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 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!