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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gemstones & Jays ...

Years  ago, my daughter gave me the gift of these lovely ornamental gemstones along with a small velvet bag filled with beads from Zimbabwe.
Knowing how much I love birds, they reminded her of eggs, so she knew I would love them too ♥
Each gemstone has a tiny little numbered tag so I know their proper name.
With some of the beads
I created bracelets
and a few
found their way nestled into nests
as charms.
I love creating nests ...
be it my own {hOMe}
on paper
and with metal
speaking of nests ...
we have 2 blue jays nesting nearby
over the weekend, we spotted them in our garden
and filled up one of our specialty feeders with nuts
sadly, the squirrels spent more time at the feeder than the poor jays
who only managed to get a few before they were ALL gone
so this morning, as soon as I spotted them in the garden
I gave them a bag of almonds I had :-)
and sat on the deck with my coffee and camera.
To thank me,
they came back and forth until each and every almond was gone,
keeping me laugh with their funny antics
and making me happy with a few photos ♥


Country Gal said...

Lovely ! Our most of our Bluejays have all gone they usually Migrate to cooler climates and return for our winters ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Deb... your gemstones from your daughter are absolutely gorgeous, and yes, they remind me of eggs too!... love your little birdnest full of eggs and your painting of the nests... along with your guiding word of Nurture... loving my beautiful bead bracelet you made me, I have worn it every single day... and Tessy loves her special heart locket from Archer... your Jays are stunning!... don't you love to watch their antics!... mine snatch more peanuts in a day than I could eat!... beautiful photos you got of your little friends... wishing you a blissful weekend doing all of the things you love, xoxo Julie Marie

Blondie's Journal said...

I knew you would put these to good use, Deb. What a wonderful gift...your daughter knows you well. It was hard to see the size of the stones until I saw your creations. Very precious!


Jeanne said...

Beautiful my lovely friend
Love Jeanne

Deb said...

hello Elaine ~ we've been enjoying this pair of jays in our garden and keeping the peanut feeder filled (not easy with a garden full of squirrels) :-)
have a great week too ♥

Deb said...

hi Julie marie {and tessy} ~ so happy you both like your pressies :-) the jays have us laughing that's for sure ... the almonds were from a jar I have for my morning cereal ~ they got them all ♥

Deb said...

hi jane ~ my daughter finds the best gifts ♥ she is a true gem xo

Deb said...

thank you Jeanne ♥

Mereknits said...

Love the gemstones, a lovely present from your daughter. That bead and wire nest is amazing, well every thing you do is!

Deb said...

you are so kind Meredith ♥ thank you xo