Monday, April 8, 2013

Thank You For Being A Friend: Earring and Bracelet Sets

Four Pair o Earrings

So here's the story behind this post. Several years ago, my husband's parents retired to a small town on the Washington coast. To say it's remote is an understatement, but that's where they wanted to be. They quickly settled in and made tons of new friends. A few years after they moved, my father in law's brother joined them and he became part of their bunch. I've never seen retired people keep so busy with so many clubs and activities.

Since we started going to visit them, we've always gone to brunch at a local historic hotel owned by a sweet couple who decided they'd had enough of city life. They've been great friends to my in-laws and present for happy occasions and sad ones like when my mother-in-law passed away.

We recently celebrated my Uncle-in law's 80th birthday and they were no less gracious when we went to brunch at the hotel. They have some equally warm and funny ladies who work there and we have lots of laughs with them . I decided I'd make these ladies some things to show our appreciation for always making our extended family feel so special. I made four sets of coordinating earrings and stretchy bracelets.

Black and White Set

The first set is silver, white, grey and gold. Most of the beads and findings are Blue Moon Beads.

Black Silver White Gold Earrings

The second set is blues and berries, using dichroic glass beads along with faceted acrylic beads:

Raspberry and Blueberry Set

The third set is shades of toffee and purples with antique gold connectors:

Grape and Gold Set

And the last set is copper and amber using more of the copper toggle clasps from my birds nest pendant necklace:

Copper and Amber Set

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Bekah Loves Blog said...

How pretty! Sounds like you and your in laws are all quite blessed.

Michelle L. said...

I like the mixed metals! Pretty and sweet - and so sweet of you to gift the gang at the hotel.

Netty said...

oh wow the jewellery is gorgeous Carol and am sure they were all thrilled to bits with them. Hugs Annette x

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

These are all so pretty!

Clair said...

These are all beautiful makes - and I'm especially loving the use of the copper clasps as charms! Genius!

srpprcrftr said...

Wow what a great gift to give the ladies. They will all be so pleased and feel very special that you'd make the earrings/bracelet sets. They're all so pretty I'd have a hard time deciding which I liked best.
Glad your fil has his brother there with him, must be hard without your mil. You're a very nice lady, happy days

Paula said...

Their all so pretty and what a sweet thing for you to do :))

Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

Have a happy weekend :)

Dee Dee said...

You make gorgeous jewelry! What a special way to say thank you!