Anniversary, Mother’s Day, and Blue Hair

It has been a very busy month!

When my husband and I made our wedding date, it had more to do with the date the venue was available verses what holidays surrounding our special day. We made the mistake of not realizing Mother’s Day was the very next day. For the past four years, we have been celebrating them separately, but from here on, it will be a Motherversary. I was lucky to celebrate these two separately, yay!

Like many woman out there, I typically pick my own gift. Sometimes I leave the checkout cart open, with a sweet, “It’s ready for you dear.” Once in awhile, I give my husband the ad, with what I want circled. This can be treacherous though. You are assuming 1) He will do the leg work of going out and buying it, and 2) they will have it in stock, sometimes they don’t. I prefer the online order option. Since I am absolutely in love with Nomades, I created another bracelet. This time, it had nothing to do with the military, and everything to do with my little ones.

2014-05-08 15.39.41I paired our jeweled luv spacer, May special Mother’s charm, and cherry blossom pave, with the April Lavander pave, black sparkle pave, feathered friend spacer, 2 ocean pearl spacers, Baby girl footprints and a 15mm photo charm of my kiddos.  2014-05-08 15.39.50Here’s a closer look at the photo charm. I love it, and the kids thought it was amazing as well. Here’s a link to my page, just in case you’d like to order one for yourself 😉

For those of you who like charm bracelets, you know this combo wasn’t cheap, so I didn’t expect another gift, let alone 2 gifts =)

On our Anniversary, we stopped at a flower shop, my husband told me to stay in the car. I thought, flowers, how original. I quickly felt like a jerk! My husband had secretly taken one of our wedding photos to several flower shops, until he found one that would recreate my WEDDING BOUQUET! Can you believe it!?!

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I was moved to tears when I saw it! After our wedding, I wanted o get my bouquet freeze dried and put in a bouquet frame, but the wedding costs were to great, and we just couldn’t afford it. Since the four year anniversary, according to my husband, is flowers and silk, he had my bouquet recreated, and a silk ribbon tied around it. It still gives me chills!

My final gift was something my husband and I had been discussing for years. Matching tattoos. I got a key on my forearm and he got a keyhole on his chest.

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I know, they’re red, bloody, and a little inflamed, but hey, that’s what tattoos look like when they’re finished.

Lastly, of this week of celebration and gifts, I got a new hair-do.

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It’s short, and BLUE! Why? Because, that’s why. Sometimes we need to be crafty with ourselves =)

Have a Crafty Day!

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Charming Military Story Contest

The company I am a consultant for, Nomades, recently had a share your story contest about your favorite charm. In case you are new to my blog, Nomades is a charm and jewelry company started by Military Wives that wanted to share their story in the form of charms. The charm companies really didn’t represent us, so they took matters into their own hands and started this amazing company.

Consultants and customers alike were encouraged to participate. I submitted my story, it was short and sweet, it didn’t get picked (insert sad face here), but I write a blog! I can share it anyway, woot woot.

Here is my bracelet so far.

IMG_0966Pretty awesome right? I love the We Also Serve charm, it’s the American flag with the crossed wedding rings. It shares the spotlight with the USMC and Army beaded spacers that represent my husband’s and my service. But Although I think of these three as one, they are three separate pieces, not meeting the criteria of the contest. So I stared and thought, and stared some more. Then I realized my favorite was the Family Ties spacer. It was a special for the Month of November, and I immediately ordered it for myself. It consists of four little paper doll cutouts, holding hands, with teeny heart spaces on each chest.

Why is this one my favorite? Each charm has a meaning, evokes a memory or emotion. These four little guys remind me of our children. We are a blended family, blending our families to become one. My kids can describe one another as full, half, or step siblings, but they simply call each other brother and sister. Since we married, the kids have fallen into step like a silent drill team, not missing a beat, as if they were always together. Our extended families have opened their hearts to us, referring to our children as Niece, Nephew, Grandchild, and Great Grandchild. They hold no difference between blood and step relation. Just like these little figures are bonded together with open hearts, so is our family.

In case you would like to browse the catalogue, click here.

Have a Crafty Day!

Catching Up

I have been neglecting my blog a little bit, so these next few days I will be catching up on my posting.

With the holiday season over, and the character hat requests slowing down, my sis and I have decided to take a break from our “made to order” items to experiment with new projects and ideas. We are also taking that time to just live a little. I wanted to share some of my gifts that I know you all will appreciate.

My husband found me this fabulous t-shirt from Busted Tees. I love, love, LOVE it, and I love him for accepting me as a yarnie =)

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Here is the link to purchase it, but there are no shirts for crocheters, sad. So since my husband is a very talented crafter as well (don’t tell him I told you), he hand-stamped me this keychain.

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By far my favorite gift is my Nomades bracelet. I posted awhile back about becoming an Independent Nomades Consultant. I simply adore the product, and it is perfect for any Patriot and anyone associated with the military. I was finally able to put together a bracelet that summed up our life together thus far.

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Me from the Marine Corps, him from the Army, represented by the USMC/ARMY beaded spacers. A charm for our marriage, rightfully called the “We also serve” charm for the military  spouse. The postcard with the inscription “Miles apart, together at heart” when he was deployed this past year. Our little family (my favorite) and the 82nd Airborne charm. As our life changes with each experience or move, I can add to my bracelet. Here is the link to an online catalogue for your shopping pleasure.

I am a lucky gal!

Have a Crafty Day!