I love baubles and sparkly things. I loaded a few pictures onto Flickr in December intending to do a blog post about them the same day, but it never happened, so here they are.
I used to make jewelry and have always collected various adornments, so over the years I've accumulate quite a stash of new and vintage beads and buttons. I've done some major organizing and clearing out around here over the past few weeks and this included doing a little de-stashing of my beads. I kept favorites and ones I know I'll use, but others are going to my favorite not quite an adult friend Caitie. I met her when she was five and came with her aunt Nancy to take a bath salts class at my old shop...she was the star of the show.
Crystals-(quartz and glass) and vintage chandelier drops are a weakness. I love how they look all lined up in rows. The third row from the top is mostly made up of the vintage crystal buttons I found on a string for $3.00 in a junk shop. It was love in the afternoon that day folks.
Then there is my favorite coat button--(half dollar sized) of Ceres (or Demeter depending on your leaning):
Vanessa Valencia over at A Fanciful Twist has outdone herself again this year...In her New Year post, she asked her readers to leave comments stating our wishes......and when so many people wished for unselfish things, she did another post giving us permission to wish for selfish things...things we want just for ourselves. Then, she collected all of the wishes just like she did last year, only this time, instead of putting them in a balloon and sending them off into the Universe, she made a colorful pinata, filled it to the brim, took it out to a tree and POOF! She broke it open and let our wishes, glitter and bubbles be scattered to the wind. She's brilliant...and I love knowing my wishes and others were entrusted to someone who knew just what to do with them.
I read through all of the comments and ached because I'd love to make both the unselfish (healthy children and uncles) and selfish come true. I can't afford to help anyone open a studio or buy them a Vita-Mix or and Anthropologie Shopping Spree...but...there was one woman who wished for more people to learn about her Etsy shop and as I read it, I thought, well, Jeez...that's easy enough! I don't know her or anything about her, but she made a wish and now at least a few more people can find out about her shop. Here it is! Her prices are way beyond reasonable...such a good deal for the work!
I'm going to revisit Vanessa's post throughout the year and see if there are any other tiny wishes I can help with and maybe you can do the same...even sending a prayer to some of the women who wished for things that truly need divine help.
Oh...before I forget. I usually spend time over here listening to the play-list...or here...but, my latest studio music is courtesy of Marmee Craft...I practically live on her blog listening to her play-list like the radio for hours while I work and organize. It's a real pleasure.
Oh...double before I forget. Some of you commenters should know that Typepad is doing weird things now and if you are signed in, it takes people to your profile and not your blog and there is no email to reply to a comment...Jasmine, I can't respond because I can't get to your email or blog. And for those of you with Blogger blogs...it is so helpful if you choose to offer the name/url option in your comments, it makes it easy as a breeze for those of us who use other blogging services to let you know how much we enjoyed a post by leaving a comment.
Sweet dreams all!