Lisa Leonard Designs

want a kiss and a hug??

January 6th | older posts

i’m not actually planning to kiss you. well, unless you’re my husband reading this. or maybe daniel craig. but anyway…

this new necklace is sweet and so beautiful. one charm is round, one is square and each are stamped with an ‘X’ or an ‘O’. hmmm…this might be just the thing for valentine’s day!!
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and we are giving two away! so leave us a comment and make your case for why YOU deserve a kiss and a hug.

and of course, you can shop HERE.

315 Responses

  1. Theresa says:

    We All Deserve Kisses and Hugs and Beautiful Lisa Leonard Designs. I love this piece it is precious. Great way to start the new year!!

    I would buy it but my husband got laid of the Friday before Christmas so the extras are having to wait. :)

    I am still blessed enough to have one of your designs and I wear it everyday!!

  2. Traci in Virginia says:

    Oh gosh, I really deserve a kiss and a hug. My sweet husband passed away on Nov. 29th. He was only 39 and it was unexpected. I have two young children and our lives have been turned upside down. There are really no words to explain the emotions that I go through daily. January and February will be hard. His birthday is Jan. 15 and then of course Valentine’s Day. We miss him so much and that is an understatement. On a positive note, I ordered necklaces from you to give to the women in my life for Christmas and they loved them. Thank you for that. Have a great day and hug your Valentine as much as possible. That is my advice.

  3. Lisa in TX says:

    The only reason I can think of is that I love your necklaces!

    XOXOXOXO ~Lisa :)

  4. Yvette says:

    Every mom deserves a kiss and a hug. Those of us lucky moms get lots of them daily, but does another (or another) ever hurt? Hugs and kisses to all the moms out there.

    Yvette

  5. Teri says:

    I think Traci in Virginia needs a kiss and a hug. I’ll get one from husband and think of her.

  6. Sarah says:

    I just love kisses and hugs! Nothing better then a snuggle from my husband and two little guys.

    xo,
    sarah

  7. deezie says:

    Well my first thought is, well I really want that its way too cute. Love love love it
    but then I read Traci’s comment from Virginia and I think she deserves the kiss and hug :) God bless you Traci
    deezie

  8. Rebecca says:

    What a beautiful necklace. I just looked at your website and what beautiful work you do.
    I was encouraged reading all of the comments.
    Especially Traci from VA. Even though I don’t know you….praying right now that God would comfort you and your would be blessed with HUGS and KISSES from Him during this difficult time.
    Thank you Lisa, for blessing the lives of others with such giving heart!
    Rebecca
    rsy5575@verizon.net

  9. tammy says:

    I always think I ‘deserve’ something until I hear about someone else’s trials! I agree with everyone who says that Traci in VA needs this necklace–can you just let her win it?!

  10. BettyC says:

    After reading Traci’s comment mine sounds pretty lame! But here it is anyway:

    I gave each of our 2 daughters & dear daughter-in-law your Open Circle necklace for Christmas, with their children’s names on them And I’d love the X & O for myself.
    BettyC

  11. Jen says:

    I have your Mama necklace and I must tell you that I receive more compliments on that one piece of art than anything else. Your work is simply beautiful and I feel special when I wear it.

    So this is me sending you a kiss and a hug. :)

  12. Rebecca Postma says:

    Why a hugs and kisses necklace for me? First because I love your jewelry and second, 2009 has been a rough year already. My husband is facing many health challenges and a little love and sunshine from California to this Michigan mom would be so great!

  13. Debbie says:

    I have 3 little boys. 5 year old twins and an almost 2 yr old. I know VERY soon they will not be giving me hugs and kisses so I want a reminder. Also I have one of your pieces with their names on it and LOVE it. Get great comments on it all the time.

  14. Alison says:

    Another GORGEOUS design! And perfect for my best friend Rachel who has been so good to me lately. Crossing my fingers and toes….and maybe my eyes!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I love that you put the “X” on the round charm and “O” on the square charm when logic would direct you else wise.

    I need a kiss and hug to help me get through winter but I don’t really “need” it’s more that I “want”.

    Again, love your designs so much.

    Hug and kiss to Traci in Va.

  16. stephanie says:

    due to the snow in our area my son (he is 12) got an extra 2 full days off of school for “winter vacation” and today was his first full-day (no late starts) in 22 days. I think I deserve a hug and kiss because I didn’t jump out of the car and do a little dance when I dropped him off this morning:)

    How’s Morro Rock? I miss it!!!

  17. Melissa says:

    I agree with everyone else! Tracie in VA needs it! I love that you are doing a give away! I just found your website, and I love it! I hope my husband will get me something sometime! I love the creativity!

  18. Jenny in Illinois says:

    I would love hugs and kisses too. Just for being a wife and mom and the everyday things. I also am saying prayers for Traci in Virginia. She needs LOTS of hugs and kisses. I agree that she should get one!

  19. Stephanie says:

    My husband is leaving a month from today for his 2nd deployment to Iraq and he’ll be gone for a year! The kiddos and I have been thru this before, but it still doesn’t get any easier! I’m feeling a little blue today, but I think a hug & a kiss would help!! Thanks!

  20. Amanda says:

    Right now I’m feeling the need for big hugs (and a nap!) since our 7 month old is teething and screaming in pain. I forgot how no sleep at night can affect a person! Off to relax now that he’s snoozing…:)

  21. Linda Cernetic says:

    I really thought I deserved a hug and a kiss because I am turning 60 in a few days. After I read some of the other comments I could see others out there that deserved it even more for what was going on in their life.
    I love your design and as a special educator and art teacher love reading your blog.

  22. things have been rough for me lately. i had a miscarriage six weeks ago (at fourteen weeks) and my sister-in-law/best friend lost her battle with cancer two and a half weeks later. hugs, kisses and god’s love are what is getting me through.

    love the new necklace!

  23. Jen Mirabile says:

    hey there! i would LOVE to win this sweet little piece! what a fun way to start the new year! i just moved away from all my friends and family in August of last year and am looking forward to starting off this new year making some new friends. it’s hard at times but can also be very exciting. :) love your designs! jen

  24. Ok…I feel like I deserve a kiss and a hug (the necklace) because I’ve wanted Lisa Leonard jewelry forever! I’ve told several of my friends about your fabulous work! One of my friends got 3 rings with her children’s names on them from her husband only after 2 weeks of telling you…and I STILL haven’t gotten one. I’ve been begging my honey…maybe Valentines Day! : )

  25. Elissa says:

    oh! i just LOVE your things and can’t believe i’ve stumbled on a chance to win one! i suppose we all could use a kiss and hug any old time really, but i’d like one now because it’s cold and gray and a bit lonely with my hubby back to work after having him for two weeks!

  26. Jeanette says:

    I love this and all of your designs. BTW, I love the two necklaces of yours I received for Christmas, thanks!

    I’d love to win this necklace and I have such sweet kids and a wonderful husband who would say I deserve and hug and a kiss. 😀 I agree that Traci in Virginia and so many of the other commenters (sp?) probably need one more than me, though. I’ll say a prayer for them.

  27. Jeanine says:

    This piece is so precious…and considering my birthday is on Valentine’s Day, and its not a special number, just plain old 32…and that my body actually feels like 50 because of my 17 month old with sleep apnea ( his rising hour is currently 1:15 and between 4:45 and 5:15 every morning!)…I feel extremely blessed though, and would cherish this necklace at this time in my life !

  28. Brianne says:

    I deserve a kiss and a hug because I am doing a rocking job of keeping all of my New Year’s resolutions!! I thought I’d fail after the first day, and I’m still going strong. I’m bound and determined to accomplish these goals, and am pretty darn proud of myself for sticking to them! :o) My birthday is also in February, and I’d love to have it as a present!!

  29. jenn says:

    i don’t know that i deserve a necklace but would love to have one. this one is especially charming.

  30. April says:

    I don’t know that I *deserve* to have it either, but I LOVE your jewelry and would love to have another piece to add to my collection. :)

    May you have a very successful 2009 so that you can continue to stay home with your boys.

  31. Tiffany says:

    if i deserve a kiss and a hug, it’s b/c i’m the best mom i can be. my kids think i deserve daily hugs and kisses (how lucky am i!?)

    have a wonderful 2009.

  32. Amanda says:

    If I really come down to it, not matter what I don’t deserve one. I am utterly depraved. The only good thing in me is Jesus.

    But I would love to give this away as a gift to someone who does deserve it. My best friend is having her first baby in Feb. This would be a cute little gift for her.

  33. Sallie says:

    I’ve done nothing to DESERVE kisses and hugs, but I sure do love to get them!

  34. What a wonderfully beautiful necklace! I certainly would love a reminder that I am worth a kiss & a hug daily but I would have to send it to Tracy in Va. She definitely needs it.
    Happy New Year Lisa! Thanks for offering up this opportunity!

  35. Laura says:

    I think Traci from Virginia deserves this kiss & hug necklace to always remind her of her husband & his love for her.

  36. what a beautiful new necklace. who can’t use a kiss and a hug :o)

    i would give this necklace to my dear sweet friend. she is an amazing homeschooling mom of three with another one on the way. she loves my children like they are her own. five years ago her newborn infant stopped breathing in her arms and died a few days later. in the last five years she has been trying to get pregnant again and has had issues with infertility and miscarriage. this fall God opened her womb and has allowed her to become pregnant with a boy who will be born in April. As excited as she is about the new baby, she is still anxious about the delivery and the babies first days of life. Anyway, i gave her your mama necklace last spring and i know she loves your things.

  37. Southern Gal says:

    I’ll take all the hugs and kisses I can get! I have three children. The older two are 20 and 17 and the baby is 6. I’ve gone through a tough year with the oldest and my baby will sit in my lap and just love on me. “I’ll take care of you, Mama”, he says. This necklace would always make me think of my loving boy.

  38. Jan says:

    The loves of my life are my grandchildren — and I would love to have this kisses and hugs necklace to remind me of them. It’s lovely!

  39. Heidi says:

    ehhhh, who doesn’t need hugs and kisses…..

    I love this design, you rock!!

    Hugs and kisses, Heidi

  40. lindsaywillman says:

    because january 1 starts tax season, and my accountant hubby, who’s also studying for his CPA exam will disappear for the next four months.

    i don’t get nearly enough hugs and kisses during that time.

  41. Alyson in CA says:

    Love your necklaces.
    I deserve a kiss & a hug because my husband is gone to Tokyo for the week & I have the 2 little ones at home!

  42. Katherine says:

    I need a kiss and hug to cheer me up. I’m just having one of those off weeks, know what I mean?

  43. bonnie says:

    even tho i love this necklace and ALL of your other pretties… i feel traci from VA should win.
    i am thinking of you traci and your family(even tho i don’t know you) i can only imagine your feeling of loss.

  44. Heidi @ GGIP says:

    What a cute new design! I think everyone deserves hugs and kisses! Especially from kids!

    I just was explaining to my preschooler today about how the x’s stand for kisses and the o’s for hugs. It’s a great game!

  45. Helen says:

    Deserve? Not sure I could make a case… Love your stuff? WANT the necklace? Oh, yeah! Beautiful as usual.

  46. Amy says:

    i always need hugs & kisses from my two sweet little ones. it helps to know that you are loved and that you are appreciated. hugs and kisses can make a bad day seem good! when they’re little it’s their way of affection, hugs and kisses are simply the best! i don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want hugs and kisses! hugs and kisses from my husband is also great=) it lets you know that you’re loved!

  47. Emily says:

    I don’t know if I DESERVE this as much as some of the other commenters, but I sure love it! I have had my eye on many of your designs but simply can’t afford them at this time in my life. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  48. Heather M. says:

    I agree with so many others, I’d love to see Traci in VA win one too.

  49. Susan says:

    I know I don’t deserve your necklace but it would mean so much to have a hug & a kiss at all times to remind me of the love I have but Traci needs one first or I will just have to send her mine if I were to win. This design it tooooo cute! Love it! Happy 2009!

  50. Wendy Sanhez says:

    Your necklace is a sure fire way of always getting a kiss and a hug from the ones you love!

    Thank you so much for all the posts you do! You are a wonderful Mother and I admire your love for your craft. Keep up the good work!

    P.S. Traci deserves some hugs and kisses! Be strong Traci!

  51. Melissa Geiger says:

    Gorgeous, just Gorgeous!

  52. Julie says:

    Oh my, goodness! This is fantastic! My daughter (who is now 9) learned about signing a letter with X’s and O’s when she was about 3. She has, since then, yelled “X’s and O’s” thru her bedroom door after we tuck her in each and every night. We have several sets of X and O letters in her room. This could definitely make a little girl over the moon happy! Adorable, Lisa!

  53. Beth says:

    Why would this necklace be perfect for me? Well, my 9-month-old isn’t quite old enough to give many kisses or hugs yet. And my 3-year-old IS old enough to sometimes be very stingy with her hugs and kisses! So with this adorable necklace I can get kisses and hugs all the time, even if it’s not from my kiddos.

    By the way–your “featured design” in your sidebar is still from September. You probably know that, but thought I’d point it out just in case!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog last week!

  54. Cathy says:

    I think everyone everywhere deserves hugs and kisses… I have volunteered in a nursing home before, and I can tell you affection in general is what makes life sweet and bearable! So everyone go out and give some hugs and kisses today! Thanks, Lisa, for the chance to win this beautiful necklace with such a great message. And Traci, I am praying for you. Bless your aching heart. I’m sending a big hug your way.

  55. Andrea says:

    Well, I deserve one…because today is my 19th wedding anniversary!!! :-)

    Andrea
    the7gerbers at earthlink dot net

  56. Jessica says:

    because it is the best way to start and end everyday, with a kiss and a hug!

  57. Katie says:

    What a wonderful design and giveaway! You are always so generous to us!

    I agree with the others that Traci deserves to win! But just in case for the second necklace, I’d love to win because this has been a terrible week! We’ve had huge amounts of rain and snow and now our roof is leaking in 6 places and must be replaced. And 3 of the leaks were over our bed while were out of town and now our mattress is ruined to – GAAHH! Anyway, thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Kim says:

    I saw this contest and I was so excited. I love your designs and just don’t have the extra money for a necklace right now. Then I started reading some of the comments and I really don’t deserve or need the necklace compared to others. I am so blessed. I have a house, a husband, a beautiful baby girl. We both have jobs. We have a full fridge and a house full of “stuff”. Honestly the only reason why I need a hug and a kiss right now is that the baby is cranky and I’m tired and feel under-appreciated. Then I think of all the people in the world that would love a baby and I feel lucky to have a cranky baby.

    Like others, I think Traci in Virginia needs this necklace. I am a person that believes in “signs”. I’m sure this would be such a wonderful “sign” from her husband. Keep your head up Traci! Please remember that your husband is always with you.

  59. missy says:

    i just went back to work after a wonderful week at home being “mom”. my husband started a new job yesterday and all ready, the stress of adapting to this change is full speed ahead. and sure, i love your necklaces… the stress and hours apart from my family are brutal, but goodness, that miss traci at the top of the comments… she should get the “prize” instead…

  60. Kristin says:

    Deserve one, probably not. Would LOVE one, Yes! My husband and I are trying to start a family and it is not going as planned when everyone else around us seems to be having babies. I told him whenever it does happen I must have one of your name necklaces!

  61. I deserve a kiss and a hug because we just found out that my husband is deploying back to Afghanistan next month. I have two toddlers and these deployments are sooo hard on them (and me…). But if I don’t win, I would sure love to buy one anyway, because it will serve as a good reminder of what I have to look forward to when he returns!

  62. Julie B. says:

    I love your designs! I purchased a necklace over the summer for someone very special and I have told many people about your work since. I think everyone needs a hug and a kiss and a reminder they are loved!

  63. Marilyn Phillips says:

    I need and deserve a kiss and a hug because I just organized and stored away all the Christmas decorations, cleaned out the basement storage room, cleaned the upstairs storage closet, and cleaned the house…WHEW!

  64. Sue says:

    I was fortunate enough to find Lisa’s work shortly after my own loss – my 50 year old brother unexpectedly died 15 months ago. Since his initial is “O” I had already been looking for a circle necklace to wear. But when I saw Lisa’s beautiful initial necklace, I ordered one with his initials. I really enjoy wearing it (and I wear it once or twice a week, sometimes more often). So I, too, would cast a vote for Traci to receive this special necklace.

  65. Kenna says:

    Doesn’t every mom need a kiss and a hug. Without kisses and hugs I think I would be crazy by the end of the day. Love your new design!

  66. misty says:

    that is one adorable necklace.. i need to point my honey in this direction soon :)!!

    i deserve a kiss and a hug today because i made my families fave snacks (chocolate chip cookies), and I have tried not to ruin my new year’s resolution by eating 10 of them………………………………………………………………I think that deserves EXTRA hugs and kisses!

  67. Sarah L. says:

    ’cause getting back into the post-holiday routine isn’t quite so easy.

  68. Laura says:

    Just cuz I do!?!?! Well, I really can’t think of a reason at the moment; however, I just adore your jewelry. Each piece is so special and this would be the perfect way to start the new year.

    Best wishes to you and your dear family in 2009!

  69. Jaime says:

    I love this new design!! So so cool and it’d be a great reminder of all the hugs and kisses we get from those we love even when we’re apart!

  70. Stephanie Matlack says:

    I have a white board in the garage that we leave messages on daily and it has a message in permanent marker that says “hug your parents daily” maybe a necklace would be more of a reminder.

    Beautiful work. Such great ideas you have.

  71. Jenny says:

    We’ve been waiting 3 years to adopt and bring home our 2 little beauties from Liberia. I would love this little reminder of God’s love (hugs and kisses from Heaven) as we wait and pray for them to be able to come home.

  72. Mandy Kirk says:

    Because I am in my last 7 weeks of pregnancy and it has taken a toll on my body, I feel like a deserve a medal after this one! :)

  73. Noelle says:

    I get kisses and hugs all the time… so…. I too think Traci from Virginia deserves this necklace. Her story gave me goosebumps. Just another reminder to not take life for granted.

    Happy New Year Lisa :)

  74. megan says:

    I deserve a kiss and a hug this valentines day because this the first valentine’s day that my husband and I will spend together as husband and wife- He has been on the pipeline in LA and I have lived in MN trying to further my education and our paths only cross when the timing is right- this year its going to be winderful to spend the day with him. this necklace would be a great reminder for me to wear and everytime I look at it around my neck I will know that he is their to kiss and hug me in spirit. Happy Valentines Day!

  75. Jill S. says:

    Wow! This is another gorgeous piece!! Love it! I vote like a lot of the others that Traci in VA really deserves this!

    Speaking of hugs and kisses, just a little something to share that my 5 year old asked me the other day.

    Jaeden: Mom, can we go on a date?
    Mom: Sure, where will we go?
    Jaeden: To Wausau (nearby city)
    Mom: What will we do there?
    Jaeden: Shop
    Jordan (older brother): Who’s going to pay for it?
    Dad: I will!

    Lots of hugs and kisses at our house. We are so thankful for our boys (ages 11 & 5).

    We just underwent several months of infertility treatments again (as we did with our boys) but we were unsuccessful. We had two more months we could try but the costs were getting so outrageously high that we needed to take a break from it all. We would just LOVE to add more hugs and kisses to our family and pray that God will grant one more for us.

    There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t thank God for giving us the two precious boys we have. Sometimes I feel greedy asking for another, but with so much love to go around, why not share it some more, right?

    Happy 2009!

  76. Melinda says:

    I would love to win one of your neckalces! I am going to be without my one and only daughter for the first valentine’s day ever that we have spent apart. I would love to wear it for a few weeks to show it off and then send it to her so that she knows that I am always thinking of her-

  77. Jen says:

    I would love to have this necklace because it would remind me daily to give other people love. I am a kindergarten teacher and I see everyday how important it is to share hugs and love with the little ones (and big ones :) in our lives. Plus, my kindergarteners would love seeing me wear it!

  78. Marnie says:

    Love it but Traci in Virginia needs it more than I!!!

  79. Emma says:

    I love the necklace as well, but there are other people who deserve it more than me.

  80. Linda Larsen says:

    Oh, how I would love to have one of your necklaces but think I would give it to my daughter-in-law as she (and my son) are blessing me with grandchild number two. Your designs are delicious and “some day” maybe I’ll have one. Keep up the gorgeous designing!!

  81. Jodi says:

    I don’t know if I deserve a big hug and kiss, but I sure could use one. I’m currently 4 months pregnant and on bed rest for the second time in a month for complications (bleeding), which means I’m out of work and not able to do a whole lot. Besides the worry and stress, to top it off, hubby is away this week for work, so I’m home alone.

    Beautiful necklace :)

  82. Jodi says:

    After re-reading the comments, I too think that Traci truly deserves this necklace. *hugs to Traci*

  83. Karen D. says:

    LOVE this! So super cute. I would love to have a kiss and a hug necklace. I would like one for me but I think my Mom would love this. She still signs cards and things like that to me and now my son! Soooo cute!

  84. Sasha says:

    After reading comments, I am tempted not to write a comment because I not in need of this necklace, but I do want it! I am so fortunate…my husband is home–not deployed, I am employed and all my family is well. I think the X’s and O’s would remind to share the love in my life with my students and my family.

  85. brooke says:

    Well today I am needing a kiss and hug because my kiddos are ganging up on me :)
    I started spring cleaning and my NEW vacuum is broken! I spent hours trying to fix it, to find a nice surprise left by the two small people in my house . I have vaseline in the carpet, on my treadmill, on my entertainment center, and on the walls. Good news I have two of the cutest children alive, and I sure love them to pieces :)

  86. Nicole says:

    That’s adorable… I guess the best reason I can give why I deserve a kiss and a hug is because my birthday is the day after valentine’s day so I need double the love! :)

  87. Teresa says:

    I agree with so many….Traci in VA needs this necklace. :) And because I’m expecting my first little bean in 11 weeks, my heart goes out to Rachel Slagle too…they deserve it much more than me, but I’ll tell you I LOVE it anyway!! You do beautiful work!

  88. Melissa says:

    Wow that is so cute! I think we are all going to want our hubby’s to buy it for us for V-day. My vote goes out to Traci as well.

    P.S. I heart your Daniel Craig comment! Am I the only other fan?

  89. Kristen says:

    There are so many deserving commenters…but I think that a necklace like this helps us all realize that even in the darkest days (we all have them, right? Or is it just me?) a physical reminder just might be the “thing” that keeps our head above the water that day. I can’t say I deserve it any more than anyone else, but I would be proud to have it just the same. It is a beautiful piece!

  90. Chelsea says:

    I read half of the comments and then decided to not comment. So many others deserve this hug and kiss. But, after Brooke took a break from cleaning her carpet, she told me I should comment. So here goes. Hi, I’m Chelsea. I need a hug and a kiss. I just moved, and spent my first Christmas away from family, and all this snow in Washington makes me homesick for the sunshine. I need a sunny hug. This necklace would warm my heart. 😉

  91. Pamela says:

    ‘Cause it’s my birthday on Saturday? :) Really beautiful piece, Lisa.

  92. Missy says:

    Ooooo, I would love this. I have already decided that I want one of your necklaces and I am going to start dropping hints to my husband today. But to win one, wow! I love the X & O – I have twins and that would perfect because I get hugs & kisses times two! Thanks for the opportunity.

  93. Laura says:

    I’m a teacher, so don’t all teachers deserve a little love?

    Though if we get to vote, Traci in VA has my vote to win one. Prayers to her!

    L

  94. Kristy V says:

    I would love a kiss and a hug to wear around my neck to remind me of the kiss goodbye and hug I get from my 4 yr old every morning when he goes off to preschool so I can go to work!

  95. Natalie says:

    I don’t think I necessarily DESERVE one, but I love your designs (and own one also)! I think I am good mom and maybe that qualifies?

  96. Robbin says:

    How do you choose the winners? Wow! Well, here are my 2cents. Actually sounds like some of the above. My husband works for American Eagle and they left the area on November 1. He has been commuting to LAX now, so we aren’t together for the whole week anymore. He still has to decide if he will take the layoff or if he is going to stay with AE, meaning we would move to LA. Our 30th anniversary is coming up and we were going to do something special this weekend in honor of that and my birthday (yesterday). Then he got sick. My plans got sacked…but there must be a reason, huh?

    But I agree…Traci deserves it.

  97. Becca says:

    How sweet! I’m not sure I have anything special to list as to why I deserve it other than I love to hug and kis my husband and kids as much as possible.
    I have to say I’d kiss Daniel Craig too!!

  98. Cheryl Sims says:

    I think I deserve a kiss and a hug because 2008 had been a very difficult year for me and I need some love. I lost my father and father in law, then my precious doggy, and then my husband lost his job. It was a year of loss and a hug and a kiss would really help 2009 start better. It is lovely. Thank you.
    Cheryl Sims

  99. Shannon says:

    Aww! I am not even going to read all the other comments b/c I am sure they are all more worthy to enter. But I have been coveting one of your necklaces for so long and I was unable to get one this year (I’m thinking Mother’s Day! LOL).

    But, right now I need hugs and kisses b/c my husband is gone all day and night studying all night for the BAR prep class he is in, and it is hard hard hard to not have hime with me. But I know it will all be over soon!

    Your things are most beautiful!

  100. lindsey says:

    because you love me and i’m responsible for your dinner on sunday!

  101. Jill says:

    Ah, why do I need a kiss and a hug, well, one because I am a huge fan, and two, because I just found out we have to replace our furnace today and that is just sad sad news, so I need a happy :)

    Love to you Lisa!

  102. Tricialynn says:

    i don’t want to win. i want someone deserving to win, as everyone deserves hugs and kisses and i would surely give mine up to make the day of someone who needs it more than me. got a job, got a house, got family, a little $$ in the bank, bills coming out of the walls…..so i’m thinking i’m moving along like all the others in the USA. so……….i just wanted to say, i love your work, i love your site, i love your photography and would love to win, but i’m okay with someone else getting a hug and a kiss today.

    what a great gift to offer.

    XOXO to everyone. Happy 2009.

  103. Tara says:

    As a new mom to twin boys I deserve 2 hugs and kisses. Lucky for me, I get them everyday!

  104. Jenny says:

    This is too sweet! Everyone needs hugs and kisses! Pick me! Pick me please!
    Keep up the great work!

  105. Jamie Mauro says:

    I love your jewlery Lisa and would love a hug and a kiss necklace! I am a second grade teacher who had a long day, so a hug and a kiss sounds great right about now!

  106. Megan Olsen says:

    This necklace is BEAUTIFUL!!

    I think I deserve a kiss and a hug today because I just had a cavity filled, and my mouth is completely numb. Even though I couldn’t feel a kiss :) I could feel a hug!

  107. Denise Collins says:

    Hmmmmm….I am an overworked, over stressed, overtired wife and Mom to 2.

  108. Jamie says:

    i deserve hugs and smooches because we moved our entire life to a new house over the winter break in the snow and cold of michigan. my husband and i did it by ourselves. and we are living among a sea of boxes. love your work!

  109. kristine hanson says:

    After 5 years of motherhood, I have realized I have let myself go a bit….not anymore..this is the year and birthday (36!) coming up that I am going to work on ME!! That is why I deserve hugs and kisses, yeah ME!

  110. I also vote for Tracie in VA to win. I get tons of hugs and kisses each day from my little cuddlebugs. Addison has just learned to pull my face towards hers so she can lick/kiss me. Doesn’t get much sweeter than a globally delayed 2 year old who isn’t even supposed to be alive kissing you! The 4 year old isn’t bad either. 😉

  111. Juanita says:

    Everyone sounds like they deserve to win, but so do I… :) Because I spend my days giving hugs and kisses to my daughtetr and husband, and a houseful of my daycare kids. :)

  112. Penny says:

    I too vote for Traci in VA. Lots of prayers & love to you and your kids. I love the new design Lisa. I ordered a 2009 word necklace and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  113. i love kisses and hugs to give and to receive…. i love your work!

  114. Heather says:

    I’m totally voting for Traci…my reasons don’t even compare. Send the extra kisses and hugs and warm thoughts to her and her children :)

  115. meredith says:

    As much as I want this, I want it way more for Traci in VA. I hope she goes back through these messages and sees how much support there is out there.

    Keep your chin up Traci!!

  116. Shannon says:

    I love this necklace- it is precious! I could use this necklace because my very sweet and dear friend got an interview today for a new job in Montana which is a MILLION or so miles away from Texas. :(

  117. L. Stone says:

    There are two clear winners to this contest.

    First, in my opinion, I think that Traci has already “won” in the amount of love and prayers that have been sent her way. It is heartwarming to see the amount of support that she has received from strangers. Please award her the necklace as a reminder of the love.

    Secondly, I think that Lisa should win her own “kisses and hugs”. The inspiration that you put forth daily is abundant and the way your jewelry touches peoples’ hearts is special. As a jewelry designer myself, I understand the meaning of it all.

    You have a great thing going. Give yourself x’s and o’s!!!

  118. Carol says:

    Lisa, I just discovered you tonight! And I join many others and vote for Traci in VA. Your creations are lovely!! Blessings.

  119. Jen says:

    I think Traci needs all the hugs and kisses. I think more important than getting them is giving them to those you love every chance you get! They’re really gorgeous Lisa! I do get plenty of hugs and kisses from my children and husband, but these would be a welcome addition 😉

  120. Monica says:

    We all deserve kisses and hugs! I’d love this necklace however, because I’ve ordered a few necklaces from you for 2 of my beautiful friends! And I see them wearing them and think..I should get one for myself next time I have a few extra dollars! :)

    **M

  121. Paige says:

    Oh Lisa,
    I just LOVE your creations. I would love to win this xo necklace. When I write cards to those I love, which is pretty often, I always sign my name like this…

    Love you,
    Paige
    xo

    I also seal the envelope in the back with an X and an O or I write sealed with a Hug and a kiss.

    I xo this new necklace.

  122. Jan R. says:

    I think Traci from VA deserves it … and I hope she can find some happiness…

    as for me deserving it –
    Well, I am a mom to three boys – born within 3 years and they love me a lot and so does my husband…
    but sometimes boys and men have a hard time showing it!

    It would be fun to get a valentine from someone else!

    Thanks!

  123. Melody says:

    Ummm… let’s see. I drove my mom back and forth to dialysis today, and I will again tomorrow, twice next week…..

    And, because I really, really love this necklace!

  124. Amber says:

    I deserve a kiss and hug because I’m lonely. Not the most uplifting statement, but it’s true!

    Love the necklace!

  125. Heather says:

    Oh, Traci NEEDS this necklace! God Bless You.

    With that being said, I’d like to give this to a dear sweet friend whose father was diagnosed with prostate cancer 1 week before Christmas. It’s been such a rough time with surgery and all, and I’d like her to know that her friends will always be there for her; with whatever she needs, and always with a kiss and a hug :)

    Thank you Lisa for your kind heart :)
    Heather

  126. Mindy says:

    I deserve a O and X because over Christmas break I had my 4 year old triplets home from preschool along with the one year old. Our second vehicle broke down so we were stranded at home almost the entire 2-1/2 weeks! I’m still mostly sane though! I love your work!

  127. Maggie O'Donnell-Mogil says:

    I would love this necklace, not for myself, but for my grandson’s occupational therapist, Trudy. My grandson, Jake, is 22 months old. About a year ago we noticed that he was not developing, physically and cognitively as he should and Trudy was the one who steered us to the right people. Trudy also felt that Jacob might benefit from hippotherapy (horse therapy) which he has been doing for about three months. We are amazed and delighted at the progress he has made and so grateful to Trudy for all her help. It would be such a nice surprise for her to give her this necklace from Jake! Thanks.
    Maggie O’Donnell-Mogil

  128. michelle says:

    Hi
    Everyone should have lots of hugs and kisses! I get mine from my boys and husband!

    God Bless all of you!!

    Keep up the great work Lisa!!

    I never take the x and o for granted!

    Love,
    Michelle

  129. John Di Carlo says:

    I have always thought my wife was special but a recent event has served to confirm just how special she is. My 73 Dad was recently admitted to the hospital for what we thought was a relatively routine surgery. Things did not go exactly as planned and my Dad struggled post op. My Dad has always been the type to want family around him, particularly in bad times. I, on the other hand, have a major aversion to hospitals and all they represent. Without hesitation, my wife stepped in and was by his side throughout his ordeal. Following the operation, my wife was there to greet him, hold his hand and tell him things would be okay. As his stay lengthened, my wife was his constant companion, at bedside, rubbing his head, making certain he was well attended to, wetting his parched lips, staying on the nurses to change his bedding and making sure he was comfortable. As things grew worse and it began to appear as if Dad would not make it, my wife never gave up hope. She showed me what love was by her daily visits, her prayers and her tears. As my Dad was unable to speak, due to the myriad of life sustaining gear obstructing his voice, I can only imagine the fear and anxiety he felt. How soothing her constant presence must have been to him and how soothing it was to me, to witness her compassion and love. I consider myself a strong person but my inner strength is but a candle to her burning flame of bravery and intestinal fortitude. Dad passed away from his ordeal but I will never forget the wonderful efforts of my dear bride. If there was ever a person who was deserving of kisses and hugs, it is her.

  130. kimberley says:

    a kiss and a hug would be fantastic!! i just found out that i am pregnant and i can’t share the happy news with my parents as they are in australia for a month!! this is our first baby and i am already beaming, please consider me.

  131. Kim J says:

    I can’t think of a life shattering reason why I deserve one but here goes…..I have 2 children whom I love very much and my sweet hubby. I teach school during the day and I treasure the afternoons and nights that I get to spend with my family getting them settled down after a long and busy day. I think this necklace would be a great reminder of what awaits me after work every day!

  132. Dianne says:

    I am a new mom to two boys, and I just went back to work after 12 weeks at home. My 5th anniversary is this month, and my husband will miss it as he will be away on business.

  133. Emily says:

    Dear Lisa,
    I always enter my comments and try to win one of your awesome necklaces. I’m still trying to win! :) However, this time I’m not going to enter a comment for myself but instead send my xo’s to Traci and hope she wins. She needs it so much more than me at this point.

  134. Tami says:

    Why do I deserve hugs and kisses? So many of the reasons that have already been mentioned…I’m a wife, mom of two, second grade teacher, my youngest daughter has Cystic Fibrosis, the Wisconsin winter has been really rough on me this year, money is tight…and my daughters both call out for “Hug and Kiss” when I leave them each morning.

    All that being said, Traci is also in my prayers, along with so many others who are in a place of struggle right now. I hope whomever wins this lovely necklace will be touched and honored.

  135. greta says:

    I don’t think I deserve this necklace as much as some but I do love your work. I have a necklace and I just bought a necklace for my mother and mother in law for Christmas. They are just so unique and one of a kind pieces. I always get compliments when I wear mine.

  136. Marci says:

    I think I deserve this lovely piece of art because I always have a hard time putting myself first. I’m sure many moms can relate to that.

    Anyhow… I love your blog, your jewelry and photography.

  137. Sara says:

    I’m sure I’m not the most deserving (Traci definitely is!), but I’m getting ready to go back to work after weeks of bedrest and maternity leave. I just had my second preemie. Thank God they’re both healthy!

  138. Dawn says:

    This Southern California Girl is freezing in Nova Scotia! I really need all of the extra hugs and kisses I can get… Although this cold weather has made my two little snuggle bugs more cuddly than ever!
    Thank you so much for offering this adorable necklace…. Not only is your blog and work beautiful but it is another way to stay connected to my home – Cali!

  139. Amy says:

    We moved from our hometown in Ohio to Texas and I’m feeling a bit lonely for loved ones.

  140. angie says:

    Yeah, sweet necklace. My vote is for Traci in VA. My heart hurts for her. :(

  141. lisa ashton says:

    I need a hug and a kiss right now! My runaway kayak smashed into my shin in the surf today and I have the biggest bruise ever and I’m feeling very sorry for myself. I think a hug and a kiss might make it all better! Please!!

  142. Lisa says:

    I want a necklace, but I would like to give it to Traci in VA.
    I hope she reads the comments here and knows how many people are praying for her and her children.
    Blogland is so full of encougagement, you girls are great!

  143. Ann says:

    I would love a hug and a kiss just because I’m a busy, harried, tired, overwhelmed, working mom of three with a touch of seasonal depression who could use a pick-me-up. I agree with everyone though that Traci deserves one the most. Please pass on a hug and kiss necklace along with my prayers for her. You can throw me in the lottery for the second one! :)

  144. christina says:

    I wish I had a hug and kiss right now…I am 1200 miles away for 15 days from my new boyfriend! :(

  145. Cori Fraser says:

    I deserve a hug and kiss because I’ve been potty training and it’s been AWFUL!!
    Love your work- LOVE this piece!!

  146. Gail S. says:

    I would love to win this!! My daughter is getting married in May and this was be a special gift to her from her Mommy (she will always be my little girl!!)

  147. Shelly Primm says:

    Lisa, I love your new design! I have ordered several pieces from you and I will be forwarding this to Mr. Primm, which is exactly how I got my “mama” necklace! :)

    I am blessed because my husband can give me hugs and kisses all day long so I hope Tracie in VA gets the necklace. My heart broke when I read her comment. I wish her the very best.

    Take care!

  148. amy says:

    You’re so stinkin’ creative I can’t stand it! =]

  149. Halley says:

    Everybody deserves a kiss and a hug. The important thing is to remember to GIVE them. I LOVE this necklace and would be delighted to wear it, but whether I win or not, rest assured I’ll be giving and getting them.

  150. Halley says:

    kisses and hugs that is. (didn’t really make myself clear)

  151. Jennifer A says:

    Another hope for Traci in VA too and a prayer from this Central CA girl for her dear family this winter. I thought my day was bad, but reading through these comments and seeing so many women support each other even without knowing one another has lifted my spirits. Thank you for an inspirational blog Lisa! I love that God is using your jewelry in so many special ways.

  152. Jenny says:

    I think all of these women deserve a necklace. I just have to say that I have had a very tough 2008, and 2009 has proven to be a godsend. With the power of hope, love, faith, and very good friends, I have managed to prevail. The necklace would symoblize a new start, with new hope and of course, new love.
    Thanks Lisa for all of your great designs. I savor the beauty of every piece and your creativity is what the world needs more of.

  153. melissa says:

    i am completely blessed to be able to say that my life is full of hugs and kisses from my amazing family and wonderful friends.

    but that said, your necklace is beautiful and i would be overjoyed to win one!

  154. Sarah says:

    My husband smothers me with hugs and kisses everyday of my life. I have an abundance of X’s and O’s, but I sure would love that necklace!

    P.S. I’m having a give-away on my blog. I’m giving away a really cute bag that I made. Check it out for your chance to win! :)

  155. Sara says:

    I love your designs, Lisa, and have two already. I don’t deserve this one as much as Traci in Virginia does. I am praying for Traci!

  156. tina says:

    Maybe I don’t deserve X and O’s but I am happy when I get them from my hubby and 3 sons. X and O’s are like unmerited favor… like expressions of grace. A beautiful thing.

  157. Whitney says:

    I lost my job in August and have not been able to find one since….it is stressful, to say the least. I know that I am not the only one in this situation and I know that some people have even worse situations. I am glad that my husband has a job and he won’t be losing it due the economy any time soon. I do know that we aren’t faced with anything we can’t conquer, but to me and my family, this has been a little trying! I think everyone has times in their lives when they need a hug and a kiss and need reminded that they are loved and thought about! Even if the trial they are going through may not seem so big to others….that’s why we all haven different ones! Thanks so much for the chance to win! I love your stuff!

  158. Jess says:

    I’m stunned. I came across this site via “the nester.” I actually have one of your peices already. It was a gift from my sister. She bought it for me when we lost our baby in November. I can’t bring myself to take it off most days. Feels like I have a peice of our baby Faith with me when it’s on… I don’t know that I deserve this ” hug and kiss” more than anyone else, but I know I’d think of those hugs and kisses I’ll be missing come June… Thank you for your work. It means the world to complete strangers. Jess

  159. Adriane says:

    Because my roommate is a dog…and he doesn’t hug very well! =)

  160. KellyM says:

    Wow! This is just so cute – really charming and fun!! I love to get hugs and kisses from my wee girls and, luckily, they are still young enough that I don’t have to BEG for them! As your other commenters have said, blessings to Traci – my heart goes out to her! And, blessings to you – your talent and beauty is inspiring!! Kelly

  161. gracia says:

    What a blessing to read all those who feel Traci should get the necklace…I agree. : )

  162. Rebecca says:

    I was so excited to respond about the reason why I want or deserve a hug or kiss…but please give the necklace to Traci…wow, I cannot even imagine the absolute heartache she must be experiencing…to know that she won’t ever have hugs & kisses from her beloved again.

  163. Mina says:

    I could use a kiss and a hug because I have made it through four years of my husband being unemployed (and therefore depressed.) I have had to hold my family together and try to help make the bills, and still stay on top of my own depression. He did have some contract work, but it wasn’t steady. Now, he is back at work and the pendulum has swung the other way…he is gone from 5:30 am until 9pm every day. I am virtually single mom. While I am grateful for his job, I am depleted. A kiss and a hug keeps me going–they usually come from my kids!

  164. Mina says:

    I hadn’t read all of the entries…at the time that I submitted my previous comment there were 163 comments. The one just above the entry form sent me looking for Traci, and yes, I agree, she deserves a hug and a kiss. I don’t know you, Traci, but you will be in my prayers.

  165. I deserved a kiss and a hug because we drove 804 miles to come ‘home’ for Christmas. Our first Christmas since we were stationed in Alabama. In the 2.5 short weeks we’ve been here, we have driven over 2,000 miles, to make sure we got the boys around to see every.single family member. New, old, young, not so young…Our boys have handled it all wonderfully and have endured a lot. We’ve had one busy holiday season! But it was worth it, because the boys loved it and so did our families! I just need a kiss and a hug before I crash in our own bed, in our own house, in Alabama. 804 miles from what we call HOME.

  166. Amy says:

    If I win, please give my necklace to Tracie in Virginia.

  167. I’d love a kiss & a hug! I don’t know that I deserve it as much as others, but…
    The item at the top of my Christmas list this year was a Lisa Leonard necklace. Needless to say, I didn’t get it… On the other hand the DVD of the old time classic “Stormy Weather” was on my Christmas list for 10 years and I finally received it this year! I guess only 9 more years for my necklace (ggg)
    Blessings, Patti

  168. Amanda says:

    My hubby and I had our first date in college on Valentines Day and have been together ever since….9 years ago and married for 5 years in May.

    I have always admired your work and your devotion to your children and hubby. I have a secret wish list stashed away of different pieces that I would love to own one day. Now I just need to get it out and in front of my husband;)

    But…..give away the first one to Traci! I couldn’t imagine the heartbreak she is going through. All the commenters on here going through the bad times are in my thoughts. xoxo

  169. Jessica says:

    when i saw that necklace, i smiled. i love it. thanks for the generous giveaway.

  170. Who do I think needs a kiss and hug???? Well, my sister and one of my very best friends. She just found out that her and her wonderful husband will not be able to have children of their own. They are now starting down the very long road of adoption. My heart breaks for her. She needs all of the hugs and kisses she can get to get through this VERY hard time.

  171. Vicki says:

    I think we all deserve kisses and hugs….BUT, I would need to send some kisses and hugs out to an old friend that is facing some health challenges. A little hug goes a long way…
    xo

  172. Jackie says:

    I left home and moved from the east coast to the west coast for grad school. My mom was super supportive, but it has been hard on her with me being so far away. She sends me notes that say I wished you lived closer so I could give you a big hug. I only get home for Christmas now, so the hugs are few and far between. I would love to give her this necklace so she can always have a hug from me whenever she needs it.
    thank you for sharing your talent!

  173. Erin says:

    Because it is beautiful…

  174. Sandy says:

    One day, I was standing in line at the grocery store. A woman and her little girl were in the line next to me. The little girl was eating chocolate covered pretzels, and the mother said to her “Don’t you think you have had enough?” The little girl looked up and said “Mom, I don’t think you can ever have enough chocolate covered pretzels!” She couldn’t have been more than four or five. It was pretty funny!

    Long story short, I feel the same way about hugs and kisses! Everyone needs them, and you can never have enough. Thanks for the giveaway.

  175. Dawn says:

    Beautiful necklace Lisa – you are so talented. As to why I “deserve” the necklace, it would be a wonderful reminder of the kisses and hugs I get from my niece and nephew, who live out of state. Oh how I wish I lived in the same state as them!

  176. Shannon says:

    Hugs and kisses from my gracious friends and family are what have gotten me through the last two years when my husband passed away. Traci – you and your kids are in my prayers and definitely deserve this little token of love and comfort. God bless you XOXOXOXOXO

  177. Pam says:

    I’m not sure I always deserve hugs and kisses but God must think so because he gave me a great husband and two wonderful children who frequently give them to me.

    This necklace is so sweet and a perfect reminder of the love we give and receive.

    Pam

  178. Lorina says:

    beautiful design!!

    i’m looking forward to valentine’s day because my hubby will be home from kuwait on R & R :) i’ll need some hugs & kisses when he has to go back :(

    hugs & kisses to traci and her children.

  179. Sandra says:

    OMG! Now that’s really, really cute!! Would love to get this for Valentine’s DAy!!! 😉 But I guess, my hubby won’t buy from America *lol* Anyway, love your jewellery as allways! Keep on the great work! :)

  180. peggy says:

    Hi, I deserve a hug and a kiss because ….I love your necklace so much! Your talent is over the top, love all your work!
    Peggy

  181. Heather W says:

    I think I need a hug and a kiss since I am 8 months pregnant with a very high risk pregnancy but holding strong. I hope I am still being a great mom and wife also during this trying time and looking forward to this new little life whatever he brings us this new year. He is due on Valentine’s Day.

  182. Christine Super says:

    I think I deserve a kiss and a hug because I am an accountant and with year end and tax season I have been working a zillion hours so I never get to see my husband, he is already counting down the days until April 15th!

  183. Jess says:

    I have two children….my 4 year old girlie girl gives the best hugs….and my 2 year old son puckers his lips to give everyone kisses….so cute! I would love to win this necklace…thanks for the giveaway! -jess

  184. KALEY smith says:

    i would love a kiss and hug because im 7mths pregnant and i dont feel so kissable and hug-able right now!

  185. Amie says:

    After reading Traci from Virgina I think she deserves a kiss and a hug. God bless her during this difficult time.

    Lisa, I LOVE your jewelry and reading your blog! How fun that you do giveaways!
    Amie

  186. Kathy says:

    Teenage Daughter(aka Sybil), 2 teenage boys, and a baby. Enough said?

  187. Leann says:

    Life is to short you can never have to many hugs and kiss.

  188. mel says:

    that is so sweet!!! love it!!!

  189. robin says:

    well….I think I deserve one cause ..well…I can’t remember the last time I got one…love this paticuliar design lisa..an instant fav..nice job!!

  190. Natasha says:

    I am a long time reader and this is my first time to comment….I need a kiss and hug today. I am having surgery tomorrow and am a bit scared. It’s minor surgery, but nonetheless it’s surgery. And with surgery comes bills and no income – it’s tough.
    I love your designs – one of these days I will get to buy some pieces!

  191. KAY says:

    Doesn’t everyone deserve kisses and hugs? I think so anyway!

  192. liz says:

    Oh, how I love this!! I could use kisses and hugs…going through a hideous divorce…husband abandoned 2 little boys and I, forcing me through a bankruptcy, losing our home, and dealing with a pipe burst from 2 days before Christmas. My big black cloud needs something to help it blow away.

  193. Robyn says:

    I immediately thought of my almost 9 year old daughter. She’s had a rough time with a couple of mean girls at school so I try to send little reminders to surprise her at school. Often it’s simply XO on a napkin in her lunch or on a scrap of paper in her library book. Nothing too incriminating and uncool, ya know. But then I read Traci’s story and my goodness, she totally deserves a hug and a kiss. My heart goes out to her.

  194. Wendy says:

    I think everyone deserves a hug and a kiss. I’d love one too! Life is pretty good but busy with four kiddos 8 and under! I’d love a reminder of all of their hugs and kisses by having one to wear around my neck!

  195. Jenny says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I love your necklaces…they are beautiful. This one might be my new favorite. I sign all my corespondence xoxo (to friends and family)! It is my personal stamp and has been for years. I just adore this necklace.

  196. sammy says:

    the only thing that I can think of is because I so love your creations!
    thats a good reason eh?

    sending you peace.

    samantha

  197. Alicia Cornell says:

    Sick kids, lots of extra laundry. But, I agree that my struggles are nothing compared to Traci in Virginia. Please give her one. And Traci, if you’re reading, my prayers are with you.

    Blessings

    Alicia

  198. lisa keefer says:

    This is beautiful.reminds me of when my little boy learned what xoxoxo meant and started to write those all over paper and cards for me,I have the wish necklace and I love it,have replaced my diamond with this necklace.it has my 2 boys names on it and my wish for a little girl to be adopted from Haiti into our family..thank you for making persoal beautiful jewelry

  199. Kim says:

    Because I’m a mom. Moms just have to give a kiss to make everything better!

  200. Tacey Carlson says:

    Because today is my son’s 12th birthay. the hugs and kisses I get from him are limited these days!

  201. Shannon Godfrey says:

    What a beautiful necklace, Lisa! Like many others, I believe we all deserve kisses and hugs. I know I sure enjoy them. I would love to win one of the necklaces but, if I don’t, maybe I’ll send a link to my husband as a “hint” for Valentine’s!

  202. Joelle says:

    Another beautiful creation Lisa. I love getting hugs and kisses from my two boys and hubby. It reminds me that I am loved.

  203. Jodi Allen says:

    Gosh, don’t we all deserve hugs & kisses? Ü I think that everyone should have a Lisa Leonard design as well! Ü In fact, i just ordered my first & can’t WAIT to get it! & WEAR it!
    Thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful piece of work! love it!

  204. Melissa says:

    I was going to say I deserve one because we struggled to have both of our beautiful children and their X’s & O’s are very precious to me. It is something I NEVER thought I would experience in my life time, to get hugs & kisses from my own children.
    But luckily it did and I think god every day for that chance.
    Anyway after reading Traci’s story I agree that she should get one. Traci you are in my prayers so sorry for your loss..
    Blessings to you Lisa and your lovely family. I have only one of your piece’s but hope to get more.

  205. Teresa says:

    Wow this necklace is beautiful! Well I love all of your stuff. You are so super talented! I would love a kiss and a hug. I have been married for 21 years and have 3 beautiful daughters. Last month we were on a family vacation at Disneyland when I glanced down at my hand for some reason and noticed my diamond from my engagement ring was GONE! I freaked out. I knew that there was no way I was going to find it in Disneyland of all places. This broke my heart. I know that it is just a ” thing” but it meant so much more than that. It meant my courtship/engagement, it meant so amy wonderful memories of my life together with my husband. I am lucky enough though that I do have my husband and my girls here with me.We thought we had it covered by our homeowners policy but they are stating that yes we had it covered but only under certain circumstances,the stone being lost is not one of them. We are definitely looking to get new insurance because we specifically asked them about this when we got the policy. THere is no way that we will ever be able to replace the sentimental value of the ring but not ever. We can’t even replace the ring for something else right now because we can’t justify the expense do to the fact that we have 3 girls one in college. So I would love to have a kiss and a hug. However even though I would love one my loss is not on the same level as Tracis and I hope she can get one. She is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Teresa

  206. April Z says:

    I really hope Traci from post #2 wins a necklace, but I just want to say that I love your jewelry! You have such beautiful designs and I hope to get one someday.

  207. Marcea says:

    Hugs and Kisses because I love them! I get them daily from my family 3 kids and a husband. Theres nothing better than that.

    xoxo Marcea

  208. Julie says:

    This is such a sweet necklace! I’d love to have one, but I don’t deserve it any more than anyone else. My life is pretty wonderful over all. My husband in in the military, and we’re facing another deployment this year, so right now I’m just thankful for the kisses, and hugs we are able to share while he’s home with us.
    I also hope Traci wins one of your necklaces.

    Julie xoxo

  209. kristin says:

    this is ADORABLE!!! i would LOVE to give this as a gift to my mom. she always gets me fun “happies” and it would be a fabulous gift for her just because she’s fabulous. :) fingers crossed!

  210. Karen L amb says:

    It’s what I need for 2009 – Hugs & Kisses. It’s all about purpose this year for me. I want to live it, I want to breathe it, I want to experience all the hugs & kisses.
    Bring it on.

  211. Bettina says:

    As much as I would love this neckace – I so love your artwork – it would be selfish when there are so many more deserving people who need a kiss and a hug. I am just very stressed with year end workload keeping me late at work these first days of the year, but I am happy to have a healthy and understanding family. Of course I would love the extra kiss and hug, but I think Traci in #2 by far needs this more.

  212. Annette says:

    Your necklace is lovely! I agree with the many others who’d like Traci to win.

  213. Nancy Hamilton says:

    I think I deserve a Big Kiss and a Hug because on January 3, 2009 my husband, Dale, left to go to Iraq…and we already miss him so much.

  214. Abbey says:

    I’m a mom — I think EVERY mom deserves a kiss and a hug and I am hoping to get lots of them today :)

  215. Sharon says:

    I would love a hug and a kiss for my sister! It’s been a really hard year for my family. My sister was diagonised with breast cancer in February and while she was fighting her battle, he husband committed suicide. She is now has to fight for her own life and is left with her 5 year old little girl. She needed to sell her house (he did it inside the house) and now is living with our parents. She just finished chemo and will have radation for 5 weeks. It has been a hard year and I would love to put a smile on her face. Your jewerly is beautiful! Thank you.

  216. Jennie says:

    Why do I deserve a hug and a kiss? To remind me every single moment how lucky I am to have the best hubby and sweetest twins around (at least I think so). Today, my hubby sent me an e-mail thanking me for taking such good care of him and our babies. Made my heart swell!

  217. Alana says:

    I’d love and a kiss to share with my dear sister. :)

  218. Chelle says:

    oh, beautiful! i love this!
    as for the deserving part…not sure i am…i just bet there are lots and lots of wonderful people posting fabulous things that they do or are…deserve is tricky…so, let’s just say, i would adore to own this…and, i think i may need to strongly suggest it as a valentine’s gift from my sweetheart!
    thank you for all you are!
    chelle

  219. Jennifer says:

    I deserve it because it’s so cute!!!

  220. Jen Decker says:

    traci gets my vote

  221. Erica says:

    What a lovely necklace! I’d like to think I deserve it because I’ve nearly made it through the first year of motherhood–what a wonderful, trying whirlwind it’s been!

  222. Glauca says:

    Hi, Lisa!
    you have really nice new pieces!
    very, very cute…. and sure, I need kisses and hugs! always! Should I give you one? :)
    xx,
    glauca

  223. if you see my husband before valentine’s day, give him a little hint for me. 😉

    my reasons why i deserve/need a hug and kiss:
    three kids ages three and under (God bless them all!) and some awful knotted shoulder muscles.

  224. ErinKd says:

    What an adorable necklace!! There’s nothing better than hugs & kisses from my boys or my hubby.

  225. Hillary says:

    Well, I am getting married in 8 weeks…in Ireland, and I’m about to pull my hair out working on last minute details, so I think I definitely deserve a kiss and a hug (and maybe a large glass of wine).

  226. Dana says:

    It’s not for me — it’s for my girlfriend, Arlena. Her 7 yr. old son was diagnosed last May with leukemia and it’s been one complication after another. He is still very, very sick. She spends weeks and weeks in the hospital with him. He’s had massive chemo, a bone marrow transplant, and was now diagnosed with HVGD (a complication of the transplant). She has had to endure seeing her child suffering for months. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and she faces it with strength that could only come from a mother’s love. She needs lots of prayers and a “kiss and a hug” everyday just to make it through….this will be a beautiful reminder that all of us moms are behind her.

  227. Michelle says:

    How sweetly simple. Love it, and I’d probably give it to my mom as a reminder of her two daughters, and two granddaughters that send her hugs and kisses every day.

  228. Jenny says:

    my mother always signs her cards with an “x” and “o”. If my name is drawn, i’ll wrap it up for Mother’s Day!

  229. Carrie says:

    I would love my husband to get this for me…but we need to make some big home repairs (the recent rain here brought some water inside–eek!) before pretty gifts happen anytime soon.

  230. Megan says:

    First off I love your work! I am hoping for a happy, healthier new year for my family. My husband is having major health issues and it has our family all turned around lately. Hugs are always great, any old day of the year for whatever reason it may be.

  231. Asha Patel says:

    My vote is for Traci in Virginia. She really needs a BIG kiss and hug. :(

  232. Rebecca says:

    Yes, I would love a kiss and hug. Your designs are beautiful!

  233. Tina says:

    I love hugs and kisses!! I think Traci needs the hugs and kisses (and prayers too)

  234. Jen says:

    I need some XOXO’s bad–I’m due to give birth to a baby girl in a few weeks, and am full of aches and pains and heartburn. But I’m beyond excited to meet this little peanut!!!!!!!!!

  235. Mel says:

    I love love love all of your jewelry! I’ve been dropping hints to the man but apparently not enough;) I too have a little boy with special needs. It sure is tough sometimes but the hugs and kisses make it worth it.

  236. Lisa says:

    I don’t wear a lot of necklaces, but I know that if I won yours, I’d certainly wear it. I love your jewelry and I love your blog. I read it often. You inspire me.
    P.S. If you don’t pick me, please pick Traci. :)

  237. Deanna says:

    I don’t know that I deserve this necklace even as much as anyone else, but your pieces are so beautiful. If I had it I would wear it frequently and love it.

  238. Kim says:

    Traci deserves a hug and a kiss! Please make sure she gets this necklace.

    My mom deserves a hug and a kiss because on her 2 week vacation from teaching she was SuperGrandma, and that makes me a better mom to have a mom like her!

  239. Jessica says:

    I would like to pass my chance of winning this necklace on to Traci in Virginia. My heart goes out to Traci as well as my prayers.

  240. Jen says:

    Awww Man I need a kiss and a hug because it was my birthday yesterday and I can’t get any of my “friends” to come to a party! Everyone’s partied out from the festive season it seems. :-(

  241. Susanne N. says:

    I really need a kiss and a hug at the moment because I have a sinus infection that is ruining my week. My head and face have hurt so bad that I haven’t been able to do anything creative! (And I’m sick of watching TV! :)

  242. Gretchen says:

    Just because! great idea by the way…

  243. Anjanette says:

    I also read Traci’s story and am positive that she deserves a kiss & a hug. As for me, I would simply love one, but that can’t count nearly as much. :-)

  244. Suzy says:

    So very cute!!
    I think mine is ‘want’ more than ‘need/deserve’-I just love your stuff.
    The hug/kiss would just be another feel good thing for me. my husband and have have decided that even though we can’t really afford it that I’m going to be staying home (part time) with our daughter, and so is he. We’re just seeing as she grows how important it is to us to savor every second and to be with her as much as possible!

  245. Andrea P says:

    I deserve a kiss and hug today because I have given all the ones I had stored up to my three precious little babies. What a gift from God they are!!!

  246. Linda says:

    Lisa, if nothing else, the comments posted here remind me that we ALL need kisses and hugs, and that nearly everyone is fighting some sort of battle. My mom passed away very unexpectedly last year, and 6 months later my daughter attempted suicide after years of severe depression. I’m so lucky because my daughter made it – she’s still struggling, but she’s HERE. I read your blog daily and have found it fun and inspirational as you cope with your own challenges. My heart goes out to everyone who has mentioned the crosses they are bearing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  247. Jeannine says:

    Just wanted to say these are adorable.

    XOXO – Jeannine

  248. Debra M says:

    Well, don’t we all deserve hugs and kisses?! And wearing this would be a visual reminder to myself and others that I am so very kissable and huggable!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  249. Rachelle says:

    doesn’t everyone deserve a kiss and a hug??
    again – beautiful work!

  250. irene says:

    its not me that need a kiss and a hug its my 18 year young daughter stephanie that is in israel all by herself.. during this time and thinking of joining the israeli army as a volunteer…we miss her sooooo much and a kiss and a hug necklace will remind her of us all the time

  251. Sherri says:

    Oh I would never turn down the chance for a “hug and a kiss”. I love your creations. You are a true inspiration to me.

  252. cheryl says:

    because there is nothing better than a kiss and a hug from anyone!

  253. Jaime says:

    I am a super lucky wife, mom, daughter, sister, niece and friend and dayhome provider. I get more kisses and hugs then I probably deserve on any given day!! That being said, I hope that Traci and Rachel get hugs and kisses Lisa style. They are truly deserving. XOXO

  254. Suzy Beebe says:

    mine is a want, and maybe not a “deserve”. I am planning my wedding, with “help” from my fiance, and sometimes get a LITTLE frazzeled, and kisses and hugs calm me down :)

  255. Jaime says:

    Oh, I just finished reading all of the posts and I think that Sharon and Dana’s friend need hugs and kisses too. XOXO
    Not to say that everyone else isn’t deserving…xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo….

  256. Bethany says:

    I don’t know if I deserve this as much as someone else, but a reminder that you always have the love of your friends and family with you would be a beautiful blessing right now. I am a 27 year old special education teacher, but I have been unable to teach since October. Between October 23 and December 23 I spent 22 days in the hospital and probably at least that many in waiting rooms and undergoing tests. I have gone from being able to hike 6 miles in under 2 hours and loving grand adventures exploring to relying on a wheelchair and a walker (the walker is for distances of 100 feet or less). I have lost the ability to tolerate solid food, and gained new insight into baby food and what should and should not be pureed. I have also lost an incredible amount of weight due to constant nausea. My entire world has been turned upside down yet again, and everything that I truly got enjoyment from has been taken away from me (teaching, volunteering, playing with my nieces and nephew, hiking, exploring, photography). The worst part is that the doctors have been unable to provide any answers, making this seem like a long journey in the darkest part of night without a sign of dawn. However, I have been blessed with the love of amazing friends and family (and God of course) and those are my sources of strength. When I feel completely alone or like the world is unfair, I remember how loved I am and that there are people who love me no matter what happens. A tangible reminder of that love would be awesome to wear into battle as I face further testing and intense physical and occupational therapies to regain what has been lost.

  257. Laura McClellan says:

    That’s tough to think about why should I get hugs and kisses. There are too many good reasons to be blessing getting hugs and kisses from my kids and a husband.

    This past week, it had been challenging for me to return to teaching from a two week break because both my kids ( 7 1/2 and 6) kept hopping in my bed every single night due to their nightmares.- With little room for me to sleep in one bed (husband and two boys,) it forced me to sleep one of my kids’ twin bed for the night. They are comfortable are my priority . Thus, I felt I deserve to get a gracious kiss and hugs from them.

  258. Jeannie Rivera says:

    I personally think we all deserve your beautiful jewelry. But if it was for me, besides all the kisses and hugs that i already receive from children and husband; I deserve this so I won’t feel quilty buying something for myself when I should be buying/saving for my children.

  259. Lesley Harris says:

    What’s better than hugs and kisses? Hugs and kisses on a darling Lisa Leonard necklace!

  260. Kathy says:

    I get lots of kisses and hugs from my two sweet boys and from my husband, but your “kisses and hugs” would remind me to cherish them…

  261. Kerry says:

    I have your tiny circle necklace which I love! I would like the kiss and hug necklace to give to my mom because she is having a rough time right now, and I would love to show her how much I appreciate her and everything she has done for me.

  262. erin says:

    i think traci definitely needs a kiss and a hug…i have to say that it would probably make my day as well, after ending a year long relationship and heading into my busiest time of the year at school.
    kisses and hugs to everyone having a tough time! lots of prayers, too!

  263. Kaye says:

    Well all I can say is that I love your jewelry and I love your blog. I have a 7 year old son and I relate everyday to what you say about your sons. I think that we all need plenty of hugs and kisses everyday!!

  264. Jackie says:

    Why? Why you ask? Because I am M-A-D. Mad at my husband but more mad at MOI. I just recently took over finances and bills and such, and my husband racked up so much on credit cards! Is he CRAZY? I can’t even look at him right now (or tomorrow) so that’s why I NEED this necklace-because the good Lord knows I can’t afford to buy it for myself.

    That felt so good to vent! I might talk to him tomorrow night?
    XOXO

  265. Cristi says:

    EVERYONE deserves kisses and hugs – EVEN ME! I enjoy your blog. (and I also enjoy your sisters blog!) Hugs to you! Love the necklace!

  266. Erin says:

    simply because i am uniquiely me! (and not sure if I can spell)

  267. Chris says:

    Five years ago this month our precious son went to heaven. We have since adopted 2 more, but there is still a Lucas shaped hole in my heart. January also meant the 4th birthday of our daughter. It is such a bittersweet month.

    The hugs and kisses would be a create reminder that I have hugs and kisses to help make up for the ones I never received.

  268. Kristen Culliney says:

    I have no real inspiring reason like some of the stories I am reading above (I have tears) but I do love hugs and kisses – the best kind from my awesome 3 YO son, my darling 1 YO daughter and my incredible husband!

    I love your pieces – you have inspired me to take a metalsmithing class :)

  269. Christine D. says:

    I think Tracie from VA should receive one….I feel blessed to get my hugs and kisses from my hubby.

  270. Jen H. says:

    Very cute necklace…I would love to wear it! Thank You!

  271. Christine says:

    I believe that everyone deserves kisses and hugs everyday – JUST BECAUSE. Necklace is wonderful and sweet!

  272. denise jones says:

    i have no case to make! i just want it!
    happy friday.

  273. Renee says:

    I deserve a hug and a kiss because I am 7 weeks pregnant (3rd child) and sicker with this one with the other 2. I am literally dizzy and can’t get out of bed right now and am so sad for my 2 children that I cannot take care of. I know that this is only short term but for now I am pretty miserable :-( I think I need a reminder that this is a GOOD thing (even though I know it is it’s hard to remember right now).

  274. amy says:

    I think Traci deserves it more, but I would also love to win….anything of yours! About the recipes, I just got a wonderful cookbook…The family kitchen by Debra Ponzek. I have tried 3 recipes and everyone has loved loved loved them and they are easy and healthy! a good place to start, oh, and they have ways to get the kids involved and cooking too! Hugs Amy

  275. LobotoME says:

    Love it!!! Where do you continue to come up with these ideas?!?! xo, jenny

  276. Nicci says:

    I just found your website. Beautiful jewerly. I love all of it. I also love the idea of hugs and kisses. Every morning I wish for a hug and kiss to say we do love you on those not so great mornings with kids. Great idea and again beautiful.

  277. Jung A says:

    i found you through ali edwards blog, and i LOVE your stuff!! I have to say that I definately need hugs and kisses when my 2 yr old is having one of those terrible two moments…

  278. Nicole says:

    We (mom and I) deserve a hug and a kiss because my grandmother disowned us on Christmas!! :(

  279. faith says:

    I just graduated after a gazillion years of college! Yea!!

  280. Lisa…I bet when you started your jewelry business you never dreamed you would be touching so many women’s lives the way you are today. Reading through the posts is a blessing to my heart. Women praying for one another and they haven’t even met each other! Women are wonderful….their hearts are filled with love and compassion for others even when some are experiencing hurtful things in their own lives. To you and the women who follow your blog….to those who order your beautiful jewelry…to those who would love to win your give-away and to those like myself who vote for Traci to win…..God Bless You All. I pray that each and everyone of your followers at one time or another are able to own one of your fabulous pieces.

    You are my Oprah!!

  281. Jess says:

    Yet another beautiful necklace! I need a kiss and hug because I’m 17 weeks pregnant and not feeling the greatest. A kiss..a hug…and oh a back rub all sound perfect! Jess

  282. Lois says:

    One of my daughters (I have twins!) just mover 600+ miles away from us to the state of Delaware from here in Northwest Ohio! I would love to win the X and O necklace to give to her so that when she wears the necklace, she would know we love aand miss her so much! She bought me the grandkids necklace and I get so many compliments about it.

  283. Toni in TN says:

    I received one of your beautiful necklaces for Christmas from my sister, Traci in VA. I would love for her to win your beautiful XO necklace, she needs hundreds of hugs and kisses at this sad time. Traci is my baby sister who I adore, I think your necklace would remind her of how many hugs and kisses we are all sending her daily, and also remind her of how much her husband loved and cherished her. He was a wonderful husband and father and they had a wonderful relationship. We are all heartbroken over his sudden passing and will miss him terribly. Thank you to all the wonderful women who have voted for her to win and who have sent prayers her way, you will never know how much it means to me for her to have support of complete strangers. It has touched my heart. Lisa, keep making your sweet jewelry and always remember how many lives you touch in such a special way.

  284. Laura says:

    Wow, that’s a tough one to think of a reason why I deserve hugs and kisses. There are so many things to be grateful.. but this one I could think of my two sons.

    For unknown reason after we got back from a two weeks of Winter Break, my 7 1/2 and 6 year old son woke up in the middle of the night and telling us they had a nightmare. It happened EVERY SINGLE NIGHT of this week. This challenge me because I had to deal with the lack of sleep when I had to go work and teach with the younger students with high energy.

    For this reason of letting them sleep in our queen bed, both of my sons and a husband slept on a queen bed while I had to move and find a place to sleep– mostly sleep one of my kids’ twin bed. This meant I care for them to get some comforts after having nightmares.

    Besides of myself, I wanted to say that I agree with others that you are such a CREATIVE person. Keep Going!

  285. Lisa K. in Southern California says:

    I am on my second year of Ali Edwards “word” challenge. Unfortunately, I need to use my same word from 2008 as I used in 2009…peace. I tried my hardest to achieve peace in 2008. Peace in my life, my home, my heart, but it never came. So now I am on year two of the goal.

    I have lost so much this year, things I will never get back. I would love a hug and kiss to wear around my neck.

  286. because I dread the day when my six year old little boy will be too old for me to kiss all up and down his cheekies and hug and hold him….even though he promises me each night that he will never be to old for my kisses…I know the time will come that I will hear….”oh mom…stop.” darn it why do they have to get big.

  287. Mary says:

    The hug and kiss necklace reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life. No matter how stressful or hectic my life is- a hug and a kiss makes it all better.

  288. Linda Z says:

    Adorable necklace! :)

    This would be great, because I’m just getting over an awful stomach flu bug, and I don’t think anyone would want to give me an actual kiss and hug… so this is definitely the next best thing.

  289. amy says:

    Tonight I deserve a kiss and hug. Hubby is away at work (as he so frequently is), twin daughters gone on a sleep over and I am alone. Feeling very alone!

    Love your pieces and have a few in mind… Gorgeous stuff.

  290. wendy says:

    I deserve a kiss and a hug just because. There doesn’t have to be a reason, does there? Everybody needs to have love showered on them :)

  291. A hug and a kiss for me to share and pass on to my lovely family!

  292. Linda says:

    I love your necklaces and would love to win this one. Everyone deserves a kiss and hug. You are so special to do these give-aways!

  293. Jody says:

    I need a hug and a kiss because last month my hubby and I had to cancel our 10th anniversary night away due to sick kiddos. It would have been our first night away from the kids. boo hoo.

    I know its a sob story! Sorry! Really everybody needs a hug and kiss now and then. I hope that you are showered with hugs and kisses from those you love most today!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful art… you are so talented!

  294. Ashley says:

    Because hugs and kisses are the little things that make us happy especially when they are from the little people in our lives!:)

  295. DeAnna says:

    This is a cute necklace, I often sign my notes with XOXO! I think it would be cute to wear around my neck!

  296. Jill says:

    I need a hug and a kiss because my husband and i had to put down our dog. This was out of the blue. He was only five and because the vets did not take care of him right he got sick. He had gotten and ear infection (which he always got, he was a Bassette Hound) and the meds they gave him to clear it up messed with his seziure( he has epilepsy) meds. He had a reaction and it toxified his system. He was our first dog and our baby. We wont be taking our other dog to the vet that messed up, but it’s a shame you have to lose something you love because some one elese did not do their job. All they had to do was research the meds they wanted to give him and they would of seen he could not have it. We miss him.

  297. Rochelle Kjar says:

    oh gosh-there are so many deserving comments. I am so blessed in my life…..we just adopted our sweet little girl on Nov. 24th. We have two adopted boys as well…ages 4 and 7. I must say I am having a lot of fun giving hugs and kisses to my baby, my boys, and my husband. Life is good.

  298. kristy delashaw says:

    such a sweet necklace. i am not sure i deserve this sweet necklace, but i would love to have it. i miss my husbands hugs and kisses most of the week. he is a pastor and has a new church, i am finishing out my contract teaching 1st grade. my 3 kids miss their daddy, but he comes home a few days a week and we go see him every other weekend. so, your sweet necklace would be a gentle reminder that God is with me in this time and that this is only a season. blessings to you.

  299. Jill says:

    Hmmm…I don’t know if I can come up with an answer worthy of a LL necklace ;o) I just love your designs!

  300. teresa says:

    Please send a hug and kiss to Traci in VA. She could use it more than me.

  301. Rika Toll says:

    I sign all my notes and letters with xo so this would be perfect! Its my signature.

    Cheers – Rika Toll

  302. jenni betz says:

    Our daughter (22mos), our firstborn, was just diagnosed with a very rare, fatal neurodegenerative disorder. She developed normally until her first birthday and she used to give us hugs and kisses, but the disease has caused her to regress in all areas, and her lack of motor skills and vision make it impossible for her to hug and kiss now. We hug and kiss her a lot though! I’d wear the necklace lots…

  303. April Swerdfeger says:

    I am requesting that Angie who lost her husband on 1-8-09 win this necklace. She has an adorable little boy who is five and their story can be seen here http://prayforthelamberths.wordpress.com/.

  304. Maggie says:

    Hands down, the first necklace must go to Traci. I wish her some level of peace during this difficult time.

    I would love to wear this necklace to work. I am blessed to work at a university, and I would like to use this necklace to remind college students to send hugs and kisses back to parents at home. College students often forget to share with their parents the new-found respect they come to realize they have for them. It is an amazing growth process to watch, and there is so much joy in working with all of your kids once you entrust them to those of us who work at colleges and universities.

    All the best to you, and Traci…

  305. Cindy Smith says:

    I think without a doubt Traci and
    Angie need these necklaces…I pray they each find strength and peace in the days to come. My thoughts go out to them….xoxo

  306. Amy Puttroff says:

    If I was to win I would pay it forward to both angie and traci and split up the original necklace into 2 and then I would have to buy to extra charms and an extra pearl… My husband lost his mother right before this past thanksgiving and she was in her late 40’s… And it breaks my heart to see what they are going through… And to see our children grow through the process of knowing someone that they loved and cared for has moved on… I can only imagine what it would be like for those 2 ladies and my heart goes out to both of them…. But by each having a piece of the original necklace maybe it would give them a little peace & serenity to know that someone else knows exactly how they feel and what the other is going though and hopefully put a smile on the others face when they play with the x or the o as they are wearing the necklace and know that they were both loved and are both loved still by all their family… friends and children … And hopefully it will give them strenth to make it though the day and onto the next day… And be a reminder that even though the person is gone they were very lucky to experience what love is and that they will always have that love and all the memories of that person forever in their heart.. And the x & o can and does represent that… And for all of the rest of us hopefully it will help remind us to remember it really is the little things in life that are very important and to take the time to take time… Messages the Lisa gives us all the time with her blog posts and her jewelry creations….

  307. beca says:

    I deserve a kiss and a hug because my husband deployed for the 3rd time in 2 years this week and I am soooooo missing him. I am here with our 2 kids for the next 7 months. :( I would love a daily reminder of his hugs and kisses!!! Thank you!!

  308. Karen P says:

    Hi – If it’s not too late, my youngest just started preschool this week. Feeling a little lost – like Trump just told me “You’re fired”. This necklace would help my feelings!

  309. Kristyn says:

    how fun to be able to wear all of your own creations! we missed the holiday delivery deadline…I’m hoping for one of your beautiful creations for my birthday! love your blog and your jewelry!

  310. amy Lockhart says:

    I just found your website thanks to insomnia and Today’s Creative Blog archives. I am so glad that I did, you do beautiful work. I would be so honored to wear such an amazing work of art, but even if I don’t win, I have won in other ways b/c of finding your blog! Thanks for giving to others, what a generous person!

  311. sharon says:

    If I were to win the hugs and kisses necklace – which is extraordinarily beautiful, I might add – I would give it to my friend Wendy who is having her left breast removed on Jan. 27. She has cancer in two locations and will need all the beauty we can surround her with.

  312. Debbie says:

    If I won this lovely necklace I would give it to my 14 year old daughter who is having a hard time “growing up”. I would like to let her know that no matter what she is feeling that her mother is by her side.

  313. Ann Lancaster says:

    Lisa,
    I received several pieces of your jewelry from my husband and love them. I teach a class of children with autism and at times by the end of the day I needs lots of hugs! I also have an 18 year old daughter who is driving me crazy! I could use lots of hugs and kisses right now!!!

  314. Danielle says:

    My beautiful baby boy is turning one in February near Valentine’s Day. Why would this be a need for hugs and kisses? The finality of a last child is something indescribable…even though I am blessed fully with healthy, great children; this birthday is more difficult than I ever thought it would be…sounds selfish I know – but life just seems to be on fast forward when I want it to be on slow motion or maybe even pause!!

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