Here's a picture of what I sent to Brenda:
Okay, right off the bat we have a problem. Although this picture is oriented correctly in Picasa, it will not rotate appropriately here. (And it's a rubbish picture at that.) I am sooooo not happy! I know it's a personal problem; that only makes me more frustrated.
But here's a rundown of "ingredients"...purple silk ribbon from Marsha Neal Studios. Pendant made by me, using an image of an owl from a matchbox. (Yes, a matchbox.) Faceted 10 mm opalescent beads with lots of purple/pink "fire". Glass rondelles with swirls and an AB finish on one side, but not on the other. Dark amethyst polished long teardrops; a pewter clasp with an owl from Green Girl Studios; some gorgeous ribbed lampwork beads in blues/purples from an artist I can't find on my Etsy list (so, so sorry!). Then I threw in some chartreuse for "pop"...an enameled clasp from my stash, and some Czech fire polished and picasso beads.
Moving on. My friend Brenda has outdone herself. I promise that the pictures do not fully represent the gorgeousness of Brenda's gift.
This beautiful bundle of beads (love me some alliteration!) came wrapped in three exquisitely embroidered vintage hankies...a lovely cameo focal, tons of crystal-y crackle beads, faceted smoky teardrops, round black glass beads of different sizes, faceted black beads with an AB finish...oh, I could go on and on! Here's the wire-wrapped clasp Brenda made:
And you have the added benefit of seeing a bit of the embroidery on one of the hankies!
And then, as if all this wasn't enough, take a look at the beautiful ring Brenda made just for me:
To top it off, because Miss Brenda knows I'm a sucker for most things vintage, and for ALL vintage jewelry, here's what she found for me at a local antiques store:
Brenda, I am going to work very hard to make pieces of jewelry that do justice to the lovely beads and findings and wire-wrapped and vintage loveliness that you've sent to me. (And, once again, mental note to self to work on photography skills; mine are so elementary; it's embarrassing.) I hope you can tell how much this means to me! Eleventy-million hugs out to you in chilly Minnesota!!!