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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Believe!

 I have the blessing to be part of a great organization inside of the church I belong to; called Young Women.
The theme for the girls {age 12 to 17} this year is "believe".
I've been thinking a lot during the last six months about such a simple word
and what it means to me...
However it was during this weekend that I found myself thinking more deeply about it
while working on these little necklaces that I was making for our girls...

So please forgive me if you came visiting looking for a craft or just a cool tutorial
 because I am afraid that today what you are getting instead  is a piece of my heart... 

These are the tools I used to make the necklaces:
My sweet friend Bonnie's Steel Stamping Set, Hammer {the poor thing has seen better days},
Sharpie and a cleaning rag.


...and here are the materials:
Washers... Chain... Embellishments...

The first thing I did was stamp the washers.
For this I used the steel stamps and the hammer.
I learned that it works better if you do it on a solid surface like concrete...
Just hammer the stamps pretty hard three o four times to engrave the letters on the washer.
Watch OUT for your fingers...


After I had stamped the washers
they looked like this...


Next step was give them some character...
All I used to do this was a sharpie.


...and after I just cleaned the excess
with a damp cloth.


This is how they looked at this point.

Last thing was to assemble the necklace...
...love them!

Now I am warning you that there are no more pictures and that the crafty part is done,
next comes the thoughts that crossed my mind while working on this project...
you can stop reading NOW if you don't want to know ;)
.........


If you are still reading, here is a piece of my heart:

 I have learned during my life that unfortunately
there is not a tutorial for believing...
there are not specific tools,
 materials or steps that make us believe.
However there is a magic in doing so,
when we believe in ourselves, in others, in a better world in a Father above...
when we believe in love, friendship and tender mercies...
when we believe in people, in human kindness, in doing good,
when we believe in the better part... something happens:
As these stamps engraved the letters in these washers...
hope, joy, faith and true happiness gets engraved in our hearts.
When we believe the impossible cease to exist...
and the world around us becomes a better one,
not because it has change but because we have"
So I want my girls to know that I BELIEVE!


The End!
.............................

Click HERE to see all the wonderful places I party at...


http://www.thethriftyhome.com

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44 Comments:

At July 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM , Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I love this!! These girls are definitely blessed to have you. The necklaces are beautiful and you've done a great job on them. Your words are truly from the heart and I totally agree!

Have a beautiful week ~
Pat
P.S. Are you familiar with the song "Believe" by Brooks & Dunn? Absolutely one of my favorites!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 8:01 AM , Blogger Kindra said...

Fabulous post! Magic does happen when filled with the Holy Spirit!
curious...where do you but steel stamps from?

 
At July 5, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Johnnie said...

Love these!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Jen said...

I too work with the Young Women, and I am really thinking that I might have to copy you and make some of these for our girls! Thanks for such a great idea and for your wonderful insights. I am a new followers and would love for you to come and check out my blog.
http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com

 
At July 5, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Just Jaime said...

These look great! Perfect for Girls' Camp!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Tasha said...

I love that you found my blog and therefore I have found yours. I adore these necklaces. I think I might make them for our Young Women as a gift for their examples in my and my boys lives. (I am in Relief Society...but I love our Young Women. We have a small group of about 10.) I love what you wrote about believing. You have help me to start my day off right today. Thank you

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Ashley said...

these are amazing!!! i love it:) i miss the young women days and am now in a young married ward so we dont even have any...secretly excited to be back in a family ward:)
http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger angie @ the cellar door stories said...

beautiful ~ the necklaces & your words!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I really liked your post! I LOVE the necklaces and your thoughts on our beliefs...so true! We do eventually become what we believe...we can make that negative or positive.

Thanks for your post!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Peace Love & Poop said...

You make it look too easy! I love these!!
New blog follower! Come follow back and enter my great giveaways! http://www.peacelovepoop.com

 
At July 5, 2011 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Megan said...

so beautiful. I need to get one of those stamp sets.


megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

 
At July 5, 2011 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Anita said...

What a great post! Very thought provoking and heart-warming! Thanks for the tutorial and for sharing a piece of you!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM , OpenID makemyselfathome said...

YW was my FAVORITE calling EVER! Those girls are so inspiring; they're going through so much as they're trying to figure out who they are & where in the world they fit. I just know they'll love these necklaces! Great job!

 
At July 5, 2011 at 7:41 PM , Blogger Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Love everything about this post! YW are fun to work with. :) Love how the necklaces turned out. Will have to try this out. :) Following you from Tip Junkieā€˜s link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. :)

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

 
At July 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM , Blogger Jill said...

What a lovely post and some gorgeous necklaces!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

 
At July 6, 2011 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Johnnie said...

Hey Desiree! I stumbled you. Thanks for entering my stumble linky. Blessings...

 
At July 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Anna said...

That is awesome. I love the tutorial AND your heart. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I'm going to be your next follower because I always love everything that you link up to my parties. :)

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

 
At July 6, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Blogger RMC said...

These are beautiful, as is this post, as is your blog! :)
Found you via the Crafty Soiree!
http://www.releasemecreate.blogspot.com

 
At July 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM , Blogger Jenni at Treacle and Ink said...

these are absolutely gorgeous! i didn't even know you could get steel stampers - what a great idea! x

(popping over from a Crafty Soiree)

 
At July 7, 2011 at 2:35 AM , Blogger Renegades said...

What great necklaces and it doesn't even look to terrible hard.

 
At July 7, 2011 at 3:52 AM , Blogger LibbiesHome said...

I love these! What a great idea! Love the message most of all. :)

 
At July 7, 2011 at 6:24 AM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I will definitely be making these! Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

 
At July 7, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger shopannies said...

thanks for sharing this love it will use it with our youth group come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

 
At July 8, 2011 at 1:50 AM , OpenID chippychipdovey said...

I want to make these but first will have to purchase the letter stamps. Thanks for sharing.
(popping by from The Shabby Nest)

Anna
http://chippychipdovey.wordpress.com

 
At July 8, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Studio Valerie said...

Your necklaces are beautiful, both physically and for their message. Thank you for sharing them on the Shabby Nest link up!

Valerie

 
At July 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Really cute! Love seeing the steps. Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 8, 2011 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Michele Alger said...

BRAVO and AMEN!!! Thank you so much for sharing a piece of you heart with us today. What a true gift. AND in all sincerity, I do believe those washers gleam alot brighter than any others I've EVER seen! ;) xoxo

 
At July 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Delaney said...

Love them!
http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

 
At July 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM , Blogger Tricia @ SweeterThanSweets said...

Wow, that is great. I've wondered how people make those. Now I want to run out and buy a steel stamping set. =)
(via TT&J)

 
At July 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful necklaces, and a beautiful message as well. :) I bet the girls were thrilled! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

 
At July 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM , Blogger Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Yeah, stamped jewelry is so fun ! Great work, beautiful necklaces :)
Lina

 
At July 8, 2011 at 11:51 PM , Blogger Modern Wivelyhood said...

Love this post and thanks so much for the tutorial on these darling necklaces! Have a great weekend!
Modern Wivelyhood

 
At July 9, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Blogger chris said...

Very sweet gifts...and hopefully they are the reminders your YW need to nourish those seeds of faith.

 
At July 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Kayla Robinson said...

It's great to see a fellow member! I wish my young women leaders we're as crafty as you!! It's so easy and inexpensive. Thanks for sharing! :)

 
At July 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

Those are so cool! You've offered what appears to be a pretty easy tutorial as well!

Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 89. :)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150302517781141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

Donna

 
At July 10, 2011 at 3:39 PM , Blogger Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Love this! thanks for sharing all the steps AND a piece of your heart with us! :-)

Stephanie

http://junkernewbie.blogspot.com/

 
At July 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Jamie said...

I LOVE these!!!!
I'm a new follower from Petite Hermine's Linky Party. Thanks for the inspiration!

For Love of Cupcakes

 
At July 11, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Mindie Hilton said...

Great post, so sweet, and pretty necklaces too!
Thanks for linking this to Bacon Time. I look foward to seeing your great projects each week.

 
At July 11, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Violet said...

What a great idea! And I loved your afterthought you shared. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ladies you work with! :) I found you from Just a Girl blog. I do have one question-what kind of stamper did you use?

 
At July 11, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Evelene S said...

Oh what a great idea. I have a girl I need to send gifts to at Girl's camp and I think this would be perfect. Another idea to fill in the believe words is to melt crayons and wipe off the excess; it kind of looks like enamels. Thanks for a great tutorial.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I featured these on my today! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/07/your-whims-wednesday-15-and-features.html

 
At July 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

I LOVE these..and your thoughts also...BEAUTIFUL!

 
At August 2, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Soccer Mom said...

It's funny how we find things when we need them. Love your post and your belief. Thank you.

 
At August 30, 2011 at 6:36 AM , Blogger Debbie Scott said...

I LOVE these! What a wonderful gift for the girls to have. Thank you for sharing a part of your heart too. A wonderful message for each one of us. These girls will be very blessed by this simple word.

 

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