New Traditions and Something Personal

This past Christmas, Russell and I had decided to not exchange gifts with each other…for many reasons.  The first reason and main reason was, because Ella was gift enough to both of us!  We wanted to really focus on her and make this Christmas special for her, (even with her being a little over 3 months old) because she had already made it very special for us.  We actually couldn’t wait for her to wake up on Christmas morning to take her downstairs.  All the firsts with her make you have the best feeling inside-makes your heart melt.  She just makes my heart melt everyday with her amazing smile and laughs…

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts...

Ella on Christmas morning, admiring the beautiful tree and all of her little gifts…

The second reason we decided not to exchange gifts was because we wanted to start 2 new traditions with her.  We wanted to instill goodness into her heart and as she grows up and into our own little person; make her aware that there is more to Christmas morning than receiving.  That its about family, giving, and being there for people that need you.

So this past year, we “adopted” a family.   This was our first time doing this but we have admired our good friends for doing this the past few years.   We worked with the Lord’s Pantry on this.   We ended up adopting 2 little girls…a 2 year old and a 5 year old.  They each had a wishlist of a few things they each wanted for Christmas…specifically, a Little Mermaid Backpack, a Baby Doll.  We filled their wishes and in addition, bought them each a couple of outfits and some new PJ’s.  Each year as we continue to do this, and each year as Ella gets older, it will be fun to have her help us pick out gifts and deliver them.  It warms my heart to think about those little girls being able to open gifts on Christmas morning with their families.

The other tradition we started was specifically for Ella.  Each Christmas, we plan on giving her 2 books.  We will write a special message inside of each one for her- somewhat pertaining to what the book is about.  This year, we got her  “The Giving Tree” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”  The Giving Tree was in line with adopting the family and that when give, we will receive back.  And the Where the Wild Things Are” refers to her and her wild little personality and amazing energy.

giving tree

wild things

Years prior to this Christmas, Russell and I had started making each other gifts, with a $20 limit.  But this year, like I said before-no gifts!   ….guess who didn’t follow that rule?  Miss Ella!  She gave mommy her first little gift and it’s such a personalized one…she’s so advanced for her age 😉   It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life (thanks for helping her Daddy).

Here is my personalize roman numeral gold bar necklace, with her birth-date 9.10.14.  Check it out at this wonderful Etsy Shop: Shop LUCA



Did you receive any special or personalized gifts for Christmas or a recent birthday from your little ones or hubby that you will cherish forever?  I can’t wait to get her a little something with a Sapphire in it for her first birthday!




Vintage Initial “C” for Me

My newest vintage jewelry find came from Clover Market. A fabulous outdoor market in Ardmore, PA that is held once a month during the Spring and Fall. I describe it as the place where Etsy comes to life! I’m always on the hunt for my next piece of jewelry, there.

This time, I came home with a vintage “C” initial for new last name, Clark. This initial will join my “r&r” pendant given to me from my MOH when Russ and I got engaged and my gold coin from our Nashville, TN trip this past Fall.

What is your favorite vintage piece and where did you find it?

Ever feel like your accessories are taking over your life?  I did.  Here is my take on jewelry organization 101: take everything out of the jewelry box, all the bags, hidden drawers, you know where you stash it.  Somehow, my jewelry ends up everywhere.  Not my good stuff, but that cocktail ring I didn’t feel like wearing all day at work because my hands got so cold it was way too big on me, so it got thrown in my purse, or that bracelet and earrings you took off and threw in your suitcase and forgot to empty that little side pocket when you unpacked at home…you know what I mean.

So empty everything out, organize it by necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and watches.  My goal some day is to have a 3’ long jewelry display case that I can put on top of my dresser so I can lay all my fun pieces out and almost display them as art…but for now, all I have are hangers.  You know those velvet hangers that help keep your blouses on the hanger in your closet, wellI I took 2 out of my closet and started hanging my long chained  necklaces, my statement necklaces and those necklaces that love to get tangled no matter how you put them away.  Start in the middle of the hanger and work your way out both ways so that the hanger doesn’t tip while you are organizing.  The wonderful thing about the velvet hangers too is that they jewelry won’t slide around on them.

Once you are complete with those, hang them up in your closet.  It’s actually quiet wonderful to now have my necklaces in my closet….closer to to my clothes…making putting an outfit together even easier!  

Next-finish sorting your rings, fashion pieces and the good stuff…I seperated them by sides in the box.  I then organized the tiny unassorted earrings into the little spaces in the box and laid out the large earrings, then hoops. Small chain necklaces were laid into together in one drawer and the big chunky bracelets in the deep drawer in the bottom.  All of my watches were laid in the top of the box-they are an everyday item that I always put on-so I made them the easiest to get to.  Now if you don’t already have a jewelry box, I would suggest getting one-they are cheap-see here.  It’s worth it and for me, makes my mornings before work easier and more efficient.