Monday, January 23, 2012


I am so enjoying the process of beading these necklaces!
I started  going through my soldered pendants that have been hanging around the studio,
this one is my first attempt at a double strand necklace.

The two crystal balls on either side of the pendant are from a vintage necklace,
and the pendant is double sided.  The enclosed button with a circle of glass glitter that you see here,
and a fleur de lis on the other side.
I think this one is my new favorite :)

I applied a copper patina to the soldered Eiffel Tower pendant for a more vintage look,
and then beaded with vintage and new creamy ivory beads.
Super romantic!

Our weekend did not go as planned, it was turned upside down
when we found out that one of our best friends passed away Friday night.
Very suddenly, without warning, and much too young.
He was only 49.
One of the nicest, kindest people I have ever met.
Married his highschool sweetheart, also wonderfully kind,
and raised 3 incredible children.

I know that it is almost cliche to say that a death like this,
makes you evaluate your own life.
but it does.
It's too short, not enough time to make sure that you are living to your full potential.
By that I don't mean becoming some huge success
by the standards that the financial world sets for us.
Nor by being famous,
I mean, did I recognize the sadness in someones eyes as we spoke,
and did I do something to help make it go away?
Have I shown a kindness, big or small to those around me?
Have I stopped to appreciate this big beautiful world and have
I made a conscious effort to keep it that way?
Am I the kind of person that I would want to meet?
All simple things really,
but they all require a promise...
a promise to myself that I will stop long enough to give more of myself.
The good parts...the parts that come from a place of love.

nuff said.

Have a wonderful week!  Ours started with a snow day, so Hannah and Max are still sleeping. 
 I'm thinking fruit smoothies for breakfast and some good snuggles are in order.

Theresa xoxoxoxo

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  1. Lovely. I like the elegant simplicty of these pieces.

  2. I love your work...just beautiful and your blog is very cute!

  3. ooooh Theresa!! I love these! especially the "backside" with the script. Got your package on Saturday, LOVE LOVE LOVE it, thanks so much for the goodies! xoxo

  4. Love your designs and your words.
    We lost a dear friend at a young age as well. I can say that he was and did all the things we want to, living his life to the fullest right up till the end. I hope folks will say the same about me when that day comes.

  5. I'm so sorry about your friend Theresa... :(
    And your poem/quote? SOOOOOO beautiful and a much needed reminder.

    Your work is GORGEOUS as always... of course, I love everything that you do!!!

    Your friend and her family are in my prayers...

  6. Thanks Theresa for the reminder of how we should embrace life!! I have been a bit grumpy here and that is not me. Maybe I needed you to slap me up!! I can't even tell ya what it is. Your necklases are beautiful. I am hand sewing and cooking up another Crow Doll by hand. Doin some pin cushions too. Kaitlin and I have been doing the smoothies. My fav is a coffee one we make. She loves the fruity ones. I am sending you a hug Theresa. Love ya, XO Fran.

  7. I think your "first attempt" is gorgeous - beautiful pieces, sorry to hear about the loss of a dear friend. Hoping your week ends on an "up note"! Tanya

  8. Theresa,

    I am sorry to read this. What a loss for you and your family. I will pray for blessings to the family of your friend, and indeed we must not squander any time that we are given..for it is truly a gift.

  9. Hi Theresa,
    What a Beautiful Creation, I am loving the Necklaces that you have been designing.... I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your Friend, so sad & such a young age ~ "In the blink of an eye"

  10. I love you double stranded necklace! Fabulous!

  11. I love your pretty new jewelry. Very nice.


  12. These necklaces are SO awesome, I lOVE the Eiffel tower, you have a great eye for mixing bits and making lovely things.

    Enjoy your snow :)

  13. It's never the grand gestures that mean the most it's the every day things like snuggles and snow cream, smores by the fire and tears dried away with kisses that make the lasting memories. The kindness of life. I am sorry for your loss.

  14. Theresa
    Your creations are simply beautiful. My prayers to all of you with the loss of a loved one. So hard when we lose someone at an early age.

    Much love

  15. Wow, I love how you mixed it up, they are stunning!

  16. Your necklaces are beautiful, just like you!
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and his family...

  17. Oh Friend...
    How do you do it? Your soldered pieces are beautiful!! My question is...why does solder have to MOVE AROUND so much? LOL If it would just stay put, I might be able to deal with it. ;)

  18. So sorry to hear about your friend Theresa. Will pray for his wife and three children who are finding the world a very different place this week. Such a difficult time.

    And love your new pieces. You have so much talent, I love it! Thanks for sharing your creations with us, I could use some sweetness on this cold morning.
    PS- hope Danielle is loving her new life. And that your computer problems are well behind you. That librarian called me the other day...

  19. Aw, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending a super huge hug out to you! It's a big squeezer so get ready! Love your creations! I think you are going to be a huge success!

  20. I love all your jewelry pieces. Sorry to hear about your friend.

    Love, Jody

  21. YES you are the kind of person I would want to meet!!!!!!


  22. so very, very sorry to hear of your friend's passing. you are in my thoughts and prayers. life can be difficult to understand sometimes. God has his reasons...

  23. Theresa, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for a family that is forever changed. I'm glad they have you in their lives. Some things are so hard to understand.

  24. Theresa your words have warmed my heart tonight. I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, he was way too young. I often wonder about the same things you have written too and I guess we just have to keep trying hard and taking stock at where we are in our heart from time to time. You are definitely the type of friend I want to have.
    sending love...

  25. How beautiful! I'm off to look at a little window shopping! ♥

  26. Love your soldered pieces Theresa- and am touched by your beautiful and thoughtful words-I`m very sorry for your loss- and for the family left behind.
    Warm thoughts and hugs,


Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo