Friday, August 29, 2008

Nie Nie Auction #5!!

There are still four other auctions running below and one with out any bids so please scroll down and take a peak!!!

This necklace is simple and beautiful. A subtle reminder to thank God each day! It is sized at 18 inches and has a 2 inch extender chain. It is Sterling silver and has Four gorgeous fresh water pearls on it.
Please start bidding at $20 and please leave me a way to contact you.

Thank you!


Finger print friday! (Auctions are still running below!)

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Here's how to join in here! With Pampering Beki

So I was going to skip Finger print Friday today as much as I LOVE participating in it, in order to keep the auctions visible. But as I was looking at all the generous bids not just here but all over the blogging community I realized I was looking directly at God's fingerprints. Most of us don't know The Nielson family we came across the story somehow, and through the grace of God were just compelled to help.
So the Amazing kindness of humanity is the Finger Print of GOD that I see for this Friday.
If you would like to see it go here and see how many people have opened their heart to this family.
If you have not had the opportunity to hear about Nie Nie day you can read about it on the above link.
I have not had the pleasure of knowing Staphanie Nielson or her family, and I only came upon her story after the accident occurred. I did read her past posts, and she seems to be an amazing woman, a devoted wife and wonderful mother. It is hard to understand why tragedy happens to those who seem to least deserve it, but tragedy allows for the growth of the human spirit and an opportunity for God's grace to shine. The Grace of God has certainly reached out through the Nielson family, and will continue to do so.

All my auctions for Nie and family are still running scroll down to view them please!

Nie Nie Auction #4

This sweet bracelet is one of my very favorite little girl designs!

It features multi colored fresh water pearls in vibrant hues. They are each linked together with sterling silver wire. The charm is soldered with silver lead free solder and is double sided so it can have a initial or short message or word on each.

If you bid on this auction please know this piece may take up to three week to complete. I try my best to have items out quickly but this one is a little time consuming and with 6 wee ones time is limited!.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nie Nie Auction #3

Stephanie and Christian Nielson

100% of each auction I list is going to the Nielson family to help their family cope with the cost of recovery. I will post the whole story soon but just for those who don't know Stephanie (Nie Nie) and Christian were in a plane crash from which they sustained very serious burns. Their family is in need of help and most importantly PRAYERS.

Childs custom forged Bangle bracelet. I call it my Hug Bangle. The cross over of copper represents a little hug from you to your child that they can carry with them all day!

I will custom make this bracelet to your desired size. I will also be happy to stamp a special message or name on it.
The one is the photo belongs to my two year old daughter. (sorry the transformer that snuck in for the photo op is not up for auction!)
This bracelet is created from a long piece of pure copper wire. It is cold forged, texturized, shaped, antiqued, tumbled for strength, and finally hand polished. All edges are filed down to be smooth so it wears very comfortably.

All shipping on any auction is at my expense. These auctions will close Monday night 8:00pm PST. Please bid from the heart!

Nie Nie auction #2

These post will be short and to the point...after I have all the auctions up I will share Nie Nie's story for all those who don't already know it.

These gorgeous little earrings are completely hand crafted. I forge my own ear wires. The pearls are Japanese Biwa pearls. They have been hand wrapped with pure copper wire, and antiqued to bring out the rich warm glow of the copper against the serene white of the pearls. They are tumbled to strengthen the metal and hand polished to a gleaming shine.

I am opening the bid on these at $10 dollars. If the bid goes above $20 and the winner would prefer silver I will recreate these in Sterling silver.

Thank you for Helping Nie Nie's family! Canela

Nie Nie Auction # 1

Since I can't photograph the pieces I made until little N goes to take his nap this is going to be auction # 1

Anything currently in my ETSY STORE! Please take a moment to go look and see if this is something you would like to bid for. Then come back here and leave the amount you wish to bid in the comments section. The highest bidder will get to choose anything they like from my store.

I am not a novice jewelry designer. I am extremely meticulous with my craftsmanship and the construction of each piece and i take great pride the creation of every detail.

I'm am leaving the opening bid up to the first person, but please remember that 100% of this is going to Nie Nie's family so please open your heart to them.

This auction will run until Monday night.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Talent Treasury!

Well the best laid plans...This was suppose to be a Tuesday thing but I should know better that to commit to something on my blog with three in school and three home that wont take a nap any more! So I will feature a new artist each week I just wont commit to a day :o)

God gives us all Talents it is our choice to hide them away or to take them hone them and share them with this beautiful world!

This week I am featuring Dana of The Old Red Barn

I recently found her blog through someone elses. Dana is a sweet and earthy gal. She seems to do so much, and it is clear from reading her sweet and amusing posts that this down to earth lady adores her family.

She says in a post on her blog, "I try not to focus on my failures. Rather I just try to see the goodness, bounty and grace that comes from a happy life."

Oh does she do this! Here are some photos of her many talents...

Did I mention that she GIVES away quilts!!!! Yes those gorgeous quilts; she gives them away on her blog. Talk about sharing her talents!

In addition to sharing those beautiful quilts she make hand made soaps and bath scrubs.
She takes beautiful photographs

and she bakes!! YUMMY!
So take a couple of minutes to browse HER BLOG
Then go check out her shop of bath goodies then come back and post a comment telling me which scrub and soap set you like best because I am giving one away to a lucky blogger! I will announce a winner on Wednesday September 3rd. Best of luck!
Thank you Dana for letting me use your photos...Please do not borrow photos with out Dana's permission.

That Rockin' Jesus Music!

I usually listen to books on CD in the car, It's the only "reading" I have time for. I have however exhausted my collection.
The other day the kids wanted some music on while driving so I turned it to the local Christian station. Most of the songs are fairly mellow. A few are punk or Rock songs. So here is how the other morning went.

Kids "mom can you turn on the music?'
Me "sure"
Quiet song comes on
Gabriel "Is this Jesus Music?"
Me "Yes sweetie it is"
Gabriel "Awe man that guy is so awesome!" with a huge smile on his face and both thumbs up.
Next song comes on and it's a Punk song
Thomas "Is this still Jesus music?"
"Yes honey this song is about Jesus too"
Thomas "WOW it's Wild!" he pauses for a minute "Hey mom I LOVE this Wild Jesus music!!"
"Can we listen to this Rockin' Jesus music every day?!"

Things to write down in their notebooks :o)

Stay tuned today...I will be posting this weeks Talent Treasury in just a bit and there is a give away with it.
On the Give away note... Be sure to look at a couple of Posts Back for the Starbucks PAY IT FORWARD GIVE AWAY CHALLENGE Leave a comment to enter and participate.
Tomorrow I will be holding a silent auction for a young family whose parents were in a plane crash Be sure to check back and think about bidding to help the formal info and story will be posted here tomorrow

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

PrimRoses Boutique Holidy Launch!

Well I'm a few days late joining the Lovely designers of the boutique group I am part of. We are doing a Holiday launch on EBAY. Check it out if you have time; there are some Gorgeous designs for girls! This is my first listing for the launch. Check it out here!

It's a copper flower that is attached to a hand made chain of hand wrapped pearls on copper. I stamped a Bee and Thankful on it. I will size this one for a woman or a child.

I love this one not just for Thanksgiving but for everyday! We really are more blessed than we ever realize!

Monday, August 25, 2008

WARNING!!!! Creepy things about to follow!

So here is how my morning went today.
The kids got up and ready for school. Today is my last semi relaxing morning because my hubby goes back to work tomorrow. We went about our normal routine. I ushered the kids out the door, buckled car seats and seat belt. I opened my door placed my foot in the van to step in and screamed!!! All over from the gas and break pedal to my seat was an enormous web!!
Oh I HATE Spiders!!!! I know God designed everything with a purpose and I know they have their place in this world but did He have to make them so Creepy?!! All those legs and the fangs and eye balls and webs, YUCK! Creepy creepy creepy!!

So I pulled it together quickly, because I really don't want my kids to have my irrational fear of spiders. I wiped out all the is amazing how fast they can build one. I climbed in the van and drove to school all the while with goose bumps imagining the nasty little black widow hiding out under my dash board. I KNOW it was just thinking to itself "Hmmm should I bite the ankle or maybe crawl up her pant leg?" Talk about the heebe geebies.
I promptly went from school to Target where I bought two cans of spider spray and doused the under side of my dash board and pedals; oh and the underside of my seat and the passenger seat and....really there is no such thing as overkill where a black widow is concerned.

I just hope i didn't short anything out in the car. But hey at least that spider will think twice before making another web in my car!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pass on the love! Giveaway/challenge for Starbucks

Okay so It just hit me reading the sweet comments on my last post. A fun idea born from those and a commercial for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

So here is my GIVE AWAY for this week but it comes with a challenge so don't enter if you wont participate please. Leave me a comment for an entry

Next Thursday Aug 28th I will go out and buy a $10.00 dollar Starbucks card to send to my winner. Here is what I am asking you to do...

~Enjoy a cup of coffee on me

~Then refill the balance on the card enough for someone else to enjoy a specialty coffee It doesn't need to be for the full 10.

~Then post on your blog for a giveaway for the card and pass it on to someone else.
Maybe you might include enough for them to enjoy a snack too, or a recommendation for something yummy... OR even treat the person behind you to a coffee.

When you send the card on ask them to do the same blog and send enough on the card for the next person to enjoy. Who knows the card could become a world traveler.

If everyone did at least one random act of kindness each day the world would be a happier place. Joy is infections!

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls" Mother Teresa

Have a lovely Friday!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pay it Forward!

The other day I was at Starbucks getting my coffee fix. Let's face it with 6 little ones in tow the Starbucks drive through is one of my best friends! I ordered my usual and pulled around to the window just as the previous customer was driving away. I took out my money to hand to the young man at the window. He just smiled and said the last customer paid for your coffee.

At first I thought seriously? I asked "Your kidding with me, right?" He just handed me my coffee and said nope have a nice day. I was so touched and humbled. Some one who had never even seen me bought my coffee. It really made my day :o)

The little things make a huge difference in someones day...think about it the next time you have a couple extra bucks in your pocket. :o)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Something New :o)

So after a loooong break I have taken my torch back out!

My ultimate long term goals with my jewelry are to learn various methods of siversmithing, metal working, and lampworking and combine the two mediums.
I have delayed much of my learning while I have been pregnant for the last five years. The fumes and chemical just aren't safe for un-born babies.

Since we are taking a break from having more kids I am excited to start working again with my torch! I made some simple fused bangles and rings over the weekend. Here are a couple of them. They are made from a long pieces of sterling silver wire.
They are both in my etsy shop. Both sized for girls but I'll have mommy versions up soon :o)

Monday, August 18, 2008

How Cute is this!!!

So Kathleen of Grosgrain gives away the most adorable outfits each week Yes I said each Week, just because!!!! Her sets are just adorable and so full of innocent spirit. So I am finally entering one of her give aways. Really I don't know why I haven't done it sooner. Could be because I don't have the best of luck with this sort of thing, but hey it's so worth a try. I can just see my little Megan running around in this sweet little dress, a perfect compliment to her reddish brown hair. :o) So here's to day dreaming! Check out this dress here and enter for a chance to win it for a special little girl in your life.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

LaMaison Rustique Blog~Her Party!

The Blog~Her party Craft Show was yesterday. I had a great day! I met so many talented ladies and saw their beautiful creations. I was fortunate enough to make quite a few sales. My wonderful husband stayed home with all the kids, including Nathaniel so I was able to relax and even talk to grown ups with out constantly interrupting with "don't touch that, don't push your sister", and my least favorite "please get your finger out of your nose!"
It was a warm day but my table was nestled in a corner that had one of the only breezes and shade from some gorgeous old trees!

Here are some picture of my table and a beautiful chair by Marie who was set up next to me. Her furniture is just amazing!
I am even posting a very rare picture of myself...I figured what the heck these forty extra pounds are here because this body brought life to 6 beautiful children , I'll wear the extra weight as a badge of honor while I am trying to loose it :o)
Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm Off!!!

Well it's time for the La Maison Rustique Blog~her Party craft show! Whew what a title!
So for the past 4 weeks I have been getting ready for this show and it's on Saturday!
I will post lots of pics and some stories come Sunday, plus get to my e-mail in box :o).
Here are a couple of pictures of the "barn that I snapped tonight as I was setting up.
I so want this chair for my work space! Just a bit out of my range though. :o)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

So this is what happens when i get stressed!

I was so excited to find tiny feet stamps! The possibilities are just endless for design options. The first thing that popped into my head when I saw it was the foot prints poem and I immediately knew how I would turn it into a bracelet.

The feet came in toady's mail!!!! So I dropped all my other projects, even though the craft show/ Blog her party is on Saturday and I have tons left to do to get ready. I got out my hammer and anvil and set to it.

I should have known better.
God wants us to be patient and it is not one of my better virtues so here is what happens when I get ahead of my self. Sigh This one is going into the oops box, and i am setting back to what needs to get finished before I can play again!

If you can't see it in the photo the H is sideways!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Ta Da!

So here they are....This design was inspired by a wall painting I saw. It's simple and clean. The center had a large initial of the family's last name and all around it were the family's first names. So here is my version if it in silver. The first works best with at least 5 names. The second is a different option for it with the last initial hanging freely and works well for a smaller family!

Thanks again Ashley and Kristen for being my guinea pigs :o)


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Talent Treasury Tuesday!

Okay I know Tuesday is almost over! You'll have to forgive was a fun filled day of doctors and dentists visits with the 6 little monkeys.

This week I am featuring a friend of mine. Tracy of Creme de la Gems is a Polymer Clay Artists, and her work is just incredible! She creates the most adorable tiny works of art. Her attention to detail is just impeccable. Each strand of hair is hand applied every small accessory place on one piece at a time. It never ceases to amaze me how she can recreate almost anything in clay! You can find Tracy on both ebay and etsy! Perfect for any princess.

Tracy is definitely sharing Gods gift to her, with the world. :o)

New design :O)

Happy Tuesday!

Well the new design will not be posted until tomorrow. Little Nathaniel got his shots today so he needs some extra love and cuddles!

I decided to take the first two that e-mailed and offer two versions of it. It is simple and chic.

Keep an eye out later tonight for the Tuesday Talent Treasury!
Canela :o)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Would you like to have custom necklace at cost?

I need some help!!!

Ok I have a great design least I think it's great ;o). I would like to make it this evening but i already have a family necklace that I wear all the time so I would like to offer the first to someone else.

So here are the detail. If you would like a personalized sterling silver necklace at cost (only the cost of my supplies not fabrication and crafting time) Then send me an e-mail. I will take the first e-mail I get to keep it impartial. I will give that person the description and exact cost and if it is something they would like then I will stop with that one. If that person is not interested then I will move on to the next.

This will look best with at least 5 names (husband wife and kids or 5 kids)

Tomorrow I will post the new design and list it on Etsy.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another winner!!!!!!!!!!

Well it would seem that almost everyone liked the skinny starfish the best!

Congratulations to miss bunny b who won this giveaway!! I will e-mail you to get your addy.

If you are just dieing to have this necklace as I have had a few e-mail inquiries about it, I will have it up in my esty shop by Wednesday! :o)

I will be doing another give away soon so check back often. As soon as I catch up on order then I will post the give away date and picture of the new prize.

Have a lovely Saturday


Friday, August 8, 2008

Talent Treasury!

Three posts in one day!! I know I have no life ;o)

Actually it's I have no sleep as my hubby has been out of town since last Sunday and my adorable 3 month old has decided that 1 am to 5 am is the best time to get mommy's attention. So in my late night knee bouncing, coffee drinking, praying please sleep please sleep...I have come across some amazing treasures on etsy.

This has inspired me to start a Talent treasury. I love the parable of the Talents. Where Jesus tells the story of the servant who buried his to be safe, and the other who took his out in the world and multiplied it 100 fold (forgive my summarizing as I do not have it memorized)

Once a week I will show some of the talents that people have been blessed with and are sharing with the world! I was planning on doing this each Friday but for the sake of alliteration it will be Talent Treasury Tuesday! Enjoy...

These amazing cards are made by Kelly of happy day studio The name is too perfect! Who couldn't have a happy day after receiving one of these works of art. Kelly hand paints each one. I love the clean simple lines and vibrant colors she uses to create whimsical treasures. I know i will be doing all my card shopping here!