New Beginnings

January 7, 2012

I love the New Year.  It is a time to let the past fade away …

And to turn our focus toward the future …

To see with a fresh outlook and appreciation all that is good in our lives.

Happy New Year!

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Miraculous Mary

December 18, 2011

I wanted to share this very special necklace I’ve just completed.

A gorgeous vintage French Miraculous Medal is the focal point of this lovely piece.

A wonderfully patinaed Crucifix dangles from the clasp.

I have used soft pink and neutral tones to create an ethereal look.

Beautiful freshwater pearls, in pinks, peaches and silvers represent the ultimate in femininity.

Moonstone, Natural Rock Crystal, Labradorite, Rose Quartz and hand-aged Sterling Silver complete this charming adornment!  This treasure has been spoken for, but please visit my etsy shop for more enchanting jewelry!

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Tranquility

December 3, 2011

An enchanting new necklace …

made in calming blues and whites.

A lovely selection of pale blue gems which include Fluorite (AA), Apatite (AA) and Aquamarine have been combined with stunning large Natural Rock Crystal nuggets, Natural Rock Crystal beads, Moonstone, Freshwater Pearls (both Drusy (AAA) and Baroque).

New life has been given to once adored vintage religious medals and long forgotten glass rosary beads.  Their Divine beauty will soothe your spirit.

Tranquility, available in my etsy shop, here.

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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2011

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You can find these pretties in my etsy shop.

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Who Wants Pie?

November 14, 2011

One of the things I love about the weather cooling down is making those yummy dishes that seem too heavy in warmer weather.  This weekend I made a chicken pot pie.

I used my set of adorable pie-crust cutters from Williams Sonoma.  They are so easy to use and add a fun touch to any pie, sweet or savory.  My set has two leaves, an acorn and a pumpkin.  The set currently available has a cute turkey too!

So, who wants pie?

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Care Package 101

November 11, 2011

In honor of Veteran’s Day I thought I’d take you step by step through sending a Care Package to a deployed member of the Armed Forces.   You will need to gather a few supplies before you get started!

1.  An APO/FPO Flat Rate Box, Customs Form & Priority Mail address label, all available from your local Post Office.

2.  Goodies to put in your Care Package.  Snacks, hygiene items, magazines, and games are all good ideas!  Remember all food items must be sealed in their original packages.

3.  Find a soldier to “adopt”.  My two favorite sites for this are: Soldiers’ Angels and Any Soldier.  You will find a wealth of information on both of these sites.

Tape together your box with some good strong packing tape.  Then line the bottom layer with any square-edged items you have.  Fit them as closely together as you can!

Use any small spaces to put little items, such as, gum, playing cards, and travel-sized hygiene items.

Next, layer any odd shaped items.

Make sure to seal anything that could leak in double zip-lock bags.

For your final layer, fill the box with bags of nuts, trail mix, candy … anything that will ‘squish” into the leftover spaces.  Be sure to include a note!  If you’d like a response you may include your email address and/or a self addressed envelope and writing paper.  (No stamps required – deployed soldiers can send letters for free.)

Lastly, seal and address your box.  I like to use a lot of tape as it’s going a long way and often through rugged territory!  I also like to decorate the outside of the box  to make it look more fun. Fill out your customs form and off to the Post Office you go!  The current rate for an APO/FPO Flat Rate Box is $12.95.

Okay, now that you know what to do, what are you waiting for?  The Holidays are a great time to show your appreciation to a soldier who is far from home!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Far and Away

November 7, 2011

Follow me along this pretty country path …

across the ancient stone bridge …

past the sheep happily grazing on the hill …

through the picture perfect village …

and you will find yourself in another place and time.

This is the beautiful ruin of Castle Corfe in Dorset, England.

Steeped in history, King Edward the Martyr was murdered here in 948 by his scheming step-mother, Queen Elfrida, who wanted to see her own son put on the throne.

The tower was built in the 12th century for King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror.

Sitting high on a hill this impressive castle stood over 60 feet tall.

Its high position and fortified walls kept enemies at bay for hundreds of years.

It is stunning as a ruin today … it must have been spectacular in its day.

The attention to detail is amazing, beautiful archways everywhere.

Castle windows show off the bucolic views of the English countryside.

How many people over the centuries have enjoyed this same idyllic view?

A casualty of the English Civil War, the Castle was ordered to be destroyed by an Act of Parliament in 1646.

Castle Corfe, a place of haunting beauty … I so hope you will visit one day.

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Eeek!!

October 31, 2011

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Okay, it is a little scary to see how long I’ve been away!

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I’ve had some fun adventures that I’ll be sharing with you soon!

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But for today, a picture of the cutest little pumpkin I’ve ever seen … a sweet gift picked up by my children on a recent trip to the pumpkin patch.

Have a Happy Halloween!

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Heaven and Earth

July 18, 2011

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Heaven and Earth come together in this beautiful necklace.

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A wonderful selection of rough cut Citrine, Green Fluorite and Baroque Freshwater Pearls enhance the deep amber of the old religious medal. A handmade vintage-look charm with the word “Faith” on one side and “Believe” on the other acts as a clasp. A hand fashioned sterling silver hook slips into the charm to secure the necklace. Aged sterling silver wire ties it all together. This necklace is completely reversible.

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On one side is an image of Mary as she appeared in an apparition to Catherine Laboure as a young nun in a French convent in 1830.

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On the other side, “Ite Ad Joseph” … Go to Joseph

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The Heaven and Earth necklace can be found in my etsy shop, Objects of Devotion.

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