Friday, December 30, 2011

A fistfull of glitter...

(Photo credit to kelownaforniagirl)

“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” Hamilton Wright Mabie is noted as saying that.
Interesting, right?  All year we cruise along…most of us in a routine…go to work…go to the gym…eat dinner and then go to bed.  Yet here we are…waving goodbye to 2011 and waving hello to 2012…thinking about all the changes we anticipate in the New Year. 
Tomorrow night…we may find ourselves with friends or family…sipping champagne and talking about next year.  Making plans…laughing…sharing and anticipating.  But…we only do this on the very last night of the year.  At least we do it at all? 
Vee, Craig and I were talking about it over dinner.  Goal versus resolution.  What’s the diff? 
A resolution is a promise that you make to yourself right now.  A firm decision to do or not to do something.  An intention.  I find that typically, a resolution is made half heartedly, it’s always short term, and it’s of something you should be doing anyway.  For example, resolutions are made around losing weight, saving more money, and working harder.

In contrast, a goal is a promise to yourself, which will bring you to your dreams.  It is a desired result, plan or commitment.  An objective toward which effort is directed.  Over the years, I have found that a goal doesn’t seem to be made with such laissez faire.

I plan to partake in making ‘resolutions’ tomorrow night, however, I will work at them as if they are goals.  It’s a stronger definition.  It’s a promise to me.   

I’m not going to make some big harry long list.  I don’t find it doable.   I may narrow them down to three.  Write them on a piece of paper and frame them.  Nothing too fancy, mind you. Something simple...a gentle reminder to keep moving forward. 
If I make too many...I may begin to drift...

Mel’s 2012 Resolutions GOALS
Be happy.
Be fearless.
Call mom.

As P!nk would sing....have you ever thrown a fistful of glitter in the air...

There is my fist full of glitter...a handful of simple goals tossed out there to make happen. 

Adios 2011!  I’m planning to raise my glass to now!

Welcome 2012; I can’t wait to move forward fearlessly, happily and tell my momma all about it on the way. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One hundo!


My 100th blog post.  KEWL. 

What do you think of when someone says...100?!  Perhaps, $100 or 100 possibilities...100 ideas...100 places to go...OR...100 random factoids! 

1.  Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.
2.  Butterflies taste with their feet.
3.  A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
4.  In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
5.  On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
6.  On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
7.  Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are new immigrants.
8.  Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married
9.  Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
10. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
11.  It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
12.  Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
13. The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
14.  A snail can sleep for three years
15.  No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH".
16.  Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
17.  Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
18.  The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
19.  All polar bears are left handed.
20.  In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes
21.  An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
22.  TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters in the same row of the keyboard. (Try it).
23.  A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
24.  "Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
25.   If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall.
26.  The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
27.  Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
28.  Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream.
29.  The brain is much more active at night than during the day.
30.  The human brain cell is able to hold five times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica
32.  The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.
33.  Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
34.  80% of the brain is water.
35.  If the average man never shaved his beard it would grow to over 30 feet during his lifetime, longer than a killer whale.
36.  The Golden Gate Bridge was first opened in 1937.
37. The Great Wall stretches for about 4,500 miles across North China.
38.  Amish people do not believe in the use of aerosol air fresheners
39.  Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States
40.  If you hold your breath, you will not die. You will faint and start breathing again.
41.  A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.
42.  The average person laughs 10 times a day.
43.  Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.
44.  There are more than fifty different kinds of kangaroos.
45.  Guinea pigs and rabbits can't sweat.
46.  A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.
47.  Owls are the only birds who can see the color blue.
48.  Slugs have 4 noses.
49.  The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.
50.  It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
51.  Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
52.  Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
53.  Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
54.  One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.
55.  You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
56.  Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
57.  More People use blue toothbrushes then red ones.
58.  Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
59.  Your statistical chance of being murdered is one in twenty thousand.
60.  In Las Vegas, casinos do not have any clocks.
61.  The total number of steps in the Eiffel Tower are 1665
62.  Fires on land generally move faster uphill than downhill.
63.  If someone was to fly once around the surface of the moon, it would be equal to a round trip from New York to London.
64.  In 1958, the Crayola crayon color "Prussian Blue" was changed to "Midnight Blue" by the request of teachers as kids could not relate to Prussian history.
65.  In China, September 20th is "Love Your Teeth Day."
66.  In Japan, the number four is considered to be unlucky because the Japanese word for four sounds very similar to the word death.
67.  In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.
68.  India has the most post offices in the world.
69.  One billion seconds is about 32 years.
70.  One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water.
71.  No all flying animals are birds.
 71. Studies show that divorced women have more trouble starting new relationships than divorced men.
72.  The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.
73.  The average America user spends 70 minutes day online.
74.  The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall.
75.  The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
76.  The first Halloween card was created in the 1920's.
77.  The largest diamond found in the United States was a 40.23 carat white diamond.
78.  The longest engagement lasted 67 years, and the couple ended up marrying when they were 82 years old.
79.  If you do not move in quick sand you will float.
80.  The most popular name for a pet in the United States is Max.
81.  The world's oldest rose is located at the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany and is thought to be over 1,000 years old.
82.  There are over 1,000,000 swimming pools in Florida, even though the ocean is no farther than 80 miles away.
83.  There is a large brass statue of Winnie-the-Pooh in Lima, Peru.
84.  The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes.
85.  The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
86.  Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
87.  Reindeer like to eat bananas.
88.  The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
89.  More people are killed annually by donkeys than airplane crashes.
90.  In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.
91.  A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.
92.  There is a type of coffin made that can be used as a wine rack or picnic table before its final use
93.  1 out of every 4 kids in the USA is overweight.
94.  Your hair will continue growing after you die until all the cells in your body die
95.  A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.
96.  A fetus that is four months old will become startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother's stomach.
97.  A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.
98.  Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.
99. The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C
100.  A pregnant woman's dental health can affect her unborn child.
As we move into 2012, I hope you keep learning...keep wondering...keep reading!    

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A snapshot of my Christmas!

2011 Christmas in Park City, Utah with Vee and Craig.  I had a blast!
We took a private yoga class!

We shopped...Santa brought Vee this clutch!

We ate out...these tower of ribs with onion rings were amazing!

We met up with some of my good friends!  I am sandwiched between Heidi and Steve!  Miss you guys!

We baked...and did I mention we ate...a lot?!!

We went skiing!

It looked like felt like Christmas and I had the best gift of all...spending time with Vee!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Art of Making Buckeyez

A recipe...instructions, a formula or a combination of things which lead you to a particular outcome.  In this case, an outcome of the BEST BUCKEYEZ.EVER!

Please note, although fuzzy, this is a copy of KT and The Ramey's recipe!  I never knew it said this and it made my heart smile that Katie's mom labeled the recipe as such!

Twenty years ago, every Friday night (how embarrassing or is it?), Vee, Katie and I ordered Volcano pizza and made buckeyes.  We had a was broken into three positions.  Supervisor, hand-diver (this person mixed up and rolled the perfect-size-pop-it-in-your-mouth ball) and then the chocolate dipper.  Typically, we rotated jobs and honestly, we should have opened a buckeye bakery...they are that good.  I say that proudly and confidentally, because Tim Minzey is a connoisseur of buckeyes and he told us! 

You can only imagine the text Katie received when Tim found out Katie and I were bringing back an old tradition and dippin' some balls...eventhough, we were a man down.

Crunchy peanut butter is KEY!


This is it...where someone goes in and hand mixes the goodness...guess who VOLUNTEERED?  (Btw, no one ever volunteered for this job - that is why we made the 'rotation')

KATIE!!! And...with a SMILE!!  Ps...if your recipe does not include rice krispies, it should, they take them up a notch!

If you recall, we always looked this good making them! :o  Big hair...braces...thank goodness some things change.

C H O C O L A T E!!!

As if twenty years hadn't gone by...they were turning out...perfectly! 

I wish you could have tasted them...we could hardly wait for the chocolate to dry. 

I had so much fun.  More fun than one would think you could have while making cookies.  But that is what happens when we get together...we talk...we laugh...and we make Braden take goofy pictures of us! 

Btw, don't tell Josie and Evie we are creating a 'new' rotation list and adding their names to it!  We got a big kick out of this...who knows if they will!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Let's eat C A K E!!!

I love birthday's!  Actually, I LOVE BIRTHDAY'S!!!

CAKE, fanfare, hoOplA, glitter, CUPCAKES, family, coOkiEes, sparkles, streamers, BalLoNs, ribbon, gifts, ICE CREAM, happiness, joy, LauGhTer, friends, memories...oh, the memories - one of the best parts of the aftermath of a birthday...aside from the leftover cake!

Birthday's mark the beginning of something.  An anniversary.  An annual observance.  A day celebrating someone's life. 

Did you know that a birthday is the oldest celebratory rites?  A rite that arose in every culture as soon as they had any sort of calendar.  KEWL.

This past Saturday my friend Josie turned 7!  She had a tea party with undertones of yellow and all things bears.  It was so much fun. 

The birthday girl!  Loved her sparkle and spots!

Yellow is Josie's favorite color!  How fun are all of the hanging decorations?

Please note the raised pinky!  Perfect tea etiquette!

Happy birthday to youuuuu!  Chachacha...Happy birthday to YOUUUUUU! Chachacha - she was so excited!
The C A K E!!!

Making a wish...

Not shown - peppermint twist!  YUM!

Everyone painted a bear bank

Evie's completed bear!  Soooo cute! fine wine - this t-shirt is hilarious!  You're looking at a picture of Katie's husband Braden from back in high school!
A mad frenzy of flying wrapping paper!

All of the girls sat in a circle watching.  A friend gifted her this journal covered in dogs.  She loved it.
This is such a great picture.  I like Evie's death grip on her friend Ashley and how they all have their arms around eachother.  So very special.


Katie texted me later that night. "Josie just said Melissa always gives the best gifts!  She knows just what I like!"

Phew!  I love that amazing seven year old! She always makes me feel like a million bucks.  I'm looking forward to celebrating all kinds of stuff this coming year with her!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tell me the truth now...

Is there a Santa Claus?

I honestly don't remember if I ever got the chance to ask this question.  In fact, I am positive my brother broke the news.  He paved our way to reality.  "Girls...there is no Santa Easter Tooth's MOM!  What?  I'm sure we went running...crying...asking her...much like Miss Virginia O'Halon did.

"Tell me the truth now, is there really a Santa Claus?"

I wonder if parents dread this question?  Does it signify an end to the magical youth of make believe? A heavy conversation with bouts of, "YOU LIED TO ME!"  and then you scrambling to remind them they have missed the point...the magic...the honor it really is to see and feel the good in people...the giving...the overall idea that this spirit lives within each of us. 

I may never know what it is liked to be asked.  But, I wondered to myself how I might reply. Thank you Francis P. Church for your wonderful article, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." 

In case you haven't read it, here is the infamous reply to her of the most famous editorials ever written. 

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897. [See The People’s Almanac, pp. 1358–9.]

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

About the Exchange

Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” was an immediate sensation, and went on to became one of the most famous editorials ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897, almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business.
Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia O’Hanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter:
“Quite naturally I believed in Santa Claus, for he had never disappointed me. But when less fortunate little boys and girls said there wasn’t any Santa Claus, I was filled with doubts. I asked my father, and he was a little evasive on the subject.
“It was a habit in our family that whenever any doubts came up as to how to pronounce a word or some question of historical fact was in doubt, we wrote to the Question and Answer column in The Sun. Father would always say, ‘If you see it in the The Sun, it’s so,’ and that settled the matter.
“ ‘Well, I’m just going to write The Sun and find out the real truth,’ I said to father.
“He said, ‘Go ahead, Virginia. I’m sure The Sun will give you the right answer, as it always does.’ ”
And so Virginia sat down and wrote her parents’ favorite newspaper.
Her letter found its way into the hands of a veteran editor, Francis P. Church. Son of a Baptist minister, Church had covered the Civil War for The New York Times and had worked on the The New York Sun for 20 years, more recently as an anonymous editorial writer. Church, a sardonic man, had for his personal motto, “Endeavour to clear your mind of cant.” When controversal subjects had to be tackled on the editorial page, especially those dealing with theology, the assignments were usually given to Church.
Now, he had in his hands a little girl’s letter on a most controversial matter, and he was burdened with the responsibility of answering it.
“Is there a Santa Claus?” the childish scrawl in the letter asked. At once, Church knew that there was no avoiding the question. He must answer, and he must answer truthfully. And so he turned to his desk, and he began his reply which was to become one of the most memorable editorials in newspaper history.
Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.
Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21. The following year she received her Master’s from Columbia, and in 1912 she began teaching in the New York City school system, later becoming a principal. After 47 years, she retired as an educator. Throughout her life she received a steady stream of mail about her Santa Claus letter, and to each reply she attached an attractive printed copy of the Church editorial. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, N.Y.

There were a lot of things he wrote I really liked.  These few lines stuck out though, "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.  Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world."

I don't know about you...but I still believe...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Are you ready for this?

Eleven dayz til Christmas!!

You ready for THIS??!!

IT'S NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY!!!!  Are you kidding me?  I LOVE THIS!  So naturally, when I heard...I promptly went to Martin's and got Starbucks and a cupcake to celebrate! 

Maybe you are saying, "What's so great about a cupcake?"  Let me tell you what. 

To me, a cupcake seems powerful and perfect.  The quientessential cake-like 'snack'. It packs a real punch when it comes to satistfying my sweet tooth.  A justifable treat that may now seem to reign as the new wedding cake...birthday cake...celebratory sweetness.  Works for me.

Here we go...eleven dayz and counting until Santa gets here.  Try something different this year instead of cookies...he's getting those at every other house.  Be memorable...make him some cupcakes...I think I'm gonna.

C U P C A K E S!!  How beautiful are these?  They are from Megan's wedding and boy were they amazing! 

Btw, on that note, my friend Marlo Scott started a unique cupcake, beer and wine bar in NYC!  I have yet to go but it's on my list next time I am in New York.  Check it out if you are there!

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street @ Bedford
New York, NY 10014
Sweet Revenge is also on Facebook

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...well...I was very good to me...a new clutch from Anthropologie!
I love it!  The tassles may be my favorite part of the bag! 

Right now, Christmas feels everywhere.  Music playing in stores, homes are lit up, invitations are flying...and I can feel the energy mounting.


Twelve days...reminds me of the song...On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...a partridge in a pear tree.  You know how it goes....fiiiiiiiive golden rings...blahblahblahblahblah...ladedahdeedah...and on and on!

Vee and I used to make up different lyrics relevant to what we were wishing for.  Probably stuff to add to our barbie collection or some board game...who knows...but I'm sure it was about getting not giving...losing the meaning, entirely. 

Thankfully, we all grow up.  We start thinking about things differently and that is just what I did.  I realized I didn't remember why it's referred to as the twelve days of Christmas.  Where did that come from and what does it mean?

I'll be honest with you...what I thought, was entirely wrong. 

After some research, I would say this may be the most misunderstood part of the church least in my opinion.  Contrary to popular belief (and in my case), it is not the twelve days BEFORE Christmas but the twelve days AFTER. 

I have always known they were festive days!  However, the twelve days begin on Christmas Day and are known as Christmastide or Twelvetide. 

Currently, it is celebrated in different ways all around the world.  The actual traditions, time frames and interpretations have changed depending on religious and cultural beliefs. 

Some of my friends celebrate the night before; Christmas Eve.  My family celebrates on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Some, only on the twelfth night (which would be January 6th - again dependant upon which Christian tradition is followed) and some each of the twelve nights. 

Honestly, there was a lot of information and quite frankly, it seemed complicated. 

All I know for sure is that it's a time to give...a time to remember...a time to be with family and friends and enjoy eachother.  Be thankful and count your blessings. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Checagou girlz trip!

A weekend in my favorite city, Checagou!  A tradition our mother created with us growing up every Christmas...window shopping...Michigan Avenue...The Walnut Room and chilly temperatures.  What a blast!
L to R: Mel, Lucinda and Ashley.  We stormed State street!  Please note lizard clutch I bought antiquing this past summer with Amy! 
Michigan Avenue...brrr.....

O' Christmas tree...O' Christmas tree...
Ash got very good at the hail...

POPS for champagne, olives and cheese...I loved it!

The steak was amazing at Flemings but this decadent chocolate cake was to die for!

A few rounds of Starbucks.

A wonderful trip filled with a lot of laughs and memories!

Monday, December 12, 2011

She's got legs!

Marilyn Monroe, the iconic sexy blonde bombshell of the 1940’s was and still is making headlines.  She always seemed larger than life and now that seems more fitting and relevant today than in the past.   
I had seen plenty of pictures on Face Book of the 26ft statue by sculptor Seward Johnson on Michigan Avenue.  Posed in the infamous subway-grate stance we all remember from the movie, The Seven Year Itch.  I hadn’t seen it myself yet, but as we drove away from our hotel on Michigan Avenue there it was, right next to the Chicago Tribune’s Tower.
Larger than life…just like she has always seemed to be.  I kind of gasped a little…wow; I thought to myself, it’s amazing. 
I found the statue intriguing and thought provoking.  As I did some research, apparently, people find it sexist, creepy and very controversial.  Sounds like Marilyn.  Causing a stir back then…causing a stir now. 
The statue is named, Forever Marilyn.  Personally, I’d like to see it be a fixture, but alas, it’s only scheduled to be there until spring of 2012.  I liked it.  It was awe-inspiring and captivating.  Everyone felt it.  The drama was there as I stood underneath her billowing skirt.  The same type of drama I image has always followed her.  People snapping pictures at all angles…asking others to shoot them over here…over there. 
Did you know Marilyn grew up in foster homes and orphanages?  A model and actress who tragically over-dosed at the age of 36.  Life in the spotlight…I can’t imagine. 
What do you think about when you think of Marilyn Monroe?  I think sexy, bombshell, boldness, iconic, powerful. Je ne sais quois sums it up.  You know, there is and was something about her. 
As we walked away, I thought, you know what they outta do?  In lieu of those boring white panties…they should put some red sparkly ones on her bum for the holidayz.  Marilyn was quoted saying, “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”    
Shine on Marilyn…stand loud and proud…just like you’ve always done, in my opinion.

Hmmm...she needs something to match the red toenail polish...
Come on Chicago, I dare you, add some flare!

From Marilyn's persective
C H E C A G O U!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Defined as a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line or plane.
We all have coordinates.  Places that mean something to us.  Where you were born.  Where you have lived.  Where you met someone.  Where you climbed your highest peak.  Where you had your first kiss.
Numbers…used to measure and define. 
I had some numbers that meant something to me…life, beginnings, equality, harmony, balance, happiness and ultimately endings. 
I told you about my friend Leanne’s jewelry business, Dragonfly Designs.  I pulled the trigger on one of the bracelets I had wanted.   It was industrial, edgy and I decided the perfect place to etch some meaningful numbers to create a special something in honor of my dad, handmade by my friend. 
Today, as I was sitting at my desk working away, I hear that Leanne is here to see me.  I smile!  A special delivery.  I couldn’t wait to see it!  Sometimes, life is all about the little things. 
I love it.  I absolutely love it.  LOVELOVELOVEIT! 
Thank you Leanne!  Along with all my other arm candy, I add a very special bracelet etched with the coordinates of my dad’s birthplace stamped on the front and his birth date on the back.
Little things with big meaning. 
Arm candy! The more the merrier! From top to bottom: Dragonfly Designs bracelet celebrating my dad, Shannon Koszyk gifted bracelet from Vee, shimmery blue seed bead bracelet gifted from Vee and Shannon Koszyk cross bracelet.
Birthdate on back of bracelet

Coordinates representing Huntsville, AL birthplace and resting place of my beloved dad.

If you are in Elkhart you can find Dragonfly Designs at Fix Salon and B on the River.  Leanne is also on ETSY! and on her blog  If you have any questions about her work or would like to make a purchase directly, she may be reached at