Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I have finally found the time to do something with the Turquoise I bought in Ethiopia.  These are for my Mom, Grandma and Adopted Grandma.  I love you girls!  I am so blessed to have so many wonderful women in my life.  Oh, and Mom - Thanks for "borning" me ( ;

I made jewelry cases from an old pair of Thomas' jeans - I'm all about up cycling!
This is the bracelet I made for my Mom.  It has 2 freshwater pearls and my favorite Ethiopian Turquoise.  I love you Mom!
I made this necklace for my Grandma.  She will look amazing wearing this.  My Grandma is gorgeous by the way.  Thomas always tells me that he looks forward to every stage I go thru in life because of how beautiful my Mom and Grandma are ( :  What a sweetheart.  It's true.  My grandma is a babe!

I found some old music in a seminary or institute songbook from the 1960's.  I thought it would make a nice back for this pendant.  The front is made from grass and a flower petal I picked and dried in Addis Ababa while we were in Ethiopia.  I like the way it turned out.

This is Marilyn's gift.  Marilyn is my adopted Grandma.  She is my grandma's soul-sister and I am grateful to her for her friendship and love for my grandma.  I love her so much! 
Thomas and I found an amazing little silk place in Addis Ababa called Sabahar and made an appointment to visit there.  Sabahar translated into English means Queen's silk - Saba was the queen of Sheba.  It was like a garden oasis - the whole property was a beautiful garden and the buildings were made of rock.  We spent the whole day there soaking in the sun, the flowers and the freshly dyed silks drying in the breeze. 
The woman who owns the place learned about silk worms in Asia and decided to try it out!  (My kind of girl!)  Anyway, she employs local disabled people to spin the silk and weave it.  They even save the pods the worms make, dye them and sew them on their shawls like flowers - beautiful!  This is a piece of raw silk and cotton woven into a shawl that I couldn't pass up.  SO beautiful!  Happy Mother's Day Marilyn! aka My other Gran.

P.S.  Check out my post on Sabahar - I've linked it to their website.


  1. How sweet what a great idea. You are very creative.

  2. Wow, you are so talented and gorgeous Melanie. I agree with Thomas, you are going to look just like your Mom and Grandma, who are beautiful! Lucky girl:)
    I love the turquoise jewelry.