Pop-It Beads


By |2014-05-13T21:47:47-04:00October 21, 2013|Shopping, Travel|

Do you wear pearls?
Pearls come in many, many different varieties: very expensive to very inexpensive, pure white to cream to pink, small beads to extra large beads, single strand to multi.
There was a time when I thought pearls were….well…old ladyish. No other way to put it. They were something my grandmothers wore and they even had a sort of musty, (old lady?) smell. No, not for me!
Well, at least the classic, single or maybe double strand was definitely not for me.
In my twenties I would wear, in a heartbeat, any of the Kenneth Jay Lane pearls! They were not expensive; they were often designed with extra large or multi strands; the clip earrings were BIG and showy. Yes, those I would wear.
My Mother didn’t really know how I felt. She, of course, wore her very classic pearls with her Margaret Jerrold shoes and Lily Pulitzer dresses. What I wouldn’t give for some of those right now! How times change and what goes round comes round, no? Anyway, what should my Mother give me for my Thirtieth Birthday but a single strand of pearls! It was a true classic, in a brushed velvet case, from J. E. Caldwell in Philadelphia.
Hmmmm. Did I like […]


By |2014-08-15T20:58:15-04:00December 6, 2012|Color, Shopping|

Who remembers Pop-It beads? I mean R E A L L Y remembers, as in watching your Mother wear them, going into her room and jewelry box to take some out to play with, or going to the store to buy some?
I absolutely ADORED these beads! Little did I know that color would become such a large part of my life and work, but even then I was totally fascinated by the colors and textures and versatility of such a fun product.
Recently, when I was in my Mother’s now empty house organizing and sorting through her things to give away, I knew there were a few very special things I wanted to keep. And her Pop It beads were one of them.  I had seen her wearing them less than a year ago, so they had to be there somewhere.
A simple strand of “pearls”! It was perfect.
I brought it home and now wear it many times a week. It is a special piece, for many reasons.
 See the little pop in over on the right?
How perfect is that?
Casual, fun, […]
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