Thursday, January 29, 2009

Copper Half Bangle Bracelets

My Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine arrived in the mail two days ago, much to my surprise and delight! My husband handed it to me and said, "You have some new play pretties!" I began to wonder why they had sent me another magazine, since I decided to not to renew my subscription before Thanksgiving. Trust me, I love this magazine because it gives me so many ideas and valuable information, it was not an easy choice! But there were too many other things that needed to come first! I said to my darling husband, "Wonder why they sent me another magazine, I didn't renew my subscription." He responded with, "Merry Christmas!" I just started to cry, then gave him a big hug and kiss! What a wonderful surprise, so totally unexpected and so very appreciated! His response to my tears was quite humorous, "Next time I'll just get you another magazine instead of jewelry!" LOL! My response.....honey, go right ahead, I'll make the jewelry you just get me the magazines to feed my imagination!

The inspiration for these two half bangle bracelets are from Sharilyn Miller's article in the current issue of Step by Step. Both are made with natural copper wire and have sterling silver accents. The bracelet in the top picture has some awesome turquoise beads, which pair so well with copper wire! The other bracelet has 8mm round agate beads in a beautiful deep green. The thing I love about both bracelets is you can shorten or lengthen them to fit any size wrist by adding or removing the handmade copper links!

Thank you for stopping by!



Friday, January 9, 2009

What a busy new year!!!!

Things have been very busy here and even though this is late, I still would like to wish everyone a happy new year!

My family and I made the trip to Ohio again this year to spend the holidays with family, and I have to say that it was a very eventful trip! Beginning with spending six hours on the interstate sitting totally still because of ice on the roads in Kentucky. When we left home, it was overcast and mild. Bad weather was forecast for Northern Ohio, so we planned on only going half way to Cincinnati. Little did we know that the roads would soon turn icy just a few hours north of us. What a trip! What should have taken four hours, took us eleven hours!

The next days travel was not as eventful, a few traffic jams but not the complete stand still we experienced the day before! We were pleasantly surprised to see a bit of snow as we came closer to my hometown. The clouds hung heavy in the sky, and looked like we see a little bit more of the white stuff falling!

Christmas day was a peaceful day spent opening presents, making and eating all kinds of delicious foods and just enjoying a quiet day playing with all our new toys!

On the day we were set to leave we awoke to see a fresh dusting of snow. Since this is something my boys don't see a lot of here in Tennessee, we decided to stay one more day and let them play in the snow! They enjoyed shoveling the driveway and sidewalks, building snowmen and throwing snowballs at each other!

The trip home was much easier, no snow or ice on the roads at all! Whew!

Speaking of new toys...I just had to share a picture of my new workbench that my sweet husband got for me for Christmas! He put a catalog picture in an envelope and gave it to me on Christmas morning! Yesterday, he put it together for me, and it was totally worth the wait! I have looked at this workbench in the catalog for a very long time! I have to say, it makes me feel very blessed to have such a thoughtful husband.....and I am so excited to finally have an official place to store my tools and supplies! I'm looking forward to spending time at this workbench dreaming up new jewelry designs and making them come to life!

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Elegantly yours.....