Sunday, December 17, 2017

A local stroll...

We were at the lighthouse and Santa arrived, solo with another photographer!
Was cool, he had Rosy Red cheeks!

It's been snowing for days, times we go without sunlight for weeks. It's a cold state and it wouldn't be so bad if more light could break through. I live in Port Huron Michigan, right on the boarder of Canada. It's a small town, but it is beautiful in its own way. One of my favorite things about our new city is the beaches, there are tons here that border Lake Huron. One of Michigan's main three bodies of water. The lake life has been fun so far. After the snow finally let up just a little yesterday we hit the roads too see what kind of beauty was out there. I love taking photos, its relaxing and I appreciate all things small. It's the little things for me, that bring me so much joy.
Here are some pictures from my travels around the city, enjoy.

Ft. Gratiot Lighthouse, Port Huron, MI

 The temps drop drastically the closer you get too the water, it was freezing.

My son Caleb

 Wreath's Across America, in the Port Huron Cemetery. We paid our respects too the veterans.

My son

Monday, November 27, 2017

Removing Negative Energy From Your Home

Sometimes life gets hectic, things happen that can bring us great amounts of stress.
Recently I moved too a new state and home, one of the things I like too do in a new apartment/home is too burn White sage with what is called a smudge stick.

The sticks are known to chase away bad energies and vibes, leaving your space cleansed from anything negative. This week I smudged our entire home, it does leave a smoky smell for days after and I suggest not using a huge bundle like I did. A little goes a long way.

I have been more open too these kind of spiritual things and willing to try too see for myself if I can feel the change in the air. I did. It changes the vibrations, very cool to experience.

Prior to smudging, I opened every window in my home too allow the bad mojo to leave the house. I opened all doors and started smudging with my front door entrance and working my way along the house counter clock wise.

Using the smudging stick is simple. To use them, light the tip of the smudge stick, letting it burn for a for a few seconds allowing to get the smoke going. Then, lightly blow out the flames, so that only the embers and smoke remain.

Waft the smoke with your feather (or your hand) so that the smoke permeates the room.
Something I learned right away is too just let the sage bundle set in the bowl/shell and fan the smoke up from there. Other wise tiny little embers fall on the ground and that could quickly turn bad. So take caution when smudging your home.

Walk around your room, with the smudge stick getting in the corners to make sure you don’t miss any bad energy. Once you are done cleansing, put out the embers in an abalone shell or fire-safe dish. This may take a few times of mushing it down to completely snuff it out, when it stops smoking it's out.

I have since bought a smaller smudge stick and learned not too buy so large and use the entire thing, as the smoke really does cling too everything. It's a beautiful tradition and I will continue to use it, specially as people come in go from my home. For now, I know there are no bad energies here.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday!!
A day to celebrate and support small businesses.
I was blessed with my small business a little over 7 years ago, it all started with a hobby and turned into something much more. A lot of blood, sweat and tears were put into my business.
Years of dedication, building relationships and making new friendships along the way.
I am forever thankful for every customer that has purchased from me!
I would love if you would visit my shop and support small business such as mine :)
Have a beautiful day!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday GIVEAWAY

Who doesn't LOVE a free giveaway?
Specially if it's something super awesome.
Like today's giveaway from my shop MountainStoneDesigns
Winner gets one of my current best sellers, a pewter hand stamped personalized Tree ornament.
These are going out the door fast, get yours today with 15% off in store {sale happening now}.
These make amazing gifts for anyone, best part is it's custom made by my hands sent to your home with love. It would look really cute adorning a top of a Christmas gift, or in a beautiful gifting bag.

I also offer over 300 other beautifully hand crafted gift ideas in my shop, like: Stackable custom bangle bracelets, Personalized mothers necklaces, Essential oil lockets, Minimalistic Jewelry, Mountain Jewelry, Men's Jewelry & so so much more.
Go take a look and shop the sales in my store Here

Giveaway is open to all USA residents
Giveaway runs for 7 days
Winner picked by random from Rafflecopter, winner has 24 hours to respond back via email to claim their prize. If no response, prize moves too the next chosen winner.

Good luck & happy holidays!!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

goodbye fall.

Goodbye Fall. It was a beautiful season, packed with activities that appreciate the true feeling of it. You see Fall is my favorite time of the year, it is time to shed the old & get ready for the new. I turned 37 October, it was such a low key birthday & I was totally OK with that. We are still adjusting to our new state/school and surrounds. I did find a amazing local photographer for our family photos, saying I'm excited is a serious understatement. All these photos posted are of myself and my amazing son Caleb. We are a two person family/team and he is the absolute world too me. I enjoy our mommy son photo sessions and stated this tradition about 4 years ago when I got my divorce. I am always the one behind the camera and so I make it a thing to get ours professionally done a few times a year now. That way he can have these as memories too look back on.

Hope you are all having a beautiful season, I have been preparing for the upcoming holiday season for my jewelry stamping business. Some exciting news I will share with you all on another post, it includes the same family photographer I used for these shots :)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall in Michigan

We moved here to Michigan a few months ago and the weather has been so much more different then what we were use too like back in Colorado. In Colorado they already received their first snow fall and here {home now} we have been in the 70's still. Lot's of rain here, almost weekly, which is how it stays so lush in vegetation & Green. The leaves are just starting to turn, beautiful colors like Colorado. Seems here your more true to getting all 4 seasons, which is really exciting. Red's, Orange's and Yellow trees scattered everywhere. Such a beautiful time of year and really my favorite. I love nature and appreciate the beauty that is all around. Little things like the sound of crunching leaves under foot, cool breezes and cooler nights that I love so much.

Are you experiencing Fall weather where you are?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Alpacas and their cute faces

Alpacas. They are seriously the cutest creatures and my son adores them to pieces. So I sought out the closet Alpaca farm near us and we made a day trip of it. Found a Michigan Alpaca farm 20 miles from us, took my son and my mother. My son was in heaven, he has quite a liking for them. I wish we had the extra land to have a few, maybe in a few years.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lake Michigan Shores

I am naturally drawn to the outdoors and getting my hands dirty with the earth, its a way for me clear my mind and feel peace. One of the places I find myself visiting on a weekly basis is the lakes of Michigan. Huron lakes, is near where I live. A small 10 minute drive puts me in my happy place, where there a little people and just the sounds of the waves. I have been collecting rocks, a new hobby I have picked up. I can't wait to drill some of these piece for my jewelry shop. Wanted to share this place with you all, shouldn't we all have a place like this?


Monday, August 28, 2017

Hand Stamped 'Beach' Bangles Jewelry Giveaway

Can you believe Summer is almost over?? What the heck happened to the time? We just moved from Colorado to Michigan and we are only 6 miles from the Lake. Caleb and I are spending so much time there, we love it. One of my favorite things about these Michigan beaches are the amount of beautiful stones, I have been collecting them for a surprise that will be added to my shop later this year!

Today's giveaway is for a set of two hand stamped bangle bracelets, both with a theme of the beach!
One says "Beach Girl" and the other with a "Sun" image. Both are made by me, I offer these amazing bangles, that can be personalized here in my Etsy shop. MountainStoneDesigns.

Giveaway is easy, simply go through what is prompted and gain as many points as possible. More things you complete the better chance you have at winning. I do check entries!
Open to USA only.
Open for 7 days, winner will be contacted via email and given 7 days to respond.
That's it, good luck!

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