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Bronze age bracelet discovery in the Netherlands

OH how I adore finding lost treasure
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Bronze age bracelet, photo by Limburgs Museum

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Palette bracelet found from Bronze Age

Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22:03 (Update: 09-04-14, 08:05 AM)

An amateur archaeologist has found a palette bracelet from the late Bronze Age (1000-800 BC) in Limburg province. Palette bracelets from this time are rare. In the Netherlands there had never previously been found one, though some were in Belgium and France.

The man found the object during a years-long search on a field in the municipality of Echt-Susteren. In total he found 85 objects in the ground: bracelets, rings, beads and wire in a spiral shape. The Limburg Museum aquired them last year.

The museum assumes that the objects were buried as offerings or to keep them out of the hands of an enemy.

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It is not certain whether the jewelry was used as a bracelet. It may also have been worn on an…

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Beading A Bracelet For A Dear Friend

Well it is a Big Football day here in America.¬† My team is not in it so I will listen to the music watch the half time show and raise my eyes to catch the commercials they paid so much for.¬† Eat and drink, ¬†no not so much, ¬†not like the old days when it was a party to throw that kept me busy.¬† Today I am beading.¬† Feet up working with Size 8 beads in the colors Purple as it is my friends favorite color hope she likes how it will look on her wrist.¬† I am worried about her.¬† She is going to be 68 on the day my son was born and she has been having lots lot heart issues.¬† So I hope my small token of friendship brings a smile to her face.¬† She is ten years older than me and I have known her since the 90’s when a man from my neighborhood started dating her out in OH.¬† So she moved here and we had some fun times together.¬† She now lives in GA and since I do not see me getting there anytime soon this gift will be a surprise of sorts.¬†See when we lived close to each other we would do things together on our birthdays, without men just us girls.¬† Mine is two weeks after hers so it was a never ending party.¬† We would go out for Prime Rib dinner and dance the night away. So thinking of her and my love of Kumihimo I am almost done.¬† Want to see?

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Size 8’s
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Three different colors I mixed together randomly into a “Soup Mix”

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A piece of the finished braid.
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Do you think these colors look good together?

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I really hope she feels the love as she wears it.¬† I don’t have a lot of money but beads I have and a skillset to make something handmade and they say those are truly the most thoughtful gifts right?

Have a wonderful day!

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A few more pieces for sale.

Custom Pieces

The Pieces I am going to show you are all available for sale prices will be below each piece free shipping in US.

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$18.00

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$18.00

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$12.00 for pendent on and glass is glued to a sterling silver bail large enough for most chains you have to go through.

SOLD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Purple on Red gone!

I do have a PayPal account or you could send check or money order when It clears it ships!

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Making Gifts

I have been really busy and then again doing nothing at all.¬† You all have such busy and active lives that I love reading about.¬† Yes I have stories from my old life and an occasional fun outing but as this time rolls around I remind myself I am here and to embrace this beautiful life I am given.¬† Don’t the holidays remind us to do that THINK!¬† So man loved ones gone and I miss them as you do so this year I am trying to get as healthy as can be I know I know what I think it is my third year in this journey but I am getting there slow and steady they say.

So I have been selling my photography and am thrilled others like it enough to want to own it or gift it.¬† Why don’t I do that?¬† I never give my pieces to loved ones and friends because I do not want them to feel obligated in hanging it if it is not to their taste. So why am I making gifts?¬†I am whipping up trinkets because I am poor and I know¬†how too now to make them into show stoppers they can not wait to place on their wrist or hang from an ear lobe or even their neck!¬† I really am bad at figuring peoples tastes out.¬† I could spend 8 hours on a woven piece full of tiny seed beads and they will walk into a store and buy a cheap string of beads on an elastic and be happy.¬† I had just about given up on trying to create beautiful pieces when I saw this package of beads and one thing lead to another and before you know it I had a group that just needs the finishing touches placed on then they become JEWELRY not sure they will be loved and enjoyed but all I care about right now is my passion has¬†surfaced and I am running with it!¬†

Let me show you now remember they are not done they are works of ART in process. lol

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 Now I will have to decide on findings to finish them with Silver, Gold Copper or even Gunmetal choices and more choices I will take the pieces into a local shop and see what they have or I will take the cash I made selling photography and buy online bags of 10 to 100 pieces but I am more of a one of a kind girl so the hard part no the fun part is done and they can sit till I know what I want to do.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for sticking with me.  I can bead and shoot pretty scenes all winter but I can blog about them too!

 

PEACE and LOVE to you all.

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Wire Work

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The Earrings above are almost ready to hang on a card and attach ear nuts to

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Wire, Hammer and Block wire cutters and wrapping tools

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So many ideas

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Containers of assorted beads to pick from for just the right combination of color

 

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A nice day to read blogs, play with the pup and make a few pretty things for the Holiday Fair.

 

 

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Lost In Play Today

While I wait for results on my MRI I decided to play with my Polymer Clay. I will be doing a craft fair locally in November so I better get busy and create.

First batch was done in bright colors

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I had my breakfast and did the dishes and swept the floors and before I knew it I was gathering supplies in my nightgown and sat down and began to play.¬† Creating something colorful and wild again.¬† It has been awhile since I just sat and played.¬†¬† Felt good.¬† I looked up at 1:00 PM and I was still in Nightgown with many pretty items to bake so I can turn them into pieces of jewelry for the sale in November and maybe some for my friend’s store in Newburyport too.

 

Have an awesome weekend!

 

Oh wait my cat played with her friends today ūüôā

 

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See what I have been doing

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I changed my Hot Pink Peony to Sepia so more could hang it on a wall not many adore them as I do PINK

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Mowing like crazy to stop the encroaching forest

 

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Taking photos at Mom’s too as I am not the only one who has some beauties.

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I have to tear them apart but have been beading around some cabs
Trying out different combos of beads so the stone, glass, jade etc. as the centerpiece is the real focal point.
Hard time finding ultra suede though.

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Waiting for the Rain to STOP

 

So my flowers can shine and I can finish this house and enjoy SUMMER

 

More later a friend is bring over lunch for her and I to catch up and then tomorrow digging free plants from a kind donors yard for the Garden Club  Then MORE RAIN oh and wind too
Stay safe everyone it is CRAZY out there.

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Alone With My Beads/Daily Prompt: The Zone

Inspiration comes in many forms but when it happens to me I either grab a camera or my Blue Tray upon which I do my Beading.

I head into the spare bedroom,  though there is no bed and open up the many drawers and containers I have full of beads.  As I poke around I zero in on the colors I have available.  I used to just have colors of the Sea.  I have been beading for two years now and have some of each color it seems.

So with tray in one hand I begin to add beads, needles, thread and findings to complete a project.  Who knows if I will sit and work it to the end or put it aside half-finished for a later day.

Even when gathering the supplies to make something pretty and new,  I slip into THE ZONE.  You have to or the creative juices can stop flowing,  even before you begin.

Now with all I think I will need,¬† piled high upon my blue tray,¬† I sit at the table over looking the yard and river with my dog and cat close by.¬† I add the string to my needle,¬† usually Fireline so the piece will last for years and then I use the needle to pick up one tiny seed bead at a time.¬† I like using 15’s and 11’s the best.¬† They are very tiny.¬† I have to focus or prick myself.

As I sit and pick up each one and add them into my design it starts to come together nicely and as I do the world seems to stop.  Yes I enter THE ZONE rather quickly when I place that Blue Beading Tray in front of me.

Do you BEAD?

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Have a great day getting lost in THE ZONE!

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Western Avenue Studio Visit

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Enter through this door and travel by elevator to the different levels full of Art!

 

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Common area

 

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Metal Man creates these sculptures from trash he collects

 

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Hallways are lined with art as well as many rooms full of all kinds of Art

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Someone else loves dogs

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Hanging from piping

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Wonderful artist was more than happy to let me take a few photos

 

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Metal Man had walls and walls of interesting re-purposed items Loved this section!

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Zentangle  taught here too!  I love doing this too as well as my friend Val who takes her lessons from this studio.

 

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Zentangle kits and supplies sold here

 

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This artist had a wonderful shop full of  so many beautiful pieces to choose from

 

 

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Old Mill Building had a display of colorful spools of thread that caught my eye

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Most of the artists also offered some snacks

 

 

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This shop was same one that offered Zentangle

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Metal Man piece

 

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Yes Art of every kind can be found here.  In many rooms I did not ask if I could take photos,  the ones I did were happy to hear I would do a blog on the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell MA,  to get the word out.

The month of December they are open each weekend before Christmas.  Usually it is OPEN STUDIOS the first weekend of the month.

If you will be in Massachusetts and looking for something fun to do,  stop in this old mill building and get up close to those who are creating art right there in their spaces.  They want you to watch and also ask questions as well.

A friend  and I went as light snow fell and while the outside of this building gives no hints about what is inside, you now know the secret that is held just behind all those bricks.

You can get some great pieces for gifts, that are one of a kind.  Maybe you do Interior Design please keep this place in mind for some great deals.

Step into the elevator just inside the door go all the way to the 5th floor and work your way down.

This is truly the bare bones of what you will find inside.

 

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Friday’s Jewelry Work

 

Here are a few photos

 

 

 

These are made from glass,  I fuse in a kiln then drill then embellish and add earwires and get them ready for sales.  3 of these already have a new home she will have her pick since she placed a special order for her Christmas list

 

 

 

Now here are a few more Polymer Clay Beads I did

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to check them out

 

I need to get busy making lots of different kinds for the Holiday season.

I also need to place more of my photos on Zazzle for those shoppers looking for my prints on cards, stamps and even T-shirts

 

I am still learning so nothing is PERFECT but I am OK with that and prices reflect that compaired to masters prices

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Almost Done

Today I got a batch of Polymer Clay Beads ready for the oven then when cooled and sanded I placed some on head pins and ear wires. TAKE A LOOK I will be doing more for Holiday Sales

 

 

Polymer Beads

I baked then in a pie plate of Cornstarch

 

Time to rinse them

 

 

Ready for some sanding

 

Orange and White Swirl

 

I used scrap Black and white with a touch of clay with shimmer mixed and cut and rolled and this is what I ended up with.

 

 

Orange and Black Swirls

 

Brown with small amount of color

 

 

 

 

So pretty so unplanned I love Happy Accidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had fun even though the  weather was cold and wet.

 

 

 

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Kumihimo Bracelet

 

Bobbins loaded, hate the thread I used.  Cotton.

 

 

 

Thread and beads

 

 

Fall Colors

 

 

 

 

 

It starts to develop

 

 

 

Not really happy with my choice of foundation so I will take it apart but I LOVE the COLORS

of Fall as it sits on my wrist or ankle

 

I will show what it looks like using another thread type soon.

 

I rested all day FULL MOON tomorrow,  BLUE MOON  so I made this and  took photos of

Buterflies all day  as tomorrow it will be time to shoot the MOON

 

 

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I need to learn to work in Neutrals

Here are some more of the pieces I make, that are for sale and I also make custom pieces in not so BOLD COLORS

These were the 1st two stitches I learned.

Tubular Peyote and Kumihimo

 

A few more lessons learned

 

This one below is a type of netted cuff.

Sea Glass Pendent

 

another wrapped piece

 

 

Fused Glass Pendent/Dicrohic Glass also wrapped

 

 

A Silver link Necklace I made by hand

 

Pretty Holiday Colors with Crystals here and there.

It always starts with beads!

 

I was thinking Autumn into Halloween

Maybe my most mellow piece,lol

Eyeglass Layard’s¬†in buyer’s choice¬†of color, these I called Root beer.

Top one Root beer and Pink Herringbone

Banana Cream and Peach with White ,these are even count flat peyote

light weight Purple and White Earrings

A mixture of all types of dangle earrings

Dicrohic Dangles

Crystal and Stone with three  larger beads for accent

Even Count Flat Peyote

with cream button to go with cream and beautiful bluish-green beads

 

Spiral Stitch Bracelet in pretty  Greens and Yellows

 

 

Thanks for checking them out

I have a Pinertrest board for Color Inspiration but NO Neutrals not sure if many people  LOVE COLOR

I myself live in a Turquoise House so you know I do.

 

Peace

 

 

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Surf’s Up

A random man along our shore, during winter Catching a Wave!

 

I was walking with dog and also looking for sea glass but I decided to follow him

with my camera.  I have no idea who he is just a winter surfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

see the snow in the foreground?

 

So I came home with his Surfing  photos and some exercise for all of us and to top it off this is what I did with another treasure