Thursday, June 30, 2011

Embrace the Camera with Me!

This picture is a perfect representation of how I spend my days.  I feel like I spend the majority of my day on the floor with a 10 month baby girl crawling all over me. 
It is my favorite place to be
When I get down to her level, she immediately gives me kisses (or she's trying to eat my face, they look the same), and she knows it is time to play with mommy. 

I hope you are embracing the camera this week--

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Hand Stamped Necklace Inspirations...

Hmm.. have I mentioned that we have some stellar new design stamps and will be listing the pieces on the website later this week?  We debuted them at our show this weekend, and received great feedback, so I hope you like them too!  We wanted something fun and "summery" (is that a word?) and I love the finished product! Here are some photos that serve as inspiration for our new pieces.

Summer Time...

Sorry I haven't been blogging as much....summertime demands my attention.  We were vendors at a local festival last weekend and the last couple days we've been relaxing and enjoying summer fun.  Here are some pics of what has been keeping me busy...

Top Row: Delaney is obsessed with pools.  She is LOVING the water!!; Brodi whipped up some delicious cupcakes for my mom's birthday party

Bottom Row: Spaghetti Dinner Night again for mom's party; Mark and Delaney enjoying some playtime

1. Her pool raft is amazing.  She uses it like a walker in our neighborhood baby pool
2.  These girls are hilarious.  You can't tell in the pic, but they were both bouncing up and down.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rockin' Out Christian Style

Monday night, we had the privilege of going to a Hillsong United concert with our dear friends/ worship pastor and his wife.  I've loved this group for YEARS and have sang along at the top of my lungs in the car to their tunes since I was in high school, so I had been looking forward to it for weeks.  We were a bit surprised when we got there and realized that our tickets were in the "wristband"/fenced off/mosh-pit if it were that type of concert/standing only section.  It was mostly teens  in the section, so I felt like a chaperon with my Vera Bradley bag.  Since our friend, Stacey, is almost 8 months pregnant, we were a bit concerned about her standing the entire time.  However, a sweet security made sure to tell her that he could find her a seat if she needed a break.  (She ended up only taking one little break!)  

It was truly an amazing 2+ hours of worship and being so close to the stage surrounded by others that were excited as we were ended up adding to the experience.  I couldn't help wondering if heaven would be similar- everyone lifting their hands to Jesus and singing praises at the top of their lungs.  It was so moving and life changing.  I even saw Mr. H's lips singing along, which is amazing, since I've still never heard him sing after almost 8 years of marriage.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tag...You're It Photo Shoot!

It was time...we had been wanting to photograph our necklaces on an actual PERSON for a while now.  Last week, we had beautiful weather so it was perfect time for a model (and cousin:) to try on some pieces, including our NEW heart pendant necklace seen in the first photo.  The photo shoot went FABULOUS and we are now incorporating our pics into our shop.
Let us know what you think!


Custom Pieces

Custom Hand Stamped Sterling I Love You to the Moon and Back Necklace personalized by TagYoureItJewelry on Etsy


Sterling silver KEY with heart, personalized by tagyoureitjewelry on Etsy

Sterling Handstamped Initial Letter Necklace Bridesmaids Wedding Framed Cupped Disc

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Childhood Memories of My Dad...

Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers out there, including Mr. H who is celebrating his first official Father's Day!  I'm a little late on my post, but I still wanted to share a little about my own dad.  My dad was always there for me (even when  I was a teen and probably didn't want him to be), and I don't think I could have asked for more. 

Like my mom, he NEVER missed an event- every basketball game, softball game, color guard contest (yes, I was in the color guard), show choir competition (yes, I was in show choir, or "glee club" as it is now more popularly known), concert, or musical performance, he was always there supporting me.  He was the overprotective dad who wouldn't let me drive an hour away to visit a friend even after I was in college, and I'm pretty sure he was cleaning his guns or sharpening his knives when my future husband (then 18 yrs old) came to our house to meet the parents for the first time (oh, and did I mention my dad is also a Marine Corps Veteran:). 

my dad holding Delaney for the first time

Here is a list of some of my favorite memories I have of my dad:

1. When we were kids, he would always have candy in his pockets.  The first thing we would ask him when he walked in the door was "didja bring us candy or gum?"  He worked on construction sites, so they were normally melted or the gum was stuck together and had lint on it, but we still thought it was a treat.

2. During the summer, we would take a little fishing boat onto the local reservoir and go "fishing."  There were 5 of us on a small boat, and although my dad had all the special fishing equipment, never seemed to be able to catch a fish.  I think that having 3 small kids moving the boat around probably had something to do with it.

3. Although other families were going to Florida for summer vacation, we normally went camping, and it was just as special to me as a kid.  Dad would set up the two room tent, which I thought was a mansion in the camping world and we'd strap a canoe to the top of the car and go canoeing at the campsite.

4. My dad took us on bike rides ALL OVER our small town.  We would ride to get ice cream, ride to the library, ride to the car wash and look for any change that people might have dropped, and then take the change over to the railroad where would leave a quarter on the tracks.  The next day, we would go back to the railroad and find the smashed quarter.

5. We bought a dalmatian, named Oreo, when I was probably 7 or 8.  My dad would strap Oreo to a sled during the winter and have him drag us around the icy streets.

6. My dad made a giant telescope when we were kids, and in the summer, we would spent evening looking at stars, the moon, and even distant planets, which would always draw in the neighborhood kids. 

7. In high school, my dad went as a chaperon to New York City on a band trip with me.  Although most teenage girls would be mortified, it made me feel safer that my dad was walking around the streets of New York with me and a group of teenagers rather than with some adult I didn't know.  We had an amazing trip, including seeing our first Broadway musical.

Although there are hundreds more, these are just a few that stick out in my mind.  I look forward to when Delaney is older and gets to form her own memories with her grandpa.

...oh and one more note about my dad. I appreciate that on FATHER'S DAY he is willing to grill hot dogs when it is pouring down rain.


Thanks Dad!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Embracing the camera

We spent some time today shooting some outdoor photos for Tag...You're It, including some new designs, so look for them soon!  Today is Thursday, which means you need to embrace the camera!  Here is a photo from Memorial Day weekend at the zoo- I guess I need to embrace the camera more too:)  Del started crawling this week, so I have been busy taking pictures of her instead.  Can you blame me?!  Hope you're having a great week!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Being a five-year-old is hard work...

We bought a swingset for Delaney a few weeks ago.  Yay!  I found it for $50 on Craigslist (holla!), so I was super excited! (hence, the holla)  Of course, Del is loving the baby swing, but my nephew Isaac was the first one to try it out.  As my grandma used to say, Isaac is pretty much "a fart in a skillet."  He did NOT want his picture taken at first, so he had to hide from the camera.

{By the way, will you PLEASE excuse my unstained fence and swingset.  Oh, and my horrible yardwork.  It's all on the to-do list for me to complete that I gave Mr. H to do this summer.}

THEN, I told him it was for my blog, which to him was the same as being on a billboard in Times Square I guess because the posing began. 

BUT, it only lasted a minute because he then thought it would be a suave camera move to start dancing.  And the dancing was pretty much an Irish jig, or more like the Celtic Dancers who only move their feet. 

His mind changed again and he was back to his
 "Glamour Shots"
(remember those- I would have KILLED to have my hair feathered and teased, with a bedazzled jean jacket and frosted pink lipstick, but my my mom never let me, and now the opportunity has passed. 

Anyway, I hope when this kid starts kindergarten in the fall he teaches all of his new friends his awesome dance moves.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wedding Shower Ideas

This weekend we're throwing our soon-to-be sister-in-law a wedding shower!  Last night, I spent HOURS on looking for shower ideas (I know, I should have been doing this last month instead of 3 days before, but I am the QUEEN of procrastination).  Here are some super fun ideas I found that I might whip up by Sunday...

       via pinterest                                                             via pinterest
Umm...okay, this one might be a little over the top for the shower we're throwing, but I LOVE the banner they made with fabric.  I'm slightly obsessed.  You could use it for all sorts of occassions.  I think I'll be searching some yard sales for fabric this summer...

We're keeping it pretty basic, but I think the games and pom-poms are pretty easy and very do-able.  I will let you know how it all turns out!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Embracing the Camera from Tag...You're It!

In one week this girl has gone from being my little baby to my crazy toddler.
In 24 hours she started crawling, but THAT is not the trick she likes to do.
Her favorite trick is to stand up.  On everything.  She will pull herself up using a table, my leg, a toy, the wall, anything.  Yesterday, I had to stop her from pushing on another 9 month old baby's head at playgroup because she was trying to stand up against her. 
She is NOT satisfied sitting or laying. She wants to STAND. 

So, I have spent the week being pushed and pulled and grabbed and having my hair pulled out because she is using it as a rope to climb up on me

Embracing the camera involves taking pictures of YOURSELF, not just your kiddos so that they have photo memories of YOU.
Are you embracing the camera this week?

Monday, June 6, 2011

New hand stamped necklaces from Tag...You're It Jewelry

Sterling Handstamped Initial Letter Necklace Bridesmaids Wedding Framed Cupped Disc
We've been pretty busy around here and I haven't had a chance yet to show you some of our newer designs, so I thought I'd share some today.   

I ADORE our new dotted border that can be added to any 3/4 inch and larger disc. 

Since I used to teach, I always love new teaching designs....
Teach Inspire Love Handstamped Necklace for Teachers Sterling Silver with Apple

This is great layered design for the mom with only one kiddo.Layered Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Child's Name and Birthdate Necklace for mom or grandma

A classic, elegant children's name disc.
Personalized Hand Stamped Children's names necklace for mom with sterling cross and pearl

Let me know what you think!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Trip to the Indianapolis Zoo

On Monday, we took our first family outing of the summer to the Indianapolis Zoo.  Of course it decided to be in the nineties, but that didn't stop us or the rhinos.

Del had her zebra shirt on all day, but the matching zebra headband, was just TOO hot to wear.  Comfort trumps fashion in my book, which also explains the 1990's hair clip holding my hair back.

It's funny how much one little being can change your life.  On Sunday, Mark and I thought it would be fun to go the zoo during the day and then walk across the street to watch a baseball game that evening.  They have a grassy area in the outfield where you can sit with a picnic.  A fun filled day with the sun shining- but THEN we remembered that Del lasts about 4 hours without a nap and then she gets a bit cranky.  So, we shortened the outing to just the zoo.  The zoo was then shortened to about half of the zoo because Del and I were both whining a bit much about being hot and tired.  BUT, it was still a fun and successful day in my book!  I look forward to more warm weather adventures this summer!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Embrace the Camera

Some weeks, I can't seem to even scrounge a picture for Thursdays.  However, this week was the opposite.  I have taken a lot of pictures this week, so I'm going to post more than just a single embrace the camera shot.  My cousin, Zach, was married on Saturday.  Zach, his brother, my brother, and myself all grew up together spending hours in my grandma's basement playing Power Rangers- it was me and 3 boy cousins, so i guess barbies were overruled.  We genuinely thought we were good at karate though, so when I see my 5 year-old nephew, Isaac, jumping off my furniture and then kicking the wall and hurting his foot, I remember that in his mind he is probably a true ninja.

Anyway, there were no Power Rangers costumes or karate chops at this wedding, but it was a gorgeous wedding on a beautiful day.

Delaney LOVED the wedding.  She was such a good girl, and even slept through the ceremony. PERFECTION.


Boys will be boys, right?!  In the first picture they are obviously bored, so I guess they decided to entertain themselves.

 The groom is on the right and his brother is on the left- aka the Green and Red Rangers

I hope you embraced the camera this week, especially with the beautiful weather in the Midwest!!


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