Tag Archives: gold

Sunday, May 29th

30 May

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.

Advertisements

Saturday, May 28th

28 May

20110601-020450.jpg

Three strands of very small iris-colored pearls with a chunk of labradorite and a chunk of kyanite.

Gold-filled toggle clasp.

This necklace always tangles and rolls up, no matter what I do.

I used to wear this a lot, but I probably haven’t worn it in five years.

Saturday, April 23rd

24 Apr

20110424-121653.jpg
Today is overcast, gray, warm. I’m wearing a necklace I will really miss this year. Large beads of African green amber are linked together with gold wire in ‘messy’ wraps and doubled jump rings. There is no clasp; the necklace is the perfect length to slip over my head. If I have to take a trip and think I only want to take one necklace, this is the one.

Sunday, March 27th

28 Mar


Today I had no plans to leave the house. At all. The weather was chilly and rainy and just right for what I like to call a ‘pajama day.’ In reality, this usually translates to unmatched-fleecy-shirt-and-knit-pants day, but the name sticks.

I spent the day rearranging the house. We moved our bedroom to the studio and the studio to the bedroom. We have a tiny old house so this amounted to moving stuff across the hallway but no matter, I was not planning on glamorizing myself at all.

Even with the intentional lack of glamor, I still wanted to wear a necklace. Yes, part of that was because of the commitment I made to this blog and you, my four readers (hi Mom!) There was something else there, too.

I wear jewelry every day.

Now, I don’t just mean my wedding ring. I do wear that every day but I mean that I wear some kind of intentionally selected adornment every day. Even on Pajama Days. Even camping. Even giving birth. I can’t help it. I think that some fashion editor once said “Accessories are what separate us from the animals” and I do agree, on one level. I’d also add charging interest on loans, Netflix and a good bluegrass band to that list but accessories are definitely in the top ten.

More importantly, for  me, wearing jewelry is the one thing I do that says ‘hey, folks, I didn’t just roll out of bed and show up here! this level of sloth is intentional!’ Yes, my hair may be mussy and there is probably a good two-day stubble on my ankles but dog-gone-it, I am wearing a necklace.

This necklace is one that I often reach for on a PJ Day. Simple and not fussy, but also kind of hard for me to wear on a regular day. Maybe because it’s not interesting enough? That idea of a briolette strung between two lengths of chain is popular (I’ve even used it myself quite recently!) but somehow this necklace seems too simple on most of my regular days.

It is perfect for accessorizing the fleecy shirt, though.

Alexandrite briolette, gold-filled chain, clasp and wire

NOTE: the close reader of this blog (Mom!) will note that the posts don’t seem to publish on the day I write them. Sorry, this is a technical error I keep making. Accidentally. I often write this post right before going to bed, like a diary, so I am tired and I forget to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s and click all the clicky-clacks. Sorry.