Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Day 85, 365 Photo Project, ~July 22, 2011 July 22, 2011

Only a real princess can light up a room with the magic of her smile” ~unknown

I would hope that every girl, lady, women, knows that they truly are a princess, and that they have the capacity to change the world, just by a simple smile!

 

The need will be far great for earthquake donations March 16, 2011

The reason, we are blessed with so many skills and attributes, I believe is to bless the lives of others.  I feel truly blessed to live where I do, and have the many luxuries that I can have around me.  I love to have warm baths, when it’s super cold in the winter time. (and this year, that has meant almost 1/2 a year!)   This is one of my many luxuries!

With the recent earthquake and Tsunami that has occured in Japan.  My heart goes out to all those that have lived to tell about it, and those that went through that terrifying experience.  My heart rejoices when they are reunited with their loved ones!  I feel so blessed to have what I have.   It’s amazing how 3 minutes of the earth rumbling, can change your life in an instant.  I’ve have had moments in my life in a more joyous way, that have changed my life in an instant.  Getting married, having children, etc.. but never been through an earthquake experience. 

I believe in giving back, and in giving to those that are in need.   I can do this, through the enjoyment of my hobby/business.  I realize that when disasters hit, the immediate need, can sometimes be so overwhelming.  Generous donations may pour in initially, but then they seem to die off.   It is as if, it becomes old news, and sometimes we are left to forget, or we are desensitized, how horrible the living conditions continue to be.    

So, with this in mind, I am committing to donating 100 % of my net profits (keeping the expense that it costs for listing fees, shipping, cost of the item, bank fees) and donating the rest of each sale to the Red Cross until June.  Sometimes, all we can do is give a few $ by text message (which I don’t do yet!).  Or perhaps we can’t truly afford giving a few dollars away, but we need to buy a gift for a baby or someone special on a list.   Then that gift becomes more purposeful for you, and more purposeful to a complete stranger, who is need of your help, via me.    It’s a pay it forward kind of way.

We can rebuild a village, and give people a lot of hope, through our donations, if we don’t forget.  If you feel so incline, please check out my current listings at:

www.precioussadies.etsy.com

or request to join Precious Sadie’s  on Facebook.

Thank you,

Christina

 

Priceless Possession January 21, 2010

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I’ve been busy, so I thought I share this great story -Christina

One warm evening during the past summer months Sister Ashton and I enjoyed a professional baseball game. During the early part of the competition our attention was diverted from the action by a late arriver. As he walked by, he spotted me and asked, ‘Who’s losing?’ I responded with, ‘Neither one.’ Following my answer, I noticed that he glanced at the right-field scoreboard, saw the game wasn’t tied, and walked on, undoubtedly wondering about me. Seconds after he made his way to a distant seat, Sister Ashton said, ‘He doesn’t know you very well, does he?’ ‘What makes you say that?’ I replied. She responded with, ‘If he did, he would know you don’t believe anyone is losing. Some are ahead and some are behind, but no one is losing. Isn’t that right?’ I smiled in approval with a warm feeling inside. Proper attitude in this crisis-dominated world is a priceless possession. Never before is it more important for all of us to move forward with conviction. We may be behind, but we are not losing if we are moving in the right direction. God will not score our performances until the end of the journey.”   –Elder Marvin J Ashton, “Who’s Losing?” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 41

 

Countenance…reflection of light December 27, 2009

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I’m so grateful to have such a beautiful view of the sunrise in the morning, that I have come to appreciate in the fall/winter months.  Since the sky is dark and rises late, most mornings I would miss it, as I’m not always an earlier riser; but in this season we are on the same schedule.   I love how I captured the sports car, with the sunrise!  

Several months ago, I purchased some semi precious gemstones in the form of briolettes.  Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz, Blue Topaz, Peridot, Tourmaline, are among the favourites and of the selection that have added into my pile.   It is amazing to see the different infractions that are in each briolette, so that you truly can see the reflection of light, as the light bounces off each angle.   They are so many types of cuts, that could be cut into a shape of the stone, and it also depends on the type of stone.  Diamonds have a lot of variety of complex cuts because of the crystal makeup .  Each cut is callet a facet. But, it is up to the gem cutter’s skill, that brings the true beauty of the reflection of the light to the stone itself.    My favourites are the pear cut, and the baquette cut, which is of course found in my engagement ring.   Here is a good website, that shows the cuts.

To the Oriental, the countenance mirrors, even more to us,  the character and feelings of the heart.   So it is with us, I believe that our Heavenly Father, is creating and molding us, as he shaves off some of our rough edges, to create that most beautiful angles, as we experience each new day. 

So, the next time, when you are admiring your favourite cut of jewelry in the mirror at the store, (under those brillant bright day lights!) don’t forget about your own countenance, to let it shine forth!   Christina

 

The Worth of Silver September 24, 2009

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On todays market the worth of silver for an ounce, is just over the $16 range.   I use a lot of sterling silver in my jewelry.  Sterling silver, is the compoment of 92.5 Silver, and 7.5 copper.  As I work, I have a little container where all my wasted silver goes, so hopefully one day I can turn this in to a reputable company such as Rio Grande, and get paid for my waste, as they melt it down.  In return though, I only would get a fraction of what it is originally worth.  For some, the going rate is about .25 an ounce, but this too can add up to something over time, rather than just throwing it away.  With the silver it can be melted down, and be made into granules, which then also can be melted down and casted in a ring.

I heard on the radio recently, that silver production is down, because now the production of digitial cameras, does not need it.  I didn’t even know they used silver in the productions of cameras!  Which, is one less demand for this popular commodity.   In other countries, silver is actually traded in lieu of money.  Here is an interesting info about silver commodity.

Sterling silver tarnishes, but with the correct combination of ingredients, or a fibre interwoven cloth where certain pigments are implanted, and perhaps even a little elbow grease can remove the dull and black layers that develops, and restore it to it’s natural state.   Tarnishing is a natural process.  It really is a chemical reaction that occurs, because the metal becomes expose to non metal (air) and causes corrosion, if left long enough it could develop rust.   When I store my earrings, I wrapped them in anti-tarnish paper.  I also keep my sterling silver in a plastic bag to keep the air out, or add a slip of carbon paper, into the container that holds the sterling silver, to prolong this process.  This is what I love about silver, it has the ability to be renewed!  So, it is with each of us.   

Each of us, tarnish…and we each have the potential to be polish and improve who we are, no matter how many layers we have.     Sometimes, we are tarnish by life experiences, our attitudes, our own actions, our reaction from others,  traditions, pride,….  the list goes on.  But, we have the ability to remove those layers of tarnish, and we can’t always do it ourselves.   Being a christian, and having the name ‘Christ” in my name, I realize that I have to rely on him, where and when I fall short. 

Benjamin Franklin through his self reflection discovered 13 virtues that he wanted to improve on.  I’m sure you could come up with your own, through self reflection.   Very few of us, take criticism well, or enjoy being told we are in the wrong, without becoming defensive, this doesn’t mean we can’t have our own opinions, but we need to submit ourselves to be polished, and take a step back, and be willing to be teachable.  As we do, layers of corrosion can be removed, and we will discover our true character, who we really have become, because we are willing to be polished.

Got to get back to creating….Christina

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Julie and Julia’s pearls and diamonds August 24, 2009

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Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia yet?  The movie plays out about two women: one being  Julie Powell, who discovers herself through cooking through Julia Child’s 
“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and blogging about her experience….she actually is discovered and they create this movie! The other is Julia Child, and how she became what she is famous for (even though it took decades) when it was men that went to cooking school.

Julia Child was displayed in a period of time where woman were classic in dress, especially in the kitchen.   No thought, to kick off those high heels (even at 6 ft, 2 inches!), as you peer into the oven! She always wore pearls or necklaces with her dresses or blouses/skirts.  Julie Powell’s life became interwined with Julia’s.  She wore a set of plastic pearls look a likes, and at one point, her husband presents her with a string of pearls.  Julie pops off her pearls and puts on the ones that have become even more dear to her..

I remember when I got my first fake pearls, it was still a nice strand that my mother bought for me, because I was being a bridesmaid.  I remember her words, “One day, you will get a real strand to replace these.”.   Years later, I have received 2 strands of pearls, handed picked and strung from a beach in the Philippines, a necklace and a bracelet; but from two different dear friends.   Both are treasured. 

Pearls, don’t start off being treasured.  An oyster finds something that has caused an irritant, such as a parasite.  The parasite will invade the shell and into the mother of pearl, where it comes in contact with the muscle of the oyster.     Inorder for the oyster to protect itself, it secretes cells “nacre” around the parasite it to protect itself.  The parasite dies, and the oyster continues to grow a pearl sac (layers of mother of pearl) around it.  

Just like taking a piece of coal, and heating it up, one can get a diamond.  Neither parasite or piece of coal, can you see the grand potential of what it may become.  It is the same for all of us.  Do we each know our grand potential, how valuable we are!   We each have the ability to take our own parasites or pieces of coal, and recreate ourselves for the better.  Each layer or degree of heat…represents something, that changes us…it will make us more beautiful from the inside out.  It may take  a shift in attitudes, a change of  persceptive, and correcting our ways. 

When I was in Key West, I came across the store.  “Key West Pearl Company“.  They are famous for the diamond being drilled into a pearl.   The more I think about it, the more fitting I feel that these two are a perfect fit, and will always think of their analogy together.   What they represent.  Just like Julia Child, and Julie Powell, it was through self discovery that they learned more about themselves, and what they could become.  So, the next time you put on your pearls and/or your diamonds, think about who you are now, you can improve on any of those irritants… and discover who you are becoming!  Christina www.precioussadies.com or join me on facebook: “Precious Sadie’s”

 

 Key West Pearl Company - Key West Florida