I’m so proud of Pati and the work she has done on her jewelry creations.
This is one set she made for Maureen and I’ll have the other set up in the next photo, then some close ups of these items.
I am totally impressed by what Pati has created. She is the one that loves jewelry between us. I can’t wear it because I have a rather itchy and nasty reaction to the nickle content in the metals used so I avoid it all together.
You may not realize there is a difference in these two sets. It is in the chandelier earrings. One set has five hangy down things while this set only has three.
Still these are beautiful pieces and I hope Maureen and her Mom are happy with their jewelry.
Pati put magnetic closures on the bracelet and necklace to make it easier for Maureen’s Mom to put them on and take them off.
I learned quite a bit about jewelry making since Pati has been here. There are some teensy tiny little circle things I can barely see. They are called “Crimps” and she squeezed them down tight to affix the wire through the magnetic clip loops and the Crimp. I felt so sorry for her trying to thread the wire through those bitty things. I remembered Joe has a magnefying head gear thing. I brought it out and showed Pati how to tighten it to fit her head. I have to remember to get it back to Joe’s head size or he will holler “What “Pin Head” has been using my magnifiers?
This is the second pair of earrings in the set. The one with three hangy down things.
This is the earring set #1 with the five hangy down things.
I watched Pati put some of this together and marveled at how she worked with the wire and a pair of jeweler’s pliers to create all this.
To hear her sharp intake of breath and then to hear her say “Someone actually likes my stuff and wants to buy it?” with total incredulity in her voice was awesome. Then to have her at my kitchen table and enjoy herself in the construction of this beauty was awesome.
Maureen, cookies or pumpkin bread, as totally delicious as they are, can’t compare with the soul stirring feeling I had while watching Pati take flight at your behest. I am deeply grateful to you for sparking Pati’s creativity as you did. I think, truly, it is I that should send you the cookies or something equally as wonderful to Thank You.
Monday – yesterday – I had to go to the bank before running other errands, including shipping out Maureen’s jewelry. The Branch Manager of my bank was my “teller”. I asked if he were ready for Christmas. After a couple minutes of telling me of his family coming for everywhere to celebrate the first Christmas of his new daughter, he proceeded to tell me that he has yet to purchase something for his wife. I sent Pati back out to my car to bring in her jewelry. When she came back in I opened the boxes and told him that my sister makes jewelry. I then asked if he would be interested in purchasing a set for his wife. He AGREED. He commissioned a necklace and bracelet made exactly the same as Maureen’s. His wife can’t wear earrings so he declined on those.
Maureen, you have truly blessed me and I appreciate you so much Girlfriend.
Well, our Road Warriors are home. They arrived safely at Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX airport. Pati and I met them there and brought them home. After a trip to IKEA so Pati and Les could be fully awed by the store then we headed home.
After some kind of iffy moments I think Pati and Les will be going home to their family for Christmas. One more night with us before they leave and head for home for a few days. Joe will be here with me for Christmas before he and Les head back out on the roads. They will have some down time and Pati will be able to finally see her home. She is so homesick and really wants to be there with her family. I can’t say that I blame her either. I know what it feels like to want to be home.
Okay, I have things I have to do tomorrow. Catch up on all my emails, and my YouTube subscribers. Shamefully I have neglected them far too long. My website is still undergoing getting the “kinks” worked out of it. I’m so glad that is up and mostly working. After Christmas and when I’m back to being home by myself I will tackle my paperwork once again. This time I will be working in my craft room and cranking things out there also. Sort of get myself back on track.
Shelly, Lynn. You two in the snow and cold temperatures. Both of you have a warm and safe Christmas. Maureen, down in the warmer climes, I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe Christmas also. Nancy…are you still up to your knees in snow? You and your family have a wonderful and safe Christmas. Jann, I’m praying and wishing that you and Royce will have the best Christmas you’ve had in several years now that Royce has a working kidney. You two be safe and Joe says “Hi Back” to Royce. Shar, way down under in the summer months with Christmas. I wish you and your family to have a safe and wonderful Christmas as well. Indira, over in the tropical part of our world with your two little ones. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, too.