Sunday, August 31, 2008
I have decided that on Sundays I am going to post something that will make you feel good. It may be something that will make you laugh or something that will simply just make you just feel good all over. I am starting with a e-mail a friend sent me about how kids define Love. I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to leave a feel good message please do so in my comments. I heart comments.
WHAT LOVE MEANS TO CHILDREN AGE 4 TO 8 YEARS OLD
Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it.
Touching words from the mouths of babes.
What does 'Love' mean?
A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does 'love' mean?' The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
See what you think: 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.' Rebecca- age 8
'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.' Billy - age 4
'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.' Karl - age 5
'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.' Chrissy - age 6
'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.' Terri - age 4
'Love is when my Mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.' Danny - age 7
'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mummy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss' Emily - age 8
'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.' Bobby - age 7
'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,' Nikka - age 6
'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, and then he wears it everyday.' Noelle - age 7
'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.' Tommy - age 6
'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.' Cindy - age 8
'My Mummy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.' Clare - age 6
'Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.' Elaine - age 5
'Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.' Chris - age 7
'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day' Mary Ann - age 4
'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.' Lauren - age 4
'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image) Karen - age 7
'Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.' Mark - age 6
'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.' Jessica - age 8
And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'
The mini Tears of Joy hand stamped sterling silver necklace is available in my shop
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The second award came from LeAnn who is also one of my first bloggy friends, I love this award and I hope we do remain Blog Friends Forever. Stop by and say hi to LeAnn at Tolleson4him LeAnn is a sweetheart, thank you!
It is my great pleasure to pass this award on to the following:
Tolleson4him (I Love Your Blog Award)
Laurie Beggin Stained Glass Musings (BFF Award)
Friday, August 29, 2008
Oh no it isn't a new sports car it is a Metallic handbag!
Just like shiny shoes Metallic handbags are hot for this upcoming fall season. From ultra sparkly to somewhat muted there are many different shades of shiny available. Do you prefer a tote, a satchel, a shoulder bag, gold, silver, or hot pink? There are so many choices and you are sure to find one that suits your liking.
These super hot metallic beauties are being seen on the arms of the most fashionable women around the world. The days of a boring handbag are a thing of the past. Why not have some fun and adorn yourself with a sizzling, hot metallic handbag.
"Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest."
Take your pick:
Calvin Klein Medium Shopper
Mulberry Buffed Metallic Tote
Reese Leather Mini Flap
Francesco Biasia Zip Metallic Shoulder Bag
Bembe Small Duffel
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
Mary Stevenson, 1936
The "It was then that I carried you" is a 3/4 inch sterling silver(925) square that has been hand stamped. The piece has a 17 inch sterling silver chain with a lobster clasp and has a beautiful freshwater pearl attached.
Available in my shop Kristen's Custom Creations
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Over the weekend we took Will to his first baseball game. We were really curious as to if he was going to like it or not and he loved it. I can't say he watched the game much but he loved all of the treats. I think we made our rounds to almost every concession stand. After the game the kids got to run the bases, out of probably a hundred kids only two kids ran out into the outfield. You guessed it right Will and my nephew, now why isn't that surprising. It is so fun to watch your kiddo experience something new for the first time and see the excitement on their face.
Have you been to a game lately? Did you do anything fun this past weekend?
Monday, August 25, 2008
This picture was shot from one one of our favorite vacation spots, Anna Maria Island. Before Hubby and I had Will we traveled a lot. I use to have a lot of vacation time and everyone told us to travel as much as we could before we had a kiddo. One of our favorite spots was and still is Anna Maria Island. We haven't been back since we had Will, but plan on taking him there some day soon. We know he will love the beach and all of the great shells they have. The Gulf side of Florida really does have some of the most beautiful sells you can find. We also love how quaint the town is and that it hasn't been over run with high rise condos and chain restaurants.
There is something to be said about sand between your toes and the mesmerizing sounds of the ocean waves. I love the ocean and find it captivating. My piece "The Tide Will Turn" was inspired by the many vacations we had. I always used our vacations to reflect, recharge and dream up new ideas for the future. I would watch the ocean waves and realize that anything is possible and with out fail the sun would always set and rise and the tide would always turn.
What is your favorite vacation spot? What do you hope to gain from a vacation?
The "The Tide Will Turn" necklace is a sterling silver disc that has been hand stamped. The charm includes a sterling silver star fish charm and hangs on a 18 inch sterling silver bead/ball chain. Artist note: The letters on this disc have been hand stamped one at a time. I do not use machines. The letters will not line up perfectly and are not meant to this is part of the charm that makes your piece one of a kind. No two pieces will ever be exactly the same. The disc has been brushed and the letters have been oxidized/antiqued, to make them stand out it will appear to be aged or slightly tarnished but has been given a good polish. All materials used are of the highest quality and each piece has been made w/ loving care. Design Copyright of Kristen's Custom Creations 2008.
The necklace can be purchased at Kristen's Custom Creations
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have been tagged by Little Lady Bug I need to share 6 quirky things about me. The funny thing is I am at the lake with my family and they had no problem helping me come up with 6 things. I will say I agree with all of them, at least I know myself.
So here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged
6 Quirky things about me:
1. I am a germ freak, I carry hand sanitizer everywhere I go. I am not as bad as Monk but pretty bad. Ask my friends.
2. I won't leave the house w/ out taking a shower, even if I was going to the beach or working out.
3. I smell everything before I eat it, and have a super sniffer 2000. I smell things other people don't.
4. I don't like fish (probably becasue it smells) I will though eat tuna fish only out of a can. I haven't really tried eating fish but know I won't like it.
5. Stains on clothes or anything drive me crazy, thank goodness for oxy.
6. When I grocery shop I never take the first item, I take the 2nd item.
I Tag the following blogs:
Cheaper than thearpy Jen
Keep it Classy Jen
Cinnamon and Honey
The Dirty Shirt
Home of the Lazy Dog
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I was at the mall the other day and couldn't believe one of my favorite kid stores has Halloween costumes already. It is still August isn't it? It seems like every year the stores start a little bit earlier with their holiday merchandise. I remember when I was a kid they didn't even bring out Christmas merchandise until the day after Thanksgiving.
You be the judge do you like that it is starting earlier every year?
These cute costumes are available at Gymboree
Friday, August 22, 2008
There are many things every fashionista should have in her closet. The one thing that is essential is the perfect white blouse. The perfect white blouse is very versatile and just as necessary as as having a perfect fitting pair of blue jeans. A white blouse is an item that is timeless and never goes out of style. There are many different variations of white blouses but a simple, classic style is always available and always in style. This is one item that you really should invest in, as it will stand the test of time.
A white blouse can be dressed up or down and can be worn with just about everything. Here are just a few ways to wear that perfect white blouse.
For everyday casual, pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and wear it un tucked for a simple, easy look.
For the office, wear it under your suit jacket, tuck it in, and pair it with some classic pearls. You will make a powerful statement in your office.
Wear it on business casual day with a pair of dress pants and a scarf and you will still look polished yet more casual.
For an evening out, wear it with a slim, black pencil skirt, add a wide belt and you are polished and ready for a fab night out on the town.
When you build your wardrobe with essential pieces, like the perfect white blouse you can put an outfit together in a snap. All you need to do is vary your blouse with different pants or skirts and accessories and you can have many different looks. Fashion doesn't have to be complicated, it should be simple and effortless.
While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence — which, I believe, does make the woman."
Mary Kay Ashe
For detailed information on the above items just click on the picture for links to purchase.
What is your favorite way to wear your favorite white blouse?
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Jen at Keep It Classy Jen
Laurie at Through The Looking Glass
Prim and Proper Mom
Adventures in Babywearing
Diapers to Designs
Half Pass Kissin Time
Home of the Lazy Dog
My Cup 2 Yours
Cinnamon and Honey
Through the Looking Glass (The Loveable Award)
Now all you need to do is pass some bloggy love on to others. Pay it forward.
"Walk By Faith" product details:
The "Walk by Faith" necklace is a sterling silver pendant that measures 3/4 of an inch long by 1/2 inch wide. The charm hangs on a 18 inch bead/ball sterling silver chain and includes a freshwater pearl that has been hand wire wrapped. Artist note: The letters on this piece have been hand stamped one at a time. I do not use machines. The letters will not line up perfectly and are not meant to this is part of the charm that makes your piece one of a kind. No two pieces will ever be exactly the same. The disc has been brushed and the letters have been oxidized/antiqued, to make them stand out it will appear to be aged or slightly tarnished but has been given a good polish.
Design copyright of Kristen's Custom Creations 2008.
To see my entire hand stamped collection please visit Kristen's Custom Creations
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
- Their names are Kevin, Joe and Nick
- Their latest album is A Little Bit Longer
- They have a show in Disney called Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream
- They were in a movie called Camp Rock, a made for Disney Movie (I admit I think I saw part of this)
- The brothers have all been home schooled by their mother
- All three boys wear purity rings on their left hand ring finger and have vowed not to have premarital sex
I couldn't resist creating the "I heart JB" necklace. I think every fan should be able to display their love for these talented brothers. Visit my shop if you would like details to purchase the "I Heart JB".
Would you like to read a Acrocstic poem about the Jonas Brothers then visit Two Crazy Girls blog.
Please also let me know if I passed the cool test and if you have any factoids to add about the Jonas Brothers.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I really try to encourage others to rescue a pet if they can. Rescues very often make the best pets and they are so grateful for their homes. Take a peek at my hand stamped "Rescue" necklace. I designed this necklace some time ago for a pet lover and just realized I never listed it in my shop.
Do you have a rescue? If so please share how you came to rescue it.
To see my complete collection of my hand stamped jewelry please visit my shop.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Can you believe Will didn't want to eat this ice cream cone? We were at the local farm market and they were giving away these yummy ice cream cones, but Will didn't want anything to do with it, I guess because it didn't have any chocolate on it.
I can't believe summer is coming to an end and it got me thinking of some things I want to do before it is over.
- Eat lunch and dinner on our deck, as often as possible
- Go for more family walks after dinner
- Have my morning cup of coffee on the deck
- Take Will to the park more often
- Go for more bike rides, next year Will will be too big for his bike seat on the back of my bike
- BBQ as much as possible and try some new recipes
What do you want to do before summer is over?
Saturday, August 16, 2008
You Are Marcia Brady
Confident yet kind. Popular yet down to earth. You're a total dream girl.
You've got the total package - no wonder everyone's a little jealous of you.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I have to admit I have watched Hannah Montana a few times and see her everywhere. I mean everywhere you turn you see Hannah Montana merchandise. A few weeks ago I was at Michael's craft store and a dad was purchasing every Hannah Montana poster they had, he admitted to me that he really enjoys the show also. It wasn't until I received a custom order for the above necklace that I realized how popular she is. My customer purchased several of these for her daughter and her daughter's friends. I don't have a tween so I don't quite understand what makes her so popular with the little girls. Does your daughter just love her?
When I was a tween the craze was Michael Jackson, I had so many of his buttons!
The "Heart HM" hand stamped necklace is of course available in my shop Kristen's Custom Creations.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I remember the time I worried about if Will was talking enough. I even made a list of all of the words he said so I could see if he was talking enough. Looking back I feel a bit silly. I think as any new mom we worry that our kid isn't doing the things they "should" be. You see it was triggered by one of those moms in a play group that was saying her 1 year had the largest vocabulary on the planet. I really wish moms didn't have to compare their kids so much, as I have realized each kid for the most part develops at their own pace.
Now Will doesn't stop talking and says some of the funniest things. I thought I would share a few, keep in mind he is just over 2.5 years old.
Will: "Mama why are you cleaning, are my friends coming over?" We really do clean often, not sure why he only noticed it this past weekend.
Will: "Mama today I am going to call you Kristen" Hey at least he knows my other name.
Will: "Ah Mama you are sweet like my candy!" I had just given him a piece of candy for being really good at the grocery store.
Will: "Mama you are strong like a monster" I am not sure if this should be taken as a compliment, but it is funny.
Will: "Mama the Mickey store is locked forever and ever!" The local mall closed our Disney Store and for some reason he wanted to tell me that this morning.
Do you have something funny your kiddo has said? Where do they get these things?
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
One of the things I love about making hand stamped jewelry is that I can stamp just about anything, and a piece can hold special meaning. I created the "Love U 2 The Moon and Back" because one of Will's favorite books is "Guess How Much I Love You" He loves to say, "Love to the moon and back." I created this piece for myself and now finally have it listed in my shop.
I find sometimes it takes me a while to get new pieces listed in my shop Kristen's Custom Creations, since I get busy filling orders and busy chasing after my kiddo. I have a few other new items in my shop also more to come, so be sure to check them out. I am really trying to get caught up this week.
What is your favorite children's book?
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Very often my clients ask me how I got started with making hand stamped jewelry. I thought I would share my story. I spent over 11 years working in the service industry and was very focused on my career, probably too focused. I always thought when I was ready to have a kiddo it would just happen when I wanted it to happen. I never dreamed I would suffer with infertility issues. To make a long story a bit shorter it took us 3 years to have Will. When we finally had Will I was so proud, as any proud mama should be. I decided I wanted a necklace with his name on it. I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for so hubby said, "You make jewelry (bead jewelry as a hobby) it can't be that hard, why don't you make something" I spent around 8 months researching materials, perfecting my technique and testing the quality of my necklaces. I am a perfectionist and wanted it to be just the right thickness and size. So you see my "Proud Mama" necklace is my first piece and has a story behind it.
I really never thought making my necklace would turn into a business. I started giving my "Mom 2 Be" necklace (my second creation) as baby shower gifts and then made necklaces for friends and family. Soon I started receiving requests from friends of friends so I decided to launch my business on Etsy. I was overwhelmed at how well they were received.
I feel truly blessed to have a creative outlet that allows me to make some extra money and be home with Will. I hope my jewelry holds special meaning for those that wear it. I enjoy my clients as they are some of the kindest folks out there. It makes my day when they take time to email me and tell me how much they like their stamped jewelry.
So you see, sometimes you just never know where a venture will take you. When I look back at my journey I really feel things happen for a reason.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
We adore Andrew and hope he brings you a smile today!
Just a reminder for every hand stamped Shine necklace that is sold in my shop a portion of proceeds will be donated to The Special Olympics of Michigan. Please also visit their site to see how you can support just a great cause.
Friday, August 8, 2008
It got me thinking about all of those abbreviations and what they mean. I do know what BFF stands for and a few others, but if I had a teenager I would need to take a course in these abbreviations just to communicate. So here is a run down, let me know if I missed any.
BTW: by the way
G2G: got to go
BRB: be right back
CUL8R: see you later
HT4U: hot for you
GMAB: give me a break
OMG: oh my god
LOL: Laugh out Loud (I had a customer that use to always say LOL and I thought it meant lots of love)
TTYL: talk to you later
TMI: too much information
JK: just kidding
Do you use these abbreviations? I use some, and I have to admit it does make it easier.
The "BFF" hand stamped sterling necklace is available here.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Head on over to Ohana Mama to read my featured interview. The lovely Sarah has one of the coolest blogs, she features cool finds for Ohana Mama's. Lucky Sarah resides in Maui with her family. I heart Maui. Hubby and I spent our honeymoon in Maui, and hope to return again someday.
Check out Sarah's Tagatowel, which is patent pending and soon to be released.
Special thank you to Sarah for featuring my shop!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The Secret is in the Sauce is hosting a giveaway for one of my new necklaces. I collaborated with them to create two pieces, "Shine" and "Saucy" The contest is really simple, just leave a comment here as to which one is your favorite and then head on over to their site to leave a comment there also. If you just can't wait, both necklaces are available in my shop and a portion of proceeds for each "Shine" necklace will be donated to the Special Olympics of Michigan.
Also be sure to check out their sister site SITS Girls Recipes for some good eats!
Friday, August 1, 2008
- Soup Nazi
- Spare a Square
- Man Hands
- Smelly Car
- Puffy Pirate Shirt
I know those aren't the exact titles, but they are a few of my favorites. If you are a fan, what are your favorite episodes?