I learned something when I was raising my twins. I was the kind of mother that bough 2 sets of everything to dress them exactly the same. I also cut their hair and put it together exactly the same.
At one point before they became teens, they decided that they wanted to have their own individual things not exactly like the other sister. At that point, I woke up to realize that they needed to grow up as 2 different independent individuals, even though they looked exactly the same.
So now with that history in mind, I made her birthday set totally different from her sister Suzy, however, I used one set of the same beads to keep them always connected no matter where they are or how different these two souls are, smile.
I simply adore my identical twin daughters. So, I decided to make them bracelet-earring sets for their recent birthday. Love them!
Suzy is somewhat a fashionista just like her sister. Her level of organization of her jewelry pieces is off the hook, something that anyone would be supper happy to have it at home, (like me, smile.)
(Oh, are you are asking where is my other twin jewelry set? Answer: Next Monday friends, smile.)
I found these interesting beads the other day at the beads store. They are not only interesting in the design the artist chose, but also, in the color combination that he/she used. So, I decided to purchase them, pick some small red beads I had at home and get busy crafting.
No, these beads are not red, they are bright orange, smile. I was playing match maker and found these odd blue-purple-pinkish kind of beads that interestingly enough, when I gather them all together in my beads tray, they matched perfectly.
Who would have though? Never in a million years, pink, blue and orange????
Plumbago plants are shrubs with branches that resemble vines. They have blue phlox-like flowers produced for extended periods of time. They will grow as an evergreen shrub and makes excellent foundation plants.
Perennial: Grows year-round in the southernmost parts of Texas and Florida.
Deer Resistant: Yes
Full Sun: Yes
Partial Sun: Yes
Shade: Not Recommended
Bloom Time: All year-long
Color: North Carolina Blue
Size: Can grow 6 to 10 feet (1-3 m.) tall with a spread of 8 to 10 feet (2-3 m.)
Water Needs: Very forgiving, drought tolerant
During one of my morning walks, (and that day I just happened to be in Florida’s west coast), I came across a tree so dear to my heart. Why dear to my heart? Simply, because I grew up in Ponce, P.R., where from my childhood to adulthood, I enjoyed seeing these trees flowered everywhere, making the tropical landscapes look spectacular.
The Flamboyán tree (also called Flamboyant and Royal Poinciana), is often rated in the top 5 most beautiful flowering trees in the world.
It is native to Madagascar and grows in tropical/sub-tropical regions in zones 10 to 12. The Flamboyán tree is commonly grown in the Caribbean, Africa and Northern Australia and of course, I saw this one in Florida, smile.
These trees will always remind me of my hometown, my tropical Puerto Rican island and the roots that defines who I am and where I came from.
There’s only ONE positive that COVID-19 brought with it and that was FAMILY UNITY.
I am not saying that before COVID we were disconnected or detached from each other. To explain it further, I would like to say that the life that we were living before COVID-19 was extremely complicated, fast, intense and so massive that left us exhausted with minimal or not enough time to mingle and share significant time with our families and friends.
This is a good example: Both parents are employed, (some with odd daily hours) and with children; either toddlers, and/or teens. After work they get home to pay bills, cook, or order take out, answer texts, emails, do house chores, etc. Before they know it, is 9:00 PM and they still have to make sure the kids did their homework and go to bed on time.
If my description fits you, you may have few minutes to take a deep breath and hope that you can still stay awake to watch the late night news, so that you are not detached from what’s happening in our country and the world. The whole fife CHANGED!
Now thank God, we have THE NEW NORMAL and it looks like this:
Isn’t this new normal awesome? Families finally have the time that was taken from them many years ago, when technology got off the hook and the iPhone came out. Now we all can plant the veggies gardens, enjoy our family like our parents and grandparents did and bake homemade bread! Boom!
Therefore, friends, please enjoy THE NEW NORMAL while it last and let’s all pray that this positive trend stays with us forever!
This is such a simple way to bring the outdoors in, especially from what is flowering in your garden at the time.
The greens are always abundant. If the Hostas are out, cut a few to give dimension to the arrangement. If not, just cut some other greenery or a small tree branch.
For flowers, you don’t need much. Few will do the trick and voila, you have a beauty to enjoy!
What a cutie, I made this bracelet and at the end added a Panda charm. Come to think of it, my theme was mostly animal related because the spotted beads can definitely describe a Dalmatian dog.
A Dalmatian is a medium to large size dog breed that is popular for its unique white coat with black or liver color spots.
Ok, so today I was bored and decided to go to my craft room to check it out and see what I can put together to get excited. While there, I saw some of my odd beads containers. Yes, the ones where I put all my leftover beads, especially the ones that I don’t like that much.
I decided to give them another opportunity and suddenly, it occurred to me to do a mixed-matched bracelet. I selected some of the large beads, then added some matching pieces to bring the bracelet together and also, to use in making the earrings.
The outcome of my “effort’ was not that bad and the bracelet looks kind of cool. Therefore, I made earrings to match it and done. Time to go somewhere, oh with face mask and keeping my distance!
ABOUT THE Author
I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.