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Beloved Mom's Earring Becomes an Heirloom Necklace

Beloved Mom's Earring Becomes an Heirloom Necklace

Last year I lost my precious Mom. We were very close; and though it may sound cliche, I truly believe a part of me left with her. I cling to my faith daily and find much comfort knowing I'll be with her again one day. Wanting to have a tangible reminder of Mom, I created this necklace for myself from one of her favorite pair of earrings. The earrings were inexpensive, and I was with her when she purchased them from a department store. She was always on the hunt for clip earrings with color! I love wearing this necklace and plan...

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An antique strawberry button becomes a lovely pearl necklace

An antique strawberry button becomes a lovely pearl necklace

“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer - its dust and lowering skies.”  —Toni Morrison Strawberries always mean summer to me. Though they’re available to us year round, they’re never quite as juicy and delicious as on a warm summer day. So when I discovered this lovely antique strawberry button at a flea market I knew I had to create a necklace to celebrate this delicious summery fruit. Placing the button atop a circle of rhinestones as sparkly as the dew on the summer grass, then adding a chain of Austrian crystal...

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Antique thistle button necklace: A special request success story

Antique thistle button necklace: A special request success story

What happens when the one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry you had your eye on is claimed by someone else? In this case the client contacted me and asked if I could perhaps make a similar necklace and, fortunately, I could! What you see on my website is only a sampling of the completed pieces I have AND all the treasures I have tucked away for future pieces to create. So I was simply able to send her a photo with 4 choices of antique buttons, she chose her favorite and voila - happy customer! If you have something special in mind, please...

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Does your jewelry spark a conversation?

Does your jewelry spark a conversation?

Many years ago while shopping in Nashville, I met a lovely 50+ woman dressed in a simple pair of jeans, shirt, and a jacket - all in subtle, neutral shades. Though tasteful, nothing about her outfit made this gal stand out. Except for one small detail. Pinned to the lapel of her jacket was a striking, sparkly and elegant brooch pin. As we struck up a conversation (a striking piece of jewelry can do that!) she shared a tip that has stuck with me ever since. When she plans an outfit, she always tries to include one - and only one -...

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What to read on an Alaskan Anniversary cruise

What to read on an Alaskan Anniversary cruise

A trip without a great read would be like a romantic dinner without great wine - unthinkable! Before my husband and I headed on our trip to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary, I had my checklist: gas station, bank, dog instructions, mandatory Covid test, and a trip to our local bookshop, Bespoke Books and Archives. I knew the owner, Beverly, would have some solid personal recommendations (a perk of an in-person local bookshop!)  I promise I won't bore you with a book review but here's a short comment of each book: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - If you enjoy an atmosphere of elegant...

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