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!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thankful Thursday #48

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I love fashion icons.  We, as women, have had our taste in fashion and sense of style influenced by many women.  I think of one in particular, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  She was a beautiful woman with such a classic style.

My favorite quote comes from her:  "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

She had children in an era where women weren't expected to be anything more than a mother, but so many strived to be more.

Throughout history, women were supposed to pick up the slack when our country was at war and the men were busy fighting.  When the wars were over and men returned, women were supposed to go back to the home.  But, so many women found out they could provide for their family and could be more than just a housewife.

Women have always struggled with caring for the family and pursuing other talents and abilities.

The women in my family have been housewives, but filled other roles as well.  Many have worked outside the home while taking care of their family.

Today, the roles of men are different.  They are expected to help out more with housework and taking care of the kids.  Some men are the ones who stay home while their wives work.  Although times have changed, I still feel like if the house is a wreck or the children are a mess most of the time the woman is still looked to as if it is her sole responsibility.

There are a lot of women who are business owners, entrepreneurs, and in roles once only held by men.  Young girls have a lot of role models to look up to today.  The pressure is still there, though.  Perhaps the guilt for not being a stay at home mom and "putting the kids first." For some women, divorce has forced them into the workforce.  Others find a passion that becomes a business, and sometimes, an empire.

I am thankful for the many women who paved the way in the workforce.  My grandmother has always worked.  She has done so many things.  I always say I get my confidence for trying something new from her.  She has done real estate, owned a hair salon, taught ceramic making in her basement for just a few.

Every once in a while we get someone like Kate Spade to serve as a role model and example.  After creating her brand, she chose to sell and stay home with her daughter.  I don't care how successful you are, there is still that nagging feeling that we are supposed to be at home. I don't regret a single day I was a stay at home mom.  I chose to get a degree in education so I could have the same schedule as my kids. That was 24 years ago. After becoming a single mom and not having any work experience, my daughter paid attention and is looking for a career that will allow her to be home some with her kids, but so that she won't be in the same situation as me if she were to end up being a single mom.  This is how times and society has changed.

It is sad that a lot of women put so much pressure on themselves. It has always been tough but with social media it has just gone overboard.  I love reading young fashion blogs, but the pressure to be perfect and do everything is just too much.  We shouldn't put that much pressure on ourselves and we shouldn't judge each other if we admit to being overwhelmed.  We shouldn't compete with one another, but be supportive and understanding. We can have the appearance of being perfect, but sooner or later that facade is going to fade and we end up feeling lonely, but it doesn't have to be that way. 

I have always heard that kids don't remember a perfectly kept house, they remember a fun childhood. That is easier said than done in today's pressures of looking like you are doing everything and keeping all balls in the air.

Mental illness is a real thing and I am so thankful there isn't the stigma attached to it that was for years.  It isn't something to be embarrassed about.  So many people deal with anxiety and depression.  I don't know if it is a bigger problem today or it is just more talked about.  The pressures of daily life are definitely more than ever.  It is completely understandable that women get anxiety and feel overwhelmed.  Especially in a world where it looks like everyone else is succeeding while you may be barely getting everything accomplished. We need to get real and put aside the pressure to look perfect. 

That is one wonderful thing about getting older.  You don't let expectations bother you so much. Through experience, you have learned what to stress over and what just isn't a big of a deal as you once thought it was.

I am thankful for so many women who have taken on the burden of pressures and paved the way for so many.  While we have seen the successes, there are many aspect of sacrifices and stress we didn't see.

You just never know what someone is going through.  Kate Spade was always so put together and such a successful person, it was surprising what she was really dealing with. Or, was it?

I was talking about National Day of Prayer about a month ago. Every day is a National Day of something.  It would be wonderful to have one day (at least) for women to get real.  Don't show what is perfect, show what is a real struggle for you.  Whether it's a messy kitchen or something more serious I think it would make so much more of an impact than showing what "appears" to be perfect.

What do you think?