Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

The Love of Semi Precious Jewels October 22, 2008

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Ever since I was a young child, I was always encouraged by my father, to have a different wedding ring, than the traditional diamond ring.   My great grandmother’s ring was ruby and pearls, but I really didn’t know that until after I picked out my engagement ring.  My engagement ring has a pear shape ruby in the middle with 2 diamonds baguettes on with either side, and then surrounded by 8 diamond rounds.   I once lost the ruby out of it, and actually found itt several days later!! How I love this ring and really hope to hang on tight to it, so when i die, I can take it with me!!

When I travelled to St. Thomas, around 10 years ago, I haggled the store clerks, for my love of the tanzanite (I like the dark purple)  with the Australian or black opal, stunning!! I didn’t buy any rings, that day, they were out of my price range with the dollar being too low.

Over the past few years, I have fallen in love with other semi precious gemstones that I never knew until I started making jewelry.  One of these is Kyanite.   Common to get in Brazil.  This mineral is difficult to cut and can’t be made in consistent bigger pieces, as it will break.  

Another one is Rhodocrosite! Commonly found in Argentina, but recently (2002) some of the best pieces have been found in Colorado, USA, too.  It is very difficult to cut, and varies in shades of pink to red, with colour variations of grey and black.  To buy a strand of rhodocrosite, it is costly, and so my prices for these piece will vary over $100!


And the Winner is…. October 16, 2008

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Drumroll please…..the random winner is #22 who is Claudine! Claudine I hope you will fall in love with this bracelet, as much as I love it (and another friend of mine, who I made one for her birthday!)   Each bracelet is unique! This one has semi precious stones, I have used aquamarine and kyanite, with czech republic glass beads!  Enjoy!! Christina


Give Away closing soon… October 15, 2008

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The draw for the kyranite and aquamarine bracelet, will be closed at 11:59 mst.  I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, just in case they want to promote a few more entries by visiting here or through my website!! The lucky winner will be named tomorrow!!

Thank you!!


How does your Garden grow? October 6, 2008

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Flower Clips

Flower Clips

This past week, my focus has been on an assortment of flowers that I make into flower clips.  I found a great online store that has all shade of colours and kinds!    A month ago, I did 50 clips (but have sold out on many) and this week, I have done another 60 and counting!  Last night, my daughter and her friend, wanted to help, so I put them on as “inspectors” making sure everything was just right! I feel like I’m on assembly line, and can almost relate to Lucy Ball.

My favourite fresh flowers, are the unexpected bouquet of roses from my husband.  They come when it’s not a traditional holiday, when they are not over priced, on traditional holidays I get a nice variety of flower bouquets!  Flowers are love’s truest language.Park Benjamin 

The first sign of Spring, tulips.  In the beginning of Summer, peonies. Advice from a friend… Just remember to shake out the ants, before taking them to anyone!   In the month of August, I love seeing Sweet Peas come to bloom, and their distinct fragance. Lilacs…I’m allergic, too!   I love the look of hydrangeas!   Ahhh…The remembrance of tiger lilies in my wedding bouquet.  The fun of daises that are dyed!

My favourite silk flowers that I make into clips are gerbers, wild roses, ranunculus, and peonies. 

Since Thanksgiving is coming, I love the reminder of this story and how this person has made it her own tradition to get her own Thanksgiving Special “Thankful for the Thorns“.


10 Signs of being addicted to creating October 2, 2008

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1.  I think I have enough beads, but you can’t ever underestimate the shape or the colour of gemstones!  I sometimes think of a specific design, and if I’m desperate and need it that day, then I’m finding myself driving downtown to a gemstone shop to buy more! 

2.  Researching! Can’t stop, and new ideas continue to inspire me!  Children Bracelets, Weddings Jewelry, Earrings, Typewriter Bracelets, Bottlecap Necklaces, then… Semi Precious Stones, Bookmarks, Ornaments, Flower Clips and Headbands, Silver Smithing, Rings, Argentium Silver, Karen Hill Tribe Silver, Tea Infusers, and Belt Buckles!

3.  I think I have all the right tools, but then I discover more!

4.  Arthithis, I get it in my knuckles, especially in the Fall, when I’m feel like I’m on a assembly line,  as I’m prepping for my fall craft shows.

5.  Really, I do try to be organized!! Hopefully, all those that love me understand, that when my work area is messy, it’s because I’m creating!!!  It may be messy to them, but I know where everything is!  I even bought a label maker, containers galore, but somehow I still have a pile of beads that don’t have their own home, but do manage to find their own niche on the floor, in the carpet, and in a “too lazy to put away” container.

6.   I think I have enough ribbon for my hair accessories, and when I’m done with a roll, I have a sigh of relief, and then I’m out to find more!!

7.  Getting excited to see the Fedex Truck, UPS, and checking my mailbox to see if my orders have come in.  Here is a funny story about me! The first day of school this year, I was walking the dog and kids home from school, the fedex truck came around the corner.  The kids announced that they were going to run home, that was fine with me, as that truck might be for me!  Well, unfortunately the dog jerked, and I lost my balance, and fell flat down on my face! Scrapped up hands, bleeding nose, goose egg chin, it’s been a month, and I can still feel the bump on my chin.  I’m glad that my teeth didn’t get knocked out! I know my belt buckles, are extremely strong, as only a few beads fell out on impact of the cement,  with me, stretching my hand out, seeing 2 beads bouncing off, and saying…”My beads!”.   Turned out the Fedex man wasn’t for me, afterall! 

Face to Face with Nature

Face to Face with Nature

8.  Spending a lot of time on the computer, entering how much each bead is,  how the design was created, how much it cost in supplies, and how much it will sell for.  Also, entering how much money I have spend on supplies…and talking to a good friend of mine, with our business ideas.  Her site is with her website coming soon

9. Staying up way too late creating.

10.  Looking at other jewelry or random objects, only to think how can I make it different , better, or use it in my displays.