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Inexpensive Inspiration: A String of Beads

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"I am Paris, and I am a string of beads on a hot dancer." ~from the film Julia

Real pearls, fake pearls, stone, plastic, glass --even paper! You can find a beaded necklace to suit every taste and budget. One of my favorite looks is to wear a strand of beads looped around my neck more than once. The line of beads at the throat makes a very attractive statement and draws the eye to one's face and collar bone.
The idea for this post is my new favorite necklace, a strand of pink beads that I was gifted on my last birthday. It was something I had had my eye on for some time and as you can see this was a present I was thrilled to receive:

I looped this medium-length strand twice with the extra loop worn at the base of the neck; I have longer necklaces that I can loop 3, 4, and even 5 times depending on my outfit & mood. Also note this necklace has a clasp but the hardware is stylish enough to let show.

This close up taken in natural light shows the actual color and clarity of t…

Shoestring Serious: A Tribute to My Father

Dear Readers,

This spring I added school to my juggling act of work, worry, blogging and budgeting. It has been tough to keep all my pins in the air and as I have pointed out more than once on this blog I just don't post enough anymore! But recently I've had a more somber distraction that I felt I just could not not address before posting anything further: my father died this month after a long struggle with cancer and emphysema. Events like that can make it hard to blog on but my father was a writer too and so here I am.

Last year in the post How to Pick a Perfect OrangeI wrote about dad and about my fears of losing him. Odd title? Well you'll get it if you read it. And I hope you do. I talk about many of the things I love about him, about who he was. It is one of my most personal posts and in his memory I share it with you all again today.
xoxo Sally