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 Heirloom Journey to Joe Namath!

What in the world does this ring have to do with Joe?

This ring was the only piece of real jewelry my Grandmother owned. She bought it with the money she saved from babysitting my brother and me. One day, planting our Spring garden she noticed the stone was missing. She was distraught and I vowed to find it for her. Those of you that know me know I have the “Dog with a Bone Gene” big time. I tore the garden apart. Dug up and replanted etc.  My Dad, Bob, helped me when he came home from work. When it got dark he said we should begin again at first light as we could end up reburying it in the dark.  We were out there before the sun came up and sure enough as soon as the sun peaked over the horizon, every shiny thing in the garden sparkled and that is how I found the stone. My Grandmother was overjoyed and promised that I would be the next owner of her beautiful ring. Sadly, that Fall she passed away and I inherited this beautiful piece. Since I was only 11 I wore it around my neck until I was old enough and then I wore it everyday.

Now the Juicy Joe Part!

It’s Spring Break 1971 in Fort Lauderdale. (Young things don’t give up, it’s still a good story…)
I’m in a bar alone. My friends are scorching themselves in the sun and since I don’t tan, I drink!  The bar is packed and there is only one seat at the bar.  I settle myself and order some dopey Ohio drink. Probably a  7 & 7. There is a reason they say Youth is wasted on the Young! I notice the guy next to me is REALLY good looking and I start up a conversation. Which leads to talking about my ring. Turns out Joe’s mother loved blue topaz. He then joked with me about how the color only matches one of my eyes. Ha, Ha! My left eyes is half blue and half brown. He buys me drinks and later asked me to dinner. I said I had plans with my friends and got up to leave. The girl behind me taking my seat says, “Do you have any idea who that is?” Not a clue says the Ohio girl. That’s how I met Joe Namath. When I tell my husband this story he says if I had gone to dinner with him, I would probably be more interested in Football. Do you think????
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Iris Multi necklace       Chain Tassle Necklace

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Carol

Interesting Twist to My Armani Bloomer Post

Benjamin Wild’s recent blog on Kate Middleton’s photo shoot provided an interesting counterpoint to my politics in fashion post, “Where are my Armani Bloomers?”  I hope you enjoy this. C

Photographing the Duchess of Cambridge for the centenary cover of British Vogue was surely an obvious choice. Few people at present seem to inspire as much popular sympathy, pique as much interest and reflect the magazine’s focus on high style and high society, than the wife of Britain’s future king. Deciding whom to photograph was […]

via Plain Kate: Vogue’s Centenary Shoot — Benjamin Wild

June is for LOVE!

Were you a June Bride?

June is all about weddings and I got to wondering about engagement and wedding rings and just why the third finger of the left hand.  So here we go…

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution from a fellow blogger:

ANCIENT PAST
As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES
As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700
In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800
The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY
In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930
In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940
In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970
The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

1990-PRESENT
There has been no set trend and no popular design stayed for very long. There have been trends for sapphires and emeralds but now that is fading. Today people are choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

And, aren’t we blessed that we have the freedom to express our love for one another however we choose!

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Carol
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Serendipity at it’s best…

Interesting people show up in the strangest places!

I met this very interesting and inspiring lady yesterday named Betsy at a luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their families. We started talking about jewelry. (Shockingly surprising topic for me, I know.) She told me this amazing story she calls The Immortal Necklace. It all started with a remodel of an old farm house in Ohio in the 1940s. The house was built in the late 1800s and needed a serious upgrade. Betsy was the only girl in a family with 5 brothers and 1 bathroom. Her father decided the bathroom was the first room to be remodeled. He began ripping out the walls to make it larger and in so doing found a very old tattered pouch that contained a beautiful pearl necklace with a complete chronology. The necklace was first worn by the Bride of an Austrian named Uttendorf in 1799. The chronology goes on to describe the passage of that necklace to the oldest daughter on her wedding day until it abruptly stopped in 1901. Betsy’s father told her that it was their obligation to continue its legacy of immortality. But now Betsy has a problem. Betsy had 4 sons, who in turn had only sons. She is a proud grandmother of wonderful BOYS. She is really at a crossroad. What should she do? Or, better what would you do?

Here is a sketch of the necklace and my attempt to recreate.  Click Below!


Here is my version:
Immortal Photo

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What is a Twisted Sister?

I have been crafting all of my life and I never thought it would take me here. As for crafting,  I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

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PS Next up…What does Cate Blanchett have to do with The Twisted Sister???

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