5 Things Thursday on Saturday: Frozen Greek Yogurt, Gretchen Jones, & Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Festival

1. Sentimental custom orders. It shouldn't give you joy to make people cry, but it totally did for me! Heather asked for a piece that honored her kids & wanted something different and funky. A few months ago she gave me a bag of her grandmother's old jewelry to use, full of beautiful lonely mismatched earrings. I snuck one of her grandmother's earrings into the design, and she LOVED it! Melted my heart.

2. Greek frozen yogurt from the store. What? Can I be thankful for food? Shouldn't you say "peace and unicorns" or something? Yes I can, so sayeth Francis Chan in this YouTube video. Now excuse me while I go gorge myself.

3. Local raw honey. It's supposed to help with allergies, but I confess: I'm totally using pollen as an excuse to drink tea every night with this decadent nectar in it. Ohhh I can taste it even now...

4. Gretchen Jones. Her designs are amazing, and her morals are too. She's a sustainable designer, using fabrics & business practices that are human- and eco-conscious. I watched this speech she gave on her roots, her story of success, and where she's planning on going and it inspired me to be true to who I am & take an unconventional path. I think God is telling me not to worry about things so much, that some things (like financial success, soul peace, and babies) will come in time if they're meant to be.

5. Spring festivals. Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Festival last weekend was a freaking blast! I was able to go and browse the awesome artists' booths, and I even bought something! Which I rarely get the chance to do, being a normal human with a normal human income. It made me super pumped to show in the same space this summer, at the Market Square Farmer's Market! Knoxvillians, meet me there!


PS If you loved Heather's custom necklace and want you own one-of-a-kind piece, holla at me at newevejewelry[at]gmail.com and I'll give you the hook ups!

5 Things: New Life & Hard Grace

I've been taking a minute to write down a few things I'm thankful for every day. It helps me remember how beautiful, kind, and powerful God is. It never fails to encourage me, even just a little bit.

1. New Life: I went for a run today (I know, right?) and came back to find the tiniest crocus peeking out from under a tree in my yard. It was so delicate and beautiful; just what I needed on this gloomy day. I'm so ready for spring!

2. Hard Grace: Our car got towed the other day, and the hubs & I were so angry! It cost a fortune as well. The experience kind of revealed to me how entitled I think I am, and it gave us a chance to ask God for the grace to trust him for the money. What do you know? We found the money, and a smidge of peace to boot.

3. Sweatpants: In the past, I never really appreciated the gift of frumpiness because I love dressing spiffy for every occasion. It's a form of art, of self-expression, right? These days, the self I need to express is sometimes really tired. So she wears sweatpants.

4. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: I've been in love with this modern video blog version of Pride & Prejudice since a few weeks after it began about a year ago. They're now super famous because the entire team is super amazing. Watch. It. Now!

5. Amateur Art: Some of my favorite things to make are usable and wearable, so that's mostly what I do. Hence the Jewelry Shop. However, sometimes my heart just needs to speak through art on a canvas that's not meant to be seen, functional, or impressive. Like a journal in paint form. Or for me, it's currently wood, paint, old diary pages, nails, and string. Intrigued? Maybe I'll show you when it's done. Maybe.

What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!