Wednesday, November 30, 2011


ok you, Casey leigh ... I'm in! :)

stole from
I have seen this on a few people's blog and thought it might be fun!

Obsessing over: Christmas decor, Christmas music, sweets, bundled up babies, hats, love wearing layers, never matching them of course, fun boots when possible, cooler weather *hopefully, trying to nail down my Christmas card...ack!

Working on: not so  much on, as much as BURIED with necklace orders :)  It is all I can do to keep up with what's coming in, and I can't even take time to update the blog, or show you new styles, or put up new listings.  
or do anything else.

Thinking about: Where we are supposed to be this coming year. In all areas. Wondering what is best for us, praying for clear doors and windows and full on flashing signs :) Hoping for some needed changes.  
thinking how my boy will be TWO in a couple weeks. That is so crazy. Thinking how my girl is such a big kid now, she baffles me.

Anticipating: a busy month! lots of birthdays, lots of different family parts for various holiday get togethers, need to get crackin on lots of TO DO lists... December is always stressful for me. I used to save all my vacation days so I could have a few weeks off to enjoy it as much as possible, and here I am now officially *off* and it's even busier I think.  I go up and down on whether to just close the shop for the month and enjoy it :)

Listening to: Christmas channel on TV - ALL DAY. The hubs turns it on first thing in the morning, as well as the Christmas tree and various decorations, so that when I get up, it's already cheery :) awwww....

Drinking: I wish it was something chocolate, frothy, hot and scrumptious, but it's water right now :) Coffee in the AM, and diet coke at lunch!

Wishing: all that is mentioned in 'thinking about'. Wishing for change, guidance, more involvement with our local and global community, to serve others more, to gain more of a solid ground in grace and giving, and thankfulness for my kidlets. A sharper focus on how much to pursue what I'm doing. 
Always more balance, better priorities, more fun time, less stress time.
To really show up for people. To walk life with others.  To dig deep, get involved and find our core.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend memories

 door greeter 


{I used to be able to take just as many obsessive photos of my daughter when she was younger, but now that she's wised up to me, and gets tired of it, she rarely cooperates. And thus, I always have way more to share of the boy. doesn't mean I don't try!}

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day

Today we honor and salute all of our men & women and their families that have served our country. We know when one person serves, their whole family serves as well. What an amazing gift to the world. I cannot fathom their bravery, their sacrifice, or their dedication.
Love to you and yours

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hope.... in a box

We all have someone in our life that needs - - a prayer, or hope, or a wish, or a change, or a healing, or some grace, or some heavy amounts of love, or maybe it's forgiveness, or strength. Or maybe it's us. Maybe we need that. 

This piece is close to my heart.

I love the prayer pendant box.   "All faiths use prayer boxes to focus the mind on one’s prayerful thoughts or secret wishes."

This tiny little box in it's beauty holds something close. Inside you can keep your most intimate prayer. Your most secretive thought. Your wish for someone else maybe. Maybe it's your children's names, keeping them locked up and safe next to your heart. Maybe it's someone you want to remember, to keep close to you. Maybe it's a lock of hair from when your child was younger and you just want a piece of the baby that is now grown and flourishing to remind you of all the grace you saw along the way.
Maybe you or someone you know needs a healing, needs a cure, needs some massive help... Needs a full blown rescue
Maybe someone you know needs to know you are thinking of them, praying for them, wishing the same change for them that you know they are desperately grasping for.
Maybe it's merely a mustard seed you need to keep inside, to remind you to keep the faith.

I love the vast possibilities of what this can be for people. The comfort it could bring. I love that it offers me the ability to make myself write it out - that which my heart longs for, and then roll it up and keep it close.
I think there is a lot of power in just making ourselves write out or speak out those things that we keep hidden in our souls. Those quiet whispers of dreams that we don't speak out of fear. The silent breaking inside that just needs to be spoken to release its grasp on our heart.

Whether it's here, or in a prayer pendant, or on a sticky note on your mirror - i encourage you to write it. Keep it at the front of your focus. Whether you need to be armed in the morning by looking up and seeing in your own words:
- Be strong
- Courage
- Love more
- Strength words
- Heal Tom
- Hope
- Pray for Marie
- I am enough
- Job change
- relationships

Whatever it is - whether for you, or for someone else. I think there is strength in speaking it into existence. When we get it out, it's not just ours to bear, we don't have to hold it in anymore. We don't have to grasp it so tightly, we gain some freedom there.

So here is a piece that I love because of the strength, the encouragement, the hope that it speaks to.
I tucked the prayer word inside the box, and I put hope next to it. Because I have great hope for what's inside it. I also put a tag on the clasp with an initial of who the prayer is for.
If you want to customize this configuration or do one of the alternate configurations seen below, feel free to send me an etsy convo.
I'm also happy to change the pearl/crystal colors on it. I thought black & white went well with the dramatic black features on the pendant.

Here are some other configurations.

Friday, November 4, 2011

You can change the world too

Loved hearing this today: thoughts on something Steve Jobs said "you can change it {life}, you can influence it.  You can build your own THINGS that other people can use.  Once you learn that, you will never be the same again."

Well, you can change and influence the world too!
By building cool PEOPLE. Raise them up.

How vitally important to remember. We influence the world by the people we are raising to live in it, and what they will do with this life, with this knowledge, how they will treat others, what butterfly affects they will start, what kind of people will they be? What foot print will they leave?

We start that process.
We as a community, not even just parents. I know some very important non parents in my children's lives that I know will have major impacts on them. So all of us adults influence these generations.

I remember reading something once (wish I could find it) about how when I speak negative words to my children, I speak them to THEIR children, and their children's children. Because how i raise mine, will teach them how to raise theirs. If I speak positive, loving, strength words to my children, I am speaking them also to  their children, and their children's children....
What we do now affects generation after generation.
And I'm sure in those moments where we lose our temper - we can't imagine doing that to our one day grand-baby. But in essence, we are.
It's a nice perspective to remember.

"No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become."

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.
When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there."
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.
This excerpt from Nicole Johnson's novel The Invisible Woman 

New items added to the shop and some thoughts on letting your life speak

Here are a few samples I've added to the shop this week. I don't always share these updates on the blog, but always on facebook - so I hope you're a fan! :)


I was thinking about this one.....

How I spent so much of my life being quiet, fearful, and hid in a tightly wound box of structure.
Unwilling to bust outside of that box. It was a safe zone. I didn't have to question anything, because it was all very black and white. 
I didn't need people in my life because that was too much work. It was potential for drama. I have no tolerance for games in relationships, so it was easier to just avoid them. 
I followed.
I didn't really know where my voice was because I had nothing to say. 
Then a slow progression happened - of me unraveling from the box. 
From the shell of what was normal for me. I began to listen.
I began to learn about the world. What was happening in it. That's where I found my voice - most likely through rage. After all, how can you stay quiet when you want to scream about something.
So realizing that I had ideas about issues, that there was life outside the box, that I was allowed to question anything and everything.... it was freeing. Then all my other little bricks that were built up around me, slowly began to decay in all other areas. Once I felt comfortable with who I was, I was comfortable to discover others, and wanted to know who THEY were. I found friends that I realized were fun, and exciting, encouraging, accepting, and they brought me no drama, no games, and they were accepting of me for whoever I was. 
This was brilliant and enlightening. That opened up other boxes, now that I realized people in my life may not be a difficult thing, but rather an exciting thing! 
And I decided it was Ok to be whatever I want. Say what I wanted. Have opposing thoughts on what I wanted... I was at a place where I could let my life speak. Finally. And I've never looked back.
I found my new self, new boxes to bust, and I felt more free. I happily live outside the box now.
The un-fun Leah era is night and day different from the era I've enjoyed over the last few years. The experiences I have now, the people I am constantly meeting, the LIVING that's happening here, the grey areas that i now embrace....
There's no reason to stay on the side lines, or to remain quiet, or safe inside structured boxes... 


What good does it do if at the end, no one knows what your life had to say...

"I want to leave a legacy... How will they remember me."

(click on photo for bigger view)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Let your life speak

Just added to the shop! I like how the 3 little crystal drops make a nice decorative addition to the pendant, but I also think it would be great symbolism for a mama of 3 :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What's on sale this week!

I think I'll pick a random design on certain weeks to put on sale.
I'm currently listing 2 of these on sale this week.
You can change pearl or crystal drop colors as well.