Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Yup, it's my birthday today and I'm proud as hell to be 43!

Since it's my birthday I am going to ask all of you to do me a huge birthday favor. Go to GAC's Top 2o countdown and vote for Radney Foster's latest video, "Angel Flight" for the GAC top 20. Proceeds from the song and the video support the Texas National Guard Family Foundation so share this amazing video with all of your friends and family. We need at least 900 votes to get him on the countdown.

A message from Rad
"We have so many things to be thankful for this year and as we begin the holiday season, I would ask that all of us remember those who are not able to make it home to their families, especially those military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I wrote this song to tell the story of the "Angel Flight," the aircrew who fly fallen soldiers home to their final resting place.
I hope you'll take a moment to watch the video
and pass it on to your friends.
Proceeds from "Angel Flight" benefit the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation, which provides assistance to military families beset by tragedy. Please have a safe and joyous holiday, and hug your loved ones close."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I love pretty sparkly things....

Finding a necklace to wear at my wedding was such a pain. All of the ones I liked were, of course, too short. Chubby girl = chubby neck.
There is a great little Etsy shop called Whimsy Beading that creates beautiful handmade necklaces that are actually long enough to fit a plus size person.
Kelly the owner of the shop had sent me an email a while back and said....

Hi there!
I came across your blog while looking for plus size wedding options. My husband and I have been married for 15 years this year, but boy do I remember the horrible feelings I had as a size 12/14 trying to find a decent dress. I had one old bat look down her nose at me and sneer "We don't cater to chunky girls here" and the "XXL" size was a size 10! I can't imagine what they'd say about me now, as an "extended size" person. (32W and up) I can't thank you enough for setting up a place where other plus size people can go to be inspired by the beautiful weddings and happy couples.I've been a plus size person most of my life, so being able to find pretty things in a size and scale for a bigger person is very important to me. We want the same options and fashion choices as a so-called "standard" size person, but sadly, retailers have been slow to react. Even in the handmade movement, there just aren't that many options for bigger folks, which is why I started making my own jewelry. That eventually led to my husband and I opening a shop on Etsy for plus size beaded jewelry, including bridal jewelry and beaded collars.I don't know if what we do will be of interest to you, but if it is, I would be happy to share links to our Etsy shop and pictures of our work. If it's not, then please accept my thanks for giving plus size folks one more voice in the internet and inspiration for all the lovely, plus size brides out there.
Kelly Graves
Whimsy Beading

Go and check out her beautiful jewelry here and here! She is also working on some Steam Punk pieces which are pretty cool.