August 26, 2009

I love you, Wednesdays.

Because, seriously, Friday is still 2 days away. I love you, Wednesdays is my bloggin' attempt at a.) shutting up about my products and sharing the love of others' with others! and b.) sharing sources of inspiration that often stands behind my jewelry and creative process. As announced yesterday, I've teamed up with Danielle of DesignGirl for a giveaway this week! I allowed Danielle to chose which item she would like to give away, and she chose one of my Silver Ring word necklaces. Danielle had this to say about the product: I love these necklaces. They are so simple, pretty, and affordable. I think they'd make such a perfect gift! I also love that you can choose the word for your necklace. So, if you haven't had the chance to enter yet, make your way over to DesignGirl's blog and try your chances out! Also, if you purchase anything from my Etsy shop this week and mention DesignGirl's blog, I will throw in a free pair of earrings! That said, today's I love you, Wednesdays has to do with my love for one-worded inspirations, much like the necklace in the giveaway! However, I need to warn you, I don't mean to get preachy with this post, but if talking about faith and religion offends you, I suggest you go right to the giveaway and skip my commentary below! Last week I got the super awful news that my grandma died. She was the last of my remaining grandparents and raised my brother and me growing up so both my parents could work. Though I have mentally been preparing myself for her death since my grandpa died 8 years ago, she was in very good health and had just visited me here in LA 3 weeks ago to see the life my husband and I have recently created for ourselves. As soon as I heard the news, I took the first plane to Kentucky to be with my family, help clean up her apartment, and prepare for her memorial service (and ignored my blog, sadly!). Though I was totally heartbroken that she died so unexpectedly (in her sleep), at the same time I took such comfort in all the support we received from friends of hers and our own, both near and far (even some blogging buddies!). Throughout the whole thing I kept thinking: "What would Grandma think of this?" or "What would Grandma say to comfort us?" She was a hilarious woman from Jersey with a great sense of faith and joy. Though there were so many reasons to cry and be angry at her passing, there were and are more reasons to rejoice in the life she shared with us and how she changed my life forever. Both my husband and dad are pastors. I went to seminary. I've only ever known being part of a solid, caring Christian community (though I have lived and studied in Asia and have a fondness for Buddhism). I could not imagine what my last week (and these still somber weeks that follow) without the support I get from not only caring people (both Christian and non-Christian), but also from scriptures. 1 Corinthians 13 (the chapter that includes the wedding-friendly "Love is patient, love is kind...") says,
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
I think this is something my Grandma would remind me of if she saw my grief. Though she is "gone," her greatest aspects are imprinted on my life forever and remain such a part of me - faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these, love, makes it worth the ride. It's amazing how such little words can have such big meanings:
typetypetype, NumericDesign, artsharkdesigns, elenagrace Uturn385, hazelnutcottage, mortiedoodles, PianoBenchDesigns pinkpalmstudio, tiffysart, circlelinestudio, agraceunlimited Don't hesitate to click on the links to the corresponding Etsy shops to see the items in close up - they are all inspiring!
So, what inspires, or even comforts, you today?


  1. Christyn -

    Thank you for including my "faith hope love" pillow. These are words that I try to live by. So glad you enjoyed the pillow!

    Kelly Barnett
    A Grace Unlimited

  2. Very nice tribute to your Grandma!

    Numeric Design

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss Christyn. It sounds like your Grandma was an amazing person who helped to make you the person you are today! You and your family will be in my prayers.

    PS- gorgeous necklace. I keep meaning to purchase the starfish necklace on your etsy site but was wondering if you can make it in silver? the necklace actually reminds me of my grandmother

  4. Hi Christyn ~ So very sorry to hear about your Grandma. I, too, lost mine about 2 years ago - although it feels like yesterday. I am reminded of her constantly and the memories ALWAYS bring a smile to my face.
    I did stop by yesterday and entered the giveaway!!! How amazing is that? I must pick your brain later to see how successful this has been for you! Good luck!! All the Best, Dawn

  5. Christyn: lovely blog! thanks for featuring my print. keep up the faith!

  6. Sorry to hear about your grandma.
    I don't think you sound preachy at all, your words really spoke to me. I'm even wearing my "love" necklace today.

  7. Elena graceAugust 27, 2009

    I'm so sorry to hear about your sounds like you had a very special relationship!

    Thank you for including my "Faith, Hope and Love" necklace along with all the other great pieces!!

    Big Hug

  8. A number of years ago, one of my dear friends very unexpectedly lost her father. During the memorial, I overheard someone tell her that her father's work here was done. He had seen his son get married and start a family. And he knew his daughter was in good hands as she was about to marry. I found that very comforting.

    And so, I say to you ... your grandmother's work was done here. She held out to see your life in LA and knew you were in good hands. Isn't it incredible she had that opportunity. Isn't it incredible she died in peace.

    Heart you, girl.

  9. Great post, reminds me of my Grandma, I lost her about three years ago and still pick up the phone wanting to call her then remember....
    Love your necklaces. Wish I could purchase a chinese one...maybe after our adoption.

  10. Wonderful post... So sorry to hear the news but happy that my art gave you comfort in the words that your grandma would be saying to you. I hope in these times you do rely on FAITH HOPE & LOVE!

  11. My sincerest condolences on your loss. I know you will miss her dearly but she has left you with many wonderful memories and much knowledge. Though she is gone she will forever remain in your heart and in your thoughts...these things you shall always cherish.

  12. I'm so sorry about your Grandmother. How wonderful though for you, that she was able to see your new child before she was gone. Faith, Hope, and Love are excellent words to live by. The word Kindness is an important word to me. So many problems can be avoided with Kindness. (BTW, your jewelry is beautiful. The added use of words makes it that more special!)