mothers day

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Loving Mother's Day

This is our little family in 1976 in our new home in Maeser. Mauri Sue, Edward, Shawn, Susan and Dirk

For so many years I hated Mother's Day. Every year at church we would hear all about how wonderful and sweet President McKay's mother was - how she NEVER raised her voice in anger and was such a perfect mother.

I would think of me and my kids and how mad they would make me some times and how much I DID raise my voice in anger...and feel guilty and inadequate and just plain lousy all the way around.

Darling picture of my two boys - Dirk and Shawn - summer of 1973

Mauri and her friend Alecia - Easter 1980. Mauri was beautiful even then

Christmas Day 1980 - with Kecia, Dirk, Mauri (and dolly) Shawn and Kelly

My little porkers - Kelly and Kecia - even at four months old they still held hands

But I LOVE Mother's Day now. I look at my five beautiful wonderful children and say - hey I must have done SOMETHING right! I am so very proud of each and every one of them. They are fantastic adults ............................ so moms - there is hope out there!!

We had a wonderful Mother's Day party on Sunday at Shawn and Kris's house. As I watched all five of my children interact with each other and their children and spouses and nieces and nephews - I was ever so impressed with them. They love God - and honor Him each Sabbath Day by attending church and show even more respect and love for Him by living each day to be a worthy child of God. They love each other and that means the world to me. I would say that my children are friends not just relatives. That is important.

They have all chosen wonderful spouses each of whom have a lot of love in their hearts, for God, for their fellow man, and for the family they have married into. Each of my children are hard working and honest with their fellow man. Each of them are fantastic parents with a love for their children and their siblings children. They are tolerant and loving and giving adults.

So thank you kids - you are wonderful and I love each of you dearly. The presents were wonderful but you are even more so. It is so amazing how a mothers' love can be equally spread out over all of their kids. Thank you for a marvelous Mother's Day and for being such wonderful people. I LOVE YOU!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Makae's Tag!

I tag anyone who reads this!!
All you do is answer these questions
with one word answers!!
Have fun!!

1. Where is your cell phone? NEW
2. Your significant other? basement
3. Your hair? curly
4. Your mother? loved
5. Your father? home
6. Your favorite thing? grandkids
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? pepsi
9. Your dream/goal? happy
10. The room you're in? bedroom
11. Your fear? incompetent
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? healthy
13. Where were you last night? soccer
14. What you're not? young
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. One of your wish list items? beads
17. Where you grew up? Kaysville
18. What are you wearing? muu muu
19. Your pet? dead
20. Your computer? old
21. Your life? fulfilled
22. Your mood? happy
23. Missing someone? mama
24. Your car? CRV
25. Favorite thing to wear? necklace
26. Favorite Store? Michaels
27. Your summer? coming
28. Your favorite color? Peach
29. When is the last time you laughed? today
30. Where do you go over and over? internet
31. Where would you like to go right now? bed
32. Who will re-post this? Kecia

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Thursday's Party

You've all been asking about how my party went on Thursday - after cleaning and baking (I have dozens of cookies left over and sitting in my freezer!) and organizing and planning and delivering over 100 fliers - I had a total of 11 people show up - and three of them were my kids! This is what my living room looked like.

I set up three tables and draped them with tableclothes and then some of the pretty scarves that Dirk brought me from Afghanistan or else pieces of fabric that I picked up from the remnant table at wal mart.

I did sell a few necklaces and thought - well they all seemed to like the many different styles and how well they were made....

but since then the interest has really grown - phone calls and more orders and compliments galore. I love seeing my 'designs' showing up on people different is sooo fun!
Wednesday evening as I set the tables up I realized that I had so many 'illusion' style necklaces that there were too many to lay them all out - but I couldn't decide which ones to display and which ones not... so I ran to wal mart Thursday morning and bought some racks for cupcake tins and cookie sheets and set them upside down with another little rack inbetween and that gave me a fun place to hang them all!!!
The only illusion necklaces I didn't hang on this rack was the "mommy and me" sets (two necklaces made alike for mother and daughter) and then a couple others that I wanted to highlight. It worked!

Kristanne has been unsure of what color or design she wanted her necklace to be like. So she bought her own beads!!!! WOW!! (For those of you new to my blog spot she is one of my five daughters or daughters-in-law that I made my first necklaces for - I practiced on them and they told me color and I made the necklaces! They were my first sounding boards and I learned alot from them). Kris picked a soft red swarovski crystal and bought both large and small beads. I have posted a picture of her necklace above and below this paragraph - the others will be jealous that they didn't wait too, because I have gotten better. Kris also bought 14k gold spacer beads and earring wires and they are beautiful. If I were to make and sell her set it would run $35 to $40 just because of the cost of all the materials! I use nice beads but not as many of the Swarovski crystals and not 14k gold!

This is still one of my favorites -

Again - you get the idea of how I laid some out flat and set others up on boards. Actually I had to get creative here too - I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of cheap 8 x 10 picture frames and draped them with fabric or shawls and put s hooks or some real pretty shower curtain hooks on them and hung the necklaces from them

I had necklaces that ranged in price from $8 through $40 but offered atwenty percent discount so I felt like the prices were reasonable while the quality was good.

The ladies that came were excited over the fact that for no extra charge I would hand make their necklace to THEIR SPECIFICATIONS!

So anyway the ball is rolling and my business has begun! Amee and Terrie are having an open house in their back yard on the 30th of May - they will have displays from several different vendors (it is fun thinking of myself as a vendor!) in their huge back yard there in Syracuse . I feel like my little party here was a good practice for their party. I learned alot about setting up and taking down and displaying the items. I will probably try and do an open house every couple of months!!!

One thing I WON"T do again is take all of the necklaces off their displays and put in them in one container thinking I can sit and watch the news and put them in their individual plastic bags - talk about a mess. In ten minutes time they were a tangled mess!!! Mostly because of the magnet closures that all stuck together. LIVE AND LEARN!!