Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goodie box give away!

A few years ago, right around my birthday (like it is now), I made a necklace with the sole intention of giving it away.  I had been inspired by a goodie box that I'd just received from my Dad and I wanted to create a goodie box that would include this cool necklace.
Well it's been almost three years since that last goodie box so I think we are way past due on a follow up!
I've been wanting to make another piece for a give away goodie box for awhile now.  There has been so much going on between custom work, Dana being home, and the raccoons (yes, I did say raccoons.  Blog post on that to follow) I just haven't had the time to devote to this.  But I've had the idea for it tumbling around in my head for awhile.  I knew I wanted to incorporate hand pigmented resin and stone...once I chose this beautiful robins egg blue druzy the shape and color for the rest of the necklace just fell into place.
On the back of the necklace I used a line from one of my favorite YouTube videos.  I know, a YouTube video is a really odd place to find inspiration!  But if you have never watched any of the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On videos - go watch them NOW!  They are the sweetest, funniest, innocent little videos you've ever seen.  And the quote just seemed appropriate on so many levels...it's the reason I made a necklace just to give it away - because it's worth it
Yesterday we woke up to news that one of our neighbors, a police officer, had been shot and killed in his home in the early morning hours.  Our neighborhood was practically on lock down.  There were police, marshalls, FBI, and media scurrying all over.  There were police cars and SWAT vans up and down the streets.  My brain and heart ping ponged between a plethora of different emotions.  At first it was entirely selfish, not wanting Tom to leave for work for fear of him being attacked between the front door and his car (I have a very active imagination when it comes to worrying!).  Then I felt so much sadness for this mans family.  Then I felt angry that some person or persons had stolen the safety I've always felt in this neighborhood.  I first moved here when I was just 14 years old.  I moved away during college but then, nearly 18 years ago, Tom and I bought our house, just a couple blocks from my parents and the house I grew up in.  This neighborhood has always felt a bit like Mayberry.  But sadly the state of our country these days feels very, very far from Mayberry.
After all of that worry and sadness yesterday I woke up this morning feeling even more excited to finish up this post and share this necklace with you.  The whole thought behind "because it's worth it", well I think it might just become my new mantra.  The idea of doing something nice - because it's worth it.  Being kind to people different than you - because it's worth it.  Volunteering your time - because it's worth it.  Making someone smile - because it's worth it.  Just being a good human being - because it's worth it.
So let me tell you how you can be the one to get this necklace and the goodie box it's packed in!  There are three ways to throw your name into the drawing:
1.) comment here and tell me your "because it's worth it".  What do you do because it's worth it ?
2.) share this post on Facebook (you can either cut and paste it to your page or just go to my Metalsgirl FB page and share the link that I've already posted there.)
3.) follow me on Instagram (metalsgirl), like the post about this necklace, and tag three friends (and make sure you tag me so that I see it and know to add your name to the hat again!)

For each of these that you do I will jot down your name and throw it in the hat. 
Make sure to leave your email address with your comment so that I can notify you if you win.  I will draw a name this Friday !
Have a very happy day...because it's worth it!

14 comments:

Lindsay said...

I'm on my lunch break after Morning 1 of the CA Bar Exam and saw this. I cannot think of a more apt reminder to me right now. The last three years have completely turned me inside out and upside down as I've worked harder than I've ever worked in my life to make some life changes. Studying for this exam has tested me in ways I didn't imagine, and I have questioned myself so many times in the process. And every time, I come back to how much it's worth it. I want better for everyone around me, and what better way for me to effect that than to learn additional skills that will give me a means to really do so. Sitting amongst thousands this morning, and waiting for "you may begin," made me think about how far I've come from where I used to be, and how many wonderful people helped me get there. I can only hope when this craziness is done that I can start using the knowledge I've gained to pay it forward to others. To me, to be able to have the privilege to do that, will make all of this work absolutely worth it.

Kim Wilson said...

I work in a inhome childcare and work with infants and toddlers. And I'm going back to school to finish getting my CDA. I love taking care and teaching because it's important these kids grow up to do good in life. They are are future and we need it to get better not worse like it is today. It is so worth it!!!

Kim Wilson said...

I work in a inhome childcare and work with infants and toddlers. And I'm going back to school to finish getting my CDA. I love taking care and teaching because it's important these kids grow up to do good in life. They are are future and we need it to get better not worse like it is today. It is so worth it!!!

Cyndy said...

Laura Amy, my 'because it's worth it' is volunteering for equine therapy. I have to admit there have been some stinking hot days this summer that I wanted to stay home. But once I get there with the kids and the horses, the heat and humidity don't seem to matter. It's so much fun to see the kids interact with their therapist, other volunteers and especially the horses. It's been a year since I started and I can't put into words what I've received from my time there. It's worth it and more!

Michelle Gonzalez said...

Being the absolute best mommy I can be to raise my 4 kiddos is most definitely worth it. Being present, teaching, listening, and loving on a daily basis, even when I don't feel like it. With all of the hate and craziness in the world today, I'm going to try my darndest to raise respectful and loving human beings. My favorite Mother Teresa quote is "If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family."
I love this idea, Laura! xo

Wendy Thornton said...

Love this!

Wendy Thornton said...

Love this!

Tom Gibson said...

Lady, write more. I love it when you do.

Carol said...

What do I do? I love 'strays'. Kids whose parents don't come to their games, I hug and tell them great game and offer and usually wind up giving rides to and from all season. My son's best friend in middle school whose parents didn't show up for his LIFE? I let him move in with us and raised him....& he's still mine. My step-daughter, I adopted to keep her from the drug addict life of her egg donor. My husband's cousin (who is like his brother) and his kids from other women spend every other weekend with me because his wife won't let them stay at her house. (DO NOT get me started!!) His 14 year old daughter whose mom just died who I took shopping for a dress to wear for the funeral because she didn't have one...& I promised she can come live with me at any time if she needs/wants to. My best friend's daughters who still, at 23 & 25 call me first when they need something fixed, found or cried about. And most recently a bull terrier we named Norman who I'm fostering so he didn't get put down in a shelter after he was picked up as a stray in what appears to be a dumping out of a dog. If it needs love, send it to my house!

Chelseanicole93 said...

I go to school. Because it's worth it. Even though there is that little voice in my head that says, "see what you can do with an associates in science" I know that I need to push for more. I need to be the best I can be, because one day when I'm knee deep in raising a family, I will look back and thank myself. I know where my priorities lie and education is top of the list for me..because one day, it'll be worth it. ❤️

Bonnie Bartz said...

I would love to win this! My mom loved your jewelry before she passed away,I had a convo with you about it when she passed in 2013.. :) you make beautiful jewelry! bartz1203@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

I teach 5th grade. I'm underpaid, overworked, often unappreciated, But it's worth it.
Elizabeth
wysmom@msn.com

Dana Overstreet said...

I have owned a craft store in our smallish town for 9 years. Tons of funds to keep afloat. finally making some money. (moved in to the heart of downtown). working my ass offbut it's worth it to bring the joy of creating to people
-esp kids-who have no confidence and feel they can't do something. the spark in their eye is all it takes to remind me. it's been worth it.

-dana in texas

Dana Overstreet said...

I have owned a craft store in our smallish town for 9 years. Tons of funds to keep afloat. finally making some money. (moved in to the heart of downtown). working my ass offbut it's worth it to bring the joy of creating to people
-esp kids-who have no confidence and feel they can't do something. the spark in their eye is all it takes to remind me. it's been worth it.

-dana in texas