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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Key Update!!!

Hey y'all!  It's Ansley!

Sorry I haven't written in a while, summer has been crazy busy!  Recently I got a hodge podge of keys! *score*  Since there are so many different ones, the quantities and styles are limited.  Select a word and pick vintage or house keys and I will try and get a key the word will fit. I still have washer bracelets and dog tags.  I can also add trinkets to the necklaces, select items available.
Below are some words from past customers:     
              Happy      Joy          Peace          Love          Prayer
                    Faith      Hope    Self-control     Patience     God's got this     

New ideas are always welcome!  We can discuss what you want and come up with the perfect piece of jewelry for you or for a gift!
All of the profits will be donated to The Pantry Food Bank in Douglas County! 
Check our my previous blogs for more information!
Pricing:
Key Necklaces- $10 ribbon-$12 chain
New Item* Dog Tags- $8
*New Item* Washer Bracelets- $5
Plus shipping if necessary

You choose the word/words and the color of the cord/ribbon or a chain to match your key that the key/washer will go on. 
Please email me at rockinghorse9@att.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:
Name
Address (if shipping is required)
Phone (in case there are questions)
What word/words you would like (varies based on size of the item) and on which item
Make sure to leave your email address or phone number so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements.  Cash, Check, and PayPal accepted.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know...I really appreciate it!
~Ansley

                      Please contact me with any questions.
                       rockinghorse9@att.net


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grateful

Hello There!
This morning it is cold outside (yes I know it's almost Winter) but for some reason today it made me feel incredibly grateful.  I don't know why or how to explain; other that I have a jacket on, a warm car to take my kids to school in, and a warm home to live in.  I can not explain how extremely blessed my family and I are.  I know I don't always stop and realize it, acknowledge it, or even appreciate the blessings that God had bestowed on me.  And why?  I know I don't always make it public (in such a wide open media) how much I love my family and the amazing things that they do simply because they want to.  I am not writing this to brag but to remind myself that in such a giant world of seemingly all bad things that I am surrounded by greatness.
This year had brought so many changes to our family.  Back in March I quit my job.  That was an amazingly hard thing to do.  There were so many questions.  I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do.  I needed my family and they needed me.  Bottom line.  It has been a new experience for all of us.  We are all still alive and I am still working on being the best housewife ever! (good luck, ha!)
Ansley has been involved in so many adventures as well.  This year she moved on up to middle school...yikes is all I can say but here we are at Christmas break and I think that we will survive.  She came up with a business and has been so successful (we really appreciate everyone of you who have supported her more than you know)!  She started back in July and she had donated $174 to the Douglas County Animal Shelter and $374 to The Pantry in Douglas County.  There are no words to explain how proud I am of her!  During the month of December she is participating in Dressember... a program that supports the mission work of International Justice Mission.  I am astounded by her heart and hope that it continues on the path that she has found.
Sarah has had an amazing year in school.  She has excelled in everything!  I love her yearning to learn and all of the questions that she asks.  I am so excited that she is loving school the way that she does.  I know that there is a tremendous amount of work that parents need to do with their kids school work but let me tell you an amazing teacher and school will make it so much easier!
Ansley and Sarah have both been so very lucky with all of their teachers!
Sarah's school is currently holding a winter coat drive thru the 19th.  They are accepting gently used and new children and adult items.  All coats are going back to a Douglas County child/adult in need.  If you have any items that you could donate that would be amazing!  I can pick them up from you and take them over if you like.
Jake and I went to Port Au Prince, Haiti this year.  Twice.  I can't explain to you how those two trips have changed my life.  If you ever have time, let's talk about it.
Jake has made a new friend who is working to help feed families and so far it has been so awesome watching his small ministry grow.
We have wonderful families and are friends are the absolute best!
We have an unbelievable church family and it has been so special making new friends throughout this year. 
"With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  Matthew 19:26- This I truly  have complete faith in.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Melissa

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ribbons and Wood - Fall Decorating

Hi!  I'm Laura, Melissa's sister.  This is my main little helper, Alice and me enjoying a nice game of horsey in the living room!  Nothing is better than enjoying the moment and the blessings that God has gifted us with, and children are the most precious of these gifts.  I've heard so many times that they are only small once and I do my best to take advantage of this time when she thinks I'm the coolest. 

Alice and I enjoy building and crafting, and she is the only two year old I know that can bring her mommy drill bits, nails and screws.  Decorating has always been a passion of mine, but you can only do so much to your own house without driving your husband nutty.  To that end, my sister and I have decided to work together and create an awesome store filled with unique items to add character and charm to your home.  Before they sell, I may use them in my own home, never sell something you don't love, right!  :-)  Most of the items we sell are hand made while others are antique or vintage items we find and bring new life to their existing charm. 



The finished product
Now that the spooky Halloween season is over, it's time to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It's becoming a running joke that the Christmas season starts the day after Halloween.  I for one am a little sad about this fact. Christmas time is my favorite time of year, but time moves too fast as it is, and rushing past today to get tomorrow will only speed that process up, and then you may miss the little awesome moments in between.  So, with these cooler fall temperatures and fabulous colors as inspiration, I decided to create a Thanksgiving mantle piece to remind me to give thanks.















































































Adding flowers to this bird cage adds a pop of color in an unexpected place.  Plus this bird cage is way to nifty to have a bird make a mess inside.  This is one of the items available for sale in our shop, click here.



A glass cake stand is an easy way to use something that's already in your house to add height to an item you really want to stand out.

Another vintage birdcage on the hearth, anchors the mantle.  The hand tied fall bow adds a simple pop of fall color with pumpkins and colorful leaves.  Purchase the bow here or the Bird cage here.

The flower arrangement inside compliments the colors on the mantle and matches the globe bird cage's arrangement.




Whenever you decorate, always include items that make you happy.  This fun little owl was purchased years ago at Marshall's.  He moves around my house a lot.



Acorns from the yard bring the fall inside.  Placing them in a fun pumpkin shaped glass dish makes them look special.



Varying heights and decorating in odd numbers gives a professional, polished look your home.


I went though many iterations of decorating the mantle, but I'm very happy with the finished product.  The simple 'give thanks' banner is a simple reminder to myself to be thankful for the gifts of today, and not rush forward to see what tomorrow will bring.  It will be here soon enough!  

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done." 1 Chronicles 16:8

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Items in the Shop-All proceeds to The Pantry for Thanksgiving!


Ansley- Founder of Kate's Keys


The Giving Keys is an amazing organization that gives back to the community by employing homeless people who need another chance at life.  (I learned about this amazing company from my youth leader at church!)  At the same time, you buy/donate and receive a key with a word on it.  You keep the key until you find someone who needs the encouragement of the word or you feel like this person is the word.  The point is to share the love and meaning of the word with someone who needs it.

Reading the inspiring stories made me start thinking of getting one of my own.  Then I began to think about making them myself and sharing with my friends and family.  I made a few, one for me (fearless), one for my sister (love) and one for my Grandma (fearless).  I also made two bracelets for my mom (faith) and (love).  Now I want to make them for you to share!  

I also started thinking about how I can help out?  What can I do to help my community?  I thought about the things that I like...I love animals and decided to donate to the animal shelter. 

My mom recently got an email from The Pantry which is a food bank here in Douglas County.  There is not much time left until Thanksgiving and for $10,000 they can help feed 200 families Thanksgiving dinner!  That is just $5 dollars a family.  I would like to set a goal to be able to help feed 10 families and hopefully more!  You can help by purchasing a necklace or bracelet...all profits from now until Thanksgiving are going to The PantryI would love to be able to donate as much OR MORE than the first time!



Update 8/26/14 **All of the profits I have made so far ($172.74) have been delivered to the Douglas County Animal Shelter!  I was super excited to drop off all of the money to the shelter and it felt really great ending the summer helping out animals which I love! They were so grateful and I know the animals will benefit from your purchases! **


Update 10/16/14**I donated All of the recent profits ($134.00) to The Pantry today!  That means that is almost 27 families that will have Thanksgiving dinner! There is still time to place orders and help more people have a wonderful Thanksgiving!**


Bracelets, Necklaces, and Dog Tags would make amazing one of a kind gifts for any occasion or anyone! 
Remember all profits go to The Pantry!

We have new items in the shop!  Check them out!


The Original Key Necklace

The Original Bracelets in gold or silver

New Washer Bracelets

New Dog Tags
For you or your pet...will accommodate multiple words
Pricing:
Key Necklaces- $10
Silver/Gold Bracelets-$8
*New Item* Dog Tags- $8
*New Item* Washer Bracelets- $5
Plus shipping if necessary

You choose the word/words and the color of the cord/ribbon that the key/washer will go on. 
Please email me at mcordle3@bellsouth.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:
Name
Address (if shipping is required)
Phone (in case there are questions)
What word/words you would like (varies based on size of the item) and on which item
Make sure to leave your email address so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements.  Cash, Checks, and PayPal accepted.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know...I really appreciate it!
~Ansley

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Heart for others...updates and Pantry donations!

My oldest daughter Ansley found out about The Giving Keys from a friend of mine.
This is her story and how it has inspired her to give back and what she has learned from serving others:


The Giving Keys is an amazing organization that gives back to the community by employing homeless people who need another chance at life.  At the same time, you buy/donate and receive a key with a word on it.  You keep the key until you find someone who needs the encouragement of the word or you feel like this person is the word.  The point is to share the love and meaning of the word.
Reading the inspiring stories made me start thinking of getting one of my own.  Then I began to think about making them myself and sharing with my friends and family.  I made a few, one for me (fearless), one for my sister (love) and one for my Grandma (fearless).  I also made two bracelets for my mom (faith) and I (love).  Now I want to make them for you to share!  

I also started thinking about how I can help out?  What can I do to help my community?  I thought about the things that I like...I love animals and decided to donate to the animal shelter.  They were so grateful and I know the animals will benefit from your purchases!





Update 8/26/14 **All of the profits I have made so far ($172.74) have been delivered to the Douglas County Animal Shelter!  I was super excited to drop off all of the money to the shelter and it felt really great ending the summer helping out animals which I love!**

My mom recently got an email from The Pantry which is a food bank here in Douglas County.  There is not much time left until Thanksgiving and for $10,000 they can help feed 200 families Thanksgiving dinner!  That is just $5 dollars a family.  I would like to set a goal to be able to help feed 10 families and hopefully more!  You can help by purchasing a necklace or bracelet...all profits from now until Thanksgiving are going to The PantryI would love to be able to donate as much OR MORE than the first time!

Update 10/16/14**I donated All of the recent profits ($134.00) to The Pantry today!  That means that is almost 27 families that will have Thanksgiving dinner! There is still time to place orders and help more people have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Bracelets and Necklaces would make amazing one of a kind gifts for any occasion!** 
You chose the word and the color of the cord/ribbon that the key will go on.  The price for a key and necklace will be $10.00 and the bracelets are $8.00 plus shipping if necessary.
Please email me at mcordle3@bellsouth.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:
Name
Address (if shipping is required)

Phone (in case there are questions)
What word you would like (max 8 characters per word/2 words- varies with key size)
Would you like a bracelet or a key necklace (*note may not be the same as pictured)
Make sure to leave your email address so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements.  Cash, Checks, and PayPal accepted.

Please feel free to share this with anyone you know...I really appreciate it!
~Ansley

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Keys and Bracelets for The Pantry!


My oldest daughter Ansley found out about The Giving Keys from a friend of mine.
This is her story and how it has inspired her to give back and what she has learned from serving others:


The Giving Keys is an amazing organization that gives back to the community by employing homeless people who need another chance at life.  At the same time, you buy/donate and receive a key with a word on it.  You keep the key until you find someone who needs the encouragement of the word or you feel like this person is the word.  The point is to share the love and meaning of the word.
Reading the inspiring stories made me start thinking of getting one of my own.  Then I began to think about making them myself and sharing with my friends and family.  I made a few, one for me (fearless), one for my sister (love) and one for my Grandma (fearless).  I also made two bracelets for my mom (faith) and I (love).  Now I want to make them for you to share!  

I also started thinking about how I can help out?  What can I do to help my community?  I thought about the things that I like...I love animals and decided to donate to the animal shelter.  They were so grateful and I know the animals will benefit from your purchases!





All of the profits I have made so far ($172.74) have been delivered to the Douglas County Animal Shelter!  I was super excited to drop off all of the money to the shelter and it felt really great ending the summer helping out animals which I love!

My mom recently got an email from The Pantry which is a food bank here in Douglas County.  There is not much time left until Thanksgiving and for $10,000 they can help feed 200 families Thanksgiving dinner!  That is just $5 dollars a family.  I would like to set a goal to be able to help feed 10 families and hopefully more!  You can help by purchasing a necklace or bracelet...all profits from now until Thanksgiving are going to The PantryI would love to be able to donate as much OR MORE than the first time!
You chose the word and the color of the cord/ribbon that the key will go on.  The price for a key and necklace will be $10.00 and the bracelets are $8.00 plus shipping if necessary.
Please email me at mcordle3@bellsouth.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:
Name
Address (if shipping is required)

Phone (in case there are questions)
What word you would like (max 8 characters per word/2 words- varies with key size)
Would you like a bracelet or a key necklace (*note may not be the same as pictured)
Make sure to leave your email address so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements.  Cash, Checks, and PayPal accepted.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

heart for others...update

A message from Ansley:

Wow!  What an overwhelming response from so many people!!  With all the orders that have been delivered so far.... I have $164 to donate to the Douglas County Animal Shelter!!  I never imagined that I would be able to raise so much money for a cause that is so important to me.
Thank you for all your help and support!  Thank you for all of the shares on Facebook and through the blog!  Here are some pictures of keys and bracelets that have been delivered.  I will be using the profits from selling the bracelets and necklaces to give the money to Douglas County Animal Shelter to provide for their wish list, which includes dog and cat food, cat litter, dog carriers and igloo dog houses. 
Please continue to share these blog/facebook posts with friends and family!  You have helped me make this possible!









All of the profits I make from selling the keys will go to Douglas County Animal Shelter!
You chose the word and the color of the cord/ribbon that the key will go on.  The price for a key and necklace will be $10.00.  The bracelets are silver or gold and are $8.00.  Shipping will be added if necessary.
Please email me at mcordle3@bellsouth.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:

Name
Email
Address (if shipping is required)

Phone (in case there are questions)
What word you would like (max 8 characters per word/2 words- varies with key size)
Would you like a bracelet or a key necklace (*note may not be the same as pictured)
Make sure to leave your email address so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements. (I can send you an invoice via Paypal.)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

heart for others


My oldest daughter Ansley found out about The Giving Keys from a friend of mine.
This is her story and how it has inspired her to give back:


The Giving Keys is an amazing organization that gives back to the community by employing homeless people who need another chance at life.  At the same time, you buy/donate and receive a key with a word on it.  You keep the key until you find someone who needs the encouragement of the word or you feel like this person is the word.  The point is to share the love and meaning of the word.
Reading the inspiring stories made me start thinking of getting one of my own.  Then I began to think about making them myself and sharing with my friends and family.  I made a few, one for me (fearless), one for my sister (love) and one for my Grandma (fearless).  I also made two bracelets for my mom (faith) and I (love).  Now I want to make them for you to share!  





All of the profits I make from selling the keys will go to Douglas County Animal Shelter!
You chose the word and the color of the cord/ribbon that the key will go on.  The price for a key and necklace will be $10.00 and the bracelets are $8.00 plus shipping if necessary.
Please email me at mcordle3@bellsouth.net if would like one handmade for you!
Email the following information:
Name
Address (if shipping is required)

Phone (in case there are questions)
What word you would like (max 8 characters per word/2 words- varies with key size)
Would you like a bracelet or a key necklace (*note may not be the same as pictured)
Make sure to leave your email address so that I can get back in touch with you!  I will contact you via email to confirm all orders and make payment arrangements.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dressember...what in the world?

Dear friends, 
 
I'm writing to let you know of a project I'm participating in this December. It's called Dressember, and it's a month of wearing dresses. Every December since 2009, women across the world have been participating in this style challenge by wearing a dress every day for the entire month, in celebration of fun, femininity, and fostering a global community.
 
This year, Dressember has taken on new meaning by aligning with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to end human trafficking, sexual slavery, and other forms of violent oppression that exist in our world. Did you know that over 27 million men, women, and children are trapped in slavery today? That number is greater than during the entire Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Through a fun and quirky style challenge, Dressember participants will rally awareness and raise vital funds to contribute to the global effort to put an end to modern-day slavery.

"This is directly from the IJM website...

What We Do

IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law.

Collaborative Casework Model

IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities.
By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice.
IJM seeks 4 outcomes on behalf of those we serve:

1. Victim Relief

IJM's first priority in its casework is immediate relief for the victim of the abuse being committed.

2. Perpetrator Accountability

IJM seeks to hold perpetrators accountable for their abuse in their local justice systems. Accountability changes the fear equation: When would-be perpetrators are rightly afraid of the consequences of their abuse, the vulnerable do not need to fear them.

3. Survivor Aftercare

IJM aftercare staff and trusted local aftercare partners work to ensure that victims of oppression are equipped to rebuild their lives and respond to the complex emotional and physical needs that are often the result of abuse.

4. Structural Transformation

IJM seeks to prevent abuse from being committed against others at risk by strengthening the community factors and local judicial systems that will deter potential oppressors. "
 
If you, like myself and so many others, are outraged by the stories of forced prostitution, slavery, and trafficking that are happening in virtually every country today in our world, and wish to join in the effort to stop it-- providing rescue for victims without a defender-- one way you can do so is by become a sponsor this Dressember. To sponsor me, visit Dressember.net and make a tax-deductible donation. You will have the opportunity to note that the donation is on my behalf, or you can make a general donation to the campaign (anonymously, if you prefer).

Any amount helps, and 100% of donated funds will go directly to International Justice Mission.  So far Dressember2013 has raised $100K!!  That is in 22 days!  With 8 days left of the challenge....imagine what can be done!  Imagine how many men, women and children could be freed to live without being in slavery, abused, and kept from their loved ones!  Imagine what YOU can do to help!
 
To learn more about Dressember, visit:
 
To learn more about International Justice Mission, visit:
 
To make a donation to my personal campaign:
 
Together, we can make an impact that outlives us.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to know more about Dressember or IJM!
 
All my best,
Melissa

Saturday, November 23, 2013

10 days of real food...how did it really go?

We took the 10 day challenge of 100daysofrealfood.  We made it all 10 days and learned a lot about food, what we have been eating and tried some new things.  I will not lie and tell you that we were all happy for 10 days, that we all agreed that we could make all of the changes forever but I will tell you we felt better, we did it as a family and we have walked away with some better knowledge about some of the things we were putting in our body!  We did not eat out at all, which was really good for us!
So kind of step by step, we made out massive shopping trip which we thought would get us through at least 7 days.  We followed sample menu plan 1 from the facebook page.  We did make several more trips to the store to pick up things that were not on the shopping list or we ate a lot of because we liked it a lot!  Looking back I think it was a mistake to follow the menu plan and eat everything that worked for their family, we should have made food that we knew we liked!  However trying something new for the first time we tried to make it easy!
Day 1- We had whole wheat banana pancakes and peaches, we made them from scratch and they were really good.  Our problem here is we were suppose to use 100% maple syrup...but let me tell you that stuff is expensive!  We went off a little and had about 1 tablespoon of regular syrup each except the girls...they are not fans of syrup (weird right?).  Lunch was egg salad with Triscuits, sliced apples and cheese cubes (that we cut our self from a block of cheddar).  Snack was yogurt with honey and blueberries.  Dinner was mahi mahi with green beans and (yum) sweet potatoes in the oven.
my little helper

 
 
To spare you the day by day blow of everything we ate here is a just summary.......we made a lot of not so yummy foods but we also discovered some that we really liked!  We made granola! We cut out sugar (except for honey and natural sugars in fruit).  We used butter instead of margarine.  We ate natural peanut butter (which I really liked but I think I was the only one!) and fruit spread.  We stayed away from anything that had more than 5 ingredients on the label.  We had a hard time finding bread that way so I attempted to make some....not so good but Jake found some with no preservatives and very few ingredients that were edible.  We gave up Coke and sweet tea.  We drank lots of water, unsweet tea and milk.  Triscuits, apples and cheese became a staple in this house! 
All in all I am glad that we accepted the challenge.  We are more conscious of what we are eating.  We have not gone back to drinking Coke after Coke and sweet tea all the time.  I am checking labels and we are making better decisions!
Jake making granola!

Ansley helping out!

Yum, this stuff is GOOD!

My failed attempt at bread...now it was not horrible but don't think I'll be making it again!  :)

Yum, really good dinner!

My favorite way to eat the granola!

Vegetable Fajitas with homemade whole wheat tortillas