Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Flowers

"Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers."
~ Thomas Tusser ~

As a child I remember making little construction paper May Baskets, decorating them with crayons, glue, and lots of glitter. We would fill the little baskets with flowers and candy, then sneak to our neighbors houses, hang them on the door, ring the bell and run.

I was always so excited, wondering what their reaction was to my sweet little glittery treat.

Check out the May Baskets at:

Goddess Flora

May Day is an ancient celebration honoring the Roman goddess Flora. Flora was the goddess of all flowering plants.

Although the giving of May baskets has faded in popularity, I am honoring Goddess Flora and placing this “May Day Basket” on your door step today.

Please enjoy. Happy May Day!

"The May-pole is up,
Now give me the cup;
I'll drink to the garlands around it;
But first unto those
Whose hands did compose
The glory of flowers that crown'd it."
~ Robert Herrick, The Maypole, 1660 ~

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earth Day 1970-2011

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.“ ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

Growing up in “The Land Of 10,000 Lakes”, I’ve always been aware of the beauty of nature. I suppose it helped having a father who studied forestry at the University of Minnesota.

My dad loved the outdoors and nature. He also loved sports, fishing, hunting etc… but with a great respect for what he was taking and leaving behind. I think that’s what gave me my respect for our environment.

I think it is also a part of my passion for re-purposing. We have so much, yet we are always looking for the next new thing, ready to discard the old.

So in honor of my father and in respect of this wonderful planet, and all the creatures on it, I am giving 15% of my Etsy sales, from 4/22/11 to 4/22/12 to the World Wildlife Fund.

Happy Earth Day everyone! ….. remember to take some time to enjoy this beautiful planet!

"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever." ~Jimmy Carter

Friday, April 15, 2011


“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
-Albert Einstein

In my case a table, a chair, a pile of trinkets and my imagination.

I belong to an on line blog group, where we submit our humble blogs and our fellow members give valuable input. Another member recently wrote a blog featuring one of my necklaces titled “They key To Happiness, if it were as simple as this re-purposed necklace”

This got me to thinking, is happiness that simple? So I made a mental list of when I’m happy and why. Here it is some of the things that make me happy:
1. My family, I have the best supportive family in the world. And we all genuinely LIKE each other.
2. My sweet little puppies

And now for the list of simple happy things,

3. The first snow, (don’t ask me about the 7.8.9…..)
4. Digging in my garden
5. Cookies
6. Finding trinkets to turn into treasures
7. Pearls, glass beads, rhinestones (I do have a bit of crow in me)
8. Candles
9. Flowers
10. Long walks on a cool summer morning

This list could go on, but my point is, yes I do think that happiness is as simple as a re-purposed necklace.

I have a stone on my garden path that is engraved with this saying:
“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~Robert Brault

I think if we don’t try so hard to pursue happiness we will be happier!

Here are a few pieces that make me happy…. I hope you enjoy them also.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

“The Legend of the Tulip” …. Part Two

When we last left Granny Grey she was planting tulip bulbs for the Pixies, and I had a pile of stuff.
Well Granny’s tulips have bloomed and so have a few necklaces!

This piece is made from a pretty rhinestone circle pin, antique prism, pearl beads, and a vintage rosary.

The second piece is made from an antique tool tag, two rosaries, and a vintage brass necklace chain.

This next piece is a favorite and custom made for a client using family heirloom pieces.

I have more, but you will have to check out my Etsy shop to see those…. Don’t miss “De Pierre Lapin Necklace”

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and, remember to look for the “Pixie Cradles” in your Tulips!