July 27, 2008 · All, Stuff for Kids

We, as a family, are very into old movies.  If my husb and and I get a rare date night out, we almost always choose to see a movie at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, which is a refurbished old movie theatre that shows nothing but classic, old movies.  It’s like taking a trek back in time for an evening – even the popcorn is priced as if you’re seeing a movie in the 50’s.  

When we had kids, we of course started to look into what old movies would be good for them to watch.  As they have gotten a bit older (they are 7, 5 and 4 right now), we have slowly introduced them to more and more classics.  At first, it took them a little getting used to, as when they were little they only watched animated movies like Little Mermaid, Nemo, Toy Story, etc.  With little or no animation in these movies, there is a lot ‘pausing’ to explain the story lines, which you usually have to do this with many of these films.  But it’s worth the effort – they have come to realize that most films have intricate story lines and that they’re fun to follow and figure out as they watch.  As they get older, they ‘get’ some of the deeper meanings of some of these movies and it’s very fun to see that happen. 

One of the first old classics they watched and loved was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Some of our other favorites are Sound of Music, The Absent Minded Professor, the original Herbie (Herbie the Love Bug), the original Freaky Friday, Bed Knobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, and our absolute favorite right now: Music Man. 

Music Man

Music Man

Music Man is such a wonderfully fun and funny story, with fabulous performances by Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and a very young Ron Howard.  There is some great music that comes from this film and it’s just fun to watch for both us parents and the kids.  Our youngest, who is four, has a harder time sitting through it, but there are enough great scenes in it to keep him captivated enough.  Right now the whole family is walking around the house singing ‘Gary Indiana’ or ‘Seventy-Six Trombones’ and it just makes you appreciate it that much more.

July 23, 2008 · All, General

So I am not that into video games.  If someone can talk me into trying one, then I usually enjoy it.  But I never sit down to play one or seek them out.  My hubby found this video of a new game concept while searching for something else, and he got me to watch for a bit.  He started playing the game and then we just couldn’t stop.  Check it out for yourself, you will be amazed!  The interesting piece is that the game was written by a 24 year old in less than a week.

Play a similar version of the game yourself


July 23, 2008 · All
Sterling Heart on Gold Disc

Sterling Heart on Gold Disc

Yippee, I found myself with a bit of ‘free’ time today so added another new product, the Sterling Heart on Gold Disc, to my site.  This one is very different as it is one of my first mixed metal pieces.  I took a gold-filled 5/8″ disc and overlayed a sterling heart with the name Alex on it.  I then domed the whole piece to give it a rounded look.  It was fun to make and I love the look of the two different metals together.  This looks great with a sterling chain but if you’d prefer gold, you can order it without a chain and then add a gold chain from the Chains/Chords page

 I found some other new materials, including copper discs and more gold-filled shapes.  Now it’s just a matter of adding them all to the site, one by one.  Each one takes a little time to photograph, edit, price, add options to, upload, etc.   But I’m working on it!!  Have a great week!

July 22, 2008 · All

I have a few new designs on my site that I recently added, and I have been busy this summer creating lots of other new items that haven’t gotten past the assembly and photography stage.  But those will be added to my site soon, as well, a piece at a time.

You can see all the new items at once by going to the What’s New page on my site.  What you’ll see there now is my new line of Initial Necklaces, all of which can be bought with or without a chain.  They can be added to a pieice of jewelry you already own, or I can assemble a new piece for you with a chain and stones or other charms of your choice.  In fact, any charm on my site can really be turned into Initial Jewelry by just requesting the large, initial font in the special instructions box.  You aren’t limited to what I dreamed up!

Gr and ma Heart Necklace

Happy Heart Necklace

I also added two new versions of my Happy Heart.  One is simple with a name or word (shown here with Gr and ma) surrounded by tiny stars or polka-dots.  The other version has a smaller sterling heart stamped with a name or word that is then permanently attached to the larger heart.  It is appropriately named Happy Heart on Heart (sorry, I don’t always get that creative with my product names) and it’s very fun and unique and something I came up with while playing around with mixing different pieces and  shapes.

Remember to keep checking back as my goal this summer is to keep adding new designs and options.

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