This 1964 painting of her house in Palo Alto is my favorite. I used to spend weekends there baking, working on craft projects, shopping, and making a few pathetic attempts at oil painting. Although I didn't inherit her talent as a painter, I truly believe that she gave me my love and appreciation for treasures of the past.
The house is still there, but the cottage charm disappeared after a new
owner remodeled. Bigger isn't always better.
This is me in my little hoodie standing on her front porch.
I keep this in a frame just below where the painting hangs.
OK, so I had this idea recently. Why not check out that little box of extra matching drawer pulls from Nana's bedroom set? Why not repurpose a few of them into something that I'd actually use?
She wrapped these up long ago and they've been stored away
in a little box for over 35 years; doing nothing; until.......
I had to pry off the ring part of the drawer pull and then I added
vintage glass rosary beads and 2 antique buttons. I kept it
about 16" long because it hangs better that way.
Then I went digging through a box of jewelry that belonged to my aunt.
These screw on amethyst earrings were just too uncomfortable to wear
and the broken brooch was calling out for a remodel.
I don't know who the mystery woman is. I don't think she's a long lost relative, but I'll let her stay until I find another picture. I attached the brooch to an old filigree and then glued the earring in an antiqued brass setting. Now I can wear my family jewels:-) I'm still not sure what I'll do with the other earring.....maybe a brooch or a ring.