things that make me {smile}

Your Sparkle Has Not Gone Unnoticed Phone Wallpaper

Hey there, lovely!  I just wanted to remind you that you are doing an AMAZING job.  I know mama-ing can be overwhelming.  My boys are teenagers, and I still have days where being a mama can seem a bit thankless.  But then I look into my boys’ baby blues and realize that it’s all worth it (even when they’re rolling them at me).  So snuggle up with those babies (tiny and big), and remember that you are doing the MOST IMPORTANT job and your sparkle is not going unnoticed.  It may not seem like it, but I guarantee they see your sparkle.

 

 

Sending you all of the mama love, support, and virtual hugs in the world!! ♥

Here’s a little reminder – a wallpaper for your phone, so you never forget that your sparkle is most definitely noticed.  Keep shining on, you sweet mama.

Do you love this or know someone else who needs a little encouragement & unexpected joy?  Pretty please share on Pinterest – that would make my heart so very happy. ♥

 

Think Happy Be Happy Free Phone Wallpaper

Happy Day to you!!! ♥  You’re working hard & sometimes it can be difficult to remember to count your little blessings…but they really do add up.  Here’s a sweet little reminder (and an adorable birdie) for you.

If you love it, pretty please share it on Pinterest!  That would make my heart so happy. ♥

Anatomy of Fancy Schmancy Gift Wrap

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I am SO excited!  After 18 months of travel, planning, changes, delays and a few tears – but plenty of excitement, my new gift packaging is here!!!

In my 17 years of being a jewelry maker, my gift packaging has gone through several iterations.  I started with a simple organza bag, moved on to basic off-the-shelf gift boxes, then on to my first custom gift box design.  And now…something so precious and lovely that I can’t help but smile when I think of it. {sigh}

I must say looking back, I’m so proud of my packaging changes, but possibly even prouder of my improved photography skills!  Whoa!  That’s craziness.

I work super hard behind-the-scenes to make sure your pearls are perfect (another blog post about that is coming soon), your gift wrap is gorgeous, and that her pearls make it all the way to her hands without a hitch.  I think you’d be surprised at the journey of this gift packaging’s path into existence.  It was quite a roller coaster, but a ride definitely done out of love.

It all started in 2015 – hubby and I packed up and flew to the bright lights of Las Vegas to our very first major trade show.  Coming from our little town of Lompoc, we were crazy overwhelmed.  Holy moly!  We had spent weeks making a plan of attack, so we didn’t miss any vendors at the show.  It was all mapped out & loaded up on the phone.

It took us THREE solid 8 hour days just to get through all of the vendors.  We had meetings and looked through what seemed like a gazillion box choices with scores of vendors.  We were exhausted, so we spent the last night binge watching House of Cards in our gorgeous room at the Aria – while looking out over the beautiful lights of the strip.

We left Las Vegas exhausted, with a bag full of colorful business cards, brochures, and contact information.  We even ran into my business crush, Lisa Leonard, at the airport in Santa Maria [I was too nervous to say hello].  Goodness. {blush}  I felt like a goofy groupie.  So silly!  The funny thing is that I’ve been in the jewelry biz far longer, but she’s just AMAZING.  Seriously.  Amazing.  Cat got your tongue kind of amazing.  But I digress…

After looking through the piles of the colorful brochures and business cards, the research began.  I spent literally 3 months researching, contacting, chatting, requesting samples, and generally getting to know several box manufacturers across the country.  I wanted to find the perfect box to hold the pearls while still sticking within the budget, so I didn’t have to raise my prices just because of gift packaging.

We found a company relatively close to home (and only a few minutes from Disneyland…can’t beat that!)  So we took the trek down several different times to meet with the company, design the boxes, choose all…the…things.  It’s insane how many decisions go in to making a superb box!  The shell, the fabric, the lining, the outer covering, the hot stamping foil choice, the outer gift packer, the bow.  Then I found the best anti-tarnish cloth that was also soft enough to safely store pearls, and I hired a seamstress to custom-make my special anti-tarnish pearl pouches to fit perfectly inside of our new custom boxes.  Hooray!!

We found that to have the manufacturer tie the ribbon on top of the box (not around the box…I want you to be able to open them before gifting), was going to QUADRUPLE the price.  What?!?!  Seriously.  Craziness.  So I sourced the perfect pink ribbon and now we individually cut, attach, and hand-tie each ribbon to the top of each box, right here in our little California studio.

So after a crazy journey of elation, disappointments, joys and tears…I present to you the fancy schmancy gift packaging that comes complimentary with every Little Girl’s Pearls order!

So what do you think?  Do you love it, too?  I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!! ♥

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from small beginnings come great things free printable

From Small Beginnings Come Great Things Free Printable from Little Girl's Pearls - perfect for her nursery or big girl room.

When searching around for quotes for your free printable this month, this old American Proverb really spoke to me right now.  I am a worry wart.  I mean seriously, I worry about my kiddos all…the…time!  My boys are 12 and 15, which I truly can’t believe.  I have a slide show of their itty bitty baby faces looking at me from my computer screen daily.  I absolutely cannot fathom that from those itty bitty babies I now have a spunky pre-teen and a ginormous teenager.  How on earth did that happen???

from small beginnings - a sweet free printable 8x10 for her baby nursery or little girl room | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

When our oldest was born we had nursing issues.  He was so tiny and sad because he was hungry.  It just broke my heart.  We spent weeks going daily back and forth to the next town to the lactation consultant.  It took 3 months, but we finally got the hang of it.

Come great things - a lovely free printable from Little Girl's Pearls for her baby nursery, baby shower gift or big girl room.

In those early days I was so worried about him gaining weight and growing.  Now he’s over 6 feet tall, taller than his daddy, and still growing.  He can polish off a 3 pound pot roast and a couple of pounds of carrots if we let him.  Oh my word.  So in the middle of it, we were terrified and worried constantly…but now from his small beginnings, he has definitely grown and blossomed into a wonderful young man doing great things.  He’s studying for his driver’s test (what?!?!?) and has become an awesome farmer and wood turner.  So even in the midst of the worry, no matter how tiny your little one is…just know that great things will come from her small beginnings!!

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So here’s a big old hug to you, mama!  We are totally in this together.  Every age brings a new “small beginning” and in the end, great things will certainly abound!  So print it out and hang it in her nursery or big girl room. ♥

What a wonderful FREE baby shower girft! - from small beginnings come great things - free printable from Little Girl's Pearls

To download your free printable – something perfect to remind you that will all work out – just click the poster below.  You just need a PDF reader to open it.  It fits in an 8×10 frame.  enjoy!!

"From small beginnings come great things" free printable nursery print from Little Girl's Pearls.

I love you more than all the stars free printable

I love you more than all the stars free printable | Little Girl's Pearls

You may not know why, but this is so near and dear to my heart!  Firstly, I married an astronomy geek.  ♥  Secondly said amazing astronomy geek works on Vandenberg Air Force base here on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.  We are incredibly lucky to get to watch various rockets launch on a relatively regular basis.

There’s something so magical and amazing watching the rockets soar into outer space right in front of our very eyes.  So because their daddy does what he does & they have grown up watching these amazing fiery balls of light jet off into space, both of our boys are completely in love with the stars.  Our oldest is convinced he’ll be traveling to Mars and has decided to study sustainable farming, so he can be the first Mars farmer.

I love you more than all the stars free printable.

So while their feet are right here on the ground, their heads are all floating among the beautiful stars.  Giant balls of gas and fire that capture our imagination, creativity and love from a very young age.

My boys know that when I tell them that I love them more than all the stars that it is a BIG deal.  I love them so much, and this is just an itty bitty way to remind them.  Do you have a kiddo with her head in the stars?  This free printable might make a fun little graphic for her wall or a cover of a notebook.

It’s set up to print on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.  I used photo paper, but feel free to use card stock or whatever paper you have on hand.  If you’d like it in a frame, you can cut 1/2″ off the top and the bottom & 1/4″ off left and right to fit in an 8″ x 10″ frame.  It’s a PDF document, so you can use any free PDF reader to open it.

get your free printable - I love you more than all the stars - from Little Girl's Pearls.

Sending a little star love your way today!! ♥✵☆ミ

First Holy Communion Gift Card Messages

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First Communion is a major milestone and meaningful moment for both your daughter and your whole family.  It is a wonderful tradition and a lovely milestone of growing into a Godly young woman. It connects your little girl to church and family traditions that have been carried on for generations.  This is such a special time for her and for your entire family.

Of course this is a big moment for her entire family and friends, too.  You should feel proud of this young lady growing up in a tradition of faith.  First Holy Communion is a day you’re going to remember throughout her life.  Whether you celebrate with a party or just a nice family get-together, it’s a special celebration for all.

Sometimes finding the perfect words to write in her First Communion gift card can be daunting.  So here are 10 suggestions that might help you find just the right words for her special day!

First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #1 – Congratulations on your First Communion. May you feel the warmth and comfort of the Lord’s love with you every day.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #2 – As you celebrate your First Communion today, remember that God’s love will always be there to comfort you, guide you, and bless you.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #3 – Congratulations on your First Communion. I am so proud of you. You are growing into a graceful, and Godly young lady. Just as you are blessed with God’s love today, I know that our family is blessed by you every day.
First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #4During your First Communion today and for every day to come, I pray you feel Heaven’s blessings shining down on you.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #5 – As you take part in the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation for the first time today, know that you will carry the Lord’s blessings and love with you forever.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #6 – Congratulations on your First Communion! I hope you know that you will be filled with both God’s love and your family’s love for all the days to come. You have a special place in this family and in Heaven.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #7 – I hope that you are full of happiness as you celebrate your First Communion. You have reached a very special milestone and accomplishment, and I am so proud of you.
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #8 – Today, you take one step closer to Jesus. You will be forever connected to his love, peace, and blessings. I hope you feel the joy of this closeness as you celebrate your First Communion today.
First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #9 – On this very special day, I hope you can feel the light of the Lord shining down upon you. Happy First Communion!
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First Holy Communion Gift Card Message #10 – On your First Communion Day, know that Jesus loves you, and your family and friends do too. We are so proud of you. Happy First Communion!

Check out these beautiful and meaningful keepsake First Holy Communion Gifts for her, too.  So you’ll have both the perfect gift and the perfect gift card message for her celebration!!

First Communion Cross Necklace First Communion Earrings First Communion Necklace Gifts

 

Braver Stronger Smarter Free Printable

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This, my friends, is one of my absolute favorite quotes of all time.  It’s hanging in my studio right now.  I look at it quite often.  It’s a great reminder…no matter what.  I know we all go through times when we fell “less than” or inadequate.  I have struggled with that my entire life.  It has taken me more than 40 times around the sun to come to a peace about my health issues, my body image and this crazy idea that was planted in my head many years ago that somehow I couldn’t accomplish my goals.

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The thoughts in my head are sometimes so harsh.  They are definitely not things I would EVER think of saying to someone else.  But yet, I say them to myself.  Negative self-talk is really a big issue for me, do you struggle with it?  I’ve been trying to change the dialog I have with myself by being mindful of it.  After all, we mamas have a crazy amount of responsibilities on our plates.  We need a bit of self-care now and then!  Do you have any great ideas or tips to remind yourself to be gentle with yourself & quell the negative voices in your head?

Be gentle with yourself today.  Remember that you are Braver than you Believe, Stronger than you Seem & Smarter than you Think!!

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You are doing a great job, Mama!  Keep it up.  I see you.  You are not alone ~ we are in this together.  So print this out and post it somewhere you can see it.  Share it with your kiddos & help them to {soar}.  Remember that *YOU* are absolutely {special} and {wonderful} and definitely “more than”. ♥

Smarter free printable

This is an 8″ x 10″ print that prints out right on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper.  I printed mine on photo paper, but white card stock works well, too.  If you run across any issues, just give me a holler.  Click on the image below to download your free printable.

Braver Stronger Smarter Free Printable

Do you know of a mama that could use a little encouragement.  SHARE this with her!

Thankful free printable

Thankful printable from Little Girl's Pearls.

I am thankful for you.  Each and every day for the last 16+ years, I’ve gotten to make pretty things.  I get to do what I love, and help families with their lovely celebrations.  I have the very best job in the whole world because of YOU.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to create sparkly things for your special events.  I can never truly put into words how very grateful I am for you.

Free 8x10 thankful printable for Thanksgiving.

I wanted to make you something sweet and fun and lovely.  Here is a little thankful free printable for you on this beautiful Thanksgiving week.  You can print it on a regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper or photo paper.  It prints out to fit in an 8×10 frame.

DOWNLOAD THE THANKFUL PRINTABLE HERE.  It is a PDF document.  You can open it with a free PDF reader.  If you run across any questions or issues, just let me know.

Wishing you and your family an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

frilly florals

I am seriously a sucker for a gorgeous flower arrangement.  When I saw the bouquet created by Lace & Lilies for the Vintage Whites Market, I just swooned!  I am not near either of these lovely businesses, so I must live vicariously through facebook, blogs & pinterest.

vintage whites market bouquet by lace & lilyimage from Vintage Whites Market

There’s just something so beautiful and quaint about garden tea roses, larkspur, peonies and ranunculas!  Add in a vintage tin and it’s just plain over the moon for me!  I have a wonderful little spice tin collection from my sweet grandma.  I’ve thought of oodles of great projects to make with them, but popping in a lovely garden bouquet was so easy and turned out incredibly sweet.

What about you?  What are your favorite quaint businesses that you have to visit only through pictures?

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