Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Did you happen to pick up the 
Winter issue of the 
Jewelry Stringing Magazine.
If you did yours truly is in there.
A pair of my earrings
made it into the 
27 Earring Designs section.
I'm #26.
I'm so thrilled that
Interweave felt they were good enough.
Baby Steps.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Creative Friday

Well, it's been awhile since Deb and I have 
been able to have one of our creative Friday's at her house.
But no weather, no heath issues or other 
commitments got in the way.
After going shopping with my husband.
 I headed on over.
Deb worked on several soldered pendants and pins
  for her niece's Baby Shower.
I worked on a bracelet and earrings for  
future jewelry shows.
We watched movies and even got
caught up on the 3rd season of Downton Abbey.
A fav for the both of us.
I was treated to yummy bowl of homemade soup 
and a very tasty sandwich.
Which hit the spot on this very chilly day.
Along with hot coffee & peppermint creamer.
Thanks Deb for another fun creative Friday!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop

Welcome to Lori Anderson's
Memories and Thanks Blog Hop.
For all the details about this hop please visit Lori's Blog.
Although inspired by Marianna and
 Lori's friendship, as well as Marianna's love 
of the color red, birds and other natural things.
This bracelet takes on it's own special meaning
for me when I think of...

Once upon a time there was a
Mom who once had 3 little "birdies".
One day Mom-ma birdie and 
her two little birdies got sick.
Her first little birdie didn't make it. He was just 3.
Her other birdie was just 18 months and survived.
But none the less felt the loss of her brother.
The third little birdie came along a year later.
Now only the two birdies remain.
Those guessed it...
Me and my little brother.
Neither of us are so little any more.
Regardless, nothing can change the fact that
Once upon a time,
our mother gave life to 3 little "birdies"
which she held, cared for and nurtured.
Jeffery, Terri, and Steven.

I like that there was a little heart 
on this connector.
So I chose to echo that with a  heart shaped toggle clasp.
I added a little patina to the connector using Gilders paste 
and Vintaj verdigris paint.

So when I look at this bracelet 
I will think of the loves I have lost 
and the loves that remain.

I'm sad that I did not have the chance to meet Marianna
 through the blog world or even in the real world.
It seems we may have had similar tastes.
Here is a necklace I made for myself sometime ago.
Which fit the category of bird and nest.
 But I am Thankful that I was able to meet Lori.
She is truly one of a kind!
Even though my Mom is a bead-er,
I really don't think I would be on this bead path
 I'm on...If it wasn't for meeting Lori
and participating in her bead soups.
Thanks so much for visiting.
Want to continue the hop?
Just click Here for the list of Participants!

1/14/2013 UPDATE:
I'm finally midway through the list.
Starting with the A's heading down the list
of participants. I'm almost finished with the "L's"
Taking my time to visit all who had posts up.

1/16/2013 UPDATE:
I made it through the list.
 Everyone that had a post up.
I was able to leave a little comment.
Thanks again Lori for the most
touching blog hop I ever participated in.