Where to find awesome Starbucks cups online

I found the most awesome Starbucks cups online that are reusable and can be personalized! If you are a Starbucks addict like me, then you will love them! They are to die for!

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I love Starbucks coffee! I have Starbucks coffee cups, coffee canister and a GOLD card. I just found the ultimate reusable cup, all blinged out with Swarovski crystals and it’s now on my “want list”.

Starbucks cups online in Etsy shops

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Gold Swarovski Crystal & Rhinestone Tumbler by AmericanoCrystals

I love these blinged out gold Swarovski cups that you can buy from AmericanoCrystals on Etsy. These 16 oz. cups are all the rage with influencers, stylists and celebrities.

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Starbucks tumblers come in different colors and can be personalized

Such a fabulous selection of colors, including red and pink (as shown). They can also be personalized in other colors, larger Venti size, etc., include a reusable straw and are made in the USA.

Yeah, they are a little pricey but it takes a lot of time and a LOT of crystals to make them. Nevertheless these Starbucks cups are just gorgeous!

I also found another snazzy cup that is a little easier on your wallet, but still really unique.

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Put your name in glitter on these reusable Starbucks cups!

SavoringSurpises will put your name in glitter on a reusable 16 oz. Starbucks cup. A lot less expensive than the blingy one above, but still really cool.

Both of these reusable cups would make a great gift for friends or relatives that are addicted to Starbucks coffee!

Please note: I have not personally tried either of these products, but I think they caught my eye and I added them to my wish list. I just wanted to share with readers who might be looking for unique gift ideas for the Starbicks coffee connoisseur on their list 🙂

Leave a comment and let me know what you think?

Home invasion – what happens when you are a victim?

I am sure you have never wondered what happens when you are the victim of a home invasion. You see it on the news and think how awful, then you go on with your life.

I haven’t done anything on this blog since September 1, 2018 because 5 days later I WAS the victim of a home invasion.

What is a home invasion?

A home invasion is where you are minding your own business, safely inside your locked house and someone just bursts in, ties you up and steals your stuff.

It is terrifying. You can’t imagine this is really happening to you. What do you do? Do you scream, yell, cry, pray, what????

While I can’t say much because of the legal issues. What I can say is that I chose to pray. I didn’t freak out, instead I chose to ask God to help me. In a few minutes I had the chance to break free, call 911 and get the hell out of the house!

So, to all of you who might have followed this blog or are on the mailing list, that is why I have been so silent. I totally lost interest in many things for a while.

What to do now?

That’s a really good question. I still have my website, Etsy shop and Ebay store.

I still love making jewelry, taking photos and trying to figure out how to make my own income.

But I now have an experience and point of view that I didn’t have before. I think the home invasion happened for a reason. As soon as I am able to freely discuss all that happened to me, maybe I will be able to help other people.

Comments welcome 🙂

Is it coincidence or God speaking through nature?

Do you believe in coincidence? Does God speak to us through signs and symbols in nature? How does God speak to us? If God is speaking and we don’t listen, how does he get through to us?

I don’t believe in coincidence and think that everything happens for a reason. Over and over our higher power, whom I choose to call God, is constantly trying to communicate through any method available.

Is it a coincidence when animals appear?

Native Americans believe that animal spirits or totems appear in our lives to give us messages, and in my opinion it is God trying to get through because we aren’t listening to his voice.

I recently began trying to walk 10,000 steps a day to counteract the midlife bulge developing around my waist. This puts me out into nature a lot more since my home is tucked into the Central Florida Wetlands.

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I nearly stepped on this rattle snakes tail while on my morning walk. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

Last week I nearly stepped on the tail of a huge rattle snake, it never saw me, but seeing the snake had me shaken!! The rattle was the first thing I saw, not a footstep away – eek!!

Then two days later the sunlight was shining at just the right moment for me to see a beautiful spider web in the trees.

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Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

I tried looking for the web again the next day, and could not find it. It seemed as though God was shining the light directly at the web at just the right moment for me to see it.

Were these two random sightings connected? Was it odd that after seeing the scary rattle snake I was allowed to see the delicate web?

Does this have meaning?

You might be laughing right now, but I began to think this was no coincidence and that this might have meaning. So I decided to look up the snake and spider and see what their appearance might mean and how it relates to my life.

Here is what I found:

Snake key meanings are transmutation, change and to be reminded to stay connected to the self and my surroundings to continue on the path of growth.

Spider and it’s web is bringing attention to my creativity and asking if I am ignoring my ideas and dreams. Go figure!

My inner spirit has been nagging at me to get back to making rosaries, prayer beads, meaningful jewelry and to practice wire wrapping and wire weaving. I have not been making time for that, and have just pushed those thoughts and ideas aside.

Knowing when God speaks

Was God speaking and I wasn’t listening? Did he use the symbols of his creation to tell me in another way? I believe it’s true: when I ignore my inner Good Orderly Direction (GOD), nature takes over to tell me again!

What are your thoughts on how God speaks to you? Have you had any strange encounters in nature like that? How did you use that experience?

Read any good books lately?

I love to read thanks to my parents and their example, do you love to read a good book? I wonder how many still like the feel of a book in their hands and not some electronic device?

Do you read for fun?

My Mom and Dad were always reading for fun and through books I was able to expand my imagination and sometimes escape to magical lands.

We had a large bookcase with many books, including an old Encyclopedia Set – remember those? I did many a school report using those Encyclopedias!

Now you can read books online, purchase ebooks and download them to whatever media device you like, but for me there is just nothing like holding a physical book and turning each page. I can see how much of the book I have read, and how much of the story is left by viewing where the bookmark is located.

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Memento Mori book thong shown with the best-selling book “The Shack”.

Some of my favorites

There are so many great books, and over the years I have gone through many different authors and subjects like:

  • Stephen King Books
  • Science Fictions Books
  • Ghost Stories
  • Spirituality
  • Great Love Stories
  • Mystery Novels

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Unique Egyptian style sterling silver scarab book thong with “evil eye” and crystal beads

Bookmark your place

I started making beaded bookmarks a few years ago, using art beads and charms that were left over after a project.

These bookmarks or book thongs add a little personality and decoration to books and also mark your place.

Bookmarks also can be a great small gift idea for readers at just about anytime of the year. My Mom loved them and became my best customer! In todays electronic age they are a unique gift and perfect for:

  • Gifts for children
  • Friends at work or church
  • A small thank you to someone who has helped you out
  • Stocking Stuffer ideas
  • and many more…..
Do you still read books?

I would love to know how many people still love to read books. What are your favorite types of books to read and how do you keep your place?  Leave a comment and let me know!

David Bowie: “Fill Your Heart” and you’ll be free

I have always been a David Bowie fan, since the early 1970’s, and I am compelled to share a not so well-known song of his to honor his passing. “Fill Your Heart” on the Hunky Dory album is light, loving and wise.

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album and I became quite close one fateful night in Virginia a long time ago. Without going into details let me just say that it is forever melded with my soul.

While there really isn’t anything too unique about this blog post, it’s all information you can easily find anywhere online. However I do believe the message in this song is pure and worth pointing out at this time of his death, January 10, 2016.

David Bowie filled the world with his music and talent, but now he is free!

“Fill Your Heart” by David Bowie

Lyrics:

Fill your heart with love today
Don’t play the game of time
Things that happened in the past
Only happened in your Mind
Only in your Mind-Forget your Mind
And you’ll be free-yea’
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are Free of thoughts unpure [sic]
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free.

Happiness is happening
The dragons have been bled
Gentleness is everywhere
Fear’s just in your Head
Only in your Head
Fear is in your Head
Only in your Head
So Forget your Head
And you’ll be free
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are free of thoughts unpure
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free!!

Inspirational words for the hustle and bustle of Christmas

Inspirational words are sometimes all we need to change our thoughts. During this time of year life can be so hectic, people are busy shopping for Christmas gifts, decorating the tree, going to parties, etc. All while still going about the normal routines of life.

The hustle and bustle is double time during the Holiday Season, and sometimes it is hard to find the Joy that was meant to be felt by everyone.

I know that in the past I have personally sought the answers for how not to get lost during the hustle and bustle of the season.

Inspirational words can change your whole perception

I wanted to do one last blog post for this year, but didn’t think I would have time until I read the back of this new Green Girl Studios Pendant that I just received.

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Green Girl Studios Snail pendant

This Snail pendant and the inspirational words on the back are a reminder to slow down. Stop, focus and remember these words:

“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under Heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

I used to get all twisted up inside and these words of wisdom, along with the image of the snail are a reminder that everything will get done.

Another old saying that we had in the publishing business runs along the same lines:

There’s never enough time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over.

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Green Girl Studios Strength jewelry link

Strength to keep going

This year so much has happened in the world. The TV, radio and social media bring us evidence of so many tragedies, much evil and events that can make you flat-out scared for the future. So where do you find strength?

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I can not tell you how many times this verse has saved me and given me the courage and the strength to continue during times of hardship or sorrow.

As this year comes to a close

I just want to say “Thank You so much” to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, visited my website or Etsy shop. I thank everyone for their support and wish everyone a joyous Christmas and Happy New Year!

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” Luke 2:14