New! Beautiful packaging for Sky & Light


Whether your Sky & Light order is a gift or just a present to yourself, each pendant comes beautifully packaged in a classic kraft box with delicate vellum inserts and a card explaining the stars on the jewelry.





Remember to order your personalized Mother’s Day pendant before Monday for ensured delivery by May 12th. This custom-painted pendant portrays the stars in the sky on a particular date and location, so buy her one with your birthday stars!



Just an idea for Mother’s Day– give her the stars

My mom (in the green) with one of her many lovely sisters, on our trip to San Francisco.

My mom (in the green) with one of her many lovely sisters, on our trip to San Francisco.

My mom has everything– she’s smart, creative, holds her liquor well, has a great husband, two daughters that love her (but should call more) and a questionable collection of Santa Claus statues. What do you get a woman like that for Mother’s Day? Don’t tell me to make a pack of paper coupons for foot rubs and mowing the lawn (we don’t live in the same state, and I hate giving a coupon to a family member). If I was there in Arkansas, I’d make her dinner, because that crazy woman has a set of dishes for every occasion and I’d like to give her a chance to use them.

Obviously, I can’t say what I’m getting her (Hey Mom! I bet you’re reading this) but I can take suggestions. I’ve already given her one of my favorite gifts, which was made from an idea she gave me.

The hand-painted astronomy pendants I sell at Sky & Light were my mom’s idea. I don’t pass up an opportunity to tell people who’s idea it really was. Not only did she come up with it, she let me have it. She didn’t even make me sign a contract or give her royalties– just wanted me to have fun and be successful.  Thanks Mom!

If you are looking for something new this year that will knock your mother’s fuzzy house socks off, consider a personalized pendant of the stars on your birthday, or on your sibling’s birthday.  Better yet– her birthday.  Without that date, you wouldn’t be reading this blog post.

My pendants show the exact stars in the sky from the location of your preferred event (birthday, anniversary) at the time you want. What would she have seen in the sky if the roof of the hospital had been lifted like a jewelry box?  Each comes delicately painted on a vintage optician’s lens with a sprinkle of stardust and backed with a translucent blue sky.  The lenses are made of medical-grade stainless steel and glass, dainty to look at but durable enough to withstand the grabby hands of a toddler.

Each pendant takes about a week to make, so order one now for Mother’s Day delivery!  She’ll never have seen another like it– just like you!  And to sweeten the deal, I’m offering a coupon for 15% off all my merchandise on Sky & Light.  You can find the coupon on the Nerdwallet page.  You may even find something for yourself!

Check out the Nerdwallet Contests page for more great Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Get your mom, wife, friend, girlfriend or daughter one here!

Update! Two options for Mother’s Day Star Pendant

I just got these beautiful 1.5 inch (4cm) glass monocles in the mail from a lovely supplier on Etsy.  You can now buy the Sky on My Birth pendant painted on this dainty monocle.  The lines etched are faint when the paint is applied.  Order by Wednesday, May 9th to get it in time for Mother’s Day!  There are still a few locket pendants left, also.

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Mother’s Day: Give a special starry sky to someone you love

My mom is just pure genius when it comes to crafty things, and she is really the lovely inventor of the Sky On My Birth locket.  I’m just the artisan, really.  Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can order a custom-painted locket with the stars visible on your birthday, someone else’s birthday, heck, for any day.  It is as specific to the minute and the nearest city.

It’s as simple as telling me where the giftee was born, the birthday and, if known, what time she was born.  This makes a beautiful gift for new mothers and experienced mothers.  It can be a reminder to someone how special your life became when they came into it.

Painting the latest order: the stars above Prince Edward Island, 1987.

You will find a pendant like this no where else.  For domestic shipping, the last day to order in time for Mother’s Day is Tuesday, May 8th.  Each pendant is hand-painted with YOUR specified star chart, so I need at least a day to make it and let it dry before shipping.  If you are interested, click here.  If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments or send me a conversation through Etsy.