Threads: Giveaway Winner

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A couple Fridays ago my jewelry was featured on Megan’s Beaded Designs. We hosted a giveaway there for the silk bauble necklace above. The winner, announced last Thursday, was the owner of SassiChic Jewelry on Etsy.

However, Miss SassiChic requested her gift in another color, so I put together a similar necklace for her with a tangerine-colored bauble. I plan to add some more bauble necklaces in new colors to my Etsy shop — Krista Marie Creations — soon.

Being featured on Megan’s Beaded Designs was a great experience. If you haven’t visited her blog, be sure to check it out! Also, be sure to visit SassiChic Jewelry.

Here are a couple of my faves from her shop:

 

SALE Personalized Mothers or Friendship Ring, Birthstone,Custom mom mother grandmother grandma - Wire Wrapped

 

This ring is customizeable for mothers who want to wear the birthstones of their children on their hand. What a beautiful sentiment and ring!

 

SALE Birthstone ring, September Saphire, December Blue Zircon, Cobalt Blue Ring -  Wire Wrapped

I also love the beautiful colors in this ring, which reminds me of the ocean.

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Sites: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens

Anthony Chapel

A few years ago, I wrote an article about unique wedding destinations — Yosemite National Park, the Hemingway Home in Key West, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and more . (The article was published in Southern Distinction magazine.) Unfortunately, the assignment did not require I visit each of the several wedding venues, which would have been so much fun!

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However, on our recent vacation to Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs, Arkansas, I was able to visit one of the destinations I wrote about in my article a few years ago: the Anthony Chapel in Garvan Gardens.

The building’s architectural intrigue has made it a notable destination for weddings as well as a common stop for tourists visiting Hot Springs. The wood and glass structure with its pointed ceiling ascending into the sky complements the natural scenery surrounding it.

It’s no wonder the chapel is host to about 175 weddings per year.

Anthony Chapel interior

Anthony Chapel Ceiling

While the overall structure is quite impressive, the details add the the intrigue.

Inside Anthony Chapel

Anthony Chapel doors

Everything inside the chapel is designed to complement the building’s architecture and create a cohesive aura and experience.

Anthony Chapel altar

Anthony Chapel altar

chapel stools

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Styles: The Search for Stylish Nursing Clothes

Breastfeeding is rewarding but challenging. If the act isn’t challenging enough in itself, it’s tough to find clothes to wear while nursing. I’ve done quite a bit of searching, and what I’ve found is nursing tops tend to be overpriced and generally come in very few styles.

I’ve seen the same shirt in multiple colors from multiple brands. It’s not a bad shirt, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to wear more than one shirt?

Here’s a picture of me with my baby girl at Five Guys (yum!) wearing a basic black nursing top from Target.

Nursing top

I was also able to find two dresses and one other top for nursing from Target. (Check out their maternity section in store to find nursing clothes, or search online.)

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Babies R Us has a selection of nursing clothes online, but be warned — the sizes are a bit off. I ordered two small tops, and they are huge! I’m having to alter them before I can wear them. (The prices were too good, and given that it’s so difficult to find nursing clothes anyway, I figure it’s worth the effort to just alter them rather than return them.)

While I haven’t ordered anything from here yet, I came across this adorable Etsy shop with stylish and very reasonably-priced nursing clothing: ModernMummyMaternity

DIANA Maternity Dresses / Nursing Dress / Breastfeeding Dress / NEW Design BLACK Maternity Clothes /Free Shipping

JENNY Maternity Clothes / Nursing Tops for Breastfeeding / NEW MOCHA / Adjustable Waist / Nursing Clothes

The search continues. Here are a couple other sources for cute nursing clothes:

Maternalove

Milk and Baby

Please share your favorites too!

Also check out my nursing apron here.

Threads: A Fresh New Look and Other Updates

Asymmetrical Purple and Blue Statement Necklace

Well, with a baby in my arms and some writing to do, it’s hard to find time to make jewelry, but I will have some new pieces in the works soon!

In the meantime, I am keeping my shop running and have made some updates to prices. I’m also excited to announce my jewelry is featured today on Megan’s Beaded Designs! Go check it out, and enjoy Megan’s blog. It’s full of creative inspiration!

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve restyled my blog. Let me know what you think!

Long Blue and White Silk Necklace

Sites: Soothing Waters and New Adventures: Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs, Arkansas

Travel to Arkansas

Having just had a baby a month before, my family and I bravely set out on a summer vacation at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. With lots of diapers, a couple of grandparents, and a boat; we were ready for a summer vacation with our new baby girl. The lake was beautiful, the weather was wonderful, and we enjoyed exploring nearby Hot Springs — a little town with a long history, which gets its name from the natural thermal waters seeping up from the earth.

Here are a few pictures of the scenery:

Lake Ouachita

Ducks on the Lake

Buckstaff Bath House

Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

If you’re planning a visit to Lake Ouachita and/or Hot Springs, here are my recommendations:

— Rolando’s — Latin fusion food — unique and delicious!

Buckstaff Bath House — enjoy the relaxing experience of a traditional bath at a historic bath house, and leave with tension melted and skin softened

— Hot Springs National Park and Bath House Row — you can take a free tour and learn about the history of the springs and bath houses

Threads: My Nursing Apron in Use

Nursing Apron

One of the best things I made before having my baby was my nursing apron. It has definitely come in handy! Here’s a picture of me using it on our summer vacation at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.

If you’re interested in making your own, here’s a link to my post describing how I made mine. If you’re not a sewer, contact me, and I’d love to make you one that fits your personal style!

Sites: A Traditional Bath at Buckstaff Bath House

Buckstaff Bath House

On our summer vacation to Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs, Arkansas, we took a tour of Bath House Row. Hot Springs has quite a fascinating history of hosting and bathing people from across the country for both medicinal and relaxation purposes.

The natural mineral waters were thought (and are still thought by many) to offer therapeutic benefits.

I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the waters at Buckstaff Bath House, which has been operating continuously since 1912. The bath house is located on the border of Hot Springs National Park, and it is the only remaining bath house on Bath House Row still in use today.

My mother and I went for a traditional bath, which included a soak in porcelain, whirlpool tub, a sitz bath, a few minutes in a steam cabinet, hot towel wraps, a needle shower, and a 20-minute massage. All throughout the experience, a bath attendant brings you mineral water to sip.

My bath attendant, Latoya, was careful and gracious and made me feel so comfortable in the relaxing, but very new (for me),A experience.

Afterwards, I felt completely relaxed (which is wonderful with a one-month-old baby at home), and my skin felt wonderful.