The kids and I love to support our firefighter daddy and husband. We look forward to gift giving holidays so we can shop through all the fun gadgets and gifts geared towards the profession. But, I have to admit I'm guilty of sneaking in a purchase or two for myself now and then. I'm proud of the work 374 does and I want him and everyone else to know it.
The first time I decided to shop for myself, I knew I wanted something personalized. I am a HUGE fan of the website Etsy. I love handmade, personalized items. There's just something about knowing that the piece was created specifically for you that makes it so much more special for me.
I am guilty of typing "firefighter" into the search box on Etsy on many occasions when I'm bored or can't sleep, so I already had a few pieces in mind when I sat down to make a purchase. One piece in particular was by an Etsy seller named Avery Rayne. She makes wonderful pieces from metal and wood - necklaces, key chains, and other accessories.
After going back and forth I settled on a piece from her shop. It was a necklace/rear view mirror hanger shaped like a fireman's badge or maltese cross. It's a 1'' long piece of aluminum hand stamped with a fireman's badge number. There are two different fonts you can choose from - a plain or swirly font. I chose the plain font. You also have your choice of color for the swarvoski crystal or a freshwater pearl which hangs over the badge. I went with a blue crystal - for 374's Sapphire birthstone. It comes hung on a 24'' stainless steel ball chain. I was so excited to order it.
Communication with Avery Rayne is great. I had originally wanted the crystal in the color of our anniversary month, but changed my mind at the last minute. She was easily accommodating, and the switch was made. It did not take her long at all to fulfill my order. Her shipping charges are very reasonable, and it did not take long at all for the item to arrive.
I have been very pleased with my purchase. It has been almost a year now, and it has held up very well. The metal is not bulky and heavy, but it's not thin. It's a good weight and quality. I love having the crystal with it - it adds a bit of girlishness, and a little more personalty to it. There have been no issues with the crystal either, it is attached very well. I use mine as a rear view mirror hanger, and have gotten many compliments. I've had other fire wives ask me where I found it, and I never hesitate to share the link. I love getting into my car and being reminded of my hubby even when he's not in the car with us.
I would purchase from this shop again in the future. I have been wanting something with the kids' names on it for a while now, but I just haven't settled on one design yet. However, I do know it will probably come from Avery Rayne!