Sunday, July 10, 2011

Learning from Tom Sawyer

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a [woman] covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

That Mark Twain – he always had the right words at the right time. And in this instance, he nails it. You want what you can’t have.

So – we’re giving you a heads’ up and a chance to get what you will soon not be able to have. The following pieces will soon go to jewelry heaven. Sad, yes, but it’s the circle of life for all things. If you want them, this week is your last chance. You’ll still be able to purchase add on charms for existent pieces, just not the main piece.

So go for it! Don’t be left in the land of regret and helpless wanting…

Monday, May 9, 2011

Meet Lisa and her crew!

Single mom, special ed teacher, mom to three adopted kids, HIV education advocate. Wanna bring another kid into the mix? Bring it on, says Lisa. She revels in the family that God has given to her, and wants another to experience the love and generosity of their home. Her children have all been adopted through foster care, but this next one is an international adoption from Hong Kong. Way to rock it, Lisa, Olivia, Braeden, and Liam!

Family Blog: Little Did I Know

Meet the Bell Family

Roger and Erin Bell’s little boy, Aiden, has one humongous wish - and that is to be a big brother. The wish is so big, that they’ve even named their blog after it: “Aiden’s hope.” It’s a hope that the whole family is invested in. So as they go from one fundraiser to another — chili feed, popcorn sales, Pampered Chef, and ribbon wreaths, they keep that hope in their hearts. Lots of people are in with them on the goal of making Aiden’s wish come true — including us!

Thoughts on Houses

We all know what a house is, right? In case you don't -- it's the place you go back to between work and errands, where you cook your food and make your bed (sometimes) and dust your bunnies.

If that was all that a house meant, then this new design from Hip Mom Jewelry would be kind of silly. I mean, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" -- even if you were really into anthropomorphism, a bunch of bricks and plumbing would be hard stretched into being able to serving God.

So, a house, in this context, is not the place you pay a mortgage or rent on. It's your people. The ones who live in that house with you, day in and day out, sharing air and words and love and faith. Those people -- some of whom you chose, some of whom were chosen for you -- this is your house, the shelter of family that strengthens and protects and warms you. And your house is given to you as an outpouring of profound generosity from the Father. In response, you and your house love Him and serve Him.

We wanted this necklace to be a reflection of that love party between your peeps and God.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May Featured Family: the Wolfe's

Aaron and Sherry Wolfe are hoping to get word any day about a match with their new daughter in China. In the meanwhile, they along with kids, Luke and Jacinda, are elbow deep in coffee and t-shirt fundraisers, and holy moly — they’ve even applied for adoption grants! Have you ever applied for a grant? Those puppies are no cake walk. Here’s hoping that Hip Mom’s partnership won’t require quite so much paperwork!

See the Wolfe's blog at:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekend Sale!

Just in time for Mother's Day -- take advantage of this weekend's sale on our Layered Family Necklace!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Real Hustle (US version) is a cable tv show that demonstrates how a pickpocket/security expert, a sleight-of-hand psychologist, and an actress can dupe their way through New York. The above video shows them in a heist in which a jeweler shop manager willingly hands over thousands of dollars of merchandise.

After you watch this video, you'll know exactly how you and two of your steely friends can pull off the same heist. But don't try it on us, here at Hip Mom Jewelry. We're onto you.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Royal Knock Offs

So you’ve been waiting for that wedding invitation, but it hasn’t come. And now it’s time to accept it – the fact, yes, the cold hard fact – that you haven’t been invited to Will and Kate’s shin-dig at the end of the month. You so wanted to be at the receiving line, take Kate’s hand, and gush over her 18 carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring and say, “Oh Katie, I’m so happy for you!”

Well, Hip Mom is here to tell you to get over it. Our friends, Barack and Michelle, weren’t invited either, and you don’t see them crying. They’re crying over other things, like… well, never mind – this isn’t a pundit blog.

But, hark, good news! Lowly Yank commoner though you are, you can at yet have a bit of the Royal fairy dust sprinkled over you. That’s right, you can have your very own Kate-Middleton-Princess-Di-inspired-faux-sapphire-engagement-ring! We’ve done the research, and present the following as the best places to get your bling on:

The Bradford Exchange: As seen in the USA Weekend ad (right next to the ad for the ever-elegant ladies polyester pantsuits – in four different colors, so attractive, so functional…), this collector’s item retailer is offering the Kate ring for $99.00 + $9.98 S/H, payable in four easy installments of $24.75. Also available – commemorative Will and Kate collector’s plates, framed heart print, ornament, medallion and stamp covers, earrings, and – wait for it – the Kate Middleton porcelain figurine.

Amazon: The biggest of all online retailers is offering several look-alikes for anywhere between $19 and $75, plus shipping. One for $29.99 includes a gift box, but as the site says, “COLOR MAY VARY FOR FREE GIFT BOX.” Wow – this gets our vote for ‘best value.’

Ebay: Need to go cheaper? Cosmique Outlet offers their version for $7.95 + $2.95 S/H. EXPEDITED shipping, no less. They describe this ring as “Exquisitely Handcrafted and Impeccably Brilliant.” It’s in writing – must be true.

So – there it is – three choices, in varying price range. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Meet the Long family

Jonathan and Heather Long, have three girls, Alana, Nevaeh, and Pax, and are wanting one more girlie to join their fun loving crowd. They are adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In their blog, Heather shares beautifully how through this process of adoption, she’s come to realize that she is the father in the prodigal son parable, the woman in the lost coin parable, the shepherd in the lost sheep parable. Go read for yourself at:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jewelry: the word

Ever wonder how the word jewelry came about? You’re in luck – at Hip Mom, we not only happen to be jewelry makers, but formidable historians and anthropologists as well. Ok, maybe not historians. Or anthropologists. But we do happen to know about the word jewelry.

Jewelry (also spelled jewellery, commonly in Canada or the UK), has its origins from the Old French word jouel. That’s funny, because as we all know, the modern French word for jewelry is bijou, as in “See my new piece of bijou that Gary got me?” or bijoux, as in “Wow, look at this exhibit of the Crown bijoux from the House of Tudor!”

Going back even further, the latin word for jewelry, jocale, means “plaything.” Now this we like, because even though jewelry is not-a-toy-intended-for-children-under-the-age-of-three, there is still a certain playfulness about jewelry. It’s glittery. It dangles. It sways. We take delight in it. And it also explains why little people invariably want to play with it, because that’s what it is – a plaything!

So next time you feel a little whimsy in putting on your jocale, go ahead and tap into that inner child who loves her playthings. We'll have your back.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet the Bentley Family

Ian and Brittany Bentley with their two boys, have Selah on their breath and in their hearts. That’s the name of the little sister coming to their family from Ethiopia. They’ve prayed for her, dreamt of her, and now have seen pictures of her. But the longing of their hearts is to bring her home. Right now the wait is for a court date, which will hopefully happen in May. In the meanwhile, there is a timeline of Selah’s age on the Bentley’s blog, and a clock of Ethiopia time. Look for yourself at: