Welcome to the FINAL act of WSW’s Holiday Giveaway Quartet!
Can you believe we are at the end of the holiday giveaway series? I really can’t! That means Christmas is this week! Where has the time gone?!
For the final culmination of this giveaway series, I am featuring an amazingly talented artisan… the lovely Karen of Karen Hazarian Jewelry. A while ago I stumbled across Karen’s gorgeous personalized jewelry on her Etsy shop and immediately wanted some for my own! I love how she integrates a personal approach and tailors her craft to the sentiment of her customers. I love so many of her pieces; her Crosses and Bracelet collections appeal to me, but I also love her Portraits and Photos collections. Karen takes such intimate aspects as handwriting and photographs, and creates unique mementos that can truly serve as daily reminders of the loved ones we miss so dearly.
From Karen: “The desire to capture memories, people, pets and self-expression into jewelry has been the inspiration into creating the one-of-a-kind etched items that Karen Hazarian offers. The versatility of Karen Hazarian etched jewelry allows for everyone to wear a special memory, whether male or female.”
In honor of our sorely missed loved ones and our desire to remember them, Karen is offering one reader a beautiful personalized necklace! This handcrafted 5/8″ square pendant features your loved one’s handwriting. That’s right… you send Karen a ‘proof’ of something your loved one has written on, and she will recreate your dear one’s handwriting on a precious pendant made of bronze and sterling silver. This pendant will hang from an adjustable black leather cord and values at $85. What a beautiful Christmas gift in your beloved’s honor!
Each piece is hand crafted in Karen’s studio using traditional metal-smithing techniques and materials such as .925 sterling silver, recycled sterling silver, 14k gold and recycled gold, and bronze in sheet and wire form. Please note, as her pieces are individually hand made, not cast, stamped or otherwise mass produced, they may and probably will have markings which is the creative, and unique quality of the etching process. You will see variations in distressing, finish etc on the front and/or back of your piece. These creations are American Made in Santa Barbara, CA.
Please note, Karen’s amazing creations take time to customize so your unique jewelry will not be ready in time for the holidays. By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge that you will likely begin the customization process in early January and receive your custom jewelry weeks after.
To win this gorgeous handcrafted personalized memorial necklace, enter the giveaway below using the Rafflecopter widget. Thank you Karen of Karen Hazarian Jewelry!
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…from my mind, that is. These days, it seems like you are always on the edge of my mind. Yet, you seem farther away than ever.
It’s so difficult to explain. No one quite seems to understand it either, how I can move forward SO much, as far enough as to desire love from someone else, yet still need and crave your presence. I guess the only souls who could really understand that sentiment are other widows.
What I really desire in moments like this, aside from the obvious you, is comfort. That feeling of ‘home’. I haven’t felt completely at rest, completely relaxed… 100% like I can sigh a sigh of content and say ‘phew, I am okay for second’… since March 2009 when you left. My soul needs a moment, a hug from you, a second of content and rest. Yes, my Faith gives me that, more than I’ve experienced thus far. But I still haven’t found that ‘partner aspect’ that I need.
I know it is coming in His due time. I have faith. But I am not incredibly patient. It is something I am praying for. What I really want is YOU back…but since I can’t have that, I am finally ready for whoever is next for my soul. Really, my heart is ready. So, is his? Whoever is meant to have this heart, is he ready?
Part of me feels so excited for this man, because I am going to smother him with love. Then again, part of me feels apprehensive for this man because I am probably going to totally overwhelm him! The amount of love pent up inside me, the things I have learned about life and love and affection and appreciation, the levels of acknowledgement and gratitude I am going to show this person, are likely to overwhelm him because unless he has experienced a similar loss that has changed his world view, he is likely not going to understand right away why I am the way I am. So, maybe I’ll show him this:
Future love of mine, your world is about to be rocked. Please don’t be afraid of me. I’ll try not to be afraid of you. If I come off too emotional, please understand that it is because emotions mean so much to me. I don’t want to let a second go by without you knowing how much I feel. If I seem distant sometimes, please understand it is because I am still figuring out how to reach you in your unique way. Please don’t think I’m not ready or that you aren’t worthy. You are just beautiful new territory. If I am moving quickly, please don’t see it as desperation or mistake it for neediness. In the life I have lived, I understand how short life and opportunities can be. I heed God’s call and I move when I feel led. If I feel your heart calling mine, I am going to respond based on His guidance. I trust His fate to keep things from moving too quickly. So, the sheer fact that you are reading this now means that you were called, I felt your heart calling mine, you have sang that gorgeous, special birdsong… and babe, all I can say is, you are the recipient of a stockpile of love that I cannot wait to bestow upon you. Smile and cheese your heart out as everyone becomes envious of *that guy* who is so obviously loved. I am so, so blessed to finally find you… It’s all in God’s hands. I give you up to Him.
Eventually… I know you are out there, my dear. I’ll be readying myself. And my first dear is ready to pass the torch because he loves me as much as you are going to <3
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Phew! I am in the midst of a busy few days. Can you believe Christmas is a week from today?! If time has snuck up on you like it has me, you probably haven’t finished your shopping yet either. I’m not feeling too stressed thankfully; our entire family pretty much has decided to skip gifts [for the adults] in lieu of getting back to basics and just spending time together. Although we’ve decided to go low-key this year, I do still have quite a bit of shopping to do for Little Man so now I’m in crunch time!
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..we’ve been through so much, baby boy.
I love you taller than the tallest skyscraper, bigger than the solar system,
all the way to the moon, and back.
…times one million.
Happy 4th birthday, sweet Little Man.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I absolutely adore traveling. It is one of my major passions and I just can’t seem to get enough! It’s getting harder to balance travel and home life now that Little Man is getting older and into more activities, but since he loves being on the go as much as I do I am certain that exploration will always be a part of our lives. It seems like I’m always contemplating a trip, researching a new location, dreaming of places to go and brainstorming ways to make it happen.
Combine this with my love of art, and I’m super excited for the Christmas gift I just bought myself! :D No it’s not a trip, but a sweet token I’ve been eyeing for ages and finally decided to put aside the shopper-guilt and get: the gorgeous Places in America print from You and Me The Royal We.
The original artwork by Oliver Jeffers is a hand painted map of America on wood. It’s stunning! Prints are available for purchase and each one is signed by Oliver. The print comes with 102 pins to chart your path and domination of all places America: the orange pins are for states conquered, red is for headquarters and the blue are for next target or state of origin. Since visiting all of the National Parks is one of my life goals, this is just perfect!
Isn’t it lovely? I’m already thinking up DIY’d frames and ways to display it. :D
And speaking of excitement, we have a winner!! Congratulations Jennifer Alice Duran, you are the winner of the beautiful bracelet from Inspirations Jewelry! Check your email, please <3 Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you Inspirations Jewelry!
*FYI, this post is not sponsored, You and Me The Royal We has no idea who I am :P I just had to share!