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Tuesday, January 31st

31 Jan

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Some days I can’t take a good picture.

At least I like the necklace.

Waxed linen stitches together Elaine Ray beads and a bit of glass. Find complete instructions here.

Tuesday, May 31st

31 May

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Today I wore two necklaces (as promised) but honestly, I do this a lot.

The shorter choker is from the old days and I made it as part of a collection I did for Bedizen called Vegas Wedding. We had a lot of love- and wedding-themed charms and that desert palette. The necklace is strung on memory wire, a product I really like for making chokers. It can be worn with out actually choking the wearer.

Kinda important.

Those beads are a mix of Czech glass and some vintage 40’s carnelian glass rounds that I had a 10 lb. bag of at one time. I used them in so many collections I thought they’d never run out. Sadly, they did. Bone dice, stars, flowers are from China. The small red beads that are coming off the memory wire strand are real red coral from back before we realized we shouldn’t be making important animals like coral into beads.

Those painted ceramic bird beads? I had forgotten all about them and now that I remember them I dug out the name of the folks I purchased them from. I think I need more.

The orangey long necklace is made of many, many strands of silver-lined red glass beads. It’s really a hank; strung on cotton thread and knotted. It was a gift from a friend after I came to her wedding ceremony. It’s really pretty and I don’t know if she knew I would wear the hank just like that or she thought I would restring it. I like it as-is.

It’s a perfect summer necklace as it’s bright and really disco-looking but also doesn’t actually match a single thing I own.

Currently that ‘not quite matching’ element is very appealing to me.

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.