Archive for May, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007


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Today is Memorial Day — I’m not posting a pix of my jewelry — I’m posting a pix of my dad. He served in the Korean War. I was born shortly before he shipped out to Korea. I had blue eyes and white blond hair. Somewhere there is a pix of my older cousin (older by a year) of both of us in front of cotton fields. You can hardly tell my hair from the cotton. When my dad came home from Korea I had brown hair and brown eyes. I think he thought my mother had traded me in a different baby!

We got up late this am (for me – 8:15am) and got ready to go downtown for the parade. We almost missed it — such a good thing I called the Police Department to see the actual time — you can tell it’s a small town, can’t you? It was a short parade by many people’s standards — the new police car leading the parade, the VFW, the American Legion, the Brodhead High School band, the older vets seated on folding chairs on a trailer, the Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Brodhead Junior High band and a young boy on a motorized vintage looking car with his dad walking along side of him. We saw our friends and their children in the parade — Tom Quello in the VFW and his son Peter carrying the flag for the Boy Scouts – Danielle Jorgensen and her kids in the Scout sections of the parade. Then we rode off on our bikes (all 4 blocks) to the cemetary after we watched the parade to see the service. Friends, neighbors – known and unknown were all there. We stood in the ‘Methodist Section’ — there always seems to be a congregation of the Methodist at local functions. We have no relatives in town so we hang out with the Methodists! The service made me cry, as usual. The Pledge of Allegiance, the saluting of the flag, our friend Tom, the chaplain from the VFW led the opening prayer, the Scouts honoring past vets who were missing in action and of course, taps.

I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend!

A Second Life

Monday, May 21st, 2007

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This bracelet is in it’s second life — it started out as a 3/4 bangle that I didn’t like very well after I made it. It sat on the corner of my desk and stared at me ~~ wondering why it didn’t get displayed like other pieces of jewelry. It never got worn to the grocery store or to church on Sundays — it didn’t go to card club with me ~~ it just sat. And then one day I saw directions somewhere – and of course, I wasn’t smart enough to make a note of it but someone used the patterned wire and made a bracelet in this style. I knew then the bangle would be used — straightened, polished, cut apart, curled, put back together, darkened and polished to a whole new life! And this is it — it is hard to lay straight enough to take a picture ( I think it’s camera shy) but it lays so nicely on your wrist — and it went right into my display case! Goes to shows with me — and it’s waiting to have the proper person pick it up, put in on and take it home! Are you the person this bracelet is waiting for? This solid sterling bracelet needs an average size wrist to be worn on. It has a nice patina that really brings out the pattern in the wire. If you are the person that belongs to this bracelet please push the paypal button and it will be on it’s way to your wrist. Of course, free first class shipping in the US.

How a necklace was born – SOLD

Monday, May 7th, 2007

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Olive Jade and Swarovskis in this necklace make a stunning combo! I ordered Olive Jade because I had never worked with this color before. I started wearing this color a couple of years ago when I dyed my hair various shades of red — not all at the same time! But over the course of a couple of years…

Anyway – I ordered this because it was ‘outside my comfort level’. And when it came my neighbor lady was here — she ohhed and ahhhed over everything else in the box but when I pulled this out she said “Well, that’s butt ug — oh, never mind!”. The beads sat on the corner of my desk and stared at me for a couple of months — and I just couldn’t think what to pair it with — the color really threw me off. And then I started asked some of my online jewelry buds and they said — pearls, named a few other things and Swarovski — especially Purple Velvet Swarvoski — and then I felt really stupid — one of my favorite hostas in my flower beds is this exact shade of green and has purple blossoms! (Don’t ask me it’s name — I’m drawing a blank!) And thus, this necklace was made.

18″ long – it sets perfectly inside of a V neck shirt. And with sterling toggle clasps it’s easy to put on.

Olive Jade and Swarovskis in this necklace make a stunning combo! I ordered Olive Jade because I had never worked with this color before. I started wearing this color a couple of years ago when I dyed my hair various shades of red — not all at the same time! But over the course of a couple of years…

Anyway – I ordered this because it was ‘outside my comfort level’. And when it came my neighbor lady was here — she ohhed and ahhhed over everything else in the box but when I pulled this out she said “Well, that’s butt ug — oh, never mind!”. The beads sat on the corner of my desk and stared at me for a couple of months — and I just couldn’t think what to pair it with — the color really threw me off. And then I started asked some of my online jewelry buds and they said — pearls, named a few other things and Swarovski — especially Purple Velvet Swarvoski — and then I felt really stupid — one of my favorite hostas in my flower beds is this exact shade of green and has purple blossoms! (Don’t ask me it’s name — I’m drawing a blank!) And thus, this necklace was made.

18″ long – it sets perfectly inside of a V neck shirt. And with sterling toggle clasps it’s easy to put on. Free shipping in the US via USPS.

Olive Jade and Swarovskis in this necklace make a stunning combo! I ordered Olive Jade because I had never worked with this color before. I started wearing this color a couple of years ago when I dyed my hair various shades of red — not all at the same time! But over the course of a couple of years…

Anyway – I ordered this because it was ‘outside my comfort level’. And when it came my neighbor lady was here — she ohhed and ahhhed over everything else in the box but when I pulled this out she said “Well, that’s butt ug — oh, never mind!”. The beads sat on the corner of my desk and stared at me for a couple of months — and I just couldn’t think what to pair it with — the color really threw me off. And then I started asked some of my online jewelry buds and they said — pearls, named a few other things and Swarovski — especially Purple Velvet Swarvoski — and then I felt really stupid — one of my favorite hostas in my flower beds is this exact shade of green and has purple blossoms! (Don’t ask me it’s name — I’m drawing a blank!) And thus, this necklace was made.

18″ long – it sets perfectly inside of a V neck shirt. And with sterling toggle clasps it’s easy to put on.