Monday, August 5, 2013

It's my birthday and I've got a goodie for you!

I've decided that it's time for a little class participation again.  It's been ages since I've done any kind of give away.  I've been doing all this new work and I just want to share it.  I'm super anxious to get it out there into the world.  I decided that my birthday is the the very best occasion for me to give You a gift.  I made this necklace just for this purpose and I'm over the moon about it. It felt good to start a piece with the intention of giving it away.  I found that I put a whole different kind of energy into it...I have to admit, once I finished it I was so happy with it that I briefly considered keeping it.  But that was never my intention, I want to give her away and I've got a few other goodies to send along, some yummy chile powder my dad sent straight from New Mexico, some pretty paper that I've been hoarding, just some bits and bobs...

The focal piece of this necklace I hand cut from a sheet of silver and then built a little frame to hold the resin that I hand pigmented and "painted" (a new technique I've been playing around with) into the sterling silver, oxidized cavity.  Hanging from a silver bar is a bit of copper that I hand cut, hand formed, and then enameled.  This piece is very representative of the new way my work has been going.  I have several new pieces that I will post to the etsy shop tomorrow morning.
 Sterling silver, resin, copper, and enamel.  She would be $225 but I'm giving her away because its fun to just give stuff away sometimes!!

Two quick stories to explain the randomness of this, my gift to you...

My dad (I have two dads.  and I never differentiate when I'm talking about them.  I always just assume that by the context of what I'm saying people will know which dad I'm referring to.  So good luck with that.)  So my dad sends me these amazing packages.  They are filled with the most random stuff your little head can dream up... one box might include some freshly ground chile powder (I will be sharing this with one of you!), an old, disassembled vintage rifle (is it legal to ship firearms?), a vintage fiesta cup and saucer, an itsy bitsy pocket knife shaped like a high heeled shoe, a little leather pouch (that I'm sure he made from some animal he, ahem, killed) filled with Susan B. Anthony dollars, some old photos of my grandparents, an old Altoids tin filled with sterling silver scrap (from where???), some teeny tiny drill bits, and a card, with a picture of one of his dogs or horses on the front, a sweet note, and a two dollar bill tucked inside.   This is how I learned the proper way to make a goodie box.

 My most recent box of this 'n that!

 Now, how do I know what qualifies as a goodie?!?  When I was a little girl my Nana made pies all. the. time.  The best pies you've ever tasted, all from scratch, no recipe, just pinches and handfuls of this and that.  But there was always left over pie crust.  She would roll the bits and scraps out into a thin circle and then sprinkle it with loads of cinnamon and sugar, then roll it up and bake it, she'd slice it into little rounds and they were scrumptious!  She called them goodies.  Goodie might be my favorite word.  It reminds me of my Nana (who I miss tremendously every single day) and its the little left over thought that gets turned into a star. 

Me and my Nana.

So now that you know the definition of a goodie and the very best way to create a goodie box - I would love to know what your dream goodie box would hold.  Or if you are already an expert goodie-
box-creator, tell me what you like to tuck between the layers of smudgy newsprint. 

Just leave me a little comment here (and your email address so that I can give you the good news!) and your name will go into the drawing.  If you wanna enter twice, yes, two times the chance to win the goodie box, just share the link to this post on your facebook page then come back and tell me what a wonderful sharer you are!  I'll randomly choose a winner by writing down all of your names, tossing them around in a bowl, and have Tom close his eyes,  reach in and choose the winner winner chicken dinner!

Thanks y'all!

ps   I'll close this little drawing on Wednesday (August 7th) evening and let you all know who has a package headed to her, or his, doorstep!

45 comments:

Mama Deb said...

My Mom used to do that same thing with leftover pie crust and it is one of my favorite childhood memories with her! My dear great aunt Hazel used to send me goodie boxes that always included yellowed, garage sale paperbacks, stamps from far away lands, sea shells or fossils. I have most of them still!

Mama Deb said...

dtolany@hotmail.com

(almost forgot!)

Kelly Rott said...

My mom used to send the best goodie boxes when I was away at school. I was SO BROKE, and somehow she always seemed to know what I had run out of or was holding off on getting because I couldn't afford it. Sometimes, that meant a box chock-full of trial-sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, socks, scrunchies, etc.. that she snagged from the dollar store, with a random flashlight or maybe some glue sticks thrown in for good measure. Most of them had at least one ridiculously decadent thing, like chocolate truffles or a huge jar of chocolate peanut butter, and there was always a gift card to the bookstore.

Kelly Rott
kelly_rott@yahoo.com

Kelly Rott said...

...and, shared! :-)

sriester said...

My very special aunt sends me boxes of special food related goodies. I love those boxes!

sara.riester@gmail.com

Christie said...

My goodie box is covered in pics of my kids and includes the last letter I got from my grandmother when I was in college, a little snake ring my granddad found in the dirt and thought I'd like (I take it out and wear it also) and little random knick knacks that may have meaning or not.

christiechance@me.com

Christie said...

Shared also!

jaimejofisher said...

my mom and my best friend send the best goodie boxes. i love to make them myself too but my best friend's box would normally consist of a few found shells or seed pods, or found beach plastic, some handmade cards (by her), some lip balm, a cool container of some sort, an assorted mix of teas, a chocolate bar, and maybe a vintage squeaky toy or other retro curious animal chauch-kee!! sometimes it was a monochromatic color theme. those were the best because i'm a monochromatic nerd!!! my mom's would normally consist of a starbucks gift card, an old eraser collection of mine from when i was a kid (or other random childhood keepsake of mine), a vintage piece of tupperware, an old family photo, some funky paper clips or pen, and of course some post it notes. it always had post it notes inside because she normally packs these up at work. oh, and a pair of work gloves for chris from my dad since he gets them free for working on the rail road all these years.

JoiofMovement said...

My Grandma and PawPaw from Wharton would send goodie boxes to me at Echo Hill Ranch. They contained her homemade Toll House cookies (which were carefully packed in a Folgers Coffee can), Brach's cinnamon candy, and Double Bubble or Super Bubble bubble gum. The best goodie was always Grandma's note, written in her exquisite handwriting, telling me how much they loved and missed me. Grandma continued the goodie box tradition when I went to college. She sure knew how to cure the homesick blues!

-P- said...

I have a little box that has random buttons, earrings photo booth pics, first haircuts etc. I love the idea of sending people goodie boxes. I'm thinking what I could put in one. I do love it when I run across my youngest goodie boxes - she has multiple and they are in multiple spots in and around her room.

Pamela Crosier
pamela.crosier@gmail.com

sriester said...

I shared also :)

Emily Barrett said...

My birthday is 8/8! Id love to win this and help us both celebrate!

Diane Potter said...

One of my most favorite goodie boxes ever only had one thing in it....a pound bag of peanut M&Ms. But it was sent by my niece when I had foot surgery, and was in bed with it elevated over my head for 8 weeks! A little note in the package said that she was in the store and saw them, and thought of all the little M&Ms that wouldn't be purchased because I couldn't go to the store! It was fun and spontaneous and unexpected, and I think you can put absolutely anything in a goodie box if it meets all of those requirements!

I will share this, as I almost always do your posts, because I love your work!

diane.potter@earthlink.net

relliott said...

My dad used to randomly send me packages with envelopes full of old photographs, and some little trinket. Usually it was something of his that I had loved as a child or that reminded me of him - a pair of sunglasses, a certain toy, a special Christmas ornament. They always brought about the best memories and made me so happy :-) He passed away last year, and I ofetn go back to those photos and trinkets and think about him. It amazes me that he kept all of those things, and that he remembered their significance to me.

Robin
robin_elliott@hotmail.com

relliott said...

I shared a link to this on my Facebook page. I love your jewelry and would be over the moon if I won this beautiful piece!

Robin
robin_elliott@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

My grandparents used to send me "goodie boxes" twice a year when I was in college and well into my 20s (until there were physically unable). Some of the contents varied, but also included were a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and a box of Lipton instant chicken soup. The candy went fast, but I kept saving the soup boxes. I had about 10 when I moved in with a roommate who liked to cook. She turned them all into one big batch of soup. I still miss grandparents all the time, too. If I win, I will send the necklace onto a friend who loves pink and is undergoing some positive life changes. She'd love the color and the message! slctexas@gmail.com

Michelle Gonzalez said...

My favorite goodie box came from my sweet husband when he asked me to marry him. He is the kindest soul I know and I just really dig him :) I've been saving things through the years for our kids' goodie boxes when they get older and go off into the world. I have little notes I write them with funny things they say to me or things we've done together. Just short quick jottings I do and save to send to them in the future. I also have their little pictures and jewelry they make me stashed away. I think they'll really get a kick out of seeing these little pieces of their childhood when they are beginning their own lives out there. We all know how hard it is to be away from home, and I hope these little things will help them through those trying times. I look forward to the day that I can send them a box full of homemade cookies, some detergent and laundry money, and a little goodie from their past. gonzalezmj@yahoo.com

Cyndy said...

Entering with a plan to give it to Kate if I win! Sending her Metalsgirl would be the ultimate goodie box!

Also shared on my fb page!

cyndy.moneymaker@gmail.com

LizG said...

yes please!! AND sharing ;)

Laura Moon said...

Yes, please add me to the list. Cyndy is my cousin's wife. This looks like a beautiful piece of art! My grandmother used to send me homemade peanut brittle when I was in college. This looks like a much greater treat!

Laura
zorella@gmail.com

G-ma Shanny said...

i have this baby book that my mom made for me a few years ago. I'm 48 now. my maternal grandmother died when i was 10. in the baby book my mom scrapbooked all kinds of trinkets from when I was a little girl. my favorite "goodie" is a letter my grandmother wrote me (can you imagine doing this now days?) in her own hand writing on letter head from where she worked in the middle of the day. how beautiful her little shanny was and how she thought i looked just like a movie star. whenever i feel like i'm just not making the grade i remember the letter from my grandma von and remember she thought I was a movie star :)

shanzboyzrule@yahoo.com

G-ma Shanny said...

i'm a wonderful sharer

Spencer Franklin said...

That's awesome! You guys are the best. It would score me a lot of brownie points if I could get lucky in the drawing! I posted to Facebook, so put me in for 2 chances, plz! : )

Spencer

spencer.franklin@gmail.com

PrittyHarruff said...

I love to send my son goodie boxes while he is away at college. They are always very random. i.e. post it notes, Carmel, toothpix, playing cards, an occasional $20 tucked inside, air freshener and on and on....
Mharruff @ gmail.com

Jane Estes said...

Hi Sweet friend. I love a goodie box and since I've received just a few over the years, I remember them all. A group of friends recently gave me a box full of things in honor of the passing of my father. Hard to term it a goodie box, but it was nonetheless. It was filled with handmade things from those friends or from people they loved or from places they'd traveled on adventures. It was accompanied by handmade notes and little tags describing each thing. All of this came in a gorgeous box which I then put my father's handkerchief in, some meaningful cards from darling people and a few other things.
My grandmother taught me to do the same thing with pie crust and my dad taught me many uses for scrap metal and chile powder. Your post made me think of what a privilege it is to have a small child at your side, soaking up everything. I wish that for my girls. Love and hugs to you.

Sarah Brisiel said...

Goodie really is one of the best words ever. I sang in high school and college and the tradition amongst the choir folk was that we would make goodie bags for each other to be opened on audition days. Play-doh, stickers, drawings...all hearkening back to childhood days of making things with your hands. My nieces now carry on the goodie tradition admirably and routinely send me packages (to the extreme amusement of their parents) filled with bits of string, leaves, dried flowers and crayon self-portraits. Love the necklace, love the blog. Thanks for a good moment this Monday. LIked, shared and generally spread throughout the world.

sarah.brisiel@gmail.com

elbee said...

I love the note and goodies from your Dad. So sweet.

lizbar54@yahoo.com

Ann said...

My friend Jane Estes spread the word, and so now I'm doing the same. Love your work and your spirit.

My mother used to roll out pie dough scraps, cut them in strips, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, roll them up and bake them for us kids. She called them "snails." I loved them and so now I do the same for my children.

Lyzzard said...

My goodie boxes are almost always sent to my best friend in KY. We were roomies in college and we acquired a few precious items that make their way back and forth between our homes. Whomever has the items is next to send the box. The goodies box usually contains of random items of great or little value depending on the sender. Think gifts, to-go menues, old photos, a mismatched sock, etc. The one item that is always included is a mummified frog wrapped in tape that she made in 5th grade.
I love getting the boxes. :)

Lyzzard said...

Shared! (also, forgot my email above!)

Lyzzard@gmail.com

leah said...

Aww, you have such a heart!

I've been known to send some most excellent care 'goodie' packages to my loveys myself(especially now that I'm miles away from my family and most of my friends and can now call Texas a home). I always have something to send, I mean it's almost like 'Christmas' when I feel it's complete. Each package is different, and geared to towards that person. I accumulate things, photos, music, rocks, Sweet Leaf Tea caps, happy meal toys, I make them jewelry, anything and everything that make me think of someone along the way. I don't usually send items one at a time either, I try and theme it, if possible, but I really do try and make each package somewhat 'epic'. I guess I'm going off track now. If I were to get one myself from someone, I'd just want it to be from the heart. That's all, no monetary value necessary.

Which also kind of reminds me of when my Mom used to pack my school lunches, and every day she'd write me little messages or verses on my napkins...I still have some of them. That in itself made like every day of my middle school career a 'goodie package' day. Anyway, I ramble, but still -

It's really the little things...

leah said...

Oh, and leah would be: leha43@juno.com :)

diaphinia said...

I had a correspondence that lasted many years, beginning in 1988, with my friend I met at Shakespeare on the Green in New Haven, CT. I was a madrigal singer in the pre-show, and he played a couple of the small parts in the play, Romeo and Juliet. We had no time to talk after the show, since he was leaving for college in the morning, but I gave him my address. A week later, I got a letter written on a Ritz cracker box. We wrote long, rambling letters about music, art, school, life. The media on which we wrote were funky, decorated to extremes. Occasionally there would be a mix tape in the mail, or a tshirt, or weird little toys and shirts. Thosse letters truly affected how I developed as a young woman. They were serious goodies.

jenny said...

My goodie boxes are always Taylor made depending on why they're being sent. They may hold a recipe with ingredients along with custom made ninjas to stave off an illness. Maybe nice stationary with a pretty ring to ad a little shine to the lovely hand that will be writing wile she's away...maybe headlines from SI, sunflower seeds, and a rubbing stone to pass the time while he is over seas...
They are all made to fit the circumstances that my lived ones face. I live your work and reading your messages.
Have a happy day-every day!
Jenny
Jenahare@gmail.com

caroljwatson said...

With my son headed off for college, I am getting ready to be a master goodie box specialist! Of course, his goodie boxes will be different than what I'd want in a goodie box, but some overlapping goodie box items would be: pocky (strawberry), Faber castell pens, inappropriate stickers or postcards, and a twenty folded into some fun and interesting shape! :)

caroljwatson said...

With my son headed off for college, I am getting ready to be a master goodie box specialist! Of course, his goodie boxes will be different than what I'd want in a goodie box, but some overlapping goodie box items would be: pocky (strawberry), Faber castell pens, inappropriate stickers or postcards, and a twenty folded into some fun and interesting shape! :)

diaphinia said...

...and shared!

d i a p h i n i a [splat] gee-mayle[splot] c o m

peg said...

Well, continue to love your stuff...Texan girl in Seattle, bday on the 4th of August, and dog lover too...My sweet golden retriever is 15 and my pug, Miss Lucy drives her crazy!!!

And so would cherish your gorgeous necklace!!!

Julie said...

Julie! (of Julie & Finn)

Jennifer Ackermann said...

I've never been the recipient of a goodie box, but I hope to give my baby girl some treasures that she will hold on to and consider sentimental, once I'm gone. What a great idea and great blog! Thanks to everyone's responses, I've got some great ideas for giving goodie boxes! Oh, and happy birthday!!
Jackermann@austin.rr.com

Unknown said...

I love all of your jewelry and would love something new to wear the first day back to school!! krystald29@gmail.com (Krys S)

Stacy Swenson said...

The first goodie box I ever received was from Ms. Stanfield as I graduated from high school. It was full of wonderful little surprises, some of which I still use today... 18 years later. My best friend sends me goodie boxes filled with cookies for my birthday... Mostly chocolate chip, my favorite. As for sending... I would say putting chocolate in a goodie box is my personal favorite.

Stacy
Stacylynnswenson@gmail.com

Heather Tarver said...

When I was little my great grandmother used to send me and my sisters goodie cans. She would take coffee cans, fill them with colorful paper scraps, homemade cookies,and a letter with a little bit of money. Then she would have a friend of her's reseal the cans and mail them to us. It was always really exciting to get the cans and find out what was in side!

htarver1991@gmail.com

erik jacobson said...

i have fudge.

erikthebold@hotmail.com

Dione Moser said...

You do such beautiful work! Love it. I can't say I have ever gotten a goodie box...nor given one so maybe that would be a fun project to do for someone special. :)~ Dione@impact.ms