Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

The Relationship with our Jewels November 4, 2008

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One of my fondest memories as a child, was being in my grandmother’s room, playing with her costume jewelry.  As I grew older, I had forgotten her sense of style, and didn’t really realize until after her death, how much she loved jewelry, until each grandchild was willed a piece of her jewelry or some money to buy some jewelry in honor of her.

Being the oldest granddaughter (by only a few weeks) I was given her wedding rings, with the pleasure that I could do what I wanted with them.     I have left them as they are.  Why? Because, it’s an emotional attachment to remember the set when she wore them.   Most of us, I think have an emotional attachment to our jewels.  Last year, I sold a typewriter bracelet, that had the “Shift Freedom” key on it.  The buyer, was drawn to this bracelet because of this key! She recently became divorce, and because of this specific key, she was reminded of her new sense of freedom!

Most of us, have some type of emotional relationship with our jewellery, and therefore have a specific favourite piece that we like best.  For some it is our wedding sets, another it is the style of the earrings and how they make us feel, and for another it may be a simple bracelet. 

When I was about 20, I bought a sterling silver “CTR” ring.  CTR, stands for “Choose the Right”, I wear this on my right pinky finger.  The CTR now is barely noticeable, but for me it stood for a inner strength that I could rely on, if I ever needed a bit more courage to do the right thing.

Would love to hear your comments about your relationship with your jewels!


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.