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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HOPE for a Cure

As you are probably well aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (although as a woman, personally, I think every month should be...).  What you might not know is that the "HOPE" bracelet, as seen above from the SignatureSterling Artfire shop or below from the SignatureSterling Etsy shop always donates $5.00 from every sale to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  However, NOW and through October 31st, I will be doubling that donation - $10.00 of each "HOPE" bracelet sale will go directly, in the name of the purchaser, to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (you will receive email confirmation of the donation).

Made with all sterling silver components and Swarovski crystals in shades of pink, the bracelet's message of awareness or celebration of survival is in its central "HOPE" bead and ribbon charm.

Share the "Hope" and double the donation now through October 31st. 

Also, "local" friends and family of SignatureSterling get free shipping (if I'm going to see you around town or at a soccer game...) - just put "Friends&Family" in the "Notes to Seller" at checkout and WAIT for a revised invoice without shipping - or if you prefer to pay immediately, do the same, but pay at checkout, and I will refund your shipping charge through PayPal. :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Off the Cuff and Off the Hook...Not

As I mentioned in my previous post, we had a big family wedding this weekend (any family wedding on hubby's side will be big since he has nine siblings).  On Friday afternoon, I decided I really didn't have a necklace to wear with my dress so I started to sort through my jewelry supplies and brought a "few" possibilities out to the family room "work table" to play with.

As I was putting the finishing touches on "Smoky Wedding" - love the faceted smoky quartz focal - hubby commented to our son and girlfriend, "It's great that she makes all her own jewelry.  I never have to buy anything."

WHOAAAA!  Stop the train.  What was that????  Oh, yes, believe me, hubby knew what he had said has soon has "buy anything" had left his lips and a quick "Uh, no, not really"  followed almost at the same time as I said, "Oh, rea-a-a-ll-y-y??" giving him a knowing tilt of the head and look over the top of my glasses (I was a high school English teacher in my first life).  "You are so not off the hook, right? And, by the way, I'm wearing this and the bracelet I'm making with the triple-hooped diamond earrings you bought me."

The "Smoky Wedding" necklace (and bracelet) looked wonderful with the dress (as did the earrings), and hubby mentioned several times how great I looked....he also mentioned that I needed some real diamond stud earrings (mine are CZ) very soon.  One of the things I love so much about us - we communicate so well. :)

Friday, October 11, 2013


October is for homecomings - the cool evenings of high school football games, the college weekends with alumni returning, hugs, laughter, and tears as friends reunite.

This has been a wonderful week of homecomings for our household.  This last Sunday, as we celebrated our oldest daughter's birthday, we had a huge surprise in store for her and the rest of the family.  Our son, who has been living and working in Africa for a little over five years, was moving back to the states - and back to the area where most of our family still lives.  Once he knew his arrival date (his sister's birthday), we worked together to pull off the big surprise.  While everyone knew he was coming home, they did not know he was arriving that day.  You can see the beauty of the homecoming :)

There were hugs, tears, and laughter all around, and I know I didn't stop smiling all day.

And the homecoming has continued as we welcomed our oldest son and his girlfriend here yesterday.  They are here from Florida for a family wedding, and we are thrilled to be visiting with them as it has been such a long time since he has been home as well.  Our agenda today includes some shopping, a winery visit, and dinner out together - looking forward to it :)

I am treasuring these homecomings - these precious family moments.  Hope you are having some special homecomings as well.