Thursday, January 31, 2008

Who Do you LOVE?

1. A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Who do you LOVE? People always say that the love you have for your child is like no other. I have to agree that is so true!
The Love Forever necklace is a reminder of the love you have for that special someone.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Free Gift from Kristen's Custom Creations...

For a limited time only I am offering a free gift with any purchase in my ETSY shop. Check out my shop for more details! This offer won't last for long!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

What is your favorite charity????

Kristen's Custom Creations gives back!!!!

I am pleased to announce that each month I will be selecting a charity that I will be giving a portion of my profits to. I will feature the selected charity on my blog and most often I will have a featured item designed specifically for that charity. I need your help each month selecting a charity. I know many of you have a charity that is near and dear to you so please leave me a comment(click on the envelope below) with your suggestions. For the February charity please leave a comment by January 31st!
What charity should I feature in February???? Please feel free to forward this blog to friends as I will be keeping a tally. Check back often to see the featured charity!

Kristen's Custom Creations is now available online!

I am pleased to announce that Kristen's Customs Creations is now available online.

My specialty is custom hand-stamped jewelry. I have loved jewelry since I was a child and really like having unique items that are custom made specifically for me . I originally started beading jewelry and now work mostly with metal.

When I had Will I wanted something really unique because I was so proud of him and I didn't want the standard engraved machine made piece of jewelry so the result is the necklace pictured at the left. What began as a hobby many years ago has turned into a business, most of my business started by word of mouth and as it grew I decided to open up my shop online. I hand create each item in my shop and love creating custom orders. Most of my pieces are sterling silver but honestly I stamp on anything I can get my hands on. I am constantly designing new items and much of my inspiration comes from my every day happenings with my toddler, family and friends. Please visit me often and leave me a comment so I know you were here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The only one he will wear

Will has several hats but never wants to wear any of them but this one he even wears in the house. I had to take a pic of the one and only hat he will wear. (Thanks Kim he loves this hat) I remember when I was little I never wanted to wear hats or boots either and on the way to school I would take my boots off and put my shoes on (balancing trying to not get my feet wet while switching was a real challenge) My Mom would have killed me if she knew I did that every time. The older I get the more practical I get, now I wear UGGS which really are ugly but oh so comfortable and warm!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Can you see the resemblance?????

The other day Will and I were reading his book on noses and I asked him who was in the pic on the left and he said Kane. I have to say I can see the resemblance, but poor Kane I think he has such a pretty nose. Kane does act like an anteater he smells food from a mile away!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Do you see something that doesn't belong?

I went into the fridge to make dinner and didn't notice it at first and then Will said "Cow I found you!" It just blended in with all of his drinks he wants to keep it in the fridge for now. I swear I watch him closely but he is so fast with stashing things. Today I spent 25 minutes searching the house for his super balls I was convinced he stashed them once again and after looking everywhere I remembered I put them in my pocket for safe keeping, the poor kid walked around the house while I was searching saying "Balls where are you? Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Key to my heart hand stamped necklace....

Here is a sneak peak of one of my Valentine's Day designs that will be available online soon. This can actually be worn year round but wouldn't it make a perfect Valentines gift. I call it "The Key to my Heart" check it out here I don't know what it is about keys but I love incorporating them into my jewelry and this is an old fashioned scroll key made of sterling. The sterling heart charm is stamped with the word love and hangs from a 16 inch sterling silver snake chain. I think today I will get out all of my Valentine's day decorations! XO XO XO

Monday, January 21, 2008

I love hot chocolate!

I didn't realize how cold it was until I went grocery shopping yesterday it felt like 50 degrees below zero seriously it is so cold out! Even though it is cold out Saturday night we decided we wanted hot fudge sundaes and we didn't have the ingredients to make them so we went to the ice cream parlor let's just say we were the only ones in the parlor and I think the employees were shocked we actually wanted ice cream. Will had a blast he ended up wearing half of his sundae on his shirt! I think today it will be hot chocolate to stay warm!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hot dog, hot dog, hot dog!

Who knew trying to get a toddler to eat would be so challenging? "Hey Will what do you want for breakfast?" "Hot dog please" that is all he ever wants to eat lately breakfast, lunch, and dinner that or Diego yogurt drinks I now understand why yogurt comes in cute little packages(it even comes in a tube) to help get your child to eat! And why does the juice taste better(according to Will) in the red cup? And just when I think I have figured out his favorite food I run to the grocery store and stock up then I get home and he decides he no longer likes hot dogs or Diego yogurt drinks they are now yucky! All in a day but it is oh so fun being a mom isn't it!!! He keeps me on my toes!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I need a vacation!

It was such a gloomy day today in Michigan. I need a vacation wouldn't it be nice to be on the beach right now??This picture is a sunset from Anna Maria Island, Florida one of the nicest places to visit it is a nice, small, quaint town that is very relaxing and has many great restaurants. We hope to take Will there some day since it is one of our favorite vacation spots! Check out they have great vacation rentals!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Say it isn't true....

Doesn't he look so innocent? The other day I was singing while watching one of Will's shows and he put his hand out and said "Mama stop singing, please!" I know I am a bad singer I always have been but when your two year old tells you to stop singing you know you are bad, this also happened when I was in junior high my singing teacher asked me to not sing during the concert to just mouth the words! See it left me scarred I still can vividly remember that but heck if my precious tot thinks I am terrible then it is true!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I think you got it all!

It is strange but we never can get good pictures of Kane I didn't think a dog could photograph poorly but he does the other problem we have is that usually he is sleeping he doesn't get up for much but if he smells food look out! Since he is so tall he can reach most things off of our kitchen counter with out much effort (one time he ate half of a pot roast in a matter of seconds) I had to snap this picture he licked this pan for over 3o minutes it was left over meat loaf notice his foot to hold it in place and him smacking his lips! Well that must have been exhausting for him he then went up to bed early! Kane goes up to his dog bed before Will most nights, Kane is the only one in our house that sleeps through the night!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Caught red handed!

I left the room just briefly and came back to this I now know why I am missing a few of my letters off of the keypad. Will looks like he knows exactly what he is doing doesn't he? Isn't it funny how you can buy kids toys and books and they have the most fun with the things that aren't toys like an empty paper towel roll, empty boxes, a used dryer sheet you name it they can find something fun to do with just about anything. That is what is so great about being a kid everything is fun!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My Hand Stamped Sterling Jewelry!!!

This is the very first necklace I made. You can purchase one just like it at Kristen's Custom Creations. After having Will I wanted something really unique so I decided to make my own it took me a long time to get it exactly the way I wanted it but it is my favorite necklace. The necklace is hand stamped sterling silver that is oxidized to bring out the letters and it hangs on a snake chain. I started getting requests from friends and family so I decided to open up my own jewelry business.
Custom orders are always welcome and make great gifts for everyone, please visit my shop where you will find Mommy necklaces, something for Dad and items inspired by special messages, logo pieces and even some Twilight inpired items.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Best seat in the house!

Kane and Will are the best of pals as you can see from the pic. We rescued Kane from Regap which is a wonderful group that is made up of hundreds of volunteers that give the hounds a second chance, unfortunately once a greyhound no longer races (usually around 3 yrs. old) they are no longer of use to their owners so they are in desperate need of a home so groups like Regap find foster homes until they can be adopted into a new home. Greyhounds are one of the sweetest breeds of dogs and make wonderful pets. I could go on and on regarding why you should rescue a hound so I will save it for other posts since I am passionate about rescuing a hound but for more details visit Regap's site for . Kane is now 7yrs old and sleeps most of the day!

Friday, January 11, 2008

If Life was only this easy...

Don't you wish the toughest decision you had to make in a day was what flavor sucker to select and if you can't decide just try them all as Will likes to! Will likes to take just one lick and then put them in a bowl or stick them in my mouth can't say I like all the flavors either! Oh to be two years old and experience pure bliss over the littlest things!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

This is all new for me!

This really is all new for me. I never knew what blogging was until I stumbled across a few blogs and really enjoyed reading them so a friend suggested that I start my own blog. I am glad it is a new year and we are finally getting back into a bit of a schedule, Will my two year old starts back up with his classes next week (mommy and me classes) which is always a lot of fun I am also in the process of launching my custom hand stamped jewelery business so things are very busy but oh what a sweet life, that is what "La Dolce Vita" means the sweet life in Italian. Well today my goal is to get my file box in order for 2008!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kristen's Custom Creations Awareness Jewelry

As a business owner I believe in giving back and have worked with many charities through the years, below are just a few of the awareness pieces that I have created.

The "Shine" necklace benefiting The Special Olympics of Michigan.

The "Protect" necklace benefiting the Hayes Foundation.

The "Patience" necklace benefiting Resolve.

The "Hope" necklace benefiting Autism Speaks.

The "Hope Speaks" necklace benefiting Apraxia Kids

The "Hound Lover" necklace benefiting Rescued Greyhounds, Michigan Regap

The "Live, Love, Laugh" necklace benefiting Gilda's Club

The "Turn Lemons into lemonade" necklace benefits Alex's Lemonade

Friday, January 4, 2008

My Hand Stamped Jewelry was Featured, Featured

We've Been Featured on

Kristen's Custom Creations featured in the Detroit Edition of Yes! Your Essential Shopper The Sunday Edition.

Do you want to see what geeksugar has to say about the "Tweet" necklace, well they think it is ELEGANT AND EFFECTIVE! Go ahead and click on the picture to see for yourself.

If you would like to purchase a "Tweet" necklace at $35 please visit my shop.

I've Been Spotted on IndieSpotting

Featured Article: Go Red For Women click here to read

Trisha from MomDot wearing the MomDot necklace



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