Not once, but twice last week, I found myself in a conversation that centered around the art of lingering.
As I sit here, writing away on a Monday night, ‘Love Actually’ playing in the background, a dog snuggled up next to me I can’t help but feel thankful. Thankful for this wonderful little place in the blogosphere that has made the world feel a little smaller, that has allowed me to connect with people many miles away…foodies, photographers, writers and artists.
Natha Perkins is one of them. Natha sent me a kind email when she found my posts about our summer vacation in Colorado, and time spent at the Boulder Farmers’ Market. We share a love of vegetarian cooking and farmers’ markets. She is the owner of a small metal smithing studio, Luscious Metals, located near the foothills of Boulder that creates ecologically sustainable jewelry. Her pieces are beautifully and individually made.
I know this because she sent me one. A lovely, mixed metal necklace from her Sweetheart Collection that has the names of my three boys alongside stones hand chosen by Natha. I’m a person that loves simple, meaningful jewelry. This necklace is both.
And now I’d like to share her work with you….
To enter to win a $75 gift certificate to put toward the purchase of your own Luscious Metals necklace (or earrings or bracelet) just share below in the comments what’s on YOUR Christmas list this year, or maybe one of the best gifts you’ve been given in Christmas’ past.
*This giveaway will end on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
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It’s been so beautiful here lately. The leaves are mostly down with their show, but sun has been out, making it just nice enough to be outside. We’ve been cramming in as much outdoor time as we can after school before the sun goes down. Sunset is just way to early in my opinion…dark by 5:30? No, thank you.
It wasn’t until this past year that I discovered a love for brussels sprouts. REALLY? You might be thinking. Yes, I know. Growing up brussels sprouts kind of fall into the same category as lima beans causing children to wrinkle their noses and shake their heads when asked to eat them.
Well, it’s the first day of summer vacation. School got out yesterday and we celebrated it with friends in a wild water fight. With a neighborhood full of energetic boys I can’t think of a better way to burn off the excitement of school being done for the year.
For weeks we’ve been talking about how we’d like to spend our summer, the adventures we want to have and what that will include. Now that school’s out we decided to get serious and put our ideas on paper, making our annual summer bucket list. This year everyone wrote down five things they wanted to do; places to go, things to make, people to see, new foods to try. Our ideas usually include big and little things, ranging from what to do on vacations to making popsicles, and everything in between!
Since we began making these lists a couple of years ago, our summers have taken on a new purpose of adventure. Our summer days have a bit more intention, looking for the fun and adventure we might have, whether it’s on our own, or tagging along with friends. If you’ve never made a summer bucket list I would encourage you to give it a try.
This year we are participating in The Happy Family Movement’s Summer Bucket List Challenge. If you don’t know the Solars they are a fun loving family that look for adventure at every turn, sharing with others what good ol’ family fun can be. Want to join in? First, create your list. Then, head on over to The Happy Family Movement and share it with others. They have an amazing community on Facebook where you can find out about fun giveaways (including one from us) and other great ideas to make your summer the best yet. Don’t feel like sharing? Then just check out what everyone else is adding to their lists, it may spark a few ideas of your own!