It’s hard to believe another school year has come to an end. There’s anticipation in the air as summer begins and school work on the brain changes over to sun and fun. It is a busy time for sure, as graduation parties fill the calendar and summer plans begin to take shape. I remember as a parent, how busy it was keeping track of kids, school work and sports schedules. It was stressful; I can only imagine how the kids and the teachers felt. Speaking of teachers, the unsung heroes who help us parent’s shape our children to the adults they will become. They wear so many hats: surrogate parent, nurse, counselor, administrator, officiator and everything in-between.They wipe runny noses, deal with many children’s ever-changing moods and are on high alert for any classroom catastrophe. They seem to be super heroes with patience to boot and a smile on their face. I was always in awe of their adaptability to any situation, and the role they played in my children’s lives. It seems we can all name a teacher who stands out in our minds as the person who helped us find our way in life. So as the school year winds down, take a moment to thank those teachers who cared for your children and helped them navigate the trials and tribulations of another school year. Teaching, loving and inspiring them every step of the way. ♥
After a long Minnesota winter, Spring has arrived. Although, a true Minnesotan will still keep their snow brush/scraper in their car until at least May! Since we started
Sister Charm, we have had the opportunity to create some beautiful keepsakes for people to give their loved ones and friends. Whether it was for a joyous occasion or remembering the loss of a loved one, it is an honor to be chosen to make that special gift. Such is the case with this new bracelet. Quite often we are asked how we come up with the designs or the words that we use in our jewelry, and to be honest, everyday life provides the ideas behind our creativity. As we wrote in a previous post, we lost our father this past October, and through the deep sadness and grief that seems to still be a fresh reminder each day, we have also learned to embrace each new day as a gift. Life can take many turns, some unexpected, some happy, some sad, but the real lesson is to chart each day with gratitude, hope, love and let go of worry and for me, my tendency to be impatient and not live in the moment. So with the dawn of a new Spring, let us all find joy in the journey. ♥
It’s that time of year; Valentine’s Day. That magical holiday where thousands of dollars are spent on flowers, chocolates, cards and our favorite, JEWELRY! Like its predecessor, Christmas, Valentine’s Day can also be a bit stressful and extremely expensive. So how did we come to celebrate this holiday of love?
History says it all started with a saint called Valentine. The internet is full of stories about how this particular saint became known as the patron saint of lovers, it involves persecution and executions so for this post we are going to leave it at that and turn our attention to the more frivolous facts about Valentine’s Day. Besides, for all of the stories stemming from the religious realm and St. Valentine, there are also many stories expounding on the mythical adventures of Cupid, god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. And for sure, this post isn’t going there!
Did You Know?
Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. *
More than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies. *
In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan. *
It’s not a stretch to say everyone from young children to young at heart is someone’s special valentine. As this season of love is all around us, take the time to let that special someone(s) know how much they mean to you. After all, love is in the air!
*Courtesy of History.com
On October 27th our father died suddenly. One minute we were planning our day, and the next we were racing to the hospital to meet the helicopter transporting dad. There are no words to describe the overwhelming loss our family feels. We have been so blessed to have had a dad that loved us, believed in us and was always there for us. We live in a community that came out in large numbers to honor dad and to support our family. Our dad had a deep faith and in our grief we take great comfort in that and know we have a special angel watching over us every day. Our mom, and our brothers and all of our families will carry on the legacy dad left us and try to make a difference in this thing we call life.
Dad – You have our whole heart, for our whole life.
There is nothing more special than seeing a little boy’s eyes light up when he sees his favorite toy come to life. This weekend my little grand baby Patrick, turned two. Not only did we celebrate Patrick, but also his mommy, my daughter Jordan, who shares his birthday too, making the day extra special. Patrick loves Mickey Mouse. We have seen a progression of characters take top spot over the months from Elmo, various Sesame Street characters, Dora, Barney and now Mickey and the gang. To make Patrick’s birthday extra special, his auntie Elizabeth decided Mickey should definitely come to the party and found a life-size costume on eBay. From then on, the party planning was on high alert, with so many details, the girls did Pinterest proud. Saturday was the big day, and Patrick was so excited. The decorations and all of the touches were so clever, from the candy bar, to the Oreo mouse ears on a stick, even a Mickey piñata! The attention to detail, was incredible! Finally, Mickey arrived. We were nervous that a life-size Mickey might actually scare Patrick, but that was not the case. Mickey came into the room and Patrick’s mouth dropped open and he started to walk to Mickey and said hi. Within minutes, they were doing the hotdog dance and posing for pictures. I don’t know who was more thrilled, mom, auntie, Patrick or the rest of us who will never forget the look of pure joy on Patrick’s face when he got to share his second birthday with Mickey Mouse.
It’s been a crazy week at Sister Charm. Cindy had surgery on her foot and is under strict orders not to put any weight on it for two weeks and will be rocking the lovely boot cast for at least another six weeks more. Amy is busy with work and kids starting school. So in a nutshell, we got one down with a bad hoof and another meeting herself coming and going. Thankfully, Sister Charm gives us our mojo and is fun and rewarding. Since we have started selling our necklaces, we have loved creating pieces that will mean something special to others. We recently were asked to make two necklaces for a special mom and her daughter. They have had some serious health struggles and meet each day with faith and the grace to live their lives in the moment. What a joy to create their gifts. ♥
As summer winds down and gives way to our favorite time of year, fall, we can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic saying good bye to some great summer memories. Then comes Labor Day and that great old fashion rule rears its head…no more white after Labor Day! Say what? No more white sandals, white purses, white shorts, white capris, etc. Think again; before you are ready to pack away all of your white apparel, check out this article and video from Time.com, Why It’s Okay to Wear White After Labor Day
It’s Friday, so it seems like a good day to share some jewelry trivia!
Pearls were believed by the ancient Greeks to promote marital bliss and have been used by brides ever since.
Moulin Rouge Necklace
The most expensive piece of jewelry ever designed specifically for a movie was the necklace worn by Nicole Kidman in the musical Moulin Rouge. The $1 million creation was designed by Stefano Canturi of platinum and 1,308 diamonds with a combined total of 134 carats.
60 Miles of Gold
You can make a 60-mile wire out of a single ounce of gold.
Amethyst For The Drunkards
Amethyst is said to protect against drunkenness if worn as an amulet. Who knew!
The word necklace comes from the Latin word laqueus, which means ‘noose’. Yikes!
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II keeps her jewelry collection below Buckingham Palace in a special room roughly the size of an ice rink.
*For more jewelry trivia, checkout Artbeads.com
Since we began our journey of taking our dream to own a creative business together, the most rewarding aspect, besides working together, is being able to create special, hand stamped pieces that will be given to let someone know how much they are loved, supported and even to inspire. This has been especially true this week, as parents are sending their children back to school, whether it be elementary, junior or high school and college.
The most popular pieces this week are “I Love You A Bushel and A Peck and A Hug Around the Neck” and “Everything Happens For A Reason“. We are so proud to be a part of these memories and are more than happy to personalize each order as best we can.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe school year!
When Sister Charm creates their jewelry, we often refer to this site to verify what the birthstone is for a particular month so we add the right gem to the necklace, if it requires one in the design. I just realized today, that you can click on your birth month and get the history behind your birthstone. For instance, my birthday is in June: I knew my birthstone was either a Pearl or an Alexandrite. But actually, June counts three gems as birthstones, Pearl, Alexandrite, and Moonstone. Who knew!
Click on this link to see the history behind your birthstone!