my true love gave to me…
a “come hither” mermaid necklace handmade, enameled on fused art glass, so the design will not wash off or wear off – this and other mermaid necklaces will be for sale at the Green Gift Bazaar at the Riverbender community center oat 200 W #rd st., downtowsn Alton, 10-4, Sat. – Nov. 24.
Where do I get my design ideas from? Lately, I have been designing around gifts from my 84-year-old friend, fondly known up at our local diner, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery in Alton, IL, as “Jimmy the Greek”.
Recently Jimmy gifted me with some of his late wife’s old costume jewelry. I have used some of her pieces and added to them to create new pieces, as in the cluster necklaces I’ve been posting.
But I wanted to do something just for Jimmy, to honor him and wife, Helen, so I made a shadowbox. I used some of Helen’s old jewelry for accents, and one of her scarves as the background. I left a placeholder for a photograph – Jimmy had his daughter-in-law put a wonderful photo to Jimmy and Helen together in the old-fashioned frame.
The weather should be perfect for Grafton’s Art in the Park Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 – come see us!
here is an example of the old becoming new – I used a vintage clip earring (the gold leaf) – gifted to me by an 84-year old gentleman – it had belonged to his late wife – and I surrounded it with Swarovski crystallized green and gold pearls. Volia – a necklace that blends something old and something new!