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Chatelaine Necklace Workshop

On Saturday, our first workshop was by Charlotte Lyons. We made this extremely useful and groovy chatelaine. With as much embroidering as I do, I think I’ll have this thing on all of the time.

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We made the little strawberry pin cushion from tie-dyed velvet and added little beads for seeds. Seed beads…how can I be SO funny? My little charm reads: There is a fountain. That is one of my favorite hymns and Heather gave me that hymn sheet during our soldering class, so I used it in this class, too.

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Here we are!

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Oops! It looks like Joan’s chatelaine is in motion. But, then, again, Joan is usually in motion. She even taught Emily, who we enjoyed visiting with at our table, how to crochet a chain to add to her chatelaine. Go, Joan! Go, Emily!

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Josephine’s Jewels and Bonaparte’s Gift Workshops

The first two workshops that Joan and I attended were held by Kaari Meng. I learned a LOT about closing jump rings and, especially, about turning a loop. Improving these two skills impacts my enjoyment of jewelry making in a sky’s-the-limit way. First, we made a bracelet.

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I LOVE this bracelet! See that grape cluster? Yep, I made it. I turned every one of those little loops!

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Then, I made this necklace:

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Do you see that one big bead? And those two little beads? And those two tiny beads sandwiching that pinkish bead? I made each of those units. Yesiree. By the time I was done turning loops for 2-1/2 hours to make that necklace, I considered myself an expert!

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And I LOVE the end result. Plus, we had such a great time meeting people at our table and chatting the morning away as we beaded and looped. What fun!

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Silver Bella Charm Bracelet Swap

My fourth swap was “charming” (oh, I’m SO funny). I made this bracelet for the very sweet Nora:

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In her survey, she shared a special memory, so I created my “presentation box” based on that:

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I think she liked it! (I hope so!)

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And I got this perfect-for-me bracelet from the thoughtful Sheila, who really took my survey to heart (oh, how can I be so funny?)!

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And look how well it goes with this other bracelet! And who made that bracelet? Well, you’ll have to find out tomorrow….

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, a special gift-giving occasion. So, oh, was I excited when I saw my Silver Bella pal, Lynn’s, inspirational blog post a couple of weeks ago. The wheels started turning and they turned out this:

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Based on Lynn’s awesome idea, I first made a collage featuring my Grama Coffman’s photo. Then, with Clara’s awesome help, I scannned the collage and printed it out on ink-jet Shrinky Dinks paper (oh, how I adore Shrinky Dinks paper!), then baked it to get a little medallion.

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Isn’t that little medallion so fun?

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I had such fun making the collage. When I think of my grama, I think of cabbage roses. So, I got one of her old throw pillows, scanned it, cut out a couple of flowers from it and included them in the collage.

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One of my favorite parts of the collage is the embroidered part. I copied my grama’s penmanship when she signed a letter to my mom and then embroidered it.

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With my primitive jewelry-making skills, I attached the pendant to a chain, added a little rose charm near the pendant and then started lengthening the chain with beads. I was so excited about incorporating some beads from Bead For Life that mom and I had purchased when I was visiting them last summer.

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I was totally tickled with the final result. And I think Mom was, too.

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And just to complete the ensemble, crafting Charlotte make Grammy a coordinating bracelet:

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

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