10 October 2008

trio of goodness

today is a blessed friday indeed, because i'm bringing you three of my favorite things: a shop update, an online yard sale, and a sweet giveaway.

first up, the shop: i've got a fresh crop of apron skirts (each one of a kind), corsage tees, and jewelry up for sale. these would make lovely gifts as well.





i'd love to have you stop by the shop when you have a free minute.


meanwhile, we've been cleaning out closets (by which i mean i've been cleaning out closets and everyone else has been sitting around saying, "mo-ommmm, where's my one jacket? i can't find my jacket," and then i say, "where have you looked?" and then they say, "what do you mean? i'm asking you, aren't i?").

here are a few of our too-small items; check out the whole collection at my online yard sale.




and now my favoritest bit: the giveaway.

with losing grandpa this week, i've been a little more cognizant of the kind of person i'd like to be, and this is a piece of it. i want to be someone who happily gives things away.

so here we are. a pair of chandelier earrings featuring sterling silver and jasper rounds, each wire wrapped by hand. perfect for wearing. perfect for gifting.



to enter to win these guys, just tell me in the comments below about someone in your life whom you look up to. i'll give you a few days to enter; the lucky winner will be picked on tuesday, oct 14th.

ps softie tutorial coming soon! i'm actively working on it. :)

21 comments:

Leah said...

Oh goodie! I love a yummy give-a-way and from you, would make it even more "Yeah!". Let's see, someone I look up to...more like down to! First persons that come to mind are my babies. I look to them for EVERYTHING GOOD in my life. They make me smile everyday! They make me feel good everyday! They make be feel like I did something good in my world. To guide them, protect them, nurture them, love them, teach them...I'm sure I'm forgetting many...but they are what make me feel good and make my days, simply BETTER! They have so much ahead of them and I hope they grasp it all. I couldn't imagine my life without them. I am "alive" to be their mom! I look up to them for bringing me so much joy...for making MY heart SING! Thanks for letting me share! Leah

Tayasmama said...

Oh sweet sweetness :) Welp, I used to look up to my gramma and think she was the greatest person ever, but now that I'm older, and now that she is older and apparently losing her mind and softening on the very things she used to stand firm on, I don't really feel that way anymore. But my Papa, he stays the same. I used to find him in his garage with one of those caged light bulbs hooked on the hood of whatever car he was tinkering with - now I find him in his big comfy chair watching the tv with no sound on. I dunno why he does that but I always ask him to turn it up and he seems to enjoy it just as much. Anyways I love him and I hope he never leaves me. The End. I hope I win those earings.

Fudge said...

Well, you know I won't wear them, but my wife would love um, so I'm gonna say the person I look up to is my dad. No matter how busy he was- working, to provide for our family, he always had time for me. He would take me in the gym, teach me different things, and as a father that is "there for you" he was at EVERY game and practice the 4 years I played football. That is amazing to me, where some of my friends had a hard time getting their dad to a game. Even now as I am 32 and married, I still look to my dad to teach me new things, show me how to be a better man, husband, and one day a father as awesome as he is!!!

britty said...

it's funny you should ask, i've lately been thinking how much i admire and look up to my husband. looking back on our courtship, i realize i was far more wrapped up in our romantic love, than his more substantive qualities. now that he's a business owner, a dad, a truly service oriented person, i see how lucky i was to get him! everyday i actually look forward to hearing how work was, because he has so many great ideas and is a remarkable business man, my link to the real world. the way he love me and our chidren is something i strive to emulate. and his never exhausted work ethic enhances my life on a daily basis. in short, i can't imagine having married a better role model! thanks for some reflection time!

Kimberly said...

Oh the beauty of your creations, Nicole! Stunning!

As for who I admire...well, I suppose saying you would sound like brown nosing, and saying my mum seems too obvious...hmm...

...I'd have to say one of my best gal pals Angela. She's a single mom on welfare with two kids. She went back to school and got trained to do a government job, but her psychotic ex-boyfriend accused her of child molesting and got her fired. She's had bad luck heaped on her in huge amounts and someone she keeps plodding on. I think I'd be curled up in a ball crying all the time if I were her. I admire her for just getting up in the morning, you know?

She would love those earrings...

Kelle said...

oh, i feel so awful leaving a comment because i read your blog all the time and now i'm only commenting with a give-away. shame on my greed. it's not just the beautiful earrings...it's my god-bless-her-heart grandma that deserves a comment. passed away three years ago last week. i lived with her in college and she taught me everything about the simple life and gratitude and being a truly virtuous woman. continually trying to fill her shoes every day.

Jen M said...

Those tops, skirts and earrings are to die for! You are seriously talented. I don't know if the giveaway is open to international commenters, but I'd love to enter (it's my birthday on the 15th so it would be so fun if I won!)

The person I look up to is my friend Rachel. She is a single mom of 5 and she is so patient, loving, kind, generous and always looks fabulously pulled together (as do her kids) - I really take my hat off to her.

Thanks for stopping by on my blog, and for your kind words - I'm so glad I've found yours!

Waterfalls*n*Rainbows said...

Hi there :) I'm so sorry I haven't sent the book yet Nicki...it'll be in the mail soon :)

I love your new skirts and tees. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 'em!

Okay, who do I look up to? My best friend. She's strong and gentle. Has a heart of pure gold. Loves God, her husband, her family and friend with an amazing passion. She's see's life through these eyes that have forever changed the way I see the world around me.

She's the most selfless person I know and yet has somehow figured out who she is and managed to grow that person and continue to reach for the life God has for her.

fleetfeet said...

My "sister", Nicole. A dear friend from college. Given up for adoption, had a horrible experience in her adoptive family. Neglected, malnourished, essentially abandoned. Somehow she managed to run her way through college and excel at it (in both running and academics). Went to dental school, post-graduate dental training. She now is an extremely gifted professional.

But more than that, she learned along the way how to be loving, giving, strong, honest, and kind. She did not learn these things as a child, she learned them from friends and the families of her friends who loved and nurtured her along the way, wherever she was at the time.

She is now a devoted wife, and mother of (almost) two girls. She blesses me everyday with her presence in this world.

Amelia said...

LOVE those skirts Noc!!!

Jenn said...

Someone that means a lot to me right now are my parents. We have been through so much this last year and they have only been encouraging and loving. We lost our home and my Grandmother dies within a 2 week period. We all came together and used one another to lean on. So to my parents Bill and Marleen. Thank you for loving us and not judging us. Jenn

deconstructingjen said...

Oh everything is so lovely. I'm going to have to get with you about something for Miss E eventually. Gorgeous stuff Nic.

Such a tough question. As I sit here pondering I have discovered that I look up to my mom more than I ever let myself realize. It's likely that I couldn't let myself be that overwhelmed by everything there is to appreciate about her. She has had such an impossibly hard life and yet she complains so very little and is still always there to prop me up when I need it. She has recently gone through so much emotionally and she still keeps her head up and keeps on fighting. I hope I'm just a little bit like that in my own way.

Gumdrop*Shop said...

Nic- first of all the earings are stunning!

For someone I look up to...My grandma- she is ninety and still has all of her marbles she doesnt beat around the bush and can sometimes be slightly tacky- but she is usually right. She used to live with us when I was younger. She taught us how to garden, can, attempted at some needle stuff- but most of all she was always there with an ear to listen- She never judged. I hope/try to remember this when my day is hectic and I "think" I dont have time- there is always time for someone you love!

Melissa

princess*picasso said...

Well, it's an easy answer because I've looked up to so many people in my life. But the person who has influenced me more than anyone else is my mom.... She taught me about patience, unconditional love, kindness... I can't think of a time I've seen her be unkind to another person. She was tolerant when few people would be. She was my calm in the face of disaster. She taught me what matters, and what really doesn't. And now, as I literally look up, I imagine her as an angel in heaven. During her short battle with cancer, she taught me about deep faith, about peace. She wasn't afraid to go...

See now, you've got me in tears over here! It doesn't help that you caught me in a sappy mood listening to sappy music :)

Angela said...

thank you for the giveaway. My sympathies on the passing of your granfather. the person that i look up to is my grandfather. he passed away when i was 19, and at his funeral, the recurring comment from everyone was that he was the kindest, most patient man they'd ever known. he loved his children and grandchildren, and everyone that knew him respected him imnensely. he was an example to me of compassion, gentleness, and honesty. you never felt so loved as when you were with him. he had a way of focusing in on whomever he was with, making each person feel valued and loved and special. and he meant it.

we recently named our third child - our first boy - after him. i would be honored and could hope for nothing more than my son would grow up to be like his great-grandpa.

Cindie said...

I have always looked up to my uncle who is a retired college professor. When I was a little girl I loved to read and he would allow me too read Classics form his collection. I would sit in a leather chair in his office and read for hours on end.

I credit him for giving me a love of reading.

MamaNessie said...

My grammy is a living testimony to me. She came from an all Mexican Catholic family who was partially religeous. She became the first born again Christian at 15 years old. She continues to live a God directed life and in the face of recently diagnosed liver cancer which has spread, continues to be the spiritual head of her household and holds strong for my grandpa who has prostate cancer which has spread into his bones. Her daughter's husband (my aunt/uncle) recently went on hospice for his colon cancer. To some, it seems a tragic and desperate time. For us, we see it as an opportunity to live up to the challenges He allows us. As His wonderful blessings go, we have three new babies, 1 just arrived and 2 on the way (Coincidence? I think not!). I am proud to bear one of these grandbabies, this fourth child of my own in January. I am so looking forward to continuing the legacy of strength and love for the Lord that my grammy has exemplified for us all. Thank you for the time..... :)

Erin said...

ahhhhh I missed those, such beautiful earrings! Great job!

Gumdrop*Shop said...

Nic- first of all the earings are stunning!

For someone I look up to...My grandma- she is ninety and still has all of her marbles she doesnt beat around the bush and can sometimes be slightly tacky- but she is usually right. She used to live with us when I was younger. She taught us how to garden, can, attempted at some needle stuff- but most of all she was always there with an ear to listen- She never judged. I hope/try to remember this when my day is hectic and I "think" I dont have time- there is always time for someone you love!

Melissa

Waterfalls*n*Rainbows said...

Hi there :) I'm so sorry I haven't sent the book yet Nicki...it'll be in the mail soon :)

I love your new skirts and tees. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 'em!

Okay, who do I look up to? My best friend. She's strong and gentle. Has a heart of pure gold. Loves God, her husband, her family and friend with an amazing passion. She's see's life through these eyes that have forever changed the way I see the world around me.

She's the most selfless person I know and yet has somehow figured out who she is and managed to grow that person and continue to reach for the life God has for her.

Fudge said...

Well, you know I won't wear them, but my wife would love um, so I'm gonna say the person I look up to is my dad. No matter how busy he was- working, to provide for our family, he always had time for me. He would take me in the gym, teach me different things, and as a father that is "there for you" he was at EVERY game and practice the 4 years I played football. That is amazing to me, where some of my friends had a hard time getting their dad to a game. Even now as I am 32 and married, I still look to my dad to teach me new things, show me how to be a better man, husband, and one day a father as awesome as he is!!!