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Every piece of jewelry I won has meaning. Years ago, I slowly started weaning out the pieces that didn’t have a special place in my heart and now I only wear those that make me feel something when I put them on. I, of course, don’t expect everyone to have such a serious attitude toward their adornments, but I think the sentiment is something worth looking at. Surely we can agree that there can be meaning in even the smallest of gestures (such as slipping on a bracelet before leaving the house.) There is intention and there is beauty. And that is where the magic happens.

Becky Johnson grew up watching her grandmother crochet, listening to her stories. In particular, Johnson’s grandmother spoke of immigrating to the United States and being forced to change their last name in order to assimilate easier. Johnson learned that there is meaning in creating something small, something beautiful. And she named her own line of handcrafted jewelry after her grandmother and their original name: Annachich Jewelry. Every piece in the collection is gorgeously crafted with love and attention to detail and these unique pieces are the ones that will remain year after year, after the trinkets have long been donated or passed over. This Hexidot Necklace? I imagine my grandchildren wearing it one day. That, my friends, is the kind of intention I’m talking about. Annachich Jewelry is love you can wear.

Annachich Jewelry is giving away one 5-Hex cuff to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, February 18th. *Contest open to US residents only.* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Annachich Jewelry and tell us: What is something fascinating you have learned about your family history? 
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 24th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    That my father had a first wife when he was stationed in Spain in the Navy. I didn’t learn this until I was almost 30. Clearly my family doesn’t really talk about our history. 

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    Tiffany says:

    Something fascinating I’ve learned about my family is what they went through during WWII. My maternal grandfather was part of the 442nd Infantry Regiment and he didn’t talk much about what happened during war times. I don’t know much outside what my grandmother’s told me because he died before I had to do a family history project in school.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I am Greek/Irish/Armenian–that’s quite a combo! 

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    Elizabeth says:

    I learned that my great-grandmother was an immigrant who made herself successful through a career as a textile designer in NYC. She worked her way into the upper classes doing so and became a “respectable” citizen. Growing up in Montana, and thinking of all my ancestors as farmers and ranchers, this was quite a shock for me — and has helped me forge my own path. I like to tell myself that artistry is somewhere in my bones – as is determination! It has changed the way I see myself and my history.

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    jane says:

    it’s really a privilege that my grandmothers are still alive and able to tell us stories about their history, because it’s a part of my history too. my maternal grandmother has a very interesting family background: her grandfather was a scholar in china in the time of the qing dynasty, so he married a general’s daughter (ie. someone very rich), but because of that my grandma wasn’t treated well by her grandmother after the family lost their fortune and became poor, and she had to do menial work as a chile 🙁 it’s sad that my grandma had to go through so much hardship even from her own grandmother, and during WWII as well (she mentioned having to disguise herself as a boy by smearing mud on her face and cutting her hair so that the Japanese troops would leave her alone). But I’m glad that she’s made it past all that hardship and is able to tell us these stories of her heritage proudly now 🙂

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    We just recently found out my father is Native American and was adopted at a few years of age ……we know nothing about his birth family 

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    Samantha S says:

    I don’t know much about my family history beyond my parents, but I recently found out that my grandfather, as a child in WWII Italy, had German soldiers requisition his house. When he writes about it, he describes the complete terror of a child but also the glee of being able to ride in a tank and eat candy. On my paternal grandmother’s side, I’ve learned that I’m distantly related to T.S. Eliot–which is the best thing in the world, as he’s one of my favorite poets.

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    Debbie Jackson says:

    I learned that my Great Grandparents came to America with their families, met and then found out they were from the same village in Germany.

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    Nikki says:

    I was adopted at birth and we don’t know very much about my biological family history except that my (adopted) parents knew my birth parents and their parents.  I look like my mother’s daughter, similar caucasian facial features, light brown eyes, light brown hair that streaks blonde in the summer sun, light pale skin that easily tans, tall and broad shoulders like my father, who also has light skin,  brown hair, brown eyes.  Their parents all were caucasian and similarly featured.  Fast-forward 20+ yrs, and my first son looks exactly like his father.  Pale skin, dark hair, green eyes, very much like the rest of his family which is Irish on one side (with green eyes) and Pennsylvania Dutch on the other (with blue eyes), all of them extremely fair skinned.  3 yrs later our second son is born and he has olive skin, dark brown eyes, and an asian slant to his eyelids! Wow!  At 2-3mo, when I took him into the library for the first time, the librarian said that he looked just like her son as a baby.  I laughed because she is fair skinned, light haired and blue eyed.  She laughed too, then went on to explain that her husband is Japanese and all of their children take after him, later she brought in a photo and showed me.  So…this leads me to think that my birth heritage is eastern European and that my second son is a throwback to a time when the Mongolian horde traveled west conquering their empire 🙂   he looked just like the adorable baby in the movie “Ice Age” as an infant and toddler.  Who’d have ever known?!

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    I come from a line of early Americans! Not too many details though…

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    Lynda Del says:

    Both my maternal and paternal grandparents, all of whom had passed away, all lived beyond 96 years of age. I can only hope that I, too, live as long as they had.

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    Amie A says:

    My grandmother was a genealogist and my mom’s side was traced back to the Mayflower!

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    Jennifer says:

    I love that my grandmother has kept and passed down the pearl necklace that her old boyfriend (not my grandfather!) gave her because they were too nice to give back to him when they broke up.

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    Monica stout says:

    My great great grandparents on my dads side were first cousins which explains why his entire family is certifiably insane…just saying..sad but true hahaha

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    Susanna B. says:

    I recently learned that my family may take a lot of credit for cool family history  that maybe isn’t even ours! We have a very common last name so it’s not so clear if someone is actually related. 

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    Emma L says:

    Most of it is unfortunately dark, manipulative and abusive, and stems from my grandfather’s upbringing. It is shocking how a few years of a person’s early life can have such profound effects that transcend all boundaries of time and space, spilling into the generations to come. On the other hand, I can take pride in how healthy my extended family is DESPITE all those dark shadows, and that is something to be comforted by every time I think about it.

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    cindy says:

    I learned that the reason my grandmother always cooks everything in such epic proportions is because she was the one in charge of cooking for all 14 siblings!!

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    Courtney J says:

    Not sure if this is fascinating, but my great-grandfather on my Dad’s side grew up in Nazi Germany and was part of the Hitler-youth….My grandmother on my Dad’s side (his mother) had to be relocated as a child due to WW2. She lived with another family in south Germany for 4 years.

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    Sparrow says:

    My grandfather was recently telling me about how Okies, people displaced by the Dust Bowl, came through town as migrant farm workers. The lived on the outskirts of town and did back-breaking work for very little money. Although not well-off, my great-grandfather ordered a box of oranges from CA every year and the family savored each orange through the winter months. One day a little Okie boy, who had seen one of the other children eating an orange, came to the door with a penny and asked how many oranges he could buy. My great-grandfather invited him in and filled a bag to overflowing, dozens and dozens of oranges, the boy stumbling out of the house with a look of stunned joy. This story really touched me and helps me to remember that although awful things happen in this world: towns may blow away, and we may be lost in our own personal seas, but kindness is unfailing. It lifts people up and brings comfort and joy to the dark and the dreary.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    That when my grandparents left China, they left everything. They arrived at the    Philippines with absolutely nothing.  They had to survive with their children (my father and his siblings) by working hard, learning a new language, and with no one to help them.  My grandfather passed  away before I was born.   My father and the older children had to quit school and go to work to support the family.  The younger siblings had a chance to remain in school.   My father is one of  the oldest of 12 kids.  My aunts and uncles that earned a degree and are successful,  now helps their older siblings (like my father).  Knowing their history has made my truly appreciate what family is and what working hard is.

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    Susan F says:

    Through Ancentry.com my sister found many cousins we didn’t know about – one of them lives 2 blocks from my daughter and we have become close over the past couple years