Every Lady Should Have a Pearl Necklace

I have three. Mine are not real, but I love them.

Every lady needs a pearl necklace for those special occasions. It doesn’t matter if they are faux or real. Really nice white pearls look lovely on a dark outfit. I just finished listing two on my Etsy site that I had restored.  As I was looking at them to describe them I realized how beautiful they were. I imagined who might wear them. You? Or someone you would give them to?

The two I listed are not real oyster pearls, but they are vintage and they have a luster that doesn’t show their age. Which, as a lady, I can’t divulge. I really don’t know it, anyway. But I loved re-stringing them and recapturing their loveliness.

These two beautiful pieces are priced at $11.97 each with free shipping in the US. All my necklaces are shipped in an organza pouch so that they are protected in shipping, and might be placed in a jewelry box with all your other pieces. One of them would also be a charming gift for someone you appreciate and love.

You’ll find them at http://mizmlu@etsy.com.

2015 Bead & Button Show!

JEWELRY CREATORS – pack your bags and check your bank account, the 2015 Bead & Button show is coming to town!
You mustn’t miss this! The Bead & Button shows are the best of all shows for jewelry makers. They attract hundreds of bead vendors and over 800 jewelry making class sections and workshops for your interest. It will be held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 27th –June 8th.
The last time I attended a bead show was over 25 years ago when it was held in Los Angeles. I was only making jewelry for my own use at the time, but my two friends who did beaded Christmas ornaments and household décor thought I would enjoy it. That I enjoyed it is putting it mildly. It was candy for my eyes.
Everywhere I looked was something beautiful I had never seen before. Each booth had literally 1000s of beads to choose from. There were classes, and demonstrations as well. I still have several earrings I made from my purchases that day long ago.
Fire Mountain Gems & Beads Supply Company has published a 3 page description of what they are doing to prepare for the show as well as tips and suggestions for attending, such as making early airline and hotel reservations. They will fill up fast. So will the classes and demonstrations. You’ll want to take a tote bag for your purchases and lots of business cards to distribute when you make new friends. And don’t forget your camera so that you can share your experience with the rest of us when you return.
For official schedule, registration and class information, check out www.beadandbuttonshow.com.
Just reading the tips and hints from the Fire Mountain crew made me wish I could make it. But not this year, unfortunately.

READ THIS VERY SLOWLY… IT’S PRETTY PROFOUND.

READ THIS VERY SLOWLY... IT'S PRETTY PROFOUND.

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain’. And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because People cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see her sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away…. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!’

Thanks Pam.

 

Valentine’s Day coming up

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Results from my show

The results from the craft show I participated in yesterday were less than satisfying.  I sold a total of 4 items, just to my friends. I sold no Christmas items.

The show itself was a disappointment for all the participants as well.  In spite of extensive promotion by everyone involved it seemed the only visitors were related in some way to the sellers.  The items for sale were a combination of hand made creations of all kinds and multiple versions of Christmas decor and gifts.  These were quality items, made by talented creators.  NO junk.

As the meager visitors arrived they wandered through the large room, often not stopping at any particular stand except that presented by their known person.  Most visitors were in and out within a manner of minutes without making any purchase.

The only item that seemed to be selling was the curly boa type scarves.  Of the 11 tables almost half had multiple versions of this scarf.  Other items were traditional, or different and unusual beautiful Christmas decor, distinctive jewelry and even one table of plants.

Much detailed preparation by all the vendors was done for this event.  In my case, and I’m sure it applied to all of us, I was up at 5:30am, loaded the car, with my daughter’s help, unloaded my many cartons at the site and spent the next 2 hours setting up the table and arranging all the items to show their best features.  All for nothing.

The items that were for sale at each table deserved more than a fast walk by and out.  They were made with loving hands and deserved a loving new home.

My days of sales of this type are over.

You’re invited to join in my latest activity

My latest endeavor is participating in a craft fair organized by some of the residents of the Mobile Home Park where I have lived for 12 years, in Canoga Park, CA.  Some of the ladies in the park spend their free time creating beautiful things such as jewelry, clothing, home decor and Christmas items.  Our show is coming up next weekend on Nov. 8.

I am in the process of gathering together all the goodies I want to display at my table.  I will have many Christmas items such as a handmade ladies vest, several earrings I made, some I bought years P1560135ago, and a gorgeous necklace in red, green, & other beads on a silver chain.  Picture doesn’t do it justice. It glows with Christmas spirit.

I have been working to identify and price each item and in the process I thought it would be a good idea to inventory what I had and where I  kept it.  I found 146 necklaces that I had created but hadn’t sold.  I have at least 10 more up for sale this month on my Etsy shop.  That’s just a portion of what I have made, sold, or given away over the years.

And the earrings, OMG, the earrings!  When I have a few pieces that just don’t fit into a necklace or bracelet they become earrings.  I have some old beaded Christmas earrings up for sale that I made a long time ago.  It may sound strange, but I get pleasure from creating something that someone might enjoy wearing.

If you happen to live in my home town, Canoga Park, or the vicinity of the San Fernando Valley, CA., the show will be at 8811 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park on Nov. 8 from 9-3.  You won’t be disappointed at the variety of beautiful creations made by my talented neighbors.

Just in case you can’t make it to the show, you can view my creations at http://mizmlu.etsy.com.  Expired items can be renewed if you are interested.