Friday, November 30, 2012


It's certainly an adjustment for me to be back at work full time.  I'm not complaining - it feels great to be helping others again, doing something for me, having financial independence, etc.  However, the time crunch is definitely something I need to work out.  I need to find more time for my passions.  For my jewelry.  For my creativity.  All in due time I suppose.  

Here are a few newly listed pieces:

I actually know what I want to make next.  It's all planned out in my head.  
Hopefully, this weekend, I can make it happen.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December is almost here. . .

And we've been getting into the Christmas spirit!

I think we might actually begin our Christmas baking this weekend - cookies, candies, pretzels, yum.
I love this time of year.

How about you all?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

‎"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, 
but rejoices for those which he has." ~Epictetus

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Indiana weather. . .

We may have had our last outdoor hurrah for the year this weekend.  Gorgeous sunny skies, temps in the mid 60s to 70s.  

Perfect for worm hunting:

And flower photo taking:

Our darling squirrels were out enjoying the day with us as well:

Then Monday arrived.  
And so did the snow.
Tis the season I suppose!

Friday, November 9, 2012

And it's a. . . .


I am SO excited.  The gender really made no difference to me as long as baby is healthy.  You hear all these horror stories, so I'll admit, I was pretty nervous.  Ok, extremely nervous.  I refused to have any sort of genetic testing done, I just don't see the point.  I would never terminate based on a diagnosis and did not want to spend my entire pregnancy in a state of worry.  However, at this scan (17 1/2 weeks), they measured everything, checked that major organs were functioning, checked for cleft palate, checked out the bones, counted fingers and toes, checked weight and heart rate, etc.  Amazing what they can do.  Everything is going great.  I feel incredibly blessed!

His profile

Hilarious.  Baby will hate me for this later;-)
Amazing how you can clearly see bones!
The only 3D image.  The doc said baby's face looks a little crazy 3D until he's older so she left the face off!

Now it's time to get on the ball.
Think of a name.
Oh My.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crafting it up. . .

Little M and I made our way to the library the other day so I could collect some books on baby names (ha!  something I've never thought about) and she could get some new reading materials.  It just so happened that the library was having a Day of the Dead celebration in the kids area.  Little M was able to write memorial notes to her grandpa and great-grandpa who've passed away and do an assortment of crafts.  Perfect Timing!

masks and skeletons. . .
decorating sugar skulls. . .
and crafting paper flowers.  I love who she made them for:)

As a little crafting addition, here's Little M's project for the learning fair at school (3rd grade).  She is obsessed with sharks so this came as no surprise to me!  She did it all at school with no help :)

Definitely need to look into some fall/Thanksgiving crafting projects for home!

Monday, November 5, 2012

my sweet pea

My own baby. . .Something I certainly never expected, considered, or prepared for.  Growing up, I never wanted to have children.  I have no idea why, it just was not a need or desire instilled in me.  I was firm, almost adamant in this belief that babies were not for me.  I always assumed I'd adopt if I decided I wanted children.  Then, when I married years ago, I inherited two beautiful girls.  And they became my own.  I was happy and content with them, still not desiring to birth my own.

By some odd fluke I found myself pregnant for the first time at the age of 32.  Completely unplanned.  Completely unexpected.  During the most challenging and difficult time in my life.  I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason.  There is a plan for us all.  This belief keeps me going.  Keeps me sane. Keeps me strong.  I admit, I was terrified when I found out.  But the moment I heard my baby's little heartbeat and saw my sweet pea at a mere 6 weeks, I fell in love.  It's just miraculous. I will make this work.  And I am overjoyed.

6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks

I am currently 17 weeks and hoping to find out the gender later this week!  Can't wait to see my little sweet pea, it's been 5 weeks since I've had a glimpse.

"Life is uncharted territory.
 It reveals its story one moment at a time." 
- Leo F. Buscaglia

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Creations. . .

Thought I'd better get some jewelry on here since I wiped out all the previous posts! 
Here are a few pieces.  Some old.  Some new.

View my work at:

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
 - Maya Angelou