Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas In The Air

Time goes so fast!  Thanksgiving got here in such a hurry and now we are on to Christmas.  I love this time of year.  It starts with Halloween and we know we have three months of fun, decorating, and being with family.  It is a good thing there isn't much that goes on in January and it is so cold we just stay in because after all that excitement and eating and decorating and eating and entertaining and eating we are ready for a BREAK! 

But, let's just enjoy the last and most fun part of this time of year.

I love to watch all the classic Christmas movies and TV shows.  It just isn't Christmas without A Christmas Carol.  There are many versions, but my favorite is the one with George C. Scott.  And, of course, it isn't Christmas without Rudolph.  My kids think they are too old for it, but I try to convince them otherwise.

They are really excited about Christmas.  My youngest has a birthday next week so he just celebrates the whole month!  He is asking for an artillery for both, though.  I am going to have to have a talk with him because this comes to mind.

We always have an artificial tree, but they told me last weekend they want to get a real one.  We haven't done that before and now that they are older I think it is time for a new tradition.  I use to go all out with making sure they believed in Santa.  I would leave notes Christmas morning, half eaten cookies and and an empty glass of milk and I would even take powdered sugar and spread it around.  I always keep little musical things around the fireplace and I would move them around and knock them over and fuss Christmas morning about what a mess Santa made!

There are some advantages to them being older and not believing anymore.  The biggest is that I can set it all out and get to bed at a decent time!  Being football players, my boys enjoy my traditional Christmas breakfast a lot more now.  I also have to make a lot more, but that is okay.

I guess we will go looking for a tree this weekend.  Unless they have changed their minds.  They all just kind of looked at each other when I told them what we had to do to get it and that it needed to be watered.  They may decide it is too much work, but I think it would be fun to do something new!

I try to make decorating fun by making cookies, getting a movie, something that makes it more of an event than chore.  This song comes to mind and it plays in my head the whole time!

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Sunday, September 30, 2012



     We tie a string around our fingers to remind us of certain things.  Cute idea, right?

Well, what about a new take on friendship bracelets?  Tie a bow on a bracelet with an angel wing attached to "remind" the friend you give it to that you are thinking about her and praying for her.  Every time she looks at her wrist she will know that she is in your heart.

A kind of Bohemian, fashionable look with such a sweet message!

GLEE  ("Lean On Me")

Thursday, September 27, 2012


     I didn't skip the country, I have had some things to tend to, but I am glad to be posting again!

     I am a single mom and not the best multi-tasker.  I am a very strong, independent person, but there are times we have to take help from others whether we want to or not.  I have three sweet kids depending on me so it is always frustrating when I can't do everything I want and need to do. 

     Women are expected to do so much whether we are married or not.  Today, it is a necessity for both parents to work and the to do list most of the time is way longer than the hours in the day.  BUT, I believe women have a strength and almost supernatural power when it comes to being strong and getting things done.

     I said in my last post I was working on something.  I stumbled on an amazing website that is empowering and encouraging for young girls.  It is so important for girls to know they can do anything they put their minds to.  As Virginia Slims (I don't smoke, but that was my grandmother's brand) says, "We've come a long way, baby" but it is still a fight for some things and a struggle to keep the progress we have made.

     Encouraging girls to grow up strong and independent is more important now than ever before.  Sure both parents can work all day and come home to take care of the children and chores together, but just let someone come in and a see a messy house or no dinner in the oven and everyone automatically looks at the woman.  There is always a lot of pressure to keep up.  I was a stay at home mom for years and I am so thankful that I was able to do that, but now I am divorced and the backup degree I had is not sufficient for a sole income.  I am teaching my daughter that she needs to know how to take care of herself because you never know how things will turn out.  I don't see it as being negative but being prepared.

     There is nothing prettier than a confident girl.  Period.  We have to teach young girls to appreciate and take pride in the talents and skills God gave them.  They are who they are for a reason and should be proud of their individuality.  There are so many organizations that do just that.  The website I found is a great way to empower young girls and give back at the same time. 

The link is   http://www.girlscantwhat.com/

I am so excited that I am going to be making necklaces with the designs from this website.  They offer many kinds of merchandise for girls to express themselves.  I have a few samples of what I have done.  I am still working on it and will have it on my Etsy shop soon.  I am working on a couple more details, but I am beyond excited to make these pieces.

     I can't post without adding a song!  I have had a few things going on.  For starters, my body is ticked with me for some reason and not cooperating.  Our town also just lost an amazing young man.  He was a good friend of my kids' and my family has known his for generations.  He was only 16 but left an impression and influence among other teens that is indescribable.  He had an amazing maturity and love for God that is rare for that age.  He led many to God in life and countless after.  We never know why things like this happen.  He collapsed at basketball conditioning.  We just have to have faith in God and know that there is a reason we might not are supposed to understand right now.  He had just recently decided to be an organ donor and his generosity helped at least 15 people.  One thing I do know for sure is life is precious and everyday is a gift.  We should treat each other and ourselves with respect and kindness.

     I chose this song because everyday is a new day.  We can't change our past, but our future is "unwritten" and we can make of it what we choose.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

You Don't Know You're Beautiful

There is a lot of difference between the words confidence and conceited.  The first three letters is the only thing they have in common in my opinion.  You can be confident and be self assured without throwing yourself about like you are better than others.  That is what conceited means to me.  You have an air about you like you think you are better than those around you.  I don't know many people who I would call conceited who are very well liked or respected.

You can have all the confidence in the world and not be the least bit conceited.  You are self assured in what you are doing, but don't feel better than others and most of the time, these individuals are not only popular, but also well respected.

My daughter is 18, and I have told her all of her life that you can be the most beautiful girl in the room, but if you are conceited and obnoxious, no one will see your beauty.  Confidence demands attention and can make anyone more attractive instantly.  When I think about the people I most enjoy being around, they are confident people who know who they are.  I am so glad I have taught her that, and better yet, that she has always listened.  She is an absolutely beautiful girl and amazes me with her big, serving heart. She is always doing some kind of charity event.  She is confident in helping others and encouraging others to do so, but isn't close to aware of how pretty she is which makes her even prettier in my eyes!

I am going to be doing something very soon with jewelry to empower young girls.  I am working with a design from a wonderful website that does just that.  I think it is so important for young girls to know they can do anything they put their minds to no matter what society tells them.  I will have these pieces up soon and I am really, really excited about it.  There is so much pressure today for young girls and they need positive messages everywhere they turn.  We are going to rock the rules in a fun, trendy, fashionable way!
(I am waiting on one thing, but hope to have these up by the end of the weekend.)

I heard this song this morning on the way back from dropping my son off at Driver's (big gulp!) Ed.  I still haven't gotten used to my daughter being out by herself and now I will have two on the road to worry about!  I can see why girls love this band because the boys are cute, but I love this message!

ONE DIRECTION  "What Makes You Beautiful"

I made this keychain with a picture of the group!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Can Dress Like A Domestic Goddess, But That's It!

These earrings are so pretty!  They are made of Agate and Hematite.  The larger of the two Agate beads is magenta and black in color.  Dangling earrings from chain not only hang beautifully, but have great movement as well. 

One of my favorite looks is anything with a '50's and '60's look.  Women at that time were classy-looking, but they also had such a sense of style.  These bracelets remind me of that time because of the style of the dress charm.  The mirror, lipstick, and red lip charms represent how women really paid attention to how they looked.  We have all made jokes about June Cleaver vacuuming the house in pearls, but they didn't have sweat pants days or pajama bottoms on at the supermarket!  They took a lot of time and work into their appearance.  Both of these bracelets symbolize, to me, that fashion and style are a woman's right and privelege.

The dress does kind of have a Marilyn Monroe appeal to it.


I had to add this photo.

They are stylish and classy, but they did give us women a lot to live up to.  Domestic goddess I am not!

They had to be sniffing the cleaner or something to be that happy doing housework.

This is more like it!

I don't think there is ANYTHING glamorous about this time period.  I never would have made it then!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pink Dress Search

I admitted I love all of The Real Housewives.  It is a fun show to watch, but one of the reasons I like it is to see what they are wearing!  I have been trying to find out about the pink dress Alexis Bellino from Orange County wore on the reunion show.  I believe it may be from her collection, but I am not sure.  I just know I loved it!  My daughter holds a pageant title and she has to wear things like that and it would look great on her, although, it is probably not in our budget!  Do any of you know anything about this dress?  These are the best pictures I could get.

She can be a little arrogant at times, but I don't think she is mean at heart at all.  I think she is trying to be a mom and get out from under the lack of control she has over her own life.  I have been there and it is so liberating to call your own shots.  She is being smart finding a career and something else to do in case she needs it.  Whether it is when the kids are older and don't need her around as much or if she decides her marriage is unhealthy she will be glad she has something solid to fall back on.  I wouldn't take back the time I spent with my kids and I am so glad I was able to do that, but I wish I had established a career for myself before I went through my divorce.

While I was looking for this dress I found this in her collection and it is absolutely beautiful!

This dress would make a great wedding reception dress for a bride.  I love how a bride sometimes wears a different dress for the reception.  In the south, we used to wear the wedding dress for the ceremony and reception, then change into a "going away" outfit, but why not have as many looks as you can for your special day!

I don't know where she wore this, but the necklace is so pretty!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Don't Stop Believin'

I watch WAY too much TV!  I am always busy with kids, working, laundry, feeding three teenagers, cleaning up, ...........(the list goes on and on) that my outlet and escape is television.  I have a lot of favorite shows and have to admit that besides being addicted to all of The Real Housewives I am also addicted to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.  I knew Emily was going to pick Jef!  I hope it works out for them.  The odds are against them just because of the history of the show, but maybe they will be the next Trista and Ryan that have actually worked.

I made this necklace out of a pendant that says "LOVE" on one side and "XOXO" on the opposite.  I think it is appropriate for someone in love or looking for love.

As far as music, the design of the pendant reminds me of this "Journey" cover:

The song "Don't Stop Believin'" was on this album after being on the former Escape album.  I thought this was interesting:

While the lyrics mention being "born and raised in south Detroit", the area that would be considered south Detroit is actually the Canadian city of Windsor.[35] Steve Perry has said, "I tried north Detroit, I tried east and west and it didn't sing, but south Detroit sounded so beautiful. I loved the way it sounded, only to find out later it's actually Canada."  (wikipedia)

My daughter and older son were in a school variety show this spring and did this song to a really cool dance.  I know they are my kids and I am partial, but our choral group is known for this variety show and it has been a sell out each year for 20 years.  I am so glad they love and appreciate this kind of music!

This necklace is short in length, but it can be lengthened and a clasp added if you would like it longer.  It is also on a double chain.

The back is cute too!

I made these next two pair of earrings out of guitar picks and chain.  I just made a hole at the top of the pick and added the chain.

I love mixing the colors of chain!

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