Birthday Giveaway from Studio Jewel!

My birthday is this Sunday and I want to celebrate with you! My awesomely talented friend, Lisa, makes gorgeous jewelry and we want to give you one of her pieces! If you want a chance for a $75 gift card to her Etsy shop for my birthday, all you have to do is share a special birthday memory with me in the comment section. I love to hear stories! I’ll do a random pick from the entries on Saturday.

So, tell me one of your special memories around birthdays (yours or someone else’s)!

And just as a teaser, check out a few of my favorite pieces from Lisa below. Of course you could randomly pick anything from any of her work, and I’d love it, so…

This bangle set with handstamped text and added charms










This gorgeous sterling silver and blue stone ring










These funky and delicate-looking earrings










This awesome “word” necklace. Lisa came out with this early this year, and I love the idea. I’m a word girl, so it resonated with me!


Thankful for Mom (and Happy Birthday)

I am thankful for my Mom, Wilma. Mom is pretty awesome. I could write a book about her awesomeness, but I’ll give you a list instead.

• She takes in strays, be they animal or human.
• She is kind, even when you don’t deserve the kindness.
• She has pretty brown/gold/hazel eyes.
• She has soft hands that are always really warm.
• She tells great stories.
• She is a really good hugger.
• She is infinitely patient when my boys “talk” with her on the phone.
• She hates that we live so far from her.
• She is proud of all of her kids and grandkids, even if they aren’t hers by birth.
• She likes to read.
• She dressed up as a witch and came to my elementary school to teach about Halloween safety.
• She took really good care of my Grandma, even when my Grandma was especially mean spirited.
• She can tell you the story behind every ornament on her Christmas tree.
• She makes friends with everyone.
• She can carry a conversation with anyone.
• She makes great fried fish.
• She loves the beach.
• She laughs a lot.
• She filled our home with the spirit of whichever holiday was at hand.
• She and I had a picnic on the hood of her car on the T-heads. The seagulls cut the picnic short.
• Even when there are hundreds of miles between us, I feel Mom with me.
• If you are lucky enough to know Mom, then you are loved.

I’m thankful to be the daughter of this woman. Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you!