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i think one of the things I love MOST about CE is all the things that I have to ‘remember’ CE! Whether it’s the little gifts people give me, or stuff I make, or the swag everyone loves to get and collect…it all adds so much to the whole thing! I have been needing to clean everything up, and put it away, and as I have been organizing and working on my own memory book, I took a few photos to include in my own ‘history’ of CE.

here are most of this year's buttons.  i have collected all the buttons from every year, and i love them, and all the memories they hold. each year they really reflect the theme, and personality of that particular year.

Mints i came home w/ a stash of wintergreen mints thanks to my sweet friend and counsel Leslie. i needed this photo in my CE memories! anyone who has taught or even volunteered at CE knows what this is all about!

Jeweledscissors at CE the more SPARKLY the better… from the Scissors to the watches…


and even the CUPS! check out this adorable cup holder the one and only Margie Romney-Aslett made for me! i love it… all the layers of glitter !


every year i have been given an amazing gift by all the individuals that participated in the 'charm swap'… this year, it was a little different because they gave them to me so i coudl see who made each one. these little mini-creations are amazing! so cooL! i loved opening them all up and studying each one! all so unique..


a couple weeks before the event, i was telling my good friend Liz Eaton about my 'speech' that i would be giving on Saturday night, as well as some of the things i was working on for the event… and she made me this amazing necklace to remind me of this year's event… i love Liz's jewellry-i have quite a collection! and all of it holds so much meaning to me.

some jewelry is just for fuN! and you buy it for a certain outfit, or an event… i am a huge lover of buying cheap, flashy jewelry at Forever 21!  and then there is that jewerly that reminds.  allows you to hold a little piece of that memory always! Liz sold some of her pieces at CE:

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this last one is my favorite. i love it… she said i could give one away here on my blog… so if you want to check out Liz's Etsy shop you can go here…

and if you want to WIN this gorgeous necklace… leave a comment right here on my blog about what is 'worth it' today…


  • Rossbree3

    14 September, 2011 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Would love to win this sweet necklace! Off to check out her shop! thanks for the giveaway! xo. Bree

  • Kathy Northup

    14 September, 2011 at 4:17 pm Reply

    love all of liz’s works of art!!! i wanted to purchase one while at the final CE….unfortunately it wasn’t in the [email protected] alas, there is always etsy!
    having my husband home safe and sound after a crazy day of storms and flooding is definitely worth it for me!!!
    thanks heidi!

  • Iamjuju.wordpress.com

    14 September, 2011 at 4:18 pm Reply

    When I saw your question “what’s worth it?” I immediately thought “me!, I’m worth it! I’m worth the time to take care of myself, document my journey, and show myself love”. This necklace is awesome!
    Went to CE this year (it was my first) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Excited to see what you come up with next. 😉

  • Jennifer Henson

    14 September, 2011 at 4:22 pm Reply

    What is worth it? Knowing that my husband is gone on a 10 month deployment but will love the homecoming..that is so worth it!!!

  • Jodie Groves

    14 September, 2011 at 4:24 pm Reply

    oh to attend such a wonderful occasion such as CE…it would be “worth it” however i live just too far away (in australia). I love the necklaces and will go and check out Liz’s shop – they are quite special.

  • Karalyn Burnside

    14 September, 2011 at 4:29 pm Reply

    What is worth it? Hanging out with my two little girls….Hayley (6mo.) and Isabelle (2.5 yrs). They are truly the light of my life (even if it gets a little crazy around here sometimes!! 🙂

  • Christie Miranda

    14 September, 2011 at 4:30 pm Reply

    Picking up the kids at the high school is such a nightmare here as there is only one way in and one way out. My kiddos board to school so I don’t fight the traffic…. When the oldest called to say he needed his baseball glove to begin training today, I said yes, but in the back of my mind was regretting it. Long story short, it was so worth seeing the smile on my son’s face that I was there with mitt in hand ;)Happy about the little things that make my kids happy and know that I love them!

  • Victoria Sturdevant

    14 September, 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Every day is “worth it!” Thanks for a chance to win.

  • patty

    14 September, 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply

    coaching my daughter’s third grade cheerleading squad… is so W*O*R*T*H I*T !
    (even with all the high pitch sounds that evoke headaches…lol)
    love liz’s cReations! thx for the chance to win!

  • Leonie Aland

    14 September, 2011 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I would love to win this necklace for my daughter, she is working really hard at University to become a teacher as well as spending all her spare time working with her boyfriend in a business he is trying to build up. So we are always saying to each other it will be “worth it” in the long run. 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  • Cropdocmom

    14 September, 2011 at 4:50 pm Reply

    ce was totally WORTH IT!!!!! I had a ball! It made me feel alive , young and creative! every 45 yo woman needs this! thanks Heidi! I would love this necklace! So cute! I can’t wait to attend whatever fun new event you come up with to inspire us! Please host it in New Orleans! You all need to come to this fun city with fabulous food! hugs!

  • Ashley Meredith

    14 September, 2011 at 5:00 pm Reply

    love this necklace! today was worth it to know that I have friends and family that love me. CE was worth it as well! 🙂

  • Doris Murai

    14 September, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply

    I teach in a juvenile hall and alot of times kids don’t really care about things. Today one of the boys offered to share his lunch with me – probably as a thank you for a mini-book project we’re working on (I sewed one of the CE flowers because we can’t have needles)…sharing lunch is a big deal because their food is measured out so everyone gets an equal portion and there aren’t any seconds. Worth it.

  • Suellen Coverdill

    14 September, 2011 at 5:13 pm Reply

    There is so much worth remebering about CE. I had the wonderful luck to participate the last 4 years. I will always be gratelful for the good times, good eats (desert first) and great friends. Thank you Heidi

  • Jill Green

    14 September, 2011 at 5:20 pm Reply

    What is “worth it”? Every ounce of energy spent on my kids and husband – even when I think I’m all tapped out. Time goes by too quickly to be skimpy on the moments.

  • www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1171802066

    14 September, 2011 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Having kids – LOTS of hard work, but totally worth it 🙂

  • LisaHenderson00

    14 September, 2011 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Today is my birthday, and I discovered how many good friends I really have as I was surrounded for lunch & dinner! Totally worth it!

  • Marlene

    14 September, 2011 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Having children is worth it every day, even though sometimes they make you want to tear your hair out. I have learned this last year to hold every moment close as they are only with you for a short time.

  • Hartmant

    14 September, 2011 at 6:20 pm Reply

    When I saw this necklace I immediately thought of my sister and brother-in-law. After a series of struggles (deaths in the family and infertility) they decided to sell most of their possessions and travel the world, volunteering and travel blogging. Money and the corporate life weren’t worth it.
    After a year in South America, they decided to get tattoos as inspiration for themselves. It is Vala La Pena – Spanish for “Worth It”.
    She is a perfect match for this necklace.

  • Delilasc

    14 September, 2011 at 6:22 pm Reply

    So many things in my day are so “Worth it”. Family, friends, service, kindness, love, faith, work, creating…….

  • my baby girls are so worth it!!!!

  • D

    14 September, 2011 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Life is ‘worth it’.

  • Pafwolfe

    14 September, 2011 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Life is SO “worth it.” Every day one has on this earth is a blessing. But my fantastic & loving husband is a godsend and is SO “worth it”.

  • Diane Howard

    14 September, 2011 at 7:08 pm Reply

    What a great collection. I’ve always loved those necklaces. This one “worth it”..says it all.
    p.s. loved the post about your terrific family journey with WASASH (did I say it right?) Your T-shirts you made for everyone “rocked”.

  • Paperfantasies.blogspot.com

    14 September, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply

    When I get to see my 5 month old laughing with excitement when watching his 8 year old sister dance around – I’m reminded what’s worth it!

  • Leslie McLaughlin

    14 September, 2011 at 7:29 pm Reply

    I love her necklaces. I would give this necklace to my 21 year old daughter who is having self doubts these days. She needs to be reminded she is “worth it”.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats to the winner!

  • Lyn Meeker

    14 September, 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Well any day is worth it… being a 5 year Breast Cancer Survivor.. you look at each and every day differently… But I think giving is more fun than receiving.. so if my number comes up.. Give it to my dear friend Bree Ross who couldn’t make CE this year! (I’ve got this years pins glued on my tote… and I got one of the coveted “I’d Swapp Heidi” Pins as well!!!)

  • Heather Redmore

    14 September, 2011 at 7:53 pm Reply

    all the paperwork and waitng will be worth it, when we bring our daughter home from ethiopia!

  • Tracykuethe

    14 September, 2011 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Being a mom and surviving the hard days, challenging moments, class pets…they are all worth it bc the good far outweighs the struggles.

  • Who knew that being a grandmother to a boy would be all about bugs, sweat, and dirt? But sooooo worth it!!!

  • reeesas.blogspot.com

    14 September, 2011 at 8:18 pm Reply

    For me the boring mundane life of living, getting kids to school, cleaning, cooking normal chaoas of life is worth it today, you see a friend is in hospital having a bone marrow transplant and I am sure she wishes she had the everyday life, we sometimes all take for granted.

  • Brenda Magliacane

    14 September, 2011 at 8:28 pm Reply

    All the moments that make up our day-that is “worth it” oh and reading your blog that is “worth it” I can always come here for inspiration!

  • Danee Kaplan

    14 September, 2011 at 9:03 pm Reply

    I always want to leave comments and never can…so thanks for allowing comments for today. Beautiful jewelry for sure. What is “worth it”? Stopping what I am doing and taking the time to really listen to what your kids are saying is worth it. They are so profound sometimes and it can be easy to miss while checking Facebook or sending one short text.

  • margie

    14 September, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    It is SO worth it to take the time to scrapbook and document the events and even the every day things in our life! hugs, Margie

  • Kimberly Kalil

    14 September, 2011 at 9:25 pm Reply

    My kids are worth it. They bring me so much joy.
    Thsnks for the chance to win.

  • Brenda Lubrant

    14 September, 2011 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Enjoying each day that God gives us is worth it.

  • Michelle Aguilar

    14 September, 2011 at 9:29 pm Reply

    today and each and every day before I get up @ 5am to cook my Juan and only’s lunch, each and every day but Sunday, I say out loud, “thank you Lord for allowing me to get up today”, to be me. to be what he calls me to be in the world, just being happy, making someone else’s life better today. Rising above, when society tries me knock me down, being a strong advocate for my son Andrew, being a very supportive mom to my gifted son Jesus, being there for my dramatic daughter, and know that she is taking the best care of my precious grandson, Cooper ryan.
    That is what living means to me today, and that my friend, makes it all, “worth it”. Yippee!!!!! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Guerra

    14 September, 2011 at 9:59 pm Reply

    What a great reminder to always have! I would love to win this!

  • Colleen Teaf

    15 September, 2011 at 3:35 am Reply

    What fun! My kids are worth every step of life!

  • Linda Rivera

    15 September, 2011 at 4:34 am Reply

    that sounds like such an amazing experience. to be in one place with so many wonderful women of the craft. to be inspired by everything you see and hear. it must be like a mojo explosion. that is an enviable thing, but i won’t hate on ya! lol. because like all crafters you bring that inspiration back and share with the likes of me and others. one day. one day i will be able to do that. i hope 🙂 oh your friends jewelry rocks. love those dog tag like charms.

  • Heidi Ratliff

    15 September, 2011 at 5:02 am Reply

    Aren’t those buttons the best! sadly, I lost the ones from this year 🙁
    But i do have the ones from the past to love!
    And what’s worth it to me…my family, my husband, children, parents, siblings, they are worth every day.

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