Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Monday, August 17, 2009

Late Mosaic Post!

I've been trying so hard to make some mosaics out of the pictures I took of the jewelry I've been making! Some of the pictures just did not turn out good. I don't know what I did? Then when I put a mosaic together it was cutting off the pictures and not showing the whole piece of jewelry. After fiddling and fiddling I finally just made this one mosaic with the bracelets I made that the pictures turned out the best. Mosaic Monday is sponsored by Mary @http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com and she has the most beautiful mosaics! And much more experienced mosaic makers have posted their gorgeous mosaics too! So go by and take a look!

About 3 years ago I started making jewelry and decided I would call my "creations" "Butterfly Creations" . Every bracelet and necklace I make has a butterfly on it somewhere. I named it this because I was taking old, vintage pieces of jewelry and making new pieces with them. Not all of my jewelry is made this way but that's how I started.

All of these bracelets are made from vintage brooches except the one on the bottom left hand side. It is made with Swarvoski crystal components. The top left bracelet is made with Swarvoski pearls and Swarvoski crystal rondelles. It is a pull-on stretch bracelet with a beautiful little butterfly charm added. The top right bracelet is one of my favorites. I love the color combination of turquoise, white, cobalt, crystals and gold. It too is a stretch bracelet. The bottom right bracelet is also one of my favorites made with a gorgeous emerald green and aurora borealis brooch, Swarvoski pearls, aurora borealis glass beads and a sterling clasp.

I do sell my jewelry, so if you're interested let me know. I made many more pieces, including several necklace and earring sets. Hopefully I can figure out how to make them work in another mosaic.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just Another Mosaic Monday!

Summer Flowers & a little piece of the baker's rack in my breezeway!

This is my first mosaic! I'm still working on my techniques! But you can go see alot more professional mosaics by going over to Mary's @ http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/. It's been almost a month since my last post! Thank you all for your sweet and caring comments concerning the post about my sister! My elder sister lives in Fresno, CA and keeps up with my blog and your comments meant the world to her too! Now, for an update.

You might have heard of the great meeting of the midsouth bloggers! Laurie @ Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie and Susan @ thoughtsfromovertherainbow and Glenda @ adabofthisandthat all met for lunch and had a most wonderful time! We knew each other instantly and fell into conversation as if we'd known each other forever! Glenda shares my passion for vintage jewelry and making jewelry! I'm hoping we can get together and share ideas! And yes I enabled Laurie into buying some great things! Both of them were pairs! First a pair of outdoor light fixtures that I loved!!!! and then a beautiful pair of country girl and boy figurine pot thingamajigs that Laurie has already used in a tablescape! We were comparing our southern accents! Laurie with her Arkansas country, Susan with her Mississippi belle drawl and Glenda and I have our own unique west Tn. city accents! And the value of words like "ya'll" and "fixin'" and the phrase "bless her little heart" or the variation "bless her little, pea-pickin' heart!". Being the southern lady that I am I can't tell you what it means when a southern belle replies "Thaatt's nice." But rest assured we always say it with the sweetest little ole smile on our faces! I have been busy making a huge mess on my kitchen table making jewelry! I told ya'll I am a messy crafter! So I haven't done any tablescapes lately. I'm hoping by next Monday I can put together a mosaic of my jewelry. I'll also tag it in Met Monday because alot of the jewelry I make is from vintage pieces I reconstruct! So now I'm going to leave you with my 2nd attempt at mosaics! These are photos I took in the greenhouse at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC this spring!