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Just when I thought I was so clever…

A friend of mine asked me to create a necklace from a Pinterest Pin she found that she really liked. I’m always looking for new ideas and things to create so I was all in. Per usual, I had to order some new beads which we all know was totally unnecessary. But buying beads before a creative process is like stretching before running. Here is my new design or is it?

So what’s the problem? A few days before making the necklace, I was cleaning out some drawers and came across this card my niece sent me years ago.

Is it just me or did I copy her design? Carol the Human Copy Machine. Back in the Dark Ages I did work for Xerox.  Just sayin!
Here is another version. Let me know if you like it.

Let’s chat soon,

Carol
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I’m Fascinated by Ignorance and Superstition.

As an ex high school math teacher my road map to life consists of logic and formulas.

Spock & Supremacists – I’m currently reading a book about White Supremacists and their “Logic” behind being Holocaust deniers. (Please stick with me this really is a fun post!)

Tomato – The Red Demon – This lead me to thinking about the tomato. Yes, The Tomato. You see back in the 1500s people were very superstitions and anything new and unusual was immediately cast off as dangerous. When the tomato reached European shores it was blamed for Witchcraft and Werewolves.

Devil Ointments – Religious Zealots told their congregations that tomatoes were used in Flying Ointments by Witches. These Flying Ointments were rubbed on the broomsticks or the witches themselves to make them fly to meet the Devil. Or the witches could rub it on unsuspecting victims and they would be turned into Werewolves. 

Executions – Between 1300 and 1650, thousands of Europeans (mostly women) were executed for practicing witchcraft, in a church-and-government-sanctioned mass hysteria academics call the “witch craze.” Women were burned, drowned, hanged, and crushed after trials in both secular and religious courts; and lynched by vigilante mobs.

Spanish Save Tomatoes – Only to be used for La Tomatina Festival! The Spanish Inquisition saved the tomato by declaring any belief in witchcraft as heretical. PHEW!

Gardens? But not so fast. In Winchester, Massachusetts there was a law on the books banning tomato gardens—an artifact of early 20th century anti-Italian racism, meant to keep the neighborhood cleanly Anglo-Saxon.

How’s this for Ignorance and Superstition?

Well I got carried away with the tomatoes so next week I’ll tell you my tomato adventure. Promise.

I hope you will enjoy my friend Kathy’s tomato print below. Click on the picture if you would like to see more of her work and she has great cards too!kathys-tomatoes

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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An Idea Hurricane!

Sometimes the stars are aligned….

I am fortunate to live in a community that still likes to entertain. That’s the good news because there is nothing more satisfying then going to someone’s home to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of good friends. But with that joy comes a tad bit of responsibility. The perfect Hostess Gift!!! So that got me thinking about the best gifts I have received. Every single one I remember are the gifts I still use today. Twisted Sister Alarms go off. What if I make a Twisted Sister Wine Cuff/Bracelet to Bling up a bottle of wine? Viola!  Here are just a few.

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My friend saw them and wants me to teach a class at her studio on how to make these wine cuffs. So if you are in the area or are coming to visit check my website for available classes. Next class 10/28 – Sign Up

The icing on the cake was when I Googled Perfect Hostess Gifts and found Hostess Gifts with a TWIST Click HERE and take a peak.
I know I’m prejudice buy I happen to like mine best. What do you think?
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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You Could Ruin Ice Cream!

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Now that’s just NOT NICE!!!!!

Last week I asked you for your opinion on the marriage of a couple of my jewelry techniques. I thought I handled the negative comments quite well. I actually giggled at the Bleck comment and laughed out loud at “I don’t want to look like a badly decorated Christmas Tree”. So not to be out done, I kept at it and came up with a brooch design I really liked. I showed it to a friend who shall remain nameless as many of you know her. (Don’t worry she is not seeing this post.) Her comment RUINED it for me. Being the mature person I am I told her she could ruin ice cream on a hot day. Here is my creation. 

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She said it looks like a Smashed Tarantula!!! Sorry to my dear friend that got it as a birthday gift. 😦 What Say YOU!!!!

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Being in a Sour Mood from the above post. I thought you might enjoy the article on the 39 ways to reuse Pickle Juice. My tip is if you suffer from Leg Cramps this or caper juice works wonders. Click: HERE

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Let’s chat again soon,
Carol

 

 

Am I a Forgerer?

As a new blogger, I am learning the ropes. Along the way, I found this fabulous artist Hugo Costa.  He is a an Urban Sketcher. Every day you get a gift of one of his sketches. I hope you will follow him as his sketches are gifts. Below is a recent sketch of the Carroll Bridge in NYC. I loved it and since my name is Carol, I thought it would be a great inspiration for a necklace.

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Here is my “Forgery”!  Tell me what you think!

Hugo Piece with Necklace

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Let’s chat soon, Carol

 

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