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March 2018 - Sheroes

Happy Women's History Month!  My birthday is in March. The most windy, blustery, grey, cold, unpredictable time in Idaho. March is not a pleasant time to be here. I spent a large portion of my life wishing my birthday was in July. I am a history lover. I love my country. I am the most patriotic person you will ever meet. It just made sense that *I* would be born in July--the same birth month as my nation. In fact, I used to tell strangers that I was born in July from time to time. But the truth is that nope--I had to be born in the armpit of months. March. Caesar was betrayed and stabbed in the back on my birthday. "Beware the Ides...

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February 2018 - “Love - Exciting & New...” Brass Packs

There is one saving grace about Valentines Day tho. KIDS! Buying the cute Valentines for everyone in the class...helping your kids fill them all out..two heart stickers and maybe a smiley face for the cute boys or girls...and an extra large Valentine for the teacher. And you HAD to get the one that had the sucker stuck through it because you wanted to be the Cool Valentine person. Being a mom is awesome on Valentine’s Day!

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Creating Hygge - Happy New Year 2018 from Eric

Hygge (pronounced hooga) is difficult to translate. The word literally translates into “well being” and it is often called “the art of coziness.” According to the Danes themselves, it is much more than that. One Danish writer calls Hygge “the sensation of enjoying the good things in life with good people.” Sitting by the fire with a hot drink and a warm blanket is Hygge. Candlelight is Hygge (Danes burn almost twice as many candles per capita as any other nation.) A glass of wine with good friends, that’s Hygge too. Time spent with family is definitely Hygge. The Danes take advantage of the cold, dark winters to create little pockets of light, warmth, coziness, and community. Hygge is not...

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October 2017 Brass Packs - "Oh the Horror"

What if we were to design our own "Remembrance Jewelry?" What would it look like? If you could design a piece to give to your posterity, what would be included on it? In it? Would it be a ring or a locket--bracelet or even a key fob?   But maybe that's not the purpose. Perhaps the purpose is for the wearer to decide what it is about the deceased that touched them so much in life that they need to have it memorialized to carry with them always. Was it their role in your life? Their proximity to you? Further, what things would give you comfort?

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