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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


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There used to be at time when the inside of my jewelry box looked a bit like a preteen catalog. (I was not a preteen at the time.) Most of my purchases were inexpensive, throwaway pieces that never lasted and never made me feel quite right. Those trendy, cheap pieces always feel a bit as though you are dressing up in cheap costumes, don’t you think? There is something about real jewelry, the stuff made by artists, the pieces made to last. It does something to your self perception when your jewelry box has merit.

The Flying Fox Art and Design is a shop full of pieces that will take your collection from amateur to pro. Penelope Bridge is a fourth generation jeweller with an education in natural resources. Is there anyone better suited to outfitting you with the lasting pieces you need to feel more like the true version of yourself? This Strawberry Quartz Ring is something that makes me want to fly to the East Coast and eat lobster. (Strange, but true.) The Flying Fox Art and Design is chock full of pieces you will cherish and pass down to future generations. This is style that is built to last, friends.

The Flying Fox Art and Design is giving away one set of the following: Cristallo Venetian glass choker, a Cristallo Venetian glass bracelet, Venetian glass earrings, and a Venetian glass ring to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, June 4th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit The Flying Fox Art and Design and tell us: I (Penelope) wear a pendant that my Grandmother and I made when I was 6 years old. What links you firmly to past generations?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, June 10th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Brittany K says:

    My Livestrong bracelet – i never, ever take it off – and my grandfather’s catcher’s mitt. 

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    Regan says:

    Photographs are my main link to past generations, and I have them displayed prominently thought my house. I’ve also kept all the cards, notes, and letters from my grandparents. I love going back and reading them. Just seeing their handwriting sends back a rush of memories & emotion. 

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    Erin says:

    I have photos of my grandparents throughout my house, and one of my very most favorite pieces of jewelry is a beautiful rose-gold watch that was my great-grandmother’s, and which I wear on a chain.

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    Beth C says:

    I have my grandfather’s dog tags that hang in my car as a sort of guardian angel for me while I drive. I also kept a ginger jar of my grandmother’s… She used it to store cotton balls… Which are still there even after 7 years since she passed away.

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    Jessica says:

    My face. I look so much like my great grandmother it’s crazy. My brother looks just like my dad, who looks just like his dad, who looks just like his dad. We’ve apparently got some strong genes in this family.

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    Tiffany says:

    When I was little I was pretty obsessed with the way my mom wrote her name. I thought all of the loops in her signature were just so pretty! I tried to copy it when we were learning cursive in school and the teacher wasn’t thrilled with it since it wasn’t “proper”. When my mom passed away a few years ago to cancer it was a no brainer for me to have her beautiful signature tattooed on my wrist. It makes me smile every time I catch a glimpse of it.

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    Rachel S says:

    What ties me to past generations is something I carry with me everyday: my name.  I have the same middle name as my mother and grandmother, and if I have a daughter of my own I will pass it along to her.  It’s comforting knowing that no matter what might change in my life, I have a bond with them that cannot be broken.

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    Valerie C. says:

    I carry my dad’s class ring with me. He had me late in life, so I lost him young.  It just makes me feel good to carry it. 

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    This is something I think about often. I don’t have strong connections to my past. I never knew any grandparents, aunt, uncles or cousins, and only had my own parents and siblings as family.
    I am mother now though, and it’s important to me that my daughter know her roots, however shallow they may be right now, in hopes that hers will grow deeper, and so will every generation here on out.

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    Courtney J says:

    I own several handkerchiefs and lacey table runners that were crocheted by my grandmother, who used to live in Australia. (After she passed away, there were so many to choose from!) I use a few in my room to cover the surface of a shelf so I can display my jewelry/other items on top. Every time I see it, I am reminded of my grandmother.

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    jane says:

    for me it’s not something that’s really tangible, but i think what ties me to my ancestors is oral history. listening to the stories that my grandma tells about her grandparents makes me feel as if i really knew them and the hardships they faced in their lifetimes (i’m singaporean chinese, so my grandma’s grandparents lived around the qing/ming dynasty!) now the next step is getting all these stories down on paper for future generations before it’s too late…

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    Sydney says:

    There’s a little jar that sits by my bed. There’s nothing special about it: it’s white with not much decoration. But it was a gift from my late grandmother when I was younger. And inside are dried rose petals: a dried petal from my mother’s wedding, one from when I was born, from my 2nd birthday, my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary, and my own additions: prom, graduation, and flowers just because. It’s a mix of the past, the present, and what will occur in the future.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    photos are all i have of my past generations, and i have very few. 

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    Rinny says:

    My great-aunt on my father’s side passed away a few years ago. She never had any children, so her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews were like her children. I went to visit her about a year and a half before she passed and she was as beautiful and lively as ever, even though cancer had taken away most of her mobility. During that visit, she sat me down and gave me 2 of her favorite rings (one, she even took off her finger to give to me). I love those rings (a big pearl cocktail ring in silver and a row of 5 amethyst stones set in gold). She told me to enjoy them and never be afraid to wear them any day of the week. When she passed, I was given the pearls she wore daily and her favorite jewelry box. Every time I wear each piece, I’m reminded of my Great-Aunt and all the love she exuded and the great hugs she gave.

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    Nikki says:

    I am so blessed.  My wedding ring is made from the gold of my grandmother-in-law’s wedding ring & I have eight diamonds from it also.  My sister-in-law has the large diamond from it in her wedding ring so we both are married and grounded in a legacy of love. I have a leather reading chair of my grandfather’s, a little desk of my grandmother’s, art painted by three grandmothers and one grandfather-in-law, china and silver from my grandmother-in-law, my hope chest that was also my mother’s, jewelry from my mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers.  I see and use these special, beautiful things and I feel not only surrounded by the objects of their lives but, really, by the spirit in which they lived–with joy and self-expression and an appreciation for beauty and generosity of sharing. I treasure these things not only for their heritage but also for the fact that the items and their meanings will be shared with my sons and daughter-in-laws, and their children.

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    Redding says:

    My name is made up of names from two of my great-grandmothers.  My engagement ring belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother, then his grandmother and then his mother so that links me to his family too.  And then memories.  I was so close to my grandmother and although she didn’t leave me any heirlooms (she didn’t really have much) she left me with a heart full of memories to treasure forever.  

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    Susan F says:

    I never take off the necklace my mom left – it started with 3 diamond rings and before she passed away she asked me and my sisters to split it up so we all can wear one of the rings.  When I think of her, which is pretty often I kiss it and say “love you mom”

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    sam says:

    I was given my Grandmothers diamond engagement ring when she passed away – I was 16 at the time and have cherished it ever since. For a ring that is 83 years old it is still stunning and I get plenty of compliments every time I wear it!! 

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    Michelle says:

    My grandmother’s high school graduation ring. I wore it around my neck during my college graduation, as the first person on either side of my family to receive a degree. It felt like she was there with me.

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    Charlene says:

    My greatgrandmother gave me a gold necklace with a flip flop on it when I was a baby.  

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    Elizabeth says:

    My grandmother has stopped giving me “normal” birthday and Christmas presents – she gives me the silver spoon my dad ate off of, my great-grandmother’s pie server, my great-great grandmother’s handmade blanket, my great-great-great-grandmother’s brooch.  I love to live with every room of my house filled with the people that mean so much to me!  I’ve already started making plans – I have a special necklace that my aunt made that I delivered my daughter in.  I still wear it sometimes and my daughter and I love to snuggle and talk about when she grows up and I give it to her. 

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    Kristen H. says:

    I don’t have much of anything tangible that links me to my past generations, except for a couple of pieces of jewelry that belonged to my grandmother. It really makes me aware of how much I want to start the tradition of passing things down so my future children have things that link them to their past.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I don’t have much from my grandmother but she had a beauty mark under her right eye and I have the same one. It’s something I wear every day as a reminder.

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    Diane says:

    I told my grandmother when I was little that I loved her engagement ring and when she passed; it was given to her oldest daughter. She remembered me telling my grandmother how much I loved her ring that she gave it to me, and I was in my early twenties when she died. I had it sized for my pinky and wear it every day. I love the old vintage look and love that I have something that was very special to her.

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    Emily says:

    Our shared religion ties us together…

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    Rosy says:

    White cotton sheets embroidered by my grandmother more than 60 years ago, they are always fresh in the summer and they smell so good

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    manda says:

    Dishes from both sides of my family. And the meals that do in them.

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    Emma says:

    The freckles on my nose and the stubbornness of my character. Sadly, all I have of past generations is their DNA – I would love to have something that belonged to my great-great-great-grandma, who was a superwoman in her own right.

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    Jennifer says:

    My nose! The older I get, the more my mother looks like my grandmother and the more I look like my mother. I didn’t notice it at all when I was younger, but every now and then I’ll catch glimpse of myself in a mirror and I see my mother staring back at me.

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    Tina_R says:

    Whenever I make Greek food I’m linked by the 1,000’s and 1,000’s of meals that link my dad’s family all the way back to ancient Greece. Also the fact that I’m the spitting image of my paternal grandmother and her mother.
    From my mom’s side I have some beloved “artifacts” a framed quilt square my mom’s grandma made with great grandma’s picture. A pottery bowl and jug my mom’s mom used and most importantly the character that my mom instilled in me and my sibs. She’s now gone but she and her parents live on in all they taught us and we are now teaching the next two generations.