Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thankfulness today...

I feel like it's high time for another "thankfulness post".

It's far too easy to go about our days, putting way too much focus on what's wrong, rather than being thankful for what's right (or even how what's wrong can help us learn and grow...)

Here are a few things on my heart today...

(in no particular order)

1. I am thankful that my BFF is now also my SISTER-IN-LAW! And not only do I have another niece but I also finally have a nephew!

2. I am thankful for the Farmer's Market. I will be able to get some of the most fresh and amazing produce western Iowa has to offer without having to grow any of it myself. (Sweeeeet Corrrrn... droooool...)

3. Where I live in IA is on the border, at a point where 3 states meet (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota). We are right on the Missouri River and as of the last few months, we've been experiencing some pretty severe flooding. I am thankful that the flooding, though crazy, has not seemed to have caused as much damage as originally projected and our home is safe and sound.
4. I am thankful for wireless internet, allowing me to compose this blog post from my deck.

5. I am thankful that Trader Joe's is now only a quick 1.5 hr drive from my house as opposed to 4 hrs like it used to be.

6. I am thankful for Scarlet O'Hara peony bushes and the success I had in growing them...

7. I am thankful for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


8. I am thankful for coffee. Of course.


Jeweleries Update...

So in case you were all wondering, yes, I am still smithing.

I know you wouldn't know it by visiting my blog.

(But thank you for visiting none the less) :)

Though summer does tend to be a time where my days are spent primarily with the Little Women (yesterday's activity: "Craft Day" Photos to follow) I have been carving out my smithing time as well, both out of the love for what I do, as well as out of necessity.

I alluded to the fact that I had "some exciting things on my silver-smithing horizon" and I think it's high time I fill you in!!!

First off, by what can only be described as a "Divine Connection", I found my way to this quaint little shop while on vacation in Northern Minnesota. After chatting with the shop owner, we quickly discovered we were both etsy-fanatics and thus, of course, fell in love (ok, perhaps that's taking it just a smidge too far...) ANYWHO, I was recently contacted by the good folks at Yellow Umbrella regarding sending a few of my goodies to them for their shop! Though this is new territory for me, I am SO excited about the prospect of getting into consignment!

SECONDLY... remember this post? (scroll down to the "bad news" about half way down)

Well... I applied again and this year, I've been accepted!!!

I'm kind of out-of-my-mind excited, but also a little overwhelmed. At last year's festival I believe there were upwards of 30,000 people in attendance over the 3 day weekend so that means I gots' to start cranking out the goods!

I'm proud of everything I make (if I'm not, I don't finish it) but I'm thrilled to say that I've recently created some of the things I'm most happy with out of my whole smithing career. I'll be posting pics along the way but not necessarily listing everything in my etsy shop (yet).

This summer is probably gonna be fairly crazy but such is the life of a metal-smithing mama!

I love you all so very much and I am so thankful for your continuing support! You have NO idea how much it means to me!!!

Putting on another pot of coffee,


Wordless Wednesday: "Deck fort that was tons of fun till the dog decided to mark it as his territory" Edition...


Friday, June 17, 2011

My 2 Favorite Fathers...

In honor of the up-coming holiday, I want to share a photo of my 2 favorite fathers in the whole wide world.

The Little Women's Daddy on the left.

My Daddy on the right.


The 3rd dad that completes my "3 favorite fathers trifecta" would be the papa belonging to Mr. G, who coincidentally tends to be fairly camera-shy)

I love each of you to the moon and back.



Tuesday, June 14, 2011



I can't speak for you but things around here have been OH so busy.

So busy with so many good things.

So busy that this is literally the first time I've had in almost a month to just sit down and write to you.

How are you?

What's been going on in your life???

I feel it's time for a little catching-up session.

Grab yourself something yummy to drink (it's raining here so it's hot coffee for me) and let's fill each other in.

Is it alright if I go first?

Why thank you! You are so kind.

ALRIGHTY! Here 'goes...

The school year is officially over HALLELUJAH! The spring program my mama, sister, and I put together went very well and we couldn't be more proud of the amazing job all the kiddos did!

Each of the little women finished their current grades (3rd, 1st, and Preschool respectively) with flying colors with Lillie even working ahead and completing the first unit of 4th grade! Also, I am THRILLED to announce that come this September, ALL of my children will be in school ALL DAY LONG! I just want to take a minute to praise Jesus for that fact (THANK YOU JESUS!!!) I LOVE my babies but words cannot describe how excited I am to have my week days fully for myself. OH the plans...

Abrupt changing of gears...

Now, regarding myself and my oral-health (or lack there of), I have been engaging in a bit of a "dental marathon" of sorts over the course of the last few months. Now, PLEASE restrain yourself from judging me too harshly until I have explained myself fully.

Until recently, it had been 6 years since I had been to the dentist...

(*covers her head to protect from flying objects being hurled her way)

Now, I asked that you WAIT to judge me... hear me out...

When I was young I was at the dentist QUITE frequently as I apparently have what you would call "Ginormous Teeth", thus, I had to have several teeth pulled (baby and permanent) in order to make room and prevent crowding.

I had many a 'bout with a syringe of novocaine and a pair of pliers.
I had wires.
I had braces.
I had retainers.
And by the time I got married and moved out of town...
I had ENOUGH of going to the dentist.

Moved out of state. Never bothered to find a dentist.
Moved back home. Never picked back up going to my original dentist.

A few years passed and I finally decided I should to the "responsible adult" thing and go back.
I chose a new office (as to avoid the "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THESE PAST SEVERAL YEARS???" chat) but, unfortunately, as I was told I had a few fledgling cavities and I was plopped down in front of a children's "How to brush your teeth properly" video by a dental hygienist named "Trixie", I couldn't help but feel like that may be the first and last dental visit I'd have for a while...

Fast forward 6 years and factor in some teeth starting to crowd due to wisdom teeth that came in after my braces were removed, as well as a broken molar, unfortunately, the time had come to be responsible and visit the dentist once again.

After finding a new office and a Dr. that I absolutely LOVE (as much as one can actually love their dentist) I've been there to visit every week or so to have the following taken care of:

2 cavities taken care of via sandblasting and sealants
Broken tooth repaired
4 cavities traditionally filled
4 wisdom teeth removed (all containing cavities)

OY. Wisdom teeth came out a week ago Monday and all seems to be well on that front, though I would have MUCH preferred to have sucked it up and gotten them out in my teens when my original dentist STRONGLY suggested it (SHHHHH, don't you DARE tell him I said that).

I wanted to have them removed ASAP and was a little apprehensive about having them out when I did because of the close proximity (just 5 days prior) to the next event I am THRILLED to share with you...

The most GORGEOUS and AMAZING Wedding of my Brother to my BFF!!!

This past Saturday, much planning and anticipation came to fruition as my brother Chris got married to my dear friend Beth! Though I was able to manage holding back tears (for the most part) it was one of the most emotional, spectacular, and incredible weddings I've ever had the privilege of taking part in!

I won't get into any of the gritty details here but after all the pain and heartache each of them has had to endure in their lives, God reached down through all the crud and saw fit to bring them together and make something absolutely beautiful. It is truly a "beauty for ashes" type of situation here.

As I was a part of the wedding party, I wasn't able to get too many pics with my camera but between myself, Beth's sister and brother-in-law, we managed to capture a few memories...

During the rehearsal...

Getting into her gorgeous dress...

Flower girl teamwork...



Yellow girl...

Holding the bride's bouquet so
the bride can snap some pictures...

Beth's sister Sandi with her little girl Olivia...

The little women ready for flower-girl duty...

Beth hugging her papa before leaving the reception...


I think it's safe to say we're all still recuperating from the big day but it was definitely a day to remember!

Beth and her kiddos will be moving in with my brother and his little girl soon which means not only will we be BFF's, and Sisters-in-law, but also NEIGHBORS! Oh the FUN we will have!!!

Besides all of the above, jewelry-making is also being enjoyed in between all the other goings-on. I recently did a little show which was a ton of fun but preparations are going to need to be made as it's looking like there are some exciting things on my silver-smithing horizon!

I think that is all I shall share for now (she says 10 pages in...)

Now YOU!... what's been going on with you as of late?! I know I can't be the only one with loads of excitement and happenings happening all around!

Happily signing off and leaning back to sip my latte and listen.