Monday, September 15, 2014

OPENING DAY!!!!!:)




Good morning friends!!!  It's OPENING DAY!!!! 

EEEEK:)) We are pretty excited this morning to share with you all we've been working on for the last few months.  Summer is over, it's time to get back to routine, back to cuffing just for you:))  The shop will close back up on Sept 24th at 5:00 pm EST.  Keep that in mind.

We've added a newsletter!  This is important because it will keep those of you that don't blog much anymore or check Instagram that often to keep in the loop.  All you need to do is sign up at the top of my blog where it says sign up:) About a week or so before each of our four yearly opens I'll send out a reminder email that the shop is getting ready to open with our dates and a coupon code for you. We'll also showcase any exciting developments etc... 


So just in case you missed the first newsletter this month I am offering handpainted, handburned designer cuffs again! I love using my artsy creative side to make these for you.  Each is still custom sized and handstamped to make it your own.  A template is NOT used, so each one is slightly different...THEREFORE super COOL!!!!

This will be the only month to get these exact designs.  And the only opportunity to order them this year:)  Because they are time consuming any orders placed now will not mail out until the first week of November.  So think ahead friends.  They are pretty special and very unique.  Only a limited number will be made.  Each is signed by me on the inside and come with a very sweet little insert/scripture about the word I chose for that design.


The winner of the newsletter sign up give-away is DONNA PIGFORD!!!  Congrats Donna.  I'll be emailing you:)




We've added a new section to the shop called WOnKy!  It's for those perfectly imperfect cuffs that maybe have an extra hole, a little too much distressing, a smoky smell etc...  Those cuffs will be sold at a discounted price, so you might want to check it out:)



 Another exciting development that will be highlighted in the newsletter is our giving vision for that particular opening.  I've been wanting to do something far reaching...something extra special with this gift of business God has given me.  So a portion of EVERY sale will benefit something the Lord has laid directly on my heart.

This month's giving vision is going to the Global Service Network...specifically the Graham Family.  When Carissa first told me of their plan to move across the country so her husband Kelly could attend Seminary school I was like whoa that's a game changer. Exciting!  San Francisco!!  But the actual details of stepping out in faith are always a challenge. They've sold everything they own and now live in a teeny 650 sq ft apartment with their two littles. There have been many challenges and some major setbacks, but I'm confident that supporting this family, at this time in their ministry season, is the right thing to do. It's going to be very exciting to see what the Lord is going to do in their lives.  

Thank YOU friends for being a part of this outpouring of love!!!  Bless you!!


Okay it's time to get to work.  Here are this month's awesome promo partners in spreading the word.  Check out their Instagram feeds for coupon codes!  

Thank you so much for what is going to be an awesome few weeks of stamping:)








Be a blessing.









thankfuls...

new landscaping that will hopefully look good...more to come
a subway tile backsplash that will hopefully look good...more to come
a terribly timed sugar detox that will hopefully go well;)...more to come


 a new look...dark auburn hair and the sweetest hair friend:)


a great first few weeks of school.  new friday night memories:)
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

what i want my girls to know about marriage...



Right as I'm falling asleep at night the perfect words come for my posts.  I close my eyes tight, too groggy to get up and write them down, and pray that they'll still be there in the morning.  Doesn't happen. They usually vanish.  So this is me trying to remember what was on my heart right before sleep came for me.

First of all I cannot believe summer is over or that we managed to squeeze in all these trips.  Let me assure you when we booked our Hawaii trip we had no idea that two very special family weddings were on the horizon, in two different distant cities, exactly one week apart.  Feeling majorly blessed it worked out that we could attend them both.


They were so anxiously anticipated.  One was our sweet young niece Brittany (in Colorado Springs) and her honey Justin of six years...they started dating at 15!  Oh young love...that one struck a cord;)  And then there was my nephew Derek (in Central Illinois)...who I've had on my prayer list for years to find a good women and settle down. God is good!  And He definitely hears and answers prayer.


 For us this was much more than a chance to be a part of a new covenant...a fun ceremony.  It was our girls very first wedding and it was teachable moment after teachable moment.  Emotions were high. There were mountain top experiences, and glimpses of a dark valley.  Life is like that...the good all jumbled together with the bad.  And sometimes the boundaries are so very blurry, but in the midst of it all God is there and you see His hand, and let's just say we were right where we were supposed to be.


Even the girls...  It's necessary for them to see the messy.  We cannot protect our children from pain. We want to, but life isn't always sunshine, cheesy Disney shows, unicorns and rainbows.  When we witness hurt and brokenness we can teach compassion, tenderness, and God's beautiful restoration and healing.  It's a tangible reminder that we need to pray daily, encourage and strengthen each other with LOVE!  That's what this big story is all about.  Love!





So what do I want my girls to know about marriage...
Who you marry is the number one most important decision you'll ever make outside of your faith walk.
He needs to love the Lord...with all his heart!
It's never too early to start praying for your future spouse.  
Sexual intimacy is worth the wait.


 

When the years pass on and the honeymoon phase is over... it can get even better.
Sex is important. Don't deny your husband.  It brings you closer together.
Keep your mouth shut when you get tired, hungry, cold, hot, hormonal etc... Words are weapons.
Fight for and remember often what brought you together in the first place.
Pray together.


 Marriage is beautiful, and sometimes hard, but so worth the work.
It takes two to make it good or bad.
Not talking at dinner doesn't mean you don't still have love...
Mundane happens. 
Go on regular date nights.
Remember to have fun and laugh.

Satan will try to attack you.  He will come at you from all sides and you can't let him steal, kill or destroy your family.  Take it back!
God at the center will keep everything in focus.  With Christ ALL things are possible!
Honor your husband as head of the household.


Don't compare!
Remember everyone has struggles.
You don't have to be perfect, but don't expect it either.  Extend forgiveness. 
Choose to focus on the good. 
Cling to each other and be careful what you tell your family and friends.  They will have a harder time forgiving and forgetting.
Set healthy boundaries with your momma.  
Your family comes first.  
This is your mission field.  This is your ministry.


 Always kiss and make up!  


Congrats to our newest family members.  
May God richly bless you in the days, months and years to come:))



Please feel free to share any marriage advice with us... 




Be a blessing.











remembering this feeling!
 reunion with one of my oldest and dearest friends, natalie and big chick's first playmate...maddie:)
a rare photo op of my immediate peeps
home
home
home
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kauai...the great unknown


This is my last Hawaii installment:( Oh how I loved looking back through these pictures.  Such good memories and talk about feeling out of your comfort zone in so many areas!  When I planned our trip to Kauai I knew I wanted adventure.  We usually do a horseback ride or something, but that didn't seem good enough this time.  We wanted to really see the island, so my honey took the reigns and booked us a helicopter ride.  This kinda shocked me because he's very afraid of heights...very!!


Before we went to our helicopter ride we stopped for breakfast in the town of Kapaa.  Kasey had posted on her IG pics of the quiche and I knew I needed to try it out for myself.  Hemingways Art Cafe definitely lived up to the rave reviews and the croissant with strawberry preserves...mmmmmm...so good!!!  The upstairs was this charming little spot where you could look out in the distance and see the ocean.  They had art supplies so you could make your own little tags.  The question and motivator for your tag design was "what is a reason you get up in the morning?".  Don't you just love that!!  I could have made a ton of tags, but we were in a hurry to catch our ride, so mine was a simple "to live this one glorious life":))

Not really sure if eating a rich breakfast with a stomach full of nerves was the best idea.  Immediately big chick and I started having stomach issues...which remedied themselves once we got there.





We did it!!!  I looked back at my honey and he was doing great.  This is quite the miracle I have to say, but he was also safely tucked in the middle of the helicopter.  I was in the front right by the door.  Yikes!  I loved every minute, but I was also more than ready to be done at the end.  It's just a little disconcerting.  The pilot kept making fun of me with all my feet pics.  But I wanted to be IN the picture.  I think it makes it feel even more real:)




In addition to the helicopter ride we took a little field trip one day and drove to the Waimea Canyon to see it up close and personal.  We didn't stay long.  You could really make a day of it and hike etc...  But we'd had enough hiking for a while.


And by hiking I mean THE grueling 8 mile...8 hour hike we made along the Napali Coast.  When Kasey invited us I was like yeah sure...that sounds fun.  And then my "cycle" started that morning, and it had rained all night etc...  I definitely had my second thoughts.  Add to that bad mix, a honey that isn't overly adventurous and you get the general vibe of our morning.  BUT I did NOT want to wimp out and be the sissy friends that couldn't do it...so we sucked it up, put on our shoes, packed our lunches and headed out into the great unknown.

When I looked up this hike online afterwards it said it was one of the most demanding hikes in the world.  UH YES validation!!!!  It was seriously THE hardest physical thing I've ever done outside of childbirth.  I mentioned that we did the hike to the helicopter pilot and some people around town and they downplayed it and couldn't believe it took us that long.  I wanted to smack them.  SERIOUSLY IT WAS HARD!  No joke!!!!!

We saw older people and middle aged (heavier set) women alone on the hike, so apparently anyone can do it, but let me warn you first the path was steep, muddy and treacherous.  You have to wade through a stream several times.  The first time we crossed it we actually took off our shoes and socks;)  Which makes me giggle now, because by the end we didn't even bother to hop across the rocks...we just walked right in and didn't care how wet we got.

It was extremely muddy.  We had mud all over our legs and hands and rears...from bracing ourselves as we tried to navigate down the rocks.  Did I say ROCKS...cause there were miles of those.  Again by the end nothing mattered.  We walked forever and a day and not knowing how much further we had to go.  One time we got off the path and ended up in the middle of the jungle with no path.  It was a tad frightening.  And when we finally got there (to the falls)...it was beautiful and all...but you knew you had to turn back around and do it ALL over again!!  Another 4 mile...4 hour torturous hike.  There were many times we could have injured ourselves or possibly died.  I'm sure people have died.  I'm not joking.  It was HARD people!  But I've got to say I felt such a sense of accomplishment.  We did that hard thing.  We made it to the falls.  A place most will not see.  And we lived to tell about it.  And we will never ever ever see it again!!!  So there... Bucket list check mark;)  You definitely can do more than you think you can:))


So Kauai in a nutshell was THE most beautiful place I've ever been in my life.  We loved exploring it's land and leaving our mark so to speak.  Nothing beats looking at these pics and seeing us IN them.  After dreaming of a vacation there for years, having these memories...these little bank deposits of goodness in my mind...it's priceless.  If I could do it all over again though I'd definitely book a nice condo in Princeville with AIR CONDITIONING and a pool.  I'd spend one whole day napping, reading a book and sunbathing.  Then it would have been almost perfect;)  







Be a blessing.






His beauty that brings me to my knees!!

kalua pork, macaroni salad, sticky rice, some wonderful tao dessert and watermelon/cucumber juice...a little tear just popped out
the best...coconut water icy cold!
shaved ice with macademia nut ice cream:))
that we didn't die from fear over this thing
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