Every year for the past 50 some years, November 18th has marked my day - the day the world changed for my parents and most especially for me. It's my birthday. But for the past 5 years, it's kinda just been like any other day. The last birthday I celebrated with those who gave me life was my 47th. That seems like a century ago. I have tried really hard to put some distance between my emotions and not letting the day go by without being thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. My family - my boys. They spoil me. I couldn't have made it through these years without them. My friends - those sweet people who get me. I love them for that. But, mostly my faith. Faith has brought me to where I am today. Faith is what gave me strength and peace during the final days of my parents lives. Faith is what has brought me to who I am today.
Many of you know, some don't. My Mother was a Nun, yes a real life Nun. With a habit, with Rosary beads. So it's no wonder that so much of my jewelry has a religious theme. Especially to Mary, the Blessed Mother, Ave Maria, the Milagros, to the Miraculous Medals. Really, it's a tribute to my Mom. The last words we spoke was the Hail Mary before she took her last breath. It's why I'm making jewelry. It took me about a year to go through my Mom's things after she passed away. But what I found astounded me. Mom never really spoke about her days in the convent, so when I opened her jewelry box and found many Rosary beads and medals, I was shocked. It made me realize what her faith meant to her. I just knew at that very moment what I needed to do . . . I was going to carry on a little of that faith through my jewelry. Some may be offended, but the way I look at it, we could all use a little love, peace and strength from the Blessed Mother.
So as I celebrate another birthday without them, I cling to my faith, their love for me, and the knowledge that they will always be with me.
Yup, that's right! It's my birthday . . . on Monday, November 18. I came into the world on a cloudy day in West Islip, New York. It was a joyful day as I was the firstborn child to my parents, Patrick (Joe), and Ann (Betty) Kelly. Even though I think my Daddy really wanted a boy, I was the apple of his eye, his Patty Ann. Through the years, my Mom always made MY day special - she would make these crazy chocolate kiss corsages that had coins and dollar bills dangling off of it. I remember being embarrassed the first time I wore it to school on my birthday thinking that my friends would think I was a dork, but it soon passed when they all asked my Mom to make one for them. I love that memory. So let's have a GIVEAWAY - what better way to celebrate my birthday than by giving you all a shot at winning some fabulous prizes. And right before Christmas and all . . . on Monday, I'll be giving away (2) $50 shop credits and (1) $100 credit to be used any way you like, just as long as you use it before 12/31/13. Here's how we're going to do it. Write your favorite birthday memory here, and pick one of the following collages as your favorite by simply answering with the corresponding letter - A, B, C, etc.
Again, here's the details: To enter: Leave a comment on this blog answering "What is your favorite Birthday memory, and pick a favorite of the photos above?" (for additional entries: Tweet this, Facebook it, become a follower of this blog (http://tippystocktonblog.blogspot.com/) or my Tippy Stockton Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TippyStocktonJewelry?ref=hl) or Pin one of the above images to pinterest. Please leave additional comments for each thing you do.) Okay so, READY, SET, GO! Happy Birthday! xo
Well, hello friends. Do you remember me? I know it's been awhile. Can you say Summer was crazy. Well, I'm still here, doing great, and just doing. I've just launched the first of HOLIDAY 2013 onto my website. I'm in love with so many of the pieces. Soft and feminine, just like I like it. Here's a few to look at, and head over and take a peek at all that's new . . . but check back often as the full line won't be completely up until next week. http://tippystockton.com/category/new.htm
Believe it or not, I have lots to tell you. From Weddings this Summer, to going gluten free. I know one thing is for sure, I want to share with you some of the amazing recipes I've tried on this gluten free journey. Despite not having decent bread in months, I'm actually loving it.More to come . . . as always!