Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Labor Day ~~ show and tell holiday edition











I hope everyone has Labor Day off and will enjoy a nice relaxing, peaceful and creative day. I have off too. I dont get alot of the holidays off, we save them for Christmas and get two weeks off paid. So that works great for us. We like that arrangement in my office. Its a small place and there is only 4 of us.




I have been hard at work and have completed quite a few pieces but I am saving them for the most part for the Make Mine Pink Retreat business compition I am entering. But I will share one bracelet I made. This flower and two cala lilys are frosted glass and so pretty. I love the button for the closure. Next is something very special that I thought was lost. This is a box of old quilt patterns my Grandmother cut out of the Kansas City Star Newspaper and they are dated from 1936 to 1951. The paper is in incredibly good condition. The old box she had them stored in says 5th Avenue and a jewelry store name. Makes me wonder??? I thought I lost these when my apartment burned down a few years back. I lost most everything but every once in a while something surfaces and I was thrilled to have these back. The next thing I found in the same box is the collection of sea shells. I have gotten these on trips to my favorite place of all : Morro Bay California. There is a store on the embarcadaro called The Shell Shop, appropriate enough. I have made mermaid dolls and teddy bears in the past and I have bought these very specialy picked out shells to use for mermaids. I am very excited to make some more now that these really pretty shells have been found again. (one of my mermaid teddys is on the right side bar if you scroll down a little.) So look for some fancy sea gals and bears later this year,,,after the retreat. lol If you ever get the chance to go to Morro Bay, I would highly recommend this trip. Its a small fishing village and for the most part hasnt changed too much since I was a child. Just up the coast is the Hearst Castle, the beautiful drive up HWY 1 , Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey. You can have Southern California, this is beautiful country. Well, have a wonderful day, until next time........................

23 comments:

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Gail,

Those are really beautiful sea shells. Do they really come in colours like that naturally? I have never seen colours like that! Just beautiful!

Pei Li

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Hi Gail, You bracelet is just lovely. My DH and I drove all the way up Highway 1 on our honeymoon. We stayed in Morrow Bay and Monterey. I love it there. Someday that is where I want to live, or at least have a summer house there. Ah. . .I can dream can't I. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Can't wait to see how you use the shells!
hugs,
Carrie

Susan said...

You have neater colors on the west coast...*pouts*...love the bracelet...colors are wonderful!
Susan *dutchrose*

lisa said...

Gail ~ I love the bracelet, in fact Calla Lillies are one of my favorite flowers. I bet you were so excited to find the quilt patterns that you thought you had lost. What a great memory of your grandmother. I love the seashells too they are amazing. Thanks for the fantastic Show & Tell Monday.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com

Patricia said...

Fall must be here. The colors on the bracelet are gorgeous. I like the button closure, nice.
Sea shells are one of my favorite things.

Pat

Inka Thomas said...

Red is my favorite color and I just love shells! Can't wait to meet you in a few weeks.
Inka

Flowerchild Clay Queen Angel Heart Designs said...

Hi! Gail..those are gorgeous! I love those colors! I've been to Morro Bay many times..just love it there..I am a California gal..have a super week!
Cindy :) xox

Craft Diva said...

wow, gail...don't you just love it when you find things you haven't seen in ages? it's like opening a gift. so much fun. you have some great treasures there.

Cottage Flair said...

Gail,
What a beautiful bracelet and the shells are pretty too. Great colors. It's fun to find treasures you weren't expecting.
Jennifer

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Gail-your new jewelry is beautiful!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

ohhhh can't wait to see what you have in store for the Retreat !!!

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Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Wow Gail! Just beautiful! Love the photo's too. Have a nice Labor Day pink sis...
Stephanie

Susie said...

Hi Gail! Beauties! The colors on the bracelet and in the sea shells are so nice. Fall is in the air.
Susie
The Polka Dot Rose

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Hi Gail! Thank so much for visiting me :-) I love the central coast of California too. So beautiful!!! (((hugs))) Jenny

cathy said...

The bracelet is beautiful Gail! I love the seashells. I thought you had glued them that way. They look pretty just they way they are laying there.

Melissa said...

Hi Gail! Thanks for stopping by yesterday and your sweet comment. Orange is my new favorite color so when I saw your bracelet my heart skipped a beat. The Pink Retreat sounds fun. I'll have to check it out. Best of Luck!

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Gail, I'm so glad you continue to find things you thought you'd lost forever! It's such a lovely feeling isn't it? =0] That bracelet is just beautiful and very "on trend" for Fall....definitely a quick seller! xoxo

Silena said...

Hi Gail, Your red bracelet is gorgeous and the shells are delightful, but the Kansas City orig newsclippings are a treasure. I have some repros that I have been saving for years with the intention of making the quilts....if only I could live long enough!! Bless you for sharing such treasures!! By the way, we have been to Morro Bay several times and still have some old souvenirs from many years ago, too.

Shell said...

Hey my friend,
This may post twice. Technical problems this morning (not enough coffee). Anywhoo, I love the bracelet and I can't wait to see your display at the retreat.
Have a fun week.
Hugs,
Shell

Life With Laura said...

Hi Gail,

I love the bracelet!! You have such good taste. That won't last at all. Wow! Wish I could make that!

Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week!
xxoo
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Cathy said...

Thank you for all your sweet words on my recent Country Victorian feature. I so appreciate your kindness.

xo Cathy

Natasha Burns said...

Wow Gail I adore your beautiful bracelet and those shells are spectactular! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment on my blog,
Natasha ; )

SoCal Helene said...

Hi Gail,
I love the bracelet, the colors are beautiful!!!
Have a great week!!
;o) Helene