waiting on them to get done was a little hard, but knowing the roads were lit for Santa to find his way was worth the wait!  As a kid, you always worried about Santa finding you so this was also worth the wait!

Then, there was always Christmas Eve service at church. It was just a part of Christmas. There was a shorter message and a lot of music, but remembering what Christmas is really about was just part of Christmas Eve.

My favorite part was the end when we would sing "Silent Night." We would hold candles and the preacher would light his, usually by the advent candles, and we would pass the flame around and by the time we were on the last verse the sanctuary lights would be so dim they were almost out and we sang the last part in candlelight.  I have always been afraid of fire so when I was little I don't think I took my eyes off the flame and when my kids were little they always wanted their own, but I watched them closely!

I remember my kids' eyes glowing in the candlelight.  All the excitement and being anxious about Christmas morning while sweetly singing and remembering why we celebrate Christmas.

I just got in my new charm yesterday.  It is inspired by my favorite memory of singing "Silent Night" and the fun of Christmas Eve.

The bottom is gold glitter for the sand with the dark blue for the desert night sky and, of course, the star of Bethlehem with a crystal in the middle.  The crystal is for the bright star guiding to the manger.  It is also for those bright eyes in the candlelight.  Christmas is always a magical time of year in so many ways.

I also just listed these two pairs of earrings a few days ago.  One pair looks like holly berries and champagne!  They look like Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Mexican Red Opals and Imperial Topaz Sterling Silver Ear Threads Earrings

This pair looks like Winter and Christmas to me.  The white of the Rainbow Moonstone and red of the Mexican Red Opals look so pretty together and are perfect for holiday parties.  They would also be beautiful for a bride in a Winter wedding.

Rainbow Moonstone and Mexican Red Opal Rose Gold Filled Earrings

I am going to be listing the necklaces with my new charm in my Etsy shop.  They will also be on my new necklace cards with the inspiration behind the design.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Early Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving!  Time just goes way too fast.

I am working really hard getting things in my shop for Christmas shoppers.

I love making all kinds of jewelry, but I am most proud of my charms.  It has only been a little over a year and I have created a great collection and have worked hard trying to "get them out there."

I am so thankful for the support I have gotten from family and friends and the people I have met making these little treasures.  From the company who produces my charms to the companies I get my supplies from, I have made some really nice friends this last year.

I have also "met" a lot of wonderful people selling my jewelry.

This is especially so with the charms.  I love the messages I get about why someone bought the charm to  how they love it when they receive their order.

I had a sweet lady buy two charm bracelets with one of my traditional church hymns.  She had recently been widowed and it was the song played at her husband's service and she was buying the bracelets for a sister- in- law and close friend who supported her through the tremendous loss.  Someone bought a charm necklace for a friend who lost her home in the California fires.

I get the sweetest stories from customers and it makes what I do so much more rewarding.

Something else has happened that wasn't intended in the beginning.  A lot of the family I talk about have passed away.  Through the memories that inspire my designs, I have something for my kids and nieces and nephews to learn about family and where they came from.  I didn't create a link from the past to the new generation on purpose, but I sure am glad it has happened that way.  Heritage and tradition mean a great deal to me so any way I can help pass that down is wonderful.

I have a lot of great things going on with my charms and I know I have just gotten started.  I hope they spark a positive memory for others.  Maybe take them back to their childhood or even strengthen faith for someone who has lost his/hers a little bit because of life and tough circumstances.  I know creating the charms has helped me look deeper into my faith and it is even stronger.

I want to be successful, but I also just want to make a difference.  I want to do something good in a world that is hard and cruel at times. We need faith more than ever.

I am having an early Thanksgiving this weekend because I am reflecting and thankful for the past year and the great things that have happened because of my charms.  There is a list of states above.  They are states that someone has bought a charm.  Some states have multiple sales and people walking around with my creation on necklaces and/or bracelets.  It is just a great thing.  It is an honor and humbling to know they are in so many places.  I hope to keep adding to the list!

In the meantime, I will just be very thankful.

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