Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day...

Happy Labor Day to everyone. I do hope you are taking time to relax and enjoy the
cooler mornings and evenings.
My wonderful hubby took me for a surprise drive the other day. We headed east and took a very beautiful scenic drive to Donner Lake over Donner Summit. The weather was perfect, the sky was blue and the trees were green and full. We drove to Truckee which is a very old quaint town from the gold rush days. One of our favorite restaurants is there and I enjoyed a yummy tossed curry chicken cobb salad while overlooking the old town, the hillsides and the trains coming and going ( I love the sound of a good train whistle!).
Then dear hubby had a bigger surprise for me. We visited one of my favorite bead stores, Gioelli which happens to be in Truckee located in a little house on the main street of the old town. Well, upon entering this haven of beads and findings hubby spots my newest favorite...Bead Trends magazine on a table. It is opened to show the necklace pictured above. We talk with the shop hostess and find out Janelle,owner of Gioelli's, is the proud creator of this necklace and has been published in the magazine. This is her second publishing. The store has all of the components to make this beautiful necklace ready for purchase. How clever of them. I am in search of just the right special look for me. A couple of years ago hubby brought me here and I made a beautiful necklace that I happened to be wearing this very day. What inspiration I was surrounded with. How could I select just one focal bead for my special new necklace? Then it happened. Lampwork beads that are each unique and special caught my attention. Some shaped like hearts and some long and rectangular. Oh the colors and the designs and the colors and oh my... How could I pick just one to be my special gift this year? Then I touched the beads and yes one bead was special just for me. It felt good in my hand and when I took it to the window to see it in real light it was beautiful yet serene. Now I paired it with Italian mesh ribbons and that was the right look. Dear hubby bought me the special bead and findings and ribbons and I shall complete the necklace at home in my studio.
We drove along the lake and enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings. If you ever get to the area you will see why people come from all over the world just to experience the hiking, boating, biking and rock climbing and yes in winter the snow skiing.
What a beautiful and special day it was. Thank you hubby and Mother Nature.
When I have completed my necklace I shall share pictures with you.


  1. It sounds like a perfect day. Wow! I felt like I was there with you.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the well wishes for my mom. She is better thank goodness.
    Have a great evening.

  2. What a wonderful hubby you have - and what a treasure of a shop. I would have felt like a child in a sweet shop - wish I had one near me!

  3. I have fallen way behind on my blog visits Sherry, but you've been so busy with new ventures. How exciting this new journey into jewelry. I can't wait to see more. Thank you for the lapis lazuli tutorial. I now know - among other things - how to say it!!


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