Happy Birthday Mom

Today's blog is going to be all over the place...

Today, June 14th is my momma's birthday. Its also flag day. And now a day to remember. Its weird, it feels like this is her first birthday without her, but its already the third. I was laying in bed yesterday staring up at the photo collage I have of her up on her dresser, and just thinking about how when January comes along this year it will be 3 years since she has been gone. That is just so weird to me. I dont know how else to describe it. For the most part, it has gotten easier as time has gone by. But there are still those days you just cant hardly stand her being gone. I pray that she is in cahoots with God right now about some things going on in the family, and that somehow it is all for the greater good.

I dont know exactly how I will celebrate that it is her birthday today, I guess I will just be thinking of her alot. Luckily I have a long to do list, so I will stay pretty busy. I am in the middle of pet sitting and house cleaning about 25 miles away from here, so I will be somewhat distracted. Not that I want to be distracted from my mom, I guess just getting sad.

Of the few photos I have, this is one of my favorites of her and I.

Happy Birthday Mom, I love you.

Onto a much lighter note (sorry)...

I finished Shauna's (PPP) custom necklace yesterday, and I think it is so adorable. How could it not be with those two cuties!!! It was an honor to take her family photos, but then to be able to make one of my photo necklaces from those photos, was just really awesome!

Since it is such a process to make photo jewelry, I always like to make a batch if I can while I have everything out. So I have 22 new photo pendants coming to the shop! Here are the ones already listed. I have round and square ones.

I am listing all of my photo jewelry in my photography shop from here on out. So you can find them all there!



'peacock feather'

'umbrella dance'

'the butterfly collector'

And here is my diptych project for week 11 of Miss Match.

our theme was VOICE. I chose to photograph my mom's Janis Joplin vinyl on top of the quilt she made when she was my age. I love how it came out so much. The print is now available in the shop for all of you Janis fans!

right: me



  1. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.. I really enjoyed it! Those necklaces are so pretty!


  2. Sending you my prayers and happy thoughts today.

  3. Happy birthday to your Mom.... I am totally celebrating her with you... as I know she was wonderful.. how blesses you are..... and I pray that God continues to comfort you and make your Mom feel close.... hopefully that apron top will be be something that makes her feel near. :)

    I cant get over how much I love that necklace you made for me... I have tears.. I will cherish it ..... to the end of times and pass it down.... I am in awe over it.

    can I use your beautiful photos to show it off on my blog and facebook?

  4. So gorgeous! Happy birthday to your sweet Mom!!!! Thinking of you today, sweet Laura!
    Your necklaces are soooo beautiful!!!! Wow! Gorgeous!
    Sending you a great big hug and lots of love!!! xo -j

  5. Happy birthday to your beautiful mom- she was absolutely lovely and every time you post about her it touches my heart.

    I also love the custom necklace- how could she NOT be in love with it?!

  6. Laura
    I'm thinking about your mom too, and about you. I'm sure she is in cahoots with God. Sending you love and wishes for peace and happiness.

  7. I love this post. So heartfelt! And with that Joni Mitchell song...well...I'm definitely teary-eyed. Feeling for you, and sending awesome thoughts and hugs your way :) Memories are so precious.


  8. happy birthday to your sweet mom
    keep your creative energies going
    cool work!

  9. Laura...You are in my thoughts today! Happy Birthday to your amazing mom! I know she is so proud of you!

  10. Happy birthday to your mama, Laura! I bet she is dancing in heaven :) Thinking of you today! Sending lots of prayers for you, I can see how great she was through you.

    Your necklaces are amazing. I love the new design, and each photo you chose to put on them. And Shauna's necklace came out so beautiful!!

    Love to you <3

  11. You are so talented!!! Wishing your mom a Happy Birthday, she is with you in everything you do. Sending you much love! XO

  12. All the best for today Laura. The photo of the 2 of you is lovely. xo

    I adore the round photo necklaces.I'm sure you'll have a lot of success with those.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog ($100 Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree prize pack).Perhaps you'd like to enter:

    Take care x

  13. Happy Birthday to your mommy...I'm sure someone as kind, caring, and beautiful as you've always described your mother to be is definitely in cahoots with God right now and watching over you.


  14. i just wanted to say thank you to EVERYONE for you kind and thoughtful words. it means alot to me!!!

  15. awww happy (belated) bday to your mom...i know she is missed. i love that you keep her memory alive.
    i love these photo necklaces! the peacock one is sooo pretty :)


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