Christmas in Richmond 2009: Snow, Jewelry Party, and handmade Ornaments

Dec 27

So I’m winding down my week long Christmas stay in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia.  It’s been a nice visit of catching up with old friends and relatives and seeing a rare snow sighting. (We got over a foot right before I got here!)

My mom hosted a jewelry party for me at my parents’ house on Tuesday.  It’s actually the fourth annual one, and it’s become quite a tradition!  A lot of ladies braved the icy roads and made it over to the house for socializing, apps and wine, jewelry, and some Christmas cheer.  Another successful trunk show.  Thanks, Mom!  :)


Me with my mom’s good friend and loyal customer, Jane, right before the show.


Me with my good friend Rebecca. I’ve known her all my life, as we lived next door to each other growing up. She was the recipient of my very first pair of earrings; her mom bought my first pair ever and gifted them to her. Here she tries on just one “Ice Queen” earring with price tag attached. She ended up buying these and I am confident that, going forward, she will wear the full pair sans price tag.

My favorite gift this year was some ornaments that my mom made.  People always say I’m tough to shop for, in part because I never know what I want so can never really help people out with suggestions, but this year I thought it’d be nice to get something handmade from my incredibly artistic mother.  She took that suggestion to heart and suprised my sister and me with 8 handmade ornaments each.  She used various techniques to paint ball ornaments in different interesting ways, and then for the coup de gras she took a page from my book and decorated the balls with various elements from repurposed jewelry.  My very favorite has a pink yarn on top and a beautiful rhinestone brooch that used to be my grandmothers and somehow managed to evade me, otherwise it would surely have been reincarnated as a necklace rather than an ornament.  For another one she glued a silver snail pin that my dad gave me for Christmas years and years ago to the ornament.  Another had a gold monnogram charm of my initials from a necklace that I haven’t worn in years.  Another had a silver tennis racket on it since I used to be a pretty competitive tennis player.  I recognized some old jewelry from the 80’s my mom used to wear on another one of them.  You get the idea; they were all beautiful and peppered with these meaningful little tokens.  I was SO excited about these ornaments… and am thinking about making some myself next year to sell at shows around the holidays and maybe even on my website.  I’ve got a while to think about that, but in the meantime, enjoy some pics below of this year’s ornaments. 

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