Friday, May 25, 2012

Special Teacher Gifts by A Cup of Sparkle

My Etsy shop is still closed, but I couldn't say no to a customer who wrote to me couple weeks ago requesting a custom order for her son's teachers before the end of the year. What better way to go back to my studio to work on something special for one of the most important people in everyone's lives: teachers.

My customer also sent me this quote which is written on a sign at her son's school that says "Flying from the nest no other bird's wings will do". I decided to print the quote and glue it on the gift boxes I prepared for the teacher keychains.

This custom key chains are made with two wings and an apple charm that says 'special teacher' on it and a birds nest with a single blue freshwater pearl. It is finished a cute heart shaped split ring. Aren't they adorable?

This last one is one of the custom handmade keychains made with 4 pearls, heart charm and a sparrow bird. They are all ready to fly to their new homes today. I am quite happy with them and hope that teachers will like their gifts.

Hope you are having a wonderful Friday. Have a fantastic long weekend!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

My first 15K Race.

I completed my first 15K race last Saturday. It was AWESOME! My friend and I signed up for the Seattle's Best 15K to test ourselves before our half marathon which is only 2 weeks from now.
These are the medallions we got after finishing. Aren't they so pretty? I was very excited about them since it is my first race medallion. We were very proud of ourselves.

Are you doing any races this summer? It is highly satisfying, refreshing and enjoyable. Makes you filled with positive energy! There is so many great organizations benefiting non-profits and you don't really have to run the whole distance. A 5K race would be a great place to start if you are a beginner. And a race could be a great bonding experience you can enjoy with your spouse or a friend. xoxo

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Have a motivated day!

This made be smile and feel motivated to get things done today. Hope it will bring some motivation to you as well.... Cheers!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Born to Run Barefoot or with traditional shoes?

Early January I started my training for my first half marathon which is also my first time distance running. It has been the big challenge that I always wanted to take on and never had the time or enough motivation for. And, I had the perfect excuse for it as I didn't have a full time job first time in my life after finishing school. I could finally cross one of those things from my long "To-Do's in life" list as well as my new years resolutions for 2012.
My training is still going on full speed as I am getting ready to run my first 15K this Saturday in Seattle and the half marathon in June 3rd. Before my big race day I finally finished reading "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. It was fascinating to hear the stories of ultrarunners and the legendary Tarahamura Indians. I couldn't even imagine what one can do on his feet before reading it. I highly highly recommend the book.

Wondering if I am planning on switching to Barefoot instead of my hot pink Nike's? (Barefoot running is what McDougall argues as the way running should be done.) Nope :)) I think I am going to stick to my girly shoes until I decide to run a 50K ultra-Marathon which is quite unlikely for me...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful moms! I hope all of you are having a great day with your family surrounded with love. Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mom too!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Custom Design: Gold Mama Birds Nest

Gold Mother Jewelry Set for a mom of two children, custom order
I wanted to share this beautiful custom jewelry set I made for a customer. A pair of simple freshwater pearl dangle earrings and a 14K gold mama birds nest with the same baby blue and bubblegum pink pearls. It is going to be a Mother's day gift for another special mother...  Isn't it beautiful?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Love Nests for Mothers

I had a great pleasure making all the love nests this week for Mothers Day and after a busy weekend and Monday, I shipped all the A Cup of Sparkle orders yesterday. Now, even more busy days are waiting for me to clean my house before my trip to New Orleans this Friday...
Mother of 1,2 and 3 children nests before the chains are added
I hope all the purchases will make the recipients very happy and make them feel special. I put so much love into all of them from making them to packaging them.
A Cup of Sparkle will be on vacation until July but, I will be taking more time to blog. Please come back to see more on traveling, cooking, and DIY's. Have a wonderful May to all of you!
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