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. ♥
At Sister Charm, we are always looking for ideas to create new pieces to add to our repertoire of jewelry that will inspire and create sparkle in those around us. Our latest addition comes from an awesome friend who embraces life and provides inspiration to all she comes into contact with on a daily basis. Thus, Sister Charm’s creative take on silk ribbon yoga bracelets was born. Each bracelet is made from hand dyed silk ribbon that is 42″ long and 1/2″ wide. Each ribbon has a variation of rich color that runs the whole length of the ribbon. The ribbon is adorned with a hand stamped blank in an inspiring word or phrase that can be personalized and customized for each order. Add some vintage beads and charms and you have a unique piece that is as beautiful as it is inspiring. No two bracelets look the same and any age can wear them which makes for great gifts for graduation, Mother’s Day, birthday, just because, etc.
So how do you wrap this beauty? We have found that it is very easy and after playing around a bit, you can cross the ribbon over like you are braiding it for a different look. Below is a quick way to master the traditional wrap:
*Step 1: Match both ends so that each side is equal in length. Your stamped blank should be in the center of the ribbon.
*Step 2: Center your blank and/or charms flat on your wrist and take one end and start to wrap it tightly around your wrist, overlapping the edges, not too tight that you cut off circulation but that it is snug. As you wrap, just move the ribbon down a bit so it doesn’t get so close to your hand.
*Step 3: When you come to the end of that piece tuck it in the ribbon under your wrist.
*Step 4: Take the other piece of ribbon and start wrapping the ribbon around the top of the blank going underneath it and continuing until you have a short piece that you can tuck it in under your wrist.
We found a video on YouTube that is very helpful. You really can’t make a mistake and it is a beautiful piece to wear. ♥
Well, that’s a wrap!
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. ♥
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.
Crisp mornings, mild sunny days, falling leaves, beautiful russet colors, football games, and bonfires signal to us at Sister Charm that fall is here. Fall just happens to be our favorite time of year, but when you live in Minnesota, it is also bittersweet, because the next season can be brutal a.k.a. winter!
This fall the new fashion trends speak to us big time! Flannels, plaids, skirts long and short, jean jackets, skinny jeans and leggings paired with long sweaters and leather booties and over the knee boots, we say, YES PLEASE! One trend that we really love are the vintage colors and vintage accessories, so that got us thinking, which got us creating and before you know it…we have some vintage pieces of our own. Check out our Etsy shop for these new, one-of-a-kind pieces. For more Fall fashion trends visit Cosmopolitan magazine for what is trending new for fall.
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. ♥
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!