OMG(oodness), Millie Is In Love With Metal Clay

>> Saturday, April 23, 2011

Now, why would I be concerned about Millie's new love?...well I may be the older sister, but she is the one that gets us into trouble.  Really!

First it starts with a casual comment, then there are the "new" magazines and books that start to just happen to be on the table while we are having tea.  Hmmm.."Not interested" says I, "Way to busy and isn't it expensive?"  Vague answers are heard and the next thing I know I'm registered to take a class; don't ask me how she does it, but she does it.

So now I'm in a class and working with "silver" that needs to be handled in just such a way to avoid all sorts of evils.  Thankfully, we have a great instructor Pam Feindel of Attitude Jewelry.  It is almost magically how the clay leaves and a beautiful creation appears. Truth be told, I did enjoy the class very much and will be taking another one shortly to make a ring.

Stay tuned for pictures of our creations in my next blog.

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Jewelery From the 1940's

>> Sunday, April 17, 2011

The first lesson I have learned about blogging is it isn't as easy as jotting down a few thoughts and off you go.  Well, that might work for some but they don't have my loving "sisters" editing and giving constructive input. Just kidding - couldn't live without them.

The second lesson was how kind and sharing people are to someone they don't even know but who shares a common interest.

As I said in my earlier post I have been exploring the internet looking for images that would take us through the years and that I could share. With jewelery it is truly about the look and "feel".  Not being able to provide the "feel" left me with the visual and I wanted to have good quality pictures that could almost give you the "feel" of the piece. 

Then reality struck..."copyright"-  ooops - almost forgot about that.  After consulting with my wise "twin" sister Pearl, I realized that there would indeed be more work and planning to this new venture than I had thought.  Oh, and did I also mention learning curve because I am the least computer literate of the bunch and my spelling and grammar is questionable.

So back I go with more insight and direction on how I could accomplish my goal.  One of the suggestions was to contact the person(s) who's image I wanted to use and ask permission.  So back I go to refind the picture's owner and then email them explaining my mission.  To be truthful I didn't expect to get a quick response or a response at all.  Boy was I wrong ..within a short period of time I had not one response, but two.

So I now can share with you not only the images but a direct link to their websites that will cover all the years and more in regards to the evolution of jewelry.  It also saved me a great deal of time because everything I was going to explore and share is there for all to see and explore. Just be warned that there is so much to see and learn on their sites that you will need at least two cups of your favorite beverage.

Drum roll..............

1940's Louis Stern 12ktgf Bow Bracelet with Red Stones

1940's Goldtone Rhinestones and Pink and Blue Plastic Cab Crown Pin

The images above were kindly shared by Charlotte  from Collectible Jewels

Charlotte has also shared newsletters that she has done over several months and has been kind enough to let me use information from them as welI.  I  will hopefully be able to share that information here later.

Now on to our next kind lady who is from Illusion Jewels. Here is a sample of her "40's" beauties :

Aurora Borealis Earrings Clipbacks

On these two sites you will find pieces from all of the years that I wanted to cover in this series of blogs therefore I will move on to another subject.  Let me know your favorite year and style.

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So Who Dreamed About Being a "Blogger" When They Grew Up ?

>> Saturday, April 16, 2011

This is an exciting new journey that I have been gently pushed into.... well the sisters tell me they were gentle. The Bead Sisterhood needed one of the "sisters" to manage the "blog" page on our website and through the process of elimination I was chosen. Actually, I think they finally realized that I have been doing the least amount of work among the family.

If you are new to the BeadSisterhood than you may not know that we are five ladies who formed an instant bond when we met (even the related ones !). We are all addicted to anything that shines or can be sorted. Don't you just love those bags of 1000 of anything to be divided between sisters and friends? If you would like to learn more about each of us then check out our "about us" link.

So where this blog goes and what things are blogged about is anyone's guess. The most obvious subject will be about jewelery. However, the title got me thinking about how much has changed over the past 60+ years. That is the number of years since I've been on this earth. But if we are looking at maturity I'm barely pushing 30ish!

I had a peek around the web for some of the information and pictures on what types of jewellery was popular over the years and I'm thinking that some of the jewelery from the good ole days might be best left in the past.

I'm not sure that everyone will agree what was the best decade but for the next few posts I will be showing you what you wore, what you could have worn, and even what you may be glad you never had to wear because you are only a wee young thing.

Stay tuned and see you in my next post....before I go I will leave you with one visual. This is a beautiful hat pin, with the Royal Wedding just over maybe we should be looking for a hat to go with the pin!

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