Monday, November 30, 2009

Traditions

The season is in full swing! We had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend with the whole family home! Yay for that!





Here are a sampling of pies the girls made (apple crumb, pumpkin and chocolate chip). It took two phone calls to Grandma for some tips, but they turned out great! Notice Grandma Gales' vintage pie carrier that is very useful transporting the pies over the river and through the woods.......


My Dad collects his change all year and gives it to the grandchildren on Thanksgiving and they pick a charity to give it to. They also make a presentation to all of us about what they chose to do with the money the previous year and why. Lots of people were on the receiving end of these gifts through the years. Mark is shown here explaining his gift to Children's Alopecia Project. CAP has been helpful to our family since his diagnosis and great that we could give a little back.


The kids made their annual trip with Charlie to pick out a tree. It was hard between all the game playing, but they managed to find a little time to get a great one.

I am counting my blessings and so very thankful for time with family!







































Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A small problem.....








Phew! Although show season is in full swing, a girl has to replenish her stock from time to time, right? So I have been back to the flea markets (a little tougher to find in November now that the colder weather has set in) and scouring for vintage pieces that might make neat parts for my retro re-do's!
I did not come home empty handed. But some of these pieces (see the bracelets below) will be perfect just as they are! They are in great condition and will be fabulous for the holidays.....my only problem.....could I ever sell them?!?!?






















Monday, November 9, 2009

Counting blessings



This week has been filled with news that was sad for families near and far. It's always good to take a minute to count your blessings and be thankful for all the good things in life. So today I am reflecting on all the wonderful things God has given me and passing along some positive thoughts and prayers to others who are needing them right now.

I am so very grateful for my family and friends. The support and strength I get from you is endless and I want to thank you! I appreciate your generosity. May all the things you give to others come back to you!
These photos were taken at the Notre Dame Grotto. It is a beautiful place to reflect and pray.







Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's starting to look alot like......

Our household is quite excited about our team, the Fightin' Phils, being in the World Series! Didn't think we be sitting around in November watching baseball into the wee hours of the night, but I would be happy to see them reach game 7!


I have been beading by the TV and getting ready for my favorite season of the year. I love to adorn everything with beads, and these napkin sets are no exception. If you have some leftover beads, these are easy to make....wrap some wire and beads around a serving utensil (be sure to hand wash), add some napkins, or a pretty dish and viola! It's a great present for you or someone else. They are selling out quickly here and I am hoping to get a few on my Etsy site, too. Enjoy and Go Phillies!













Monday, November 2, 2009

Troubleshooting

I was having trouble with the comment section of my blog and could not get comments on my last post. I wish I was more savvy with the computer to get the kinks worked out of things like that, but I will just go one making jewelry and taking care of business and hope things will figure themselves out. Does this ever happen to anyone else?

I have another big show this week; this one is with lots of fun vendors and is always a fun event to shop at and work at! I usually kick off my own holiday shopping at the "Boutique" and love buying other homemade goodies to give as gifts.

I spent the morning looking at all my jewels and trying to figure out how to condense them into something that will fit on a 6 foot table (all the space I have) and still have a eye-catching, not -too-overwhelming, pretty display. It is harder than you think!

Now I need to get some simple silver earrings made that go with everything because they have been flying out of here.....so I am back to work and hopefully the blog will be back on track, too!

















Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's show time!


Well, it's that time of year and I am working day and night to keep inventory good for the flurry of shows I have coming up these next few weeks. I have had so much interest in statement pieces, especially one of a kind vintage designs that I have concentrated my efforts there! Lots of bling is popping out of the studio...here are some sneak peeks!



































Also getting requests for beaded hostess gifts.......so here are a few new pieces on their way to new homes.....




























Bye for now!




Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mom and Dad

Spent the precious gift of time with Mom and Dad last weekend while the others did the football thing.......


My mom got her jewelry box out for my sister and I to poke through.......it was so much fun!





Mom found this charm that my uncle and aunt gave her when she graduated from college over 50 years ago.....I added a necklace so she can show it off after all these years! There is beautiful detail on the charm (on both sides).....how many other beautiful things are hidden away in boxes when they could be a stunning piece of statement jewelry?




Here is a pin my Dad gave my mom in high school.....she needs to be sporting this more often!




Here is part of my mom's vintage napkin ring and silver collection she keeps on her mantle all year long....it's so beautiful!



Then my sister and I stumbled upon this old compact that my mom shyly admitted she won when she was a track queen (?) in high school. My sister admits that had she seen this before it would long ago have made it over to her own jewelry box (don't tell her but it made it's way to mine).






And here is the beautiful couple all ready to head out to Dad's 55th high school reunion. I am sure they were the cutest people there!


Thanks for a great weekend, Mom and Dad, and a great life, too!






Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hitting home

Well, it seems the flu epidemic has hit and Mark is down for the count. Fever, sore throat and cough, really not that much different than any other winter flu. What amazes me is how contagious this virus is! The kids are dropping like flies at school, and it hits suddenly. Over 57 kids are out of his school today, plus some teachers and the school nurse.

I am stuck home for a few days playing nursemaid and wiping everything in sight down with Lysol, so we adults can stay well (gotta get healthy to go to the Notre Dame game this weekend).

So, the bright side (besides Phillies baseball!) is I have lots of time to play with some vintage pieces I picked up earlier this fall.....just in time to replenish from the last two shows and gear up for the next few shows.

Here are some fun new things...............

















































































We have a winner!

Congrats to Bonnie for winning the free necklace! I appreciate all your responses, both here and on Facebook. I promise another drawing next month. What great customers and friends!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Anniversary Giveaway!

Thanks to all my loyal customers, I am celebrating 7 great years designing jewelry! This year I have added Facebook, this blog and the ETSY site as new ways to find out the latest news from my studio. Now it is time for a giveaway! I want someone to have this vintage pendant on a sterling silver drop with a sterling silver chain!






You can get into the drawing several ways....

-make a comment below
-become a follower of this blog
-become a fan on Facebook (just go to Gales Designs page on FB)
-link this to your own blog


-or ALL of the above for lots of chances to win!
Winner will be picked Monday, October 19 at midnight!

And I selected this beautiful pink vintage piece to bring more attention to the fight for the cure! Get your mammograms and let's pray and work for a cure for breast cancer!

Thanks again to all of you!