Red-colored heart-shaped object. And it’s not even Valentine’s Day!

Recently, I was at my mom & dad’s house.

This may not seem like a big deal to you but it is a HUGE deal to me!


My parents live more than 4,400 miles
(that’s 7,000 km, my European friends) away from me.

So it’s not like I can just hop into my car and arrive at their doorstep on a whim.


Seeing as I hadn’t seen my dad in about 5 years (yeah, crazy, I know!) and my mom in over a year, I had decided to spend the entire month of December and the first week of January  at my parents’ house in Chicago.

I even slept in the same bedroom I had when I was between the ages of 7 – 17!

What memories!


I started looking through the closet and drawers.


Imagine being able to look through your old dressers and closet!



While you are imagining, I’d like you to imagine something else.

Imagine the excitement of a little girl, rushing to the living room
on December 25th at 6 a.m.,
and discovering a mountain
of colorfully wrapped boxes
under the Christmas tree.


That’s exactly how I felt when I opened the dresser drawers.

Where my old stuff used to be.

What I discovered instead were piles of beads and semi-precious stones.

My mom’s stash of beads.

And she said I could keep them!

Oh, the joy!



There was a problem.

Keep in mind that after the holidays, I had to fly back to Spain.
Leaving behind cold and dreary  Chicago weather and exchanging it for sunny and warm Spain.
No problem there!


So what was the problem?


The  dilemma was that I was only allowed 50 lbs. (23 kilos) in my suitcase.


Which meant that I had to decide judiciously what I was going to take with me, and what I was to leave behind.


Decisions, decisions!


what a FUN decision!


I made up my mind to take the pile of coral.

(I also decided to take the pile of turquoise but that is another story. Oh, and the silver. You can bet I didn’t leave behind the sterling silver.)


So here it was, sitting on my studio desk back in Spain.

A bright bunch of coral.


And red.

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Grab a closer look.


coral beads

So I pulled out my jewelry making tray.

And started to play!

Hmmm, what goes with coral?


Turquoise goes with coral!



turquoise with coral


And what goes with coral and turquoise?


Why, amber and sterling silver do!



amber, turquoise, and sterling silver



I played and played.

And here’s what I came up with.

It’s sitting on my studio desk right now.

rough draft of coral and turquoise necklace

So here it is.

The “rough draft” of my coral + turquoise + amber + sterling silver necklace.

“Still not finished?”, you ask.


Still not finished.


Ran out of jewelry stringing supplies. Bummer. Whatever.

Had to order more supplies.

Still waiting, semi-patiently,  for the order to arrive….


You want to see it when it’s done?

What do you think?

Should I re-arrange the beads?

Take out something?

Add something?

Do you ever wear statement necklaces? Yes? No?


LET ME know!

Write your opinion & ideas (heck, or just say HI if you can’t think of anything) in the comment section below!


thanks <3