WISH: A hopeful feeling of specific desire
Week before last when my friend Pam and I went flea marketing, one of the things I purchased was a small acrylic box stuffed full of junk jewels. There were some pretty cool pieces in there, many of which were mix-matched, parts and pieces, and some really good whole pieces. I honed right in on all the pearls.As a baby Belle being raised in the south my fondest desire was to have a sting of pearls. My hearts desire was met on my 13th Birthday when I received my first pearl. I have fond memories of playing dress up with my paternal grandmothers jewelry and her triple string of pearls was my favorite. She had a couple of pair of big gaudy pearl clip on earrings that I would wear until my ear lobes went numb. Sometimes I would bobby pin up my hair with her hair pins and don long dangles of strung pearls, screwing the earring backs in place while primping in the mirror.
When I saw all the various pearl pieces, real and faux, I knew I wanted to create something with them. Since pearls were my fondest wish as a baby Belle I thought it might be fun to create a "WISH" banner using some of the junk jewels from my purchase. I used a dandelion stamp to further enhance the wish theme. A necklace and mix matched earrings serve as the banner hanger. Vintage trims, buttons, glittered message, and other pearl bits and bobs embellish the banner. This would be a great idea to use some family pieces to enjoy them on display don't you think? I used twine and wire so that the pieces are detachable so you could easily do this without compromising the integrity or original use of the pieces. I added silk ribbons to the ends of the necklace where it is wired to the earrings to cover the wire. There was no need to add a hanger as the clips still work or if necessary the earring backs have little decorative holes in them so they could be hung on a nail.What is your favorite jewel and what fond memory do you have attached to it?