This shell-and-bead necklace is from the summer after my oldest daughter was born. It was hot, I was wearing a wardrobe of the same three shirts over and over and I was just starting to get back to work for more than an hour at a time. I made this one afternoon in a craving for bright colors and off-kilter fun.
That was eight years ago.
Knotted #8 silk in fuchsia with vintage green glass leaves, pink shell flower and 14k gold toggle. I used that toggle because it seemed so lux and I wanted to spoil myself a bit.
This carved pendant is made of dark brown jade.
The double fish symbol is considered good luck in China.
I made this pendant when I was pregnant with my daughter and wore it all the time. What could have been luckier?
.5 mm black leather cord, vintage red glass beads, jade pendant. Closed in the back with a hook-and-loop closure.
A lariat; #8 silk knotted occasionally between vintage glass, seed pearls, very old Bali. Finished with a hollow-blown stripey bead on one end and a hunk of smokey quartz on the other.
That’s my friend, Beth, in the background. She didn’t believe I was going to use a mirror to take a picture of myself.
Totally out-of-focus pictures. There is a strong possibility my iphone is dying…or in some state of photographic rebellion.
This 1920’s sterling and crystal necklace is a favorite from the Brimfield Flea Market in the early 1990’s. I attended with my friend and client; Harriet Love. Auntie Harriet appointed herself my guide at that famous market and it was fun. I returned the favor by taking her to the big Flea in Charlotte, NC one spring weekend. We spent the night before the flea in a nearby hotel where Harriet asked the doe-eyed waitress for a wine list. ‘Oh, we have both kinds. Red and white,’ the waitress replied.
Cool-as-a-cucumber, NYC native Harriet ordered a double glass of ‘the red’ and asked to have it placed in the ‘fridge for exactly four minutes. She explained “The cold dulls the palate and it is remarkable how one can broaden the range of acceptable wines by dropping their temperature ten degrees…”
Words to live by.
I made this necklace years ago when my oldest daughter was just about two-and-a-half. I took my first trip away from her, an over-nighter to NYC for a quick trade-show visit. I knew she’d be fine. I missed her terribly, but I also really enjoyed a take-out dinner in my hotel room and a long evening of being all alone. Of course, I always travel with beads. This is the necklace I created. The reproduction typewriter key beads say ‘nearby’ and you can probably imagine who I was thinking about.
On Sunday my family went to the beach.
Almost all of us. My brother and sister were visiting from Ohio and we went with all our children to the beach even though it was Memorial Day weekend. After their long drive to see us, a few more hours of travel to spend a day in the sun was just fine. That was a crowd of a dozen laughing, running and generally enjoying the sun and the sand. It was delightful.
It was the first time in many years that I had taken off for Memorial Day weekend. Since we have a store, I usually work. While they were here I barely even checked in and I felt so relaxed and disconnected from the world while I was on that stretch of sand. It was really lovely.
This is a picture of me with my nephew, Timmy.
I am wearing a braided orange cotton necklace with a hand-carved bone moon bead and gold vermeil bali spacers from Nina Designs. I made this years ago as a sample for the store when we got the cotton thread in and the moon bead had been in our case for a long time. It is hand made and very nicely done, but was a bit expensive if I remember correctly. Perhaps that is why no one had purchased it.
Timmy is wearing a brass shamrock charm on a twisted leather cord. I would like to say I made his necklace, or he made it, but he told me he got it ‘at a store somewhere. ‘ I have made him necklaces in the past and I think it’s clearly time to do that again.
In all the excitement of their visit I actually wore the same necklace (this one) for two days. Since Tim is wearing a necklace in this picture I am counting it as a double. I’ll also post two necklaces for Tuesday, in case you don’t agree.