Engraving

There is something so special about having a part of those we love with us. Whether it’s “I love you” written by a sweet little one in their block letters or an “I love you” from a first love letter, those words are treasures. Southern Stamped Jewelry wants to help you keep these things close to your heart forever. Our engraving services allow us to transfer actual handwriting to a necklace, bracelet or keychain.

Everything from a parent’s signature on a birthday card to a handwritten note a family Bible, there are so many options for engraving your very own treasure. Our memories are so important, and preserving them are just one way to keep a little part of those special moments with us always.

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When Sorry Isn’t Enough

No matter how we prepare ourselves for loss, there is no way to make it easier on our hearts. Loss changes us and those around us. “I’m sorry” just doesn’t seem like enough to say all that is on our heart.

Here at Southern Stamped Jewelry, we want to give you another option to show sympathy and to share your grieving heart. Our jewelry speaks for you when the words are just to hard to find. It not only lets you share your heart, it’s a little piece of a lost loved one to keep close at to your heart all the time. While nothing can make loss hurt any less, we hope that our creations bring comfort when you need it most.

For the Mother In Law that has Everything

I don’t know about you, but my mother in law is so hard to shop for. She has everything she needs, and most of the things she wants. I struggle all the time to find a gift that says “I appreciate you, I love you and I am so blessed knowing you”. Mostly, what I find is pretty impersonal and generic, and that just doesn’t fit for the woman who raised the man that I love so much.

That’s why Southern Stamped Jewelry created our “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams” line of jewelry. It fits all the catagories that we, as daughters in law, want for our own mothers in law. Our necklaces and bracelets are a sweet reminder that all the work she put in as a mother didn’t go unnoticed and that every single day we cherish the man she helped create. Just like the love you have for her son, this gift if a timeless reminder that there is still so much to be thankful for.

Read All About It

Southern Stamped Jewelry Launches Most Personalized Collection Yet

SEMINARY, Ms., October 28, 2016 /Press Release/ Southern Stamped Jewelry is known for it’s desire to produce the most personal, meaningful jewelry available. In the quest to offer customers the most customized keepsakes, Southern Stamped is excited to announce a whole new division of the SSJ family, Southern Engravables.

Southern Stamped has always sought to bring comfort and joy to those who’ve lost loved ones. The company was founded on the idea that memories are treasures, and preserving them is an honor. The new Engravables collection features etched necklaces, bracelets and keychains. Your child’s first drawing, your great grandmother’s favorite bible verse written in the cover of her bible, the last birthday card from a loved one, a handwritten love letter…all of these treasures can be forever captured in jewelry you can wear everyday.

Founder Alison Price says, “We want to offer a way for people to keep the things they hold closest to their hearts with them as a daily reminder that love is all around us. We strive to offer high quality, personalized jewelry, made by hand with love, at an affordable price.”

Southern Stamped Jewelry’s website, www.southernstamped.com, offers a chance to personalize each order. In addition to Southern Engravables, Southern Stamped has recently added gold and rose gold collections as well as handstamped rings. The new website layout makes customizing easy and the addition of live chat makes the ordering experience much more user friendly.

Just in time for Christmas, Southern Stamped hopes to meet all the needs of customers seeking personalized, memorial, customized gifts. From the perfect mother in law gift to the “just right” gift to a spouse, Southern Stamped Jewelry has something for everyone.

About Southern Stamped Jewelry

Southern Stamped Jewelry is the passionate creation of Alison, who started this company as a hobby after losing her own father as a way to comfort others who had lost loved ones, too. Just something she did after long hours at the hospital working in the radiology department. Pretty soon, though, she was getting so many orders that she was able to start making jewelry full time. She and her husband, John, now work literally 7 days a week running Southern Stamped Jewelry. The studio is a wonderful mix of friends and family who have become part of the SSJ team as well as Alison and John’s daughter, Joanna, and their furbabies, Hank and Katie.

One of the most amazing parts of our company is that we get to interact with our amazing customers. We hear so many of your stories, and we cry with you and rejoice with you when you share your heart with us. We have the privilege of seeing the strength and grace with which so many of you carry on after losing someone precious in your life. We are honored to create jewelry that helps you carry those loved ones close to your heart. We love creating custom orders as gifts to someone special as well. The thoughtfulness and affection that is put into designing each piece shines through, and makes a one of a kind treasure. Thank you so very much for allowing us to be a part of your lives and helping you not only tell your story, but wear your story.

We are proud to offer our popular “Daddy’s Girl” items as well as our “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams” necklace, and we love hearing about what those mean to our customers. We are weekly adding new things to our store to help you show off the things in life that you cherish, from your memories to your child’s birthstones. Integrating these into wearable treasures allow you to share a part of who you are with everyone you meet. Life is a wonderful blend of joy, heartache and connection, and SSJ helps you embrace it all.

Infant and Pregnancy Loss

Yesterday, October 15, is the day set aside each year in honor of infant and pregnancy loss. I honestly dread it. I dread it because it’s a hurt that never goes away, but it’s not usually on my facebook feed as a rolling reminder of the pain of loss.

While it hurts, I do understand the importance of it. I understand that people need to hear about these little lives that we never met or never got the chance to truly know. About the things you can say and do to comfort a family facing the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Sometimes families just need to know that this life that means so much is acknowledged and grieved along with them. Sometimes they just need to be heard.

So in honor of this day of remembrance, please just listen. Just be there, be present for those who face loss. Acknowledge their grief and honor their loss. While none of us can make it better, we can help make it matter, and sometimes that’s the most important part of all.

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Binge Watching

I have to admit, I’m a LITTLE bit addicted to tv series. I’m not sure what I did before binge watching was a thing. lol The idea of waiting week after week for an entire series is a little torturous to be honest. My children will never know the struggle of waiting until Saturday morning for cartoons. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

My husband and I just finished up Sons of Anarchy. Which was really good, by the way. I’m currently watching Dexter and my husband and I just started Game of Thrones. My girls and I watch When Calls The Heart. It’s a really great one for families.

Some of our favorites:

  • Lost
  • Downton Abby
  • Gossip Girl
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Sherlock
  • Doctor Who
  • Vampire Diaries
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Breaking Bad

I probably need some hand stamped jewelry with “Binge watcher” on it. lol We should get right on that.

So what’s your favorite show right now?

Yakkin’

Ok, so “yakkin” might be a new term for lots of us (me included). But it seems to be the newest thing. Kayaking here in the south involves a lot of horse flies, a lot of sunscreen, and a lot of sweating.  The reward is gorgeous views and long stretches of just you and the water.  Plus, even when you love your job, sometimes you need a break from southern jewelry making.

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There’s something so peaceful about feeling like you are the only person in the world as you float down the creek.

A few tips for making yakkin’ a little easier…

1.) bungee cords, bungee cords, ALL the bungee cords

2.) Dry bags/sacks to keep anything you need dry actually dry for when you flip – and you WILL eventually flip

3. ) waterproof cover for your cell

4.) cool towels/rags – there’s lot of different ones out there and they are lifesavers for cooling off on really hot days in the sun

5.) creek sandals/shoes – when you need to disembark it’s easiest with some good skid proof shoes to protect you from rocky creek beds

6.) a good life jacket that you can move well and isn’t too heavy

7.) lots of water and lots of snacks, cause paddling makes you hungry

There are tons of gadgets and cool accessories out there.  It’s fun to find new and useful things to make adventures even more fun.  And of course, southern stamped accessories are the best accessories 🙂

 

Losing Your Daddy

Daddy.  Dad.  Father.  Pop.

No matter what you call him, I bet he’s made a huge impact on your life.

Dads are a pretty big part of the family here at SSJ. One of the reasons there is a Southern Stamped Jewelry is because Alison, the one who started it all, lost her daddy.  It was quite unexpected and very hard.  She found a beautiful way to honor not just her dad, but thousands of other daddies gone too soon.  And just look at all the lives she’s touched?

I still have my daddy.  He worked off shore my whole life growing up. So he was gone 7 days and then home 7 days. He made up for all that time away though when he was at home with us. Twelve years ago he was diagnosed with cancer and my big, strong “take care of everything” daddy changed. The hardest thing I’ve ever done is sit beside him in a hospital completely helpless while he fought with all that was in him. It’s been a long, hard road. I’d love to say he beat cancer and that he’s better than he’s ever been.  Physically, that’s not the case.  He can’t eat. He needs constant care, and he is on home health care. He lost his hearing during the radiation treatments and he has problems with his speech. So physically, while doctors saved his life, they didn’t save him. They didn’t save the best golfing, softball playing, offshore working daddy in the world.  We lost him twelve years ago.  But they did save my kids PomPom (even though he wasn’t planning on being called that lol).  They saved the daddy I have now. The daddy with the biggest heart, the sweetest hugs, who never complains and shows up when it doesn’t seem possible that he could.  They saved my mama’s high school sweetheart.  They saved a man I wouldn’t have known otherwise, and for that I’m grateful every single day.

This Father’s Day, whether you are celebrating with your daddy, with memories of your daddy or celebrating someone who chose to love you even when they didn’t have to, I hope you find peace and love and joy.  Happy Father’s Day.

Mermaiding

Have you ever had those times in life when you are just over adulting?  Just so. very. over. it. Clearly, when life gets tough, we are meant to get back to our true selves.  My true self happens to be a mermaid. Salty air, sunshine, starfish…sign me up.

So lets just swim away to the beach and all be mermaids. Pack your best shell bra and leave your brush at home.  ‘Cause you know, “salty hair don’t care”.

So hurry…I hear the sunsets are fabulous on the water 🙂

Sweet Tea and Casseroles

Just in case you don’t have a southerner in your life, which I can’t say I’m sorry about enough, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

There are a few things that we take VERY seriously, and at the top of that list are:

Sweet Tea 

Casseroles

 Monograms

Not only do we take it very seriously, we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that ours is the best. Do not question this, do not try to change our minds. Just know, you do not want to deal with a southerner on this issue. Just sit, and let us feed you and always, ALWAYS, ask for a refill of our fabulous tea.

We also like to label our things…clothes, towels, Yeti’s, JEWELRY. Things are just better when they are personalized. It’s a fact, that’s one of the reasons we love customizing jewelry. It can say anything you’d like. ANYTHING. You can truly make it yours…initials, dates, that super adorable pet name you have for your hubby, your fur baby’s name, your kids, grandbabies, favorite quote. There are so many ways to make it yours!

And….so you can make MINE, I’m going to share with you how to make the best sweet tea and my favorite casserole recipe 🙂 You can make them together. You get extra southern points for making biscuits, cornbread or corn on the cob with them 🙂 If you make a turnip greens, you can move to my town and we will elect you mayor 🙂

Southern Sweet Tea

1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar

3 family size tea bags (I prefer Red Diamond, but you can choose your favorite)

water

Put your sugar in your 1 gallon pitcher, boil your tea bags in 3 cups of water, once it’s come to a boil for a full minute, pour the tea over the sugar and stir (be sure to take your tea bags out before you stir and you want it to be hot when you put it over the sugar as this makes the sugar dissolve into complete perfection). Then you can fill your pitcher up with cold water. Serve over a LOT of ice. I like mint in mine, and some people like lemon. I am not one of these people.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups chopped cooked chicken

1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 (16-oz.) container sour cream

3 teaspoons poppy seeds

31 round buttery crackers, crushed

1/4 cup butter, melted

Preparation

1. Combine first 4 ingredients. Spoon mixture into lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.2. Stir together cracker crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle evenly over casserole.

3. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Note: I used Keebler Town House crackers.