Friday, May 31, 2013


Recently while blog hopping, I discovered a reference to online classes by Terri Brush.  Am I the last to hear about her?  I love to learn new techniques, so it wasn't long before I checked out her site.  I am so happy I did! Her videos are great and she is a wonderful teacher-just wish I was close enough for an in-person class.

She has several classes to choose from-the first one I signed up for was Soldering Molten Lava Jewelry.
I have done solder stamping on my own-figuring it out as I go, but I find it helpful to see someone else's technique and tricks they learned along the way.

This is one of the necklaces I made before the molten lava is so addictive!
Pewter solder on copper
And these are little books I made after the class using Terri's technique...

Love them...

                 I have since bought two other classes..
so will tell you about them and what I made soon.

Monday, May 27, 2013


               In Honor of those who gave their all for our freedom... 

Thank you!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Traditions and Memories

The Mother's Day tradition I remember as a child was wearing a rose pinned to my dress. Most people where I grew up did this as a way of remembering and honoring their mother. The rose was red if your mother was living and white if she wasn't living.  

It was important to find just the right rose, so my sister and I would go out and look on the rose bushes at the end of our porch for the perfect rose.  We wanted ours to be a bud with no blemishes. When we found it, the rose along with leaves from the bush was pinned on the shoulder of our dress before we went to Sunday School.

I don't know when this stopped-I always thought it was a nice tradition.

Did you do this when you were growing up?

When my father in the Navy during WWII he often wrote letters home to the editor of the hometown newspaper for publication.  They many times contained a poem that he had written expressing his thoughts while away at war.  This poem in honor of his mother was written in 1944 while he was in the Pacific.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cameron Antique Fair

My husband and I went to Cameron Saturday to the antique fair.  It was great weather for walking and checking out all the vendors.  Cameron  is a very small town (The town had 151 residents at the 2000 census) and holds this fair two times a year.  Venders are set up anywhere there is a space in a yard.

If you are like me when you go treasure hunting, you are also looking for good ideas to use for display for your next show.

These are some great display ideas I saw...

An old lamp shade stripped of fabric makes a great jewelry holder
Now why didn't I think of that?

I have seen so many old fireplace screens at yard sales 
and passed them I'll never find another one!

A rolled up section of wire fence is good for hanging things on
And here are a few other pictures from the fair...

Have you been to any good shows lately?

Monday, May 6, 2013


Today is our 30th Wedding Anniversary-

This is us then...

And this is now...