Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.--Epictetus--

Friday, May 31, 2013


Oh my gosh,I can't believe how quickly this month of May has flown by. Tomorrow is June 1rst and it will be my 57th birthday,so I decided to have a give-away to celebrate. That's right,I'm going to send someone a present for my birthday.
I am giving away one of my sterling silver rolled beads,the one that says "Peace",we all need some peace in our lives,right? There will probably be a few other goodies in the package along with the bead,we shall see. Here is what you need to do to try and win.
1. Leave a comment on this post. Just saying hello is fine,or you can tell me your favorite quote of poem.
2. Get a second chance by becoming a follower.
3. Your name can go in a third time if you mention my give-away on your blog,(just send me the link).
I will draw a name,(maybe one of the chihuahuas will help me that),in one week or so. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day!

Yesterday was spent hanging out in the pool,
eating lots of yummy food,
and just being together as a family.
I hope your holiday weekend was safe and fun.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


It's been a busy,busy week here and I managed to also have a nice visit with the boy. One of the things my sister and I did was to empty out our father's closet and dresser and go thru all the boxes that were in there. It's been almost three years since daddy passed away and really the only reason we finally mustered up the courage to deal with it was that one of mom's grandkid's is moving in with us for a bit. We spent most of the day laughing and crying over some of the things we found,daddy had all sorts of things tucked away.

One of the things we found was mommy's wedding garter,she said she wasn't aware that daddy had kept it.
Can you imagine,he had kept it all those years?!
We ended up with a basket full of keys and I snagged this little bitty skelly key,it's only an inch tall. I have no idea what it goes to,but for me it will go into a piece of jewelry that I will keep,...I think my daddy would have liked that.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Eyes Have It!

Oh my goodness those eyes! Eyes that morph from hazel to green. Eyes that change color with the shades of his clothing or even with the change of his moods. These are the eyes of my beloved son Nick. Since he was a baby people have complimented Nick on how beautiful his eyes were,when he was about 5 or 6 instead of saying thank you when this would happen,he would say,"I know,people tell me that all the time". His father and I of course would correct him,and asked him to please be polite,to which he replied,"I know,but I get tired of people always talking about my eyes". Now as an adult Nick will wear dark glasses alot because he is sensitive to the light,but when he takes them off,well,you know.
I am heading out to pick him up today and he will be visiting me for the rest of the week .

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Window

The heat has let up a bit today,(it's been terribly hot for this time of year),and I've once again been able to sit at my window and work.
The photo is a bit fuzzy,but you can see that I've rolled the sterling silver talisman beads onto vintage keys.
I also managed to get a shot of one of the hummingbirds that come to the feeders I have right outside my window. These little birds and their antics delight me all day long. When the feeders are empty they come right up to the screen and look in on me and start chattering away.
This is stained glass dragonfly also hangs in the window and the blue-green colors are so gorgeous in the late afternoon sun. My friends Nanc gifted me with this piece many years ago and I'm always a bit amazed,(and grateful),that he has managed to stay in one piece for so many years.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to you all and especially to my dear mom! I took this photo just last month,...aren't mom and her great-grand-daughter Jordan beautiful?! Mommy has 3 children,(my brother is deceased),9 grand-children,and 9 great-grand-children.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


The last couple of days have been spent working on the Talisman Bangles.

As you can see I'm not one who has a nice tidy work space,but then again I don't know many people who do. I work on a vintage metal typing table that belonged to my brother. He used it as a bedside table,but I think he would like the fact that I have it and now pound out wonderful adornments on it. This table sits under the window and I so enjoy watching the hummingbirds come to the feeders that I have hanging outside. Sometimes those tiny birds come right up to the screen and look in at me,I like to think that I might be just as interesting to them as they are to me.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

New Bangles!

I had a lovely time at Art in the Yard this past Saturday and look forward to November when we get to do it again. ;o) As usual I didn't get to take any photos,but my friend Nanc did and hopefully she will send them to me. I did get photos of a new design that I've been working on.
I love these adjustable bangles with the rolled talisman beads! They are very comfortable to wear and the bit of silk tied onto it give it a lovely pop of color.
 I have a very wide square sort of hand,so bangles can be difficult for me to put on. This design is great because you can open it a bit to slide on and off.
 Some of the bangles are brass and some are sterling,some of the beads are copper and some are sterling. It's gonna take me a bit to figure out the pricing,but I'll let you know when I do. Meanwhile I got to get the one's for the family done,one for mom for her 75th birthday,one for my sister,(just because she wants one),lol,and one for my niece's birthday!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Show tomorrow!

Getting ready for my favorite show tomorrow!
Art in the Yard is always fun and the vendors are wonderful. The weather is looking good,so come out to the garden and join us.
I've got some great new pieces!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day!

Happy May Day to you all,here is a lovely little posy for you!
I had a wonderful surprise early this morning,a dear friend called from a distant and dangerous part of the world. He is well and safe and will be home soon,all of which I was very,very,grateful to hear. Having gone thru so many losses in the last few years,I don't think my heart could deal with another one right now.
Over the weekend I was surprised to see another old friend at one of my shows. While chatting,he told me of some photos that he had of a Christmas that he had spent with my family about 10 or so years ago. He emailed the pictures to me and I was so excited to see shots of my husband,father and brother,(they are no longer in this world).

Here is my sweet husband helping one of the great-nephews open presents.
Daddy adored his family and his great-grand-children were especially dear to him.
My brother and his grandson,he doted on this one and the little boy has taken his grandpa's death very hard. I was so grateful that my friend had saved these all this time and was good enough to send them to me.