Smiley from There’s been no stamping here today . . . yet! But I do have something I want to share with you that I worked on this afternoon. I’ve been jewelry mode!

My family knows that I will take their old jewelry that they no longer wear or wish to keep. A friend of ours, who also cuts my mother’s and uncle’s hair, brought me a boatload of jewelry last week when they were having beauty parlor day. I got there late that day and everyone else had already gone through the jewelry that was brought to me. My sister started bragging about a watch she pulled out and when I saw it, through a fit because I knew she wouldn’t wear it and how dare she go through the jewelry when it was meant for me . . . all in good fun, it’s just the way we . . . . dibs, I’ve got dibs! I think she was have a grand time watching me pout and suffer because by the end of the afternoon I came home with the watch.

This morning I was sitting here thinking about the watch and what I could do with it. I lost my favorite watch in the airport last year, one I had gotten for my birthday . . . one of a kind . . . LOVED that watch. Since I only like to wear a watch when I’m traveling, and since I’m traveling this weekend . . . Wendy Vecchi here we come. . . .I thought I should do something with the watch.

Here’s a picture of my plan.

watch and charms

You can see the very neat watch made from old typewriter keys and lying next to it are some charms that I’ve had forever. I decided I would gather what charms I wanted to use and take them down to my favorite jewelry to have them put on. Before I headed out I decided to do some figuring on what this might cost me . . . . at the low end $5.00 per charm . . . $65.00! NOPE!! I decided I could do it myself.

I ran to the studio, pulled out the soldering tool and decided on my plan of action. Luckily I had jump rings in my bead stash and . . . .

Finished Watch

Isn’t it cool! One of a kind! No one else can ever have one like this! It’s all me! Things that have made me what I am!  Something that reminds me of who I am!

Take a look at this!  That little heart is the locket off my very first baby necklace . . . it’s old, very old . . . . 51 years old.  That head is a charm my mother had on her bracelet . . .  engraved on the back is my name and birth date.  Of course there’s a coffee cup.

Watch coffee

Here’s the Sister Locket (the one with double hearts) my sister gave me at Christmas when we found out I was going to have surgery to remove the spot of cancer.  She even put our picture in it . . . too cool!  I took it off the chain and made a charm.  You can’t see it very well, but hidden next to the watch face is my very first charm . . . a bowling pin and ball.  My aunt gave it to me when she gave me my first charm bracelet.  I might have been 10 years old.

watch sister charm

My absolute favorite charm is this one of the coffin.  It was one my aunt had on her charm bracelet and I eventually ended up with.  I’m sure it’s for my uncle who was, and always has been, a Funeral Director.  See the little skeleton behind it . . . that was Aunt Linda’s too.  The coffin is so cool and I’m guessing goes back to the early to mid 60’s.  I would love to find out more about it some day.  You push the corpse down to the life side and the lid closes over and latches.

watch coffin

I’ll continue to add to it every time I’m given or purchase a charm. I still collect them when I travel and the watch contains many of those . . . Disneyland, Arizona, Texas, Daytona Beach, Opryland, just to name a few. Some of them I’ve had since I was in my teens.

Damn isn’t the watch cool!  I’m so tickled with myself that I’m about to break my arm patting myself on the back!Smiley from

So that’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and look at the adventure I had today.  Remember life is short . . . .


Happy Wednesday! I’m running a bit late today. I ran a few errands with Mallory this morning to finish getting the criticals for her move back to campus. Besides, there was a necessary stop at Hobby Lobby for me! I just HAD to purchase a soldering tool. Oh yeah you heard right, a soldering tool. The only thing my husband has asked is that I be extremely careful and not burn down the house. He knows me so well!

While in Dallas last weekend, hanging with some stampin’ friends from the Hanna Stamps Design Team one of our planned activities was to learn to solder. Well, we also had some sight seeing fun too. Here we all are on the grassy knoll in downtown Dallas. We had just left the Book Depository Museum and wanted to see for ourselves if it was possible to make that shot from the square window pictured above us.

Hanna DT at Grassy Knoll

Left to right: Shannon Tompkins, Bev Gerard (our hostess), Judy Workman, Kristi Ferro, Pam Hooten and myself.

I thought it would be fun to show you the necklace I made. However, you are not going to see the first one at all (there were too many four letter words uttered), but I will show you the second one. After getting an email about the August Technique Challenge on Tim Holtz’ blog, I had an idea and just HAD to try it. So, I did – on glass instead of fragments.

Alcohol Resist Soldered Necklace

Needless to say, I’m hooked – a new addiction! I had to have my own soldering tool, beads, and all the other necessary items. Hopefully I will make vast improvements in my technique.

Before I leave you today, I would like to point out that Rubbernecker has extended the sale on the Ranger Pigment Pads and reinkers. Not only have they extended this sale, but for any order of products (rubber stamps and cling excluded) more than $25 you will receive 10% off your entire order. I so need to go shopping!

Here’s hoping you have a great day! I’m going to go organize my new soldering tools.

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