When I wore this 3 strand crystal necklace to my son’s wedding in 2002, my Aunt Rhea sat right behind me. She leaned forward over the back of the pew and said, ”Oh you’re wearing your Grandmother’s necklace.” Now I’d always thought of it as my mother’s necklace when it came to me in 2000 when my mother passed.
Today I found it in my dresser and thought I’d like to clean the crystals and wear it this coming Saturday to the National Kidney Gala fundraiser to which Steve and I are invited. Spiff up a plain dress for sure.
I wish I knew more about the necklace but there is no one to ask.
A search found a simple method of a few drops of dish soap and some alcohol in lukewarm water, a cool rinse and then gently dry with a handkerchief so no bits of fiber from a towel.
“Celtic Culture was founded in 2004 with the mission of bringing a wide range of style forward products from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The company was founded by Andrew Carr who has traveled extensively in Ireland and the British Isles and has always had a love for all things Celtic. ” from their Website
Just about fifty miles from downtown Pittsburgh, you can find all things Celtic.
Celtic Culture Shop is a gorgeous gem right on East Main Street in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
We saw sweaters, cloaks, wool caps, jewelry, crystal, greeting cards, home decor items, preserves, candies, chocolate, sweets and even Marmite.
It would be a pretty time to drive out to the Laurel Highlands and check out the Celtic treasures, do a little holiday shopping.
The photos were taken in the summer on the day of the Yarn Crawl- August 2019, but just recovered this first day of November, 2019. Thanks for your patience, Andrew.
Dovecote, a vintage boutique in Aspinwall Pennsylvania, located on Brilliant Avenue. What a great address. Brilliant!
Here’s what we discovered –
The boutique is definitely eclectic and affordably priced. Scroll down for more details. There are vintage items, consignment items, handcrafts, antiques, jewelry, home decor and holiday fun. Sports team theme including black and gold potholders and darling onesies with hand sewn embellishment, adorable ruffles.
The felted Mr. Rogers created by Artist Christine caught my eye, and the Pennsylvania ceramic platter would be cool to serve from at a dinner party.
from their website
Dear Blog Followers/Readers
Thanks to all who have responded on the positioning of the photos when they view the blog. It has been beyond annoying and frustrating, especially for those who get the photos sideways.
Today I spent time rotating and saving and resizing the photos which were shot vertically. If they are on their side, I hope you will inform me right away so I can go back to the drawing board. When I look at them they look correct but not for all receiving them.
I heard from a woman I photographed last week about the auto rotation of photos on various programs. Here is the link to that information
I knew nothing about Exif Data
Still working on the solution to proper orientation of photos no matter who views it on ALL devices.
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post of the day-
Handmade Arcade at Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Convention Center, Saturday afternoon.
We took a short trip across the Allegheny River tonight to see Divertido’s new location.
357 Butler Street in Etna PA.
A cool gift shop with vintage glassware, Sea Salt Soaps, origami Tyvek wallets, all kinds of jewelry, art books, Swedish dish cloths and unique home decor items are just a sampling. Here’s Mary Ellen thanking us for coming. ❤️
You met Dagmar Bruckner and her husband Gunnar yesterday at Kiez Eis blogpost.
Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.
Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.
She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.
She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.
Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.
One of her signature creations is –
Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead
Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts.
Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.
Thanks Dagmar for being part of the People at Work Series. She suggested a new project for my next visit to Berlin- Artists at Work!
Remember Joanne sent the beach glass yarn the other day? She contributed the Nova Scotia posts this past week, the Loonies and Toonies Store in Lunenburg.
She wrote and mailed some photos below after I asked her about the glass she finds on the beach in Florida.
Joanne says –
1. I walk the beach almost every day, and I’m always on the lookout for sea glass – this was a lucky day because often there is none to be found. Most common colors are clear, green, and brown. Least common colors are cobalt blue, red and purple.
2. Here’s my collection of shells and sea glass. The tiny colorful glass in the lower right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Spain (collected by my sister). And the tiny glass in the upper right hand shell on the table comes from a beach in Nova Scotia. All the rest from the beach here on the Atlantic Ocean side of Florida.
3. My friend Celia separates her sea glass treasures by color and displays them on her kitchen counter.
4. Since Hurricane Matthew, Celia and I find lots of large shards of glass, bottles, and lightbulbs among the debris on the beach. Celia collects this for a future art project she calls “Hurricane Glass”.
Link below to Jessica Blaney’s ETSY Shop below if you need handcrafted sea glass jewelry
Meet Claudia Hart- People at Work Series- Artists’ Consignment Shop OwnerWatermelon Onsesie (tie-dye) by artist Susan. (yes, I bought two!)
There it is, tucked in the middle with the green awning. 1905 Carson St., SouthSide.
Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA
At Panza Gallery Saturday night. What a crowd!
It’s good to get out. Steve went with me.
I volunteered to photograph the event which was a great way to meet the artists and art appreciators who attended. I am posting just a few now.
Artist Lesla in front of his work and Laura . Turns out I photographed Laura when she worked at Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and she was on the blog.
Our host Mark Panza
A few of the artists with their work
The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale
Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL
Meet Brian Crawford The River’s Edge Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”
Tony Cavalline and Carol Skinger
Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!
(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)