Friday, February 27, 2009

More newbies in the shop!

It's not too early to start thinking about Mother's day!!!! You (or your hubby) do not want to wait until the last minute to order a personalized piece.

I've been having so much fun with my layered and soldered pieces. I have a whole notebook full of design ideas so keep watching for new items.

More newbies in the shop!

plays and awards............

This morning was assembly day at the school. The kids were thrilled because Kaiya was playing the part of the Queen of hearts in Alice. (+the after pics of her teeth she's happy to smile again)

Thomas earned the Outstanding Citizen award for Outstanding reading and tests scores. How proud does he look?! :o)

And the winner is.....

Heather of Family Forever!

Heather send me an e-mail

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just another morning :o)

The give away is still going on check it out two posts below!!!!!!!

Just a (somewhat) typical morning....

When you've got four brothers I guess the chance of this happening is high....

Poor Kaiya, Gabriel (accidentally) hit her in the mouth with a metal soccer goal post. I'm still not sure what he was doing with the goal.

It broke both of Kaiya's front teeth. Gabriel is not her favorite brother right now! The dentist fixed them beautifully though. We'll post after pictures tomorrow.

Megan likes to pretend she's still the baby :o)

Alexander just hanging out

Nathaniel being adorable!

Hope you're having a great morning!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Have you ever been over to Mique's Blog 30 hand made days?

She always has wonderful features for amazing items. I will thrilled when she asked to host a giveaway for me :o)

Go check it out and be sure to bookmark her blog!

The give away below is still going on too so scroll down to enter.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time for another Giveaway!!!!!!

In honor of my new designs I thought I would give one away.

Just pop into my SHOP and then come on back over and tell me which is your favorite design.

Blog about it for an extra entry!

The Winner will get to choose between these two necklaces.

I will choose and post the winner next Friday!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The new kids in the shop :o)

I just added a few new designs to my shop!!! check them out

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Whoo Hooo!! I made it to Etsy's Front page again today!

I was on Etsy's home page again today!!!!

I know most of you are probably like um so whats the big deal?

But as a seller it is a HUGE deal!! It is great exposure!

Doing a happy dance :o)

Somebody at Etsy likes me :o)

I was thrilled last night to get a message from my friend Alicia that my Capture Life necklace had made it up to etsy's Home page!!!!!! YAY I still need to figure out how to post the treasury (Alicia Help?)

Guinea Pig # 1 :o)

I posted a week or so ago for some volunteers.
Here is the first new design It's in my shop now
Thanks Judi!!!

For my other volunteers I'm working, yours are soon to come!!!! Dana yours is next I just need to get pictures!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

sweet bird

This little sweetie just flew into my shop!
It's part of a new line of charms. The top disc is stamped and then permanently soldered to the bottom disc. It is a beautiful and Unique design, for any one looking for a special necklace that isn't something everyone else has!

Monday, February 16, 2009

More Newbies

Just addes these pretties to my shop!

It's not too early to start thing of Mother's day! Somthing special for your mom, your sister, yourself :o)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Some newbies!

Here a a few new things that have finally made their way into my shop. Check back soon to see the mother's pieces I am making for my volunteers!!

Mermaids Treasure

Mon Papillion

Family charm

initially mine

I Just LOVE this new Tiara stamp!!

Still need a couple more volunteers :o)

Thank you to you lovely ladies who have volunteered to be my guinea pigs ;o) I can't wait to get going on these.

I'm still looking for a couple of ladies (or gents looking to get something special for your wife or daughter)

Still up is...
the three charm bracelet Dainty yet very sturdy....($25)

I also am looking for someone who would like a whimsical initial necklace 2 to 4 charms. It could be for a young lady or a woman. ($18)


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I need a little help

In my rush to mail out Christmas orders I didn't get a chance to photograph most of the new designs I made as customs.

I have a few new Mother's pieces I'd like to make and list but I need some Guinea pigs, Oh I mean volunteers ;o)

If you would like a necklace or bracelet for close to cost please e-mail me.
Fabrication time will be 4 weeks. All materials will be sterling silver , fine silver, or gold filled

I'm looking for...
~Someone with four family members to put on a charm, or two kids and their b-days ($24)
~Someone who would like a charm bracelet with three charms, a mix of boys and girls, or all girls. Can be names and b-days ($25)
~Someone looking for a necklace to accommodate up to 10 names (depending on length) Moms or grandmas ($22)
~Someone who likes hearts, with three names or words ($18) for short necklace ($20) for a long necklace
~Someone who likes bangle bracelets with three or more names ($27 for 3)

There will be more to come but this is all I can commit to right now Please e-mail me at and put blog jewelry in the title so I don't accidentally delete it.

You can browse through my blog for work samples or peek into my ESTY shop if you are a 1st time visitor

Can't wait to make something pretty for someone!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

So Thrilled!!!

I was just thrilled when I signed into Esty tonight to find one of my new necklaces on their Front Page!!

Thank you to the etsy admin who chose it!!! (not that any of the admins actually read my little blog but thank you none the less.)

I Just listed this one yesterday. She's really not new. She's one of the designs that has been waiting patiently on my work bench for her photo opp. I'm glad I finally got her photographed and listed :o)

Friday, February 6, 2009


Our oldest is a wonderful student. She is in her finial year of elementary school. She is earning straight A's and is in G.A.T.E. She loves to read and is reading at an almost 8th grade level.

She does great except when she procrastinates.

She informed me on Wednesday that she had to make a 3D model of the Governor's Palace in Virginia. It needed to be detailed and include the surrounding landscape and it was due on Friday!!! Grrrr. Daddy (being a teacher) makes her do it all by herself when she waits till the last minuet. I helped tape the sides and roof together but she has done the rest.

However Murphy's law reigns true. She was up Thursday night gluing trees and pasting windows, when she went running for the bathroom....looks like the flu founds it's way home with her.

Maybe she will have learned her lesson and not wait till two days before to try and frantically finish a project.

This is what we had on Wednesday night. I'll post the final when she is back up on her feet.

and the winner is....

Chosen by random number generator...which would be my 10 year old picking a number from 1 to 13....

Number 11 Betty!

Congrats I sent you an e-mail

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Great ideas!!

Thank you to all who shared their money saving tricks and yummy recipes! I had a couple of requests for the tortilla recipe so I will post those tomorrow when I post the winner.

I'll take entries till midnight PST. There is still time just go to the post below!

Monday, February 2, 2009

How do you save? With a giveaway :o)

Now that the holiday order rush is over, I'm getting back to normal level of insanity. ;o)

Working on finishing Valentine orders. Working on new designs. Making over my workshop! (I'll post about that some other day)

Working on cutting the grocery budget back down!

With 6 kids, (four of them boys) I feel like I run a 24 hour all you can eat buffet! With a rather small grocery budget I have to get creative! (Seriously your jaw would drop if you knew what my budget was 2 years ago with 5 kids! It's bigger now that we have 6 but still far less then the reported average.)

So my quest to become more creative about saving while still providing healthy yummy food is never ending.

I plan my menu weekly. That way I can budget my time as well as money.
I buy in bulk, out of necessity, Left overs get used for lunches the next day or for a meal the next evening.
A couple of roasted chickens might become a chicken pot pie the next day Things like that.
I freeze some leftover for quick meals on hand.

I make a huge batch of Tomato sauce on a weekend and then freeze it in batches for when I need it.

We grow what we can. We don't have a large yard but we grow edible veggies and herbs where we can. The kids LOVE eating what they planted and cared for.
When we have more free time (HA!) I plan to take out the mulberry trees and replace them with fruit trees.

we try not to buy prepared foods where we can help it.
You would really be surprised how easy it is to prepare many snack and other foods you find in boxes and cans. It just takes planning.
We make tortillas and beans from scratch on taco night for one example.
I try to make the kids snacks and goodies from scratch too.
I've found recipes for homemade marshmallows and chocolate syrup. We bake our cookies. We bake our bread frequently.

So do you have a favorite recipe or idea that saves you money? Leave a comment sharing yours for a chance to win this sweet little necklace! I'll announce the winner on Friday.


I am in the process of updating my listings for a sale!!! Everything on a Pink background or anything with hearts is on sale for Valentines day :o)

Tell your honey if there's something you've been eyeing in my shop ;o)

I will have a few more items added in by tomorrow,lots of ready to ship jewelry so no waiting, and I will take customs till Friday and ship in time for Valentines giving.
Have a Happy Monday!