Friday, May 24, 2013

Focus On Life Week 21: Reminisce

I think memories are one of the things that draws me to beading. I can open my jewelry drawer and take a walk down memory lane.

I bet quite a few of you have these in your past. Girl Scout medals were perhaps my very first trinkets. I have no idea why I saved these but somehow I just can't part with them.

A dear friend of mine has created a bracelet-making business based on memories. Here's a bracelet she made for me which contains photos of my siblings.

 
And I helped her come up with a name and postcard for her new business: Armful of Memories.
 
 
 
But one of my best jewelry-inspired memories was prompted by this necklace I made for my step-son's wedding last month. The pattern is Golden-edged Ruffles by Shelley Nybakke from the December 2007 Beadwork issue. I love any pattern by Shelley and every time I look at it, I remember a wonderful event!
 
Pattern by Shelley Nybakke

There are some other great memories captured on Sally's Studio Sublime - take a look!

16 comments:

Sally Russick said...

Wow! Paula, thank you for sharing such a wonderful post! I don't have any girl scout pins but I have an old button jar that make we think of my mom. And the bracelet you are helping your friend with the marketing postcard and name is such a wonderful idea! Oh, and I'm in complete awe of the necklace, GORGEOUS!!!

LoriF said...

Beautiful necklace, Paula, and how wonderful that you'll have that to remember the day! I make memory jewelry as well, it's very successful. :-) Hope she does well with it!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Stunning necklace! You're right it is great to peak in that jewelry drawer and the flood of memories seem to come from all over. I'm sure your friend will do well with this venture

Patty Woodland said...

Jewelry boxes tend to be walks down memory lane. That is a great name for your friend's business

Adrienne said...

That necklace is absolutely stunning!

Beti Horvath said...

thanks for sharing these memories with us. A good sort through family jewelry can evoke tears here! Your GSUSA pins are so sweet!

Islandgirl said...

Love the necklace... and yes jewellery certainly does bring back memories of events that things were ownr too or made for ... or where something was bought... my husband doesn't figure I need to buy jewellery since I make it....sigh!

No girl scout medals here... I was dragged off to the swimming pool before & after school for years!

Becky Pancake said...

Paula your necklace is wonderful. What a great memory. You picked a great name for your friend's business. I have a white plastic flower pin that was my Grandma's.

Designed by Vera said...

Ahhh Paula...yes I have some of those girl scout medals., and I think some of the patches....those were the days.....

Love love love the necklace.

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Donna said...

Jewelry boxes and button boxes - they evoke memories from long ago. I have my Grandmother's button box. I adore having that little piece of her with me. Great post, love the armful of memories bracelets.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Your necklace is so beautiful! Funny, I was never a girl scout, but I still have my brownie pins. : ) Yes, jewelry for us girls can bring back so many memories. I will never forget a pendant I lost that my Aunt gave me when I was a little girl.

Debi said...

Fabulous necklace, Paula! And what a great theme for your friend's jewelry biz. I remember my mom making me go to Brownies. That didn't last long. :-) I wasn't much of a group type kid.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Your necklace is stunning! I also still have all my brownie and girl scout pins and badges :) Love, love, love that bracelet your friend made and the name of her business!

Mary K. McGraw said...

I just culled my jewelry and am amazed the memories they evoke. Thanks for sharing your jewelry memories and I hope your friend is successful in her memory business.

Alice said...

Beautiful jewelry. My mom wore similar jewelry and I remember as a kid playing with them in church. I especially liked her button bracelet. Thanks for bringing back another fond memory from my own youth.

maryharding said...

Beautiful necklace Paula! What a wonderful memory keeper!

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