Do you Dior?

Little known Christian Dior Facts…

  A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.’ – Christian Dior
Unlike many of his fashion contemporaries , Christian Dior was born into a wealthy French family. Dior was born in Granville, a coastal town in Normandy, France in 1905. His father was a wealthy businessman who owned a fertilizer company, and the family moved to Paris, when Dior was about five years old.  Christian Dior is one of the best known names in fashion and he has been accredited with bringing many new styles to women’s fashion. Initially though, women didn’t like his styles very much, because many of his designs used yards of fabric and covered up their legs, and below are ten more facts about Christian Dior, the master of shapes and silhouettes, that might surprise you:
1.   His parents wanted him to be a diplomat
2.   Christian Dior was inspired by architecture
3.   Christian Dior was very superstitious
4.   Dior once owned an art gallery and displayed Picasso
5.   He died of unknown cause at the age of 52
6.   Dior employed Yves Saint Laurent at 19 as a design assistant
7.   Dior designed dresses for Nazi officer’s wives while his sister    
       fought for the French resistance
8.   He was accused of using too much fabric in WWII
9.   His creations were favoured by the rich and the famous
10. He was the first couturier to license his designs. Critics said
        he cheapened the Haute Couture industry.
Stay beautiful!

While I was home my mother gave me some of her Dior costume jewelry remnants. I loved this earring. So I made this pearl motif using the earring. What do you think? Love all your feedback.

PS My husband said, “I guess a guy that grew up in a fertilizer company would know something about what effects a woman’s perfume had!” 🙂

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May I give you some advice?

While doing the Crow Pose in Yoga…

This is not me!!! But while attempting this pose, please note the word attempting, our delightful instructor reminded us of our intention for the day which was working through fear. She then told us about her fear as a child. Like so many young girls she was always concerned and fearful about what other people thought of her. She confided this fear to her grandmother. Her grandmother told her it was none of her damn business! I love the simplicity and merit to this advice. This has stuck with her all of her life and it got me thinking about all the sage advice I have gotten from my grandmother and mother.

My Grandmother: When the neighborhood boys refused to play with me she said, “Some day you’ll have to carry a big stick!” At 6 I didn’t understand the meaning and wondered why I would want to beat them with a stick as they already didn’t want to be around me?

My Mother: “Get a good education, don’t rely on you looks, make your own money and don’t get married!” Sorry about the last one Mom. Made it to 37 though! And, we know how much you love Richard.

Now that I have shared with you,  I hope you will take a moment and share some guiding advice with me.

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Magical Sari
Electric Sari
Murano Glass and Sari
Twisted Sister/Motif
Midnight Collar

Meet Jasper…The Friendly Gem :-)

Jasper

Known as the “Supreme Nurturer” …

Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, providing comfort and security. Who does’t want that in their life? Jasper comes in a rainbow of beautiful and very interesting colors.  I have chosen Poppy Jasper because it is known to inspire a positive, joyful attitude.  What does this piece inspire in you?

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Just Zip It!

Did you know The Duchess of Windsor designed….

In the 1930s, The Duchess thought the Zipper would make an interesting design for a necklace. Her design was called The Zip and became a rage in England. Later in the 1950s, Van Cleef and Arpels made this design with beautiful diamonds, rubies and various precious stones. I was fresh out of diamonds so I chose faux pearls and shells instead!

Zipper
Did you know the Zipper was invented in 1851 by Elias Howe, founder of the sewing machine?  It flopped and was re-engineered 44 years later by Whitcomb Judson of Street Car fame.

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Old Dog New Tricks?

Dad of Twisted Sister?

I am home visiting my family and of course I am making Jewelry with my mom and my dear friend Sandy. My 89 year old Dad, Bob hates to be left out! He sits down and I teach him to make a Twisted Sister.  Can you believe it!!!!! He is modeling his handiwork.  I guess it is now a family affair????

Bob
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I’ve been texted???

I have several friends that are in my age neighborhood…

that are doing the online dating thingy. Honestly, I would rather scrape paint but the one thing that is universally complained about is texting. No one talks on the phone anymore. It’s like my niece, Erica, said to me a couple of years back. “Aunt Carol, everyone knows you’re old.” I beg your pardon? “Only old people leave messages. I know you called.” Humph! So, those of you that have been with me awhile know how my brain works… I got to thinking about texting and that lead me to texture. Sorry, it’s messy in my head!
Last week I told you I was into fiber but I realized that wasn’t really correct. It’s texture that attracts me. Think about the Twisted Sister Technique. It’s all about using hundreds of beads etc. I was exploring texture when I stumbled on to Viktor & Rolf Couture. OMG! Have a peak and I hope you’ll enjoy the video.

Viktor  Viktor 1

Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2016  Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2016

Being a Jewelry Designer, I have met my match. Sadly, No necklaces necessary for these outfits.

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Apricot Sari

Purple Sari

 

Noodling around Pinterest and Whoa!

I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest ….

When I come across this picture of Princess Sophia at a Royal wedding.

Princess Sopia

Is someone knocking me off????Something about “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? I just finished this necklace. (Comes in many colors too.)

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Carol

The Twist Takes a Tasty Turn!

As some of you know….

In addition to my beading and jewelry shenanigans, I teach a cooking class called From Costco to the Elegant Table. It is a very fun class where I show you how to take Costco items that have already been prepared and elevate them to the gourmet dinner party level. Many of my students have asked me if they could buy all the recipes from my previous classes. I have just completed Part 1 of my series of recipes.

From Costco Cover Martini

Part 1 includes 5 of my most popular recipes from the last 3 years. There is something for everyone. I promise, you will never consider making these dishes from scratch again. This is an instant digital download with beautiful pictures and the exact locations of where to find the items at Costco. I hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as I do. They really are yummy and PAINLESSLY easy. The time alone you will save justifies the price AND your friends and family will marvel at your new found creativity! Click HERE!
Check back in a few weeks for Part 2.

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Diamonds are a Girl’s BFF!

Which Movie Was No. 1 the Day You Were Born?

I’m taking a beading break today but read to end as I have an amazing beauty tip…

Some days you just need to give it a rest. So let’s do something fun. How about discovering the movie that was No. 1 the day your were born? Head over to: http://playback.fm/birthday-movie and enter your birthday and year. For those that know me, would you be surprised to know I got a Jerry Lewis/ Dean Martin Movie? Maybe this explains my Goofiness!
Beauty Tip – Use your hair dryer to heat your eyelash curler for 20  seconds on medium heat than curl your lashes and apply mascara.  Lordy! Curl last for 2-3 days!
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